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

Monday, May 27, 2013

Jules Haeck

As you might have noticed, I was in the Netherlands 2 months ago to escort my mother returning to the Netherlands.

As her neighbor is a very well known woman (90+ years of age) in Hengelo city, spouse of a house-broker in Hengelo,  who knows many people in and around the city, I asked her for an interview to find out some details I need for a blog post about my father, which I am planning to write soon.

It turned out that she was also familiar with the family (history) of one of my friends at elementary school in Hengelo in the 1950's.

Gina was one of my best friends, and I visited her home frequently, as she lived close to our school, the Hengelose School Vereniging (HSV) in the center of Hengelo, whilst I lived far away from school, in a new neighborhood near to the Berflo Es a neighborhood in the south of the city.

Her father Izak, a Jewish men who I met of course, had a wholesale fruit and vegetable business, with the warehouse connected to their home. Her mother Mary was originally from England, so Gina mastered fluent Dutch and English. That time I had no single clue of their background and I doubt Gina did.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dutch Radio

Since I have my (Samsung) tab and regularly nose about in different stores like the Google Play and Chrome stores, I found many interesting apps and Chrome plugins.

One of the amazing apps is the "Dutch Radio" app, which brings me all the dutch radio stations in real time (streaming mode).

I had never thought it would be possible to listen in real time to Dutch radio in the Philippines, without any hick-ups, even to radio music, which is of real good quality.

Our Internet connection is a wireless broadband (WiMax) in a rural area and is of quite good quality but has limited speed (1Mbps). I assume the app has a large buffer to bridge transmission data gaps.

So now I often do my daily PC work with my earphones in and listening to late night or early morning radio programs. While writing this post I am listening to the program "Vroege vogels" (or literally Early Birds), which is broadcasted every Sunday morning.


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