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tíc Membership and Benefits

Tilburg International Club MembershipStarted in March of 2008, the tilburg international club has already hosted many activities to meet the needs and wishes of its international members living in and around the area of Tilburg.

tíc is a non-profit volunteer organization that:

  • Provides social, educational and networking activities for internationals living in and around Tilburg;
  • Represents the international community to local governmental bodies; and
  • Aims to further positive relations among people of different nationalities

Our members join us from around the world, 30 different countries and counting! We try to provide information, activities and events that support and enhance the experiences of our expat member families while living in the Netherlands, whether they are here short-term or indefinitely! Learn more about Membership.

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President’s Message – December 2022

Tilburg International Club president

Yolonda van Riel, Tilburg International Club President

Where are we now

I sit with mixed emotions as I type out my last president’s message for TIC. The privilege of serving on the tic board has greatly enriched my life as an expat. As I reflect on my tenure as president, I am truly grateful for all the amazing people I have met and experiences I have shared with all of you. We had some challenges along the way – from trying to recruit board members, finding new things to offer members and perhaps the biggest challenge of all – learning how to navigate virtually through corona
lockdowns!

With each of those challenges, came even bigger rewards. Welcoming new internationals, scoping out different places to hold events, late night meetings with my fellow board members and delivering goodies to everyone’s home during corona times are only a few of the things I will miss from being on the board.

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#FBF tícMovie Night review: Respect

Tilburg International Club Movie NightTonight we’ll meet up for another tícMovie Night. For #FlashbackFriday, here’s a look back at the Pathé movie “Respect”!

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review by Yolonda van Riel

17.09.2021. Respect – what I give Jennifer Hudson for taking on the iconic role of Aretha Franklin. It must have been a daunting task to try and emulate the “Queen of Soul” but I can’t imagine anyone else capable of singing all those hits any better (except Aretha, of course!)

A small group of tic movie lovers gathered for the film at Cinecitta and, although our seats were quite close to the front, it was almost like being at a concert. (more…)

ticMovie Night: Ticket to a fun night

ticMovie Night Ticket to Paradisereview by Mala Raman

15 Oct 2022. After quite the hype of the “dream-team” coming back to the theaters, I was curious to see the newest RomCom at the latest tic Friday night movie. An equally curious small group met in the lobby of Pathé to check out the night’s move. We enjoyed chatting a bit and getting acquainted/reacquainted before going into the film.

The Movie

With the no-fail pair of Julie Roberts and George Clooney, our expectations were high…and we were not disappointed! The interplay of sharp barbs and natural chemistry between the 2 co-stars made for seamless delivery of some great one-liners while paving the way for a deeper story line of love, loss, forgiveness and new beginnings.

Overall it was a light-hearted, fun film that left us with a feel-good optimistic ending and a nice way to end the night.

 

Meet the board! Events Coordinator

Tilburg International Club Events Team

Lily Gonzalez, Events Team

I grew up in the northern part of Mexico (Baja California). Since I was young, I was really interested in other cultures just by listening to people talking in their own language (even though I did not understand a word) or reading books where the story was somewhere in Europe. This gave me the idea that it would be nice to live somewhere outside Mexico, somewhere in Europe.

It was in August 2016 when my dream to live in Europe came true and I had the opportunity to do my Masters in Geo-Information Science at Wageningen University (NL). During my studies, I learned about other cultures, taste traditional dishes from those countries and I discovered more cities in the Netherlands. Moreover, I realized how easy it was to travel to other countries close by and “just like that” I felt in love with the country (although not with its weather but that is another story) and I have lived in the Netherlands since then!

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Book Discussion Review: The Liar’s Dictionary

TIC Book Discussion: The Liar's Dictionaryreview by Donna Brown

13 Sept 2022. We met to discuss the book, The Liar’s Dictionary, by Eley Williams, a young British professor and writer who grew up in a family immersed in words and dictionaries.

While not everyone enjoyed the book as a whole, it was the consensus that dictionaries must be fluid in nature, as words change in meaning over time. Also, imbedded in the story was the existence of mountweasels, or false words, as well as many metaphors, hyperboles, puns, turns of phrase.  This made for a clever and fun read.

The Book

Our book took place over a century in the fictitious Swansby’s Encycolpedic Dictionary of Words.  The  thread in the story in the late nineteenth century was told through the eyes of Mr. Winceworth, a man who (more…)

2022 tíc Welcome Event @Dadawan!

2022 tíc Welcome Eventby Dietrich Haas

10.09.2022. Every year you will realize with great surprise that the summer holidays are finally over, when there is a new TIC Welcome Event. A great chance to meet old and make new friends, to familiarize with the Tilburg community and to learn about the upcoming activities that are planned for the new club year.

Meet & Greet

So, holidays this year were over on September 10, when everybody was invited to the Dadawan restaurant – “Everybody” then meant about 50 members, including the potential ones.

 

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Book Club review: Island of Sea Women

review by Katie Schweitzer

9 Mar 2022. For our most recent book club we read The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See. 

Watch the video to hear about the origins of The Island of Sea Women told by author Lisa See who visited us during our book club!

Check out our picture gallery!

The Book

It told the story of two friends set on an island of Korea called Jeju. The story was told specifically through the frame of the society’s focus on women as breadwinners through diving, and the tumultuous period in history for Korea in the 20 th  century.

Our Review

Everyone really enjoyed the book even though there were some difficult parts to read due to the traumatic events that took place.

However, the main highlight of the evening was that we were able to talk with the author herself because she joined our book club through a video call! She gave us some background on how she got interested in the topic of the haenyeo (women divers) and all the research she did to make the book a reality.

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President’s Message – March 2022

Tilburg International Club president

Yolonda van Riel, Tilburg International Club President

Where are we now?

Hi everyone! I’m typing out this edition of the president’s message with more enthusiasm than I have had in quite some time. The sun is finally shining, I’m sitting in my real office and I attended a tic event (in person) over the weekend. It feels like the clouds are beginning to part and we are emerging smarter, happier, and more appreciative of the “little things”.

While day to day life begins to settle into the old routine, it is also a chance to change that routine into something that works better for ourselves and our family. Maybe that is hybrid or remote working. Perhaps it is finding joy in new hobbies we picked up during lockdown. It could even be something as simple as taking a few minutes of each day to be appreciative of all we have in our lives. Whatever that new normal means for you, I hope you can take full advantage of making it work in your life. (more…)

House of Gucci Movie Review

Tilburg International Club Movie Nightreview by Anne van Oorschot

11 Feb 2022. After months of not being able to have in-person events, I was thrilled to be able to plan one of TIC’s most popular events – the Friday night movie. I was not the only one starved for a fun activity as a total of 14 members signed up and we met in the lobby of Pathé. We enjoyed chatting a bit and getting acquainted/reacquainted before going into the film.

The Movie

With a star studded cast, our expectations were high…and we were not disappointed! Lady Gaga was convincing as Patrizia Reggiani, later Gucci, with her beauty camouflaging her overwhelming desire for money and power. Adam Driver played the unsuspecting Maurizio Gucci, manipulated by his wife’s ambitions to push his uncle and cousin out of the company. Jeremy Irons was the perfect disapproving father who fails to dissuade his son from marriage.

A clearly old Al Pacino was really in his element as uncle Aldo Gucci, the brother really running the fashion empire. Jared Leto played his flamboyant and idiotic son, Paulo – “He’s an idiot… but he’s my idiot!” (Paulo reminded me that even made from high quality wool, the leisure suit – especially a mauve colored one – was not a positive fashion statement!!) The unbridled quest for power causes the family to unravel, taking the business with it. (more…)

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