Archive for December, 2009

December 29th, 2009

Had a peaceful Christmas

As said in the last post, we spent the Christmas time with my parents in North Carelia. The decision to go there was a wise one. I haven’t such a relaxing holiday season for a while. We mostly spent time eating, playing games, and watching videos. The only minus was the cold weather; when it is -20C outside the house, you don’t want to spend too many minutes there.

Aapo got a big Lego pirate ship that he built (99% by himself — which is an achievement for a guy less than five years old) during the days after Christmas Eve. Niilo got a load of wooden groceries (and a few fake bottles of Pepsi Max…). Boys also got a couple of DVDs, and they watched the Chip & Dale disc at least five times during the holidays.

We arrived back to Espoo on Sunday evening, and I’ve been coding ever since. Such small luxuries of life…

December 19th, 2009

Christmas approaching

I’ve finally started to feel that Christmas is coming. This seems to happen later and later every year, due to mounting pressures at work and general haste in life. I made enormous push during the past two weeks, and purchased all presents, wrappings, and other paraphernalia needed. Now I just need to wrap the presents, and hide them for a few days.

We’ll spend the holiday season in North Carelia, in my parents to be exact. Boys are eagerly waiting for the extended weekend with the grandparents, and I’m looking forward for a couple of days that are at least relatively peaceful and quiet.

Before that, however, there are still things to be done — I need to continue wrapping up the presents.

December 11th, 2009

Relaxing time in London

We had quite a wonderful time in London. The hotel was shock-middle London downtown, a couple hundred meters from Oxford Circus — and we were able to walk everywhere. This was a huge relief compared to the usual situation where one travels back and forth with the tube most of the day. I can whole-heartedly recommend No. 5 Maddox Street.

The programme was also relaxed. The business related stuff had their own time and place, but they didn’t spill over that much; only once or twice… Boys behaved extremely well for the most of the time — flying has never been this easy. Hopefully this is a continuing trend, and not an exception.

Saturday was the best day. The weather was nice, no business needs, a nice visit to Transportation Museum in Covent Garden, and a lot of small-scale shopping. Oxford and Regent Streets were closed from cars, and there were huge amount of people walking on the streets. I and Aapo made a long visit to Hamleys at the end of the day, and bought a pack of Legos, teddybear for Niilo, and some Thomas the Tank Engine railroad items.

December 2nd, 2009

To London

Tomorrow I’ll leave to London for a couple of days with my family. The programme includes a few meetings, shopping, good food, and hopefully also a lot of sleep — the latter has been in a short supply during this week.

We have two full days to spent there, so the plans are really low-key. One day for shopping, and then visit to London Transport Museum. Probably this is as much as (or even more than) the boys can cope with. Fortunately, they are eagerly waiting for visit to Hamleys.

Excellent Thai food

Thaise Snackbar Bird is relatively compact restaurant for fast Thai snacks and meals on Zeedijk street. The snackbar is operated by a larger and more formal Thai restaurant on the opposite side of the street. They have separate kitchens, and there are differences in menus.

The food we had there were just superb, very authentic and rich in flavour. Spicyness was also on a good level. I loved especially the crunchy spring rolls, but the curries were excellent, too.

The restaurant has like twenty places to sit, and it fills really quickly. Fortunately, people do not stay to hang around after eating.

www.thai-bird.nl, Zeedijk 72, Amsterdam, Netherlands, +32 20 420 6289