Archive for September, 2012

September 26, 2012

Flirtation

Flirtation is a “Woman- only- party”  in Amsterdam. I’ve visited this party for openminded women many times and to me it’s one of the best parties in Amsterdam. I’ve never seen so many women partying together. Partygirls, students, housewifes, straight, lesbian and bisexual women, it’s simply a huge mix of 1000 (!) partying women. And no, besides some security personnel, there are NO MEN. All waiters, dj’s and performers are female. I think for every woman it’s a special experience to party without men around.

The party takes place in Club Panama in Amsterdam and the next edition is coming up soon! It’s a Black & White edition with in the big room Miss Sugaware & Lina-Ann with Dj duo CAT CARPENTERS. In the studio DJ duo Cherr du Perr & Darling 10 playing smooth R&B. As always there’s more…dancers of Entertainment Matters, competitions with Nat-2 and the 5 best dressed Flirts will win Lady Gaga’s new black perfume Fame. If you come from outside Amsterdam, Flirtation recommends you to sleep in the unique Lloyd Hotel , which is on a 75 meter walk from Panama. If you visit Flirtation and book your night in the Lloyd Hotel, you will receive 25% discount on the official roomprice.

Flirtation

Flirtation

The next edition is Flirtation Black & White on Saturday October 6.
Location: Club Panama, Oostelijke Handelskade 4, Amsterdam
Time: 23.00-04.00 uur
Dresstip: black en/of white
Tickets: www.flirtation.nl (€ 17,50 euro inclusive ticket fee) or Free Record Shop (17,50 euro exclusief ticketfee)

P.S.: Soon more about the history of Flirtation and the woman behind this concept!

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September 26, 2012

Hong Kong tycoon offers $65 million “marriage bounty” to any man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter

Just a week after 33-year-old Hong Kong socialite Gigi Chao revealed she is married to her female partner of seven years, her tycoon father has launched a public campaign to marry her off to a man.

Cecil Chao, a Hong Kong shipping magnate and property developer, is offering a HK$500 million ($65 million) marriage bounty to the man who captures Gigi’s heart, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday. “I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor. The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted,” Cecil was quoted as saying by the Hong Kong daily. Gigi last week revealed she married long-time partner Sean Eav in France earlier this year. Same-sex marriages are not legally recognized in Hong Kong. Her father, the 76-year-old owner of Cheuk Nang (Holdings) Ltd., rejected suggestions that Gigi is a lesbian, and described reports she had gotten hitched as “false,” the SCMP said. Cecil Chao is hardly one to be giving marriage advice: he is known in Hong Kong as the “playboy tycoon,” famed for once claiming to having bedded 10,000 women. Gigi, who runs a modeling and marketing company and is a director at Cheuk Nang, is his first of three children with different women.

A photograph posted on Ms Chao’s public Facebook page confirmed that she and her partner were Paris-bound in April this year. “Going to Paris to buy a few businesses,” read the caption to a picture apparently taken in the first class section of a plane. The Facebook profile of Ms Chao, who is a University of Manchester architecture graduate, reads: “Helicopter Pilot. Social entrepreneur. Creator of expressions in colour and emotion.” It also describes her as an executive director at her father’s Hong Kong-based property firm, Cheuk Nang. Ms Chao’s LinkedIn profile says she worked with British architect Sir Terry Farrell for two years.

Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Mr Chao denied he would force his daughter to marry a man against her will.

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Could you imagine (Okay well probably your parents are/were not this wealthy), your parents doing anything similar? Do you think this is just gossip? Would you support your child regardless his or her sexual preference?

September 21, 2012

Remember 2015

 

MAKE WORLD LEADERS KEEP THEIR PROMISE TO CHILDREN
In 2000, leaders of 189 countries signed the Millennium Development Goals. This document promised a better future for children by 2015. A great idea but little has changed.

Remember2015 reminds world leaders of their promise and motivates them to match their words with deeds. Join us, sign our petition and become a Re-member. Together, we can move the world on this issue.

http://www.remember2015.com/

September 20, 2012

13yrs old Filipino boy ‘Kesz’ Valdez wins Children’s Peace Prize 2012

And I was there!
With tears in my eyes…
No, I was not emotional because I was aloud to be in De Ridderzaal, The Hall of Knights (It is very rare that the Ridderzaal is opened to the public.) , where our Queen gave her annual speech to the government just a day before, but because of all the energy and positive vibes and amazing people…

Check this clip, so you understand my emotions:

A young Filipino boy who lived off a rubbish dump and slept in an open tomb has won a prestigious children’s award in the Netherlands for his work to improve the rights of his fellow street kids. Cris “Kesz” Valdez, aged 13, was handed this year’s International Children’s Peace Prize at a glittering ceremony in The Hague on Wednesday, where he received a 100,000 euro  prize.

Valdez was chosen from three finalists for the work of his “Championing Community Children” charity which raises funds to hand out gift parcels to needy children in Cavite City, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of the capital Manila.

“You are wonderful,” Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu, who handed over this year’s prize, told Valdez at a press conference shortly after the ceremony, held in The Hague’s historic Knight’s Hall.

“My message to children around the world is not to lose hope” and to remember things like hygiene, said Valdez, who added that the prize would help him get an education and perhaps realise his dream of becoming a doctor. Through his charity, Valdez has handed out more than 5,000 gifts to destitute children that included everyday articles like flip-flops, toys, sweets and clothes, said the KidsRights Foundation, the prize’s initiator.In all, he has helped some 10,000 children in his area on health, hygiene and children’s rights, the foundation added. Some 246,000 street children are, like Valdez was as a young child, subjected to abuse, violence and child labour in the Philippines, it said. Lifting the heavy golden trophy of what looked like a kid pushing the world, Valdez offered the award to the Philippines, saying he is representing the Philippines and that the award is for all the street children

Asked about the prize money, KidsRights Foundation chairman Marc Dullaert said a committee was now to decide, together with Valdez, to which projects it would be donated.

Archbishop Tutu, the South African peace icon who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, is in the Netherlands for a nine-day visit.

Kesz Valdez and Archbishop Desmond Tutu-International Children's Peace price

Kesz Valdez and Archbishop Desmond Tutu-International Children’s Peace price

And as tribute to the Filipino winner, the song “Anak” by Freddie Aguilar was sung in a theatrical dramatic style with an intro of drum players marching on the center of the aisle then joined at the center of the stage by the members of the Dutch National Orchestra and sung by Dutch Filipina musical artist Cystine Carreon.

EDIT 28-06-2013: Kidsrights read this blogpost and explained me that Kesz did not win the money himself, but Kidsrights will spend the money on causes that Kesz commits himself to. 

September 19, 2012

The Queen’s chair

This is the throne that our queen sat on yesterday! I just left the Ridderzaal in Den Haag

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September 11, 2012

Breakfast at the office

After a healthy & active summer vacation I’m trying to keep up the good habits, here’s my breakfast today at the office:

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What did you have for breakfast?

September 5, 2012

Souvenir from Slovenia

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September 4, 2012

Mlekomat (milkomat)

The Dutch consider themselves a milk-nation (They even drink milk for lunch with their raw herring iiiiiieeeeew).

Then why don’t we have any milkomats here? I love this concept which is spread all over Slovenia.

F.Y.I. : I very much dislike the Dutch milk, I did not consume any untill I was introduced to Slovenian milk about 10 years ago, I love the Slovenian Alp milk. The stuff the Dutch call milk, is for me a flavourless watery substance..

 

September 4, 2012

Krofi or krofe from Trojane (‘Trojane doughnuts’)

Slovenian krofe are filled doughnuts. They are round (without the American hole in the middle) and usually filled with jelly, marmalade, jam, chocolate, custard, or cream. The name comes from German Krapfen, and it is a variation of the Central European pastry, known as Berliner. The recipe for home-made krafne includes yeast, milk, sugar, flour, salt, butter, eggs, rum, lemon peel, marmalade and powdered sugar.

In Croatia they’re known as krafne or krofne. To you they might be comparable to doughnuts. I had tried the Trojaner version before, but this was the first time I went to the shop myself, since we were driving through Slovenia and we were in the neighbourhood. 

In different historical periods, Trojane was always an important spot for ancient travellers on the road from the middle to the eastern part of Slovenia (looking at the borders as they are today). Ancient Romans who travelled from Emona (today’s Ljubljana) to Celeia (today’s Celje) and onwards to Petovia (today’s Ptuj), established their army and post office in Trojane. They named it Atrans. The oldest known written record mentioning the present name of the place goes back to 1229.

At the beginning, in 1961, Trojane barely produced about ten doughnuts a day, but since then the demand has grown in such manner that they now produce and sell between 2000 and 5000 doughnuts every day, and even more during the carnival period and on special occasions.The trojane doughnut acquired several awards. The most important ones are its place among slovenian active souvenirs, and the slovenian quality mark (sq).

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In the neighbourhood?

Donut shop:
Monday – Thursday 5.30 – 23.00
Friday 5.30 – 24.00
Saturday – Sunday 5.30 – 23.00

More info? http://www.gp-trojane.si/indexen.html

September 4, 2012

Back in Amsterdam- recap summer vacation 2012

You have noticed… I am back in Amsterdam.

After so much beautiful nature I find it hard to be back in the city.

Here’s a recap of my summer vacation 2012 in Croatia and Slovenia, detailed blogposts will follow!

Let me show you what I will miss most;

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