I do not believe in karma or the law of attraction

I do not believe in karma or the law of attraction

When I was 28 years old and living in Singapore, I hung out with this American lady for a while. One afternoon, we were lounging around her pool discussing the next challenges we wanted to undertake. From society’s point of view, we hadn’t done too badly for ourselves. We were expats; financially independent in one [...]

When should you fall pregnant from an HR perspective? A Dutch example

When should you fall pregnant from an HR perspective?                               A Dutch example

Mag ik je een vraag stellen? Can I ask you a question?” …is something I constantly hear at the office. The Dutch are unaware that they always ask if they may ask a question before asking the relevant question. A slightly irritating habit if you ask a French lady, one who is not only bad-tempered, [...]

Autumn in the Netherlands

Autumn in the Netherlands

I just came back from a family walk in the Dutch forest. It is always such a pleasure to feel the fresh October wind on your face while you admire the vibrant colors of a very domesticated landscape.  This ecosystem has been undoubtedly groomed into place by a communist neat freak government, one that refuses [...]

Does life become boring once you are a mother ?

Does life become boring once you are a mother ?

'Life swings like a pendulum – backward and forward between pain and boredom.” Wrote our beloved German poodle-lover: Schopenhauer. At the center of this depressing picture is desire. Your feelings of desire will lead either to suffering, if they are not fulfilled, or boredom, once they have been fulfilled. This sentence actually goes further: it [...]

Damn! I am an adult

Damn! I am an adult

I am watching my younger colleagues strolling down the corridors, with their tight pores, their naturally high cheekbones, their sparks in their eyes. I am realizing that there can be an attempt to slow down the ravages of time with some Botox and fillers. But the vivid light coming from the eyes can never be [...]