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Author: Stephanie Kappes

Cape Town: From Sea to Mountain

Cape Town reaches from the blue waters at the Cape of Good Hope to Table Mountain, towering over the city like a kilometer-high wall. Our local Metrohm colleagues showed me the «Mother City», as Capetonians affectionately call their hometown, in its best light. With its beautiful sea and mountain landscapes and vineyards just outside the city borders bringing […]

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Visiting Taiwan, Part 2: Heat

After typhoon Mangkhut had passed and had taken the rain and wind with it, the thermometer climbed to 35 °C and above in Taipei. That didn’t stop me and our colleagues at local distributor Hammer Trading from exploring Taiwan’s cities, mountains, and kitchens! Hot Hiking: The Next Trend After Hot Yoga? These days, I often […]

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Visiting Taiwan, Part 1: Rain

When I arrived in Taipei, typhoon Mangkhut was passing Taiwan on its way from the Philippines to Hong Kong. Luckily, it was a near miss for northern Taiwan, where the capital Taipei lies. But it did bring us lots of rain and strong winds and, after that, left us with heat and merciless sunshine. The […]

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Professor Ho and His Magic Mirror

No, Professor Ho’s mirror doesn’t tell you who is the fairest of them all. Professor Kuo-Chuan Ho has been researching electrochromic materials at the National Taiwan University in Taipei since 1993. These materials undergo a color change when a voltage is applied to them. The anti-glare rearview mirror, which turns dark when the high-beam headlights […]

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Rapat’s Pad Thai: A Street Food Classic

When I was visiting Metrohm Siam, Product Manager for Ion Chromatography Rapat Boonpong showed me around Bangkok and he took me to Cambodia to see the temples of Angkor Wat. He also took me to eat Pad Thai. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to properly enjoy it because my stomach was being a bit uncooperative at the time. […]

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Afterwork Hours in Seoul

Our colleagues at Hwashin Instrument in Seoul love spending time together—even (or especially?) after work hours. Hwashin Instrument distributes Metrohm’s titration, voltammetry, and spectroscopy product lines in South Korea. Six times a year, they have a party on the roof of their office building. They call it Hof Day—hof is Korean for pub or bar, […]

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Life in South Korea

In only 3 days, I explored South Korea from the demilitarized zone at its northern border to the city of Busan on its south coast. The short time was barely enough to get a glimpse of the multifaceted culture of the country. Here are observations, from Gangnam nightlife in the capital Seoul to seafood so […]

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Metrohm Japan: The Human Factor is Key

Most of Metrohm Japan’s staff, around 40 people, work at the Tokyo head office. Just a few are stationed in other parts of the country, including the Osaka branch. The main office is located on the 8th floor of an office building in the Nihonbashi district at the heart of Tokyo. Keisuke Ichiba, Product Manager […]

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A Trip to Kyoto: Japanese Traditions

Kyoto is the former Imperial capital of Japan. Compared to Tokyo, which is all about modern life, Kyoto remains a city rich in ancient traditions and is the best preserved ancient city in Japan. No visitor should miss it! Metrohm Japan Field Service Engineer Honami Tomite, who goes by Tommy for her last name, took […]

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