International SGE Health Care Center Eindhoven | Reffat Ara Shegufa

Reffat Ara Shegufa

Reffat Ara Shegufa

A new special Health Care Center has now been opened in Eindhoven. Today I will give a short description about this center.

Health is a big issue for all. For the expats, when they come to a new country, it is very challenging for them to keep faith on a totally unknown system based on a difficult language.

I can still remember, when I first called my GP, my experience was not good due to the linguistic barriers. At that time I did not know any Dutch to help me and the assistant of the doctor was not good in English as well.

But now when you call this new center, you will get astonished. The assistant is speaking in English instead of Dutch. So you do not need to be fluent in Dutch. Great relief for all expats!

DSCN6743You can come here for your intake which gives you the first impression about the center.

The GP will listen to you to get to know about your culture and the health system of your own country.

This intake will give your GP a clear idea about your past as well as you will be confident about your future doctor.

If you are not good in English, they will try to provide interpreters in other languages. Therefore, you do not need to pay heed to any gossip regarding the Dutch GPs.

DSCN9508Depression and psychological problems are very common among the foreigners. New environment as well as the Dutch weather is enough to make you upset.

This center is planning to provide psychosocial support also along with regular medical care.

Sometimes it is very difficult for the patients to believe on their GPs. At times, Patients want some specialist consultations.

SGE international center will provide one internal medicine specialist. First, they will provide this facility temporarily but in future they will try to do it permanently.

You can register very easily in this center. You just fill up the registration form and they will ask you for intake within few days. You can find all the information in English via

It is very difficult to be satisfied completely with any health system. No health system in the world can have a 100% patient’s satisfaction. However, in an unknown country people are trying to give you a homely flavor. It is really a great step by the SGE. At least they are concerned about the internationals health issues and trying to solve it. As an expat, I really appreciate their steps and hope that their efforts will be truly successful.

 Best wishes to SGE


GiT Masterchef Recipe | Fried Noodles Thai Style Ellen van der Hart


Ellen van der Hart


Fried Noodles Thai Style


Although I am Dutch, I have decided to give you a Thai recipe. It is very easy to prepare. The Thai cuisine puts emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. It is known for being spicy but balanced. Details and variety are both important in Thai cooking.

I love cooking from different kind of kitchens. Actually, I sometimes find it difficult to cook ‘proper’ Dutch food!


With my friend from New Zealand and her family, I went about three years ago to the island Koh Samui in Thailand. One of the reasons we have been friends for more then 40 years is our love for cooking. Sometimes we only talk about food when we see eachother (via Skype).

cookery school

Siam Rice Thai Cookery School

So when we saw this Siam Rice Thai Cookery School on the beach of the island, we couldn’t resist it. Standing behind our pots and pans, with the sea on my right hand side, and my friend on the other side, I could hardly be happier.


I think you can buy most ingredients in the supermarket. Or you could go to the Asian supermarket Amazing Oriental behind the PSV-stadium, in the Langdonkenstraat 7. Or visit Amazing Sang Lee on the Woenselse Markt 17a.


The teacher gave us a small cookbook, and I am copying her recipe her. Reading it, is being back in Thailand for me!



50 g rice noodles

50 g sliced chicken

2 tbsp cooking oil

20 g chives, bean sprout and long bean

1 egg (optional 1 tsp of dry shrimp)

1 tbsp garlic

50 gr hard tofu

4 tbsp water

2-3 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp fish sauce

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp soya sauce


  1. Smash garlic in the wok add cooking oil. Fry garlic, tofu and chicken on high heat until chicken cook.
  2. When it is almost cooked, add the egg, keep stirring until the egg is cooked well.
  3. Add water, fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and soy sauce.
  4. Add noodles, keep stirring until the noodles are soft, then add bean sprouts, long beans and chives, cook this for 1 minute and then turn off the gass.

*** Add some ground peanut, chili powder, lime and sugar.



Books & the quest to connect with local culture | Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre

Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre

Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre

Books have always kept me good company, like music or movies for some (which I too enjoy!).

In my initial days in Eindhoven, I carried only a very few books, due to baggage weight constraints, and to my surprise, found missing them the most, as access to English books in Eindhoven can be a challenge initially.

In my initial quest to read, I was reading a lot of blogs and online material. However I missed the local connection in reading, as I was mainly reading about things back home, and what was familiar to me.

IMG_6691In my quest to connect with the local culture and people, I was drawn to the Eindhoven city library, after days of deprivation, this place felt magical. I remember cycling 15 minutes from my former residence to catch the various newspapers the library offered, and their fair collection of English language books.

IMG_6721It was through Get In Touch, where our Lovely Lady Carola plans a trip regularly to show us around this place, I received a trial membership, which I enjoyed.

To make my trips more feasible and worthy, I asked if I could volunteer for the library, which I did spend a few days doing.

IMG_6668This got me familiar to the working ways of a typical library, and the efforts required to put a single book back in place, so next time you are looking for a title, it is like cakewalk.

For most of you who have taken the tour, would have met the lovely lady Susan Brinkman, whose works at the library and offers the tours to us.

She is a lady with multidimensional talents of photography and is a professional artist (well I am sure there are many more talents I am unaware of) you can check Susan’s work here on Facebook.

IMG_6686The Eindhoven library has been through changes in the last two years and continues to do so. With Eindhoven being a multicultural city, with a large international population, whose can contribute in their own way to keep the beautiful culture of reading alive for coming generations.

Among all of this, I had also the opportunity to participate in the “reading week” celebrated by the Eindhoven, where we shared experiences as readers and also met authors from around.

With this I urge you all to take from all that this city has to offer and also ensure to make your own contributions in whichever way possible.

iiã¼ 087There are many avenues to connect with the local culture and spirit, no matter what is your favorite way to do it,

Carola and the Get in Touch team are always making efforts to help you find the best way to.

With this I wish Carola and the Get in Touch team success and happiness, and always a proud member of the family 🙂

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