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Welcome to Schiphol
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Let’s make this like a YES! magazine entry.
Schiphol (pronounced Skip-pol) is the name of the airport in Amsterdam (end of YES! mag reference).
We arrived here at 6 AM, Dutch time. Felt the cold air immediately upon stepping out to the boarding bridge.
The boys were thrilled.

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I really love these small trolleys that make lugging carry-ons easier. Wish we had these in NAIA.
That’s my stuff.

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Immigration was a breeze. No immigration forms, can you imagine? The boys all have Dutch passports, while Yaya Bhing and I queued together. I was scared of interrogation, but the good-looking officer simply said, “Good morning” and “What is your purpose of travel?” Two stamps later, and we’re off.

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Schiphol is really lovely. I prefer it to Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Narita airports.
There’s an air of instant chic I don’t see in Asian airports.

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I really love Dutch design. Check out the Starbucks

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The dining hall

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Went nuts over a souvenir shop, but didn’t buy anything—yet.

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Cheese everywhere. The good kind.

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Hermés down below

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Because we were knocked out during the 12-hour flight, the boys wanted McDonald’s, which is a sight for rumbling tummies in any airport. NAIA needs this.

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Fries, chicken nuggets, and sosy water for the boys. Coffee for Yaya.

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Jeroen loves the special Dutch mayo with his fries

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and excited to have McKroket (a special Dutch treat—box says “world famous in Holland”)

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Oh, and I love these breaded prawns—only in Holland!! I love!!!

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Headless, tail-less prawns with ketchup!

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After a quick meal, a happy reunion with Opa and Aunt Helene.

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Love Opa

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Looking for the supermarket inside Schiphol (how convenient)

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Yes, Yaya, we are in Holland

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I want them Miffy chocolate

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Vincent van Gogh chocolate

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Wooden shoe chocolate!! I will hoard them all when we leave

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Schiphol also has some great displays of airplane parts, such as the engine

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Just like the Mind Museum

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The wheels (oh, and an H&M in the back)

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Heading to the parking lot

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with my love

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Art in the airport—we like!

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Yaya Bhing likes the giant lamp

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and loves the cold weather. The weather is really lovely by the way. Nothing like the weather reports have it.

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Loading our bags
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And we’re off.

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Enjoy your vacay. Yaya Bhing should have brought her knitwear. Sosyal na yaya, globetrotting lang! =))

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Nagmumura ang sandamakmak na Rimowas! Where did you get the neon orange one? I want that too! =))

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CVS Reply:

the orange one is Kamiseta

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Kristine_avel

You didn’t bring with you your 3rd son?

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CVS Reply:

he has no passport yet. he’s with his ninang right now

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Cecile, what’s the brand of stroopwafel that Jeroen/Opa used to bring you? They’re delish. Thanks. 

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CVS Reply:

Gouda’s Gilde 🙂

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Emily G

Ms. CVS, I would very much like to be your kids yaya. ;)….kidding

No, seriously. 😐

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Grabe parang inaasar talaga ko ni yaya Bhing ah. Hahahahahaha!

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JP Singson

omg…for some reason i left a comment on your livejournal instead of here…lol. anyway, bongga ang airport. i wonder when is this EVER going to happen here in pinas. glad u guys arrived safely. post pics of the apartment…would luv to see it!

can’t wait to try those yummy dutch treats at mcDs…

xoxo

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Eating at McDonald’s is non-negotiable when I visit a country. I think it’s a way of getting to know the culture since so many locals eat it everyday. Most bizarre so far would be the breakfast noodle soup thing in HK. And sometimes, I wonder, what do foreigners feel when they enter a McDonald’s here in Manila. PS. Are those McCrackers in the pic with the Spa water? [Reply]currystrumpet Reply:April 4th, 2012 at 8:53 PMAgree. The most bizarre McDonald’s I’ve been in was a Tex-Mex themed one. Complete with cacti, ponchos and cowboy hats. In Munich. My Swiss friend told… Read more »

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Agree. The most bizarre McDonald’s I’ve been in was a Tex-Mex themed one. Complete with cacti, ponchos and cowboy hats. In Munich.

My Swiss friend told me they serve fondue in McDonalds in Switzerland. Sabi ko they should call it McDue. #pinoyhumor

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Hardcore si Yaya Bhing, naka t-shirt lang! The boys’ matching backpacks (with the NL flag/baggage tags) are so cute. De Bijenkorf (parang Rustan’s) also has cute chocolates with Dutch-themed packaging for pasalubong. 

For some reason the immigration officers are always cute. Maybe they really choose the cute ones, parang front-of-house staff lol. I had to stay overnight once due to a flight delay and the immigration guy asked me how long I was staying. When I said overnight, he said “Why just one night? Stay longer!” Chumika pa si kuya.

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CVS Reply:

adorable! hope to meet you here

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i want to go to holland!!!

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CVS Reply:

let’s gow!!

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i want to go to holland!!!

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I love family vacations! Who doesn’t? Yaya Bing will have a blast! (naki-yaya din ako,lol)

Cheers!
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I love family vacations! Who doesn’t? Yaya Bing will have a blast! (naki-yaya din ako,lol)

Cheers!
http://kaloka.livejournal.com

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Angelo Publico Reply:

Correction: It’s Yaya Bhing with an H. lol

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Correction: It’s Yaya Bhing with an H. lol

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Angelique

The best airport test is … if you can enjoy the airport despite a very long lay over. And it’s true about Schipol … it’s comfortable, interesting, easy to navigate, great signage … my longest layover there was five hours and it breezed by. They have a superb book and magazine store. I love the jelly bean art installation.  The signage in NAIA really hurts the eye. They look crude, temporary and too many fonts. I just missed you by a week … will be in Schipol in 6 days … enroute to Berlin 🙂 I’m following this Europe series… Read more »

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Angelique

Yaya Bhing (spelling Nazi)

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Yaya Bhing, you already!:) Pwede na rin mag blog si yaya about her European adventure:)

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Humanum777

I agree, Schipol is the best!

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I looooove the look of the dining hall. Parang library! 

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Ninanamnam ni Yaya Bhing ang lamig! Di nag-jacket! Hehehe. 
Entries like this are my favorite. Enjoy your vacay, Ms. C!
Now ko lang naisip, my former boss, Pieter Boone, is Dutch. He used to bring back all sorts of knick-knacks. 😉 

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I never really got to explore Schipol because the connection times between the inbound Manila flight and the outbound to wherever it is I’m going is so quick and vice versa. So my favorite part about Schipol is so babaw… The way they call out passengers who are late by name and then threaten to offload their baggage. I don’t remember the exact wording, but it went something like “Mr XXX, you are delaying your flight. Please proceed to gate XYZ now or we shall offload your luggage. Thank you.” That was always my fear when in Schipol, for them… Read more »

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“… or we will OFFLOAD YOUR BAGGAGE!” 

Hahaha I always laugh when I hear that announcement! Pero iba nga siguro kapag pangalan ko na ang tinatawag. 

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Diba? I can hear in my head pa the tone of how the female recording says it (suki sa Schipol kasi). So calm and soothing. Haha. And may “thank you” pa sa dulo. I would hate to be  that person and then have all the ground staff, crew and passengers glare at me when enter the plane. Kakahiya.

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I’ve had the wooden shoe chocolate before! I love it!

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Van Gogh chocolates!  Nice!  Super green with envy kay Yaya Bing!!!!

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have fun!

ps inggit ako ke yaya bing!

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literarybulimia

Yaya Bhing is lucky!!!! And nalula ako sa Rimowa. Can’r wait for more posts from this trip.

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