Having a long Break

Friday, April 6, 2018

Hi Dear Blog-Friends,

It has been quiet on my blog for some time. I have actually not been crafting since several months, really needed a break !! But I think I will soon get back to crafting, miss it...

Maybe you have been wondering what I was doing all that time... I had some changes last year in my personal life and also needed a break from work and my whole life here in Switzerland. After 15 years in the same company my boss let me take a 9 week unpaid leave. So I decided to travel for 2 months and left on the 8th of October form Geneva with my backpack and diving gear to discover beautiful Indonesia. 

I was lucky to travel to several places throughout whole Indonesia and most of the time I was diving :) I did 60 dives in total !! In case you didn't get it diving is my biggest passion !

My trip started in Bali where I spent the first night in Sanur close to the harbor. I planned ahead to spend my first days on the little neighbor island Nusa Lembongan. Other from that I didn't book anything in advance except the last 2 weeks of my trip, where my sister came and joined me for some diving in Komodo national park. It was important to me to move freely whenever I felt like doing so and not having to follow a schedule. 

The first week was just amazing with incredible dives spots around Nusa Lembongan ! Many fun people, beautiful sunsets and a lot of laughter. I became friends with two guys doing their dive master at the Two Fish dive shop where I stayed.  Matthias did 2 weeks of his training on another island called Lombok so I decided to follow him for more diving. After a few days I chose to head back to Bali and discover finally the rich culture and one of the most famous islands Indonesia's. My favorite spot was the town of Ubud a natural, cultural and artistic place. Which can also be noisy but as soon as you leave the main street you can find a peaceful place.  I spent more than one week in Ubud taking cooking classes, going to a yoga lesson and discovering the green rice fields by bicycle. 

After about two weeks in Bali I wanted to discover a different part of Indonesia and chose as next destination, one of the most northern Islands actually not that far from the Philippines. It took about a 3 hour flight and I reached Manado airport. On the same day I got to Bunaken island which was my favorite place for diving throughout my 8 weeks in Indonesia. Check out my YouTube video below if you want to get a little idea of the diving spots. I also liked this place a lot because I got to meet up again with my two friends Matthias and Ian. We even celebrated Matthias birthday at the house of our dive instructor. Very nice to experience the local way of celebrating together. 
Before heading back to Bali meeting my sister I wanted to see another place in north Sulawesi and followed this time a Swiss lady whom I met on Bunaken as well. We stayed at an incredible place owned by an Italian couple. "Coral Eye" is an outpost for marine studies on Bangka island. The easy and friendly atmosphere made us feel like home with a breath taking  front view, white sand beach and a long dry dock from where we would start our dive trips

Meeting point with my sister Nadine was Denpasar Airport in Bali. We stayed for one night close to the airport since we had our connecting flight to Labuan Bajo – Flores on the next day. My sister is a diver as well and so we decided to discover the famous Komodo National Park. Amazingly rich marine life with our highlight looking at manta rays over an hour. We also saw on land the Komodo dragons, which are very lazy but scary looking giant lizards. A fun week of getting to know more new people (mainly divers) and enjoying the company of Nadine.
My trip was supposed to end in Bali from where I had booked my flight back to Switzerland. I was also planning on showing my sister Ubud and other nice places in Bali. At the end we couldn't go back because of Mount Agung which had erupted and made flying very complicated. Our flight from Flores to Bali got postponed several times to the following day. We had to find a plan B which was flying to another place without an erupting volcano…
Luckily we managed to transfer our local flight to Jakarta instead of Bali. Of course we also had to change our international flight with Qatar Airlines. They were very cooperative ! And so we spent our last days in Singapore instead of Bali visiting our cousins who leave there since several years.

We got back to Switzerland on December 5th, the outside temperature was about 3 degree Celsius. What a change... But home is still home :) 

This trip just gave me what I need at that time, a break and a period just for myself. I am grateful for everything I was able to experience. 

Have a look at some of my pictures taken during my trip.

FIRST EVENING AND ENJOYING AN AMAZING SUNSET ON NUSA LEMBONGAN

READY TO DIVE :)

A LOT OF LAUGHTER WITH MATTHIAS AND IAN

WILD DEERS AT THE NORTH WESTERN PART OF BALI 

RICE FIELDS BALI 

 BREAK BETWEEN 2 DIVES ON BANGKA ISLAND

FRONT BEACH AT THE RESORT (CORAL EYE) ON BANGKA ISLAND

 ENJOYING A LOCAL BEER WITH MY SIS AND PEPE

OUR BOAT IN KOMODO - THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN WITH A DRONE BY PEPE


VIDEO - FIRST DAY OF DIVING IN BUNAKEN



I will share soon more of my dive adventures !






DT - Stempelgarten : Sommerzeit

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Guten Morgen, 
Heute startet beim STEMPELGARTEN eine neue Challenge mit dem Thema Sommerzeit. Ein eifaches Thema und schön passend zu dem warmen Wetter. Oder zumindest hier im Wallis scheint die Sonne kräftig und häufig.

Good Morning

We are starting a new Challenge at STEMPELGARTEN we want to see cards which show the summer time. An easy one and fitting perfectly to the worm weather. At least here in Switzerland it's very worm and nice.  




IM STEMPELGARTEN DT

Ihr könnt bis zum 31. Augsut an unserer Challenge teilnehemen.
Zu gewinnen gibt es dieses Bastelpacket im Wert von CHF 20.-

Our Challenge ends on August 31st and this is the prize you can win. 


Bis zum nächsten mal ihr lieben.
See you soon !


Thankful

Monday, July 31, 2017

I am Thankful for what life gave me... even if it's not easy every day and sometimes rather hard... but thankful anyway for everything which lead me to my life today. My colorful card fits perfectly to the sentiment "thankful". I feel happy when I look at this bright colors. 


Wishing all of you a nice evening. 
Tomorrow is our National Holiday in Switzerland 1st of August. 
So I'm thankful for a free day :)




Thanks for stoping by 


CHALLENGES
Cute Card Thursday : Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp : Anything goes
Bastel-Traum : Farbchallenge
Little miss Muffet : Anything goes


DT - Stempelgarten : Alles was Fliegen kann

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Heute zeige ich euch endlich wieder eine Karte mit einem bemaltem Motiv. Die süsse Elfe ist mit Copic-Stiften bemalt. Entstanden ist Sie für die STEMPELGARTEN Challenge die Heute startet. Das Thema für den Monat Juli lautet ALLES WAS FLIEGEN KANN. Ich habe zuerst an Tiere und Flugzeuge gedacht bin dann aber zufällig auf dieses Motiv gestossen. Passt doch perfekt zum Thema. Ich habe noch tonnenweise Blumen, die nun endlich auch wieder mal verwendet wurden. 




IM STEMPELGARTEN DT

Ihr könnt bis zum 31. Juli an unserer Challenge teilnehemen.
Zu gewinnen gibt es dieses Bastelpacket im Wert von CHF 20.-



Bis zum nächsten mal ihr lieben.



VERWENDETE MATERIALIEN
Color media : Copics 


CHALLENGES
Ribbon Girl : Anyhting goes
Crafty Calendar : Anything goes
Creative Knockouts : For the girls
Night Shift Stamping : For Girls
Whimsy Stamps : Anything goes 


Sending lots of Love

Thursday, June 29, 2017



Hi Friends,
Just a short post to share a card I made recently with the Simon Says Stamp Set - Sending Happy Thoughts. I kept it Clean and Simple with some fancy color combination.





Wish you a nice evening and hope you can enjoy the nice weather.
Regards

CHALLENGES





DT Stempelgarten - Clean & Simple

Monday, June 5, 2017


Guten Morgen, 
Heute startet beim STEMPELGARTEN eine neue Challenge mit dem Thema Clean & Simple. Eine möglichst einfache Karte mit wenig Decko und Schnick Schnack. Ich habe mein Lieblings Stempelset von Paper Smooches verwendet. Und viel weisse Fläche übergelassen  passend zum CAS Prinzip. 


Good Morning
We are starting a new Challenge at STEMPELGARTEN we want to see cards which are Clean & Simple. I chose my favorite Stampset from Paper Smooches. Of course I left over a lot of white space, as you often see en CAS cards. 



IM STEMPELGARTEN DT

Ihr könnt bis zum 30. Juni an unserer Challenge teilnehemen.
Zu gewinnen gibt es dieses Bastelpacket im Wert von CHF 20.-

Our Challenge ends on June 30th and this is the prize you can win. 

 

Bis zum nächsten mal ihr lieben.
See you soon !

DT Stempelgarten - Tierwelt

Friday, May 5, 2017

Guten Morgen, 
Willkommen zur Mai-Challenge beim STEMPELGARTEN. Gerne sehen wir diesen Monat Projekte zum Thema : Tierwelt. Ich habe einen Auftrag für eine Geburstagskarte bekommen. Lea wird 10 und liebt die Farbe Violet. Zum Geburstag passen die Pennyblack Mäuse natürlich perfekt. 



IM STEMPELGARTEN DT

Ihr könnt bis zum 31. Mai an unserer Challenge teilnehemen.
Zu gewinnen gibt es dieses Bastelpacket im Wert von CHF 20.-

 

Bis zum nächsten mal ihr lieben.

CHALLENGE
Creative Friday - Karte für eine Frau 
CAS-ual Friday - Celebrating CAS-ual Fridays Birthday
Seize the Birthday - Anything goes
Basteltraum - Karten für Frauen




DT Stempelgarten - Bunter Frühling

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Liebe Blogger,
Dies ist tatsächlich mein erster Beitrag fürs Jahr 2017. Dies war so nicht geplant aber ich wurde leider zu einer Pause gezwungen, da ich mir am 12. Januar beim  Sport das Handgelenk gebrochen habe. Ja ja ich weiss… Sport ist Mord ! Während 5 Wochen hatte ich einen tollen roten Gips mittlerweile ist dieser wieder weg und ich darf wieder basteln :)

Wie üblich hatte ich meine Ferien im Februar schon gebucht und konnte diese nicht mehr stornieren. Also bin ich trotz gebrochenem Handgelenk nach Kanada in den Schnee und danach nach Honduras ein bissle tauchen gegangen. Jaja das kann man alles machen… Es war eine tolle Zeit ! Ich zeige euch dann noch ein paar Bilder.

Nur der eigentliche Grund zum meinem Blog-Posting. Es ist wieder der 5. und somit gibt’s beim STEMPELGARTEN eine neue Challenge. Unser Thema lautet Bunter Frühling. Meine erste Karte für 2017. Kaum zu glauben. Das "Thanks" Wort ist eine Memory Box Stanze. Die bunten Blätter und Blumen sind von Paper Smooches – Natural Beauties.
Ich hoffe ihr macht zahlreich mit, das Thema ist ja einfach und schön Bunt :)



IM STEMPELGARTEN DT

Ihr könnt bis zum 30. April an unserer Challenge teilnehemen.
Zu gewinnen gibt es dieses Bastelpacket im Wert von CHF 20.-


Und hier nocht ein paar Bilder aus Kanada und Honduras viel Spass beim Gucken :)

  
  


Habt ihr meinen schönen roten Gips gesehen, der ist extras fürs Wasser gemacht.











Bis zum nächsten mal ihr lieben.

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