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Weblog of Dion Kesling. Designer in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
 

Dion's Weblog 3.0

Riding the Monkierail 26Mar09

We rode the Monkierail in RavotAapia at Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen.

Decorate your house with christmas lights 22Dec08

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Sinterklaas at Berit’s school 5Dec08

Sinterklaas and several Zwarte Pieten arrive via air balloon (which has wheels!) at the Albert Plesmanschool. All schoolgroups are waiting outside the school to welcome Sinterklaas. Berit is the one, 2 rows back, with the red zwarte piet hat.

Rommelpiet at Berit’s school 28Nov08

Chaos at Berit’s school today.

Rommelpieten trashed the classroom and hid all the shoes of the children, of course containing presents (Chocolate sinterklaas). They have to clean up the classroom in order to find their shoes. I stepped outside into the hallway to film this, as inside it resembled a busy ant farm.

Vacation weekend at Plopsaland 10Aug08

Now that Livia is old enough (barely) to understand where we take her while on vacation, we decided to spent a long weekend at Plopsaland de Panne in Belgium.

Along with Grandma and Grandpa we drove to the coastal town of de Panne in southern Belgium. There you can take the tram (4 stops or so) to the park while staying at a nice hotel right along the beach in de Panne. The hotel we stayed at was Hotel Ambassador, it is close to the beach (2 minute walk) and the tram-stop is just a 3 minute walk. Kids love the tram, so did Berit and Livia.

The Plopsaland theme is of course well known to children in the Netherlands due to the many characters appearing on tv and in theaters and Berit and Livia are no exception. Favorites are Kabouter Plop, Piet Piraat, K3 and Mega Mindy.

The park is especially suitable for children between 2 and 6 as almost all of the rides are accessible for kids in that age group. Added bonus while visiting the park are the many appearances of the ‘real’ characters you see on tv etc. You can see 2 of them in a video I took of Berit and Livia, plus 5 others from our park visit.

An empty ballet classroom 6Apr08

Livia is always trying to get in the classroom when Berit is having ballet lessons. We usually wait in the dressing room where she can run around freely. After class she rushes into this empty room as quickly as possible …

Livia eats cheese twirl 17Feb08

Yesterday on Berit’s birthday I experimented with using a Panasonic HDC-SD5 Full HD videocamera. These widescreen HD camera’s are getting smaller and smaller. They are just as, or even smaller then my Sony Mini DV camera. Very lightweight also, holds no tape but uses an SD card to store video. You can put 40 minutes of full HD quality video on an 4GB SD card which I found quite surprising.

This is something I filmed while waiting on Berit and Yvonne to pick up Berit’s birthday cake. Livia is eating a cheese twirl while listening to her favourite song. I imported the video into iMovie 08 and uploaded it to YouTube.

There is not much left of the quality of the HD recording so I uploaded another version to my .Mac account. This version is HD content. 960x540 pixels and also directly exported from iMovie, which works great b.t.w. Click here for a much higher resolution video.

At the petting zoo 28Jan08

Took Berit and Livia to the petting zoo today. Good weather, not busy thus very relaxing. Livia usually takes about an half hour to not be scared of the animals, then she dares walking among peacocks who are almost her size. Berit hits the play area almost right away, until she gets the urge to feed some animals.

Attic performance 19Jan08

Livia is now a year and a half old and she is trying to talk quite a bit. I tried to record some of her and Berit’s antics while playing in the attic of Grandpa Leo and Grandma Cora. Check out Statler & Waldorf sitting in the 2 chairs in the background. There are 3 video’s Video in this playlist.

Apron in the living room 14Jan08

An apron is usually worn in the kitchen but why wear it in the kitchen when you can run around with it in the living room and have your little sister and cat chasing it…