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Now I am back in Norway and the travelling is on the minimum, but for once I can explore Norway a bit more. It is nice to check out your home place for a little bit. So the first place I went was Bergen! I have a friend there studying and she had room for me for a weekend. So why not!

Bergen is beautiful, when it is not raining. And incredible enough it was not raining once while I were there! Just sun and beautiful snow. We went up Fløien, saw the christmas lights, went out on town, saw the gingerbread house town and saw a theater play. What a dream trip. So now you can have a peak at it:

Iceland

I really miss traveling these days. As I now have finished UNI and are about to leave for Norway, the question on whats next occurs on conversations all the time. Most of the time I would love to say “I am going to travel the world!”, but that would be a lie, at least for now.

So to help on the travel blues I am now going to tell you about a amazing business trip I took to Iceland in April! I were so lucky to get a job with the travel company Discover the world in London and they sent me to Iceland to document

one of their class trips. And what a class trip!

We went everywhere! I got to drive snowmobile on the top of a volcano, crawl in to caves, walk on glaciers, see seals, drive through the most amazing landscapes. One day we woke up to snow, during the day it turned into sun, then fog and in the end of the day it was raining! What a mess 😛

But if you ever get the opportunity or time to go to Iceland DO IT!!! It is the most magical place I know, I have been there twice and I want to go back again! AMAZING!

Have a closer look at what I did in Iceland on the official Discover Iceland with Discover the World video:

Indie GoGo

At the moment I have no new travel videos and I do not know the next time I will have the chance to travel again. While we wait for new travels I would like to promote another fiction film I am making at the moment.

I am working on my last film at UNI, The Choice. This film will be my graduation film and will basically be the start of my career within film. Therefore it is important that this film end up good. So for the first time I am testing out fund raising on Indie GoGo.

“We enter in to the life’s of James and Amy in a important time in their life. James proposes to Amy and their life seems to be perfect. Then Amy is hit by a car and gets paralyzed from neck and down. She doesn’t want to live like that and ask James to end her life, since she can’t do it herself. James has to take the awful decision if he can take the life of his love or not.”

Please help me make this film perfect, go in to http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Choice-2?a=378246 and make a contribution. When you have done that spread the word amongst friends and family as well as on all your networks online.

Thank you so much!

Cambodia

After months in Singapore we took our last trip to somewhere a bit different. We went to Cambodia! More specific the town Siem Reap, housing the well known temple Angkor Wat.

This is an amazing place. It is so strange to come from the rich and modern Singapore to the poverty of Cambodia. You do get a culture shock. We also managed to come in the

end of the monsoon, so everything was flooded. And that was amazing! We drove a Tuk Tuk in to town and I was amazed over all these people walking in the streets with water up to their knees. And all the kids playing in the water in the middle of the street, you almost didn´t see them!

Ankor Wat is not the only temple around, and if you book a Tuk Tuk for 3 days you can

get the 3 day pass and be driven around to the different temples for 3 days. Recommending this! But you can easily get bored of the temples, because even if they are beautiful, they are very alike…

So do remember to take some time of the temples and see the town, talk to the nice people and relax a bit. Last tips, always, always bring a bottle of water when you go and

see the temples. Always.

 

 

 

 

Food in Singapore

Singapore is known for having a rich variation of food. Since Singapore is filled with people from all parts of Asia they bring with them a lot of their local food. The food is also much cheaper to buy already cooked out then to buy the groceries and cook back home. Something that is very different from most other countries.

When you go out to eat it is a lot of places to chose between. You can go from all range of prices as well as all kind of food. If you are unsure if you will like the local food it is more then enough American and

European restaurants to go to. But you should really have a taste

of the local delicacies. One of the cheapest places to eat is at a Food market/center were they have many small stands were you can get good food.

Singapore is one of the few places in Asia were you can be sure that everything is clean no matter were you are. Every place is checked regularly by the government to see if they are following the guidelines for food cleanliness. The places is then given a sign with A, B, C or OK. If you see a A or OK you know it is a clean place to eat. B and C is less clean, but still clean enough to stay open.

Dave brought his friend to Newton Food market and are presenting some local food you should try if you go to Singapore.

 

Daytrip in Singapore

If you have a week in Singapore. It is loads of things to fill your days with. Some of these things should get a whole day reserved to them.

One of my favorites is Singapore Botanic Gardens. This is a huge park in the middle of Singapore. It is a perfect place to go for walks, runs or just to relax in the sun. You can take loads of beautiful pictures of flowers and if you hang around long enough you are sure to see a couple of animals like turtles, fishes, swans, squirrels and maybe even a Varan. They have a beautiful orchid garden, a concert scene, a Jurassic walk and so on. Really a place to learn and relax.

If you would like to go on a boat trip, “Cheng ho” harbor cruise is a good pick. On the cruise you get served high tea (tea with some different cakes and sandwiches) and a guide tell you about the Singapore harbor as we pass it. The boat stop at an Temple Island were you get some time to walk around and experience it. It is stunning.

On a nice sunny day you should go to the East Coast and rent a bike. It is perfectly maintained for bike trips along the cost. Beautiful cost line, beautiful beaches very good sea food and just all in all a good bike trip to take for a day.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. After so much sea you would maybe like to experience to real jungle. At Bukit Timah you have a wide range of paths to take that lead you up to the Bukit Timah Summit. You can take a short direct route or take the longer once that will lead you deeper in to the jungle. If you are lucky you can bump in to a couple of monkeys hanging around. Be sure to check the weather report before you go, because in the jungle they have their own little weather system. So even if the rest of Singapore is sunny it may rain and thunder in the jungle.

Pulau Ubin is another place to go for a bike trip. This is a little island that still look like Singapore use to look like. Here you can rent a bike and experience the whole island in just some hours. Here you can see some real wild jungle and maybe even a snake if you are lucky.

Another island to visit is Sentosa Island. This is a very different island, more like a team park. Here they have Universal Studios team park, Hard Rock cafe and hotel, Segways, beaches and so much more. It is a island of fun that is cheap and easy to get to. Fun for the whole family sort of a thing.

These are just some suggestions on what to do for a daytrip in Singapore. If you want to see some more of these places have a look at the video below.

Sightseeing in Singapore

This summer I got the great opportunity to live and work in Singapore. Singapore is located in Asia and is a good place to have your base when looking at Asia for the first time. Finding yourself in Singapore, it is a big variation on what to do. One smart thing is to the the Hop on Hop of sightseeing busses around Singapore city center. They are worth your while.

When driving around be sure to hop of at Little India. Singapore is built up with areas reserved, in a way, to a certain culture. Little India is as the name say a area dedicated to the Indian way. Here you can get good curry and other Indian foods and cheap stuff from the many stores along the street. You can also have a look at some nice mosques that are spread around the area. Mustafa Center is probably the most known part of Little India. This is a HUGE store with everything you can possibly need. For me it felt a bit like a storage house with lots of cheap crap, but in fact most of it is ok quality for a ok price. So do have a look.

Another colonial part of Singapore is Chinatown. As Little India this is also a part of Singapore dedicated to one specific culture, China.Chinatown is beautiful I think. With wonderful small houses and interesting streets and cafes.

They also have a big street marked that sell all kind of souvenirs. Here is the perfect place to get some cheap gifts for back home. If you come here during the Moon Festival you have to come to Chinatown and by Moon cakes here. The Moon cakes are just made once a year at this festival, try the lotus flavored, it is delicious and very filling.

Another interesting food you can find in Singapore is Durian. This fruit you can smell before you see. If you get a sniff of something that remind you of old puke you are close to it. It is round and brown with spikes, but inside it is soft and yellow. It has a very distinct taste, either you like it or you don´t kind of food, it also have a strange texture like soft cream. You can also have it in ice cream, a often more popular way to try it among the tourists.

If you want to have a look at the nature, but don´t have the time, it can be a good call to look at the Urban Jungle. Take the MRT to Harbor Front and at Exit D “Telok Blangah” you should find a path up the hill. Keep on following this and you can have a beautiful overlook over the city framed by tropic plants that fill the hill. It is a nice and confutable walk that everyone can take.

When you are up there you can also take the cable car down again. The cable car go from the Jewel box and take you all the way down to Sentosa Island if you want to. It gives you a great view over the whole city, but if you are afraid of hight I do not recommend it.

Some of the best times in Singapore is spent at night. When the sun settle it is many places that are a bliss to visit. Have a walk to Arab Street. This part of the city follow the Arab way. Here you can admire the most beautiful mosque in the city, or maybe buy a carpet for your living room. The streets are crowded with cafes offering Shisha pipes (also called Hubbely bubbely or water piper) and ginger tea. This is a nice place to bring friend and just relax in the cool night after a long day.

If you want to have a look at the old fashion glamour of Singapore. Go to Raffles Hotel and Long Bar on the second floor. This part is open for everyone and offers a colonial bar preserved from when the first british colonized Singapore. Here you can drink, eat, talk and enjoy a live jazz band. Long Bar is also known to be the creator of the Singapore Sling, so it is a must to order one if you visit Raffles Hotels Long Bar.

The most beautiful part of Singapore by night must be Marina Bay. This is a newly renovated area of Singapore and the place is shining when the sun goes down. Have a wanter along the docks and look at the buildings light up like stars. Enjoy a water show that is held every no and then. But you have to go to Marina Bay Sands and go to the top to get a wonderful view over the city. And also have a peek at the world famous infinity pool. This is not open for public, so if you don´t want to pay for a hotel room, you just have to settle with a picture.

This is just some of the many things to experience in Singapore. I enjoyed it and hope you will too!

Uluru

Then we came to the last stop of our amazing Australia trip, the magical Uluru!

Uluru is basically a huge rock in the middle of a dessert. It is so spesial because it look like a mountain in size, but is in fact a rock! It is also very very red, just to make it even more strange.

For the aboriginals it is a holy stone, that have a lot of history behind it. So even if you still are alount to climb on it if the weather allowes, everyone ask you not to. This would be very offencive for the aboriginals, it would be like climbing on top of a church or something.

Anyway, Uluru is definitely a must do! It was absolutely amazing! You should see the sunrise and sunset as well as take a walk along the stone edge and have some tours with guides to learn more. Just so much to do at such a amazing place!

Kings Canyon

When you get up to the Northern territory you soon find out that most of the place is flat land and road. Not many people, not many cars or anything else. But even if it is so empty it is breath taking beautiful. With the strong red and orange sand between the green plants and the blue sky over it. It is few places I have been that have such strong colors.

Our next stop was Kings Canyon. As we arrived quite late in the day we decided to take the path down in Kings Creek looking up at Kings Canyon, thank walking up on top of Kings Canyon. Since that is a much longer and harder path and you should not walk it when its dark. The path we took was green and beautiful with many different plants and flowers. It even had a little pool in the middle. The canyon looked massive and red from the view point, really magnificent.

The only negative thing about the place was the amount of flies flying around targeting your face… Really annoying always having to hit the flies away buzzing around you ear. At least it is not mosquitoes.

A nice place to visit in the Northern territory.

Alice Springs

When we finished in Melbourne our next place was Alice Springs and road trip. At Alice Springs airport we picked up our small car and started our adventure in the outback.

We started with driving to Alice Springs town. Alice Springs is the second largest town in the Northern territory in Australia. And that tell u something when you see how small the town is. But it is also extremely charming.

I just loved walking around in there. It was so quiet and calm, not like the bigger cities Sydney and Melbourne. They sold beautiful homemade souvenirs and good food and coffee.

It was also very interesting to finally be at a part of Australia that had more Aboriginal residents. The whole time we had travelled around we had just heard about them in different historical places, but not yet seen or met any. In Alice Springs it was many. What I thought I would see was a happy people living a healthy and interesting mix of two cultures. What I saw was sad and poor people, sitting in dirt and hanging on the corner. Even on their own land they can´t seem to be happy.

Anyway, Alice Spring is still a little oasis in the wast desert around it.