Saturday, October 30, 2010

Our Fav Boardgame: DnD 4th Ed ;)

Please skip if you don't like RPGs or if you don't like DnD. I'm totally free to like (and spend my time playing) whatever I want, and I'm sure playing a social game such as this one has no drawbacks for me. I've always loved role playing, mostly because of the social aspect, and because there are so many eccentric things that I'd love to try but in real life it would be either very weird or very dangerous.

Now 4th Edition is a little different, and some don't quite like it for that.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

About Having Nothing and Everything [Ramblings]

I don't know how to begin this post. Normally I wouldn't write something like this unless I had a story to tell or at least some rationale. Well, you could say that I have one. I came to Switzerland a year ago, and since then have been through several stages of expatness. Some were nicer, some more difficult, but they've all been ... well, informative. Or formative. Depends on how you look at it.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Baby Doll Eyes [Makeup]

Guys, this stuff is amazing.

I was always a big fan of the doe eyed look, and I think it's one of the best weekend looks, easy to pull off when you don't want to wear a lot of makeup. It looks natural but polished and this product, my newest mascara, will give you that French lesbian chick look. Yes, no kidding. This is what we used to call the look back in high school and I think it fits the effect perfectly. It looks a bit as if you weren't gonna put any makeup on but did put on a little bit, weren't so good at it, maybe smudged around a little, but look gorgeous anyway...

You all know what I'm talking about and I'm sure you've dreamed of the look, or, if you're a guy, of girls wearing it. =)

Now you have the chance to try it out.

[Go to the end for a fun bit, if you're not interested in makeup. ;)]

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Unemployed in Geneva

OK, just a quick update if anyone ever gets unemployed in Geneva (or arrives as such on a permit) and starts wondering how it works.

I went to the ORP [or RAV in the German speaking parts, which is how I was looking for it in Geneva with little success as in French it's ORP ] yesterday and found out the following:

They are really helpful, upon registration (which you can do even if you're employed at the moment but getting laid off soon, etc.) you go through some aptitude tests and the like and you get all sorts of help and counseling in your search for a job.

If you've worked for at least 12 months in the last 24 months, you might be entitled to some chomage as well. Even if this was in another country. Due to bilateral agreements, I might even get some money but that's totally not what I'm interested in, so I don't really care that much. But it's good to know and anyone in such a situation should definitely check with them. There are lots of factors they consider so it takes time till they can tell you, though.

Anyway, then there are courses you can take and trainings and they might even persuade an employer to employ you, as they offer to continue paying you and you'd start working as an intern, sort of. So this can also give a kick to your career.

Now I don't know what jobs they'd find me. But as I'm not interested in the money (as a penalty for refusing an "appropriate" offer, you can be deprived of 30-45 days of chomage), I can refuse as many cleaning jobs as I want. (It would be a totally different thing if I didn't speak French or was here of my own accord. As I'm not I can't see how any of these would help me with my career.)

If you have any questions about this, please post your questions and if I haven't answered them as yet, I'll try. Note that I've only been to the introductory presentation so I don't know everything just yet. But I'm really looking forward to the whole experience, I've never ever been officially unemployed and they made it sound kind of fun.

There are lots of obligations, like the papers I'll have to fill in month by month and I'll also have to be looking for a job actively, but as this is what I'd be doing anyway, I'm not scared. And all they can penalize with is taking days off my chomage, which doesn't really concern me. However, I want to do this right, because I think it's a great opportunity to take advantage of some professional help.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Decisions...

Here's my post from EF:

"People say that it's best to resign or give someone the sack on a Friday, as then one has a weekend to celebrate or to cheer one on, meet friends, etc.

I seem to follow the same route, I always make these decisions on Friday. I guess during the week I'm just open to calls and opportunities that may come (but somehow never do). I don't work on Thursday, so I start feeling the pressure, and by Friday morning I feel really pushed to do something, to make my next week better.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

... And Red Hair

I guess it's coz it's autumn... But I've really been drawn to red and deep brown and deep gem colors. Last weekend we went hiking in the Swiss mountains and I couldn't take my eyes off all the beautiful colors that nature surprised us with. It was amazing.

So yes, my hair is red now, or rather a really dark copper. As I used a Henna "shampoo", it's gonna fade in like 3 weeks. But I'm quite determined to either buy the same product again plus some shampoo to maintain it or to find a more permanent color treatment. I don't wanna go like super red, but I really like the present color. If I go with the less natural approach, I might actually go a couple of shades lighter, like a light copper, bordering on a strawberry blond... but I don't know. I like the fact that this one fades so I can have my natural color back any time. I was dyeing my hair for years and years (practically all colors of the rainbow) and I hated going back to my roots. LOL It was horrible when I decided to go back to my natural color, as it either looked very weird when my colorist dyed it "back" and it wasn't any better when I had it cut like 2 inch long... Well, I'll think about all that before dyeing it permanently, but I'm loving this color and I guess I'll keep on wearing it for some time. ;)

Have an awesome day!

And see you soon! ;)

Things I'm Loving (Makeup)

It's still not a makeup blog. =)))

But as I'm really on a budget, real treasures are hard to find. And there's no real drugstore in Geneva, one has to scrape stuff off from supermarkets and pharmacies. No Sephoras in Switzerland to allow for a little splurge, you either go with "drugstore" stuff or go to the department store counters and drain your savings. -.-,

But I've been treasure hunting these 11 months, and I can let you in on the secrets... if you are interested. ;)

I'll have to do it in several parts as there are some gems, so keep tuned. ;)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Why Are All These Things Happening To Me?

Well, first of all, they aren't. Nothing just happens, dear, there's always a purpose. Without giving you a lecture on the purpose of life, let me just cheer you up with a little idea. Here's what I think of fate or destiny, or whatever you like to call it. ;)

Wellness Thursday

I might have mentioned this decade old habit of mine. But if you have no idea what I'm talking about, just keep reading. ;)

Wellness Monday originates from back in the old days, when I was very very busy all week long and hardly had time to let my hair down, let alone sit in the tub for hours. And then, one day I realized you can really amp up your day just by adding a small wellness factor.