Thursday, November 18, 2010

Amazing! Awesome!

The two words I said about the BMW Welt experience. Ok I am not into cars, I don’t know the parts of it, I only know few brands, and I don’t want it that much(maybe in the future…hehehe). However, after seeing the BMW factory, I bought a car…

…of course a toy car(X6) from the BMW shop. Haha!

I really wanted to buy the small BMW X3 white, the newest type which will be released this year, but costs €28. L

Creating 45 thousand cars per year is not a joke, which means 120 cars/day must be produced. How do they do this?

Robotics(I don’t know if the term is confidential, I hope not). Almost everything is automatic and computerized from creating the frame, engagement, marriage, up to the wedding. Well that is their terms for that. Unfortunately, I can’t share the whole procedures here and taking photos are not allowed. I know now why BMW cars are very expensive.

BMW Welt(World) became one of the landmarks in Munich because of it’s unique architecture.

Inside the building are of course cars, shops, restaurant, exhibition area, and a private area where customers are entertained and given a chance to test their new car. The other two buildings are the BMW factory and BMW museum.

They call this the first stone of BMW because, when it was built, some of the invited guests wrote their wishes and put them in this stone.

Today is my first indoor RS-Munich/Singapore outing participated by 32 people: 27+2(kids) from Munich and 3 from Singapore. A guided tour in the BMW Welt held from 8:30am-1:30pm. Thanks to my colleague here in Munich for arranging this private tour. This is really a unique experience to see live the step by step in developing a BMW car.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

What I Know So Far About Munich(or Germany)

Being here for a week already makes me want to list what I have observed and experienced which are not unusual in Philippines and Singapore.

Not Automatic Train Doors
We are still not used to pressing the door to board or alight the S-Bahn(ground and underground) and U-Bahn(underground) trains. Sometimes we still wait for the door to open automatically. Mejo di ok pag may german sa likod. haha

Germany, so far, has the best campaign/rules for what they call "Go Green". First, if you buy in a supermarket, be sure to bring your own bag or else you will be paying a not-so-fair-enough-price for a plastic bag. That's why RS have these shopping bags.

Second, all bottled drinks have deposit. But there are machines(see symbol below) where you can return the bottles and will give you a receipt of your deposits. Then you can claim it from the cashier or use it when you buy bottled drinks again. Kaya lang kinukuha ng hotel staffs yung mga empty bottles sa room. hmp!
Third is the proper sorting of garbages. You can see it on the streets, inside the buildings(including RS buildings). Indi lang ok sa indi marunong magbasa ng german. haha!

Earth Colors
Germans preferred earth colors(gray, brown, black, white...). It is so uncommon to see them wearing colorful outfits. Kaya di ko maisuot ung pink jacket ko sa labas. hihi

They are family-oriented persons. Shops are closed on Sunday because they said that it's a family day. For tourists, this is the best day to go out because there are fewer people on the streets.

Shorter Day

We arrived in Munich at 5:30am and it's still dark and cold(well cold naman lagi). Reached Rosenheimerplatz at 8am but still looks like 5am in Philippines. At 5pm, it gets dark easily so when you go out at 6pm, you'll feel like it's already 9-10pm. Hihi! kaya pagdating ng hotel 8pm pa lang nananaginip na ako then gigising ng 4-5am para magnet.

That's all for now.