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Honeymoon Sakura 2002

Combining our first wedding anniversary with our honeymoon to Japan

proved an excellent plan.

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Honeymoon

Sakura 2002

Combining our first

wedding anniversary with

our honeymoon to Japan

proved an excellent plan.

2001 was my first year with an airconditioned christmas celebration. Actually 2001 was for me a tremendously happy, event-packed, colorful and contrasting year, and in its final moments, suddenly i had time to review and judge this particular 2001 for myself. Following my godfather, i want to try for the first time to put some lines together to formulate some important ideas for me on that last year - and in that way let you guys participate in my- our life a little bit more than i did during my frequently lazy email replies. So, we got married. Not once, but three times we had time to celebrate, and the plans for our honeymoon to Japan for the Sakura (cherry blossom) in April are practically finalized (we are looking forward to see Gouda-San and Mount Fuji and we will have our one-year wedding celebration there, trustfully). When we understood in November 2000, that there may not happen anything better to us than living together, and when the occasion arose fittingly, just a few more hours flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok and back for preparations separated us from finally being together. After some ultimate arrangements, right on time although without contract i reached Bkk on April 1st 2001. Chonmasri (Macy) and me got married on April 12th in Bangkok, colorful exotic thai style, facing nine buddhist monks and Macy's assembled family. My parents and my brother Martin and sister Gabi were there as well, we won't forget. Macy and me got married on July 6 in W&oumlrth, Germany, german style with english translation facing my family and friends, and german officials representing the law. John, my former boss, then best man and always a friend, made us understand in english to fulfil our duty of not only sharing the good times but also the pain and sufferings laying ahead of us. Following the next day our celebration in "palatina" style, lively and joyfully, i believe. We are grateful that quite a few of you guys could be there with us. We had more time to celebrate our wedding on September 15th, Macy's birthday, in Bangkok with some of our friends here. Getting married means to become a different person. Love is joined by responsibility, and two people suddenly create new disciplines. One discovers new common interests - like cultivating a three-square-meter balcony-jungle, one emphasizes new intimacies - when fighting for dominance in the kitchen and who makes the better curry or separating the fat from a delicious, sun-dried italian ham, one celebrates new trust and tolerance - like forgiving a painful defeat in card games, one sets new priorities - like sharing a good bottle of red wine. This is close to happiness, i believe. Re-reading this it sounds like a playful time itself, and this is what this year was about for us, and obviously important interesting questions are waiting ahead of us. I am proud that my family and friends do love us. I am proud that Chonmasri's family and friends do love us. This is important to emphasize because it is unusual, partly unexpected and definitely very important for both of us. To put it in a poetic way, like a ship needs the harbour, so does a wanderer need a shady tree (ok, i admit, i won't become a poet anyday soon). Macy and myself will have a long path ahead with many decisions, hinderances and possibilities. We do not know where we will be the next five years. This is our choice and we will be on the way. My family is important to me and the distance does hurt sometimes. Unfortunately i could not be there for Lilly's, my god-daughter to be, birthday. Unfortunately i do not know well enough, how Gereon, my god-son, and Tom grow and evolve so fast. Luckily i know that my Grandmother is doing fine, that Sabine has a little sister, and that most things go their divine way, the eternal cycle, so to say. To our delight, my parents came to visit us in december and we had time to refresh all stories. Yes, and then i was admitted to a new family as well, the Patcharapimon family. Although i still hardly speak thai, Macy's father and myself go along very well, he is a partyman and philosopher as i wish to be, sometimes. Macy and myself started to take some responsibilities for Macy's youngest brother, Natapon, who studies chemical engineering in Bangkok. Macy's oldest brother, Sitichai, married on December 8th in Nakhon Pathom, and my parents were there as special guests from overseas. Macy's cousin May stayed with us in November looking for a job position in Bkk, but finally found work in her hometown Chiang Mai. My friends are important to me, and as usual during my past fifteen or so years, living here and there, all distant friends get from me but "silence". As usual i am thinking of being here and there and trustfully hoping that when together the common understanding is always alive. Anyhow meeting here and there on this seemingly small planet is great and last year Jochen and Markus showed up here in Bkk, and before moving to Thailand some of us met in Tuebingen and Duesseldorf. Please remember that Thailand is a beautiful country and if tempted you are greatly welcome anytime! My job is important to me and what seemed to be an unknown challenge in the beginning is developing into an opportunity right now. It may be that my luck, my intuition and my carefreeness combine once more and still to the better, as it has been so often in my life so far. Ok, i have been 12 times in Manila since May this year, but sooner or later also this has been finished. Principally i am still working in the spacy niche between product development and customisation requirements, between project management and consultancy, between computers and people, between tools and processes, between making profit and making customers happy, playing around and gaining experience. Something of everything and nothing in to much detail, as i like it. Being at the frontlines it is true that working life seems even more uncertain than in good old-fashioned R&D, and worrying about the security of the job in the immediate future did consume some of my energy earlier in the year. But yes, being at the frontlines the learning experience is real big, and one is learning new things all the times, it is even definitely fun. My holiday is important to me and this whole year was holidays for me in the sense of holiday being travelling, visiting, meeting and understanding new countries and new people. I love thinking back of the Great China Wall that i saw in June, the coral gardens of Philippines and Thailand, the wonderful seafood all over the place, parks, temples and palaces, the Thai water festival Songkran in April and the moon festival Loy Kratong in October, the various big fish and aquarium fish ponds, cactus and orchid farms of the Patcharapimon family.