The hot weather in Manila has made me reminisce about the cold weather, so I decided to write about Amsterdam, my second favorite town in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam is only 20 minutes by train from Utrecht Centraal. It costs about 5.5 euros to get there—so easy, as Mich Dulce showed me one time.
Check out the sosy Burger King at the station
Some other modes of transportation: the Dutch tuktuk with the good-looking driver
The horse and carriage
and the boats
As soon as you leave the station you’ll see many interesting shops such as Options! which sells bike, home, and baby accessories, as well as stationery and furniture.
I bought a pillow here for my apartment, by a Dutch fabric design student
The store accepts credit and debit cards only—no cash—an unusual concept, presumably to avoid theft and hold-ups.
Next we searched for H&M Home, which I really wanted to go to.
I ended up buying only three things in multiples for myself and pasalubong. The merchandise looks more interesting online than in reality
Tikal is one of the stores we just walked into because I spotted some oil-cloth bags on display
I almost bought the red gingham bag but Mich convinced me blue is cooler and more traditionally Dutch
Literally bumped into my sister-in-law Joy at Cos!
Dropped by our friend Paolo Basa’s flat by the canal. Haven’t seen him since the ’90s and he still looks amazing.
(to be continued)