September 30, 2014

Amsterdam museums map

How to squeeze in as many Amsterdam-museums as possible in your Amsterdam trip?

Plan your route!

Check out this supercool map made by http://www.amsterdamtips.com

Amsterdam museums by AmsterdamTips.com

Amsterdam museums by AmsterdamTips.com

September 30, 2014

DLCS news!

DLCS will anounce some exciting news soon and it involves this beautiful garden in Amsterdam! 

Hidden garden in Amsterdam by DLCS

Hidden garden in Amsterdam by DLCS

September 24, 2014

Mumbai Smiles: Kaleidoscope 2014 Rally – Hey, Womania!

Hey Womania!

This season, Mumbai Smiles took a step ahead and collaborated with Mumbai’s most ‘iconic’ college festival: Kaleidoscope, organized by one of the leading colleges of the city- Sophia’s College for Women, the annual cultural fest that ran from the September 9 to 14, 2014.

 

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 Rally -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 Rally -DLCS

 

The theme of Kaleidoscope 2014, Be Iconic, is guaranteed to not just showcase the crème de la crème of all fields that ever were – be it music, fine arts or sports, but also to leave one inspired to take actions worthy of joining ranks with the ones in the hallowed halls of fame. In its 29th year, the festival was larger than ever: with new events, more participants and the ever-enthusiastic workforce. One of the biggest and most awaited college festivals of Mumbai city, Kaleidoscope was a riot of colours and patterns, a synthesis of art and movement, and quite simply, a visual treat.

 

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014  -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 -DLCS

 

With just so much happening around, Mumbai Smiles just had to be a part of this eventful college fest. It’s collaboration all started by going out to the streets on the 27th of August, where a rally was conducted to spread awareness of the Project SEED of the organization and also gain visibility of the work carried out by the organization. More than 200 students of the college along with few beneficiaries of the SEED Project came forward to participate and join hands in this rally, a rally that highlighted the importance of guaranteeing the rights of the women in the society through slogans, chants, posters and eventually a flash mob that only added to the visibility of the Mumbai Smiles among by-standers.

 

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014  -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 -DLCS

 

To those of you who are wondering what exactly is Project SEED? It is one of the projects of Mumbai Smiles that seeks to empower women from slum communities with skills that will make them employable and enable them to join the workforce in order to earn a livelihood. Under this program, groups of women receive basic training in a variety of skills such as beautician skills, crafts, retail management marketing, tailoring, and many more. The programs ultimately help in making these women independent, gain confidence and become an agent of social change in the society. Among the other activities of this eventful collaboration was an initiative taken by young students to come forward and organize a handicraft activity for the women beneficiaries of the SEED Project. In this activity they learnt to make souvenirs that could be sold during the college fest, the proceeds of which would benefit the women who made it.

 

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014  -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 -DLCS

 

Moreover, at the festival itself, Mumbai Smiles had the opportunity to set up their own stall to spread awareness about their work and initiatives. Products made by SEED women such as candles, flowers, bags, bookmarks were among some items that were exhibited at the stall. Such a presence in this fest opened up a way to motivate the young students to come forward and engage with the NGO and lastly, create a market for the SEED products.

 

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014  -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 -DLCS

 

Mumbai Smiles’ association with Sophia College has truly been unforgettable in many ways. It opened up a way to motivate young students of the college to come forward and engage with the NGO, created a market for the products of SEED and lastly opened doors to looking into other ways of collaboration between the college and the organization. Now that is what you call a huge success!

 

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014  -DLCS

Mumbai Smiles Kaleidoscope 2014 -DLCS

 

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women” – Kofi Annan

 

There are many more pictures of the event! Check them out on Facebook (click) 

September 22, 2014

Fall on it’s way

Dark when I leave the house,

Soon also dark when I come home.

Rain…

BUT

Also pumpkins, stews and hearty soups, chestnuts, stamppot, mushrooms,

mulled wine, Sinterklaas, candlelight and Christmas.

Then the bubbles and fireworks mean I’m a year wiser again.

 

Which reminds me… a bath and a fireplace, who can borrow me those?

I’ll cook for you in exchange.

 

DLCS fall

DLCS fall

 

Which food gives you that autumn-wintery warm feeling?

 

August 8, 2014

Sense Balkan and Circus Hoppa in De Tolhuistuin

In 2012 I wrote about De Tolhuistuin (click).  Now I’m organising a party there!

DLCS will combine Amsterdam, Artists & arts, Food en Leisure in Amsterdam Nature! :)

 

Sense Music- Sense Balkan with Circus Hoppa https://www.facebook.com/events/860609227297668

Sense Music- Sense Balkan with Circus Hoppa
https://www.facebook.com/events/860609227297668

 

Sense Balkan. Brought to you by DLCS  and Outdoor Cinema . Kick off with watching the movie Gadjo Dilo, have a bite, experience a live concert of The Old Bridge Duo and then…

Circus Hoppa’s DJim Bolia will make you dance to Balkan and Gipsy music during a Silent Disco in Amsterdam’s most magical garden…

You will be enticed by a Cirquesque hoola hoop striptease dance act by  Malice Senga! Check her out: www.alicepons.com and forget it’s Wednesday! Let’s celebrate we had such a hot summer in Amsterdam, Let’s share the energy and BE the circus!

‘Festum se ipsum alet!’

- ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ ♮ ♯ – ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ ♮ ♯ – ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ ♮ ♯

Circus Hoppa is a musical Circus with DJ’s, musicians and artists of all kinds! Cirquesque is the magic word!

“Our goal is to bring people together in every form. To bring musicians and music lovers, theater and theatre lovers, dance and dance lovers, circus and circus lover, art and art lovers, artists, and artist lovers together on our caravanserai journey all over the world.”

The circus is a fluid body of everlasting change and destined to spread fun and enjoyment around whether you like it or not.

Circus Hoppa http://www.circushoppa.nl   LIKE: httpp://www.facebook.com/CircusHoppa

Circus Hoppa http://www.circushoppa.nl LIKE: httpp://www.facebook.com/CircusHoppa

 

Circus Hoppa is specialised in energetic and danceable Balkan Beats, Klezmer and Swing music that makes you want to party!

 

 

You can look forward to interviews with the men who made this circus possible: Ramses Hoppa and DJimbolia AND the hottest circus chick ever: Amelie Poelier.

More info about Circus Hoppa: http://www.circushoppa.nl

Updates about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/860609227297668

August 1, 2014

Pink in Amsterdam

 

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Ready for Gay Pride Amsterdam, with my self made Indonesian salad made with grandmom’s recipe. Curious what’s in it? Recipe soon!

July 10, 2014

Cooking his way through victory

A parent’s greatest wish is to see his/her child grow up to be a successful person. These little bases of happiness remain unchanged even if parents are unable to support their children. Unimaginable is the plight of those who are compelled to stay away from their families on account of fiscal difficulties. Such is the story of Vijay Singh, a beneficiary of our Future Smiles Project, an education project, who was abandoned very early in his life, yet, who fought against all odds and became successful.

The second son of Seturam Singh, Vijay spent only the first few years of his life at his parents’ house. Bowing down to the dismal socio-economic conditions of their household, Vijay’s parents had to send Vijay away to live at an orphanage as they couldn’t afford the expenses of raising two children. Consequently, Vijay lived at the “Karuna” orphanage for 7 years. The orphanage supported his education during these 7 years. From the very beginning, Vijay was passionate about food and cooking and he wanted to make a career in this field. He, therefore, decided to pursue a diploma in hotel management. But, the orphanage couldn’t support his education any further, as his course of choice cost Rs. 48000. Vijay was under a huge dilemma, as he did not want to bother his financially burdened parents, and at the same time, he needed a professional degree to have a successful career and make his parents proud.

His quest brought him to Mumbai Smiles and this was a turning point in his life. We saw Vijay’s immense determination and perseverance, and realized that his ardour would surely lead him to success in his chosen field. Mumbai Smiles, thus, decided to fund his education. This support not only enabled him to pursue his education, but also allowed him to return to his parents’ house, as they no longer had to bear any monetary burden.

 

Vijay among other students who recieved financial support for their education

Vijay among other students who recieved financial support for their education

 

 

Today, Vijay holds a diploma in Hotel Management. His parents are grateful to Mumbai Smiles, not only for ensuring that their son received a complete education, but also for reuniting their little family and helping to bring home their son, whom they had to unwillingly send away few years ago. We are immensely proud of Vijay for battling all odds and emerging successful.

Vijay has truly set an example for others to follow and we wish him all the luck for the future.

 

Vijay

Vijay

July 5, 2014

Stick

Thank you dear stick for serving me so well for a week and keeping me safe and helping me with my balance.

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June 5, 2014

Happiness held is the seed, happiness shared is the flower!

And this time the SEED women sure shared happiness through their flowers!

St. Jordi is Barcelona’s and Catalonia’s version of Valentine’s Day and is a one day festival of romance, roses and books, all inspired by the legend of Saint George on 23rd April every year. On Saint Jordi’s Day the men in Barcelona and Catalonia give their partners a red rose, and in recent years a new Saint Jordi tradition is that the ladies give their men a book.  There are bookstalls and book markets all over Barcelona on Saint Jordi’s day. It is a very traditional festivity that combines culture and romanticism. Book and flower stalls are set up along the streets of Barcelona. This curious festival comes from a mixture of traditions from different periods. It coincides, on one hand, with the fact that Saint Jordi has been the patron saint of Catalonia since the 15th century; on the other hand, it comes from the famous legend of St George and the dragon and the old medieval tradition of visiting the Chapel of Saint Jordi in the Government Palace, where a rose fair used to take place. The legend of Saint George is that Saint Jordi slew a dragon to save a princess and then plucked a red rose for the princess from a rose bush, which had sprouted on the exact spot, where the dragon’s red blood had spilled.

SEED women making the roses in India

SEED women making the roses in India

At Mumbai Smiles, a huge order of 1845 roses (400 white and 1445 red) was received from Barcelona for Saint Jordi’s day. The order was received in mid-January and the roses were to be dispatched by 26th-27th of March. The task was to be completed by members of the SEED team.  SEED, a skills development program of Mumbai Smiles, aims to equip women and girls from low-income backgrounds with tangible, marketable skills that can help them earn a proper livelihood. For this purpose, women from nearby areas of Andheri (Mumbai) were enrolled and trained. In all, 14 beneficiaries were trained, of which 5 were our existing SEED beneficiaries and the rest 9 were newly enrolled into the process. It was heartening to see the beneficiaries work day and night to complete the order. The sale proceeds of the roses shall be distributed among the beneficiaries.

 

Jaume's books for sale

Jaume’s books for sale

 

Such training to the SEED beneficiaries ensures their socio economic sustainability and independence. In fact, Pravina Mohite, one of the beneficiaries, gave the following feedback after the training:

“I have undertaken the handicraft training in Mumbai Smiles. Now I get orders for craft flowers. Thanks to the SEED team of Mumbai Smiles for this training!!”

While the flowers were ready to be dispatched to Spain from the Mumbai Office, a whole range of activities was organized by their team members in Spain to sell these roses.

Sonrisas de Bombay volunteers in Spain

Sonrisas de Bombay volunteers in Spain

Some of them were:

  • Preparing stands and stalls at Barcelona and Tarragona where the Spain team members and volunteers sold these solidarity roses made by the beneficiaries of the SEED Project.
  • Jaume Sanllorente (Founder of Mumbai Smiles, and also a writer) was personally present at the stand in Barcelona to sign his latest book-The power of smiles for his fans. His books talk about his experience of starting this organization as also its various Projects.
  • Their new campaign ‘They smile, you can make it happen’ was also launched on the same day of Sant Jordi, the 23rd of April.

 

 Mumbai Smiles founder, Jaume with his fans on Sant Jordi


Mumbai Smiles founder, Jaume with his fans on Sant Jordi

 

The day came to an end with a huge success where about 1300 of those handmade roses were sold!

Mumbai Smiles continue to embark their journey towards creating a model of a just society, which is free of poverty and where people live with equal rights and opportunities.

 

The roses

The roses

Text and photos belong to Mumbai Smiles. 

To know more about Mumbai Smiles: www.mumbaismiles.org

The Spanish website: www.sonrisasdebombay.org

You are always welcome to visit these projects. All you have to do is write on: mumbai@mumbaismiles.org 

June 1, 2014

Soup? A small research for DLCS

On the picture below you see the first “Caldo Gallego” I have ever tried, a typical Galician soup which I ate in Spain.

 

Caldo Gallego by DLCS

Caldo Gallego by DLCS

 

Would you be so kind to do me a favor and post your favorite soup and the country the soup is from below in the comments?

 

Thank you!

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