Foreword from the Club President
This past March
saw once again the election of new office bearers and committee
members. I am happy that the election process went very
smoothly. I take this opportunity to thank those committee
members who have decided to opt out for this sitting and welcome the
new committee members.
We are just a small community and this club offers the opportunity of
sort of home away from home. Just like in every community, a
little tolerance here and a little compassion there goes a long way in
fostering healthy and happy relationships.
Lastly, a club can "only be as good as the support it gets from its
members". Therefore, I encourage you members, to continue to
share your time and to take an active part in the programme and
activities for the success of the club. Thank you.
March: Annual General Meeting
This years’ Annual
General Meeting for the general election was held on the 24th of March
at the Eine Welt Haus in Schwanthalerstraße 80 in Munich.
It was very nice to see members who are normally very busy to attend
club activities to take time off to come for the meeting. The
meeting started promptly at 2:30 pm and ended an hour and a half later
with the forming of the newly elected members and the discussion of the
activities for the remaining year as well as other matters.
As usual there was an array of sweets and savories to tempt our taste
buds. There were also contribution of Kopi-O, coffee with
ginseng, tea and Milo to bring the taste of home much closer.
April: Walk along Isar River
On Sunday, 15th April 2007 the MCB organized a walk along
Isar starting from U-Bahn Thalkirchen (Tierpark) to the famous
As a clear blue sky and temperatures around 25 °C - very unusual
for this time of the year - everybody was in a good mood on that day.
As it was also the last day of school holidays for the Easter break
several children also joined the tour. Hans took the lead of the group
and guided along to the destination in the beergarden.
We enjoyed the wonderful spring day although the way we took was quite
busy with a lot of walkers and cyclists on tour or on the way to rest,
sunbath or barbeque at the riverside.
For the children (and also some "newcomers" to Germany - who are not
yet used to walk longer distances) the trip seemed never ending and
needed some extra motivation by small breaks and chocolate Easter eggs
provided by the club.
After approximately two hours, we finally took the last uphill walk to
"Waldwirtschaft". Here we met some more members who skipped the walk
and just enjoyed the gathering at the beergarden. Luckily we
found a shaded place to sit and after the first drinks and some snacks
and/or lunch everybody was happy again.
Contributed by Dirk
Many members were away that month so a Stammtisch meeting was not
planned. However, at the last minute, some of us decided to meet
for sushi at the Kyoto Restaurant on Thursday, the 10th. The
response wasn’t good due to the short notice so instead of going out in
the evening as is the tradition, the few of us went in the afternoon
June: Hike to Wendelstein
our hiking trip took place with favourable weather. Eight adult
and two children took the BOB from Hauptbahnhof to Osterhofen,
direction Bayrischzell. About 1 hour and 14 minutes later, we
arrived at our destination.
Once there, Berthold hiked while the rest of us took the cable car
up. At the ticket counter, we met Shirley, Alfred and Alissia who
came by car. Together we rode the cable car up to Wendelsteinhaus.
We walked around a bit and then started on the way up to the
summit. It was strenuous but the view from up there was well
worth it! We had a bit of snack there and were on the way down
again to Wendelsteinhuas where we met Berthold and there we had our
After the fortifying lunch, and as unprepared as we all were, we were
ready to take the challenge of hiking down the steep 1.848 meter high
mountain. Not recommended but Christine, five months pregnant
decided to walk down too so off we went for the unknown...
It was steepest at the start of the way down, rather scary if you dare
to look down!!! After that stretch, the path evened out and there
we could enjoy the awesome view of the greenery, the rock mountains and
the perfectly clear blue skies. It’s a sight so beautiful, you do
not know what you are missing until you have seen it.
We continued to walk down happily watching our steps in the dangerous
terrain. We were half way down. Then suddenly a deep and
painful cry! The air stood still. We all turned around and then
we knew time was calling for heroes!
There was Shamsie lying on the ground. Questions on our minds: Do we
need a helicopter? Can the Bergwacht send a rescue team? No! Instead
Hans rose to the challenge. He, with his mighty strength, pulled
her up to her feet. Her right ankle was so badly sprained that
even three pairs of socks could not hold the swelling down.
Lothar straight away picked her rucksack up, lifting it as though it
was filled with feathers. Immediately, Alfred started to run down
the hill to organize help while Berthold was still thinking about
helicopters and Bergwacht... Hans and Jeya unselfishly gave up their
walking sticks to Shamsie to aid her walk. And slowly Shamsie
with the help of Hans, started to hobble down the remaining steep hill.
She took the pain with grace and managed inch by inch, meter by meter,
until the little restaurant at Hochkreuth where she could finally relax
her ankle and enjoy her Apfelschorle. Only her strong physical and
mental condition helped her to master that challenge that day.
Alfred had already driven his car up till Hochkreuth where
he fetched his family and Shamsie home while the rest of us slowly
finished our drinks and cakes and then we walked down the last third of
There, next to the train platform, was a Kneipp foot and arm bath and
since we were still early for our train, we all took off our shoes,
folded up our pants and ventured into the ice cold water that flows
from the mountains. Then we dipped our arms in the arm bath and
thought, lets sprinkle our face with it too. That was a truly
refreshing way to end the eventful day.
Contributed by Berthold
Written by Christine
Getting to know you
Geraldine and Florian
I am Geraldine Greiner from Singapore and my husband, Florian Greiner
is German. Florian and I met while I was still studying in Singapore.
After completing my studies I got a scholarship to Germany and
completed my MBA in Munich. I then found a job as Global Product
Manager at BenQ. My working status now: ex-BenQer currently
employed by Train Gmbh.
We got married three years ago and are now settled down in a simple
house in Oberschleissheim and are expecting our first child. On
my free time, I like to read, swim, go to the movies and eating out
with my husband. Through a friend at BenQ, I got to know of the MCB
homepage and checked it out and that was how I got introduced to the
congratulations to Fauziah and Isak Qorolli who became proud parents
once again of a lovely baby girl on15 April 2007. Marissa was
born at 13:58 in Munich and she weighed a healthy 3.530 kg and
measuring 53 cm.
15th July (Sunday): Cycling Trip to Forstkasten
26th July (Thursday): Stammtisch
23rd August (Thursday): Stammtisch
16th September (Sunday): Merdeka Celebration Grill/Potluck
6th October (Saturday): Bowling
20 October (Saturday): Hari Raya and Deepavali Celebration
24 November (Saturday): Annual Dinner
15 December (Saturday): Trip to Nürnberg Christkindlmarkt