Archive for July, 2008

in transit: stockholm & utö, sweden

Knut and I will fly to Stockholm tomorrow and will be away for one week to attend the festivities of Europride 2008 including a concert of delicious dance music singer Kate Ryan at the Cafe Opera. We’ll end the mini-holiday with a two-day respite at Utö, an island east of the Stockholm archipelago.

Here’s Kate Ryan’s latest single, a dance-ified version of France Gall’s Ella Elle L’a. Enjoy and see you all in a week!


summer snapshots

Knut and I went on a little summer trip last weekend, taking us to Trondheim which was once Norway’s capital and cradles the Nidaros Cathedral, the most significant church of the country and the most northern destination for pilgrims. We picked up a rental car and drove two hours to Steinkjer in Central Norway to attend a family reunion, Knut’s sister’s birthday, and just stop for awhile and smell the flowers.

The flower photos were taken from a color garden, and I did a flower arrangement for Knut’s sister out of flowers taken from their backyard. We also went to an unbelievably cool place in Bardal, site of a rockplate with petroglyphs (rock carvings) from as early as 4000 BC. There were carvings of ships, a 7-meter whale, human figures and geometrical shapes among others from both the Stone Age and the Bronze Age on the same rockplate, which made it more interesting. Now how cool is that? Right next to it is a farm with this white dainty cottage that seem to have jumped out of the pages of a fairytale book.

And what’s a summer holiday without a quick dip in cool waters? Even if it meant going in in just your underwear. Haha!






everybody needs a little colore sometimes

After hanging a lot at the Wapity Club thread over at The Purse Forum and seeing other members get it recently, I finally gave in and bought my first Wapity and Multicolore piece! 

I instantly fell in love with the MC in black and the color combination is perfect for my taste. I brought with me my camera to the store to try if it fits since I figured it’s too big (it’s one of the things that’s holding me back initially). It fit yeah, although a bit snug, but that sold me to finally purchase the Wapity. 

Without much further ado, here are pics of my new Black Multicolore Wapity. 

I figured this would also be the perfect accessory to the Europride event (and the clubbing and concerts in between) I am attending in Stockholm next week – it’s so colorful! I love it so much!

Monogram Multicolore was created by famed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton. The Monogram Multicolore offers a visionary and avant-garde version of the Monogram canvas with 33 colors that made the famous canvas travel through the years.

the future oslo central station

The excitement about the new Opera House has just started to wear off before Oslo is planning a new project. On June 13, the winner of the competition for designing the new central station was announced. There were four strong competitors, but finally it was the Norwegian architect firm, Space Group, which got the honour of giving its touch to the capital skyline.

The design from Space Group involves demolishing a big part of the existing station and expanding it to almost twice its size. The new station hall will be four floors tall, where the two top floors will host offices. A U-shaped building will be placed next to the station and the premises will consist of Norway’s biggest conference hotel. The team has also suggested a crystal shaped building, facing the shopping street Karl Johan, where, among other things, the new tourist information office will be.

The Central Station in Oslo has today about 150,000 travellers every day. It is expected that this number will double in the next few years. The existing station has been expanded in stages and does therefore not work as well as it could. One hopes that the improved version of the Central Station will be big and function well enough for the years to come, so that further expansions will not be necessary.

It is expected that the construction of the new Oslo Central Station will begin in 2013 and will take between five to ten years to complete. The reconstruction will take place in stages so that the station will not have to close.

Article lifted from Norwegian Embassy news. All photos from Space Group (visit their site for more stunning renderings).


I haven’t been in the mood for blogging lately that I probably haven’t told you:

That Oslo Pride or Skeive Dager happened the last week of June and all activities led up to a Pride Parade, which was followed by a Eurovision-inspired show and competition in the Pride Park. The colorful event also marked a milestone in gay history. Norwegian legislation passed a law that grants gay men and lesbians in Norway the same rights as heterosexuals to marry and to adopt children. This called for dancing and we took our heels to Rockefeller, site of the official Pride Party. The concert venue was transformed into three halls of dancefloors catering to different tunes and spinning DJs, and labyrinths of interspersed light and shade, dance and stance.


That I went to Tusenfryd, an amusement park just right outside Oslo with Neil, Axel and Arild and we had an afternoon of fun in the sun, well, just right before the rain showered us while watching Alejandro Fuentes in concert.

That I finally got to see Sex and the City the Movie and Knut and I had a little New York-inspired early evening prior. We hailed a taxi which took us to a tapas and champagne bar called Champagneria in fashionable Frogner. We had tapas of spiced meatballs, sesame-seared scallops on shallot marmelade, chorizo with estragon-preserved melon and patatas bravas. True to Carrie & Co.’s trademark, we finished the meal with Cosmopolitans.

That I was issued a 6-month multiple entry tourist visa to the UK and that Neil and I are going to London the 4th weekend of August. We’re booked at the fashionable boutique hotel Threadneedles in The City.

That Mamma Mia is probably this year’s feel-good summer movie and that Meryl Streep was just adorable playing the role of an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island and got the surprise of her life when her soon-to-wed daughter invited three of her former flames in the hopes of finding her real father. It’s sentimental at times, but is ultimately funny. It will probably make you sing a tune or two. And make you wanna go to Greece!

That I got nominated in the 2008 Bloggers Choice Awards for Best Pop Culture Blog, Best Travel Blog and Best Blog of All Time. If you feel you enjoy reading my blog and I deserve a vote or two, please head on over to the BCA website and cast your lovely votes!

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