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I started having anxiety attacks a few nights ago because of our Europe. We’re leaving on Monday for Amsterdam with two kids, a yaya, Jeroen and myself. Our youngest has no passport yet and will be taken care of by friends and relatives.
A lot of things are making me nervous, a huge part of it has to be the weather forecast.

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25-26 degrees is what I’m used to at home. In order to fall asleep, I need 22-23 degrees, while my kids need 16 degrees and are looking forward to the cold weather.
My friend Ginggay left for Europe last week and sent me this message:

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I am really scared of Winter weather, especially in Spring. I hate bundling up because I can’t move. I literally get frozen. I look so haggarda. I can’t deal. I don’t know what to pack.
Last Thursday night I took the boys shopping at Zara, Gap and Debenhams for long-sleeve tees and warm jackets.
Yesterday I went looking for a jacket for Yaya Bhing. Rajo Laurel correctly advised me to check out the Greenhills tiangge, where I scored a North Face overrun for Php 1,100 and a scarf for Php 150—both in black of course. (North Face jackets cost Php 10,000-12,000 each at Shangri-La Plaza.)
I bought a cute little Dowell rice cooker at Abenson’s for Php 650 (so cheap!), plus tons of microwaveable Japanese rice at the Konbini store.
Dowell rice cooker, 3 cups

I bought a travel iron, collapsible hamper and lots of electric adapters at True Value.
I’ve chosen my reading material, filled out the immigration forms and all that.

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Tomorrow I shall pack my clothes and shoes and on Monday all the rest of odds and ends I’m going to need on a two-week trip.
I already miss Manila. Times likes these I really know where my heart belongs and it is in a warm place called home.

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dont forget the kids’ medicines!
haha yun ang most important sa kin when we travel. mahirap kasing bumili ng meds lalo na if out of the country.
have a safe flight miss C!

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done! and thanks!

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how long are you gonna be gone? will you be able to write from there? dont make us miss you too much. ingat!

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mabilis ang internet sa Holland. It should be fun to blog there if I’m not so stressed and tired 🙂

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funny, i’m looking forward to my netherlands trip at the end of the week cause of the slightly better weather (8-10c more) than where I’m at now. for clothes…always windy whenever i’m in .nl no matter where i go, best tip: windbreaker and some thermals underneath.

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Hi Miss C,
I am also a Filipina living in Limburg. We had a very sunny two weeks but now temperature drop again. The day to day weather is a bit tricky as it might feel warm but chilly. Please take care though especially your boys as lot of people are becoming sick because of the day to day or hour to hour changes of the weather. It is better to layer clothes to have yourself surely warm and protected then when it gets warm remove some pieces.

(First time commenting, but I am an avid follower)

Have a safe and pleasant trip.

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Hmmm. Europe is the least of places you should worry about when it comes to things. For a person of your wallet capacity your money and your ATM cards/CC are the only ones you would make sure you have and nothing else as you can buy anything in Europe. Shop for clothes there so the clothes will be more appropiate weather wise and laundryway wise. As for me I just have my JJ Bean man bag (kinda done with my backpack days) and my wallet. Shopping for toothpaste and other toiletries is fun as you get to meet locals. Kids adapt better sometimes. You… Read more »

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For super accurate, hourly forecasts I use the Weatherpro app (meron for both iPhone and Blackberry), or weer.nl online. The low temps are normally for the dead of night so I wouldnt worry about them unless you plan to be out past midnight. I’m also surprised at this cold dip. Had to dig out my wool peacoat even though last week was already leather jacket weather. It’s not gloves weather naman but just keep your feet and head warm. If you need extra underlayers, HEMA (one at Schiphol, and pretty much everywhere) should have affordable, seasonally appropriate ones. Safe travels… Read more »

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I agree. I live in Vancouver and that’s our temp right now except wet. Make sure you cover your head and hands. I always wear athin undershirt. I like Fat-Free Dressing by Maidenform — it’s a tank, not bulky but warm. Best to have layers that you can peel off to adjust the temp than thick sweaters and jackets, IMO.

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Ms C, opt for more thermals so you can wear it under your normal clothes than bulking up with jackets or coat. There’s a lot in greenhills too. nice and warm. Leather Gloves would help A LOT. I once went to Frankfurt and it was -15! My hands were frozen 

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Happy that you found something nice for Yaya!  Greenhills tiange has tons of overuns!  Great finds at fantastic prices.  Have a safe flight and I suggest you take a look at UNIQLO winter warmers.  They are like leggings and long sleeve fitted thermals but are super light and really warm. This means you do not have to wear lots of layers.  You will love the Japanese technology when it comes to these things.  Check it out!  
Safe travels!
R!

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Im freezing on a summer in UK. While yhe Brits are wearing shorts, I was out of the season…I miss the Pihilippines:(

Cheers!
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Please rake pics of Schipol Airport.  Have Fun.

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Sigh! I’m scared of cold weather, too. First time I went to London, Tessa Valdes told me, “It’s 18-20 degrees here. Just Baguio weather!” So I packed light jackets. Grabe, it was so so so cold! I was weeping. No joke! And I didn’t want to buy thicker coats kasi ang mahal grabe sa London!!! I was so miserable. Haha!

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