#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…

#2411 – This Summer

ENGLISH Now that we are almost halfway through this year’s summer, I have to say that this summer has been (and is) a “slow” one, in terms of travelling, of course, haha. Of course (most of) the internal Schengen borders have been opened for well over a month now, and indeed I went on a…

#2394 – Some Relaxations

ENGLISH Earlier this week I mentioned that the Netherlands has implemented some relaxations on the restrictions in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. In that case it was the partial lifting on restrictions on tennis, something which I was super excited about that it became its own post basically, haha 😛 . But tennis isn’t the…

#2393 – Tennis is Back!

ENGLISH Finally some great news! Due to the promising trend on the numbers revolving the COVID-19 pandemic in the Netherlands, as of this week some limited relaxations on the restrictions have been put in place! For once, we are now allowed to play tennis again! Yeay! 😀 I am really, really happy about this! As…

#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 😆…

#2390 – Hello, May 2020

ENGLISH So it is May as of today and here in the Netherlands, we are approaching the end of week seven of the intelligent lockdown. The COVID-19 numbers have shown promising trend here, indicating that all the measures and sacrifices we have been making in the past two months or so are working! Which is…

#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…