Hello! I am in the process of deleting my old posts, but I've left out some I still find interesting. I haven't been able to import my newest posts. The last import from my old blog was from my trip to the Philippines. I've since travelled to Japan (yes, again), Gotenburgh, Berlin, Paris and London. I can write about those later on.

In the meantime please feel free to read my old blog posts.

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​Hello! I am back and I think it is time for a change! I will be starting to blog in English. I tried removing my old posts, to no success, so they will just be lingering here.


So what it new?

Well I am finished with my bachelor in Marketing and brand management, all I need to finally say I have graduated is to pass all my exams and my bachelor thesis. 

I have also started a YouTube Channel :)

also I will be traveling to Japan in a few days :)

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Travel

I think that the view of the ocean from Dipolog City Boulevard is spectacular. This is one of the few things I miss from the Philippines.

Those times where the view was amazingly beautiful, I was not able to take proper pictures. The reason is because we were sitting in a moving car, so it was unfortunate.

The last two pictures were taken while I was inside the car. The other pictures however were taken while we were hanging around the boulevard.

All the pictures were taken using my phone, so apologies for the quality.

Isn't the view so nice?

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Travel
Here is part 2 of Dipolog City. Dipolog City is also known as "The Orchid City" by the way, and sardines city, if I am not mistaken. This is the place where I have seen different kinds of orchids. If I am not mistaken, I think almost everybody has orchids somewhere in their backyards. Dipolog has also one of the best sardines I have eaten ever.

I find it sad that I did not get to visit our old house, we did not even drive past it :(

There is a picture of a church below by the one, the one that is white with light blue details. In that church, the same day as I took the picture, there were 700 people that were baptized. 700 people got baptized! It's so amazing! I am not sure how much it costs to get baptized in the Philippines, but what I do know is that it was free that day.

The picture before the two boats shows two different types of geckos. The small one is a common house gecko or butiki in Tagalog. It is like the name says, common in the  Philippines. I have yet to see a house without it. As a child I used to play with them. I thought it was fascinating how their tails grew when it got cut. Some of them also had split-tails. The big gecko is called a tokay gecko or tuko. I am still scared of those, and I kid you not they are really big. When I was younger they said that if the tuko sticks on you, it will be quite hard to remove it. Even though I am scared of it, I like it when it makes it's distinctive sound. It sounds like it says "tuko, tuko" and that is probably why it has that name.

I can't believe it was a month ago since I was there. I already miss the place. The only think I can do is look at the pictures and dream about being there again <>

Btw, I still have not transferred pictures from my phone, so the best view, which is the sunset at the boulevard will be uploaded when the time comes.

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Shopping

Here is part 2 of my Japan Haul.

There are still a lot of things that I have not yet used. Among those that I have used are the sleeping pack and the nail remover, both from Etude House. I have also used the Heat-tech tops from Uniqlo, I just love them. I also got to use some of the frixion pens and the USB cables.

The Pikachu candies were not good. They had this weird after taste. I tried combining the different flavors as per instruction, but they did not taste like how they should have been.

The last picture are socks from a fukubukuro. It is a "surprise" bag, in a way. You buy the back for a cheaper prize than what they are worth.  Aside from those socks, I received a gift card which I got to use in Uniqlo in Atre Akihabara. I bought the fukubukuro at a sock store, so naturally I would get socks. I did not know what kind of socks, but they were one size (I asked). I have only used two of the socks I got, the orange one and the leg warmers. I love the leg warmers, been using them a lot lately. 

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Shopping

When I was in Japan Star Wars was everywhere. When  I say everywhere, I mean it. They sell Star Wars soda, candies, mints, snacks, figures and accessories. They have Star Wars exhibitions. I was even in three stores that had one whole floor dedicated to Star Wars.

I couldn't help but buy. My training buddies are Star Wars fans, so some of the things below are for them. I also bought a cup, a t-shirt and a Darth Vader charger, but they are not pictured since I gave them away as gifts. I also have a BB-8 key cover, that is currently being used. 

Here are the things I bought :)

  • reflector
  • egg formers
  • luggagetag
  • key chains
  • chocolates
  • instax film
  • notepad
  • stickers
  • eyeliner

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Beauty
I thought I should share with you what I have bought from Japan. I decided to split them into different articles as they are many. Majority of what I bought are beauty products and things not found in Norway.

As you can see from one of the pictures I bought Hello Kitty contact lenses. I do not know if i will ever get to use them at all. They were too cute to ignore them.

I also bought a lot of face masks, where three of them has designs on them. One day I'm gonna look like a panda when I have the panda mask on me. There are two Korean facemasks from Etude house. The Lululun mask is good for 365 days!

As you can see from the pictures I bought a lot of mascaras, some eye liners and false eyelashes. I also bought two Shisheido and two Shu Uemura lash curlers. They are a lot more smaller than their normal counterparts, and they were cheap as well.

I also bought a headmassager or shampoo massager, I don't really know. I also bought a Hello Kitty earwax remover. I bought it because it was cute.

Last but not the least I bought four Lush products. Two tooth tabs, one shampoo or conditioner and one body lotion. According to my brother the shampoo/conditioner and the body lotion are much bigger and cheaper than their Norwegian counterparts.I have yet to see Oral Pleasure and Bling toothtabs here in Norway.

What do you think of these things?

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Travel

My brother and I rented a room through AirBnb. We lived at two different places, but with the same owner. The first apartment we lived in, we shared with the owner. The second time, we had the apartment all to ourselves.

The first apartment was near Akihabara. It was a studio apartment and my brother and I slept at a bunk bed. We did not expect much privacy, but surprisingly we did get a lot of privacy. His toilet was really high tech! It had buttons for different things and for a toilet seat warmer. The bathroom was fascinating. The whole bath, like seriously whole, can be wet. You don't need to be afraid to spill water on the floor. 

He has two dogs by the way, a chihuahua and a pincher. One of the dogs was very noisy the first time we were, especially when we had to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. He did stop being noisy after a few days. They are both adorable, I miss those two dogs.  

The other apartment we lived in was in Asakusa. It was a lot smaller than the first apartment we lived in. The bathroom and the toilet was in the same room and was small. The kitchenette was small, but we never used it. My brother and I got to sleep on our own beds beside each other.

We received brochures, information and welcome snacks on both places. We also got to use our own pocket wifi. It is one of the best inventions ever. You get to have wifi everywhere you go as a tourist. 

The guy we lived in was actually very nice and very helpful :)

I never got to take proper pictures of the apartments as we were very tired when we arrived in both places. The flights drained our energy. Here are the pictures of the apartment. The first two are from the first apartment, while the last two are from the second apartment :)

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Selv om jeg og broren min ikke fikk spist særlig noe mye da vi var i Japan, så prøvde vi ut mat som vi visste ikke fantes i Norge når vi spiste.  Av en merkelig grunn så var vi nesten aldri sultne når vi var i Tokyo. Det er litt dumt siden Tokyo er også kjent for de gode matene deres.  Det vi spiste ofte var sushi, ulike typer sushi faktisk og alle bortsett fra to var veldig gode. Sjøpiggsvinn og natto (fermentert bønner) er noe jeg ikke kommer til å bestille igjen, jeg likte ikke smaken av de to. Da jeg kom tilbake til Norge spiste jeg sushi og jeg vil bare si at sushien her er ikke i det samme klassen.  Det er forresten billige sushi også :D

Vi fikk også spist takoyaki og det er den med kuler og masse ting oppi. Vi fikk også spist grillet blekksprut. Jeg fikk spist en grønnteiskrem burger. Det er en del mat som jeg ikke husker hva de heter som vi spiste, men jeg kan ikke huske å spist noe vi ikke likte.  Vi fikk også spist de søteste bakervarene man kan spise. Ikke var de bare fint estetisk, men de smakte også veldig godt.

Av drikker så ville vi prøve all slags mulig drikker vi kunne finne våde på automatene og butikkene. Jeg tror ikke en uke hadde holdt dersom vi skulle smake på alle drikkene de har. Det er så mye å velge mellom. De selger forresten både kaldte og varme drikker i automatene. Flaskene de har er også innmari søte :D  Den grønne drinken er forresten melon soda, og selv om den ser rar ut så smaker den veldig godt!

Nå ble jeg sulten :P

 











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Food, Travel

Even though my brother and I did not get to eat a lot when we were in Japan, we did try to make it a goal to try different food as much as possible. We were rarely hungry in Japan, which is sad since Japan is known to have a lot of good food. 

What we normally ate was sushi, different types of sushi actually. Of all the sushi we ate there are only two which we did not like which was the sea urchin and the natto. When I came back to Norway, let me tell you, sushi here is so disappointing.  Sushi in Japan was much more tasteful, and not to mention cheaper. A lot cheaper. 

We got to eat takoyaki, grilled squid and dumplings amongst other things. I got to taste a green tea burger and some of the sweetest pastries. Those cute pastries are also very delicious.

We also wanted to try all kinds of drinks that we could find from the vending machines and family mart. I think a week would not be sufficient to taste all those different kinds of drinks. There are a variety of drinks to chose from. They offer both cold and hot beverages on their vending machines btw. The bottles are also sometimes very cute. 

The green drink on one of the pictures is actually a melon soda, which looks weird, but I kid you not, it tastes very good.

Looking at these makes me hungry

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