I remember when I was a kid that I would dream about snow and imagine how is it like to experience winter. Friends and family at the northern part of the globe were popular because they were living a dream. Actually, it is still one of the reasons why most of us from the tropics want to travel to cold countries. However, not every one has the opportunity to travel overseas.
It’s been snowing these past few days and I can’t help but reminise my very first snow experience and that was 14 years ago. Wow! I’ve already been living so long here in Norway. Time flies! Anyway, not all winters and snow are the same. Sometimes the snow is powdery perfect or sometimes wet but whatever it is I’m still grateful that despite of the climate issues, we still have the snow.
The temperature lately is below zero degrees plus the cold winds. It’s really cold. I understand that some people complain, but to wish for the winter to disappear is just wrong. We all know that the earth is warmer now than the previous years so we never know how long this will last or if we ever gonna experience snow/winter again in the future.
After months of never-ending work, noise, body aches and frustration, here we are finally done with the flat renovation. It’s great to see the outcome of combined ideas and tips not just from the designer but also from our family and friends.
In the process, the renovation has thought me something. It is about the effort, time and how we incorporate ideas into reality when we only have limited resources or limited budget. I’ve learned that it is alright to seek for help. We shouldn’t be afraid to ask and admit to others that we can’t do everything on our own.
Anyway, this post is not just to show you the final product of the upgrade but also to give tips on how to upgrade a flat and make it presentable on a limited budget. So here you go:
1: Declutter! – Decluttering will not only make your place neat and tidy but also easier for you to picture how you actually want the flat to look like.
2. Find for inspiration on the internet No designer? Don’t fret! Just type a keyword or two and see what the Internet has for you. Well, you don’t have to copy every single detail that you see in the pictures but let this give you an idea on what you really want to do with the flat.
3. Talk to your broker and ask for advice: If you are going to sell your crib, it is wise to ask the broker for tips and advice about what is the best for your flat. Here in Norway, brokers are good in giving tips on how and what to upgrade and calculate the cost of the renovation.
4. Borrow stuff– You don’t need to buy new sets of furniture or room decorations for the photoshoot. Ask friends if you can borrow their couch, plants and etc.
5. Less is more. – One thing that I’ve learned from Scandinavian homes is simplicity. You don’t have to use all your decors all at once. Remember, you want to emphasize the flat/property and not the decorations in it!
6. Remove all personal belongings. – I’m refering to your toothbrush, laundry and your family/couple picture on the wall.
7. Color coordination. – Colors should compliment each other.
8.Clean! – Who wants to buy a dirty place? Remember, first impression, last.
9. Use plants. – Plants can make the place look fresh and it can also take away the focus from the things that you don’t want the potential buyers to see.
10. Be sure to let natural light in. –Light is essential for bringing out the best in the room.
Yesterday was Norway’s constitution day. My hubby and I were home in our new place since it’s a holiday. Here in Norway, people pay respect to their holidays by not doing any kind of “noisy” work that will disturb the neighborhood and the solemnity of the celebration. Well, of course there are some who does not care about the holidays and their neighborhood, so they either get a friendly reminder from the neighbors or being reported to the police if they do not listen.
Anyway, this is our first time to have 17th May brunch in our new house. This is also my first time to prepare a proper brunch for us. I usually did not care about how the table would look like. As long as there is food on table I’m good but this year is special because we got a bigger crib and we had my hubby’s dad over for a visit.
This is also our first time to raise the flag. Never knew what time of the day we should do it. Thankfully there’s Google. We raised it around 8 a.m. and lowered or take down at 9p.m. According to the Norwegian flag site, we can raise the flag around 8 in the morning during the summer because the sun rises up during that time and pull it down no later than 9 pm because that’s the time the sun sets. Also, we can raise it even though it is dark (For instance during winter) but should NEVER lowered it when it’s already dark.
I have no pictures of the parade because our place is not one of the routes of the 17th May parade and I got busy in preparing food and cake for dinner. However, it didn’t stop us for having a great time but next year I’ll make sure that we get to see the parade or take part of it.
Christmas feels is here! I’m so happy to have finally visited the Christmas Market in Bergen. It’s very beautiful because of the lights, decors and the people who are having a good time at the market with their love ones. This Christmas market is not that big compared to other Christmas markets in other parts of Europe (or the world) but you can find good stuff and good food here. There are also tivoli rides for the young ones and for the young at hearts.
And because I got busy with food, I only took few shots.
Wow. I have been living in Bergen for nine months now. Who would have thought that I am going to survive here? Did I become so Bergensk now that I become used to the rain?
At first, I was really optimistic about the weather even though I know that it rains a lot here in Bergen. Then I was surprised to have witnessed and experienced the amount and the duration of rain. So the saying “When it rains, it pours.” is applicable here because it can rain up to 14 days continuously. Stavanger is nothing compared to Bergen when it comes to the amount of rain.
I once asked a colleague at work about how she feels about summer in Bergen this year. She said that she misses the sun but the rain is pretty normal this time of the year. Haha! Typical Bergensk! They do not complain about the rain!
I admit that I get depressed sometimes with this gloomy weather. Who does not? But there are things that I do to keep my sanity like workout indoors, play video games, hang out with friends, hike and take photos. Speaking of photos, here are the shots that I took in Sandviken last week. It was raining here I swear!
We humans are blessed because we’ve been given the ability to think and thus making us superior to other species. We also have the best tools in the world which are our hands. Without them we won’t be able to work for food and shelter.
Last Monday, my friend and I went for a walk at Møllebukta, one of favorite places in Stavanger. It’s a nice sunny day, the sea’s calm and the temperature was great, around 16 degrees Celsius.
The view never fails to amaze us even though we’ve been here a couple of times before. So we stopped and took some pictures from our phones. Then we moved on and found one of our favorite spots which is the cottage with table and benches. Usually, people from the nearby places come there to meet friends and grill there. It’s open for everybody. But when we got there we were surprised to see trash.
It turns out that a/some group of people used the cottage and when they’re done they just left without cleaning up after themselves. Their trash told us that they had grilled sausages, corn in a can, cigarettes and soda.
I can’t understand these people. Is it hard to clean up? There are lots of trash cans in the area and if they can buy groceries and take it with them at the cottage, then I’m sure that they can also carry the trash into the trash cans nearby.
It’s funny. When we were alive we spent much of our time staring up at the cosmos and wondering what was out there. We were obsessed with the moon and whether we could one day visit it. The day we finally walked on it was celebrated worldwide as perhaps man’s greatest achievement. But it was while we were there, gathering rocks from the moon’s desolate landscape, that we looked up and caught a glimpse of just how incredible our own planet was. Its singular astonishing beauty. We called her Mother Earth. Because she gave birth to us, and then we sucked her dry. -Jon Stewart
We only have one planet. So we better take care of it before it’s too late.