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Wendy Maria, the musical

My dear friend and top Photoshop-artist Suus app’s me with a ‘brilliant idea’. There should be a musical! On a peanut searching for her roots. To get me motivated on that idea Suus has already designed the poster. A lot of laughing and joking smileys go back and forth. But if I have to be honest I think it’s a seriously good idea. Let me dream about that. Good night everyone!

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The birth of Indowees

A lot had happened since my call on Facebook. If there’s anything I could determine, it was that so many people sympathized with me. Thousands. I got new friend requests from people who wanted to follow my quest. They literally asked me to tell more about my story. My search began last November when I first contacted the My Roots Foundation. And actually even far before that. All my life I’ve been searching for ‘family’. Long before I started an actual search, in a way I was searching. As a child I was trying to find…

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A beautiful star in the sky

Today I learned Mrs. Vijverberg has deceased. Two weeks ago I got the chance to talk to her on the phone. I am so grateful for that opportunity. I wasn’t too late this time, like I was when searching for my biological mother. “It was meant to be,” daughter K. Vijverberg says. Rest in peace, dear lady Vijverberg. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking care of me – even if it were only for a few weeks – in Indonesia.

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And the press…

Besides BN De Stem other media are interested in our story also. The Dagblad van het Noorden (literal translation: daily of the north) wants to interview Victor, seeing he lives in the provence of Groningen (=in the north of the Netherlands). AD wants to write a story shedding a light on several sides of our story. I like that idea most. And RTV Noord is planning on filming our reunion. They’re going to report live when Victor and I meet again after 39 years. As it looks now, our reunion weekend in Groningen will be buzzing.

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Coffee with M.

It was her daughter, B., who approached me last week spontaneously through Facebook. B. wrote to me that her parents had lived in Jakarta for ten years, precisely during the period when I was (born and) adopted. “They know a lot about the adoptions in that time. They also have saved a lot of correspondence from back then.” If I wanted, I could contact them. Today I met M., B.’s mother. I won’t mention their full names, because this turns out to be still a sensitive matter to them. “Please just describe us as…

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Famous in Bergen op Zoom

Yes, we are in the newspaper! In the Saturday edition of BN De Stem (a regional newspaper in the south of the Netherlands). Following my Facebook call journalist Florence Imandt sent me a message earlier. The Brabant newspaper was interested in our story. She wanted to write an article about it, seen through the eyes of Lia and Coby since they live in Bergen op Zoom, the region Florence writes for. Lia and Coby (who are still totally overwhelmed by all the attention they’ve gotten in the past week) both reacted enthusiastically. The interview took…

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Interview with Martha

My Roots has managed to trace Martha Chen. Meanwhile, Ana has added me to a chatgroup on Facebook for adoptees who came to the Netherlands via Martha Chen like me. All born in 1977. One of the other adoptees turns out to have been in contact with Martha through al these years! I never knew Martha was still alive. There has also been a conversation with Martha. Ana has arranged one of her Indonesian contacts, Eko, to visit Martha. Eko has tried to figure out what Martha remembers of that time in the 70’s. The adoptions and…

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‘Totally amazed’

Never have I dared to dream that my story would inspire. Let alone fly all the way across the ocean. Yet it did. From the United States today I received the following message: Dear Wendy, I was just made aware of your story and am totally amazed at what you have’ve been able to do. Your efforts and the role played FB That should be written up in a book. I hope you will entertain Eventually That idea … I’m the founder of www.theindoproject.org in the USA and would like to have you tell your…

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