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

Friday, February 22, 2013

WWII diary of Klaartje de Zwarte - Walvisch: "Alles ging aan flarden"

Klaartje at a wedding in april 1940
Recently I read the WWII diary of Klaartje de Zwarte - Walvisch, which was first published in 2009. It is a very straightforward day-to-day description of a Jewish woman originating from Amsterdam, from 22 March to 4 July 1943. She was killed on 16 July in extermination camp Sobibor in east Poland. In Sobibor at least 167.000 people were killed, most of them Jews.

I was so impressed of this diary that I want to share the existence of this story with everyone who is reading my blog posts. Of course the diary and the publication are written in Dutch and there seems to be no English translation (yet), so I will copy an English summary, and I will give you some interesting links to different sources, in Dutch and English.

Contrary to Anne Frank's diary, which described her life during the hiding of the Frank's family in Amsterdam, the diary of Klaartje describes the period in Amsterdam before she was deported to the concentration camps in Vught and Westerbork and during her life in these camps. Horrible what she and the other inmates had to endure day and night and day after day.

It is amazing that the anonymous diary was saved by her brother-in-law, just before she was transported from camp Westerbork to the death camp Sobibor. It took until 2008 before the diary was rediscovered by some TV-makers and was revealed in a booklet in 2009, with the title "Alles ging aan flarden" or translated in English "Everything went to pieces".

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Shoulder Dislocation

Only 5 minutes before the accident, enjoying life at the porch
My mother is wintering here in the Philippines to avoid the cold months in Europe.

She joins us wherever we go and last Wednesday we went to my Dutch friend and his Filipino wife in San Jacinto, Pangasinan. They are there to visit their family and to have a family celebration next week.

It happened that my mother wanted to go to the CR (Comfort Room) and as she didn't see a little step between the kitchen and living room and hence stumbled, fell down on the tiles and hurt her shoulder and upper arm. The reason is that she has "macular degeneration", as a result she has a very limited sight, which is a big problem if you have to walk in a unknown place. So we should have assisted her, give her a hand or so, but we didn't and she did not ask for it. Pity!!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Remaining puppies

Puppy cage, November 2012, ca. 2 months old
Last year one of our dogs got seven puppies, the father was my German Sheppard, see my blog post in September last year.

So it is more than 4 months since they were born. We had a nice time with the puppies.

Now and then I released them, so they could run around the house and enjoy the freedom.

The rest of the day they were in their specially made puppy area. In this area we have a cage where they go when we clean the area.

Already in November we gave away one of the puppies to my sister in law for her birthday, so on most video shoots you will see only 6 puppies.

Friday, February 1, 2013

"Bread maker" or "Bread Machine"

Freshly baked bread
It's a couple of weeks now since I made my first bread and I like to share the background for making my own bread, the selection process, the technical difficulties to get a machine and my first experiences.


If your background is European and you experienced the bread in the Philippines (or in other Asian countries, perhaps excluding Vietnam with its French background) you understand what I am missing here.

Then you know that the bread here is not what we call bread in Europe and the different things we put on top of the bread is also very limited, like jam, cheese, meat/sausage slices, spreads.

I love European bread, like you can find in e.g. Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Greece. Different tastes, crusts, shapes, flour sources. And of course the many cheese and sausage toppings and all kind of spreads.

If you don't have this background, you probably don't understand my problem and better skip the rest of this blog.


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