Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Looking Back

How often do we smile looking back at the things we've said and done? its surely nice to laugh about it sometimes. some will remain unpleasant, i must admit, but lets leave all those behind, chucked at one corner and stamped "done and dusted"!! some are happier moments.

The most important thing is to think of happy things, happy thoughts, create new beautiful memories and cherish them always!

I've been feeling nostalgic lately.. been looking at most of our old photos, photos since we got here and then i saw this one photo! and i just had to share this with you!


It was quite difficult to adjust ourselves when we first got here (or maybe it was just me.. hardy went off a flying start). the first month we learnt dutch from the supermarket! looking at everything, reading all the labels, trying to put everything all in our heads... we found some common names, some quite similar to english like rijst (rice), boter (butter) and a few others. some malay/indonesian words as well kitjap (kicap) and sate is sate, bami (mee/noodles).. it wasnt all that difficult. some were completely different - knooflook (garlic), champignon (mushroom)...


One day, hardy and i decided to try another supermarket. not the one we normally go- Albert Heijn. we went to Aldi instead. Aldi is a discount supermarket where their stuff are priced lower. they dont decorate or line the items on the shelves. they are all on pallets and in boxes.

So off we were with our trolly, to scout for some stuff and see what was new at Aldi. i saw a white clear bottle, with white liquid in them, plenty of them on the pallets, each labelled "AZIJN". i said to hardy, "ok, we need some mineral water... lets get a few"... hardy pointed to the bottles and said "ok, lets get these!" he then added 2 to our trolly and after a few steps, i turned back and said "i should drink more, ambik lebih lah!". added another 2 and off we went... paid for the stuff and went next door - to Albert Heijn.

We got some veges, eggs, bread and milk. we walked passed the aisles and saw some herbs and spices. and next to them were these clear bottles of white water, marked similar to the ones we had just bough at Aldi - AZIJN! hang on.. why didnt they place the mineral water at the drinks section? hardy then said "i think we just got ourselves 4 big bottles of vinegar!!"


Lucky we didnt drink them!



Hardy says i'm naive. i can be quite gullible sometimes. there was this one time, we bought ourselves a kebab each and stopped next to River Maas. sat in the car while enjoying the view. there were a few boats parked by the side. it had a sign. the sign said "COFFEESHOP". i saw a lot of people walking into the boat and said to hardy "this place must serve good coffee! so far more than 10 people walked into the boat dah! maybe we should go minum after this". hardy laughed and said "do you know what coffeeshop is here in holland?" well, i know that coffee shop sells coffee that's for sure!

He then puts his hand on my cheek and said "aallaaaaa sayanng!" and had this huge grin which turned into a huge giggle! coffee shop here is a place where people smoke marijuana! my eyes then went wide open and so was my mouth!!! "REALLY?!?! i didnt know!!!"

I know there's a lot of it here. i know its legal here. but i didnt know they had shops for it! so open!

Well, now i know! now, everytime when i see the shop sign "coffeeshop", i smile! i'm much smarter now you know! ;) haha... really!



I smiled... smiled looking back at all those mements and pictures. hope my son will smile at everything just as sweet as this when he looks back at all the things he said and done, later in life!

17 comments:

♥miss zaza♥ said...

ur Aidan is damn cute!!!!


btw
salam singgah ;)

Diva PariTs said...

haha amek kauuu, nasib tak minum cuka!

pelok ciom aidan!

zuraida said...

hehehehe.. k.zue ingat pasal citer cuka tu!! comelnya aidan.. geram lah.

Anonymous said...

can u take me to the coffeeshop when i go there? nak jgk tengok! your son is very very handsome lah!!!

Anis Zainal-Pacleb said...

i sooooo agree with you za! all those not so pleasant memories should be chucked one side and take it as a lesson.....

gosh! thank god u tak terminum cuka tu za, otherwise, diarhea la you.....

anyway, thanks for the info on those 'those coffeshops' in holland.... mana la tau kan kot2 ter visit holland nanti...heheee...

hugs for aidan and you.... hemsem sungguh aidan now!

take care dear!

p/s : mcm nak pengsan tgk your cotton candy blogs tu.... aiyooo the tray, coaster tu cantekk banget!

The Wharfer said...

Don't worry I didn't know what *coffeeshops* were either. You're not alone haha.

Aidan is looking well, what a handsome young chap you have there Zaza, big big hugs for him from us three.

TWxx

Laracroft74 said...

wowww...4 bottles of cuka...nasib baik tak minum you!!! hhmmm..something new i learn form you today...so "coffee shop" is a place where they smoke marijuana...kalau tak tau, i'd definitely think it's a place to drink coffee too...we are so naive laa..

JuJu Eyedaa said...

Zaza, nasib baik after that you guys gi Albert Heijn... kalau tak, sure tak tau untill u "ter" minum some! hihihihi...

Anonymous said...

babe..

at last! thanx for updating your blog...

so..what happen to those vinegars? buat kedai jeruk ker..ahaks!

D said...

just out of curiosity, dah try 'minom kopi' kat kedai kopi kat holland belum? :D

K.Liah said...

Zaza, Aidan sangatlah comel! dia senyum manis sungguh! cair k.liah!

drNO said...

Aidan so cute. how old is he know? dah besar.
so funny the story about the vinegar. hahhahah
now i know (about the coffeeshop ), thanks for sharing. hehehhe

ummi said...

my husband just got back from Holland. he brought back seketul cheese with the label 'baby gouda'. sedap. and packets of round biskut with maple syrup. sgt sedap. too bad dia bawak 2 packs only.

emly2175 said...

i like your last para & aidan's pic too.. Both of it are a match.. awesome..

Anonymous said...

hahahaa..sib baik tak order 1 good cup eh. aidan's so cute, nampak dah besar da eh. take care u! hugs, yaya

zmm said...

You are cute Zaza.. Haha.. do they sell vinegar in such big bottles? Luckily you didn't make milk for Aidan using that. :P

Btw, I haven't been visiting you for a long while.. it seemed you are doing well, and so is Aidan. Can see him growing up so well.

See you around.

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