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Memories…

Over the last few months, there have been little things that have happened and events/places we have been to, which i want to remember and would have loved for each of these to have a blog-post each… but life took over and those posts never got written. Besides, some are really small things and others have already passed so i thought i put them all into one big photo post.

So here are some memories from our last few months:

Camera 360Some time in February, Tobias decided that he would attempt to finish an entire Subway Foot-long Sandwich (a whole 30 centimeters of bread and fillings). He has tried a few times since but has not been successful. It doesn’t matter whether he did or did not finish that huge sandwich; what was important is that he tried and it was fun watching him try 😉

Camera 360Sticking with the food theme, we found a new Sushi place to eat at. Now if you know have known us (in real life) for some time, you would have been told at some point that our boy is a Sushi-Monster! He LOVES Sushi!! So this is a big thing. Yooji’s serves great sushi and it’s a conveyor-belt system which my boy adores. The other attraction is the tablet ordering-system – very modern, complete with little games and internet access to entertain you while you wait for your food. The only problem is how expensive it is to eat there, especially when he can finish an average of seven plates by himself!

Camera 360At the beginning of March, Tobias started going to Chinese class again. We had him in one class when he was in Kindergarten but that closed after a year or two due to a lack of students. Now his best friend and his best friend’s brother are going to one, he has decided to join them, which is fabulous. Unfortunately, it is a fair drive to get to class and now the other parents who share the driving have found another teacher much closer so it looks like we will continue with classes but with another teacher.

Camera 360After the Sportsferien (Sports Holiday in February), Tobias picked up Unihockey (floor-ball) and is loving it. None of his friends play this sport but it doesn’t matter, he enjoys it and is making new friends on the team.

memories20140613eDaddy’s birthday should have gotten a blog post all its own BUT… we had to celebrated it belated and then life got busy. So here’s our little celebration at home with the 6-minute Chocolate Cake.

memories20140613fWe got invited to a Swiss-American wedding! This was special because we got invited to the dinner, which is a first for us. We got to see how a Swiss wedding dinner works from beginning to end – so very different from ours. It was all about having fun – my kind of wedding! There were games and lots of laughter and conversation; it was a long long fun-filled event – we left early (close to 11pm). We really enjoyed ourselves and it was an excuse to see the lovely city of St Gallen. i’m not posting a picture of the couple because i don’t have permission and because i couldn’t get good pictures. So i’m posting a picture of the very lovely homemade table decorations – i really liked them!

memories20140613gSo this year’s English League Premiership saw Liverpool, my husband’s beloved team, having a real shot at winning the cup. Which is the reason why Tobias and i left him with his friends in a pub one Sunday afternoon and went to a small Medieval Festival in Luzern. We enjoyed the sunshine while walking around the stalls. Tobias got to work with a blacksmith and hammered out a small horseshoe.

memories20140613hA highlight for Tobias in April was getting to play the Cajón during worship at church. He has been asking and asking to be allowed to play with Daddy during worship and he finally got to do it. He was thrilled so was i and i’m so proud!

memories20140613iLike a true Singaporean, i bring you back to the food. We (husband and i) got to eat at a small family-run Vietnamese restaurant in Liebefeld, Bern, (Pho Saigon) directly opposite the chinese grocery shop. They serve authentic Vietnamese food and we love it and will definitely be back for more.

memories20140613jLast but not least, we have been living in renovations since the start of May. The real-estate company which owns our quartier has decided it is time to renovate the facade of our building. So the scaffolding went up and will stay up till the middle of July. Tobias was really excited cos he could open his window and walk directly onto the scaffolding. Of course, that idea was met with much disapproval.

Yes much has happened. Looking forward to a quiet summer holiday – is that possible?

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Last Day of School…

Today is the last day of school… they had a wonderful last week at school.

On Wednesday, they went to the fresh market in town with their teacher and bought fruits and vegetables for an Apero (a light snack-type thing) on Friday (today). Yesterday (Thursday), they (only the 2nd graders) were invited to lunch at their teacher’s home. i think it is so sweet that the teachers here do go to such efforts to express how much they do like the children and enjoy their job.

This also signals that Tobias will be moving onto 3rd grade next school year with a brand-new teacher. Fingers crossed and knees bended that his 3rd grade teacher would be as understanding and patient as this current one has been.

There is one teacher we are sure to see again for the next school year – his violin teacher, Herr Steiner. Yep, we will be carrying on with violin lessons for another year 🙂 i remember how excited he was for his first violin lesson.

The week before we played at our last concert of this school year. We had played at the Christmas 2012 Concert and another small concert at the neighbouring village. This last one was in our own village and it went quite well. It has been exciting, nerve-wrecking (for me at least) and very humbling to be learning and getting such opportunities even when i’ve been out of school for so long.

Here are just a couple of photos:

It was a lovely venue at the local church.
It was a lovely venue at the local church.

After this rather long (12 weeks) term, we are very ready for a holiday 😀

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G D A E… 5, 6, 7, 8…

G D A E… those are the strings on the violin. 5, 6, 7, 8 is what you hear before you start hopping to Latin music in an exercise class 😉

And why am i talking about these things? Well, because i (yes me – the mummy, the well-over-the-beginner-age for musical instruments gal, the so-long-never-exercise woman) have started both violin classes and Zumba classes 😉

i have always been interested in music and playing a musical instrument. i did have piano lessons when i was about 12 years old. But it didn’t work out because i was a very impatient little girl and would not practice if i did not get the piece right the first couple of times. In the end, my piano teacher didn’t want to teach me and my mum sold my piano. i am still sad about it.

But now i have another chance at learning an instrument! Since Tobias had chosen the violin, i had been thinking about learning it too. Then i found out 2 of my friends have also embarked on their own musical learning journey; and interestingly, they are both also learning the violin.

So i plucked up the courage and asked Tobias’ teacher if it was too late for me to learn and how much are his private lessons. He was so very kind and encouraging. He said it’s never too late and that for now, till i am certain i really like the instrument and want to learn more, i can share the lesson time with Tobias at no further costs!

Excited, off i went to rent my instrument! Here it is, right next to Tobias’ half-size:

Tobias is playing a 2009 China handmade violin, i’m playing a 1920s Sachsen (by German violin maker, E. Martin Sachsen)

Tobias has been doing very well at his violin lessons, his teacher is very pleased with the progress he and i are making 😀

i simply love how concentrated and serious he looks when he plays 😀 *proud mummy*

Now to Zumba

i have been wanting to do a Zumba class for more than a year now. But the class timings and costs were what were keeping me back. Now i finally found a fitness studio, in the next village, which had a class which fitted into my schedule and was at a reasonable price. And i went for the trial class and liked it. The instructor is a latin woman, small-sized but oh such a bundle of energy, so very fit and fun!

Zumba really is quite a workout. It took me a while to get the basic steps and even after 3 classes, i’m still missing steps. There is such a lot of choreography to learn. But she does do the same few pieces each week so it is possible to learn it, just a matter of time. This week however, she introduced 3 new pieces… so… despite that, i do enjoy the class and do look forward to it.

Plus point, they even provide childcare for the particular class time i had chosen. So this means i can also go during the school holidays 😉

i don’t have photos of the studio… i was there to exercise so i didn’t bring my camera. But on the walk home (sometimes i take the bus, sometimes i walk) there is a nice view. So enjoy!

Pardon the quality. It was 2 images taken on my smart phone and pasted together in a free graphics program. But i hope you get an idea of the view i’m talking about.

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