October 31, 2013

Reasonable Reactions?

Internet brings us riches and fortune, mostly in the form of knowledge, or it should at least. Last week I unfortunately spent some time on the internet in specific places that had a negative impact on my view on human-beings and mostly the Dutch society as a whole. For it seems some are not using the internet for interactions or broadening their knowledge but instead try to reinforce their superficial knowledge on topics of which they cannot begin to comprehend the reality.
Somewhere I read that superficial knowledge is more dangerous than ignorance and this become very apparent last week. I will not discuss the topics but instead the reactions to keep it short, hopefully.

October 28, 2013

A friendly voice

It was quite a shock when I opened the letter from Aegon to realize that my car insurance had almost run out. I was already 3 weeks late with payment! Aaargh! Just when I thought I was on top of things. However, seeing as the letter had been sent to my old address, (I left that house back in 2009), it wasn't so strange after all.
So, what did I do, (after making a quick internet payment)? I tried to change my address - online. It always seems like the most logical step is to go online and arrange whatever you need.  I soon realized that it's not logic but rather the human touch that overcomes the technology.

A rose for the kind Aegon rep
I finally spoke to!
"Sign up to MijnAegon" the website clearly invited me. So, I clicked this link and that one and finally got to a longish form where I could put in all my personal data (a little annoying since you'd think they would have my data if I just put in the Policy number?) However, I put the information in - and lo and behold - an error message. Grrrrr.... Now it's true that I did this the first time late at night, on my ipad, in bad light. My eyesight isn't quite as good as it used to be, so perhaps I made a mistake. I tried again. Nope, same error message.

This morning I tried again, in better light, wearing reading glasses, on my computer. Again same #@(& error message. So, I called the helpdesk. The first time a recording asked me to give my name, my address, my postcode, the reason I was calling. Yes, I had to do it twice... And when they finally transferred my call - the phone got disconnected.

Luckily this morning I had PLENTY of patience left, so I called again, spoke very clearly into the darn answering machine and this time, was actually transferred to a real human being.

October 20, 2013

In Time

"It is not a matter of time
it is a matter of effort"
Many, many, many, deadlines ahead. One keeps thinking: "in time, just a couple years longer". Suddenly I realised this is not at all the way things work. As time passes we accomplish things but not because of time itself but because of the effort we put in our accomplishments. Most revelations in my life do not last long so I surely hope this one will, because the reality is that there is very little time left and much effort needed to reach my goals.

October 14, 2013

Week's End.

So what happened? Well, almost 27 hours of work since Friday and the absence of my laptop (among many other things).

October 8, 2013

Leaving China - Journal 15 - Laszlo Schenkhuysen

After being in China for over almost six months now I came to realize it was almost coming to an end. Because I knew it would be a while before I would have to possibility to come back to this amazing country, therefor I chose to spend the last five weeks traveling and exploring China. In these five weeks I have encountered strange, amazing and stunning events. From walking through the numerous crowded cities, driving on a scooter through the authentic landscape, to walking through the mountains for several days when taking a Buddhist route, all left a great impression on me and made the moment of departure even more frightening.

October 4, 2013

The Table Challenge

After my last class yesterday (almost)evening I rushed to buy a table at Ikea. The kind of foldable type that would fit nicely in my cosy(read: tiny) studio located in the historic city centre of Amsterdam.