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Work Life Balance – a Hong Kong perspective

Work Life Balance(This article will appear in the “Europolitan“, the alumni magazine of ESB Reutlingen)

Holidays, annual leave, 40 hour weeks, paternity leave “Elternzeit”. All that contributes what we in Europe call the work-life balance.

But how do things look in different parts of the world? Like in Hong Kong where I live.

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Culture Shock China! So what are the differences?

Noise level in a restaurant

Noise level in a restaurant

I recently came across some brilliant illustrations by designer Yang Liu. She has been living in Germany since 1990. When she moved over to Germany she was just 12 years. Old enough to have grown up with Chinese culture and young enough to absorb a new culture. So what are the differences between a Western and Eastern culture?

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Line up, spend your money – Asia’s love with brands

Linking up at Plada....

Linking up at Plada….

One thing quite hard to understand as an European in Asia is the attitude towards luxury brands. I’m from Germany, home of BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, RIMOWA and other brands. But you haven’t really experienced what it means to “love brands” before coming to Hong Kong. Have you ever lined up to enter a Prada shop just to spend your money? No? Well, here you do….

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Day 3: A cow, a crash and back to Hanoi

One of those caused the accident

One of those caused the accident

On the third day of our Vietnam Motorbike tour we got up at around 6 (thank you rooster for waking us up) and had pancakes for breakfast. I realised a slight drizzle. You wouldn’t call it rain (unless you live in a desert), but it was enough to make the ground wet and the rocks slippery. And I just realised that we have to go down the way we came up the day before….

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Day 2 (Part 2): You call that a road???!!!!

Crossing the bridge

Crossing the bridge

So we made it through the mud. Bruised, sweaty and very, very dirty. But we were alive and proud to have made it. The mud part is certainly one of those stories you will tell your grandchildren. After the mud, the second part of the day should be easy. Or should it?  Read More…

Day 2 (Part 1): No more shitroads!!!

Go, go, go Allison

Go, go, go Allison

I wasn’t sure which time zone Vietnamese roosters were operating on, but certainly it wasn’t the local time zone. Being woken up at 3:00am is just a bit too early for me. At 6:00 it was time to get up though: Shower, breakfast and saddle the bikes. It was 8:00am when we left Mai Chau where we spent Day 1. If we had known before how this day will turn out, we might’ve stayed in bed just a bit longer…. Read More…

Day 1: The epic Vietnam motorbike trip

The way to travel

The way to travel

After receiving a full briefing about the trip from the guys at ExploreIndoChina we were all very excited to start the trip. At exactly 8:00am the next morning we were picked up by our guides and a very cool jeep. We set off to the garage where we met our new best friends, the 125CC Minsk. Read More…