Suan and ik woont in Nederland voor drie jaren. Het reden? Een Baan. Mel had verhuisd van Shanghai naar Amsterdam na het fabriek gesloten was. Onze blijf nam ons rond Europa, maar ook den Nederland. Ja, Mel had nederlands geleerd via een basiscursus en oefening met collegas. Hopelijk deze klanken niet vreemd voor nederlanders…LOL
And in 2005, we came back home to Singapore. There is an interesting story behind this move too, but that would be another day. Today the story is on our move TO Holland and the 3-years we spent there. Not a long diatribe, but excepts that open the doors a little to the many more stories to come describing the ‘trials and tribulations’ of living and traveling in a country that is mostly underwater.
How time flies. Pack your bags, go to Holland
That was what Mel heard from his boss one day when he was stationed in Shanghai. Huh? But why? If you were told such a thing, what would your response be? You’d guess it, he said sure thing! And this decision was made without the input of the wife…anyway she agreed. Within 6 months and a few flights to Amsterdam, we were there!
Your impressions of Amsterdam, what would they be? Would it be one of soft druggies on the streets? Do you think the red light district is what it is hyped to be? Dutch culture and lives – well they can get some getting used to.
It has been 11 years since we made the return journey from Holland. And so it goes. This is the start of a new series of stories, this time from our days living in Holland. There are in total 9 of them, to commemorate the years we have been back home since that stint. Look out for them over the next 2 months.
When we first arrived in Amsterdam, Mel was given a book to introduce him and Suan to the culture of the Dutch. The book “The Undutchables” gave some insights into the unique characteristics that appear to reasonate in everyday life of a Dutch person. We were moving to a European country. How did we manage this move? Read on here.