Sunday, May 19, 2013

May 17th, Norways constitution day

Hi pretties!

Last Friday was Norways constitution day, which kind of is a big thing.

And since it's kind of a big thing, I was pretty much miserable being here in Tokyo, and not in Norway with my family, getting sober from the night before, with grandmas delicious food.

But this year...: 

授業!I had class!
Yep, I was at school. Of course! So I didn't want to dress up as I usually would. I usually wear my Innocent World rose print dress, because it's kind of similar to the Norwegian national costume, the Bunad :)

This picture is from 3 years ago(?), back when I had black hair :) 
JSK: Innocent World
Blouse: Baby, the stars shine bright
Shoes: Bodyline
Hair accessory: Moi meme Moitie
This year, I went with a black simple dress and polkadot tights.

Dress, shoes, bag: H&M
Tights: Random store
Necklace: D&G
When I got home from school I just went to bed, because I was so down. I didn't want that day to exsist unless I was back home with my family. I played a lot of My Little Pony on my Samsung Galaxy to forget the world for some time.

But....! My friend Natasha invited me to her and her fiancés place to drink a bit and watch the live broadcast from Norways equivalent to NHK, called fittingly NRK. So I threw off my black dress and put on some more fitting colours... Red, white and blue!
Norwegian flag themed outfit, yeeeah. 
I didn't have much to wear, so I put on blue jean high waist shorts, white tights and a red knit sweater :)  

Ribbon, sweater: Second hand
Shorts: Vero Moda
Socks: Metamorphose
Shoes: H&M
This was my face, yo. (I need to go to a hair salon ASAP!) 
So then I went to Natasha and Allys place, and had a great time! It was so nice to be able to speak in Norwegian on that very day :') 

Nice and relaxed in front of the big screen, with strawberries and bubbly :) 
Me and Natasha, celebrating with Japanese beer ;P 
Thanks to Natasha, Ally and Natashas mom I got to have some form of celebration, at least :') I'm very thankful for that! And it was very nice, we went to the local bar after the live broadcast, and had some more to drink. Talked to some nice Japanese people as well. Took a cab home, a bit more expensive than I thought it'd be since Japanese taxi drivers don't really use GPS and the address system in Japan is a mess... So I tried to explain in Japanese to the driver where he should drive, but I don't think he understood me that well. (Let's just say I had a few drinks) So ended up going kind of zig zag to my final destination; Home.

I just threw everything I had on on the floor and collapsed in my bed, but at least I remembered to remove my make up!! ^^ They day after was filled with hnnnnnnggggghhhh and GAH, but I felt better throughout the day, and went to the supermarket and bought FOOD! 

So today I made Japanese curry with those packets of ready-made sauce, you know? But, it didn't really taste like curry, because it was sooo mild, and it didn't have the distinct Japanese curry flavour to it.. It actually tasted like Lapskaus! It's a Norwegian dish, fittingly often served on May 17th, so this really reminded me of home :) Definitely bying that again! 懐かしい!

Monday, May 6, 2013

My life so far and stuff I miss/don't miss about Norway

It's getting late and I'm jacked up on too much chocolate, so why not take advantage of the situation and write a blog post? I feel I've been "boring" you with entries with photos only, and very few stories to tell you, so here's me, trying to come up with something to write. 

Yes, this will be rambly. You have been warned ;) 

I've been having a great time in Golden week, both with and without friends. I've had days where I don't feel like meeting people, and there has been days where I couldn't get out of my room fast enough! 
I really enjoy being by myself, just watching youtube videos, making clothing and/or accessories, drawing or just listening to music and getting lost in my own thoughts and discussions that will never happen. But this can be kind of a trap for me when I'm here, because I could lose contact with people so fast! So maybe over the summer I'll get even more friends, get my tush out there in the city and have more fun! 

Last Saturday, I was super social! During the day I was with friends from my dorm at the Fuji-Q Highland theme park, with the famous Horror hospital, the scariest haunted house in the world. I didn't go to that one, but the other rides we took were soo much fun! I actually bought the picture from the Eejanaika roller coaster, but... I'm not putting that thing online, it was so hideous!! I almost started crying from laughter, I just had to get it ヽ(*・ω・)ノ
After coming back to Tokyo that night, I went straight to my friends Natashas house, to 
meet her fiance and friends, to drink and have a good time! :) It was indeed a good time, I 
certinately felt it the day after, hehe.

The classes have started again, as Golden Week is over.. It was easier than I thought! I 
actually woke up ten minutes before the alarm was supposed to go off.. I never went off, so 
I was lucky, hehe.
It was nice to start talking in Japanese again, I have actually spoken more English since I 
got here, instead of Japanese. I know I know, shame shame. I still feel very insecure when it
comes to speaking Japanese, but I'm certinately more confident than I was just half a year 

So far I have been loving my life here, with some ups and downs of course. I'm not looking 
forward to the day I get really, really homesick, because I know that when that day comes, 
I can't do anything about it. Or moreover, I don't want to do anything about it, because I want 
to become even more independent from my country/family/friends, and get out of my comfort
zone more often! So far there are of course things I really, REALLY miss about Norway, and 
there are things that I'd just prefer not to see ever again when I return. I'm just going to write 
lists on what I miss and don't miss, since I love lists. Yes.

Stuff that I miss regarding food stuffs: 

  • Milk that doesn't smell/taste funny
  • Gilde sausages
  • Freia / Nidar Candy (CHOCOLATE.)
  • Max Boller
  • Bread that doesn't look like a half done strawberry short cake. 
  • Tap water
Stuff I miss in general:
  • My friends and family, of course
  • The Norwegian language, with little to no language barriers
  • Norwegian Television (acutally, yes.. I'm surprised myself)
  • Snow
  • Finding pants/shorts in my size (Yes, I'm actually a bit too big here, for the cool brands..)
  • No smoking in restaurants/bars

Stuff I don't miss about Norway:
  • Norwegian prices
  • Regulations on when you're allowed to buy alcohol (Thank you konbinis!)
  • Lack of politiness (Even though, in Japan the politeness absolutely not always heartfelt, but at least it's common coutresy)
  • Never, ever finding a bra in my size that's nice-looking and under 1000NOK
  • Littering, EVERYWHERE.
These are a few of my miss/don't miss, I will probably do another with next year, right before I actually go home.. Will be interesting to see what the differences are :) 

Wow this is turning out to be a long post, so I'm not sure what to do now.
I tried to upload a picture, but it only turns out black. Blacker than the darkest of nights. Shoot.

I think I'm going to bed, it's way past my bedtime, even though I don't have class tomorrow! lol


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Shibuya, Harajuku and campus hospital (This month in pictures)

I've been struggling with this cold for almost a month now, so I haven't had the energy to really blog properly, sorry about that! m(_ _)m

This post will be mostly pictures, I guess.. Even though I don't have school this week because of Golden Week, the teachers have been so kind to give us lots of homework x) So I don't have time to really write much!
Don't know what Golden week is?
Neither do I, I just know that it's a national holiday around april/may, and lasts for one week. I like it, just because there's no class. Yeeeaaah. Seems like a lot of Japanese people go overseas for Golden Week, or at least to Okinawa. I wanna go to Okinawa one day!

Anyway, here are some pictures from the last month!

Shibuya (05.04.2013)

 Aaaah, dangerous! 


My loot! 
White ripped up jeggings, lots of socks and tights and the well-known Tutuha plastic cross necklace :) 

Nights out: 

Karaoke with Thomas :) 

I love singing Ponponpon at karaoke bars, it's so quick and fun to sing!  

Clubbing in Akihabara with Thomas, Sandra and Xenia: 

 This is actually the restroom art at a club in Akihabara called Mogra... Sooo sick! 

 One of the guest DJ's. Apparently she's an idol ^^

This guy was sleeping on the same chair the whole time we were there! And that was like... for 5 hours, with UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ around him Haha.


Jacket: Adidas
T-shirt: Gina Tricot 
Jeggings: Spiga

 Takeshita dori, sooooo crowded +__+ 


 My Japanese phone, with my new strap from SBY, and two hair clips from Swimmer 

Skirt from Listen Flavour, socks from Metamorphose and socks from a random store I can't remember. MELTING SOCKS. They are awesome. 

Fancy welcome reception with free food:

Aaaaaaah dat food.
It was held at a hotel that's actually on campus, it was SO FANCY OMG. There weren't any bloody chairs though, so we had to stand through the whole thing, through the dinner as well! It was so uncomfortable standing with back half-bend eating, I felt so stressed while I was eating! So... I sat down on the floor. I'm so classy, haha.

 Huuuge Chandeliers!

Delicious food! That pasta dish.. aaaaaaah 

Good-bye party:

The last week hasn't been all happy-go-lucky, at least for me..
One day Thomas said to me "I want to home, back to Norway. I don't want to be here anymore."
And with a lot of arguing and stubbornness with the Waseda and dorm administration, Thomas left two days later. It's so sad that he wanted to go home, and that he didn't like it here.. But I guess he's happier now that he's back in Norway with his gf again!

So to say good-bye we had a last dinner out, at the classy Saizeriya, hehe. It was a fun night, but I was really sad the days after.. I felt so alone! I guess I still do, but.. I'm adjusting, little by little!

Cuties Sandra and Xenia! 

 Thomas, me and our wine baby. I'ts a 1,5l bottle. HUGE. And it's only 1050yen. Crazy.

He can rock any glasses :) 

The next day, Thomas left. And I went to school, a bit hungover and still sick from the cold. I managed to take the vocab test, and then I had to puke.. So I was sent to the campus hospital! It was quite and odd experience, since we don't really have functional nurse offices at my home uni.. I was taken so good care of! I was so sad because of Thomas leaving as well, so I was absolutely exhausted..

They almost commanded me to go to bed and rest, and I thank them for that! They were really nice, the doctor and the nurses. I was there for about five or six hours, they helped me getting the right medicine, and with the National health insurance the whole thing cost me about 2400, included medicine! Awesome.

Selfie. Because bear ears. Rawr.

2 days ago I went by myself to Nippori, the "Textile Town" of Tokyo!
It was... haha, amazing to put it simply! At first I thought there was like one small street with 10 shops or so.. Oh boy, I was wrong! I spent around 10000yen on fabric and stuff. I had to really hold myself back, shopping fabric by myself is a real challenge! I tend to splurge, and never making anything out of the stuff I've bought.

LOOK. I bought Kumamon fabric! Why? For the glory of Satan, of course! 

My small goods:) Zippers, measuring band, buttons, big buttons, etc etc

My little DIY drawer :)

When I got home I started making something out of the kumamon fabric right away! And since I don't have access to a sewing machine yet, I did it all by hand. Took me around 9 hours in all, with overlocking all the seams. Just because it's handmade doesn't necessarily mean it's not sturdy ;)


So that's what I've been up to for the last month, in addition to lectures. Phew! 
I'm sorry for the boring post, I promise to try to be a good blogger! 

Have a nice