Better left unsaid.

Better Left Unsaid

It’s funny how so much in life is better left unsaid. Sometimes in-order to protect the ones we love, sometimes to protect ourselves, but always with the best intentions. Conversely there are things that we must say, regardless of the pain it may cause, either to the recipient or to you it doesn’t matter who … Continue reading

The things I didn’t know about resumes

So, today I received an interesting email from a recruiter: Can you rewrite your CV in the  format attached so that it will be accepted by our computer system? After reviewing your CV manually we think you’d be eligible for a role but we can’t upload your CV to the system to compare you against other candidates. … Continue reading

The Stingy Budget’s best friends.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m low on funds I like to budget everything! And I mean everything! So what happens when the budget suggests that you will struggle to feed yourself? What do you do? Do you call for help?  Maybe, but not yet. Do you spend hours at the internet café filling out over … Continue reading

The game of Red Tape Limbo

If you want to find out how to register correctly and efficiently don’t call the IND or your municipality they don’t seem to know what’s going on, even though it’s their system! So here’s what I did, in an effort to find out if we’re allowed to work before Mid-December, I called the Tax office (belastingdienst … Continue reading

Words to Rise Above

“Remember that many people will try to put up reasons and obstacles as to why you should not do this and those reasons are their own fears accepting their own inability to pursue their own dreams. Please recognize that you and only you know what is right for you. Your accomplishments and your mistakes are … Continue reading

Dealing with Immigration and Bureaucrats.

So a brief update: Today we spent practically all day calling around various offices of the Local Government. It seems that while Amsterdam and Den Haag (The Hague) are well oiled machines in the processing of fresh Expats Rotterdam however is not. In fact they couldn’t be further from it. They recently introduced an appointment … Continue reading

Transport & Route Planning (9292.nl)

Th thing about coming to the Netherlands from London (not necessarily the rest of the UK, but certainly from London), is the fact that all Londoners (or anyone living in London for anything longer than a week for that matter) with an internet connection become so used to using tfl.gov.uk that they forget how to do things manually with timetables and maps. You see tfl.gov.uk, … Continue reading

So, I’m still looking for a job.

Having recently been accused of not being experienced enough in the things that I’m awesome at! I think my CV needs some work – I wonder how many jobs I’ve missed out on because people are finding my CV hard to read? You see, I’m pretty damned good at a lot of things, I’ve been … Continue reading

“There is no such thing as a free lunch…”

Today, during my daily meditation, I was interrupted by the door bell ringing. So naturally as you do, I answered the door, to find a man in a G4S Jacket claiming to be from “Securitas” offering me a “Free home alarm system” – in a strong South African accent – Now I’m usually the first … Continue reading

So we are here.

Well we’ve arrived, here, in the Netherlands. It’s cold, it’s scary and it rains a lot (even compared to the UK). But, it has the most beautiful sunsets, the people are really friendly and We have a really nice flat. Life’s a little stressful at the moment. But I’m keeping on top of things – … Continue reading

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