Friday, 14 October 2016

our honeymoon, part one

Hey peeps! So, with a risk of making y'all totally jealous... guess where I am? Well, me and Andreas are on our honeymoon in Bali! 

We'll be here for two weeks and I will try to post every now and then, using iPhone photos, just to keep you updated,  but then maybe summarize with the best photos from our proper camera when we get back.

This post is just from the first day, when we stayed at this really cool hotel called Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa, in Seminyak. We had booked just one night here and only for the reason we had seen really cool photos on Pinterest... And this place was totally cool! We had our own little "villa" with a sleeping loft, and the communal pool just outside the balcony door. Close enough for me to get a bit wet when we arrived in the nighttime and I couldn't really see where the water started. 

We had a midnight swim. And then another one about an hour after breakfast the next day just soaking in the warm water. Totally great place.

This was also the day when I had the first blue cocktail of the week. A few days in and I can promise that it will not be the only one. 

our honeymoon, part two. Seminyak

So i'm dividing these posts after the hotels we were staying at. This was the second, and it was... Beyond words. Basically we had our own completely separate villa, on one floor we had the bedroom and bathroom and on the second the living room. And private pool. With a waterfall running down to the first floor, creating almost like wall in the bedroom. Oh, and we had a butler service accessible 24 hours a day. Damn... 

We spent some time lounging by the communal pool, drinking cocktails in both sun and moonshine, but mostly we hung out in our own private space. 

When we didn't hang out at the villa we walked around exploring the neighborhood. We also spent a day at Waterbom Waterpark, because we are not proper grown ups. It was so much fun, the park is really clean and the rides exciting. 

The last full day in Seminyak we had arranged to have a driver driving us around. Well. Mostly this guy that drove us from our first hotel in Seminyak to the second had offered services for a day with suggestions of where we could go, and we took him up on his offer. And, we had fun! We did water sports (jet ski and paragliding) in Nusa Dua, visited the small secluded (but crowded) beach Padang Padang beach, ate a great lunch with awesome banana-peanut butter milkshakes, had a few drinks at the super popular surfer bar Single Fin and visited the Uluwatur temple in the sunset. Busy day!

After four days in Seminyak we continued to Ubud, the same guy, Made, driving us. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

dancing in a castle

My reason for going on another trip back to Europe so close to the one I did in July was that I had another dance camp I wanted to take part in. Originally I had planned to go on only one, but ended up thinking, well,  more is more. And it was! Damn, dancing is pretty awesome. Anywaaaay, this time I went to to Germany with three of my besties to enjoy a week at Swing Castle Camp, at Schloss Beesenstedt in the small town of, just, Beesenstedt. This "castle" or mansion, has among other things been used by Freemasons and the communist party back in the day, the latter being very obvious all over this old and sort of run down place. It was wonderful, though. Me and my roomie for the week, Alison, didn't actually stay at the castel but in a guestroom hundred meters away, but we still got plenty of time in it. I had three danceclasses a day, this time I took classes in solo jazz, with two swedish teachers. One of these guys, Daniel, I've had in both tap and Lindy hop before, but I've never had the other one, Rikard. The classes was extremely useful, tiring and fun, and I'm so glad I ended up doing solo jazz instead of Lindy, my original plan.

This camp was "all inclusive" and we had breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared for us at the castle. And it was so tasty! The weather also happened to be pretty lovely so we had many of our meals outside on the lawn or on the big balcony over the entrance. Oh, and one evening we had a three course gala dinner. Awesome.

The nights were spent partying and dancing until early morning. A typical evening in the castle would be dinner at eight, go back to the room and shower and get dressed, meet up with the other guys, Rich and Steve, for a drink and some relaxing. The actual dancing would start at about eleven, the (bloody amazing) live band would start playing at around midnight and then the dance floor would be active until four or five in the morning when the band moved into the bar for their third set and some more crowded dancing.

There was one big thing that put a damper on this whole experience. The airline lost my luggage on the way from Sweden to Germany, and for the whole week I didn't know if it would show up. I'd had some time to do some shopping for basic stuff like a few t-shirts, one dress, some underwear, deodorant and mascara, but that was it. And for 5 days with three workout-sessions plus a party every night it wasn't nearly enough. One of the things I love about dancing and social dances is that people dress up and I couldn't really. Plus I didn't have my adorable dance shoes or my tap shoes. Luckily I could borrow a lot from Alison, and I am so grateful for that. But still! When I finally was reunited with my bag, back in Brunei mind you, I realized some stuff had been stolen from it... I'm now in the middle of an e-mail conversation trying to argue that the airline should pay me for the things I lost. We'll see...

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

autumn in Sweden

A week ago I came home from a two week trip to Europe. Wow, it's been a week already! Well, the first part of my trip I spent in Sweden, hanging out with family. I was ridiculously lucky with the weather and got to experience some of those cool, clear days when the air is really crisp and the sky really blue, something that never happens here in Brunei, obviously. I went on a few short excursions with my mom but never brought my camera, so I just have a few photos from my phone. But they make nice memories too.

I helped my mom with some garden projects, here using a branch-cutting-tool that used to me my grandpas'. 

And one day me and my dad went to visit my other granddad (and grandma) on his 91st birthday. We could still sit outside in their garden and it was nice and warm.

When a rainforest suddenly is your home, going on "holiday" to a crisp autumn in Sweden feels really odd. But surprisingly relaxing. And it's always nice to get spoiled by the parents for a little while. After a week in the mother country I met up some of my best friends in Berlin for a crazy week of dancing, but that will be in the next post.

listen to this - Speakeasies' Swing Band!

Hallo bloggy! I'm planning to post about my trip to Europe pretty soon, but I've been super busy with school-work since I came home so I'm being a good girl and prioritizing that right now. And watching season 9 of Doctor Who, obvs. But here's a song and most importantly a video that I recently stumbled upon that I think describes my week dancing at a castle in Germany pretty well. I never heard this band before but they are pretty amazing, right? The dancers here preform three styles of dancing - blues, lindy hop and solo jazz, three of the dances I do. But not as well as this obviously. Plus the two main dancers in the video  (Kevin and Jo) were teachers at the camp, although I didn't actually have them. They are just fabulous!

Monday, 3 October 2016

link love: art edition

As we settle in to the new house I feel the need to update and replace some of the artworks. The gallery wall in the living-room will look pretty much the same as it did in our house in Stavanger, but I want new stuff for the kitchen, bath room and bedroom. So I've been browsing various web-shops and sites for a while and have found a bunch of new favorite artists! I tend to favor artist within the pop-surrealistic style, but I generally just like things that are beautiful, but with an undertone of humor or creepiness, preferably both. I admire people who master their craft and can visualize the fantastic ideas they have in their head.

Right now I have my eye on one or two prints from Beata who has a blog at Radar magzine. You should go and have a look on her work! I love her clever, pastel-y and inventive style. One of these will hang in our house in not the far off future, I hope!

Another favorite is Bokkei. This woman can draw! I've been follow her on Instagram for a while but she also has a blog and some of her artwork can be found on Society6. She makes fabulous portraits and her Astro Girl is on my wishlist right now.

On Instagram I follow the super talented - and gorgeous - Mag Graves. I love her sweet, fairy tale-scary little girls and animals. There are so much detail in her art, you can stare at it for ages and keep finding new things. She's so cool!

An artist that I just recently discovered via Pinterest is Simon Stålenhag. This guy blows my mind. You have to go and have a look. I was browsing through his gallery for ages and just couldn't stop looking. I have always had this huge respect for people that can create realistic artwork, if it's digital, oil painting or Promarkers doesn't matter (oh and people who actually have the imagination to paint abstract, that too is amazing, so hard!). Simon makes these retro-futuristic, haunting city- and landscapes and scenes that tells stories of a near future (?) where something might have gone very wrong. I love that so many of the settings looks so familiar and are still so creepy! Have a look, people, this guy is amazing and I want to buy all his stuff when I grow up.  For now I just bought the one print, named "We need to talk about Annika" for obvious reasons... I hope it arrives safely to Brunei soon...

I can generally just recommend to go in and brows on Society6. I actually just bought a few prints from there as well, that will be shipped to my moms address in Sweden, so I will pick them up once I get there in a few weeks. One of the artists I bought a print from is Sofia Bonati. I haven't seen much of her work but I love her imaginative and dreamlike portraits often combined with beautiful floral patterns.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

singapore. it's great

As I'm not a huge fan of reading about other people's trips and holidays (it's honestly my least favorite posts to read on other blogs - it's as much fun as looking though someone else's old photo album...) I'm not going to drag this post out long. But I promised a post about our trip to Singapore, a week and a half ago. It was an awesome trip. We ate good food (this restaurant was lovely, I high recommend it) we drank good cocktails (like Singapore slings at Raffles) and we visited both to the Zoo and to Universal Studios. Plus the Gardens by the bay, including the clouds forest and the flower dome. All of these thing we're kind of touristy, but well worth the time and money.

Singapore is a place where you will see women wearing saris, hijabs and mini skirts walking on the same street, where you'll see a more selfie sticks, light shows, Pokemon Go playing people and fabulous architecture than anywhere else. Except for Tokyo. And other places, I don't know. But it's crazy! I also had a bloody awesome time hanging out with my super cool and handsome husband. I have been traveling a lot this past year, but not enough with him. It was great having a little adventure on our own. 

Man, this city is something special! I might be a bit colored by the fact that I live somewhere really small, with very little to do and that I haven't really seen people for a while, but I still think Singapore is one of the more spectacular cities I've visited. If you get the opportunity, go.