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    GoodBye 2009 & Welcome 2010!


    LOOKING BACK

    Where did you begin 2009?

    Norway


    What was your status by Valentines Day?

    Freshly engaged! :)


    Were you in school anytime this year?

    Yes. I was still in FEU until March and I started in school in Folkuniversitet from August.


    Did you have to go to the hospital?

    Yeah. When an ambulance had to rush him to the hospital here in Sweden due to penicillin allergy. I almost got into a heart attack. I didn't know what to do as we were really new and has just moved here in Sweden. Thank God he was ok. :)


    Did you have any encounters with the police?

    When we were driving somewhere and a police had to stop us for an alcohol test. Of course the results were negative. Does that count? :P


    Where did you go on vacation?

    Norway, London, Sweden and Bicol


    Any expensive purchase?

    Yep. We got a car, my new laptop, iphone, DSLR camera, we got Jacky, a flat screened tv and many more house stuffs.


    Did you know anybody who got married?

    None from any of my close friends.


    Did you know anybody who passed away?

    My grandpa :(


    Did you move anywhere?

    Yes. Big time! From Philippines to Norway to Sweden. :)


    What sporting events did you attend?

    UAAP in FEU.


    Describe your birthday:

    Happy and sad at the same time. Because it was my last birthday to celebrate without him. But I tried to enjoy myself celebrating it with my FEU friends and my parents who surprised me and came over to my condo in Manila. :)


    What is the one thing you thought you would not do, but did, in 2009?

    Imagine, he is Norwegian. I never imagined moving here in Sweden and learn Swedish!


    What has been your favorite moments?

    There were so many exciting and happy moments this year. But May 25 was extra special. ;)


    Any new additions to your family?

    Does our dog Jacky count? hehe. Well, my older sister gave birth to a twin baby boys. :P


    What was your best month?

    The entire year. :)


    Who has been your best drinking buddy?

    Apart from Lars, it would be Marie and Martina, my friendships here in Sweden.


    Made new friends?

    Yep. Meet and made new friends from all around the world. :)


    Favorite night out?

    With my classmates in Folkuniversitet, specially on Martina's birthday. We partied and got really wasted. :)


    Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?

    I dont know really. I was still in Philippines in early 2009, then we were in Norway from April - June. And then we moved here in Sweden, so it's hard to know where. :)


    Be honest - did you watch PINOY BIG BROTHER?

    Nope. Not this year. But I heard about Melason over the news. I'm quite intrigue :P.


    Change your hairstyle?

    Just had haircut but not so much changes.


    Have any car accidents?

    Fortunately none :)


    How old did you turn this year?

    24 :)


    Did you have New Year’s resolutions?

    I'm sure I did.


    Achieved some?

    Not all of it. :P


    Did anything embarrassing?

    None that I can remember till' now :P


    Got married or divorced?

    See posters & print ads for details... hehe. :)


    Got arrested?

    Nope.


    Did you get sick this year?

    I've been always in good health. Thank God.


    Are you happy to see 2009 end?

    Yes. I'll definitely miss it. But I'm just looking forward for year 2010! :)


    Been naughty or nice?

    Both :P


    LOOKING FORWARD


    Will you be looking for a new job?

    Hope so.


    Will you be looking for a new relationship?

    Hope NOT :P


    New house?

    Yeah! I'm so excited to move there soon :)


    What will you do different in 2010?

    No idea. We'll see what happens. :P


    New Years resolution?

    1. Be more organize.

    2. Work out and be sexy for our upcoming wedding. Geezz, why is it too hard to do it here :)

    3. No more sweets and chocolates. Ofc that's included in number 2. :P

    4. Learn to cook and be a good if not a better wife. :P

    5. Focus learning Swedish and photography.

    6. Focus with our wedding plans.

    7. Focus with my school plans.

    8. Learn to priotize things.

    ...... and many more! :P


    What will you not be doing in 2010?

    I will NOT eat sweets and chocolates anymore. Waaaaaaaaaa! :D

    NO more slacking. :)


    Any trips planned?

    Philippines for sure and somewhere for our honeymoon. Surprise surprise! :P


    Wedding plans?

    Yes. :)


    What can't you wait for?

    So many things to look forward for this year. But ofc, our wedding and our honeymoon! :P


    What would you like to see happen different?

    I dont know. :P


    What about yourself will you be changing?

    To be a better person, YES. :)


    Will you be nicer to the people you care about?

    I always do.


    Will you dress differently this year than you did in 09?

    We'll see.


    Are you going to be in school in 2010?

    Yes. I am and I will.


    How will you make more money in 2010?

    I'll try to spend less instead. LOL.


    Will you do charity work?

    I'll try to buy Faktum! Hehe.


    Are you going to drink on New Year’s Eve?

    Yes for sure.


    Will you be nice to people you don't know?

    I'm always nice to everyone except to people who doesn't deserve it. :)


    Do you expect 2010 to be a worse year for you than 2009?

    I'm positive it will be a much greater year.


    How much did you change from this time last year til now?

    Pretty much. :)


    Do you plan on having a child?

    Yep. In Gods time.


    Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with now?

    Ofc! Why not?


    Major lifestyle changes?

    Sort of.


    Will you be moving?

    Yes.


    What are your New Year’s Eve plans?

    Nothing much. We kissed and embraced each other after the countdown and while watching the fireworks. Just be happy and thankful for all the blessings we have recieved and we will recieve for the next more years.


    Will you have someone to kiss at midnight?

    Yes and we did! :P


    Wishes for 2010:

    1. Stable place.

    2. A happy, peaceful, and complete family and friends on our big day.

    3. Good health for everyone.

    4. etc etc.



    Happy 2010!

    &

    Gott Nytt År Alla!

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    My Christmas 2009


    It's been a year since he popped up the question to me. Until now , it feels like it was just yesterday. We celebrated xmas at the same place and same family as last year. With his family or my in laws in Norway. It felt like we were at the very same situation when he asked me to marry him on xmas 2008. Only difference is, this time his Christmas gift for me is no longer a ring. :)



    'Jag såg mamma kyssa tomten jag! :)'


    Our family :)



    We have lots of gifts to open and this lil' kid can't wait...


    And to everyone,

    Merry Christmas!

    God Jul!

    &

    Maligayang Pasko!!!






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    Sweden Culture


    Just wanna share the videos/slideshows I made for our Sweden Culture presentation in our SFI class. I'm just proud of my work, all my classmates including my teacher had fun with our show and they all said it's great!


    I did a videoke thing. Even if I'm an epic fail singer, they all enjoyed my concert! haha.



    Du Gamla Du Fria - Sweden National Anthem





    I love this Swedish song by Amy Diamond. Julen är här - it means Christmas is here.





    Hope ya'll like it and enjoyed it too!



    Merry Christmas!

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    Moi White iPhone & My Rants About Sweden


    I had it long time ago, I've just always missed to write about it. Not that I'm bragging, I just wanna keep a record and rate every gadgets that I have or get to mention that I'm a gadget freak. :P

    By the way, this post is not about how expensive my iPhone is but about how I finally got it against the stupid Swedish rules. Oh yeah until now I'm still adjusting with the Sweden culture & stuffs. There are times that I can't help myself comparing Philippines and here. I always whine about it. Haha. Philippines is a lot poorer country compared here but I never really like the views and buildings here. It's waaay too simple for me or maybe I just have a high standards :P What I really hate is about the do-it-yourself rule here. It's ok that I have to pack my own groceries but fetching, installing or assembling the expensive furnitures we got is freakin'ly annoying me. Note that we're paying a very expensive tax here, eerrr ok not me, since I dont have a job yet haha :P What I mean is, in Phil., you give them a 20 - 50 pesos and they'll serve you like a queen! Ok i'm not that a big whiner, Sweden is an egalitarian country which I really like here opposite to how it is in Philippines. But enough of it, let's go back to my iphone. We have been planning to get a new phone way way back but the stupid rules stopped us. We're just like 6 months here and they require us to be at least 8 mos. registered here before they'd let us shop for a new phone. I was so pissed coz I badly want their package, with free spotify and internet so i can surf around wherever I am plus i think it is cheaper and more convenient for us to pay through installment. Comparing to Phil. again, they'd always please and beg you to shop or get a loan to them regardless if you can afford it or not. Talagang ibabaon ka pa nila sa utang. Good or not? I don't know. There's always a pros & cons. :)

    Anyways I couldn't wait for another one or two months so we bought it in cash instead. Disadvantage: I can't surf unlimited and I'm using the prepaid one. Thank God there's a wifi almost everywhere.:)

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    I-blog!


    Alright, since nothing can stop me from being uber busy lately, I thought of blogging through my iPhone . :) It's great I found an application for this, now I can blog whatever & wherever I am. :D.

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    Travel Themed Wedding


    I thought of having a themed wedding so to make it easier for us to focus and decide on what we want for every details of our wedding. Besides, I think a having a themed wedding is cool! :)

    Now there's no other theme I can think of that perfectly fits our personality other than a travel themed wedding. He's a Norwegian and I'm a Filipina. Obviously we came from two different sides of the world and two different cultures. I feel like we're really destined to each other because of how we amazingly crossed on each others path back in year 2004 in Hongkong. Since then, we knew that we wanna travel the whole world together and now after five helluva years, we're planning our journey to our travel themed wedding! :)


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    Got Our Final Date!



    Right after we got engaged last Dec. 2008, we knew we wanted a May wedding.

    Here's the list of the reasons why:

    • This month has lots of great and unforgettable memories for us during our 5 years relationship.
    • We had our civil wedding on May 25, 2009 (this year).
    • Kaogma Festival - it is a two weeks celebration in Naga City, usually starts from the third to the last week of May. It would be so much fun for all the guest and visitors coming from abroad and Manila. At least they have something to do after our wedding and they'd surely enjoy their stay in my hometown. :)
    • May 15 - his bday!
    • May 17 - Norway Constitution Day (I can imagine all of my Norwegian guests waving their flag in the Philippines!)
    • May 22 matches the availability of all the suppliers and venues we want.
    We would love to make it on exact the same date as our civil wedding but May 25 next year is Tuesday :(. We need a weekend date to make sure that everyone could come and have fun on our BIG day.

    Now I'm working on our STD's (Save the Dates) but I'm having a hard time doing it coz of my busyness in school plus everything I need and wants for it is in the Philippines. Our target is to send it all out before xmas but it seems we're running out of time. But, we'll see! :)

    On top of this, we've also booked our venues, videographer, coordinator and im still waiting for my gown sketch from my couturier. As much as I wanted to be a hands on bride, we've decided to get a coordinator to fix almost everything for our wedding since it is almost impossible for us to take care of everything while we're both here in Sweden.

    Anyways, that's it for now. More updates on our wedsite. I plan to release it and reveal it to my family, friends and invited guest after New Year. Hopefully it's all done and ready by then.

    Ciao! xoxo

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    Our Wedsite!



    Ok, it's been a long time since I last updated here. Things are getting crazier. It's just like 6 months to go until our big day and I'm starting to freak out contacting and booking our wedding suppliers. We had to rush all things up because some of them are not available on our preferred date already. Good news that we finally decided to just have one wedding in Philippines and just have a small reception in Norway after. With the help of my mother-in-law, we're able to convince his grandma who is very special for him, to travel to Philippines and be there on our special day. His grandma happens to have a trauma and a bad memory about Philippines that's why we considered having 2 weddings before. Now I'm crossing my fingers that everything would turn out perfect on our big day and hope our wedding would make her forget all the bad memories she's been through from my country.


    For our wedding updates, I'm finally able to make our wedsite up but it's still in progress. There's still so many things to be done and that's one of the reasons that makes me busy lately. That's where I'm gonna put all of our wedding details and info's. :) Just click the picture or the link 'wedsite' above. Kindly sign our guestbook when you visit there. Thank you! :)

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    Our London Getaway

    The London Eye


    So we went to London last week and we stayed there for 8 days. It was my hubby's business trip actually but we took advantage of it and took a few days vacation together. We both love travelling and this is something that we really enjoy doing. I like learning the history and culture of each countries and I love taking lots of pictures. There is lots of different shops there, expensive and affordable ones. I went crazy and my shopaholic-ness attacked again. I did a mega shopping aside from the new laptop we got there. I bought lots of winter clothes since the winter is coming really soon. Here in Sweden there's only a few shops so there's less options of what I want to get. It sucks when you buy some clothes and you can expect to see someone wearing the same. That's how small it is where we're living now. Most of the time during our stay there, I loitered around the city alone. I did lots of walking! We stayed in the Central London, Oxford Street to be specific. It is a big city and I felt like I was in Manila. There's lots of people so it's kinda stressful while I was shopping. I had so much fun from our vacation and I'm looking forward to move and live there which could happen anytime, sooner or later. :)

    Anyways, here's some more pics of our London trip :


    The Big Ben



    Some fun entertainment on the busy street to London Eye


    One of the famous icon we met in Madame Tussauds

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    Hello To My New Red Laptop: Dell Inspiron 1545



    I dreamed of a Macbook but aside from it is too expensive, my hubby doesn't like it because its got a different operating system which will make it so complicated for him to fix it in case it's got something wrong with it. But after I saw this red, trendy and shiny Dell Inspiron laptop, it changed my mind completely! :D We bought it while we were in London for a vacation so now I finally got my brand new laptop. Special thanks to my ever loving husband who bought it for me if not because of my old HP laptop just stopped working. Hehe. Being a travel junkie, fashionista and a gadget lover that I am, I'm loving it and it perfectly suits me. :)

    I don't have my own official proper pic of it yet but I'll post it here as soon as I get one. For now here's a stolen pic of me, just when I hurriedly go home right after we got it. I went straight to the hotel where we were staying coz I was so excited to open it and set it up myself. Here is when I was amazingly using it and guess what I opened first?! ... FACEBOOK!!! LoL!



    Cheers! c'',)

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    Stockholm Trip



    Välkommen till Stockholm!!!



    I've been living here in Sweden for about 4 months and last Monday was my first time to go to Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden. We went there to apply for my visa in British Embassy. Yes, we might go to London by end of this month so *fingers crossed!*. :)

    From 3am, it took us more or less than 5 hours drive from Göteborg. Me and my husband loves travelling so it's always fun doing something like this. I had to always talk and entertain him so he won't fall asleep. Haha. We brought Jacky with us and thank God she's not car sick anymore. After we're done at the embassy we just look around the city, eat in a restaurant and that's it. We drove back home at night coz I have school in the morning. It's not enough time but we surely will go back there again sometime. :)

    Anyways here's some of the pics we took there:


    Beside this nice park lies the embassies of UK, US, Norway, Japan etc.


    What a beautiful day :)


    Just showing how it looks like there :P


    Perfect timing when we got there, we saw this whatever you call it and I don't know what they're up to! :P



    Of course, there's always camwhoring! :D



    Their horses are pretty big. I felt like I'm watching a movie when I saw this. :P I'm not sure but I think this is how they do their changing of guards in the palace. Someone told me that they always do this everyday in the afternoon. I'll find this out next time we go back there :)



    I don't know who those people are in the carriage, maybe a politician or some important personalities but I know for sure that they're not the Royal King and Queen of Sweden. :P




    Infront of Kungliga Slottet - The Royal Palace of Stockholm



    Waiting for my prince! :P




    Alright, we're on a rush when we went there so I don't know what's that building in the background so pardon me :P.




    Arghh, this one too! I promise to find this all out and learn about it next time ok. :)



    Ciao! xoxo

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    Got Our New Car: Ford Focus Station Wagon


    Few weeks ago, we got our new car. Oopps, don't get me wrong, our new second hand car. Hehe. Here in Sweden it's very common to buy a second hand car than getting a brand new car. Prolly because people here doesn't really care of bragging what they have or showing off to people. Aside from that it's also about being practical or simply because we/they can't afford to buy a new one. Hehe. But regardless, who cares?! :) It's also cheaper to get a car here. The car we got looks ok-ish. We could have gotten a nicer one but damn this upcoming wedding, we have to save as much as we can for it. We are trying to build our life here too so we have too many expenses coming :S. We have to get our house, furnitures etc etc. And now that my laptop is broken, we have to get a new one too, soon! :) And that's the reason why I can't write an updates here lately. I'm only able to use my hubby's computer when he's not working.

    Anyways, it's great to have our own car. Now we can drive around everywhere and it's so much easier.


    Ford Focus Station Wagon


    Here's just an example to show you how our car looks like. Our own real pic soon. :)



    Ciao!

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    I Passed my SFI Exam!


    Yesterday, after our 2 weeks in our SFI course, we had our examination. It's for our teachers to check our improvements and know our learning skills.

    Today, they already announce us our exam result. They only told us whether we passed or failed the test. And cheers to me! I PASSED! Yeayyy!!! hehe. I knew it! :)
    After our exam yesterday, I already knew that I did well. When I came home, I was confident enough to tell my husband that I find our exams easy. Probably because I studied well. Pfftttt! :P

    Two weeks ago, I don't know any Swedish words at all. Of course except those that I see in the street or whatever that is too common sense. Everytime my lärare (teacher) talks infront of us, I don't understand anything at all. But after two weeks, I can say that I've learned a lot already. I can understand the instructions and everything that was written in our testpapers and I had fun answering all of it.

    But I feel bad to my other classmates who failed the test. They were like 7 - 10 people out of 35 students in our class. It's not really something that you can judge them by saying that they're stupid or not smart enough. It really isn't. It's because we have different situations. Some people find it harder to learn another language. It could be because of the age, their social life and their cultures. I don't know, there's many other reasons. But as a Filipina, I'm proud to say that learning this language is pretty easy for me. :)

    As a consequence for those who failed the test, they'll be moved to another class. They won't be our classmate anymore. They'll be transferred to another class that teach slower. It's for their own good and it's for the sake of every class. But it sucks that after we all got too close to each other, now we're gonna be separated. Oh well, what can I do? Life goes on!

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    My First Week in SFI



    First, what is SFI?
    It means svenska för invandare or Swedish for Immigrants. It is the grundskolan or elementary school level. It is also part of the adult education system. It is a grattis (free) school provided by the each kommun (municipality) basically means the city & country or township.

    Next level is SAS which is gymnasiet (high school) level. From there you can attend högskolan eller universititet (college or university) for högre utbildning (higher education).

    Taking SFI is not a law requirement but it's a must to learn the language so that you can get a better job than cleaning a toilet bowl or washing the dishes.



    My school paraphernalias...


    Now, my first week in SFI was FUN. I enjoyed every days of it. First, because I finally met new friends and secondly, after almost 5 months of boredness, I finally have something to do here in Sweden. Although I was kinda shocked and in panic during the first days coz I didn't expect that most of my classmates knows or speak lots of Swedish already. I was like wtf?! nosebleed! I don't understand what my teacher is talking about. I don't know what's going on at all. As in zero! My classmates obviously understands and responds to our teacher who speaks Swedish only for us to learn faster. Most of them is because they've been here in Sweden for like 2 years already or they've been here much longer than me. Some has a Swedish husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend or someone that helps them or lovingly teach them everyday. I felt like blaming my Norwegian husband coz he can't really teach me. Sometimes he tries his very best in helping me everytime I ask him but he doesn't really know much Swedish. I felt like I'm the one who knows less Swedish among our classmates, or maybe it's just my insecurity. hehe. I regret that I never prepared nor studied earlier for this. I should've at least tried advance reading Swedish books or watched Swedish tv shows or movies to help myself when I was still on my vacation. But bleh, it's too late for that now.

    The next days, I was able to adjust already. Things are getting better everyday. I'm learning more and more each day and I realized that I know more than enough or much than the others. I'm starting to be more confident. It's not that hard than I thought. I'm enjoying every words that I'm learning. It's actually pretty similar to English. Though it feels like I'm back in kindergarten again. Weeeh? It really is! I'm back learning the ABCD, AEIOU, counting 123, time telling, pronunciation, grammar, blah blah. Only difference is that I'm an adult now, I should have my own initiative to learn and it should be so much easier. But I hate the pronunciation and listening part. I really suck at it.There are some words and letters that is really new to me. Well, I know it's just normal in learning a new language so let's just see my progress until the end of this course. :)

    About my classmates, they are pretty cool. They're all from different parts of the world and all of them are very friendly. We are all funny. We all have this sense of humor which makes our class much more fun and inspiring place to learn. There's never a day that we don't laugh about something. For the past 5 days, we had a strong bonding already. Everyone is approachable. Most of us (girls) have the same reasons why we moved here: for our husband/boyfriend. :P We just laughed at each other everytime we talk about it. Another funny thing and somewhat flattering thing is that they're really impressed with my English. Yuhoo! They all think that I speak really good in English. Well, it's not really like unusual for me but I think it's just really interesting how the foreigners appreciate and praise my English while all I get from my fellow Filipinos back in Philippines was an insult and discrimination. Haha! :P That's just one of the reasons why I love being with foreigners. :)

    Going back on our SFI class, on the first day, I thought I'm the only Filipina there. Although I suspected one that looks Filipina too but at the end of the day I convinced myself that she's a Thai or whatever. During the introduction of ourselves I didn't really hear what she said, if she came from Philippines or not. I thought that she's not a Filipina coz when I heard her talking, her accent sounds different. On our second day, she sat next to me. I was in doubt to ask her coz I really dont like approaching Filipinas, much more being friends with Filipinas here. Ya know, I dont wanna be snobbed at. Why? You ask yourself to whoever Filipina reading this and you should know why. :P But oh well, my friendliness prevailed! I was like, should I ask her in Tagalog or not? But I ended up asking her ''Hej, what's your nationality? (if you dont mind me asking) with a matching smile of course! And she was like, ''Yeah, both my parents are Filipina but I grew up in the US.'' Oh well, duuuudee, she's really slang! At first I don't know how I'm gonna react to her. Should I feel embarassed or what? I was confused how I'm gonna talk to her. So I tried asking her like, 'so nakakaintindi ka pa ng Tagalog?' Then she answered, 'Yeah, I can understand a bit but I can't really speak Tagalog anymore.'' So that's how our conversation started. She explained to me that her family moved in the US since she was 9 years old blah blah blah. It was really nice talking to her. I find her really cool and I forgot that she's still a Filipina. Growing up in the US made her act and think like a westerner. I mean, her openmindedness, the way she carries herself etc. She's a silent type person. Nasa loob ang kulo but in a positive sense of it. So far, it seems that we both like each other. We started hanging out and do things together. We even went out for a movie and got drunk in the middle of the day..hehe. She's also a best shopping buddy. One thing that made us closer to each other is that we have similar story. Like how we ended up being in Sweden and the stories about our personal lives. I'm giving it more time for us to get to know each other and I'm hoping that our friendship would last forever. :)

    Here's a few pics with some of my 'United Nation' classmates in SFI.


    Palestinian, Filipina, Indonesian, Syrian & Moroccan.


    Busy effect.. hehe! :P


    Ofc, the Philippine Mabuhay is in the hot seat! :P