The Netherlands, The Land of Windmills – Part 2

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands and it is also known as the “Venice of the North” for its canals which divide the city into 90 small islands linked together by 1500 bridges.

Charming canals but I got lost a couple of times because of the confusing canals network and layout of the city.

Canals and bicycles are everywhere in Amsterdam. Cycling is a very popular mean of transportation in Amsterdam with the average Amsterdammer owning 1.5 bicycles! Amsterdam is also one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

I like this white classic vintage style bicycle with the wicker basket. So chio right?

Pretty transportation to cycle to work everyday in Amsterdam but in Singapore, this type of bicycle is orbiang. Hahah!

The Chinatown in Amsterdam.

Ang moh countries always built a few Chinese restaurants, give it a very cheena name like “Dragon City” in a small stretch of road, and they already want to name the place CHINAtown and call it an “Attraction”. You can’t really find any local chinese staying there to provide the unique identity that allowed the place to be called CHINAtown. Lol!

Dam Square, one of the shopping areas in Amsterdam.

The National Monument in Dam Square to honor all the Dutch individuals who perished in World War II.

View of Dam Square in color sketch mode.

H&M stores are found everywhere in Amsterdam and I think I passed by more than 10 H&M stores. For a moment, I really thought H&M is originated from The Netherlands and not Sweden.

@ Flower Market.

Bright and beautiful flowers.

Lovely pink tulip. If you are visiting The Netherlands in Spring (around March-May), it is a must-visit to the Keukenhof Gardens which is one of the largest tulip gardens in the world.

Photo credits to Keukenhof Holland.

Photo credits to Keukenhof Holland.

Awwwww…SO PRETTY RIGHT? I wish the next time I am back in The Netherlands is the Spring season so that I can take all the beautiful flower photos. 😀

I had lamb chops for dinner at Barbecue Castell Restaurant. I tried the pork ribs in this restaurant before too. They serve one of the BEST pork ribs and lamb chops in the world! Good ambience, good food and good beer! Two thumbs up! Having a great meal is a satisfaction. What more can I ask for? 😀 This gonna be the restaurant that I will bring into Singapore IF I have the $$$. Heehee..

Enjoyed a music performance in the streets before calling it a night…. 😉


  • madeofballoons February 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    View of Dam Square in color sketch mode is really beautiful! I’m looking at this now because i’m going to amsterdam in 21 days haha!

  • Irene February 9, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I am sure you will love Amsterdam! I hope you get to see the tulips season.. Oh man.. I really miss this place. It has been more than a year since I was there……… 🙁

  • Mike, V. January 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I’m from the netherlands myself and had fun reading this blog! Couldn’t help myself but to comment.
    I hope you still read this, so i can wish you a safe stay next time you’re here!

  • hyuugamike January 20, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I’m from the Netherlands myself and really enjoyed reading this blog. I just had to comment even though it’s been a few years.
    I hope you still read this so i can wish you a great stay next time you’re here.

    Greetings from the tulip growing and windmill blowing country.

  • Steffany January 13, 2015 at 5:24 pm

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    The island widely dubbed as the pearl of the Indian Ocean is a tiny tropical paradise where you can discover anything from golden sun-kissed beaches, mist-shrouded mountains, awe-inspiring ancient monuments to sprawling wildlife parks and lush rain-forests.
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    The “Lost paradise” considered by many globe trotters is filled with amazing cultural treasures where Portuguese, Dutch and British have all left their footprints here. With varying climates and adventures packed within few miles of each other, Sri Lanka offers an array of experiences from the top of the mountains to depths of the oceans.
    Despite its fame as a seductive tourist destination in the universe, Sri Lanka’s splendor lies with its people. Tea Drinking people in Sri Lanka are famed for their pleasing smiles with big hearts. Introduced to the nation by Colonial British, today the soil of Sri Lanka produces the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka also remains as one of the foremost exporters of high quality spices and precious stones across the world. Today it remains for producing the finest blue sapphires in the world. The country is also in the forefront in producing quality garment products for leading brands in Asia, Europe and the USA.

  • frontrowchic April 5, 2015 at 6:35 pm

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  • frontrowchic April 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm

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  • GregAn March 2, 2016 at 1:57 am

    While you are in Amsterdam you should also visit famous Wax Musuem called Madame Tussaud. I was there just by the case and to be honest it was very nice experience since all the figures looks so real. Here you can read something more about my own visit together with nice picture of museum :

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