Reminiscence of dearie’s proposal & our 1st Tokyo trip!

Currently watching 鱼跃在花见 on Funshion. Aiyo, I almost cough blood. Myolie is really irritating in the show, as in, her role. I definitely dont mean she’s irritating on a personal level. She always struck me as a very smart and humble lady. =)

The show is really a gastronomic adventure for Japanese cuisine lovers like me. Especially sashimi…..slurps! A gentle warning though, dont watch it with an empty stomach. It’s funny actually. Our Japan trip is finally confirmed on 7th-11th April and this show serves as a wonderful “appetizer”. I’m so looking forward to the trip. Will probably meet up with L in Tokyo if nothing goes wrong and I’m excited about her showing me all the shopping paradise and splendid Japanese sashimi!

To reminisce our previous Japan trip(half work/play, MDRT experience), below is an entry(not in full) copied from my previous blog. It served as a very sweet memory because dearie proposed during our 1st Japan trip. =)  Thus making this 2nd trip all the more meaningful now that we’re back re-visiting after 2 years of marriage. =) Oh it’s even the same season too, around APRIL with the sakura blossoms. Hope we can catch them though. Notice any difference in us? Definitely a difference in dearie. He gained more weight and looked more handsomeeeeee now huh. Haha. I definitely aged. =(  However, the pictures simply stirred my heart warmly. =D

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Konichiwa Japan

Hi Guys Im back!

I had mixed feelings yesterday when I reached Narita Airport for departure back home. I mean, it feels good to be back home where I can UNDERSTAND what people are talking and not looking like an idiot when 1 Jap after another mumbled a long string of Japanese to me without me understanding a single syllabus. On the other hand, it means the end of my holiday, unable to shop anymore, and back to the hard, cruel, realistic Singapore, where the lousiest customer service exists.

We flew by Northwest Airlines, flight at 6am on 10th April. Few hours before we left home, we were still packing our suitcases. Haha. Reached Changi Airport at 3.20am(as usual, dearie is very prudent) where we had..supper? Then we proceeded to check in at 4am. Northwest serves nice cabin meals, if you want to know, service pretty good also. Online booking flights within 24hrs can be done but make sure name is keyed correctly. They charged a US$10 for edit of wrong name on e-tickets.

Snoozed in the plane of course. When I woke up, dearie was nowhere to be seen. Before I even have the foggiest idea on what was happening, the crew announced, “Here is a special message dedicated to Fion….”

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There came dearie’s singing…

明天我要嫁给你了
明天我要嫁给你了
要不是每天的交通都
烦扰着我所有的梦
明天我要嫁给你了
明天我要嫁给你了
要不是你问我
要不是你劝我
要不是适当的时候
你让我心动

“Dear ah! 我愿意用我的一生去爱你,去保护你,去照顾你,你原意嫁给我吗”

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*blushed*

Finally he came towards me and grabbed the ring box on my food tray(geez I so disoriented that I didnt even realize it’s there) and proposed again after opening the ring box right there with the whole plane passengers looking on!

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What else can I say but yes? Keke *blush blush*

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Im very very surprised! Even though I expected a proposal coming in Japan but I never expected in this way! Again, he never fail to give me surprises. He reckoned I would never have expected it’s in the plane before we even reach Japan. Many colleagues congratulated me as well as acquaintances from my company taking the same place. So nice of them.

There was this male colleague, who offered a handshake after congratulating me, added, “Congrats! You’re not left on the shelf. Haha”

I couldnt quite get his joke as I feel getting married at age 25 is considered early already. For the past me, I will never get committed at this age. Hello! This is Singapore, not India lo. I must have looked damn perplexed. But I guess it’s considered pretty normal for me bah for mean remarks to come now and then because Im mean to people I dont like now and then too. Lol. Lalala. Who cares, so long so Im happy with the one I love. =)

(P/S Hmm….this goes to prove I’m really one who forgives and forget, because 2 years down the road now in 2011, I really cant recall who is this colleague! Haha. =)

Oh ya. For this trip, I dont know why many of the pictures turned out blurry even though they looked okay in the camera. =( So many cant post up. Anyway, cant post too much otherwise will take very long to load.

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Reached Narita Airport in Tokyo at around 1+pm, app. 6 hours flight.

Upon reaching, I realised I forgotten to put in my memory card in my camera. How dumb can I get? Must be because I wanna delete off pictures in the card to have more memory and I left it in my laptop by mistake. I was so so sad. I deleted all pictures in my internal memory in order to take more pictures but the max they can store is around 10+. =( Many colleagues offered their SD cards but they’re all not compatible. Damn Sony for being so exclusive. Finally, after searching all his various memory cards, Larry came up with one 1GB SOny Memory stick! I was so grateful that I can kiss him on both cheeks!

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Toyoko-Inn at Chiba. The room is small, but cosy and impossibly clean.

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Quite the smallest toilet I’ve ever seen in hotels, however, still pretty equipped

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As you would have known, accommodation is super expensive in Japan. Our room costs app. S$177 per day, shared by me and dearie. So for 5 days, its S$885 for both of us. Actually on day 4, we shifted to Toyoko-Inn at Shinjuku, still the same hotel but different branch so it looks totally the same. The only draw back would be the tv channels I reckon. They’re showing the same shows everyday! At least for the 5 days that we are there. Since we dont understand Jap shows, its “Ocean Thirteen” and “No Reservations” everyyyydayyyy. Thank god I like Catherine Zeta-Jones in “No Reservations”.

Day 1
By the time we settled down everything, dinner all that, cum traveling via walk+train, its around 7+pm when we reached Disney Sea. Traveling took alot of time. We didnt take cab because their cab fares have killer rates. Its around few hundred S$ for a journey of around 30minutes.

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So cute. The train to Disney Sea was damm cute with mickey-mouse-shaped handles and windows.

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Dearie and Larry acting cute.

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Admission ticket costed S$44(3100yen). By the way, S$1=70yen. Good thing was that although the admission ticket was expensive, all the rides inside were free for you to take, so there’s no extra hidden costs.

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Its Spring carnival and Disney Sea’s 25th Anniversary Eve! And they had celebrations with fireworks.

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This view was totally enchanting. It’s as good or else better than what the camera captured.

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Does this reminds you of Shakespeare’s Merchant In Venice or Midsummer Night’s Dream? It’s so Venetian style and romantic. Dearie and me took the Vienna Gondolas boat ride in the quay. Did I mentioned its raining at that time? Haha

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Lovely splendor inside the gift shops

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Their so-called House of Terror.

Dearie and me can never forget this. Eil, WJ and Larry enthusiastically encouraged us to go play it. “Its very very fun!” They echoed together.

We strolled in, to find a Japanese girl giving a story telling session beside a small statue which looked like those native african statues, hinting of mysterious power and magic. As we dont understand Jap, I can only guess the haunted story is about this statue which possessed evil power which subsequently lead to the death of somebody via accident in a elevator, as depicted by the outside of the haunted building.

After that ended, we went through a door where there’s another session of story-telling, which again we dont understand a single word. After which, we were being leaded up a staircase and told to take one of the seats in one which looked like a small theater. I thought its another story telling session again..before uneasiness crept into me when I saw seatbelts attached to the seats.

WHY MUST NEED SEAT BELTS???!!!

I was feeling very very eerie and suspicious already and felt like leaving the mini “theater” no matter how dearie might laugh at me for being such a chicken. But, he said, just wait and see. Okie. After the jap girl mumbled something; “&^$@#$%^&*$%^&, SAYONARA!”, suddenly a door jammed shut, closing the entire “mini theater”!!! Lights went off and it was so dark that I cant even see my fingers!!

Siao liao this time. I thought to myself. Okie nvm…then a small 3D screen appeared infront of us, just like a theater, albeit, the laser images projected were so 3D that they looked so real. Heng ah…so there’s another show being shown right here, just that its secluded and closed up, I thought. It showed a man being somehow cursed by the statue and disappeared. The statue disappeared shortly after too after its spine-chilling laughter.

Suddenly, the whole “mini theater” began to vibrate!! And it began to move violently!! Dearie still trying to console the frantic me, “Dont scared dont scared”. Then it began to descend slowly…before it shot up in lightning speed to the highest level of the building where we can clearly see the skies and outside! It stayed stagnant for 1 second before it plunged without a warning and hanged in mid air. Hovering for that 1 deadly second again, until it finally plunged full force downwards right to the ground!!

I tell you, I think dearie screamed even louder than me. =.=”” Or rather, we both screamed as if there’s no tomorrow. And its very embarrassing. Lol. Finally the door opened…and we staggered out on legs which felt like jelly.

We OLD already!! Cant take this kinda shock one!!

Day 2
We woke up early and departed to Makuhari Messe to register for our MDRT experience convention. Then, we went Meiji Shrine temple. Its very special such that we have to walk a very very very long way inside by foot then we can reach the temple. Its totally unaccessible by cars nor bicycles. I guessed it showed the sincerity. Unlike chinese Buddhist temples, there were no statue inside. Jap gods, I think there’s only some sort of amulet. It was fully blocked out to the common public and we were made to pray in like, 30m away. The whole group of us exited by the wrong exit and made a large detour back. My legs almost broke. We had dinner hurriedly and walked another few miles to shop a while at Harajuku, where burberry shop already closed. So disappointed.

Day 3
Seminar started as early as 9am. Ended around 5pm.

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After which, Larry, dearie and me left separately for Ueno Park while the others went shopping at the cheap electronics first before they joined us later. We dont have any electronics to buy so we skipped that. We didnt regret. We have extra 1 and half hours to catch some nice pics at Tokyo Ueno-onshi-koen Park where there were still some full-blown sakura trees! We thought we’re unable to catch it since its already mid april.

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This is not cherry blossoms(I think), but I love them more! I think they’re prettier. Currently checking on their identity. Looks like peony though.

After the others arrived, we shopped 1 and half hours more at Ueno Hirokoji, where we bought lotsa foodstuff. Most are guys’ stuff actually.

At night, we went and attended the special dinner which company arranged for us. The food was scarce and so-so but got free flow beer and sakae. The crowd went crazy. Stupid david borrowed my camera to take videos.

They kept force Andy and Gerrard to drink until they buay tahan. Lol. We had so much fun.

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Andy and Gerrard so seh. Lol

Day 4
Seminar again. Then We shifted to Toyoko-Inn at Shinjuku and did shopping there. That’s where I bought our burberry blue labels and some clothes.

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My Burberry buys

Day 5
Went Asakusa Kannon Temple at Asakusa, Lei Men. And shopped at Nakamise Shopping street where alot of traditional foodstuff were sold. After that, we went Ginza, shibuya, 109 building for more shopping. The shops closed as early at 8pm. What the fish manz.

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Day 6
Around 4 hours to shop only as we’re preparing to depart already. Walked around in Shinjuku, lovely shopping there where I bought my best buys. Some went back to Ginza to buy somemore Burberry’s blue label. Haha.

In Japan, everything is so expensive. Things were at least doubly expensive, or else triple or even 10times more.

Clothings cost approximately around S$70 or more. That’s the normal pricing. For slightly better clothes, they can easily reach 10,000yen or more, meaning $140+. Honeydew costs around S$50 each, and watermelons S$70 each. Crazy! The cheapest meal of udon, via ticketing using vending machines and then redeeming it at the counter, will costs around 400yen which is around S$5.70. For slightly better meals, they will cost around S$14. Presentable foodstuff usually costs 800yen, 1000yen or more, which are more and S$10+. Their transportation single trip train tickets costs around S$4+ per trip on the average. Their Daiso stores sell good quality economic stuff, each costs S$1.50

Okie so what are cheaper there?

1) Burberry blue label
Only exclusive there, and cheaper than normal Burberry label.
2) Fake Eyelashes
3) Diamantes
4) Fancl

THAT’S ALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!

*Skipped pictures of my shopping*

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Awwwwww~ Cant wait to relive all of these!! =D

 

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Pattaya work trip

Hiyo my dear friends. Hope you all have been well during my absence. Thanks for dropping by despite there’s no entries for these few days. =P Yup I’m back. It has been a super tiring but great work trip. I really gained alot in every aspect and thanks to my great colleagues and managers who were the organizers. =) Thanks to the colleagues who organized the team bonding games too!

I’m still pretty shag now and I dont have the intention to clearly blog about the whole trip since 90% was work, pretty sensitive. I dont have pictures to share too because we were rushing for almost the whole trip including meals, shopping etc. The main reason was mainly because I was looking all cui and scary because I hardly had any makeup on la. Arlo, when you’re so damn tired with a meeting which lasted for more than 12 hours, you wont really care about how you look liao lah. Haha. Of course many of my colleagues still looked as fresh and pretty as ever. =) Do pardon my unsporting-ness for trying my best to avoid all the flashes. =P Paiseh neh~

Some highlights of our Pattaya trip will be we went to their zoo where we watched cute pig’s races, fun elephants show, thrilling tiger and crocodile shows which held us in suspense. While watching the tiger and crocodile shows, I was feeling soOooOo…mixed up. On one hand, I was very impressed with the trainers and very entertained. On the other hand, I was hoping such performances to lure tourists can be stopped as they’re very dangerous and high-risk. Number game okie…you wont know when the animals will ki siao, right or not? And we probably can guess the trainers dont earn much too. All we can do were to merely give more tips as a token of appreciation.

Many of my colleagues fed the baby tigers with milk in bottles and were caught on photos. They were SO CUTE! The pictures were prompt, sharp and vibrant too. I meant to do it too, but sorry ah, 洁癖 ah… =P We visited the zoo right away after touched down from Tiger Airways and we didnt have ANY sleep at all since we left home at 3+am. You can just imagine how “seh” we were.

We had little time to do shopping, merely a few hours after our free-and-easy dinner. The dinner was absolutely uber delicious!!! Thanks to Angie dear for the treat!!! Erm, sorry I cant share the name of the restaurant because we simply gorged on the food when it arrived. I only bought a t-shirt, shorts and a dress and I’m already the “champion” liao. The others almost bought nothing. We did however, lugged lots of beer from 7-11 back to our hotel to drink. =) Thanks to Alice who treated us to beer too!! The beer were so damn cheap, each bottle was like S$1+. Soft drinks and juices cost much more.

By the way, we loved our second hotel. It’s Nova Platinum! It’s a very new hotel with luxurious pools, jacuzzi and very lovely rooms. Very modern design which you’ll like. =) No tubs though. We didnt have time to soak in the jacuzzi(now you believe we really dont have much time eh) which is a regret. =P One note though, the room service food werent very nice, despite being cheap and all. So you probably can skip that. It’s located in town. When we’re out of the hotel, we merely turned left and walked all the way. There, you’ll find the very nice restaurant/cafe which served yummilicious food which I’ve mentioned. Cum veryyyy little shopping. We walked so much until we had to cab back. But cheap cheap, 150baht only.

On the other hand, the guys entertained themselves in pubs with drinks with lots of “ice-cream” on the eyes. I’m glad my boy came clean everything with me without me asking. Aiya, as if he can do anything when I’m there on the trip. HAHA. Actually I also wont ask one lah, but I’m really quite shocked when he told me the girls(not ah gua) were totally naked in the bar. =X And what they did were merely paying for a beer which costs around 60+baht, which is like S$3+ only! Of course, if you want more services, you’ll have to pay more. Can see so many hum sup ang mors at Pattaya. =P

We also enjoyed 1hour free massage as sponsored by boss, tank Q very much! As well as visiting the gems huge mall there. It’s really interesting when they shared knowledge on the semi-precious stones as well as every birth stone. Few bought I guess, wary of the cut-throat prices. I was actually kind of attracted to the south china sea pearls. They were probably the only stuff there which was cheaper than in Singapore, for the same sizes. They cost around S$8K or so while I saw them being sold in Lee Hwa for 5 digit figure. Dearie wanted to buy for me when I mentioned casually that they’re cheaper by few thousand. I was pleasantly surprised, however it’s totally not my style to wear like a S$8K pearl on my chest. I was thinking, “siao!” Hahaha! We’re not the uber rich and can definitely can use the money for better use. =) Aren’t you glad you got a nice wifey like me dear? Muahahahahaha. Moreover, they didnt have the the brilliant yellowish-gold, gorgeous south china sea pearl like what was featured in the HK drama, 掌上明珠. =P It was after that show that I grew so crazy with pearls. Haha!

The whole trip ended with a bang when our last stop fell on a shop which sells yummy and cheap goodies like pokie, pineapple tarts, snacks etc. We’re grabbing everything off the shelves like some ah siao because it’s like the only place we can buy stuff with our baht! We tried hard to spend all our baht away but still left quite alot. Nevermind la~=)

Okie, I go zZz liao~ Super sleepy! Update more soon. Ciaoz!

Miss ya all~ Smuacks~

*Edited* 12 days Europe Honeymoon Trip – Part 1

Headache. We both took over 500 pictures for our 12 days Europe honeymoon trip. Finally I’ve picked out 200+ better ones, unable to eliminate more because of all the gorgeous scenery. I might need to separate into few entries. It will be so much easier if all pictures are from my camera alone but because it became siao siao during the trip, malfunctioning as and when she pleased, I had to get pictures from dearie’s camera too. His camera poses the problems of unable to take night shots and very short battery life. Duhz. Apologies for the quality of pictures, I simply need to change a better camera.

Day 1(3rd April 2010) SINGAPORE – SWITZERLAND(ZURICH)
Flight to Zurich, Switzerland‘s financial hub by SQ Airbus SQ321.
The flight was at 1am and we’re supposed to reach at 11pm to meet the tour guide. As we wanted to catch supper, we reached even earlier, at 10.15pm. Who will know that the newly launched Airbus had an aircon leak problem and our flight was being delayed by around 3 hours. When we finally board it, we had to suffer stuffy and warm air for another 2 hours before it was cold. Arghh! SERVICE SUCKS BIG TIME!!!

Day 2 SWITZERLAND(ZURICH) – GERMANY(BLACK FOREST)
Our travelling were by coach most of the time. Most of them were around 1-2hours and 2 of them got as long as 4 hours with a lunch break in between.

Lush greenery greeted us, dotted with clusters of cute Swiss cottages. Humans were scarce and the place looked serenely picturesque and peaceful with neatly manicured lawns. We were told that some of them grow their own vegetables and fruits too.

Upon alighting in Germany-Black Forest, we had to walk for quite a while to reach the resort of Titisee for our pork knuckle lunch, accompanied by a soup and their famous black forest cake. They werent fantastic so I shall skip the pictures. It irked us that their people prefer their food to be super salty. They should really mind their kidneys.

We also attended a Cuckoo clock making demonstration.

Black Forest is a small village with nothing much to shop. Beautiful lakes with many mandarin ducks though.

Dearie takes lousy pictures. Other than slicing beautiful buildings into half, or putting just my head ALONE into pictures, he can make Eiffel Tower look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Since then, I’ve stopped asking him to take pictures of me unless for absolutely must-snapped architectures like Eiffel Tower etc. So, more pictures are of him.

We took the coach again back to SWITZERLAND(SCHAFFHAUSEN) to see the mighty Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. Please do not compare it with Niagara Falls. Though again, I dont understand how it can be Europe’s largest waterfall….I thought it looked like rapids to me. =P

We took the coach again to the beautiful resort town Lucerne.


Along the way

Checked into Flora Hotel. I loved the deco. Modern with shadows of Swiss Culture.
This hotel is highly recommended.

At the lobby.

The room.

Oh yes. Most Europe’s hotels do not have the room amenities which commonly come with Singapore hotels. They dont have kettle, fridge nor shower foam/shampoo/lotion for you. They have, however, an all-in-1 soap dispenser where you can use it to wash anywhere you want. That’s why, we bought along our travel kettle too, for hot drinks if needed. Some of them dont even have aircon, as opening the windows will have natural air-conditioning already. Simply adjust your room temperature by the angle of your windows. How cool is that eh?

The Lion Monument is an allegory of the defeat of the Swiss guards during the storming of the Tuileries 1792, whatever it represents. Poor Lion looked so tragic that it’s hard to take a smiley picture with it.

At the Chapel Bridge, the 14th century wooden bridge, an icon of Lucerne.


Many swans in the lake


With sweet Serene whom I got to know during the tour. She came with her hubby for holiday. Regretted not taking more pictures with her, simply because both of us were busy with our spouses, or else with shopping. Haha.


Opposite the Bridge


All the electric buses run on cable attached above them

DAY 3 LUCERNE – INTERLAKEN

In the morning, we departed for Engelberg where we commence our ascent to Mt Titlis. We boarded the cable car for 45minutes to reach the high alpine glacier region at 10,000ft. We then took another ride in the world’s first ever revolving “Rotair” gondola, which offers a 360 degrees panoramic view into the alps.


Bottom of Mt Titlis


In the cable car

On the coach again to Interlaken, City Oberland Hotel.
Apparently, we got the..so-called honeymoon room?


Haha! It was more like country-style and a pretty big room. But I merely cant stand the bed which creaked with every move and the deflated pillows.

Day 4 – INTERLAKEN
Interlaken is a typical small town, or rather village, with nothing much to shop. However, they have breathtaking scenaries with flowing lakes and gorgeous alpine alps as backdrops. Half a day is enough to finish touring the area. It would be great if the 4th day was spent in Paris shopping instead.


I wished this was my hotel but apparently not.


Acting cool again


At the Casino, with the impressive entrance but pathetic interior. They have, like a dozen jackpot machines, 2 poker cards tables which were out of bounds, 1 roulette table and 1 black jack table. That’s it. You can imagine why there’s less than 10 people inside. It’s so boring.

We had a Swiss and meat fondue dinner and chocolate fondue for dessert. Again, it’s nothing to cry for so I’ll skip the pictures again. Had supper at their Hooters too, but the standard was way inferior to Singapore’s. Played pool and darts at a bar(simply got too much free time!). It was very expensive. An hour of pool game costs more than S$20 and 2 darts games which lasted around 15minutes cost S$15.


A mac burger and salad cost S$30.


Our lunch at some cafe. Totally unfriendly menu.


Fish & Chips should be the safest; to avoid over salty food/soup


This vanilla custard simply tastes great. I have to say all Europe’s pastries and cakes are wonderful with friendly prices(cheaper than Delifrance). They’re not too sweet and just right.

Scenary shots


Interesting giant chess game


Giant Chair

In short, Switzerland is more of a scenic location than a shopping paradise. Cute Swiss cottages, serene lakes, beautiful architectures and snowed alpine peaks. One word of caution though that it’s unhealthy to look at snow for too long, i.e, more than 5minutes. You can scorch your eyes and will affect your vision. You probably enjoy more if you ski there. However, be prepared to tread in heavy ski boots, carry your heavy pair of skis and take at least 2 times of cable cars(30minutes or so) to reach the peak before you can start skiing.

Optional activities like paragliding is available but they take around 1.5 hours only. You also have to take a cable car up. Hotels have limited SCV shows and most of them are in German, just like all the restaurant menus. Most of the people understand English though.

Swiss franc is being used there, the rate is around S$1=CHF$1.3 and things are horribly expensive there. Shops close very early too, like in the evenings. If you’re a fan of Swiss watches then you might like there. NOT that the watches are cheaper there but they are more exclusively made. Other than that, it’s chocolates and chocolates….or…Swiss army knives. I dont find the food particularly nice too. Most are too salty, otherwise it’s all western food. Breakfast is always ham, eggs, beans and croissants. That’s it.

To be continued……………..