Cultural Night 2017.1 – Organisation

Lo and behold, i have chosen Events as my specialisation course for my final semester of my degree. This semester so far is the most difficult in terms of mental and physical. Planning out an event and its logistics are relatively easy due to the huge support we have received from multiple individuals, like teachers and external sponsors. The most difficult ones were working as a group, due to the multiple clashes of personalities and ideas everyone had. There were two extreme side of personality, those who has strong ideas and opinion vs. the “Stay in the background” side.

With the stronger personality and ideas, they won’t take no or an alternative as an answer where as the “stay in the background”s had to run around trying to make things happen. But after this event organisation has happened, i have realised many things in life which gave me different perspective in life.

The biggest realisation for me is how we as people think. Our mindset, for a lack of better word. As university students especially having multiple experiences and opportunities in our life, many of us are very self entitled. The attitude based on “Everything i wish and i want can be done” idea kept reoccuring. Even when something we wish cannot be done, instead of listening to advice from experienced people and looking for alternatives, many still wanted the impossible original to continue. The “expectation vs. reality” concept did not dawn into our minds until the event was over. After speaking to teachers and having some time to think about what has happened, we all need to realise on how fortunate we all are for the support we have received to make the event happen. Yes sure, this event was the most disorganised the school had possibly witness so far but there are many we can learn from of this experience. Learning to be practical, to listen, to communicate, to think a few steps ahead, to have back up plans, to be patient, if i have to name a few.

 

Instead of focusing on the negativities, i would like to remind myself of taking some down time in the future let myself think and bring out the things i have learnt and focus on them so the next few steps i can grow better as an individual. The things i have learnt can be forwarded to future events and not mess up much.

Reliving the hospitality life 

Initially, I chose hospitality as my university degree is because i believe everyone having some sort comfortable daily lif, a special memory to be created if you will. There are unexpectedness and at times you have to adjust accordingly is something I would like to challenge myself with. After two years in this line of work, I start to forget my core and reason of why hospitality was my choice! I could have life a comfortable university life like all my friends who are taking business and communications, and here I am working on internships and in the future, getting a salary that is close to nothing as compared to what we do. Today, I get to relive why I got into hospitality, something I haven’t felt since the “chaine de rotisseur” event I did almost a year ago. 
Here is to “Autumnal Masquarade Ball” by Les Roches 2015.2 PGD2, another event I got to participate behind the scene. Clocked in at 10am Saturday 7th of November 2015, clocked out at 12:30am 8th of November 2015. 
 
“Forest” preparation. Due to miscommunications and safety reason where lights cannot be turned off to make the dark forest feel, we had to work our way around and cover the lights with black paper and black trash bags as of what we have.
 Jacket collection team – organisation at its best. 

  
  
The bar team, with the missing Fransisco team leader.   

    
 

Spring day nightmare – Snow

Spring season in most countries ranges from end of February until end of May. We think of flowers blooming, rain like no one’s business, beach worthy body preparation and warmer weather. Living in Switzerland for almost two years, this season is definitely the most shock worthy. Its 15th of May, which means summer is supposingly around the corner but yet in Bluche (on top of Sierre), it is actually snowing!
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And what i mean by snowing, it feels almost like end of December snowing in Hokkaido, Japan! The weather has definitely gotten warmer the past couple of weeks, and out of nowhere hail storm two nights ago and today actually heavy snow!! How do i prepare for summer in South East Asia when it’s this type of snow??

You might want to rethink your choices of studying where i am at…

Although i have only started my internship 2/3 weeks ago, i already have so much to say. As interns in a foreign country so far away home, and where language and culture are so different then what we are used to, we tend to get very misunderstood by our managers, co-workers and most times our internship co-coordinatior. So please anyone wishing to apply to future schools abroad, please contact a student you might know and ask about their experience. Agents usually earn commission for every student that applies, most of the time have either no experience as a student in the school or they aren’t very helpful. Switzerland is a beautiful country and its well known for higher education in the hospitality course. Here is where working as an intern in the hospitality section is not so great: gender, language and race discrimination is quite heavily portrayed as well as its high living expenses. Meaning,  unless your race is white, or speak perfect German or French, or if you’re not a guy, chances of getting into a good reputation work place where you can really make use of the chance to get great experience is really difficult. These are some things i have taken note from my friends who went to intern, and also that happened to myself.

 

I speak extremely little French, as we aren’t taught much french in school. Residence of Switzerland who don’t have much foreigner contacts will not be understanding of us who don’t speak good for fluent French. I speak fluent Mandarin, English and Indonesian, and some Korean then there is French. Asian languages are easier for me then Latin based languages like French or German because i was raised, obviously, in Asia. There are some really nice local customers who knows my struggle in their language, and they will repeat once more their order for me or they will speak in English if they can speak. I really appreciate their understanding. But as i have only started working for a couple of weeks, how much improvement can my French get? When we do service practical in school, its all in English and we serve our schoolmates and teachers. Now we are suddenly pushed into the whole service section with full of French and German customers, its normal to be nervous.

 

Whenever i start my shift, my manager will not be in the restaurant nor will he be in during most of the service hours. When I’m doing perfectly fine, he’s not there to see. But when i have an occasional slip, he tends to see me. Two weeks i’ve worked and he has concerns about me. Well you don’t see my concerns it seem. My shifts are supposed to be 10:30 to 2:30, 18:30 till 23:00. But most times i have to stay until at least 30 minutes as people here do take their time to enjoy their meal. Some customers do occasionally sit for 3 hours, even till over 11pm. As interns, we do not get paid over CHF 2100 (before subtractions of tax and insurance), usually after accommodations we have left around 1200 CHF or less. Most of us do not get paid of OT. Its an internship, its a place where i will be working for the next 6 months. Internships are where students are suppose to learn and work at the same time. But for the past few nights even though it will be past 11:20pm and there are nothing left to clean up or do, instead of letting me go, we just all stand there and look at nothing. Which  i do not understand, what is the point of standing around in the middle of the night when closing time is 11pm and i was already suppose to leave after everything has been cleaned? Im here to learn, so if there is something to do its alright to let me do it. but if its already past my working hours and there are nothing to do, why not let me leave?

 

I do recognise the fact that i was late a couple of time, its mostly because i don’t live in the city of where i work. The school “mentioned” that they and the place i work will also provide some assistance for accommodations, but since i can’t find anything before i was living in a city 20 minutes away. Intern coordination blames my inefficiency for not looking by myself (which i did contact many places but they would either only want locals or at least 1 year rent, not 6 months, manager says “i’m operating a business”. The term “Internship” is actually just a nicer word for “Cheap Labour”. The most ironic thing an internship coordinator can say is “For further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.”, because in the school that I’m studying all the students know assistance will not be provided for students in internship as we do not pay for school fees as compared to students currently studying in campus. We are students under the school but not active paying students. If i was the only one with this opinion, well i just have to suck it in. But since visiting a couple of friends doing their internships, they also share the same thought as me apparently but just suppressed.

 

I don’t even know anymore what to expect in the coming future. I have come to Switzerland to get more education and experience, but I’m getting less then i have expected. My parents has paid so much for my school fees and living expenses but so far, I’m not getting things worth what my parents has paid nor the expectations that i have. That is why so many students end up transferring to another school or just plain dropping out of the school. This is also why i will not just promote blindly because i have experienced and i was disappointed. Now, all i can do is just pray for the best…

130706 Super Show 5 Singapore – Concert

Joey and I were featured in the Sunday’s New Paper ><

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Although this wasnt an event i planned to go to due to university commitment, but deferment of uni let me have the last time to meet Super Junior in Singapore. Originally, i was suppose to enroll on the 5th of july for orientations in Switzerland, but i ended up deferring to the 5th of October. 😀

Leny, Siska and Dee ( the 3 unnies who were with me for SS3SG and SS4SG) couldn’t come this time round since it was almost the fasting month for the muslims. But i met some new people 😀 Airena, Emily and Ci Nona😀

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Jung SungHa Singapore – Journalist experience

When Jung Sungha, famous korean youtube guitarist came to Singapore last weekend, i got a chance to help out Koreanupdates with media passes as a journalist with Zen (aka Excentrique). We went to both days, and were quite surprised with some things as we were quite miss informed. For the press conference, we arrived at 4:30 which surprisingly started early as it was suppose to start at 5. But we managed to snap a few pictures before the organizer made Sungha leave at 4:45. Thank goodness we arrived early or we would have missed out. On the concert day, it started 30 minutes late which is expected. No photography was allowed, but we managed to snap a few from the screen. I have some sneak peak down, and Leny is still helping me watermark the others

We were also not informed about the meet and greet, only until 20 minutes into the meet and greet. Here, we could get as many pictures as we liked. I bought an album for Sureq and got a signature for her too 😀 BLHnUarCYAAwC9J.jpg-large

Sungha show cased some of his original works from his CDs and also rearrangements of other’s music like Phantom of The Opera and Big Bang’s Monster. Mr Agustine, a German youtuber, shared a stage with him and showcased his own music. I originally thought Sungha’s my age, but it turned out he is 3 years younger then me!

Some sneak peak (Leny is helping me watermark more pictures.)

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Feeling the panic of final exams

i have 2 more weeks until the start of my final exams. It’s a month worth of exams, which is very long compared to a week of exam! Although i can’t wait for graduation and university, i don’t want to face finals. I stupidly took Psychology Higher Level, which i regretted for 2 years until now because i have been constantly failing that class.

Here are my examination schedule:

English A Language and Literature HL Paper 1: 2nd May
English A Language and Literature HL Paper 2: 3rd May
Psychology HL Paper 1: 6th May
Psychology HL Paper 2 and 3: 7th May
Environmental Science and Society Paper 1: 6th May
Environmental Science and Society Paper 2: 7th May
Mathematics Studies SL Paper 1: 9th May
Mathematics Studies SL Paper 2: 10th May
Mandarin B SL Paper 1 and 2: 10th May
Business and Management SL Paper 1: 20th May
Business and Management SL Paper 2: 21st May

Seriously, on the 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th i will be dying. All of the difficult papers are put together. I am really bad at Psychology and Math, while ESS can be difficult as there are a million things to write. I wish psychology can be at a later date. And imagine the 10 day break between the Mandarin and Business paper.

I just applied to Cesear Ritz and SHMS (School of Hotel Management Switzerland), i know my grades are crappy therefor i know myself i should not apply to schools that have high requirements. This two schools are great, and they are not very strict on their requirements. But I am still worried that i won’t get in 😦

Well, wish me luck everyone!