Bye bye Norway

After 11 days of chilling with friends and family in Norway (and eating candies almost every day), and of course missing my baby Tom, it was time to come back to Thailand. Don’t get me wrong Norway will always be home to me…The familiar corners of little Levanger. The people there… the people I grew up with and my family. I do miss the fresh breath of air and having all four seasons- but if could choose only one of my homes to live in for 365 days of the year…Thailand has my heart right now.

The 7 am bus into Oslo… ahh

The famous “Monolitten” in Vigelandsparken

Having lived in Asia for a while, I am finally starting to see the things that I always deny when people tell me us Norwegian people are so different from the norm. Firstly our strong sides- being independent is one of them.  Sometimes maybe a bit too independent. But also the awkward sides like not looking people in the eyes. Having to go to Oslo for school has made me have to take the public transportation a lot, and really… Norwegian people are… different from here. That’s not always a bad thing, but one thing that really annoys me is that people never give up the seat next to them. Going into Oslo on a weekday in the morning means a full bus. Some people are lucky to get on the bus earlier than others, and use the other seat to out their tiny handbags or their jacket. It shocks me how they try to look away when people come into the bus, and don’t even offer their seat to others. And the loud teenagers on putting up their legs on the seats…and swearing loudly. I  don’t know if I grew up in a small town, or just at the right time, because that is not how I remember it.

Enough reflections, I’m up early for my 6 am flight to Surin!… Or who am I kidding. I never went to bed. Can’t wait to see my grandparents and Thai family again!!

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Sponsored video: Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Japan has always been on the top of my bucket list, but is still one of the places I have yet to visit. I’ve been putting it on hold for so long so when I first go there, I want it to be perfect. I want to see it all! I’ve been dreaming about his place since the day I discovered mangas and the beautiful cherry blossom trees.
First on my list is of course Tokyo. Every time I see a movie set in Tokyo, I can hear the place calling for me. The crowd of people walking in the streets, modern buildings, the endless shopping opportunities, the city lights, fresh sushi and green tea. I imagine it being fairytale-like, having sake from a bamboo stall hidden in a small alley in the city centre.

Until watching this video, I had never even heard about the stunning lights of Japan, illuminating the whole city during the winter months. It’s so beautiful. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. If you click around the circle with the arrows on the top right you can see and experience every single detail!
Jump on a train and go somewhere else, experience a totally different scenery. Onsen baths, hot springs and stunning nature. I’ve heard that the metro system in Japan is one of a kind, and that travelling around the country is easy.
If you click the top right, on the red square marked 360 virtual tour you can watch more movies from all over Japan!

This post has been presented by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Rewinding to better weather!

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My new fave top, that I’m definitely bringing for Maldives. From L’academie. Here.

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I won’t be updating much while I’m here. I’m in 100 catching up with friends and family and haven’t been focusing on much else. The deadline for the first draft of my thesis is also sneaking up so unfortunately social media will be on the bottom of the list in the coming week. Also, the weather haven’t been quite on my side since I reached Levanger, so it’s not like I can go around and snap photos whenever. It’s been drizzling every day and lately it’s been super windy. I don’t even know how many times I woke up last night from the loud noise from the storm. Three more days until I fly to Oslo again for my last day of class before I head back to Bangkok. I’m gonna enjoy these last days in Levanger with the fam. Right now, it’s my favourite pizza in the world on the schedule. If you’re ever in my hometown, Levanger, you gotta have the pizza from Orion!! <3

Festival season is right around the corner, and Revolve has many new items to discover. Stay tuned for the big sale on the 28th of March!
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Getting my nature fix

Sorry for not updating you guys lately. It’s been a mixture of preparing stuff to go home and some last-minute hectic stuff that happened before I left for Norway. Long story short I just realized the day before I left that I had overstayed… I’m so glad that I found out already then, instead of being caught off guard. I’ll let you all in on the process later if you guys are interested to hear about it. 

I arrived Norway yesterday and have been enjoying the snow-covered grounds and fresh air.  I also think I’m already in a food coma. I’m staying in Oslo for a couple of days as I have a couple of classes I have to attend before I head back home to Levanger. Today we had a class about Work physiology and it was so interesting, we even touched based on exercise physiology. Tomorrow we are heading to the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences to do some physical tests in the lab. Fun stuff! Now I’m off to do some more work on my paper! Talk later Xx

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Amazing Thailand

Photos from walking around and munching in Pai Walking street!

I can’t understand why I never went to Pai until now… The place is amazing! I guess you can say that about everywhere in Thailand though. We are so lucky to be living in this country. Being surrounded with a variety of amazing sceneries and not to mention the ease and affordable prices to get around here. You don’t even have to leave the country. Jump on a 1 hour flight and you can go chill on the beautiful beaches in the south. If you want to go climbing, you can visit Railay beach in Krabi and try to conquer the limestone cliffs along the beaches.
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The activities to do here in Thailand is endless, and there is no stress being spontaneous. If you’re hungry for something tasty and delicious you can pretty much walk around any corner and find something exciting. Fresh fruits and coconuts will be at the end of every street. Sunsets and sunrise will always feel special. And if you’re looking for some fresh air and to connect with mother nature you can always go north. The stunning trekking paths in the North is some of my favourites. During the winter months, you must take the time to visit the hills of Phu Kradung.
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But the best part about Thailand, the one thing that I find in common with every place I go is the people… with their big smiles and kind and helping hearts. I come from a small village here in Thailand where every neighbour is within walking distance. I can turn left and right and I’ll still spot a smiling face, waving hands, people inviting you in for some of their delicious coconuts that they’ve freshly picked. They have so little, but still so much to give.

I’m all in positive thoughts now as I’ve finally booked my tickets to go see my family in Surin once I come back from Norway. I’ll be accompanied with my two aunts from Norway, one born and raised in Surin, should be nice! I have a feeling this month will be a good one. <3

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Having fun with Ricola

I was lucky enough to get invited to Ricola’s influencers party at Hotel Muse in Langsuan the other day. The event was held at the roof top at the Speakeasy roof top bar, just in time for sunset. As I told you guys earlier the event was very secretive, and no one of us knew the guest list nor what to expect from the event. I went there with a somewhat sceptical mind, but ended up positively surprised in every way!  They put so much tought into the event, games, prizes, and a perfect showcase of Ricola goodies. There was even a Swiss guy playing the alphorn and the accordion! Oh, and let’s not forget the Ricola inspired spiced up drinks, they definitely got the party started!

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Environmentally friendly, natural ingredients, high quality herbs and still great flavour!

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Check out the new travel sized bags, I see them everywhere I go now. So easy to put in your bag and carry around, AND they’re sugar-free!

It’s funny because I was born and raised in Norway and Ricola is quite big back home… My grandaunt will always have a box of Ricola Original herb flavour lying around. As a treat but also to clear her throat. I can’t even count all the times she’s called me to ask if I couldn’t bring her a box of these life saving pills. Safe to say, I will be bringing her some of the stuff from my goodie bag when I fly to Norway next week!

Thank you Ricola for hosting this amazing event, and do check out their Thai website for more info, or- just step into any 7 eleven, Tesco or Family to grab a box/bag!

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