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 my heart hasn’t been able to leave this island since. I’ve had ups and downs since and currently hoping 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.
- 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 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!
I also design websites for SMEs including all the copy writing.
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.