Working hard! 

In the weekends I work at Xycarb Ceramics here in Helmond. Two 13-hour shifts. And I love it, the work is fun, colleagues are great, I have a lot of freedom… and it’s totally different from what I do during the week: running my social media agency, being a fulltime daddy and crossfit athlete… 

Sounds like a lot, but this is who I am, that diversity and active way of living suits me. I’m not the sit-back, get bored, kinda guy. I’m glad that I have the opportunity to live the life that I choose to live… do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life!

Working hard!

In the weekends I work at Xycarb Ceramics here in Helmond. Two 13-hour shifts. And I love it, the work is fun, colleagues are great, I have a lot of freedom… and it’s totally different from what I do during the week: running my social media agency, being a fulltime daddy and crossfit athlete…

Sounds like a lot, but this is who I am, that diversity and active way of living suits me. I’m not the sit-back, get bored, kinda guy. I’m glad that I have the opportunity to live the life that I choose to live… do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life!

Part of my EDC (Every Day Carry): this is in my left pants pocket at all times. Victorinox Swiss Army Knife and Maglite Solitaire mini flashlight.

Part of my EDC (Every Day Carry): this is in my left pants pocket at all times. Victorinox Swiss Army Knife and Maglite Solitaire mini flashlight.

Worst Christmas Evar!

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So this Christmas, 2012, was, without a doubt, the worst Christmas ever! 

My son Pelle got the flu earlier that week, and we kept him home from school, I took care of him and made him comfortable, he was running a fever, and spent a lot of time lying on the couch, watching old Transformers episodes. (I own all the oldskool episodes on dvd)

For me, it started out on Friday the 21st of December… I started feeling unwell in the morning, I had a customer in my office at 9 o’clock, and felt really bad, so after she was gone, I went home immediately, and hit the sack. Had a company Christmas dinner and party, later that  afternoon and evening. I woke up, took some Panadol Liquid Caps 400 mg (my favorite pain-killer) and went to the dinner. I survived that, barely.

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The next morning I had to get up at 5 AM to go to work, felt unwell again, took pain-killers and went to work. More pain-killers kept me up and running, slowly. Cold shivers, weak knees, muscle aches, light fever. I knew I had the flu. For real.

Called in sick on sunday, was running a fever, stayed in bed all day, sweating like a pig. I thought I was doing better. By the time it was monday I felt the worst was over.

That’s when my wife Francis got hit with the flu. In a big way, she went from smiling and cooking dinner, to out on the couch, unable to move, running a fever, in a matter of hours. That was the day of Christmas Eve, so the two of us were down and out, my son Pelle was recovering, but still not completely well. Just our daughter Katja didn’t seem to be bothered by the flu.

And there is no cure, sure, you can drink some extra orange juice for Vitamine C, take some extra multivitamin tablets, drink some hot tea, for your throat, etc. But it’s a virus, there is no cure, you just have to let your body deal with that virus, kick in that fever, boost up that body temperature so the virus gets killed.

Now it’s thursday, Christmas is over, we spent it in our living room, on the couch, in bed, coughing, blowing our noses, drinking tea, and sleeping. No great dinners, no festivities, drinking, laughing, or fun times. Yes, worst Christmas ever.

And it’s not over yet, I thought I was over it, but I’m running a fever again, coughing like a madman, blood coming out of my right nostril constantly. It’s not a nice sight, I can assure you. And my daughter Katja is now in her bed, running a fever, hit by the flu.

There is a point of positivity in all of this: it is a reminder of how fragile, and precious, good health is. As a family, we really pride ourselves in eating, drinking, training and living in a very consious way, to maximize our health and energy, it can all be challenged by a virus like the flu. We eat mostly organic, I follow the Paleo diet, Francis and me are very fanatic gym rats, so I’m pretty sure that our bodies are well-prepared for… anything, basically. Of course it’s a virus, highly contagious, so there’s not a thing you can do about it, but still, it’s irritating that it can hit you so hard.

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I did watch some great reruns of Inspector Frost every night, I love those old britisch detective series, like Morse for example. Already watched every episode a dozen times, but like Morse, Seinfeld or oldskool Transformers, they will always remain “watchable”. So those were the highlights on my Christmas 2012: a grumpy old inspector called Jack Frost. Ah well…

I’m so glad when we’re all back to normal health again… I hope you díd have a great Christmas!

Looper Goes Full Circle!

Just watched the movie Looper in the movie theatre. I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a very good movie with some unexpected plot changes and a storyline that’s… pretty awesome. 

We were expecting to see just that what the trailers would suggest: hired killers who shoot poor bastards sent back from the future. Time travel, hitmen, you get your future self as a mark, shit gets complicated, you fix things, change the future… all is well, yippeekayeey. 

Looper turns out to be much, much, more than that. I was impressed with the unexpected turn of events that lead me into an entirely different direction, where the story of the contract killers becomes second bass.

I don’t want to spoil the plot bút will tell you one thing that will either raise your eyebrows in a positive way, or will totally mean nothing to you… the first means that we have the same exquisite taste in movies/culture/art and the second means that you’re either too young or just like different things. If so, no worries, you are probably a cool guy/gal, just not as cool as the people who know what the fuck I’m talking about :-D

Akira.

Have a great day.

Looper Goes Full Circle!

Just watched the movie Looper in the movie theatre. I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a very good movie with some unexpected plot changes and a storyline that’s… pretty awesome.

We were expecting to see just that what the trailers would suggest: hired killers who shoot poor bastards sent back from the future. Time travel, hitmen, you get your future self as a mark, shit gets complicated, you fix things, change the future… all is well, yippeekayeey.

Looper turns out to be much, much, more than that. I was impressed with the unexpected turn of events that lead me into an entirely different direction, where the story of the contract killers becomes second bass.

I don’t want to spoil the plot bút will tell you one thing that will either raise your eyebrows in a positive way, or will totally mean nothing to you… the first means that we have the same exquisite taste in movies/culture/art and the second means that you’re either too young or just like different things. If so, no worries, you are probably a cool guy/gal, just not as cool as the people who know what the fuck I’m talking about :-D

Akira.

Have a great day.

Snow in my city Helmond!

Snow in my city Helmond!

The Avengers meet Harry Potter

LOL!

Gentleman’s code!

Gentleman’s code!

Video Marketing Book.

Got interviewed through Skype by Pelpina Trip, a dutch new media princess, living in Dallas, Texas. 

She produces video content for, among others, Frankwatching, one of the biggest marketing website in the Netherlands. She also produces video content for Shama.tv , a social media expert in the US.

She’s writing a book about video marketing and she interviewed me about vlogging, video marketing and being a successful Youtube Partner.

It’s nice to be invited to participate in a book in this way, and felt good to connect to a like-minded individual like Pelpina who I never would’ve met if not for Youtube, Twitter and Facebook. (and those thousand of hours of hard work creating those 1200+ Youtube video’s of mine)

Looking forward to the book, and the video.
Every day brings new adventures… keep ‘em comin’!

Video Marketing Book.

Got interviewed through Skype by Pelpina Trip, a dutch new media princess, living in Dallas, Texas.

She produces video content for, among others, Frankwatching, one of the biggest marketing website in the Netherlands. She also produces video content for Shama.tv , a social media expert in the US.

She’s writing a book about video marketing and she interviewed me about vlogging, video marketing and being a successful Youtube Partner.

It’s nice to be invited to participate in a book in this way, and felt good to connect to a like-minded individual like Pelpina who I never would’ve met if not for Youtube, Twitter and Facebook. (and those thousand of hours of hard work creating those 1200+ Youtube video’s of mine)

Looking forward to the book, and the video.
Every day brings new adventures… keep ‘em comin’!

Stormy weather.

Shot this cool picture of these ominous dark clouds drifting towards our house. I love the contrast of the sun shining on the houses and the dark grey storm clouds in the back…

It’s been raining here all week, and the mornings and evenings are really cold. Autumn had arrived.

Stormy weather.

Shot this cool picture of these ominous dark clouds drifting towards our house. I love the contrast of the sun shining on the houses and the dark grey storm clouds in the back…

It’s been raining here all week, and the mornings and evenings are really cold. Autumn had arrived.

I love Monday mornings!
WAAAAHHH!!! This monday morning (it’s 11:30 AM right now) has been really hectic again. I’m doing work for 5 or 6 different customers/companies and updating my own blogs, social media and recording video, all at once and criss-cross and up and down, left to right. Planning, producing, e-mailing, thinking, creating… yep, puttin on the turbo booster like Michael Knight! Crushing it!
I fucking love Monday mornings!

I love Monday mornings!

WAAAAHHH!!! This monday morning (it’s 11:30 AM right now) has been really hectic again. I’m doing work for 5 or 6 different customers/companies and updating my own blogs, social media and recording video, all at once and criss-cross and up and down, left to right. Planning, producing, e-mailing, thinking, creating… yep, puttin on the turbo booster like Michael Knight! Crushing it!

I fucking love Monday mornings!