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!


16 Responses to “iphty”

  1. 1 pepe July 15, 2008 at 5:54 am

    OMG! such a lucky beyatch :)
    oh, could you please arrange a norwegian hottie for me so i we could get marry and migrate ther eventually hehehehe!

    i will vote promise!

    congrats buddy… me so proud of you!


  2. 2 dazedblu July 15, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    FINALLY! yew updated the blog. :)

    I just wish pride fest will be a real festive in Manila. TC. Hmm think I’m going to watch tht film too! Hopefully this weekended.

  3. 3 paolochua July 15, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Pink is just not fitting for that New York Terrier. Hahaha. Looks like you had a fabulous time. ‘Mamma Mia!’ is the hotness and I will vote for you! =))

  4. 4 freshmess July 15, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    @ pepe – thanks much! i’m sure you’ll be a hit here in oslo. so… sakay na! haha!

    @ dazedblu – hehe, i know! it’s been a while, huh? I was at a pride party in malate some years ago, and i liked it. Go see it, you’ll enjoy it!

    @ paolochua – thanks much! you want Sky, no? LOL.

  5. 5 Chase Ravndal July 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    I am just happy to hear that the partnership law for gays and lesbians since 1994 in Norway evolved with benefits like adoption and hopefully the artificial inseminations to lesbians. Besides the word marriage sounds better than partnership right?

  6. 6 freshmess July 15, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Hey Chase! Long time no hear! How’s it going with your papers?

    Tnis law also allows artificial insemination among lesbians, so everyone’s covered. So I guess you and Odd are going for this? The law takes effect January 09.

  7. 7 dianeca July 15, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    What a great way to celebrate pride fest. I am happy the law is finally going to be a reality, it has been under discussion for a long time.

  8. 8 freshmess July 15, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    It was an event worth celebrating, diane! Thanks!

  9. 9 Chase Ravndal July 16, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Well it is going pretty well. I am going to get married once I am back home. I can’t wait for January 09 but we can always change it later from partnership to full marriage once the law takes effect. Since I am also planning to have a second wedding after my civil wedding.

  10. 10 Reyville of Simply Manila July 16, 2008 at 8:04 am

    congratz. its gud to hear from u again. and i’m glad norway finally granted the gays and the lesbians to marry or adopt children and live like everybody else. hopefully the phils will follow suit.

  11. 11 freshmess July 16, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Good to hear that it’s going well, Chase! Here’s my best wishes to the wedding!

    Thanks, Reyville! But I doubt the Philippines would ever consider carrying out a bill like this.

  12. 12 paolochua July 16, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Sky? A little bit! The body makes up for the face but the fez isn’t that bad naman. Echos. =))

  13. 14 freshmess July 16, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Korek ka jan, paolo! Haha! Thanks for the pics, pamatay ang katawan ha!

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