going to the city

MOH’s grandfather is celebrating his 85th birthday this saturday. he lives down in bergen so naturally, the party is going to be held over there.

MOH and i are driving down friday morning and plan to drive back sunday morning (it takes about six ours one way). the party is around 4pm on saturday so we have a few hours to kill before that.

now, bergen is a big city. it’s the second largest city in norway after oslo, so it’s like surabaya in indonesia. it’s a proper city, not like where we live. they have things we don’t have in ålesund. like a university. and some shops we don’t have here that i’m dying to visit: panduro hobby and stof & stil (for sewing stuffs), l’occitane (so i don’t have to order them from hong kong) and… ikea.

they have sushi places. thai restaurants. you can get indian food. and italian.

i feel like someone from a small, remote village going to the city. for at least a day, i am going to join civilised world again. i’m going to be in a crowded place. amongst people.

i’m so happy i could cry.

sure i have to be away from my girls (who are going to stay at the cat hotel again) for almost three days. sure i have to pay almost 2000 nok to stay at some airport hotel. sure i have to sit in the car for a long time. sure i have to go to the party and be shown around like a rare bloody specimen. sure i’m going to have to listen to MOH’s silly music in the car.

but we’re going to ikea. and i’m going to make MOH take me to get some sushi. can you imagine? ikea! sushi from a sushi place! i… can’t… wait… i sure do miss living in a big city.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. the writer
    May 18, 2009 @ 07:18:28


    Sounds like you’re very desperate living in Ålesund. Haven’t tried to convince your husband to move to a bigger city? Your mentioning Surabaya brings back lovely memories of home 🙂


    • 1980chandra
      May 18, 2009 @ 18:06:42

      he likes it too much here. i guess when you were born and grew up here, you’re used to how boring the bloody place is. plus, he knows moving to a bigger city in norway won’t be enough for me, i want to move to an english-speaking country.

      i love your hometown. surabaya is perfect for me, ga semetropolitan jakarta, ga sekampung makassar hehe. makanannya enak2 lagi.


  2. m1rr0r
    May 19, 2009 @ 15:29:06

    you’re such a STRONG lady to be able to stay in such a city!!
    well, singapore has everything… please come 😀


    • 1980chandra
      May 19, 2009 @ 19:18:41

      i know. even mks is livelier than this place. is there any wonder at all why i want to move?

      my husband actually loves singapore and wouldn’t mind living there but i don’t think i can take the heat. and the fact that it is so teeny tiny.

      maybe we’ll go to singapore on the way to indo next time. can you show us around? 😉


      • m1rr0r
        May 23, 2009 @ 17:08:53

        sure! when will that be?

        well, expats tend to love singapore, i bet they live very different life from locals/PRs. unless he gets expat package, please don’t move here, many people are desperately trying to get out haha…
        BUT it’s still thousands times better then indo (for me) :p


        • 1980chandra
          May 25, 2009 @ 11:58:19

          well, we’re thinking about going to indo next year and he really wants to go back to singapore so maybe we’ll make it then 🙂

          i really don’t think i can live in singapore. i say to him all the time, it seems to me like a lot of people want to move out from singapore, there must a reason. or reasonssss.

          maybe we’ll move to indo and spend weekends in singapore. kl di luar mulai hujan uang hahaha


          • m1rr0r
            May 26, 2009 @ 15:04:24

            uh i dun think i wanna live in indo.. maybe bali haha not jakarta ugghh

            well, singapore is just bloody expensive so, really, without expat package, nooooo


            • 1980chandra
              May 26, 2009 @ 16:09:17

              yeah, i know what you mean about living in indo.

              is singapore expensive? i think i’m used to high living expenses because norway is a super expensive country. ridiculously expensive. they also love their taxes here the way you singaporeans love your fines. but of course, the salary level is pretty dang high.


  3. m1rr0r
    May 27, 2009 @ 07:17:57

    (if i click reply on the above, the submit button doesn’t show so, i post new comment)

    yesterday i wanted to say that i googled your current place and turned out it’s near the sea? the scenery looked beautiful

    well, singapore salary level is lower
    although taxes is also not that high
    but car is like minimum S$50,000 and you can only keep it for max 10 years
    and a super tiny flat (apartment) without any facilty costs the same as maybe 2 bedrooms HOUSE in Australia?


    • 1980chandra
      May 27, 2009 @ 16:53:04

      yep, we’re surrounded by the water and mountains. the view is the only good thing about this place 🙂

      and the salary’s not bad either (if you don’t think about the tax). that’s why not many ppl go to uni, you can pretty much make a career out of being a shopkeeper.

      i think the housing in singapore is a shocker. i’ve never been there but i’ve heard stories from my mum. you ppl must spend a big chunk of your salary on housing.

      but you have lots of places to dine out, drink, get together with ppl, shopping, etc. etc. in other words, to enjoy live.


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