Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Exploring .... Beijing - China, part 1

Today in China!

Market with all traditional and fresh (sometimes too fresh) dishes

Delicious strawberries in caramel

Git merge in real life

Forbidden city

I have no clue what is this

Sunday, August 21, 2016

YOLO ... Simple Survival Rule

I've learned one important thing here in Switzerland - you only live once. Swiss people are especially good in enjoying life, at least in comparison with Slovak people, so slowly I tuned to their life pace and started enjoying :)

I'm great and I visited some interesting places. Here is just a brief preview of the long list:

Trip to Niederhorn

Rock climbing in Wimmis

This is just a posing pic at the very end of climbing, don't worry!

Bike trip to Hani

Boats on Aare River

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Explore Switzerland 2 - Aarebootle

Before you start reading this post, please visit this site about Aare first. You'll learn how does the real Swiss German look like :P

Next, please take into your consideration that photos below are really a masterpiece. Why?

First: There is a princess on each boat.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Explore Switzerland 1 - Spiez

Spiez is a city on the shore of Lake Thun in Swiss canton of Bern. This city has a long and interesting history which can be seen in its medieval castle and church. Another characteristics of the city are beautiful vineyards on along the lake and fishing tradition. Moreover outdoor swimming pools are an attraction for tourists because of the picturesque landscape ...

From Spiez you can get to the other side of the Lake Thun and from there take a cable car to get to Niederhorn. You can see this mountain (on right) in the picture below.

Except the clean and organized look this city has you can walk through the nearby hills and vineyards. During this romantic walk you can see drones, pandas or knights with dinosaurs watching you from balconies of nearby houses :)

You can get to Spiez from Thun by bike, bus or take a train. The map below displays the terrain.

For more information about Spiez use Wiki or just Google it :) I LOVE it there.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Demo Product Sale Presentation

Today I started to work on a Demo Sale Presentation of the Office Add-in I've been working on since June. Of course I searched for some inspirational tips for making a good presentation seeing that I've never done anything like this before. ^^

These slides are from Eric Schmidt presentation about How Google Works. Nothing useful, yet quite motivating. ^^

You can see the whole presentation (and much more) here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

6 Things To Do When Staying Abroad

Hello everybody!

It's been a while since the last time I wrote you and I deeply apologize for being so busy. Good news, finally I am here again, bringing some fresh adventurous stories, tips for places to visit and the top selection of actions from the last week.

Ready for reading? Fasten your seat belt, take a bucket of popcorn, we're taking off!

Switzerland haven't let me down once again and I spent some marvelous moments in Bern, Thun, Wimmis, Grindelwald, Spiez and some other places. Let's go through the highlights of the last days and tips for your travel adventures...

Picture from Grindelwald
1. Visit a football or any other game. If you are staying in Thun, Stockhorn Arena is a right place to go. Visiting a football game in a place you're currently staying abroad should not miss on your MUST-DO list, no matter if you currently live in London, Madrid or Thun. The atmosphere is always unforgettable and I am pretty sure you'll sing the fan-club's song for the rest of the evening.

Fan clubs create the right atmosphere
Tour de France took place in some parts of Switzerland
2. Accept invitations to any event, either it's a tea-session with grandmas, BBQ or a pizza party with your friend's father. Don't stay at home. You'll meet a lot of interesting people, get to know the local jokes or favorite videos on Youtube. You'll get integrated to the social life more quickly. Moreover you'll enjoy a lot of fun preparing food, gathering apricots, riding bikes and much more...

Picture from Spiez. I biked 44km that day.
3. Take care of your colleague's cats. This might sound silly and it is definitely not a thing you can do without a colleague who is leaving soon to the holidays (thanx, Roman!) but this is a good opportunity to get lost in the city while trying to find his house, discover new roads, look around and find some new nice places. Getting lost is always a good idea to see the city from inside, not just from a tourist's sight.

4. Go to Open Air cinema without knowing the weather forecast. It's possible you'll get a nice package with plastic raincoat. If it starts to rain it's a nice chance to enjoy a really funny moments when everybody starts to open the packages while there is a really important scene in tho movie. Nice smiles of people around, sharing spirit of the night with the rest of people in the cinema, that feeling that you understood one single joke from the movie, you'll remember this for the rest of your life.

5. Swim whenever and wherever possible. Floating on Aare river in Bern is the most exciting activity you can do with friends during hot summer days. The streams are quite strong but it is definitely worth it. Speak nothing of the dose of endorphin you'll get.  

Bird's perspective
Ferris Wheel in Thun with Pascal & Roman

6. Never miss an opportunity to speak foreign language. There are always nice opportunities to practice. Random people in the street will ask you for directions, or customers in a company you're working for will ask for spoons or sugar to their coffees. These are just simple small talks but few small steps equals one big step. Go ahead, read magazines, advertisements, comics, wherever possible.

People walk a long way and then "get onto waves"

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pink Philosophy

Dear all, who are reading this, especially IXXJs (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, this is mine).

As tomorrow will be another hard day and I was wondering where the hell had I been taking energy from, my thoughts fluently got from the first love memories and crazy carefree summers to some pink-philosophy.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Learning German

New Gadget Added

As you may have noticed, a new gadget has been added to this blog. You can find it in the upper right corner in the side menu, right below the total page views counter. Now you can easily share the blog with your friends or just let me know if you like my blog. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Did you know that Google lets you crop your photos for free?

However this applies only if you use Google products in Slovak language.

zdarma - buckshee, cost free, for free, free of charge
Source of translations

Sunday, July 3, 2016

How You Can Spend a Rainy Sunday - Short Tasty Photostream

I've already wrote an article about baking and this post is to wake your taste buds up again. Tasty raspberries and forest strawberries flooded all the garden so why not to bake a biscuit dough, put some cream on it and flour it with berries and chocolate? Yum.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Baking As a Language Training

When a Swiss repeats some word over and over again and neither you nor him know the translation of the word to some meaningful language, slowly you start to understand what he was probably about to say... That's sometimes the best how you can learn words you would otherwise forget after ten seconds... For example how to say dough, sugar powder (that's quite obvious) or maybe smooth flour.

The most delicious cake you've ever seen

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dark Side of Marketing - Breakfast Photo Stream

Sometimes I wonder about fails in marketing... Imagine you have a company producing biscuits. You put a smiling parrot on its cover to attract children, capture saying something like "Calcium" to convince doubtful mothers, give it a name for example "Chocky" so it sounds even more delicious and put a little red stripe that could help customers open the pack of biscuits. It looks like your marketing team meet all points of branding and positioning... You sit down in your office, put feet on a table, make a short break, open these delicious biscuits and suddenly you see it... Your cocky breakfast...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Thunersee and Aare: Swiss Social Life part. 2

Aare is the longest river in Switzerland flowing into Thun Lake and is very popular in hot summer days. I've already tried bathing in Aare on Friday evening when I biked with some friends to Schadau Park in swimming suits with towels to drink beer, chat and relax. Our next plan was to come home and have barbecue. 
Friday evening by Thunersee
Game Kubb is also known as Viking Chess or Swedish Chess. This game is a lawn game for two teams and the object is to knock over wooden blocks on the opposing side of the pitch. You can find more about Kubb here.

Of course that my team lose and of course we blame them for cheating :) In the picture below Beno is trying to hit Kubbs of the second team and Tim is bracing the tree up. That plum tree was an important part of our team considering that we put our sticks into its fence... x)
Beno and Tim
Here you can see the second team. Vera is a teacher in a primary school near Bern, she's 25 and dating Robi... He's a football player and was sleeping most of the time near the lake :) The young man in the middle is Gaudi, his original name is somehow different and comes from Romansh language but everybody calls him like that.
Wera, Gaudi and Robi
What I noticed is that the young people in Switzerland smoke really too much in comparison with Slovaks, and unfortunately not only tobacco. I found that quite disappointing because smoking and drinking is devastating for human body and mind. I take it as pure whim of youngsters who don't know what else could they do... 
Garden lanterns made the end of the day prettier

Grillfest: Swiss Social Life part. 1

This party weather lasted only four days but we used it to the last breath. Literally. On Thursday we had a "Sommerabend" with a discussion on design thinking which fluently changed to barbecue on a terrace.
Everybody was there, employees, customers and also competing business

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Vorsicht, ... "schwer Deutsch"

Gestern hatten wir ein Grillfest
When Swiss people start to speak their language for me it's like "Banana banana banana" ...

Philip hat eine Gitarre gespielt
Christoph told me today:
"Viele Leute erkennen nicht, dass du nur schwer Deutsch versteht - schrieb es dir auf die Stirn."
... oder "schwer Deutsch"
"Auf meiner Stirne steht geschrieben: "Klein, dick und frech" ... es ist aber nur klein geschrieben! Weiter steht auf meiner Stirne: "Vorsicht, gutaussehender Mann!""

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Berner Mandelbärli: Sweetzerland

These tasty baked bears came from Bern to the company as a gift from a customer. They suddenly appeared yesterday, decorating the kitchen, but their short life was mercilessly aborted by starving developers... Look at their happy faces before fulfilling their destiny:
Ich bin das Ferien-Mandelbärli - immer braun :) 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Chuchuchäschtli: Weird Things and Switzerland, part n+1

I looked like a panda today (edit: a wet panda), it rained when we were coming to the office from lunch. Anyway, now the sun is shining and in the next few days we should have around 30 degrees. So even we have a new female colleague at work and the code wasn't working today, there is still something positive... :)

... coming soon :D

Friday, June 17, 2016

Meow: Internship in Switzerland #10

Good, first week in der Schweiz passed and I successfully survived. Here I add a list of things I found interesting during this week:
  • Low-floor bus with hydraulic "kneeling" device, which can be used when the bus is not in motion, tilting it or lowering it at the front axle even further, often down to normal curb height. When the bus stops at a bus stop, it "kneels" down so that people can get off more easily. If you've never seen it before (like me :)), you can watch this video
Edit: Some of you kindly noticed that this sort of buses drives also in several cities in Slovakia. I can't disagree. I've just never noticed that they used this device or, perhaps I was just in a wrong bus :) The thing I wanted to point out in this article was that such a small city like Thun has only this kind of buses whereas bigger cities in Slovakia use different types of vehicles and only few of them are able to kneel. And even if you noticed this feature (or bug xD) maybe you didn't know how it's called, so I'm just sharing a little (and for some of you also interesting) note about that.

Kneeling device is also used in buses in Thun

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Türöffner: Internship in Switzerland #8

This morning I went to work alone thus I made a little break and shot this pic. I've already sent a photo from a different point (by the lake) of this peak - Stockhorn.
My way to work

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Second Day At Work: Internship in Switzerland #7

Quite good today, we went to work by bikes so if it doesn't rain I make 11.2 km per day.
Office Swing in the middle

Monday, June 13, 2016

First Day At Work: Internship in Switzerland #6

My family a friends who know me better also know that I am really picky in eating. I usually don't eat red meat and prefer more vegetables, nuts, fruits and everything that is or at least seems vegan or vegetarian. It is not that I don't want to eat meat, it's just beef or pork are too hard to chew and my set of teeth is not half sharp as wild animals' fangs.
In the middle is the postcard with a quatrefoil

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Die Steckerdose: Internship in Switzerland #5

Yesterday I made a small trip to the Lake Thun in the evening. I was glad that after the rainy day sun appeared for a while, and as I was alone at home I decided to take a bike and take some pictures of the lake. 

Kirche Scherzlinken 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Keine Ungeheuer: Internship in Switzerland #4

Today we had a brunch with my sister-in-law, my host family and their sons, so I could try the food we shopped yesterday. We had a table full of different kinds of cheese, juice, hams, breads and fresh strawberries. Except that, we had also eggs and a Switzerland food called Rösti. 
Rösti: Kartoffel-Spezialität der Deutschschweizer Küche

Friday, June 10, 2016

Here I come: Internship in Switzerland #3

I have finally some time to write a new blog post, but in a few minutes we are going to the city on bikes, there is some food festival or something. I am a little tired, because when I came to my new home, I took a shower, had a cup of coffee and we went shopping some vegetables for the dinner, so I was bearing a really heavy bag with some salad, carrots, hams etc.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Web Check-In: Internship in Switzerland #2

My trip hasn't started yet and I've been already surprised with a complication, SkyWork Airlines provide web check-in only for flights departing from Bern, Basel and Split. Never mind, at least Switzerland took action and arranged a good weather on the day of my arrival.

Weather forecast for the next week in Bern. Ugh.