Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hup Holland Hup !!

On the way to the ISA Monday morning, these are the scenes that greet me in my neighbourhood.






They must have hanged the flags on Saturday or Sunday, because we didn't see them on Friday.


The Dutch are kind of crazy when it comes to football. So it is not surprising when they started hanging the flags from their houses, balcony, window etc. for the last couple of weeks. The number of orange flags seem to accumulate as the World Cup approaches. Everywhere you go, there are orange banners, Netherlands flags and also balloons.


Even on the tree...


I can see that some of the balloons had been pricked by the sharp leaves ha...ha...ha...


And orange flowers...




Are they daisy and carnations?? Whatever they are, they are simply beautiful and definitely eye-catching...



On Monday morning, I saw many Dutch children and adult alike, wear orange T-shirt, even the workers repairing the road!! Normally they wear their normal clothes covered by the safety vest. But not on Monday...


Then it occured to me, that today was the match Netherlands vs Denmark !!


I can almost imagine the loud cheer that must have sounded throughout the neighbourhood when Netherlands scores against Denmark. I couldn't hear anything, I was having luncheon with the grade 2 students and their parents at the time.


It is very hard not to be caught up with the oranje craze...


Especially Ilham.


These are the things that he insisted to have...

Hup Holland shirt and cap (not in picture)




Torch light, fan, balloons and these littles monsters called GoGos...


The little lion and the furry monsters... We have yet to collect the white and blue furry monsters...


And of course the orange jersey.....




11 comments:

Cheqna said...

Can imagine after they won against Denmark. u cant help being caught up with the craze, over here yg tak masuk WC (only the referee..hehe) pun sama naik, thou not only with the Oranje, mcm2..haha..

mmm...couldnt resist beli juga barang2 for Ilham ye n not wait till Padang Besar..hehe..

:-)

I amsterdam said...

Cheqna,

Tshirt tu baru Tshirt supporter, he still wants the jersey huawawa..

What people would do for world cup!! There is a parent at ISA. She happens to be South African Muslim. On Friday, she came to school to collect her son(grade 5) so he could watch the opening match!!! She also showed me photos of her family back in Jo'berg, how they performed Jumaat prayers outside the stadium, and the Imam was saying be patient...and they were saying, quick imam!!

Cheqna said...

hehe...so still kena visit Padang Besar lah ye..(when r u coming back?..let's make d time to meet.)

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Dear Ilham,
Good on you, mate! I love your orange jersey. My Mama complains that this soccer fever may break her bank. har har har *evil laughs*

I amsterdam said...

Cheqna,

We'll let u know once we have the date :) DH tu belum book lagi wuahaha...

I amsterdam said...

Dear Cat,
My mama is nice to me, she bought me all those things. It is my father who complains that we are depleting his bank account.

TK said...

I love the orange flowers! Cam bunga sunshine award tu je..Susah nak jumpa orange flowers. Cantik jersey Ilham. Those furry monsters tiutnya...Jeles auntie.. Kalau anak2 I nampak pun smua dorang nak...Hari tu pegi Rantau pjg takde pun jersey oren. Jersey England je byk:(

Cheqna said...

Looking frwd to see u, raya season right? :-)

TK should buy England's t-shirt, never know they might win..haha..

or if kalah can always give it to Cheqna..hehe..

:-)

I amsterdam said...

TK,

Those tiut furry monsters we cannot buy !! We get one when we buy 15 euro at Albert Heinz supermkt. I have to think of what to buy to make it at least 15euro.

Kat M'sia org semua mcm Chegna, sokong England je, mana ada sokong Belanda. That's why susah dapat jersey agaknya...

meenyusuf said...

Hi babe,

Greetings from UK,my lil bro is staying in Rotterdam and I've been there last year..salam perkenalan:)

I amsterdam said...

Meenyusuf,

Salam perkenalan and thank u for visiting. Holland is a nice country, I had been to Rotterdam once also, didn't have much time to see it though..

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