I did some searching in the remaining computer not taken by the thief, and I was so glad that I found some pictures in there, not many, but at least it was something. Most of the photos were taken by DH but some were taken by me while there were some which were transferred from our friends' cameras. I never knew those pictures were in there, alhamdulillah I found them. But I still mourn the lost of the disk and the pictures inside :(
I remember that day, we went there with the intention of bringing DS to the Nemo Museum, a science museum. Never did we realise that the museum was closed on a new year day!!! So we ended walking and taking beautiful pictures along the routes that we never did go before. My camera ran out of battery when we reached this place, and I asked DH to take this photo using his camera. That's why I still have this photo :D
This place is not alien to me. I lived in a temporary apartment about 200 meters from that castle looking building for three months. But I never knew what that building was, I searched last night for it but couldn't locate the name, somehow it is not in the map of Amsterdam, not one of the attractions anyway.
Right in front of the building is a square, every Saturday morning there will be a bio market (aka pasar tani) there. All products sold are bio products, so naturally they are more expensive. At one corner of the square (looking at the picture, it's on my right hand) is the Oriental Supermarket where I bought all my asian goodies including "tahu" and "tempe". On the same side, overlooking the canal is the Fish Market (mostly frozen), but it is more of a shop rather than a market. On another side of the square, is an Albert Heinz Supermarket, very convenient. On the left of the picture, on the opposite side of the canal from the Fish Market is a Nyonya Restaurant (Penang born owner). They serve very yummy char-koey-teow.
The place is actually located not 150 meters from the Old Church. One of the streets from behind the "castle" leads you to Chinatown, and behind the Nyonya Restaurant and the "castle", along the smaller canal is the famous Red Light District already !!! Yes, I used to live a single street away from the Red Light District and never realised it until one day we (DS and I) got lost and stumbled upon it !!!
I always like the scene from the bridge with the background of that "castle". On a calm day, the reflection of the "castle" is very clearly seen in the water, simply beautiful.... Depending on the season and the weather, you will get beautiful picture, imagine the trees with yellow and brown leaves.... aarrghh wonderful :D