Monday, 26 September 2016

A Brighter and Whiter Smile? Not for me!

A brighter and whiter smile. Isn’t that something everyone wants? Well I do! So when I got the offer to whiting my teeth at home I almost excepted it. And I’m going to tell you why I didn’t do it. 

Photo: Wonderlass

A little while ago I got the offer to whiten my teeth. I’m not going to name the company since I think that is not fair. They were very nice to me and understood why I last moment cancelled the deal. But I was very excited when I read the email that told me that I could try this out with a friend.  And that it was very easy to whiten my teeth at home.

Still I felt a little something nibbling in my stomach and a whisper telling me something was wrong. At first I put that feeling away and emailed that I was open for a try. I told Jess about it and she was also excited to try this out. I still kept saying to the man that I was very careful and also very careful about the health of my readers. I wanted to be sure that when I try something and HAVE to write about it that it doesn’t cause any pain or whatever to anyone. The man understood and gave me a little more time to think about the deal.

Finally I came up with the idea to call my dentist and ask for his advice. Sadly he was on holiday so I called another dentist nearby to ask for help. A nice lady asked me how much carbamide peroxide was in the whitening paste. I told her on the package stood 22%. She almost dropped her phone and said: “ Did you say 22%?!’ A little shocked by her reaction I said yes and immediately asked her why she was so shocked. She then told me that in Holland we only use up to 6 or 10% and that even now were going to a lower % because there are people complaining about pain in their teeth after a while. She told me that nowhere in Holland is used 22% and that that is A LOT of carbamide peroxide to paste on your teeth.

I kindly thanked her for the explanation. But I still couldn’t believe her so I called another dentist with the same question. (Here comes the journalist in me above, I had to be sure about the first answer and checked it by calling another dentist.) Her respond was almost the same. She told me that 22% is a lot of carbamide peroxide and that she wasn’t quite sure if so much carbamide peroxide is okay to put on your teeth. Again, in Holland we don’t use so much of that stuff in the whitening paste.

I thanked her and sadly put down my phone. I was hoping that I would hear good news but I decided to call off the deal. I explained to him that the dentist told me that the amount of carbamide peroxide was way too much. And I could guess that for Jess, who has sensitive teeth, it wouldn’t be a good plan too to cancel. The man understand and wasn’t complaining while I said sorry for taking his time and calling the deal off.

Now what I want to tell you is this: Please be careful if you’re going to whiten your teeth with a do it yourself at home package. Always ask your dentist if you don’t trust things or are a bit scared or if you’re trying it for the first time. Don’t just put that paste on your teeth. I don’t want that your teeth are going to hurt in a few years. Who knows what that much of carbamide peroxide can ruin in those two or three times you use the paste? What if your teeth fall out? What if they get softer and are easier to get holes in? I don’t know what can happen but all want to say is that you have to be careful. And when in doubt call your dentist just like I did!

Xx Rianne

Monday, 19 September 2016

Life Update: Typing in the Train

As you have noticed, I haven’t written a blogpost these two weeks. I feel so bad about it. I really wanted to but the problem was that I just didn’t have any energy to write one. I had many ideas popping up in my head this week and I’ve written them all down in my 'Book of Thoughts' that I always take with me anywhere I go. 

Photo: Wonderlass
But last week we had an amazing summer week. It was 33 degrees and it was too hot to even pick up a pen. So last week I didn’t even do any homework only reading. The week before was the start of my last school year. And I thought: "oh this is going to be just like the previous years. Easy start, lots of free time." But I was wrong. I barely have time. If I want to graduate at the end of the year I really have to do all my homework and not fall behind. And so these past weeks I’ve been reading schoolbooks and made a lot of summaries. And I had to come up with an idea for my graduation research project. While thinking about that project time flew by and two weeks were over. And last weekend I helped organizing the opening weekend of our church season and had no time to even open my laptop...
So I’m in the train right now and I just finished to summarize a chapter and thought that this was a good moment of rest so I could finally sit down and write this blogpost. 

School is taking so much of my time and I feel really bad for not posting anything. I really should plan better and maybe have some backup blogposts or something that I won’t let you guys down again. *Writing this down on my to do list immediately*

But I hope that everyone had a good start of their new school year and that it was hopefully less hectic than mine was. Also, I hope I can take you with me on the way to graduation… I don’t know how or when I’m going to start these kind of blogposts. But I hope I can make something of it. I’ll let you know whether I’m doing this and how or not. It’s just a thought that also came across my mind while typing this down in the train.

Sorry for the past two weeks. I really hope it won’t happen again. (Or at least not any time soon, you know me… ;) )

Xx Rianne

Monday, 5 September 2016

Night of Lights: A Magical Tradition in our Village

Every village has its own traditions. And so have we! We just had the ‘party week’ here. And because this is an extremely fun and lovely tradition I thought I’d tell you about this tradition in particular.

We are surrounded by kraut fields. We also are surrounded by loads of water. And a 1000 isles. Some people counted the isles and there are literally 1000 isles here. Lots of isles are build full of houses but there are also still isles which you can buy and where you can grow plants or food or whatever. But I believe you’re not allowed to build houses on those special isles. But to get there you have to go with boats. So lots of people own boats.

And Friday 26th of August we had our night of lights. This is a lovely tradition where everybody that owns a boat, light their boats up with every light they own. From cute fairy lights to disco lights to glowing balloons. Whatever that shines is put on the boat. And then they join the boat parade which is fantastic. It was my first time on a boat. (And before last Friday I never went because I was a boring person back in the days.) But I enjoyed it so much. Almost everybody is there watching the parade on a boat or on the little bridges or in gardens on the route we sailed. Some boats, like ours, did have lights but we did not compete in the parade. We brought loads of food, eat our dinner there and had some drinks and watched all the boats that had themes and hoped to impress the judges and that they would win the parade competition. We all would sail till it’s dark and then it’s almost magical. All those boats on the water with lights everywhere and (loud) music. It’s so nice with friends on the boat watching other boats. And then there is of course the after party. Near the fully lighted market place, which is the start and finish, there are two cafeterias where everybody comes together to party after they stepped of their boats.

I didn’t take my DSLR-camera with me because I was afraid that I might drop it in the water so I took photos on my phone, which isn’t the best quality. But enjoy the photos of awesome decorated boats and dressed up people partying on their boats.

Xx Rianne

This boat is an 'original' which they used back in the days, but you still see very often around here. It has no moter but with the wooden stick - kloet-  in the hand of the man he pushes the boat forward. Most of the boats have a moter now ;)