Sunday, 14 May 2017

Stopovers on our trip last year

It is about a year ago that we went for a visit to family and friends in the Netherlands. On the way back we planned a few stops as we thought that breaking up the trip a bit would make us less tired.
That really didn't work but we saw a lot of new beautiful places. Our first stopover was in Zurich.
An old wealthy city were we stayed a day. We than traveled to Zug by train were we stayed the nigh in someones flat we booked through Air BNB and returned to the airport the next day. We also had one night in Singapore were we wanted to avoid the shops so we went to a nice island not far from the airport. Underneath some impressions of our trip.

Blowing bubbles in Zurich

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Next Level: a Transformational event in Christchurch May 2017

I have been busy  and will soon tell you more about it but here is one of the things I have been enjoying:

Recently I received an email that Michael Johnson, aka The Mojo Master was coming to Christchurch and if I wanted to interview him. Michael is a transformational expert who not only transforms thousands of lives but also transformed himself.

Michael, I read your biography on your website and it is quite impressive how despite your struggle with depression, chronic fatigue and ADHD you turned your life around and became very successful. How did you do it?

The biggest turning point was when my best friend was involved in a car crash and his 3-year-old niece passed away. It taught me that you must live your life before it is too late. I started to learn step by step who I was and what I wanted from life. I learned that you must be realistic and that life is about pleasure and pain. When people have a baby, you experience the wonder and excitement but also the sleepless nights and crying.
I always felt I had to fit other people’s expectations but went on a road of self-discovery and started to become who I was on the inside. The key part is that you should love everyone, including yourself. Everyone has what it takes to be extraordinary.

Michael, how did you overcome depression?

Sometimes we lose ourselves. It is important that we continually grow and learn about ourselves instead of getting stuck in an idea about where we are and what we should be. The most empowering thing that ever happened for me was when I discovered my true values in life along with my life mission and life purpose of teaching people how to live an extraordinary life (No matter where you have come from).

Fear is also something that holds people back. Was that an issue in your life, like did you have stage fright? 

Of course, especially becoming a public speaker. There are two kinds of fear, realistic fear and imagined fear. With imagined fear, people often imagine things, which will never happen. Real fear is something that could lead to death and is a very important part of human consciousness. If we didn’t have real fear we would take silly risks that could kill us. Imagined fear on the other hand has a tendency to slowly kill people without them knowing it due to never living the life they truly want and stopping most from never living up to their own expectations.

What do you love most about your work?

I do what I love to do, I love to express myself and feel in control of my destiny and I love helping people by giving them the tools to live an extraordinary life. I truly believe everyone is capable of something great in their lives. In fact I believe in most people more than they believe in themselves.

You have helped many people, can you tell me a story of positive change of one of your clients?

There are many amazing stories. One client “Paul” from Cairns in Australia used to come home from work and drink every night to supress his feelings of anger, frustration and stress due to the life that he had created.
He used to have fits of anger and rage until one day he had enough and tried to end his own life. He realised he had a drinking problem and went to AA but left as he felt it didn’t work for him. His life fell apart. He decided to come to one of our events event. For the first time in his life, he realised who he was and why he was here. He got a new job and changed careers. In a short period of time his new company valued the changes he’d made  and the inspiration he bought to the team and they paid for him to continue his studies with us and attend every course we could offer.

You help motivate people but some say that motivation is an internal process. What do you think about that?

Motivation can go up and down. If we want to live an extraordinary life we should go deeper and see what really drives us. This will create an intrinsic drive (from within). When a person is inspired they do not need to be motivated. They are excited and have energy to burn.

My last question. You have learned a lot along the way. What is your favourite piece of wisdom?

I have many favourites. Each time you learn something you go to a new level and want to learn another piece of wisdom. Life is a constant learning process. If I had to give one piece of advice it would be to know thyself, so that you be thyself and love thyself. It’s the only true way to live an extraordinary life. 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Foxton NZ

There are many Dutch people in NZ. Most of them arrived after World War 2 as there was no work in the Netherlands and the country was in a bad state. People received free tickets from the government to travel to America, Canada or NZ if they wanted to emigrate and my husbands dad got one of those tickets and traveled to NZ when he was only 18. In that time they had to come by boat, a six month trip.

In Foxton, a town on the West coast of the North Island you can enjoy the Dutch culture. We passed through this town last month and had a great time.
On the left a Dutch Windmill which you can visit and you can find some information about it  here

In the mill is also a small shop and of course
we had to buy some Dutch drop (liquorice)
from Petronella, an authentic Dutch lady.

Opposite is a Dutch bakery and cafe. On the back of the windmill they are building a  Dutch museum which should be ready by June this year.

There are some beautiful Art Deco buildings in the street

When we walked through Foxton we had a chat with a New Zealander who invited us to his house where he showed us this beautiful Dutch organ and played for us "Tulips in Amsterdam"
This organ was made in France and owned by Perlee, an organ rental company in the Jordaan in Amsterdam. The NZ-lander had bought the organ in a bad state in America and fixed all the mechanics himself. We really enjoyed this visit.

btw we were shown another few beauties like this one.  It is a Chicago coins band box jukebox orchestra from the 1950's When it plays a record the curtains open and the band starts to play.  So cool.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

On the art of poetry

Life and work have kept me busy. It is summer and there are so many walks and outings in this time of the year. The last weeks have been hot and we had some beautiful sunsets.

The bad thing is that it is very dry which caused two fires in the Port hills. It is in its second day and is still not under control. The one above is seen from Kennedy's Bush Road, and this fire started in Early Valley Road. The fire has spread here over 548 hectares and on Marley Hill over about 36 hectares. One house is destroyed and 24 houses evacuated.
One helicopter pilot who was fighting the fire crashed and lost his life. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this hero.

Update: 15/2 On this third day the wildfire has spread towards Governors Bay and more houses were evacuated last night

Update: 15/2 the state of emergency has been declared. More than 300 people evacuated.

Update 16/2 The two fires have merged and 2000 hectare is burning, 450 properties are evacuated and 11 houses destroyed

Update: the fire is contained and guess what It is raining


The helicopters pick up and drop 1500 ltrs of water
in monsoon buckets at the time. There a hotspots
of 500 degrees so the battle continues and will for
weeks as there is a big risk of flare-ups

A huge thank you to all firefighters for the tireless
and dangerous work and all other people involved
in the battle against the fire.

 I also joined a poetry meetup and the prompt for the next meetup is : Why do you write poetry

On the art of poetry

My live, a drop in the ocean
My words, countless pebbles on the beach
Occasionally I experience 
The depth and beauty of the ocean
Occasionally I add to it 
shedding tears of sadness
These profound feelings can’t 
just be put into words 
 be added to the shallow pebbles
Each stone must be carefully carved
Each stone must be gently polished
Each stone must be lined up and combined;
to create the art of evoking feelings
to create poetry
and when you share these pebbles
with the ocean and they touch one drop
the universe will smile 
with a stunning red sunset

Friday, 6 January 2017

Arthur's Pass

Happy New Year to you all. Let's make it a good one!

Last week we travelled with my brother,  to the North Island which was beautiful. I'll show it to you soon. Today we went up and down Arthur's Pass to walk to the Devil's Punch Waterfall. I didn't take my camera as we have been here lots of times but there was a cold snap last night and the Pass looked spectacular. That's the difference; The North Island is beautiful The South Island spectacular. Anyway I took some pictures with my phone Not as sharp but you have a good idea how it looked like.

 Even the foot hills of the Southern Alps were snow capped but as the temperature rose it was all gone when we returned.

Lake Lyndon

Castle rocks

Lake Pearson

Lake Pearson

Lookout from Bealey Hotel where you can get great coffee and snacks and gorgeous views around at the same time.

Devil's Punchbowl waterfall which is a good climb and about 30 minutes walk from the highest point where you can find several cafes and an the visitor centre.

On the way back we followed a gravel road beside Lake Lyndon and ended up after a long drive at Lake Coleridge