Another Beautiful Sunday in Hong Kong

Going to Hong Kong for a breath of fresh air – you gotta be kiddin’, right? In September / October 2015 this scenario is reality. Plagued by persistent haze from Indonesia, PSI readings in Singapore remind us of bad days back in Beijing a few years ago. Hop on a Tigerair flight just in time to join my […]

Attempting One of the Sisters (四姑娘山)

The 2015 incarnation of the annual spring-time excursion cum adventure led to us an attempt on the oldest of the Four Sisters in Aba County in Sichuan. Four Memorabilia: The drive from Chengdu to Rilong town in Aba County along the provincial road S303 lead us through a narrow valley heavily affected by the Wenchuan earthquake […]

A Pilgrimage to a Holy Lake

Over many many generations a belief runs in my family that the water of a small lake, hidden in the mountains near my hometown, has healing powers. My forefathers took long arduous journeys under their feet to reach the lake and bathe in it. During an absolutely splendid summer holiday in July 2015, I got curious and decided to […]

Der Mamil fliegt nach Kuching zum Veloele

Mamilomat fahren ist das Golf des 21. Jahrhunderts – die Menschheit macht Fortschritte. Freitagabend 10. Juli 2015, Changi Flughafen: das Merida sicher im neuen EVOC Sack verstaut, Unmengen von Mamil-Zubehör verpackt und eine urbane Schultertasche lässig umgehaengt. In der Lounge stopfe ich mir den Magen mit belegten Broten voll und trinke ein Glas Rotwein. Perfekter […]

Sichuan 2015 in a nutshell

24.05. SIN-CTU; cold Mala noodles in JinLi (admittedly touristee, but so what…), wine and great live music @ Riverside Bar-street (Siguan Road, opposite the Shang) 25.05. bumpy & choppy ride to Rilong along S303 through Wolong Panda Reserve – seven years post Wenchuan EQ 26.05. chill-in walk, fantastic sights in Changping valley 27.05. hike from […]

Tea @ Tiandi

A trip to Chongqing (for the China illiterati: Chongqing is a small village with 30 million inhabitants) brought me to the Tiandi district, where a Hong Kong real estate developer is trying to replicate the spirit of the original (上海天地) with a lot of commitment and money.                    […]

Exploring a New World

Im rather underexposed to the Levant, the Arab Peninsula and the Gulf region. I got a chance to extend a business trip by one day and spend some time meandering through Qatar (ie being chauffeured around an air conditioned Honda with a driver from Kerala…) Step 1: getting there from Singapore; flying via Dubai Step […]

de faahre ig uff kyoto….

seit vielen vielen Jahren wuensche ich mir, nach Kyoto zu reisen, dort DEN Steingarten mit DEN Mustern und DEN Bonsai-Gewuechsen reinzuziehen. So alles klappt, sollt’s in einer Woche soweit sein…….. dann noch was aus China: “a superior person does not hasten to achieve results”  – die wussten schon vor ein paar Tausend Jahren wie’s geht (aus […]