Monday, May 31, 2010

Fish ponds at the Hotel

Just finished another walk through the nice Hotel facilities, while waiting for my transfer to the airport. Had to look than at the many wonderful fish ponds and memories came to my mind, that just a few days ago we were feeding the fish together. Remember? Whatever I do here now in Bali, while waiting for departure, I just can see you and me doing so much here together. IMYSM!
By now you must have a busy afternoon in the office in Phnom Penh, hope you can feel there all this great memories of our time here in Bali with you. ILYSM

Some photo impressions of our Hotel

While I have to wait for my flight tonight, I just stay at our Hotel here in Bali and even discovered while walking around some parts of the Hotel we have not been to, so some more photo impressions with this posting.
Been great to talk with you for a moment at the phone, to hear your voice and to know that you arrived well in Phnom Penh. IMYSM!!!

Just finished breakfast at Hotel

Right now I finished breakfast at our Hotel in Bali,  even I felt not hungry at all. Always had to look at the empty chair opposite to me. Even some Hotel staff at the breakfast place were asking me where you are. IMYSM!

Grey and rainy morning in Bali


View from the balcony of our room in Bali

It is a rainy and grey morning right now, here in Bali. Whatelse could it be, because you are not here, so the weather just reflects and shows how I feel. I am up now, but still tired and lazy in our room. And you? How was your night at the airport in Kuala Lumpur? Hope you well and safe. In about two hours your flight will leave there for Phnom Penh. IMYSM!

Germany wins Eurovision Song Contest

Germany won this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo on Saturday with the punchy pop number "Satellite" sung by Lena, a 19-year-old from Hannover.

"I'm so happy and so thankful and so grateful and I never thought that we could do this," said Lena Meyer-Landrut, who just completed her high school exams.

It's the second time Germany has won the legendary song contest in its 55-year history after Nicole’s “A Little Peace” in 1982.

Dark red lips trembling with emotion, the singer told the show's hosts she did not feel strong enough to lift her trophy.

"Thank you! This is so absolutely awesome and I feel like just, this is not real," she said, a German flag in her hands.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100530-27519.html



Remember we talked about this contest during our time together, here in Bali? I just wake up in the Hotel, still pretty tired. Have to stay now till this evening here in Bali, without you Bali really lost its magic. IMYSM!

Love Quote

A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee.
~ William Shakespeare

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunset at the beach in Bali

Sunset at our Hotel beach in Bali. :-( Wish you were here with me. IMYSM! Now you waiting at the airport for boarding to get your flight to Kuala Lumpur and from there tomorrow morning to Phnom Penh. Very sad moments for both of us. I have to wait till tomorrow evening to get back to Germany. Dont want to leave without you. ILYSM

Love Quote

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Our last evening in Bali

This is now our last evening in Bali, not really a easy evening and night, as it means that tomorrow we travel together to Bangkok and from there depart from each other to Cambodia and Germany. After our good and long talk regarding our future and wedding next year, we spend some good time in the Hotel pool, than a nice drink at the bar near the beach and than nice dinner at the italian restaurant together. ILYSM

Nice place to learn German

This morning we spend in our Hotel facilities here in Bali and found a nice, quiet place to enjoy the sun and nice, warm weather while learning German together.

Love Quote

Love is shown in your deeds, not in your words.
~ Fr. Jerome Cummings 

Friday, May 28, 2010

Learning German together in Bali

After our day trip yesterday across the island, we spend the morning just to relax in our Hotel here in Bali and to do some cloths and gift shopping near by. As the afternoon was pretty clouded and also some rainy, we spend first some lazy time watching TV together and than spend a few hours learning German together, to finish the first book of your German course together, before soon in June the second course begins, to move forward to getting your German certificate for our wedding. Very proud how good you learn German and I hope I can help you more and better to improve in all your efforts and hard work. So today a big part of our time in Bali learning German together. ILYSM

Love Quote

Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle.
~ Crystal Middlemas

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bali textile tour

Today we spend another day, exploring Bali together with a tour guide and driver. This time we focused in this tour on Bali traditional textile and handicraft products. Really interesting to see so many products and the places where they are hand made. Along the way we could also see some very nice landscape and had some nice lunch at the seaside.

Love Quote

Without love our life is a ship without a rudder, like a body without a soul.
~ Sholem Aleichem

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shopping in Kuta, Bali

After relaxing this morning, because we were back to Hotel late last night from live music, we spend some time today to visit Denpasar, the capitol of Bali. Later back from there we spend some time for sightseeing and shopping in Kuta. We bought some nice T-Shirts and some other nice things.

Trying Durian fruit

Yesterday during our trip around Bali, I was able to try for the first time Durian. A fruit, which smells a lot when cut open and even when taking a first bite, this smell can be tasted, before the taste finally turns sweet. Interesting taste, but not really a fruit which could become one of my favorites.

Love Quote

Real love stories never have endings.
~ Richard Bach

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

At the Hard Rock Cafe Bali

Tonight for some great live music at the Hard Rock Cafe Bali, really enjoy the rocking music here together.

Day Trip, exploring Bali

Today we spend the day with a very friendly tour guide and driver to explore this wonderful island of Bali. Among the places we visited been a waterfall, a Hinduist temple, warm vulcano springs and the only
Buddhist monestary in Bali, with some great Stupas and very peaceful surroundings in the mountains.

Love Quote

I love you -- I am at rest with you -- I have come home.
~ Dorothy L. Sayers

Monday, May 24, 2010

First day in Bali

Today we spend our first complete day in Bali. First walking along the beach, than some window shopping and after we met the guy from our travel company at the Hotel, we had some lunch and rest in our nice and comfortable room. Later we left the Hotel, again for some window shopping and even bought a few nice things. Interesting, when we walk around to see also all the Hinduist temples and buildings along the way. Evening and dinner we spend than at the Hard Rock Cafe here in Bali, been really nice there. We will go there again during our stay, when they have live music.

Arrived in Bali

Now we finally arrived yesterday, early evening, in our Hotel in Bali. Seems to be a very nice place, little bit like paradise, its been already evening here, so not much time to explore the place, just some dinner and some short walk on the nearby beach. Happy to have now our vacation time together. Hope the days will be long and time moving slowly, to enjoy our time here and explore a little bit this beautiful island.

Love Quote

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than it was because he was he and I was I.
~ Michel Montaigne

Sunday, May 23, 2010

At the airport in Kuala Lumpur

We arrived now at the airport in Kuala Lumpur and wait here for our connection flight to Bali. So our vacation destiny comes closer. Not much time to walk or look around here at the airport, as our flight will leave soon. Great feeling to travel together, side by side, to our vacation place.

At the airport in Phnom Penh

Right now we are at the airport in Phnom Penh, waiting for our flight to Kuala Lumpur. Even we go now on our long waited for vacation in Bali, it is still not so easy for me to leave Cambodia behind, as Cambodia is also my home and I really enjoyed so much the days with you there. Look forward now to our vacation.

Love Quote

A life of love lasts forever.
~ Leo Buscaglia

Saturday, May 22, 2010

'Thailand Has Moved Closer to Civil War'

The Thai government has brutally suppressed a two-month uprising in the capital. But even if the protesters have been routed for now, their call for new and legitimate elections remains, along with the threat of further violence. German commentators warn of the risk of civil war.

Downtown Bangkok was experiencing an uneasy calm Thursday after the Thai military cleared a protest camp in the capital's Lumpini Park on Wednesday. Hours of street battles Wednesday ended with seven leaders of the so-called Red Shirts, or anti-government protesters, arrested and at least 14 people dead. Red Shirt leaders called for an end to over two months of street demonstrations -- though it wasn't clear if the rank-and-file would listen.


The Red Shirts, formally known as the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, represent Thailand's rural majority, the normally impoverished class of farmers and villagers who saw their living standards rise under former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. In 2006, a different round of protests by the country's elites and middle class against what they saw as corruption in the Thaksin regime ended in a military coup. Thaksin was removed by force, and the Red Shirt movement has called for new elections ever since.

In March, tens of thousands of Red Shirt protesters flooded Bangkok to protest the legitimacy of the current prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva. By April, Abhisit had declared a state of emergency. But the protesters remained, and tension mounted, with bombings and skirmishes around the capital. On May 13, an unknown sniper shot a renegade general named Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdiphol -- better known as Seh Daeng, or Red Commander -- while he spoke to a reporter for The New York Times.

The violence has shattered the image of Thailand as a placid tourist paradise. The small kingdom has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932, with a respected but now-elderly figurehead, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on the throne since 1946. But the current unrest is just a new manifestation of decades of social tension between Thailand's rural majority and its ruling elite.

German commentators on Thursday see a threat of civil war. Most of them call for new elections, as well as more sympathetic attention from the West.

To read more and what german newspaper wrote about the situation in Thailand: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,695879,00.html

Visiting the "Killing fields" near Phnom Penh

This morning we visited the "Killing fields" near Phnom Phen, a Genocide memorial place, where the Red Khmer killed thousands of their fellow people in a very cruel and sad way. Very touching to see this place and even still feel the suffering of many people there. Hard to find words, for what we have seen there.
Part of the memorial place is a huge Stupa, which is filled with numberless bones of victims of this inhuman regime. I took the time to walk three times around the Stupa, based on a Buddhist tradtion, speaking the Mantra of the Buddha of limitless light, for the dead and in their memory, showing respect to this place and the suffering it brought to so many families and cambodian people.




On our way back to the Hotel we had some lunch, at a restaurant of a charity organisation which helps street and dump kids to get a education and find their way into life. Good that such organisations are able to work in Cambodia, I have a big respect for all their efforts. From there just back to the Hotel, spending some time to rest and relax together, before we leave soon for dinnner and prepare our stuff and suitcases for our flight tomorrow to Bali.

Love Quote

"In the opinion of the world, marriage ends all, as it does in a comedy. The truth is precisely the opposite: it begins all."
(Anne Sophie Swetchine)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lazy afternoon in Phnom Penh

After our lunch with great cambodian food, I spend a lazy afternoon in our Hotel room, falling asleep, while you were back in office working. Now you will be coming home, soon from office, so we will have a great weekend together and leave than on Sunday for our vacation in Bali. ILYSM!


View from our room at Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh

Morning in Phnom Penh

This morning, after our breakfast in the Hotel and after you left for office, I walked from Sunway Hotel towards the Independence Monument. Pretty hot weather and I sweat a lot, but really enjoy walking around in Phnom Penh.

On the way, I stopped by the Monument Bookstore on Norodom Blvd. and bought two books there. One is called "god loves bakla" and is the story of a young closeted Filipino gay man who despaired why God had given him such a heavy cross to bear. After three decades of hiding his true self from the world, in an odyssey of self-discovery that passes through Singapore, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, he finally realizes that God wants him to have life to the full, and that this actually means coming out. I read about this book a while ago, it is published in Cambodia and so far I remember the author is now living with his partner in Cambodia. Curious to read this. The second book I found there is called "Cambodian Buddhism" and explains the History and Practice of Buddhism in Cambodia, also very keen on reading this, to learn more about my second home, Cambodia.

When walking around I passed by your office and thought how lovely it is just to be here. Back in the Hotel than I had some fruit juice and talked with two guys from the United States, very friendly guys who work for a health project here in Cambodia, being here for the first time. But also really "funny" to notice how less they know about the world outside of the United States. They even ask me if German is the second languages besides English to be spoken in Germany.
Now I am in our Hotel room, updating a little bit our blog and waiting for you, to arrive soon to have lunch together. Really great to have our meals together, enjoy that so much.

University graduates pick Audi as best place to work

Germany’s most attractive employer among this year's crop of university graduates is Ingolstadt-based luxury carmaker Audi, a survey showed this week.

Published in by monthly Manager Magazin, the survey of 21,000 engineering, business and economics students found that despite the serious challenges facing the auto industry, German car companies dominated the rankings because they “stand for innovation and dynamism.”

Berlin-based consulting company Trendence, which conducted the study, found that behind Audi, the next most popular German employers were BMW, Lufthansa, Porsche, Siemens and Deutsche Bank. Volkswagen also jumped from 17th to 9th place in this year’s survey.

The top five companies that fell into the coveted “High Potential” group for business and economic students were US-based consulting companies Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey, followed by Lufthansa, Audi and the German Foreign Office. Engineers chose Audi, Bosch, BMW, Siemens and Porsche for this category.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/money/20100520-27325.html

Bangkok Is Tense as Order Returns

The Thai military declared Thursday that it had recaptured control of central Bangkok, but Thailand remained on edge after the worst urban violence in the country’s modern history.

Soldiers and emergency workers picked through the rubble of nearly 40 smoldering buildings and the abandoned encampments of antigovernment protesters.

A patrol roamed a site where a military assault on Wednesday broke up a two-month-long protest by demonstrators that had paralyzed parts of Bangkok.

“The terrorists are still at work! Please leave the area!” said an announcement broadcast over a loudspeaker attached to the soldiers’ military vehicle. The soldiers said they were still searching for explosives and booby traps.

The death toll from a week of violence rose to 53 people killed, including 15 on Wednesday alone, and 399 people wounded, the vast majority of them civilians.

“Overall we have the situation under control,” said Col. Sansern Kaewkumnerd, a military spokesman.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/21/world/asia/21thai.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a1

Thailand: Ensure Rights Of Detained Protesters

Emergency Decree Raises Fears of Mistreatment

The Thai government should ensure that people detained under emergency regulations during the recent political violence are not held in secret detention or mistreated, Human Rights Watch said today.

This week Thai security forces forcibly dispersed thousands of supporters of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), known as the Red Shirts, who had encamped in Bangkok's commercial district since March and had engaged in increasingly violent actions. The government arrested several UDD leaders and many of their supporters.

"This terrible crisis is no excuse for mistreating detained protesters or holding them in secret detention," said Elaine Pearson, acting Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "Those who committed crimes should be properly charged, but all should be treated according to international human rights standards and due process of law."

To read more: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/05/20/thailand-ensure-rights-detained-protesters

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Love Quote

 
"Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit."
(Khalil Gibran)

Lazy day in Phnom Penh

Today we mainly spend a pretty lazy and relaxing day together in Phnom Penh. Been just a great time to talk and enjoy each others company.
Later on I went to the FCC (Foreign Correspondence Club) for a drink and enjoying the view on the riverside, while you left me for a few hours to attend class. Been also a great time to learn and practise some German together in the afternoon.


View from the FCC towards the Mekong riverside.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Arrived in Phnom Penh

Arrived this afternoon (cambodian time) well in Phnom Penh, was really a feeling like coming home. When I arrived at the Sunway Hotel it was a very friendly and warm welcome. Really nice to see the same faces every time we stay there, specially as they all so friendly and kind. Also a little bit like coming home, when arriving there.



After I arrived, first thing I did was, that I went to Wat Phnom to light some incense and to be grateful for many blessings. From there back at the Hotel, just a short nap and than later dinner and a drink in the Hotel. Waiting for you to arrive sometime tonight at the Hotel, from your business trip to Siem Reap. Really big surprise to take the night bus to be with me, even before tomorrow. ILYSM!

Look so much forward to our time together here in Phnom Penh and our vacation in Bali.

At Bangkok airport

Now at Bangkok airport, waiting for my connection flight to Phnom Penh. Happy to arrive soon in Cambodia, my second home, besides Germany. Some window shopping and if possible will try to get a haircut here at the airport.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

At the airport in Düsseldorf

Now at the airport in Düsseldorf, waiting for boarding. Soon will be on the plane to Bangkok, so happy to be soon in Cambodia with you and than later to leave for our vacation in Bali. Already very hungry, also for some great cambodian food, which I miss over here a lot.

On my way to the airport in Düsseldorf

Leave now Bochum, on my way to the airport in Düsseldorf to get my flight to Phnom Phen via Bangkok. Seems that the vulcano ash cloud causes right now no problems, so hope to get my plane and be soon in Cambodia. Look so much forward to arrive tomorrow in Phnom Penh and to be with you soon. ILYSM!

Injured Ballack ruled out of World Cup

Germany captain Michael Ballack has been forced to pull out of the World Cup finals in South Africa, the German football federation (DFB) said Monday.

The 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder limped out of Saturday's FA Cup final win over Portsmouth after an unnecessarily heavy tackle from Kevin-Prince Boateng.

An examination in Munich discovered Ballack had torn his ligaments in his ankle. The German national team doctor said he will likely recover and be able to play football again, but not in time for the World Cup.

The DFB said in a statement that Ballack's right ankle will have to be immobilised and put in a plaster cast. He will then have to wear a special shoe for a further two weeks.

With 98 caps and 42 goals to his name, Ballack was a crucial part of Germany's bid to win the tournament for a fourth time.

"I'm angry, of course. The disappointment is naturally huge," Ballack said. "To get such a diagnosis two or three weeks before the World Cup is bitter. But that's football, things have to continue on."

The injury means Germany will face Australia in their opening World Cup game on June 13 without their most important player.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20100517-27235.html

Love Quote

All that you are, justifies my love.
~ Marquis de Lafayette

Monday, May 17, 2010

Germany spared volcanic ash cloud - for now

The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland that is once again crippling air traffic across Europe will likely spare German airports for the immediate future, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

According to the service’s latest data, there is “no danger for German airports until the coming night at midnight,” spokesperson for the DWD air traffic centre Sabine Bork told news agency DPA.

At that point the problem will likely continue to diminish thanks to favourable weather patterns, she added.

“We’ll get a southwesterly air stream over Iceland,” she said. “That means that the ash cloud isn’t gone, it just won’t be over central Europe and will instead be blown somewhere over the North Sea.”

Over the weekend European air traffic – particularly in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium – was crippled once again by ash spewing from the Eyjafjallajökul volcano. On Monday morning most British airports were allowed to reopen, but the Amsterdam airport remained closed until 2 pm. Belgium’s Ostende airport was also expected to stay closed until afternoon.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20100517-27245.html

Really hope, that all this will cause no problem tomorrow, to get my flight to Phnom Penh in the late afternoon. Wish I could be already on the plane. IMYSM!

Love Quote

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it rekindles the great.
~ Comte DeBussy-Rabutin

Sunday, May 16, 2010

In Cologne

Right now in Cologne at the Museum with the friends from the Buddhist center visiting the Bhutan exhibition. Right now having a coffee break outside at the museum cafe.

Thai Government Takes Harder Stance as Clashes Continue

The Thai government struck a combative tone on Saturday, saying it would continue its efforts to cut off antigovernment protesters from the rest of the city despite a rising death toll and determined resistance from the demonstrators.

Throughout the day and into the night, gunfire and explosions shook neighborhoods in central Bangkok that ring the one-mile area where the protesters have camped for weeks in an attempt to bring down the government. The government reported that 8 people were killed Saturday, bringing the death toll from three days of clashes to 24, with 198 people injured.

“The government cannot turn back,” Abhisit Vejjajiva, the prime minister, said in a nationally televised address on Saturday night.

“Ending the rally is the only way to prevent calamity.”

Shortly before the prime minister spoke, leaders of the country’s powerful military appeared on television in what may have been a deliberate show of unity for an army notorious for its divisions and intrigue. Unlike last month, when the government withdrew after a failed crackdown that left 25 people dead, the military said losses were unavoidable, and began calling in reinforcements, adding to the thousands of troops already here.

With both the government and at least some protesters appearing to take a harder stance, fears were rising that the violence could spill out to other parts of the city.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/world/asia/16thai.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a4

Thailand’s King Sees His Influence Fading

A battle over Thailand’s future is raging, but the one man who has been able to resolve such intractable conflicts in the past has been notably silent: King Bhumibol Adulyadej, long a unifying father figure for his nation.

Thailand is convulsed by a bitter struggle between the nation’s elite and its disenfranchised poor, played out in protests that have paralyzed Bangkok for weeks and now threaten to expand. The ailing 82-year-old king finds his power to sway events ebbing as the fight continues over the shape of a post-Bhumibol Thailand.

“It’s much bigger than the issue of succession,” said Charles Keyes, an expert on Thailand at the University of Washington in Seattle. “It’s a collapse of the political consensus that the monarchy has helped maintain.”

As his country suffers through its worst political crisis in decades, the king has disappointed many Thais by saying nothing that might calm the turmoil, as he did in 1973 and 1992 when with a few quiet words he halted eruptions of political bloodletting.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/world/asia/16king.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a1

Love Quote

So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life.
~ John Milton

Saturday, May 15, 2010

BBQ Evening

This evening I spend with friends from the Buddhist center, having a nice BBQ together. Been a nice time of eating, talking and having fun together. Only the weather was rather cold to sit outside.

Thai Forces Move on Protesters as Tension Grows

Thai troops on Friday fired tear gas and bullets at protesters, who responded with stones, slingshots and homemade rockets, turning parts of downtown Bangkok into a battlefield as the military tried to tighten its cordon around a broad area where the protesters have camped for weeks.

Sixteen people were killed and 141 wounded, according to the government-run Erawan medical center, in some of the worst violence in two months of unrest. The standoff has paralyzed the Thai government and further fractured a society struggling to cope with the growing demands of its poor.

The fighting followed an assassination attempt on Thursday on a renegade general who had declared himself a protector of the protesters before he was critically wounded by a sniper’s bullet.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/15/world/asia/15thai.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a1

Love Quote

The human heart, at whatever age, opens to the heart that opens in return.
~ Maria Edgeworth

Friday, May 14, 2010

New movie: Dancing Across Borders

Found this really interesting movie trailer at YouTube, seems to be a very interesting movie to watch.

Dancing Across Borders chronicles the intimate and triumphant story of Sokvannara Sar, who was discovered by Anne Bass on a trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, in 2000 and brought to the ballet stage in America. A longtime patron of dance in the U.S., Bass arranged for Sy to visit New York and audition for the prestigious School of the American Ballet (SAB). What unfolds is a tentative negotiation between Sy and the world of American ballet and culture—from the serene countryside of Southeast Asia to the halls of SAB, to the stage of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. The film follows Sys unusual development as a dancer and offers a remarkable behind-the-scenes look into the world of American ballet. At its heart, Dancing Across Borders is an extraordinary story of growth, adaptation, and belonging as well as of the development of talent and the mastery of an art form.

Thai Troops Clash With Protesters

Sporadic violence continued in the Thai capital on Friday as protesters challenged soldiers deployed around their encampment and fired homemade rockets at hovering helicopters.

Troops and the protesters — the so-called red shirts — confronted each other Friday near the spot where the shooting of an anti-government major general by a sniper on Thursday night touched off an evening of violence. Gunshots were heard on Friday morning, and according to one witness, men with firebombs attempted to set fire to military vehicles around noon.

The renegade general, Khattiya Sawatdiphol, 58, had become a symbol of the lawlessness and impunity that have torn Thailand apart as the protests have pitted the nation’s poor against its establishment.

He was shot during an interview with a reporter for The New York Times about 7 p.m., one hour after the military announced the start of a blockade and cut off electricity and water to a tent city of thousands of protesters.

The reporter, who was two feet away and facing the general, heard a loud bang similar to that of a firecracker.

The general fell to the ground, his eyes wide open, and protesters took his apparently lifeless body to a hospital, screaming his nickname: “Seh Daeng has been shot! Seh Daeng has been shot!”

He was later reported to be on life support. Within hours, protesters were clashing with security forces in Lumpini Park in Bangkok.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/15/world/asia/15thai.html?ref=asia

Love Quote

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
~ Jean Anouilh

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bosch opens Southeast Asian office for green technologies

German industrial group Bosch on Wednesday opened its Southeast Asian headquarters in Singapore focusing on environmentally clean technologies.

The office will be the new location for Bosch's solar energy operations in Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, the company said.

"Within five years, we will invest a good €15 million ($19 million) here, studying how this technology can be used to generate electricity from solar radiation in the future," Bosch chairman Franz Fehrenbach told a news conference.

The Singapore office will also house Bosch's business divisions providing resource-saving and environmentally friendly innovations and technologies for the region, the company said.

Fehrenbach said the Singapore base will help Bosch strengthen its expansion into the Asia Pacific market, its second largest next to Europe.

The Asia Pacific last year accounted for 20 percent of the firm's global sales, or €7.7 billion, which for the first time surpassed revenues from the Americas. Bosch aims to increase the region's share to 30 percent by 2015.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/money/20100512-27147.html

Love Quote

It is not night when I do see your face.
~ William Shakespeare

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Video from Whisky tasting

A short video with some live music of irish folk songs during the Whisky reading tonight.

Whisky Tasting and Whisky reading

Tonight I attend a Whisky tasting and reading here in Bochum, with Dirk, who presented with some friends in a pub some short funny readings and different kind of Whiskys to the audience. Been a really good time there, with some nice drinks, Irish folk music live and stories. Enjoyed it a lot, just one person was missing to make this evening out complete and whole. YOU! ;-) ILYSM!