Claudia Schiepers

Hello world!
June 4, 2009, 7:29 pm
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Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

It’s a cake!
May 17, 2009, 10:09 pm
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I finished it! What do you think???

I'll post some cake photos of the other students later. They are more traditional, but still very nice. I should be able to make any of them now! I even have a certificate to prove it 🙂


Cake progress!
May 12, 2009, 6:41 pm
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I've started baking and building the cake that I introduced in my previous post and it's going great! See my first attempts below.

Putting the fondant on the cake:

Layer 2 and 3 and the cymbals of the drum:

Testing the airbrush with skull templates that my love made:

This cake is going to look awesome after the icing and airbrushing! What do you think?

April 13, 2009, 4:57 pm
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… and we're back.

Because dad asked so nicely.
Because I missed it a little bit.
Because Twitter is fun, but still not the same.
Because I don't like Facebook as much as I apparently should.
Because Anna and Marie love watching themselves on my blog.
Because I have to tell you all about me moving in with the loved one!
Because I have to tell you all about my moving to Queens…

Just because.

December 8, 2008, 7:38 pm
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November 28, 2008, 7:35 pm
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Although I consider New York, USA my home now, I am still Belgian and I try to follow the news in my birth country as I find it very interesting. It's even more interesting when the two countries meet in the news. Unfortunately, in the latest news storm where those two (kind of) met, I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

So this is the short version of the story:
Belgian minister of defense comes to New York with a delegation. They party one night in a Belgian cafe and (according to the Belgian waitress) the minister sings and drinks. A member of his delegation talks to the Belgian waitress and tells her that they aren't doing very much in NY as most meetings were canceled. Something they knew in advance and did not stop them from flying over the ocean for this field trip. 
The waitress, who keeps a personal blog to inform friends and family about her adventures in the big city, writes a report with her version of the evening on said blog. She gives her personal and subjective opinion and this gets some momentum on some other blogs. 
When questioned about it, the minister denies getting drunk and having a fun trip in New York. He also lies about calling the New York Belgian bar and so getting the waitress fired. Two days later he admits that there was a contact between his office and the bar that caused the dismissal. 

Now all blogs are of course writing about the disgrace. How can a politician who claims (on his own website) to be open to dialog through the internet, make a public speech about the menace of blogs? Who the hell does he think he is and what dictatorship does he live in to get someone fired?

Now I have read a lot of the comments everywhere and I have to agree with the majority, De Crem, our Minister of defense is a total ass. This however is not news to me. He always was an ass and he is not and never will be capable of dealing with criticism. I suggest he finds another job… 

I do find it a bit weird that almost nobody is criticizing the actions of the waitress. As an employee, her loyalty should be with her work. She blatantly ignored this and put her boss in a position where his business's reputation was at stake. Maybe she didn't think her blogpost would have this effect, but that does not mean she is not responsible for her actions. I have worked many years in the "horeca" and I believe there is a unwritten law that says that discretion is a given. If I owned a business like that, I would expect my staff to be discreet and to serve our customers. That is what they are being paid for. 

And of course she has the freedom to write this down on her website. Nobody is arguing that she does not have that right. But if I write things on my blog that would hurt my company's reputation, I fully expect to be fired. In the end, they are still paying me to do a job and to be a representative of their brand. I don't see why this would not be the case with this waitress. She made her bed and now she must sleep in it. Unfortunately, it is not the nicest way to find out how powerful freedom of speech can be. 

But that is just my humble opinion about all this…

8 years later
October 28, 2008, 9:39 pm
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Funny, but bringing a tear to my eye at the end…

(Audio is not in synch with video, but stick with it, it's better in the end)

Via this site.

Brooklyn bridge
October 10, 2008, 1:40 pm
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In the early morning.Brooklyn bridge

October 10, 2008, 1:38 pm
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25 degrees celcius in New York today! I don’t think I have ever been in a place that warm on my birthday. Fun!

Voor marie en anna
September 24, 2008, 4:03 pm
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Voor marie en anna