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Jan's Daily Notes Posted on 2008-06-01 12:32PM

I have been off the air for a long time now so I guess that I owe people an explanation.

First of all I have been very busy here in Singapore since I came back to Asia in the end of February.

On the 18th of March I was admitted to hospital with chest pains in National University Hospital here in Singapore. After an overnight stay they discharged me but put me on blood pressure medication and cholesterol medication.

On 16th of April I underwent a socalled nuclear stress test where I had a radioactive tracer injected into my bloodstream while I was on a threadmill and then after that my heart region was scanned.

On the 28th of April I was admitted again, this time with heavy chest pains. In the meantime they had received my results from the stress test which indicated that I had a possible coronary artery problem.

On the 29th of April I had a Coronary Angiogram taken which is an invasive procedure inserting a probe into the main artery from my right groin up to my heart. During this procedure they found that two of my coronary arteries were slightly blocked. In order to be sure about the flow through my heart they inserted a pressure wire (I was taken out for 3 hours) and measured the flow. The result was that the flow of blood was satisfactory. However, I do have to change my lifestyle and especially with regards to what I am eating. The diagnose is minor coronary disease. I have to continue my medication for blood pressure and cholesterol as well as blood thinning medication for the rest of my life.

During all of this our lovely daughter Isabella has grown and is steadily becoming a beautiful little lady. In the following pictures she is obviously showing off a little. She is just so cute. Our son, who will be born in the begining of July, looks a little bit like Isabella when Girlie had her 4-D scan done a couple of weeks ago.

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Isabella is definitely turning out to become a little lady and according to her mom she is also behaving very well.


Outdated laws

Jan's Daily Notes Posted on 2007-11-10 11:09AM

Like many other countries the United Kingdom (Great Britain) has never really completely revised their laws to suit the world we live in today. Following are 10 funny examples:

1. It is illegal to die in The Houses of Parliament (I guess you risk being executed if you die there!).

2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upsidedown (Monarchs are so sensitive).

3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (I would really like to see the reason for this one!).

4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day (Oh yes they can!).

5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter (I wonder what the punishment would be if you dont let them in?).

6. A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet (It woulld be a sight for sore eyes to see a woman filling up the helmet of a bobby).

7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen (And the rest is left to rot).

8. It is illegal to avoid telling the taxman anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing (Try and read that a few times and then explain it to someone else!).

9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armor (Does that mean the police must not enter if wearing a bulletproof or flak jacket?).

10. In the city of York, it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (Most likely a legacy from William Wallace, Braveheart).

I wonder if similar laws may still be found in Denmark……..lets hope not! smileysmiley

President for a day

Jan's Daily Notes Posted on 2007-11-05 04:32PM

This weekend we drove from Subic to Angeles City Saturday and checked in to the Angeles Beach Club Hotel (

I had decided to make the weekend a bit special so I had booked the Presidential Suite for an overnight stay.

We arrived around 1.30 PM at the hotel and without really knowing what to expect we checked in and had a small army of helpers assisting us in carrying 1 suitcase, 1 backpack and two small bags to our room. It turned out that there were only two rooms on the top floor: The Penthouse Suite and the Presidential Suite.

Opening the door and stepping into the suite was not like anything I have ever done before. The suite consists of a very large living room with 3 large sofa’s, a dinning table for four persons, various cabinets and a rather large flat TV (not in the pictures) as may be seen on the pictures below

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Outside was a terrace the size that can even compete with the terrace in our house in Samar.

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The suite was equipped with a large bathroom containing a large jacuzzi with the possibility of watching DVD movies, a massage shower cabin with a small sauna attached, a toilet, a bidet and two sinks. Furthermore the suite has an additional toilet.

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The bedroom was equipped with probably the largest bed I have ever slept in. I think 4-5 adults could have slept in that bed at the same time.

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The suite also contained a small office facility with a computer, phone and fax.

Obviously we did not leave the suite during our stay but had all our meals brought up as room service. Why waste the space of a good terrace when you can sit outside and enjoy your dinner and breakfast.

The room apparently also came with some complimentary things like a large bottle of white wine in a wine cooler and a large tray of fruits.

We enjoyed the stay and I think Isabella did too. Our nanny (Girlie’s aunt) had a problem believing that a hotel had rooms like this. The only downside came when it was time to settle the bill. I chipped up 385 USD for one night but on the other hand, a little luxury now and then is invigorating. I think we may make this a monthly event…at least as long as I am working in Subic.

Baptismal of Isabella

Jan's Daily Notes Posted on 2007-11-02 08:43AM

I finally managed to get a week off work so I went to Manila Tuesday night 23. Oct in order to meet up with Girlie, Isabella and my mother in law. I went to HP Wednesday morning to deliver my laptop because the wireless function had stopped working. That morning I started to get a cold and was not feeling too good.

Girlie, Isabella and Rosita (mother in law) turned up around 14:00 hrs so we packed up and went straight to the Danish Consulate where we were met with open arms. They were very helpful when we had to fill in the applications for Isabella’s Danish passport. So now we will end up being two out of three with a Danish passport but Girlie still cannot get a residence visa to Denamrk so she can come and go as she please thanks to the Danish petty racist policies (a country inhabited by village idiots).

Thursday 25. Oct we went to the Norwegian Embassy to apply for a Schengen visa for Girlie for our trip to Denmark which will be postponed to the end of January because we cannot get tickets for New Year (we can but they are very expensive). Again, it seems odd that you can go to a Danish consulate and get a passport but not a visa (Danish logic or lack of it).

Thursday afternoon Girlie’s friend Lhen and her two kids Christina and Michael joined us. They had come to the Philippines for a vacation and we had not seen Lhen since 2002 when she moved to The US with her husband.

Friday 26. Oct we flew from Manila to Calbayog on the island of Samar where I spent the rest of the day in bed because of my cold.

Saturday 27. Oct we went to the local church where Isabella was baptised. It was a private low key event. However, later the whole village came around for food and drink plus the unavoidable Videoke.

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Blog ImageBlog ImageBlog ImageBlog ImageBlog ImageBlog ImageBlog ImageThe day went well but my cold had gotten worse and I had a short spell of fever later in the day. Unfortunately we later learned that I had managed to pass the cold on to everybody including Isabella.


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