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TICKids Sinterklaas party a hit!

sinterklaas-2016-12by Mala Raman

On 1 December 2016, Sinterklaas and two of his Zwarte Piets dropped by the Reeshof Wijkcentrum to celebrate the season with TIC. The evening started with lots of snacking on chocolate pepernoten and chocolate covered cookies. A crowd of kids brought along their parents for the event and happily, a few new guests as well as our own TIC members joined in for the festive evening.

Loud knocking on the doors from one of the Piets announced the arrival of Sinterklaas. The kids were enthralled watching them enter the room as the Piets started “throwing” pepernoten and snoep (candy) to the kids.

While the adults enjoyed some snacks and Gluhwein, Sinterklaas was kept busy sinterklaas-2016-14checking his book for the personal details of what the kids had been up to this past year. Sinterklaas greeted the children and gave them gifts. When the last child had his or her gift, they all helped with a countdown to open their gifts at the same time.

With a last wave for the kids, Sinterklaas made his way out of room promising to be back next year. Whether using the name Sinterklaas or Santa Claus or something else entirely, the holiday spirit was alive and well at TIC.

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Movie review: A Street Cat Named Bob

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Friday, 6 January 2017, was the first #TilburgInternationalClub Movie Night of 2017. The film chosen was showing at Cinecitta, in Tilburg city center.

A Street Cat Named Bob, directed by Roger Spottiswoode, is based on the novel by James Bowen of a true life event. It shows the moving and life-affirming  story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life.

Depending on your feeling towards felines, this is the sort of film that you’ll either find dangerously mawkish or utterly charming. But it’s impossible to watch a film about a happy-ending story like James and Bob’s without a warm glow. There are a few jarring scenes when the camera shoots from Bob’s point of view and it almost feels like it’s going to become a talking animal movie, however the remainder of film focuses on James’ story and his ability to return to “”reality””, and yes , there were some watery eyes at the end of an entertaining movie!!

Ten TIC members met for Movie Night , and where better to pass a very cold evening  (-10) than at the beautiful emporium of Cinnecitta where it is possible to eat and drink before, during and after watching a good movie. It is always nice to share opinions with a good healthy discussion and typically, TIC discussions  “go around the world” with a Global Borrel! Dutch cheese /bitter ballen,  French mustard , Italian Olives, and a mixture of toungues being spoken …..

It was a great start to a cold and  white weekend.

Focus on Social Media, New Member Outreach

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by Yolonda van Riel

We are so very happy to welcome Mala back to the #TilburgInternationalClub board! Mala has been with TIC since the beginning and played many (maybe all?) roles within the board. After a hiatus from her board duties to just enjoy being a member, Mala has returned to fill a much needed function within the group. Her main focus will be on communication through social media and new member outreach.

You may have already noticed more postings on our Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn as well as the website. If you aren’t following TIC on one (or all) of these sites, please take a moment to do so. Not only are upcoming events posted, but also interesting articles, posts by other organizations, job postings and regular club updates.

In addition, if you have ideas for new club events or think maybe your company would be interested in sponsoring a membership to TIC for its expats, feel free to get in touch with Mala to set up an appointment.

The board is excited about the new look and feel of our social media sites and hope that we can keep you both informed and entertained. Join us in welcoming Mala back to your TIC board – we wish her much success in her new role!

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Book Review: Jasper Jones

by Anita James

jasper-jones-bcThis month’s book club meeting was by high and away very special: we met at Victoria’s borrowed luxury pad on the fifteenth floor of Westpoint , from where little provincial Tilburg took on a surprisingly cosmopolitan air. From down under, Melissa joined us all the way from Australia via Skype, helping us to decode* the book of the evening Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey.jasper-jones-bc-2

The story takes place in rural Australia and is foreign in scenery and language, but it tells of an experience all go through everywhere trying to reach adulthood: our place in the scheme of things, the demands of friendship, handling the crash of parents falling off their pedestals and navigating a first love. The confusion of being on the cusp is complicated here by racism, bigotry, injustice, adultery, the rumblings of a distant war and the mysterious death of a young woman.

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The young hero, Charlie, “born without speed or courage,” is flung into a scary adventure by Jasper Jones, a scarcely older boy of mixed parentage who seeks his help in the dead of the night. If it all sounds gothic it’s because it is – in the background are the voices of Faulkner and Mark Twain. The adventure stumbles through a thicket of entanglements which are in turn funny and moving until the mysteries are all resolved and justice is reclaimed.

* I was intrigued by the term ‘sleepout’, in Charlie’s room. In Australia, this is described as a granny flat attached to, but separate of, the main living quarters.

A day trip to Valkenburg

valkenburg-10-12-12by Isabel Oriol

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…everywhere you go”. I got that song going round and round in my head… So it was time to visit a Christmas market.

Saturday the 10th of December early in de morning I gathered together with other TIC members to go to Valkenburg “The Christmas Town of the Netherlands.” We were going to discover this town in the south of the Netherlands close to the rivier Geul and its’ famous Caves and Castle Ruins. The corridors of the caves acted as secret passageways to the Castle Ruins in the past.

In the bus, we had time to talk and get to know each other, and after an hour and a half we arrived in Valkenburg. At first we visited the “Fluwelengrot” (Velvet Cave), one of the oldest underground corridors in the Limburg Region.

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At this time of the year, there were many festive stalls which offered Christmas presents and gift items, but also clothing and personal care products. We were told the temperatures in the caves would be at a constant 22°C but… it was really around 12°C (or less brrrrr!)

Fortunately, some of us got a glass of Glühwein before the start of our cave tour. A nice Limbo man (someone from Limburg… that is what they call them in a funny way) offered us a free drink!

We were dressed accordingly to the weather, but in case you were not, you could also buy some warm clothing…woolen scarves, a nice hat, gloves in many colours, sweaters… To suit all tastes.

valkenburg-10-12-9After the cave tour we visited the town and climbed the Castle Ruins from the year 1050, the only elevated fortress in the Netherlands. We enjoyed the delightful view from the hilltop castle. The town is crowded, many queues everywhere…a lot of visitors from other regions and from Germany and Belgium, as well.

The larger group eventually got back together for a drink before we went back to Tilburg. It was a nice day and I enjoyed the conversations I had with all the members!

Wishing everyone a happy new year,

Isabel

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