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News February 2008   (Dunedin/New Zealand, February 25, 2008)

 
Website statistics: In January we were able to welcome on our website 50'201 visitors who did 1'578'377 hits.
                                           (December = 42'853 visitors 1'423'565 hits)
                                The visitors are coming from about 100 to 118 different countries!
                                Record day since 12/17/1998 - the birthday of our website: 11/5/2007 = 13'407 visitors and 787'456 hits
 
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Finally, we changed once more a continent: After nearly 2 years Asia, we shifted to Australia-Oceania. On
February 1st, we sailed with the Cotai-Ferry from Hong Kong to Macao, a little later we flew with Tiger Airways to
Clark, the former American military base North of Manila in the Philippines, which became an airport for low cost
carriers. One day earlier, we loaded our vehicle into its 12th container box and sent it with Cosco-Line to Port Chalmers
– the harbor of Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand. While our LandCruiser was on its own cruise during
15 days, we took off from the Philippines after coincidentally the same number of days. It was AirAsia that brought us to
Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and some hours later its "longhaul-sister" AirAsia X from there to Goldcoast near Brisbane in
Australia's Queensland. After a change of airport and an expensive night, another flight followed – this time with
Freedom Air to Dunedin in New Zealand.
 
Three busy days were needed to get the car out of the port and onto the road, whereby the most intensive part was
caused by New Zealand's "MAF-Biosecurity-Service", the quarantine department of the "Ministry of Agriculture and
Forestry": For the third time during our worldtour of 23-years, we had to unload the whole content of our car (the first
time was back in 1992 in Fremantle/Perth on our arrival in Australia, and once more in mid-2006 while overhauling our
Toyota in Miri/Sarawak on the island of Borneo, and now again here in New Zealand).
 
Our first, though very short impression of New Zealand reads as follows: Beautiful landscapes; not too many – but open,
friendly and welcoming people (despite of a single exemption); not on the cheap side (like e.g. Indonesia or Thailand);
but with the strong challenge to get discovered. Moreover, after four months of genuine Chinese culture in Taiwan and
Hong Kong, as well as four years of Southeast Asian way of life,  it is also very pleasant to change back to our "own
society" for a period of time.
 
 
New Zealand: Dunedin - Customhouse: 'We made it'! - fixing the New Zealand sticker on February 21st
 
 
Our trip will now lead us to the Southernmost tip near Invercargill and afterward more ore less along the Westcoast
towards the North, before winter time will set in here.
   

New Reports/Pictures

SOUTHEAST ASIA:                                      mouse over picture shows comments
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Philippines
(Febr. 2008)

Philippines: Ricefields near Sagada/Mountain Province/Northern Luzon

 
Timor-Leste (Mainland)
(May 2007)
 
Com/Timor-Leste: Traditional Fataluku house
Oecussi/Timor-Leste
(May 2007)

Oecussi/Timor-Leste: Landscape East of Oecussi-'Town'

 
Sarawak/East-Malaysia
(Island of Borneo), Part 2
(Nov. 2006)
 
Kuching/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Proboscis monkey in Bako National Park
Sabah/East-Malaysia
(Island of Borneo)
(Oct. 2006)

Mount Kinabalu/Sabah/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Early Morning View

Brunei
(Sept. 2006)
 
Brunei (Borneo): ’The 'Ali Saifuddien'-Mosque at sunset in Bandar Seri Begawan
Sarawak/East-Malaysia
(Island of Borneo), Part 1
(June - Aug. 2006)

Miri/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Traditional stilt houses reflecting in the water of the Miri River

Myanmar
(May 2006)
 
Myanmar: Waiting for customers in Kawthoung
Thailand
Temples, Pagodas, Shrines 

Thailand
People, Beaches, Nature

(Nov. 1993 - Jan. 1994)
(Nov. - Dec. 2005)
(Febr. - April 2006)
Thailand: Ho Phra I-Suan Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Laos

(February 2006)

Laos: The ’Patuxai’, the Laotian replica of the French ’Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris

Vietnam

(January 2006)
Vietnam: Two women cultivating a rice field

Cambodia

(December 2005)

Cambodia: The main temple of Angkor Wat with its five towers viewed from the hill of the ’Phnom Bakheng’ - Temple

Malaysia

(Oct. - Nov. 2005)
Malaysia: The four minarets of the ’Sultan Salahuddin’ State Mosque in Shah Alam are visible already from far

Singapore

(September 2005)

Singapore: High-rise buildings pop up everywhere - here behind the Parliament House

Macao

(September 2005)

Macao: The ’St. Paul’ ruin is an inspiring sight also at night

Hong Kong

(September 2005)

 

Hong Kong:From ’Hong Kong Peak’ we get an excellent view of the ’skyscraper jungle’
+ our New Zealand Trip
South Island – Febr. 2008
+ our Hong Kong Trip
Hong Kong – Dec. 2007+Jan. 2008
+ our Taiwan Trip, 3rd part
Taipei-Taitung-Kaohsiung – Nov. 2007
+ our Taiwan Trip, 2nd part
Taitung-Southern Cross-Island Highway-
Siraya National Scenic Area (Zengwun Reservoir)-
Alishan NSA-Sun Moon Lake NSA-Taroko National Park-
Suao-Hualien Highway-Taipei – Oct.+Nov. 2007
+ our Taiwan Trip, 1st part

Kaohsiung-Kenting-Taitung – Oct. 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 6th part

Kalimantan – July 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, within the 5th part

Tana Toraja (Toraja-Land) – June+July 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 5th part

Sulawesi – June+July 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 4th part

Sumba, West Timor – May+June 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 3rd part

Lombok, Sumabawa, Flores – April 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 2nd part

Bali – Jan.-March 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 1st part

Sumatra, Java – Dec. 2006

+ our Borneo Trip

Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Kalimantan – Sept.-Nov. 2006

+ our LandCruiser on a "Rejuvenation Cure"

in Miri/Sarawak - the East Malaysian province on Borneo Engine/Body: June-Aug. 2006/Transmission: Sept. 2007

+ added from a earlier visit to the USA:

Las Vegas    (Millennium change)

+ added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

+ Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 1984 - April 1997)

+ Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:
Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with
Toyota Companies since 1982
On July 7th, 2005, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 150 countries the car's
600'000th Kilometer - very prosaic in front of the post office in Cayenne/French Guiana.
Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA and taken over by
Toyota Motor United Kingdom? (after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN
- and you will see that we already belong to it too!)

 

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