This Is Your Life

When I was younger, I only realised that I was happy when the happiness was gone. That has changed. These days, I feel so happy my heart aches when I think of it. Realising that hurts because I know it won’t last forever, it can’t. And time passes so quickly, I’m so afraid of waking up one day, realising that my youth has gone. I wish I could stop time. I love this phase of my life. My future path is...

Teenage Dreaming

I’m turning twenty tomorrow. I used to think that everything above 16 is pretty old, adult. I’ve come to realise it’s one of those childhood ideas that barely have to do anything with reality. I’m still bloody young when I think of the people I know who are approaching their thirties and still act young anyway. There is no reason to feel old. But anyway, an important phase of my life is over. My teenage years have come to an...

Gap Year, Volume II

Back in Switzerland, beautiful memories behind, an unknown future ahead. A gap year, once again. A bit different from last year when I volunteered in Germany. Less structure, more uncertainty. And I still can’t handle it. I’m trying not to freak out, but I’m having a hard time. As always, my self-doubts are overwhelming. What if I don’t get the jobs. What if I do get them but do badly. What if I fail to teach my students something. What if...

Wet Market in Singapore

Yesterday I got up early to take some photos at a wet market in Singapore. At the beginning, I was appalled. I walked in and around me were rows of stalls selling fresh fish or chicken. I’m not sure what I expected, but certainly not rows of dead animals (note to myself: learn something about a place before you go there!). It was still dark when I arrived, but the scene I encountered was quite lively. The vendors were already busy preparing their...

My LDR story – Part IV

Click here for part one, part two and part three! We kept in touch after my return to Switzerland in July 2012. I told many friends about our story even though we ended up just being good friends because I thought the turn of events was incredible. We were shy strangers and the odds were against us but due to the actions I took, he actively reached out to me. If I hadn’t approached him, I would have ended up...