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Reverse Calabash – a Gift from Jerry Zenn

This is a reverse calabash by Jerry Zenn. Jerry used a combination of materials to make this unique pipe: vintage briar, aged Taiwanese bamboo and horn primarily. This is only the third such pipe he was ever made.

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Deuterostome Alert!

Recently, The British Council published its biennial survey of what young people – 18 to 34-year-olds – in the G20 nations think of each other’s countries. The Council asked which country the respondents thought was the most attractive, which countries’ … Continue reading

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Under the Tutelage of Jerry Zenn

Jerry Zenn, born in 1964, is a pipe maker based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Before making pipes full time since 2005, he was an auto mechanic for 25 years specializing in Volvos. Jerry’s pipes are very much coveted; he uses specially-harvested … Continue reading

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Two New von Erck’s masterpieces

Lee von Erck has just made me a pair of stunningly extraordinary beautiful pipes: With these, I have now also become Singapore’s largest collector of von Erck’s pipes; some of which I have previously featured on this blog.

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A Moretti Cortex

I now own the largest collection of Moretti pipes in Singapore. Picture above shows my latest acquisition – a long Moretti cortex. Hand-made pipes in Italy dates to the 1850’s and a company with the name “Hully Briars” was already … Continue reading

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Last Supper in China

From Beijing, we returned to Xi’an and were treated by the very generous Mr Chen Zhaopeng to yet another sumptuous meal prior to our departure for Singapore. Included in the farewell feast were appetizers, greens, pork, beef, duck, fish, mutton … Continue reading

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Peking Duck in Beijing

In Beijing, we traveled to all the historical sites, including the Great Wall, which I first visited about 40 years ago. By then, my daughter has joined us in Beijing and having promised myself that I will eat the famous … Continue reading

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Not the Gravy Train

China has the world’s largest high-speed rail network; the world’s longest high-speed rail line, from Beijing to Guangzhou extends 2,298 kilometers (1,428 miles), and now runs to Hong Kong. China’s bullet trains can reach 300 km/h (186 mph), or a … Continue reading

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Killer Teapot

In Chinese culture, serving tea to a guest is an act of respect and obeisance; and as a guest, it is an honor to have tea poured for you. If I serve you tea and then pour myself a cup … Continue reading

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Biang Biang Noodles

In Xi’an, we came across biang biang noodles, touted as one of the “strange wonders of Shaanxi.” (Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province.) The noodle is thick and is as broad as a belt. It was originally part of … Continue reading

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