Jakob Montrasio

Jakob Montrasio

Cards, Cards, Cards.

Chinese love cards, or at least I think so. I had, before moving to China, these cards in my wallet: two german bank account cards and a german insurance card from DKV. Now, after living more than a year in China, these cards somehow made their way into my wallet: a Bank Of China card, a Eastern Miles card, a ctrip VIP card, a Priority Club…

Chengdu to Chongqing.

I went with a colleague to Chengdu in the Sichuan province of China for some business, and after we did our stuff thee, we took a train to go to Chongqing for some more business. During the four hour long train-ride I realized that Sichuan is the Tuscany of China with it's gorgeous yellow flower fields and the beautiful dark red earth everywhere. What a sight!

You son of a bitch.

I don't know who you are, you piece of shit, but I hope the battery of my iPod you stole today explodes in your face! What a great move to steal the iPod out of my wife's pocket while she was entering the subway, you can be damn proud of yourself! I hope you get your hands chopped off in a accident, you sneaky bastard! Because…

Lantern festival in Yu Garden.

Despite the fact that every person had to pay 30 kuai (if you arrived after seven, that is), we went to the Yu Garden lantern festival. It was full like hell, but quite interesting, as the whole area was filled with, well, lanterns and stuff. Around us everywhere were little children with annoying sound-lanterns, but the overall atmosphere was good. Some monks walked around, a lot…

Climbing Mount Hua.

During the chinese new year spring festival, we made a trip to the Huashan mountain. It was a two hour ride from Xi'An. We had to wait over one hour in line, until we finally sat down in a cable car and started going to the top of the mountain. I took my Canon XL1s camera on the trip - this is the result.

'Hainan Airline' rocks.

I flew around China with Air China, China Eastern, Southern China - but now I've got a new favorite for domestic flights: Hainan Airlines. Why? Because it's so damn relaxing. At the beginning of the flight, all the flight attendants introduce themselves by saying their name and bowing down. Have you ever experienced that before? Me not. Then, the design of the chairs: On the sheets…

Geeky Valentine's Day present.

Since we have neither the space nor the money to buy a real Piano at the moment, I decided to present my wife a MIDI-USB keyboard that she can use on my PowerBook from Apple. She loves to play but has left her 'standalone' keyboard at her home in Xi'An for her mom. So I went out to find one, and let me tell you, that…

Clapton live in Shanghai.

I don't remember the exact year, but it must have been at least four or five years ago. Billy Crystal was the host of the academy awards that year and a hilarious clip was shown before the show or as advertisement: Billy Crystal goes to the cinema, buys a popcorn, goes to his theatre, sits down, watches the commercials and as soon as the movie begins,…

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