The last lecture

If you’re going to die and have only one last lecture to give, what would you say to your students?”  In fact it’s a hypothetical question asked, but Dr. Randy Pausch knows he hasn’t a long time to live any more. However, he doesn’t sink himself in self-agony. So much truths in one youtube-film. Watch, listen and learn!

“I am dying soon, but I am choosing to have fun, today, tomorrow and everyday I have left!”

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25+ reasons to work in a restaurant or hotel

It’s not the easiest job in the world, but it’s the best job!

  • You have weekend when others work
  • All the shops are open if you’re off, it’s calm when you do (fun)shopping and you won’t ask yourself on Sundays how to spend your day
  • You’re not depressive at Sunday evening
  • You know the tricks so you won’t be tricked in the hotels/restaurants
  • You have advantages in all the hotels and/or restaurants of the group/chain you’re working for
  • You will be welcomed as a VIP in all the restaurants/hotels once they know your job
  • You can have a good position and a very good salary in little time without studying long time
  • Yes, you spend Christmas and New Years day at work, but at least you spend it with happy people
  • You meet fabulous people everywhere you work and the working atmosphere is like nowhere else in the world
  • You learn new things every day, thanks to the different clients with different nationalities, jobs etc.
  • You spend your time in a great place and not locked in an open office
  • You’re holidays are exact at the right moment to go to Maladives, en Thaïland or to Mexico for the best price
  • When you’re going to Disneyland, you’ll never wait for attractions 🙂
  • You know how to choose the best products at the market
  • There’s work for you any time, any place
  • You know how to invite people at your home, set up a table, cook, decorate and even the smallest rendez vous with friends ends with a buffet or extensive meal
  • You’re small talking regularly with celebrities other know only from gossip magazines. You’re even relaxed while talking to them. Georges Clooney? Not even impressed!
  • You’re fed and housed, and you work that hard thus you won’t have time to spend your salary
  • Tips are liquid money so not subject to taxes
  • Wherever you go in the world, there’ll always be an ex-collegue who will host you and will show you the city and the best places
  • Your boss has become a friend who offers chocolate, christmas- and birthdaypresents
  • You’re eating foie gras and drinking the (rests) of the best champagnes at parties (or after the parties) and are friends with the supplier so you buy these at the best prices when giving a party yourself
  • When you work in the afternoon, you never have to set-up an alarm-clock
  • Whether with or without a fixed partner: your love-life is never ever boring
  • No need for expensive Assimil courses: you’re learning languages free thanks to guests and colleagues.
  • You never have to buy silverware or plates because you’ll get the old ones when the restaurants has a make-over
  • Ok, you make a lot of hours, but the fantastic smile of your guests at the end of their meal or stay makes you realize why you’re there!

(Translated and adapted from the facebookgroup ‘25 bonnes raisons de choisir l’hôtellerie-restauration !‘)

Wapaa!!!


Tonight a Spanish fourtop at table 22. Of course I play el camerero loco with dancing, singing etc. At a certain moment I say “wapa, wapaaa!!!”*) to the four year old girl when she twirls around in her princess dress. She looks into my eyes and says with a lovely little voice “wapo tu!“. 🙂

*) Wapa = guapa = beautiful

Loans that change lifes!

I’m having fun in giving loans via Kiva. Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.

This Crazy Waiter focusses on female entrepreneurs in the restaurant business in South America. And this night I have found three! But these are not fully funded, so maybe we can become (indirect) partners of crime?

Los Lunnis – Nos vamos a la cama

Los Lunnis is an extraterrestrials population who live in the world of Luna Lunera in a Spanish television program for children. There are various educative elements in it and it’s a great program to improve your (passive) Spanish!

This song seems to be pretty famous and know to every Spanish child. (*)


estoy muy cansada / i’m very tired
hoy no he parado / i haven’t stopped
de tanto jugar / with playing
estoy agotada / i’m exhausted

mañana estaremos / tomorrow we will be
llenos de energia / full of energy
porque por la noche / because the night
cargamos nuestras pilas / will charge our batteries

buenas noches / good night
hasta mañana / see you tomorow
los lunnis y los ninos / the Lunnis and the kids
nos vamos a la cama / we are going to bed
hasta mañana / see you tomorrow

Tipped off

Great article about tipping in the United States

Glen doesn’t view serving as a job, he views it as a profession. He’s nearly 60, and he’s been waiting tables most his life.

Like Glen, a lot of Las Vegans make the bulk of their income from tips. And when these food servers, cocktail waitresses, bottle attendants, bartenders, dealers, bellmen, cab drivers, casino go-go dancers and strippers get together, they discuss tips the way the rest of us discuss the weather. But, as Glen pointed out, they’re not allowed to talk about tips with the rest of us, so we never hear these conversations.

Until now.

read more at Las Vegas Weekly : – Tipped off. Thanks HC for the tip!

Happy Crazy Waiters Wisdom

We are going to start a new religion for Happy Crazy Waiters. Not only for crazy waiters, everybody will be happy when living like us. Besides the love for our clients, we have the following “rules”:

  • Go for perfection. Even if you don’t succeed (to be expected) you’ll be far better than the others.
  • If it belongs to you it comes (back) to you, if it doesn’t it never did (or will). “It” can refer to persons, things or untouchables
  • What you’ll give is what you’ll get.
  • The best strength in life is to know, hide and/or compensate your weaknesses.
  • Know the difference between what you can change (more than you think, do it!) and what you can’t change (accept it).
  • Be aware and acknowledge that also you make errors and mistakes. Take full responsibility for it.
  • Time opens all the doors for those who can wait. When a door closes, another one will open. If you only look at the closed one(s) you won’t see the open door(s) Chances and changes will come. Problems disappear sometimes also with time. Pantha rei. Everything changes. Always and everywhere. So be it.
  • In every mess can and will grow a sunflower.
  • What is the gain if you loose yourself?

Doesn’t sound that complicated, doesn’t it? It’s a bit of NLP, bit of Eastern wisdom and a lot of compassion!


P.S. Before taking us too seriously: don’t! We don’t neither. But at least keep it in mind

You really moved me…

Sometimes I really love my (little) guests for the time they are in my station. Today at table 102 we had a French/Spanish family with a girl who didn’t speak and seemed to have a mental disability or something like that (not sure about this). Normally children are already uncomplicated, but these kids are really uncomplicated. They live today, enjoy what happens and are very direct, even if they can’t communicate like we do.

I played a bit with the girl, fed her, cleaned her hands with the little wipes we have etc. At the end I was remaking another table and she was helping me, in her way. The most of my other colleagues would send her straight away, but I told her:’Here the princesses don’t work, only the princes do.’ She was so sweet…

When paying the lady said:’You’re adorable, you really moved me’. I thought it was a compliment like so many, until I looked up into her wet eyes…. O my gosh, sometimes I really love my work….

How to drive your waiter crazy on CNN

When it’s written on CNN it’s true. So read this very carefully!

Many people wouldn’t last a day in a server’s non-slip shoes.

Refilling glasses, balancing trays and clearing dirty plates with a smile can be taxing. But the prospect of a 15 percent to 20 percent tip at the end of the meal is the reason waiters work so hard.

read further at How to drive your waiter crazy at CNN.com. (read also the comments!)

Are Paris waiters rude… or is it you?

I’m not a Parisien waiter (I live in a kingdom on his own), butI hear a lot of people saying that French waiters are arrogant, rude etc. I don’t agree with it, because the way people act is always a reaction on you. Karma you know ! It helps also that I speak French. This is a very interesting article about this topic.

In matters of French culture and customs, the Paris waiter has, fairly or unfairly, often been singled out as the poster child for the rude-French stereotype. But what you may think of as rude may be nothing but poorly communicated cultural differences on both sides.

Read futher at French culture and customs: Are Paris waiters rude or is it you?.
Read also In Defense of the Notoriously Arrogant French Waiter

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Resume


Once in a while you have to make a resumé for finding a new job. Normally the design of it isn’t very exiting. And it shouldn’t be, unless it’s really great. This designer made a great CV for a waiter! Maybe I’ll make one in a winelist or -label form to find a new job.

You’ll find other great ideas here! (via)