The Netherlands: Zaanse Schans (2nd visit)

Visiting Zaanse Schans for the second time.

I still find this place very nice. I find it amusing to be able to get near to the famous Dutch windmills and learn their history. From what I learned, every windmill have its own name. The dutchies are naming their mills according to the purpose or something that means a lot for them, which I think is cool.

Finally, we are now on time when visiting Zaanse Schans. We were early and we have the chance to roam around and see all of the attractions.

Weather at this time was kinda preferable, it’s still cold (like always) but at least no rain which is a win!

This is the time where we were able to see how the clogs were made. Its kinda cool how they made those wooden shoes.

We also went to the cheese store and tasted like all kinds of cheese that Holland can actually offer.

We also went inside a windmill and see how the mill works,  plus we can also buy the nice cinnamon candy and cookies like the speculaas.

 

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14th of February 2014

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The Netherlands: Artis Zoo

Who would have thought that Amsterdam have a zoo?  Well in the busy city of Amsterdam, Artis Zoo is also one of the main attractions that you can do in Amsterdam. The zoo is spacious and somehow the animals are well taken care of. There’s an ongoing maintenance during our visit, so we were not able to see all of the attractions, but with enough space and animals to see, you wouldn’t even bother of not seeing the ones that are missing. What I love about the zoo, there are sea lions and you can see them swimming around through the glass. I also love their butterfly house. Butterflies flies freely and you can actually touch them.

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6th of November 2013

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Playstation 4

Neither of us, me and my bf were thinking of getting or pre-ordering the Playstation 4. So upon the release of this console,  we realized that we would actually want to have one for ourselves.

So here’s the challenge- get the Playstation 4 on the spot/ on the release date. It was not that actually easy. Gamers during this time would not be very happy to sell their own pre-ordered Playstation because they actually waited for months or years before they can actually grab the console.

We went to different stores,  called the stores and searched the internet. After several attempts of random calls, we finally found somebody who is selling their ps4 and it is kinda pricy. :(

Returning home with smiles on our faces, we could not wait to open the box and play with it.

Playstation 4: I love it!

The only thing that I think that the Ps4 misses is that they still dont have that much games available for their platform and the gamers shall wait for the next months for the release.

But as far as I am playing with PS4, I love it!

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29th of November 2013

 

 

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The Netherlands: Eindhoven

Another big city in the Netherlands.

I like how pretty the city center is, it looks very spacious and modern. The buildings are different from the normal ones. It is well developed.

We havent roam that much in the city at that time because of the weather. It is almost starting to rain. But I am happy to visit the place since I haven’t been there before. Nice shopping center by the way! :)

 

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12th of October 2013

 

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Daf 33 Road Trip

Still in Brabant and we don’t know what to do. Looking up at the net and finally we found an idea which will make our little holiday memorable.

We thought of why not try driving a vintage car that is an original of the Netherlands. Its the Daf 33.

What to expect: Starting the car would be a bit tricky, because it either goes forward or backward without any control. It does not have any fan or heater, so it’s either very cold or too hot when driving. Before we are able to reverse, you have to turn off the engine. And… expect that people around you will be staring at you and at the car at all times because it is the famous Daf 33 of the Netherlands.

 

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The drive was amazing, we were given a map where we can see some great places in Brabant. It was very fun to do. I also got the chance to see the Daf 33 and the Solex (motorized bicycle) collection that the owner have and for rent. It is really cool!

Daf 33 Collection

Daf 33 Collection

Solex Collection

Solex Collection

 

http://www.mifasolex.nl/

 

12th of October 2013

 

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Netherlands: Landal Het Vennenbos, Noord-Brabant

After the month vacation in the Philippines, the next months means only non-stop working for 6 months and to add some little road trips we made. I am just glad that I can still somehow get a 2 week vacation after getting a 4 week vacation earlier. I told my bf that we needed to relax from all the workload and at least get somewhere where I still haven’t been to.

We searched and searched until we ended up to the place where his dad recommended, and that was Landal Het Vennenbos in Noord- Brabant. Since I told my bf that I haven’t been to that part of the Netherlands, we decided to go there. It’s only like 2 hours travel from our place to Noord-Brabant with the car. There’s not much changed because of course we are still in Holland.

Upon arriving, the first impression that the place gave me was that we are going to stay literally in a forest.  The house is in the forest, this is the place where I saw lots of mushrooms and squirrels. The house where we stayed is fully furnished. Complete with sofa’s, tv, kitchen and utensils, 2 bedrooms, fireplace, a bathtub and we got a balcony with a view of the little creek full of ducks and birds.

Landal Het Vennenbos is what they called “Centerparks” where families go for vacation. Their facilities includes: swimming pool with waterslides and jacuzzi,  tanning bed, mini golf, bowling, biking, restaurants and many other more. There are lots of houses or appartments and the size depends on how many people are going to stay. You will still feel like you are in you’re at home because you still have to do your own chores even putting the bed sheet and pillow covers. Bed is comfortable, I can say that I did really slept good at that place and I made most of the time home cooked meals. Regarding privacy and noise, you would not even notice other people staying beside you. The place is quiet for the month of October. Im well rested for a week! :)

The view from our balcony

The view from our balcony

 

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biking in two’s

 

7th- 13th of October 2013

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Oculus Rift: Virtual Reality Headset

 

Oculus Rift Development Kit

Oculus Rift Development Kit

To be honest: I only used the Oculus Rift for roughly 5 mins. I tried the roller coaster sample and as I may say, I felt like I was really in a roller coaster hence im sitting on an office chair connected to a butt kicker.  Oculus Rift is kinda big but it is comfortable to wear since you can adjust on how tight you would like the Oculus Rift to hold in your head. So, wearing the glass gives you a 2 sided view, like for each eye. It is cool that when you move your head around, the surrounding gives a 360 view of where you are looking into. It doesn’t matter if you stand or sit, it just works. It makes you feel like you are actually in the game.

The graphics, well it can be better. I think they still need to polish the graphics more because for me it looks a bit rough but I think more upgrades will come soon!

The only thing that I don’t like about the Oculus Rift: After the 5 mins of use, I felt like vomitting. Im nauseated, I guess my eyes are not yet ready for the virtual reality gaming. But with this invention, I think it will be a hit in the near future to those who love gadgets and wants to experience the virtual reality world.

 

29th of September 2013

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