Finally touched down in Oslo after about 15 hours in the air! I was up at 630am this morning, SHARP, because the sun was so bright and shone directly at my face. (lol didn’t close the blinds cuz I’m scared of the dark)
SO ANYWAY, gna document the beginning of my travel from the airport to help those coming over in the future!! Have free time on my hands now too.
PS: Excuse the unedited photos, they are raw from my GF6!! :P
My two “handcarry” bags. Was flying Qatar and heard they aren’t all that particular about travellers bringing 2 items up the plane so… I gambled with luck. Heh.
I wished I brought the trolley cabin sized lugagge instead of my LV duffel bag though. It was pretty heavy with my laptop and crap inside (6kg…) so I had some difficulty lugging it around the airport while transiting in Doha and getting out of Oslo’s airport.
Just something for you girl travellers to take note. Haha. I was very “ai swee” so I brought the LV in the end…..
Last picture with my Ah Ma who I just Skyped ytd!! Miss her so much. Pictures with your loved ones are so important because that’s basically what you have left once you’re miles and miles away….
Last session of Mahjong (LOLOL) with my fav kakis!! Ya we literally rushed a mahjong game before I flew. Missing my tiles SO MUCH right now. :( Of course y’all too~~~
Rach and Val who couldn’t send me off at the airport!! They came over to my place to give me a tiny pep talk and listen to me whine and whine about going away for 5 months.
PS: VAL YOUR LETTER MADE ME T_T
That’s my brand new Samsonite luggage, standing tall, for one last time in SG. Freakin’ Qatar f**cked up my luggage, more on that later.
But anyway, MY ADVENTURE BEGINS!!
Went over to check in my baggage and my luggage was a whopping… 31kg. LOL. The maximum for ONE piece of luggage is 32kg BTW. STA gave me 40kg worth of baggage but I only checked in one la.
I think it’s very worth it to buy tickets from STA (just sayin’) because of the free baggage weight and also the airline prices.
My Pops who helped me to check in and just immediately zao-ed from the airport. LOL. Sian.
Really need to become independent liao…
Yup he zao-ed after this pic. AHAHHAHAHA. My Dad has always been like this though. Leaving me to do things by myself most of the time. Never really “missed” freedom throughout my childhood.
MY BFF WHOM I MISS SO MUCH HERE IN NORWAY :( I wish you were here with me babe. Sian….. We’d have so much fun tgt here T_T
With my gang who came to send me off!! Thanks guys :3
Jw and his two brozzz
And then Debbiedee decided to rush over to the airport after dinner!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!! So thankful that she wanted to send me off that badly ;P HEhehe…..
With my BB who I won’t be seeing ever so often like in SG anymore. We’re headed to Norway tgt but towards diff cities. Booooooo….
Can’t believe I was carrying such a huge bag…. LOL. It has to be the biggest bag I have ever carried in my life. But really, as much as I was against carrying this… It was one of the best decisions I made this exchange.
Much thanks to my MG girls who have all experienced their exchange and forced me to bring this!! XIE XIE NI JADE WEE!!! <3
It’s not the most beautiful bag but it is definitely the most practical when you’re moving to another country for 5 months. You really have no idea HOW MUCH SHIT you need to bring. No joke. I was dying with all the baggage weighing down on me -_-
Can’t imagine if vanity took over my brain and I brought my Balenciaga or something…. Siao liao. Really will siao.
Checked in to the boarding gate and our plane was delayed for awhile.
***Rmb when booking connecting flights to give at least 1hr buffer time in case of unexpected delays)***
We were a little bothered cuz our next flight from Doha was 40 mins aft we landed. Didn’t give us much time to disembark the plane and whatsoever. SO yeah.
Just a tip!!
We got on Qatar and we were pleasantly surprised with the plane… It’s so much more spacious than SQ and the interior is just a lot brighter and less gloomy?!??!
The tickets were HALF the price of SQ’s. And there is no direct flight to Norway from SG btw, even SQ does a stopover. Just that they stop in UK.
Qatar’s plane was legit nice!!!!! I really wna try the biz class next time when I am rich enough. LOL. HHAHAHHAA. I would say I am a convert to Qatar if they didn’t spoil my brand new luggage.
Gave me so many problems at Oslo because my luggage was SOOOO heavy. No joke.
But yeah. I guess if you buy insurance and shit it’s fine……. The seats and online entertainment system is really better than SQs. I slept a lot better on the plane too.
After 6/7 hours in the air, we reached Doha! But not many pictures cuz we had a very short stopover here and it was time for us to go by the time we made a visit to the toilets.
AND OFF WE WENT TO OSLO!!!!!!!
Then I was greeted at the baggage belt with this amazing surprise. SIAN. My luggage wheel completely DIED.
Like how the hell did this even happen?!?! I don’t know. But I went to ask for help and manage to lodge a damaged baggage report at the counter and they did all the paperwork for me. Gotta email the peeps at Qatar now to get either compensation or for them to fix my luggage.
DAMN CRIPPLED WITH 3 WHEELS OK!! Really no joke. The wheel had to spoil at the BACK. Which meant I couldn’t drag my luggage around either. I had to pull it from the front using the top handle. MADNESS FOR 31KG WORTH OF BAGGAGE DAMNIT.
Thank God I bought insurance… It’s one of those times when I thought, “Ah it will never happen to me.”, but it did. So please buy travel insurance and make sure your baggage is insured!!
My new luggage cost me a BOMB and I’m just glad I’m prolly gna get the full sum back. Plus try and claim the cab I took from the airport to the hostel becuz I couldn’t lug it myself. Crazy.
Went w JW who changed over to a domestic flight (to Bergen!!) and it was goodbye for a good week or more before I see him again. T_T
Sian. Really gna miss my muscle man cuz he always helps me with my luggage and whatever on a daily basis… T_T Wonder what life is going to be like without him there all the time.
Time to get independent!! Luggage all that I have to bao ga liao alr…
So anyway, as tempted as I was to jump into a cab at the airport, I took the FlyToGet express train to Oslo Central Station with all my luggage!
The FlyToGet express train is REALLY good cuz it gets you to Oslo Central in 20 mins for just 90 NOK (student price!!! rmb to get that) which is half the regular price. I mean for students it is really worth it… I’d highly recommend it.
The FTG ticketing machines are hard to miss if you’re walking towards the trains anyway.
More info here,
Had some difficulty lugging my spoilt luggage up the train but got some help from a friendly Norwegian dude!! Much thanks T_T
Once I reached Oslo Central Station, I didn’t hesitate and immediately grabbed a taxi. Yes they are very expensive, but I didn’t really have much of a choice.
If I were to choose between landing myself in the hospital (CONFIRM FALL DOWN IF I CARRY MY LUGGAGE) and paying about 100SGD for a cab, I’d pick the latter.
Healthcare in Norway confirm more expensive than 100 sgd. So yeah. Single travellers pls take note, you should be able to handle your own luggage!
I opted for the cab because I had to collect my keys for my Krinsja apartment at SiO Centre in Blindern. I didn’t wna have to take trains and change here change there. Damn troublesome for me.
The taxi was very nice and waited for me while I collected my keys. I got my room in Block 12!! It’s a single furnished room (has nothing inside la LOL) with my own toilet! YAYYYYY. And also it was recently renovated so everything inside is super new and clean.
This is the view of my hostel in Krinsja!! Really quite a chio place. Albeit 20mins away from BI… But quite convenient cuz there’s a train right outside the hostel and it goes directly to school.
Met up with the rest of the BI girls (yea my SMU matessss) and took a train to school cuz we had some orientation activities and stuff.
I SAW THESE 2 ADORABLE CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIELS AND SQUEALED ON THE SPOT.
They were adorable… I miss Prince so so much :( Sian.
And in Norway the dogs can go EVERYWHERE!! Malls, trains, buses… Everything!! Sigh I am so convinced that Prince would really love this place. Who’s to say I won’t migrate here one day?!?! Ugh!!! I would love to keep a dog here….
The trains in Norway are very punctual and efficient, but you got to know the train timings. They are very irregular so if you’re late, you’re late. That’s it.
We had to wait 9 mins for a train because we didn’t check out the schedule beforehand. Lollololol.
Say Hi to Victoria!! Vicky for short. Hehe.
And here we are!! NYDALEN! BI Norwegian Business School!
The school is damn pretty!!!!!!!!!!!! REALLY!!!!!
Check out the architecture omg.. Looks like some super avant garde office please!! I heard the library is insanely beautiful too. Gna check it out later in school when we have time. At times like this I thank God I purchased my wide angle lens before leaving SG. The pics are so awesome!!!
Fadderullan is a student association who’s in charge of parties and stuff for the students at BI and this week is PACKED with activities!! Think we’re gna join some and have some cray cray fun!! Hope the activities are as fun as they publicised. The video looked CRAYYYY.
FREE CHOCS AND MINTS!!!!!
(everything free in Norway just take la, confirm useful one day LOL)
And while the girls cooked their own lunch and brought it to school (they even made me a tuna sandwich so sweet :’) ) I decided to check out the school’s canteen.
I don’t believe I’ll prepare food for myself everyday so… On days when I’m really lazy I gotta eat in school too right?! Hahaha…..
Damn hungry after a long flight plus plane food SUCKS!!! This was supposed to be a treat.
So anyway, I ordered the pull pork “hot box” a.k.a “lunch box” which came with a good serving of pork, rice, beans (yuck), sour cream (yuck yuck), parsley (YUCKS!!!!!!) and some veg. It only cost 40 NOK though!?!? That’s like what… 7 plus SGD?? I think it’s actually quite reasonable considering the fact that pasta in SMU costs like maybe 1 dollar more??!
I might actually eat in school quite abit…. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. There was even an option to get Salmon (YES SALMON) for the same price. Apparently the menu changes everyday so… I’ll update more in this space in time to come.
The food was LEGIT and I wouldn’t mind having that again. Really!! I’ll just rmb to ask for no sour cream/parsley/beans…
Aft lunch we had an intro lecture in this HUGE auditorium/lecture hall very similar to SMU’s Mochtar Riady Hall. They basically introduced some cool stuff to us and the student association etc etc…
The purpose of this picture was to introduce my new friends la. HAHAHAHA. Say hi!!!
So we were told that we had a free dinner called BI-dinner at 5pm (YAY DON’T NEED TO COOK!!!!) and we decided to go find SIM cards cuz I was DYING without my data. OMG. Thank God the school had free wifi, but on the go… Not having data made me feel super paranoid.
WHAT IF I GOT LOST ETC ETC?!??!?!? NOOOOOO…..
Settled for this telecom in the end.
Firstly because they were at BI yesterday giving out free MyCall sim cards (yes usually you’ll have to purchase the sim cards THEN top up again with more money) and also because they gave quite an attractive package to us.
For just 199 NOK they gave us a total of 2.5GB (don’t bother about the paper) worth of data, 250 mins of overseas calls, 500 mins in Norway and 500 SMSes (international and domestic)!
I mean that was quite a good deal for me cuz I was thinking of calling home to talk to my Ah Ma. Not always my Dad or brother will be home to help me skype her. So yea!!! Quite good!!
There are other data options which you can check out but this worked the best for me. There’s some other data provider that lets you use ONLY messaging apps but I didn’t want to restrict myself.
With the freebies thrown in the price was actually very similar. I’ll just have to ration this 2.5GB worth of data properly during my stay here. If need more then just top up lor…
First “ootd” at school. The place is really nice!! I can see myself taking a lot of pics here. LOL. HAHAHHAA.
Poor friends of mine…
And a quick selfie before dinner and skyping with Rach and my fam in SG!!!!! I love this new lens.
And I can’t wait to lose weight here in Norway. I really think I will become skinnier here lor… Hahahahhaha.
Outside school w the SMU girls!! Oh and the weather was so gorgeous I wore a sleeveless top plus shorts and it was just PERF. I love the weather!! PLS JUST STAY THIS WAY T_T It’s JUST NICE!!!!!!
Spent a total of 1.5k NOK in one day because I had to get my concession pass (410 NOK) and shampoo + conditioner (260 NOK LOL) plus other stuff. Damn crazy la I spent a lot in my first day. And I haven’t even went to Ikea!! Going later!!
Went for our free dinner in school at the cafeteria!!
Free dinners R THE BEST.
This is Vicky who actually dropped a whole stack of serviettes on the floor before I snapped this. LOL. HAHAHAHHAA…
LEGIT HUH!!! This was the other “lunch set” I think?!?! only 40 NOK!! Not very big but it’s substantial enough for a meal!! I should cut down on my meal portions though… I mean if I wna lose weight. AHHAHA…
And home sweet home!!! I am not done with unpacking my luggage la obviously. But this is my room!!! Gna get stuff from IKEA to deco the place a bit becuz it kinda looks like a jail now…
And the f**king blinds are shit. I will never pull them up again until I get curtains. LOL. Damn sian spent like 20 plus mins just trying to get them down again. TMD.
Will update this space again (soon I hope) after I have finished clearing things up!! I haven’t even bought utensils (using those plastic ones I koped from sch LOLLLL) and I’m heading out now.
SEE Y’ALL SOON!!!!