“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"Digitel" Internet

Within a week after arrival in the Philippines, we have Internet at home now. Wow!!

Since my father passed away in January I didn't have time or was not in the mood to update my Blog. Also the approaching retirement, as of April 1st, meant too many things to organize, so I failed to work on my Blog, which I will rectify the comming days and weeks, by writing little stories or remarkable events in the past. I will back- or anti-date them as well.

Last week we have visited the branch offices of the major Internet providers in the Philippines, being Globe and Smart. It turned out that Smart could only provide wireless Internet in a barangay close to Urdaneta and not our barangay. Next we were informed by the Globe sales lady that only in an area at a distance of maximum 1.5 km from town proper wireless Internet was available and via landline they did not service our barangay.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ash disposing

As we will soon leave the Netherlands to start a new live abroad, we decided to plan the "ash disposal" of the cremation remains of my father before departure. The date scheduled was today.

In agreement with my mother, we decided for a simple ceremony, just as my father would have selected. So no permanent sign at the cemetery.

When we, my mother, sister, brother in law and my wife, arrived at the crematorium, we were invited by an employee of the crematorium. After a coffee break he explained the procedure and options you could choose from. Just for the record, the cremation number was 89870. This sign, made of ceramic, is the only physical remembrance my mother took home.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Today is my last official working day for my company Atos Origin, although I retired already a bit earlier due to some remaining holidays I still had to enjoy.

I joined the company in 1990. That time it was called BSO, a small IT company in the Netherlands, but fast growing. First of all because the market was exploding, but secondly because of the organisational growing model developed by the founder and original owner Eckart Wintzen; he died in 2008.

In the mid 90's the company wanted to expand internationally and a first merger was executed with the IT department (C&P) of Philips, a large electronics company in the Netherlands. Other mergers followed in the 90's and the first decennium of this century, leading to a growth from several hundred employees to now 50.000 worldwide.


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