Indoor Biking...

Pollution levels remain high so I have been forced to take my bike indoors until we get some rain.  I have also taken the downtime to make a few more upgrades.  I replaced the handlebars and stem while changing to XT gearing.  I believe the only thing I haven’t changed on this bike in the seat post. ;-)

The pollution is so bad I ended up in bed the last couple of days, unable to ride even inside the house.  Terrible sinus infection and allergy symptoms along with general fever, aches and pains.  Still things could be worse so I will tough it out until I feel better.

Here is my indoor setup.



Hadd Du Möhrchen....?

Wer kennt sie nicht, die unzählingen Häschenwitze? Ich muss zugeben, als Kind fand ich die einfach toll.

Doch um diese Witze geht es garnicht. Ich möchte euch heute eine kleine Geschenkverpackung zeigen, die meine Tochter für ihre beste Freundin werkelte.
Ich fand die Idee süss und dabei ist sie so schnell und einfach gewerkelt.

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liebe Grüße
Conny

was machst Du denn da....?

...hab ich mir gdacht, als ich letztens unsere Katze sah.


 Wie sie da hineinkam ist mir bis heute ein Rätsel. Denn diese Box ist im Normalfall geschlossen und in einem Regal wo man zumindestens als Katze nicht mal eben so an die Schublade kommt.

Euch einen guten Dienstag
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Conny

Koh Rang Yai Island

Koh Rang Yai is a small uninhabited island about 5km off the east coast of Phuket, featuring a kilometer of sandy beach on the west side with views back to the mainland. There is a restaurant, a little bar and I believe some bungalows, I'm going to have to go again to check, but I am sure that they have some simple bungalows for rent. The island is a little slice of paradise. Really. It's as close to unspoiled as you can get in this part of the world.

Koh Rang Yai Island

To reach Koh Rang Yai, you can visit as part of a tour or take a longtail boat from Laem Hin jetty, next to Laem Hin Seafood (a favourite restaurant). On the way, you pass Koh Maphrao, a much bigger island which is basically full of coconut trees (Maphrao = coconut), has a fishing village and a resort called The Village which opened a few years ago. I'm tempted to book us in there for a night sometime soon! There are also some floating restaurants.

We've been there a few times over the years, the first time in 2006 with our kids and my parents. The parents were back again last year and did a little trip to Koh Rang Yai again after a tasty lunch at Bang Mud Seafood, which is one of the floating restaurants at Coconut Island. That first time I think we paid 800 Baht for the longtail boat, I guess it would be more now, but not too much more. I mean, there's not much there, ideal to chill on a lovely beach, but not much to do! I think the kids would love to go back and really it's a gorgeous place...

Rang Yai Island

I am quite amazed that a huge resort has not been built there yet. Doesn't seem to have changed much over the years. The second time I visited was in 2010, a great day out on my birthday - the owner of Sunrise Divers bought a cool sporty speedboat to use as a charter boat and we headed to Koh Rang Yai to do some promotional photography with Helicam...

Koh Rang Yai Island

The photo above is by Helicam - the little helicopter with attached camera was being flown by Phil (one of the owners) chasing the speedboat - they'd never tried doing really low level stuff like this before. And that's Koh Rang Yai in the background! They got some great shots. In the back of the speedboat is me taking photos and Phil controlling the helicopter. The photographer is also in the speedboat - he gets a live image from the helicam and takes photos by remote control. Amazing stuff! Some of the photos I took can be found on the blog - see Speedboats and Helicam at Rang Yai Island. You can "park" a speedboat or longtail boat easily at the beach ...

Koh Rang Yai Island

Rang Yai was in my mind again recently - we did a speedboat tour right around Phuket Island in 2013, a bit of an experimental tour by my friends at Easy Day Thailand. We did a full circumnavigation of Phuket, with several stops on the way, the first stop being at Koh Rang Yai and to be honest I think we would have been happy to stay there all day! The word "paradise" is rather overused, but anyway ....

Koh Rang Yai

Certainly fun for all the family. We stopped about 1 hour on the island. There is something about blue seas, white sand, palm trees, a cold beer that makes you want to stay a while. We'd stocked a few beers on ice in the speedboat. I saw that there is a bar there by the beach. I know that there is a small restaurant, but on that last visit in 2010 we found the restaurant to be somewhat overpriced, charging something like 200 Baht for a fried rice. If we go again soon, we're taking a picnic! Not sure what the bar charged for a beer, but sometimes any price is OK for a cold beer on a perfect day :)

Jump at Koh Rang Yai

Oh yeh, jump for joy! When we stopped on that trip, there were about 10 other boats and almost all the tourists from those boats had taken up position on the same 100 meter stretch of sand or in the shade of the trees behind the beach. If you walk 100m, you get a perfect beach to yourself. Same goes in many tourist areas. 90% of tourists in the same 10% of space. Take the road less traveled! I mean, just by heading to Koh Rang Yai you lose 99% of the tourists who are happily sitting on Patong beach or one of the other main beaches. And then walk 100m and you lose 90% of the remaining 1%. Get it? Hope so.

Koh Rang Yai Island

Inland from the beach, aside from the previously mentioned bungalows (I think), restaurant and bar, there's a shop, and then some trails through the coconut trees. You can rent a bicycle and ride around or just take a walk as we did. Yeh, not much to see, but sometimes that's great. Palm trees, nature, sand, sea, the hot tropical air. That'll do!

Bicycles at Koh Rang Yai island

(above) Bike hire on Rang Yai island

Koh Rang Yai - Island Interior

Not a bad little place! I think we'll be back again soon. The east coast of Phuket has a lot of small islands. It sounds kind of obvious but the best way to see Phuket island is by boat!

Koh Rang Yai - Location Map


View Koh Rang Yai Island in a larger map

Bilderrätsel

Und wieder ist ein Wochenende vorbei und in Hessen dazu noch die Osterferien zu Ende. Ich hoffe, Ihr hattet alle eine gute Zeit.

Heute möchte ich euch mal ein Bilderrätsel zeigen.

Wer errät was das wird? Ich bin auf eure Vorschläge gespannt.

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liebe Grüße
Conny

A Trip to Shady Maple

Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl, PA celebrated its anniversary again this year during the second week in March. We had an opportunity to make a trip into PA and without a doubt we were headed to Shady Maple for dinner that night.

When Shady Maple has its anniversary week it has contests and special menu items each night. We were there on a Wednesday night and the feature that night was

und wieder Filzwollreste

Trotz der ganzen Strickereien der letzten Wochen, hatte ich immer noch Filzwollreste übrig. Damit habe ich noch ein Paar Topflappen gemacht.

Mädels, wenn ich Filzwollreste habt, probiert die mal aus. Die sind echt Klasse und sehen fertig so toll aus. Das kann man kaum in einem Foto zeigen.

Nun wünsche ich euch ein schönes, erholsames Wochenende

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liebe Grüße
Conny

Shrine of the Serene Light

Phuket Town is full of history, full of interest. I still keep stumbling upon new places... I wish there was more time to explore and less time in the office! I thought I knew the old town pretty well, but then back in 2009 I read about this shrine on the "Phuket Town Treasure Map" (a great map for exploring old town, it's made by a company called Serendipity Designs which has an office on Soi Romanee). A shrine that I did not know about? It seems I must have walked past the entrance many times, but in 2009 the entrance to the shrine was an alleyway about 4 feet wide marked by a pillar with Chinese writing (see photo here.) Felt like I was making a real discovery! The shrine itself was a bit crumbly and I was the only visitor. A couple of years ago, renovation started on the shrine, and the entrance has been widened and beautified. The renovation took ages and it only reopened officially in February 2013. So, this is an updated, re written blog post about the Shrine of the Serene Light with new 2013 photos!

Shrine of the Serene Light

(above) Entrance to the shrine on Phang Nga road

The shrine, also called Sang Tham Shrine, is built among the houses in the old town. It was built in 1889 by a local Hokkien Chinese family. The late 19th century was a boom time for Phuket, with money pouring in from the tin mining industry. Chinese families became very important here around that time. The old town is full of Chinese influence - check the shops, the shrines, the people. If you see the Google map at the bottom of the page, you can see the shrine is really in the middle of a block or houses and shops, hidden away. There's actually a "secret" passage at the back of the shrine that leads through the kitchen of a restaurant on the next street (Thalang Road). I've walked through a couple of time. Down the alleyway from Phang Nga road is the main entrance to the shrine...

Shrine of the Serene Light

Certainly looks a lot better than it used to. And on the day I visited last month there were a few other visitors including a Chinese-Thai man from Bangkok paying his respects. A reminder to everyone about being respectful ...

Shrine of the Serene Light

Externally, the shrine is very bright and colourful especially now that it's been fixed up and repainted. Inside the shrine, things are different. Everything is kept tidy by a live-in caretaker, but inside there has been no rebuilding or repainting.

Shrine of the Serene Light

The walls are covered in murals showing old stories - the walls look old. Were they originally this colour, or is that due to over 120 years of smoke from burning incense? I am happy to see that nobody has tried to restore these old walls. The local people here have a healthy respect for tradition and history. If you walk into the shrine, with the incense that always burns, there's a huge array of statues of Chinese gods.

Shrine of the Serene Light

The photo below I took from behind a row of statues looking back out the entrance of the shrine ...

Shrine of the Serene Light

It's quite a magical place and well worth looking for. I always urge people to go take a walk around town, visit a shrine, maybe the Thai Hua museum or the Chinpracha House, get some lunch at Kopitiam or try some Roti with curry. And stop by the old Chinese herb shop on Thalang Road, join the locals for a late afternoon walk at Sapan Hin park..... Phuket Town is where it's at!

Shrine of the Serene Light - Location Map


View Shrine of the Serene Light in a larger map

neue Farben bei SU

und wieder gibt es Neuigkeiten bei SU. Zum Katalogwechsel werden Neuerungen in den Farbfamilien vorgenommen.
Die auslaufenden Farben sind unten separat aufgeführt. Die roten Farben sind ehemalige Incolorfarben, die nun in den entsprechenden Farbgruppen aufgenommen wurden. Und die in den Farbgruppen grau geschriebene Farben sind neu.

Am 13.04.2013 haben wir unser Geschäftstreffen von SU in Frankfurt. Ich denke, da werden wir genauere Infos erhalten. Also habt noch ein einwenig Geduld.

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liebe Grüße
Conny

Post für mich

Liebe Karolina, dein Einverständnis voraus gesetzt, möchte ich heute die liebe Post zeigen, die ich in den letzten Tagen von Dir bekam. Mir hat die Karte so gut gefallen. Seht mal.

vielen Dank noch mal dafür

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Conny

Einladungskarte Konfirmation

Heute möchte ich euch eine Einladungskarte zur Konfirmation zeigen.

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Conny

wieder Alben zum Abschied

Wieder haben sich zwei sehr nette Kolleginnen verabschiedet. Dazu habe ich Flipalben mit den Fotos und persönlichen Grüßen der Kollegen gemacht.

Stefanie und Kristina, auf diesem Wege noch mal herzlich alles Gute für eure Zukunft. Ich werde euch vermissen.

Euch noch einen schönen Ostermontag
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liebe Grüße
Conny