Nina Bobo, Somewhere over the rainbow & Indonesia Raya

A box of tissues would have come in handy. Yesterday the second My Roots Foundation-meeting took place at the Ambassy of Indonesia in The Hague. Finally I saw my ‘brothers and sisters’ again. Feels special. In the days before musical multi-talent Sander Metz and I had rehearsed our performance we were requested to give. That is: we sent each other mp4’s. Cause with both a full agenda and a long distance in between our residences, we decided this would work as a rehearsal also. And it did. Somehow we just manage to ‘find each other’…

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Radio

Radio station Omroep Brabant had noticed my Indowees-blog. “And so, by clicking through your website I found your name. And a phone number,” said the man on the phone whose name I didn’t catch. “I’m calling you about the story of Victor and his sister, that you wrote about. And Lia and Coby from Bergen op Zoom.” The fact that I was not Victor’s real sister, I had to explain first. Also the radioman was a bit surprised when he realized he was speaking to the ‘sister’ herself. He probably thought I…

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‘You were so cute’

Thus, one of the newspapers quoting Lia. Today our names are in the AD, BN De Stem, Dagblad van het Noorden, De Gelderlander and the PZC. Yesterday we were already overwhelmed by everything that happened, today we relive the whole thing by seeing our story published in several newspapers. Early this morning Karin, Victor’s girlfriend, sent me the article as published in the Dagblad van het Noorden. My parents let me know from Zeeland they had seen me in the PZC. And my dear friend Sandra (also adopted) sent me a message through Facebook that she spotted me in BN…

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Lia, Coby and us: 39 years later

It was raining hard. The Volvo’s windscreen wipers could barely keep up. Victor had already drove for more than two hours from his home in Groningen up to my house, including traffic jam. I myself had – thanks to my two toddlers who had been awake whole night – barely slept at night. Still, we were both in a strikingly sunny mood, when we drove to the airport around noon. This was a day that we had been looking forward to. Watch our special reunion with Lia and Coby. Tomorrow our story will be published…

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The Northern Daily

Good morning! After reading the announcement on the Facebook page of the Dagblad van het Noorden (Northern Daily), I suddenly feared the worst. Because if they were mistaken about our age (hello, 40 ??)… and they described Lia and Coby as tourists who picked us up at Schiphol …? For me it was exactly the reason why Saturday I asked for a preview of the article. For some fact-checking. Unfortunately the journalist said there would be no time for such, which made me a little nervous. Fortunately, this announcement appeared to be written by…

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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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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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The Vijverberg family also found

I receive messages from around the country. People who want to help me in my quest. From adoptees who identify with me. And from people who tell me they have been touched by my story. In return it touches me that so many people show their support and compassion. Ms. Vijverberg With results. Because now I’ve managed to trace Mrs Vijverberg too. The woman who took care of me for several weeks in Jakarta. Just before I flew to the Netherlands. Thanks to the Vijverberg family I was strong enough to make the greatest journey of my life….

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Victor found after 39 years!

I am completely overwhelmed. Speechless. And hyper. Today I made an appeal, which was shared massively on Facebook (the counter is currently at 6734 and still counting). And I can now inform you that it has worked … VICTOR HAS BEEN FOUND!!! We have just met on Skype. And oh how special this is. We can’t stop talking. Tears in my eyes as I’m writing this. Victor and I are also planning on visiting the two ladies that brought us to Holland – Lia Maas and Coby Tack – because THEY HAVE BEEN TRACED ALSO. Tomorrow I’m going to call both…

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