A new beginning .. Spicy Shop Tour

Lu Huang

Lu Huang

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday, 5th September, I attended the Spicy Shop Tour. The tour was the first time for me to attend the Get in Touch program. It was great for me! I met a lot of people from different countries with different cultures. This three hour tour meant a lot to me. Because I am not quite confident to talk with others as we have different manners and my English is bad.

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But people in this GiT group are so nice, and we shared some interesting experiences. What makes me surprised most is Carola, a beautiful, kind and warm hearted lady with endless passion to gather international spouses, in Eindhoven, together to share cultures, food and experiences. It is so good to share my time with people here.

Although I have not attended their activities before, I realized that what this group does is to bring us a lot of chances to know friendly people and exchange not only words, but also cultures, experiences, and life in Eindhoven.

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We started at the Outlet Bridal Shop near the Kruisstraat tunnel, and Carola began to introduce the spouses to each other. Then, I found this group was a huge big family containing Dutch, Russian, Turkish, Iranian, French and Chinese like me. Then I began to gradually get familiar with each other.

We walked and talked along the Kruisstraat to visit Russian, African, Iraqi, Persian, Moroccan, Surinam, Sri Lankan, Turkish, Polish, Indonesian, and so forth shops on our way.

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A spouse in this group, Iroshini Perera, a very nice girl and a professional in cooking, gave us very useful information about spices, as she likes spices very much. Besides she guided us on how to buy fresh meat, fruit and vegetables in a Turkish shop. She also told us how to cook some different kinds of vegetables and spices in the right way. And then we rode our bikes to the Amazing Oriental Superstore. Some traditional sauces are provided in this supermarket, and Ying, another spouse in GiT, introduced different kinds of sauces to the others and provided some suggestions on how to cook noodles and something else.

At last, we sat down for a snack and to share feelings about this activity. Everybody had a very good time. I really appreciated Carola’s help and the spouses of this group. I can learn more from this family. I hope I can do more to make this group become diversified. Thank you very much.

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Lu Huang

Lay in the Arms of Restorative Yoga

Ying Pan

Ying Pan

Although came from an eastern country, I knew little about Yoga.The only thing impressed my mind was a graceful posture,which was difficult to make. However, the afternoon spend with Lisa and other Git members changed my comprehension of Yoga.

Our coach Lisa is an expert psychologist, not only professional, but also very melting. She said, Restorative Yoga is a tool to help people become more body and mind aware and relaxed, we don’t need to do greatest physical shapes,because it is about working the inside.

In Lisa’s Yoga course, breathing was a significant part, it throughout the whole procedure. First, we should place ourselves in a comfortable position, close our eyes and calm our heart. Breath start with a slow an deep inhale, until the air full of our belly, keep for a second, then breath out from mouth slowly and softy. As other member said, after a few times of peace breath, I felt relax and comfortable, the world became quiet,only thing I can heard was my heart rate, even and regular, like a step voice came from deep soul.

Ready for Yoga :)

Ready for Yoga 🙂

Different poses may give people various experiences and imaginations.Three easy but useful Yoga positions were introduced by Lisa, which can reduce anxiety and depression effectively. The first one we call it child pose.We sat on our ankles, placed a pillow in front of knees, then slowly lay down on the pillow, rest forearms on the mat with our elbows under the shoulders. After that, rest head to a comfortable side, begin breathing deeply through nose. Lisa said, this pose just like a baby curl in his/her mother’s body, which provide warm and safety. So, when be in this posture, we may feel safe and relax. During I making a deep breath I also found another dramatic image in my mind—-I was a planet floating in the endless universe, absorb light and heat from the sun, a small seed was sprouting from my heart, which will grow up to be a big tree.

Tea time

Tea time

The other two poses were helping us to extend freely.To make a inversion pose, we lay down with arms at a 45 degree angle and palms open to the sky, start with knee bent and open wilder than blanket, then let knees fall together and relax legs. I like this pose,even it looks normal. When I doing this with closing eyes, a glow of soft light touch my face, like moon light spread on sea surface, kind and gentle.

Happy time always go fast. Thanks for Lisa’s guidance, we experience a massage for heart and soul. I appreciate a word form Lisa—-live in currently. Maybe tension made me missed a lot of beautiful moment of the daily life, but I will try to catch them in the future, start with Restorative Yoga.I also appreciate that I found a sweet secret box—-our get in touch family, which always bring me surprise,warm and help. I want to say far more than thank you to you!

Scrapbooking in Eindhoven

Anastasia Redko

Anastasia Redko

I’m not very good at making new friends myself, so after I came from Russia to Eindhoven with my husband, the Get in Touch program gave me what I desperately needed at that moment – a lot of opportunities to meet new people.

We were not only getting to know each other – all from different parts of the world – but also other experience – like walking to some places new for us and trying new things during workshops like dancing, cooking, painting etc.

Christmas Postcard Workshop

Christmas Postcard Workshop

After a year in this program, I thought it’s time to “pay back the debt”, but what could I teach or show to others? Late November I gave a workshop in scrapbooking, which is my hobby – it’s getting quite popular nowadays, but still not everyone knows what it is. Christmas was just around the corner, so we were making postcards, because it’s the easiest thing to do for beginners who are starting scrapbooking.

Sure it was very exciting and fun but also challenging for me. It was my first time teaching someone scrapbooking techniques and we had a large group, so I felt I can’t pay enough attention to each and every one.

St. Valentine’s Day Postcard Workshop

St. Valentine’s Day Postcard Workshop

Some of the ladies were interested in it, so we’ve met a couple of more times in smaller groups before St. Valentine’s Day to do more postcards. It’s always fun to do something together rather than all alone.

I hope the postcards we’ve created made husbands, relatives and friends who got them happy.

I’m glad I have a chance to practice teaching scrapbooking and I would love to continue conducting workshops for new GiT members and anyone else interested.

Anastasia Redko