Author Archives: Kees Middelburg

About Kees Middelburg

Retired computer scientist

Lost Memories

After the three-week trip in April and May 1996 on which I visited Amsterdam, Bremen, Newcastle upon Tyne, Toulouse, Ankara, Bucharest, and Kiev, I took three short trips on which I visited only a single place, stayed for at most … Continue reading

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Everyday Life in Macau

Although I retain very good memories of my stay in Macau, there have been moments that I took a tremendous aversion to everyday life in Macau. On one of these moments, I wrote down the following story of a typical … Continue reading

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Typical Chinese Issues

I had heard and thought about typical Chinese issues such as “feng shui”, “losing face”, and “ancestor worship” long before I arrived in Macau for the first time, but I had not assessed the impact of these issues on everyday … Continue reading

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Watching for Fellows

On my trips for UNU/IIST, I was often picked up at the airport. I turned out to be much more relaxed if I knew that I was picked up. So I greatly appreciated it if someone picked me up. When … Continue reading

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My First Trips

On my first trip for UNU/IIST, I visited one place as a member of a delegation from UNU/IIST, and on my second trip for UNU/IIST, I visited different places in one go on my own. On the first trip, we … Continue reading

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Doing My Job

Chris George, the head of the development group, and I, the head of the research group, were replacing Dines Bjørner during his absences. The first time that I had to replace Dines was on Monday 5 February, about a month … Continue reading

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Seeing The Sights

My first and minor contact with the Macanese culture had taken place during my visit to Taipa and Coloane on Sunday 7 January. Being busy with settling in Macau and starting my new job, I had not yet really come … Continue reading

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Dining Out

Shortly after I moved into my appartment in the Edificio Lung Tou Kok, I had elaborate and sumptuous meals together with colleagues from UNU/IIST four days in a row: on Saturday 13 January, I took dinner with Richard Moore, his … Continue reading

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In Unfamiliar Surroundings

What I knew about Macau before I arrived there for the first time was that it was the most populous territory of the world, that it was Chinese territory under Portuguese administration from 1976, and that it was composed of … Continue reading

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Starting the New Job

Looking for an appartment and equipping the chosen appartment were not my only activities during my first ten days in Macau. I also began settling in to my job at UNU/IIST. I knew that my job included assisting the director, … Continue reading

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