A few random things about me…

  • I wish I could speak Mandarin as well as Kevin Rudd, and I know that all I'd have to do is pack my bags and move to the mainland, but then I love Hong Kong too much
  • I've driven a tiny sports car (a 1950s Lotus 7) 21,000km through China (see www.ontheroadinchina.com/nokiadiscoverchina).  It was the wildest thing I've ever done. Friends asked me what I would do differently if I did something like this again. I say: leave more up to chance. (Some people admire me for being so organised; I wish I was less.)
  • If I've had one talent in my life (at least when I was young), it was driving cars as fast as anyone could. But when I was 22, I gave up a motor racing career. When the going got tough, I didn't get going. Now I'm working on something that is probably as close to what I did then and threw away as anything I’ll ever come by again in my life. And so, this time, I won't give up.
  • I love writing (see www.mybluechinablog.com among other things), but I'm not sure I'll ever have the guts to become a full-time writer.
  • Tomorrow is Sunday. We're having friends over for dinner, that'll be nice, but I love nothing more than "our" Sunday evenings, that is, spending time with Angie, she cooking, I watching, us chatting, then fruit and cheese and wine and a cigar while watching a movie.
  • I wish I would more often remember that I am an incredibly fortunate guy.
  • At the age of twelve I learned how to arc-weld in order to build my own go-cart whose guts came from mopeds that I bought from a wreck yard and disassembled.
  • I enjoy it when I've done something that makes my hands dirty. But then I feel a bit ashamed because I know there are many in this world who would give their lives to do work that wouldn't dirty their hands. That's also why I don't wear torn and beat-up clothes.
  • I can't sleep when my nose is stuffed.
  • When I was 18, right after I got my driving license, I went out many a night with my then best friend to drive – to slither and to slide – along the sinewy, snow-covered mountain roads of Austria. We had a shovel and a torch light with us because more than once we needed to dig the little Renault 5 I had out of meter-high snow drifts. But I tell you, I haven't done much in my life that felt so thoroughly exhilarating as these mid-night rallies in the cotton-soft, black-and-white winter landscapes of the Alps all these years ago.
  • The older I get the more I enjoy life.
  • I am, more often than I like, torn between "there is such a thing as 'right' and 'wrong'" and "everything is relative".
  • For me, there is nothing more exhilarating in the world than driving a car that fits me like a glove on roads that are winding with music that makes me body wanna dance.
  • One of the most memorable moments in my life was a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in New York's Lincoln Centre.
  • I am who I am, and that's just fine.