Category: Black and white

Sketch time!

Yesterday I started a 15 week illustration course at SKVR Rotterdam to improve my professional practice. It was such a revelation to sketch simple objects without any goal…

January: back to ink & drawing collections

January has been a month for me of grounding again in a steady drawing practice. After having explored different mediums over the last couple of months, I turned back…

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Help me help refugees on Lesbos, Greece

In 10 days from now I will spend 10 days on the island Lesbos, Greece to distribute food and other necessities to refugees who arrive there. I will…

What you can expect when getting a Lao style massage

So I’m a newbie to the world of massages. But going by recommendations of fellow travelers, I decided to walk in a massage salon one morning in Luang…

Sign painting in Kampot – Cambodia

In Kampot, a laid back riverside town in south east Cambodia, I stayed at a place called Kampot River Bungalow. It was quite far out of town, on…

Swinging on the beach – Koh Rong, Cambodia

Ok I already raved about Koh Rong’s Lonely Beach in my previous post. But I diidn’t tell you about its strongest asset. The Swing. Lonely Beach has a…

The market in Phnom Penh – Cambodia

What I like about drawing most, is how seemingly ordinary settinngs can turn into interesting pictures displaying unlimited details. The more closely you observe it, the more you…

Floating villages on the river to Battambang – Cambodia

Battambang, a laid back river town, is a 6 hour boat ride away from Siem Reap. The floating villages along the way were enchanting. It’s like sailing through…

Say what?! Angkor Wat! – Cambodia

First stop in Cambodia is Siem Reap: the base from where to explore the temples of Ankor Wat, the eighth wonder of the world. Hundreds of temples are…

Best of Myanmar

After 5 weeks of Myanmar I can say I really, really enjoyed travelling this country. First and foremost because of its lovely people: kind, curious and extremely helpful….

Village life in Myanmar

Probably the best way to explore rural life in Myanmar is trekking. In Hsipaw, Northeast of Mandalay, I went on a wonderful 3 days – 2 nights trekking….

On a mission for a swimming pool in Yangon – Myanmar

Yangon is where my travel in Myanmar started and ended. I had to give Yangon a second chance – the first time I left it with mixed feelings…

Things to do and see in Myanmar

Traveling Myanmar is tough and tiring.. 😉 Especially when you want to cover all religious sites throughout the country. This is because Myanmar has 6 types of religious…

What it’s like to be adopted by a Birmese family

In northern Myanmar I decided to spent two days in Pyin Oo Lwin, the former British hillstation. During the unbearably hot summers they used to move the colonial…

Unforgettable generosity and hospitality in Myanmar – episode 1

  Since my beloved friend and travel compagnion Iris left back home, I experience more and more the seemingly unlimited generosity and hospitality of people in Myanmar. Everywhere…

World’s longest teak footbridge in Amarapura – Myanmar

Picture this: lounging under a straw umbrella, sipping one of Myanmar’s finest avocado milkshakes (they make ’em with condensed milk, palm sugar syrup and fresh coconut here, mmmm!)…

Couchsurfing in Mandalay! – Myanmar

Mandalay has been home to Steph & Josh, a lovely French – American couple, for over 2 years now. They teach English in a private school, and generously…

Cruising the temples of Bagan – Myanmar

Being Myanmar’s top attraction, the 3000 temples and pagodas of Bagan, built between the 11th and 13th century, went beyond all my expectations. Arriving by nightbus at 4…

Trekking to a Pa’o village – Myanmar

  The trekking from Inle Lake to a Pa’o village was stunning. Amazing scenery and a tough hike up the 1500 meter hill top from where we had…

On a Buddhist pelgrimage – Myanmar

The Golden Rock is Myanmar’s second main pelgrimage destination (after the Shwedagon Paya, a pagode with one of Buddha’s hairs as a relic). Every Buddhist hopes to once…

Backpacker’s talk – episode 1

Ok I know: it’s hard NOT to notice we’re backpackers. Whether it’s our skin color, our height, our clothing, our maladjusted behavior or our huge HUGE backpack: we…

Let’s eat! – Myanmar

Have a seat at the (often times extremely tiny) chairs or stools to enjoy a good Birmese meal! Thanks to Buddhism, where monks sometimes eat vegetarian for a set…

Mingalabar Myanmar!

First week in Myanmar: a fascinating start of my journey through South East Asia. English is rarely spoken here so first words in Birmese are quickly discovered. Mingalabar…

Happy yoga holidays!

A year ago I set foot for the first time in De Nieuwe Yoga School. As a New Years resolution I wanted to practice yoga everyday. January 2nd, 7…

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