#2391 – Bevrijdingsdag 2020

ENGLISH Today is the Bevrijdingsdag, or the Liberation Day, that is quite a unique day in the Netherlands. While the day is observed every year, it is a national public holiday only once every five years. And guess what? 2020 is that year! Yeay!! Well, not really actually because, you know, COVID-19 happens, lol 😆…

#2389 – Koningsdag 2020

ENGLISH Today is Koningsdag, or the Kings’ Day, here in the Netherlands. Because it is a Monday, this means that this weekend is another long weekend (after another one just two weeks ago), yay! And I got to say that, finally, I am in Amsterdam for a Koningsdag! Koningsdag is always an exciting public holiday…

#2382 – More of Amsterdam Life in the Time of Coronavirus

ENGLISH Dry Hands Life in the time of coronavirus means that we all tend to wash our hands much more often, and thoroughly. Well, okay I understand I perhaps shouldn’t generalize this, but this statement holds true at least for me, haha. As a side effect of this, though, the back of my hands have…

#2380 – Amsterdam Life in the Time of Coronavirus

ENGLISH So as we all know, the world is currently battling the COVID-19 pandemic; which, of course, the Netherlands is also in the middle of. I have been WFH since the beginning of last week, basically from the moment I returned from my Southeast Asia Trip, haha. So far, well, I have been trying to…

#2366 – Recent Stories

ENGLISH I feel like, somehow, January this year has been … bleak. I am sure many of you are aware of the many not-nice-at-all events that were going on in January (some till are now). From the threat of a war, the Australian bushfires crisis, the really bad flooding in Jakarta, Kobe Bryant’s death, and…

#2303 – Summer Has Struck

ENGLISH Summer has struck the Netherlands. The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, was just about ten days ago, which means we have now entered my less favorite half of the year now, daylight-wise, haha. But more factually, earlier last week and this weekend, the Netherlands was struck with a heatwave. The heatwave…

#2278 – A Long Weekend!

ENGLISH We are currently in the middle of a long weekend here in the Netherlands, as this weekend is the Easter weekend! Yay! 😀 But here in the Netherlands, the public holiday is on Monday, i.e. tomorrow, instead of this Friday. This is also why I use the word “middle” above, haha. So this Monday…

#2276 – Finally, A Weekend!

ENGLISH I was glad that this last weekend was … a weekend! Haha 😛 This Saturday was my first Saturday that I spent in Amsterdam since the last weekend of February. The weekends in between, well, I was away; either flying between Europe and Southeast Asia; or I spent those in Strasbourg, or Indonesia. After…