my two cents on the other side of the rainbow

Monthly Archives: September 2012

I can’t believe it has been a month since i’ve set foot on this strange and cold, but fun and exciting land of the the midnight sun. Well, in retrospect, judging on the amount of clutter on my desk as I have trudged through the requirements for the first course, i better believe it’s been a month


It hasn’t always been that cluttered, of course. Not to be defensive, but I like having all the things that I will need within reach when i am working. I do not like being interrupted when the stream of thoughts flow smoothly from my head to the paper I’m writing. I think I get distracted enough by a lot of things, which are mostly all of my own doing, to be annoyed when there is a break in the momentum. And I have always maintained that mine is mostly an organized chaos– I know where everythng is and it works for me, and that’s the end of our discussion. Nyahahaha.

Since I have received a note from my dear college blockmate to keep blogging, I will try my best to do so. Des, this is for you, hahaha. 🙂

I would like to show you my humble abode here in Olso. I am living in a student house called Kansleren in the east side of the city. It is located in a fun area- very diverse and busy, mostly because the immigrants from other countries have opened up their groceries and mini marts around the area. Disclaimer: these pictures were taken during the first week of my stay here.

That was my desk before classes started haha.

My bed, and the sheets my mom made me bring. I was not, and still am not using the comforter. I’m using one of the malongs I brought instead. This is my strategy to allow my body to adjust to the low temp.

My clothes.

And more, still.

Drawers and shelves. 🙂

And of course, some people are very interested in this part of the house: the bathroom. I have my own bathroom (thank goodness). 🙂

I bought a small basin (the one sitting on top of the toilet) from the flea market so I could do some hand washing of my particulars. 🙂



View from my window. It was a rainy and cloudy day then. As i am writing this, however, the sun is up and shining all over Oslo. There are clouds though, and it is chilly because of the wind from up north. Brrrrrr


Date a girl who teaches children. Date a girl who enjoys more in a bookstore for school supplies and children’s books rather than in make-up store. She has problems with storage space because she has too many trinkets and storybooks to keep. Date a girl who has a list of stories that she wants to have and read, who has a collection of Aklat Adarna, Leo Lionni and Eric Carle’s books.

Find a girl who teaches. You’ll know that she does because she always carries supersized bags. She’s the one who has everything in her tote. From art-project glitter materials to wet wipes. She has to carry her laptop almost everyday and all those papers and booklets that only she can understand. She might forget to bring her lipstick, but she won’t forget to carry her water bottle and pencil case with colourful pens in it.

It is easy enough to date a girl who teaches. She won’t want expensive gifts; you can buy storybook for her birthday, flowers for Teacher’s day, craft punchers for Christmas. You can buy her anything but please spare her with coffee mugs; she has lots from her students.

A girl who teaches won’t require much of your time. She will hardly see you on weeknights because she prefers to finish her lesson plans and worksheets and catch up sleep. Unless she had a really bad and long day, she will randomly ask you to have dinner or coffee with her. But if you insist, she will try her best and make it to the last full show of Inception even on a freakin’ Wednesday night just to be with you. (Please cooperate and pretend with her that she enjoyed the movie by not asking details of the show anymore.)

Date a girl who teaches. She’s heaps of fun, up for anything, and generally the life of the party after her long workweek. You won’t remember that she works with small children until she starts sharing insignificant stories about children that you will never meet.

Don’t be scared if you accidentally fart in front of a girl who teaches. She has high tolerance on the yuckiest things on earth, be it snot, poop, pee or vomit. She won’t bother.

Experience dating a girl who teaches young children and you’ll be surprised of the life lessons you’ll learn from her. She will definitely touch your life.

Date a girl who teaches because you deserve it. She’s sweet, she’s witty, she’s creative (in ALL areas), and she’s thoughtful (you will never fail to receive a personalized greeting card in glitter for every occasion).

And if you’re looking for an excellent mother for your offspring, she’s the one. A girl who teaches knows exactly how to raise children and keep them from becoming bratty. She knows the perfect name to give to your child, and what name to avoid because its lenghty or trendy.

If you find a girl who teaches, keep her close. Her love is unconditional and she’s the most patient creature on earth. She’s a well-rounded lover and a guaranteed best friend for life.

Find a girl who teaches young children. Date her. Marry her. Make her happy.

Because no one ever is more passionate, than a girl who teaches.


Note: this is enclosed in quotes because I did not write this. Please do click on the link for the post on facebook.

Note to self, you are reminded once again. ❤ Ever blessed, ever loved. ❤


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927