Today Wonder and I have been to the 49th Pasar Malam Besar in Den Haag (The Hague). The name literally means (translated from back to front): Large Evening Market. And less literally: Grand Fair. It most likely is the largest Eurasian festival of the world. You can read more about what it is on this page. I had never been there before.
We enjoyed ourselves very much. There was a lot to see, hear, touch, smell and taste; a treat for all senses! Wonder bought some bottles of Sabai oil, a special oil from Thailand used for massage and for skin care. It is made by a secret recipe from tree oil with extracts from lotusblossom and jasmine. It smells and feels very good. We had our auraphoto's taken, here is mine. We got a little booklet with explanation of aura and the colours, that seems very accurate. Wonder took a special massage from Java. We sat outside to rest for a while and eat (and drink) something. Wonder took Bami Rames and I had Saté Ajam (chicken satay).
When Wonder was waiting for his massage, I walked around. There was a stand where they sold slimming pants. I wonder what that has to do with Asia, but okay. A woman approached me and asked if I wanted to streamline my body with her product. Before I knew it I said: "No thanks, I'm proud of my curves." She didn't know what to answer, smiled sourly and disappeared in the crowd. I was surprised by my own answer, but also proud of myself! ;-)
In the culture pavillion we visited the stand of Van Stockum (real bookshops and internet booksales). They had some authors signing their books. We stopped by Yvonne Keuls (website). Wonder bought one of her books (Alle Indische Tantes) and I made a picture of them together with my mobile phone. It's a nice and friendly woman. I wrote my thesis about 3 of her books years ago. I sent it to her and she sent back a lovely note.
At the end of the afternoon we had been where we wanted to be, seen what we wanted to see (etc.) and decided to go. We walked to Wonder's home through the wood in the city center. The weather was good and we enjoyed the walk. I drank something and then it was time to drive home. Wonder had to work tonight; I don't envy him, I'm quite exhausted. But it is worth it; it was a great day!