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News May 2008   (Tauranga/New Zealand, May 27, 2008)

Website statistics: In April we were able to welcome on our website 55'748 visitors who did 1'579'212 hits.
                                           (March = 50'201 visitors 1'538'676 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
On May 5th, 2008, we left after having spent 78 days and driven 4'000 miles New Zealand's South Island. It was a
chilly and rainy day on the ferry from Picton to the capital Wellington. But we had a beautiful time before and have
explored a lot of outstanding landscapes. Many can be seen on our picture websites part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.
Since, we traveled another 1'500 miles on the North Island, which – though 25% smaller – has about three times more
people. That impression, however, we didn't have yet – the biggest part living anyway in the megacity of Auckland.
However, road traffic increased considerably in certain areas and line-ups occur again. On the other hand, the
climatological conditions improved – frost is now rather seldom. Regarding the often discussed "beauty contest" between
the two islands, we personally find the Northerly part not less interesting and worth exploring. If the South offers more
rough and wild scenery, the North looks instead more tamed and organized. We also noticed many of the darker looking
Maoris, who, with a an overall share of 15% of the population, settled down nearly entirely in this region..
Unfortunately, the prices are currently skyrocketing: The petrol increased about 15% within the past three months, what
is reflected immediately in all the other sectors and heats up the inflation. Nevertheless, we feel sorry to leave soon this
safe and beautiful country – the spirit of discovery pushes us onwards. Hence we are searching now for a new possibility
towards the Pacific, but it looks very much that the terms won't get anymore so easy like they were offered back in
January in Hong Kong by the French freighter line CMA-CGM. There will be no other choice than to rummage at the
various shipping agents in the port cities of Tauranga and Auckland, to what new destinations we are able to ship with our
means. The price differences are enormous. And because most of the freighter lines don't accept anymore passengers,
also the flight costs will affect heavely our budget.
                     New Zealand: The 'Forgotten Highway 43' (Stratford-Taumarunui): Lifting morning fog in the Tangarakau Gorge

New Reports/Pictures

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

Philippines: Ricefields near Sagada/Mountain Province/Northern Luzon

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 New Zealand Trip, 4th part

South to North Island – May- 2008

+ our New Zealand Trip, 3rd part

South Island – April 2008

+ our New Zealand Trip, 2nd part

South Island – March 2008

+ our New Zealand Trip, 1st part

South Island – Febr.-March 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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