Een mooi cadeau uitkiezen kost vaak veel tijd. Maar wanneer je erin slaagt om het perfecte geschenk voor iemand te kiezen, geeft jou dat net zo'n goed gevoel als de ontvanger. Van een liefdevol gekozen cadeau worden dus twee mensen blij!
Maar het kiezen van een cadeau valt vaak niet mee - zeker als het iets bijzonders moet zijn. Voor de echt unieke presentjes moet je vaak naar speciale winkels. En online is het aanbod van internetshops zo groot dat je al heel snel door de bomen het bos niet meer ziet.
Xkies wil je helpen bij het kiezen van mooie cadeaus voor speciale mensen of speciale gelegenheden. Dat doen we geheel onafhankelijk. Onze redactie heeft een selectie gemaakt uit het aanbod van ruim honderd webwinkels en de meest bijzondere cadeaus van deze sites geselecteerd.
We hebben bij onze keuze niet de weg van de minste weerstand genomen. Natuurlijk vind je bij Xkies producten van grote, bekende webwinkels, maar ook unieke presentjes van webshops die je niet altijd makkelijk tegenkomt, online winkels die hippe gadgets verkopen en webwinkels die gespecialiseerd zijn in het allerleukste kinderspeelgoed.
This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I like to read. I just never really took the time to read books. This year I’ve gotten the hang of it though.
And what a better way to start a book section than with a book called ‘De ereronde van de eland’ (victory lap of the moose). It’s written by a former professional cyclist, Thijs Zonneveld and describes the thoughts of a rider who’s escaped from the main bunch in the Tour de France, but still has a long way to go. Unfortunately the book is a bit short, but it does give a nice insight in the life of a cyclist.
My sister introduced me to Douglas Coupland, a Canadian author who writes about everyday life in corporate environments. This may sound boring, but he presents it in an incredibly funny way. Not much later I noticed his name on the cover of another book: The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas. It looked interesting, with the edges of the pages painted black and because of his recommendation I decided to buy it. The plot was even more mysterious and exciting than the title and artwork. So I also got her previous novel, Popco, which was even more interesting as it deals with marketing and mathematical puzzles.
And what better time to read than on holiday. I took four novels to Egypt and finished them all. I started with A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz, about a disrupted Australian family. On the road to Cairo and back I read The Cairo Diary by Maxim Chattam. An ingenious thriller about a woman who has to take refuge in Mount St. Michel and discovers the diary of an English detective stationed in 1928 Cairo in which he describes his investigations into a serial killer. Back on the beach I raced through Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich, where a Nascar-driver and his spotter get involved in some criminal activities and a fast-paced romance. Finally, I read Slam by Nick Hornby, a very funny description of the life of a teenage boy who knocks up his girlfriend and turns to a Tony Hawk poster for advice.
Apologies for the lack of updates. But as a famous blogger once said: if I’ve got something interesting to write about, I’m too busy to post it and when I’ve got time to update my blog I’ve got nothing to report. Anyways, I’m going to try to post more often. Starting with a runthrough of the things that have occupied me the last couple of weeks. Besides all the regular sports, music, movies and games, I’ve also been to two comedy shows (Theo Maassen and Wim Helsen), was a volunteer at a rally of classic cars in Apeldoorn and went a weekend away to Groet with friends from my former track and field club in Tilburg.
It’s been awhile since my last update and that’s not because I’ve had nothing to report about. In fact, I’ve been extraordinarily busy, and lazy too, I have to admit. But luckily for you, I’ve managed to find some time to fill you in with the latest occurings in my rather dull life.
Starting of with ‘het Grootste Staatsbezoek Allertijden’ (biggest parade of (fake) royalty ever) in the lovely Dutch town Baarn. The streets were filled with thousands of elderly spectators, a couple of kids and my sister and me. I’d probably be wiser not to share this with the entire world, but since only 6 people per month visit this site, it was my idea to go. But I only asked my sister because I knew she’s fond of costumes and historical figures like Sissi.
The basic concept of the event was that people dressed as former kings and queens and other highly regarded persons from way back in time rode on horse-drive carriages through Baarn. While the parade went down to the royal palace Soestdijk, we went to the centre of town for lunch and to buy a present for Father’s Day. We’d already decided it was going to be the new James Bond-book, but to our big surprise we were able to buy it at a store that carried our family name. On the way back we also bought and ate some delicious sirupwaffles (honey-flavored, the other option being mocca, gracefully presented in a market stall).
The weekend after May 4th and 5th, when Holland remembers those fallen during the Second World War and other wars and celebrates our freedom, there’s a big military show in Bussum. Vehicles from the past parade through town and are displayed at a former trainings location in the woods on the outskirts of the city. Although I’m not a big fan of the army, it was interesting to see the various vehicles and other attributes, guarded by soldiers in authentic uniforms. Of course the resistance was also present, just like a Moroccan warrior with his donkeys. Pictures coming soon.