Birthday cake happy birthday

Edgar’s Blog: Happy birthday & many happy returns!

Happy birthday & many happy returns!

On our birthday, we feel a heightened sense of specialness; it’s our day, and even if you aren’t over the moon about it all, it’s still nice to feel celebrated. Unfortunately, our birthdays only come once a year, and even though prolonging the celebration (like a whole weekend) is fun and all, it isn’t always feasible.

Just the other day one of my friends was celebrating a birthday. A great reason to pop in and have a chat and wish him many happy returns. “Many happy returns” is a greeting which has been used since the 18th century as a salutation to offer the hope that a happy day being marked (your day of birth) would recur many more times.  An old man once said to me about age and birthdays: “everyone wants to get old but no one wants to be it!”. He is right, some people just don’t want to acknowledge their mortality.  But hey! we should be happy that we completed yet another year on this wonderful planet. Us turtles know loads about longevity and enjoying it. Why not join us and embrace age!

When I was young and it was my birthday my mum always let me choose a “special birthday tea”. Special because it was my choice what we ate and if I wanted a bag of crisps, and chocolate cake then that’s what we ate. It was fun and different to normal! Somewhere along the line we have forgotten to make special days special or we do only half of it because we get too caught up in the hassle of daily life.

So let’s not forget to celebrate our birthdays and the number of returns we have to that day and make it special. Celebrate it with something that you love. Be it cake, crisps, pancakes or …..dancing. And if you choose with a drink why not try it with one of my very special tea’s like the Yunnan Golden Tips or the Wild Mountain Clouds & Mist to go with it. They are both winners with and also go great with birthday cake.  More for the savoury celebration? Then try my Seowang Sejak or my New Zealand Oolong. Built up a thirst after dancing the night away? Then my Sencha Matcha  on ice is a must. A special tea for your special celebration of life!

So, as Edgar always promises: add special to normal and appreciate the small important things in life. Take time to celebrate your special day and also those of your friends. Acknowledge every minute of every year you spend on this beautiful planet coz as my old friend says, “you better, coz nobody gets out of here alive!”

Tulip fields Netherlands global perspective

Edgar’s Blog: global perspective

Do you have a global perspective?

Last April the world population reached the 7.5 billion people. These people are spread out over 195 countries and 510 billion square kilometers. Which comes down to 68 square kilometers per person, yet moste of use live on 68 square meters. Of course it doesn’t make sense to own so much land, water or ice. But what does matter is going out of your living space! How can you have a global perspective if you haven’t seen a lot of the world?

All 7.5 billion of you humans are stuck on this round globe called earth, why not explore the most of it! Exploring the world is one of the most valued things to do. As a turtle, travelling is in my nature, from the moment I was born. I was born on a gorgeous white beach with clear blue water. I waddled across this beautiful beach and dove in the first big wave that rolled on the beach. After been flushed back on the sand a few times I finely made it in to deeper water. Together with my brothers and sisters we swam into the ocean. While they went back to their birthplace I decided to explore more of the world. Countries like Sri Lanka, China, Japan and America were amazing but I was most intrigued by Rotterdam. Those huge buildings along the river with so many people cycling along and over water was just bizar.

Travelling really gave me a different perspective on the world. Everywhere I came people were nice and friendly. Like it was one big family, I suppose you are. Seeing so many different cultures, landscapes and climates makes you appreciate the small things in life. It might be tempting to visit the other side of the world but I learned that there are also beautiful places nearby. In China I saw European people, in Europe Chinees, In Sri Lanka Chinees and European and in America people from all around the world. Funny how this works, the grass is always greener on the other side right? If you travel all over the world you should definitely do so. If you can’t, remember that there are people travelling from all over the world to look at those beautiful tulip fields you see every day while going to work.

With Edgar Teagra

Edgar’s Blog: Teagra for your mojo!

”WARNING” My Tea is good for your mojo

First of all tea is hot, especially my tea! More and more people drink quality tea’s and this is great because tea has a lot of health benefits. Next to the fact that tea is a good replacement for other drinks it has a lot of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals but you also drink loads more water with it! Water is one of the best things for your body. It cleans your organs and keeps your body hydrated. Tea and water a great team. The two most consumed beverages on this planet.

A healthy body is sexy! People that look after their body feel good and have confidence that gives a certain attraction. This is called mojo. Your mojo is key for flirting, dating and relationships. Pretty important that you don’t lose your mojo. But hey, ‘’My tea is good for your mojo’’. so just keep on drinking it!

With this campaign image I wanted to show people that tea can be sexy! Of course a lot of women are drinking tea and this seems normal. With men this isn’t always the case, they often have to explain themselves for not drinking coffee or even worse a soda drink. Well judgmental peeps, there is absolutely no need for that because tea is hot! That man is just keeping his mojo on a proper level. You should try it too.

In the image you see a teagra package with six tea shots. Teagra might be the best drug ever! If you want to upgrade your mojo a package of my tea is all you need! Take it along to work, a date, on holiday and definitely keep a package at home. If you are running low on your mojo then take a few tea shots and you are good to go!

For a further explanation about what mojo really means, here is a YouTube video from Austin Powers about his mojo. Enjoy yourself and remember My Tea is good for YOUR mojo!

Hello my cupcake,

Edgar’s Blog: Hello my cupcake

Hello my cupcake, fancy a cuppa?

Use, Hello my cupcake, for your pick up line and success guaranteed, if you’re a turtle like me. I talked about tea and food before in the blog post “Tea for foodies”. But this time I want to talk about high tea or afternoon tea or cream tea. Traditionally high tea is at the high table and is just and early dinner. Yes, we English like to drink tea with our meal. The afternoon tea and cream tea are more like the ”high tea” concepts we see a lot in cafés nowadays. Just a small meal, mostly sweet, with tea. In England this is something we do at a cafe or at home at around 3-4 pm in the afternoon. The afternoon tea just boosts your engine till dinner time in the evening which is usually around 7pm or later.

In other countries I sometimes see ”high teas” as a lunch or even a brunch. That is totally incorrect but I do like to see that people are copying the tea tradition. That quality time moment with family or friends is always good to have. Who am I to judge when you are having this moment and call it…

That said, what kind of sweets do go well with tea? Well basically everything. If you drink real tea it will not be very sweet and therefore complementing the sugars in your pastry. I really like a cupcake with my tea! The warm black Assam tea neutralizes the extreme sweet taste of my Red Velvet cupcake. Also I find it easier to digest the cupcake with warm tea.

Sometimes I hear that men don’t find the ”high tea” “afternoon tea” concept masculine enough. That is sad to hear because then you don’t realize something… First, women are crazy about sweets and pastries. Second, you sit very close to each other. Third, you share tea and food and now it’s getting more intimate…. Fourth, you eat with your hands. That means you can discreetly feed each other. Fifth, after the ”high tea” you have a whole afternoon and evening left. You know what to do!

PS. All her friends will love you before you’ve met them. Because you are that guy from the ”high tea” 😉

Longest day of the year

Edgar’s Blog: Longest day of the year

Almost 17 hours is the longest day of the year.

The 21st of June is the longest day of the year. Of course it still counts 24 hours but on this day the sun comes up the earliest and goes under the latest. From 05:19 until 22:04 the sun is on our side and that makes it a 16 hour and 44 minute long day. Half a year later the sun will be up for just 7 hours and 43 minutes…. That is 9 hours deference!

On the 21st of June there are always a lot of activities. On this day it’s International Yoga day, it’s World music day and it is the first day of the Glastonbury music festival.

I think everybody feels very energized on this day. You get a lot of vitamin D and your body doesn’t need that much sleep. The perfect time to enjoy life and hang out with friends. Especially with the warm and very sunny days coming up life can’t get any better! Yet there is one group of people who wouldn’t mind a few extra hours of night at the moment. The Ramadan has started this year on 27st of May and continues to the 25st of June – only a little over 7 hours to have dinner sleep and have breakfast. So while many of us are enjoying these warm days with up to 30 degrees Celsius some of our friends are facing an incredibly difficult time with no water and food for more than 16 hours. Respect is the word! Luckily for them the nights are getting longer in the upcoming Ramadan’s.

Although we are going down in sun hours after June 21st the summer really starts here. People are going on vacation, schools are out and the sea water is getting warm. This might be my favourite time of the year!

Judoka inspiration

Edgar’s Blog: Inspiration leads to motivation

Inspiration from a twelve year old Judoka

We all have 24 hours in one day 365 days a year.  Once every four years we even get an extra day! How do we fill in these days? Each of us does this in a different way. Sometimes you meet people that have a special time schedule… Either they have 48 hours a day, do not sleep or have a time machine.

I have spoken to a some of these people and they have just the same amount of hours as each and every one. But they do have something. Passion! This passion is going on 24 hours a day. Waking up is no problem when you are ready to do what you love. Working till bed time neither.

People like this are a true inspiration for me. I admire their passion and like to help anywhere I can. There are two people that I have helped the last year. One is the initiator of the Koskoda turtle sanctuary in Sri Lanka. His passion for helping turtles like me is truly hart warming! Read the blog I wrote last year. > Koskoda blog <

The other one is the Judo kid Jari. Jari is an incredibly talented boy who has done Judo from his early years. Nowadays he is competing against kids sometimes two years older and then beets them… So better watch out! Although he just turned twelve he qualified for the Dutch championships for kids up to fifteen. His parents are his biggest fans and travel with him to all the games around the country. He also  gets invitations for matches outside of the Netherlands. Croatia and Sweden and maybe even a third foreign country in summer. Things are getting pretty serious. That is why I choose to help Jari by sponsoring him.  Like I said, some people truly inspire you! And when it’s a twelve year old kid you have to help him get the most out of his 24 hours. Do you know people that inspire you? Maybe you can do something for them as well. Inspiration leads to motivation and that gives a great feeling!

More about Jari



Edgar’s blog: A true Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

Ever been wrongly influenced by appearances?

Christmas Eve 2015, 19:00uur  walking across the Schouwbergplein in the centre of Rotterdam, cold, dark,  a little wet and slippery from the rain earlier in the day but I was full of Christmas spirit. A drenched and lost figure comes up to me and asks if I would like to buy two newspapers for the homeless? “Why two?” I asked suspiciously. “Because two means that I have enough money to spend  tonight  and Christmas day in the centre for the homeless” the forlorn figure said.

He went on “it is warm there, I can enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner  and watch some movies. For one day I am not alone.”

My first reaction when this man approached me was “fright”. He looked fierce and threatening. While talking to him I realised that he was not fierce or threatening, it was just the way he was living that gave him this appearance. For the first time it also dawned on me that homeless people like to spend Christmas in company just like other peeps.

I gave the chap the money for two papers but did not take the papers.

Two days later, a man came running up to me. I hardly recognized him but for sure it was the same man. ” Hi ” he said. ” Thanks for the help, I had a really nice time at the refuge. I also managed to sell the other two papers so that meant I could stay for two nights. I had a wash & shave and feel a lot better now. Thanks, I wish you lots of luck.”

I walk regularly in the same place but have not seen the man since, I hope he is doing well.

a little party never killed nobody party season

Edgar’s Blog: Party season

Party, party and party some more this season!

Enjoy oneself at a party or other lively gathering, typically with drinking and music. “put on your glad rags and party!”

synonyms: celebrate, have fun, enjoy oneself, have a party, have a good/wild time, rave it up, carouse, make merry; More

So put on your glad rags and party. November is here and the party season has started. Why is it that humans just like to party? Partying is seen as a part of our primal instincts. Early humans might have danced to attract a mate, as far back as 1.5 million years ago. It has also been suggested by some researchers that those who had a feeling of rhythm may have had a evolutionary advantage over their peers. The acts of moving together (dancing)  is what is believed to have been a way for our ancestors to bond.

One French sociologist has suggested that when partying people feel a certain “electricity” when they are in close contact with others. The feeling is then released to other party-goers, which sends them into a high degree of collective emotional excitement. I am sure that most of us have indeed had this experience at parties.

What makes someone the life and soul of the party? Well this is usually someone who is energetic and funny and also the centre of the dancing activity. This behaviour in turn attracts more of us to join in and “join the party” It makes sense then, that sometimes when we are excluded from a special party that we sometimes feel left out That’s why some peeps have turned party crashing into a real art. Check this link out for some tips.

Well whatever party you have in the agenda this party season. Remember even if it does not always feel good moving out of your comfort zone it is something your ancestors have been doing for years. So go on and move! Just like Driss in the brilliant movie The Intouchables.





Edgar’s Blog: Live like a stockbroker

How would it feel to live like a stockbroker?

Well lately i have been feeling like a stockbroker! And it’s fun! I almost doubled my money but then I bought 5 million pounds… The fun ended.

No, I wasn’t really a stockbroker. But I found this app called 500Plus. This app allows you to do a demo version of there stock exchange application. When I started they gave me €20.000 of fake money. First I started buying shares I know like KLM, KPN, Shell. Those had green numbers and were going up. Too bad they dropped when I just bought them! I started to panic and sold them right away. Before they dropped even more. After I sold them they went up again… Dammit!

I had a better idea. I started looking at shares that dropped dramatically and bought those. I simply thought that if they drop like 15% it’s most likely they will go up. And this tactic worked quite well. I changed from shares to currencies. Currencies can be traded 24 hours 5 days a week. And they fluctuate more rapidly. I was doing very well. In two months I changed the €20.000 into €38.000 of fake money. Woohoo!!

The app allows you to buy on margin. This is a small loan to buy more shares or currency. buying on margin gives you the opportunity to make a lot more money. If you can buy $50.000 instead of $5.000 and make 1% profit in one day the margin is great. But it can also go wrong very quickly because if you make a loss on your shares you also need to pay your margin… And you never sell when you’re loosing a little bit. Before you know it your whole Equity is paying for the lost an margin.

That happened to me last week. The pound was going down and I immediately started buying pounds. I even made €1.200 profit on one buy in five minutes. Then I became greedy and bought £5.000.000. One day later I was kicked out of the app and had to start all over again.

Pretty terrifying to realise I got that greedy with fake money. But it was a fun ride! I can’t imagine how much money professional stockbroker make or loose each day. For me I prefer fake money. Doesn’t make you rich but neither poor,


Edgar’s Blog: Face your fears

What do you fear?

Let’s face it, we all fear something. It can be a simple thing or something important. But fear works as a limiter for our own body. The limit created by fear protects us from getting hurt. This can be physical or mental. We do not want to feel pain, so we even fear the fact of getting hurt!  That’s weird because on the other side it can also bring more joy.

Why do we fear if it can bring us joy? Yes, we like where we are, what we are doing or who we know… but are we truly open for new things, new places or new people? Well for everything there is a first time! Changes happen all the time. That means you have faced a lot of fear already. Of course it’s not that scary if you know it will have a positive outcome. Making the change by yourself not knowing what the outcome will be is a different story and especially when the change you are making might hurt someone else. Maybe someone you love. In the end you will never know until you have faced your fears!

So let’s face our fears and make a change!? It can bring us interesting situations. We might learn something new, make new friends or even better, get to know ourselves better. Make a list of the fears you like to face and start today! This is my list of fears I would like to face :)

  • Swimming without keeping my eyes closed
  • Cleaning my closet
  • Talking to a stranger
  • Ring up an old pall that I haven’t spoken for a long time
  • Ask for a promotion. Hey, you can always ask…
  • Taking dancing lessons
  • Last but not least! Applying for the mud masters obstacle run!