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