This website is a story of a remarkable and beautiful girl turned woman in the orient. Alida was born Alida van de Kuinder, in Hilversum, Holland, on February 10, 1917. Her parents were Nico Van de Kuinder and Gerarda Rietveld. She has 2 younger brothers, Gerrit and Nico van de Kuinder.
She led a a simple, homely, life in Larenseweg 27, Hilversum, Netherlands.
After primary education she followed a night school on Household care. She was raised a Protestant, and converted to Roman Catholicism due to her marriage to Bob, but religion was not exactly her forte.
She studied the piano in her youth in Holland, and continued to study the piano in Indonesia as a housewife under the firm hand of Mr Szabo, a Hungarian piano teacher in Yayasan Pendidikan Musik Jakarta. This has allowed her to earn extra money for the household as a piano teacher herself.
She must have been the beauty of the town, cause she really has very good looks and features. She grew up in simplicity, went to the Household school and nothing really exciting was happening in her life. Until one day, at 20 yrs of age, she met this handsome Indonesian guy, Robert Maria Iskak (Bob).
That encounter has set her fate when she married him, which changed her whole life. Her World became more than just simple. She raised 4 children (all of them a public figure / celebrity in different degrees), had one still born son in Yogya, and 1 miscarriage. She was basically not too well off, due to the many different uprisings in Indonesia. Met so many friends, many of them wellknown political figures and celebrities. She went through all ups and downs of one that went through the Indonesian revolution and struggle for Independence, the Japanese and Dutch occupation, the Indonesian political struggle for stabilty.
But in the end - she still is simply .... Alida
We will attempt to portray her almost one century life, of which a substantial number of years, the productive years, were spend with Bob in Indonesia, the Orient.