With my lovely wife moving to Belgium next month, some budgetary optimization will be needed temporarily if we want to keep up our slightly glamorous lifestyle. Plenty of inspiration for future posts there. With that in mind, I was pushed over the edge and into a C&A store. Result: an affordable fix for a long-term craving and a fashionable story that leads all the way to John F. Kennedy. Just do continue reading.
Got another call from our friends over at the fake Microsoft office. Once again, my intention was to drag them along as I can, get them irritated and make them hang up themselves. I was a bit scattered and caught by surprise, but the result is still a good laugh. Always fun to hear the sincere contempt in their voice when they realize they’ve been had. Sadly, I did not get to speak to my mate Frankie from my most successful attempt yet. Next time, I will try a new approach.
In the weeks before Christmas, I flew to Shanghai with every intention to blog about my experiences, working from the Chinese metropolis. The People’s Republic of China, however, had different intentions. Here is the report of my time behind the Great Firewall. China turned out be different from what I expected and was told.
With the catch-up post about my adventures behind the Great Wall turning out to be more elaborate than I initially expected, here is a little sneak preview I would love to share ahead of time. These pictures the result of a nightly walk along the Bund and Nanjing Road in Puxi, the historical part of Shanghai, on the Western bank of the Huangpu River. Picture gallery available, just continue reading.
On this blue Sunday, I find myself in limbo at Bangkok International Airport. While I usually adore arriving at Suvarnabhumi, this particular visit feels surreal. Yes, I am on Thai soil and my AIS SIM-card connects to the mobile network, yet I am not able to leave the airport. Yes, I was out in the open air for a full 3 minutes, yet I am not able to meet my lovely wife. Yes, I am able to buy a sandwich at the very same Subway stand I always buy a snack before I leave, yet I have just arrived. Yes, it is 07:57 local time, but it’s only 01:57 in Belgium, and 08:57 in Shanghai where my next flight will land around 16:00. All a bit confusing, but that’s not all.
Over the past weeks, a few people asked if I had been cured of the writing bug. While I do appreciate the concern, that is not at all what happened. Recently, I was given an international assignment, for which preparations also required some travel. Some of you might have seen a few pictures taken in Prague on my Instagram feed. In fact, that was all I have been able to post, up to now. Waiting at the gate for my next flight, I will start to tell you about my new adventure and take you along with me on tour of duty. Before the Thai Airways bird leads you to the assumption of another Thai adventure … it’s not that simple. More info on my next layover. Now, time for coffee.
With my first attempt at keeping phone scammers on the telephone as long as possible only moderately successful, I decided to take a different approach. This time I went for stupid but inquisitive. Here is my conversation with Franky and Jordan from Manchester (but also India). Sadly, they weren’t interested in helping my friend, the Prince from Kenia. Any suggestions for the next conversation? 🙂
A professional visit to Prague presented the perfect opportunity to experiment with low-light photography in a different setting. With mixed results, to be honest. The pictures below are the only ones worth posting. With diversions off the table for now, it is back to the writing table. Another Thailand-related story is in the works.
Lately, my home and office phone numbers seem to be mainly used by sales people and phone scammers. Instead of letting frustration getting the better of me, I’ve decided to run with it and have fun. My goal is to keep them on the line as long as possible and make them hang up. In this first recording I was too obvious, but it’s a start.