Day Trip: Møns Klint

I have been in Denmark for exactly 5 months now and will be leaving very soon, but I haven’t really explored the rest of Denmark much outside the city. For a while now I have been talking about going somewhere else in Denmark, and like many other ideas and plans we have… it never really happens.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my experiences here for the last few months, it’s that there are very few things that go exactly as you plan in life… so sometimes, there’s really no point. Because the way I see it, “planning” is really just you trying to think of all the possible scenarios that can go wrong, and trying to come up with a solution to prevent them or fix them in case it does happen. And the possibility of that happening is like… 1/10000. When it comes down to it, you’re just giving yourself time to delay and cite reasons that you shouldn’t go through with it.

Well life is just a huge game of adventure, my friends… those who are afraid that they will draw a bad card or land on the wrong space and be ejected back to Start, will never take that first step!… in which case they’ve just turned the 9999/10000 probability for things to go right into a 100% chance for failure. I heard my pastor preach a sermon the past Sunday about the uncertainties in life: you can’t live life trying to prevent, because whether you do or don’t, THE PROBABILITY WON’T CHANGE! If we lived life afraid of the probabilities of all the things that could go wrong, no one would ever leave their rooms. But I digress…

ANYWAY! So Nicole and I decided to PLAN LESS and DO MORE. We’ve heard about this pretty little place with white cliffs called Mons Klint; it’s on the southern tip of Denmark outside the greater Copenhagen area. While working on our last exam prompt that had just come out that day, we decided to go the next day. So we bought our tickets, and off we went the next day.

The train took us to Vordingborg in an hour, from there we took a bus to a quaint little town called Stege… where we ate deliciously cheap pizza and waited almost 2 hours in an empty bus lot under the scorching sun.

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We took another bus that took us through the forest to the Mons Klint Geocenter. Lady at the info desk pointed to the nearest route, we grabbed a map, and started the trek of 1000 staircases. We thought that was the hard part of the hike… but let me tell you. They were not. Once we descended the steps onto the beach, the beach of rocks and pebbles became our worst enemy. Yes, they were pretty, but we were twisting and wobbling… it was definitely a calf/ankle workout.

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The chalky white cliffs and the brilliant blue of the ocean and sky reminded me of Greece (not that I’ve ever been there… yet). The sun was shining, and the light salty breeze kept the temperature bearable, the ocean horizon was calm and flat save a few sail boats, the gentle crashing of the waves onto the rocky shore was ever so soothing and serene.

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Everything was perfect and it felt like we had no worries or care in the world… except for the time. Must make it back to the Geocenter to catch the 4 o’clock bus! We pick up our pace, struggling and stumbling over the rocks and pebbles until we see the next set of staircases we had to scale back up to the wooded trails. BUT WAIT… we’re at the ocean! How could we leave without at least dipping our feet water?! So of course we immediately peeled off our shoes and socks…

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With our legs feeling cool and refreshed, the aching of our feet and ankles also subsided, and we were on the move again. Coming down the stairs was a piece of cake compared to the pain it was to climb back up again. But nonetheless, we did it with valiant grace… only stopping at every bench available on the way…

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We made it back to the Geocenter in our own record time AND leeway for a superb thirst-quenching slushie as well. We beat the bus back to the bus stop and sat down to drink our slushies like it was nobody’s business. I have to say… some things in life are best when unplanned. Adventures are always more fun when they’re spontaneous 🙂

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Have an adventurous day, my dears… explore life, and do it with spontaneity and an open mind! God bless~

Iceland: breathtaking desolation

It’s been 2 months since our Iceland trip… I started this post a million times, but for some reason never got my thoughts together until now. Tonight, two of my closest friends here said their goodbyes for the last time. And even though I will have another chance to see Tom and Nicole again before I leave, watching them hug it out for the last time was difficult nonetheless.

Iceland was where it all started…

Nicole and I met in class at the beginning of our exchange program, but Iceland was where we met Tom… so this post is dedicated to him.

Nicole and I arrived in Reykjavik first with our other Singaporean friends, got in our rental car, and started driving along the southern border of Iceland. The air was chilly, the sky was gloomy, the radio kept repeating the same 15 songs including All of Me and I See Fire (which would eventually become the soundtrack of our trip… those songs will always be associated to Iceland in our minds). We see Selfoss that doesn’t look as impressive as the description in the guidebook, but we turn in anyway. It was. We walked up and saw paths leading behind the fall… we couldn’t hide the grins of excitement on our faces and without hesitation, we entered the icy cold spray. By the time we got out, we were pretty much drenched and frigid from head to toe. But who cares?! THIS IS AWESOME!!!

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We hop back in the car, turn up the heat, and keep driving until we see Skogafoss. Even better. We climb all the way to the top… I haven’t exercised in so long, my legs were sore but at the same time I felt so alive! The air was crisp, the view from the summit was breathtaking… it was so refreshing. Vik was our turning point for the day, and we headed back to our hostel in Reykjavik for the night.

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The next day we drove westward, and scaled the volcanic crater, Kerio. The pictures could hardly do it justice because it was hard to capture how big it really was. We headed back to the hostel midday to meet up with the rest of our crew (the Aussies) and Tom. With the whole gang rounded up, we drove out of the city into the middle of nowhere, where Christiana had gotten us a cabin (fondly referred to as our Cabin in the Woods). It was a cozy place big enough for the 11 of us AND equipped with a hot tub on the back deck. The next night after dinner, we all snuggled up in the hot tub to relax when all of a sudden someone goes…

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“Guys… is that the Northern Lights?” Simultaneously, we all looked up, and there it was: streaks of soft green weaving in and out between the clouds… then without warning, the wind picked up, and the snow started to fly. We just sat there, skin to skin, warm except our faces, starring up at the soft green decorated by the swirl and twirl of white flakes…. and it was one of the most surreal moment of my life.

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The was no Wi-Fi at our cabin, so we cooked, talked, laughed, bonded, and became like family. Every day we drove out and explored Iceland inside out. The weather continued to be crazy and unpredictable (blue sky and blinding sun, ominous gloom, snowstorm, hail, rain, sand storm… all in a matter of minutes), making our trip all the more incredible and definitely unforgettable. At some points the wind was so strong, the rain, snow, hail, or whatever else was falling from the sky was literally flying at us horizontally, making it almost impossible to stay in the narrow mountain roads. On some stretches of road when me or Tom were driving, the blizzard was so bad that everything around us was white and we couldn’t see more than 5 meters in front of us. Our traction control was on half of the time, and it was almost impossible to tell the paved road from the surrounding. Everyone else were fast asleep from exhaustion of all the hiking, and it’s only the two of us awake during the blizzard. By the time we got to our next destination, the weather had cleared up and everyone came out of their slumber, Tom and I would look at each other and just chuckle in awe of how many times we could have died…. and the rest wouldn’t even know what happened. I guess it wouldn’t be such a bad way to die….

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Sometimes when the sun was out and the sky was a clear blue, driving up the winding mountain road seemed like we were driving straight up to heaven. No other cars around us, almost no signs of civilization even… just mountains, and rocks, and grass… it was truly the land of desolation. I couldn’t help but to think of T.S. Elliot’s The Waste Land: “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain…”

Blue Lagoon was our last stop, and it was the perfect good-bye from Iceland. We soaked in the warm nature bath and basked in the blue-ness of the water and sky….

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For me Iceland wasn’t simply a trip I took during my study abroad. It gave me more appreciation for nature, it brought me closer to God, it strengthened my faith, and it’s where I met some of the coolest people whom I can now call friends. I wouldn’t trade that week in April for the world, and I would go back to do it all over again with the same people in a heartbeat.

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Copenhagen Spring

I’M BACK! Sorry for being MIA for the past…… month (oh gosh time flies O_O). Anyway… check out Jakob Wredstrom and download his songs on iTunes! He’s really sweet and talented! Plus, this Sommertid (Summere Time) song is super catchy and perfect for the warming weather 🙂

So Copenhagen has finally been getting some nice sunny days recently (and by recently I mean the month I’ve been dead to this blog)… and let me tell you, these Danes take advantage of every second of sunshine to be outside to soak it up… in shorts and t-shirt, despite the fact that it’s only 8 degrees Celsius outside (NOT shorts and t-shirt weather buddy!). But it’s because they survived months of gloominess and freezing wind of fall/winter.

It’s actually great because I believe it’s taught me how to be appreciative of things I wouldn’t have been thankful for, or even taken notice of back home. Yes, it’s nice that you’re beaming today Mr. Sun, but you do you and I do me yeah? But here people are like “IT’S SUNNY! DROP EVERYTHING AND COME OUTSIDE”! You’re sick? No worries, getting some sun will make you feel better! You need to catch up on sleep? Well have a nap in the sun! You’re just lazy? Well shame on you for wasting a perfectly sunny day, not allowed, you will be physically dragged out of bed if need be!

In all seriousness though, I do think that the reason… well maybe one of the reasons, Denmark is consistently ranked one of the happiest nations is because of their heart of gratitude (of course I know the title isn’t measuring how many people go around with silly grins on their faces all the time). Friends back home ask me how they can be “happy” when it’s so cold and gloomy so much of the year. External conditions often aren’t what makes you happy or unhappy. I think happiness is a state of mind, and it’s in correlation with gratitude and appreciation of what you DO have.

Last month we went to the harbor at Islands Brygge and played beach volleyball… Vitamin D AND exercise. BAM!

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Oh and Tivoli opened YAYYY! I’ve been waiting for this since I first got here 3 months ago… it was closed for renovation or something then. But it was totally worth the wait! The inside is bigger than I expected, or at least bigger than it looked from the outside. Ducks were quacking, flowers were blooming, and everything was adorable and lovely. DID YOU KNOW?! TIVOLI backwards is I LOV IT….. *pooooffff* MINDBLOWN!

Less talk, more pictures 🙂

open air ballet performance!

open air ballet performance!

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tivoli... i lov it.... whoa....

tivoli… i lov it…. whoa….

My cousin came to visit and we walked around the city… because of him, I finally went to the Little Mermaid. It only took me 3 months of living here to see it… nbd

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ALSO I just got back from Iceland a couple days ago! More about that in the next post… coming soon.

Hope it’s sunny and wonderful today wherever you are, God bless~ 🙂

Dublin: St. Patrick’s Edition

(By the way did anyone else not know that The Script is Irish? Or was that just me?)

Allllright, where were we? Ok so Saturday night, we embarked on our #strugglebus journey to Dublin. We took the tube to the train station, where our first train to Crewe was slightly delayed, which caused us to sprint down the platform to make the connect for our next train to Holyhead, where we had a 3+hr layover until the ferry at 2:30AM. So we get to Dublin Port Stena around 5 or 6AM, and Ireland is definitely chillier than our past few days in the UK. With all our luggage, we take a bus to the city center and walk around trying to find somewhere warm to sit down. The streets are completely deserted except for the street cleaner picking up after the partying from the night before. We sit awkwardly at McDonald’s for a while waiting for Starbucks to open up to get coffee, after which we ventured to find a breakfast place only to eventually end up in a convenient store until 10AM. Dragging everything we have (and yes, I still have Audrey), we find the little place we rented on Airbnb. It was was cute little house in a quiet neighborhood. The owners had an adorable son, and everything in the house was decorated with bright, bold colors.

This is the Audrey painting I've been referring to (in the previous London post)

This is the Audrey painting I’ve been referring to (in the previous London post)

None of us got very much sleep the night before because of the frequent transfers, and when we did try to fall asleep, it got really cold. At this point I felt like crap and couldn’t move another step, so I took a long nap while the others (troopers they are) went to explore the city, and we all met up for dinner later at a sports bar where everyone was watching soccer (Liverpool vs. Manchester United) like how we watch the NCAA back home (GOOO HEELS!). The club sandwich was phenomenal!

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Next was the Guinness Storehouse tour. The line for tickets was as long as those we wait in for roller coasters at Disney, but it was totally worth it. There were samples along the way, and I even got to pour my first CERTIFIED perfect pint, became the new face of Guinness ads, and took pictures with the leprechuans 😉

Guinness poster

Guinness poster

Perfect pint of Guinness

Perfect pint of Guinness

Leprechuans!

Leprechuans!

Dublin was crowded for St. Patrick’s weekend, I imagine it always is. The streets were filled with a lot of young people and crowds would just gather to watch street musicians lined on the sides of the road… the atmosphere was great. The next day was the actual St. Patrick’s Day; we went to the parade and it was pretty fun. A lot of standing around and waiting… a lot of marching bands and floats, and creepy things that would have definitely given me nightmares if I was there as a little kid! The clubs and bars and restaurants were absolutely packed to the max that night, it was a miracle we could actually move anywhere at all it was so crammed. We had been out for more than 12 hours on our feet that day, so we decided to call it an early night (I mean come on, midnight on St. Patty’s? that’s early).

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Seriously? That would totally scare little kids

Seriously? That would totally scare little kids

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Crowded streets at night

Crowded streets at night

Laura and Eliza left in the wee hours of the next morning. Charlotte and my ferry wasn’t until the afternoon, so we took it easy and slept in the next day, and we back to London. [Shameless plug for my other blog: read more detailed stories from train rides here Train Encounters ; Hi Honey…] We went on the London Eye, which was so cool to see the city from up high, the view was so stunning I’m definitely going back again when my parents visit for the summer!

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

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Pano from London Eye

Pano from London Eye

Classic tourist pic with red phone booth

Classic tourist pic with red phone booth

And thus was my trip to London/Dublin last week… I promise promise promise the video is coming soon!!

Thanks for reading… stay classy, and God bless.

Copenhagen airport! Home sweet home~

Copenhagen airport! Home sweet home~

London: sightseeing and too much walking

Hello hello~ I’m back!! It’s funny that only after 2 months of being in Copenhagen, coming back after a week of travelling feels like coming home again. I actually landed on Wednesday night, but I took a day off to just rest and do nothing (yeah, I needed a vacation after my vacation). I promised myself I would write this today before I forget everything. So here I am on the couch (still plugged in to the dumb ethernet) with a cup of coffee and listening to Sara Bareilles’ new album 🙂

Here we go!

DAYNIGHT1: Landed in London in the evening and met up with Maria. I’ve known this girl since we were 9 years old and we had both from moved to the States (me from China, and her from France). We became best friends even though our English was… incomprehensible. We were together through all the playground drama, the awkward puberty phase in middle school, and in high school, she left me and came back to Europe. We hadn’t seen each other in FIVE years, and honestly I was a little afraid that it would be awkward. But let me tell you… we picked up right were we left off like nothing has changed. Over dinner and drinks we filled each other in on the 5 years we missed in each other’s lives, and reminisced about the “good old times”, then quickly decided not to because all the awkward and cringe-y memories came flooding back.

DAY2: Our hostel wasn’t far across the bridge from Big Ben. So the next day Charlotte, Eliza, Laura and I set out on our adventure. The view along River Thames was incredible. The sun was beaming down, Big Ben to our left and the London Eye to our right… it looks exactly like the 12 postcards we bought for 1GBP. We went to the National Art Gallery to see some incredible paintings by Picasso, Michelangelo, van Gogh, Monet, Pissarro, and many many more. Next came Camden Street Markets, where we ended up spending most of our afternoon and decided we could live here and come back every.single.day. The food stalls were amazing free samples everywhere! Eventually I decided on Jamaican jerk chicken and a mean sangria from the paella man. After lunch and a slight break for our feet, we ventured deep into the market where there were small shops of cloths, jewelry, art, and other weird little things I can’t categorize. I spotted a painting of Audrey Hepburn that I just couldn’t leave without (because I’m absolutely obsessed with her), so I bargained with the guy and got it for 20GBP. He rolled it up for me, and just like that, my journey with Audrey in my hands began.

Back shot and Big Ben

Back shot and Big Ben

National Art Gallery

National Art Gallery

FLOATING YODA outside the Gallery

FLOATING YODA outside the Gallery

Lunch at Camden Market

Lunch at Camden Market

Chinatown night life

Chinatown night life

Nightlife in London really reminds me of New York City with the tall buildings, bustling tourists, and honking cars… except more people spoke with European accents. We bought stand-by tickets to The Commitments for 10 pounds, wayyy up high in the serious nosebleed section with restricted view for 10GBP. We sat in the front row and leaned over the railings of the highest balcony seats and had a blast. The show was funny, the music was great, the show was interactive at the end and it was totally worth it! Afterwards we were all hungry and on the hunt for cheap food when a lady approached us with a 3 course meal for 7.99GBP coupon. It sounded like a good deal, and she led us down a narrow staircase into a room with 4 empty tables and we sat down obediently. I will not go into much detail… but let’s just say if I ever thought I knew what Ratchet was, it really outdid itself with that meal. Our dessert came and Eliza said “Ok, I expected AT LEAST an Eggo waffle… this is NOT an Eggo” to which Charlotte responded, “it is… from this morning”.

DAY3: Guys, London is a big place! We walked so much the day before that when I woke up the next morning, my feet just hated me and threatened to quit on me. If it could talk it would probably say all kinds of things to me that’s not suitable for children. But it stays silent, so we walk some more…. a lot more. At least it’s a beauuutiful day and we walk through a scenic little park with lots of daffodils, ducks and swans in the pond, and cute kids running on the grass. Of course we had to stop and do a photoshoot with the pretty flowers like any real tourist would. Next we made our way to Buckingham Palace to see changing of the guards. So many people were waiting that the Queen passing through would have nothing on them. But let me tell you… it was pretty uneventful and a little anticlimactic. A group marched in through the gates and faced left… *we wait*… then another group marched through another set of gates and faced right… *we wait some more*… and they pretty much just stood there for a while starring at each other. We moved on to the Victoria & Albert Museum. It was great and all.. but really… my feet! Charlotte and I sat at the cafe for a good hour, and I just knocked out right there for about half an hour. Walked through Hyde Park on our way back… it was huge! open fields where people were sunbathing, playing soccer, or reading; and pedestrian roads where people were jogging, roller skating, or biking. Ah, this is how European enjoy life.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Among the daffodils!

Among the daffodils!

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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Walking through Hyde Park

Walking through Hyde Park

London Eye at night

London Eye at night

DAY4: Met up with my cousin and his girlfriend who were studying in Bristol. We walked through the British Museum then went to Chinatown for lunch and drinks. I went back to the hostel and took it easy on my feet before we left for Dublin later that evening.

The British Museum

The British Museum

COMING SOON: The Dublin Chapter, so keep an eye out for that. I’m also editing video footage and putting it together into a montage, but that’s taking a little longer so maybe come back in a couple of day 🙂

ACTUALLY Travelling!

Tomorrow I will embark on my first journey outside of Denmark!!! Super excited (even though I have yet to start packing…) to be going to London and Dublin for the week!

I will fly to London after class tomorrow afternoon, stay until Saturday, then take a ferry to Dublin for St. Patty’s weekend (oh you KNOW there’re gonna be stories when I get back), and finally a ferry back to London on Tuesday to fly back to the CPH on Wednesday. So be on the lookout for pictures and crazy stories ^______^

ALSO my parents are going to be coming for 2 weeks this summer at the end of my stay. We will be travelling around Europe so I’ve been making a rough plan of where to go so we can buy tickets soon. You guys know this is my first time in Europe, and my parents have never been either. I’m sooo psyched to see incredible sights and making unforgettable memories with them!

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Milan –> Rome –> Vienna –> Paris –> London –> Amsterdam –> Berlin –> Copenhagen –>HOME SWEET HOME!

Oh, in other news, I’ve decided to start another blog where there will be more personal/everyday/snippets of my life, etc. [Irene’s Thought Diary] Because I want to keep this more for travel and stuff… you know, now that I’m ACTUALLY travelling. Anyway… if you aren’t already entertained by this blog, feel free to check out the other one haha.

As always, good night and God bless.

(Semi-) Weekly Update

It hasn’t been a week since I last updated (aren’t you proud?!) so I thought I would do a little semi-weekly update for you guys… because what else would I be doing on a cold, gloomy, dreary… typical Danish day right?

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FRIDAY: Woke up and thought I should do a little bit of work out because my appetite has been well… anyway. So I load a couple of Cassey’s Blogilates videos on Youtube. Got through most of it… maybe with slower reps and a few more breaks than she did in the video. But HEY, you gotta start somewhere right? Thought I did reasonably well and felt pretty good… until the next day.

SATURDAY: Woke up and took a little longer than planned to sit up in bed (my abs! I almost feel them! They’re there!) Then stayed in a half squat position for a little while more because my calves were so ridiculously sore (darn the ballet workout!). Made it to Paludan to meet Adrienne for food/study session. [If you’re in Copenhagen and don’t know/haven’t been to Paludan, I strongly suggest it. It’s a cozy little place with great food and books all over the walls… only downside is that it’s so popular finding seats is like the hunger games] The whole process was a pretty long struggle bus. Walk around and stare people down for seats. Find seats. But they’re bad seats. So we get up and change seats. Finally finish eating and take out books and laptop to do some work. Too cold and distracted by people walking on the streets. Pack things up and go back to Adrienne’s dorm. Sit on computer and read Thought Catalog and Upworthy until we had to leave for dinner.

SUNDAY: Finally found a church online and actually went. FIBC was a nice congregation of people, not to mention when I sat down and scanned the room, Nicole and Dan were sitting right across the aisle! What a coinkidink! It was cold and foggy, but look a swan! Wait, is that a swan? That’s a swan right?

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Went to the flea market at the Studenthuset in the afternoon with Adrienne and found these cute little pants from TopShop for 50dkk… with the original tag still on them. What a steal! I feel ready to party with these babies on

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Went to Tietgen, the coolest dorm in the world (no, I didn’t give it that title, it’s actually legit: Tietgenkollegiet ) for dinner with Nicole, Pearleen, Dan, and JJ. Soba and Korean bulgogi was DELISHHH thanks to Pearleen 🙂 Watched Amityville Horror, the prequel to The Conjouring… apparently it’s one of the scariest movie in the genre. Screaming was involved. A lot of it.

Went to the Studenthuset at 1am to watched The Oscars. Funny how people feel the need to be extra patriotic when they’re abroad… because I would never have made the effort to watch back in the States, and that was at a reasonable hour too. Finally gave up a little before 5am and left to go home. Metro is down for maintenance. Had to wait in the cold for the metro (struggle) bus. Harder than it sounds, really, especially at 5am in the morning. I think I got bronchitis, or pneumonia, or something… if anyone found a lung, please return. I think I coughed it up somewhere…. A huge sigh of relief along with one single tear of joy escaped my eyes as I approached the revolving doors of Field’s and it opened. SCORE!

TODAY: Throat feels horrible. Did laundry. Got groceries. Sipping on hot ginger/lemon/honey tea while writing this post…..

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Cheers~! God bless.

The one where I just ramble…

There’s no wifi in the flat… despite the fact that we have TWO modems. Thanks Housing Foundation, thanks a lot. Why give us internet that’s not working when we already had perfectly good internet? Now your modem is messing with ours, so neither are working…. rude. The one good thing that has come out of all this is that we have no choice but to all sit around the living room and have an ethernet bonding party… Evelyn, Alex, and I. 🙂

Got a minor cold yesterday. Throat hurts. Hard to swallow. Had disgusting ramen for lunch. Don’t judge, at least I ate something. Then proceeded to opt out of showering and sleep all afternoon. Woke up and debated what to do about dinner… ended up eating an apple, an orange, and a banana. No shame, it was healthy. No pictures were taken because I inhaled it all. I CONQUERED them fruits! Do I feel a little pathetic? Slightly. Did I care? Can’t say that I did. But then Alex was a babe and made me dinner <3.

Watched 3 hours of The Bachelor with Evelyn… and can I just say, girls, JUST BECAUSE A MAN HAS A SEXY FACE AND HOT BOD DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING! If he’s egocentric, loves himself more than he loves you, and only sticks to small talk about the weather and fun things instead of what really matters… ditch him and move on! We’re all strong, independent, beautiful women who don’t need no immature men! WE DESERVE REAL TRUE SISTAS~!

And while we’re talking about deserve, I must also say that we can’t just sit around and WAIT for everything to turn out perfectly… we would all be sitting around for a longggg time. Instead, we should be working on bettering for ourselves in anticipation of the “perfect life”. I watched a TED talk some time ago done by clinical psychologist Meg Jay called Why 30 is Not the New 20. Jay pointed out that while we all think in this day and age, we mature later, get married later, and LIFE starts later, but that’s ok because we also die later. So 30 is the new 20… it should be ok that we can all just YOLO and do whatever we feel like for 10 more years of our lives without serious repercussions. Apparently not. Our 20’s shouldn’t be a “developmental downtime”, instead it’s the PERFECT time, it’s our “developmental sweet spot”… it’s NOT something to waste my friends! What if your dream job shows up at 30, but you don’t have the credentials to be competitive for the position? What if your dream guy/girl shows up at 30, but you’re still bumming around in your sweats feeling lost and insecure about who you are? Our 20’s should be a time when we live our lives to the fullest, step out of our comfort zone and experience the world, build up your resume with all kinds of different jobs, stay open-minded, accept yourself for who you are and others for who they are, and be CONFIDENCE! Because this is the best time of your life. Prepare yourself for all the greatness that your 30’s will have to offer, by making yourself great… NOW!

Here’s the link to the talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/meg_jay_why_30_is_not_the_new_20.html

Oh look, artsy back shot! Me, on bridge, by water… Photocred to my girl from Singapore, Nicole!

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Good night and God bless~

The past few posts have been about me waiting for something special to happen before I write… but when you think about it, isn’t every day extraordinary… each one different from the previous (even though I’m still staying in my fuzzy pajamas)? Well, I think that’s the way it should be at least! What else do we do while we live but to make each day meaningful and special? 🙂

While travelling and going to the opera is fun and makes me feel fancy… sharing this post probably makes me feel the most grown up. Back in the States, I go to college 15 minutes (and sometimes that’s an overestimation) from my parents! The semester before I came here, I lived at home! At 20 years of age, I’m fully capable of taking care of myself… but living with parents just never really forces me to do so. While I feel so lucky and blessed that I have such a loving, fun, and supportive family who will always be there for me, I’m happier than ever here in Denmark because every day feels like an accomplishment. I don’t have mom to wake me up, do my laundry, nag me to clean my room, or cook for me. I don’t have my dad to fix my broken drawer, change my too-dim light bulb, drive me to school, or pay my phone bill. I get to prove to myself that I can take care of everything by myself, and do it all well! The best part of all this is that I’m not stressed or having breakdowns… I’m enjoying life to the max knowing that every bump I hit is a learning experience, and every little moment is to be cherished.

And so without further ado… the pictures!

Starting the day off right with a hearty breakfast <3

Starting the day off right with a hearty breakfast ❤

Sweet and sour chicken ...not fried because that's unhealthy ;)

Sweet and sour chicken …not fried because that’s unhealthy 😉

pasta is always the easy way out

pasta is always the easy way out

Bok choy and chicken meatballs which I also made myself from scratch

Bok choy and chicken meatballs which I also made myself from scratch

Curry rice! Ain't it purrtyyy?

Curry rice! Ain’t it purrtyyy?

Sweet and sour bokchoy

Sweet and sour bokchoy

Just a healthy broccoli + carrot + sausage medley

Just a healthy broccoli + carrot + sausage medley

All of these are actually my first time attempts, and I’m pretty darn proud to say that they’ve all tasted pretty good. I cook for myself pretty much every day, sometimes two times a day. I totally understand the pain my dear mother goes through now having to think of new exciting things to put on the table all the time. I LOVE YOU MOMMY~

While cooking takes up a big chunk of my time, I also do other things on my days off (which is like 5 days a week because I only have classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays HAHAHA… #sorrynotsorry).

yay Psychosocial Job Stress and Chronic Disease

yay Psychosocial Job Stress and Chronic Disease

…. Sometimes I sit down and actually do school work.

my "spot"

my “spot”

Or I put on some calm music, spread a blankey on the ground, and snuggle up next to the heater and window with a book, a cup of tea, and a book/journal.

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Other times I feel artsy and I draw a little…

Artsy back shot yay~! Photocred to my lovely flatmate Evelyn ^^

And then I stand by the window to my balcony and look artsy 😉

Well this is pretty much what my normal days at home looks like… hope everything is going well with work and school back home for my lovely family, friends, and other readers! As always, good night and God bless~

the days are just packed

A feeling of sophistication…

As promised, this post is the one where I go to school and take pictures of buildings while other students walking by stare at me… but can you blame me? The place is beautiful!

First off, KU has campuses spread all throughout the city. I’m lucky to have the Faulty of Social Sciences (Center for Sundhed og Samfund aka CSS) is in the central city campus of Copenhagen. As for the building itself… well this is what it looks like:

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This beauty was built by Christian Hansen in the mid 1800’s as the Copenhagen Municipal Hospital. It was only taken over the by University of Copenhagen in 1999 when the hospital closed (courtesy of Wikipedia). Give me those uniforms and I’ll tell you I go to the Danish Hogwarts!

Now let’s move on to the modern architecture of Copenhagen! Last Saturday I went to see the German opera “The Flying Dutchman” by the brilliant Richard Wagner at the Copenhagen Opera House (commonly referred to as Operaen in Danish) thanks to the awesome Julius for the tickets!! We arrived early because Joo tipped us to a free cello/modern breakdance performance in the lobby, and boy was I glad we went! Here’s a little taste of it for you guys:

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Needless to say, the opera itself was an amazing experience… from the cast’s singing, to the pit orchestra’s accompaniment, down to the neat stage directions! And now you know what I’m going to talk about… the architecture! [Disclaimer: I’m by no means an architect/engineer or anything… I really just like to look at pretty buildings ^^) Anyway… This is one of THE most expensive opera houses every built, so you KNOW it’s gonna be spectacular. It sits right beside the water, across from the main castle Amalienborg and the Marble Church. It seats about 1500 people, with a pit big enough for an orchestra of 110 people! That’s probably like THE DREAM for pit musicians… I mean I was in the pit orchestra for my high school musicals, and our pit had maybe 20 people? and the place was crammed!

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From the lobby, it looks like a gigantic wooden apple, with entrance walkways plugged into it from every level… and OMG CUTE LITTLE CHANDELIERS!

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The exterior design of the building was my favorite part, and the reflection of all the light on the water at night was beautiful! I stood as close to the edge as possible without falling into the freezing water, but I don’t think it really did the place justice… I tried though.

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So I’m going to cheat a little this time (see the things I do for you guys?! ❤ )

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I had a great time, and I hope you had fun reading this as well. This is by far the most elaborate post I’m written yet (research and everything y’all, I’m on a roll!) I will try to make future posts interesting and educational too 😉 …well although maybe not next time because it’s probably going to be a little “day in the life” kind of thing (I think I’m giving previews of future posts partly because I want you to have something to look forward to, but mostly to keep myself in check… like I have to deliver now that I’ve said it haha).

As always, good night and God bless~