Author Archives: Lohcifer
Xi Jinping is a power-crazy despot. His hardline stance towards the volatile orange man-child in the White House puts the world in peril. The Third Plenum of the 11th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in 1978, when Deng … Continue reading
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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