A day with my BFF: Krishna

After several months of not seeing each other but rather sending sms or talking through our mobile telephones, finally we meet again! So this day, I can say it’s a non stop speaking or talking to each other. It is really nice to speak your own language although im a bit stuttering and struggling to find the right word for Tagalog or English. It end up all right and had a good time!

Our meeting place: The Dam Amsterdam.

First we went to Oriental City located near The Red Light district. Oriental City is one of the famous and big Chinese Restaurant in Amsterdam. The place is always busy, most of the time if you want to eat at that place, you have to ask for a number and wait for several minutes before you can get your table. Waiting will take time, but it is worth the wait. The food is really nice and the price is right.

The Food: Its a combination of Rice, Beef, Shrimp, Egg, Pork and Chicken

It was mouth watering and of course, with that food… We were really full! Full plate of many things to offer.

Krishna's Best Photo of the Day!

Me offering the food

And the 2 of us

After eating, it’s time to walk and shop! Nah not really a big shopping but just enough to get some pair of nice clothes with big discounts! We are really lucky to get awesome stuffs for large discounts.

Speaking of The Dam in Amsterdam, we took pictures around the places and even pictures with the doves.

Infront of the Bijenkorf

The Madame Tussaud

The top of The Palace

Het Paleis and me

Krishna and the doves

Ending the afternoon with a cup of tea and cappucino at the Bijenkorf

That’s a very wonderful afternoon.

Reunion with my TSC classmates/ Terugkomdag

Although the temperature drops to -7 degrees celcius, that doesnt stop us to meet each other again. Our professors in our language school invited us to attend the “terugkomdag”. The reason why we did this gathering was that my professors wants to know how is it with us for the past 7months after the graduation from the language course. We showed the new students about what we have encountered after the language school. Most of my classmates are now studying  for the HBO study or college here in The Netherlands. Everybody says that now they have grown with the language and everyday is a learning process.

Well indeed, we finished our school but learning developed more from our everyday experiences. We strived hard for this and we all hope that we will get something nice in the future.

Again, this day I felt happy. I feel what my classmates told me about how they struggle for the study and cope to be accepted in the Dutch society. We both shared our experiences and as what I have understood and heard, not everyday is a good day, but of course that is for everybody. They told me they are now also stronger and left their emotional feelings aside. Yes absolutely, the saying “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” struck us. This is the perfect explanation for everything at the moment.

After the meeting with our professors, I invited them to eat dinner and go for a drink. We went to Cafe Uilenstede, it is near our school. The place was cozy but the service is meh… I wont say anything else about it. We spend sometime there and we do really had a very friendly chit-chat. We can really say that we  truly missed each other. We laughed to the highest point and also we didnt mind now if we made so much mistakes with our Dutch grammar, gewoon lekker door gaan.

Me and the girls

The boys

A group shot without me

A group shot with me

So since I have been saying that this was a Dutch speaking group, I shall include some Dutch sentences with this:

Dank jullie wel voor de heel gezellige avond! Ik mis TSC! Ik hoop dat we nog een keer ontmoeten, zo snel mogelijk! ♥

First Snow of 2012

Now I can really say that winter has arrived. Temperatures dropping down to the negatives and my winter coat, ear muffs, winter gloves and cap  and snow boots cannot even protect me from the cold when im outside.

What is it with winter that makes it special for me? Well actually, in the Philippines where I lived and grew up we dont experience winter at all. We only have 2 seasons that composed of Sunny and Rainy seasons. Every winter time that I spend here in the Netherlands still amazes and excites me when I see snow. I live in the Netherlands for 3 years, and within the years that I lived here every winter time is awesome!

I will admit, Ive been waiting for the time that snow will come here since I have been looking at how the temperature suddenly drops down unexpectedly. I was checking buienradar all the time and there is the proof that winter is really here with us.

Weather from last week

Seeing the negative numbers kinda creeps me. It’s like telling me that winter is there to freeze me, but whatever it’s the time to light the fireplace and feel the warmth of it and just enjoy the coziness of the winter season.

Since it is the first snow of 2012, I would not let it go without a picture of it. Everything is white, cold and sparkling. I can even smell the ice, it even tempts me to play and roll around the snow. The only problem I have during this day, I cannot do it because im kinda not feeling well. I guess I am one of the winter victims of sore throat, colds and some slight cough. All I can do is stare and feel the happiness inside of me that I am blessed to see another of God’s magical creation.

A snap shot while in the car

The frozen river

The land filled with snow

And the beach that is now covered with snow.