Netherlands

Chiang Rai’s Dutch village street view

Chiang Rai’s Dutch village street view

During my stay in Chiang Rai I was surprised to find out Dutch expats seemed to outnumber those from any other local farang community. About 40 senior Dutch people enjoy a basic state pension from the Netherlands and are registered at the local Social Security Office. Many more are younger though and are making a [...]

To obey or not to obey, that’s the question

To obey or not to obey, that’s the question

Today I read a moving story titled ‘In North Korea, a brutal coice‘. It is about a woman called Han who escaped from the country with her two daughters to China and was finally permitted to live in the US. Along the way she faced the cruel choice of leaving her 5 years old son [...]

Where are you from?

Where are you from?

When abroad, the most popular opening line is: “Where are you from?”After answering the question, provided you’re not from the same country, conversation often continues about what one knows about the other’s country.Below is a list of clich├ęs experienced travelers from various countries have to deal with and are actually fed up with. Australia: “Put [...]

US orders to hand over private info Dutch ‘hacker’ Rop Gonggrijp

US orders to hand over private info Dutch ‘hacker’ Rop Gonggrijp

Image thanks to Rop Gonggrijp’s blog In the witch-hunt for collaborators of Wikileaks, US has summoned the Dutch government to hand over all private information of a man being referred to as Rop Gronggrijp, The request looks clumsy since among other things his ID card on his blog clearly shows that his real name is Robbert. The information [...]

The history of digitized fonts and digitizing

The history of digitized fonts and digitizing

Seen in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.In case you thought graphical digitizing of characters en symbols started after the introduction of computers, you’re wrong. Cross stitch embroidery showing the digitized characters or fonts of the Latin alphabet and often the digits 0 till 9, along with other decorations and was once a popular pastime for teenage girls.This custom [...]

The three post-mortum miracles of my father

The three post-mortum miracles of my father

After my father died back in April 2009, three strange things happened: I After his death, my mother presented a Rexxor automatic analog watch, which my father used to wear, to my cousin. My cousin didn’t seem to care that much since he already had a nicer one. So he kept it in a drawer and after [...]

Micro Dutch expat community in Patong and my special positive food

Micro Dutch expat community in Patong and my special positive food

Dutch hotchpotch with smoked sausage I stay in Phuket almost for two months now, awaiting my visa papers for which I applied for 1 and 1/2 month ago.Phuket has some places of interest, but for me basically it’s a foreigners Disney version of the real Thailand.Not much to do for me here, hence some of [...]

Extremely versatile cell phone

This video from last year by the Dutch Groenbrothers makes me laugh each time.The Sumsing Turbo 3000 Xi Multitask:

Hotel in Holland

Hotel in Holland

In the street where I was born is a low budget hotel with an excellent breakfast, but you have to be cautious to book specific rooms. Room no.1: A room without a view, a thin wall separates you from the kitchen, which will guarantee you to be first for breakfast Room no.5 is a special case.. [...]