Category Archives: Travel

Flight security

Glad to see that the US are doing their utmost to further increase flight security.

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Zetland Hall, Hong Kong

The history of Zetland Hall. The first Masonic Hall in Hong Kong was built in 1846 by The Zetland Lodge No. 525, English Constitution and was named Zetland Hall in honour of the Lodge that built it. The Zetland Lodge … Continue reading

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Who moved my cheese?

Seen in Hong Kong.

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China’s beautiful islands

It’s almost weekend, and I am in island mode and mood today. Found a nice site with beautiful pictures of China’s nature. These are the 10 most beautiful islands in China. Have a nice weekend!

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Shin Nishinomiya Yacht Harbour.

During one of my recent visits to Kobe, I had a bit of time for myself one afternoon. So I took the opportunity, and paid a visit to the Shin Nishinomiya Yacht Harbour just a bit outside of Kobe. The … Continue reading

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Christmas in Thailand.

On December 20 we left for Phuket via Bangkok. We had rented a boat from Rob Williams’ YachtPro in Yacht Haven Marina, and were scheduled to leave for a 5 day trip starting Monday December 20. We stayed 2 nights … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

An early Merry Christmas to you all from the Stranded Mariner. I am taking the family to a short holiday in Thailand today. We will start in Phuket, where we chartered a Beneteau Oceanis 323 to do some sailing around … Continue reading

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YachtPro: Sailing in Paradise.

When I started out planning to get my own boat built, I also realized that it had been quite a long time ago since I sailed on anything bigger than 8 meters long. I needed to refresh my knowledge, and … Continue reading

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S/V Kaiwo Maru.

I paid a quick visit to Kobe last week. From my hotel room overlooking the harbour, I could see the ‘Kaiwo Maru’. She is a fully rigged four masted sailing vessel. Together with her sister ship the ‘Nippon Maru’, they … Continue reading

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Cape Town.

The two main suppliers of equipment for my S/V ‘Waratah’ project, Central Boating and C-Dynamics, are based in Cape Town. I thought it was a good idea to visit them while I was in South Africa, so I spent a … Continue reading

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A gold miner is me.

Not often does one have the chance to visit a real gold mine. So I was very fortunate, that on my last visit to South Africa Wynand arranged that I could go down in the gold mine where he works. … Continue reading

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Kobe

Every time I arrive in Japan, I have the feeling that I just landed on another planet. Friendly and polite people, fantastic food (my absolute favourite), and excellent infrastructure. This time I was in the area around Kobe, famous for … Continue reading

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North-East China trip

Last week I went to visit shipyards in North-East China, together with two of my colleagues from Shanghai. On Tuesday, day 1 we flew from Shanghai to Yantai in Shandong province. Yantai is famous for its wine and fruit, like … Continue reading

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Hiking in Anhui

Last weekend we went hiking in Anhui province, not far from the Yellow Mountains. The name of the trail is ‘Hui Hang Gu Dao’, which means literally ‘The Old Path’. From Shanghai it is about 7 – 8 hours driving, … Continue reading

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Lamma Island

Every now and then I am traveling to Hong Kong. I have to see my eye doctor regularly, I still do all my banking there, and it’s a great place to shop. Besides I have some good friends there, and … Continue reading

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