zondag 28 juni 2009

22-28 june

A new template, a new look.

Monday: the Bluetooth thing in my car so I can call handsfree. I got it from Rudy when he had his new car with built in Bluetooth handsfree set. Tuesday: Mean brushing her teeth in our bathroom. Wednesday: we picked berries in our garden, and ate them really fast. This was all what’s was left. Thursday: the school musical was this evening. It was great! Friday: two friends from China visited us from today until Sunday. Shen really liked the lady very much. Saturday: Shen got his second swimming diploma today. He is now going on for his next diploma! Sunday: our Chinese friends left today. We hope to see them again some day, maybe here, maybe in China!

15-21 june

Monday: a tired Mean lying on the couch just before dinner. Tuesday: daddy and daughter in our garden. Wednesday: because Mean is horse riding, Shen wanted to make the pancakes this time! Thursday: I had to visit the dentist to fill two caveties. Friday: the flowers in our garden. Saturday: we had a demo of flyball at the dog ambulance open day. Mean was in the demo team too with little Joly. Sunday: it was fathers day today, so Rudy had to unpack the presents the kids made at school

maandag 15 juni 2009

8-14 june

Monday’s photo is of Mean helping me cooking. She is making meat balls. Thursday’s photo is the dashboard of my car. I see it twice a day, for about 45 minutes. On Wednesday three of my colleagues and I had dinner at an Indian restaurant. It was really yummy and we had lots to talk about! The photo of Thursday is actually of Wednesday, when I drove home I saw a beautiful sunset. Friday’s photo is of my lunch children at Mean and Shen’s school, I always have lunch with them on Friday. On Saturday Shen has swimming lessons in this indoor pool. Sunday’s photo is of Mean and Baukje, her big friend.

vrijdag 12 juni 2009

1 - 7 june

Home after our China trip. The first days the weather was beautiful, the kids played in the pool. I made some gorgeous pictures of my daughter. I so love that little lady! On Tuesday I had to work again. On Wednesday a few screens where placed on the workfloor to reduce the noise in our large room. Let’s see If it works. On Thursday we had to vote for the European Parliament. It was the first time I could vote in Woldendorp, instead of Termunten (which is further away). I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers for a gift I had arranged. In the weekend I was busy creating the photo album of our China trip, and on Sunday Rudy went fishing in the canal along our garden. Cairn Bully was watching him closely, you never know what kind of snack may fall off.

woensdag 3 juni 2009

25 - 31 may

Here is the 365 layout for this week. I had to pick one photo each day from a lot of photos that I took when we were in China. The last one is of Sunday, the weather in the Netherlands was great this weekend, and Rudy had set up the pool for the kids, so they had a lot of fun playing with the water.

Photos of last day in China

Here are some of the photos of the last day in China. For everybody who
followed my blog during our trip to China, who commented or sent me an
e-mail, I want to thank you. This trip was short, but it meant a lot to us.

29 may - the last day in China and flight home

It has been a few days! We are back in the Netherlands, arrived Saturday at 11 AM in Bremen/Germany, and then travelled back home by car, another 2 hours.

Our last day in China was fun. I had packed the suitcase on Thursday night already, so we didn't have much to do the next morning. Showering, finishing packing, having breakfast, and then we went down to the lobby of the hotel. I paid our bill, and the suitcase was stored with the hotel concierge. Then we went to the metro, bought a few croissants, and hopped on the metro for Window of the World, a theme park with a lot of buildings and landmarks from all over the world. It's not the typical tourist attraction for western tourists, but it was fun nevertheless. As it was a Chinese holiday, it was really busy at the park. We took the monorail first to have a look how big the park was and to see everything from above. What I didn't like about the park was that every activity within the park had to be paid for separately. The monorail for example was 20 RMB. We walked through the park, looked at the landmarks, saw a show of Thai dancing, ate our croissants, took a ride in a rollercoaster, saw the ice skating and skiing hall (really strange when the outdoor temperature is 30° Celcius). We ate a very nice kind of Burmese fried pancake, and spent our time until 3 PM at the park. Then we returned to the hotel, changed our clothes, had a drink in the lobby bar, and waited for the transfer van to arrive (at 5 PM). The van was exactly on time, it was the same kind of minivan again. We drove in the Shekou direction, to the car park where all minivans come together. There where not many people heading for the Hong Kong airport at that time, only three Chinese men extra. So we went with the minivan to the border, where we could stay in the car, everything regarding the border controls was handled by the driver! What a luxury. It took about 2 hours in total from the hotel to the Hong Kong Airport. We went in to the airport and had to wait until 8 PM (three hours before departure) before we could check in. I tried to change our tickets so that we could leave the plane in Amsterdam (we had to wait about 5 hours in Amsterdam before we could fly to Bremen, our final destination on our ticket), but that wasn't allowed, sadly.

In Hong Kong airport we had free internet, so Shen was playing at the plane simulators, and I was chatting with a colleague in the Netherlands and sending a mail home.

We then went with the metro to our gate, and boarded the airplane. We took off at around 11.10 PM, had a snack (Shen was already sleeping, of course, it was late), and then I tried to sleep. And it worked! I miraculously slept until 6.30 AM, felled refreshed, and read a book until we descended to Amsterdam airport. Everything went well, and we arrived at 4.30 AM (local time) in Amsterdam. We had to wait until 9.30 before we could board the next plane, but we managed to survive. The weather was great, so very nice views from the plane that took us in an hour to Bremen. Rudy, Mean and my father where standing on the roof of the airport, they saw us landing, and within 10 minutes we were in the airport hall and drove home. I'll send some photos to the blog separately.