Thursday, 30 April 2009


Koninginnedag the Wassenaarder-style

Every city in Holland celebrates BIG TIME for Queen's Day! Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, will be decorated in the National Colour of orange.
And if you like a good bargain, then you are in luck! On Queen's Day all of the Netherlands will turn into a giant garage sale! This is the only day of the year where you are allowed to sell items freely on the street, as well as play music, do acts/plays or what ever else tickles your fancy.

In Wassenaar you'll have to get up early to find a good spot to sell or perform on the Langstraat. There is something to do for everyone, and make sure you wear orange.


A car has crashed into a crowd watching a parade involving Dutch Queen Beatrix and her family, killing four people and seriously injuring several others.
The car careered into a monument after narrowly missing an open-topped bus carrying the royals.
No members of the royal family were hurt in the incident, in Apeldoorn, about 90km (56 miles) from Amsterdam.

Dutch officials said the driver, who was seriously hurt in the crash, appeared to have acted deliberately.
But after searching the car and his home, investigators ruled out terrorism as a motive.
They have not named the man, but said he was a Dutch national aged 38.

~ BBC World

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Beautiful Homes - Leiden

The Ward residence in Leiden

Ellen and her husband and two teenage boys have been living in the Netherland for the past 8 years.
They bought this charming townhouse situated in the quieter and historical part of Leiden town. The house was built in 1601, and it’s brimming with character.
Prior to moving to the Netherlands, the Wards have been living in the middle-east for a good part of their lives…. Hence, those fabulous collections of ethnic objet d’art found all over their beautiful home.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Rentas Benua

He's back......
He's none other than Mr Laugh Riot himself, Malaysian celebrity chef Ismail Ahmad.
He is here in the Netherlands to do some shooting for his upcoming TV show "Rentas Benua", to be aired on Malaysian TV channel sometime in the near future.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Bloemencorso van de Bollenstreek

Flower Parade 2009
The theme for this year's parade is "Famous Books".

Some of the participating performers and marching bands

Decorated luxury cars and vintage cars (Models sold separately)

Who should it be among the crowds but Malaysia very own Chef Ismail himself !!

....he finally found the love of his life.....
(" don't run, don't run....I can cook for you....")

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Floral Arrangement

The Dutch-Flemish flower arrangement style were based on baroque floral still life of arrangement seen through flower paintings by the great masters of that age, most famous was Ambrosius II Bosschaert (1573-1621).

These arrangements are well-proportion and quite compact. Traditionally it is arrange in a tall urn-shaped vase, usually about 1 1/2 the height of the vessel itself. Another distinguishing characteristic of the arrangement is the great variety of flowers within one bouquet.
It is thought that the artists of that period never actually arranged the flower bouquets or painted their pictures using an actually arrangements.
This explains why short-stemmed flowers are positioned high and flower from all seasons are placed side by side.