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Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 23rd 2018

Friday, 23rd March 2018 R was not available today as he had a wedding party to attend this evening. So after work today, I took a tram from office to Brugata where I linked up with TS outside Scanasia Supermarket as he had a couple of items to pick up before the weekend. After we were done with grocery shopping, we headed to the Rice Bowl Restaurant for dinner. This was one of the highly recommended places for affordable meals in Oslo and certainly one of the favourite spots for our Singaporean colleagues when they were seconded to the city for work some years back. I guessed this place reminded them of home even though it is a Thai Restaurant actually. There were no other eating spots that served Singapore cuisine. For our Friday evening dinner, ... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 22nd 2018

Thursday, 22nd March 2018 On the way to the train station every morning, I would pass by the Palace building on my right. On some sunny days, the palace facade would look especially impressive when the first rays of light shone on it. The Palace faced directly on the east overlooking the Karl Johans Gate. Today is a bright, sunny day with clear blue skies as we left office. We decided to head to the Aker Brygge for dinner to take advantage of the nice weather. R brought us to Rorbua, a cosy eating spot that served Norweigian cuisine. We ordered the fish soup, salmon and whale meat for sharing. This was yet another great recommendation from R as everybody gave a thumbs-up for the dishes. ... read more
Dinner @ Rorbua

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 21st 2018

Wednesday, 21st March 2018 Tram 11 is a very useful service that plies between R's apartment in Majorstuen and the hotel that I resided in downtown Oslo. It saved me the efforts to walk home from the National Theatre Station especially on cold, wintry evenings. We were very glad that our colleague from the Singapore office, TS was able to join us for our dinner plans this evening. Prior to meeting him, we took a stroll along Karl Johans Gate after work to take in some pictures of the impressive Parliament Building. We decided to go for Chinese food at Shanghai 2K18 this evening as we were having some cravings for rice. We ordered a couple of meat and veggie dishes for sharing over dinner and it was a nice and inexpensive experience as we rounded ... read more
Oslo Parliament Building
Karl Johans Gate
Dinner @ Shanghai 2K18

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 20th 2018

Tuesday, 20th March 2018 I woke up with a nice view of Oslo city from my hotel bedroom this morning. H lamented that this was a very typical European city shot (nice!) when he saw the picture. Today is a cloudy day to speak of as I prep myself to work amidst the chilly temperatures. Typically on a working day, our 30-minute lunch break stretches between 11 to 11.30am. Lunch is buffet style that changes daily to appeal to different tastes. For dinner, R and myself headed to Fridays which had a restaurant opposite Oslo Central Station. The prices at Fridays were almost always steep as we ordered two mains for sharing. I didn't quite like the ribs today as it was overcooked and dry. Otherwise, this was a good dinner with great service to end ... read more
Lunch - buffet style
Dinner @ Fridays

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 19th 2018

Monday, 19th March 2018 Breakfast at the hotel was a happy affair for me every morning. Even though I spent no more than 30 minutes at the buffet table each day, the spread filled me up and the coffee gave me a good head-start for the work day. I normally arrived at my work place before eight in the morning and finished work by five or five thirty in the evening. For dinner, R brought me to the Brugata district in Oslo where there were a couple of Asian restaurants and supermarkets operating within the vicinity. Prior to dinner, I had my Mcflurry treats at Mcdonalds before popping over to Lille Saigon 1. This is a no-frills Vietnamese eatery where it was filled with dinner crowds on a Monday evening. It wasn't difficult to explain why. ... read more
Brugata, Oslo
Lille Saigon 1, Brugata
Dinner at Lille Saigon 1

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 18th 2018

Sunday, 18th March 2018 After touching down at the airport, R brought me to the railway platform to board a NSB train to the National Theatre Station in downtown Oslo. With two departing trains every hour, this is a comparatively cheaper way to travel (NOK 66) compared to the Flytoget Service (NOK 190). After depositing my baggage at the hotel, R and I headed to the Cafe Cathedral within the Karl Johans Gate vicinity for breakfast. Since this was a Sunday, most of the shops in downtown Oslo were not opened for business. In the afternoon, we did a fair bit of sight-seeing to cover areas like the Opera House, Aker Brygge as well as the Akershus Fortress where it housed a rather extensive Military Museum (free admission). We arrived at R's apartment at the upmarket ... read more
Military Museum
The Fortress compounds
Cafe Cathedral breakfast

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 18th 2018

Sunday, 18th March 2018 I arrived a day ahead of my meetings in Oslo so that I could have some decent rest before heading to the office on Monday morning. This was my second business trip to Oslo, the capital city of Norway. Everything seemed somewhat familiar. I was staying at the same hotel and taking the same train service to work. Arrival at Oslo Gardermoen Airport at 7.30am on Sunday, R was expecting me at the Arrivals. He had been working out of Oslo office for the past two years. We were great buddies in the Singapore office together with J and it was nice to meet him again since our CNY lunch in Singapore in February 2018. Temperatures in Oslo today was in a low -12 degrees even though we were assured of clear ... read more
My home in Oslo for 2 weeks

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Desaru March 4th 2018

Sunday, 4th March 2018 Checking in at the Sands and Sandals Resort was a pleasant experience. We had a pool facing room with a partial seaview. The bedroom was spacious with an outdoor bath at the balcony. Our minor gripe was the less than satisfactory air-conditioning which DC woke up with sweat the next day. Our afternoon activities included kite flying by the peaceful beach and taking naps on the sun deck chairs by the swimming pool. For dinner, we drove out to the Indian Mamak stalls for our delicious roti canai and nasi goreng pattaya. On our way back to our room, we headed back to the beach to set off some mini-fireworks as well as moon watching by the sea. Breakfast the following day was nothing to shout about which was a shame given ... read more
With a huge swimming pool
Good morning Desaru

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Desaru March 3rd 2018

Saturday, 3rd March 2018 Our Desaru roadtrip started on Saturday morning when DC arrived at my place sometime after 6am. The strategy was to beat the weekend crowds at the Woodlands Checkpoint by having an early start. Desaru have been a bucketlist as far as my travel plans go. It was one of the earliest places in Malaysia that I knew it existed. The story goes back to 1991 when there was a school trip and for some reasons, I was not able to make it for the trip. Flashback 27 years later, I was soon on my way to Desaru in March 2018 courtesy of DC. Our efforts paid off as we arrived at our breakfast place at Restoran Gim Cheng around 7+ in the morning. This is a no-frills Dim Sum place near to ... read more
On our way to Desaru
And finally!

Asia » Japan » Okinawa » Okinawa Honto January 27th 2018

Saturday, 27th January 2018 I made a trip to the Manko Wetland Park this morning, about 15 minutes walk from the nearest monorail station. This is a peaceful oasis where mangroves thrives and certainly a perfect spot for bird watching. I liked that the Information Centre is directly linked to the boardwalk which brings visitors straight to nature. I probably spent about an hour at the Wetland Centre before proceeding to the Outlet Mall in the afternoon. I came home empty handed (which was okay) even though I was rewarded with a generous serving of Milk Tea Ice-cream from Blue Seal. On my final evening in Naha, I went for a hike up to Gajanbira Park, a hidden gem about 15 minutes from Oroku Monorail Station. Since this was perched on top of the hill, I ... read more
View from Gajanbira Park, Naha

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