About Me

Dream of being an author, or a food writer, however, in reality, an overworked translator and sporadic blogger. Born in Holland, raised in the Middle East, “educated” in London. I left the rat race of London in 2004 (after 10 long years working for IT firms & banks in the City) for a long sojourn in Sri Lanka with a view to further travels only to be caught up in the huge tsunami on Boxing day 2004 and although my heart wasn’t really able to leave the island since, I now spend most of my time in Holland again. I’ve had ups and downs in life and hope that this blog will entertain you with some of those, give you ideas for travel, food and random stuff, make you laugh and sometimes maybe cry.

Work stuff

  • Large translation work has included software, legal contracts, legislative and regulatory texts, financial and business reports, annual reports, technical manuals, medical documentation (specifically EC documentation, SmPCs, ICFs etc.), one psychology book and IT documents. I also localise websites, iOS and Android apps and have been doing SEO keyword and Google Adwords localisation as well. Other special interests are travel, food and drink, and alternative medicine (ayurveda).
  • Specific financial writing work has included writing risk management case studies, reporting on credit risk in the current financial crisis, a survey report on operational risk in banking, the role of IT in the calculation of business risk. I am also an experienced RFP writer for the IT and Consultancy industry.
  • Journalism work has included pieces on global current affairs, numerous travel articles about Sri Lanka and Ayurveda including destination and hotel reviews, and reporting of major events and festivals across the country. And of course, recipes, featuring many different cuisines!
Hikkaduwa Beach at Sunset - Home
Hikkaduwa Beach at Sunset

I also design websites for SMEs including all the copywriting.

Besides translation and writing, my passions are travelling, food and health (alternative medicine), and dogs (I have three). I support various charities and did one and half years voluntary work after the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka.


Ankie Renique

21 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. If that’s not cool, what is. Following you and will keep an eye on your Srilankan musings. Blog about lifestyle at {trumatter.wordpress.com} and editor at {slurrpy.com}. You’ll see a lot of me! 😀

  2. Hola Ankie from rural Andalucia. A mutual friend told me about your blog and as I have similar interests in food to you (you can see here: http://www.theflexiblechef.co.uk) I thought it could be interesting to follow you. I spent one month travelling around India by train earlier this year and love Asian food.

    Best wishes

    Phil Morrison aka The Flexible Chef

    1. Hi Phil – thanks for your message. I have just liked your page on Facebook (it looks great!) so we are following each other. I’m going to read about your Indian adventure soon as I’m currently doing quite a few blog articles on Indian food. Always nice to be in touch with like-minded people.


  3. Hi Ankie! Great blog! I am traveling to sri lanka in August and am curious if you have any recommendations for local guides in the country? If not then any spots you recommend visiting off the normal tourist track?



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A blog about freelance translation as a digital nomad, travel, food & drink and all things Sri Lankan and Dutch.

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