Monday 15 October 2007

Days of Tasting the Future...Anuga


Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well
gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely
to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance
to the morale.
Elsa Schiaparelli

From October 13 to 17, Cologne is hosting the most important
trade fair for the world of food and beverages. See
On these festive days of slurping and drinking in the halls of
Cologne Trade Fair, I am posting my own photos of tempting
fingergoodies which I tasted during a recent sojourn in
Italy which is currently the biggest exhibitor in Anuga.
A day visit costs 48Euro. I wonder if it is worth the price as
I am doing my fasting this week. I should have known better.
I've heard that exhibitors lavish visitors with giveaway samples on
the last day, it can fill a whole shopping cart. But that is only a hearsay.
Will the Philippine Alliance Tuna lavish me with fresh tuna if I
visit their hall on the 17th? Will I get some pieces of dried mangoes and other
temptations from Sta. Ana, Tagaloan Misamis Oriental if I hang around near
their stand and wait for closing time? Will see.
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Friday 5 October 2007

When Trains Won't Go...

Friday morning and came the news that Die Bahn started its strike
from 8 in the morning to last until about 11 but passengers
and travellers should expect more delays.
As a frequent train traveller, this is no news...I mean the
delays and not only minutes but hours of waiting for the next
train to rescue us somewhere in the fields between Germany
and The Netherlands. Photo above shows not about the strike
this morning, though. It was my other encounter with the
delays of the trains somewhere in Mannheim this summer where
hundreds of passengers were stranded for more than two hours
of waiting. More than an hour spent waiting inside the unmoving
ICE and the rest of the time looking for the next connection.
Mine was the train bound for Basel and further to Bella Italia.
Nothing in sight except the cold drinks served by the train
personnel at the station.
Well, not really that dramatic, these train strikes today.
Radio is broadcasting about groups of people who are still
waiting at the train station to get the next train for their
weekend excursion, and calls are coming in from passengers
asking when and how they could reach their destination.
No chaos despite the delays. Or is this only a dry run for the
striking train operators who are asking now for about 10 percent
increase in their salary?
That is my bag being carried by this Gentleman.
Whoever you are, you were an angel sent...not by the bahn.
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The first thing I did when I reached Basel after the long delay
was to go to my favorite cake shop and get myself those
lovely Luxumbuergerlis. Hmmmmm, the best panacea for
the bruised travelling spirit. who cares about the next
train connection?
Calling Bahnchef Mehdorn! Die Bahn should have more of these
fingergoodies and comfort food than just plain coffee and
bottled drinks.

Wednesday 3 October 2007

For my Girlfriend Luzviminda

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She texted me announcing that from today she is officially called
Luzviminda. She has taken back her maiden's name leaving
her acquired name, her former tag of being married, the past
behind, and yes, life is wonderful.
In separating from him, she finds her self whole.

For her,it feels like having spring in this start of golden October.
She celebrates her birthday today, a especial gift to her
I thought, the recovery of her former identity which gives her
the feeling of strength to start a new life.
Reunification in Germany, blissful separation
for my girlfriend.

I greeted her wishing that she may have abundance in
life, luck, health and wealth and wonderful friends
like me!