One common characteristic of Churchill, Stalin, and Van Gogh

We might find many common characteristics between Churchill and Stalin, both great leader and powerful men. Although Van Gogh is great, it seems not easy to find a characteristic of him which is same to those two men, he didn’t even have a photo!

But I know there is a common hobby among these three men: Smoking pipe.

Actually, I can change the title to ” a common characteristic of Churchill, Stalin, and me”, because I am a big fan of smoking pipe, but maybe more people will get interested in Van Gogh than in me, hahaha.

Three reasons made me love smoking pipe so much
  1. More healthy. I cannot say it is good for health, but compared to cigarettes, smoking pipe has much less detriments to lungs.
  2. The appearance. Well made pipes are artworks, especially some classical brands, like Dunhill which is my favourite.
  3. More flavours. We can use many different kinds of tobacco in smoking pipe, sweet , sour, spicy and mixed flavour.
A Dunhill Pipe
The best pipe brand in UK: Dunhill

Dunhill is one of the most famous  pipe manufacturers in the world. To know more about pipe, I suggest to visit its shop at London, you can find many beautiful pipes and great tobacco, there is also a room for customers to enjoy their tobacco with free coffee.

Dunhill Shop, London

Top 5 Podcasts To Make You More Interesting

Assignment deadlines and your lecturers ill-fitting toupee have been  the main topic for far too long now. Here’s a list of the top podcasts to impress your friends with next week at the pub:


You’ve probably heard of TED Talks, with some of the greatest videos reaching up to 50 million views on YouTube. Their daily podcast feed now brings you the latest talks on the go.


Newspapers are becoming less and less popular with our generation, who prefer to catch up with the latest news online. The Guardian Audio Long Reads means you don’t have to miss out on some of the best journalism the UK has to offer.


Following the success of their Freakonomics book back in 2005, the duo Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt created Freaknomics Radio to give their audience an insight into the wonderful world of socioeconomics.


WNYC Studios, the creator of popular podcasts, This American Life and Serial. Radiolab makes science accessible to everyone. Opening discussion for questions such as “how can you know without knowing words?”, the show breaks down concepts and creates thought-provoking hypotheses.


Hello Internet  helps you formulate an opinion on things you never thought you’d think about. “Monkey Copyright” opens discussion about Copyright Law from a story which argued that a monkey should be legally determined to own rights to a photo that he took of himself.


You Know New York, Do You Know York?

New York and York

Everyone knows New York, the biggest modern metroplis in the world, but do you know why it calls New ” York”?

New York

York is a city in England. In 1651, the Anglo-Dutch War broke out. British defeated the Netherlands in 1664, took control of the “New Amsterdam”. The homesick British soldiers gave the names of their hometowns to the settlements in the new land , New York  was one of them.

However, York is so different from New York. It is a city with a long history and rich contents. King George VI said“The history of York is the history of England.”


Travel in York

York is the biggest tourism city in England except London.

Historic buildings

There are many historic buildings in the city, the most famous one is the York Minster, which is the  largest medieval church in England. You can reach the top of the centre tower for a bird’s -eye view of the whole city. Besides, York Dungeons,National Railway Museum, and many other museums are so worth while to visit.

York Minster
Harry Potter !

The funs of Harry Potter cannot miss The Shanbles,  the famous Diagonal Alley in the film was shot here.

The Shanbles


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Where is home for you?

“Where is home for you?” How many times I’ve been asked this question? And how many times, I didn’t know what to answer.

Feeling like a foreigner in Germany because you don’t look like a German and feeling  like a foreigner in Vietnam because you don’t behave like a typical Vietnamese.

I was born and brought up in Germany. My parent are Vietnamese. My whole life, my parents tried to convey to me and my brothers the Vietnamese culture and language to keep our roots alive. I’ve been educated bilingual. With my family, I speak Vietnamese and outside of home, German. I do believe, I am not the only one who’s struggling with such identity issues while having a migration background.

Some years ago, I spend six weeks on holiday in Vietnam with my father. He took me to the most amazing places such as the Halong Bay and Sapa. Home, is for many people the place where they were born and grew up. After this journey however, I recognised that it isn’t important where you were born and live but important is the feeling of attachment you have when you think of a place.

Over the years, I figured out for myself that it’s okay to have two places that I call “home”. Yes, I am German AND Vietnamese and I am proud of it!

Any questions or comments? I’d be happy to hear from you. Please feel free to share similar experiences with me when you have some!

My top 3 Vietnamese street food meals in Hanoi

In Vietnam, there’s nothing better than enjoying Vietnamese street food which is an integral part of the eating culture.

Especially the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter that offer you plenty of tasty eating stalls. The food is cheap, authentic and fresh!

Phở dish
Street food vendor
Street food stall

Here’s an overview of my top 3 favourite street food meals that can be found there.

1. Bún chả

My number one dish is particularly widespread in Northern Vietnam. Traditionally, it’s served with rice noodles, grilled pork meat, plenty of herbs and a spicy dipping sauce as a side dish. The meat pieces are seasoned, grilled and served with a skewer or as meat balls.

It’s delicious. Try it, Obama did!

2. Bánh cuốn

Bánh cuốn is traditionally eaten in the morning as a breakfast meal but also as a light snack throughout the day. It’s made of very thin rice batter, filled with wood ear mushrooms and seasoned minced pork meat. Typical side dishes are the Vietnamese sausage “chả” and a dipping sauce, served with different kind of herbs and bean sprouts.

3. Chè

Especially in summer, there’s nothing more enjoyable than chè. Combined with fruits, beans and seeds, it can be served in many different ways.

My absolutely favorite one is the Three Colour Dessert, called “chè ba màu” (see recipe here) which consists of sweetened coconut milk, kidney beans, green jelly – and of course a lot of crushed ice!

Choose Vietnam for your next holiday destination & happy eating!

Frankfurt am Main – Not just a typical banking city

As the most international metropolis in Germany, Frankfurt meets the needs of everybody due to its unique combination of tradition and modernity. This city has so much more to offer than just skyscrapers and bankers!

It’s a place that loves to party. So let’s start the journey and discover my most favourite festivals amongst skyscrapers and the Old Town, throughout the year!

Main Embankment Festival
An attraction for the young and the old, where numerous international food stalls are situated on both sides of the Main riverbank. Multiple entertaining stage programmes ensure a great atmosphere! An important advice: Don’t miss the big fireworks on the last day of this festival which is truly impressive!

Main Embankment Festival
Final fireworks

Apple Wine Festival
Try out Frankfurt’s most traditional beverage, the Apple Wine or how Hessian’s call it “Äppelwoi”, made of different apple varieties. Apart from entertainment stage music, visitors can also find a selection of apple wine on sale as a perfect souvenir.

Typical apple wine stall
Freshly tapped Hessian apple wine

Frankfurt Christmas Market
Here, located in Frankfurt’s Old Town “Römer“, you can expect a wide range of food stalls with typical German drinks and dishes. The stalls are elaborately decorated. Various arts and crafts stalls as well as multiple carousels for kids create a place of pleasure and arouse  the pre-christmas mood!

Frankfurt Christmas Market & skyline
Frankfurt Christmas Market, Old Town “Römer”
German sausage and mulled wine

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Facebook Login API | Web Development

Facebook API Login using Php

Hello and welcome back. This web development post is going to focus on how we log in to a website and register.
Login forms demotivate users when registering for a site or on logging in. Nowadays users search for a easy registration and easy login to save time. From a marketing perspective, it’s important to reduce the number of users from losing interest and bouncing away from the site and marketers need to gain maximized information while maintaining the attention of readers. Web developers and designers use Social Media API’s to log into their site making it much easier to register and login in with just two or fewer clicks.

For many beginners understanding API’s and implementing them isn’t easy and some people source the internet to find tutorials or open source codes that have code prepared. When I was searching online to see how accessible Social Media Login API’s were I didn’t find one simple website offering this service for free.
I decided to create my own Facebook API to be used as an open source for my bloggers only. Below are some screenshots of the code.


Link to project site

Download code directly for free (no signup)

Looking for something a bit more advanced watch this clip on how to build a more advanced Facebook login API

If you do need some additional support in customising this for your requirements then contact us here for a quote.

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If you are interested in other social media API’s then stay tuned to my blog

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