A new machine for work

Three days ago at work, I received an email with the ‘final approval’ for a new notebook/laptop computer (everyone around here calls them ‘laptops’, but they’re sometimes too hot and/or too heavy to keep them on your lap for long)….

Happy birthday

Today is not only my sister Silvia’s birthday. It’s also Linux which was announced on a mailing list 25 years ago. And so, the “article of the day” on the German Wikipedia start page is about Linux: Working with and…

If you want to lose yourself for about a good half hour, listen to these guys: Emile and Vincent are marvelous. Extraordinaire! Merçi…

It’s the middle of the third week after returning from Malaysia. Which means that I’m at work again since two and a half weeks, and it’s also the last week of school holidays in our area. Then everything will be…

R.I.P. Toots

Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans died yesterday, aged 94. I heard and saw him some 40 years ago in a Jazz club in Cologne called “Subway”, together with the young and aspiring bass player Jeff Berlin (who was unbelievably good)….

Malaysia, the last half week

After returning to paklong and maklong (my brother-in-law and his family) on Wednesday, the first thing I noticed was how fast these workers outside were building that new “Elmina Valley” – the first of the roofs were about to get…

Malaysia, the second week (plus a few days)

On Monday, 25th of July, our abang gave us his Perodua Alza to visit my father-in-law’s. And one of the first photos I took there was this one of “Belang” (= striped): Suadi, my father-in-law, had hired some people to…

Malaysia, the first week

We’ve had 3 weeks in Malaysia this year, and we started on Sunday, July 17th with a route taking us from FRA (Frankfurt) over DXB (Dubai) to KUL (Kuala Lumpur), where we arrived late Monday evening. Our abang (the older…

Back from Malaysia

We’re back from a 3 week trip to Malaysia, which is where Mitchie comes from, so it’s kind of home for us. And we’ve visited almost all of the family and friends’ houses; after 6 years it was about time…

Busy times

We’ve been doing a lot during the last weeks, and then again, not so much. First it was Ramadan, so we slept during daytime (with times like 21:40 to 2:50 for eating and drinking approximately, you don’t have much time…