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 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.

Work stuff

  • Large translation work has included software, legal contracts, legislative and regulatory texts, financial and business reports, annual reports, technical manuals, medical documentation, 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!
Hikkaduwa Beach at Sunset - Home

Hikkaduwa Beach at Sunset – Home

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.

Ankie Renique

Ankie Renique

21 responses to “About Me

  1. magerata

    Truly Impressed 🙂

  2. dharshana

    you are swesome

  3. Wijaya

    yes.. exceptionally awesome blog!!!!!!!!!!
    All the best.

  4. thenilse

    LOve LOVE LOVE IT

  5. Mahadi

    Love it Sri lankan in Los Angeles crying to settled down in Sri Lanka but cought in the rat race….

  6. 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! 😀

  7. 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

    • 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.

      Ankie

  8. SR

    I am so happy you posted some sri lankan recipes as they helped me out a lot when i got married to a sri lankan.

  9. Hello Ankie!

    Did you received our last request?
    Could you cancelled our announcement?
    Regards,

    Yohann

  10. Pretty damn cool blog! Excited to see how your journey unfolds in Sri Lanka as a writer :] will be reading.

  11. noelle lawrence

    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?

    Thanks!

    Noelle

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