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st2lemans 25.08.2011 10:47

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by greenmount (Post 1314253)
At least not hanging around with people whom, backhome for instance, you wouldn't even consider having more than social small talk with. :D
What would you consider a proper social life? :confused:

I have never hung around with people here that I wouldn't do anywhere else on the planet, so I really don't understand what you are trying to say.

Tom

Guest 25.08.2011 12:32

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by cog (Post 1313743)
wow. sounds like foreigners are just there for the money. :confused:

Well we sure arent here for the Mexican Food, Air-Conditioning, or Beaches...!

But views are stunning, the roads work well, and youre within a 3 hour drive of atleast 4 to 5 other countries most of the time, which makes vacations easy.

Money is the only reason anyone lives in a city (and thats anywhere in the world). Its been proven time and time again that cities are horrible places to raise kids, lower your quality of life, and increases stress levels due to relentless congested commuting.

So why work in a city? Well thats where the money is unfortunately. And its not just the foreigners who are here for it.

st2lemans 25.08.2011 13:54

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by Zuger (Post 1314382)
Well we sure arent here for the Mexican Food, Air-Conditioning, or Beaches...!

You would be if you lived in Ticino!

I make great Mexican (grow my own chiles, though this year has been pretty bad), both our cars and my work have AC, and plenty of nice beaches around.

I sure as hell don't live in the city! Can often see cows grazing outside my office windows (I have a corner office), as well as Monte Tamaro and my garden.

And I currently reek of petrol, as I spent my lunch break screwing around with Armageddon's fuel tank. Damned stripped coupling threads, fix one tap, and the other starts dumping fuel all over the parking lot!

Tom

cog 25.08.2011 15:50

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by Federica (Post 1314204)
Interesting what you say :rofl:

I am not particularly hot, just an average-looking girl on the curvy side of life, but I like to listen to people's stories/share mine and I smile a lot, so maybe that's it...definitely I am not shy:o

Good luck to the OP with his/her decision!

maybe it helps to be hot, good looking and outgoing too! hahaha! :rofl:

cog 25.08.2011 15:55

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by st2lemans (Post 1314469)
You would be if you lived in Ticino!

I make great Mexican (grow my own chiles, though this year has been pretty bad), both our cars and my work have AC, and plenty of nice beaches around.

I sure as hell don't live in the city! Can often see cows grazing outside my office windows (I have a corner office), as well as Monte Tamaro and my garden.

hey tom! that sounds nice. so you can grow chiles there. so might be able to grow nice herbs too. and what do you do to smell like petrol!? :msnshock:

Marz 25.08.2011 16:09

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
I completely agree. I came here when I was 27 and I often think that it was too early and that I could have been in more lively and exciting places at that age. At 26 I was in London and I have to say I had the best time in my life there.

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Originally Posted by miniMia (Post 1312563)
As much as I love Switzerland, to be honest, if I were 26 and single, Switzerland would be the last place I'd be looking at. Not to mention the fact that the types of jobs you are looking for are not that abundant in Switzerland.

Despite Dougal's protests, I think Canada is a really good bet.


cog 25.08.2011 16:14

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by Marz (Post 1314649)
I completely agree. I came here when I was 27 and I often think that it was too early and that I could have been in more lively and exciting places at that age. At 26 I was in London and I have to say I had the best time in my life there.

maybe the best if i keep options open? if i find something in switzerland, i go. if it's somewhere else in europe, i take it anyway. hmmmmmm?

....but i so want to see/live in that country! wahhhh!:eek:

Guest 25.08.2011 16:22

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by cog (Post 1314656)
maybe the best if i keep options open? if i find something in switzerland, i go. if it's somewhere else in europe, i take it anyway. hmmmmmm?

....but i so want to see/live in that country! wahhhh!:eek:

Then come here and give it a try. But since your Filipino you might want to take a stab at San Francisco/Daly City which has a huge Tegalic community and is the biggest tech hub in the world.

st2lemans 25.08.2011 16:26

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by cog (Post 1314637)
what do you do to smell like petrol!?

Was working on a friends motorcycle during lunch in my garage, and the taps were leaking.

Tom

cog 25.08.2011 16:30

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by Zuger (Post 1314669)
Then come here and give it a try. But since your Filipino you might want to take a stab at San Francisco/Daly City which has a huge Tegalic community and is the biggest tech hub in the world.

there will be filipinos wherever you go. that is for sure!

cog 25.08.2011 16:30

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by st2lemans (Post 1314670)
Was working on a friends motorcycle during lunch in my garage, and the taps were leaking.

Tom

tom, how is ticino?

st2lemans 25.08.2011 16:32

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by cog (Post 1314676)
tom, how is ticino?

Better weather, better food, better language.

Tom

cog 25.08.2011 16:36

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by st2lemans (Post 1314681)
Better weather, better food, better language.

Tom

warmer weather? italian food? italian language do they speak french there?
and in terms of job opportunities, is it better there?

Guest 25.08.2011 16:43

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
it's a great country to live in. Everything is so organised, though painful to settle down initially with all the unwritten social rules. I guess if your area is quite international, it should not be of major problem. 2 months into our move, my wife broke into tears wanting to leave .. with neighbour complaining about our baby crying, police "invited" us to the station as wed used the wrong garbage bag, neighbour complaining about our foot steps (strange, she lived upstairs and we never use shoes indoor), lost our apartment key and the risk of having to pay more than a thousand CHF for replacement, and finally getting a nice colour-printed notice (with pictures and texts) stuck outside our door telling us what we can and cannot throw into the "compost" bin.

Though things have changed to certain extent, it's still in my point of the view one of the safest places to live.

But, I miss the more colourful and unpredictable life in Malaysia ...


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Originally Posted by cog (Post 1312235)
hi!
i've been stalking the forum for sometime now and i've been searching for jobs in switzerland for a few months. i just noticed that it's not very easy to get in switzerland and get settled.

but my question is (especially to those who lived there for a long time) is life there worth the difficulty to get into switzerland?
or should i look in other places in europe?

i'm head graphic designer of a marketing communications agency.
i just want to live where it's safe, organized and close to nature. i'm single 26 years old.

please share your thoughts, experiences and daily life. i'm aching for a new country and i'm very ready for change. i'm currently in haiti.


cog 25.08.2011 16:50

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by shreky (Post 1314706)
it's a great country to live in. Everything is so organised, though painful to settle down initially with all the unwritten social rules. I guess if your area is quite international, it should not be of major problem. 2 months into our move, my wife broke into tears wanting to leave .. with neighbour complaining about our baby crying, police "invited" us to the station as wed used the wrong garbage bag, neighbour complaining about our foot steps (strange, she lived upstairs and we never use shoes indoor), lost our apartment key and the risk of having to pay more than a thousand CHF for replacement, and finally getting a nice colour-printed notice (with pictures and texts) stuck outside our door telling us what we can and cannot throw into the "compost" bin.

Though things have changed to certain extent, it's still in my point of the view one of the safest places to live.

But, I miss the more colourful and unpredictable life in Malaysia ...


so you're from malaysia? how is it for asians living there? i'm originally from the philippines but have been living in haiti for 4 years now... same here, there are a LOT of unwritten and unspoken rules in haiti. even the official laws seem to be unspoken! haha! i just actually like an organized life.

26.08.2011 02:02

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Originally Posted by st2lemans (Post 1314681)
Better weather, better food, better language.

Tom

All that, and fewer high paid jobs ;)

simon_ch 26.08.2011 08:48

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by OSueco (Post 1314107)
of course nobody likes to hear criticism, but it's how you express it that is the main difference...

Fixed that for you.. pretty universal by the way, it's all about the tone and choice of words.

st2lemans 26.08.2011 09:06

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by Salsa_Lover (Post 1315237)
All that, and fewer high paid jobs ;)

As long as I have one, what difference does it make?

Tom

darwiniandemon 26.08.2011 09:20

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by cog (Post 1314715)
how is it for asians living there?

As a Taiwanese, no problems whatsoever. Just annoying when I meet strangers they always use English with me right away, even when I can speak German. That's a general complaint and not really a problem.

Otherwise, I find the Swiss are generally receptive of Asians in the cities.

Guest 26.08.2011 09:44

Re: why live in switzerland?
 
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Originally Posted by darwiniandemon (Post 1315334)
Otherwise, I find the Swiss are generally receptive of Asians in the cities.

True. Judging by the number of kebab houses, there is clearly quite a large Asian community living here.


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