As if taunting me that my days here are numbered, I find myself alone on the train today, for the first time since I got to Holland last year. My sister never lets me “go astray” at any time during my stay here, maybe trying to be the mother bear that she is. This entire […]

Sinterklaas is real! Legend has it that a man named Sinterklaas arrives in the Netherlands each year in mid-November by steamboat from Spain, moving from town to town, delivering candies to nice children. Much like our Santa Claus, which, wiki says, is derived from Sinterklaas. Today, coming out of the bathroom, I saw two boxes […]

Apeldoorn, The Netherlands We went out, three degrees outside, for the first time since I got here. There was a nearby shopping strip — Mango, Zara, and the local Dutch brands. We set out to look for these items, the only I items I target, take note, target, to buy while in Europe. This means everything in […]

I was 28 when I embarked on this personal writing journey called ReflectionsOfaNearly30. Some read it as Reflections of an Early 30, and that can work too, starting this year (2016) when I’m 31. In this series, I attempted to document my first European adventure (or misadventures). It’s 68 days of my life as a […]