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Tuesday, April 1, 1997
Today, we found out that the heart beat of an embryo of only 11 weeks
old can already be heard.
Grave of my father-in-law
Last week, we received a picture of the grave
of my father-in-law, which only contains his ashes as he has been
cremated. In China it is an honour if you have many children
and grand-children, and for this reason they have the custom of putting
their names on the grave. Because we also contributed to buying this
grave, our names are also listed on it. Their is even some space left
for our second child, and for my brother-in-laws wife and child (if they
Thursday, April 3, 1997
Today, we received a letter from the Justice Department that
Li-Xia has been
granted the Dutch nationality.
Right after dinner
we decided to go to the town hall, which is open on Thursday evenings
until half past 7. When we arrived at 20 past 7, there were a lot
of people waiting. When we pulled a ticket it turned out there were
only three people waiting for us. We made our request for a passport
and were told to wait for it. Then we realized that all the people
waiting, were also waiting for their passport (or similar documents)
to be ready. It was around 8 that we could get the passport (as the
very last persons to be served), but the waiting was worthwhile.
A strange sensation that Li-Xia now has the Dutch nationality.
We immediately made some copies of the passport to send them to
China, as they may be help for the visa application.
Monday, April 7, 1997
In the months before we got married (which was yesterday three and half
year ago), we visited several perfumeries, looking for perfumes which
we might give as presents to some of our friends in Hong Kong and China.
I was given several samples for men, and I did try these during the
days before our marriage. I have forgotten which one I used on the
big day itself.
Yesterday, I found these samples again in my bed cupboard, and I put on
some `Red for men'
by Giorgio Beverly Hill. A description says:
Commitment with a pinch of seduction, a blend of 551 ingredients,
the scent is a woody fougere, containing a new note - sequoia -
from the redwood tree in northern California.
I have been `wearing' this one today as well. I have noticed that just
a small drop is enough to smell it the whole day. At the end of the day
you only smell it once in a while, but somehow this makes it interesting.
Tomorrow, I might try one of the other two.
Tuesday, April 8, 1997
After shave (Cont'd)
Today, I am trying
Obsession for man:
citrus top notes blend with clove, nutmeg and coriander; heart notes of
lavender, sage, herbs, vanilla, musk and myrrh, drying down to animal
and warm amber.
(I wonder whether this name is correct. It is sold by Calvin Klein, but
of course, he might have changed his name. Kleir is an existing surname,
but rather rare, there are only 3 entries in the
PeopleFinder telephone book. Their are at least 10 Calvin Klein's.)
Monday, April 14, 1997
Two and a half
Today, Annabel is two and a half year old.
She recently started to refer to herself with `ikke'. All Dutch children
tend to say `ikke' instead of `ik', which means `I' in Dutch.
This afternoon, the video art production `Naar het licht vissen - talking
about what's outside the house' by
Karin Bosch was presented. `Naar het licht vissen' means
something like `fishing after the light'. I did talk with Karin when
the first video art production was presented.
It is a really nice video art production she has made!!
My mother had her birthday yesterday.
We drove across the country to visit
her. We went back around eight after I had seen my first episode of
ST:Voy (rather different from ST:NG). Due to day light saving time, it
was still light when we left, but it gradually became darker and danker.
There were grey clouds high in the sky, like a kind of blanket rolled out.
I felt very clear and thought about many things, for example about what
heaven would be like. Is heaven more real then living on earth, I wondered?
Should we view sufferings as a blessing (as a means to learn new things)
or not? Often people say that heaven must be a boring place?
Wednesday, April 23, 1997
Yesterday, I wrote my first Java program. And it was not even an Applet!
Indeed, programming in Java is fun, but I do not see why Java is so
much better than C++ (judging all the pros and cons). Yes, it is true
that Java does not have pointers, but it has `Object', which is almost
Today, I got an email from Eric Angelini, telling that he
will publish the 48 solutions
I found (if I don't mind) in September in the Belgian newspaper
'Le Soir' where he has a column
about strange French words and puzzles "Bestiaire ebloui des
The puzzle was posted by him in rec.puzzles
under the subject `morse puzzle'.
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