POINT BLANK: “THE CRAZY HOUSE”
Da Lat / Vietnam
Hang Nga guesthouse, also known as the “Crazy House,” is a piece of artwork that really surpasses the limit of people’s imagination. Designed by Vietnamese architect and impressionist Dang Viet Nga, this extraordinary building of non-rectilinear shapes has appeared in many international architectural journals and finally made its way to the list of the world’s ten most creative buildings (according to the Chinese People’s Daily).
As the intention of the architect is to make a fairy tale house, the “crazy house” resembles a tree with uneven windows, tunnel-shaped stairways, etc. Both the exterior and the interior of the guesthouse are created and decorated with twisting organic forms and very few right angles. The hollow “tree” extends in many directions, rising above to reach to the sky of the amazing Da Lat. Walking along the cave-shape hallways inside the house is not simply a visit but an exhilarating experience, a departure from the norm; wild mushrooms and spider webs popping up on your way is not unusual. Besides, the guesthouse is really a spectacular construction with ten themed guest rooms such as the tiger room, the eagle room, the ant room and the kangaroo room…, with decorations and handcrafted furniture matching the theme. According to Viet Nga, each room has its own meaning: the tiger room refers to the Chinese; the eagle room describes the American; and the ant room represents the Vietnamese, etc.
POINT BLANK: PETROPAVLOVSK KAMSCHATSKI
Kamchatka / Russia.
East… ..very far east… …57°North / 160°East… …only 20° to the international date line. A eight hour domestic flight inside Russia. Eight hours time difference to Moscow time… ..but still inside Russia.
Fishing, gold mining , wild bears, volcanoes… …a trip that makes you feel far away… ..in distance and time. Priceless.
POINT BLANK: CLUBBING WITH KRISTINA
Frankly spoken… …clubbing and Markus usually do not go hand in hand… …except there is a reason. A very good reason. 🙂
KRISTINA is a good friend of us since years and we enjoyed this night at the CITI club a lot! Dancing, photographing and a lot of champagne. That was fun.
She is a wonderful and charming person with a very good heart. I guess that is attracting attention. You have to meet her. A few weeks ago on our flight to Moscow she has been addressed by everyone… …and everybody was wondering about my role in our ‘relationship’. So my role switched in just two hours between “..your husband”, “..your father”, “..your boyfriend” to “..your friend”… …and that is a role which I can except with pleasure. 😉
POINT BLANK: PHSAR LEU MARKET
People at the Phsar Leu Market / Shihanoukville / Cambodia