Trying out the WebMD Baby app for Android

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I’m certainly not one of those app-o-holic people who try out more than a few ‘app’s everyday, constantly install and uninstall and compare and review (even the thought of it becomes tiring after some time), but occasionally I take a look at what Google Play recommends and to my luck I came accross a nice one about parenting by the famous WebMD series: WebMD Baby app for Android. My impression? So far so good; it is nice to be provided with nuggets of simple yet important information that helps me remember what I’ve already read and started to forget, if for nothing else. I did not find the logbook part particularly useful and the part ‘only for dads’ made me smile a lot. I’d recommend this to dads who look for a memory refreshment regarding what really matters when it comes to the health of their young beloved ones.

WebMD Baby app for Android

WebMD Baby app for Android

The making of a baby jazz enthusiast: 1 year later @ Jazz Middelheim 2012

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Avishai Cohen @ Jazz Middelheim 2012

Avishai Cohen @ Jazz Middelheim 2012

Funny how time flies when you are having fun; just like the title of the first Stanley Clarke album I bought ages ago, it is unbelievable how time has passed since the first jazz festival that we have attended with our son who was a merely 1 month old baby then. Compared to the last year’s event, Jazz Middelheim 2012 was very different: It was record-breaking hot, with some interesting water sprinklers and a record number of people attending, notwithstanding the heat wave and extreme humidity. The biggest difference was of course our son, much more than a baby now, he preferred to enjoy the festival very actively instead of sleeping tucked in  a portable baby crib.

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Exploring the Biggest Japanese Garden in Europe with Arman

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Today we had the opportunity to explore the Japanese Garden at Hasselt, Belgium with Arman. Because of the sunny weather it was relatively crowded but nevertheless some very short moments felt essentially like a serene meditation, e.g. when we were feeding the fish or when I lost the track of time smiling at Arman’s smile (which reminds me of a positive feedback loop sometimes).

According to a description,

The Hasselt Japanese Garden is the largest of its kind in Europe. It reflects the Japanese landscape. It was constructed with the help of the Japanese city of Itami (sister city of Hasselt) in 1992, based on the pattern of 17th century Japanese tea gardens. A walk through the garden makes one feel like being in an entirely different atmosphere so close to the busy city center of Hasselt.

The Garden consists of three parts :

  •  a transition area between the (more Western-looking ) Kopermolenpark and the central Japanese Garden.
  • the Central Garden with its ceremonial house and its tea house (where tea demonstrations can be seen), the pond with its numerous Japanese fish and its waterfalls
  • a park with 250 Japanese cherry trees.

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I have also learned that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Japanese Garden which made me think how it would feel like to visit the same place 20 years later. What kind of dialogues would we engage in while feeding the fish? What would I consider important in life and what would Arman’s choices be? Who knows, maybe the answers to these and similar questions will turn out to be hidden in a silent tea ceremony that we are going to share, that is if we are lucky.

Time to share some household chores with a baby

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I thought I’d have to trick our son into doing some household chores. But apparently, if there’s an opportunity for biting some green plastic materials while cleaning the house, then it’s not a big deal at all. He is all for going around the house and dragging his new favorite toy. Let’s see how he’ll react to a similar assignment a few years from now. 😉

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