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March 25, 2019

Madeira 2019

Filed under: travel — Tags: — mat @ 9:53 pm

We boarded in MUC and now having a 4 hrs stop over in Lisbon. Thanks to our Priority Pass we could enter the ANA lounge and had a relaxed stay. Now heading towards Madeira , get a rental car and hopefully soon be at the AirBnB house.

Madeira – Ribiera Brava

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , , — mat @ 9:47 pm

We arrived late @Funchal , got a rental car and went straight to the guesthouse The View, which is operated by a german guy. You can find it on AirBnB , if you want to see Madeira you should stay there. It’s brand new and all rooms (8 in total ) have a stunning view.

First day we had a short trekked Levada hike, and dinner at a local restaurant. Good for the start. Today we got a recommendation for a Levada hike and it was really awesome. 8 km in total , there and back on Levada nuovo. First Levada (ask a search engine of your choice about Levada) was on approximately 800 mtr above sea level and Mandy was brave enough to walk on the edge. She fears heights and I assume it was a great therapeutic hike ;)

Downwards for 800 mtr. The way back was on a smaller Levada, and we reached our car after 2:15 hrs.

Went to Funchal , capital of Madeira but too busy and overcrowded. All cruise ships stay there for a day trip and today there were 3 of it. Best thing in Funchal: burn your credit card @decathlon store :) Dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse and it was delicious and served with a great attention to customers. We paid less than the day before :)

Tomorrow we need to get up early. goal is to have a hike on the tablet mountains, 1.800 mtr above sea level. 20 km or may be more , let’s hope there will be no fog …..

Nice things are

panoramic view through glass floor :)

A lot of beautiful flowers , so now we know why Madeira is called the flower island.

November 13, 2018

Chiang Mai

Filed under: travel — mat @ 2:20 pm

We arrived in Chiang Mai today and we decided to take a plane this time. Just 10€ more than the train and it’s worth it. Guesthouse is the same as 3 yrs ago and the Parami GH is still good and valuable. Tomorrow- half day elephant care camp. No elephant riding any longer. More political correctness. Like this. Doi Sue Thep is on tue list as well as massage and may be a scooter rent. Remember: scooter tuning is not a crime ( for those who bought Hands stuff sometimes…)

November 25, 2017

Bangkok – last night

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 3:14 pm

We spent two quiet days in BKK. Shopping was done at the MBK within 2 hrs. So time to enjoy the pool at Galleria 12 Hotel and for sure, we have been out for dinner at the same place as for the first night. delicious and yummy as always. BTS  was overcrowded but less than Sukhumvit road itself. Time for more beer at the pool and a little recap of this trip. 


After all, it was great and I feel relaxed. Even I had some stress with myself for two weeks. But anyway. Went to bed early and get up early as well, enjoyed Malaysia, especially Penang and Pangkor, food was great everywhere.  Met some interesting people and some others to skip. Will not book everything in advance for the next time, gives us more flexibility , just in case a flight is canceled like the AirAsia one this year.  Unfortunately I did not finish all the things I had on my list. Postponed for next time. So tomorrow will go back via Milano and Zurich. And yes I’m looking forward being home again, see my friends and relatives, back at our house and on my desk.  Yes stupid german as I’m  ;)

Koh Payam – retro

Filed under: privat,travel — Tags: , — mat @ 2:10 am

We had a great stay st the island. as always. met old friends and spent plenty of time with nothing. nice chats and talks and tons of food. the only drawback at this time : sand flies. the most evil animals ever. got bits all over the body, more than 50 I guess. itching all over. horrible, the last two nights at Payam we were not able to sleep even we had this green herbal oil and antibiotic creme. now while being in Bangkok it seems to get a little better.


and right now in BKK sitting poolside and having breakfast 

November 21, 2017

Koh Phayam

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 5:35 am

Some impressions- nothing real to do , as always. Breakfast, massage, scooter, sunset. Sounds boring? it’s ;)

November 17, 2017

Koh Phayam

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 12:45 pm

The island. Again and again. And never get tired of. A very warm welcome and a nice bungalow (one of the new stuff with private roof top terrace) We habe power all night long which is really a benefit so the ceiling fan runs all night. We met Oi as well she returned from Canada couple of days ago and hasn’t established the massage business yet. She is doing cashews :) But she recommends Joys massage to go and so we did. Was good. Bunch of german people here and even a few small kids. But it’s still pre season which makes it affordable and still quiet. And again even we have seen this stunning view so often we never get tired of it.


and for sunset, as always ;)

November 15, 2017

last post Malaysia

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 2:58 am

right now sitting at KLIA2 , waiting for boarding and going back to Thailand.


We discussed how to kill the day in BKK , several options like access the pool at the Westin hotel for 500 THB each or hang around at Siam square before we need to be at the bus terminal. Bus departing 9pm. 

November 14, 2017

Bye Malaysia

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , — mat @ 2:27 pm

Our last day in KL. Bus ride was short, 2 hrs. We were very warm welcomed at the hotel , we started here 14 days ago. Got an executive room (very large) , took a nap and I went for gym and later for pool. The infinity pool is still quite awesome.

me at the infinity pool with the Petronas in the back

We were searching around in Bukit Bintang area for a hawker center and found only Jalan Alor which is street food but in a touristic way and a kind of expensive. anyway. back at the hotel (über does it) got a Tiger beer from 7/11 and went straight to the roof top to have the last beer with a view on the illuminated twins towers. And no rain today. Tomorrow back to BKK , will try to stay the day ( 7 hrs layover) at the X2Vibe hotel before taking the night bus to Ranong and catch the most early speedboat to the island. And at the end it wasn’t that bad , may be a couple of hours to much rain but Pangkor was great and Penang as well. Street art , nice food and very awesome guesthouses we stayed in. Some lessons learned, and as an old guy (yes) I’m looking forward to stay the last week in one place, especially if it’s THE ISLAND. stay tuned will keep you posted

November 13, 2017

Melaka – our day

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , , — mat @ 11:14 am

Slept well and got a roti canai for breakfast. Even my shoes got dry , lucky me. Went out to explore the small city, built by Portuguese and Dutch people in the past. We found even here wonderful street art

Melaka street art IMelaka street art IIMelaka street art III

and had some food from a small chinese stall. After that back to guesthouse and took a rest. It was so nice to sit on the balcony and had a Tiger beer before noon ;)

And Uber is back on duty , what a wonder. Best thing today was the E scooter ride.

E scooter

25 MYR for 30 mins but definitely worth the fun. Just cruised Melaka.

E scooter rulez

Next stop was the gym of the former Mr Universe which seems to be a local hero.

golden glory ;)

So now pickup the laundry, search for a place to have dinner and get some beer. Sounds like a plan ;)

don’t mess with - really?

Btw I saw this logo but afair it’s the motto of Texas, or am I wrong?

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