Sunday, January 20, 2013

Winter Wonderland

You will hate me as I am one of those who love the beauty of winter. The snow came later this season and I feel so bad that my family were not able to see snow when they had their holiday until late November. It should have been my mom's first experience in snow. Well, I can still let her come next time and hopefully around winter. 

The surrounding is so beautiful, totally covered with snow. Kids and even adults are having fun making snow man, sliding with their sleigh, throwing each other with snow balls, and skating. It is nice to hear and see all those laughters. The only problem here in Netherlands once it is blanketed with snow, chaos on the roads and public transportation are expected. Most buses and trains are not moving and traffics are everywhere. I heard several complains about public transportation and the worst part, less than 50 percent are moving. But the country is not well prepared when it snows. Luckily, my office is about 15 minutes walk from my house. No hassle on waiting the bus. I even took some pictures on my way to work. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013


Being in the Netherlands for 6 years now with almost 4 years of not coming back to the Philippines, made me realized that it is not only the place that I missed more but it is also the FOOD. Although I can find most of the ingredients here (thank God I have a friend who owns a Toko that sells mostly of Filipino products), but sometimes the tastes are different.

Just after the Holiday, a friend of mine organized a thanksgiving dinner at her place just to thank all of her friends for the whole years' full of fun and happiness we shared. She knew that most of us missed "lechon/grilled pig" which we can rarely find it here, so she ordered this for our dinner. Unbelievable but yes, 12 people managed to ate 3/4 of the pig. It was ordered from a chinese restaurant through a Filipino contact and they cooked it from a big oven. No wonder it taste lechon but different from what we have in the Philippines cooked traditionally from a coal and the pig filled with spices on the tummy part. 

After so many years of craving lechon, glad I had it early this year.