• Free Valentine Cards
    Expat Life,  Freebies

    Make your own personalized Valentine Cards

    Valentine’s Day is a day when we think a little extra about everyone we love. As expats, this means that it is one of those days that we have to miss our family and friends just that little bit extra. Because I have experienced this feeling repeatedly in recent years, I started thinking about what made me happy in these situations. Often, it was a simple WhatsApp message on which I received a sweet message back, which gave me the necessary energy to continue enjoying our adventure.   So I will help you with something even better than just a message. I made a Valentine card that you can personalize…

  • Eindhoven Strabrechtse Heide
    Going Outdoors,  Netherlands

    Visit the ‘Strabrechtse Heide’ next to Eindhoven!

    One of our favorite family trips is a walk in nature. Going outdoors is so important for kids, and it’s great to relax and clear your head. Even if the children have a lot of homework on the weekend, we try to spend a few hours outdoor. Away from the digital devices and a moment to connect. These are often the moments when the kids come up with their stories and the things that keep them busy. It is nice to discover the Netherlands, but we also ensure that we have some beautiful places around our living environment that we can go to. You will find some great places around…

  • Calendars 2022 overview

    Free printable Calendar 2022

    We wish everyone all the best for 2022! Let’s work on great goals and enjoy each other and the simple things in life. We use this new start of the year to look back at our goals and adjust them where necessary. We have clearly written down where we see ourselves in the coming years and work towards those goals. These past months back in our home country have made us realize even more how important these goals are to us. We already miss the life and freedom that we experienced as expats, and there is so much more than just hard work and busy life. We, therefore, try to find…

  • sinterklaas sweetness
    Dutch Culture,  Expat Life

    How to celebrate Sinterklaas

    Sinterklaas is a famous annual festival celebrated in the Netherlands on December 5. The Sinterklaas season starts in mid-November with the arrival of Sinterklaas on the first Saturday after November 11 (Sint Maarten), followed by a period of putting a shoe in front of the fireplace until the party itself. When we talk about Dutch culture and specific things that belong to this country, we think directly of Sinterklaas. It’s not Santa Claus but Sinterklaas. The figure of Santa Claus is largely based on the Dutch Sinterklaas. There are some differences, however. I will try to help you understand Dutch culture a little bit better, that’s why I especially want…

  • sunrise from airplane window
    Expat Life

    Moving back home after 4 years in Taiwan!

    After four great years as an expat family in Taiwan, it was time to move back to our home country, the Netherlands. The kids will be graduating in the Netherlands in the coming years and will find their way in life. Bert and I will work hard to make our dreams come true and retire early to travel the world together. That special feeling of freedom we experienced in Taiwan has made us reflect and change our outlook on life. In this post, we will share how we experienced moving back to our home country. I also give you tips about things that we have experienced as very helpful. Moving back…

  • Special wishes in a Taiwanese Temple at Sun Moon Lake
    Expat Life,  Taiwan

    Xie Xie Ni Taiwan

    Our last week in Taiwan has arrived. The last week of an incredible four year adventure in which we have learned and grown so much. Four years in which we have learned about Taiwan and the culture that comes with this country. Four years in which we have had to deal with emotions that we never experienced before. But also four years in which we have created a unique family bond and in which we have grown so close as a family. No one can take this incredibly beautiful experience away from us. Before we step on the plane, we want to look back on this adventure and say thank…

  • expat family connection
    Expat Life

    Moving abroad with children!

    Four years ago, we decided to say goodbye to our busy life in Belgium, leave for Taiwan, and become an expat family. We had quite a good life but longed for more financial freedom to travel and show the children more of the world. Moving abroad was our chance to make a dream come true. An assignment for the company where Bert is working made this possible.  We hope with these tips to make the step to live abroad a little easier for you and to experience this incredible adventure as a family soon. Busy Family When I look back on our life in Belgium, it was mainly a feeling…

  • View Baihe District Taiwan

    Hot Springs in Taiwan

    Hot springs are very popular in Taiwan. Especially during the winter months, Taiwanese people visit the various hot springs and resorts. So this was something that was definitely on our list to do during our time in Taiwan. But how exactly does this work? Are there things we should and shouldn’t do? I must admit that I have never visited a Spa in the Netherlands. Only those in the holiday parks, but that is self-explanatory. Visiting the Hot Springs in Taiwan was exciting, and the fact that we already know more about Taiwan culture has helped enormously. I’m glad I can share our experiences with you so that your visit…

  • Fort Zeelandia Anping Old Fort Tainan

    Fort Zeelandia Tainan

    Taiwan has a rich history that takes us more than 100,000 years back in time. Its geographical location has had a significant influence on history as we know it today. Taiwan is an island that was very easy to reach for traders from the sea. The nearby countries of China and Japan have also had a great influence on Taiwan’s history. But as you may know, we are Dutch, and the Dutch are also part of Taiwan’s history. We wanted to learn more from this history and visited Fort Zeelandia in Tainan that remembers that period and is definitely worth visiting if you are in Taiwan. Tainan In the southwest…

  • Family picture
    Expat Life

    How we sold everything and became expats

    Bert had traveled to Taiwan for several years before we started this journey. He fell in love with Asia and came home after every trip with lovely stories and pictures. So our curiosity about Taiwan and being an expat grows. At the end of 2016, Bert came home from work with a proposal to go to Taiwan for two years. We finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and to go for it. If we didn’t like it, we’d be back in no time. So we left everything behind and followed his leads to the other side of the world to start our expat life. Belgium In 2008 we immigrated…