Inday Chronicles – Amsterdam

By: litrato-ngayon

Jan 11 2012

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Focal Length:20mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 600D

According to Wikipedia, Amsterdam is the ” Venice of the North” .
It has more than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges.

The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the grachtengordel.

The city itself is charming and is very rich in Architectural History.

Unfortunately, it is also very dirty & stinky!

I was lucky to get a day off last Monday , so I hopped on the train & walked the streets of Amsterdam for 6 hours!
I had a great time! Talking of natural high……

*** INDAY ***

First, it is an endearment for a Visayan girl, whether from Cebu, Negros, Iloilo or Mindanao. In Visayan families, girls are always called Inday. Oftentimes they are called Inday all their lives. Inday is a tender word which means, precious, dear, loved one.

Second, it is a term to describe friendship and affection. Thus, Visayan girls who are close friends tend to call each other “Day” in the same manner that Visayan boys call their close friends “Bay” or friend.

Third, Inday is a term used to indicate respect. When a Visayan addresses a woman he does not know, he calls her Inday. Its like saying Miss or Madam. When a man wants to introduce himself to a girl, he prefaces his spiel with ” Inday….”

Finally, the word Inday implies veneration or honor. A woman of high standing in a Visayan community is addressed as Inday.

Taken from the article  By Liling Magtolis Briones  (Inday is not always a Maid)


10 comments on “Inday Chronicles – Amsterdam”

  1. A deeply beautiful post today, indeed! The photograph is exquisite–very evocative of Old Amsterdam, and the patterning of the windows and reflections and such create both a mosaic effect and a marvelous sense of slightly quirky symmetry. The story of the city itself and the canals and your walk around the city is wonderful, too, and I share your view of it as both magical and grubby. My times in Amsterdam have been marred by illness, so I know that my attitude has been somewhat skewed by that, but I also know that it’s a very noisy, crowded and dirty place much of the time–part of what gives it its energy, but tiring all the same in my experience. All in all, a complicated and fascinating place. Lastly, I loved the story of the meaning of Inday. What a lovely, poetic word both in what I think must be its sound and especially, in its meanings and uses. I am so grateful you shared all of this today!

  2. Thank you for your encouraging and lovely comment, Katryn. I’m glad to know that you have also experienced the magic of Amsterdam….in a way. Though it was not my first time to visit…there was this nostalgic , almost strange feeling that I had while roaming the streets of Amsterdam. It was an unforgettable trip for me! Thank you for visiting my blog, I really appreciate it! 🙂 Eden

  3. Such beautiful lines and the reflections are va va VOOM!

  4. such an awesome capture – composition, color…beautiful. thank you for sharing! and thank you for your visits and “likes” on my writing/photo blog!

  5. Wonderful photo. The differing sizes and shapes of the windows and that lovely reflection. Well done.

  6. Hi Yi-ching 🙂 I´m not an expert & I really don´t know anything about those houses. I know they are called canal houses! 🙂 But thank you for asking me that , I did some research and this is what I found out.
    I just copied it from the following websites. (, and

    The “Golden age” was the period when most of what is now known as central Amsterdam was built. Some people think it is Amsterdam’s best architectural achievement. Probably the most prominent building built within this time period is the canal house. These line all the canals in the centre of Amsterdam. Every canal house was built to be unique from any other, though built with the same shape, each one was personalised with an ornamental piece, such as the gables and plaques. Another method was to put very decorative carvings on the “neck” of a house. This is called “necking”.
    (The buildings with the neck that looks like bottles)

    “Gable” refers to the front apex of a roof. It disguised the steepness of the roof under which goods were stored. In time, gables became decorated with scrolls, crests, and even coats of arms.

    In Amsterdam, the interiors of many of the canal bui ldings have been modernized, but the gables remain intact.

    The protruding hoist beams are used in moving objects (like furniture and appliances) through windows since stairways are quite narrow.

    The style of most of the gables is 17th century Baroque.

    Due to the swamp like quality of the reclaimed land under Amsterdam, it was very hard to build buildings. Because of this wooden stilts were used to support the houses. They were driven into the wet ground before construction for support. Now due to the wet ground some of these supports are rotting, causing houses to tilt and sink into the earth.

    During the time period in which these houses were built, your house taxes depended on the frontage. Meaning your taxes were determined by the width of your house. Therefore the sneaky Dutch built their houses deep and narrow to avoid severe taxing. For this same reason the staircases are very narrow and low, making it impossible to take furniture up and down them. To solve this problem hooks were put at the top of every house to winch goods up and pass them through the windows on the needed floor. ( I have also seen this “hooks ” in old houses near the Rhine River )

    I hope this answers your question and thank for that, now I know the history of the canal houses! 🙂

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