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Netherlands day 2

Day 2 and I have finally figured out why orange is so prominent of a color to represent the Netherlands.
It’s because of the kindness of the people here, also it is the color of their cheeks when blood rushes to it. Today I saw a stranger help the worker replacing trash bags out of the bins because she was struggling to open the bin door. I am sure he was orange!

Ended up walking a lot today, as I messed up the directions. An occurence that happens to me during every vacation :)


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The Netherlands -day 1

I’ve arrived in Holland. Many obeservations. The residents here are great people, they geniunely help others. Pedestrians have respect, cars stop when you are at a crossing without traffic lights.
First nights stay is in Rotterdam, looks like a good place. I love how the Dutch are so open. Most living rooms are visible from the street and have little or no curtains.

Also went to Eindhoven yesterday and surprisingly the central rail station area there is much cooler than Rotterdam’s. Why am I surprised? Because I came with a different impression to Rotterdam. 

Also, to my surprise, the color blue is more prominent than orange.(Maybe it’s just because I got an overdose of blue at the Philips museum).


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Idea for twitter

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How do you get to know about the corner coffee shop performance and a private art viewing exhibition in a clubhouse? Equally applicable to small or big events there is a lack of one single resource about events. Event websites, being more for profit making and having sponsored spots and advertisements, tend to list events that they have an direct or indirect benefit from.

I present to you: #todayin(cityname)
(example) #todayinchicago Street performances by Fire eating jugglers at Devon Street.

Every day in the morning, people who have events to promote can use this hashtag in the morning.
This method can be also as for events on the following day

#tomorrowin(cityname)

This will bring forward all events which twitter users have tagged on what’s happening in the city. This hashtag will have daily inputs by users throughout the city and this way we can have up to date (literally) event schedule with a diverse range of events. This will take care of the shortcoming an existing publication will have, like promotion of only certain type of events.
This will also benefit travelers by bucket loads. When you are in a country and then you have spare time during your day without a clue on where to go and what to do, even normal event listings will be hard to locate. You can just type in #todayinthecity for the day’s events.
For smaller sized countries, instead of city you can type a country #todayinBahrian

This is a large untapped market for internet users craving for information, I see twitter grabbing it by ease and dominating the market. I am sure analysts at twitter will be able to see how many searches are made that fall into this category.

On a larger picture twitter should also consider introducing having standardized hashtags for dissemination of useful information and people using twitter as a search engine – gaining in traffic which would otherwise have gone to another search engine!


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The Kid with a bike

I participated in a competition to win a pair of tickets run by @qfradio on tueday. The tickets were for the Wednesday night screening of The Kid with a Bike and guess what? I did win! I couldn’t get any of my friends to come and see the movie with me so I decided to give one of the tickets away. After asking about 5 people finally managed one to find someone who hadn’t bought the tickets already and wanted to see the movie. No exchange of cash was involved in this transfer J. What was good to see was that the guy was extremely happy. It made my day…umm.. no actually, it ended my day well because it was already night when I handed over the tickets.

About the movie:
I felt the theme of the movie #KWAB is about coming to terms. This includes kid realizing the truth about his father. How the foster mother sees her relationship with the kid. The kids’ realizing that he has done wrong with the crime he commits and is devoid of any revenge when he himself becomes a victim of revenge.
Thanks to @dohafilm for bringing this movie down to viewers in Doha. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, I would recommend you to go ahead and see it. Tickets and showtimes are available on http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/films/the-kid-with-a-bike

P.S: Kids with their stubbornness sure are annoying.

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