#2320 – Nine Years in Europe

ENGLISH Today nine years ago, my life in Europe officially started when I got off a Garuda Indonesia’s Airbus A330-200 at Schiphol Airport from Jakarta (via Dubai). The biggest “event” of this ninth year came earlier this year where, ready or not, I must face the “consequence” of my choice to live in Europe, when…

#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…

#2274 – This Week’s Story

ENGLISH The general election When I got back at my apartment from my Spring trip earlier this week, the postal voting document for the 2019 Indonesian general election had been delivered to my mailbox. Yep, I had been invited to vote!! And of course I voted! Haha 😛 . Speaking of which, here in the…

#2245 – Tennis Lesson, Snow, and Mark Rutte

ENGLISH This week, finally I had my tennis lesson! Haha 😛 . You know, it was supposed to start two weeks ago but as I shared, it had to be cancelled back then because it was snowing here in Amsterdam so the (outdoor) court was in no shape to be used. But then, last week…

#2224 – The Last Full Week of 2018

ENGLISH This week is the last full week of 2018. And because my year-end trip this year starts much later than usual, I … worked as normal this week! Well, not on Tuesday and Wednesday, of course, because these were public holiday in the Netherlands. But here, Monday, Thursday, and Friday were all regular working…

#2203 – A Dinner and Winter Clothes Shopping

ENGLISH The last team dinner that my team organized was way back in March, which means it has been quite a while indeed, haha. And so it was nice that we organized another one last week. Though, this dinner was actually for a special occassion as we had a few team members moving to several different…

#2169 – Rambutan and Macaroon

ENGLISH Buffet lunch is provided by my office for all employees (and visitors). While the lunch is not free per se, it is heavily subsidized where a small sum is subtracted from our monthly salary for it. I don’t think it is appropriate to disclose the number here, but let’s just say the daily number…

#2156 – Eight Years in Europe

ENGLISH Today eight years ago, I stepped my feet in Europe for the first time ever in my life and … this marked the start of my life in this continent. The eighth year in retrospect While the eighth year certainly wasn’t as “big” as the previous one when I officially got my PhD degree, I would…