One of things I love it most is when people share great ideas…specially when you need it most!
I was asked for cooking in a school party in Den Haag…so i wake up early, clean up the bike, went shopping and cycled thru the city with the idea everything was settled…but getting there i discovered my mistake! I thought we were cooking for 100 kids…but then i realized that all parents/brothers/sisters/friends/teachers would be there too! AHHHHHHHH…
First we decided to make small pizzas, so it would fit around 7 pizzas inside the oven…but the biggest problem was that people were not pre-cooking the dough…they were rolling and mouting the pizzas at the same time…so all the pizzas were gluing at my paddle, making really hard to lay them off at the oven bottom! AHHHHHHHHHHH again…
With just one oven and no space-time for pre-cooking pizzas I was quite loosing control… till Mansi came around with her amazing idea…she told me that in India they cook this kind of dough at the oven’s wall…and maybe should be an idea making the pre-cooking dough at the top of the oven.
I say yes…and like a magic step everything began to run again! I was soooo happy with it! It was perfect and it saved my day! Yeah!
Nice things about the multi-culturally is that we can find different solutions for the same problem! Thanks Mansi for bringing the India solution….and Thanks India for inventing it:)
Since we started with our documentary project one thing was quite clear…we needed a really great song! Once someone told me that music is 60% of a movie…and i can say i agree with him! Soon enough we discovered we needed help…we knew for sure that my drum skills and Esther’s feeling for rhythm were not enough for creating that song!
But who could help us? My list of great musicians was not so big, but there was a name which i could count with. Kees Gelderblom, THE brazilian guitar player from Den Haag! With his extensive knowledge of music he was the missing link for our adventure. And he was not alone, Lilian Vieira came with him for singing and composing the lyrics! Wowwww…
When i heard for the first time the song, i was flabbergasted…wowwww…it was so cool…the accords, the lyrics, the feeling!YEAH! It became my shower/toilet/before sleep/bike run music…quite addicted actually!
Two weeks ago we went to a brazilian concert in Amsterdam, where this huge artist (Djavan) was playing. They ask Kees and Lilian for opening the show…and guess what, they played our song! It was special hearing the reactions from the public…dancing and clapping for the “premiere” of the song…and even more special for us with the opportunity to sing it together with our hart full of proud and happiness! YEAH for Kees and Lilian…you guys made my year:)
Sometimes destiny strikes you so hard, it makes you believe everything in the world is driven by it. I had my turn two weeks ago. I’ve got a phone call from the Royal Academy of Arts from Den Haag asking me for a pizza party for the graduation party of this year…when they told me the date, I had to say no. I’ve had a wedding planned instead! Ahhhhhh…
I was willing to do the job very much, but It appeared exactly at an already occupied day!!! Quite frustrated and disappointed, I got back to the academie to tell the bad news….no pizza for the arty people!
…. and exactly 3 minutes and 36 seconds later ….. destiny strikes!
Entered at my office two young fresh interesting people ( Cantal and Vincent) looking around and floating through the tables…interested in our architecture, green projects, our boat and everything else that keeps us busy. And they also got fascinated by the pizzaoven project……15 minutes and 13 seconds later I asked them what their study was…and guess what, it was the Royal Academy of Arts…ahhhhhh…then I asked them which year they were coursing… The last year of course! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH….actually I was supposed to cook for them! Then I asked them if they were going to the party…and they told me NO!…..NOOO??!!…one of them failed in the last year.
I was so amazed with this story that I offered my bike so they could make a Grand entrance in their own “supposed to be” graduation party…and they said YES! or better, YEAH!
My good friend Kees invited me for cooking in Rotterdam…and how could i say no?! Wake up early in the morning, arranged all the pizza stuff, clean the bike, fixed the suspension of the oven and rest my pair of legs…everything according to plan! BUT…knowing our crazy project, i can tell that always something to make or lifes more exciting happens! And this time it was not the route or the rain…it was the tire!
It exploded during my trip…BOOM!…not even a small pssssssss….but the classic BOOOOMMMMM!!!Ufffff it looked like game over, 4km right from the destination!
After pushing our bike with a flat tire through Rotterdam i arrived at the party…Lot’s of kids, parents, pizzas, eating and speaking all together….but the only thing i could think about was…How are we getting home? At that little moment of panic, Evelien came with this telephone number from a guy who knows how to repairs bikes at location! WOOWWWW….exactly what i needed! Some grease in our mozarella-machine! Suddenly Peter was fixing our bike and Kees fixed everyone else’s happiness! YEAH!