Category Archives: Celebration

17th of May – Part 2

17th of May or Syttende Mai is the day that the Norwegian constitution was signed. I do not think that there is a country that celebrates their independence like the Norwegians do. They celebrate it by their display of

… nationalism…

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… colors…

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Sami or Lapps Traditional Clothing/ Romerike Costume (my district)

… music…

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… importance of family and friends…

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… lifting up children …


I do not think that my description of the Norwegian National Day gives justice to how it really is. One must experience this festival to really grasp how it really is.

Photos taken with N73.

17th of May – Norwegian National Day

There are lots of things I would like to blog about these days. I just wish I had more than 24 hours to just sit down, relax and blog. Among the many things I would like post is the norwegian national day celebration.
One of the days of the year I am always looking forward to is the 17th of May. Kids and adults alike look forward to this day… probably to have an excuse to eat all the ice cream and hotdogs they can take. Kidding aside, it is a day of celebration, colors and nationalism.

Barnetog – Children’s Parade in Jessheim

John (my husband), Me in Romeriksbunad and Tatyana in Festdrakt. So why do I have a bunad (norwegian national dress) on? I inherited it from John’s aunt who inherited it from John’s grandmother. My bunad is almost 100 years old. It is very practical to have a bunad. One dress for all the formal occassions – weddings, confirmations, christening. 🙂

If you are wondering where my eldest daughter A.J. is,she is probably with friends in this sea of people at Karl Johannsgata in Oslo. We went to Oslo on the 17th of May but we didn’t see her.

At Akershus Fortress

You’d probably wonder why I use the Norwegian National Costume when I am filipino by birth. For 7 years now, Norway has been my home and 2 years ago, I chose to be a norwegian citizen. I was adopted by this wonderful country and I have no problem adapting to their culture. I am proud to be a filipino-norwegian. Please do not think that I have chosen to be a Norwegian citizen only for practical reasons. I love the nature here, the people, the air,the safety and most of all I love the home that we have created here. I am not saying that Norway is paradise. I oppose to a lot of political issues (which I will never discuss here) and a lot of loopholes in the system (which system doesn’t have one anyway?) but generally, it is great to live in this country.

PS. This post does not mean that I love the Philippines less.

Photos: I have my brother, Alvin, to thank for the photos 🙂

Easter Break

For the first time, my eldest daughter, Angelika Jane, went on a trip alone. Not very far away, though, just Denmark. Although, she was going to my husband’s family, I could not help but be worried. Even if she is 15 years old, in my eyes, she is still my baby. I guess, all parents never really get pass the point where kids grow up. Or is it just me?

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The right photo is Oslo Gardermoen Airport’s ATC tower. It is considered one of the most advanced in the world. I call the left photo – the star of Gardermoen. Hehe. If you happen to see this star as you drive by E6, you are about 2 minutes away by car to my home.

Let me tell you one thing about norwegians, they are renovation maniacs! LOL. Norwegians spend so much money on their homes. And I think I got this disease. Instead of doing something during the easter break, I decided to paint the bedroom, for now. We are intending to do something more later on.

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The room is about around 23 square meters with a wall making 2 separate small rooms inside the bedroom. I painted 10 walls. You can just imagine why I do not want to see another paint brush for awhile. It used to be yellow and I painted it Cafe Late (between brown and creme) this time. For those who know me, it would probably be a surprise since I usually choose lively colors. Maybe, I’d change my mind later.

On Easter Sunday, my daughter, Tatyana, and I went to St. Magnus Catholic Church in Lillestrøm. I like this church very much. The size of it gives me a feeling of belonging to the community. It is a small church. The simple and modern architecture and interior design of the church gives me the feeling of serenity.
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After the mass, we went to Shiela’s home, a fellow filipino, for Easter Dinner. We were served Pancit, Reindeer Steak, Embotido among others.

Minnesund Bridge
The view from Shiela’s Kitchen window. Mjøsa River. Minnesund Bridge