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  • 03.03.2021 16:46 | Stephan Graf (Administrator)


    Instagram is not only a great platform to be inspired by food, fashion and travel. You can also get in touch with incredibly exciting people.

    Imagine meeting a personality at a party that you didn't know before. What do you spontaneously talk to her about? We are starting a new series here, in which we ask the interviewees not only for three answers, but also three questions. And they usually don't know to whom their questions will be asked next. 

    Check out: Max Loong

  • 02.03.2021 16:33 | Stephan Graf (Administrator)


    Max Loong is a full-blooded entertainer and entrepreneur. His professional network now stretches from Singapore to Bali, Switzerland and California. We have passed on Noella's questions to the versatile TV presenter and actor. Here are his very personal answers:

    What moment in your life was key in guiding you to your current position?
    There have been so many key moments that got me where I am today. Life is full of ups and downs and a true rollercoaster ride, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, and sometimes life throws your for a spin. My first key moment was when I got the job as a VJ at VIVA-SWIZZ Switzerland’s first youth TV channel. Another key moment was when I was offered my own show on MTV Asia called Mobbed with which we wen’t on to win various awards as one of the first interactive shows. When I opened up my first business, which became one of Hollywood’s hottest clubs. I got to meet many interesting people who have led me to further businesses. Opening up my own luxury boutique hotel Hidden Hills Villas in Bali, together with my mom, after years of sweat and tears, was a magical moment. So was becoming a partner of Bjoern Hering at Mediafisch, Switzerland’s largest production company. Being nominated for an Asian Television Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor for my role of Richard in Singapores hit TV Series Lion Mums, was an epic milestone. But of course the greatest milestones and key moments was meeting the love of my life, my now wife Sepideh as well as the birth of our children Ryden and Kayden. Now it’s time to write more great memories, both at and off work. 

    What simple advice would you give to someone young?
    Always follow your dreams, follow your heart and learn from your mistakes. If you follow your heart, you know that even if you make mistakes, you can safely say you didn’t let your mind interfere with your heart and gut. Find fulfillment in doing a job you really love to do, find happiness in family, friends and nature. But you have to work hard, as the German saying goes, if you do nothing, nothing will happen. You have to seize every opportunity, don’t be lazy, network, build valuable relationships and again, follow your heart. 

    What brings you inspiration?
    Now it is my family, seeing my two boys grow up not only inspires me, but gives me the motivation to do even better in life. Both as a father, husband, friend but also business owner and with my career. But there are many things that bring inspiration for me, such as travel, different cultures, nature as well as the energy of a metropolis such as LA I live in. Our team in Bali, Switzerland and the US, we have to constantly inspire each other. 

    And here are Max's questions:

    1. How challenging has 2020 been for you? 
    2. What are the 3 biggest dreams you managed to fulfill in life and what other 3 dreams do you still have?
    3. With the current world we are living in, what do you hope for the future?
  • 01.02.2021 10:56 | Stephan Graf (Administrator)

    Christa Riggozzi became a celebrity overnight with her Miss Switzerland 2006 election, and since then she has had a steep and varied career as a presenter, brand ambassador and influencer. She was nominated by Frank Bodin. Here are her answers to his questions, which she comments as follows with a smile: "Exciting and not easy questions from Frank... I know him, he is always unique!"

    Why do Adam and Eve have a navel?
    Because they are human beings and exactly the same, gender does not matter, there was no discrimination between men and women back then, both are equal :-) 

    Why do you push the buttons on the remote control more firmly when the batteries seem to be empty?
    If you push firmly, you have the feeling of power, everything will be fine again and you don't have to change batteries. Man is stronger than technology... 

    If everything is made out of atoms, what are dreams made of?
    Dreams are made of emotions and inner wishes. But sometimes they can also be atomic. 

    And here are Christas questions:

    1. Was the hen or the egg born first? 
    2. how many times do you plug in a USB plug incorrectly before you get annoyed? 
    3. Can I live happily without wondering if I am happy? 

    She has also nominated someone. We will tell you soon who it is.
  • 13.01.2021 11:00 | Stephan Graf (Administrator)

    In 2007, Noëlla founded Malaika, a nonprofit that impacts thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through enhanced access to education and health programs. Noëlla?

    Noëlla Coursaris Musunka is an international model and philanthropist of Congolese/Cypriot heritage, an Ambassador for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, and a voice for the power of girls’ education worldwide. Noëlla has shared her insight at a number of world-class forums, spanning the World Economic Forum in Davos to the university halls of Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and MIT and the offices of UNICEF. In 2017, she was named one of the BBC’s 100 Most Influential & Inspirational Women of the Year.


    Marine proposed to forward the questions she got from Peter straightaway and nominated Noëlla at the same time. Here are her answers and new questions below! She also nominated one person, but we will tell you who next time. 

    What drives you to do what you do? 
    The people I work with at Malaika in the Democratic Republic of Congo are so incredibly driven and amazing, but they come from such difficult circumstances. Changing the life of individual students and an entire village with our school, community center, nutrition program and 20 wells makes a world of difference for a better future, and that motivates me to do everything in my power to provide them with more opportunities.

    What was the worst mistake you’ve ever made? 
    I try to look forward and find the positive, instead of focusing on mistakes, but it has been hard every time I’ve had to say ‘no’ or turn down a person or project. 

    If you knew you were going to die tomorrow morning, what would you do tonight?
    I would spend the time with my two children and husband, simply loving being together, and I would send a message to everyone at Malaika to tell them how very proud I am of each and every one of them. 

    ​Here are Noëllas questions:

    1. What moment in your life was key in guiding you to your current position?
    2. What simple advice would you give to someone young? 
    3. What brings you inspiration?
  • 11.12.2020 11:02 | Stephan Graf (Administrator)

    Meet Frank. Frank Bodin is one of the most renowned advertisers in Switzerland. He studied piano at the conservatory and law at the University of Zurich. He has received numerous awards from all major competitions worldwide, was Advertiser of the Year and is Twitter Ambassador Switzerland. His latest book “Do it, with love – 100 Creative Essentials” is a bestseller in its seventh edition.

    Frank got the questions from Marine that were originally formulated by Peter.

    What drives you to do what you do? 
    passiON

    What was the worst mistake you’ve ever made?
    A mistake: The fear of making a mistake.

    If you knew you were going to die tomorrow morning, what would you do tonight?
    Sharing time with my children.

    Here are his questions for hopefully inspiring answers:

    1. Why do Adam and Eve have a navel?
    2. Why do you push the buttons on the remote control more firmly when the batteries seem to be empty?
    3. If everything is made out of atoms, what are dreams made of?

    (​Frank has also suggested a few nominations. We will stay tuned ;)
  • 13.11.2020 11:04 | Stephan Graf (Administrator)

    It's Marine's turn now. Marine Tanguy managed her first gallery at age 21 and opened her first art gallery in Los Angeles at age 23. After seeing the restrictiveness of the traditional gallery model, Marine launched MTArt Agency in 2015. MTArt is the first talent agency for visual artists worldwide. Marine was awarded Forbes 2018 30 under 30 Europe: Art & Culture and UK entrepreneur of the year for the 2019 NatWest Everywoman Awards.
    Marine answers Peter's questions. You can find his section below.

    What drives you to do what you do?
    I love to work with the most inspiring artists. It’s such a joy to see their art enhancing the life of our community, clients and partners.

    What was the worst mistake you’ve ever made?
    I make mistakes all the time. We innovate daily with our business so mistakes are a part of it. I would say that I am much better at handling the consequences of my own mistakes and moving forward positively.

    If you knew you were going to die tomorrow morning, what would you do tonight?
    Invite all my loved ones over, I would have a last dinner surrounded by art and laughter.

    Marine chose to pick the same three questions that Peter sent us:

    1. What drives you to do what you do?
    2. What was the worst mistake you’ve ever made?
    3. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow morning, what would you do tonight?
  • 09.10.2020 11:06 | Stephan Graf (Administrator)

    We're starting this adventure with Peter Cincotti, best known for his mega hit "Goodbye Philadelphia". 88 keys, a bench and a mic. Give those things to Peter and he can take you anywhere.

    We get the impression that your Italian roots become more important to you lately. True?
    Well they have always been important to me. But in recent years, I have had more and more opportunities to perform in Italy and visit many beautiful places within the country. So Italy has continued to influence me as a person and as a songwriter.

    Your career started when you were still so young. How did you evolve personally and as a musician?
    Music has been a part of me ever since I can remember. So how I evolve as a person goes hand and hand with how I evolve as a musician and writer. Life and music are kind of inseparable in that way, and as I learn and change as person, so does the music I make. Hence my latest album being quite different than my first album, because I am quite different now than I was at 18.

    What in life are you most proud of?
    I am most proud to have the family and friends that I have. Without them, little else would have been possible.
    From a musical standpoint, I am most proud of being true to myself artistically and I feel lucky to have a fan base (for the most part) that supports my musical expansion and creative evolution.
    I am very proud of that.

    And here are Peter's questions. You're already curious who we'll ask his questions to? Come back soon and find out!

    1. What drives you to do what you do?
    2. What was the worst mistake you’ve ever made?
    3. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow morning, what would you do tonight?
  • 07.04.2020 10:40 | Stephan Graf (Administrator)

    Star 111 by Lutz Seiler
    Winner of the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair 2020

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    A panorama of the first years after German reunification in East and West: After his bestseller Kruso, which was awarded the German Book Prize and has been translated into 22 languages, Lutz Seiler continues the story in two grand narrative arcs – in a road trip that spans halfway across the globe and in a Berlin novel that shows us the first days of a new world. And in passing, he tells the story of a family blown apart by the Autumn of ‘89 who must now find each other again.

    Night Work by Thomas Glavinic
    How does it feel to be the last man alive?

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    There's nothing moving outside. No cars. No buses. No people. No birds. Nothing. No one. Anywhere.

    An ordinary man wakes up on an ordinary day to find that he's the only living creature in the entire city. The radio and TV are suddenly filled with white noise, there's no newspaper, the Internet is down and no one's answering the phone.

    Jonas is the last living being on the planet. What happened? How? Why? And why is he still here?

    Thriller and philosophical investigation wrapped up in an intensely compelling, eerie mystery, Night Work is compulsive and exhilarating - but don't read it when you're all alone

    Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
    The border between the conscious and the unconscious mind.

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    Kafka on the Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle—yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own.



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