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Dakar Rally

I am probably the only one in my family who is never going to learn to drive a motorbike. My husband, John, has been travelling in a motorbike all over the world. My eldest daughter, A.J. started with trial at the age of 9. Tatyana, who is 5, has started driving ATV when she was 4.

Before, I actually thought that motorsport is not a sport. They drive. That’s what I thought they do. They undergo a lot of physical training (just like other sports). Anyway, one of the rallies that my husband and I see every year is the Dakar Rally. There are 3 categories in this rally – motorbikes, cars and trucks.

I do not watch this rally because my husband does. The first time I watched this was in 2002. The same year an amatuer norwegian biker, Pål Anders Ullevålseter, joined this rally the first time. He came in 9th. In 2003, he came in 7th. In 2004, he came in 5th. In 2005, he had an accident. In 2006, he came in 6th. This year, he came in 4th. Let me say for someone who is not driving for a particular factory, he is impressive and I got amused by his improved performance every year.

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In my opinion, motorsports in Norway is not as popular as football. I remember that Dakar rally didn’t even have professional reporter from Norway that Ullevålseter had to do it himself last year or 2 years ago. We are lucky this year that the coverage on TV2 lasted for 10 minutes everyday but we have to wait until almost midnight!

I know that this is not the usual thing you expect me to post but I think this is a good break from all my christmas posts.

Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics started with the usual Italian style and grandeur in Torino today. I am not very interested in sports but I like Olympic Games.


… Too bad there is no Filipino Team ( Am I expecting too much? )…

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Off We Go

I am 10 days delayed from my original plan of flying to Manila. I got the last shipment from the factory today so I am now leaving the carpenters to finish all the projects.
**** For those who do not know what I do. I design furnitures. Custom-make them, deliver and Install — full package.
I wanted to bring my laptop but John said that I would end up working while on vacation so I really do not know whether to take it with me or not. I wanted to bring it so I could empty my memory stick whenever I wanted but this is probably a lame excuse to work on the side.

If I decided not to take my pc with me, this might be my final post for the year. I would like to thank all of you who has been regularly visiting my site and who has been interacting with me since I have started blogging. It has been a pleasure getting aquainted with all of you and I hope that we will continually share experiences and opinions next year and the years to come.

May your home be blessed with hope, prosperity and love. Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.


My 2 Christmas Angels

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We celebrated our Christmas Eve in Norway last 16th of December. We ate a traditional Norwegian Christmas Meal – Ribbe, medisterkake, medisterpølse and of course akevit. Afterwards, it was exchanging of gifts!