Author Archives: Lohcifer

Ephemeral and Temporal

In the end, everything is ephemeral – the stuff you own, the relationships you cling to. It is said that attachment is the root of all sufferings. It is also said that one must be detached – this way, you … Continue reading

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Fermented Tofu, Taiwan

Fermented tofu (bean curd) has been unfairly called “stinky tofu” because you can catch a whiff of the dish from afar. The dish has gotten an undeserved bad rap mainly due to the exaggerated western reaction to the dish. But … Continue reading

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Shin Yeh Restaurant, Taipei 101

Shin Yeh is a fine dining restaurant right at the top of one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Taipei 101. The 85th floor restaurant is where I take VIP clients and special friends to. Service is impeccable: … Continue reading

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Goose Meat, Taipei

Across the Raohe night market in Taipei is my favorite goose meat eatery. It is another one of those places I must visit each time I visit Taipei, and not just because goose meat is rather scarce in Singapore. In … Continue reading

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Jin Fu Sushi, Taipei – Prepare to be Teased

I have visited Taiwan numerous times in the last couple of years, and during each visit I would make it a point to eat at Jin Fu Sushi, which is located at a residential area in Taipei. It is a … Continue reading

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Esoterica’s Penzance by JF Germain

About 30 years ago, Steve Richman began importing into the US, tobaccos blended by JF Germain & Son of Jersey, the British Channel Islands. These tobaccos were available for private labeling and Steve used the name Esoterica Tobacciana as his … Continue reading

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Tahlequah and her Baby

A pod of 75 killer whales, or orcas, roams in a huge territory that includes waters off Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria, British Columbia. Orcas are among the earth’s most socially sophisticated animals. They live in matrilineal groups that include four … Continue reading

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A Veritable Feast for the Eyes

Singapore-based Taiwanese tech entrepreneur David Yu – a real gentleman and a truly loyal friend – frequents Indonesia for work. This neighboring country with more than 18,000 islands harbors many serious pipe makers and smokers. David knows quite a few … Continue reading

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A Pipe by Peter Hemmer

Peter Hemmer is a German pipe carver from Munich who once lived in Rome. He is a good friend who has been to Singapore three times already.

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Another JT Cooke

JT Cooke is famous for his beautiful deep, and very unique sandblasts. He has developed a technique using several separate blasting procedures to bring out and emphasize the unique characteristics of the briar. No wonder Jim is often referred to … Continue reading

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