03/09/16

Walking along the streets of Oslo


Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

There’s something special about walking along the streets of Oslo during summer time. You can hear children laughing and see families sitting in the sun eating food, drinking wine and having unlimited amounts of ice cream. People finally get to wear their skirts and short sleeves that has been tucked away in the closet for ¾ of the year.  In that moment you realize just how precious summer time is for everyone in Norway.

girl walking around in Oslo

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

There’s endless amounts of great places to eat in Oslo, but if you’re ever in the area please have some charcoal grilled burgers and beers at Illegal burger and also if you still have room for more food: the best Kebab in history (I’m not kidding) at Bislett Kebab House. Another must is to visit the 22 July Information Center. It’s located in the high-rise building in the government centre where the horrible bombings started on the 22 july 2011 and displays the timeline from that day. There’s also a room dedicated to the 77 victims. It’s very emotional but worth the visit.

Is Oslo on your bucketlist?

Xoxo

-A

24/05/16

Countdown for Noway!!!


I’m beyond excited for our trip to Norway. I think we’ve got everything planned so far. We are going from 6th to the 24th of July and are mainly focusing of travelling around Norway. There are so many nice places to visit, and since I’ve taken Tom to the North a couple of times now I thought the South would be a nice change for the summer.

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These pics are from our last trip to Lofoten <3

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lofoten_norway

We’re going to drive down to Åndalsnes to see the famous Trollstigen and Trollveggen. After that we are heading to Geiranger to do some fjord sightseeing. We are also going to try to do some kayaking next to the glaciers around Jostedalsbreen and maybe visit Stryn and see some lakes on the way. Then we’re doing a long drive down to Bergen and Odda to trek the Trolltunga. It’s going to be around 27 hours of driving on this trip so that’s going to be interesting. Agh, I can’t wait to see some beautiful nature and scenery and camp and chill out in cabins around Norway. That’s truly one of the best things to do there during summer times. If we do have the time I think we will try to drive through Lom on the way and trek Galdhøpiggen as well!
We’re also spending a couple of days in Oslo at the end of our trip and are going to try to time it for a  beer tasting event. I also really want to take Tom to Tusenfryd my favourite place during my childhood.

The last time we went during winter, we visited Lofoten and had only 4 hours where the sun was out. Can you imagine that? The sun was rising at 9 am and set at 1 pm. This time we’ll get to hang out in the midnight sun. <3

Have you ever been to Norway? What’s your favourite place?

xoxo

-A

26/01/16

Camping in the mountains of Thailand…


My craving for travelling and exploring grows more every day. In times when I absolutely don’t have time to travel, and need to sit home during the weekends to study, I love to take a couple of minutes to look back at earlier travels. I always get so happy when looking back at moments in the past. It’s weird how we live through every moment, never really thinking about how great we have it. I mean, most likely, in ten years from. Actually even maybe a year from now, I’ll look back at this time, missing every single moment. Every experience I had, and wonder… why I didn’t appreciate it more. It feels bland right now, but it certainly won’t then. It will feel like it was all new. We humans are weird that way.

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“Make today count, we’ll never get it back.”

I love nature. I love trekking, watching the sunset, climbing, I’d go far to see a beautiful view. I love the mountains. So for some weekends to come, when it’s less hectic, we’ve planned to visit some of the beautiful mountain views of Thailand. I suggest you take a look at BK magazine.

girl standing at tents in khao sok thailand

Taken at the Khao Sok Discovery boutique camp. Were camped in luxury tentes raised on wooden pillars. Amazing!

These photos are all taken at Khao Sok, if you’re ever thinking about going there, you should read my write-up from last year.

xxx

-A

02/01/16

A stay like no other


While staying in Singapore we found our new favourite place to stay, and I’m definitely not staying anywhere else if we are heading back. Shangri-la Singapore is amazing. I’ve stayed at Shangri-la Bangkok beforehand but it’s not quite the same. It might be because we stayed at the Valley Wing and that the service there is exceptional, and has all goods included. The price isn’t bad for what you get, and I can promise you won’t be disappointed for putting in the little extra. I love how there’s not too many young people staying at the Valley Wing, meaning there’s less noise and a classy vibe. Though I want to add It’s perfect for young people to stay as well.

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The Valley Wing.

girl standing at food buffet

We started of our visit with food at The Line, and had their lunch buffet. I must say it’s one of the best one I’ve visited so far. Normally when visiting buffets the food is bland, and there’s never any focus on any of the dishes. Here, it’s like they have one chef for every section, and the food is just as delicious and fresh as if you would order it À la carte. Even the desserts are amazing. All types of cakes, ice creams and even fro yo!

Rooms are spacious and the view is nice overlooking the pool area.

Rooms are spacious and the view is nice overlooking the pool area.

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

I need lighting like this at home...

I need lighting like this at home…

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Valley Wing perks


Some of the selling points are the fully equipped gym, fresh protein shakes made for you at a private dining area for breakfast, and might I add the breakfast buffet is one of the best I’ve dined at. The food is fresh, tastes amazing and the people that works there can make ANYONE feel at home.. There’s also an open bar in the Valley Wing, meaning free flow of champagne, wines and beer from 11 to 10.30 pm. There’s also a complimentary mini bar in your room: excluding the alcoholic beverages. 

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Their Christmas decorations are on point!

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

My handsome photographer <3

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

The location is quite good. I’ve read some reviews of people complaining it’s far out of the city, but it’s only 10 minutes from Orchard road, and to be honest I like how it’s not connected with the city, making it your own private place to go relax after a day out. The hotel is very helpful when it comes to booking you a normal taxi to go pretty much anywhere, and the cost is nothing to complain about either.

Top 5 things to do while visiting Singapore

  1. Gardens by The Bay, especially during winter when you can experience the Christmas vibes at Christmas Wonderland.
  2. Hawkers Market to try out new food. It’s the perfect way to try out all that Singaporean food you’ve wanted; all in one place. There’s also going to be many surprises and things to try that you never knew existed.
  3. Orchard Road Shopping. They pretty much have everything so not being able to decide because the selection is too wide is going to be a bigger problem than not finding what you’re looking for. I find the shopping there better than here in Bangkok, mostly because my size is always sold out here. 🙁
  4. Charles & Keith. I love love love bags and shoes from Charles & Keith. It’s so simple and classy and holds high quality. The price in Thailand is pretty low already concidering what you get for the money, but,  as brand is from Singapore, you can expect insane low prices there, so you better grab a couple of items while visiting.
  5. Universal studios. There’s no secret that I have an obsession with having fun, cotton candies, food, slides. mascots and balloons and Universal studios pretty much have all of that in one place. I love theme parks, and universal is definitely on my list of the best parks. Lovers and families alike, you’re going to love it.

Will you be staying here next time you visit Singapore?

 

 

XXX

-A

 

22/12/15

Christmas Wonderland


I’ve been wishing for a proper christmas fair in Thailand for quite a while now so I was super happy to find out about the Christmas Wonderland in Singapore. It might not be right next door in Bangkok, or even in Thailand, but Singapore is a direct flight that takes only two and a half hour from Bangkok, so I’m not complaining. This was especially gold for me seeing I wouldn’t be going back home to Norway this year.

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Check out the 11 meter tall chrismas pyramid decked with toys behind me <3

For those of you who don’t know, Christmas wonderland is Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair and is open from 28th of November until January 3rd this year, held at the Gardens by the Bay. As it was so successful last year, they doubled in size meaning it is covering 35,000 sqm. It is filled with all kinds of festive activities and areas, such as a market, traditional rides and games,and beautiful italian light sculptures all around the event ground. Best of all:
entrance to Christmas Wonderland is free for the public, while admission charges for the flower dome apply.

The decor is planned so perfectly, which means there is a photo opportunity pretty much everywhere!

All of these flower photos are from the flower dome at the Gardens by the Bay. All reall flowers.

I googled up some pictures and did some research beforehand to make sure we got to see as much as we could, and I have to tell you, the pictures does not do any justice. It’s a place you have to come see first-hand! I honestly can’t think of a better place to hold the event than the gardens. We had never acutally been there before, so it was something new and amazing. I love the whole “city in the garden” idea. Upon arriving the Gardens by the bay, you are met with beautiful surroundings; the garden itself is beautiful enough on it’s own, but all the christmas decor and lights makes it so special! It’s recommended to head down during daytime to explore the flower dome to then walk out in the festive market area to see the lights turn on. 

Come early as the flower dome closes at 9pm.

Come early as the flower dome closes at 9pm.

Christmas Wonderland’s Festive Market, located at the Supertree Grove, returns to offer a greater selection of international cuisines and wines, as well as dining concepts from renowned food and beverage operators. We loved the different treats served at the traditional wooden huts brought from the United Kingdom. Don’t miss out on the Dutch Pancake shop, it was one of our favourite dessert spots. I also got obsessed with Janice Wong’s moshis. They were so soft and fun to eat, I can’t even describe it, you have to try it. Trust me. I almost missed out. Her creations are vivid, and one of them are her amazing chocolates that only exists in your wildest dreams. We got recommended one with crispy pork and it was mouthwatering.

Endless amazing moshi's

Endless amazing mochis

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Second day of mochi muchin’ <3

One beautiful feature that stands out in the crowd is the Spiegltent. It’s an ornate century-old travelling ‘mirrior tent’ rom the Netherlands. Originally built in the late 19th and early 20th century. It’s so well maintained and creates such an enchanting setting for the festival. You can head over to the Spiegltent for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. If you love pub food, you will not be disappointed eating at Harry’s the food is so delicious and the drinks no less! I’ll go ahead and recommend you their signature beer and chicken wings next to some mac and cheese without having any doubts you will love it. They also hold a weekend brunch on Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas eve and Christmas day from 10.30am to 3pm.

girl standing outside spiegltent

spiegltent singapore

This spiegltent has travelled all the way from the Netherlands, brought in smalles pieces and set up here. It’s so pretty and I honestly felt like I was dining at a circus, so much fun.

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

You can’t sit with us 😉

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

The Italian Luminaries are sculptures of lights handmade by skilled craftsmen using white wood from the South of Italy. This year all the lights featured a new architectural design reminiscent of the medieval period.I love when people ask how to get to the Christmas Wonderland you get an answer to “follow the lights” and it’s as true as it gets. Every entrance followers you with these Luminaries.

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Tom can recommend these oysters from Culina. 

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Dutch pankakes are a must, make sure you have a couple of days while visiting as there are many things to see and eat.

You’ll never get bored at this wonderland, there’s rides for both young and adults, we loved the beautiful carousel and even tried out the Helter skelter slide. There’s also snowland for kids, but it books out early, so only early arrivers will get to play there. We also got pretty obsessed with all the carnival game stalls, we played all of them at least one time, but unfortunately we didn’t win anything, hehe.I give us 10 points for the effort!

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

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luminaries christmas wonderland

The Spalliera is the largest luminarie, and surrounds the Cassa Armonica and 8m wide beautifully illuminated gazebo. There will be entertainment throughout the night in the gazebo from some crazy talented carollers.

 

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Ice Palace, so pretty, this view is taken from the Sky walk at the Super Tree Grove.

Christmas Wonderland will for sure expand in Singapore as it’s such a success.I also heard from one of the organizers that they are aiming to have christmas wonderland’s all over Asia, isn’t that amazing?

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Loved their fun skating rink, even though I was a bit rusty…

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

If you haven’t gotten any christmas presents yet, this is the perfect place to get stuff for your nearest and dearest. There’s amazing inspo from craft vendors, from handmade items, toys and artisan perfumes and jewellery.

artisan perfumes at christmas wonderland

Artisan perfumes made by locals.

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Prepare yourself for some taxi queuing while visiting Singapore during christmas times, but trust me, it's much better travelling with puplic transportation as the parking lot was full.

Prepare yourself for some taxi queuing while visiting Singapore during christmas times, but trust me, it’s much better travelling with puplic transportation as the parking lot was full.

 

How to get there? 

My picks are AirAsia or Jetstar by aiplane.

Where to stay?

Shangri-la 

I’ll be coming back for sure next year! <3

Big creds to all of the organizers Blue Sky Events, Gardens by the Bay, AIA Singapore and the Singapore Tourism board. You really managed to create christmas in Southeast Asia.

-A

 

 

19/10/15

Fun times in Amsterdam


Amsterdam was shorts and sweet. We had one night and two (almost) full days in the city. I’ve been to Amsterdam before, but this time I really fell in love with the city. It’s such a free place compared to Norway and Thailand, but it’s not in any way more chaotic or less safe for that matter.Actually I felt incredibly safe there even at night time walking around the red light district and dark alleys. I love how they have amazing food EVERYWHERE and how easy accessible it is. You can jump on the bus/tram/ferry and get pretty much anywhere you want for a good price. In Norway it costs me the same amount to take the train to the airport, as it costed me for a full day card in Amsterdam. I ACTUALLY felt like the reason they have public transportation was to save the environment. In Norway it’s actually cheaper to take your own car most places than taking the train…girl posing next to bike in amsterdam

Enough moaning about my own country. We have decided  we will be moving to Amsterdam some time in the future though. Not forever, but at least for half a year or a full year… Can’t wait!

Beautiful buildings everywhere

Love my forever travel partner <3

5 things you have to do while you’re in Amsterdam:

  1. Heineken experience, it was so much fun, and you actually learn interesting things about how Heineken been become what we know today.

    As you can see I was pretty tipsy already. What a fun tour!

    As you can see I was pretty tipsy already. What a fun tour!

  2. Canal cruise. It was so, so, but it is really nice to go on the canal and learn about the city. You could just go on a little canoe as a couple too, I’m sure that would be nice aswell. My friends went on their own paddle boat once, and apparently this was not a good idea as you have to steer yourself around and between the bigger boats.couple kissing in amsterdam next to the river
  3. Coffee shop. You can’t go to Amsterdam as a youngster and not visit the coffee shops. It’s so weird to see people just sitting there smoking weed like it’s normal. Also their menu’s with herbal tea’s and joints like you were ordering a cappuccino. I’m not saying you should smoke, just have a look. 🙂Street art
  4. Visit the Van Gogh museum. I can’t believe I got to see the beautiful paintings that I learnt and read about in school. Until January you also get to see Edvard Munch’s masterpieces at the museum.

    Super yummy, we went for the spicy sauce. Yes... I know I look like a toddler, but I can't talk about the best fries in the world without showing a photo

    Super yummy, we went for the spicy sauce. Yes… I know I look like a toddler, but I can’t talk about the best fries in the world without showing a photo

  5. Vlaams Friethuis. I don’t even like french fries, but these were crispy, salty and golden. And you get to choose your topping from over a dozen sauces.

Where to stay? We stayed at the Ibis right next to the Amsterdam Centraal station. The hotel wasn’t super fancy but the location was great. We could get pretty much anywhere from our hotel, and it was only one train away from the airport. Don’t expect an early check-in though, the hotel is PACKED.

girl standing with baguette in from of centraal station

Pretty much where we lived. Right next to Amsterdam centraal. Of course I was holding food there. Best baguett EVER.

Tips: If you are planning to do the same activities as us, make sure you get an IAMSTERDAM city card, it includes unlimited train, ferry and tram rides, and also free access to the Van Gogh museum, the lovers canal cruise and more! You’ll save loads of money. 

xoxo -A