Early morning selfie because I can. I love my wide angle lens!! I’m so glad I decided to buy it when I was in SG. It’s been my bestfriend this whole trip!!!
So anyway that’s my comfy bed which I love to bitttsssss now that I’m here in Oslo. It’s home for 5 months!
My messy computer table which has stuff scattered all over it.. Hahaha. The extension cable which I brought from SG has proved itself to be very very useful here. A MUST BRING IF YOU’RE GG ON EXCHANGE!!!
The weather was looking really good as well! It’s sunny but the wind is soooo chilly and awesome because you don’t sweat at all!! I am definitely going to miss this when I get back to SG. NOO!!!!
There’s a grocery store called KIWI located within the Krinsja student village so it’s DAMN convenient when you need to get food/stuff to cook!! They also sell stuff like shampoo etc..
Did I tell you that their salmon is DAMN FREAKIN cheap?!? I’ve been having it EVERYDAY since I got here. More pics below at the end hehe.
This is the salmon. Frozen la. But whatever?!? Tastes damn good also!! Like 38 NOK per 500g, 4 pieces. That’s about….. 2 dollars per piece? And abit less. DAMN CHEAP LA!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok grocery shopping later when we get back, first some OOTD shots before heading to school! I love my lens I love my lens I love love LOVEEEE it!!!
Oh and we made a new friend at the train station, she’s from Thailand!! And she lives in my block on the same level as me!! She promised she’ll cook thai food for me and I’m soooo excited!! She’s really pretty too.
Exchange has been really interesting, I’ve made so many new friends/acquaintances even after just a short stay here. I would never do this in Singapore.. It’s just too weird to mingle with others for no reason.
And off we were to our “class” in BI. They tried to teach us Norwegian in 90 minutes but it was a complete failure for me… I gave up in 30 seconds sia. Damn hard to speak!! A lot of tongue action (LOL) going on.
But at least now I know how to pronounce Krinsja. It’s Krins-shaw. Not JA. Quite cool huh. Can practice at the train stations LOL.
What’s class without a selfie? :3
And then they served us free lunch. Aka a very tough baguette with filling.
Ok la it wasn’t that bad but it wasn’t amazing… Apparently they sell this at the school canteen. I am going to steer clear from this. It’s like 8 SGD!! :O
Excited girls because we didn’t have to make/cook our own lunch!! FYEAH!!!! LOL.
Cooking can be quite a pain in the ass when you live meal to meal ok… I totally understand why my Ah Ma always complains now in SG. You get bored of cooking the same thing over and over again, but at the same time you’re just too lazy to think of other stuff to cook!
Damn sian one.
Ok the baguettes really look way better than they taste. HAHA. The bread was like really hard and chewy!??! But whatever la, free food is good food.
With my Thai friend/neighbour!! :>
We also discussed plans to visit Stavanger over the weekend and THEY ARE HAPPENING!! We are going hiking!!! It’s going to be a really scary experience but I’m so excited for it!! Praying hard everything goes well though. I heard the hike can be damn demanding…
Thank God a bunch of NTU peeps are also going so they can save the 5 SMU damsels in distress.. Sometimes travelling with girls only can be a pain because we’re all good and bad at the same things. LOLLLL.
At Oslo City’s shopping centre! The girls went to get their hairdryers but I forgot from which shop. It was quite affordable!! I don’t know how they survived DAYS without using a hairdryer. I brought mine from SG because I know I can’t take a bath without mine.
Did some grocery shopping and came back with the above for dinner!! Sans the bread.
The bread was for my breakfasts (WITH KAYA YASSSSS), and it’s damn cheap wtf. Like 2 NOK for 8 pieces. 2 NOK is approx 40 cents SGD. So ya, you do the math. I dont know how they even make money out of selling that?!? Doesn’t make sense.
But whatever, I’m happy because I LOVE BREAD!!!!!!!!
We bought this damn cheap pizza from their house brand, First Price (it’s like the combination of SG’s Fair Price and First Choice LOL), and it tasted like sai la.
But honestly after coming to Oslo, you’re gna be buying LOADS of house brand stuff. I think almost all my groceries are from First Price sia. Toilet rolls, granola, bread, salmon fillet, eggs…
It’s really just much cheaper and the difference in taste and quality is bearable. So I can tahan and just use.
Pan fried the salmon with olive oil and added the teriyaki sauce from Wok (WHICH SUCKED LIKE SHIT NABEH) for the girls too!! The salmon can improve a bit but I got the hang of it and it really reminded me of home.
My Ah Ma always cooks this at home with teriyaki sauce and I just followed her steps. So happy it worked?!?! Tasted damn legit!!!!!!
Except for the fucking teriyaki sauce. Got a Kikoman one a few days later from the Asian Mart. That packet one SUCKS BALLS. Don’t waste your money on it.
Selfies after dinner!!!
And we discussed checking out the meteor shower (YAS SHOOTING STARS!!!) at Sognsvann! It’s right behind our place! My German friend was telling me all about it and how the day before we missed the biggest display of meteor showers. :( BOOOOOO.
So anyway we could still catch it as long as we got to a place dark enough and faced the correct direction, so we went to give it a try after dinner!
Day time Oslo is quite cooling but at night it gets really cold once the sun sets. Although the sun only fully sets at around 10/11pm here… I put on my jeans and comfy black ugg boots plus my H&M sweater and took a scarf along.
It was still too cold!!! But I braved it anyway. The walk wasn’t too long.
I can’t capture it in pictures because my camera just CAN’T do it. But the lake at night was GORGEOUS. There was still a little bit of sun left, so there weren’t that many stars in the sky… But wow. Really. It was just a really wow moment for all of us when we stood on the rocks and looked straight at the lake.
It was a beautiful hue of blue, with the ripples in the lake going back and forth with the wind. I can’t explain it in words because I am not good with it, but I was just stunned for a few minutes and sat there taking in the view.
I tilted my head up and saw a sky full of stars (yes Coldplay) and I just knew I had to sit here for awhile before I left.
The 5 of us stood at the lake, perched on the rocks, looked up at the stars and spent a good 1-2 hours or so craning our necks catching shooting stars (WHICH WE SAW!!! Really omg moments) in the cold.
It was freezing, but none of us were complaining. It was so worth it. The view just made up for everything.
Used an iPhone to shine light in order for me to snap a picture. I love these pictures so much. Although it can’t compare with the actual view, it’s better than nothing and also a nice memory of the Sognsvann.
As the sky got darker, and as we got more caught up with looking at the stars, Vicky, Deveka and I decided to make ourselves more comfortable at the Sognsvann. We headed back to Krinsja and picked up our sleeping bags so we could lie down on the rocks and look up at the stars without craning our necks. It was starting to hurt.
It was what… 1230am when we did that. But we thought we just had to stay longer. This was a once in a lifetime experience. How often would we have the chance to see shooting stars in a space so beautiful and so large? Not so much.
We went back and it was one of the best decisions I have made since I got here. Even now I can remember the moments when we listened to Coldplay on the speakers, lying on the rocks and looking up into the skies, catching some of the most beautiful shooting stars that night.
It was so beautiful. I want to do it again. Heard there’s going to be another shower on 14 December this year, and it’s going to be even better than the one we saw that day! I am excited!!
I couldn’t get a picture of the stars that day but I hope I’ll figure it out by the 14th. Anyway, it’s beauty can’t be captured in a photograph. At least not by me!!
I am really loving Oslo so far. The place is gorgeous, but the people… Hmm… Still having reservations after a really sh*tty experience with the orientation “buddies”, or lack thereof, from BI.
We’ve met some really nice people, but the views in Oslo have yet to disappoint me. Stargazing at the Sogsnvann is a MUST if you’re here in Oslo! Even more so if you live here in Krinsja!