Explore Oslo city centre

Recently I’ve been unmotivated to update my travel journal. However, going through the archives always motivates me to do it.

“Flora, don’t be lazy!” I can already hear the voice in my head.

The trip to Norway is now 2 months ago, but it seemed like much longer – probably because of the change of seasons. I still remember wearing layers of clothing, gloves and scarf, and still freezing in the cold.

We started our first full day in the city centre brimming with energy. That is normal in all our trips. We left the hostel quite early (thanks to Nic’s bedtime schedule – sleep and wake up early), and walked through Karl Johans Gate, the main shopping street. We stopped by a few interesting locations and places along that way. It didn’t snow that day, but was still slippery to walk especially as the frozen snow were turning

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into thick slabs of ice. Worse – I didn’t have any boots.

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We had an early dinner in a restaurant beside the jetty. It was definitely the most expensive meal I have ever paid for, but in Norway it was only ranked as “average”.

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DSCF8192saw an architecture design exhibition in a mall .

no real polar bear, but a sculptured one.. not bad

p.s. Nicholas made a very interesting post about the trip!!! So, click here..

Not always on top of the wheel

Life is no longer easy when I stop feeling excited when I find mail in my mailbox.

Many people saw only the bright side of my life thru my blog and photos, but that was because I was selective in sharing my experiences.

There are more things to fear about as we grow. I didn’t mention that I felt tired, exhausted and stressful at the same time. I remember having frequent, almost daily nightmares. The scenes in those dreams were always horrible and terrifying. I always dreamed about brutal and bloody crimes, or scary demons, or me being chased or chasing after something. And that happened for about 5 months consecutively! I suppose it has nothing to do with Feng Shui because I have now finally managed to overcome it. That’s now history, and I am now learning to look forward more and to worry less. I’m glad for Alex’s support and comfort through the journey.

I’ve stuck a post-in on my monitor, it says: he who runs because he enjoys it never get tired. That always motivates me to keep moving on and to explore more. And I assume that is what life is all about.

Work hard, travel hard!!

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view from my window one evening in autumn

Party party!!

I just came back from an outing with my colleagues, and…. OMG!! I miss partying!!! 🙁

The last time I partied was…. I can’t remember.

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Topshop sale is launched today. But, wait…. Topshop has sale all year round..

Scandinavia for design lovers

House of Oslo sounds like a history museum, but is actually a complex with almost 20 interior design stores inside.
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I have always wondered why some creative and stylish home products were somehow related to the term ”Scandinavian design”. And now I understand that it is actually a design movement emerged from the Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland).

The idea of the design is to create

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functional everyday products in simple, beautiful and elegant. Often the forms were derived from shapes found in the nature -frozen ice patterns, shorelines, bark textures etc. As result, good design values – durability, integrity, affordability, sustainability, practicality – remain the approach to produce classic Scandinavian products.

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So, guess which is the most common Scandinavian design brand we easily recognise in Malaysia?

It’s IKEA!

Hectic Schedule + Sickness

Last year’s schedule…  (Apr-May)calendar

This year’s schedule… (Mar-Apr)calendar2

I had busy weeks juggling on both jobs.
And when I finally have a whole day off at home today, I’m sick!!!
 

Lord Reyes——-> says (16:57):
how is garden city?
alot of flowers?


i am flora says (16:57):
yalar

garden city
that’s why i keep sneezing
haaaaa chooooo


Itchy and watery eyes, frequent sneezing, runny nose, coughing and burning in the throat – it must be hay fever!! 

*** Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen.

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Easter weekend in Belfast

I am back from Belfast, Northern Ireland!

The news reported last month in Belfast – shooting incidents and hoax bomb alerts – really made me feel anxious and doubtful if we should proceed with our travel plans. The flight tickets was only 2pence for a return ticket, but considering that we have already made full payment for the accommodation, it took us some time to decide whether to go or not.

After following the news about the city and reading the tips from the locals in some forums, we decided to go and it turned out to be an extremely safe and pleasant city. In fact, it seemed as if Belfast is a safer city to travel in compared to Glasgow or Kuala Lumpur. Among these 3 cities, Belfast (in recent times) has the least amount of violence/negative news, transparent media or not…

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The Wheel of Belfast and City Hall

 

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The coast

Not many photos taken on first day in Norway

We arrived at the airport in the afternoon, and found out that we have to wait an hour for the next shuttle bus that would bring us to the Sandjeford train station, where a train would bring us to Oslo. I didn’t realise when we arrived at the ”train station”, because there wasn’t any building that resembled a train station, or any stops, or even a sign board that I could see! What we saw were merely an empty space for the buses, a large patch of snow-covered ground, and a few houses. And a single-lane railway track, very close to the road edge. I assume it was an invisible train stop for the airport passengers, without having to spend all that money to build a actual building. The buses’ timetable is synchronised with the arrival of the trains; hence we waited in the bus for the train, for about 5 minutes.
The flight from London to Oslo was 2 hours, but it took us another 1.5 hours from the airport to the city centre. The view along the train journey was incredible. A thick layer of snow covered roof tops, and with the all-white background, it was a surreal image, much like miniature snow houses on a cake covered with white icing. Halfway through our journey, the railway tracks was so close to the sea that we could see pieces of ice clearly, floating on the sea’s surface. Too bad Nicholas was asleep at that time….(but he managed to stay awake on the return journey).
We reached the city centre in the evening. After checking in, we unpacked and then had our dinner in a restaurant recommended by the receptionist. We later visited the Opera House during the night. I have some interesting things to write about this Opera House, but will keep it for the next post…..