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I was blogged forward by xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct) in his blog. This blog is a part of the “Blog It Forward” challenge.

My name is Tom, notorious for my rather strange but humouristic view of the world around me. I live in Mechelen, one of the main historic cities in Belgium. Mechelen was once the capital of the Netherlands, back in the days when Belgium didn’t exist yet, and the current Netherlands combined with Flanders formed a single country. (Eat that Antwerp! )

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Picture on the left is the tower of Mechelen’s Cathedral, Picture on the right is me with mickey mouse ears. (in the spirit of Moshe’s donkey ears)

When I was studying at college, the last thing I ever wanted to be was a Consultant, let alone in the SAP area. I was much more interested in web development and couldn’t be arsed about functional requirements. The only thing that mattered were the right colours and flashy layouts. Things took a strange turn, because 2 months after graduating I started as an ABAP developer.

Pretty soon though, I was back at web development with WebDynpro for ABAP, and I’ve managed to stay far away from that dull grey GUI ever since. I still care a lot about the user friendly lay-out, but I’ve learned to like the functional logic just as well. I didn’t limit myself to WDA though. I kept on looking for interesting new technologies that could help increase the user’s efficiency. This lead me to mobility, SAPUI5, NW Neo and it will still lead me much further in the future.

A fun fact about my country:

Apparently, the best Top Executives and CEO’s come from Belgium. Other than that, Belgians are the nr 1 Champagne drinkers…. in the world.

What was your dream job as a kid?

Funny you should ask. I actually have once written a little article on Childhood Dreams. To summarize: I wanted to be an inventor, and a writer, and also a King.

So far, I’m still on track .

What is your favourite place in the world?

Outdoors. Doesn’t matter in which country. As long as I can be outdoors, walk in a forest, ride my bike through the fields, or sit beside the water, I’m happy. I’m not much of a city person. I don’t like busy places so much. Studies have showed that nothing triggers creativity better than a natural environment full off plants and flowers. (which is why I brought my own desk plants to work.)

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What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?

The most fun project I ever had, was when I got invited to write WebDynpro for ABAP guidelines at Nestlé.

a) It’s in Suisse, at lake Geneva

b) I was one of the youngest consultants working at the Quality and maturity department

c) It was my first encounter with the tasks expected from an architect.

d) It was during summer and during the Montreux Jazz Festival, which was like 30 minutes by train.

e) I’ve met a lot of very interesting people there.


I’m blogging it forward to :


And I would like them to reply to one or all of the following questions:

  • What’s your favourite food?
  • Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?
  • Can you tell us something about your hobby?

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  1. Susan Keohan

    Hi Tom, and welcome to the #BIF initiative.

    First off, there is a button () which allows you to change the delivered SAPGUI screen to another color.  I use pink for production, because everything is just rosy there.

    Second, You do not mention Chocolate while working at Nestle.  Um. Oversight?

    Third, I am very happy you are on track for your childhood dreams!  Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Tom Van Doorslaer Post author

      ah, I absolutely did not overlook chocolate.

      Nestle chocolate is pretty good, but I’m from Belgium.

      The land of Beer, Waffles, Chocolate and “Manneke Pis”

      though to beat that 🙂

      On a side note though (and maybe interesting for Luke Marson too). When I was in Suisse, I discovered the best beer I ever tasted. Actually, it wasn’t even beer anymore. It was more some sort of a Meade. Based on grain and honey, it had an absolute lovely taste.

      There’s a little bar in Vevey, just accros hotel “Les Negociants” which specializes in beer. They have a beer menu of 14 pages. (admittedly, 7 of those pages are reserved for Belgium).

      The one I’m talking about is called “La fleure de l’abeille” and is brewed in a small abbey in Switzerland.

      I wouldn’t mind going back there for a holiday

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      1. Luke Marson

        Hi Tom,

        Thanks for the tip. Once I’ve tried 1000 Belgian beers I’ll hunt down this one – I’m quite a mead fan 🙂 .

        Best regards,

        Luke

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          1. Luke Marson

            I’ve only just noticed your comment about Antwerp. And to think that I just Liked your blog! 😉

            Maybe when I’m back home we can meet sometime. Unfortunately the next few weeks take me to Norway, Canada and Oman, so it might not be soon.

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            1. Marilyn Pratt

              I noticed that too “the comment about Antwerp” and I’ll like this blog as well although my mother was born in Antwerpen on her parents’ way to Ellis Island from their little town of Auchwitz (so maybe that doesn’t really qualify as being exactly “from” Antwerpen) 😉 .

              Still, lots of great factoids to enjoy in this entertaining blog.  Bravo to Tom!

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