Showing posts from December, 2010


it's always a thrill to see snow. i was so excited when it snowed heavily during late november. i was wearing shorts and dashed out to my balcony to take shoots of the snow. i love snow.

snow replaced all the traces of autumn. i feel sad for autumn but i still welcome the snow. 

my current count. 12 flights so far for year 2010. the most i've ever taken. i've met new people, connect with old friends, drew closer with existing buddies during my trips. year 2010 was so exciting for me. Cate came over from new zealand during late november, the beginning of her europe tour in zurich. i was glad that i could show her around the city.
she was so excited because it was the day after the first heavy snow. so we took many pictures of the snow in the city, around zurich lake. i had a great time meeting her.


i guess speaking a language is such a valuable asset because it brings one closer to another.

i had a nice time speaking to a japanese lady working at teuscher. she was wondering about our nationality and guessed japanese/korean. then she was taken aback when i could speak a little japanese and then she extended her hospitality by offering champagne truffles for us to try. (teuscher have one of the best champagne truffles i have tried so far).

the chocolates accompanied with the most extravagant decor i've ever seen. of course, it comes with a nice price tag too.

Eve of Xmas Eve

here's what i did on the eve of xmas eve. =D

groceries in the morning because nothing will be opened till the 27th. then cookie baking for the whole afternoon till evening. afterwhich we had dinner. after dinner we finally decorated the xmas tree! i was so excited, taking loads of pictures. there was also a new vogelhaus for the birds. very pretty. we wanted to decorate the tree to give it more of a festive look but didn't in the end because it might scare the birds away instead.

last party night

i've sworn to myself not to take any pictures when i am clubbing.

but heck, last night in zurich. i partied with the gays. hehe. and didn't drink much so i figured, why not. so photossss!

tea & cakes

i'm taking a break from updating my autumn germany trip because thre are so many photo to review through. instead, i'm going to blog about my first xmas week in germany. =D

i'm staying at my mom's friend house for now.

4 candles. each for each sunday of december. so you light up on sunday, counting down to xmas week. haha. yesterday was the last candle. hehehe. 

so the first day, i went to have tea and cakes at my mom's friend's mother in law place which was a walking distance from her house.

last meal

yes, i have been in swiss for almost a year and i haven't tried the traditional swiss fondue!

so in my last day, i know that i must die die try fondue.

it was so nice. but just like chocolate fondue, it gets quite jelat after a while. but still nice.


Finally. it's all over.{deco:otomedojo~1906}

i know this is a path that i wanted to take all along and i faced it bravely. bravo.

don't say anything else, because i dont want to feel vulnerable. don't ask. i'd prefer that you not read this. so don't read, if you do, don't ask and pretend that you haven't read any of this.

just know. someone might know and i dont want to know who.

Baden under the autumn night skies

about late afternoon/ evening we arrived at Baden-baden. It's a place known for spa. So i can't wait to dip myself into the natural hot springs.

i wished that i could take some photos of the caracalla spa but of course no camera was allowed. it was damn huge with indoor and outdoor jacuzzi areas with different temperature. there was also sauna which was also damn awesome, mint flavoured steam.

anyway there's also the friedrich spa which is also very popular in baden which i decided not do go because you had to get totally naked. Initially i intend to do a body scrub or massage, however, it is fully booked {ごめんなさい}. so a mental note to self to call or reserve the next time i want to do any treatments.

overall i really enjoyed having a great warm jacuzzi with the cold autumn air breeze  under the night sky.

Black Forest!

Apfelsaft und schwarzwald kirsch torte

we passed by this when we wanted to take a break.

we had no idea what it was used for...

i thought it was an apple gathering machine since there were so many apples around.

my guess was close because it's something to do with making apple juice. fresh apple juice. damn good.

anyway we had our lunch after that in the museum. food was so comparatively cheaper in germany than in swiss. horray! i ate like a king throughout my trip. wunderbar! =d

below is a picture taken at the entrance of the restaurant. basically it means welcome from the heart. something like that...

a taste of autumn

the best part about the place was the scenery. 秋はそのような感じ。。。ロマンチック、穏やかに。。。

Cuckoo clocks & what nots.

it was quite funny because when i came back from germ, i kept telling everyone that i love that place so much. my work buddy then concluded that i'm a "nazi" because i love germany as well as japanese culture.

so we began our journey at an open air museum. and we managed to get student tickets. the nicest thing was that there weren't many tourist. it is probably due to the fact that the museum is in german and it's like a place for family. nevertheless, i had heaps of fun with my camera snapping away.

why do i love germany?

i love germany very much. i can't explain much, if i had to choose, out of all the places i had went so far in europe, i love germany the most! during autumn, the beginning of november, i made a 3 day trip to germany with clariol. it was short but germany definitely took my breath away many times. i dont know is it the country or the people or autumn that made me fell so hard in love or maybe it is a combination of all of it. it maybe also due to the fact that i didn't really expect much of germany.

furthermore, clariol left all the planning to me. i did intensive homework and late nights (*which i enjoyed). so most of the places are places that i wanted to visit.

i didn't expect i would love the place so much. i can't wait to return to deutschland, in fact, i'm returning very soon! hehe.

so this would be the start of my very long series of my 3 day travels in Germany. Many to cover and too many photos!

First day of November, we set off at 7am from zurich to Hausa…


I went to geneva about a month ago stayed over at xh's. prior to that, i had only went to geneva airport. didn't have a good experience as i thought it was quite a shady place.

anyways, photos photos!

i would totally swim at geneva lake during summer. they have a slide and a diving area.

ear muffs.

photobooth fun!

what a small mind

today i was really offended by a man who made a hidebound comment while i was collecting his bill. He and his friend bill was 39 and they paid 50. so his friend asked for 10 change and to keep the 1 as tip. While this man made a comment along the lines of, " you make 1 franc without doing anything." that sentence alone could show his ignorance. i was so annoyed by him while at the same time i want to laugh.

please think before you talk. he was such a stereotype making himself looking like a fool with his own assumptions without even considering other facts.

i just walked away smiling at him after that. cursing at him at the back of my mind.

thank god, i have only 11 working days left.
can't wait to get out of it.

we speak no americano

this is one of the place where i dine quite often in zurich. many cute guys and good food. music is bah~ sometimes it's good sometimes i don't really like it. quite pricey but everywhere in swiss is expensive anyway. it's both a restaurant and a bar.