Category: community service

Elvis, Priscilla and Benny

Meet Elvis, a Muscovy Duck I mistook for a goose, and I apologised profusely to him, especially after meeting his partner. Elvis is a nickname I bestowed the good duck, so for consistency’s sake, I will refer to his partner as Priscilla. She definitely looked like the rocker duck’s partner, with the tamed down look

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Hit The Ground Running – Why Not?

 “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” -Martin Luther King Jr. Happy New Decade Everyone! I desperately needed a few days away from blogging in the new year, simply because I was swamped

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End-of-the-year Decluttering

The last three days have been dedicated to decluttering, beginning with the closet. One of the advantages of moving from one country to another so often is that you are forced to sort through your things on a regular basis and discard what is no longer needed, has been outgrown, or was just wasting away

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Second Sunday of Advent Musings

Every day is ChristmasWhen you have the kind of mind,That stores up all the goodnessAnd the sweetness it can find.When you don’t need an occasion,To spread a bit of cheer,But just keep on a-giving,Of yourself throughout the year. Every day is Christmas,With a gaily wrapped surprise,When you’ve learnedTo see the friendship,In someone else’s eyes.When you

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The Mysterious Gifts

Back in August I wrote about a secret admirer who anonymously left me 2 kg of potatoes at my doorstep. The mystery was never solved no matter how much I cross-examined the neighbours. I served the potatoes at the summer picnic and it became a bit of a joke and highly amusing. After that it

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Bringing the dignity back

A new law was passed in Germany this week that strictly prohibits the photographing of accidents, people in accidents, or people being rescued by the fire department or paramedics. For the stubborn people out there who refuse to follow this and will stop to stare, or even photograph, the fine can range between €20 –

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Delivery Service Farms

There are infinite delivery services around the world, and in Berlin alone there are more delivery services than you can count. I refer here to package delivery services, not food or anything else. We have the usual big players like DHL, Hermes, DPD, UPS, and then a plethora of smaller ones. The quality and efficiency

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You know you are growing old when…

The idea of a disco or all-night party is abominable 10:00pm is bedtime, and not time to get ready for the night out with friends You can’t drink coffee after 5:00pm Long-haul flights are torture You begin to forget words in mid-sentence Need to carry all kinds of medication in your bag Adult diapers are

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Bato, bato sa langit…

… pag tinamaan ay hwag magalit. This is an old Filipino proverb which translates into “a stone thrown heavenward, if you get hit on its way down, don’t get mad.” (Wikipedia). As a blogger, I have learned over the years to roll with the punches, and that not everyone is going to agree with my

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When Wearing Green Is Not Always A Froggy Good Idea

My favourite colour is blue, but looking around my home, there is clear evidence of the contrary. The strong presence of a vast frog collection and the veritable jungle have stamped green as the strongest colour around. And because I believe in colour coordination, green became the main decorative tone, including for the choice of

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