The first time I promised that this wasn't going to happen is when I met a great group people in my first year abroad. We were all interns and felt excited for a new adventure. For half a year we would meet every day after work to cook together, drink tea and go on trips in… Continue reading Out of sight, out of mind
In between all the jolly Christmas songs, there are always a few who stand out in their sadness: Band Aid's "Do they know it's Christmas" sings about the less fortunate countries will never feel the Christmas spirit as we do: But say a prayer and pray for the other ones. At Christmas time it's hard… Continue reading Christmas feelings
How do you feel about sharing? Your favorite chocolate bar? Your clothes? The PowerPoint presentation. you spent many hours on, to your knew colleague? Your knowledge? The trick to get to the manager's respect? I often get emails with "please don't share this document with anyone". Not because it's confidential and the competitor is not allowed to read… Continue reading Sharing
They say the first few years of your life are the foundation of a child's (mental) health, developments, achievements, happiness and anything life has to offer. The first 5 years of my life I have moved 4 countries and 3 cities in the last country. Needles to say, my childhood evolved around "change". When I started high… Continue reading Change
I was watching Project Runway the other day. A competition which allows fashion designers to create clothing for something they think a modern woman would like to wear. At one point, 4 girls and 3 guys remained. Remarkable was the fact that the guys designed beautiful ball gowns all made of chiffon and satin. Meanwhile the girls played… Continue reading The “weaker” gender
As a child I often complained to my parents why we didn't go holidays every year, why they didn't buy super expensive clothes and why we couldn't afford the actual coca cola brand instead of the cheap artificial one. My parents were from the lower paid class. My dad's an electrician, my mum's a stay… Continue reading The working mum & dad
The other week it was "my time of the month". All ladies will know that this is never a convenient period and I definitely don't cope with it very well. A colleague noticed I looked a bit off. "I can see your not doing well, don't come near me, I don't want to get ill", he said.… Continue reading Whatever you do, you’re doing it wrong
Saturday night, 10 pm. Outside there is a sound of a few youngster who are about to get drunk before going to a party. Inside, a squeaking sound of the bed when he turns and a light snoring sound of mine is to be heard. Yup, it doesn't get more exciting than this. I have… Continue reading Sleeping habits
Ah. December. The jolliest time of the year. But also to think how totally crappy the past 11 months were and how the next going to be completely awesome. Boys & girls, time to make a new year's resolution list! Although I don't look back at 2017 as a very happy year, I did succeed in completing my… Continue reading New year’s resolutions
Someone told me the other that I come across as "desperate" because I answer emails/messages almost immediately. "It seems like you have nothing to do and quite frankly, you seem a bit too desperate to finding ways to interact with people". First of all, I really want to thank people who have so little brain… Continue reading Being desperate
Right after my education of Electrical Engineering, I got to work for a Technical Training department. My colleagues both created courses and taught them in a class full of students. "Are you comfortable with teaching", was one of the first questions. I wasn't. Doing a presentation at school was one of my worst nightmares. My… Continue reading Does being an expert make you a good teacher?
Teamwork seems to be a very encouraged term within the society. At work, at school, within your relationship. "There is no "I" in team", they say. I have addressed before in another blog that I am a little bit skeptical about this phrase. To me it feels a bit like "stop acting like your own… Continue reading When good teamwork can work against you
The women I have met within the male domination environment I am working with, have hardly ever been those with a technical background. To be fair, I have always been the only one in between Personal Assistance, Admin care-takers or what ever fancy title they have come up with over the years. I will be… Continue reading Why do woman feel the constant need to prove themselves
The main reason why I hated school was because of this one subjects: "Physical Education". For 3 hours in a week I got the chance to embarrass myself during basketball, high jumping or acrobatics. I was not good at this, had no intention to be and didn't understand how this was going to make me… Continue reading Bullying
Sometimes someone tells you something which you will never forget. The title of this post marks that " something" for me. The nature of my character is more towards introvert, reserved and modest. However, for a short period of time in my life I became an "attention seeker". I just started living on my own and after… Continue reading I’d rather be shy
Dropping the "L bomb" in a relationship can be quite frightening for some people. I am not sure if this is based on gender, but I was ready to confirm this after only two weeks of dating. Even though it was clear that we loved each other equally, it took him a bit more time.… Continue reading The “I love you” bomb
Most people are afraid of dentists. I am not one of those people. In general I have always had good dental experiences. When I was young, the dentist was a middle age, very funny guy. Then he won the lottery and quit his job. When I lived in Denmark, I had a lot of teeth… Continue reading Dentist
It was already cold and dark when I stepped out of my car. I couldn't wait to enter my home and get me a cup of tea and put on some comfy clothes. Plus, I was a bit hungry. Before all that could happen I still had to pay for my parking ticket. I have zero… Continue reading The first step
"You're beautiful from the inside". I hate this phrase. Literally the only person I would accept this from, is a surgeon. Even worse is "You have such a beautiful soul". Unless you're a ghost hunter, please don't. People probably mean well, but it is just so cheesy. To me it feels like a "You look shit, but… Continue reading What makes you beautiful
Now that the coziest holiday season is approaching, discussions between religion and commercialism will also be raised. And so, the jolliest time of the year disappears in anger and people trying to prove their point. This thought provoked my brains as we walked near the Niagara falls. Nature showed one of her most powerful forces.… Continue reading Does nature needs to be commercialized?
He isn't the approving type he just doesn't have that vibe He won't be cheering on the sideline he'd just say "you're doing fine" Don't expect any positivity from him even if you're showing off at the gym Don't even try bragging He'll just take this as begging Compliments is not what he gives That's… Continue reading Children’s poem about Unimpressed Jelly
"How are you?". Probably the most insincere question of all questions. How often do we ask this without actually having the time for the other to properly answer it? I have, too often. Let's take my mum. She is the kind of person who wouldn't just say "Everything is fine". If you make the "mistake"… Continue reading Rhetorical Questions
Something completely different today. Here's a little poem of the Doodle I relate the most to: Skeptical Valentino He isn't positive or negative But he will ask you for an alternative. It's never a yes or a no But he will ask you "How so?" You can tell him the exact amount But he will… Continue reading (Children’s) poem about being Skeptical
I never intended for my colleagues to find out that my boyfriend was working for the same company. But somehow, these things never stay secret. Luckily it was a large company, so that made it difficult for them to recognize him. Although, some knew him vaguely. The minute this was shouted out all over the… Continue reading What does your partner think of your blog?
The one time my parents damaged my trust is when the my duck toy was put in the washing machine. Although it could probably use a shower, I told the specifically not to. By washing him, I felt like he would lose the magic, comforting spell he had over me. As any 7 year old,… Continue reading Trust
The one day I would like to disappear from earth is on my birthday. Luckily today is not that day. But, it is my boyfriend's birthday. Since he has a couple of years long tradition of going on vacation in October, he "surprisingly" does like this day. When I ask him what he would like… Continue reading Bithdays
Ah, Fall seasons. The time when all the hipsters are sipping their Pumpkin Spice Latte. Wearing their skinny pants and oversized glasses. 14 year olds who think they're drinking coffee, but actually are only consuming calories. I started drinking coffee by the age of 16 when I was visiting my grandparents in Bosnia. The usual… Continue reading Does the type of coffee you drink say something about your personality?
I used to think that being in love meant holding hands each time you left the house to show everyone else you're a couple. Saying "I love you" at least 10 times a day. Cuddling until you fall asleep. This might have been the case in the beginning of the relationship, but being more than… Continue reading What is love?
We went to a hockey yesterday. If was the perfect excuse for me to buy a foam finger, pretend I'm angry when the New York Rangers scored and keep on fixing my hair in case the kiss cam would record towards us. The atmosphere is amazing and even though I am not a big sport's… Continue reading Childhood dreams
He and me don’t have the same taste in music. I can’t necessarily blame him. Backstreet boys is not everyone’s thing 😉 But we do invite each other to explore different music tastes. He collects LPs and recently got home with an R.E.M. record. I thought I only knew of their songs, “Losing my religion”.… Continue reading First judgements
My birthday is in the month of July, which was always the perfect excuse for my parents to gift me useful things such as school supplies. By the time I finished 3rd grade of high school we were informed to buy a more advanced and quite expensive graphic calculator for the next year. Obviously that… Continue reading Recharging the battery
In Dutch we have a saying: "After rain comes sunshine". I always had a complex relationship with this phrase. First of all, if I take it too literally (and I am that kind of person 😉 ): I actually don't like sunshine at all, except for that one week of holidays at the sea. Rain suits… Continue reading My pessimistic heart
Today, apparently, it is the 2 months anniversary of my blog - balloons. I'm not ready to write a "blog advice" blog, but there are some remarkable things I've noticed which are worth mentioning. The blog which got the most likes, I guess that's how we measure popularity , was the one I wrote at… Continue reading 2 months of blogging – learnings
Simple phrases like "Have a fun trip", "Sweet dreams" and "Have a good day" we say without thinking. Unfortunately, I think think too much about them. Your interpretation of "fun", "sweet" and "good" for sure are much different than mine. Let's take an example of "Have a fun trip". For most people my age that… Continue reading Expectations
The worst advice I've ever got, was "If I were you, I would definitely consider it". If you were me? Or, if you were in my position? And, consider it? There's that word again. Some people are too proud to ask for advice, the "I can figure it out on my own" type of people.… Continue reading Advice
A friend is of mine is one of those lucky ducks. She would participate in a radio, facebook or newspaper contest randomly and what do you know, she simply wins. Not very large things, but still, free t-shirts or tickets to a concert are always a nice surprise. This is not me. I often times… Continue reading Gambling
Why do we, woman, wear make-up? About 99% of the females would step up and answer this with "I'm not doing it for anyone, but myself". Yet we also feel the need to post a "no filter, zero make-up" picture on social media with text "here's to being vulnerable"? Why do we stay just 3 minutes… Continue reading Compliments
Does it really? I am one those people who wakes up with a very dry mouth. Naturally every word I speak makes me sound like a frog on acid. I simply need some time to develop a regular tone. To not sound like a creep, I usually smile to people in the morning. Because, you… Continue reading A smile says more than a thousand words
Christmas, New Year's eve, Easter. All holidays we loved as a kid. We got loads of presents. We got to stay up late. We got to seek for chocolate eggs and eat them. Somehow, when you grow up, they seem to be a lot less fun. You have to visit your family, you have visit… Continue reading Hello, Halloween
Both my parents used to smoke for different reasons. My dad just wanted to be part of the cool kids. My mum started smoking when she started working. Smoking breaks were not deducted from the 8 hour working day, so anything for a few extra breaks. As soon as they decided they wanted to have… Continue reading Smoker’s interaction
During my commute to work and home, I'd be usually with my headphones on. During the pause when one song switched to another, I heard an older lady saying to her friend "That looks like a nice girl, I bet she is listening to classic music". Unless Dr. Dree ft. Snoop Dog is classic, I didn't… Continue reading Does your appearance say something about your taste of music?
One of those stupid, common question is "Would you rather be deaf or blind?" I usually would refuse to answer a question like that, but it got me thinking yesterday when I re-watched "Doubt". **Which is a great movie staring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams and will stimulate some brain activity!** The… Continue reading Gossiping
The first time I shouted out I wanted to be a boy was around the age of 12. It was on that day that I officially became a "woman" and was surprised by humongous pains and discomfort. I asked my dad if he also had to deal with this on a monthly basis. He laughed,… Continue reading Today’s youth
I read an article about a teenager who was addicted to drugs for years. After many tries, he has now been clean for a year. He is being applaud for his performance. He is invited to high schools to present himself as a role model. He even got to meet the president. Role model ha? The… Continue reading Recognition
The first vacation I took without my parents, was to London, with a couple of friends. Two guys, two girls. We must have been all around 17 years old and were pretty excited about the trip, especially because we also planned our first night out ever. Yes, we were a bunch of Goody-good kids. We… Continue reading There’s a Dutch man asking for Coke
I was just scrolling through the newest pop hits. Little Mix suddenly decided to become Latinas, which feels unnatural. Even worse, is the newest hair style of mr. 1D boy, Zayn, who bleached his hair to paper white. (On this picture, he reminds me a bit of my cousin who decided to give up his… Continue reading Back to the roots
I was raised in a country where "Freedom of Speech" is a very natural occasion. We are allowed to throw our honest opinion out in the open air. I never made much use of this privilege, however. And I will be "honest" with you, I am a bit skeptical. Freedom of Speech is often abused… Continue reading Honesty
I haven't been traveling much around the world as I would like too. However, I have been very lucky to meet expats within one silly hostel in Denmark where I lived in for 4 (!) years. I ate Iranian halve, was taught how to make the best Italian Tiramisu, was introduced to Polish Vodka, Belgian… Continue reading Culture thing
December can be a hectic month. Not only you have to look the best, cook the best dinner, finish off essentials at work and buy the best presents. No pressure. December is probably also one of the most expensive months. ANYONE could stress out! But it's not like the rest of the week is a… Continue reading How to stay calm in a hectic lifestyle