PERSONAL LIFE

Wow, the fact that you're reading this means you must be really interested! On this page, I will try to outline some 'points of interest' of my life, to hopefully give you a basic idea of who I am and what I stand for. Feel free to leave at any time.

I was born on April 29th, 1994 in Turnhout, Belgium. So far, so good!

In 1998, my mother passed away. Growing up with a single dad who worked a lot thought me to be independent and self-sufficient. Later on, in 2003, I got a half-brother, Isaac (I guess my father likes biblical names).

On Christmas day 2002, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. 'Diabetes mellitus type 1' is an incurable autoimmune disease that results in high blood sugar, because the body cannot create enough of the hormone insulin. That's why I am now insulin dependent: I use an insulin pump to inject insulin every time I eat or when my blood sugar levels get too high. If left untreated, type 1 diabetes can have some severe long term side effects, but as long as I calculate my insulin doses correctly, I can eat whatever I like, whenever I like (yes, even sugar!).

In my childhood I had a lot of hobbies, including but not limited to: going to a youth movement (Chiro), football, basketball, badminton, fencing, reading, taking lessons at the drawing academy and acting. As an 'actor', the production I am most proud of is 'Geen Wonder Dat Ik Ween' (2011), a coproduction between Kaaimantheater and Theater Stap, a theatre company for people with a disability. With Geen Wonder Dat Ik Ween, we even crossed state borders to perform at the No Limits Theatre Festival in Berlin! Click here to read more about it.

I started working student jobs as soon as it was allowed, at the age of 15. First at the local supermarket, later on in the cinema, where I worked my way up to become supervisor. For more information, I refer you to the page 'Experience'. 

From home I was given a lot of freedom as an adolescent, on two conditions: I was responsible for my own actions and I had to pay for my own 'unnecessary' expenses. For example: my bus and train tickets would always be refunded, but if I wanted to use the family car, which was allowed, I had to pay a fixed price per kilometer. This fact, and the fact that I'm a car enthousiast, made me buy my first car almost immediately when I turned 18. Since then, I buy a new one every one or two years, just to see what is out there and to try and sell the previous one with a profit (not surprisingly, that doesn't always work).

In 2015, I used part of my savings to buy a camper van together with my cousin. 'Lana', that's what we called her, was a 1999 Fiat Ducato motor home that drove us many miles and gave us some of my best holiday memories. Late 2019 we decided to sell her again, because our working lives started to get in the way. (We sold her with a profit, believe it or not!) Not much later I was handed down a tiny 1974 caravan from my grandparents, which I'm in the process of restoring.

In 2020 I bought a house in Mechelen, closer to my job and my girlfriend's family. We are now renovating it, hoping to make it inhabitable by summer 2021.