Separations

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My girlfriend and I have been dating a little over 2 years and 2 months now.
Unfortunately, approximately 1 year was spent in a long distance relationship in which she was staying in the US
and I was staying in Brussels, Belgium.
Now even though that might sound awful, which it certainly was at times, we managed to make the best out of it by sending each other packages filled with goodies, letters, watching movies simultaneously while on Skype, or by cooking the same meal together.
We also managed one or the other visit during that period but it didn’t exceeded a stay longer than 10 days.

In September of 2013 my girlfriend moved to Ghent, Belgium, in order to pursue her advanced masters degree.
You can imagine how thrilled we both were to finally be together in one place for longer than just a couple of weeks.

However, about 2 months after she got here, things started to get uncomfortable.
There seemed to be something lurking over us and we started to get into each others way.
To be honest, I had been in a slump and wasn’t doing anything productive but watching Youtube videos on repeat.
I later understood how that could be annoying and how it started to make me less attractive towards my girlfriend.
Indeed, there are more factors to attraction than just your physical appearance.

After spending a couple of days apart from each other I finally realized what had been causing all this discomfort
and I managed to pull myself out of the hole I had been in.
My girlfriend and I found each other again and we decided to take it slow and give it a fresh start.

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It’s now Cinco de Mayo, and over the past months
I have had the best moments with my partner.
Things just became natural again and the bond we had is renewed
and even stronger than before.

Unfortunately Kristine is going back to Ghent today, and since I’m living in Brussels, even though it’s only a 50 minute ride, it’s always hard to let your significant other go when you’ve been having fun and enjoying each others company over the last 4 days.

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Share as many moments with your partner as you can.
If there’s something you wanna do then don’t wait till next time- do it now.
People get separated on a daily basis, if it’s for a short or long period of time, and we take things for granted.

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So go have that ice cream, go watch that movie or go take that walk through the city because it will be one additional memory that will comfort you when you’re alone, waiting for the other to come back to you.

Have a nice one.

100 Happy Days

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Do you ever have a day where you find yourself going from one place to the other, switching
from one activity to the other and downing your meal whilst checking your latest social media news feed?

Does it ever happen to you, to go to bed and wonder where your day went?
Trying to remember what it is you actually did?
Maybe even confusing it with activities from a completely different day?

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 I have days like that and lately they’ve become more frequent.
Sometimes it just all seems so vague to me and that ancient questions of:
“What’s the purpose of all this”
pops into my head.

But what is the point after all?
Is it to pave the way for the future generation or try to exploit our surroundings as much as possible before we vanish?
Is it to help and inspire as many people as we can reach or just let it all pass over our heads?

 I don’t think there is a rational answer to this ancestral question but
more of a constant pursuit to what feels right.
And it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all of the things that are around us.
So easy, it seems to me, to lose sight of it all.

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 And since, from my point of view, we’re here until we turn to dust, we might as well just enjoy it and appreciate the little things that we tend to overlook so quit often.

So it is with that purpose, which is to pay attention to the little things, that I have started the 100 Happy Days Challenge.
A challenge that demands you to post 1 picture a day for a 100 days, of something that made you happy.
I see it as a way to “force” yourself into noticing what it is you’re doing and enjoy it.

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So I guess my message is that if you need to rediscover what it’s all about but you don’t really know where to start, this might help you to get onto the right track.
I believe that even if a little “weird” at the beginning, this challenge will, in the long run,
open your eyes once again.

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Have a nice one.

Indian Chicken Recipe

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Today I shall give you my recipe for a delicious chicken tikka masala.

You will need:

4 chicken breasts
1 onion (chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (minced) or 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 thumb of ginger (chopped)
1 big hand full of cilantro 
1 tablespoon of curry and paprika powder 
Salt and Pepper 
500 mL of coconut milk 
400 g of diced tomatoes
2 table spoons of mild curry paste (preferably from Sharwood’s)
1 cup of basmati rice or 1 bag of Uncle Ben’s 10 minute rice

First thing you have to do is glaze the onion, ginger and garlic in a big pot.
When you see that the skin of the onions is shining, you add about 1 tablespoon of curry powder, paprika powder,
salt, pepper and finally the cilantro.
Make sure to mix all the spices thoroughly, with a wooden spoon, before adding the chicken.

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After having cooked your chicken normally, add the curry paste, diced tomatoes and coconut milk in that order.
Once again, mix everything thoroughly and let sit for about 15 to 20 minutes.
This will enable your chicken to capture all the aromas of the spices.

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In the meantime you can bring 2 cups of water to boiling point in order to prepare your rice.
When the water starts boiling, add your rice and let sit for about 10 to 13 minutes.

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Finally serve the chicken on top of a rice bed in a soup dish.

Enjoy your lunch and/or dinner.

Photography courtesy of Kristine Hull.

Have a nice one

  

Long lost passion

When I was a kid, I always wanted to be able to skate or practice some extreme sport of that sort.
There was always a certain image of liberty and non conformism associated to it
that gave you the sensation of independence.

Unfortunately I gave it up pretty quickly, not having the patience to learn the tricks and the many scars from the few times I had tried were still very vivid in my mind.
However, a few months ago I was able to rediscover that long lost passion through filmmaking.

An old friend of mine was always very talented when it came to skating and bmxing and I wanted to tag along with him, in order to film some new material and see how that environment would present itself through the eye of a camera.

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I was astonished by how he and a couple of his friends were able to look at a spot and
decide if it had the proper riding conditions they were looking for.
It almost seemed as if their eyes and brain saw things that normal people wouldn’t even pay remote attention to.

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Being a snowboarder, the ability to see your line (the way you’re gonna go down the mountain) is easier in my eyes.
So it was interesting to see how someone uses that same perception in a different set of surroundings.

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People that do extreme sports seem to get the biggest satisfaction from the adrenaline rush,
the trick they just accomplished and/or just the ride.
But it is very amusing how those same people react when they see themselves, on a screen, landing a trick.
It’s as if they were reliving that moment (the preparation, the execution) over and over again.

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I was grateful to be part of that process and I was happy to rediscover this environment through a new way that was
filmmaking.

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Make sure to check out my movie on these 3 young luxembourgish riders.

You can also see my other movies on my youtube channel,
as well as follow me on instagram.

Have any of you rediscovered and old passion(s)?
And if so, how did you do it?

Have a nice one

Creative shortcomings

Youtube filmmaker Casey Neistat said: “If you want to become a filmmaker, really want to become a filmmaker, you’ve got to give it all you got”.

I couldn’t agree more with that statement and I think it”s true for everything you want to become great at. You need to spend as much time with it to know your way around, so that it becomes natural to you.
However, even though I love making movies, it’s a long process that isn’t always compatible with the schedule of a college student.

Furthermore, the term time management becomes an obsession.
Even though I haven’t been completely able to immerse myself totally into filmmaking the last months, I would like to share with you my latest movie that I shot in Luxembourg with a couple of BMX riders that I tagged along with for 1 day.
It might not be comparable to my 3 previous movies but you have to try every aspect of filmmaking in order to fully understand/enjoy it. At least that’s how I see it.

How do you find the time to give yourself away to your artistic side?

Go check out my instagram as well as my youtube channel.

And if you liked any of my movies, go ahead and give it a thumbs up and don’t hesitate to share it with whomever you want.

Have a nice one

Day trip to Delft

Hey everyone, I know I haven’t posted anything in a while but I’m back and this is what I’ve been up to.

On Monday April 14th my girlfriend and I took a quick trip to the city of Delft in the Netherlands.
We had a case of cabin fever and now seemed like the perfect opportunity to go have an adventure.

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I hope you all had an awesome weekend and I wish you a great week.

Have a nice one.

Warm Ghent Afternoons

Yesterday was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the temperature
was just high enough so that it was comfortable enough to walk around in light clothing.

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We found this little ball of fluff just chilling on a wall.

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In case you didn’t know, Ghent is filled with adorable cats randomly sitting on walls or
hairdresser’s closets.

Have you people been able to enjoy some warm sunny days lately?

I wish you all an awesome Sunday and
Have a nice one.