It's been a good day, despite Day 3 in Ronaville starting with me having to make a complaint. Room service missed me in the breakfast delivery. 10.30 and no menu via text message. Definitely not up to the usual attentive standard. I'd not noticed earlier as I was totally engrossed in my book. The growling … Continue reading A Magic Little Gift
It's been over 2 years since our world was turned upside down by COVID-19. Much has happened in the ensuing time, yet a constant has been our careful vigil to keep it at bay. I lined up to get the jabs as soon as I was eligible, started wearing masks again the moment it became … Continue reading RONA IS VISITING ME AT LAST…UNWELCOME!
It's been a bumpy ride! Much of this year has passed in a blur with many ups and downs. And yet the year ends on a high note of borders being open and family from interstate once again being able to join us here on Bribie Island for Christmas. A highlight, and a labour of … Continue reading Reflections 2021
Robert Gordon Van Buerle. An amazing man. My Dad and my hero. Strict but fair. He loved his family passionately and everything he did was for us. Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep last Friday, 15th January 2021. We are so blessed that as a family we are all together on Bribie Island; and … Continue reading VALE ROBERT GORDON VAN BUERLE
New Year's Eve/Day means time for my annual update for all my friends and followers far and wide who are not on Facebook. It's been a year of many different adventures and challenges. But I've coped and am extremely fortunate to be enjoying good health and wonderfully supportive friends and family. I am truly blessed … Continue reading My Personal Review 2017
Derek was my cousin. To be precise, he was the eldest of the Van Buerle cousins. Both of us were born in Malaysia, and I guess Derek has been around my life forever. We were not the type of cousins that saw each other often. My Dad worked for the United Nations so we lived … Continue reading Vale Derek Van Buerle
If there is one holiday in the world that has a sweeping impact on everybody, it has to be Christmas. What unifying theme inherent to Christmas makes it one of, if not THE most awaited time of the year? This seems to be true regardless of race, social background, creed, or religion. Is it the … Continue reading Christmas – a global marketing feast!
Responsibility. The word is loaded with connotations. There are so many ways that we can view them, and there are so many different types of responsibility. Sometimes people look at responsibilities as a burden. I choose to take a different perspective. I look at responsibility as a gift. You might well be saying to yourself, … Continue reading Being True to Yourself – Part 2 – Responsibility
I'm writing this one especially for my Spanish friends to give everyone a quick catch up on what I've been up to since leaving Ecija on the 27th June. Big shout out of thanks to Arnaud for the lift to Cordoba railway station. I had to dash off on that particular date because I was … Continue reading An Update from Australia
On 26th May 1994, in the beautiful city of Darwin, amongst cool tropical breezes and gorgeous pink bougainvillea plants and frangipani scented air, a little precious bundle was born. At 3.20 in the afternoon a little girl came into the world. She was a very special girl, a princess! My Princess - a wonderful gift … Continue reading My Princess – 21 Today