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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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Muslim Food in Xi’an

Xi’an, from time immemorial, is known as the starting point of the Silk Road. It was then known as Chang’an, and was used by ten Chinese dynasties as their capital. The aptly name metropolis – “Chang’an” means “eternal peace” – … Continue reading

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A Veritable Feast in Xi’an

I just came back from a visit to Xi’an and Beijing with my wife and younger son. My friend Dr Chen Keyu’s hometown happens to be in Xi’an, though the Cardiff PhD lives in Singapore and seldom visits Xi’an nowadays … Continue reading

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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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