I recently had to visit Georgetown for business, a lovely town in Western Malaysia in the state of Penang. I didn’t know much about the city, boy was I in for a surprise.
Holidays, annual leave, 40 hour weeks, paternity leave “Elternzeit”. All that contributes what we in Europe call the work-life balance.
But how do things look in different parts of the world? Like in Hong Kong where I live.
I recently came across some brilliant illustrations by designer Yang Liu. She has been living in Germany since 1990. When she moved over to Germany she was just 12 years. Old enough to have grown up with Chinese culture and young enough to absorb a new culture. So what are the differences between a Western and Eastern culture?
One thing quite hard to understand as an European in Asia is the attitude towards luxury brands. I’m from Germany, home of BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, RIMOWA and other brands. But you haven’t really experienced what it means to “love brands” before coming to Hong Kong. Have you ever lined up to enter a Prada shop just to spend your money? No? Well, here you do….
On the third day of our Vietnam Motorbike tour we got up at around 6 (thank you rooster for waking us up) and had pancakes for breakfast. I realised a slight drizzle. You wouldn’t call it rain (unless you live in a desert), but it was enough to make the ground wet and the rocks slippery. And I just realised that we have to go down the way we came up the day before….
So we made it through the mud. Bruised, sweaty and very, very dirty. But we were alive and proud to have made it. The mud part is certainly one of those stories you will tell your grandchildren. After the mud, the second part of the day should be easy. Or should it? Continue reading “Day 2 (Part 2): You call that a road???!!!!”
I wasn’t sure which time zone Vietnamese roosters were operating on, but certainly it wasn’t the local time zone. Being woken up at 3:00am is just a bit too early for me. At 6:00 it was time to get up though: Shower, breakfast and saddle the bikes. It was 8:00am when we left Mai Chau where we spent Day 1. If we had known before how this day will turn out, we might’ve stayed in bed just a bit longer…. Continue reading “Day 2 (Part 1): No more shitroads!!!”
After receiving a full briefing about the trip from the guys at ExploreIndoChina we were all very excited to start the trip. At exactly 8:00am the next morning we were picked up by our guides and a very cool jeep. We set off to the garage where we met our new best friends, the 125CC Minsk. Continue reading “Day 1: The epic Vietnam motorbike trip”
So what is the best way of touring the countryside in Vietnam? A motorbike, without question. But this being Vietnam, you need something simple. Sturdy. Reliable. You need the Kalashnikov among motorbikes. A bike that you can ride on mud, gravel or the street. Something you crash with on the street, get up and just continue riding. You need the Minsk! Continue reading “The Kalashnikov among motorbikes”
Around a year ago I was in Vietnam for the first time . And boy, I was impressed! The food, the people, the shopping. I had to come back. So I did. But this time I visited the North.Since we had a one week break for Chinese New Year I decided to head for Hanoi and the surrounding countryside – on a motorbike! But before we go to the adventurous part, let’s start with Vietnam’s capital.