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i get by with a little love from my friends

While I do like sending postcards whenever I travel, my friends send me a little hello from their travels by taking photos of Louis Vuitton stores and tagging me on Facebook. Some remember and send by e-mail. How thoughtful is that? I think it’s amazing that they think of me when they spot an LV store, and they stop and snap. If I get lucky, they even get themselves in the picture. =)

Here’s the super sexy Sylvain  (oh god you have to see his photos on Facebook!) at the LV Champs-Elysees store during Valentine’s Day. He and his cute husband Pascal stayed at the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris and took a little sidetrip to the LV flagship store. *I first met these Parisian boys during my trip to Mykonos in August last year.

The LV store on Getreidegasse in Salzburg taken by my Hungarian Austrian friend Andi. On the same street was the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He thought I’d like that. Well I loved it. I have to go here someday! *I first met Andi at the Norwegian school I attended some years ago.

My hot and spunky Pinoy friend Ryan at the LV store in Brisbane, taken during a boys trip to the Gold Coast back in early February 2009. See the Stephen Sprouse Graffiti/Rose collection launched during that time? *I haven’t actually met Ryan (who lives in Melbourne) but have spoken to him and exchanged comments in our blogs in their early years.

And these came by email today from Knut’s colleague Ann Kristin. She took these at the LV store in Geneva. Love that trunk! *Ann Kristin has partied with me once – during last year’s Eurovision Song Contest finals we previewed at our apartment.

Oooh, I get by with a little help love from my friends. =)

turning 28

Birthday dinner with dearest friends at one of our haunts – Hard Rock Oslo.

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A lovely hamper of L’Occitane bath products. Weee! I can now make mountains and mountains of foam and bubbles in my bathroom. Haha! Thanks V and Boo!

A surprise flower delivery from Louis Vuitton – a lovely bouquet of amaryllis. Thanks T and S!

My gifts from Knut. Pushwagner’s Soft City. Weee! \o/ A bedside organizer. And how cute is that card with cops and robbers and giant maki rolls? Haha!

Coming home to cakes and tea.

Thank you very much for all your birthday greetings!

28’ll be a good year for me. :)

louis vuitton jazz club party photos

Louis Vuitton Jazz Club Party

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Here’s me, my friends and our favorite Louis Vuitton SA (absolutely the sweetest!) enjoying the party hosted by Louis Vuitton last night. The merchandise displays featured records of jazz artists, while my friends and I were toting the Miroir Alma in gold, the Mini HL and the Monogram Macassar Soft Briefcase.

Fun times!

fun 17th of may with friends

The day after Alexander Rybak’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest, Norway had another reason to celebrate as it was the country’s National Day, which is celebrated every 17th of May. 

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That Sunday was filled with sunshine, a farcry from last year’s wet one. Oslo was decked with the Norwegian colors of red, white and blue. The epicenter of celebration was along Karl Johan – the postcard pretty children’s parade led all the way to the Royal Palace where the royal family was waiting. Thousands of people came out in droves dressed in their best traditional costumes called bunad

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Fellow blogger Yed was still in town so he and his brother Emerson could experience this day of pride among Norwegians. Knut stayed at home to recuperate from the preparations and party the night before. We first met up with Neil and Arild. A few strides later we met with Mark, his visiting Filipino parents, and his partner. Then we moved on to the National Theater where we met up with Lucien and Enrico. From there, we decided to leave the city center and took Yed and Emerson to the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Norway’s most visited attraction. 

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Afterwards, Yed, Emerson and I went down to Aker Brygge where we would then take the Oslo Fjord Cruise from. I haven’t taken this 2-hour cruise around the islands of the Oslo Fjord before so it was a welcome respite. Thanks for the treat, Yed! 

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After docking, we proceeded to Tjuvholmen, the upscale quay-side development beside Aker Brygge to meet up with Vanessa and her family. We had dinner at Meat Market, took pictures by the docked yachts and enjoyed the breeze rolling in from the sea before driving to the Opera House and called it a day.

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It sure was an amazing 17th of May celebration spent with friends. Thanks guys!!!

a fairytale win for norway; alexander rybak conquers eurovision

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It was an eventful weekend for Norway as Alexander Rybak conquered the 54th Eurovision Song Contest with a historic landslide win in Moscow Saturday, eve of the Norwegian national day. We held a Eurovision party at our place in the company of great friends. Fellow blogger Yed arrived in Oslo that day as part of his European trip in time for the party and the national celebrations the following day.

Hotly tipped as this year’s winner, Alexander charmed all of Europe with his self-composed “Fairytale” as he received points from all 42 voting countries. Even more staggering was receiving 16 12-point votes, the highest possible score to give. In the end, Alexander broke all-time record and ran away from 24 other final contenders with 387 points. Runners-up Iceland and Azerbaijan were more than 160 and 180 points shy from Norway, respectively.

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Moscow gave a truly amazing show, and I felt that all the songs/countries in this year’s finals deserved their place. There was no single bad song in essence. Clearly, gimmick performances (ehem, Czech Republic, Serbia and Belgium) got weeded out. Rock songs didn’t make the cut either. Iceland was a deserving 2nd placer – her song was amazing and her performance flawless. United Kingdom (5th) was quite a surprise for me – she really shone for three minutes and her vocal range was unbelievable. Favorite Greece (7th) never appealed to me as he was so mechanical and a bit too jerky. It didn’t help that his singing was awful too. France’s (8th) Patricia Kaas showed what a world-class artist she was. Ukraine (12) got robbed of a better placing in the finals as she was truly a sight on that stage. Her song had a catchy hook, her act raunchy and raw. Portugal (15) deserved a better placing too – she was a breath of fresh air. Germany (20) had a guy with a hot body and Dita Von Teese’s crazy waistline. That’s about it. I felt sorry for Sweden (21) – somehow their formula ain’t working. Maybe they tried to do too much – alternatively basking Malena’s act in blinding white light, which reminded me of Charlotte Perelli’s grey-skinned entrance last year. Spain (24) must feel terrible falling hard when Soraya proclaimed from her national finals win that she was gonna take the night and had a huge rolling intercontinental campaign. Norway never did a PR junket. Alexander gave his all on the one night that mattered and secured a fairytale win for the elf-looking 23 year old Alexander.

Congratulations to Alexander! I’m proud to be living in Norway, as we are hosting next year’s competition. I’m sure Norway will pull all stops to deliver a contest to remember.

Here are some pics Vanessa and I took from the party, look out for the Eurovision cake (thanks to Neil’s baker and my graphic design skill, lol).

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Fun, fun. fun! Coming up – Norway’s 17th of May celebrations.

P.S. My blog stats went bananas since Alexander won. It had more than 5,200 views yesterday and today it’s counting at around 3,500. Crazy!

some swedish saturday

Yesterday, Knut, two of our friends and I participated in a socio-economic phenomenon among Norwegians – driving into Sweden for cheaper consumer goods, wine and liquors. With an upcoming party, we took this chance to stock up and do some sightseeing as well in the city of Karlstad situated 107 miles southwest of Oslo.

Along the way, we rested at a camping site by a lake for some light lunch. We walked through some woods where trademark Swedish red cottages stood still, coming into a tranquil scenery where clear silent waters mirror mountains and trees. 

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Karlstad is reputed to be one of the sunniest towns in Sweden and the city symbol is a happy sun. True enough, the entire Saturday was sun-kissed which was perfect for walking around town and enjoying some great food at an outdoor restaurant. There was some sort of festival going on in Karlstad this weekend. The main town square where the Peace Monument and Parliament could be found was brimming with booths selling wares from different countries. We bought three kinds of cheddar cheese and lemon curd from the British booth. Walking along one of the main avenues, I got flanked by these little girls in troll costumes. Boy they were dirty! Haha!

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On our way back to Oslo, we took a detour and stopped by Sweden’s biggest lake called Vänern. They say that the lake is so big you can’t see the other end of it, and it apparently  measures around 10 times bigger than Norway’s biggest lake. We stumbled upon three guys having barbeque and beer and here’s a papparazzi shot – well they seem to have noticed me taking their picture. Hahaha!

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That was a nice weekend trip, yes.

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Got these wonderful presents from biancaboo yesterday when I paid her a visit.

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She was recently in Paris and brought home a divine box of Laduree macarons. I miss Paris, and a single bite on one of these takes me to the grand interiors of this Parisian pastry shop and tea salon landmark.

All the way from the Philippines, I got this box of wooden duck napkin rings from biancaboo’s sisters. They are hand-carved and very nice. Thank you very much Manang L and V!


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