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The true meaning of napkins
Even though they are highly educated, Dutch people do not have the best manners. They do not wash their hands after using the toilet, pour the water used to clean the toilet down t...
Are you a refugee?’
Since arriving in the Dutch ‘city of life sciences’, life has not ceased to entertain me. One incident, or rather a chain of events, particularly intrigued me. Several Dutch people...
Asian students who visit the Netherlands always have to get used to the Dutch thinking their last name is their family name. And the problem increases when their last name actually...
Before coming to the Netherlands, I collected my Temporary Visitor’s Visa (TVV) in Moscow. There I exchanged my US dollars for euros and the clerk at the exchange bureau gave me th...
I was sitting in an interactive MOS module class one day. The lecturer was telling the class about the part that we had to work on and being as slow as I am, I missed some informat...
English copy of Sinterklaas comes on a steamboat
When Christmas was coming last year, I decided to check out how it is celebrated in the Netherlands. It seemed to me that it was a little bit different here. Then I found out about...
‘Seeing Sarah’ in the dark
The building was empty, it was dark outside and many of my colleagues had already gone home. ‘I hate this time of the year when it gets dark early. If I were still in Malaysia at t...
What’s in a name?
My nephew was just born, a really cute boy. My aunt asked me whether I could propose some names for the little newcomer.
Kilos of hair gel
I was on a trip to Valencia in Spain with my Dutch and Chinese friends, to visit our Spanish AID friend and her family. Enjoying the Spanish weather, we decided to walk around a lo...
Don’t be too happy
When I told my friends back home I would be moving to the Netherlands for my studies, they were supportive and happy for me. Having lived abroad themselves, they gave me tips on ho...