Newsletter April 2015
At the moment I love the yellow look from the National flower throughout the city given by the Golden Shower Tree. Summer is in the air, which also means Bangkok is heating up (and yes, we can feel it!).
Once again, we had quite a number of activities, such as a well-received BBQ around the pool and a pleasant GTG bowling where some hit more strikes than others.... Because of the Songkran holiday, the Easter bunny visited Bangkok early this year. He made a lot of kids happy with splashy and bouncy games, which were organized together with the traditional egg hunt.
Unfortunately, not a lot of Belgians participated in the “Groot Dictee der Nederlandse Taal”, so we couldn’t defend last year’s title in the best way possible. Yes, the Dutch won, which means we can only do better next year. Meanwhile: heartfelt congratulations to our ‘neighbours’!
What is still in the “pipeline”? A Salsa GTG , a coffee morning, a football match Belgium - Holland and of course our end of season dinner. This means the BCT is still offering a lot of fun before the summer break. It goes without saying that we are looking forward to seeing you.
Happy belated Songkran from the entire BCT team.
A memorable New Year BBQ
Our New Year barbecue was a success, even though some loved it more than others as we started the evening on the funky tunes of the famous Dubai DJ Sabrina Terence.
Once the vibrant beats of the music were turned down, we gathered for a lovely BBQ buffet. And, as we know the Belgians, we all took our time to close it only in the late hours!
Bowling G2G: a striking success
On Saturday 21 March, we organized a somewhat unusual Get2Gether. For the first time, we organized a … bowling event (splendid work Bram, thanks!).
The BCT reserved a number of lanes and welcomed around 20 enthusiastic Belgian bowling fans. All of these had a great time at SF Strike Bowl in MBK. To be repeated!
Over 50 kids participate in Annual Easter Egg Hunt
On the 29th of March, the BCT welcomed over 50 excited children and even more adults to their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny, ever so practical, had hidden hundreds of colourful plastic eggs which the children could exchange for a goodie bag full of the much loved chocolate variety.
The children really enjoyed the ‘splash and bounce’ theme and spent a lot of time on the bouncy castle, trying to ensnare each other with the water balloons or just simply enjoying running on the great grassy field. I think it is safe to say we had over 50 dirty, wet but very happy children clutching their chocolate goodie bags on their way home. Whilst the children were entertained, the adults enjoyed their drinks and lovely treats, provided by the BCT. In short: it was a very pleasant and successful afternoon.
A look at our future events
Pencil following events in your diary:
- Salsa G2G tonight, Friday 24 April
- a Coffeemorning at Kristien's on Wednesday 29 April
- a friendly Belgium-Holland Football game (6 or 7 June)
- and of course our end of season dinner on Saturday 13 June
You will be advised of details in due time...
Job offer Bangkok – primary school teacher Dutch
The ‘Stichting Dutch Lessons NIST (DLN)’ in Bangkok is looking for a part-time primary school teacher. The position is available as of 1 August 2015.
The Dutch language and culture lessons for Dutch speaking students are part of the ‘World Language’ programme by NIST International School of Thailand and number around 10 - 15 students. The DLN works with two teachers: one for basic education (for which a new teacher is wanted) and one for its advanced education.
More information can be found at the website of the school:
Your application should consist of letters in English and Dutch, with a clear motivation. This should be accompanied by a cv in English. Please address this to firstname.lastname@example.org . More information about the vacancy can be obtained, using the same e-mail address.
Hi, my name is Philippine and my husband and our four children have been living abroad for a while. We left Belgium in 2008 with our – at that time - two children, because of the job of my husband. Now, two different countries later (Chile and Panama), we live happily in Bangkok since November 2014 and meanwhile have four children, aged between 1 and 8 years old. My plan now in Bangkok is to learn Thai and find a job. As it is our first expatriation in an Asian country, we are planning lots of trips to not only discover this amazing country, but also its neighbouring countries.
My answer to the traditional questions:
Bangkok in 3 words: intense, smiles and crowded
Thai dish I miss the most when I am away: Gai phad med mamuang (chicken with cashew nuts) and Khao Neaw Ma Muang (sticky rice with mango)
Favourite iconic BKK spot: when friends or family visit us in Bangkok, we visit the Golden Mountain together, because this is one of our children’s favourite place. At the same time, there is also not an overwhelming amount of visitors.
Favourite place for a romantic date with my husband: we love the restaurant Vertigo (Banyan Tree). This place is very quiet and has an amazing view. On top of that, the menu is delicious.
Favourite spa: at this moment, I haven’t found the time yet to go to a Spa. But a lot of friends have told me to go to Asia Herb Spa on Sukhumvit soi 24.
My family’s go-to restaurant: we love to visit Mama Dolores and also like Din Tai Fung. But we prefer to discover new restaurants and tastes as much as we can.
Go-to Sunday Brunch: we love a brunch on Sunday but haven’t found the time yet to enjoy this since our recent move to Bangkok. We love “Café tartines” on Soi Ruam Ruedi, because the salads and the sandwiches are excellent. Moreover, it is within walking distance of our apartment.
Favourite rooftop bar: the hotel Pullman.
Favourite neighbourhood: we love Lumpini Park for its playground, a bicycle tour or to only take a breather away from the traffic.
Favourite place to take the kids out on the weekend: our children are still very young and love to go to the Dusit Zoo.
Best shop for children’s clothes: Isan weaving, a lot of different sales are organized during the year. This shop targets children up to 12 years old. The clothes are adapted to the Bangkok weather and all the profit made goes to charity.
Favourite weekend get-away: we try to discover different places every time we can escape from the city for the weekend.
The BCT is sponsored by
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