Switzerland Vlog #4

We go to Bern
Exploring a frozen lake
Testing out the new Zhiyun gimbal
– I shot the shutter to slow, hence the blurry kind of hazy look.

 

 

 


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Filmed with a GoPro Hero 5 and GoPro Hero 3+ with a Feiyu Tech Stabilizer
Sony a6500 w/10-18 MM lens & Zhiyun gimbal
Edited on: Premiere Pro CC

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Blast from the Past – Ticket to Nowhere

Blast from the Past

In my teenage years, I loved and immersed myself in the punk/ska/metal scene. This type of music fit perfectly into my love of bodyboarding & surfing. Watching bodyboarding videos on VHS synced up with some classic punk bands, you couldn’t help but get super amped to surf. Pumping with teenage testosterone, all you wanted to do was run around the block 20 times and surf till it was past dark. This was my youth.

From bands like Rancid, Pennywise, Bad Religion, NOFX, Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Offspring, Less than Jake, Operation Ivy, Gold Finger, Save Ferris, to more hard core things like Marilyn Manson and Deftones (till this day, the best live rock/metal band I seen – Warped Tour 1996 Baby!). And most likely I left out many other bands that I loved during these defining moments in my history called life.

Fast forward to 2017 and I get to relive my teenager years over. I stepped into a new world of metal/punk. The bar dark, stickers and graffiti on the walls, that musky smoke in the air, piercing and tattoos on bodies, dark clothes being the norm… It all felt familiar, although I could not understand anyone (Language; Swiss-german)  they were was still a familiarity. I was at home. I did not know why. I had to reel my mind back and think why did this feel so like home? Then I remembered. My days of my youth! I rejoiced and the night took me over. Standing by the speakers, no earplugs, taking pictures, videoing, and head banging. I couldn’t help but smile.

The next morning  we found out that my wife’s brothers band “Ticket to Nowhere” won the night. Win or lose, I already decided I will be back, oh yes, I will be back.

 

 

Bonus: Here is me when I was a sophomore in High School were I started and mosh pit. No worries in the world. 🙂

Switzerland Vlog #3

Exploring the neighborhood and eating and eating and more eating.

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Filmed all with a GoPro Hero 5 and GoPro Hero 3+ with a Feiyu Tech Stabilizer
Edited on: Premiere Pro CC

Reduce Cellular Data Use

Being here in Switzerland I don’t have the luxury of having 4g with 4g data, I have 4g service with 1g data, and anything over that is extremely expensive. During our Adelboden trip which was 2 days, I tracked my data use. I started off with 90mb and when I got back home I saw that I shot up to 400 mb, WTF! I rarely used it only checking my email, facebook and instagram.

  1. I first checked my Data usage by checking it on my Andriod. In the settings menu there is a Data Usage button you can click and it will show what applications is using the most data. Click here for more info.
  2. What I saw was that Instagram was my culprit. It was eating up my data. After research I found that the new snapchat feature of instagram was eating up my data. Basically instragram loads all the insta stories on your phone so that you can watch them quickly, even if you don’t watch them. So if you have a friend who is posting tons and tons of insta stories, that’s what is eating up your data. You can turn this off!  In Instagram options find Cellular Data use and pick Use Less Data.

cellular-data-use

Keep in mind I already have a ton of settings turned off like automatic syncing, etc etc. Here is more settings you change to save data. Especially if you have kids or share data plans, I recommend researching more and turning apps off or turning off syncing. You can always manually sync them up when you open up your apps.

Switzerland Vlog #2

Highlights of my Swiss Adventures continues.

– We go above the sea of vog to see the sun
– I see snow fall for the first time
– We visit a friend in Adelboden
– I go sledding and make a snow angel for the first time.

I have to admit seeing a familiar face from Hawaii even though he is from Switzerland is very comforting. I have come a long way from Hawaii and I am not stopping just yet.

 


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Filmed all with a GoPro Hero 5 and GoPro Hero 3+ with a Feiyu Tech Stabilizer
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Switzerland Vlog #1

Everything has a beginning, here is mine.  My first month living in Switzerland, from Hawaii to San Francisco to Switzerland.

Moving from Summer year long to the dead of winter, I must admit moving during the winter was a bit ballsy on my part. Go big or go home 🙂

 

Always pay local currency on credit card

$ Vs CHF

Say no to DCC (Dynamic Currency Conversion). For the past 1.5 months whenever given the chance to pay in dollar$ on my credit card, that’s what I did. But something in the back of my brain was saying something is wrong with this. When has convenience been free. When has a credit card offered you something so simple with out a hidden agenda.  So I did a little research and here is what I found out about DCC.

Here is a recent shopping receipt breakdown.

I paid $86.92, the bill was 85.55 CHF. Now my credit card has no foreign transaction fees so I don’t need to worry about more charges later. So when I did the money conversion on google with the latest exchange rate here is what I found.

85.55 CHF = $84.94 a difference of $1.98. So I got charged almost an extra $2. Now its not much but when we talking paying everyday for weeks, months, years, we talking about a lot of free money just tossed away. This is a slick way of merchants taking an extra slice of money with out you knowing. So it maybe nice to see your own currency, but always choose the local currency. And now you know and knowing is half the battle.

What are your experiences with DCC? Or if you know of any other hidden fees or gotcha’s, let me know.

P.S. Do your own due diligence to see what your credit card offers and charges, I have a Chase Sapphire card and so far its been great except a couple of hiccups ordering online. A later blog explaining how great security can be a good and hindering thing. Lots of phone calls explaining, yes I am that person ordering that in Switzerland. 🙂

Aloha,

Rex

Switzerland Month 1 – Almost Hawaii

Month 1

Living in Hawaii all my 36 years, I moved and arrived in Switzerland December 1st.  Everything is new down to the dirt but yet everything is same down to the people. Things I have learned or observed the first month being here.

  1. Cold
  2. Cup of Noodle will cost you around $2
  3. Schmutzli – Santa’s evil side kick that looks scary as f$#, painted in black (Coal)
  4. Chicken is amazing here – half the size in the states but twice as good
  5. Wear thermals everywhere, even when you think its warm
  6. Swiss German is not an official Language
  7. Not only will I have to learn Swiss German but also German (see above)
  8. No Pandora radio (I know, I know, use spotify)
  9. Aloha is everywhere
  10. I don’t have as much time as I thought, hence the shortness of the first blog. A video blog is being made and a more detailed blog to come in the near future.
  11. I don’t miss Hawaii yet, but I do miss my friends
  12. Lastly, when peeing make sure you shake everything out or your underwear will freeze…

Aloha,

Rex