Sunday, November 30, 2008

Airport blocked; foreigners stranded; Political stand-off between Democratic party and ruling government; 30 000 - 50 000 demonstrators occupy main airport; Demonstrators vowed not to leave, if government attempts to dislodge, they will fight back;
Plan 'C' : overland to Laos, Vientiane, then on to China Kunming; Shanghai; all in all involves time and inconveniences; such the live of a traveler.
Plan 'B' : shall go overland to Laos - China border, continue through Jinghong to Kunming, then Shanghai;
Nations send planes to evacuate stranded nationals :
Where will we be in two days ?
Bangkok Airport closed. No end in sight

Saturday, November 29, 2008!6E473F4E9B767961!1036.entry
live with art

Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday morning, 0230 am, two propelled grenades fired, explosions heard, sporadic submachine gun fire follows; memories of the past return; those seem to follow me wherever I go; remember the 'Coup 'd Etat';
and as well as

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Milano - Italy - Thinking of visiting this great city ? Talk about 300 Euros - a - day expenses, in moderate tones. I snatched up this for the adventurous; If you like the exceptional you got it, inclusive of strange things :
Bangkok, Thailand - Suvarnabhumi Airport occupied by protesters - yet the whole town hustles with business as usual.

Monday, November 24, 2008
Bangkok, Thailand. Since Sunday enjoy 'Thai' life, in stark contrast to Chinese life rythms.
Chinese Visa; Applied and issued in 1 day, you can't beat that, not even in the West.
My application inlcuded : 'We love China'.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Confucius 4 U : 'The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come.'

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Confucius 4 U : ' Study the past if you would define the future '
glad I finally post to PLAXO;
amazine articles
Dream of the read chambers;
The dream has come reality;

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Whilst we were supporting OBAMA he did the rest; Go GO GO Prez Obama;

We stand firmly behind you and what you believe in;
What else is art than beauty, creation ;

The scarlet red , another piece of excellence

Saturday, November 8, 2008

weather turned chilly in Eastern China; some gusty winds and rain; dinner in fancy Restaurant y'day;
its mostly there in;

If it ain't art then what is ...

Rare pieces of art selected ...
Obama - inherits the worst economy since Regan :

Obama Is Seen Inheriting Worst U.S. Recession Since Reagan Era ;
Sent to you by aheneghana via Google Reader: Who said business was
easy.. Take this: you order a large by aheneghana on 11/8/08 Who said
business was easy.. Take this: you order a large consignment of
predefined goods; Yes, all is in order, quality, price seems right.
When goods arrive at warehouse, they turn out to be off-standard,
insultingly bad.
You reject them based on the suppliers breach of agreement. Goods go
back, you receive phone call telling you you are crazy.
So much for Chinese business practice.
In fact many years of business in China have taught me one thing : 'You
can never take things for granted'. Full stop.
There is A L W A Y S room for surprises. Never stay of guard, never.
Expect the unexpected.
Routine SCAM: You negotiate overland transport with transport agency.
Price agreed.
When goods are loaded half way, driver starts his act; Complains, goods
are too heavy, he can't take them. Alternative : Remove the goods - or
pay up another exorbitant charge.
Know what - this is routine practice in China.
I love China - except for a few things - and this is definitely amongst
the unpleasantries one has to cope with.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Can't tell you how much I love this :
(Next to OBAMA)
O B A M A - how did he come this far;
This lady is worth my and your mention :

She 's got what it takes ....

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Big bonuses for wallstreet ; Halloween prank or not ?
guess ...
'Larry Bates: "The Federal Reserve really, even though it is not part of the federal government, it is more powerful than the federal government. It's more powerful than the president, the congress and the courts.
And a lot of people challenge me on that, but, let me prove my case.
The Federal Reserve determines what the average persons car payment is going to be, what their house payment is going to be, and whether they have a job or not.
And I submit to you that that's total control.
And the Federal Reserve is the largest single creditor of the US government.
What does proverbs tell us? That the borrower is servant to the lender."
The truth is : We are being manipulated;
Larry Bates was a bank president for 11 years.
As a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives he chaired The Committee On Banking And Commerce.
He 's also a professor of economics and the author of the best-selling book 'The New Economic Disorder'.
"I can tell you right now, that there is going to be a crash of unprecedented proportions. A crash like we never seen before in this country.
The greatest shock of this decade is that more people are about to lose more money than any time before in our history. But the second greatest shock will be the incredible amount of money just a roadable(?) small group of people will make at exactly the same time. You see, in periods of economic upheaval and economic crisis wealth is not destroyed. It's merely transferred."

Friday, October 31, 2008

Confucius 4 U 2 :

'Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.'

What wisdom; the great sage; Confucius;
My FACEBOOK : You are invited
Imagine this: just returned from 'xie tou'; actually meaning 'wash hair'; included: 60 minutes of pleasant, smiling faces around you, happy to show their skills to a 'weiguoren', 30 min. of extra- ordinary facial massage, shoulders, arms and hands, neck and, not to forget, my head.; 15 minutes of some of the best hair washes ever; a decent, professional stylist haircut; the tab : THREE EUROS or THREE POINT SIX U.S.DOLLARS;
and where did you cut your hair (mere haircut male) for 30 EUROS today; left alone a MASSAGE ?
I wanna say this : No, this isn't my first time, and not the second either.
Its a mere continuation of part a lifestyle that I learnt to enjoy years ago. And I intend to continue, at least as long as I am able to.
For those living in the West can't contemplate what they are missing out on. We pay skyhigh prices for meagre services.
For those collecting 30 EUROS or 40 BUCKS from us don't move their ass to make us feel welcome.
A routine thing they are used to get paid for.
We take things too much for granted, especiall in our jobs. We don't think a minute about those working a 12-14 hour a day shift with half an hour break, 29 (T W E N T Y N I N E days a month)
earning 150-200 Bucks for their services.
And no, they refuse tips, they have pride in what they do.
I love these folks, after all I should know. I been coming here for over 12 years.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

some pieces of art ; breathtaking ; expensive

500 000 U.S.Dollars ceramic painting of famous artisan;
Art collection - selected items -
Master pieces ;
This masterpiece is for sale :
Cherry blossoms on ceramic art; carved rosewood; approx. 2.5 m x 1.5 m; price tag 500 000 U.S.Dollars

Friday, October 24, 2008

DUBAI - Atlantis Palm Hotel and Water Park, featuring 13000 pounds suites.
Your next holiday destination ...
Surprises happen when you travel the world; The other night we went for dinner in a Brazilian Rest; the nice stuff, BBQ roasts, shrimps galore, the whole lot.
After dinner went to our friends H'tl which happened to b 5*. During our most vivid conversation I noticed someone familiar glancing at me from far. Upon closer looks I realized an old 'acquaintance' who also happens to be my old adversary's pal.
Some curiosity, surprise, meeting at a location 10 000 miles from home base, we shook hands.
Noting the unusual place to meet in China we kept on chatting, pretending we forgot the past.
When I asked him about his friend, he said he would give him a call.
It was kind of awkward, our friends from the Gulf noted some oddities in our conversation.
We were all happy when our acquaintance retired back to his room.
Conclusion : 'Chances of meeting someone you know increase when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with'.
Wishing you all success,
yours sincerely,