Category Archives: Friends

Filipino Talents

I have been living in Norway for 7 years now and I have not attended a single Filipino gathering until last weekend. I hope you do not take this in a negative way. Not that I do not like socializing with Filipinos in Norway, I just did not have the time and energy (getting old. Haha!). Here are some photos of the display of talents during the gathering.

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Filipinos in general love music. There was singing and dancing in the party. The program was entertaining especially for the Norwegian guests. I almost forgot, the food was SUPERB!!!!

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Filipinana & Barong Tagalog. These are 2 of our traditional clothes. Traditionally, these clothings are made of pineapple leaves or abaca silk. They are used in formal occassions.

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Me and friends (Dulce and Shiela)

By the way, there was an announcement at the party that a Filipino-Norwegian joined the Miss Norway this year. Her name is Kirby Ann Basken. She joined Miss Norway last year and landed second place. She also joined the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2006 and became Miss Asia Pacific International. and You might want to give your support by voting for her. Click here to vote.

Letting Kids Grow Up

Last year, my eldest daughter Angelika Jane asked me if she could see the Shakira concert in Oslo. I said it would be okey as long as she has more than 1 friend that would go with her. The concert was on March 11 at Oslo Spectrum and she had 3 friends with her. It is her first time to go out at night and in Oslo! We, of course drove her and picked her up at the venue. She probably think we are nuts repeating all the warnings. Do not go to the toilet alone. Do not talk to strangers. Do not go out of the building without your friends. Do not… do not… do not…

Her first night out in Oslo went well. She enjoyed the concert very much. I should have not been worried after all. Generally, Oslo is a very safe place and Oslo Spectrum for that matter.

While we were waiting for A.J., we had the chance to go back to our old neighborhood at Ekeberg and visited our neighbor and good friends Elizabeth Walker (an American) who is married to Terje Gewelt. We had a very good time with them. We found out that the new album Terje released is doing very well in the market. If you are into Jazz, you might want to check out NORWEGIAN SONG. Highly recommended! Not because I am partial to Terje being my friend. The album comprises of Norwegian folk songs and 2 of Edvard Grieg’s compositions. Ved Rondane (By the Rondane Mountains) and Arietta. Lucky for me, I got a free copy.

Oslo at night
This is the view I miss.

Terje & Elizabeth’s — Nellie the dog

Yesterday was “Barnehage Dag” (Kindergarten day). There was an assembly of kids at the Nordbytjerne and I was there like a stage mother following her kid around. LOL.

Barnehage dag
There were about 1000 kids in this assembly

Fun in the sun
… and some kids just want to use some energy a little…

T & K
Tatyana and Kristian having a time out from running around

The still frozen Nordbytjerne

Connecting People

One night last December, I got the surprise of my life. I turned on my pc and found offline IM’s from a friend, Virginia Samson. I have never seen her for years. The last time I saw her was 1988 or 1989 at one of those jeepney stops at University of the Philippines in Diliman.

She found this blog while searching for the Arsenal site. Goodness knows how my blog showed up. It is a blessing though. I have been trying to find out her whereabouts for years. She is one of my closest friends from kindergarten to my senior year in highschool. We both went to an all-girl school called Our Lady of Grace Academy (now St. Mary’s). I have mentioned this before on one of my posts in February 2006.

To my classmates who are reading this blog. You might want to know that as expected, Virginia Samson, is now a doctor (orthopedic surgeon) and is now in Hongkong. She is now specializing in hand surgery.

Thanks for everyone who wished me well when I was sick. I had chicken pox and I didn’t know that one can have it in the throat, tongue and gums! I am posting my usual norwegian experience soon.