#2460 – Fully Vaccinated(-ish)!

This Friday morning, around five weeks after my first COVID-19 vaccine jab, I finally had my second jab! Yeay! This means I will officially be fully vaccinated soon! I mean, it’s true that I have completed the two doses, but I also need to give the vaccine some time to reach its maximum protectiveness. Here…

#2457 – My First COVID Vaccine Jab, Finally!

So this morning … I got my first COVID-19 vaccine jab!! Yeay!! The Netherlands has really sped up the vaccination rate in the last couple of months or so. People in low risk group have been invited to make their vaccine appointments; and this has been done by following the year of birth order. My…

#2449 – Hard Lockdown and A Haircut

ENGLISH I am going to sound like a broken record here but … the hard lockdown in the Netherlands has been … extended again until, at least, mid-March. Even though this time around there are a few relaxations that have been put in place since mid-this-week. One of the relaxations is something which I have…

#2447 – A Warm Weekend Story

ENGLISH So just last week I shared how it had been freezing in the Netherlands that a lot of bodies of water froze where many people went skating on them. And now, just literally one week after that, the weather has turned around completely where it has been sunny and warm with temperature in the…

#2443 – Even More Restrictions

ENGLISH Last week I shared that the hard lockdown in the Netherlands had been extended for, at least, another three weeks. Later during the week, though, it was announced that the hard lockdown would be made … even harder! The government decided that several new measures would be put in place, one of which was…

#2435 – A New Lockdown

ENGLISH Starting from today, a hard lockdown is imposed in the Netherlands. This is due to the increasing trend of the number of COVID-19 infections in the past two weeks or so, despite the initial (premature) promising sign of the effect of the partial lockdown restrictions which has been in place since mid-October. This hard…

#2415 – A DECADE in Europe

ENGLISH So today, one decade ago (😱), I was deplaning a Garuda Indonesia’s Airbus A330-200 at Schiphol Airport after arriving from Jakarta (via Dubai). It officially marked my first day in the Netherlands, and, hence, Europe, which has continued up to today, ten years later! One decade. It does feel like an era, doesn’t it?…

#2414 – The “New Normal” Reality

ENGLISH I have mentioned a little bit earlier that the “new normal” WTF setup, aside from all the plus-es, does come with other “new” costs. The most obvious one is utility, where naturally my electricity and water consumption increases significantly. For instance, my July 2020 electricity bill indicated that I consumed almost 60% more than…