The holidays are coming and I think this time I want to write about Jesus Christ. Don’t worry I didn’t become religious and I also did not turn crazy, but I thin...>>read & comment<<<
Today is Election Day in the US and I just took the time to add my 2 cents. Again there is the choice between the 2 main party’s ca...>>read & comment<<<
The concept of work.
Our human life in these times circulates around getting an education, which prepares us to join the job market. Everybody is working on a pl...>>read & comment<<<
Rest In Beauty Emmanuelle
Thanks to RTL television in Germany, I was able to watch my favorite movies every Saturday night. One of the first ones was the original Emmanuelle movies from the early 70s. The story about a newly wed woman accompanying her husband to Asia, where they start their sexual exploration. I'm a big fan of soft sex movies since I was 12 years old. And I can honestly thank Sylvia Kristel, Laura Gemser and probably Oswald Kolle too, for giving me a healthy lesson about sexuality. Because before private television networks started in Germany sexual content was only available in special video rental stores. Even the softest ones. Thanks to the sexual revolution in the 70s masterpieces like the first Emmanuelle movie were made. Not just low budget porn. Personally I still think it's a shame governments allow people to be killed in any type of way 24 hours on almost every channel. But in most countries it is forbidden to show sex scenes or even nudity. WHAT HARM DOES SEX BRING TO THE WORLD? Think about it...
Rest in beauty Sylvia Kristel. You will never be forgotten as long as your fans live.
Shanghai Summer 2012
2012 was an exceptional year here in Shanghai. Normally as we know it here the sky in Shanghai is always grey. Due to dust from heavy industry and construction. But this year was a nice surprise. Blue skies throughout the whole summer. It was just not as hot as usual. Normally it easily becomes over 40 degrees centigrade here. This year the maximum was just 38. I took the chance to spend some quality time around Jin Shan Beach. My place of choice for the weekends. That day I spent an hour to walk around to capture some real scenes about what summer and beach means here in Shanghai.
New weekly blog
- This is my new weekly column. I thought why not share a few words. Once in a while it cant be wrong.
Greetings to Uncle Rho who visited us in Shanghai at the beginning of this month.
- I was in Guangzhou, Foshan and Shenzhen in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong over the last weekend. Did my job inspecting some Jeans productions. The typical mess, but that’s my job. Was somehow clear that the production would not be made in just one place. The area has about 1000 Jeans factories and wherever you look you see blue fabrics. The right atmosphere for a denim fetishist like me.
But apart from denim jeans I enjoyed some great food.
So guess what this is …
- This was probably the blackest chicken I ever ate. Even the flesh was neonblack. So tuned up with some delicious Sichuan Spices, this happened to be an excellent meal. I didnt eat the chickens head though :).
- Facebook is now seriously being blocked here in China during this period of the year. Anybody writing me on facebook. I am sorry I cannot answer.
- Here is another pic I like to share…
… So whos fault is this accident?
Cant believe we wasted 2 hours on this sucka who hit our brand new Chevy. He couldnt wait in line so he decided to overtake me when entering the parking lot of the fabric market. I think a very good idea… He still insisted he was right claiming I took his lane…
Heyy whats up everybody. Holiday season is officially over. Back to school, back to work. So I think it s the best time to share my photos with you we shot in Ghana. We stayed from August 1st to August 14th. The main reason was to attend my grandfathers (J.C.Akosa) 20th anniversary after his death and finishing construction on my fathers grave site, since its also 1 year already. In between Penny and I went to the northern parts of Ghana in the search of some Hippos in Bui National Park. An amazing trip in a whole new world. Travelling all the way by bus and by Trotro (Ghanas inofficial public transport system :) ). Finding ourselves running through a jungle with very muddy soil. Just the hippos weren t around. Still amazing. After that we had a great time with our family. Special thanks to all Akosas who attended. We meet again in 2017 for the 25th.
RIP John D Birchenall
Wow, what's happening. People die left and right. It's crazy.
But this death could have been prevented.
John was a stubborn idiot.
I know John since 4 years. Since I went to Hong Kong the first time. I decided to make a stop in Shenzhen, the world’s capital for cheap electronic consumer goods. By that time I have been making my first attempts selling I-phone clones. Since all of them are being traded in Shenzhen I went to the electronics market to get a better view on how that business works. By accident, I ran into John. An American guy who has setup his own trading office in the middle of the market. Unlike most of the Chinese traders who have no idea about the products they are selling, John impressed me by exactly knowing everything about electronics. He first supplied me with copy phones for my web shop, but then taught me a lot about new products which are up and coming. He had all kinds of net books exactly a year before they made it into the market. He used tablets before apple planned the I-pad. That time running tablets on Linux software. (Android = Linux based application) Many products he showed me were great, but hard to sell, because it takes marketing to introduce new gadgets. Exactly what Apple did. But John liked himself in the role of the underdog. And he could be very stubborn. A year ago in August 2011, John was diagnosed with cancer. I told him to go for chemotherapy as quickly as possible. The earlier the treatment begins the better the chances for a quick recovery. But there were some huge problems in his attitude. John who is a newborn Christian, had the idea that “chemo” would kill his soul, so he began seeking for some alternative treatments. At that time just having Steve Job’s death around the corner, I told John, is that how you want to end? Don’t be stupid by believing into miracles. Go with what really works (Chemo). He remained stubborn. Spoke about Christianity and lots of other useless spiritual hocus-pocus which is based on belief, but has no facts or statistics supporting it. So to be honest after several moth of just going back and forth about the same topic, I became tired of talking. In my own words. “I cannot teach a dog how to speak.” just around April this year John sent me photos. Showing him with a huge blain on his neck, resulting from his growing tumor. That time I already knew it’s too late for him. Especially when doing treatment in China. In Winter I already offered him to pay him a flight to France if he was willing to do Chemo there. A treatment might be too expensive in his native country. The US of A. He refused. And in April he would still refuse and said he has a chance if he went with the more progressive doctors in Guangzhou. But those guys were just running tests which he had to pay for, but no results. Last month before I went to Ghana I already knew his time was almost up. So a good friend of mine went to see him. He was somewhere in an apartment in Shenzhen and badly needed assistance. But as always he was too proud to accept help. I suggested him to go to Hawaii, where he is originally from, but he did not want to leave. I guess there was still some bad blood between him and other family members. Since I knew him to be very stubborn, he would not even make peace on the verge of death. John died on the 31st of July. He became 63 years old. I cannot feel sad here, because John was an idiot. His death was unnecessary. He died because he was stubborn. If he took a bit of advice from people who cared he would be ok, by now and enjoying life.
Rest in Peace my friend. On one hand you were a very intelligent person, but on the other hand a totally stubborn idiot.
Once you have cancer. Do Chemo!
Hans Christian Sommer
It was exactly 1 year ago on July 25th 2011 around this time when my father died.
That day I lost not only my father. I also lost my best friend. I don't want to mourn and fill this with sadness. He wouldn't have wanted people to feel sad. Lets just celebrate him as we knew him. And remember him as the great person he used to be.
He was not a person who took many photos of himself. Probably the week before his death when he came to China, we took more photos together than he had taken of him for his entire life.
I also want to thank Heiko Jürgens, who contributed some of the photos they took together.
I was already wondering, but it takes always users to report errors. Thanks to Zeli we found out the comment function is not working. So from now on. Thou shall comment on my posts. Haha, Have a good 1.
For everybody who couldnt attend.
Here is the Wedding video.
Thanks to Ace, Bjoern and Leon for sending their greetings via video message.
RIP Trica 186
I just got the news 3 days ago, my good friend Jens Flechtner a.k.a Trica 186 died last week (16.06.2012). Since I cannot be there for his funeral...>>read & comment<<<
>>here<<< Here we go. I finally uploaded a big stacks of pics from our wedding. Big Thanks to Jack, who shot many of these. Additional Photos will be added these days, But these pics give you the best impression. Enjoy...
Wow, went out to watch The Avengers on Sunday. What a movie!!!
Just married this weekend.
We will upload photos tonight.
Half Dead Soul - Last Exit After Barstow
I just completed a new project and thought about sharing this with you. You will already recognize it's based on the photos we shot on our trip to Las Vegas. I just thought It goes well along with this Jazz tune I created. I used my Fruity Loopz software to create it, No Samples of other records. All melodies I played myself. And I mixed it together to give it a real Jazz feel.
Judge for yourself.
May 12th Penny and Ash Wedding
Heyy folks, we are going to have our wedding on May 12th in Yixing, China. We are welcoming everybody who likes to attend. If you need any help with organizing flights or directions to the place. Please contact me here on the site >here<<
For everybody who cannot attend. If you have a camera at hand. I would be very happy if you could record a video message (preferably 640x480px) which we can later play on the video screen. Language doesn't matter.
Thank you Asher & Penny
Hey Leute, wir werden am 12.Mai in Yixing China unsere Hochzeit feiern. Jeder der die Möglichkeit hat zu kommen ist herzlich willkommen. Wenn ich helfen kann wegen Flügen und anderen Informationen, bitte mich >hier<< kontakten.
Für alle die nicht anwesend sein können. Wenn ihr eine Kamera zur Hand habt. Bitte nehmt einen Videogruss auf, den wir dann später auf der Leinwand spielen werden.Wenn möglich Format (640x480px). es ist egal in welcher Sprache .
Penny und Asher
This is the final round of our USA 2012 pictures. Viva Las Vegas. We attended the Magic trade show, which used to be the biggest fashion trade show in the world. Still a great place to check out. After we tried to reach the Grad Canyon, but we went out of time. Just had 6 hours to go back to Los Angeles to catch our flight the next day. Anyway. We will see the Grand Canyon in 2013. We will be back.
San Diego Pics
Our San Diego Pics have been added to our USA 2012 gallery. Enjoy...
Special thanks to Ace & Dawn for giving us a great time in San Diego.