Beautiful Views and Arrows

For a second summer, we have had to forgo our annual visit to Singapore because we simply can not afford the Covid quarantine requirements which, in July, included a 14-day hotel stay, multiple PCR and ART tests. And we have to multiple each costs by 3. Oh, not forgetting if we have had to quarantine for 14 days, it would mean we would spend all 5 weeks in Singapore which would mean extra nights for our dog Lexi at her pet hotel; more costs. All that costs is more than the costs of the flights!

So we stayed here for the summer holidays and just did a few things around the house. We had a couple of days away in Vevey and Morgins which was lovely. It is in the French part of Switzerland and has a very different atmosphere to where we are. Being on the huge Lake Geneva surrounded by mountains meant beautiful views and a more relaxed feel.

We also spend an afternoon on an Archery Hunt in the mountains of Morgins. They placed various foam-animals in the woods and you had to hike to find them and have a go at shooting them. It was good fun and i would recommend it to families with pre-teens and teens. It was also a dog-friendly activity, as long as we kept Lexi behind us when we took shots at the targets.

Here are some photos from that short break we took:

How did you spend your summer holidays? Hope you had an enjoyable time wherever you were.

syc

2nd Shot Done…

The husband and I have had our second Covid-19 vaccination jabs. So we now have 2 fully vaccinated persons in the house. After the first shot, the husband only suffer a little pain in his arm. I had more pain and felt more tired but it was ok. This second shot knocked me down with a high fever and lots of body aches and headaches, the day after having the jab. The husband who had his shot a few hours after me also suffered similar side effects. But we feel much better today so hopefully we are over the worst of it. In just a little over 2 weeks, the son would have his second shot and we would be a fully vaccinated household.

However, we still can’t afford to fly to Singapore to visit family because Singapore still requires quarantine in special facilities and multiple tests, even for vaccinated persons. To pay for all that for 3 persons is just too much for us.

It’s especially hard not just because of the length of time we have not seen family but more so because my dad has been in and out of hospital quite a number of times in the last few years and my mum has recently under gone cancer treatment. So we really feel the need to be with them!

There’s not much we can do about it. We just hope that soon quarantine requirements would be lifted and we can make it to visit family and friends.

Are you getting vaccinated? How was it for you?

syc

Unexpected Snowfall Prompts Some Thoughts…

i have never been very political or vocal about hot-button topics on this blog because it’s mainly geared towards keeping our family and friends updated, with a period of orphan-advocacy which worked along side a small non-profit craft business which has since closed.

But this morning i woke up to roughly 1.5 inches of snow, which was a big surprise, after last week’s really warm spring weather. Of course, i sort of knew snow was expected as it was forecasted. But i was expecting it to snow for like a couple of hours with no ground cover at all. As you can see from the pictures below, it’s not only ground cover, it’s a solid layer of snow which crunches under your feet as you walk over it.

This led me to think about climate change; that’s a topic which brings debate, doesn’t it? i don’t really want to start an argument. However, i will state my point of view; i believe climate change has been happening since the industrial age and it has sped up in recent years, and if we don’t do something about it, we will be looking at some form of disaster for our planet, the animals and us, the human race.

Here are a few links, if you are interested, relating to climate change with statistics specific to Switzerland:

A quick read from Climate Change Post. More details from Vogelwarte.ch, a charity which focuses on saving birds, about temperatures, snowfall and rainfall. A look at the water situation and climate change in Switzerland by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research.

So i have been doing my little part to help reverse climate change; i have switched to plant-based cleaners, using as little single use plastic as possible (such as using bees-wax wraps instead of plastic bags, switching to glass storage containers etc…), recycling and reusing whatever possible, and taking public transport whenever possible. It does not sound like much but i believe that if everyone does their own tiny part, together, it can make a difference.

Are you doing your small part for climate change? Care to share some ideas?

syc