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News January 2008   (Hong Kong, January 26, 2008)

Website statistics: In December we were able to welcome on our website 42'853 visitors who did 1'423'565 hits.
                                           (November = 59'849 visitors 2'496'417 hitsboth figures were a new record)
                                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
That our eight-week stay in Hong Kong comes slowly to its end makes us not unhappy! It was actually never our
intention to remain such a long time in this hustle and bustle. Only a chain of coincidences delayed constantly our
departure. At the beginning, we tried by all means to get a vehicle entry permit for China and Macao. But without
organizing everything three months ahead at the China International Travel Service or a licensed tour operator and being
forced simultaneously on paying thousands of US$, there is no chance – even not for only two to three days. Once we
had to accept defeat, we devoted all our efforts into our next destination: Papua New Guinea. It was clear from the
beginning that PNG (how Papua New Guinea is called) was going to be tough regarding an entry permit for our car. But
it's not only the bureaucratic hurdles – if these can ever be solved – it's also the internal security situation (the dangerous
criminality of the "Rascals") and the fact that the responsible government doesn't care about it, what means that we would
have to cope with it completely on our own. We figured that out pretty soon, but still had some hopes and illusions that
PNG hasn't yet become a "no-go-area". Hence, more than 160 emails have been exchanged alone in Hong Kong
between the French freighter line CMA-CGM, PNG's Tourist Promotion Authority and us. Quite a long time it appeared
that we can join the freighter vessel on its way from Hong Kong to Lae. But suddenly, somebody in PNG placed a
stumbling block in our way. Tenaciously, we tried to hold on to our idea of visiting this otherwise extraordinary country and
fought our way through the jungle of Southeast Asia's and Australia's low cost carriers, because a flight with the
semi-state-run airline Air Niugini was definitively way out of our budget. Barely having found a half-way satisfying
solution, new stones – this time rather being similar in size to smaller rocks, originating from a quarry in Hong Kong –
obstructed the course. It isn't astonishing that during such an exhausting progress, the feelings start to run high while the
tolerance is declining. As a result, accusations and allegations are made, and the mountain slope starts sliding down
definitively. Not to run into a catastrophe – be it a bureaucratic one that is resolvable only with a lot of money, or
perhaps even a life-threatening situation – we had to pull yesterday the emergency brake in informing all parties
concerned that our planned Pacific trip is cancelled!
Bang! In principle, we are sorry for the many people, who were in line with our unique idea to cross the Pacific with a
car while expanding simultaneously our Guinness World Record of "The Longest Driven Journey". They invested their
valuable time. On the other side, we seem to be in a corner of the earth, where individualism isn't encouraged at all.
Hence every idea, which differs from the so called normality, is frown upon. At the same time, we had to discover that,
either here in Hong Kong with our Papua New Guinea project or back in June 2007 with the Philippines plan, the
otherwise well and successfully prepared execution failed in both cases due to relatively "non-important" show-offs
suffering from an inferiority complex and a fussy-egoistical behavior. With our limited means and not backed by any
logistical help at all, we reached the limits of our possibilities. The number of those people, who support without any
ulterior motives, is very slim nowadays – particularly here in East Asia, where the way of life is (unfortunately) almost
all about money.

Hong Kong: Wan Chai/Hong Kong Island - Gloucester Road      

Whereto now? Yes, that's what we currently are working on .With the amount of money, which we would have invested
just into the first leg of the Pacific trip, we are able to ship comfortably to any part of the world – that's what we found
already out. Where this will be, we cannot determine yet, but it will be soon mentioned on our homepage.

New Reports/Pictures

SOUTHEAST ASIA:                                      mouse over picture shows comments
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Timor-Leste (Mainland)
(May 2007)
Com/Timor-Leste: Traditional Fataluku house
(May 2007)

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

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

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

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

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

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

People, Beaches, Nature

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


(February 2006)

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


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


(December 2005)

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


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


(September 2005)

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


(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 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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