Amsterdam Kookt – Food Festival

Food Festival Amsterdam Kookt

Moving on from music festivals to food festivals on TaniStates Blog. This past weekend was the first edition of food festival Amsterdam Kookt. Translation would be Amsterdam is cooking. When I see the recap on their social media it’s clear they had a huge succes! No wonder with all the great components they had in their advantage.

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A perfect Sunday Morning

Hello from TaniStates HQ!

This morning I thought I’d share one of my favorite ways to have breakfast. I don’t have many weekend days off, so when I do, I like to make them extra special.

So these are my ingredients for a perfect Sunday breakfast:

  1. Start with music. In my opinion Norah Jones is THE sound of a relaxing Sunday morning but lately Sublime FM radio with their fresh jazzy sounds has become a regular sound through my speakers.

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The Bold and The Beautiful


I don’t mean to sound arrogant, I just always wanted to use this for a blog post title! I have been meaning to write about my BlackBerry Bold for over 2 years now but somehow I never got around to do so. It might seem pointless now as I’m getting an iPhone soon but actually is the reason I’m posting it still.

I have been a BlackBerry user for 3 years in a row and I’m really going to miss this baby. My first smartphone was the Sony Ericsson Xperia, boy what an Epic mistake was that!!! My advise: never choose design  over comfort with cellphones! This phone was as slow as a Windows computer and way to heavy for a girl.
Back then when I stood before the choice of BlackBerry and Apple (sorry, these are the only two smartphone options for me) I went with BlackBerry as I could not get used to a touchscreen. What a big relief using a BlackBerry was!!! Still is, as for comfort in usage I think BlackBerry will remain my number one phone and after 2 years I’m still quite fond of the male-business design the Bold has. Typing goes super fast and effortless with this keyboard, oh touchscreen, will I ever get used to you?


So now I stand before the choice of BlackBerry and Apple again and find myself forced to switch ‘fruits’. Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against Apple but part of me would have liked to be able to choose the iPhone on my own.
This last year I haven’t been able to pick up my Apple mail  on my BlackBerry, which is a pain in the ass, specially in the digital world we live in today. Also synchronizing with my Apple computer is not possible anymore, therefore my contact list is a mess and I don’t have access to my calendar. So yes, all the more reason to choose an iPhone. Oh and Instagram!

Sorry for the melodramatic blog post ( I just had to get it off my chest haha). I’m gonna leave you with an image which describes the comfort of a BlackBerry (before the Apple blockage) to me:

Enjoying a bagel with cream cheese and a Latte in the sun at Starbucks Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. 


Thank you for bearing with me and if you like, comment below which one is your favorite cellphone and why!



My Emirates Open Day Experience

The beauty of having a blog is that it gives you the power to help others. Today I hope to be helpful to anyone who either wants to change the course of their lives or actually pursuit the Emirates life. Two months ago I decided to do a complete 180 by applying at Emirates to become a cabin crew member. I am proud to have experienced this day and I want to share it as for me it was very helpful to read the experiences of others before me.
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