Påske i Norge

Friday, April 11, 2014

We are planning to go to a friends house for Easter this year. My sons are very excited because they know they will get some eggs. Better get online to purchase extra canon camera batteries at batteryheads.com. It is important to have extra one's because I'll be sure to take a lot of videos and pictures of our first easter here. 

Anyway,one morning, my son asked me if the Easter Bunny was real. This was early in the morning, while I was making breakfast so you know I was distracted. Anyway, the conversation came out like this: 

Joshua: Mom, is the Easter Bunny real? 
Me: Nope
Joshua: What!??? (I was oblivious to his unbelievable tone) 
Me: Yah, just like Santa Claus. 
Joshua: What!????? Santa is not real also??? 
Me: Oppps. Uhmm.. Just Kidding... they are both real. 
Joshua: Whewww.. I really was scared they are not. 
Me: Hehe... *awkward laughter* 

Sometimes, I forget how kids are very naive and they have these fantasies unlike grownups. I can prolong telling him the truth about these characters, or maybe he will figure them out himself, for now, I will let him be a kid and enjoy these stories and characters.



Tid Bits

The weather is getting warmer. Yey. 

Sometimes, the sun is shining nicely and we can go out and have some fun. I realized the weather does play a big part to someone's mood. Whenever it is warm and bright outside, I can think clearly and I can work better. 

Spring will always have a special place in my heart because it is during this time where I slowly accepted and embraced Norway. It is like the darkness has lifted and the promise of something new is in the air. The past few months after moving was very rough. We arrived here start of Fall it was fine in the beginning. Winter came and the sadness multiplied. I wanted to go back to Cebu so bad. Having a different language has been a big part of the isolation. Months rolled by, I got to meet new friends and I slowly learned the language more. Aside from that, I was lucky to be welcomed for a språkpraksis from a Barnehagen. This way, I can practice speaking some more in a work environment. Although this is not a job where I get paid, I don't mind. I am happy to have this chance nevertheless. 

The promise of summer if very exciting. Plus, my sister in law, her husband and my niece will come for a visit.


Almond Brittle

Sunday, March 16, 2014

After the 3rd try, I had finally made the perfect peanut-brittle. It is such a simple recipe and I wondered how I could never make it right. Apparently, I overcooked it that's why when I baked it, it wasn't brittle but hard. Also, the almonds were crushed too small. The boys love it so much. Want to try it? 

Here's how to make it.

100 g. Smør
100 g. Sukker
100 g. Mandler
2 tbsp. Hvetemel
2 tbsp. Fløte

Mix all ingredients and cook a few minutes then bake 150 grade until golden brown. Lykke til!



Big Lungs

Friday, February 28, 2014

I was watching the very first American Pie the movie earlier and I was surprised to see, Lily (from How I Met Your Mother). She was a frisky band geek from American Pie who blossomed years later. I have forgotten that. Really.

Personally, I don't think being in a band makes you a geek. Glee has made music and those who enjoy it and practice it in school cool. If I had a beautiful voice or the musical ability to play an instrument, I would totally rock that and show it off. Maybe I won't be playing the tuba, I am more drawn to the drums though. I feel like you need big steady lungs for that and I don't have strong lungs. I do, though, have strong arms. How about you? If you are like me who can't play an instrument, which one would you love to learn?



The world's most affordable places to retire

Thursday, February 27, 2014

What an interesting article from cbsnews.com! My home town is #1. 

If you want to retire and live off from your monthly pension, is it possible to live like a king? The answer is YES! You'd be surprised, there are places in the world where your USD1,250/month is enough to live comfortably until your old age. 

#1 Cebu, Philippines 

 Cebu, a developed province in the Philippines, has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world: narrow coastlines with bright blue waters and limestone plateaus offset by rolling hills and rugged mountains. Cebu is home to Mactan-Cebu International Airport, from which it is easy for retirees to fly back to U.S. And Mactan-Cebu makes it just as easy for family and friends to fly in for a visit. The cost of living here is extremely low, so your dollar goes four times as far. To top it off, the Philippines offers generous residency visas for retirees. 

#2 Chiang Mai, 

Thailand Chiang Mai is a historic city located along the Ping River, nestled within some of Thailand's tallest mountains, which are dotted with Buddhist temples. The city hosts several festivals, including Loi Krathong, where residents launch decorative lanterns whose heat sends them skyward, and the Flower Festival, which takes place when the city's tropical flowers are in full bloom. 

#3 Cuenca, Ecuador 

 Cuenca is located just outside the El Cajas National Park, where the snowy peaks of rugged mountains rise up above mirrored lakes. UNESCO has designated the city a World Heritage Site, a distinction granted because of beautiful historical landmarks that include cathedrals, museums and parks. It a has distinctly European vibe reminiscent of Barcelona and Paris, and for American expats may bring to mind San Francisco. 

#4 Granada, Nicaragua 

 Granada has rapidly developed into a tourism hub, thanks to the city's preservation of its colonial-era architecture. Americans and Europeans have been snapping up homes for some time. The city may be the cheapest place in the world to retire and live well. A couple can enjoy sunsets over its red tile roofs and marvel at its blue-and-white church steeples for less than $800 a month. 

#5 Hoi An, Vietnam 

 Hoi An, also known as Faifo, sits on the coast of the South China Sea in Vietnam. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, its Ancient Town (from the French Vieille Ville) section is an incredibly well preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port, transporting visitors to another time. The city's riverfront and marketplaces bustle with activity, but its tropical beaches are calm.   


Feeling Blue

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I am feeling down today. I dislike Mondays.

However, I am glad that the sun came out today and it was bright and sunny. As an added bonus, we even saw a rainbow! At least the weather doesn't share my mood. Moving and everything else is making me crazy. I didn't realize how difficult it was for me (especially) to be plucked out from my comfort zone (of 30 years) and transported into a totally different environment.

I guess it is also because I was so used to my life already and adjusting when you are older is much more difficult than when you experience the change earlier in life.

There's a lot of things I wish.

I wish I could turn back time. I wish I could hit rewind and edit my life. I could not fully explain what is truly bothering me. I wish I can. I wish I had the courage and honestly of other people.

I wish.



Pretty Kitchen

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I may be having my perfect little kitchen after all. These are my dream kitchen spaces.

I would love to have a little island even though we have a little space. I feel like the extra counter space would be very helpful when cooking and also when having a quick snack or breakfast.

My brain is on hyper drive because there are so many choices. However, my Husband and I have agreed to keep it simple with whites and greys as our palette. That way we can add splashes of color on the painting or even in the furniture. That way when we have parties it would be easy to find cheap table skirting. If we stick to basics it is easier to mix and match, right?

I can't wait for 2015!



Vi Sole Oss

Today was a beautiful day. It was a beautiful day to come out and play. Sunny with an average of 5 degrees Celsius temperature. It didn't start out perfect though. I woke up during dawn to find out Joshua was nursing a bit of fever. He took some medicine and I prayed he get better because I cannot be absent today. I had a test. Luckily, he felt better by morning. We all went and did our thing. I think I did okay in the exam. Joshua was better and Jacob had a wonderful day at the barnehagen. The teacher told me they made pasta. Yummm.

Still no luck in finding a job though.

However, what I am praying for is for the right job at the right time. I know how difficult it is to juggle school, work and the family life. Especially for me when I am new here in Norway and I am not used to the way of life, weather and of course, the language.

My friends keep on telling me that I should focus on learning the language first and foremost. So, that is what I am going to do. Soon I may be writing på Norsk? Kansje. Jeg vet ikke når jeg kan snakke so bra. I en år? Jeg gikk til norskkurs fire måneden siden og jeg kan sier jeg kan forstå men bare litt.




Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I'm making friends. Yey. 

I started my Norwegian language class last October 31st and to be perfectly honest, I look forward to it daily. I have never been the perfect school girl when I was in high school and college. I didn't appreciate the knowledge that we gained while in there. However, now that I'm all grown up, I can see the importance of things. Learning the language in the country that I am currently living is very important for a number of reasons. 1. You can understand the signs/announcement and stuff. 2. You can get a job. 3. You don't feel alienated from conversations.
So anyway, in my Norsk class, I have met some wonderful people who eventually became my friends. We hang out in school, during break and even a little after school so it is only natural that we move the chikka out. We planned to go on a karaoke bar and sing our hearts out, but when we arrived there, it was closed. We just enjoyed the good music from the musician of the house. He was so good with his guitar and his voice was really soothing, I was jealous. I cannot carry a tune to save my life. I wonder if he knows about great rotoballs tri led at guitar center. That site might be helpful to him. So anyway, too bad we were not able to sing but it was fun catching up and just sharing our background and experiences. For sure, this will not be the first and last. We are already planning to go out next and this time, we would make sure the karaoke bar will be open!



Monday, February 3, 2014

Love this clever use of space.

I am loving looking at inspirational homes right now. Can't wait for 2015.

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I am Vannie, a twenty-something mom to 2 spunky boys.

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