Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Parachuting up high... or Base Jumping?

I don't know whether this is a form of Base Jumping or something else? Anyway, this sport involves, having a parachute and jumping of the mountain 1km up high.

This bloke was standing and the way he was standing caught my attention. He must be contemplating a LOT! :)
Get READY... SET...
GO!!!
Run... run... RUUUUUUUUUUUN!
And off he goes into the blue beyond!
Wheeeeeeeeee...
Scary from this height huh?
I took a photo of him preparing to "take off"... But blow up the photo and look on the expression on his face... Reminds me of Michael Jordan.
If one dares, you can actually go for a ride. Consider it buddy flight...




Hope you enjoyed my chronicle of this event.
It's really cool watching these men and women run and jump off the cliff.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Mount Saleve

Mount Saleve. A viewing mountain located in very close to the Swiss France border. About 1000m looming above Geneva. And I'm going UP!
Picture photo anyone? You can see Geneva and it's massive lake. And also, the fountain!
Moi taking a photo of himself and using the glass window as a reflection. This is actually the restaurant. You can actually wine & dine inside. And there is another restaurant on the other side of the mountain which faces the alps. Unfortunately, clouds started rolling in, and it got hazier as the minutes tick by... So, sorry. No alps vewing...
Back home in Malaysia, Genting is a popular place for folks to have nice grand viewing houses. Nothing, i think tops this one. Build right on the end. You'll get one heck of a view alright!
The left hand side if you're staring up. Part of the town is in Swiss, Another France...
Mountain climbing anyone?
So where do ya think is the station? It took me by surprise as I was hunting for this one... When you've given up, look below.
Imagine saying this: Hey, that's right in my neighbourhood! And I leave right next to it!!!
The entrance... Not something grand like back home...
Looking back up, from the ground up...
I was still in France when I shot this. Obviously... So one just walks across. Saunter if you will...
To get to Mt Saleve, you would have to take Bus 8 and make sure the board says Veyrier Douane. Else, you could end up with a longer walk like Moi; who ended up in Veyrier Tournettes and had to walk an additional 10mins. If you do end up like me, just either as a local for help, OR, look up, and start walking towards the cable car! You can't miss it anyway.

If you DID managed to get the Veyrier Douane bus, then alight at the final stop. Get down, and start walking towards the cable car, cross the border, cross the road and by the, signboards will show you the way...
One final look. Like I said, you can't miss it! Heck, even from Geneva, that tower is pretty visible...
You must be going... "That's IT". Wait... There's more and it'll come in another post! :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Makan Makan @ the Malaysian Embassy Residence in Geneva

Yours truly was invited to attend a dinner hosted for my country's Minister of Health who is here in attendance for the World Health Assembly (WHA) organised by WHO. I don't think I'll ever get to eat at a table with fork and spoons emblazoned with my country's emblem... :) Thanks to Shook Pui (for being our driver), Teh (for somewhat organising this) and Adeline (who got us submitted)!
What the Minister do, I do too... :)
Moi with Shook Pui and the Minister with his wife.
Group photo picture of all attendees
The national emblem on the cutlery.
Teh being excited over the cutlery!
Hmmmm...

The End

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Geneva #2

These shots were actually taken on my 1st weekend, but I just haven't had the time to upload. So here's how the streets of Geneva are like. All those wire lines, criss crossing are basically either the tram lines or bus lines. Yup, there are some busses that are powered by electricity.
And what's that spout in the back of the photo??? Definitely not Moby Dick! :)

I had the opportunity to visit a morning market in Geneva. Photo's as below. This one was in Rive.




I couldn't resist this. Dogs are really well trained in Geneva. No unruly ones. And this one waiting patiently with her master to cross the road...
A side street image.
The golden swan? Think they'll be any golden eggs? :)
These steamers are actually more for cruises...
The view from the old town, as it's called towards Geneva.
You remember the boat image from Lausanne? Geneva is part of that lake too. So, obviously, sailing is a favourite pastime.
Ahhhhhh... The fountain of Geneva. Shooting some 500m into the air... The picture says it all...
Care for some front row seats?
A light house standing at the mouth. I really gotta take a photo of it at night... it'll look more majestic then...
Moi with a photo of the fountain.
The best way to retire???
The fountain and the steamer...
And Geneva's famous flower clock... I wonder who copied who? Remember Lausanne's one?
This was taken from the bridge that spans the river...
The End.

Avillion @ PD - 2nd Round visit!

Does this look familiar??? It does? Yup. We are back @ Avillion PD. We loved it so much, that we decided we would love a revisit. So, he...