I got Trolled in Norway

I got Trolled in Norway

My hubby loves trolls! Trolls are indeed HUGE in Norway ❤

Hei Hei

Hei hei,

If you’ve ever visited Norway, you probably noticed something strange in almost every single tourist shop – rows and rows of preciously ugly little troll figurines.

krasnal-2586080_1920 These little guys are everywhere!

I have my own little troll which sits beside my bed. My boyfriend bought him for me as part of a ‘Norway Survival Kit’ he made me for my first visit here and he’s travelled with me to all the way to New Zealand and back again!

So, what’s the deal with trolls anyway, and what are they doing all over Norway?

Trolls have stomped their way through the imaginations of generations and can be traced all the way back to Norse mythology. ‘Troll’ is actually a collective name for many different humanoid creatures and while their looks and attributes vary from source to source, they are usually depicted as equal parts dangerous and stupid. Generally, Trolls can…

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How To Cope With Expat Blues

Of Snailmail, Books & Vanities


Prior to coming back to Indonesia, I was reading a lot of expat blogs focusing on feelings of displacement, homesickness, sadness and other such expat woes. It helped a lot in bringing the size of the problem down to ordinary proportions. Knowing that what I was going through is normal for expats, and reading stories of those who have gone before me and flourished despite the homesickness & displacement put me in my place, so to speak.

I was also surprised to find out that even those who’ve moved from one Western country to another (for example, US to Australia) would still feel depressed! Truly, I couldn’t relate to this because my ‘problems’ seemed bigger in comparison. For instance, the language, the lack of things to do outside the home, the sleepy nature of this whole place, and quirky things such as still having to eat with your hands at…

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American Vs Scandinavian Make Up

American Vs Scandinavian Make Up

 There is no Sephora in Norway.


Make up trends seems to differ. Make up is modest and natural. The norm is not bold colors and glittery highlights like I prefur. I see this as an ongoing problem in getting what I need to do my make up looks. I am a very very very hardcore fan of pigment. I don’t settle for light anything. I have gotten used to Kat Von D, Benefit, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Urban Decay and the new Fenty Beauty. I like rich and expensive. I am also selective on skincare. I take very good care of my skin.

I feel like this will be a new territory and new learning experience. This will be a new challenge for me to use my skills I aquired as an esthetician and artist.

Suicide Loss Suvivor: Suicide Awareness Month

What made us friends? Our music taste, our love for the arts and fashion, and our love of Finland. I was lucky enough to find another person who was as obsessed with things Finnish as I was.  Obsessed with the different and the weird. We were both turned on and influence by it.

I hoped to see him grow into who I knew he was. That is what friends hope for.  That did not happen. His heart stopped and his dreams never happened. I still picture him as 18 though I have moved on.  Time did not stand still for him.

I was angry and tortured by what was left unsaid and what answers I demanded  but could never know. There were long talks with God and staring at a corner hoping he would magically appear to have something to scream at. It festered inside instead.

After many years I saw how my life was evolving and I just could not hold on to him any longer. I had to become who I was meant to be. I was not 18 anymore. I still look at his picture and feel a rush a pain but I felt I needed to move on.

So here I am, moving to Norway. I’m doing things he never thought I would do and what he thought was the impossible.

To learn more about suicide awarness month click here.

Brokiosken Jafs

Brokiosken Jafs

Jafs is little but mighty- rivaling all other outdoor restaurants and fast food  in the area with long but quick lines and filled up seats with people eating. It’s quite a busy little restaurant. It’s in the perfect spot which is right in the center of Alesund with a beautiful view of the water.

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It is owned and operated by my husband’s two cousins! I did not realize it was owned by family until my second visit to Norway. However despite it being owned by family, I still LOVE thier food. I got it everytime I visited.


If you go to Jafs, get ice cream and fish and chips. Their fish and chips are “probably the best in the world.” Let me tell you, I crave this fish. The batter for the fish and the aioli sauce is awesome!

Esty to Artist and Scientist

Esty to Artist and Scientist

I love skin. I love skincare. I love the science. I love the history. The products. Make up. Make up application. Special effects. Making someone feel beautiful and healthy. I love the ability to change one’s appearance into something very different. I enjoy naturalism and purity of ingredients. Here is a favorite artist of mine:

I am an esthetician or at least I was one. This is a title meaning a skin specialist- one that is legally allowed in the chosen state to preform skin facials and other modalites for the face and body. I could even have my own line of skin care or make up. I don’t know if I am allowed to call myself an esthetician any longer. As of this month, I am legally not allowed to preform services in the state of Illinois. I let my licence expire.

Why do that? It takes three years in Norway to become an esthetician versus the seemingly pathetic 6 months it takes in Illinois. I would rather redo my licence in Norway than pay for what I believe to be inferior education in the US. We also really don’t have the money nor the time for me to go through education again in the US.

I don’t have plans as to what I will do now. Having a line of skincare or make up of my own is a dream but I don’t know if I will ever accomplish it. I feel content exploring and dabbling in the art and science of skin and beauty for now. I will simply be an artist and scientist.