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

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tropical Cyclone: UTOR - Labuyo

Sta Barbara

Courtesy Hong Kong Observatory

The eye of the typhoon passed by our place at a distance of ca. 80 km.
Our area was flooded for 2-3 days.

MODIS satellite image of Typhoon Utor taken at 04:30 UTC on Sunday, August 11. Image credit: NASA.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ilocos visit

July 2013 we visited my sister in law as she was seriously ill for some time. Luckily it's going much better now and she doesn't need further support from us.

They live in a rural area in Batac, Ilocos Norte, the most northern province of the Philippines, and perhaps also one of the most beautiful provinces, although other people might not agree with me.

Batac is also well known from the Ferdinand Marcos museum and mausoleum and other connected places to this dictator (and family), who misused his people and his country. Surprisingly many Filipino's still adore him and his family.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Four horrifying biographies of holocaust victims

In front of me are four books that I recently read.
Four biographies that all have the holocaust, during World War II (WWII), as central theme, but from different perspectives and in different periods.

I read the Dutch translations/originals, as I bought them when I was in the Netherlands early this year.

The titles are listed below (in the order I read them) and I have indicated to which period(s) they apply (see below):
  1. Period 1 & 2: "Alles ging aan flarden; Het oorlogsdagboek van Klaartje de Zwarte-Walvisch"; no English translation available, but this would be a fair translation: "WWII diary of Klaartje de Zwarte - Walvisch"; about Dutch Klaartje de Zwarte; author: Arianne Zwiers, 2009, see my earlier blog post of this book.
  2. Period 2 & 3: "De man die naar Auschwitz wilde";original title: "The man who broke into Auschwitz"; about British POW Denis Avey; author: Rob Broomby, 2012
  3. Period 1 & 2 & 3: "Overlever"; English original title: "Survivor"; about Polish Sam Pivnick; co-author: M.J. Trow, 2012
  4. Period 1 & 2 & 3: "Anne Frank 1929-1945"; the final biography; about Dutch Anne Frank; author: Carol Ann Lee, 2009
I recognize the following three periods of the holocaust and have indicated in the book list above, which period(s) they cover:


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