Monthly Archives: December 2012

Oslo for the Nth Time!

Even though I’m tired of Oslo, I still enjoyed my short stay there. I went to Oslo last weekend because of an appointment the following day. It went fine and got finished earlier than I expected so I went for a shopping spree at Karl Johansgata, took a cup of hot choco at Paleet, visited Outland at the Cenral Station and ate sushi at Sushi City before taking the train to Stavanger. 🙂

Inside Paleet

The Norwegian Parliament
Vendor booths with cool stuff on sale
The famous Grand Hotel
Karl Johansgata.The shopping street of Oslo
Oslo City










A Night at Best Western Bondeheimen

Best Western Bondeheimen Hotel is just a couple of blocks away from the Norwegian Royal Palace. I stayed here for a night last Sunday because I had an appointment with the embassy early Monday morning. 
I booked a single room at Hotels.com but the Best Western gave me a double room instead for the same price. 🙂 So my exhaustion vanished in a snap(fyi I took the train all the way from Stavanger to Oslo last Sunday and the trip took 9 hours because of the delays.). 
Cosy double bed 

The view from the window (4th floor)
Spacious room. 

The best thing that I like in Norwegian hotels is its cleanliness. 

Anyway, I’m satisfied with my stay at Best Western Bondeheimen. Great hotel and affordable. 🙂

My Christmas 2012 Wishlist

Whenever my friends ask me what I want for Christmas, I tell them I don’t know yet, give them 2-3 items in my list (cos I can’t recall all I wrote down) or simply anything. I find it hard to tell them what I want because I don’t want them to stress out just to get me gifts. Then it occured to me, damn I’m doing the same too! 

So here you go guys, my wishlist for 2012 🙂
  1. Electric blanket (varmeteppet)
  2. Crime books 
  3. chess set 
  4. encyclopedia 
  5. any kinds of gadgets
  6. “hotdog” pillow
  7. bags
  8. cash 
  9. Need for speed wanted for xbox360 or pc
  10. squash racket 

Miniature Shot of ÅlgÃ¥rd (Tilt Shift Photography)

One thing that interests me these past few days is tilt-shift photography and since I don’t have a tilt shift lens, I downloaded the trial version of Sony Movie Studio Platinum 10.0 and watched a tutorial on Youtube. However, I didn’t get it right. I had problems with copying and duplicating layers. Of course I didn’t give up but in the end I only got frustrated so I had to stop before I burst. But then I found a tilt shift app (TiltShiftMaker) on the internet while I was browsing for tilt-shift sample pictures. 
Here’s a shot I took from my smart phone a month ago. 

And here’s the pic after using TiltShiftMaker. 

I got the result I want for now but I’m still frustrated for not getting the manual method right. Oh well, I can try again tomorrow or the day after tomorrow… I ain’t giving up. 🙂