November 1, 2010
Jule Brus (Christmas Soft drinks)

It’s almost yuletide season and when this is coming, you can find different kinds of these special soft drinks in all grocery stores.  Norwegians, especially the kids, love to drink them during this time. For me, there is nothing special when it comes to the taste. What makes it interesting is the bottle that says “Jule Brus”.   I think it tastes like their ordinary Villa drink (it’s a drink here that’s available all year through). So what does this jule brus taste like?  It’s a soda drink that tastes sweet. That’s it. It doesn’t have a cola taste…it’s a drink with so much sugar.  :-P 

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October 29, 2010
Halloween in Norway

Tomorrow marks the first night of me going out with friends here in Norway after 10 months of spending evenings at home. It’s supposed to be a halloween party but norwegians don’t really celebrate this day. They say - “it’s not norwegian in nature…it’s american “.  The old generation thinks that halloween can stain the children’s pure heart and soul.  However, some of them (especially the younger generation) have started celebrating this day for the past 10 years. But they encourage fun,fantasy characters more than those of the scary and horrible creatures.

Wish me luck tomorrow. I hope it will really be a fun night.

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October 29, 2010
 
Opening a bank account in Norway is so easy. You can even open an account even without initial deposit. It’s completely different from what we usually do back home.  All you need to do is bring your passport and your documented information of your personal number.  That’s it. The picture will be taken there in the bank , though you have to pay extra but don’t worry, it’s not that much.
They will send the pin code and the bank card separately in the mail. They will also give you a kortleser (card reader) for internet banking. Bank card contains your personal number so you have to take good care of it and make sure you keep it safe. The card serves both as credit and debit card. Convenient! 

Opening a bank account in Norway is so easy. You can even open an account even without initial deposit. It’s completely different from what we usually do back home.  All you need to do is bring your passport and your documented information of your personal number.  That’s it. The picture will be taken there in the bank , though you have to pay extra but don’t worry, it’s not that much.

They will send the pin code and the bank card separately in the mail. They will also give you a kortleser (card reader) for internet banking. Bank card contains your personal number so you have to take good care of it and make sure you keep it safe. The card serves both as credit and debit card. Convenient! 

October 29, 2010
Hvordan fikk jeg visa? (How did I get my visa?)

I am married to a norwegian man but being married to one does not mean it’s easy (and not fast too) to get a residence permit here in Norway. We have been married for almost six years but it was just last July of 2009 that we submitted an application of residencepermit to the Danish Embassy in Singapore (yes, they do it through the Danish Emb not through their own embassy and I don’t know why).  We lived in Singapore for more than two years (2007-2009) and before that , my daughter and I lived in the  Philippines (2005-2007). I was fortunate enough that I still had my valid Tourist Visa last year so I was still able to use it to enter Schengen States. This actually became an issue with UDI because they asked the Norwegian Embassy in SG that why did they actually release a tourist visa for a 2-yr validity with multiple entries because they say tourist visa should just be valid for a year. HAHAHA.  I had a big smile on my face when I heard that. 

Anyways, below is the list of how long (take note: how long) it took us to wait for the visa:

1. July 2009   - Submitted the Application Forms to the Embassy for Family Immigration. You can find the necessary forms here

http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Oversiktsider/Application-forms/Application-forms-for-family-immigration/

—- This should have been an application for a D-Visa . D Visa is the visa that you use before the processing of the application for a residence or work permit has been completed. However in my case,  I did not have to obtain this visa anymore because I still have a valid C-Visa. 

2. December 2009 -  We arrived in Norway on the 19th and it was on the 22nd that we went to the police and informed them that I am already in Norway. You can click the link below if you need more information on the process of application.

http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Permanent-Residence-Permit/How-do-I-apply-for-a-settlement-permit/

3. August 2010  - And there was the permanent resident visa. Eight months of waiting. Terrible.

I am just lucky that they let me stay here in Norway  while waiting. I don’t know if it’s possible to other people though.

October 29, 2010
It says ” To learn one language…Speak, Listen, Read and Write”  I am taking this language course seriously. This will be my key in establishing a career in Norway.

It says ” To learn one language…Speak, Listen, Read and Write”  I am taking this language course seriously. This will be my key in establishing a career in Norway.

October 29, 2010
I found this page in the NAV office so I am completely safe in posting this. I find this very true.

I found this page in the NAV office so I am completely safe in posting this. I find this very true.

October 28, 2010
It was snowing outside and it felt very cold. I thought maybe I failed to put more clothes on me that’s why I was freezing at school..or maybe learning Norsk will really give you cold hands since it is really a difficult language.

It was snowing outside and it felt very cold. I thought maybe I failed to put more clothes on me that’s why I was freezing at school..or maybe learning Norsk will really give you cold hands since it is really a difficult language.

October 28, 2010
This was taken on October 21st at my language school class (Vaksenoplæring)  In Norway, winter begins from December until February. I have no idea why snow came early.

This was taken on October 21st at my language school class (Vaksenoplæring)  In Norway, winter begins from December until February. I have no idea why snow came early.

July 10, 2010
yes, it’s green. this is summer in Norway.

yes, it’s green. this is summer in Norway.

May 10, 2010