A little-bit about myself
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My Favorite quotations
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) - "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."Winston Churchhill said: It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.Winston Churchhill said: All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.Winston Churchhill said: Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.Winston Churchhill said: The price of greatness is responsibility.Winston Churchhill said: I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.Winston Churchhill said: It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.Winston Churchhill said: When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.Lady Astor said to WInston Churchhill: "Winston, if I were your wife I'd put poison in your coffee." to which Winston replied: "Nancy, if I were your husband I'd drink it."MP Bessie Braddock said to Churchill: “Mr Churchill, you are drunk!” and to this Churchill replied: “Yes madam, and you are ugly. But in the morning, I will be sober, and you will still be ugly.”Steve Jobs: "Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith..."Steve Jobs: "The only way to do great work is to love what you do..."Steve Jobs: "You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down..."Steve Jobs: "When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back..."Steve Jobs: "Get your thinking clean to make it simple..." Steve Jobs: "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose..."Steve Jobs: "Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent..."Steve Jobs: "Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works..."Steve Jobs: "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me..." Some of my favorite musicians
- Ronan Keating
- Chris Rea
- Richard Clayderman
- Koos du Plessis
- Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong
- Sandra Ann Lauer
- Haley Westenra
- Diane Arkenstone
About my Name
Pronunciation: \v(o)-lker, vol-ker\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: people's defender
Sounds Like: Vollker, Walker
Similar Names: Folke, Melker, Valter
Volker \v(o)-lker, vol-ker\ as a boy's name is of German origin, and the meaning of Volker is "people's defender" or "people's guard)
People with this name tend to be balanced, and receptive to cooperation. They are the ideal partner and seek peace. It is important for them to learn how to speak up, or they may be taken advantage of. Sometimes they can get stuck on too many details and have feelings of loneliness.
The name Volker orginated as an German name. The name Volker is most often used as a boy name or male name.
Traditional or old world Germanic names have two parts. One part indicates the gender and the other the characteristic of the person. For example, Adelbert or Albert is composed of adel meaning noble and a derivation of beracht meaning bright or shining.
Given names are generally gender specific. Male names cannot be used for females and vice versa. The only exception to this rule is "Maria" which can be used as a male second name as in Erich Maria.
German children are given one or many pre-names (vornames). Only one of these names however is used as their main name or call name (rufname). Parents choose a name because they like it or they may name a child after a relative. Religious catholics frequently give saints names as secondary names. Some combinations of male first and second names such as Hans-Joseph are traditionally hyphenated. The maximum number of first names is five.
Germany has very strict naming laws. Names must be known as a human names. For example, pet names, common nouns, place names and invented names are not allowed. They must also not be offensive or humiliating. The Name Registrar (Standesbeamter) has the right to bar a name. Parent's can appeal the Standesbeamter's decision in court.
Given names may only be changed to correct an error made by the state when recording the name, naturalization of foreigners who may wish to take on a more Germanic version of their name and gender reassignment by transsexuals.
About my Religion
I see myself as an Evangelical Christian:
Question: "What is an Evangelical Christian?"
Answer: To begin, let’s break down the two words.
The term "Christian" essentially means "little Christ." "Christian" is the term given to followers of Jesus Christ in the first century A.D. (Acts 11:26). The term "evangelical" comes from the Greek word that means "good news." Evangelism is sharing the good news of the salvation that is available through Jesus Christ. An evangelical, then, is a person dedicated to promoting the good news about Jesus Christ. Combined, the description "evangelical Christian" is intended to indicate a believer in Jesus Christ who is faithful in sharing and promoting the good news.
In Western culture today, there are many caricatures of evangelical Christians. For some, the term "evangelical Christian" is equivalent to right-wing, fundamentalist Republican. For others, "evangelical Christian" is a title used to differentiate an individual from a Catholic Christian or an Orthodox Christian. Others use the term to indicate adherence to the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. In this sense, an evangelical Christian is a believer who holds to the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and salvation by grace through faith alone. However, none of these is inherent in the description "evangelical Christian."
In reality, all Christians should be evangelical Christians. The Bible is consistently instructing us to be witnesses of the good news (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; 1 Peter 3:15). There is no better news than Jesus! There is no higher calling than evangelist. There is no doubt that holding to the fundamentals of the Bible will result in a certain worldview, and yes, political belief. However, there is nothing about being an evangelical that demands a certain political party or affiliation. An evangelical Christian is called to share the good news, to preach God's Word, and to set an example of purity and integrity. If these callings require political action, so be it. At the same time, evangelical Christians should not be sidetracked into abandoning our highest calling—sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
About my personal religious believes
I am a very open minded, simple Christian believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I don't mind people with different believes as long as they leave me alone to practice my own believes. Your religion is your own business.
For me, a church is a particular Christian organization, typically one with its own clergy, buildings, and distinctive doctrines (i.e. "the Church of England"). It's not a place to show yourself, your car , your clothes or your belongings of. It's a place of worship to God and to listen to teachings that favor a Christian's believe in God.
I see the Holy Bible as a collection of sacred scriptures related to Judaism and Christianity. I mean no personal hostility when I say that I believe that neither the Old- nor the New Testament necessarily give an accurate historical picture of the life of Jesus etc. For me, the Holy Bible is a very wise, remarkable story book based in real life historic events, teachings and truths. It purpose is to teach the Christians the road of the righteous while also keeping them informed as to how to avert evil
In my religious studies, I devote time to study other religions such as Hinduism. How can one reject another person's religion if you know little or nothing about it. Each religion has its own teachings, truths and lessons to be learned. As a Christian one has to respect the views of the person(s) you are attempting to convert. Their are two sides to every story. If you disrespect another persons religions believes, language or culture, how then can you expect such a person to respect yours.
I admire religious leaders such as Mohadma Ghandi that are/were open minded, never trying to forcefully convert people to their own religion or believes, but instead trying to make a case for their own religion and believes. My opinion is that when it comes to religion, actions speak louder than words.
My goal in life is to respect and love other humans. For me love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection. My life has no place for violence, greed and disrespect.
Jesus says in the Holy Bible in Matthew 5 verse 43-48:
43 "You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
About my Zodiac - Virgo Sun Sign
I was born on 26 August 1971 in Windhoek, Namibia.
August 23 - September 22
Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac, to be exact, and that's the way Virgos like it: exacting. Those born under this sign are forever the butt of jokes for being so picky and critical (and they can be), but their 'attention to detail' is for a reason: to help others. Virgos, more than any other sign, were born to serve, and it gives them great joy. They are also tailor-made for the job, since they are industrious, methodical and efficient. The sense of duty borne by these folks is considerable, and it ensures that they will always work for the greater good.
Virgo is represented by the Virgin, although this association should not be taken literally. Rather, Virgos tend to take on some of the qualities of a Virgin, things like modesty and humanity. Some might consider them repressed, although Virgins would argue that it's a noble quality, as opposed to a negative one. Most of all, Virgos enjoy indulging their practical and logical side and poring over their projects to the nth degree. To say these folks are good at fact-finding almost understates the case, since Virgos revel in their exacting (some would argue pedantic) behavior and are a whiz with minutiae. Virgins are an asset in the workplace as they can be counted on to get things right the first time, every time -- and no detail will be overlooked. They are also balanced and fair in their assessments in keeping with the Mutable Quality assigned to this sign.
Virgo is ruled by Mercury, and as portrayed in ancient Roman mythology, Mercury wasn't one to sit still for long. This swift-footed god was a bundle of energy, both physically and mentally, and that pretty much sums up the Virgin's makeup. A Virgo's brain is in overdrive most of the time, which is why these folks get so much done. Those born under this sign are also able communicators and use their mental acuity to maximum advantage. All of this brainpower can make Virgos prone to skepticism, and can even lead to the kind of over-think that surely leads to overkill. Thankfully, though, Virgos are also a studious lot and can temper their worst impulses with a bit of careful analysis. Virgos enjoy studying a situation in great detail, whether it's a work project or a friendship. Virgins are truly interested in understanding things. The bane of many Virgos is the perfectionism that can get in the way of their usual clear thinking. 'I'm not a perfectionist; I'm discriminating!' a Virgo would say, happy in the knowledge that their taste is unparalleled. Along those lines, Virgos are also neat and clean, save for the occasional sloppy Virgin (they do exist). Virgins are also reliable and practical and oh-so-useful to have around.
The Element associated with Virgo is Earth, and in keeping with that, most Virgos are grounded, salt-of-the-earth types. The flash and dash can go to others, since Virgos would much rather be humble and easy-going. That said, Virgins do enjoy material possessions and are (dare we say?) picky about what they bring into their lives. Some might even go as far as calling them self-centered, but it's really more of a desire to surround themselves with what's right -- for them. This knack for discernment also serves Virgos well in business, where their decisions are usually dead-on. Those born under this sign are eminently sensible and use their critical eye well. While Virgos can be worrywarts, they do their best to temper these impulses. However, if this nervousness goes unchecked, it can lead to hypochondria, that ugly skeleton in the Virgo's closet. For that reason, Virgos are extremely health conscious, to the point of being storehouses of information on diet and hygiene. Many Virgos even choose a health or medical career so they won't miss a beat.
Working out is elemental for Virgo, if only so they know intellectually that they're helping themselves physically. See, the benefits of exercise are far more important to Virgo than the process itself. That's why Virgos are likely to time themselves on their runs and get in those 300 sit-ups every day. When it comes to the game of love, Virgos are able to loosen up somewhat and are devoted to their lovers, even if they can be a bit jealous. Since Virgo rules the intestines, worried Virgos need to be wary of bowel upsets. Soothing relief often comes in the way of earth tones, which is why Virgos like to be surrounded by shades of tan and a warm yellow.
The great strength of the Virgo-born is in their practicality, sharp mind and attention to detail. When merged with their willingness to serve, Virgos become essential helpmates. They can be picky -- so what?
About my Chinese zodiac sign
According to the Chinese zodiac sign I am a Pig. That figures LOL! Pigs are highly intelligent creatures, so am I. Winston Churchill ones said: "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
27 January 1971 – 14 February 1972: Year of the Metal Pig
What does this mean:
The Pig, or Boar (simplified Chinese: 猪; traditional Chinese: 豬), is the last of the 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Pig is associated with the earthly branch Hai (亥).
In Chinese culture, the pig is associated with fertility and virility. To bear children in the Year of the Pig is considered to be very fortunate, for they will be happy and honest.
In the continuous sexagenary cycle, every twelfth year corresponds to Hai, and is commonly called "the Year of the Pig" or "the Year of the Boar" (豬年). There are five types of Pig, named after the Chinese elements. In Japanese culture, the animal is specifically a wild boar. In Japanese, the character 豚 is pig and the character 豬 denotes the wild boar, though Chinese does not make such a differentiation.
Years and the Five Elements
People born within these date ranges, of the lunar calendar, can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Pig," while also bearing the following elemental sign:
3 February 1899 – 31 January 1900: Earth Pig
30 January 1911 – 17 February 1912: Metal Pig
16 February 1923 – 4 February 1924: Water Pig
4 February 1935 – 23 January 1936: Wood Pig
22 January 1947 – 9 February 1948: Fire Pig
8 February 1959 – 27 January 1960: Earth Pig
27 January 1971 – 14 February 1972: Metal Pig
13 February 1983 – 1 February 1984: Water Pig
31 January 1995 – 18 February 1996: Wood Pig
16 February 2007 – 6 February 2008: Fire Pig
5 February 2019 – 24 January 2020: Earth Pig
23 January 2031 – 10 February 2032: Metal Pig
10 February 2043 – 29 January 2044: Water Pig
2055 – 2056: Wood Pig
Note, however, that the elements identified in the above table are the elements associated with the relevant Heavenly Stem of that year. The Earthly Branch sign Hai (the sign represented by the Pig) itself is always associated with the element of Water.
Metal (Wu Xing)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Metal (Chinese: 金; pinyin: jīn), is the decline of the matter, or the matter's decline stage. Metal is the fourth phase of Wu Xing. Metal is yin in character, its motion is inwards and its energy is contracting. It is associated with the Autumn, the west, old age, the planet Venus, the color white, dry weather, and the White Tiger (Bai Hu) in Four Symbols. The archetypal metals are silver and gold.
In Chinese Taoist thought, Metal attributes are considered to be firmness, rigidity, persistence, strength and determination. The metal person is controlling, ambitious, forceful and set in their ways as metal is very strong; and they are self-reliant and prefer to handle their problems alone. The metal person is also materialistic, business oriented and good at organization and stability. However the metal person can also appreciate luxury and enjoy the good things in life. Just as metal can conduct electricity, the Metal person has strong impulses and generative powers and can bring about changes and transformations for those who come into contact with them.
In Chinese Medicine, metal governs the Lung and the Large intestine, nose and skin. The negative emotion associated with metal is grief, while the positive emotion is courage. Many sources aimed at a Western audience equate Metal with the attributes of the element Air.  
In Chinese Astrology, metal is included in the 10 heavenly stems (the five elements in their yin and yang forms), which combine with the 12 earthly branches (or Chinese signs of the zodiac), to form the 60 year cycle. Yang metal years end in 0 (e.g. 1990), while Yin years end in 1 (e.g. 1991). Metal governs the Chinese zodiac signs Monkey, Rooster, and Dog. The planet Venus is associated with metal because it is white in color (the Chinese color of death), and rises in the west as the evening star. However, some Western astrologers have suggested associating metal with the planet Saturn instead, on the grounds that the associations of metal are closer to the Western astrological conception of Saturn. They also argue for the association on the grounds that metal shares many of the attributes of the element air, which is linked to Saturn in Vedic astrology. 
Cycle of Wu Xing
In the regenerative cycle of the Wu Xing, earth engenders Metal as "all metal has to be extracted from the earth in which it resides"; Metal begets water as metal traps falling water from a source.
In the conquest cycle, fire overcomes metal as it "can only be melted and forged" by flame or heat; Metal overcomes wood as the metal ax is able to topple the tallest tree.
However, the Cycle of Wu Xing also states that excessive volumes of wood may defeat small volumes of metal, as an axe would be broken or dull after trying to chop down a fores
Places I plan to visit in the next 2 years
Waterberg National Park
Ai-Ais Hot Springs
Etosha National Park
Popa Falls in the Caprivi Region
Capetown and Table Mountain in South Africa
The Winelands, South Africa
Hermanus, South Africa (i.e. Whale Watching)
Hogsback, Eastern Cape
Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Drakensberg Mountains, South africa
Durban South Africa
Suggestions are always welcome!