Tulip fields in spring

The loves of my life aside from my lovely little girl and wonderful hubby are food, photography and traveling. As this blog of mine builds up over time, the themes will surely revolve around them. I will give you a peek into the Dutch way of life and as to how a Filipina like me is finding my own place under the sun so to speak. I came here 13 years ago to pursue my master’s degree in development studies specializing in economics of development and stayed on because of marriage and now, because of my own family. I am balancing career (I work for a bank in Amsterdam) and family life just like everyone else. I love spending time in the kitchen trying new stuffs and wish that this fondness for cooking and baking will rub off on the daughter.

If you are keen on Europe, you may pick up an idea or two on the places to see and what to do as I share with you our holiday experiences which were mostly off the beaten track from what travel guide books suggest. I will show you other places in Holland or aspects of Dutch life which will definitely change your view of this country (in the positive light more or less).

Why the blog on going Dutch?

There has been a lot of misconceptions about the Dutch which as an insider, I’d like to clarify if not completely correct. When I choose this title of “Going Dutch and loving it”, I got some strange reactions from friends from way back who thought that I am embracing many morality-challenging ideas which are still taboo in my deeply Catholic country of birth.

The truth is that while the Dutch take a liberal approach to issues/ideas which are still frowned upon and considered taboo even in many western countries like legalized abortion, soft drugs, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, abortion and prostitution, the family dynamics here in Holland is still very conservative, even far more conservative than Philippines where I am from. The Dutch are just pragmatic in their approach to these issues but that does not mean that their way of life is also ruled by these issues. Take the cases of legalized prostitution and drugs as examples. These do not make the Dutch go to prostitutes or take drugs. Far from it! In the Red Light District of Amsterdam where services of prostitutes standing behind glass windows can be engaged openly or soft drugs can be bought from the many coffee houses, only foreigners can be found there. Dutch people would rather not be seen there whereas visitors to Holland will mark the highlights of their visit trying out soft drugs, watching a peep show or knocking at the windows of the ladies behind the glass windows.

Family life is sacred to the Dutch. Everything is hands-on so children are raised by parents who do the tough balancing act on career and parenthood. Compared to where I came from where live-in nannies and domestic help are common sight, we do everything by ourselves. Hubby and I both work one day less to be able to have quality time with our daughter. Weekends to us are precious and we spend that bonding together with maybe a walk in the forest, some castle grounds, zoo, etc. This to me is what “Going Dutch” is all about.

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  1. arlene1027 says:

    Welcome to WordPress Malou! I love all your pics!

    • Thanks a lot, Arlene. Let’s see how far I can go blogging…

    • Dr. D says:

      So wonderful…Spent a month near Amsterdam. I took pictures at a high school where in the parking lot there were at least one thousand bikes! Who in the States every saw a regluation bike lane!

      • Thanks a lot, Dr. D. Amsterdam is best explored by bike. Many of my colleagues go to work by bike. Most kids here learn to cycle before they can walk πŸ˜‰

        I also have to adapt to this cycling culture so I learned to cycle when I came here. That’s the way it is.

    • marieleigh says:

      Thank you so much for visiting the emptynest. We love your blog, we hope you continue to like ours. We are a little inexperienced and can’t wait to see what you post next.

      Denise and Sandy

  2. Anita Mac says:

    Interesting insight into the Dutch! Interesting comment about the Red Light District – I have never been, and am not overly interested, but it doesn’t surprise me that it is more the interest of tourists than locals. To each their own! Happy blogging.

  3. The Dutch are always misunderstood, I should say. I remember a friend of mine who’s a nun. She was horrified when she learned that I was marrying a Dutchman and will be living in Holland which she thought personifies the modern Sodom and Gomorrah. Far from it!

    If Holland figures in your itinerary, just keep in mind that there is more to what the travel books write about this country. There are many nice places other than Amsterdam to see. If you come in spring, hundreds of kilometers of sheer beauty awaits you and they don’t cost a thing except for petrol on your car. The travel book advises Keukenhof as a must-see but there you will be with thousands and thousands of other tourists while there is hardly anyone on the flower fields.

  4. derdo says:

    Hi Malou. I didn’t realize that your “going Dutch” would horrify people; it never occurred to me to lump the Dutch with the wanton, the moral value-less, etc. in the sense that such people may be found in any and every race. Still, thanks for the clarification/insight you shared.

    Welcome to wordpress. I’m sure you’ll enjoy blogging and that people who happen to come across your blog will enjoy your posts.

    • The funny thing is that people only hear of Holland in the news when there are sensational things to talk about. That’s exciting. The normal stuffs are just too boring. In many ways, what I read in the news now about our country shocks me to the core. Your blog the other day about the video of those showbiz personalities shows that our country for all its very conservative views have gone too way ahead with many sensational issues. The conservative sectors (church, academe, congress) in our society bury their heads in the sand on issues like RH but the young people we have no longer subscribe to the age-old beliefs. The Dutch approach is different. The issue is discussed in school openly and the children are given the freedom to choose their course of action.

  5. Hi Malou! Just wanted to say thanks for subscribing to my blog and I hope you continue to enjoy it. Yours looks great (love the photos and your little girl is adorable). I have been to Holland a few times and was always very impressed. I visited a “local” so managed to avoid too many of the tourist things (well, the less pleasant side!) and thought it was a lovely place, lovely people and wonderful food! IΒ΄ll be back for more soon. Take care, Tanya

    • You’ve got great recipes on your blog site which I’m itching to try. My pasta repertoire is so limited that when I see variations which has never crossed my imagination, I get so curious and want to try that out.

      Next time that you visit Holland, give me a shout. Maybe you can introduce me to the Andalucian kitchen. I’m from the Philippines so I’ll also feature exotic dishes in my future blogs.

  6. Hi! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for the “like” and “follow”! I’ve enjoyed looking around your blog. The first thing that comes to my mind when thinking of Holland … are the tulips! But, I’m a nature and flower lover! πŸ™‚ Have a very Happy New Year!

    • Hi Cheryl – Love your blog and those lovely dishes you featured. I’m also curious about the lovely chocolate chip cheesecake which I’m sure will be “a moment of heaven on the lips, a lifetime on the hips”. All the best wishes in the new year to you too!

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog and I’m exciting to read yours! Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

    • I love your blog and the charm of using local products and ingredients. My mom-in-law is very good at making jams and preserves especially some years ago when she still have a big garden and was producing her own fruits.

  8. schietree says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and choosing to subscribe.

    I love that picture above – my parents are planning to go to the Floriade this year (they went along the last time, which must have been 2002). I look forward to coming back here especially for recipes (that peanut brittle is looking very tempting).

    • You’ve got a very nice site and hubby and I love Scotland. We’ve been there on holiday just before Christmas way back in 1998 and really had a great time.

      If your parents are going to Floriade, you can also suggest that they visit Keukenhof (www.keukenhof) which is the world-famous Dutch spring garden.

      Enjoy the peanut brittle. It is quite easy to make and really good with tea or coffee.

  9. rmenon says:

    Dear Malou, Happy New Year and thank you for reading and following my blog. It is interesting to see that you are in the Netherlands. I was working and living in Utrecht for 6 months between 2008 and 2009. I am planning to write about my experiences in the Netherlands very soon.
    Cheers, Ranjeet

    • Keep blogging, Menon. I’m looking forward to your tales of adventures in this country. I’m sure that like me, you’ve got all kinds of funny, useful experiences to share.

  10. fullfatmayo says:

    Your blog is so interesting!! Thanks for liking mine, I LOVE yours!

  11. Yours is one of the most lovely blogs I have been to. The life, the photos are just amazing. Its like paying a visit to places you’ve gone to.

    • Thanks a lot for the appreciation, Azhar. I’m glad to know that you like my blogs. There will be more to come about the places here in Holland and in other countries where I’ve been to. I hope one day you’ll also be able to visit these places.

  12. fauxchef5 says:

    What a beautiful family! I love your photos. The Castle of the Ladies is amazing. I will enjoy following your blog and learning about “Going Dutch”. Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks a lot, Faux Chef5. I’m glad that you love my blog on the Castle of the Ladies. More castle stories to follow and of course, more Dutch stuffs as well. Happy new year to you and your family.

  13. Thank you for finding and liking my blog. It’s a while since we we’ve been to the Netherlands but I have fond memories of holidays there so I’ll follow your blog to pick some future ideas. I don’t know if you’ve visited Italy but if not I hope you will get to visit some Italian castles too.

    • I love Tuscany and we were there for a two-week holiday way back in 2010. We had a great time staying in an agriturismo apartment with the best pool ever (it was situated on top of a hill with a 360-degree view of the Tuscan landscape). We could see Volterra in the distance.

      Holland has many nice things to offer as well. You can check my previous blogs on Keukenhof, Gouda, Amsterdam or the Dutch flower fields in spring. Spring is the best season to come and visit if you love tulips and all those spring blooms.

      I’d love to visit Italian castles too. I’m sure that they must be oozing with so much history that will really make me wish to stay there forever ;-).

  14. Huy-zer says:

    Love your pic of the tulips. My wife would be very jealous, as tulips are her favorite!

  15. This is a great time to find your blog – I’m off to Amsterdam later this year. And now off to explore your blog. You have a lot on offer.

    • I’m glad that you like my blog and what I’m blogging about here. That’s cool that you are coming to Amsterdam very soon. There are lots of things to see and do in this country and I mean that as being beyond Amsterdam but also in the other cities and towns here.

  16. Home Again says:

    Thanks so much for subscribing to Home Again! Looking forward to reading about your travels and adventures in the Netherlands (especially the food parts). πŸ™‚

    • I like your blogs especially about this road trip through Arizona. My husband and I went camping there some years ago and really had a great time.

      Well, as to the food parts, I’ll try to feature those which are typically Dutch in the future.

  17. Mary Ann says:

    Malou, welcome to my blog, Kitchen Keepers. I am reading yours and loving it. We lived in Indonesia for a number of years and have traveled in Europe, so I love reading about your life in another country. You might enjoy my other blogs: http://www.stonesandfeathers.wordpress.com and http://www.mappingsforthismorning.blogspot.com.

    • I love your blog about faith, Mary Ann. I like being reminded that there is someone out there who makes everything possible. I see Him in everything beautiful…from the tulips that amaze me in spring to the amazing colors of autumn.

      I’m glad that you like my blogs about life here in Holland and travels to other parts of Europe.

  18. Jeanne says:

    I will admit, I was one of those “tourists” when I went to Holland, and I knew that there was so much more to see. Holland is a beautiful country, and I think when people hear Holland, they think of pretty fields of tulips and wooden shoes! But when they hear Amsterdam, they think of all of the things that Amsterdam is mostly know for by foreigners. I bet many people don’t even know that Amsterdam is in Holland!

    • I do understand your point, Jeanne. Indeed, there is always a misconception about Amsterdam and Holland. In fact, Holland is not this country’s official name but The Netherlands of which Amsterdam is the capital. Holland refers to the 2 Dutch provinces of North Holland where Amsterdam is the capital and South Holland where The Hague is the capital. Anyway, we use Holland to refer to The Netherlands.

      When people thinks of Holland, they think of cheese, tulips, wooden shoes. Amsterdam on the other hand, is everything taboo that is legalized. We have friends who when they came to Holland sampled everything from the soft drugs to watching peep shows. Why not? This is the only place in the world where you can do these things and never get judged. When friends come over, I also bring them for a stroll on the Red Light District. I was even there more times than my Dutch husband πŸ˜‰

  19. Great blog, Malou. I am enjoying looking at your colorful photographs and descriptions. Each of your posts is helping me become better acquainted with that beautiful country.
    – Steve

  20. cloudoflace says:

    Hello πŸ™‚
    Thank you for the follow, it made me discover your amazing blog! I love all what you’ve posted so far, I’m also new as you might have noticed πŸ™‚

  21. Bethany says:

    I like this! I am an Economics major too πŸ™‚ I would be really curious on your perspective on working for a bank and working in another country! I am thinking about working internationally and studying for my master’s degree internationally as well. I love your post on the waffle man! Thank you for liking mine. πŸ™‚

    Best, Bethany

  22. BigSkyKen says:

    Great start on your blog, Malou! I really enjoy the variety of Holland you are showing, and the cheese market is fantastic! Thanks for visiting and following my blog, I’m looking forward to following your’s, too.

  23. spongyroj30 says:

    Hi Malou! Just dropping by, checking your blog, and here I am loving it already! Thanks for following my blog by the way. It’s good to know a fellow Filipina blogger – and a traveler at heart as well. keep safe! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Roj, saw your blogs too and they are great. Keep writing about your travel adventures for there will always be people like me who loves to read about them. And like you, I also love to travel once in a while. Take care.

  24. Thanks for the interest, loving you pictures. Have had a soft sport for the Netherlands for years now. We used to travel over there frequently for gabber events (they don’t make em as good as that that over here!).

    • I love your post on Vietnam. Though I’m Asian, I’m afraid that I’ve seen very limited of the area except my own country and just the airports of HK and KL for stopovers. I love Vietnamese food ever since I got introduced to the Vietnamese Pho made by the Vietnamese refugees who settled in Palawan, Philippines.

      • Thank you πŸ™‚ I would love to see more of Asia. Vietnam had a feeling to it unlike anywhere else I’ve travelled to – a combination of peaceful serenity and the endless flurry of life. It was great.

  25. Malou your blog and photos have shown me so much of a part of Europe I knew nothing about, thanks!

  26. Love your blog and photos. Know Holland well and have spent a lot of time there. Dutch are nicely laid back and friendly. Keukenhof in spring wonderful. And Dutch do great apple cake and coffee!

    • Thanks a lot. That’s a very nice observation of the Dutch. So you like the apple cake and coffee. My mom-in-law makes wonderful apple cake and serve it with whipped cream.

  27. Oyin LDN says:

    Hey thanks for the follow! I really love your pics!

  28. JudyinFrance says:

    Thank you responding to my blog and my photos.

  29. O!SMT! says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog! I found myself scrolling through pretty far back, reading and enjoying your beautiful pictures!

    Thanks for following my blog! Can’t wait to see what you’re up to next!

  30. Matt Fraser says:

    Hello Malou, and thanks for stopping by my blog. Am I correct in thinking you’ve only had this blog for two months? You have already written so much! I think I average 1-2 posts/month. Regardless, the photos are excellent (and voluminous), and I especially love the pictures and stories about old castles — a favorite topic of my own, as it happens.

    • I’ve started blogging from the 9th of December so I’m into my first full month of blogging. I’ve been egged to write since sometime ago but never found the time nor the inspiration to do so though I have a lot of materials (pictures) to use.

      So we happen to share the same love for castles. I’m crazy over them. Been to another one today for our usual weekend stroll. Seems like getting to be a weekly treat for me these new year πŸ˜‰

  31. Sheila T says:

    Malou, how exciting you liked my post enough to follow my blog; my father-in-law is of Dutch descent. I will be thrilled to read your blog and maybe pass along some info and photos to my children.

  32. elsiemaya says:

    hi malou, thank you for following my blog. i like your blog too. the castles and museums are some of my favorites, thanks for sharing your pix : ) keep writing !

  33. Hi Malou,

    Thank you for following my blog! πŸ™‚ We have more things in common! Aside from being a Pinay, we both love photography and travelling and both finished our M.A. in Development Program? heheh Happy blogging!

    • I’m happy to have found your blog and I really enjoyed reading your posts and gazing at the pictures of those wonderful places in our country. You’re right, we share quite a few things.

  34. dadirri7 says:

    Hello Malou, I Love your blog and am glad to pass the Versatile Blogger award on to you! See here: http://wp.me/p1kP6q-tq I hope you enjoy it and find other great bloggers to reward with it too, with appreciation, Christine

    • Your nominations has left me speechless, Christine. This is such an overwhelming honor to be nominated as a Versatile Blogger since I am a newbie in this whole blogging business. Thank you so much.

  35. Macy says:

    Thank you very much for subscribing to my blog! I hope I don’t disappoint. I’m enjoying looking through your blog as well – haven’t been to the Netherlands (yet!) and you give a very good glimpse of it πŸ˜€

    • I love your blogs about El Nido (my husband too). We will always treasure El Nido and the lovely memories we had out there. Now that this whole tourism campaign is getting fever pitch, I guess I should blog about the last trip we had there.

  36. Stef says:

    Thank you for subscribing to my blog (http://smilekiddo.wordpress.com/) – I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

  37. Keep enjoying life! (“,)

  38. Thank you for your interest in our little straw bale hotel and for following our blog.

    Greetings from Switzerland


    • I love your blog about those pizzas and bread being baked in the wood fired oven. It must be wonderful to stay in your guesthouse and enjoy such splendid treats of freshly baked goodies. We went camping in Switzerland way back in 2001 and really had a great time. Such a beautiful country!

  39. Your blog is really interesting. I never would think to classify the Dutch either as immoral or corrupt; the people who do that obviously know very little about the country, or don’t realize that there’s more to any culture besides a few freedoms (like weed-smoking) which are overall forbidden in the USA. It’s true that [here in the USA] we don’t usually hear much about the Netherlands besides Amsterdam and the more ‘sensationalist’ topics, but I think that’s like any country. When we hear of the Middle East, we only hear the bad, not the good. When people hear about the USA, they don’t hear about the small sleepy little towns in the middle of nowhere, they only hear about exciting places like Los angeles or New York.where bigthings happen. Therefore, it’s up to us bloggers to let people know the other sides of our fabulous countries πŸ™‚ (Though I shouldn’t talk–I DON’T live in a small sleepy town, lol)

    • I’m glad that you find my blog interesting and I really like your point of view. I’m a bit tired of loop sided stories of places and people, of culture and traditions which on a closer look, are borne simply out of ignorance. I try to present a different perspective of this country which is so easily misunderstood by outsiders who just watch the news and got their view from some cynics who care not to understand the moral fabric of the people in this country.

  40. lightbox3d says:

    Great site Malou. I lived in Wassenaar and went to school in Den Haag as a kid, currently living in Switzerland with my family. Can’t wait to dig deeper into you blog.

    • Thanks a lot. I love your pictures of those stones and cobbles in Provence. We were in the South of France last summer and went to see a few of those quaint villages with narrow cobblestone streets and where time seemed to have stood still.

      Wow, you lived within close distance to the queen πŸ˜‰ I used to live in Den Haag and when I was still new here and very ignorant, I told my husband one day while cycling in Wassenaar that it would be nice to live there because the place was so beautiful with those lovely houses (or villas). He told me that I should have married the crown prince πŸ˜‰

  41. Ok, i have a problem that only you can solve! I have four bags of dried mangoes from the Philippines. What the heck do I do with them? I am willing to mail them to you for your own recipe research!.

  42. One of the great things about blogging is “meeting” people living in different countries and cultures. I’m so glad that you found my blog today because now I’ve found yours. Haven’t read too much yet, but I LOVE your recipes – good hearty meals, beautifully photographed. I’m looking forward to exploring more of your site. πŸ™‚

    • You’re right there, Lisa. Blogging indeed brings us in touch with people from other countries and across different cultures. I’ve never been to Africa but I hope one day soon to go there for holidays. My husband has spent some months doing his practicum in South Africa when he was a university student and told me of how beautiful the country was.

  43. Hi πŸ™‚ Been enjoying your blog. Interesting posts. Look forward to more. Thanks for following my blog.

  44. James says:

    Wow Malou, I love the mix of recipes and travel stories you have here. I lived almost six years in Europe (between England and Spain) but sadly I have yet to visit the Netherlands. The Philippines has always been on my travel wishlist; I would love to take a few weeks off and go island-hopping from North to South. Thank you for following my blog – I’ll keep an eye out for your future posts!

    • Malou says:

      Thanks a lot, James. I hope that you will still find the time to visit Holland one springtime. I can guarantee you that it will be worth all the effort.

  45. So happy you’re following my blog (http://heifer12x12.wordpress.com) — because now I get to see YOUR beautiful blog .. and it’s making me hungry! And wanting to come to Holland! So happy we are connected… what a small world !

    • I found your blog very interesting and I’m very glad to follow you. When I was doing my master’s degree, I had wonderful classmates from Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan in Africa so seeing your blog about Africa caught my interest. We all studied economics of development.

  46. thehomeheart says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and “following”. I love meeting new friends and fellow bloggers. I would love to see Holland some day, especially those tulip fields! They are my favorite flowers πŸ™‚ I do not have any desire to go to Amsterdam but instead to see all the beauty your country has to offer. I was surprised by other people’s reaction towards the Dutch. It is good that your blog explains the better side of it.

    • I love your food blog and I’ve got to try your very tempting cinnamon apple tart. Even the presentation is so amazingly unique.

      Come and visit Holland in spring. Those tulip fields will surely make your heart sing.

  47. jocarussell says:

    Hoi, Malou:

    I just took a quick look at your blog, and I’ll have to come back for more. I’m always interested in travel, food, and different approaches to living the daily life.

    Thank you for sharing. Keep it going!

    John (CaltrainDays)

  48. KindFoodFarm says:

    Hi Malou,
    I’m so happy to discover your blog. I visited the Netherlands many years ago and I loved it. I hope to be able to return some day. I’ll never forget the bus trip I took all over the place, not knowing the language but protected by the warmth and kindness of ordinary people I met. And thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • I’m glad to know that you like my blog, Jeanmarie. I hope that you are able to return to Holland someday. It is good to know that you had good memories of the kindness and warmth of the Dutch people when you were here.

      I love your blogs and I’ll be replicating your recipes in my kitchen in the coming days. Thanks a lot for generously sharing your recipes.

  49. Maybe this one is interesting for you too (no, it’s not mine ;)) -> http://stuffdutchpeoplelike.com/

  50. The Paul Michaels says:

    Hello Malou,

    I enjoy your posts. Thanks for ‘following’ my blog. I will do the same for you. I like seeing photos of other lands. I must apologize to you for my expose’ on Amsterdam’s Red Light District on my sites. I love Amsterdam and all its’ beauty. The reason for my video and photo report is to answer questions by millions on what it’s like. I tried to be polite and didn’t refer to the ladies in the windows with other negative words I have heard. I feel sorry for them in a way.

    Anyway, on to more positive things… Love the photo with the flowers. I plan a return for Queen’s Day and to view the bloom and Wind Mills.

    Looking forward to your posts.

    Paul Michaels

    • Thanks a lot for the appreciation of my posts. I guess Amsterdam and the Dutch are quite misunderstood but that happens everywhere too. In my own way, I try to foster a positive image of this country which as an insider, I have better insight.

      Queen’s day is a great time to be here. Amsterdam is one happy place exploding in Orange color.

  51. Hello Malou! I was touched by your love for your “adopted” country and its people. As i travel the world, I’ll have to visit this lovely place…but in the spring, of course, when all the flowers are blooming! Perhaps I’ll be able to meet you in person and hear some wonderful stories about both of your beloved countries!

    Thanks for the follow. I am following you as well. I love hearing about other people and places and i look forward to more from you.

    Love to you,

    • To make it in a new country is to embrace it completely and see the best things about it. I love it here in Holland and I’m happy to play promote it as I see it. I hope to also meet you in person when that wanderlust of yours eventually takes off. I’d be happy to show you this country and the many wonderful places here.

  52. Ms K says:

    I travelled to Amsterdam about 24 years ago and ended up leaving a day early because I didn’t care for the area at all. Reading your post made me feel like someday I should go back and see other areas of Holland. Thanks for sharing your insights!


    • There’s more to Holland beyond Amsterdam. There are many nice cities and towns worth exploring and they are not that far away from the city. Someday when you come back, see other places here. You can check my blogs on Gouda, Amersfoort, Spakenburg for starter…

  53. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for reading and following my blog!

  54. thecoastallivingmom says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I’ve got a bit of travel-lust in me and I love reading about other people’s experiences living in other countries.

  55. Murdercakes says:

    Happy late welcome to wordpress blogging πŸ™‚ Blogging is so much fun, isn’t it??

    Thanks so much for taking the time to like my blog, and to start following it? I’m so honored! I hope you’ll like what you see/read.

  56. J M Naszady says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I am enjoying yours, and will be back!

  57. It’s a beautiful life you have made for yourself ..Bravo!
    Now I want to go there!

    And I am curious to know..Burgers in Holland? Dutch Burgers?

    • Thanks a lot. There’s no particular type of Dutch burger that I know of. What the Dutch make are huge meatballs which they either eat with potatoes or sliced toppings to their bread.

  58. Denver Leigh says:

    Hello Malou! I see you liked my blog entry on Sugar Free Mold! I, of course, checked out your blog, too, and was happily surprised to see you are in Holland!

    I lived in IJmuiden for nearly 2 years. My family is Dutch, but I was born in the states. On my father’s side I am 5th gen. in the U.S. and on my mother’s side I am 2nd generation. There is so much that I miss about Holland! I look forward to keeping up with your blog!


    • It’s nice to know that you are Dutch and remains one at heart with sincere interest to know more about this country despite being far away. Will be posting more Dutch stuffs in the coming days…

  59. Ma. Novie Godmalin says:

    Mis Experiencias Personales has been nominated YOU for The Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations!!!

  60. xcinthecity says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post. I like your blog too. Very interesting. πŸ™‚ Happy new year and keep blogging!

  61. I forgot to tell you, that we spent four years in Maastricht.

    Another great place…



    • I love Maastrict and its hills. Been there a few times but now that you mentioned it, I’m toying with the idea of spending a long weekend there once the weather warms up a bit.

  62. Jessica Joyce says:

    thanks for following my blog! just beginning to get a hang on this blogging thing. i hope to travel as much as you do someday!

  63. Thanks for liking my post on RΓ©union today. What a lovely blog you have! I have only been to the Netherlands once (Amsterdam) and loved it. WIll be back to get more ideas for the next trip.

    • I really love your post on Reunion. Somehow the market reminds me a bit of my own country (Philippines) especially when I see those bags made from abaca fibers and bamboos. On the other hand, we don’t have those vanilla pods which I really find wonderful!

      Well, I hope one day you can visit Holland again and preferably in spring πŸ˜‰

  64. Thanks for visiting and liking my blog too cool Malou =) Just read your story… I think blogging is one of the best ways to reflect on great experiences, especially with food and travel! Thanks for sharing your family story, love, and art!

  65. Sheila T says:

    Congrats, Malou. You have just been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award. To accept, read my post on sheilatphotography.wordpress.com

  66. sunrisets says:

    Malou, thank you for liking my post, and for following my blog! πŸ™‚ I hope to post more healthy and yummy recipes (I’m on a learning journey myself) and finds that I can share with the blogging community in the near future. I don’t know much about the Dutch culture, but your pictures really do tell a story! You have a beautiful family, and it’s such an inspiration to see that you love travel & food (esp. tastes from around the world).

  67. arieandika says:

    Hi Malou,

    Thank you for liking some of my posts, and also for following my blog!
    Love the photos you have in your blog.

    The wife and I love traveling, and she especially likes cooking. I’ll make sure that she reads your blog for some cooking references.

    Again, thanks for stopping by!

  68. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Go to my blog to find out about it.

  69. Sharkie says:

    What a refreshing perspective! I can’t wait to hear about your experiences. I’ve always wanted to visit the “real” Amsterdam (i.e. the food and cultural/historical experience). Can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

    • If you follow the travel guide books, experiencing Amsterdam will be confined to trying the grass and other soft drugs at the coffee shops or going to the Red Light District. However, there’s more to Amsterdam than just these stuffs. There are great museums to see (Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, Anne Frank, etc.) for one. Not far from Amsterdam are also wonderful places to visit…

  70. thecoastallivingmom says:

    Thank you for stopping by and following my blog! I hope you’ll like what you see and keep coming back for more! πŸ™‚

  71. spamwise says:

    thanks for stopping by and for liking my blog enough to consider following it.

    have a wonderful 2012!

  72. Razel Rull-Navarro says:

    I love you blog. I am sharing with you the Kreativ Blogger Award πŸ™‚

  73. cynryan says:

    I love your blog! What an adventure you’re having, and it sounds like you are soaking up the culture!

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog, Cancer Hits the Streets, too!


  74. juliamarisa9 says:

    Thank you for subscribing to my blog Malou!
    I’ve been to holland many times and your blog is so refreshing and lovely (and accurate!)
    I’ll be writing more in the coming days/weeks and I hope you’ll get a chance to have a look!
    Thanks again


  75. crashing waves says:

    Hi Malou,

    Thank you for liking my recent post and subscribing to my blog. I love your tulip photos. It reminds me of my close friend who is also living in Amsterdam. Would love to read more about your travels.

    Keep it up! =)

  76. thefibitz says:

    Hi there – I nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Here are the rule for the Versatile Blogger Award:

    -Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post
    -Share 7 things about yourself
    -Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading
    -Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award

  77. What a wonderful About page! Looking forward to reading more πŸ™‚

  78. I’m glad you found my blog which now lead me to yours! I’ve been dreaming of pursuing post-graduate studies in Europe and in a few years I want to make that a reality. Please continue to update your blog. I will surely find the time to visit it. Thank you! πŸ™‚

    • Malou says:

      I love checking out blogs by fellow Pinoys. I love to hear more about how things are back home πŸ˜‰

      I hope to see you one day realized that dream to pursue post-grad studies here. Good luck!

  79. elmer says:

    you have an awesome site here malou. thanks for making me discover this. mabuhay kayo jan sa holland.

  80. jannatwrites says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I liked the explanation of why you chose your blog title and how you see life in Amsterdam. The flowers in the photo are gorgeous. You have a lovely family πŸ™‚

  81. Nicolle says:


    Thanks for stopping by my site and deciding to follow me πŸ™‚
    I’m looking forward to exploring your blog and learning more about “going Dutch.” I was actually raised in Germany for the majority of my life and it was definitely interesting growing up there as an American.

    • Malou says:

      Your recipes are very interesting to follow, Nicolle. Can’t wait to try some of them. Wow, it is nice to know of your German connection. We love going to Germany for holidays as well.

  82. whosleilani says:

    Oh the places you will go! What a lovely photo of you in front of the tulips. If only they grew here in West Texas. Thank you for subscribing to my blog. I, too, love food and travel and look forward to reading more about your adventures in Holland. πŸ™‚ By the way, how did you come across my blog?

    • Malou says:

      Thanks a lot! I’m lucky to live in this country where the tulips are really a wonderful treat comes springtime. I hope one day that you will also get to visit this country…in spring. πŸ˜‰

  83. pipelinecomm says:

    Hi Malou,
    Your photography is gorgeous, and your daughter is adorable! Thanks for reading my blog. I like the whole concept of your blog and think it’s great for dispelling preconceived notions that people have of Amsterdam. I was there once in 2010 and am probably going back in the fall – will definitely be checking your blog for recommendations of places worth visiting!

    • Malou says:

      Thanks a lot. I’m glad to know that you like my blog and what I’m trying to show here. There are a lot of nice places here in Holland other than Amsterdam so I hope that you will explore them in your next visit to this country.

  84. Whoopsies, Malou I was logged in under my work WordPress (pipelinecomm) and didn’t realize it! But that comment was from me πŸ™‚

  85. Thanks for stopping by. What beautiful photos and travelogues.

  86. yepindeed says:

    Thanks so much for checking out my blog! This is so interesting–I can’t wait to read more!


  87. viveka says:

    Malou, thanks for supporting “my guilty pleasures” … really like yours !!! Beautiful photos! Nice – very NICE!
    More of a tulip girl .. then rose !!!

    • Malou says:

      Great site you’ve got too, Viveka! I love your term of “guilty pleasures”, ha, ha, ha! We’re not women if we don’t love them — shoes, bags, dresses, etc.

  88. divk1991 says:

    Hi! Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog and following! Hope you enjoyed my blog. You have a very interesting one right here. Tulips are one of my favorites and I am really inspired by your regular blogging. Unfortunately, I don’t get time to do that.

    PS : Your little girl is soooooo adorable!!! πŸ™‚

  89. edebock says:

    Hello Malou!

    Thank you for following my blog. I hope you continue to enjoy it! My husband and I love to travel off the beaten track and see how people in different parts of the world live. We haven’t been to Europe yet but it is in our plans and I look forward to reading your blog and learning of places that we should visit!

    • Malou says:

      Isn’t it nice to see places off the beaten track and take the road less traveled by? My husband being a geologist prefers places close to nature or those which are off the tourist track. It is a very enriching experience to see how people in other places in the world live. I am from the Philippines so I always bring that part of me wherever I am in the world.

  90. uncommonprincess says:

    What a beautiful picture! You have a lovely family. Thank you for ‘liking’ my post and following my blog. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy reading. =]

  91. Hazel Ben says:

    Hello Ms. Malou, thank you for stopping by my page http://hazelbenimages.wordpress.com
    and thanks for liking my post and for the follow. I enjoyed your pictures, beautiful. xoxo

  92. What a lovely photo. The tulips are almost a beautiful as the family. Thanks for checking out my blog site.

  93. Melody says:

    Guten tag, Malou! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog, also in its infancy. Yours is wonderful and I love looking at the photos! I hope you don’t mind if I pinterest them onto my boards? I think I’m going to experience similar foodie supply challenges trying to cook Filipino dishes here in Germany. I’m still learning the tougher dishes but I have some cookbooks for that. Your daughter is precious!

    • Malou says:

      Guten tag, Melody! Happy to have stumbled upon your blog here in Word Press. I guess we share the same roots so it’s nice to meet you here. If you want to cook Filipino dishes, I’ll give you some tricks on how to manage them with the foodie supply challenges. How about “laing” and Bicol express? I cook them a lot here πŸ˜‰

      Sure, you can pinterest my pictures onto your boards.

  94. indiraadams says:

    Out of all the blogs I’ve encountered, yours is by far the most stunning and interesting. I’ve never been so mesmerized by pictures before! I am left with the warmest impressions of you, your family, and your travels. Thank you for sharing with us.


    • Malou says:

      Thanks a lot, Indira. I’m glad that you find my blogs interesting. Yours too are interesting too so you’ll see me popping on your posts these days πŸ˜‰

  95. Dear Malou,

    Thank you so much for visiting my blogβ€”and for signing on to subscribe. I’m grateful for your readership, but especially glad for the chance your interest has given me to discover your own wonderful site. My husband is very proud of his Dutch heritage (he’s also English and Irish), and so I’ll be eager to share this with him. It’s a brave thing to venture out into a new worldβ€”I’ve done it on a much smaller scaleβ€”so I look forward to reading about your own experiences.

    All best wishes,

    • Malou says:

      I really enjoyed your blog especially the very reflective part of it, Marci. I’m happy for you to have found a wonderful man to share your life with. I hope someday your husband (with you, of course) can reconnect with his Dutch heritage πŸ˜‰

  96. Amanda says:

    Thanks for the follow — great blog!

  97. Hi Malou
    Thank you for following my blog. Just checked out yours and love the look of it. Amsterdam is definitely on our bucket list and I shall be lurking around your blog for tips! Thanks again

  98. Chrysant says:

    I like the idea of explaining the misconceptions that people often have about Dutch pragmatic approach. I did a research on how the Dutch deals with young people’s sexuality, and found that their pragmatism was actually able to curb the number of teenage pregnancy and abortion. I come from Indonesia and people there believe that giving young people access to sexual health information like the way the Dutch does it means encouraging the youth to be sexually active. It’s a big misconception.

    Please excuse my rambling. I’m glad to land on your blog.

    • Malou says:

      It’s kind of funny to stumble on your blog and to realize that we share one thing…ISS. I’m actually discussing with my husband this whole thing about sex education because being a mom of a 4-year old, it is important to be ready with answers to questions that will arise in the future. I heard one time from an aunt of the hubby how she was shocked that her 10-year old granddaughter had to bring a banana to school because the class will be taught how to apply condom. Indeed, the education begins that early but all because the curiosity with sex will not be that long in coming and children need to know the pros and cons. In the Philippines, however, sex is a hush hush subject and taboo to discuss.

  99. hsugarmill says:

    Hi, Malou,
    Just wondering how you found me.

    Harriet Sugar Miller,
    health journalist, Montreal, Canada

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  101. Meenakshi says:

    What a lovely concept! I would love to learn more about the Dutch way of life through your writings. I have always wanted to visit this lovely country and hope to do so in the not-so-distant future!

    • Malou says:

      I’m glad that you like the concept of my blog and that’s still something that I need to work on in my coming posts…I hope that one day you’ll also be able to visit this lovely country.

  102. Hi Malou,

    You have achieved new heights of “armchair travel” for me, as well as present some great ideas for my own ventures in Europe. Thank you for the stunning visuals and expressive writing about your jaunts across Europe and Asia (and perhaps elsewhere, that I haven’t read yet). Your fascination with castles — particularly those of the Loire Valley — is something I too, embrace. How exciting to live in a new country with your family.

    When I saw your blog name of “Going Dutch,” I immediately thought of the phrase used in the U.S.A., which means, “to share,” as in sharing the cost of a meal between friends in attendance, also known as “Dutch treat,” here in the States. I immediately embraced it as an invitation to share in your world — a “treat” for the senses — which I found very inviting.

    Thank you for dispelling so many myths about Holland. Having access to an insider’s view is much appreciated.

    I have added you to my blog roll. I look forward to getting to know you through your words. Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the world at Botansicape.

    Wishing you well!

    • Malou says:

      Hi Lori –

      I’m happy to know that you like my blog and even added me to your blog roll. I love your blog too. That picture of the butterfly with that special light effects just blew me away. Glad to know that you’re fascinated with castles too. I can go and visit one anytime πŸ˜‰
      but those ones in the Loire are really the best.

      There are so many Dutch things that I learned over the years and now greatly appreciate. You’re right about “Dutch treat” as in sharing the cost of the meal but I find that a very great tradition (and that’s the exact opposite in the Philippines where I am originally from). I appreciate the idea that going out with friends is to be able to enjoy their company without burdening them or getting burdened by the bill.

      Over time, there will be a lot that I would like to share here and one of them is the pragmatic approach to sex education for instance which again is something of a taboo in the Philippines.

      OK, more posts to come.

  103. Welcome aboard, Malou. It’s a pleasure to meet you and to visit your fascinating blog.
    Best wishes,
    Miles and Pippa

  104. Such a sweet blog! Thanks for sharing your adopted home, and your family with the rest of us, Malou. We love your photos — only been to Amsterdam and area, so your scenes take us back to a gentle, pretty country we admired. Thanks!

  105. Y says:

    Hi Malou! This is a beautiful blog.I love the pictures of your trips. I should come back here to read more of your interesting stories on travel. Thanks for visiting my blog and also for following. I followed you back. πŸ™‚

  106. Reggie says:

    This was a lovely explanation – I was also wondering what the title of your blog meant. Thank you for explaining. πŸ™‚ And thank you for liking one of my posts, as that led me here. πŸ™‚

    • Malou says:

      I guess the Dutch are oftentimes misinterpreted. Explaining a bit about their culture and the pragmatic way with which they approach controversial issues sure helps to clarify that misconstrued view of these wonderful people. I still have to write more on these topics…in the coming days. πŸ˜‰

      I love your posts and I feel like traveling through South Africa from my armchair.

  107. pondblog says:

    Thanks for the like! Looking forward to reading your blog.

  108. Emily He says:

    I don’t know anybody from Holland, though I visited Amsterdam a few years ago. What a beautiful place (I only saw the touristy places of course)! I look forward to learning about the REAL Holland!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog!

  109. Maria says:

    Hi Malou! Thanks for following my blog. I just found yours and found out you are a fellow Filipina like me. : )

  110. Sank says:

    Thanks for stoping by Old and in the Way.. been browsing your blog today, this is really cool. I love the travelogues and pictures. Will put you in my favorites!

  111. anchow says:

    Thank you for following Chowcipes. All the best.

  112. randomanderson says:

    Hi! Thanks for following my blog! I spent some time browsing here on your turf. I love the topics and pictures. What a unique perspective you have to offer!

  113. Hi Malou,
    I miss stroopwaffel!! (Though, now living in Bali = former Dutch colony, I’ve been lucky to stumble on some here and there πŸ™‚
    Thanks for your insight on things Dutch, family life and photos too!
    .. oh, and for dropping by my blog πŸ™‚

    • Malou says:

      You must be Dutch to miss stroopwafel, or not? I hope to also get to visit Bali someday and really enjoy its amazing culture. Enjoy the time you have there because before you know it, you’re on to the next adventure again.

  114. lidipiri says:

    Hi Malou,
    Enjoyed your photos on your blog.
    We share the same loves (not your husband or child though πŸ™‚ I meant food, traveling and photography!!!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Malou says:

      Glad to know that you enjoyed the pictures in my blog and that we share the same interests, Lidia. I’m jealous of your Asian trip because although I am from the Philippines, I’ve never seen any of the countries in the region except the airports in HK and Kuala Lumpur. Asian tour is still an elusive dream. Someday…

  115. karencooking says:

    You have so many interesting ideas and viewpoints. Your posts are very enjoyable!

  116. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the follow and for checking out my blog. I really enjoyed reading yours as well. I can relate since I made a move to Mexico a few years ago – It was a huge change! Looking forward to reading more!

  117. likeitiz says:

    Hello, Malou. Thank you for dropping by my blog. I can see from reading yours that we have common interests. I too have a daughter, although she’s much older than yours. She has graduated from college, hence the blog entry on graduation blues a few months ago, and has started working and living in the city with a bunch of fellow Stanford grads. My husband and I love to travel. We like to rent apartments (hate hotels!) and get to know the cities on our own, with a guide book in hand, or maybe even rent a car for the smaller towns. We’ve never been to the Netherlands, although it’s in our “list.” This year we head for Machu Picchu and Buenos Aires (I think).

    Please enjoy your lovely daughter. They grow up too quickly. Ours did. I remember carrying her around. Now, she can carry me!

    I noticed you’re Filipino too! Your town looks gorgeous. Almost idyllic! Don’t know about the weather though. I must admit, after moving to the San Francisco Bay Area from Toronto, Canada, we’ve been spoiled with great weather almost all year round. Never too hot and never too cold. And the produce!

    Will “live” vicariously in the Netherlands through your blog!

    • Malou says:

      I enjoyed my tour of your blog and will be dropping by frequently. You’re right about kids, they grow up quickly. My husband and I are still pining for her baby days and every day she reminds us that she’s already a big girl and can’t wait to be five.

      I hope you’ll one day get to visit Holland too. Come in spring as that’s the best time to see this country with all those spring flowers in full bloom. I’m jealous of your Machu Picchu and Buenos Aires holiday πŸ˜‰

      We’re just going some place near like France and go camping again πŸ˜‰ We had a great time last year in the South of France and for hubby and daughter, the beach is the place to be.

      Happy to meet a fellow Pinay!

      • likeitiz says:

        Forgot to tell you that I love the Dutch for being so pragmatic. We lived in Canada for 13 years and I have to say that I miss that same paradigm that pervades Canadians. Americans are too caught up in their theoretical beliefs that they fail to see that after all the huffing and puffing, are the things they want implementable, practicable or realistic? Hardly. I admire the Dutch and the Canadians for getting it right! Family is important!

  118. Michi says:

    I’ve just taken a brief tour of your blog, and I’m loving it so far!! I’m so glad to have found you. πŸ™‚ As a bit of a side note, I grew up in a predominantly Filipino community as a child (In S. California) and I’m incredibly excited to see you have Filipino recipes and travel posts about your home country. I’ve always wanted to visit!! I’m very much looking forward to reading along. πŸ™‚

    • Malou says:

      I’m glad to discover your blog too, Michi. I love Spain and has been there a couple of times. Haven’t been back recently and haven’t been to Andalusia either. Would love too…one of these days I hope.

      I try to post some Filipino recipes, food that I remember from childhood and a bit of the places in our country. Too bad that I don’t go back that often. πŸ˜‰

  119. Shira says:

    Hi Malou! Thank you for following my blog – looking forward to joining the blog world!

  120. Hi Malou. Thank you for following my blog! By the way, tulips are my favorite flower!!

  121. Sarahp says:

    hi malou! thanks for stopping by my blog & for following me! really means alot!

    your blog is great & it looks like you have a wonderful life & family over in Amsterdam! will definitely be spending more time browsing all your entries!! All the best and please continue blogging!

    btw, what a coincidence! I’m travelling to Amsterdam & Rotterdam in 3 days’ time! Haha!

  122. cmbanerjee says:

    Hi Malou,
    I recently started following your blog and enjoy your posts and beautiful photos. Love the food pic and recipes too. I may very well try some recipes in the future. With that being said, I’d like to nominate you for the 2012 Sunshine Award! Look forward to your future posts!

  123. t.on.air says:

    Hi there,
    thanks for visiting my blog. I notice that you have a lot of fun going dutch in fact! keep up the good work!

  124. This is really cool- I’ve never met anyone from Holland and I love the perspective! I’ll be following your blog for sure- thank you so much for visiting and following mine as well!

  125. janet says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’m looking forward to reading more on your blog. I was in Europe for almost a year way back in the mid-70’s and loved it. I have a s-i-l in Provence, so I’ve enjoyed visiting there in the not-so-distant past. Just love traveling.

    BTW, “Going Dutch” to everyone I know just means paying your own way on a date, rather than letting the guy pay for you. πŸ™‚

  126. Congratulations, you’ve been tagged by Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments!! Enjoy: http://creativenoshing.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/a-little-about-me/

  127. viveka says:

    Got a little playful … 10 question from Creative Noshing – I know she have all ready tagged you and so I’m also going to do. Sorry.

  128. Tina Cariaga says:

    Thank you for following my blog! It is interesting to be able to interact with a fellow Pinay across the continents. πŸ˜‰ I worked in a Dutch-run NGO here in the Philippines before I decided to be a full-time wife πŸ™‚ If my hubby and I get to travel to Europe and specifically the Netherlands someday, I will definitely consult your blog!

  129. Thanks for visitng my blog……..I LOVE yours! It’s so interesting.

  130. dearkitty says:

    Hi, thank you for following my blog!

  131. P. K. Newby says:

    Hi Malou,
    Thanks so much for stopping by Play a Good Knife and Fork! (http://blog.pknewby.com) – and the like :). I hope you visit frequently since we share a love of food and also travel. Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities, and I especially love eating Indonesian food while I’m there since you really can’t get it in the states.

  132. Leaves Heal says:

    Good to meet you, Malou! πŸ™‚

  133. Christine says:

    Hello and congratulations! You’ve just been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. I do enjoy reading your posts. There is no pressure to take part, but if you wish to know what it entails, click on: http://somethingville.com/2012/02/18/versatile-blogger-award/

    Have a great weekend!

  134. maykaken says:

    Hi Malou

    I love your blog so much!
    The stories, the pictures, they’re so lovely and touchful
    I can feel your passion here…

    Greetings From Indonesia!

  135. We inter-racial couples are the future!
    I am German and married to an Iranian woman whom I met in London.

    • Malou says:

      Glad to know about your inter-racial marriage. Foreigners like us can integrate and contribute in society as well. In many ways, we bring vitality and dynamism. πŸ˜‰

  136. Thanks for a Like on my blog! My daughter-in-law is from the Philippines so we have an Italian – Philippino connection. πŸ™‚

    • Malou says:

      We’ve been to Tuscany for a 2-week holiday and had a great time. We love the food, the countryside scenery and simply lounging in the pool on those warm summer days. Lovely country so anything about Italy always gets my attention.

      Nice to know about your daughter-in-law who’s a fellow Pinay. She must have introduced you to the Philippine kitchen too. πŸ˜‰

  137. luvsclassics says:

    Hi, Thank-you very much for visiting my blog and the “Like” on my post for Valentine’s day dinner. I’ve had a WordPress blog for about 3 years and I just noticed that since Mid December 2011, that my Comments are shut off. I posted the question on WordPress’s help and Administrators page and hop to find the answer to get comments back on.

    First, I’m glad that your’re sharing with us your new life in Holland. I would like to know more about the places to travel “off the beaten path”. The only thing I associate with Holland is the beautiful tulips and the windmills. Your title, “Going Dutch”, at first I thought it meant sharing, 50/50; that is the term for going on a date and both share in paying for the bill. LOL. Your trip to Disneyland looked like fun, and your daughter must have been so excited to get a princess dress while on the trip. Your photos of Palawan island, El Nido in the Philippines where Jacques Costeau , the underwater explorer brought to our living rooms through his famous t.v shows are breathtaking!!! I love, love, shells, and I had a chance to collect some small pretty shells when we were in Sanibel Island, Florida six years ago during our honeymoon.
    P.S. If you want to leave a comment, I noticed that you can leave one on my ” about ” page until I get the regular comments resolved. Fingers crossed.

    • Malou says:

      I do love your food blogs and it is nice to know that we like the same movies;-)

      Yes, Going Dutch is also about paying for your own way and that’s something that I have embraced wholeheartedly. It is actually a very nice concept once you get used to it because there is no pressure on anyone to pay the bill when going out. I come from another culture where the one who has more is expected to take care of the bill all the time but now, I do not like that concept anymore.

      There are more Dutch traits and customs that I have learned to love since coming here. One by one, I’ll try to share them here.

  138. Tarig Anter says:

    Malou;I am very pleased you liked “Top Ten Healthy and Cheap Foods and Supplements” on 3D Democracy (for People Participation in Alternative System) and following 3D Democracy.
    Best wishes for you and your lovely family.

  139. Hi, nice blog and nice insight into the Dutch! I’m Dutch, lived there for 27 years….but moved away to Italy where I now live for almost 5 years…. So I love to see your pics and read topics about typical dutch things ;)Just found out about your blog, but will defenitely start following it!! πŸ™‚

    • Malou says:

      Thanks a lot, Letizia. I love your country and the many typical Dutch things (except for drop). I love the culture and the pragmatic Dutch attitude on many aspects of life. I also love Italy so I will definitely follow your blog as you talk about your life in that lovely country. We went to Tuscany for holiday almost 2 summers ago and really had a great time. πŸ˜‰

      • Oh Tuscany is beautiful!!! But honestly Italy has so many fantastic places…the part where I live is less known than Tuscany for example but beautiful as well πŸ˜‰
        I’m happy to hear that you like my blog and will follow it. I like yours :)…and oh I miss the drop!!!!!!

  140. Thanks for stopping by our blog to learn about “The Twirl”…LOL! It’s always fun when others like what we do.


  141. Hi ! Thanks for following my blog. I actually got engaged in Amsterdam last spring:)

  142. Jox says:

    Hello Malou. Thanks for liking my post. Your blog is worth following for I think you are providing a new perspective on things. You also remind me of another blog Becoming Madame, it’s about an American in France. You might wanna check it out.

    Being in my early twenties, I think I can get a thing or two from you through here. πŸ™‚

    • Malou says:

      Thanks a lot that you like my blog, Jox. I am also following Becoming Madame and I love her post especially the one where she made the foie gras. I love France and it is nice to look at the country from the eyes of a non-European too. We’ve been to France a lot and really love everything about the country.

      • Jox says:

        Oh cool. I just think that both of you have amazing approaches with the culture of where you are now. That’s the good thing about being in Europe, places are amazing and accessible. πŸ™‚

  143. BonMinou says:

    Hi Malou! Thanks for the like and for following my blog. I am enjoying yours. We are usually in Amsterdam this time of year so it was great to read about a country I am coming to love (and missing lots!). Your family is lovely and thanks for giving people a better prospective of the Dutch people!

    • Malou says:

      I love your blog too! I have an Australian friend (we met at work) and she too love it here in Holland. Unfortunately, she and her husband and son have to move to New York but in her entire expat life, she loved it most here. She became more Dutch too. πŸ˜‰

  144. Hello from an expat parent in Ireland!

    Thanks for liking my blog so I could find yours. I have been to the Netherlands twice: once as a college junior, Eurailing through Europe, and once with my husband before kids for IDFA (documentary film festival).

    I’m excited to follow along with your journey. (And try out a few recipes!)

    • Malou says:

      You should come and visit again in spring, Erin. I’m sure that you and your family will enjoy the flower fields here.

      I’m also following yours and your life in Ireland. I love that country especially the countryside. My husband and I took a holiday there some years ago and really had a great time. We even went to the Skelligs. πŸ˜‰

  145. JallieDaddy says:

    Hi Malou, & thanks for subscribing to my blog!

    We seem to share common interests: travel, photography, family. I too have settled in a different country than where I was born & raised. I am from New Zealand & ended up staying in the UK after coming here to visit. I then married an English girl & we now have lovely 23-month-old boy / girl twins. I like the Dutch approach to family: we try to be as nurturing as we can & to spend as much time as possible with our children. My wife works part-time & I work from home & am now basically a stay-at-home Dad, so at least 1 of us is with them all the time. We employ no nannies or child-minders, at present anyway, & we don’t use day-care. We feel very lucky that we are able to do that, & we think our children are benefitting greatly.

    I’m looking forward to reading your posts πŸ™‚

    • Malou says:

      It is nice to be able to relate with other hands-on parents and yes, the Dutch approach to really that of strong family orientation. Even the working conditions here allow for parents to work part-time so that they can spend time with the kids.

      It is good that you and your wife’s working arrangement allows one of you to be with the twins all the time. Here in Holland, kids raised at home have the option to go for a few hours several times a week to a play hall at 2 1/2 years old so that they can also meet other kids and be ready socially when they go to school at 4.

  146. pusspudding says:

    Hi, there have nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award –
    just click on link; http://mygulitypleasures.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/versatile-blogger-someone-think-so/ and all information to be find. Good luck!

    • Malou says:

      Congratulations on your award and thanks a lot for this nomination, Viveka. I still have to work on this award one of these days. πŸ˜‰

  147. 1stpeaksteve says:

    Thanks for following my blog!

    I enjoy your blog as well. Traveling is important and sadly, people have preconceived notions about countries and the citizens that once you visit; the ideas change as you discover that your notions were far from the reality.

    I also liked the recipes. I am from Hawaii and grew up surrounded by Fillipino families. I have always enjoyed chicken long rice,ponceet, and especially lumpia.

    I will get up the courage and try to make some of your recipes. My cooking stinks.

    • Malou says:

      Nice posts of the beaches on your blog are just difficult to resist especially after a winter that has now become a long drag.

      I agree with you that traveling is important and between having to spend money on new clothes and other things vis-a-vis traveling, I will choose the latter. Traveling broadens horizon and gives new perspectives and liberates us from ignorance.

      I haven’t been to Hawaii but would love to one day…

  148. kiwidutch says:

    Wow …a Foodie who loves photography and travel… a kindred spirit!
    I’m loving your blog and we love very similar things so here’s to being bloggers in the Netherlands!!!

  149. Riba says:

    I came by to thank you for following my blog, No Holds Barred, and for liking my post, “Little Old Men.” It never fails to delight me when this happens. Thank you!

    • Malou says:

      Your post on those pelicans and the picture just mesmerized me. I love to see amazing creatures in their natural world. It is wonderful that you are sharing your experiences in your posts. πŸ˜‰

  150. vegancharlie says:

    Hi! I enjoy reading your blog so I picked you for the versatile blogger award. You can collect it here:


  151. Thanks for liking my post at http://jennysserendipity.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/a-tribute-to-siargao-cloud-9-surfing/#comment-238
    And for the following
    For sure I will be enjoying yours too

  152. Charlyn says:

    It seems that we have a lot of things in common- food, photography, traveling, and being a Filipina! πŸ˜€ I just started using WordPress earlier this month, and hopefully I could write more amazing posts like yours! πŸ˜€ By the way, thanks for liking my post *Mangodlong Rock Resort* and following my blog. πŸ˜€

  153. Hi Malou, loved your ‘food’ section and the blog in general..

  154. simplicitymaven says:

    Thank you for choosing to follow my blog. Photography is another love of mine… so I look forward to following your escapades around Europe and beyond!

  155. Sarah says:

    Wonderful blog! Glad to have found you.

  156. So interesting! Wow I didn’t realise that the Dutch are typically hands on parents. How wonderful. Your little girl looks beautiful.

  157. I love your blog and like the pictures you post! I’m glad you stopped by my blog so I can get to know you and your family! Looking forward to more of your posts!

  158. Thank you for your like and following my blog – I just did a tour on your blog – love the pictures and your dedication to family – your interest are very similar to mine, family, cooking, travelling,photography – just add hockey to my list. I’m looking forward to your future posts.

    • Malou says:

      Glad to meet someone who shares my own interests. Hockey is not yet in my list but who knows, my little girl may one of these days also pick that up. πŸ˜‰

  159. Love your perspective, your photos, family, travel… and of course food! I may have to give the flan/cake a try. Great looking and well-designed blog πŸ™‚

  160. Malou – Thanks for following me. My maiden name is Van Dyke; my father’s father was from Utrecht! Small world. Even with elephants in it!

    • Malou says:

      Happy to stumble on your blog of elephants, Cheryl. Indeed, van Dyke (mostly spelled now as van Dijk) is a very common Dutch name. Utrecht is about 15-minutes from our place. I hope you can visit Holland someday and reconnect with your Dutch relatives. πŸ˜‰

      • When my grandfather came through Ellis Island his name was “Americanized.” I’ve seen Holland from the air (passing through the Amsterdam airport on my way to Johannesburg) but never truly visited. As near as my family knows, all immediate relatives died during the war. My father was able to locate one of my grandfather’s nephews in the eastern US. But perhaps I’ll visit Utrecht someday on behalf of my dad. He always wanted to go, but never had enough money to do so. Thanks very much for following me; I love your pictures of your family.

  161. Steph Rice says:

    You’ve been nominated!
    Also, there are a ridiculous amount of comments on this page. Nice work! I do love your blog and look forward to more reading!

  162. Thanks for becomming a member of our blog! We welcome any suggestions, comments or ratings. I loved yours too and look forward to seeing more from you soon!

  163. You take such beautiful pictures! Thanks for subscribing to my blog, I don’t know if I would have found yours otherwise

  164. ns says:

    Thanks for stopping by Malou!

  165. Pam says:

    Love your site!

  166. rozsagaston says:

    Hello Malou – Love your blog background. So minimalist, elegant. Please visit my Paris Adieu Facebook Page and “like” me. I think you will enjoy it’s content.


  167. Bill Davis says:

    Hi Malou… salamat for following my blog! Glad you enjoyed it. I’ll look around here in your posts later. The photos on the latest look amazing.

    • Malou says:

      Hi Bill – I love any blog about the Philippines and especially Palawan. I posted 2 so far and the recent one is on El Nido. I’ll be checking yours as well.

      • Bill Davis says:

        Cool. Check out my wife Donna’s blog DonnaonPalawan, which is more of an insider-info/travel blog about Palawan. It’s also on WordPress and in my blogroll.

  168. Thank you so much for following DonnaOnPalawan, Malou. Love your blog too. It is great to see ‘the other side’ of the Netherlands. Beautiful place!

  169. Rich Green says:

    Thanks for liking my A Street Performer in London post.

  170. Hi Malou,
    Beautiful flowers! Thanks for following.
    Keep blogging.
    Sam – Americans on Britain

  171. Christine R. says:

    What a beautiful photo of your family with the flowers in the background.

    Your blog sounds interesting and I’m excited to hear more about the dutch way of life!

    Cheers from a Filipino born Aussie living in London – trying to find my way through the London way of life πŸ™‚

    • Malou says:

      Glad to meet you here, Christine. Actually, it’s just the North Sea in between our respective places. How do you like it there in London? I go there from time to time for work but I must say that I still prefer the more laid back life here in Holland.

  172. Lovely blog, and I’m looking forward to lots of fun looking around here.

  173. Great to read about Holland from a non-Dutch perspective πŸ™‚
    Regards from a Dutch girl,

  174. anna says:

    Thanks for liking my post and following Malou! Your blog is gorgeous πŸ™‚ I love all the pictures…it;s like a mini vacation. Thanks for sharing.


  175. Hi Malou, Thanks for following my blog. You take beautiful pictures. I look forward to reading more of your adventures in cooking and travel!


  176. jill says:

    Thank you for liking my post “this moment” and following my blog. You have some gorgeous photos on your blog! -jill


  177. shirleyelmokadem says:

    Love your web site and blog. What a lovely family photo.
    I went to Holland years ago now, hitchhiking and youth hostelling. Didn’t get to Amsterdam though, but hope to go soon I hear it is a beautiful city.

    • Malou says:

      Thanks a lot, Shirley. Well, it is good that you’ve seen other parts of Holland in the past. Amsterdam is a reason to return one day. πŸ˜‰

  178. laplandtoday says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog πŸ™‚ I visited in Amsterdam last winter with motorhome, camper. There was quite cold…perhaps because of that I was coming from Spain….I love Holland! I must came again to visit your great country…..Happy blogging!

  179. laplandtoday says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog πŸ™‚ You`ve very interesting blog.
    I spent two months last winter in Gythio Bay Pelaponnesos…I love Greece…one day I will return back. I hope cold winter is behind soon in Finland…..Happy blogging!

  180. yogininoms says:

    wow, your photography is beautiful!

  181. Hi Malou,

    Thanks so much for your visit and for following me. I hope you continue to enjoy. Your blog sounds lovely and your family photo with the tulips is beautiful. I am also happily married for 23 years, my hubby is my best friend and we have a son and daughter, 16 & 20. So, when you write about cherishing your family, I concur! πŸ™‚ I will follow, too, and look forward to reading more~Take care, Lauren

    • Malou says:

      Glad to know about your happy family life, Lauren. A loving family is a treasure to behold especially in this time and age. Happy to follow your posts. πŸ˜‰

  182. What a lovely blog and such beautiful pictures! Like you, I love nature and being creative in the kitchen. Haven’t been able to travel internationally in a while, but until I do, I can learn more about Amsterdam from you….and even try some new recipes.
    Thank you for liking and following my blog. Its so nice to meet kindred spirits on the internet.

    • Malou says:

      Thanks a lot, Tovarysh! It is indeed nice to meet kindred spirits here on the net. I love reading your wise thoughts on many things. πŸ˜‰

  183. Hi. It is exciting when a more experienced photographer chooses to follow my blog. I see you studied development studies. I am actually currently awaiting admission results as I also am passionate about development studies. I look forward to getting some photography tips as I follow your blog. Thank you for sharing with us all. If I may ask, what camera are you using?

    • Malou says:

      Happy to follow you and your adventures behind the camera. I am using a Nikon D60 at the moment which I guess is not in the market anymore as newer models have superseded it. Nonetheless, photography and good pictures is more about the person behind the camera rather than the camera itself. Use your heart when you want to capture the right image. πŸ˜‰

  184. Hi
    Thank you for liking my post and deciding to follow my blog.

    We have many Dutch guests who visit us at Lakeside and we find them to be a very freindly nationality. I will try to visit the country myself on one of my visits back to the UK to see family and friends.
    Dorinda (lakesideindia)

    • Malou says:

      Your place is so beautiful. I can imagine how magical it must be to do bird watching there. I hope you can also visit Holland one day, preferably in spring I should say. πŸ˜‰

  185. Aryn says:

    Hi, thanks for visiting and following my blog! We went to Amsterdam just last month and loved it. Looking forward to reading through more of your blog – maybe I can find something to give me an excuse for another trip! :o)

  186. Louis says:

    Thanks for choosing to follow my posts. I apptreciate your interest and support and hope you enjoy what I have to offer.

  187. Rich Green says:

    Thanks for liking my Nighttime in Moab post.

  188. Malou,

    Thank you for liking and following my blog. (How do I “like” your blog posts? I’m wondering if I’m overlooking something.)

    Already in your “about” page I’ve learned a lot about the Dutch, and others from their comments. I’m looking forward to reading more and viewing your photos on your blog.

    • Malou says:

      I guess on the “About” page you cannot do any “Like” but only on the individual posts, Louise. See you around and I am really glad that you like my posts. πŸ˜‰

  189. Hi Malou, thanks for signing up to my blog. I used to have friends in the Netherlands and spent a lot of time there. In fact a lot of what I know of art history is based on what I learnt there. They are so good at preserving their heritage and they really are interested in it. cheers

    • Malou says:

      Glad to know about your Dutch connection, Barb. You must then be so familiar with the likes of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, etc. πŸ˜‰

      • I never got the bright colours in Van Gogh until I saw his painting of a thunderstorm. It was cornflower blue sky, so didn’t look right. Then I realised he was painting how I feel when there’s a storm on the way, all excited and electrified. Now I get him and love everything he’s done. A tragic genius who appeals to virtually everyone.

  190. Thanks for following our blog. We’ve had a chance to see some of your beautiful photographs. I like how you are approaching life in this new culture to you. I always find it fascinating to learn how cultures really are instead of how they profess to be. You live in an interesting and beautiful place.
    Greetings from north of the Arctic Circle.
    The Donachys

    • Malou says:

      Your place is just so beautiful. Alaska must be a wonderful country to visit. Someday, I hope to be able to go there too. πŸ˜‰

      I’m glad to know that you like my posts and how I am finding my way in my adoptive country where I am imbibing a new culture but remaining true to my Filipino heritage. πŸ˜‰

  191. Hi Malou, thanks for visiting my blog, although I had to delete the post you ‘liked’ due to some technicalities (user error!). I love your pictures of the rain and flowers, gorgeous!

  192. orchid says:

    hi malou, how are you? thanks for liking my recent post..
    it is very nice indeed to see a kababayan blogging and enjoying family life overseas…

  193. Malou, I love your nature photography! Thanks for signing up for my blog. πŸ™‚

  194. HI . .thank you for following my blog, I am honoured .. seeing your amazing background and interests. I look forward to visiting your travel blogs, this will be a great way for me to see the world without travelling! πŸ™‚ A friend and I visited Holland (Amserdam) many years ago. I remember seeing the ladies behind the glass and didn’t know why they were there (I was naive & brought up Catholic, also!) Spent time in Anne Frank’s house, those memories will always stay with me. I enjoyed drinking Heineken there and loved the many bridges that spanned the canal.

    Your blog is very interesting and informative!

    • Malou says:

      It is nice to know that you’ve been to this part of the world. Amsterdam has its many faces and if your time is limited here, the tendency is to follow the tourist route which of course will include the Red Light District. I find it at times unfair that Holland is synonymously linked to that when in fact, it is a place that is patronized by tourists and not by the average Dutch. I’ve never even been to the Heineken brewery and every time I tell the Mr. that we should go there, he tells me that’s for tourists alone. πŸ˜‰

      I love the canals and the bridges especially at night. Magical!

  195. forestfae says:

    Thank you for subscribing to my blog and hello from across the ‘pond’ πŸ˜€

    • Malou says:

      Great blog you’ve got there, Forest Fae. I’d love to join you in those lovely walks. πŸ˜‰

      • forestfae says:

        Kent is known as the ‘garden county’ of England. A great place to visit in summer. Just a short ferry or train trip across the channel.
        You are most welcome, Malou, in late summer I gather blackberries on my walks to make muffins with or preserves, so you can join me for a walk and tea &muffins after πŸ˜‰

  196. Susie says:

    Hello Malou – thank you for following my blog and for your insights into going Dutch!
    Best wishes,
    Susie πŸ™‚

  197. Your blog is lovely! Beautiful photography! Thanks so much for following my blog! Looking forward to visiting your site often!

  198. Good morning!

    Thank you for liking my latest “arnnarn” entry “Bartender…”. As a blogger, you know all too well the work that goes into – I can see that on your blog, so I really appreciate your responses.

    Have a wonderful day.


    • Malou says:

      I really like your posts and pictures, Bruce. Yes, blogging is a commitment but there is also pleasure in knowing that in our small way, we are able to bring smiles from the pictures we post and channel some ideas. πŸ˜‰

  199. Thanks for following.
    Your blog looks very neat and I will stop by more often!
    I grew up in Germany, very close to Holland, and always found Holland very cosy and friendly.

    I will be reading up on your experiences and thoughts on the Dutch way of life…


    • Malou says:

      Thanks a lot, Julia. Germany is our closest neighbor and I love it there. We went last to Dusseldorf for the Christmas market and had a really wonderful time. πŸ˜‰

  200. Malou,

    Keep enjoying life’s moments. Thank you for sharing your talent and heart with us. I also want to thank you for visiting and following my blog.

    Kind regards,


  201. Hi Malou, thanks for reading and now following my blog. I love to write about children and nature and life in big cities. I looked at some of your gorgeous pictures. You’re so talented. I’ll come back again.

    • Malou says:

      I love what you are writing about, Farveh. I am a mother too and it is easy to just keep my daughter inside but my husband and I try our best to expose her to nature as best as we can. Two weekends ago, we visited a children’s animal farm so she really enjoyed being friends with a little goat. πŸ˜‰

  202. Hello, just wanted to say thank you for following my blog. I’ve checked yours out and I love what you’re doing. Very interesting. I will look forward to more. Love your photographs. Take care.

  203. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and for following as well. I am a novice with photography. You have some outstanding posts and photos. Thank you again for checking out my humble array of photos.

  204. Thank you for visiting and liking my blog. I love your perspective (and that gorgeous photo of you and your family…my dad grew tulips back home, they were his favorite). Looking forward to hearing more from you Malou.

  205. Kiwi Annison says:

    thanks for the follow on my blog http://www.kiwiblogbus.com.
    I love your photos and your daughter is a wonderful model πŸ™‚

    • Malou says:

      You’re doing a great job in the land of the kiwis, Vicki. I would love to visit NZ one day but for now, I’ll explore them through your blogs. πŸ˜‰

  206. Hi Malou, thanks for checking my blog earlier … I’m impressed with your recipe posting, they are all so in details with the pictures and such. I probably won’t have the patient like you do to πŸ™‚

    • Malou says:

      You’ve got a lovely blog, Elyna. I see the Asian connection which is something we have in common. I love Indonesian dishes which is very much a part of the Dutch culinary awareness.

      I love recipes with detailed pictures too because that eliminates the guessing game especially during the whole cooking process. I try to do the same. πŸ˜‰

  207. Thank you for joining me at poemsandponderings.wordpress.com, I do hope you enjoy the trip..

  208. sugaredpecan says:

    Hi Malou, I just wanted you to know I really enjoy your blog so I have nominated you for an award. Come check it out. Donna

  209. Nice blog Malou. You’ve shared things that I didn’t know at all about Holland. Lovely picture of the tulip field too. Thanks for following my blog.

  210. I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Don’t feel like you have to repost if it’s not your thing or you’ve don’t it before πŸ™‚ I love your site. http://debbrunson.com/2012/03/10/kreativ-blogger/

  211. elmohadouken says:

    Hi Malou! Salamat! Me and my wife went in Amsterdam last year- March 13, to be exact. We stayed there for five days and it was one the best vacations we ever had. Anne Frank, Van Gogh, Rijks Museums, Heineken, Red Light, Countryside, French Fries, Herring, Vondel Park, Cofeeshops(good thing my wife was cool about it! Haha!) even FEBO! Hopefully we could go back there!

    • Malou says:

      You’ve been to more interesting places in Amsterdam than I’ve ever been, Elmo. It is a tough sell to my husband to go to the Red Light District and he is Dutch. a;-)

  212. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    I qm so glad you came by blog , Thank you and now
    after reading just your “about” I know i an fgoing
    to thoroughly enjoy following your adventures of Going Dutch!
    Thank You again…
    Take Care….
    You Matter….

  213. What a wonderful and inspiring blog! πŸ˜€ Your photos (especially of your daughter with the tulips) are beautiful. Thank you for visiting our blog and for following, we’re glad you enjoyed it!

  214. I love your insight on the Dutch and your photos are beautiful! Thanks for the follow!

  215. linda says:

    Hi Malou – thank you much for the like and for subscribing to my blog πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures – your fotos are gorgeous!

  216. Hi Malou,

    I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Sunshine Award. If you choose to accept, please visit my blog for more information: http://lscotthoughts.com/2012/03/12/very-inspiring-blogger-sunshine-award.

    Lauren πŸ™‚

  217. Hi Malou,

    Thanks for following my new blog πŸ™‚ I am excited to learn and post more. I absolutely LOVE Holland and wanted to move there for some time! I have several Dutch friends and am dying to get back there (especially now with my new camera and love of photography). I think it’s great how the internet connects people on separate continents who share the same interests. Thanks again for visiting and following!


  218. ghummakkad says:

    Thank you for visiting Ghummakkad…keep blogging!

  219. DoingDewey says:

    Thanks for following my blog! I’m excited to learn something about other cultures from yours, as well as enjoying your beautiful photography πŸ™‚

  220. Malou:

    Great to see you blogging and I really appreciate your “follow” to mine. LOVED your Holland post. Now, I have to get some pics posted from Japan!

  221. Kim McGuire says:

    Hi Malou! Thanks so much for visiting my blog (www.inanairishhome.wordpress.com). Your visit lead me to your blog, which is only beautiful! I especially love your photos – you have a great eye. Any advice for taking good pictures? I’m only learning to use my camera now because of the blog. Will be checking in with you more often to see what you’re writing about. Best of luck and stay in touch. Kim McGuire

    • Malou says:

      Glad to know that you like the pictures, Kim. I am self taught as a photographer. I just used all the pre-defined settings. In terms of composition, I always say, “look with your heart” and the pictures will always come out well.

  222. Hello There, I have been reading your posts for some time now and find them very enjoyable. I have nominated your site for the Versatile Blogger Award! I was recently nominated and it made me very happy. I hope this has the same affect to your blog mood. Good Luck and Enjoy! You have been nominated as a potential candidate! If you are interested in taking part you can see the details on this link:

  223. Namaste Malou…thanks for liking by blog enough to follow it….its really encouraging…I hope to give everyone the best peek into India(which includes the charming n not so charming)…I think you have some great pictures here and your little girl is gorgeous….n for those who’ve never been to Holland you’ve managed to break some real myths here…would love to visit someday till then will keep coming to see it in your pictures…my mom says the place is beautiful n very neat…keep in touch n do leave your comments about what you think about the posts or the topics…

    • Malou says:

      I’m glad that you are blogging about the real “India”, Shivani. I’ve always been so fascinated by the sub-continent especially from the time I’ve seen the picture of the Taj Mahal in the encyclopedia. It is a country that I would love to visit someday. πŸ˜‰

      I hope that like your mom, you’ll also be able to travel to this country someday.

  224. thehomeheart says:

    You’ve been tagged! I hope you will play πŸ™‚ See my recent post ‘Tag, You’re It!’ for instructions and have a great day.

  225. Mary says:

    Hi Malou,
    I am nominating you for the “Sunshine Award” and the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. It pretty much means I like your blog! If you would like to accept the award and pass on your favourites then you can visit my blog for details. http://www.prytulka.wordpress.com

  226. premalb says:

    Hey, Thanks for liking and following my blog. great pictures at your blog too

  227. Malou,

    Thanks once again for liking my blog. It’s fun to hear from “old” friends again.


  228. Christine says:

    Hello. Glad to have you as a blog “follower”. what a challenging and interesting life you must have over there! I’ll be back again to read more about it.

  229. Angeline M says:

    Hi Malou,
    Thanks so much for your follow over on my blog. It’s so wonderful to meet you, and now find your blog also. You have some beautiful photos here.

  230. quierosaber says:

    Thanks for taking time reading my blog. You have interesting one yourself. Wish you the best.

  231. It is great to met you! We just moved for the Netherlands 4 months ago. We lived there for 6 great years. If you ever make it to Poland let me know!


  232. frizztext says:

    we often drive to the Netherlands, trying to forget Germany …

  233. CJ says:

    Kumusta Malou! Wanted to say thanks stopping by my blog (liking and following!!!) You’re pictures are beautiful, am I am glad you are finding a happy life where you are. My mother and stepmother are from the Philippines and so I know that no matter where you go it is always a transition. Your family is beautiful, and I hope you continue to spread the Dutch love through your blog!

  234. Emi says:

    Hi Malou,
    I love your blog and the photos of the flowers are gorgeous. I’m thinking about that custard cake you wrote about – I want to try it. Thank you for all the interesting information. Emi

  235. tobyo60 says:

    how interesting! I too loved the flower pics and I am so jealous!! I’m in Minnesota and I won’t see flowers for a little bit yet, maybe early April. I will likely blog about it at the time. your pics have inspired me!! happy blogging πŸ™‚

  236. petrel41 says:

    Dear Malou,

    Congratulations! I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger award.

    If you’ve received the award previously, then know I feel you deserve another one.

    Rules and other information about the award are at


  237. Hi Malou,

    Thanks for liking my posts! I went through your blog with great interest and especially liked your insights on the Dutch culture and your last trip to France. I am always interested in the way people see my country πŸ˜‰

  238. totomorrow says:

    Thank you for following my blog. Your photos got to me! So beautiful. Keep it up. I’ll be back for more. Happy St. Patrick’s day! πŸ™‚

  239. My grandfather is Dutch, so I’ve visited several times and feel a strong affinity with the Dutch. I should do a post about my family home there sometime, I think you’d like it! They live in a gorgeous 300 year old cottage near Langbroek (tiny village in the centre of Uthrecht).

  240. anshulrautela says:

    Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog and liking it!
    I really loved your blog. Keep the good work and keep visitig… πŸ™‚


  241. Jane says:

    thanks for liking my blog post and I look forward to doing more reading on yours – especially the travel posts. and I love the way you describe the efforts you make to get the most out of Dutch family life. Good for you!

    if you like travel, you might also enjoy my India Journal blog which can be found at this link:


    with love life and JOY

  242. jknitt says:

    Thanks for liking my post Graphic Street Art (http://jknitt.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/graffic-street-art/) and following my blog, I appreciate it. You’ve got all kinds of fabulous photos here that present a wonderful image of life in Holland, keep up the good work!

  243. I love your Blog–the mix of travel, nature, cooking, and true beauty in everyday life! All your gorgeous photos make me want to fly up to Holland right away! Thank you!

  244. Thank you for stopping by and subscribing to my blog. I am glad you liked the post you read.

    You have some fabulous content, your recipes look mouth-watering, the photos of tulips are glorious. You get to travel to beautiful places and I am glad you share your photos.

    I have been to Holland a couple of times as I have family close by in Germany. I have only been to Amsterdam once–it was a very cold winter–1996–and the canals froze so they held a skating race. It was so cold, but I loved it there.

    I wish our winter had been cold this year, but I am afraid global warming has hit New England. I envy your pictures of snow and ice.

    Best wishes with your blog. I will have to check on some of those recipes! YUM! twinkly

  245. thank you for viewing my blog. I love the pic of you, your hubby and daughter. Are you at Keukenhoff (sp?) Gardens.

  246. I love all of what I have seen perusing your blog so far. I was at Keukenhof in April 2011 as well. Half of my family is actually from Rotterdam (my dad moved to the United States when he married my mom) and still lives there today. I try to visit when I can find cheap plane tickets.

    I can slightly relate to the varying degrees between the conservative and Dutch cultures. Especially with parents from both backgrounds, the parenting was always slightly skewed. When my mom thought I had done something particularly egregious, my dad simply took it as a part of teenage rebellion/growing up and saw it as no big deal.

    I look forward to more of your blog. Thank you!

  247. littlerock75 says:

    Hi Malou!

    I could spend hours upon hours just reading through your blog and be amazed by your soul-filling photos. Holland is one of the places that I promised myself I’d visit at least once before I die and I swear, after seeing it through your lenses, I’m thinking, “Okay, Holland, see you within the next three years!” Thank you!

    You have a beautiful family! Your daughter is fabulous!

  248. Thanks for stopping by our blog thewoofilicious.wordpress.com ….hope you enjoy our posts πŸ™‚

    Loved the pretty pictures on your blog, look forward to knowing more about the Dutch life!

  249. mm says:

    Hi Malou, thanks for the follow, and ‘liking’ my mushroom soup recipe. It’s good to make your acquaintance. Don’t think I mention it in my blog but I’m half Dutch, born in London. I don’t get to go to Holland as much as I used to, or as much as I’d like, so I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. And more beautiful pictures! Best wishes, Maggie

  250. Hi Malou,
    Thank you for following Healthcareinasia, it made me discover your amazing blog! A lot of souvenirs came up while I was visiting your blog! I hope you enjoy our posts as well!

  251. dapplegrey says:

    Hello Malou,
    Thanks for following Invisible Horse, and my other, artist’s blog. I was interested to read about you and your family, and I’ll be reading more of your posts with interest!
    Best wishes,

  252. I’ve nominated/awarded you The Beautiful Blogger Award along with six other bloggers. I don’t know how you feel about it, but I’m just passing it on to people whom I feel deserves to be acknowledged for inspiring others. Please read my post http://travelladywithbaby.com/2012/03/19/beautiful-blogger-award/

  253. Meenakshi says:

    Hey Malou! I have some blog awards waiting for you back at my page. Click and you shall see!

  254. SR Dryja says:

    Hi, Malou, I wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed your blog so much that I have posted it on my Blogroll on Jet Planes and Coffee. Please let know if you have any objections to this. I will take it down if you do. I just wanted others to see the beautiful photos, great recipes, and fun life stories you post. It’s like a breath of fresh air to get your posts.

  255. Thank you for visiting and liking my Photo Blog http://www.adventuresfrombehindtheglass.com

    I also enjoy seeing your posts of the great travel adventures you enjoy with your family.

    Finally, the amount of followers and comment support from them is quite impressive. What is your secret?

  256. apintoflife says:

    Hi Malou, thanks for following my blog, I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve been enjoying yours. Your photographs are great and your daughter is adorable.

  257. thisamaceinglife says:

    Thanks for following my blog! I have just been looking through yours and I love it!!! So excited to follow you!! PS. you were my very first follower…Nice!

  258. quierosaber says:

    Thanks for your interest in my blog. I like what you are writing too. Keep it up. You seem to have found peace and joy in your adopted country. Nice family!

  259. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the unique perspective you have – a joy to read!

  260. scott emmons says:

    greetings Malou,
    fantastic writing & photos!
    living back in missouri (usa), but was once a wall street capitalist (WTC,NYC)
    working for a very small amsterdam based trading firm. spent many
    days & sometimes weeks(!) living & working amongst the Dutch.
    as you wrote — they are an exemplary culture far from the “headlines”
    of their open society. so very cool to re-touch my Netherlands memories
    & the fondness of those infinite experiences through your blog.
    so glad i found you & this effort . . .
    subscribed too!
    harrisonville, missouri

  261. cross(stitch)yourheart says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award…because I think you’re fantastic! You can see what it’s all about here: http://crossstitchyourheart.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    Keep up the fantastic work (and wonderful pictures)!

  262. cloudoflace says:

    Hello again..

    I’m so glad to announce that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!! I simply love your blog.. One can’t but admire the beautiful work you are doing over here πŸ™‚

    Kindly follow this link:


  263. Your site is absolutely darling and colorful. Thanks for following my story ; )

  264. Hi Malou,

    I so look forward to your photos! Thank you for sharing – and this is why I also nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger award. If you would like to accept you will find the rules on my last post:


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  266. oceannah says:

    Hi Malou,
    I’ve nominated you for a “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” I love your photos, they make me smile every day. Please stop by to collect your award.

  267. muonsoup says:

    Hi Malou,
    I too share a passion for nature. I love the idea behind your blog and look forward to your future posts. What more could a being wish for, other than sharing simple love with all who would partake?

  268. Hi Malou!

    I am happy to be following your blog! Holland is my favorite country! I spent 6 months there when I was in college. In fact, my first experience with Polynesian food was in Holland! I hope to get back someday and show my Husband what an amazing country and wonderful people the Dutch are.

    Be well,

  269. Bobbi says:

    First, thank you for following my blog . . . . second, because of your following my blog, I came over and checked yours out. I have to say that I will have hours of reading to catch up with all you have posted. I love the pictures and stories you have posted in “Going Dutch”!

  270. ehsanblogs says:

    Thanks for stopping by my weblog and following it.
    I read some of your posts; I really enjoyed reading your posts. Good job.

  271. Your photographs are beautiful! I love the castles! I wish we had castles around here!
    Thank you for following my page!

  272. Vicki Strong says:

    Malou: Thanks for following my blog. It will be fun to follow your Dutch experiences as you follow my Minnesota ‘adventures.’ I see you like to travel. When you have time to read, check out my earliest blog entries to learn about traveling on the north shore of Lake Superior. It is a beautiful place and you should come visit sometime!

  273. Thank you for following my blog! You produce amazing photos!

  274. Hi Malou! Salamat for following my simple blog. Babalik ako to read some of your posts.

    Minsan akong nakapunta sa Vienna, Austria and naiisip ko ang inyong lugar na parang Vienna.

    God Bless!

  275. Gunta says:

    Hello There! I have been enjoying your blog and find it interesting, I think others would too. So I am tagging you. If you care to participate; this is the link

    In your case I believe lots of others have already found your blog to be interesting, but I thought I’d see if you wanted to play anyway?

  276. goodluckcharmsthatwork says:

    Great Writing, Great Photos, Great Insights! Bravo!

  277. Jane says:

    thanks so much for following my Not In India 2012 blog. Hope you will find further posts of interest or inspiration to assist you in some small way along your own life’s journey. I am enjoying your posts as well.
    with love light and JOY

  278. Jane says:

    my mistake…I realized now that you began following my India Journal BLog. Well,,,,hope you enjoy my travel stories there and photos particularly as there are many there. Until I get back to India at the end of this year, there won’t be any additional posts, but there is plenty to look through as there are 4 years worth of posts there πŸ™‚ And for now, if you are looking for new stuff, it is obviously on the Not In India 2012 blog.. πŸ˜€

  279. jjhiii24 says:


    I’m so glad you found something of interest in my blog. Your family is beautiful and your photos are a joy to review. You have so many talents!

    I appreciate that you thought to follow my blog and I hope will find more of interest there.

    Regards,,,,,John H.

  280. eurobondgirl says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I have been to Amsterdam and seen and visited many of the loca “tourist” spots. While I never believed this is how the every day life is, what a nice perspective to hear from someone who actually does live the Dutch life. Thanks for sharing!

  281. apictureadaybyroxy says:

    Thank you for signing up for my blog Woman With A Pen. I think is is wonderful that you have created this blog and wish you lots of luck with it. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  282. gelaikuting says:

    Hello there Ms. Malou… thanks for subscribing to my blog! I love your post. happy travel πŸ™‚ proud to be pinay πŸ™‚

  283. fogsy says:

    Greetings from Indonesia!
    thank you for visiting & subscribing my post ^^
    seems that I can ask you any advice if i visit Netherlands of Philippines someday…:)

  284. Sofia says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking it enough to follow. I am touched.
    You have a lovely family.

  285. seasonsofmylife says:


    I am happy to see your simple life centered around family, nature and photography. What else do we need when we have our loved ones with us and mother nature around!!!

    Thanks for sharing your insights and dutch way of living.


    Pune, India.

  286. Wow you have some great photos of castles + grounds. Unfortunately, I don’t live in Holland to tell you about other great castles (I love them myself). Thank you for following my blog πŸ™‚

  287. dirtydog67 says:

    Thanks for checking out and following my blog! I enjoyed looking through yours. Great recipes…i’m going to try one!

  288. Hello Malou, thanks for visiting us at eighty wickets. As an Australian brought up in South Asia and now married to a Brit, I have an abiding interest in cross-cultural experiences. You are certainly on that adventure, too! Thanks for sharing your insights.

  289. Just to let you know that I’ve nominated “Going Dutch” for a Liebster Award.

  290. I’m excited to find you and look forward to reading more!

  291. Thank you for so much for following, you and your family are “enchanting”! extraordinary photos and such beauty in Life shared. Love to you each, Linda

  292. fivereflections says:

    beautiful happy smiles

    David in Maine USA

  293. Thank you for stopping by my photo blog – (post the fly) I appreciate the feedback. Best, Kim

  294. Thanks for following my blog! You’ve got a beautiful family, and that field of tulips is absolutely breathtaking! πŸ™‚

  295. Becca says:

    Thanks for liking my post and following my blog! Those were such fun and cute photos from the farm!

  296. I “touched” you on my blog today…..as a way to get some of my readers a chance to see your blog and your photography….I marvel at your closeups of the flowers by the way. And your daughter is growing before our eyes.

  297. Thank you for visiting furrylittlegnome and the “like” – you have a great blog!

  298. What a beautiful pic! Thanks for the follow; I’ll be following right back!

  299. Maggie says:

    Hi Malou. Thanks so much for visiting the “Rational Planet” blog. Glad you like it. I love all the wonderful photography on your blog. You are obviously a very enthusiastic photographer. It’s also very interesting what you say about the liberal attitudes of the Dutch. Especially interesting to note that it’s the foreigners who visit the Red Light District and the coffee shops. Perhaps there is something the rest of Europe could learn from that. I’ll be following from now on.

  300. tvaraj says:

    Hello Malou ,

    Glad to know that you liked my post β€œ2012 Centennial of Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC” on my blog β€œImpressions.” If you have the time and inclination, please visit my other blog “Inspirations” too – http://tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com

    Please come again to my blogs… I post every day on both.

  301. Thank you for the visit and the follow! Your family is beautiful and I adore that picture in the flowers, how lovely! Hope all is well with you.

  302. Mary says:

    I checked out your blog after seeing you “liked” some of my blog. This passion for photography is difficult to resist, and adding a backstory to your photos is icing on the cake.

    You and your family are great travellers and I often wish I’d travelled more. But it’s amazing what you can find in your own area that seems exotic to people around the world. Thank you for your interest in http://cameracombo.wordpress.com

    • Malou says:

      You take lovely images, Mary. It is nice to know that you are still into the photography and is blogging about them.

      My husband loves to travel and so do I. Now our little girl is also with us on these adventures. We love camping when we go on holiday. πŸ˜‰

  303. billgncs says:

    very nice blog, thank you for visiting mine.

    I think at the end of the day, you will never regret the time you spent on your family.

  304. Hi Malou
    Nice Knowing about you and the Dutch Way of life.
    People are same across the globe. They take pleasure in naming and blaming others. Each one add their perceptions and colour a bit and in the end the original picture has lost its charm. But as long as we ourselves do not lose out on the inner core, we can easily shed the outer layers.

    I am happy that you have come forward to scrape those harmful layers and reveal the true picture.

    Happy blogging.


  305. kloipy says:

    Beautiful photos and family!

  306. culturelites says:

    You have this amazing collection of pics of bugs and beetles, flowers, family and love. You’ve inspired me to write a poem. Do visit pastichelle.wordpress.com to see it. Cheerio πŸ™‚

  307. essentjewels says:

    You have a beautiful family!!

    Do you plan on having any more children because your daughter is gorgeous?

  308. Wow, you are popular! Thanks so much for liking my latest post. I look forward to checking out your blog. I can tell you have fun photos! πŸ™‚

  309. robin says:

    Thanks for following my blog and liking my raclette post. You have an amazing site, here! Well done!

  310. Jillian says:

    Wonderful description!! I can’t wait to start reading!! πŸ™‚

  311. Violet says:

    Hello! Thank You for following me and liking my post! You have some awesome photography here! Its great to see ! Keep it up πŸ™‚

  312. Thank you so much for reading my blog entry on Port Sunlight! And for liking it!! Appreciate it…
    I’ve just had a little snoop around your blog – I also love baking and castles. You know, my little country (Wales) has the most castles per square mile than any other country in the world, or so they say, but then again Wales is tiny!!!!
    If you ever get a chance, you should come to Wales (although you can’t depend on the weather to be good!) and also, if you ever get the chance to go to Lisbon, go! The city is beautiful and just outside is a small hamlet called Sintra which has a huge amount of monuments for a small place, including ancient castles, enchanting palaces and more..!

  313. mummycoupons says:

    Thanks you for checking out my blog. You have got some awesome things going on here. Beautiful family.

  314. mummycoupons says:

    Thank you for checking out my blog . You have some awesome things going on here. Beautiful family.

  315. Hi Malou, I had dreamed of living in Amsterdam once. Never quite fulfilled but I guess I’ll vicariously through your blog!

  316. denlyn3 says:

    I really enjoy your blog so I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. More information at http://denlyn3.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/versatile-blogger-award/
    Happy blogging.

  317. Thank you for opening the minds of others! Brilliant idea for a blog!!

  318. sofichick says:

    You have an awesome blog! Keep it up πŸ™‚

  319. Dear Malou! I’m so glad I came by this way today and found you! I can’t wait to read more of your posts and life in The Netherlands. Warmest greetings from Finland, Sharon

    • Malou says:

      Hi Sharon –

      I’m so glad to meet a fellow Asian who’s also making a new life in this continent. I haven’t been to Finland but would love to and explore your thousand dazzling lakes. πŸ˜‰

  320. Hi Malou, greetings from El Salvador. I’m arriving here as you visited my blog, and happily surprised you are living in and writing about Holland, because my mother is from Scheveningen, den Haag!!! I’m going to send her this link, and will be following your posts.

  321. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Malou. I’m glad it links back to yours, as yours is lovely. I, too, love food, photography, and travel — though I’d add to that list history, culture, and writing. I look forward to reading your tips and information on places to visit next time I get to Europe. And I appreciate the insight into Dutch culture. I’ve been to the Netherlands, and I enjoyed their history, culture, and food. Nice to know a bit more about the family side of the country.

    Happy blogging.

  322. AndrewGills says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I came to look at yours and think it will be interesting. I was born in Holland and came to Australia when I was 3yo. My Oma, uncles, aunts and cousins almost all still live in Holland (except those who are in New Zealand and Portugal) so I look forward to learning more about life in Holland πŸ™‚

  323. anita says:

    Hello from Canada! Thanks for visiting my blog ealier Malou =] I never got the chance to explore many northern European countries (Holland included) when I was in Europe last year, so I’ll be sure to gather plenty of info from your site. Adorable kid by the way!


  324. Such an interesting insight into a Dutch culture- thanks for sharing! I look forward to reading more!

  325. Liza says:

    Thank your for looking and following my blog at lizascooking.wordpress.com
    I also love your blog!!!! I really enjoy reading it.

  326. Hi Malou! Thanks so much for following my blog! I really enjoyed your intro here and look forward to reading more!

  327. whitt88 says:

    Just another admirer.

    Hi Malou, I just found you, but as many others have noticed, your posts are fascinating. Your introductory post using tulips as a background for family pictures was delightful, a regal. Normally I would get distracted looking through dozens of family pictures, but yours made the perfect exception to the rule, proving inspiration counts. Those architectural shots of castles are very tricky too, keeping lines vertical and all. You draw us in and make us find time to look further though your work. I fell for the charm of your picture-stories. Thanks again.

    • Malou says:

      I’m glad that you like my posts. I try to present a different perspective of this country so as you might notice, I hardly have anything on Amsterdam. I guess so many people have covered that already. On the other hand, there are many facets of this country which remain hidden which I try to share in my posts. πŸ˜‰

  328. Russ L says:

    Hi Malou,

    Wow! This is a great site! I look forward to reading everything else on it!
    Thank you for liking my site.

  329. Angeline M says:

    Thanks for the follow over on my blog Malou. It is so wonderful to have connected with you.

  330. Elisa Cashiola says:

    Hi Malou,

    Love the flower pics of your little girl in the flower fields! Thank you for liking my blog post and following me, I appreciate it! Please do keep in touch πŸ™‚


  331. mandarine says:

    Very refreshing site that you have, excellent idea to let people know about the positive aspects of your country and show that a balance is possible, close to Nature that you capture so well with your camera. Love your post on Rain!
    Thank you for your appreciation of my very recent blog. You were the first one!

  332. nightlake says:

    Thank you for the like and the follow. You have a colorful blog. I am a big admirer of flowers too πŸ™‚

  333. Malou, I stopped by to let you know I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can check out my post to view your nomination!

  334. Kelly Owens says:

    I am really glad that you found my blog so that I could find yours! My very first trip overseas was to Holland and it captured my heart. I will enjoy getting to know you, your family and your country through your blog. I hope I will learn a lot and be able to bring my own children to visit in the future.

  335. Oh so glad you stopped by πŸ™‚ I LOVE THE TULIPS! I think the most beautiful co-creation of Nature & Man is a garden… and Tulip Fields are probably my favorite. Its like someone took broad paint brushes of bold color & swathed them across the landscape. Stunning always! I like the name you chose & the theme behind your blog; looking forward to reading your other posts as well, especially about “of the beaten path” places to see. My mom visited Europe 30 some years ago… its definitely on my wish list πŸ™‚

  336. Susana says:

    Thanks for the Like! Lovely family pic. πŸ™‚

  337. I nominated you for the ABC Award! Visit http://amandasphotoalbum.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/my-abc-award/ at your convenience and keep up the awesome work!

  338. dailydose10 says:

    Many years ago I visited the Netherlands (not Amsterdam) and I agree completely with your insight concerning the extent of Dutch liberalism.

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I really appreciate it.

  339. Candles says:

    Totally enjoy your articles and am getting a great education in Dutch life! Thanks for dropping by and liking my blog! Have a wonderful day and wish the same to your family.

  340. Desi Chick says:

    Malou, I’ve so enjoyed your beautiful pictures, fun foods and adventures! I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. http://kolpona.com/2012/04/04/sharing-the-love-blog-award/ –Blessings, Tahmina

  341. Becky J. says:

    Thanks for following – we share some of the same passions and I look forward to reading more of your life adventures!

  342. gacochran says:

    Thanks Malou for visiting my blog. I love your pictures and look forward to seeing and learning more as I read your posts.

  343. Anna Hergert says:

    Thank you for sharing your Dutch experiences! I immigrated to Canada 32 years ago (as an adult) and have encountered countless cultural differences myself. While I live and love my country of choice I still feel that connection with the country of my birth and formal years, Germany Your images are heartwarming and beautiful! I look forward to following your blog!

  344. I nominated you for a Sunshine Award. I love what you do πŸ™‚ If you need the rules let me know.

  345. CoNatureGuy says:

    Great pics and stories. I lived in Europe for a few years and visited the Netherlands on business and travel. Lovely. And we brought home some tulips to the US. Beautiful! Thanks for visiting and following my blog.

  346. abitravel says:

    Hi – It looks like you’re active blogger and blog reader. Thanks for being in touch with me and looking at my blog about my travels in the world and in life. I’ll share your stories with my Dutch friends who now live in the U.S. I think they’ll appreciate your perspective.

  347. orlando gustilo says:

    Thanks for connecting with me and my blog. It will be interesting reading about your take on Dutch life from a Philippine perspective!

  348. Hi Malou,

    I did a shout out to you on my own blog today so thought I’d share the post with you.


    Good luck making your way through all these comments!!!!!


  349. Wiepkjen says:

    Hi Malou,
    Thank you for defending the Dutch. I too found that people all over the world have the craziest ideas about our morality while they don’t have a clue what is really going on over here. So many misunderstandings to clear op. So you are really doing very good work. Keep it up!

  350. redwheelbarrow1957 says:

    Thanks for following the blog, I hope you enloy the work.

  351. I have many Dutch friends and a few Singaporean ones too so I am glad you visited my blog and so I could find you! πŸ™‚

  352. seetarn says:

    Hi Malou,

    Your pictorial blog is fantastic…it just takes one on a serene ride….and makes one thing, how beautiful our world is and its various creations…

    Great keep posting such beautiful pictures and paint the world with your beautiful vision for life…depicted via your photographs….

    Glad to have visited your blog….take care..and god bless…regards, Seeta

  353. Rich Green says:

    Thanks for liking my A Foggy Morning post.

  354. Dudette says:

    Awesome! I lived in Amsterdam for for almost 2 years! I love it there!!!! Did you go to the ISS?

  355. Thanks so much for your follow! I’ve followed your blog as well. πŸ™‚ Your insights are really cool and very fresh. I look forward to your updates. You and your family are so cute! :3


  356. beckarooney says:

    Hiya thanks so much for following my blog, I really appreciate it! I love your posts, I can relate to them a lot πŸ™‚ I look forward to reading more! β™₯

  357. Barb Kellogg says:

    Love the photos! I’ll actually be visiting Holland in August from Minnesota in the US. Your blog will be a nice preview!

  358. ljr3 says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I have been looking through yours and now I think I need to go cook! My stomach is growling just looking at the food. I use to live beside a Dutch lady and boy could she bake!

  359. cryscaralagh says:

    I really love the blog and it truly gives me an insight into the “Dutch” way of life, so to speak. I am so interested in the country ( I don’t know why, but its so intriguing to me – a person from India) and I love the way you have approached the whole blog. A lovely mix of personal and yet endearing aspects.. And I think the pragmatic approach is something that most intrigues me about the Dutch.. Something very clearly lacking in a country like India πŸ™‚

  360. Thank you for stopping by my blog, as a newbie to blogging I appreciate the attention. Your blog and especially your photos fascinate me. I live near a small Dutch colony named Holland in the state of Michigan, USA.. My name might give evidence to that. We have our own tulip fields and a festival in May, and its quite an event, The Queen or her emissaries have often visited; although this year the flowers are here now and the festiva? ….well, there will still be parades and Klompen dancing!

    I also enjoy your food posts. My notion of Dutch cooking has been (and mind you I ate often at my Grandmother’s table,) boil it, mash it and fry it!

  361. Hi Malou! I’ve nominated you for an “Inspirational Blogger” award. Please visit my post to see what you need to do to complete the process: https://blueheronwisdom.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/a-very-inspiring-award/



  362. attemptinggreen says:

    I’ve nominated/awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award! http://attemptinggreen.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/versatile-blog-roll/
    Thank you for having such a great blog

  363. Chrissine says:

    Hi Malou! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, liking my last post, and following! I will follow your blog as well. I love your photos. We have some common interests!

  364. Thanks for liking a post and following my blog. Your blog is interesting.

  365. keithhern says:

    Hi Malou
    Many thanks for following my blog, and liking the recent post. Photography and travel – I’m on that page too, off to Tuscany shortly and a trip to the Far East not too far away. It was travelling that inspired me to learn photography and career swap from sales to being a photographer. Visited Amsterdam couple of months ago – always enjoyable place to go to.
    Thanks again, Keith

  366. llafont says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, for the love of flowers that is a whole lot of tulips.

  367. Zeeshan Ali says:

    Hey….Thanks for liking and following my blog πŸ™‚

  368. You are hereby nominated to receive The Versatile Blogger award! Please go to http://talesandtravelsofthetinman.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/the-versatile-blogger-award/ to see the official posting of your nomination. Please enjoy the award, it is well deserved. Much Love, The Tin Man

  369. Hussain says:

    Hey thanks for visiting ..i hope i hear more from you …your family seems wonderful definitely going to follow your blog.

  370. asahjaya says:

    Nice pictures and lots of it.

    Just a note, since you have many pictures in one article, try to limit your blog aticle to, … say 5 articles per page. This way the loading faster and won’t be seemingly forever, plus you get more clicks per day. Your present blog setting makes it almost impossible for those with slow connection to view it.

    Best regards.

  371. samalbahaykubo says:

    Great photos and text. It brought back a lot of memories of a family holiday I had in Holland in the early 1970s.

  372. zerox1 says:

    hi there
    thanks for the like and your blog is amazing especially the pictures:)

  373. Cool blog! Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I will be back to see what you are up to;)

  374. Your blog is amazing! Thanks finding mine in the millions and following…..

  375. Sofia says:

    Malou, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Details: http://inspirationallaround.wordpress.com/versatile-blogger-award/

  376. hi there ~ i just nominated you for the versatile blogger award ~ i love your recipes and enjoy the photos of your family!


  377. Malou, I am enjoying your blog a great deal. I’ve nominated you for the 7 x 7 Link Award!

  378. Hi Malou! I’m so glad you’re following my blog. It gave me a chance to come here and see yours. It’s so beautiful, and I love reading about your life in the Netherlands. Your daughter is adorable, and you’ve made me crave Orange Chiffon Cake. I’m clicking that little “Follow” button right now.

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  380. Robyn Lee says:

    Hi Malou! Just wanted you to know that I have nominated you for the following 6 awards.

    The Versatile Blogger
    Very Inspiring Blogger
    Blog On Fire
    Beautiful Blogger
    Reader Appreciation
    7×7 Link Award

    No pressure at all – and sorry if there is overlap with any you may already have received, but wanted you to know how much I appreciate your blog! Just go to this link Awards Awards Awards… Β« THROUGH THE HEALING LENS to see your nomination and also to get an idea of how I handled posting so many awards and nominating 10 new bloggers all at once! What a project πŸ™‚ Congratulations ~ Robyn Lee

  381. calaurore9 says:

    Wow. What a successful blog! Gorgeous. As a retired Managing Director of ABN AMRO, I appreciate all things Dutch. My photographer is Dr.Husband on thesidetrek.com. So much in common.

    Will look forward to mutual followings.

    Carol Colitti Levine

  382. tanyamhudson says:

    I, too, have nominated you for a 7×7 Link Award! πŸ™‚

  383. I know you have so many already (just shows how great your blog is!) – but I’ve nominated you on my list for The Sunshine Award.

    Amazing photos & a pleasure to read !
    All the best, Penny xx

  384. Malou, Great to join such a long list of people loving what you write. Thanks for calling by Learning from Dogs and deciding to follow my humble writings. Hope we can stay in touch, Paul

  385. A blogger of mine recommended your blog to me! I recently posted a blog on tulips and confessed my love for them and she told me to check out your site and I LOVE IT! You’re tulips are beautiful and I can’t wait to see more of them!

  386. What do you think will happen next with the Dutch government? Was the change a surprise to the residents?

  387. Hey there, I just wanted to drop by and let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I really enjoy your photography and reading about your family. Keep up the good work!


  388. nyx says:

    Great insights, all true! Thanks for posting your experiences!

  389. BigSkyKen says:

    Hi Malou. Because I so enjoy your blog, I’ve just nominate Going Dutch for the Reader Appreciation Award. There are only a couple rules to follow, which I listed on the post at my site. Basically, link back to the sender (His Creation) and nominate 6 blogs that you follow which you would like others to enjoy also.

  390. I LOVE the photos! thanks for stopping by my blog. I may have to take a vacation to Amsterdam. Tulips are my favoirte flowers! Don’t know if you have friends who need weight loss but they can do the coaching overseas if they contact me first.

  391. gwynnem says:

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog, Malou. I’m excited to read through your blog posts!

  392. SR Dryja says:

    Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog so much that I have given it the Versatile Blogger Award. Click here for the info:


  393. From the Home of Sir Henry Newbolt says:

    Hi, Malou. Just wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog, and for liking my piece on Ceausescu’s Romania. I should add that some of your photography is stunning. The tulip fields are extraordinary, just wonderful.

  394. Jo Fredric says:

    Thanks for stopping by and liking our blog post. I have enjoyed looking around your blog and already used some of the things I have learned here in conversation!
    Jo & Aaron

  395. Just want to let you know that I have nominated you for the Versatilte Blogger Award. Please visit my blog http://sharingmyitaly.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/versatile-blogger-award/
    I hope you enjoy it.

  396. viveka says:

    Malou – I want to give you this award … not many of them around. You have been nominated to many awards .. but this for support and inspiration and you’re both to me.
    β€œThe Adurna Blue Best Follower Award” – so happy that you are sharing and taking party in my world here. Thank you so much for .. bring your world into mine. http://wp.me/p293Pw-22q – no rules .. just to accept.

  397. scott30483 says:

    Thank you for stopping by my Blog and liking my post and following my blog. I greatly appreciated it.

  398. EllaDee says:

    Hi! I nominated you for the ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award. I was moved to do so because I am delighted whenever I see an email from you in my in-box. You can read about the award at http://elladeewords.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/a-community-garden-and-abc-awards/ .
    Accepting awards to enable you to nominate other worthy recipients isn’t for the faint hearted or time poor, so please accept if you choose and there’s no timeframe on responding, or obligation to do so if it’s not right for you.
    Best wishes,

  399. Hey, Malou, thank you for liking and following us at attentiontoeating! I love your site! What a great idea–Going Dutch–love hearing about the cultural differences and viewing your wonderful pics. Bless your adorable baby girl! πŸ™‚

  400. My very first follower deserves another award’s nomination: Kreativ Blogger Award! Check my blog. Enjoy the week end!

  401. kimolgren says:

    Thanks for liking my post on the gardens at the Bellagio in Vegas. You never know what’s ‘Round the Bend. I love this post about your visit to Holland and I admire your commitment to your family. I look forward to reading more. πŸ™‚

  402. flyfishbrat says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for some time now and because I find it so wonderful I have nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger Award”

  403. A Nature Mom says:

    Just writing to let you know I’ve passed Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award to you…. http://anaturemom.com/2012/05/09/mrs-sparklys-ten-commandments-award-thank-you/ Thank you for your “sparkly” posts and gorgeous photography!

  404. Malou, I nominated you and your blog for the Genuine Blogger Award (no strings) and the Sunshine Award (sorry about the strings). I suspect you’ve seen this kind of thing before, and that’s okay. Mostly, I want you to know I enjoy your work. – Sid

  405. Dear Mrs Prestado really Liked your blog. It has got a wealth of information on Netherlands and Europe. Bit by bit I am enjoying reading through your blog. I have been wondering if you can enlighten me on Dutch city of Leiden? It would be of great help. Gratitude !

  406. Meghna Sapui says:

    Your blog is beautiful πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for following mine πŸ™‚

  407. Hi Malou, thanks for following my blog! Yours looks great, too. Beautiful pictures.

  408. Jennwith2ns says:

    Nice blog. Thanks so much for following mine! Feel free to comment any time.

  409. Matt says:

    Thank you for liking my post ‘Lotus’ on Matt Lemon Photography. I will need more time to go through yours but already took a look at your interesting photos from the Philippines.

    Since you seem to write rather respectfully about sex workers in your ‘About’ post, I thought I seize the opportunity to spread the fundraiser for my research project here. Please take a look and consider supporting my participation at the ‘Sex Workers Freedom Festival | Alternative International AIDS Conference’, an official event supported by UN.AIDS, The Open Society Institute and others.

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  410. Hi Malou- Thanks for visiting my blog & the follow. I think I’ll go Dutch via your blog πŸ™‚
    Following you too!

  411. juniegirl says:

    Hello, Ms. Maluo. I have been so lucky for having you as the first person to follow my blog. Thank you for dropping by and for the appreciation in the first photo published in my first post. By the way, you had such a wonderful family…:)

  412. Kate says:

    I love your photos and text each time I visit. Therefore, I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. http://kateschannel.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/tumultuous-and-beautiful/

  413. marissafh says:

    Kamusta! Thanks for the like on my blog-post. Your blog is great. Will check it out for some recipes to try out.

  414. Aquilamarine says:

    Thanks for the like. You have beautiful pictures..

  415. Shirsha says:

    Hi…you have some great stuff on your blog! Thank you for dropping by my blog and following it! πŸ™‚

  416. Cris Bakes says:

    I am so glad that you are enjoying some of my recipes. I am new to the blogging world and hope to be able to share my joys with everyone πŸ™‚

  417. Lilly Sue says:

    You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog award!

    Here are the steps for the award:

    Name the blogger who awarded you this fantastic award
    List 7 random facts about yourself
    Award 15 other bloggers this award

  418. Mary says:

    Since I enjoy your tulip photos so much I took some of my own photos at the Tulip Festival in Ottawa, Canada. Of course, I hope you will have a look πŸ™‚ especially since our tulips all originate from Holland.
    Have a Great Day!

  419. Mathilde says:

    Thank you for taking the time to visit my new-born travel blog.
    I think I am going to enjoy reading your articles ! πŸ™‚

  420. It should be interesting looking in on your travels…

  421. youngkingdom says:

    Hello Milou πŸ™‚
    I love your blog! It’s very interesting to see how someone like you, as a Filipina, is integrating into Dutch society. What do you think about the language? It’s very difficult for foreigners I think…

  422. Malou, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and “following” me! I am relatively new to blogging at this point so it’s always really exciting to know that someone is actually looking at my posts (besides my mother:). Your blog seems great and I’m excited to take a closer look!

  423. Thanks for following me! I’ve enjoyed looking through your Italy photos, it felt like going on holiday! πŸ˜€

  424. hemadamani says:

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. loved your blog and the pictures are lovely. will be looking out for you.

  425. Huffygirl says:

    Hi Malou, thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I look forward to seeing your comments. It looks like you have quite an interesting blog here. Good luck with it.

  426. iancaimercer says:

    Hi Malou, Thanks for checking my blog out!! When I sailed round Europe in my Teens, I met a Dutch guy, but didn’t get round to visiting. After reading your adventures and photos, think I’ll dust off my passport and pop over!
    Ian M (and Mr. Tiglet!)

  427. Cecilia says:

    Hi Malou! Thanks for following my blog so I could find yours! πŸ™‚ Fantastic pictures! I think you and I have many several interests in common… food – yes, traveling – yes, photography – yes! πŸ™‚ Never been to Holland yet, but I just have to see Keukenhof sometime soon. I love tulips! It’s interesting living in another country (I lived in the US for a little over 9 years) as you not only learn about a new culture but you also get a better understanding and appreciation of your own.

  428. disperser says:

    I’m more selective than I used to be about following blogs, but am impressed with the content. Pictures, writing, topics . . . all good.

  429. PaintedByTheSun says:

    Congratulations you’ve been nominated for the “One Lovely Blog” award. You can check it out here! http://carolanns66.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/one-lovely-blog-award/

  430. Nancy Adams says:

    Hi Malou,

    Thanks so much for following my blog. I really like yours, too! My husband and I love traveling in Europe and find so much to admire about the European lifestyle, especially the better balance between work and leisure.

    Looking forward to future posts. Happy blogging!

  431. elizabethweaver says:

    I’m right there with the Dutch and so glad you clarified this perspective. Loving committed personal life and pragmatic choices re: other people’s choices. And I love your tulip shot. Ah, such beauty.

  432. hopesquires says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day and checking it out. I can’t promise photos as lovely as yours, though (wow!). Looks like we share some of the same loves (family, food, travel and photography … oh, and blogging, too). I’m looking forward to browsing through your posts.

  433. Hi there! I just wanted to drop in and thank you for deciding to follow my blog recently. I’m very glad I did. What I’ve seen of your blog is beautiful. The tulips caught me eye right off the bat. When we first arrived here in upstate Washington it was just at “tulip festival” time. I was amazed at not only the beauty of the flowers but the sheer mass of them. It seemed they spanned as far as the eye could see. I guess if I took that image and multiplied it by … a lot… it might be what you have in the tulip capital of the world! Thanks again for following along. I look forward to reading more of your work here. πŸ™‚

  434. Hi Malou, Thank you for visiting and following the Red Road Diaries. I have enjoyed reading through your posts and find the best part of this blogging effort has been finding so many interesting people in all corners of the world. I look forward to reading more. We can all learn so much from each other. judith

  435. kellynyoder says:

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog! Looks like you have a great site! πŸ™‚

  436. vimal says:

    you have way too many readers πŸ˜›
    but, your posts are nice…
    an award for you – http://betweenpoles.wordpress.com/overjoyed/

  437. Jennifer says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Your photographs are wonderful! A real treat!

  438. Kimberly Konkol says:

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger and Sunshine Awards!

    Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:
    Thank the person who gave you this award.
    Include a link to their blog.
    Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
    Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award β€” you might include a link to this site.
    Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

    Rules for the Sunshine Award:

    Link the award to the person who gave it to you
    Answer the questions that come with it
    Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it

    • Kimberly Konkol says:

      I’m sorry I forgot to add the questions for the Sunshine Award:

      Favorite Color
      Favorite Animal
      Favorite number
      Favorite Non-alcoholic drink
      Facebook or Twitter
      My Passion
      Prefer getting or giving presents
      Favorite pattern
      Favorite Day of the Week
      Favorite Flower

  439. I nominated you with The Versatile Blogger Award. Kindly click this link http://theappletizer.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/versatile-blogger-award/ for the guidelines. πŸ™‚

  440. Joan Mae says:

    Hello, Malou,
    Glad to find a fellow Filipina going Dutch. πŸ˜‰ It’s great reading your posts about where you are based now. Thanks for sharing those lovely stories.

  441. stickyquote says:

    I nominated you for a Reader Appreciation award! Congratulations and keep up the great work! http://stickynotesandquotes.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/i-was-nominated/

  442. galuhanjani says:

    Hello Malou, thank you for visiting and following my blog (what’s a belated thank you, is it?..:) ). I was very surprised, bethink I am just starting blogging and there’s nothing. Your blog is great. I like it. All the best.

  443. Hi Malou,
    I may not be able to go “Dutch” but I would love to read all your wonderful posts and learn along the way.

  444. ummtafari says:

    Thank you for taking the time to pop over. I’ve never been to Amsterdam, but my husbad has. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

  445. Thank you for following my photo blog! Yours is very interesting and informative! I’m thinking I need to relocate to Amsterdam!

  446. Thank you so much for the follow! Your blog is awesome!!

  447. Hello Malou,
    Just wanted to drop by and check out your blog and say thanks for following mine! I love your photos and the way you incorporate the family aspect into your travel stories. I give you so much respect for looking outside of what traditionally is expected of you as a person and expand your mind in a new country. I find it admirable and inspirational. Looking forward to following along! Take care.

  448. Mark Goodwin says:

    Thank you for dropping by my blog the ‘like’.

    Mark – Wales, UK

  449. R C Norman says:

    Hi, thanks for following my photo blog. You have a great site here, and I look for reading and seeing more. Your trip to Italy was very interesting. Tuscany is on my bucket list! — Rob

  450. What a beautiful family photo! Your blog is wonderful and I am looking forward to hearing more from you!

  451. Grace says:

    Hi Malou,
    Thanks for dropping by my blog and the follow. It is interesting to learn about the Netherlands from an insider’s eyes. I am following.

  452. 123smilepls says:

    Love ur Blog layout and the pics. Going through most of ur articles till now..Thanks for stopping by on my blog..

  453. I apologize if this is not the right place to post this, but
    your blog inspired me and I would like others to have the chance to be inspired by your blog. I have nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award – I sincerely hope you will accept it.

    The guidelines for accepting this award are as follows:

    1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog in your post.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Nominate about 15 other blogs that you enjoy.
    4. Let the nominees know that you chose them. (An aside: if you don’t want to play or pass along the award, that’s totally fine. Just know that this is my way of saying, β€œI like your blog! I really do!”)

  454. brahmineyes says:

    Hi Malou. Thanks for visiting my blogsite and for liking my post. More power to you!

  455. wsj2day says:

    hi malou; i just nominated you for the ‘one lovely blog’ award. you can read all about it here: http://wsj2day.com/2012/06/08/the-one-lovely-blog-award/

  456. elevitt18 says:

    Thanks for the follow! Your blog and perspective are really interesting. I’m glad I found your blog.

  457. bollychees says:

    Great blog!
    Thanks for stopping by our blog and liking the post “Photos about Nothing”. It’s much appreciated and a great encouragement for us. Cheers, BollyChees in Paris.

  458. Hello Malou. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You post about a variety of topics that all interest me, and you do it so well. I hope you’ll accept and want to share information on the award acceptance process: http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/and-the-nominees-are/

  459. Hi! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award!

  460. Olivia Mair says:

    I’ve nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” Award! Check out my page for details – http://whereswiwi.com/2012/06/20/blogosphere-i-have-arrived/ I appreciate this award takes time and work so apologies if you have received something like it before, but I hope you take some pride in the fact that someone appreciates your work! Have a great day.

  461. galeriwisata says:

    I really enjoyed reading this blog, you seem very happy , preserve it with great pleasure .. safely and successfully wrote a beautiful blog

  462. G says:

    pics u click and share are awesome.

  463. Hi Malou:), amazing blog you`ve got here! just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog with your β€œLike” and β€œFollow”, it`s appreciated and inspiring! I look forward to continue following your blog, I have enjoyed what I`ve seen so far, great pics and good words. Have a fabolous day:)

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  465. Melissa says:

    So cool, I am excited to start reading your blog! I have a friend who just got back from Amsterdam, and yes, seems like everyone just goes crazy over there. It’ll be good to read about how it really is! I came here because I saw you were following my blog. I’m just curious (I’m asking my other followers this too) how you found me? Have a great day!

    ~Melissa @ http://www.putitinwritingthisandthat.wordpress.com

  466. mountainmae says:

    Thank you for following my blog. Time seems to be compressed lately. I awake today feeling so grateful for my life and all its’ blessings so I decided to start thanking people. Blog-pals are important to me.

  467. Hello, just to inform that I have mentioned you in my list of 15 wonderful bloggers, keep on posting, thank you! http://greetingsfromengland.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/award-time/

  468. Hi, We love following your blog and we have just awarded you the One Lovely Blog Award. If you would like to accept this award, please follow this link to our site for the details. Happy Blogging!! http://rezichfamilykitchen.wordpress.com/

  469. 4feet2mouths says:

    Food, travel and photography, we have similar interests! Thank you for following 4feet2mouths.

  470. poemattic says:

    your blog is a virtual tour. Your family is beautiful and it is so inspiring to see how you have juggled so many activities.

    I have used the quote below from your blog for this section of my blog:
    Fresh and Quotable Quotes From WordPress Bloggers

    “Family life is sacred to the Dutch. Everything is hands-on so children are raised by parents who do the tough balancing act on career and parenthood.”

    Once again thanks for your perspectives and gorgeous pictures.

    Melba Christie

  471. Because I love your blog, I have nominated you for a blogger award. Congratulations!

    Where have you been?

    See my recent blog post for more details…..

  472. free iphone says:

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  473. Anita Sloot says:

    leuke site! Ben benieuwd naar je volgend artikel over dit onderwerp! heb je zelf ervaringen hiermee?

  474. I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Read all about it in this post:

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  477. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please check out: http://thesinglegourmetandtraveller.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ for badge and info. I love your wonderful photos! Kay

  478. bebs1 says:

    Hi Malou! I just want to let you know that I nominated you for the Super-Sweet-Blogging Award. I know you are very busy and I would understand but I hope you will accept it and get a chance to visit the other blogs.

    You have a wonderful blog here. Just click on my link below to go to my site.


  479. This is exactly along the same lines as my blog

  480. fotoeins says:

    Hi, Malou. This message is a long time in coming, but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for following my blog all those months ago! I like your focus about “going Dutch”, about taking down stereotypes, and about showing how you and your family are sharing in the similarities and differences that life’s directions can take anyone in the world.

  481. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
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  485. PragueByKaty says:

    Hi, I have nominated you for the β€œOne Lovely Blog” award! Here the link: http://praguebykaty.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/one-lovely-blog-award/ – congrats!!

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  492. Judy says:

    Thank you so much for visiting my neck of the woods!! I’ve enjoyed my visit here and your lovely photographs!!

  493. larszeekaf says:

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  494. likeitiz says:

    Hello, Malou. I just nominated you: http://wp.me/pYeWf-1BM

  495. You have beautiful photos and a very interesting blog. Thanks for sharing.

  496. Hey there…
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  497. Hey Malou,
    I love your blog. Your photos are beautiful and you have a lovely family! As a original Dutch girl (born and raised) I would like to thank you for describing our country so gracefully! πŸ™‚

  498. mylifeinfocusblog says:

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  502. BonMinou says:

    I love your blog and have nominated you for the Super Sweet Bloger Award. Details are here http://minouwrites.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/super-sweet-blogging-award/ should you decide to accept! Minou

  503. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award:D Check it out on my site! http://wannabephotographer87.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/more-awards/

  504. restlessjo says:

    First time that I’ve read this, Malou, and it’s lovely to have some background. I never even realised that you are from the Phillippines. Some lifestyle change!
    I don’t suppose that you have much time for awards but I’ve admired your blog for a long time. http://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/best-moment-award/

    • Malou says:

      Thanks a lot for the nomination, Jo. Indeed I am from the Philippines and am trying to find my way here in Holland. I love the adventure…

  505. a very nice blog indeed… great posts and nice photos … here is a little award to share with you πŸ™‚ thank you πŸ™‚

  506. I’m a fan of the dutch too… I moved there when i was 18 and lived happily for 27 years with my dutch husband tom…. i loved the openness of the dutch and the straight forwardness, no messing about, you tell it as it is… I continue to think of myself as dutch… although i’m living now in spain under a lovely sun…. love you blog, i’ll enjoy reminiscing at times, thank you barbara

    • Malou says:

      Glad to know of your happy years in this country, Barbara. It must also be nice to be in a country with lots of sun especially as it can be quite cold and wet here in Holland most days. πŸ˜‰

  507. Thanks for stopping by and liking my blog. I enjoyed your photos in the two Images from Keukenhof posts. Very nice work.

  508. Sartenada says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and choosing to subscribe. Your photos are gorgeous and I love the variety of contents.

  509. It’s a joy to see you and your beautiful family. To share your adventures and a wonderful country with so much treasures to discover.

  510. em0navari says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Your family and your photos are beautiful! ecomummy

  511. I’m so glad to learn more about you and Holland through your blogs. So many prejudices floating around in this world. We’re so much in a hurry to think the worst of those from a different culture. Just getting to know others , would make us less judgemental . And you are doing a great job .

  512. lumalayag says:

    Beautiful blog. I really enjoyed reading your recent posts.

  513. Hello, thank you again for stopping by my blog and subscribing. I hope you will not be disappointed! Your blog looks interesting, and I shall certainly be strolling around for a while…

    I like Holland very much, for its flowers, its special landscape and its great people. Every place I have stayed at in your country was friendly and filled with helpful people. A funny thing is, that when I travel, people think I am Dutch because I speak SkΓ₯nska – which is the dialect of southern Sweden. This dialect has got the same pronunciation of the “r”- sound and in some ways the same intonation!

    I’ll be around!

  514. Pieter Stok says:

    Great blog! Having a Dutch background myself and visiting the country on occasions I appreciate your comments.

  515. Hi Malou, thanks for the like in my post of the bus trip to Sarajevo. We won’t be getting to Holland on this trip, but I have always enjoyed it in the past. garrulous Gwendoline, The Reluctant Retiree

  516. Michelle says:

    HI Malou, I have nominated your blog for the Shine On Award – I am enjoying your posts and love your photos!


  517. celia knox says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog! πŸ™‚
    Your photos are wonderful. It’s really cool seeing your little girl grow up through your pictures over the years. She is adorable.

  518. Love your blue paisley background, I want it too!

  519. Michelle says:

    HI Malou,
    Thank you for following my blog a few mths ago! I just wanna share with you that I have recently changed host (nearly died along the way πŸ™‚ ) and if you like, please come again to my blog and you can type in your email address as with the change in host from wordpress, new posts will not get delivered to your email address like the last time.

    So if you like posts to get delivered to your email address like the past, you have to type in your email again. It only appears in your reader now, so if that works for you, then it is ok.

    Thank you

  520. Malou – I have no other way to get hold of you but I thought of you right away when the event in your home country began unfolding. I know you MUST have family there – please let all your followers know that you are okay. You don’t have to make a big post or anything but I for one want to know you are okay!! xoxoxo

    • Malou says:

      Thank you so much for the concern, Kelli. My family in the Philippines are OK, where they live was not in the direct path of typhoon Haiyan. Still, my heart bleeds for the many who lost everything from love ones to their homes and livelihood. I appeal to you and the many with generous hearts to help in the ongoing fund drive by the humanitarian organizations active in your area/country for the Philippines. A little help will surely go a long way for my countrymen.

  521. Steph says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! Your photos are beautiful by the way. And I truly admire your bravery in making a home in a new country! So awesome.

  522. Maddie says:

    Hi Malou, Thank you for sharing your beautiful photo’s and stories of your travels – they make me really want to follow in your footsteps. I would love to visit the wildflower meadows you saw on your travels around Paulliac and the Medoc wine areas and wondered if you have any details on where they are and when is best to visit them? Thanks

  523. a says:

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing
    around your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write
    again soon!

  524. Jean says:

    Hope you returning to blogging. I realize the disaster in the Philippines has been upsetting.

  525. We miss you, Malou! Hope you and your family are doing well…

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