Food Diary: 10th of April, 2012


I feel surprisingly calm today. Instead of wondering why I am so calm, while I have a test tomorrow and I know practically nothing (no I’m not overreacting, I wasn’t feeling very well for the past few weeks), I think I’ll just enjoy this peace of mind.

Food:
– One croque monsieur made with one slice of whole-wheat bread with low-fat cheese and curry sauce
– One slice of whole-wheat bread with pom
– Homemade rice porridge with cinnamon and cranberries
– Rice with mackerel filet
– Instant noodles with bean sprouts and baked onions

Drinks:
– One mug of café au lait with soy milk and a sweetener
– One glass of orange juice
– One glass of clear lemonade, grenadine flavour
– Three mugs of tropical fruit tea

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My Happy Week is My SLP: 1


As an addition to this post, I started to think about ways to capture my happy moments of each day. The first option that came in mind was to carry around a ‘Happy Notebook’, but I don’t actually think I’d write in it everyday, since I’m a very lazy girl and I’d probably find it too bothersome.
So if I wasn’t planning on capturing my happy moments each day, then maybe it would be possible for me to reflect on a past week to see what were my happiest moments in them. Perhaps I’d forget a whole lot of happy moments, but I suppose I’d remember the most important ones; the ones that made me the most happy!
My Happy Week: 02/04 – 08/04

  • 02/04 Getting a call from a not-so-stranger-anymore who wanted to help me telling my story about losing a loved one. He showed how he cared and just that coming from a random stranger who had no reason whatsoever to care about me, a person he’d never met before, gave me so much consolation.
  • 03/04 Meeting a random stranger on the streets who was shining while sharing his enthusiasm when he talked about what he considered important. He was really nice and I’m happy that my affection towards him wasn’t one-sided.
  • 04/04 Meeting the niece of a girl I once called my best friend before we grew apart about five years ago. Talking and playing with her was lovely and though it wasn’t for long it was so much fun! It was special, I can’t say more about it, but it just was.

When writing this post I actually came up with many more happy moments, but I didn’t want this post to be tedious so I decided to share only my most important and happiest moments with you.
If you want to know more, feel free to post a comment and I’ll be glad to answer it :).

These little moments of happiness are actually also secret little paradises to me as it are small moments, but can totally make my day and they’re moments I don’t tell the whole world about. Or well I do, by blogging about it, but in real life I do keep some of them as a secret. Therefore I’d like to rename this post and for further notice I’d like to call it a ‘Secret Little Paradise’ instead of ‘My Happy Week’, or in short ‘SLP’.

Food Diary: 9th of April, 2012


After having some good conversations with my brother and both my parents I decided that right now I actually have nothing to worry about. I was stressing out for the past couple of days, because of a test I have this Wednesday, and I couldn’t concentrate on my studies. I felt so stupid that I couldn’t remember anything I read… Al the time I’d invested was for nothing! Now I realize that it doesn’t matter and I shouldn’t worry too much about failing this test. Perhaps I’ll fail it, oh no wait, probably I’ll fail it! But who cares? I have many chances to make up for it, so why worry?
With this thought in mind I started my Easter with sleeping in until late and having a huge breakfast with my family. Perhaps I’ll watch some Korean drama, and maybe I’ll get to my studies later on. Maybe? Probably? Ah well, we’ll see. It’ll all be fine.

Food:
– One mini-baguette with pom and slices of cucumber
– Low-fat yogurt with peach, muesli with raisins and apple and mixed fruit cocktail
– Fried rice with chicken and gado gado
– One whole-wheat mini-baguette with mustard cheese
– One whole-wheat mini-baguette with metworst

Drinks:
– One mug of café au lait with soy milk and a sweetener
– Two mugs of Japanese cherry green tea
– One glass of mango-soursop juice
– Two mugs of hot chocolate made with regular milk, dark chocolate cubes and a sweetener.

Food Diary: 8th of April, 2012

Food:
– One mini-baguette with pom
– A half mini-baguette with sardines in tomato sauce
– One half whole-wheat mini-baguette with pom
– Rice with yard long beans, turkey in mustard-honey sauce and ham in mustard honey sauce
– Instant noodles with beansprouts and baked onions
– Low-fat yogurt with peach, muesli with raisins and apple, and mixed fruit cocktail

Drinks:
– One mug of café au lait with soy milk and a sweetener
– Four mugs of forest fruit tea
– One mug of hot chocolate made with regular milk, dark chocolate cubes and a sweetener
– One glass of mango-soursop juice

Food Diary: 7th of April, 2012

Let’s see today if the vitamin B complex the doctor advised me to take will help get my head a bit more clear.
I’m actually supposed to study for a test I have next week. What a joke.

Food:
– Two slices of white bread with tuna salad
– A half slice of white bread with metworst
– A half slice of white bread with mustard cheese
– One slice of white bread with butter
– Fried rice with chicken and gado gado
– A half Magnum Infinity: Chocolate & Caramel. I shared this ice cream with my brother
– One little package of gummy bears
Had a evening breadparty with my mother. A sort of breakfast at the wrong time you could call it. We ate some bread with chocolate sprinkles, tuna salad, metworst and mustard cheese.

Drinks:
– One mug of cafe au lait with soy milk and a sweetener
– One mug of hot chocolate, with regular milk and cacao powder
– Two mugs of regular English black tea with a sweetener

Food Diary: 6th of April, 2012

Food:
– Ciabatta with mustard cheese
– Ciabatta with metworst
– Ciabatta with lobster salad
– Two slices of white bread with butter
– Rice with chinese cabbage, eggplant with dried fish and bacon
– A half Magnum Infinity: Chocolate & Caramel. I shared this ice cream with my mother.
– Low-fat yogurt with peach and muesli with raisins and apple
– One slice of white bread with lobster salad

Drinks:
– One mug of café au lait with soy milk and a sweetener
– One glass of orange juice
– Three mugs of forest fruit tea

Food Diary: 5th of April, 2012

Sorry that you guys have to read about me whining so often, but I just can’t help it. Also today I feel like crap and I’m tired. My schedule is almost the same as yesterday: Studying, eating, studying, not studying, not studying, eating, studying, sleeping, replay. But today I’ll be eating out with my committee I’m setting up a symposium with. It’ll be fun! Or something. Yeah whatever.

Food:
– One bowl of low-fat yogurt with peach and muesli with raisins and apple
– Two slices of ontbijtkoek
– Two slices of whole-wheat bread with strawberry-guava jam
As I mentioned I went with the committee out for dinner which we had at Papaya, an Indonesian restaurant in Rotterdam. It was my first time going to this restaurant and I was very curious as to what they had on their menu. Before I went I’d already explored it online, because I’m the kind of person who takes a lot of time deciding what to eat and I didn’t want people to wait for me this time. I ordered white rice with:
Udang Boemboe Bali; Shrimps in a light spicy sauce.
Brengkesan Ikan; Grilled mackerel filet in a spicy ginger sauce wrapped in a banana leaf. My parents always talk about how the street food in Suriname used to be served wrapped in a banana leaf and how the aroma of the leaf gave a special taste to the food. So when I saw this dish on the menu I had to order it to experience it myself, for the first time actually. It was delicious! The fish was very soft and oh, it was just delicious! It’s settled: I should eat food in a banana leaf more often, yes yes.
Teroeng mix; A mix of eggplant and zucchini in a light spicy sambal sauce.
–  A slice of lapis legit. This was served with the café au lait I’d ordered.
Also at home the food party continued! My mother had brought a freshly baked bread, of which I don’t know the name, but it’s a kind of white bread and I ate
– Two slices with metworst

Drinks:
– One mug of cafe au lait with soy milk and a sweetener
– One cup of hot chocolate; free coffeemachine, I love you
– One glass of ice tea from restaurant Papaya
– One café au lait from restaurant Papaya
– Two mugs of Japanese cherry green tea

Food Diary: 4th of April, 2012

It seems like almost everyday consists of: studying, not studying, studying, not studying, eating, sleeping, replay. I’m tired and my head is still fuzzy. What’s wrong with my head? I’d hoped that after the test I had two weeks ago my head would be clear again, but nothing less is true. Ok, the pressure is finally off, but it’s still like I can’t think clearly. I’ve tried to sleep more last night, but alas it wouldn’t help; I’m still the zombie I was before I went to bed.
Damn it! Maybe after the test I have next week my head will be clear? Yes, let’s hold on to that thought! Optimism, I’ve found you again!  Where have you been hiding??

Food:

– A bowl of low-fat yogurt with peach and muesli with raisins and apple
– A croque monsieur made with one slice of whole-wheat bread, low-fat cheese and joppiesaus
– Instant noodles with bean sprouts, baked onions and scrambled egg
– A croque monsieur made with one slice of whole-wheat bread, low-fat cheese and slices of tomato
– An apple
– One slice of ontbijtkoek

Drinks:
– One mug of café mocha with soy milk, cacao powder and a sweetener
– Four mugs of forest fruit tea

Food Diary: 3rd of April, 2012

Maybe I should keep a ‘Happy Notebook’ as I’m the kind of person who gets her happiness from all the little things that happen in life. Just like this morning there was a random stranger who approached me, because he was acquiring people for some good cause. I wasn’t interested in the cause, but because apparently he liked me and thought I was cute, but also a bit keen and sharp-witted, he offered me a job instead. His enthusiasm was very contagious, so I became happy as well and gave him my phone number. I don’t think I’d like to do that kind of job, but because this guy was really nice and I already declined helping him with cause, I just couldn’t say no to the offer. In short: It was so cool how enthusiastic, and not in a fake way, this guy could talk about what he found important. I really like it if people can be so impassioned that way; he was shining! I must admit, I’m not always nice to those people who are standing on the streets trying to find people to acquire them for a good cause, but with this guy I just couldn’t get irritated.
He really made my day and my day was only just beginning!

Food:
– One slice of toasted whole-wheat bread with metworst
– Two slices of whole-wheat bread with ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce
Ben&Jerry: Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream. I’m not sure if these kinds of promotion exist in other countries besides the Netherlands too, but the deal was this: With a link on Facebook you could vote if Ben&Jerry’s would come to your city to distribute free ice cream and they’d come to the ten cities with the most votes. After sharing that message on my own Facebookaccount and encouraging friends to vote for it, the town where I study was included in the top ten! Coincidentally my hometown was also included in the top ten, but as I was studying today at my faculty I decided I’d just go for some ice cream after my studies with friends there. Can you believe it was actually the second time in my whole life that I’d eaten Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Shame on me, I know. The previous time I had ‘Cookie Dough’, but I have to say that this Chocolate Fudge Brownie is so much better.
– A half roti and a bit of rice with masala eggplant, chicken and potatoes
– One slice of toasted whole-wheat bread with a mix of dark and white chocolate sprinkles
– A bowl of yogurt with peach and muesli with raisins and apple

Drinks:
– One mug of cafe au lait with soy milk and a sweetener
– One cup of hot chocolate
– One glass of clear lemonade, grenadine flavor
– Two mugs of Japanese cherry green tea

Food Diary: 2nd of April, 2012

I’m quite nauseous this morning. Not sure what’s the reason for it though.
That’s a lie, I’m know what the reason for it is, but I’m just trying to forget it, because maybe then my nausea will disappear or at least reduce.

Edit: Friends and sweet strangers can solve a lot of things and with this my nausea was over and I could eat again. Hooray for good people!

Food:
– One bowl of low-fat yogurt with peach and muesli with raisins and apple. Threw away half. Bad Mich.
– One slice of whole-wheat bread with a mix of dark and white chocolate sprinkles
– One slice of whole-wheat bread with metworst
– One slice of whole-wheat bread with tuna salad
– Rice with teroi, a Surinamese vegetable, shrimps and lemonchutney
– One slice of toasted whole-wheat bread with corned beef and piccalilli sauce
– Half a slice of toasted whole-wheat bread with mustard cheese
– Half a slice of toasted whole-wheat bread with metworst

Drinks:
– One mug of cafe au lait with soy milk. Forgot to sweeten it and didn’t have any time for it anymore this morning, so also with this part of my breakfast I threw away half of it.
– One cup of hot chocolate. Free coffee machine for the win!
– One glass of clear lemonade, grenadine flavour
– Four mugs of Japanese cherry green tea
– One glass of pineapple-guava juice