Thank You

Thank You, for the last year and anything coming up

Thank you so much for thinking about me, my dear! I am standing upside down. Or for my Australian friends: Downside up!

This video was taken one year ago. And as you just learned from it, I had big plans … Do you want to know how it turned out?

Let’s see what happened:

  • In April I partied a couple of nights in Kuta, Bali.
  • Entrepreneur sleep phasesThen I started my sleep experiment and traveled to Gili Air.
  • After returning back to Bali my friend Yulisa visited me in Pererenan.
  • In May I went for another trip to the Gilis, this time to Gili Meno with a short visit on Gili Trawangan and a scooter ride around Lombok.
  • Later in May, I went to Java to climb Mt. Ijen.
  • I participated in a one-week seminar to learn Balinese massage.
  • And I climbed with a friend into a canyon to see a waterfall and have a refreshing dip in the white water below it.
  • Thank youI applied for my working visa in Indonesia. And in June I traveled to Kuala Lumpur in Malasia to pick up the visa at Indonesian embassy and visited Melaka.
  • During a morning beach walk, I found the new Udara Yoga Resort at Seseh beach. Which I checked out on the next Sunday morning. And I loved it. Especially the vegetarian brunch blew my mind! Since that Sunday morning, you can find me almost every Sunday morning there.
  • I started listening to the audiobook The Road Less Stupid and thinking time became a daily habit. And I became a real fan of the author. I heard rumors that he is the blueprint for Rich Dad from the book Rich Dad Poor Dad from Robert Kiosaki.
  • Planning, organizing and Marketing the 24th Musician Day at Rooms4Music kept me quite busy in June.
  • In July I took a trip to Jakarta, Java.
  • After coming back to Bali, I had my worst hairdresser experience ever. I ended up bold due to a communication problem. So I decided to learn Indonesian.
  • Mid of July I flew via Katar to Germany and visited the impressive city of Doha.
  • At the arrival in Frankfurt and I wanted to pick up my rental car. Buchbinder car rental required a credit card with a PIN for the deposit. I had no PIN for my credit card. No signs by name, no EC card, no cash, not a quick money transfer, nor a credit card from a friend with another name on it was possible. So I did not get the car nor a refund. Stubborn heads!
  • We had the Musician Day in Stuttgart at Rooms4Music. But the number of participants was disappointing inadequate.
  • I went for my yearly health check at the Deutsches Zentrum für Individualisierte Prävention und Leistungsverbesserung (DIZP) in Hannover. My health conditions got slightly better than the year before. Little adjustments where necessary, but nothing serious.
  • And in August I went on a trip to Cuba with my friend Jenny. It was an interesting experience. And I have never been so glad before, that I got born in capitalism. Thank you, Cuba for teaching me this lesson. After 5 days I had enough and escaped on the next available connection to Bali!
  • I found a beautiful wooden house and booked it for one month to recover from the disappointment about the musician day in Germany and the poverty that communism produces.
  • And I started taking classes to learn Bahasa Indonesia.
  • In September I took a scooter ride to the north of Bali. Tasting a lot of Balinese teas. It brought me to Bedugul, passing the volcanoes, the three lakes and to Medewi Beach, Singaraja and all the way to Kubu. On the way back I visited the impressive and well-hidden waterfall Agung.
  • I had a fabulous time at Mahamustika Beach Inn and the landlord offered me to move to the Beach House, where I spent a wonderful time. He offered me to rent it long term, but we could not agree on the price.
  • So I moved on to Double a House across the street where I learned, that I prefer a small practical apartment with room service much more than a complete two bedroom house, where I have to take care for everything myself. I am grateful that I learned this lesson before I signed the contract.
  • End of September I went for a trip around the southern peninsula of Bali. Staying in Jimbaran and visiting Garuda Wisnu, the biggest statue in the southern hemisphere.
  • Somehow I could not enjoy Bali anymore as much as I used to do it. And my father’s birthday was near. Plus I got some bad news about my business in Germany. The owner of the building, in which we ran our rehearsal studios, wanted to use a part of his property by himself. And I had the feeling I needed to be on site to clarify the situation. So, I decided to surprise him with a visit to Germany. And the surprise worked out! For my dad’s birthday and for me.
  • My sister told me about the Lollslauf, a half marathon in my hometown next Saturday. I hesitated because I was not trained for it. But on the morning of the race, I went there, registered last minute and enjoyed the run to it’s fullest. It was the most relaxed one I ever ran, 2:14h!
  • We informed some of our tenants that we are looking for them for new rehearsal studios. And that we expect, that have to move them by End of January 2019. Followed by a search marathon for other buildings and some negotiations with the building owner. We gained 3 Months! But still, there was a stressful time ahead.
  • negotiate the price of a businessEnd of October I flew to Austin, TX to participate in a one-week business seminar from Rich Dad. Btw. his real name is Kieth Cunningham.
  • I continued to Houston and from there back to Bali. On this connection, I “enjoyed” the longest flight I ever had: Houston – Taipei which took 16:30 hours! I was able to sleep a lot in a comfortable plane, so it did not appear to be so long to me. The airline did not want to take me on board because they did not accept my visa, which legally does not require an onward ticket. But after 2 h of negotiation with the Indonesian embassy, they decided to take me on board. Visa regulations are really a pain in the …
  • In November after coming back to Bali I kept on searching for a new place to move the rehearsal studios. Hired some virtual assistants, qualifying a lot of buildings and coordinated them and visits to buildings.
  • Further, I found a place to open a coworking space. And I started learning about regulations, rules, renovation cost, calculations, and concept development. I was very enthusiastic about it and invested a lot of time into the research. It was a lot of fun and I could use what I learned from Rich Dad about business.
  • Beginning of December I received some good news from my landlord: We can use the space until the end of 2021. Which turned out into a bit of release from the stress. But our tenants did not feel certain about our rehearsal studios anymore. We got so many cancellations as never before. Luckily our waiting list was so big, that we were able to fill all free spaces. But it turned out into a quite challenging time for my manager on site. I called it an April fool because the April date got canceled. This kept me busy in December.
  • Over Christmas and New Years I went for a trip to Ubud, Ahmed, Mt. Agung, Bedugul, Singaraja, and Gilimanuk. It was a wonderful road trip for almost 2 weeks.
  • In January it was time to go for the next visa run. Because my visa only allows staying for up to 60 days. So I went to Manila, Philippines. From there I continued to Puerto Galera, Naples, Malay and to Iloilo City. All in all an almost American like eating culture. Only preprocessed food in the shops. Almost impossible to get a warm meal which is not deep fried.  And that results in an American shape of the people. I learned this is another country, in which I get homesick to Bali.
  • In February I got back to Bali, and I enjoyed it, as almost never before! I moved to Lovina on the north coast and found a place called Dream Hill which became my office. A guesthouse with a very relaxed atmosphere, a restaurant on top of a rock with an amazing view over Lovina and the ocean.
  • In March I received a call from the landlord of my rehearsal studios. And the same story as in October began for a second time. Once again they wanted to have our space for themselves and cancel our contract before the end of the agreed lease period. A lot of negotiations followed and we intensified once again the search for alternative buildings, without success.
  • End of March I went for one week to a T. Harv Eker seminar to Singapore. Once again I had the feeling I need to be on site in Germany to clarify the situation with my studios. And instead of taking the flight back to Bali, I decided to book a return flight to Germany and a rental car for 3 weeks.
  • When I tried to check in for my flight I wanted to join a friend to the gate, which was in a different terminal than my flight. So I used the boarding pass of my flight to Bali to get there. After saying goodbye, I wanted to continue to my terminal. But they did not let me get out of the security zone and the officer told me: “This is an arrestable offense, you are in serious trouble.” I thought that it was a misunderstanding. But they interviewed me for 3 hours. I missed my flight, lost all connections, and the rental car. At least I did not have to go into prison. But they took away my passport and told me to contact them the day later. Subsequently I had to book another night and the next day they told me to come to the police station and pick up my passport and a warning. Finally, I got around any fine, but I still do not understand what this rule is good for, apart from keeping civil servants busy.
  • I booked another flight to Germany and a rental car. From Frankfurt, I went to Stuttgart to see my employee and to clarify the situation. Facing the situation I found out, this time is nothing left to negotiate anymore. In a quite depressed mood, I celebrated the birthday of my son and also mine. It seems that I have to close my business just before it will turn 10 years.
  • But each ending equals a new start. So I feel that even if this is a difficult situation, that I am standing just in front of the next big breakthrough. I am curious about what is awaiting me in the next year.
Thank You

Why isn’t that open today? Today is my “Feiertag”!

I am grateful for everything that took me out of my comfort zone.  Because it let me grow and gives me more strength for upcoming challenges.

Yes, I assume that was the best year of my life … so far … thank you, thank you, thank you!


Business Retreat in Bali

Wander Into the Distance

A Business Retreat in Bali

Your Journey during the Business RetreatYou might think:

  • That’s very far away.
  • And isn’t it too expensive?
  • And the long-haul flight …

Stop: Here are already the reasons why you should participate in the Vitality4Happiness Business Retreat in Bali because you got to increase your comfort zone if you want to become successful. That includes facing your fear and get yourself into action to overcome it. Only those who take a risk can win, e. g. if you are afraid of flying, a long-haul flight is the best medicine.

How valuable this trip is, you will already realize when getting away from the stress of your daily business. And after the business retreat in Bali, you will appreciate how fast you are getting things done, you procrastinated before.

2016 I started with one week of remote work each month and by doing so I got proof of concept: I’ve gained time to think about my business, and my work became much more effective after returning back home.

The Vitality4Happiness Business Retreat in Bali will combine vacation and fun, with your personal development and the chance to move your business forward tremendously.

You can find the Dates of the Vitality4Happiness Business Retreats in Bali on the Prices and Dates-Page

Welcome at the Business Retreat Relaxing during the Business Retreat Working at the Business Retreat Accommodation at the Business Retreat

Accommodation in Canggu, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

You are still not sure …

… why should you deny this crazy idea?

Then you have to read this: 19 reasons why you should never travel to Indonesia (sorry, this is an automatic translation, because this blog is only available in German!)

In the beginning, I laughed my head off about this blog by Melissa Schumacher. I do not have to say that I love irony. But I ended up with tears of pleasure in my eyes, as soon as I realized that I fell head over heels in love with Bali. That’s why I visited the island 5 times in 2017 and I’m looking forward to meeting you there soon …

In addition, you will find anything on the Indojunkies-webpage you need to know to prepare for your trip to Bali.

Business Retreat Blueprint

Wireless Life Workation in Bali, October 2016

We will practice a 3-day week

3 days of intensive work and learning followed by 2 days of leisure time!

This will give you plenty of freedom to enjoy the sun, ocean and the relaxed Balinese atmosphere. You will find your time to do sports, explore the area and dedicate yourself to your relaxation and health. In this time you will grow mentally and physically, of course only if you have challenged yourself before!

Your freedom, your decision

If the Business Retreat in Bali proves that your business idea is worth the investment of 10,000 euros in your company, you will receive an investment offer. You got the freedom of choice, whether you accept it or want to continue on your own.

Reasons to Participate in the Business Retreat in Bali …

satisfy all human needs by running marathons

Satisfying All Human Needs

Why am I running marathons?

Because it is satisfying all human needs.

Which human needs can be satisfied by running?You arrive at the finish line as a different person than the one who started. Getting runners high during the race is like a meditation, which even supports mental growth. The training is turning the body into a fat burning machine which gives me physical growth.

The challenge of each run is an adventure: Am I able to finish? Which gives me a challenge and some uncertainty.

To do something most people never do is very attractive to me because it fulfills the need to be outstanding and significant.

If I can run for several hours, I also can make love for a loooonnng time. Yes, I experienced that it even makes me a better lover: I can contribute better to my partner’s satisfaction.

running fulfills all human needsThe endurance I got from the training helps me in reaching out for higher targets, which gives me the certainty of being able to reach anything I want.

I enjoy the rhythm of the steps and it is a wonderful pace to experience nature or urban regions. The additional oxygen clears my mind and lets me think better. It makes my body stronger and more attractive and I do love myself, everybody else, the world and the universe better for experiencing that.

Writing this, I just realized, that it fulfills all six human needs. Actually, anything that fulfills more than three human needs is addictive. Probably the real reason to do it, again and again, is:

I am addicted to running!


How Vitality4Happiness satisfies your six human needs (according to Tony Robbins):

Greetings in Indonesian

Happy Haircut – Greetings in Indonesian

Due to my bad Indonesian skills, I got a Happy Haircut. But at least I manage some Greetings in Indonesian.

After learning these greeting in Indonesian, you’d be ready for your take of to Bali!

Hi good morning,

Happy Haircut

As you can see, yesterday I had the worst hairdresser experience ever. Actually, the happy haircut was created due to a communication problem. So I definitely need to learn some more Bahasa Indonesia to avoid another happy haircut like that. Actually, I already picked up a little bit.

Greetings in Indonesian

If it is in the morning you say: “Salamat pagi”

Or if it is in the evening it is: “Salamat malam”

If it is time to eat, it is: “Salamat macan”

And if it is a girl coming the other way, I keep saying: “Salamat sayang”

Which actually means “darling”. It’s no propper Indonesian, I know that. But it creates always a smile in the other persons face.

Happy HaircutAnd then, another very essential one: If it is an Australian bloke you say: “Salamat Bintang”

So that means cheers mate.


After this preparation,

You’d be ready for your take of to Bali!


Learn some more greetings in Indonesian, with even better pronunciation than mine: