A problem called "Happiness"
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A problem called "Happiness"

When I was studying psychology at university, I did not imagine that later on as a therapist I would have to face a problem called “happiness.” This mysterious thing we call happiness seems to be a must-have for everyone and - whether…
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Volunteer Centre Haarlem

Bored and wondering what to do with your free time? Always wanted to make yourself useful but no idea how? Crazy busy but still wanting to contribute to the Haarlem area community, even when there is no payment for services rendered? Are you…
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I hate functional training!!!

You heard me, I hate the current trend of what is being espoused as ‘functional training’.  The idea that ‘this or that’ is ‘functional’… Functional for what? To understand the idea of what functional training is, we need to…
I know you mean well but perhaps you might want to try these lines instead (Photo: Shutterstock)

I know you mean well but perhaps you might want to try these lines instead

I didn't realize I have been riding on a dark cloud to strangers, acquaintances or even friends when I respond my usual remark of “but why shouldn't I be positive? Why shouldn't I be happy and be grateful and be alive while dealing with cancer?” I…
Could parental leave be why Dutch kids are the world’s happiest?
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Could parental leave be why Dutch kids are the world’s happiest?

Unicef calls the Dutch the happiest children in the world and they rank second in the OECD for life/work balance. How big a factor is parental leave? Robbin Haasnoot, 33, greets his daughter and wife as they return from swimming. It’s…
Cost of renting a home in Amsterdam reaches record levels
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Cost of renting a home in Amsterdam reaches record levels

The cost of renting a home in the free sector in Amsterdam has never been so high. It has reached record levels, with a rise of 5.6% in the previous quarter, according to research by rental agency Pararius. Remarkably, the rents in the rest…
Gendered marketing funny and effectively explained
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Gendered marketing funny and effectively explained

You may think you’re the one deciding what you buy at the supermarket but the reality is that you’re pre-programmed by the companies deciding what you should buy! It doesn’t just stop there, you are even led to specific products because…
Top 6 Things a Photographer Hates to Hear

Top 6 Things a Photographer Hates to Hear

I am not a photographer. But I have been working for 6 years as "marketing intelligence chick" for a known photography brand and have dealt a lot of time with photographers. What I learned from them? What NOT to say to a photographer. Here’s…
This Hilarious Attempt To Change The World Is The Best Video I’ve Seen In A While!

This Hilarious Attempt To Change The World Is The Best Video I’ve Seen In A While!

Want to change the world? If so, don’t be like this guy, do it right! His hilarious attempt is both funny and desperate, but there is a deeper meaning behind it! Is there something we actually can do? Sure there is, watch this video and follow…
The first and only HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB is born
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The first and only HAARLEM PHOTO CLUB is born

The Haarlem Photo Club is a network for anyone who likes reading articles about photography, joining in photo contests, connecting with other photographers, learning new techniques and sharing experiences at an event, lecture or workshop. Beginner…
Home is a place you can tell about…(Photo: Bertolda)
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Home is a place you can tell about…

He was a chubby kid. He wasn't pretty but with one of those faces with regular features and intense eyes that will always let him find a girlfriend. I would look at him even with please if he wouldn't have had his ass nailed on the bench. It’s…
Second quarter 2014: house prices in your area (Photo: ANP)
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Second quarter 2014: house prices in your area

The average house price rose in the months of April, May and June by 3.5 percent, according to the Dutch Association of Real Estate Agents NVM (Nederlandse Vereniging van Makelaars). But what is happening concerning house prices in your…
Primary school in the Netherlands (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Primary school in the Netherlands

Compulsory education under Dutch law applies to children of all nationalities from 5 to 18 years who are residing in the Netherlands. Primary school starts at the age of four and is obligatory from five years old. In this article a basic explanation…
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26 Places to Visit Before you Die

Last month online magazine Architecture & Design has made a ranking of their 26 Places to Visit Before you Die. 2 of them are in the Netherlands, very close: Amsterdam and Lisse. Such gorgeous places... I have visited some, others are…
Aikido, a new balance in the life of the Expat
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Aikido, a new balance in the life of the Expat

I have been living in the Netherlands for more than 10 years. Like most expats, I was working for a large international corporation. Last year, I decided to make the big dive by quitting and setting up a one-man company axed on two activities…
Amsterdam 12th most expensive expat city in Europe
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Amsterdam 12th most expensive expat city in Europe

Last month Mercer released its annual Cost of Living City Rankings. The global survey ranked Amsterdam as the 39th most expensive city for expats worldwide and the 12th most expensive within Europe. Cost of Living City Survey Mercer's…
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Amsterdam 11th in worldwide quality of life index

According to Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey, Amsterdam's quality of live has improved, coming in 11th overall in the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living rankings. Previously, the city reached the 12th place.  The Quality of Living Survey Mercer’s Quality…
Understanding fine art photography (Photo: Foam Editions)
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Understanding fine art photography

The Amsterdam photo fair UNSEEN is rapidly approaching 18-21 September 2014. This fair draws a large international crowd and is packed with events for anyone interested in photography. Many people go to this fair with high expectations of seeing…
Belgians drink the most on holiday (Photo: Ibiza.nl)
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Belgians drink the most on holiday

With an average of 3.7 drinks per day, Belgians are the biggest drinkers among European holidaymakers.  This results from a study conducted by the travel website Zoover, surveying 4.000 Europeans from 10 different countries. Dutch…
Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 2: Nanny Care/Childminder Care (Photo: Arianna Ardia)

Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 2: Nanny Care/Childminder Care

Are you looking for high quality childcare for your baby or toddler? Or thinking at changing type of childcare? Read more about the five most common types of childcare in the Netherlands in a series of five articles. Today part 2: Nanny Care…
Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 1: The Challenges (Photo: Chaud)
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Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 1: The Challenges

Do you have small children and are you thinking of moving abroad? Did you shift between cultures as a child? Are your children spending a significant part of their development years in a culture that isn’t their original one? If any of the…
Actor Comedian Robin Williams Dead (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Actor Comedian Robin Williams Dead

The police reported that the beloved actor was found dead, yesterday. Police said that Williams was found unconscious around noon in his home in Tiburon, California, near San Francisco. According to a press release issued by the Marin County…
Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More (Photo: Ad Timmers)
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Haarlem gets ready for Jazz & More

Just a few days to go and the center of Haarlem will be "filled" by Jazz & More. Haarlem Jazz & More is the biggest free Jazz Festival of Europe and takes place in our fantastic city! From August, Wednesday 13th till Saturday 16th the…
Spain is hot and trending (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Spain is hot and trending

"Spain" was in the last weeks of July Trending Topic on Twitter. That is not surprising, because the country welcomed the first half of this year a record number of 28 million tourists. The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism…
Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest

Haarlem tops the list of expensive terraces. This results from its annual survey of the best places to drink a beer or glass of wine in the summer sunshine, the Telegraaf says. The cheapest café terraces in the Netherlands are in Nijmegen. The…
Beer Sommelier: "Beer tastes better tepid than cold" (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Beer Sommelier: "Beer tastes better tepid than cold"

Social media are filled by complaints about tepid beer. The beers would be served at much higher temperatures than the ideal five degrees. But according to beer sommelier Gijs Troost it's not so bad as the drink is slightly warmer. The…
5 differences between the Dutch girl you date and marry
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5 differences between the Dutch girl you date and marry

I recently received a message from a reader. “Shallow Man, I’ve been dating a Dutch girl for 18 months now, my family likes her and I’m thinking of asking her to become my wife, I know that a lot of Dutch people just live together and…
Horsemeat yay or nay (Photo: Tracy Brown Hamilton)
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Horsemeat: Yay or Neigh?

While the horsemeat scandal highlighted the aversion many have to eating horse, Lisa Wisker – the daughter of a horse butcher – says it only boosted business. “The same day the story broke in the newspapers, there were lines down to the…

'Men from their 39th no longer interesting for women'

Guys lose their sex appeal at the age of 39. Then they start becoming  sexually invisible to younger women. As they reach the age of 39 men are viewed as father figures rather than sex symbols. This is written in the Daily Express,…
Next Supermoon (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Next Supermoon

THIS SUNDAY, August 10th 2014: Supermoon Will Be Closest Pass Yet The August 2014 supermoon will be the closest the moon comes to earth all year and should be the best of the five supermoons of 2014 as it passes within 221,765 miles or…