Sunday, July 30, 2006

Images of our tree top Suite


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I've been saying for ages that I would show you our new Suite. Well, here it finally is. I've also been trying to upload pictures of our UK trip for the last 2 days, but blogger seems to be playing up for some reason. I'll keep trying though.

For more clips of the Belize Jungle Dome, go to our Belize Vacation Blog

Friday, July 28, 2006

Back to the old school!

What a brilliant time we've had in the UK!

But so far for keeping a video diary...I've been way too busy hanging out with my friends to spend time on the computer. Still, I think that's a good thing.

We got back yesterday and are pretty jet-lagged. Lucas, Aidan and I were up at 3 this morning, so we're good for nothing much today. Still, it was all worth it.

Being back in London was very 'old school'. Especially hanging out with James Hyman (the music and film expert, check him out if you need a Music Supervisor or Music Supervision) and bumping into other old MTVers. James and I dusted off tons of old MTV & Partyzone tapes and are having the best of them digitized (soon to be seen on this blog)
There is not much left for me to say about my Partyzone reunion with James Hyman and my dear friend (and host to our London trip) Tania, as James has said it all on his blog (Top rant as usual, he's a hard act to follow).

Many things caught my attention whilst traveling; I'll post/think out loud about them in the coming days/weeks.

Also many pics/travel clips to follow.
Peace!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Living on the edge

We're still alive and well in Norfolk. Went to see the OAP's play bowles today & are back to the bowls club for a BBQ tonight. That's the excitement of Norfolk daily life.

So no beefworms, flooding rivers or torrential rain for us at the moment. Poor Karen is the one dealing with all that right now in Belize (sorry Karen, our timing seems to be a bit off...hope you're okay with it all)

Tomorrow we're edging our way down to London and from there on to Brighton. Looking forward to catching up with my old mates and of course my sister Iris. Oh, and I can't wait for dinner at Bart's house (our friend the super chef) in Brighton. Rich will be there too, so it will be a nice Jungle Dome reunion. Anyway, I better get ready for the barbie. Don't wait up ; )

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Oops-a-daisy!


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Wiggle...


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And giggle.


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British summer


All is well with the Hunties. We got through the flights without too many problems (bless our gypsie kids) & are enjoying ourselves enormously. Our days are jam-packed with outings for the kids, the meeting of friends, a bit of shopping here and there and hanging out with the grandparents. It's a tough life ; )

By the way, everybody is going on about how hot it is and has been in the UK lately, but to us it feels just right. Not too hot, not too cold. Very pleasant indeed. So anyhow....we're very happy!



Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Our little champion swimmer


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So we're off to England in the next 15 minutes. I'll film our trip as we go along.
See ya!

Monday, July 03, 2006

My beautiful boys

Aidan

Lucas

Vivid imagination

You often hear about children having imaginary friends, but have you ever heard of a 3-year-old with an imaginary castle?

Apparently, Lucas owns his own castle in Guatemala. He lives there, so he says, with 2 babies (including a baby girl who can already walk and has teeth), 4 little dogs and lots of chickens. He looks after the babies and the animals himself and does all his own cooking (he mainly cooks eggs). Seeing as his castle is far away, you'd have to fly to get there. But he can sort you out tickets if you like.

Now, the funny thing is that he hasn't just mentioned this castle once or twice, but that he has started to talk about it on qan almost daily basis.

Whenever he is not allowed to have something (a sweet, or whatever) he tells me that next time in his castle, he won't give me any sweets either. He also talks about life in his castle whenever we drive the car and there are no other distractions.

I quite like this imaginary world of his. A place where he is the boss and there are no grown-ups telling him what to do.

Anyway, I better get packing....

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Our little piece of paradise


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Why I love these kids so much


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My neighbour's nasty parrot


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Emerging from the jungle

I had a look through my wardrobe today and noticed that there is virtually nothing in there that can be worn in the UK. See, when you live in Belize you become less fussy. You wear clothes with small stains, rips or discolorations, without even noticing it. And you also don't notice these imperfections on other people.

But the weirdest thing happens as soon as you step off the plane (be it in the States, Canada, Europe...anywhere): you suddenly notice how shabby you look and how shabby your friend/partner/children look. You suddenly notice each other's bad hairdos, the tiniest of imperfection on your clothes, how there's a bit of mold on the baby's stroller, etc.

I'm sure that Karen and both my sisters Miriam and Iris will giggle when they read this post, 'cause they've all been there. Miriam apparently was in shock when she first arrived in Miami after having lived in Belize for 2 years. She suddenly noticed that her trousers were too short for her legs, that both she and her husband had crappy haircuts and that they basically (in her own words) 'looked like tramps'.

Mind you, people on Miami's South Beach look freakily perfect anyway (with a little 'pull and tuck' and a hefty prize tag of course), so next to them most of us feel like tramps. But Miriam had actually not seen herself in a full-length mirror for months and when she finally did in her Miami hotel room she was not too happy. "Why didn't you tell me how crap I looked?" She asked me afterwards. But of course I hadn't noticed, as we all looked as bad as each other.

Mind you, these days we look a tat more professional. We live more comfortably than we did those first few years in Belize, we don't have to cross the river by boat or hand-cranked ferry anymore, we no longer keep our own horses or chickens, we don't have to do our own gardening or fence building anymore, etc.

So, all in all, we look better and more 'organized' than we did before, but according to the standards of Western society, we still are a bunch jungle bunnies.

For instance, last time when I saw my friend Tania at her hen night, she dressed me up in her clothes, stuck some make-up on me and said "See? You still scrub up nice". Now how's that for a 'compliment'?

Oh well, it gives me an excuse to shop, so I don't mind too much.

But I'll have to try and get Lucas to wear shoes whilst we're in England. That's probably going to be our biggest challenge.....

Yep, you can take the boy out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the boy.