Thank God It’s Friday

Friday is my favorite day of the week because it is not only the last day of week but also Friday motivates me to work harder. I think it is because of the thought that it’s weekend afterwards or maybe it’s my body system’s way of saying that I did great and I deserve a reward.
Anyway, after my work today, my hunny and I went to Kvadrat to eat lunch. I didn’t have the chance to eat properly this morning because I had to go to work.
We ate at Cantina Mexicana Restaurant . (You’ve probably guessed what kind of food they’re serving!) I usually order their chicken burritos but today they have new food in the menu!
Tada!

 
I ordered spareribs with boat potatoes, corn and barbeque sauce.


Hamburger platter for my hunny.

After eating lunch, we went to Ark. We found out that there’s a sale there (hurray!). 

 Most of the English pocket books here are Stephen King’s. 🙂


 Classic books. I still love them!

 
The children books section
Then I bought some pampering stuff for myself at Vita
A cucumber flavored peeling mask. It is really good for the skin. My skin become very soft and smooth after ten minutes! Really worth the money!
Body cream for my very dry skin. 
Our plan today actually is to go to the town and go bar hopping but I’m exhausted and I want to give time to myself because I’ve been working a lot lately. 🙂 I guess I’m not the tough girl in the family anymore.
How about you? What is your favorite day of the week and why?
LSS:

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

Fretex is Norway’s biggest shop and the major contributor of recycling which sells used stuff like clothes, furniture and etc. for a very low price. it is owned by Frelsesarmeen (The Norwegian Salvation Army). It is like a garage sale except that Fretex has its own shop. They do not just sell used things, they accept your old stuff as well, as long as it is still in a good condition.

Last Saturday, my bf and I went to Fretex with mom and my cousin. We took them there because they were looking for semi antique home decorations at very affordable prices. I couldn’t think of any other shops that sell antiques so we drove to Fretex Mariero and Sandnes.

 
My cousin browsing for some teacups


As usual he went to the book section!

 
These dolls gave me the creeps… I don’t know why..


Hva ser du her? traslated as What do you see here? This toddler book reminds me of my childhood days.


 Beautiful painting but it’s boring.

This was inside Fretex Mariero

 

This one’s at Fretex Sandnes


A classic figurine.

 
Lots of glass!

 

Another pair of dolls…

 
 This is the most beautiful doll in the shop but then it’s creepy!
By buying stuff from Fretex, you are not just helping Mother Earth but also the unemployed people.

My Thoughts Regarding the Oslo and Utøya Incidents

The incident in Oslo and Utøya shocked not only Norway but also the whole world. The mass murder which claimed the lives of 76 people was done by a 32 year old Norwegian man.

I first read about the atrocious incident when I came across Anderson Cooper’s Twitter account. I got shocked and worried about our friends in Oslo (Thank God they’re ok!) so my hubby sent them sms and asked if they’re doing fine. Then I called a friend and discussed our theories and speculated about the possible culprit for this heinous attack. The number one on our list were terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and asylum seekers who were sent/thrown out of the country but we’re wrong. The suspect is not linked to any terrorist group nor an immigrant/foreigner/asylum seeker but an ethnic Norwegian guy.

If you’ll ask me if I got surprised, NO I wasn’t, even though I thought of the terrorist first because any psychos or bad guys could be a terrorist. Norway is a peaceful country and Norwegians are wonderful people (no doubt with that). However like any other countries and nationalities, it is not 100% stain free. It just happened that the crime rates here are very low.

The problem is that we are being cynical about people based on their color, race or culture. I hope people would realize and admit their mistakes, set aside their pride and change for good because we are living on the same planet- we are all brothers and sisters.


 
Fakkeltog i Stavanger 25.juli 2011 

Photo Credits to Tommy Ellingsen and Stavanger Aftenblad

Stavanger Gladmat Festivalen 2011

The Gladmat Festival is held anually in Stavanger during summer. It is the biggest food festival in Norway and in the Nordic countries.

We went to Stavanger last Thursday (21/07) and watched the spectators, checked the booths and tasted the mouth watering foods.

 

I found Hellstrøm! FYI he is one of the famous chefs here in Norway.

Last year Gordon Ramsey was here.

 
Fashonistas in the town.


At first, I was a bit hesitant to go in that crowd.

 
This is the scene every year. Lots and lots of people!


Some people are so slow especially the ones with strollers. Geesh! Sorry to say this but I got irritated yesterday by the people who were stopping in the middle of the road with their strollers. I don’t mind if they have their kids with them, but please show some consideration for other people too.

 

Long  ATM queue.

 
We had to withdraw money since the food booths only accept cash.


Discussing what to eat.


Viking football players giving out loaves of bread.


A kabab booth

 
The grilled fish booth


Frying salmon

 

 

More boats=lots of tourists

 
 
One of the six cruise ships we saw yesterday.

The boat leaving for Bergen

 
Sushi Bar booth!

The weather was great and there are lots of foods to choose from. Unfortunately, the last day of the event got cancelled because of the bombing incident in Oslo and shooting incident at Utøya.

Tips for Getting Rid or Minimizing Acne Breakouts

Some of my friends were asking me how I got rid of my acne. Well it’s not totally gone,  I mean I still get one or two during my periods now but comparing to when I was in my teenage years and my transition to young adulthood, my face is a way better now.

My facial experience:
I was one of the many girls who really had a stressful teenage life and thus resulted to an acne breakout. I got insecure and desperate to get rid of it. So what I did I went to a facial salon in a mall in Quezon City Philippines and had an acne surgery but in that salon they called it “facial”. ( An acne surgery is a procedure which removes the acne lesions by using a needle or a small blade and is usually performed by a dermatologist.) 

Before the “facial” procedure they steamed my face first and then after ten minutes a lady in white sat just right above my head and started doing the facial thing and since I’d never been to an acne surgery before I got shocked that the woman’s going to poke my pimples with a needle. Take note: It was not a skin doctor who worked on my face.

Afterwards I checked myself in the mirror and I was surprised because my face was red and my face looked like a human version of the moon. It is normal after any acne surgeries but I was dumb and naive that time so it came as a shock for me. After a week my acne disappeared but it didn’t take long before it came back. I went back to the salon again and asked if it’s normal and they said it is normal but they had to do it again because it came back. And so the cycle continued. The acne kept coming back and in the end I gave up and stopped caring about my face.


Anyway, it is not easy to get rid of acne specially if the skin is oily and exposed to dirt. However there are ways to minimize it, either orally or physically. So it’s up to you guys on how you are going to deal with the problem. Mine was very difficult in the beginning since I was afraid to ask my family and friends for help. 

My friend felt sorry for my condition so she recommended me to her dermatologist then after a week my pimples were gone and my face was almost flawless. I also learned from my doctor that the “steaming” of the face and pimples before the procedure is unnecessary. Eventually it is just a waste of time and money.

Tips for Getting Rid or Minimizing Acne Breakouts
  1.  Eat healthy fruits and vegetables. – You don’t have to stop eating your favorite hamburgers or pizzas but you should balance your diet by eating the right kind of foods too because you are what you eat. The healthier diet you have the more your body can improve its immune system and fight the bad bacterias and infections in your body. Remember acne could be a sign that your body is not responding well against sickness.
  2. Exercise and drink lots of water. – Water cleanses our body and takes the bad bacterias out of the body when we urinate. And so as exercising, it doesn’t only makes us sexy but it makes us feel beautiful as well. Thanks to endorphins!:)
  3. See a dermatologist regarding your skin problems and do not self medicate. -Doctors know what to do in case you get an infection and they know how to treat acne right and they can answer your questions. It is expensive than the drop in skin salons but it is really worth it.
  4. Do a research. – It doesn’t hurt to be a curious cat when it comes to your skin. Before you go to a doctor or skin salon, read first about the clinic or salon to avoid misunderstanding and regrets afterwards.
  5. Have at least 7 hours of sleep. -Getting a proper amount of sleep will help your body to regenerate the lost energies and  take away stress that causes skin breakouts.
I’ve done all of these and it really works. I hope it works for you too.  🙂

Bråsteinvatnet

If you’re planning to rent a cottage or just sightseeing within Stavanger region with a mountain and lake view then this is the place for you. BrÃ¥steinvatnet is a half hour drive from Stavanger center and 3 minutes drive from Ã…lgÃ¥rd. It is easy to get there since its not so far from the express way (E39).
My bf and I went here yesterday after our short trip to Jernaldergården.

Here is the panoramic shot of Bråsteinvatnet:

 
Everything is just perfect! It’s heaven on earth!

Normal landscape shot: 

Close up shot of the mountain:
 
It is also a perfect place to swim during the hot summer days.  Too bad I can’t swim!

Visiting JernaldergÃ¥rden/ The Iron Age Farm

Jernaldergården is an outdoor museum in Stavanger which shows how the Vikings lived during the Iron Age. It is actually a farm which was reconstructed during the Migration Period around 350-550a.d.

We had no plans of going here today. However we passed by this historical place after driving my bf’s sister to Madla so there’s definitely no excuse for not dropping by here.

 
The house on the left is called a Langhus or Long House. It is a long, narrow and single-room building built by the Vikings during the Iron Age and the Middle Age. They do their household chores, eat and sleep in the same room.
 
 Panoramic shots of the place. Can you see me? 🙂
 
Tada! Trying to look tough like a Viking! hmm.. Cool or boo?

Here’s my bf :). A Norwegian Viking with a heart of gold 🙂 

I think that the huge stone on the hill is an old burial place of a wealthy/influential man in the older days.

 
The view from the hill.
It looks even more beautiful in person. The view, the grass and the wind blowing towards my face are just fantastic. 
Just a couple of days ago I was dreaming of traveling to see a new place but today I learned that sometimes we don’t need to go that far to see and experience great things in life. 🙂
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