Archive for July, 2007

in transit: the norwegian roadtrip

We are off to a Norwegian roadtrip, headed northwest from Oslo, from today until Friday. Five days of Norwegian countryside, dramatic coastlines, and the magnificent fjord route.

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Geiranger fjord, Alesund, Atlantic Road

We are staying for one night in Otta, before we head off the next morning to the legendary and fairytale-like Union Hotel Oye by the Hjorund Fjord. From there we are driving to the most beautiful fjord in the world, Geiranger Fjord, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then we’ll wind down the hairpin bends of Trollstigen or “The Trolls’ Path”, as you know the legend of trolls originated in Norway. Soon we’ll find ourselves in Alesund, rebuilt in the early 1900s after a fire ravaged the entire city, known far and wide for its Art Nouveau architecture. Then we’ll head towards the fishing village of Kristiansund and stay with Knut’s nephew and his girlfriend for a little downtime, before we head back to Oslo over the Atlantic Road, Bluelisted by Lonely Planet as one of the “best destinations after a break-up.” It suggests “stare out at the fantastically wild waves… muse over the notorious history of this coast (Hustadvika): ships have been sinking here since the Middle Ages… cross no fewer than 12 bridges over less troubled waters.”

See you all again next week! If I managed not to jump into the Atlantic Ocean. :-)

postcards from amsterdam

After touring Paris, Amsterdam was a welcoming respite. It was a more relaxed part of the journey, where we found ourselves just strolling along the city’s multitude of canals, taking the inevitable canal cruise, enjoying the gay scene every night, and sampling different cuisines in cosy cafes.


Ouch! Hahaha!

postcards from paris

Ah, Paris.

Where do I begin?

I’ve always wanted to go to Paris, so it was a dream come true for me. It’s not hard to fall in love with the city, despite a couple of pitfalls, what with its grand boulevards and equally illustrious buildings, the historic Seine, and the lasting impressions one gets from the city’s icons – Notre Dame, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Sacre Coeur, and the charming Montmartre.


Good night, Paris. Until we meet again.

postcards from copenhagen

Copenhagen was lovelier the second time around. We had a cool hotel (despite being on the smaller scale) that houses an Absolut Ice Bar, a nice cosy dinner by Nyhavn, and a leisurely stroll around Copenhagen’s tiny cobble-stone streets.

in transit: copenhagen, paris & amsterdam


Just a quick note before I head off to the airport.

The time is here.

Hello Copenhagen, Paris and Amsterdam! See you all next week!

on the way to manila


In less than five months, I will be back in Manila for a month-long holiday!

I booked my tickets today at a Filipino travel agency and the owner was just quirky and cute for a lady in her 40s. I’m leaving Oslo 3rd of December and travelling with Scandinavian Air and Singapore Airlines via Oslo-Amsterdam-Singapore-Manila. The only available return flight I snagged with Singapore Air is on January 1 via Manila-Singapore-Zurich-Oslo. Good thing the flight leaves Manila at 6PM, so I have enough daytime to spend with my family after ringing in the new year.

Too bad I won’t be able to go out into any of my stopover cities since I only have a 3.5-hour maximum layover in Singapore, Amsterdam and Zurich. Just enough time to use the free internet in Changi, have coffee in Schiphol, and maybe buy some fine chocolates in Zurich.

I’m stoked I can sing “Manila, Manila, I keep coming back to Manila. Simply there’s no place like Manila. Manila I’m coming home!”

Photo by Iron Goddess.

07.07.07

We went away this weekend to attend a family wedding in North Tr√łndelag. Knut’s nephew married his girlfriend of eight years on what is probably the year’s most sought after date to get hitched. Set on Knut’s brother’s farm, the rolling hills and the picturesque nature served as the background for a lovely afternoon garden wedding, which gathered the couple’s closest family and friends. What followed was an early dinner that started at 3PM and stretched all the way to a 10PM serving of cakes – 12 cakes all in all, including the three-tiered wedding cake. God I wanted to barf after sampling each. I retired to bed earlier than Knut, who stayed for the late-night food. Geez, there was food every where and every time!

Anyway, here are some pictures from the weekend.

Waiting for the train from Trondheim airport to Steinkjer.
The newlyweds Kari and Fredrik.
The wedding venue.
Pretty flowers and partial view of the color garden, with the wedding canopy to the left.


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