Here they are... with my own responses in bold.
Things I like about living in NL.
- I have a stable job and I'm still a designer --- But not as free as in MY
- I'm earning in euros --- But spending in Euros as well
- We have a car that we don't have to pay for --- But you have to travel longer to work
- Pretty flowers in summer on the balcony --- But in winter everything is dead
- I have the opportunity to learn a foreign language and culture --- Which takes too much time you don't have
- People are (mostly) friendly and speak English --- But they rather speak Dutch and be not friendly
- Cleaner air and water --- But more expensive to buy water in shops
- I can travel around Europe more easily --- But harder to travel in Asia
- Cleaner public toilets --- But you have to pay, and there are less public toilets
- Super fast internet --- Internet to Malaysian sites is still really slow
Then again, maybe I haven't complained enough...
- It's too bloody cold to shower for half the year --- But its a nice feeling to warm up under the shower --- Me: The shower has to end some time.
- Things and places are older and less modern-equipped --- Which gives it a more cosy feeling --- Me: Really? REALLY?
- I feel so pressured to speak Dutch --- But you can speak English to almost anyone
- Can't see my family, friends or my dogs --- But you can see me!
- Food is only half as good and not cheap --- The Western brands in Malaysia are more expensive than here --- Me: I'd rather have more choice and variety. And flavour.
- Moviegoing and other Malaysian "necessities" are expensive --- But downloading films is fast and free
- The Dutch selfishness, masked as "individualism" --- At least no peer pressure for being in a group
- No good mix drinks in clubs --- But a wider selection for beers, quicker service and cheaper --- Me: Cheaper only for beers.
- I can't buy books or magazines in English - small selection + very expensive --- But a more free media environment in NL and much more in Dutch. --- Me: Because I love reading in Dutch, right?
- Less variety of affordable boutiques (ie. no Telawi) --- But cheaper A-brand (especially when earning Euros) and better quality
On the bright side, every day gets a little better.