Tag: kids

Sunday Column (145)

Another week, this time full of Christmas parties, lies behind me. A good week. Good chats, good progress, good meetings. Overall this week wasn’t stressful but busy. Good busy. You saw my article about RTB and branding. I love RTB. Really do. I think video RTB will be the next big thing. I had lots of chats about that. But enough about work, it is weekend after all. Rohan has been sick this week. The vomiting bug finally caught us. I guess it was a matter of time as this bug has been going around for a while. Hence we had to cancel the trip we planned to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park with some friends of ours. Then of course Colin got it at the weekend too. I am feeling queasy but hopefully will be spared. You remember the times when you didn’t have kids? It sounds terrible, as I wouldn’t want to miss them in the world. However, you remember when you could sleep in until 10 am each weekend day? When you went out for meals, drinks and parties? When you had a nap in the afternoon, went to the gym and just spend time with your

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Sunday Column (138)

The saga continued with our Volvo. In a good way I suppose, as the Volvo garage found the problem. The bad news are twofold. One is that Kwik Fit put one part in wrongly which could have had awful consequences, but luckily Volvo noticed. The other bad news was that we need to bring the car back for a bigger repair which unfortunately will be quite pricey. Now it brings the question back whether a car is necessary or whether it is a luxury. Whether we should get a different car or keep ours. Whether or not we might want to get rid of the car. For now, I suppose, we stick with ours until we don’t need rear facing car seats any longer. After that, we might change to a smaller model or to hired cars when going somewhere. We shall see. Enough about cars. Work was good this week, as always. Quite a hectic start to the week with some great meetings but with success too 🙂 Happy days. Colin didn’t feel well this week. He has Foot-Mouth-Hand disease, a mild virus infection. This is totally harmless but might explain why I feel a bit under the weather

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Buddhism – being busy

I get a daily newsletter with Buddhist quotes. Hence I like to collect the most inspiring ones and put them in my blog. Similar to what I did with Balamadana back in the days. Most quotes have been in my draft folder for a few months, if not years. So here we go with one: How very happily we live, free from busyness among those who are busy. Among busy people, free from busyness we dwell. – Dhammapada, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Now I recently couldn’t travel due to the sickness of my children. However, as I had holidays booked, I just ended up with two and a half days without any plans whatsoever but helping my wife and spending time (!) with my kids. Time. Free time is almost unheard of. We all work a lot, normally 9 to 5.30, often to 6.30 and most often much longer. We are people that enjoy working (and I speak about people like myself), and we should probably or most certainly take a day off. Or compensate for over time. Not because we don’t value time at work or because it might be our right to do so. No, we should take

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Sunday Column (124)

This week has been weird. It really has. I had holidays booked from lunchtime Thursday, so I tried to finish what I could work wise just before. I ended up – without deleting – to miraculous make a document disappear and was typing information back into an excel sheet last minute before I had to leave. However, I finished things off and off I went on holidays…. Leaving work wasn’t difficult as I worked from home on Thursday, giving me some time to wind down. Then, after lunch, I wanted to go to the airport for my booked BA flight to Berlin. However, that didn’t happen. Wednesday night both kids kept us up all night. Last week the wife was by herself and had a hard time coping, so when one boy was teething this week and the other having a bad cough, we decided that I better stay home. I was gutted. Still am. I was supposed to stay with an old school friend in Berlin and attend a wedding on Friday of my Vietnamese friend from Aberdeen to his German Vietnamese (now) wife. All to happen in a Scottish / German / Vietnamese environment in Cecilienhof, a more

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Sunday Column (123)

This week started in Cologne where I stayed in a peculiar hotel which also had smoking rooms. I had to transfer out of that into a non smoking room, and who did I find? It was the first time away since I started bonding with Colin so much more. I realised my last trip in March wasn’t as bad but since Colin just started saying “Daddy” last weekend, I started being much closer to him. Not only because he is saying it but he has been engaging much more over the last few months. Also, just this weekend, because I spend so much more time with him than normal, you can see our relationship deepening. It is fantastic to be a father. I used the chance to meet my cousin in Cologne and little Lia, her daughter. Writing this post I realise I didn’t take any pictures. However, she is 6 months and a proper big girl, just like her 2nd cousins being proper boys. Family I guess 😉 I cannot wait for the family reunion later this year. It was good to see my cousin and her husband, and Lia of course. We are all grown ups now. She

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Sunday Column (121)

This week had many facettes to it. One cleary was Glastonbury. A festival in the UK. The UK doesn’t really strike me as the best country to have a festival due to the weather. However, despite the muddy start, then the sunny weekend, it seems that the community that goes to Glastonbury grows each year. It is THE festival in the UK. With the BBC covering some acts on TV. I actually watched part of the U2 gig and was quite impressed. I am personally not a person that likes open air concerts or festivals for that matter. Not my cup of tea. I prefer a hotel over a tent, a classical music hall over a field. But we are all different. A few years ago I have been very interested in Woodstok, the big music festival in 1969. And, living in the US at the time, I was torn between the attraction of “being a hippie” or “being a soldier in the Vietnam War“. What is better? This is not a question which can be answered with either or. Something I only found out years later. It is not about one ideology or another. Life is about your own

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Sunday Column (107)

This week showed once again how life plays with you. After coming back from Iceland, I managed to slowly catch up on sleep, get over it and go to work on Monday. Busy days, long days, few drinks, and little sleep made me very exhausted by Wednesday when life just hit us. Rohan wasn’t right since the weekend, and Wednesday he had a temperature. Not a lot you might think, 38 degrees, but that might just be enough for a 5 week old. Instead of waiting for NHS24 to call us back, we went to hospital. Good that we did. Doctors never really tell you how worried they are but if they do every test on the planet and start to put antibiotics into your baby intravenously….then I have the feeling there is something not right. They don’t take chances with 5 week olds. They have to test it all. Coming Thursday morning, I called in “sick” at work, e.g. I told them what was happening, that I only had about 2 hours sleep if that. Luckily I have a very caring company and a very understanding boss. I made sure to tell him too, it is fantastic that if

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