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DESTIL Trappers win again!

by Mala Raman.

16 Feb 2020. On a bright but windy February day, a large crowd of tíc members met to watch the three-time Oberlina Champion ice hockey team potentially make their way to the play-offs again this year. The DESTIL Trappers, coached by Bo Subr, swept the ice with Krefelder EV ’81 in their home game Sunday afternoon with a final score of 9 – 0, their 5th shut out of the season.

This match was an action-packed game where (more…)

#TBT: Café Dudok Holiday Dinner

This weekend we’ll meet up again for our annual Holiday Dinner where members have a chance to wish each other a Happy New Year while enjoying a bite to eat together.  For #ThrowbackThursday, here’s a look at gathering from 2016!

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by Rick Tillman

16 Jan 2016. Once again, tíc has celebrated the holidays and rung in the new year how it should be done: with warm conversation, good food, and ample wine (not necessarily in that order). For January 2016, tíc in its infinite wisdom gathered at Café Dudok in the heart of Tilburg.

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tíc’s first Dutch Conversation Meet-up!


by Jessica de Swart

9 Oct. 2019. tíc has officially started its ‘no books/no teacher/no pressure/all levels welcome’ Dutch conversation group. The idea is to discuss a pre-designated topic for the evening to guide the flow of conversation.

On our first get together, we split up into 2 groups and gave Dutch conversation our best efforts while sharing a drink and getting to know each other. The shock of the night was that the person in my group who carried much of the conversation was actually the person who has been in the Netherlands the shortest amount of time! (Shout out to Wendy, carrying on interesting conversation after only 6 weeks here!) Especially after talking with her, we were all inspired to make more effort to use Dutch and plan to have this meet up again. A special thanks to our native speaker member, Marloes, who joined the meet up and chatted with us too! Who says language learning has to be boring or stressful?

tíc sings at Tilburg Zingt!

Tilburg Zingt226 Apr 2019. Review by Mélanie Magnier. After getting dressed up with some orange accessories and a schrobbeler’s crown, we joined tíc members for our first Tilburg Zingt!

It was like a giant karaoke on the Schouwburgring! Volunteers were dressed in orange and singing on the stage. We received a kind of newspaper with the lyrics on it so that we could sing along with everybody! We had a lot of fun together!

Most of the songs were in Dutch, but some of theme were in English too. It was really nice to share a part of the Dutch culture! Thank you for having been there with us!
#tilburginternationalclub #tilburgzingt #Koningsdag #Schouwburgring #expatlife

Annual General Meeting and Pub Quiz review

17 May 2019. Review by Elaine Ferguson. A group of enthusiastic pub quizzers met at the Grand Café Esplanade, Tilburg University to test their general knowledge. The first 15 minutes of the evening was set aside for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) whereby Yolonda our President and Mala, our Communications and Outreach Coordinator informed us about the current state of affairs of the club – and we are doing really well and due to the concerted efforts of our Events team tíc has been able to welcome many new members this year! (read more about the meeting below!)

After the AGM had finished and having received a complimentary drink from tíc, we settled down to some serious quizzing. The teams were divided per category, so the first team to find their group received a bonus point.  The first round was general knowledge which including some pretty tricky questions such as *Which planet sits between Earth and Jupiter in its proximity to the Sun? There were questions for everyone including the picture round (name the three Princesses).    The Foodie round: Where do bagels originate? and for Travellers: What is the name of the airport in Belfast?  The quiz ended in a tie-breaker with team Foodie entering at the last minute with their bonus point and due to the knowledgeability of one team member managed to guess the approximate height of the Eifel Tower.

All in all, it was a fun evening and so well organized by the Events Team of Jessica, Anne-Lise and Molly that the owner of the Esplanade asked if they were willing to host another evening!!

*Answer: Mars

More about the AGM

Secretary/Membership:  We are in search of a replacement.  If you, or anyone you know, is interested in taking this open position, please let us know!

Membership: We have gained many new members this year, bringing our total to 128, a new club record! We represent 35 different nationalities so we are truly an international club! Our membership is split pretty evenly between Tilburg University employees and individual members.


Communications: We are diligently active on our website, as well as the social media outlets of  Facebook and Instagram to make our club activities more visible and easier for expats to find. We continue to have partnerships with Sligro, Holland Expat Center South and P&D Care to our list of partners to improve the expat experience of our members.

Events: We had a total of 32 events this year including Socials such as our smashing Welcome to Tilburg event,  tícMovieNight , tíc Book Club, Outings such as to the
DESTIL Trappers ice hockey game, Workshops and of course all of our annual events such as Annual Christmas Cookie Workshop. We are also doing our first charity event: Night of the Refugees. We are still looking for participants for the walk and donations. We have already started planning some great events for the new club year.

Finance: In tandem with increasing membership, we have also increased income more than 43% from last year. We also experienced a surge in in expenses mainly due to our 10th Year Anniversary Welcome Event (but well worth it!!) Our deficit is counterbalanced by a major subsidy received from Midpoint Brabant.

#TBT: tíc Annual General Meeting and Pub Quiz

It’s once again time for our Annual General Meeting to inform our members about the health of the club, an update on current activities and our future plans. For #ThrowbackThursday, here’s look at our AGM and Pub Quiz from 2017.

18 May 2017. Review by Anne van Oorschot If you missed TIC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 18 May 2017 at the Grand Café Esplanade on the grounds of Tilburg University, you missed a great time! A great time at an AGM? Yes, you read correctly!

We had a nice turnout and, after a welcome introduction to our members and guests, we began the evening as we do every year, with a short presentation over the club and how we are performing.

tíc is doing well and we can look back on a very successful year full of many fun and interesting activities, with attendance being up from last year. With the Event Director position vacant for most of the year, the remaining Board members have shared the event planning and hosting duties which has been a challenge at times. We are thrilled that Andrew Kelly stepped forward to fill this position and we look forward to having him on the Board.

All board members are still in term, so no need for a vote but our treasurer, Emerald Busser, has vacated her position and we are in search of a replacement.  Due to her departure, we do not have an updated financial overview to present this evening. We will communicate that to our members at a later date.

Anne van Oorschot, Secretary/Membership, gave an update on the club’s membership. While we have lost some members, we have gained 9 new members this year, bringing our total to 31, up slightly from last year. While that may not seem like many, when adding in member’s partners and children – who are also TIC members! – the total number of expats we serve as a club is 66. We have 20 different nationalities in TIC so we are truly an international club! The vast majority of our members work full time and while Tilburg University is the employer for about a third of our members, the remaining members are employed by a variety of companies, or self-employed.

Mala Raman, Communications and Outreach, has worked hard this past year to increase our online visibility. With a big increase in postings on our website, the number of hits we have gotten has greatly increased! Mala is active on the TIC Facebook and Twitter accounts and we recently added an Instagram account to make our club activities more visible and easier for expats to find. We continue to have partnerships with Sligro, Holland Expat Center South and P&D Care, and have added Theaters Tilburg to our list of partners to improve the expat experience of our members.

Mala also reported on the activities we have organized in the past year – a whopping 34 events – up from 26 events last year! Member Coree Forman has breathed new life into our monthly borrels, and TICMovie group has met more frequently as well. The TIC Book Club continues to have a strong and consistent membership and will have met 8 times by the summer. We visited 2 sporting events this year – the
DESTIL Trappers ice hockey, and Willem II soccer and both teams won specially for TIC!? 😉 We have a number of annual events – Sinterklaas party, Annual Christmas Cookie Workshop, Annual Holiday Dinner and the TICnic – and many new outings and events, such as our visit to a cheese farm, a chocolate making workshop, a ballet performance and a lecture on the Dutch Parliamentary election, to name a few. Next year will mark TIC’s 10th Anniversary and we have already started planning some great events for the new club year. We closed with an encouragement for members to let us know what they’d like to do – after all, it’s YOUR club.

Then came the fun part! Three teams battled it out in the chance to be crowned the Winners of The Pub Quiz.

Presented by Andrew Kelly, the questions were challenging and informative, complete with drinks, and snacks. Questions flew over 4 rounds of play. What a drama!! We had bartering for partial points, we had contesting of the answers (even though they were right there in black and white), we had debating amongst the teams and we had to do all this without looking at our phones for help! In the end, after much laughter, eating and drinking, a winning team emerged and went home with gift certificates from Intermezzo, while the Losers of the Pub Quiz went home with a “beautiful” magnet.

 

 

#TilburgInternationalClub #expatlife #TBT #AGM #PubQuiz #members

DESTIL Trappers Game win again!

24 Feb 2019. by Mala Raman. On a slightly chilly February day, a large crowd of tíc members met to watch the local hockey team potentially make their way to the play-offs. The DESTIL Trappers, coached by Bo Subr,  swept the ice with Hanover Indians in their home game Sunday afternoon with a final score of 6 – 1.

This match was an action-packed game where the team ran circles around their opponent. In the midst of all the trash talking between the two teams and a helpful trip by an Indian team member to the penalty box, the score continued to increase in favor of the Trappers.

Unlike the many national hockey leagues, there really is almost no fighting during the games making it appropriate for people of all ages to attend a game.  However, it wouldn’t be a hockey game unless there was a little bit of blood and gore.

Thanks to this big win, the Trappers are all set for getting into the playoffs.

 

#tilburginternationalclub #icehockey #destil #trappers

Fontys Academy of Circus and Performance Art review

by Mala Raman

Graduates of Fontys Academy of Circus and Performance Art presented their group show “Wake the Dog” in which they connected their circus skills with dance and theatre. The performance was directed and produced by the students and coached by Stefan Hort (Switzerland).

Entering the theater, a group of 9 performers were already “on” and interacting with the audience members as individuals found their seats. One participant was sitting on the side of the hall singing a French song and playing the guitar. The students gave off a vaudeville vibe before the show and that continued throughout the performance beginning with a group dance.

According to my fellow TIC members (because I had no clue), it seems the acting/theater portion of the show symbolized how people have been trained to behave according to societal norms, responding to events in their daily lives in a Pavlovian manner. The point of the performance (I think) was that we must break free of our boxes and open our eyes to what is happening in the greater scheme of life, in other’s words, we must wake the dog.

Long theatrical dialogues and diatribes (complete with dog hoods) were punctuated by short bursts of circus skills. There was an annoying dog barking sound track with ‘house’ style background music that was played intermittently signalling the group to begin “dancing” again. I could have done without seeing that exact dance 20 times during the performance.

On the bright side, what there was to see of the circus acts looked impressive and difficult. The acts included the static and dance trapeze, tightwire, Chinese pole, rope and partner acrobatics.  It’s clear that these students have worked hard at their chosen craft and it was nice to see the end result of their years of study. I just wish I had been able to witness more of their actual talents.

#expatlife #Tilburg #Fontys #performance #circus #internationalclub

TIC Bowling Borrel review

by Hoda Barzegaran

I want to thank all the people who were involved in putting together the Dolfijn bowling center event.  We had so much fun from the beginning till the end. It started with a great welcome from Mala’s friendly and smiley face and a lot of help on how to get prepare.

And, it continued with playing and mingling with lovely people from different countries while we were enjoying our drinks. It was like being with old friends, even though we had all just met. What a wonderful experience!

After one hour of bowling practically every one stayed longer. we all sat around a big table like a big family and got a chance to talk more and to know each other better. It was an awesome evening. Can’t wait to see everyone again in TICnic on June 16!

#Expats #Tilburg #Bowling #borrel #expatlife

Pub Quiz at the Esplanade

Article by Mala Raman

This year we had another rousing pub quiz at the Grand Café Esplanade, that once again sparked the competitive streaks amongst our stalwart TIC members.  A group of hard core TIC members met at the grounds of Tilburg University to battle out the chance to be crowned the Winners of The Pub Quiz. Presented by Yolonda, the questions were challenging and informative under various international categories.

Mock fights, allegations of cheating and most of all laughter rang through the night. As usual, the drinks and snacks provided helped to calm even the most ardent pub quiz participants.

At the end of the night Estela, Tanya, Anita, Mike and Mala were crowned the Winners of The Pub Quiz and presented with a prize. Also lucky were the table that were crowned the Losers of The Pub Quiz as they were also presented with a small prize.

#expatlife #pubquiz #Tilburg #happyhour #borrel

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