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Top 2000 cafe

This morning we visited the Top 2000 cafe at the Media Park in Hilversum. Since 1999 every year during one week in November the listeners can submit their favorite songs. This year the list of best 2000 songs was voted together by a record 3.2 million votes (by 240 thousand people). The broadcast was from Christmas at noon until New Year’s Eve. The café is a temporary studio, since 2010 specially build in the museum for Sound & Vision. For more information:

Top 2000 Cafe, Media Park Hilversum (NL)

Top 2000 Cafe, Media Park Hilversum (NL)

New floor

28 and 29 December. Between Christmas and New Year’s we removed a big part of the old laminate floor upstairs and replaced it with a new one with a different, darker look: old redwood. Thanks to Michel Goudswaard for all his advises and hard work.


Sa 08-Dec-2012: Sinterklaas evening

Sa 08-Dec-2012: We celebrated the traditional Dutch “Sinterklaas Evening” tonight. After a lovely dinner by Yvonne we all gathered together. After reading the Sinterklaas rhyhms we all had to unwrap our presents. Danique was dressed to the occasions as “Zwarte Piet”.

Sa 08-Dec-2012: Sinterklaas celebration with family. Danique as Zwarte Piet.

Sa 08-Dec-2012: Sinterklaas celebration with family. Danique as Zwarte Piet.

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Fr 07-Dec-2012: First snowfall


Today we saw the first snowfall of the 2012-2013 winter season in our backyard. People are advised to stay home. The kids in our neighbourhood just love it.

Su 02-Dec-2012: Visiting Sinterklaas in Muiderslot residency

Su 02-Dec-2012. Today Danique, Sjoukje and Ton visited Sinterklaas in his national residency in Muiderslot (Muiden, NL). This 400 year old castle is where Sinterklaas stays this year with his Black Piets and all the presents he took with him on his steamboat from Spain. The castle was the stage of this years Sinterklaas movie.

We took the ferry from Ijburg (Amsterdam) to Muiden. When we arrived at the Muiderslot castle we met Sinterklaas and his black Piets and we got a half hour tour. The ferry then sailed us back to Ijburg. Of course today Danique was dressed for the occasion in a Piet suite.

Fr 30-Nov-2012: André Rieu in Ziggo Dome (Amsterdam)

Fr 30-Nov-2012: Tonight we went to the André Rieu concert in the Ziggo Dome (Amsterdam) with Henk and Yvonne. Our parents were also invited as the concert tickets were our gift for their 55th anniversary in June of this 2012. Unfortunately mom was not feeling well enough to join us, so she stayed home with dad. We had sold their tickets online on the day of the concert but we all have decided to go to the concert anyways.

P.S. Danique slept over at Femke’s house for the first time.

Su 11-Nov-2012: Danique’s swim certificate A

Su 11-Nov-2012 16.15: Today Danique was tested for the international Golden Frog swim certificate. She was also allowed to do the test for the national A diploma (see picture). She passed both tests.

Su 11-Nov-2012: Danique's swim certificate A.

Su 11-Nov-2012: Danique’s swim certificate A.

Karlsson-MLine Boxspring bed

New bed

22-Sep-2012: Today we ordered our new bed. It’s a Norwegian Karlsson Silkeborg Modern base with an M Line Slow Motion 4 mattress. This combination should be the guarantee for years of sleeping comfort. We purchased with a 19% state tax. From October 1, 2012 this tax will increase to 21%.

New office


Today is the first time I’m working in our new office location. It still smells new.

Vacation Italy – Photo albums

Vacation Italy 2012 (Google+ version)

Vacation Italy 2012 (Google+ version)

14/30-Aug-2012: We spent our vacation at the Adriatic Coast of Nothern Italy this year. Read all about it. Pictures albums are available via Google+ or Picasa.

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