Category: customer service

Bringing the dignity back

A new law was passed in Germany this week that strictly prohibits the photographing of accidents, people in accidents, or people being rescued by the fire department or paramedics. For the stubborn people out there who refuse to follow this and will stop to stare, or even photograph, the fine can range between €20 –

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Delivery Service Farms

There are infinite delivery services around the world, and in Berlin alone there are more delivery services than you can count. I refer here to package delivery services, not food or anything else. We have the usual big players like DHL, Hermes, DPD, UPS, and then a plethora of smaller ones. The quality and efficiency

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Malachite Magic

Some of you will be aware that I spent four years of my childhood in Kenya during the early 1970s – I know, for the millennial reading this, that may seem like last century. But it was these four magical years among pineapple fields, lakes, waterfalls, and national parks that endeared me to wide open

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It’s all in the details

In photography, sharpness, precision and depth are the rule of the thumb. Or at least, are supposed to be (Some of of my buddies will even factor in wind velocity before clicking). Then there are others who prefer the more artistic side of life, and will go for the hazy, dreamy look. Believe it or

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Bato, bato sa langit…

… pag tinamaan ay hwag magalit. This is an old Filipino proverb which translates into “a stone thrown heavenward, if you get hit on its way down, don’t get mad.” (Wikipedia). As a blogger, I have learned over the years to roll with the punches, and that not everyone is going to agree with my

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Paalam to NatGeo’s YourShot

The word paalam in Filipino has two meanings: to ask permission or to say good-bye. The original definition is to ask permission (mag paalam), and how the word evolved into farewell lies in the cultural nuance of Filipinos to ask permission to leave the home from the parents. As is our custom, Filipino children never

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Hidden Treasures of Berlin: Le Orchid

I decided once and for all that it was high time to bring in more exotic plants into my abode, and be true to my heritage by stepping up my orchid game. The common orchid to buy here in Germany is the phalaenopsis, which are pretty, but I don’t like them, for some reason. I

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When Wearing Green Is Not Always A Froggy Good Idea

My favourite colour is blue, but looking around my home, there is clear evidence of the contrary. The strong presence of a vast frog collection and the veritable jungle have stamped green as the strongest colour around. And because I believe in colour coordination, green became the main decorative tone, including for the choice of

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Bridges of Berlin: Rosa-Luxemburg-Steg

Or as the proper title should be: Lichtensteinbrücke Re-discovered, since I already wrote about this particular bridge. Berlin is one of the few metropolitan cities that I did not fall in love with instantly, like Vienna, Paris, Prague, or Delhi. It is a rough city with scorching summers and winters that make you aware of

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The Unkindness of Strangers

I travelled from Höxter back to Berlin on Saturday, taking the bus from Hannover onwards. It was more difficult than I anticipated, having to navigate the crowded station with luggage one-handed. I usually have a sling pouch in addition to a backpack on me, and it is no problem. This time, since I am under

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