One day at the time ...

Happy Birthday on the 3rd day of the Beijing Olympics 2008

Submitted by patho on Sat, 09/08/2008 - 21:03

No longer quite sure whether I am reporting on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, as days are collapsing into one while working nightshifts, aggrevated by the six hours timezone difference, which we never had time to fully digest. In a way this nightshift has been a blessing, as it tolerates to put one's mind in order. Everything seems to co-incide these days, as my father would have turned 75 if he wouldn't have died 2 days ago.

Luckely I was granted 3 great medidative moments before, during and after this shift.


Submitted by patho on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 11:23

A day I'll remember for the rest of my life in more then one way. Got a bit late for my working shift this morning, as subway transfer line 10 to 8 was completely locked down at Beitucheng for the common public (in fact you required a VIP sign on your Accreditation Card). Luckily Olympic bus 1 or 2 nearby dropped me off almost right in front of DQH.

Tea with Xiao Mei in Ten Fu's

Submitted by patho on Wed, 06/08/2008 - 16:05

Did very little today apart from completely configuring my new Samsung smartphone, reading and studying. At some point I ventured down the embassy area towards Tiananmen, when I saw a great foldable bike from about 680 yuan, which I probably buy to become much more mobile in the Olymic Parc and beyond. On my way, I stepped in to buy some good quality Chinese tea, when Xiao Mei called me on my (new) mobile phone (with local chinese number). In fact she was just living a few blocks away, so she joined me for a nice chat with the tea ladies in the shop.

Final Rehearsal on D-day minus 2

Submitted by patho on Wed, 06/08/2008 - 07:40

Bits of underground 8 into the Olympic Park from line 10 are undergoing final preparations, so going to work is not yet as convenient as it will be during the Games. Actually I was off duty today (advance recuperation for a series of long day/night shifts coming), so I just made acquaintance with my Duty Manager, printed all procedures to read and made sure I could gain access to all systems to do my work.

Touchdown in Beijing

Submitted by patho on Sun, 03/08/2008 - 23:46

Writing my second entry on the Olympic Games feels far more natural. That's because the party has started, and we're now all physically part of IT. Saturday 2nd July 2008 I went off at a good start, joined my collegues Rik Van Hespen, Frederic Coppens, Shijun Zhang and her daughter Zang Li (Lili) Pollet at Brussels International Airport, after Shanshan dropped me at the Kiss & Ride and (accidently) queuing at the VRT check-in near Lieven van Gils from Sporza.

Becoming a Piece of the Beijing XXIX Olympiad

Submitted by patho on Sun, 13/07/2008 - 22:29

After my VUB ("Free University of Brussels") post-graduation a week ago, what I already knew since mid January 2008 – being selected as a Belgian Volunteer of the Atos Origin Olympic IT Support Team – is now slowly but surely dawning upon me: Within 25 days I will be granted the joy & honour of becoming a piece of the clockwork behind the XXIX Olympiad staged for the first time in history in the capital of the Middle Kingdom.

Sunny Sunday in Seattle

Submitted by patho on Sun, 23/03/2008 - 16:59

Way back in June 2005, I spent my very first time near Seattle (Washington State) for the Microsoft BizTalk 2006 Technology Adoption Program. That's when I finally learned that Redmond - Microsoft's HQ - is located far/up North/West of the United States - with it's wet feet in Pacific Ocean - about 225 kilometers South of Vancouver in British Colombia (Canada).