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Daily picture from Amsterdam

September 18, 2010

I love Amsterdam where I have been living since 1971. Its name stems from a dam on the river Amstel. Have a look at the fantastic collection of daily pictures from Amsterdam life photographer Thomas  Schlijper is publishing on his site. I have searched it on “Amstel” and in thumbnails. My newspaper de Volkskrant called Schlijper’s daily picture rightly ‘Amsterdam’s living room”.

Solar power, electronics and mobile telephony bring water to Kenya villages

February 15, 2010

Telecommunications operator Safaricom’s M-PESA enables already 8.8 million subscribers in Kenya to send and receive money through their mobile phones. It also contributes to entirely new applications that can leverage this mobile payment system. ‘Computerised water’ is one of them. See the M-PESA YouTube video(more…)

Twitter useful for companies?

October 25, 2009

Using Twitter can be a useful addition in the public communication mix of companies, only if the info of 140 characters is relevant for early adaptors. This is one of the key conclusions I draw from research Laurens Roos reported in the October 2009 issue of the Dutch Communicatie magazine.


Highlights from the road back to Makassar

September 17, 2009

Back in Makassar from the high land of Toraja. We left the Marante Hotel at 07:10; first hours wit mountains and Tonkonans. Impressive again for a few hours. We made a nice  coffee stop at Mrs HJ Jemma’s place in Enrekang. She had dreamt last night about her Dutch friend Jan, who lives in Canada but now works in Africa. We look a like, a photo showed. So we made another photo.


This is Jan (picutre from a picture)


And this is me with the lady.


The beauty of Toraja

September 16, 2009

Driving around Toraja and doing occasional walks bring me the beauty of this land of mountains.


The Tongkonan’s in the form of a saddle or a ship are beautiful


Fantastic ceremony in Toraja

September 16, 2009

Toraja lies 1,500 above sea level in the mountains of central Sulawesi. We started at the animal market, where people were buying bulls and pigs for a funeral ceremony we are seeing later today.


Beautiful Tongkonan’s, traditional houses that seem to pop up around every bend in Toraja land.


After sales Bandung

September 13, 2009

Here are a few pictures from after the last concert in Bandung.


Me selling all the CDs we carried. Monica left 43 behind with

a hotel in Ambon that was interested in selling them locally.


Monica signing her CD for enthusiastic fans.

Photo story from Haruku visit

September 7, 2009

On 6 September we went by speed boat to Haruku, the island where Monica’s father was born.


A view from the village.


Ambon crowd embraces Boi Akih

September 6, 2009

Around 600 people crowded the Taman Budaya (cultural centre) in Karang Panjang, the Karpan hills outside of Ambon city. The show started 45 minutes late. The band played one inspiring set of 90 minutes  and drew many responses from the crowd through hand clapping and singing along with certain Moluccan passages from the band’s Lagu Lagu album.

On he day of the concert their press conference made the front page of the Saur Maluku newspaper. The picture clearly shows how tired everybody is of the little sleep because of the travelling.



Ambon diary – 4 September

September 6, 2009

It was a plleasant drive along the bay from the airport to Ambon city. Many postcard views, as Maarten Onstein said, of green fields and nice local houses on the coast.

The Amboina hotel is pleasant, with clean rooms.

Heavy rains in the night and in morning 5 September. Late breakfast, with hagelslag and old songs playing in the reastaurant. Hagelslag is one of the Dutch remainders, offered in Indonesia, says Niels. Early Charlie Parker, Dizy Gillespie and Miles Davis black and white posters on the wall.

Combining a tour with family visits what Monica and Niels do is quite unique, Maarten observes. It started right on the first night in Jakarta, with Monica’s nephew, his wife and son joining us. Famly was queuing after the first concert. Nephews, uncle’s aunties showed up ever since.

11:45 screaming school girls in uniform and under umbrellas pass under my window, some of them take the yellow-green Angkutan kota local bus that stops every 30 seconds on two corners near the hotel. Many bercak cycle rikshaws peddle around hunting for customers in their little cube with plastic against the rain. Most of the cyclists themselves have half long plastic covers, in all colours.


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