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WS K88
Erich's new place where different things will happen, but still the center of the universe and the navel of the world
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Sep 27, 2012

Singapore "The Lion City". A fantastic time lapse short film

Sydney photographer and filmmaker Keith Loutit is known as the pioneer of the tilt-shift / time-lapse technique. He was the first to recognize how time and focus combine to support the powerful illusion of miniaturization in film.
In his scaled down and sped up realities, real world subjects become their miniature counterparts. Boats bob like toys in a bathtub, cars race like slot-cars, and crowds march as toy armies. Loutit's aim is create a sense of wonder in our surroundings by "challenging people's perceptions of scale, and helping the viewer to distance themselves from places they know well".

It all looks so unreal, so Playmobil if you will, but amazing.

Aug 9, 2012

National Day Parade 2012

Happy Birthday Singapore! It's the 47th time Singapore is celebrating its independence. Over 2000 participants will again perform on the Marina Bay floating platform. This year's theme was
                                                LOVING SINGAPORE OUR HOME
it encourages all Singaporeans to reflect on what it means to love their country, what they appreciate about Singapore and how each individual can express their love for the nation.

"The annual crowd pleaser in the pre-parade The Red Lions again fulfilled the spectators expectations

Split into a prologue, three acts themed IdentitySpirit and Love and a finale, the 45-minute Show segment featured larger-than-life props and mass displays that were integrated with multimedia projections.
Highlights of this year's show were : 
- a musical dialogue in Act One between a Tabla (a pair of small hand drums attached together used in Indian music) player, a Gambus (a lute used in Malay folk music) player, a Chinese opera singer and a pianist, 
- a dragon boat procession rowing towards the floating platform in Act Two. Performers on stage will complement the procession by forming a giant lion's head with brightly-lit torches, and
- a stage transformation into a Garden City in act Three with the use of large flower props and multimedia displays

Videos, graphics and animations were displayed on nine LED mesh screens built to complement the Marina Bay skyline. Besides nine center screen in the shape of the Singapore island and eight side screens, there were eight mobile stages and an elevated stage that was reconfigured to form different shapes during the show. 

Spectacular fireworks display ended the 47th National Day Parade.

Jun 27, 2012

The Singapore Food Festival is back

Starting with July 13 (to July 22) all the gourmets can satisfy their desire for mouthwatering delicacies doing the annual Singapore Food Festival. This year focused on SEAFOOD!
You can experience this culinary event at the new Singapore Food Festival Village, the Waterfront Promenade@ Marina Bay! 
Up to 50 stalls will be featuring local favorites:

Chili Crab (my personal favorite!!)

and more.        I’m already salivating! :(  anyways...

Let’s look at some of the event highlights

    For details about the various cooking/demonstration workshops or dinners please checkout this website by clicking the logo

And last but not least, if you think you need a brake from Seafood visit Erich’s Wuerstelstand (who is officially part of the festival promotion) and enjoy discounts throughout the festival

Jun 16, 2012

The Sausage War is Over!

Austria and Slovenia finally find a solution in the cheese sausage war!

Austria and Slovenia came to a compromise in their quarrel about the name of a very specific sausage: the Kaese Krainer (cheese sausage). Slovenia files the name " Kranjska Klobasa" with the European Patent Office and Austria can continue to use the names : "Krainer resp. Kaese Krainer".
Both parties are very happy with the outcome.
This dispute about the name of "just" a sausage found a media uproar in both countries. Even international media reported in their newspapers.
This sausage is probably the most popular sausage besides Frankfurter in Austria and banning to use the name could have been a financial disaster for the parties concerned such as Sausage Kiosks, Restaurants and butchers.
Slovenia wanted to patent that name because the origin of the sausage is in their country however during the Austrian/ Hungarian Monarchy Slovenia was part of the empire however Vienna and the rest of Austria fell in love with that sausage and adjusted the recipe and made this delicacy world famous.
Well we're glad everything came to an happy ending and Erich is able to continue selling the Kaese Krainer at his Wuerstelstand in Singapore's Chinatown!

If you haven't tried that sausage you're missing out on a very palatable Austrian delicacy.
I recommend: Get there now and enjoy! And get a bun or pretzel as well ;)  Enjoy!

May 2, 2012

Singapore’s latest attraction: Bay South Garden

Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore Government to transform Singapore from a "Garden City" into a “City in a Garden” which aims to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora to the city.
Gardens by the Bay is intended to become Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.

After a sneak public preview in November 2011, the Bay South Garden, a section of the waterfront gardens in the new Downtown @ Marina Bay, will open on June 29.
The sprawling 54 hectares Bay South features man-made, tree-like structures known as "supertrees". Visitors with a taste for heights can take to the aerial walkway that links two of the super trees.

There is also the Dragonfly Lake, where visitors can stroll along the promenade or rest in the four heritage gardens which reflect the history and culture of Singapore's main ethnic groups. 
Dr Kiat W Tan, CEO of Gardens By The Bay, said: "We have brought (in) two glasshouses that'll give you a touch of perpetual spring. So this is excellent in that here in the tropics, we have a touch of the seasons. It allows us to also look at plants from different continents, brought here from fragile habitats that are disappearing very fast.”

Visitors can also look forward to the Cloud Forest where they will be greeted by a mountain, covered in a layer of luscious plants and complete with a 30-metre waterfall. It has a living skin. Every single plant has to be tied on. And there are over 100,000 plants. There's a wonderful array of ferns, orchids, pitcher plants," said Dr Tan. Most of Bay South will be free to visitors, except for the two conservatories and the aerial walkway on the super trees.

To celebrate the opening of Bay South, there will be a series of events organised over two weekends from June 29 to July 8. These include "live" concerts by Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz and local songbird Corrine May. Six restaurants will also be opened for a unique dining experience in the garden.

Check this out, here’s an amazing impression of the Gardens by the Bay:

Apr 20, 2012

Krainer vs. Krainer: the war on sausage

Who doesn’t know what that is? 
A Kaesekrainer! A Eitrige mit an Buckel! A very delicious cheese sausage, which can be messy at times (...if you’re not careful biting into it and the cheese jerks out! haha).
Never heard or worse tasted it?
You better get to Erich’s Wuerstelstand, NOW!! Erich sells the best Kaesekrainer outside Austria and he will tell you all about it.

Austria and Slovenia face international court over sausages!!!
This sausage and its name has been around since years in Austria (since the Austrian Monarchy) and now suddenly after almost 100 years Slovenia, who was part of this Monarchy, has filed an application with the European Commission of “ Recognition and Protected Status for the ‘Krainer Wurst’!” 

Slovenia wants the Krainer sausage to be given special protected EU status, similar to champagne, Parmesan and Cornish Pastry. They claim that the minced pork sausage was invented in northern Slovenia in the 19th Century.
But Slovenia’s plans have upset Austria, because we believe this sausage is our own. Our cheese-filled variation of the sausage, the Kaesekrainer, is one of the Austrians most popular sausages. 
Tourists and visitors love and associate this sausage with Austria not Slovenia! 
Josef Bitzinger from the Vienna Chamber of Commerce:” This sausage is part of Austria’s heritage, and renaming it would be unthinkable. Vienna sausage kiosks (Wuerstelstand) are a trademark of the city and Kaesekrainers have to be on the menu. Frankfurter sausages (Franks) are called Wiener Wuerstel in Germany and that is not a problem” 

Slovenia is applying to the European Commsion for Protected Georaphical Indication status, because of the meat’s connection to the Kranjska region (which was part of the Austrian- Hungarian Monarchy as mentioned before).

Be aware Slovenia, you already started WW I, don’t get into this again! We will fight back using catapults hurling Semmelknoedel (bread dumplings) over the border! LOL 
                                                 ("Kaesekrainer has to stay Kaesekrainer”)

So Erich started his own war (speak: initiative) at his Wuerstelstand where customers demonstrate against renaming the Kaesekrainer:

If you want to show your appreciation of the Kaesekrainer and support Erich’s “Kaeskrainer war", please come to Erich’s and have him take a picture!

Oct 24, 2011

Celebrating Austrian National Day: That’s why we love Austria!

There are many reason why we love Austria. Living overseas we see our beloved country from a different perspective. Sometimes more critical, sometimes more sentimental but end of the day we love Austria because our roots are there and will ever be!
We would love to show what makes Austria so special however we only can point out some of the highlights otherwise it would become an almost never ending series.

Today it’s : SALZBURG, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a genius musician and composer. But Mozart is only one of many besides Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert , Strauss and Mahler to name a few.

It was one Hollywood movie that finally put Salzburg on international travel itinerraries,
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC”. Needless to say that there are organized 'Sound of Music Tours’ to show visitors some of the sites used in the movie.
Frohnburg Castle, when Maria arrived at Villa von Trapp.
The glasshouse (which was actually shipped from Hollywood to Salzburg). You can find it in the park of Schloss Hellbrunn, just a few miles outside of Salzburg.
Below is Nonnberg Abbey, the actual abbey where the real Maria von Trapp was a novice  as well as where the abbey scenes in the movie were filmed.
Of course everyone remembers the dramatic scene where the Von Trapps had to flee from the Nazis during the singing competition. It was the Cemetery of St. Peter

Of course Mozart and The Sound of Music sites aren’t all they are to see in Salzburg. There are also a bunch of castles, fortresses and churches.
And then there is the city of Salzburg


and not to forget the “Christkindlmarkt” (christmas market) in Dezember

The picture of Salzburg wouldn’t be complete without the picturesque surrounding mountains, lakes and villages such as St. Wolfgang or Hallstatt which are worth spending your time exploring.
Ice skating on Lake St. Wolfgang

Hallstatt in province Upper Austria about an hours away from Salzburg
And this concludes our trip to Salzburg.
Come back to see more of Austria’s beauty.