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Perpetual travelers still on the road and catching up

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 2 comments

It isn’t easy to get back on the blog after such a long time – I sincerely apologize for my total documentary fail. But in my mind I am writing it all down and share. As we are continuing our (endless maybe) travels, there are so many nice things we come across that I would like all armchair-travelers to inspire. Somehow I never actually get around to get it posted which really frustrates me. But I feel a fresh blog breeze coming with spring. Here we go! Let’s catch up. The blog break started right after we got back from Japan to Poland, where we spent a typical Polish Christmas (except that this year Tomek was dressed as Santa and not dad), and we got sucked in by daily family and friends visits. After January had passed in the...

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White Rabbit in Wonderland

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Tokyo is the city of everything. Above all it is wondrous. No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”.   I did say in my last post that the hare is always in the way. Well…   N-n-n-no time, no time, no time! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!     Some go this way, and some go that way. But as for me, myself, personally, I prefer the short-cut.     Now, I give you fair warning, either you or your head must be off, and that in about half no time! Take your choice!     Well, after this I should think nothing of falling down stairs.   No wonder I am late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.     It would be so nice if something made sense for a...

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Dasza’s Diary Concept

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 6 comments

I have been struggling to keep up with my ambitions to write up everything I really like to share with you. I look back and despair. Loads is missing to give a true picture of what we experience during our travels and how we live. It is all in my head, about a hundred post titles in my mind and all the matching pictures… resting in folders. With every day the chances of writing it all up are minimal. I thought I could do it. But there is life! The big things, going out, friends visiting, sightseeing, shopping, organising travel and the small things, the everyday routine of  cooking, eating,  sleeping, cleaning and…  trying to find time to develop artistically and still enjoy some free. As a perpetual traveler I imagined to have all the time in the world...

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Behind the scenes – North Korea vs Internet

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues, Thoughts and Treasures | 1 comment

When I turn on my laptop things generally work. I can access the websites I like, I can surf around the net without interruptions – all in all internet is a smooth ride for me, the end user behind the monitor. But behind the scenes things are ugly. Endless cyber attacks targeting websites – this blog gets spammed regularly, and so does my e-mail account. Not all sites are hit equally strong. Differently motivated hackers can easily block a site or in the worst case and more effort delete whole databases. This is what North Korea News has to face – probably more than others – due to their journalistic work about a country that is a locked up, state controlled bastion, solely tolerating propaganda reports. Freedom of speech is a luxury and dedicated people like Chad O’Carroll, the...

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Voice Acting in Tokyo with 坂井 俊祐, 山口 立花子, 渡部 優衣

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in All posts, Japan, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Voice acting is more difficult than it sounds, Japanese voice actors and actresses are incredibly passionate about their jobs and… delightfully good looking. That is more or less what I learned during a dubbing lesson with professional voice actors in Tokyo. Tomek and I were incredibly lucky to meet Yui Watanabe, Shunsuke Sakai and Rikako Yamaguchi who took their time to teach us how to dub for anime after a fun day at Tokyo’s International Anime Fair on the 24th March 2013. From left to right: Shunsuke Sakai 坂井 俊祐 , (me), Rikako Yamaguchi 山口 立花子, Yui Watanabe 渡部 優衣.   I first met Yui Watanabe. She introduced herself as the voice of Tokyo’s Skytree mascot Sorakara-chan, which means From the Sky. She dubbed Macaron in 30-sai no Hoken and Laval in Lego Chima, Yuri Oshimoto in Teekyū. She is the...

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Valentine’s Day and White Day in Japan

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in All posts, Japan, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

March the 14th is a special day in Japan. It is White Day, in Japanese  ホワイトデ Howaito Dē. On this date the MALE gender is well advised to return the gift-giving which they have received from Japanese females onValentine’s Day. That’s right. On Valentine’s Day the GIRLS give gifts to the GUYS. They buy (or make) chocolate presents to give to work colleagues, male friends and dads which is called giri choco (obligatory chocolate). The boyfriends get honmei choco  (love chocolate) which is slightly more elaborate candy or expensive chocolate. Sometimes it is something to wear or a present that has been hand crafted. On White Day the favour is returned by the guys. Now on this day the rule of sanbai gaeshi (return three times) applies. That basically means that the gift must be at least double the...

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On maturity – I am an adult now

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 3 comments

I turned 35 on Tuesday. Amazing. How did that happen so fast? I am officially a proper adult now. Although truthfully I am not really getting the I am a grown-up vibe. Does it come with children? Is it the smart suit or a work uniform attending a regular job that distinguishes grown-ups? I know my parents were proper grown-ups at my age. I was already seven by the time they were the age I am today. Having escaped communist Poland in 1981 they were busy to provide for a comfortable family life and my great childhood. Dad, the biologist who would become a dentist, mum, the paediatrician who has been dedicating her life to people in need – ever since she graduated medical school – she amazingly is still working today. I – in contrast – am currently unemployed,...

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Glimpses of a past life: our maison formidable

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

I love our past home. We used to live in the top floor apartment in an old house in Cologne/Germany. We paid it off over a long period of time, dedicated a lot of time and mainly money to renovation. It was one of the most rewarding things we have done in our lives. Tomek’s dad was a great help. He came all the way over to spent some of his precious retirement time at a construction site – our home to be. We did everything you could possibly imagine to rearrange our apartment which basically was expanded attic space. We put in a solid floor out of natural wood, new windows, reinforced walls, build a new hallway, bought a modern kitchen and completely changed bathroom interior. There was a lot of technical adjustments to be made, too, but...

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Supersweet Superpowers

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Everybody wants it no one really has it. Supernatural powers. Ever since I saw Uri Geller bending the shit out of a spoon as a kid, I knew deep in my heart, that telekinetic abilities are desirable and useful. The trend of superheroes has got to me. I am under the spell of able characters showing off  impressive metaphysics. But we all know that it’s just tricks, right? Except the scene in ‘The Illusionist’ where Edward Norton believably demonstrates his psychic powers and starts doing the bring-back-the-loved-one act. And it’s a given that Stark Industries is a well established force in the politics of the United States. Everyone likes Iron Man. The magic of real superpowers never wears off and I will tell you about these sweet lads in Bangkok and Budapest doing wonderful things. For starters it’s not...

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Moonrise Kingdom at Home

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

WARNING: I have PMS. This post is accordingly emotional. Be sensitive with hate mails – my mood can swing any time. Here we go. HOME The concept of home is elusive. Golden thought. Everyone can name their personal home, be it prison or palace. People have a strong urge of belonging to some place they can call home. It is part of who we are. My concept of home ranged from ‘where I come from’ to ‘where I live’. But as a newly baked full time traveler I was plagued by disturbing existential questions and boring monologues: “Can we do without a home? I don’t think so. Do we fence ourselves in when we reduce the concept of home to walls and bricks? Maybe. Do we limit our horizon when we stick to (one) home? I am not sure....

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Vegetarian friendly: HappyCow & Eating Animals

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Living the life of an ordinary perpetual traveller, I am trying not to cause more harm to nature than necessary. I am not a dogmatic vegetarian, with an agenda to make the world a better place. My thought processes are easy, as you should have noticed by now, reading the nonsense on my blog. I simply find it troubling, that living beings are mistreated and killed for food. So here are some uncomplicated veggie thoughts, a cool Android/ iPhone app and a great book.   VEGETARIANS LIKE ANIMALS THE MOST I like sheep, cows and pigs, which are intelligent creatures, like dogs. But we choose not to eat dog. We adore livestock animals on pictures, puzzles, TV, movies and as cuddly toys  – so why the double standard? To fill my stomach, I don’t need animals to suffer in...

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Striking lightning

Posted by on Jul 28, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Are you as fascinated by thunderstorms and lightning as I am. No? Then after the following pictures you should be. Yesterday, flashing bright light penetrated the night on Koh Samui and woke me up. There was an enormous thunderstorm lining the vault of heaven. It was strange not to hear any noise but the lightning was appealingly far away. In fact, it neither rained nor thundered but I woke up nevertheless.  I have that weird but much appreciated light sensitivity while I sleep. As if a sixth sense sort of thing, I noticed that as a kid I would detect fires, that had just started in the neighbourhood at night and wake up, preceding everybody else and before the fire brigade had arrived. The fire detection thing happened three times so far. Taking into account the workings of big...

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Kick Ass movie!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

This is it. The movie of the year (2010 – but I have had the pleasure just recently). I am convinced that this flick is not going to be topped by Hollywood any time soon. The screen play totally ‘kicks ass’, as its title by the same name suggests, hereby referring to the name of the main protagonist, whose idealistic approach of making the world a better place (a common teenage burden), drives him to wear a superhero costume and call himself Kick Ass. His escapades of predictable failure as he clashes with street reality, the life episodes of a tragic hero with a tough childhood and all that drama struggle, would be fully entertaining but there is more. Kick Ass is a grotesque world of next-door superheroes, without cinema appeasement politics. Remember Pulp Fiction? I bet that just...

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Avatar, Avengers, wrAth of the titAns – 3D visuAl pleAsures

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in All posts, Thailand, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Watching ‘Wrath of the Titans’ on the enormous curved screen inside Bangkok’s IMAX at the stunning Siam Paragon Mall, I came for the visual roller-coaster ride, to be taken down to the dark underworld of Kronos through in depth 3D images, spiraling me down through endless tunnels, taking risky turns, avoiding rocks speeding by.  The war of power between the imprisoned Titans and the gods, slowly loosing control due to the lack of devotion by humanity,  had an obvious ending but learning about Greek mythology in the IMAX is not the point, although for some whiz kids picking up on mythological twists and the Greek family tree sure is an educational bonus. It is all about amazing images as the fiery red and coal black lava Titan erupts from earth, destroying mankind in fury. By this time the viewer...

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NANTA cooking rhythms

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in All posts, Thailand, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

What a show! Everything that gets me going – without words! – combined in one performance and called Cookin’ NANTA. A nonverbal Korean comedy musical captivating with fast beats, infectious rhythms, dance acts and acrobatics all set in a kitchen with four cooks and one manager creating all the action using kitchen utensils as drums and their bodies for sound and motion. The comedy drama begins when a bad tempered manager appears in the kitchen telling the cooks to prepare a wedding feast to be ready in one hour’s time, additionally introducing his unexperienced nephew as the head cook. Speed and agility find its way through rhythmical chopping of veggies and transforming pots, pans and plates into drums to cook up a cacophony of sounds and beats. Really a lot of fun to watch. In NANTA’s brochure we can...

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Kicking Nazi butt

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

After World War II the Nazis have retreated to the dark side of the moon and are preparing to take over the world – that is the amusing version of Iron Sky – a movie that you will either love or hate. The story starts with perfectly Aryan Renate Richter, blue eyed and blond, a teacher and scientist indoctrinating her class of little Nazis about their superiority thereby misinterpreting Charlie Chaplin’s classic of dancing with the world as Adolf Hitler. A very amusing scene, followed by more laughter as the secluded Germans capture an American Astronaut and are confronted the with his afro American origin, whose bad luck is to land to close to the Nazi base, that is a gigantic swastika shaped building :) If you want to see how the “Albinisierer” serum works on black skin,  how...

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in All posts, Thailand, Thoughts and Treasures | 1 comment

If watching drag queens all dressed up in bell tutus, white tights, ballerina shoes, diva make up and fancy wigs infatuates your  mind, then this refreshing parody of the mannerisms of Russian ballet performed by all male dancers will be your ever favourite play. If not, then it is still worth to enjoy an amusing play of absolute gender equality – only this time it is men trying to fit into traditionally female roles and… (deliberately) struggling to do so. Once declared to be solely a men’s domain, the art of ballet has skillfully been taken over by soft and delicately moving women. Men are strong and powerful ballet dancers, their muscular carved bodies exposing big thighs and athletic torsos that seem to have been reduced to energetic jumps and ballerina lift ups. Performing merely as ballerina’s assistants, as well as wearing ballerina’s pretty outfits the Trockaderos...

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Childhood bubble dreams

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in All posts, Cambodia, Thoughts and Treasures | 1 comment

Have you ever held a cloud in your hand? I have. Have you ever blown the sky away? I have. Yesterday evening a children’s dream came true. In a hot tub. With all available soap tubes from the hotel and the massage jets turned on we were soon creating foamy cotton candy all around us and after a while diving through a thick layer of foam building up, moving over the edges of the outdoor whirlpool bath. A surreal white world appeared and we we right in the middle, like Narnia’s getaway closet had opened up. We had so much foam, I imagine Songkran’s wet festivities would wish for the kind of celebration that took place that night :) Building white castles and bridges, cutting tunnels, digging holes through the cotton like texture, putting on creamy clothes, creating crazy...

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