The night before Miube kindly offered to drive us and go up Oberes Heiti ( top of Heiti).
We had a nice breakfast and left excitedly, on hindsight i realise that it has been a really long time since i sat in a car.
I was very excited to be driven around and told jason, `wa, we wanted to walk up, no joke man...` As it was firstly quite a distance from their house to the foot of the mountain and than further up...Sitting in the car, we saw Thun and the Alps in a really different angle, it was a beautiful city with low level houses and peaceful roads where congestion was unheard of and surrounded by the Alps ( this is my perception)
The journey up...
The day before we were introduced to the swiss machine (ueli steck, http://kletterszene.com/news/ueli-steck-the-swiss-machine-video) by mischu. Deep inside, i wish i could be like him one day! haha, well he is a machine after all...
We started walking up the mountain, and it was a little steep ☺ really enjoying the hike up as it brought back a little feeling of how i felt climbing `mountains` in army.
Miuschu and bettina were really nice, watching out for us while climbing and snapping shots ☺ After awhile we took a breather, sat down and had a mini picnic and took a really nice picture. We continued walking and the view was really the most amazing thing i had ever experienced in my life.
It was so beautiful, i nearly cried, i really wish you guys were here with me and i sincerly hope that one day you will get to see it too. Words cannot describe what we have seen and pictures simply do injustice to the scenery. I just hope my family would get to see it also, i know my dad would just really enjoy the scenery and the serene environment.
Ambrish and kian pin will also take a million pictures and probably scold me for using a lousy camera. Matthew will probably migrate here and be a monk meditating for 7 years, Leon will scream and shout saying `wa shawn power only` Warrick will say `wa jon should come with us ` haha, Joel would be very happy but will say ì wish my girlfriend was here also`haha !! Yi xian would be very happy and probably be very quiet and just taking it all in. Eliza and Elena would be really happy to be up also....
Aiyah, dont say already la, very nice must come, imagine makansutra for scenery this is Die Die must see ☺
We had another picnic and ate more of our nuts, haha and jason and i left the rest behind and adventured slightly further higher, where we really got an even better view, Daniel you should have come up la ! We had a 360 unobstructed view of the entire area, behind us were some mountains, while in front of us was Lake Thun and Interlaken. On the other side was the three famous mountains ( Eiger, Monch and Jungfraujoch, which Mischu later explained was tiger monk virgin translated literally) Beautiful...
Walking down wasnt easy, hah as we had `bashed up`( taking a more direct and steep route) we decided to walk down by the designated trails, however most of it was totally covered in knee high snow !
Our shoes were soaked and as ice went into my shoe my feet started to feel really cold and was getting numb ! haha, i finally understood why waterproof shoes were needed !
The whole time, i was thinking, aiyah i damn zai, where running shoe for hiking ☺ so the three of us were wearing running shoes, and mine was full of holes to allow air to circulate freely ( and snow to come in also) ☹
I remembered Mischu saying `you know what some Swiss people think of asians? ` What ? `they always try and climb our alps without any gear and ill-equipped ! `haha, he than said there was once a group of japanese who tried to climb the Alps with Flip flops, and had to be Helievacuated HAHA !
We finally decended with muddy and soaked shoes which we washed in the snow before getting into the car and went back tired.
We chilled in the house for awhile, and as the day before i had ask Miube what was a traditional swiss dish, Bettina replied `Raclette and Cheese Fondue` At that point of time, those words meant nothing to me....
However, Miube told us they were going to let us try both of them that weekend !
At that time, it still wasnt too much of a big deal to me...
Mischu than said we were going to meet his friend Flavi’s house for dinner
At that time, it also didnt mean much to me...
We went for some grocery shopping at Coop(supermarket), we wanted to pay as we felt really bad that they were paying everything and they were still working...however, very soon as the trolley grew, the price grew larger than our wallet could swallow it was really expensive ! Like i said, Switzerland is the most expensive place in this galaxy! haha, several Groceries were like 300 SGD!!! wa painful. Felt so bad....
Best evening ever 0
-----→ that was a full Stop that was so big, it turned into a zero ( to emphasis the period ☺)
We arrived at Flavi`s house and i saw a strange looking thing, i turned and asked Mischu what that thing was and he replied `in this house, you will see alot of stuff that seem a little strange, and i dont know what they are so dont ask `
It turned out to be exactly as he said ! Seriously the coolest house i have ever been to, but first i must introduce the amazing family.
The Dad, constructed the house and other things around the house himself as well as made his own Grappa ( strong liquor)
The Mom, made alot of the house decorations ( some intersting and bizzare)
The brother made his own ammunition
And Flavi Brewed his own beer, wait he made the brewer himself also ( this does not seem like much but trust me there is alot of work and innovation involved)
Its hard to describe the house as it is too unique ! oh wait, they also can bake their own pizza ! haha,they grew their own grapes just at the front door and....it was just a really cool family living in a relly cool house. ☺
We chatted and looked around their `backyard` ( in singapore, it would be called a mini soccer field) haha ! as Miube and Flavi prepared the food and set up the Raclette `machine`
Soon it was time to satisfy our hungry stomachs, and the right way to do it was with cheese, the Raclette way.
Let me explain, You take a slab of cheese, put it on this mini tray put whatever you want on it ( salt, pepper, spices,bacon, onions....) put it on the grill and let the cheese melt, after awhile pour the melted cheese on the poor boiled potatos waiting on your plate. Open your mouth, maintain your decency and eat it slowly ☺
Shawn`s ultimate temptation = staring at a plate of Raclette and not eating it ☺
Heavenly, especially for those of you who love cheese... What could be better than cheese ?
Melted cheese!!! and what could be better than that, when its poured on some delicious food.
What could be better than that ? when you enjoy it with friends chatting over a meal.
And what could be better than that ? when you have it outdoors with perfect weather in a friend`s backyard ! It doesnt get any better right ? Wrong !!!
Having all that and having the swiss Alps in the background !!!!!
Once again, i can try to describe that dinner, but i wont as it will just be a miserable attempt.
After several delicious servings, i just turned to daniel and said `really nothing to say right` Yes, we were totally lost for words and i was in a state of ultimate happiness and contentment and i was just so grateful for meeting Miube and God`s blessings in my life ! What a great dinner...
After dinner, Mischu said lets go to the other side of the house to watch the sunset !!!
I was like, you can do that ?? oh ya !!!! WEEEEE !
Watching the sunset after a filling and delicious meal with your friends, with the Alps in the background. You could see the Alps turn from white to bright orange to a redish hue to Dark with a hint of snow and being Lighted by small Lights at the top... Beautiful ☺
We were than given a proper Tour of the super cool house, which should totally be featured on discovery channel ! haha. The basement was the coolest, it had the microbrewery and a large stash of beer, as well the dad`s workshop which was really heavy hard core and no nonsense place where you could find really professional stuff. The mothers work station where she did really interesting sculptures and other stuff and some store rooms...
After a short tutorial on how the magic beer was made, we went up for supper !! haha
It was really windy outside so we soon went inside to sit down.. Beer and chips, and some Grappa... The homebrewed beer had a `burnt wheaty taste`which i felt was probably the best beer i had ever drunk ( i really like the wheaty taste) however, most of the rest didnt like it haha, well as they say one man`s meat is another man`s poison.
That night, i drank the most beer i had ever drunk in my life (which isnt that much la) haha
What a nice evening...
Went back, crashed...
While im writing this, im thinking of the time where i wrote another entry in Mischu house, and he said. `Hey are you writing a book?!`Haha, yes i realise that my entries are starting to get longer and im getting more Loh soh, but haha, i want to remember this ☺
I have also been trying to read my bible frequently, and im still in Romans now.
Its a really good book and i like it alot, however im really sad there are some parts i find hard to understand, and i realise i really need God`s help in living a life that glorifies his name.
Oh lord, help me !