Moving to Switzerland

Our family has now been living in Vietnam since 2010. For the eduction of our children and to support my parents living near Bern (CH), we plan to move to Switzerland by autumn 2014.

We, this means:

Our family in June 2013

  • Stephan, 53, CH, Software engineer, working international since 1997, mainly in Asia.
  • Thi Mong Hien, 38, VN, my spouse, currently taking care of our children in Vietnam, HCM City.
  • Albert, 14, VN/DE
  • Anh Thuyet, 8, CH
  • Bao Ngoc, 5, CH

Since my parents are both more than 80 years old, we are looking for a reasonably sized (and priced) apartment near Bern, preferably in the south-west part.


Just turned 50

I just turned 50 yesterday and I’ve finally decided to invest time in writing a blog.

Currently I’m struggling with the peculiarities of WordPress, mostly in finding a theme using the full available width.

What else has happened yesterday. Well, die EU has finally decided what the measurements to solve the €problem. The issue of GR, the overwhelming state deficits are certainly not easy (if not impossible) to solve with a short time. Let’s see how things develop in the next months.

Much more important than the short-time measures that have been decided (basically to chunk around with a lot of money) is the scheme and actions the politicians will take to prevent a similar disaster in the future. In my opinion the most urgent problems are:

  • Reduce the state deficits
  • Prevent banks from being “too big to fail”
  • Regulation of the derivates market: a forced default of GR was not feasible for political reason but also because nobody was capable to predict the consequences of default with respect to the CDS (Credit Default Swap) market.

And most important: the world has develop an economy model that is independent from permanent grow but instead takes into account the restricted resources.