A charming old house

  Dutch people understand the special charm of an old house. The family house that I am renting is more than a century old. I am sitting in the living room, in front of a round wooden table. The fireplace brings a light sizzling sound in the background. The floor is also made from wood…

Exciting times

It's been exciting times for our little family but I don't know why I haven't been blogging at this space at all. I have some books scattered around me and different things on my task list. I sneak to the computer and let my son sleep alone. He's fast asleep, perhaps he's tired. I didn't…

MVV and not taking it for granted

On our second and third day in the Netherlands, we went to the Expat Center at Wageningen University to do some paperworks. My husband and son got their residence permit, while I have to register for a change of address from Den Haag to our new municipality because I was already registered since 2010. The…

Current status: It's our third day in the Netherlands and I kind of feel like I've started finding my rhythm. What a great feeling and what a beautiful place to be! I love every aspect of doing PhD in rural area with my little family😀

Sleep and Read

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I used to put my baby to sleep in the dark. Today I realized that he can sleep with lights on, as long as the air is cool and he got a bit of warmth from attaching his body to mine. I got a lot of reading done while he's sleeping, one of my hand…

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Current status: When you're almost done with your paper (only a couple of paragraphs left, perhaps another two or three hundred words and today's the deadline) but you feel like you need to reread one or two literatures to write those last paragraphs and you decided to get a haircut instead. 2.5/100 days of accomplishment. Featured…

Reading Notes: The Origin of Capitalism

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Today at 2 a.m. I've finished reading "The Origin of Capitalism" by Ellen Meiksins Wood. It's a must read if you really want to understand capitalism. A quick note: Trade is not inherently capitalist. Profit is not inherently capitalist. Accumulation is not inherently capitalist (that's why Marx refer to Smith's terminology as "the so-called primitive…