30 December 2009

WeLcome 2010 with WisHes and HOPes


 MAY YEAR 2010 WILL BRING US WONDERFUL BLESSINGS!

Love one another
Peace in the whole world.
Care for each other
Care for the environment
More concern for our neighborhood
Share and give what we have

Concern for Earth where we live in
Be aware of the global warming
Plant more trees instead of cutting them down.
YOUR FUTURE, MY FUTURE and the FUTURE of the Planet Earth begins in YOU/ME.
Hand in hand, we will save our Planet
YOU CANNOT DO EVERYTHING BUT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING

WE HOPE FOR THE BEST THIS YEAR!
HAVE A CRACKING NEW YEAR!

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Memorabilia, where to keep them SAFE?

How do you keep your precious memories?
How do you keep memories like letters, photographs, recording, etc. These are some of the things you valued, treasured and never want to lose. To keep pictures, we have albums. But we do not know if these will stay forever because pictures fade away. Another is to store them in a safety place. Having a personal page is the safest place. The things you left behind will always be preserved.
MyHeartwill is the place where you can keep your precious memories safe for the future. They keep letters, photographs, recording and copies of memorabilia. A place where your loved ones can find you when you are gone. On Living On is a new kind of will beyond legalities. It is about passing on a will from the heart---emotional wealth.
For fun memories visit their Facebook.

Memory is the way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.
Do not lose them, keep them safe.

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29 December 2009

The Snow has Melted

Accidents happen anytime, anywhere.
Last week the snow was 15 centimeters thick. The kids were happy. They played on the snow. They made snowman. Many people had hoped for a white Christmas but it did not happen because in the afternoon of the 25th the snow started to melt. So, no white Christmas.
On the other hand so many car accidents happened in the different places in the country because drivers found it difficult to drive. They are not used to drive on the snow because we seldom have snow here. If you encountered accident in your car or work , do you have an accident lawyer who can help in your papers? Having a good accident lawyer is very important. They can help you on your legal rights and get the justice you deserve.
The snow has totally melted, no more snow. Good for me because I do not like snow and besides they cause accidents.
Do you like snow?

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DUTCH SNACKS: OLiebOLLen

Oliebollen (olie mean oil, bollen means balls) are tradionational Dutch snacks. They are tradionationally eaten on New Year's Eve in the Netherlands. But you can also buy them during fun fairs throughout the year. Before I go home after shopping I usually buy oliebollen. I like them with matching cup of coffee.
Here is the recipe if you wanna try our traditional snacks:
500 grams flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg
80 grams raisins
4 grams yeast
450 ml lukewarm milk
1 apple slices
few drops of lemon juice
Put yeast in a mug of lukewarm milk with sugar. Let it stands for 10 minutes or until milk produces foam. Mix flour with salt. Make a hole in the middle, pour the yeast and the rest of the milk. Knead into a glass mixture. Beat the egg, add the raisins, aplles and lemon. Cover the bowl with a towel. Let it rise about one hour on a warm still free place and must be 1.5 times its original size.
Heat oil in a pan to 160 degrees celsius. Get a tablespoon of the mixture and fry it until brown about 8 minutes. Put the oliebollen on  a paper towel. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

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ANSWERS Exercise 15, Count Numbers

DUTCH COUNT NUMBERS
EXERCISE 15, Count Numbers

ANSWERS, Exercise 15:
1.) vijfenveertig                               16.) 25
2.) tien                                            17.) 15
3.) vijftien                                       18.)100
4.) achttien                                      19.) 34
5.) negenennegentig                          20.) 16
6.) twaalf                                         21.)11
7.) achtentachtig                               22.) 6
8.) drieenzeventig                             23.) 18
9.) drie                                           24.) 13
10.) twintig                                     25.) 67
11.) eenendertig                              26.) 89
12.) veertig                                     27.) 96
13.) twee                                       28.) 50
14.) achtentwintig                           29.) 68
15.) negenenvijftig                           30.) 80

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EXERCISE 15, Dutch Count Numbers

DUTCH MATH, Count Numbers:
Give the correct answers:
1.) 45 -                                      16.) vijfentwintig -
2.) 10 -                                      17.) vijftien -
3.) 15 -                                      18.) honderd -
4.) 18 -                                      19.) vierendertig -
5.) 99 -                                       20.) zestien -
6.) 12 -                                       21.) elf -
7.) 88 -                                       22.) zes -
8.) 73 -                                       23.) achttien -
9.) 3 -                                         24.) dertien -
10.) 20 -                                     25.) zevenenzestig -
11.) 31 -                                      26.) negenentachtig -
12.) 40 -                                      27.) zesennegentig -
13.) 2 -                                        28.) vijftig -
14.) 28 -                                      29.) achtenzestig -
15.) 59 -                                      30.) tachtig -
ANSWERS, exercise 15

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DUTCH MATH, Count Numbers

COUNTING NUMBERS:
1 – één                                     51 – éénenvijftig
2 – twee                                   52 – tweeënvijftig
3 – drie                                     53 – drieënvijftig
4 – vier                                     54 – vierenvijftig
5 – vijf                                      55 – vijfenvijftig
6 – zes                                      56 – zesenvijftig
7 – zeven                                  57 – zevenenvijftig
8 – acht                                     58 – achtenvijftig
9 – negen                                  59 – negenenvijftig
10 – tien                                    60 – zestig
11 – elf                                      61 – éénenzestig
12 – twaalf                                 62 – tweeënzestig
13 – dertien                                63 – drieënzestig
14 – veertien                               64 – vierenzestig
15 – vijftien                                 65 – vijfenzestig
16 – zestien                                  66 – zesenzestig
17 – zeventien                              67 – zevenenzestig
18 – achttien                                68 – achtenzestig
19 – negentien                              69 – negenenzestig
20 – twintig                                 70 – zeventig
21 – éénentwintig                         71 – éénenzeventig
22 – tweeëntwintig                       72 – tweeënzeventig
23 – drieëntwintig                         73 – drieënzeventig
24 – vierentwintig                         74 – vierenzeventig
25 – vijfentwintig                          75 – vijfenzeventig
26 – zesentwintig                           76 – zesenzeventig
27 – zevenentwintig                       77 – zevenenzeventig
28 – achtentwintig                         78 – achtenzeventig
29 – negenentwintig                       79 – negenenzeventig
30 – dertig                                     80 – tachtig
31 – éénendertig                             81 – éénentachtig
32 – tweeëndertig                           82 – tweeëntachtig
33 – drieëndertig                             83 – drieëntachtig
34 – vierendertig                             84 – vierentachtig
35 – vijfendertig                              85 – vijfentachtig
36 – zesendertig                              86 – zesentachtig
37 – zevenendertig                          87 – zevenentachtig
38 – achtendertig                             88 – achtentachtig
39 – negenendertig                           89 – negenentachtig
40 – veertig                                     90 – negentig
41 – éénenveertig                             91 – éénennegentig
42 – tweeënveertig                           92 – tweeënnegentig
43 – drieënveertig                            93 – drieënnegentig
44 – vierenveertig                            94 – vierennegentig
45 – vijfenveertig                             95 – vijfennegentig
46 – vierenveertig                             96 – zesennegentig
47 – zevenenveertig                          97 – zevenennegentig
48 – achtenveertig                            98 – achtennegentig
49 – negenenveertig                          99 – negenennegentig
50 – vijftig                                       100 - honderd

EXERCISES:
ANSWERS:

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24 December 2009

DUTCH CHRISTMAS: dECemBeR 25 & 26


PRETTIGE KERSTDAGEN means MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Dutch Christmas is on December 25 and 26. I tried to find out why it is December 25 and 26, wiki gives only the dates, no explanations. But anyway, MY CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO ALL!

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23 December 2009

Welcome 2010 with New Style

After two and a half months of waiting, finally our dining table is delivered last Friday. We are very happy to have the table. I can buy now new place mats for our new dining table. I went on shopping  yesterday. There were so many people shopping for Christmas. I have got headache from going in and out from one shops to another. So, after two hours of shopping I decided to go home.  I wanted to buy place mats, dinnerware, and table runner. I bought a silver table runner because our table is black tempered glass and has silver metal legs. We have to change our old plastic place mats. So, I bought seven pieces of black cotton place mats. After placing the place mats, we found out that the  table looks very dull. I think red place mats will match the black tempered glass table. I was also looking for flatware. But I could not decide which one to buy. I told my hubby to search in the internet, the dinnerware and flatware he wanted. He came across this website Home Laughlin Fine China. So many designs to choose from their collections. This is the place to shop because of the following conditions like:
No Hassle Return Policy
Lifetime Replacement Program
Price Guarantee
Thus, for your dinnerware and flatware visit their website.
Welcome 2010 with new style.

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22 December 2009

DUTCH FOOD: hUTsPoT

Hutspot is a tradional Dutch food. Hutspot is eaten in the winder. This will give more energy in the cold weather. Potatoes, onions and carrots are mashed together. While waiting the potatoes, onions and carrots to cook, I am also doing post about hutspot. We gonna eat hutspot this evening with beef. Sprinkle the beef with pepper and salt. Fry in butter and then add water. Cook until beef is tender. Once the potatoes, onions and carrots are ready add gravy and mash. Then hutspot is ready to eat. Try our dutch food, maybe you will like.
What do you have for dinner?

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21 December 2009

A Stressful Afternoon

What are you going to do when you have a headache accompanied by dizziness?
Headaches and dizziness occur most often. Illnesses that can cause dizziness includes low blood pressure, fevers, depression, stress, etc. Speaking of stress, I am so stressed since we moved here. I have to adjust my new neighborhood. We have to do many things like buying furniture and decorating the house for Christmas. Our couch will be delivered next year somewhere in February. This afternoon I was out shopping for gifts. I wanted to buy gifts for my children. My hubby looked after the kids. He did not go to work today because of the thick snow. It was very dangerous to drive. I have to buy some things for Christmas. I was looking for accessories like Christmas place mats, lights etc. Our dining table was delivered last Friday so I wanted new place mats. After few hours of shopping I felt dizzy and had a headache. To be honest, I do not like shopping. It is tiresome going in and out from one shop to another. Guess, what I bought? I went home without the place mats and the things I wanted to buy. I bought the things which were not on my list. When I arrived home I immediately took paracetamol. I went to bed. My hubby cooked our dinner. After eating our supper I felt better. Now I sit behind the computer, check my mails and want to update my blog.
It was a stressful afternoon.

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20 December 2009

DUTCH CULTURE: SeNdinG ChRisTmaS CarDs


It is here a tradition to send christmas cards to all friends and family members. Last week we sent 21 christmas cards and yesterday another 19 cards, thus a total of 40. We already received these christmas cards (on the picture) and pasted them on one of the doors in the hallway. More cards are on the way, I think. If you send hundred cards you can also expect the same number back. It is a Dutch attitude if you give something, you will also receive. I am talking in a positive tone. You will be expecting a full mailbox everyday until christmas. They also have christmas stamps (.34 euro cents = 22.60 pesos) which is cheaper than the ordinary stamps.
Do you send christmas cards to your loved ones and friends?

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18 December 2009

Sleep Well


Sleep well with a good bed. Adults need a good sleep and children too. Bed plays an important role when you rest. After a tiring and busy day you want to have a good sleep. A good bed and mattress are very important.
Few weeks ago, we bought childrens beds for our kids. Annabel has a normal bed with cabinets under where she can keep her things. Kevin has a loft bed with tent included. It took us weeks to choose the right beds. There are so many things to consider when you buy beds. You have to look at the price, the quality of the bed, mattress and its extra functions. Kevin has the smallest room. We have to be creative and resourceful to use the space. So, we decided to buy a loft bed for Kevin. The bed is high and below he can use to keep his toys. When we saw the bed, he immediately said "I like that bed. I can make a tent below." Without any hesitations we bought that loft bed. He is very satisfied with his bed. He stays most often in the tent. Occasionally Annabel visits Kevin in his tent. She brings her toys and share it with her younger brother. I love seeing them playing together in the tent. I sometimes join them.
To have a good sleep you must have a good bed.

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Miss aN oPportunity


I have just missed an opportunity from Payperpost 4.0 alpha. I registered my other blog My Life in Holland few months ago. Since then I never heard from them till today. I received an email that I have to log in to my account. But I was very busy. I was not able to check my account right away. I have just logged in and check MY LEADS, I saw this message: Sorry the advertiser has cancelled this opportunity. I think I have missed the opportunity. I seldom check Payperpost 4.0 alpha because I think I will never receive opps from them. Most of the time the emails come to late. So, as tips to all bloggers check your blog account every now and then. You never know that there are opps waiting for you. I have just registered this blog. All I have to do now, sit back and wait for the opps to come.
Have you ever received opportunities from payperpost 4.0 alpha?
Would love to hear and know your experiences about payperpost.

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Be Risk-free

Everybody needs security. There are different ways to feel secure. To have your things secured and risk-free you must have insurance like car, business, house, disability, legal, insurance etc. We have different kinds of insurance here. I have been looking for car insurance because the car insurance of my friend expires this month. She asked me to look for experts who knows best about car insurance. After several days of searching and reading reviews in the internet, I came across several companies. They offer various car insurance. She wants to trade in her car. She is looking for an insurance that gives more extras like fire, loss or damage, etc. Choosing an insurance company who gives the right and good services is not easy. There are so many companies to choose from like Motor Trade Insurance. You must also consider the premium you pay every month.
Does anyone there know about motor trade insurance?
Do you have car insurance?
Do you feel safe when you have car insurance?

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The fiRsT snoW faLLs


These pictures were taken yesterday morning in our neighborhood.
Yesterday evening fell down the first snow this year.  It is very nice to see snow but it is very cold. Last year the snow was not too thick. I don't like snow. I have to wear thick jacket, gloves, shawl and bonnet.
Have you seen snow in real?
Do you like snow?
Do you like skating on the snow?

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17 December 2009

ANSWERS exercise 14, parts of the house and the things inside

ENGLISH-DUTCH VOCABULARY 8: parts of the house and the things inside
EXERCISE 14, parts of the house and the things inside

ANSWERS of exercise 14, parts of the house and the things inside
1. raam                                                      16. deur
2. dak                                                        17. zolder
3. tafel                                                       18. eerste verdieping
4. salon tafel                                             19. woonkamer
5. badkamer                                              20. keuken
6. lepel                                                       21. borden
7. huis                                                        22. vensterbank
8. kelder                                                     23. trap
9. plafond                                                   24. muur
10. drempel                                               25. regenpijp
11. spiegel                                                26. douche
12. lichten                                                  27. vork
13. emmer                                                 28. fornuis
14. magnetron                                           29. vriezer
15. afwasmachine                                    30. wasmachine

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EXERCISE 14, parts of the house and the things inside

ENGLISH-DUTCH VOCABULARY 8: Parts of the house and the things inside

EXERCISE 14:
Translate the following into dutch:
1. window -                                                    16. door -
2. roof -                                                          17. attic -
3. table -                                                        18. first floor -
4. salon table -                                              19. living room -
5. bathroom -                                                 20. kitchen -
6. spoon -                                                       21. dishes -
7. house -                                                       22. windowsill -
8. basement -                                                23. stair -
9. ceiling -                                                      24. wall -
10. threshold -                                               25. drainpipe -
11. mirror -                                                    26. shower -
12. lights -                                                     27. fork -
13. bin -                                                         28. oven -
14. microwave -                                            29. freezer -
15. dish washer -                                         30. washing machine -

ANSWERS, exercise 14

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ENGLISH-DUTCH VOCABULARY 8: parts of the house and things inside

English - Dutch Vocabulary:

house - huis                                                      roof - dak
window - raam                                                  door - deur
bedroom - slaapkamer                                   living room - woonkamer
kitchen - keuken                                              attic - zolder kamer
stair - trap                                                         ground floor - begane grond
first floor - eerste verdieping                           threshold - drempel
floor - vloer                                                        drainpipe - regenpijp
windowsill - vensterbank                                 skylight - dakraam
hallway - gang                                                  rear door - achter deur
front door - voordeur                                        bathroom - badkamer
basement - kelder                                            wall - muur
ceiling - plafond

Things in the house:
couch - bankstel                                             table - tafel
salon table - salon tafel                                  bed - bed
eettafel - dining table                                     stove - fornuis
washing machine - wasmachine                  dish washer - afwasmachine
water cooker - water koker                           microwave - magnetron
refrigerator - koelkast                                    freezer - vriezer
cupboard/cabinet - kast                                oven - oven
side table - zijtafel                                          vase - vaas
bin - emmer                                                    pan - pan
plates - borden                                               spoon - lepel
fork - vork                                                        knife - mes
mug - mok                                                      cup - kop
shower - douche                                            mirror - spiegel
lights - lichten                                                 lamp - lamp
night lamp - nacht lamp                  

EXERCISE 14: Parts of the house and inside

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16 December 2009

DUTCH CULTURE: puTTing up ChristMas DecoRs

Dutch people usually decorate and put up their Christmas trees on the second week of December. Some people disassemble their christmas tree on the 27th of December, few days after christmas. So, we only enjoy our christmas tree for 3-4 weeks. It is strange if you decorate your tree in November and dismantle in January. But I usually disassemble our Christmas tree after Three Kings. In the malls, you can not buy christmas decors before December. So, you don't feel it is christmas if you don't see christmas decors. Our Christmas tree is done. I will post pictures this week.
In the Philippines, some people put up their christmas tree in September, which I think weird and commercial. The earlier the malls display christmas decors the more sale they can have.
So, a difference in culture and tradition.

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ANSWERS, exercise 13

Vowel(s) CoMbinatiOns:
EXERCISE 13, Vowel Combinations:

ANSWERS, exercise 13
1. rauw                                       16. wantrouwend
2. plooi                                       17. meest
3. eigenlijk                                  18. vreselijk
4. kabouter                                 19. trein
5. vouwen                                  20. scheur
6. staan                                      21. schuur
7. ruiken                                    22. bloeien
8. stoep                                      23. loopt
9. straat                                      24. sneeuw
10. bijt/beet                               25. ijsbreker
11. neus                                     26. kook
12. muur                                    27. reus
13. boek                                    28. eieren
14. pijl                                       29. peil
15. meet                                    30. deur

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EXERCISE 13: vowel combinations

VOweL ComBinationS:
Fill in the correct vowel combinations (aa, ee, oo, uu, ei, au, ou, ij, eu, oi, oe, ui)
1. r__w (raw)                              16. wantr__wend (suspicious)
2. plo__ (fold, wrinkle)                 17. m__st (most)
3. __ genlijk (actually)                  18. vresel__k (horrible)
4. kab__ter (gnome, elf)               19.tr__n (train)
5. v__wen (fold)                          20. sch__r (split, crack)
6. st__n (stand)                            21. sch__r (barn)
7. r__ken (smell)                          22. bl__men (bloom)
8. st__p (sidewalk)                       23. l__pt ( walks)
9. str__t (street)                           24. sne__w (snow)
10. b__t (bite)                              25. __sbreker (icebreaker)
11. n__s (nose)                            26. k__k (cook)
12. m__r (wall)                            27. r__s (giant)
13. b__k (book)                           28. __eren (eggs)
14. p__l (arrow)                           29. p__l (level)
15. m__t (measurement)               30. d__r (door)

ANTWOORDEN:

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DUTCH LANGUAGE: VoweL(s) CombiNaTions

The vowels:
a - man, bank, sla
e - pen, ben, mes
i - kip, tip, vis
o - top, dop, kop
u - put, mug, bus

Vowel combinations:
aa - maan, baan, slaan,

au - blauw, lauw, pauw
ou - touw, mouw, trouwen, houten

ui - uien, buien, huilen, bruilen,

ie - vies, kies, triest, 

ij - ijs, blij, bij, mij
ei - eieren, klein, brein,

ee - meent, teen, been,
eu - neus, keus, reus

oo - kook, koop, loop
oe - koek, soep, stoep

uu - puur, duur, zuur
eu - deur, veul, peul

EXERCISE:

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11 December 2009

TYPICAL DUTCH FOOD: StampPoT with endiVe

                                                          endive
The other night we ate stamppot. It is a typical Dutch food.
Stamppot is mashed potatoes with endive. We call it Andijvie Stamppot.
Stamppot is prepared by boiling the vegetables and potatoes separately. Once done, the potatoes are added to the same pot as the vegetables and all are thoroughly mashed together with stamppot gravy. Some people add applesauce to this mix for extra flavor and/or to soften the mix. A rookworst is the preferred piece of meat to be added to the dish. Some eat it together with meatballs.
There are various kinds of stamppot.
- mashed potatoes with onions and carrots
- mashed pototoes with kale
- mashed potatoes with sauerkraut
- mashed potatoes with spinach
- mashed potatoes with runner beans
- mashed potatoes with sprouts
- mashed potatoes with cabbage
Dutch people eat stamppot in the winter because this food gives more resistance against the cold weather. 
In my next post I will show you how to make Boerenkool (kale) Stamppot. We eat potatoes four times a week and the rest of the days pasta and rice. My kids like rice. They are really Filipinos.

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07 December 2009

6th BiRThdaY of PRinCess AmaLia


Princess Amalia, the eldest daughter of the crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima, celebrates her 6th birthday today. She celebrates her birthday with her family in Wassenaar. As each year there is always a concert at Kloosterkerk in The Hague on her day. The same as other kids in school she also gives birthday treats. The princess is now in group 3 in the Openbare Bloemcampschool in Wassenaar.
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE PRINCESS!!!

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04 December 2009

WhY is this TRee used As ChRisTmas Tree?




I took these pictures last summer in the woods.
This tree is called the Christmas tree. Why this kind of tree?
Everybody celebrates Christmas. To complete the festivity we should have a christmas tree.
Christmas tree is from the species of pine trees. There are different kinds of pine trees. These trees on the pictures are Nordmann Fir which is used as Christmas tree, it has the benefit of not shedding their needles when they dry out, as well as retaining good foliage colour and scent, but species in other genera are also used.
In northern Europe most commonly used are:
Silver Fir Abies alba (the original species)
Nordmann Fir Abies nordmanniana (as in the photo)
Noble Fir Abies procera
Norway Spruce Picea abies (generally the cheapest)
Serbian Spruce Picea omorika
Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris
Stone Pine Pinus pinea (as small table-top trees
Swiss Pine Pinus cembra
In North America, Central America and South America most commonly used are:
 Douglas-fir Pseudotsuga menziesii
Balsam Fir Abies balsamea
Fraser Fir Abies fraseri
Grand Fir Abies grandis
Guatemalan Fir Abies guatemalensis     
Noble Fir Abies procera
Red Fir Abies magnifica
Colorado Pine Pinus edulis
Jeffrey Pine Pinus jeffreyi
Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris
Stone Pine Pinus pinea (as small table-top trees)
Norfolk Island pine Araucaria heterophylla
Different countries make their own christmas trees, variation of christmas trees. In the Philippines, we don´t have pines like the Nordmann fir. People who can not buy artificial christmas tree, they cut some kind of shrubs and decorate it. Put some christmas lights, balls, candies etc. In different ways, we celebrate christmas to welcome Jesus Christ, the Savior in Catholic religion.
 I will put our christmas tree this weekend after Sinterklaas. I will post the picture of our christmas tree in my next post. This year we decided to have artificial tree.
How about you, are you done making your christmas tree?
Do you have artificial or the natural tree?
What do you put on your christmas tree?
How do you celebrate christmas?

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30 November 2009

NetheRLands Young inVentoRs

Last Saturday November 28, was the final show of the tv program "Het Beste IDEE van Nederland" means "The Best Idea in the Netherlands". They looked for new inventors. We followed this show. I find it very interesting to watch new inventions or ideas to solve our problems or lessen them. There were 6,412 ideas. There were 6 new inventors in the final show. The winning entry was the Zzzleeplight. This Zzzleeplight that slowly extinguishes and produces a soothing sound was created by three children Siem, Camiel and Merlijn. They received 25,5% votes from the viewers. They won 25,000 euros and a contract that this product will be in the market.


In the category sustainable energy Frank Heutinck won the prize with his idea, water faucet will automatically rotates back in the cold state.
I am thinking of a new ideathat might be interesting, simple but useful. Who knows? I might be the next inventor. LOL.

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27 November 2009

Express Yourself


Isn't it cool to design your own t shirts? You can design and put message you want, it can be funny, offensive, novelty, vintage, crazy, cool and hilarious. It is not only funny but very funny. In this way you can express what you feel and think. Making your own design is awesome. If you want to reach people and know your message, then just wear your custom design tee shirts. Isn't it fantastic! You look cool in those funny t shirts. Do you want to design your own tee shirts, so visit this website. You have many choices. There are 400 custom made designs for men and women. It is made of 100% cotton. They give the lowest price plus they offer now 50% off.
T-shirts that everyone can wear! 
EXPRESS YOURSELF by wearing this t shirts.

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25 November 2009

DUTCH CULTURE: Sinterklaas


Few weeks ago Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) arrived in the Netherlands in a boat from Spain. He is children's best friend because he gives gifts. Sinterklaas with his helpers black Petes "Zwarte Pieten" visited in one of the malls here. Annabel and Kevin were very happy to see him. Malls, schools, restaurants etc. are celebrating Sinterklaas. In the school of my kids, they are busy drawing, making things to celebrate the festival. On the evening of December 5, Zwarte Pieten bring gifts to every house through the chimney. If the child is good then he receives gifts if not he will be taken to Spain. So, the children are very nice and obedient this time wishing and hoping that they will receive many gifts from Sinterklaas. This is a long awaited evening, evening of Gifts. Children receive many gifts not just one but sometimes 5-10 gifts. The children are more excited waiting for Sinterklaas than Christmas EVe.
Sinterklaas, the kids are nice, so they ready to welcome yOu.

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Need Car Accessories and Brand Name Parts

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Experience a smooth driving with Dodge Ram Wheel bearing.

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24 November 2009

It Feels GREAT when you can help SomeOne


I thought before that Live Traffic Feed was nothing, no use at all. Who cares if I have visitors or not. But I found out that this helps a lot to know who your visitors are. Through the Live Feed Traffic I saw that I have other visitors besides bloggers. One visitor searched for:
"gifts" blogurl:blogspot.com Bangalore, Karnataka arrived from blogsearch.google.com on "ME in thE DutCh SOcieTy: Unique Gifts, Makt it"
My blog is on the first page of Google about this search. In this way, I was very happy that I had helped the advertiser exposed his products.
It feels great when you help someone like the advertisers promote their products and services. I never thought I can help them. Look at your Live Traffic Feed and see who your visitors are and click that search engine, you will be directed to the google page where your blog is. I have so many posts that are placed on the first page of GOOGLE. Isn't that GREAT!!!
Did you also look at the Live Traffic Feed who visited your blog?

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23 November 2009

Best and Cheap Car Rentals

It is tiresome when you travel especially by plane. You have many things to arrange. You should arrange a hotel, travel insurance, car etc. One thing that you must think ahead when you arrive at your destination is transportation. Do you have a car waiting for you at the airport? Do you have someone who will pick you up? Do not be a burden to your family, friends or even businees partners to pick you up. You can book a car online.
Spain Car Hire the first choice of car hire and rentals in the United Kingdom, Europe and world wide. They have cars for rent at affordable prices. So easy, just visit their website, type the name of the Airport and click the destination, there you can see the cars for hire. They also offer  airport parking which you can book online and travel insurance. See to it that you have travel insurance. You should have a good travel insurance coverage especially when you go on winter sport which expose you to high risk in injury.
Plan things ahead before you travel. BestCarHire is there for you.

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21 November 2009

NeTheRLands, WoN JuNiOR Eurovision Song Contest



The Junior Songfestival in Europe was held in Ukraine. We have just watched the show. We were very happy since our contestant Ralf Mackenbach with his song "Click Clack" won. Ralf is 14 years old and from North Brabant. He wrote his song "Click Clack". My children Annabel (8) and Kevin (5) are fans of Ralf. They know the song.
There were 13 lands participated the contest Belgium, Malta, Macedonia, Ukraine, Armania, Russia, Sweden, Romania, Servia, Georgia, Cyprus, The Netherlands and Belarus.
To Ralf and his mates CONGRATULATIONS, boys! The Dutch people are very proud of YOu.

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Another BLog ADveRTiser approved this BLOg

I was happy when I read the e-mail from Socialspark that they approved my blog. I submitted this blog 3 days ago. They immediately approved my blog. My other blog "My Life in HoLLand", it took 5 weeks before they approved it. It was many times rejected. You knew already when it is rejected. It doesn't meet their requirements. Anyway, this blog is now ready to receive opps. I am also ready to promote the products and services of the advertisers. So, common now opps, I am ready.

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20 November 2009

Feel Safe with ADT Home Security

Are you safe in your own house?
Do you feel safe?
Are your home and family safe?
How do you protect your home or vacation home?
We have just moved to our new house. The previous owners asked if we wanted the alarm since it was not a part of the house. They bought it separately. So, we replied "yes". We feel the need to have it. So, we took it over.
Nowadays, we do not feel safe in our own house because of burglary and other crimes. We hear news from radios and televisions about burglary. 
Protect your home and family by having this home security Bakersfield.
When vacation time is over, then your vacation home is vacant. No one guards. You should take some security measures to guard your home. Using the right security system is a must.
Here are some steps to protect your vacation home.
1. have a good guard. Choose the expert, ADT Home Security
2. have the right security devices. High-decibel alarm system siren, motion detector serves as interior trap, yard sign and window decals, etc.
3. have your home secured 24/7
4. have an easy to operate equipment. Keychain remote control makes it easy to operate and the use digital keypad
5. have a quick alarm response. ADT technicians will alert the authorities right away when they receive home security alarm.
You can choose from three ADT monitoring packages which you think you need.
Need more information about this, contact the ADT local dealers.

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DUTCH FOOD: European smoKeD EeLs, very expensive


Do you like smoked eel?
Have you eaten eels?
Why is eel very expensive?
The Eels (Anguilla anguilla) is a catadromous(migrating from fresh water to the sea to spawn)fish with a snake-like body.
Dutch people like eel filets than the whole eel. Before eel was one of the staple food but now it is become delicacy because of the price. One kilo eel costs 47.90 euros equivalent to 3,200 (Philippine) pesos supermarket price. If you buy it from the market the price per kilo is 37.50 euros (2,512 Phil. peso)
Eel is one of the fattiest fish. In northern Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, smoked eel is considered a delicacy. A 100-g portion eel is a rich source of protein, niacin, and vitamins A, D, and B12; a good source of niacin and vitamin B2; a source of vitamins B1 and B6; contains 20 g of fat and supplies 300 kcal (1260 kJ).
The food science believes today that oily fish, including eel, a beneficial effect on brains, heart and blood vessels. This effect is mainly attributed to the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. The unsaturated fatty acids work even lowering cholesterol.
I seldom eat smoked eels because my gosh... it is very expensive. This is one of my favorite food. You should try this when you can visit the Netherlands.

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19 November 2009

Unique Gifts, Makt it

Are you looking for unique gifts for this Christmas season?
Personalized gifts are very impressive. I find personalized gifts very awesome in the sense that the time spent in making it, was very wonderful. When someone made it for you then you are very special. To give you an idea what to give to your friends and loved ones for this coming Christmas, these personalized ornaments are highly recommended. They also have baby ornaments like this:


I made my personalized mouse pad. But I cannot show you the mouse pad I made. I cannot paste it here. I was really impressed.
Try to make your own personalized ornaments and see the amazing results.

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18 November 2009

The New WoRLd ReCoRd, domiNO daY



Last Friday November 13 was the Domino Day in the Netherlands. The day is organized each year by Endemol who also produced the Big Brother show. Robin Paul Weijers, the Domino guy with his team had set up 4,800,000 dominoes in a 7-field of 34 by 17 meters. There were 4,491,863 dominoes fell. That was another World Record. The theme was the World in Domino-The Show with the Flow,  portrayed the different continents of the world. It was the 11th editions of the domino show and held at WTC Expo Leeuwarden, northern part of the Netherlands. The show was one  the biggest tv productions of the Netherlands. There were 2,890,000 who viewed the show and I was one of them. The best viewed show on that night. They succeeded to break the world record. The design was amazing. I will surely watch next year for another spectacular show.

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15 November 2009

Satellite Internet

We have just moved into our new house two weeks ago. In our new place we have many internet providers. They offer different internet bundles. So, we have many choices and we do not know which one is the best. While I was searching in the internet for the best provider I came across this Clear Wireless Internet provider. I signed up and was amazed about the packages and deals they gave. We signed up for Bundler 3, all-in home internet, mobile internet and home phone. We saved up to 40% and is unlimited.
Currently everybody is fanatic in downloading films, music, video clips etc. Having this Wimax Philadelphia, downloading is very fast. We were very glad that we chose Clear Wireless Internet because they provide super fast 4G service what we expected. It is also very convenient to have Clear Wireless mobile service, the usb modem is small that fits in your pocket, simply plug it into your laptop and there you get super fast wireless internet. The connection and speed of downloading are very fast whether you are in your house, car or anywhere. Visit their website to learn and know more about clear internet bundles. Sign up now for Clear today!

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10 November 2009

DuTcH FoOD: HeRRinG

One of the dutch food is herring. Herring is the most popular fish and the most typical, traditional and oldest street food in the Netherlands.

                                           This is how to eat herring. 
Herrings are caught between the end of May and the beginning of July in the North Sea near Denmark or Norway, before the breeding season starts. This is because herrings at this time are unusually rich in oils (over 15%) and their roe and milt have not started to develop. To protect against threadworms, Dutch regulations mandate freezing to at least minus 45 degrees celsius before salting. The herrings are ripened for a couple of days in oak barrels in a salty solution, or brine the pancreatic enzymes which support the ripening make this version of salt herring especially mild and soft.
The herring is marinated in cider, wine, sugar, herbs and spices. It is served cold with chopped onions and pickles. I like fish very much but the way it is prepared, it taste bbhaah. especially when they eat it with bread. My gosh... I can not imagine the taste...another cultural differences.


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09 November 2009

ANSWERS, exercise 12

DUTCH LANGUAGE: masculine - feminine name calls
EXERCISE 12

ANSWERS, exercise 12
1. oma                                                      16. broer
2. ooi                                                        17. hommer/hom/gelt
3. koe                                                       18. poes
4. aap                                                       19. vader
5. koe                                                       20. meisje
6. lerares                                                   21. leeuw
7. pop                                                       22. hen
8. keiler/ever                                             23. duivin
9. koningin                                                24. ram
10. student                                                25. rekel
11. echtgenote                                          26.klasgenoot
12. man                                                     27. hengst
13. mevrouw                                             28. eend
14. boer                                                    29. vriendin
15. herten/koe                                            30. beer

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EXERCISE 12

Masculine-Feminine name calls:
Give the masculine or feminine name calls or vice versa of the following people and animals:
1. opa -                                                          16. zus -
2. ram -                                                          17. kuitvis -
3. bol -                                                           18. kater -
4. apin -                                                         19. moeder -
5. stier -                                                         20. jongen -
6. leraar -                                                       21. leeuwin -
7. kanariepiet -                                              22. haan -
8. bagge -                                                      23. doffer -
9. dar -                                                           24. ooi -
10. studente -                                                25. moervos -
11. echtgenoot -                                            26. klasgenote -
12. vrouw -                                                     27. merrie -
13. meneer -                                                   28. woerd -
14. boerin -                                                     29. vriend -
15. hert -                                                         30. berin -
ANSWERS:

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About this Blog

I make this blog for foreigners who will live in this country, THE NETHERLANDS. Foreigners who are engaged or married they have to learn a lot of things about their new home like the culture, architectures, landscape, government, dikes etc. Especially the Dutch language which is very important in their social life. It is very difficult if they cannot communicate with other people. Most people speak Dutch, only few speaks English.
For visitors and readers, this will give you an idea what this country is. This small country ranks no. 5 in the economic stability in EUROPE. Their architectures like palaces, castles, dikes, ports (air and sea) are amazing.
Their culture is very interesting.

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