The Weekend on the Mountains

So last weekend (27th – 29th Jan) was the company ski weekend. It was also the 1st weekend which Walter & myself have to ourselves – without baby. So how did it go?? Well, good – i think.

Tobias spent Friday night, Saturday & Sunday with the Bachmanns & their 2 little gals, Samantha & Naomi. He loved it! He only asked for us the 1x time when Naomi would not let him play with a toy. & when we went to pick him up Sunday evening, he ran to the door, called out to us, gave us a hug & off he went to play. It was like we were only gone for a few hours to him. Narinda & Pascal both said he was a really good boy the whole time.

& what did we do while our darling son was playing with the Bachmanns? Well, we hit the slopes! Walter went snowboarding & i skiing. Actually, i took ski lessons for the 1st morning. Then more practice by myself in the afternoon. Evening was dinner with the company & then various people stayed to drink till late (or early in the morning – depending on how you want to look at it). Sunday morning was more slope-time for Walter – i planned to go walking on the mountain but a jammed cable car changed my plans & i spend most of the time riding the chairlifts & cable cars to get to another part of the mountain. Then lunch & then drive back.

How was it like to be without baby for so long? Well, to begin with when we got to our hotel room, i looked around & thot:”We should have brought him with us.” The room was nice & big, with space for an extra bed (cot). Then i found out that everyone else had brought their babies & kids with them this year. (Last year only 1 or 2 families brought their babies.) So again i felt maybe we should have brought him. & then on the slopes there was a nice kiddies area. So once again i felt maybe he should have been there. But at the end of Saturday night, i was beginning to feel that this time without baby, just the 2 of us, was good for us, individually & as a couple. So in short it started with apprehension & ended with a relaxing & refreshing time.

Of cos, i suffered muscle aches for 2 days now – only today it’s better.
Below are pictures of where we went (Flims, Laax area), click here to find out more about the resort area:


Flims Dorf (Flims Village)


View from the mountain top (almost top)


It’s beautiful…you’ll have to come see it for yourself!
syc

PS: Mood has to do with me trying to watch Analyze This! & type at the same time.

Snow FINALLY!!

After suffering 2 weeks of negative temperatures, we were finally “rewarded” with snow. i’m one of those people who don’t like cold but if i have to put up with it, then i expected something in return for it – like a pretty snowfall 😉

It started snowing on Monday night & by Tuesday morning there was about 3inches. So we went out & played … we built a SnowBaby(Tobi won’t wait long enough for it to get big enough to be a snowman … so SnowBaby it was!).

Tobias & SnowBaby – photo taken 17 Jan 2006

After building the SnowBaby, Tobi wanted to pick it up & carry it around. See his attempt below …

Tobias attempting to hug SnowBaby – photo taken 17 Jan 2006

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PS: Mood today has to do with the music we are listening to now – 70s/80s.

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