Monday, January 21, 2013

Het DijkHuis

Did you ever think that "Dream House" always sounds like a overstatement? I did, until I saw mine.


First, I saw my dream house, and it was everything I ever wanted, even though 'the wanting' was on a smaller scale.

Then it was nothing but still a dream, but maybe dreams could become reality too, if you put some planning into it.

Meanwhile, I took a year off the internet, and in this time I learnt a new language, I went back to study, I saw my family and played on the snow. It was beautiful.

Now, maybe, I am in the phase of pursuing the idea of creating some roots, therefore the house. And perhaps that is what I will do, and in the future I might even change the name of this blog from, Currently Lost - to - Finally Home.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Watch Persepolis

This weekend we watched the movies Colombiana, Midnight in Paris, Warrior, Friends with Benefits, Crazy Stupid Love and Mausam...goes without saying that TV was much more interesting than any of my travels to the cinema.

I watched it last night and the story is set in Iran/France depicting the life and voes of Marjane amidst revolution and war (it is the adaptation from the graphic novel). The spoken language is French and the subtitles were in Dutch and for those who know me its pretty much clear that I can hardly or decently understand either of those languages...but still...it was a heart warming lovely movie.

Its animation and if you don't like the genre I can understand, but I would still ask you to give this one a try.

If unlike me you do give lots of importance on understanding a movie on the first watch please go to Persepolis with english subtitling here.


Au revoir!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nederlands

Today I learnt how to count from 0 to 100 in Dutch...and it was beautiful :)
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bidding Farewell

On my last day at office I started thinking about what should I write in my farewell email, also how difficult it is saying goodbye to people that you have worked and interacted daily for over 3 years but are not your family or friends.

As you can imagine a lot of thought went into it for days, and I took many things into consideration, like:
  • How much have they bugged me for this many years
  • How many leaves was I denied
  • How much harassing did I face from customers and peers alike.

Being on a nasty mood that day I came up with the following:

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Dear Team(a$$wholes,mfs,slimeys)
As some of you know, today is my last day with (company name) 
(yay :D) and last week in India.


But before I leave, I wanted to remind you what a pleasure it was working with you for past 3 years NOT. I appreciate your support and feel I learned a great deal here, to what I am very thankful. NOT

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere love and appreciation to my friends and colleagues.(well not all of them but if i mention names here it wont be cool) 



I have learned a great deal from you and will dearly miss your company.(not at alllllllllllllllllll) It has been a great pleasure working with you all. (not u alllllllllllllllllllllllllll)

I hope we can stay in touch. (only the good ones, rest die)

Best wishes to everyone.(well this is actually true)
Sincerely,(not so much)

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So jokes apart, one of the determining thing was:  Why to be politically correct/polite to people from a place that made me feel miserable for the most of my tenure there? and the answer was, there were some exceptions.

In my last office I met my newest best friend, also known as Flovi, meanwhile I learnt a lot and achieved the goals i had set. Yet I knew I did not owe that to anyone apart of myself.
So why to write a huge letter of thanks if I knew there was nothing to thank?
Ungrateful? Maybe yes, and I didn't care.

For the content I decided:
  1. To actually send a Last day @ office email
  2. To keep it short (say 3 lines)
  3. Not to thank anyone (unless completely true, which wasn't the case) or cite names
  4. Not to make it personal or philosophical
  5. Not mention my email
Kind of mean, some co-workers might think, but that is exactly what they are co-workers, not long lost family, you don't have to apologize for keeping it real.

How could one call it appropriate and appreciate fake words? I for one would actually think of reading many of the farewell emails I got all this years if there were at least short forget about truth.

I really think its disrespectful to think that people would take time off their work to put 30 mins into reading someone blabbing away about people we dont know or can relate in a email sized like a Bible.
Kindly email you feelings and your sorrows and thanks and what nots for the concerned people for chrissake.

Strong feelings? I know, so below you can find my actual farewell email:

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Hello (Team name),

As you know today is my last day at work and still it can become quite busy :)

Wishing the best to all and hoping to stay in touch.

Kind Regards,
Deborah 
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Yes I gave them my Linkedin contact, cause they are my professional network after all and nothing else, my friends...well they already had my emails anyways.

In this last day letter writing thing, I realized that those who matter for you won't need it, those whose need, don't matter.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011