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I am going gaga!! It’s been weeks since I started looking for the perfect Maxi dress to wear this summer.. and I am going N.U.T.S.!!! I spend literally hours browsing over online shops looking for my dress at a reasonable price. Reasonable Price. That’s what making this hunt difficult– I am not willing to splurge on a seasonal or soon-not-in-trend dress even though I am dying to buy those expensive dresses I saw over the internet! Everytime I am gonna type in my credit card details, suddenly a zephyr of reality lures me in not buying the dress at all! huhu So I am left with the option of browsing over ebay.ph or multiply so that, hopefully, I can find cheaper dresses.

I looked around in H&M, Lene V, Vivikes and other stores in Amfi Mall but not Zara and Mango because, I live, unfortunately, 45 minutes away to the nearest Zara and Mango shop… and I am too cheap and too lazy to get my ass over there and gamble my chances of spending 330 kroner (2400++php) for my two-way train fare, without even the certainty on finding something there or even if I liked something, the biggest question is if it’s within my price range. I suppose (or I am just guessing) that maxi dresses in Zara or Mango could cost 700-1200 kroner. (and multiply by 7 to convert to peso!!)Sorry but I have this compulsion of converting it into peso because it’s so expensive here!! And I swear to my future grave that when I return to Pinas for vacation, I am gonna HOARD and PANIC SHOP at Zara and Mango!! I will spend most of my vacation pay salary on shopping! hehehe (No joke!!)

Going back, there is nothing more fulfilling than finding, at last, that something you had been looking for for quite some time… I know, i know.. I am a self-confessed shoppingera but I spend within my means. (I haven’t categorized myself a shopaholic because I can manage to curb the impulse to buy something just for the sake of buying). What makes me desperate is that summer season here in Norway starts this june and ends in August. This is the only time to bare your skin and dress up which ever and what ever you like! Summer here is just like summer in Pinas… everyone is happy, everyone dresses up, hitting the beach, getting the summer tan and the likes. Maybe I miss Pinas and the climate… maybe. Haaaayyyy… I wanna buy my Maxi Dress!!! Help!

 

Welcome 2009, Goodbye 2008!

Coming from work, I arrived around 10pm and went straight to the kitchen to start cooking food for me and my housemate. So was able to finish the dish in about 1 hour…pesto -cashew pasta with salmon and asparagus on the side. I was kinda proud because I have been doing the cooking for quite some time and so far, so good.

So after eating, 5 minutes before 12 midnight, we went out of our apartment and cam-whored a little and watched the firecrackers crowd the pit black sky as everyone welcomes the new year.

We headed back inside and had a little toast— for happiness, health, success and more blessings in the year ahead!

 

I am not, to be honest, a boxing fan. But here’s a big Hurrahh! for Pacman for beating up Dela Hoya, depsite the odds against him. Before the fight, I have heard commentaries that Manny will, most likely, lose the fight to Dela Hoya. Disadvantaged in terms of reach, height, body mass and overall natural weight, yet, what he lacked, he made up with speed, pure guts, steadfast determination and the hunger for glory!

Congratulations Manny “The Pacman” Pacquiao! You make the Filipino proud!

 

Too bad there is no Palm Treo available here in Norway… but next on my list is the new Palm Treo Pro. I fell inlove with Treo the first time I saw and got hold of it and since then, there’s no turning back. No more Nokia, Sony, etc… for me. I mean, they are also good phones but I find smartphones better, efficient and more suited for my needs. Here’s my next dream phone… though at first I was a bit confused between Treo pro and Blackberry Bold, but since I am a devote Treo user, I’m going for Treo! hehehe Treo Pro costs between 490 to 650USD.. hehehe more saving to do!

I went out yesterday to get some fresh, cold November breeze and some little sunlight.. Brought my cam and started playing around with it. I took shots of random things which caught my interest. It did not turn out as bad as I thought at first.. I need to keep myself sane..

They are not as good as an HD Natgeo photos (By a MILE!!) but, someday, (when I am finally able to buy a kick-ass pro DSLR) I hope to get to take photos that’ll will blow you guys off your feet. :P

Here’s my winter boots! Finally! haha I bought my first pair! I love it! NO guilty feeling (despite the price! 8000php converted!) haha

Adidas Missy Winter Game

 

Almost everyday, I see to it to log on to Girltalk and check out what’s the updates, trends and likes in the Philippines. I take pleasure on reading someone else’s experiences, advices and opinions of different topics concerning being a Fab Pinay! And so I just wanna share this, taken from the “This thing called Love” Forum from Girltalk, written by Mooncake and leaves… well-stated, precise and with depth and sense. I hope this will help you guys realize something, as much as it gave me a better perspective about love and life. :)

 7 lessons learned by Mooncake and leaves

1. our one job is to understand the other person. if people took the time to see through their partners, they probably wouldn’t be fighting as much.

2. i was watching p.s. i love you last night and all i could think of was, holly’s character was really stupid, as most women probably are. picking fights about completely nonsensical things. gad, once you’ve got a gerry, you don’t really need much else. appreciate what you have.

3. 95% of problems are imagined, anticipated. the demons are usually in our heads, which is perfectly fine but only up to a certain point. we all have trust issues, abandonment issues. as they say, “if you don’t have a baggage, you haven’t traveled.” but don’t use that as an excuse to be a total a$$ to your partner.

4. in both of my relationships, hindi ako nagpahabol, hindi ako nagpakipot. it doesn’t mean i’m like that with every guy. hindi lang ako plastic at hindi mahilig mag-inarte. both relationships, if you judge by the length of time, have been somewhat successful. so no, ang trabaho, hindi natatapos sa ligawan.

5. the idea that infidelity occurs because your significant other has found someone younger and more attractive than the original partner is, to put bluntly, incredibly stupid. people cheat because there is a big emotional void in there. because they don’t feel appreciated. because they’re loaded with insecurities. it takes two to build and destroy and save a relationship. so please lang, wag mag-inarte na parang biktima lagi o damsel in distress. peste.

6. don’t compare your relationship with other relationships. people are such big liars.

7. you have to love the other person more than the plans you’ve made, more than your version of what makes up a great and fulfilling life.

There are several ways to travel around Norway - through private vehicles, by plane, by cruise ship or by public transportion, which includes train, tram, bus and T-Bane. Today, I am going to tell you about T-bane.

 T-bane (pronounced as teh-bahn) can be compared to Metro Manila’s MRT/LRT. While the there are lines of MRT connected to one another at certain stations, the T-bane in Oslo has 6 connecting lines. However, they have the several same connecting stations. For you to have an idea, look at the picture below:

So if you are from Mortensrud (T- bane3, green route) and you wish to go to Frognerseteren (T-bane 1, aqua route), ride the Mortensrud t-ban and get off at Helsfyr, and wait there for the T-ban to Frognerseteren. You can get the brochure for the schedule of the T-bane stops at different stations. This is very convenient because the t-bans arrive exactly on time on the stations and you will never be late for work. Every 2-3 minutes, a T-bane arrives with different destination.. Also unlike MRT with all doors opening automatically, you have to push a button on the door for it to open.
How to buy a ticket? In all stations, there are ticket dispensing machines, just like the MRT that runs along Aurora blvd-Katpunan-Marcos Highway.  Also you can buy it at Narvesen (It’s a convenient store). You can buy different types of ticket, depending on your preference..

Vocabulary 

Billett - ticket

Kort- card

Dag - day

Måned- month - pronounce as mohw-ned

Enklet bilett or the single journey ticket - As the name implies, you can only use this once- valid within one hour of purchase on that day, you can go any destination you wish within Oslo. This costs 24 kroner. (just multiply it by 8 Php)

5 dagerskort or 5 day card this is valid for 5 days, from the day it is stamped. Unlimited travel as long as it’s in any destination within Oslo. This costs 200 kroner

Månedskort or monthly card is valid for one month. Same as 5 day card, unlimited travel within norway, within  one month. This costs 515 kroner.

 Flexikort  or Flexible card, can be used only 8 times. It has 8 stamping slots. If you are not a frequent T-bane passenger, this one’s for you because you can choose any preferred travel day. Just get it stamped before you hop in the T-bane. This costs 160 kroner. This is just like 8 single journey tickets in one card. With one stamped slot, you can travel to any destination within Oslo and valid for an hour.

BTW, the ticket can be used for T-bane, the Tram and the Bus. So if you bought Enklet billett at 4pm and your t-bane departs at 4.01pm, you can still use this ticket if you get on a bus or tram or another T-bane line until 5pm… no need to pay for another ticket. So if you travel alot around Oslo, this is a money-saver!

Here’s a picture of me and my nephew, Patrick, in the T-bane..

Loppemarked is the Norwegian word for flea market… all things are preowned and sold for very low prices. Unlike in the Philippines where the owners profit from the purchases, these items are acquired by persons or organizations with charitable causes without paying for them from the owners ,but then are sold at the flea market to raise funds.. for example saving the environment, helping the support for children with drug-user parents, etc. It has a more noble cause, in my honest opinion.

So today, I, myra and Tita Naring went to a nearby Loppemarked, 200 meters away from our house. Loppemarkeds usually open on saturdays 10am to 4 pm and end on sundays 4pm. During the first day, there are many to choose from- furnitures, clothes,shoes, bags, electric appliances, stuff found in the kitchen and dining, etc. Much like of an ukay-ukay. Of course, the prices are somewhat higher on saturday compared to when you buy the items on a sunday, especially when the flea market is nearing to its end… usually 2 hours before closing time. For example, when you buy a set of dish plates, tea plates, cups and bowls that is originally soldat 100 kroner, you can buy them for only 10 kroner once it hits 2 or 3 pm  (flea markets close either 3pm or 4pm). So it’s really wise to go during the last hour but the drawback is that the stuff there had been “pinagpilian” and chances of finding a decent and not so used items are kinda slim.. but sometimes, you can really get lucky. Also, for flea market watchers, there’s an internet site where all scheduled loppemarked all over Norway are posted so you can plan ahead as to where your next bargain hunt would be. It’s not difficult to find the location of flea markets because there are signs on the road on that area that leads you to the venue, so never fear of losing your way!

I am so fascinated because, as you know, I love bargain shopping.. hunting for a nice item at a very  low price. I always get giddy and so bargain-boggarty! haha For those who are kinda grossed out by the thought of using someone else’s junk,, maybe this is not for you.. But for me who is on a really TIGHT bugdet, this is the place to be. :) Someone’s junk maybe somebody else’s treasure! I got myself 6 winter sweaters and 2 wool bonnets and they are in good condition, mind you.. all 8 items i bought for only 50 kroner.. that is 400pesos. Well in an ukay ukay i suppose that’s a pretty good deal.. :) Oh i just love shopping!

So after a long wait, i am finally here in Norway! So it’s gonna be a diffirent Bargain Boggart.. the primary reason for that is living in Oslo is expensive… Living in Norway is expensive.. another thing is that choices here is limited.  To exemplify this is that, shops are few and my most favorite expression, ” suot ng isa, suot ng lahat!” It will take months maybe for me to settle down here and begin agian my feat for bargain shopping. Maybe I can do online shopping still and recommend cool sites but the real bargain hunt thrill still remains obscure for now.. I will try my best, dear readers, to satisfy our discount-hungry- shopping appetites and hope that I can still find and do magic- the Bargain Boggart’s way!

As for now, I am planning to show you around Norway… the lifestyle, travel, transportation, culture, food, etc.. It’s exciting to integrate into a society that is totally diffirent from the one I grew up in.. so let the journey begin!

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