Moving to Norway? – Initial Tips on Arrival

It can be a stressful experience moving to a new city/country but even more so if you don’t speak the language. Below are some useful (general) tips if you are moving to Norway. Make sure you filled in and submit your application to The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) website. You can do this by…

Life Choices

Life is incredibly weird at times. Sometime I am not sure whether I have been making the right conscious choices in life to get to this point I am in life now or have I just been incredibly lucky? I guess it really depends on whom you are talking to. Some may even claimed that…

Living in a new country

I have been slacking big time in blogging for some time now. When did it first start? Probably – since I got busy at my Dunedin workplace in New Zealand. I wish there were more exciting excuses but it all came down firstly by the busy-ness. Then, it was just mental block. This followed by…

Learning Norwegian (Norge)

Where should I even begin? I am surprised at how desperate I am with wanting to learn and speak the language as quickly as I can. And I guess due to my desperation, I am still at no where with my language after 1 month in Norway. It is even harder having to learn it…

Pre-arrival stereotypes about Norway

A Month Ago Today! Yes, it has been one month since we arrived. Time does flies. So what have we been up to? Other than trying to sort out the paperwork to be a legal immigrants here; we have been house hunting, cracking our head up at grocery shopping (not having the language skill) and…

Travellogue – Port Villa, Vanuatu

Day 01 – 04,  27th – 30th  Dec 2015, (Sunday – Wednesday) We arrived at about 5.05pm in Vanuatu. The weather was great. First impression is that there’s heaps of smiling locals. It’s so different from New Caledonia. I think I am liking this place already. We got picked up at the airport by Eric,…

Travellogue – Last 2 Days in New Caledonia

Day 13 & 14 (26th – 27th December 2015, Saturday – Sunday) The drive from Poe was pretty uneventful. Straightforward drive. We did however stopped at the New Zealand Military Cemetery near Bourail. We were back at the YHA just around noon. Got the car cleaned and ready to be returned. Great rental company called…

Travellogue- New Caledonia

Day 10, 11 & 12 – (23 – 25 Dec 2015, Wednesday – Friday) Relais de Poingam was really nice that we stayed here for 3 nights. Most day are spent lazing around and swimming.It was real good. The holiday that I’ve been imagining in my head for the last couple of months. It was…

Travellogue – New Caledonia

Day 09 (22 Dec 2015, Tuesday) First rainy day! Well, it’s raining now in Koumac. Not heavy but the heaviest we have had experienced so far. We are off to do our grocery shopping for the few days we will be in Poingam. Last stop for refuel and grocery restock. We were told that Poingam…

Travellogue – New Caledonia

Day 07-08 (20th, Sunday & 21st, Monday Dec 2015) Everything are closed on Sunday here.  So, we always need to plan ahead in terms of meals. No big deal. It’s not something that should put you off. l basically spent the night before and the day reading ‘Rebecca’. Love the book. A great read indeed….

Travellogue – New Caledonia

Day 06 – [ 19 Dec 2015, Saturday] Left Poe Beach today,wished that we could have stayed longer. But we wanted to carry on to the West coast. We make a stop at Bourail Museum. It’s a nice museum.Small but enough information about the history of Bourail and its convicts history. At Bourail, we bought…

Travellogue – New Caledonia

Day 05 – [18 Dec 2015 -Friday ] Poe Beach was really nice that we decided to stay another night. But the weather hasn’t been in our favour today. Kind of gloomy and really windy.But really warm.Despite the wind, we still went into the sea for a dip. We also visited the Pierced Rock &…