Wow. It’s December already and this is just insane… I know this will sound very cliché but time seemed to have passed by in the blink of an eye! To me, it feels like it was just September a week ago (which is when I first arrived here in Belgium) and yet now, we are just weeks away from welcoming 2015!
My astonishment aside, the past weeks have been very hectic! Here’s what I have been up to:
- Moved to our new apartment in Schoten.
We finally nailed a really good apartment and it’s in this quaint town called: Schoten! (Pronounced with a ‘kuh’ on the ‘Sch—’ part which up till now, I can’t master). Now we really loved this place because not only is it big enough for us, but because it was very well-designed + well-equipped, positioned in a good neighborhood, just a bus away from the city, and (my preference) has a bathtub + uber-nice kitchen! LOL.
- Discovered the glory of IKEA for the first time.
Ladies and gents… I am no longer an IKEA virgin. :P But really… wow! This place was just huge and ridiculous. No wonder their Swedish founders are one of the most richest people in the world! It’s so convenient, compact, and affordable! I really had LOTS of fun shopping for our furniture and stuff in this store. (And can I just say? I am so happy that Jonas and I have the same tastes. We never had arguments while we were planning out the house; which is in a way, contrary to the norm of couple kingdom, haha.)
- Started cooking again. (‘House wife mode’ ON!)
And I missed it! I am especially hyped because of how good the kitchen is (my preciousssss~) and also because of how we have a dish washing machine (life saver!) Why, just why, is a dish washing machine not a popular thing in the Philippines?
- Loving the full autumn look + battling the autumn cold and gray weather.
I LOVE how the trees here are on fire; it has a mystifying feeling about it that I absolutely adore. As for the cold and gray weather combination, this is one of the things that I have been trying to adjust to, and I’m really trying to prepare myself especially because near the end of December, I will be experiencing my first winter season. And you know what? This freezing autumn temperature is almost killing me, so I’m a bit afraid of winter! Jonas always jokes around saying that it’s going to be fine because I can just stay inside but NOPE. I will make it through!!!! So guys… wish me luck? (In Belgium, it’s not so common for snow to come at all but I do hope it does!)
- Getting used to the Belgian lifestlye.
Biking around + good bread in the mornings + good food + warm people + nice sceneries/greenery everywhere + well-functioning society and transportation. I definitely could get used to this even more! (Though I guess it will still take some time to get used to how days are longer during the summer [sun usually sets at around 9 or 10PM] and how the days are shorter during autumn/winter [sun usually sets at around 4PM or earlier]).
- Experienced a Malle/Belgian music feast.
There was this music fiesta that happened in Jonas’ hometown, Malle, and there were different bands playing in different pubs/clubs wherein buses can transport you from one to another. We settled in for ska punk wherein one of Jonas’ friends was the band’s drummer, and woo-hoo! They were really good! I really had a lot of fun! (Again, I’m not a fan of beer so though the drinks were abound and everyone was chugging it down, I still had a great time with Jonas and his friends!)
- Sending surprise gifts to my loved ones back in Manila.
After I got a Skrill card, I was on a mission of surprising my friends with gifts just to make them feel that though I’m far away, I am always thinking about them and thankful for the time that they spare to get in touch with me despite the time difference. And so: I was on a shopping spree the past days and these online shops helped me out a lot!
- Researching on good fiction books and water-coloring guide books.
Ever since we moved in to our new apartment, I have been listing down good books that I will be buying online so that I could fill up our book shelf in the living room and also for me to actually take time to read things away from my computer screen. I also want to relive my love for drawing but other than doing that, I am also planning on improving my water-coloring knowledge so that I can mix both!
- Felt bad turning down great opportunities with brands back in the PH.
Because it was impossible to collaborate and attend their events given my current location. Nevertheless, I will just continue what I am already doing (and that hopefully, would also establish myself more in the international setting). What I just wish is to have more reach and to have more interaction with my readers, so if you’re reading this, please say hi! *waves*
- Processing my Visa.
Now that we have our apartment, we initiated the cohabitation visa with the municipal of Schoten but for some reason, they scared me and even declared me as an illegal. (There must have been a misunderstanding with Schoten and Malle municipalities). But things are still good; we just have to wait and see if the procedure can start soon so that I can at least secure my stay longer for 6 months. Wish me luck on this, too! Thank you!
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I am Aileen Adalid. At 21, I quit my corporate job in the Philippines to travel the world. Today, I am a digital nomad (entrepreneur & travel writer) living a sustainable travel lifestyle.
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