Happy Swiss National Day!

Posted on August 1, 2015

Yes it is Swiss National Day today, August 1st marks the annual celebration of Swiss National (or Confederation) Day which was when the"three Alpine cantons swore the oath of confederation" (Schwyz, Uri and Unterwalden). It is usually celebrated by family gathering, eating together similar to the Americans. The communities across Switzerland also celebrate this occasion with the bonfires, fireworks and parades. Lighting a bonfire is a tradition to predate the national day.
(Read more at wikipedia)

Image credit: www.myswitzerland.com

Switzerland is well-known for its Swiss watches, cheese and beautiful landscape. And for those who might not know, Switzerland has 4 official languages which include German, French, Italian and Romansh.

Switzerland is also part of the top-ten best countries to live in the world 2015, with high standard of quality of life. Besides, it is also one of the richest countries in the world.

I am not here to mention only the good parts of Switzerland but there are also the parts where newcomers might find it difficult to adapt when they first arrive in Switzerland. I found this interesting article on local.ch the Expat Guide for moving to Switzerland. As mentioned in this article, Switzerland is a great place but moving to this beautiful landlocked country comes with a challenge, you need to adjust your altitude and attitude :-).

I moved to Switzerland end of 2010, in the dark winter. My personal experience at that time was a bit of a shock due to the weather, the short day and lack of sunlight. I came from a tropical country and that was why. I think October to January is not a great period to move to Switzerland but if you have no choice, be prepared..


Happy Swiss National Day and until next time :)

Killing two birds with one stone!

Posted on April 9, 2015

It's Thursday night! And I am so looking forward to the weekend already. It has been a tough and tiresome week for me. I really need time off work, oh yes I really got a job here in Switzerland after trying to look for one.

My weakness is really French communication. My boss gave me the objective to improve my French which I believe I improved a bit but I didn't really make a jump to the next level, I am stuck in between the two levels and it makes me feel so exhausted learning French. But I have no choice as long as I live and work here, it is like an obligation and there is no way out of it.

I spent time changing the template or skin of my blog over the weekend. I think  I should also write a bit then :).  I stopped writing my blog since I moved to Switzerland, It sounds like an excuse but I really didn't have much time, where have I been ? Well, I have been really busy with many things in life including settling myself here. I have to focus on other things etc…time becomes very precious.

At this time of the year in Switzerland, we are officially in spring. We change the clock , the clock went forward which means it is lighter at the end of the day, the reason is to get more daylight hours. We've got more light at the end of the day. This year we changed the clock during last week of April. I do enjoy the longer hours of sunlight.

This week we are lucky since the weather is really great with the clear blue sky but it was so windy and cold over the past weekend. There is this wind that the locals called "la Bise"and believe me, it brings relatively cold air to the region. Even after I have been living in Switzerland for almost 5 years, I am still not used to this cold weather..

I think I write enough for tonight, while writing this blog, I am also watching at my Asian drama and that is why I titled my this blog post as Killing two birds with one stone!

Until next post, have a great night :)

It's been a long time!

Posted on July 12, 2013

Since my last post, it was nearly like 2 years or so. I didn't really have things to write or perhaps I wasn't too busy..no not really. I think I've been adapting myself a bit too long. When It's cold in winter, I don't feel the need to do anything, really. I still cannot get used to it. Not because I don't like the weather, but I don't like snow. It looks wonderful, yes, after it stops snowing but then thinking about commuting on the road, no no no I hate snow. This year, I stay in Switzerland during summer, it's my first summer here. I didn't stay along during the past 2 years since I moved here, mostly I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand, my hometown. This year, I went back home end of April and came back end of May. So I stay here from the beginning of summer in Switzerland and try to profit it as much as I can before the fun time is over..It's nice here in summer,the day is longer, everything is bright and shiny, I kind of like it! I think I won't make it long:)

I like this song: 죽고 싶단 말 밖에 (I Told You I Wanna Die) – Huh Gak (허각)

Posted on March 24, 2012


Song: 죽고 싶단 말 밖에 (I Told You I Wanna Die) (more like Other than saying I wanna die/ I can only say I wanna die)
By: Huh Gak (허각)

Hangeul

이렇게 너를 난 떠올리곤 해
길었던 순간들도 기억해 오늘도
너의 뒷모습을 잠시라도 볼 수 있다면

죽고 싶단 말밖에 난 할 수가 없어
너 없는 삶은 견딜 수 없어
다시 돌아오기만을 기다려
이제 너는 없지만
제발 너무 보고 싶어
널 사랑해

미련한 나야 널 못 버려
미칠 듯 숨이 막혀
밤새도록 널 밀어냈지만
아직도

죽고 싶단 말밖에 난 할 수가 없어
너 없는 삶은 견딜 수 없어
다시 돌아오기만을 기다려
이제 너는 없지만
제발 너무 보고 싶어

죽을 만큼 널 보고싶다 Woo Yeah
하늘이 널 허락한다면

죽어도 난 못 떠나
널 버리곤 못 가
Oh no no 나 따위가 뭐길래
죽어도 떠날 수 없게 사랑해
나를 두고 가지마
제발 제발 제발 널 사랑해

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Romanization

I reo ke neo reul nan ddeo ol li gon hae
Gi reot deon sun gan deul do gi eok hae o neul do
Neo ye dwin mo seu beul jam shi ra do bol su it da myeon

Juk go ship dan mal ba gge nan hal su ga eop seo
Neo eom neun sal meun gyeon dil su eop seo
Da shi do ra o gi ma neul gi da ryeo
I je neo neun eop ji man
Je bal neo mu bo go shi peo
Neol sa rang hae

Mi ryeon han na ya neol mot beo ryeo
Mi chil deut su mi ma kyeo
Bam sae do rok neol mi reo naet ji man
A jik do

Juk go ship dan mal ba gge nan hal su ga eop seo
Neo eom neun sal meun gyeon dil su eop seo
Da shi do ra o gi ma neul gi da ryeo
I je neo neun eop ji man
Je bal neo mu bo go shi peo

Ju geul man keum neol bo go ship da Woo Yeah
Ha neu ri neol heo rak han da myeon

Ju geo do nan mot ddeo na
Neol beo ri gon mot ga
Oh no no Na dda wi ga mwo gil lae
Ju geo do ddeo nal su eop ge sa rang hae
Na reul du go ga ji ma
Je bal je bal je bal neol sa rang hae

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English translation

My mind keeps recalling you like this
It remembers those lasting moments too
If today again, I can see you from behind even for just a moment

I can only say I wanna die
I can’t stand the life without you
I only wait for your coming back again
Though you’re not here now
Please, I miss you so much
I love you

Such a fool I am, not being able to give you up
I’m breathless like going crazy
Though I spent nights pushing you away
Still

I can only say I wanna die
I can’t stand the life without you
I only wait for your coming back again
Though you’re not here now
Please, I miss you so much

I miss you like dying Woo Yeah
If you are allowed in heaven

Even if I die, I can’t leave
I can’t go, giving up on you
Oh no no Who am I to do so?
So much that I can’t leave even if I die, I love you
Don’t leave me behind
Please, please, please, I love you

Credits:
Hangeul lyrics
Romanized + translated by Ariel's Blog
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