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Just another week in Paradise called the Philippines

Just another week in Paradise called the Philippines

There is a Vlog online on the Leaving Holland Youtube Channel, with an overview of my week. At the moment I spent time with my son, we are planning a trip up to the north, and staying in Puerto Galera, Mindoro Island for Christmas. Waiting for some gear to arrive for the next trip. Watch what we are up to in an average week, where to eat, what to do and how does the beach look on a rainy day….

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What is a woman like me doing in the Philippines?

What is a woman like me doing in the Philippines?

I found a new place to live. The apartment building in San Isidro was not so much fun, surrounded by karaoke and parties and with a caretaker that only took care of herself and not the building it felt like I was an intruder on the property every time I entered the gate. So here I am in a small cottage near the sea, with a beautiful garden all around me. In the distance the faint hint of a karaoke…

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Why did I leave the Netherlands

Why did I leave the Netherlands

People often ask me the question why I left the Netherlands. There are many reasons. Today I answer that question on my YouTube channel and my blog. A decission to leave your homecountry behind for ever does not come easy. Although the jhorizon may beg you to cross and search what lies beyond, once you start serious preparations you face many questions, doubts and even fear, all mixed with that sense of excitement for a new future, a second chance….

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What I learn while Traveling the World

What I learn while Traveling the World

It has been almost a year that I’m back on the road again. Traveling S.E.Asia. After traveling Europe and South America this was a continent I wanted to visit for a long time. And here I am, in my little beach house on one of the many island int he Philippines, reflecting on my year of travel. It has been a year with earthquakes, typhoons and a hotel fire. A reasonably healthy year with only a few minor food poisoning…

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How love can change your life

How love can change your life

It has been a rocky two months. Pushing and pulling between language barriers, cultural differences and emotions he and I battled with our fears and dreams. Last weekend I thought I had kicked him out for good. I mean: what person would tolerate the mean and harsh words I spoke to him over and over again? Coming from a dark place in my insecure soul I cooked up some nasty stuff to protect myself. In the process hurting 2 people:…

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Empaths and Travel

Empaths and Travel

I’m an Empath. Having said that I know that deserves some explanation. The restlessness in me and the huge amount of time I need to spent on lonely beaches away from the crowd, in total solitude are my 2 points by which I know I’m different. In order to calm my mind I need to be able to see the horizon. And that same horizon beckons me to discover, to not be bored, to explore, to dare step away from…

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Transferring Revisited

Transferring Revisited

Remember this blog post? Well, a lot has happened since. And I guess we all dream. I did, daydreaming, a lot of it actually. So picture this: me on a house hunt on the beautiful Island of Siquijor, for the first time in, maybe over 6 years seriously head over heals, falling in love with a guy that was pursuing me. And falling out of love just as fast, because he backed out just as fast after he told me he…

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