On Yer Bike!

Today’s temperature : -2 degrees centigrade

Wah lao eh … and to think it would be 25 degrees in the shade right now in Singapore … and we’ve been hearing reports that this is gonna be one of the coldest winters in Switzerland for some time.

Actually, -2 degrees is now in the afternoon. This morning when I woke up and looked at the thermometer (at about 7 in the morning), it read -4 degrees. Which wouldn’t be such a big deal in itself except that today I had decided I was going to cycle to the office. Previous winters I always went to the office by car. This year i decided that I would make more use of the bicycle that was lying pretty much unused most of this time. This has to be the first time in my life that I have been on my bike in temperatures this low … ever.

We’ve been here in Switzerland for 3 years now and although I’ve pretty much gotten used to the winters here, sometimes it still hits me. I’ve been in colder places before (I’ve been on the mountains snowboarding where the temperature got down to -12 degrees but that is another story!) but mostly I only needed to be outside for short periods of time and I was pretty well wrapped up. However, when you are cycling and the wind is blowing in your face (wind chill and all that) that is another matter altogether! (For those of you who can’t imagine what cycling in -2 degree weather is like, try this : open the freezer compartment of your refrigerator, set up a fan facing towards said freezer, plop some dry ice into a bowl of water and place in front of fan, start the fan blowing on the lowest setting, and stick your head in. Keep it there for 1 minute. Get the idea? Now multiply that by 2 and you start to get close …) Thank God that there weren’t any strong winds blowing today! I was wrapped up as well as I could be but my hands still felt like two gigantic ice cubes by the time I reached the office. My frozen face also took about 10 minutes in the office heating to thaw. Looking forward to cycling back home then … 🙂

WY

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Here’s our 1st blog photo …

Tobias – photo taken Oct 2005.

This is my 1st entry … sandra’s 1st entry … what does one say on a blog? Well, let’s see …
Here’s what a typical day in the Yoongz household is like… (from my POV)

Mummy (that’s me) wakes up before the boys so that she can get some decent time to get ready to face the day. Then the dishes are put away & breakfast is prepared. Tobi gets up. Daddy gets up as well. Daddy gets ready for work. Tobi gets changed & has breakfast with Mummy while watching a video of his choice (these days it is mostly Dumbo or Anime). Daddy has breakfast & goes off to work.

Breakfast is over. Tobi plays by himself while Mummy tries to get some housework done. Some days Tobi follows Mummy around, copying what she does & says. Then we get ready to go to the supermarket. Tobi is really great at this part now – he’ll run to the shoerack, take his shoes & socks & sits down (or trys to climb onto the stool) & waits for Mummy to put them on for him.

On the way to the supermarket, we pass the train tracks in hopes of watching the train go by – Tobi loves to watch the train(usually we do see the train). While at the supermarket, Tobi normally persistently asks,”Hold. Hold. Hold,pls!” – he likes to be useful & wants to hold something.

We get home, put away the groceries, Mummy prepares lunch. Tobi & Mummy have lunch. Then it’s playtime for Tobi & Mummy. Then comes Tobi’s fav time – Bathtime. His thing now is to blow bubbles into the bathwater. After which, Tobi takes his afternoon nap while Mummy does a bit more housework & gets some time online.

When Tobi wakes, it’s teatime. Then a bit of TV Time. Then Mummy gets dinner together while Tobi plays.

Daddy gets home for playtime with Tobi. Mummy puts dinner on the table. Everyone eats. Daddy has more playtime with Tobi while Mummy cleans up & gets a bit more online time.

Mummy gets Tobi ready for bed. Then Daddy kisses him goodnite. Mummy reads him a story. Most nites Tobi lays in his bed, talks to himself till he falls asleep.

Mummy & Daddy have their time.

Well, that’s a day in the lives of the Yoongz – not super exciting but full & happy.
That concludes my 1st Blog entry.
syc

Our first post …..

Wow … so here we are starting a new adventure in blogspace. We figured that since so many of our friends have blogs already the new year looked like a good time as any to start a journal of our own. (better late than never and all of that!) And with so many of our friends spread out across the globe this seems like a good way to keep them updated about what is happening with us as well.

SO … this journal will be an attempt to chronicle the happenings in and around the Yoongz. We don’t know how regularly we will update these pages or even how long we will be able to keep this going … but while it is going we will try to give you a glimpse into the misadventures of a Singaporean family trying to find their way in Switzerland.

Enjoy and thanks for staying with us!