April 30, 2017

Asiamat Brekstad

Whenever we travel, one thing that concerns me is food because I’m not adventurous in trying new foods and I love Filipino cuisines. Yes, love your own. I’m not sure yet if I can live outside the Philippines for so long because for sure, mamimiss ko ang pagkain

Asian store is very important to Filipinos who work or live outside the Philippines because they have the chance to buy foods from home country. When I was packing for our Norway trip, I was telling my mom that I will bring this and that. She said, no need to bring anything because we can buy in Norway naman and hindi naman daw niya kami gugutumin. 

I did not listen to her because I know how expensive the foods in Europe so I brought foods from the Philippines, hanggat kasya sa luggage namin. Hehehe! Tinatawanan na lang ko ng nanay ko sa dami ng dala namin na groceries from the Philippines.

Last Saturday, we dropped by at Asiamat Brekstad before going to Melissa. It was my first time there, before there is no Asian store in Ørland and my mom needs to go to Trondheim just to buy foods from Asia.

Asia + Mat (food)

The size of the store is like 7-11, I was happy to see different products from Asia, nakakamiss din makita yun pagkain natin. So we bought vegetables, tomato sauce, macapuno, nata de coco and many more. I saw Lucky Me Pancit Canton and it is NOK10 per piece, buti na lang nagdala ko nito kasi x5 ang price.

Update April 2019: I went back in Norway and I was surprised when I learned that this Asian Store is already closed. 

Lunch at Melissa

The cost of foods and drinks in other countries are way too expensive if we will compare it to the Philippines. You really need to allot a budget if you are traveling, especially if you will always eat in the restaurant.

For our summer vacation this year, we are lucky that we stay in my mom’s place so we don’t have a problem with our foods and drinks. Eating out is not on our agenda because we can just buy and cook the food we like. 

Food tripping in Ørland Kommune is not a usual thing because they only have a few restaurants here. Most of the people cook or bake their own food at home. But yesterday, we had our chance to try one of the restaurants in Brekstad. I was supposed to cook sinigang for our lunch but thanks to my aunt. She called my mom yesterday and she said, she will treat us lunch. Yey! So off we went to Melissa.

Melissa is one of the restaurants in Brekstad Norway, they serve Italian food so we don’t have a problem in choosing foods. Browsing the menu is not a dilemma too because my mom can translate it. Lol 

We all know that food serving in other countries are huge so if we (2 adults + 1 kid) are traveling, as much as possible, we only buy two meals and share-share na lang. But here in Norway, I always order from kid’s menu. Hehehe! Sa height kong ito, lagi ako napagkakamalan na kid sa train, boat and restaurant. I also ordered from kid's menu when we ate at Peder Hiort Marthus.

Read: Peder Hiort Marthus Restaurant

Beef with Bernaise Sauce, Chips and Salad
My son and I ordered Minibiff at KR145 and glass of soda at KR33, if I will compute it in Phillipine peso, it is more than P1000 for one meal, buti na lang libre. Hehehe! I was surprised when I saw the salad, I was not expecting na may salad pati sa kid’s menu so as usual, naiwan lang siya sa plate namin. Alam niyo naman, di ko mahilig sa dahon, hehehe! My son and I enjoyed our order, Sharing with you the other foods, I was not able to take picture of the appetizer and pizza. 

Here in Norway, most of the time after eating meals, they will still drink coffee or tea so that’s what we did in Melissa. As far as I can remember, complimentary na yata yung coffee and tea, ikaw na lang magtimpla. I’m not fond of coffee pero sa lamig, napapakape ko just like in Sagada

One thing I notice here in Ørland Norway, konti lang ang staff. My aunt told me that the person who took and served our orders is the owner of the restaurant.

April 28, 2017

Fishing Adventure in Norway

Fishing in Norway is part of their lifestyle because most of the people live near the sea, fjord, lakes or rivers. I am fortunate to experience fishing during my first visit so it is on my bucket list to have fishing adventures in Norway with my family.

I mentioned in one of my posts that my son wanted to experience fishing and we were lucky to experience that when we went to Macampao Beach and Leisure Farm. But fishing in Norway is a different experience because we are going to ride the yacht.

I thought that having a sunny weather is already a good time to fish but I was wrong. There are a lot of things to consider when fishing, the weather should not be windy and the temperature should not be too cold. We will not enjoy fishing if we are freezing outside the boat and how can we catch a fish if we cannot stay long outside.

Since day one, I was praying for good weather so my husband can experience fishing before he goes back to the Philippines. So on our day 5, I was glad when my mom told me that our itinerary for that day is “fishing”. Yehey!

Watch the video here.

Even it is already Spring season in Norway, the weather feels like winter so we need to wear thick clothes like the overall dress, 3 to 4 layers of clothing, scarf and gloves.

I was excited to ride my stepdad’s yacht because it would be my first time. During our first visit, they only have a small boat with no roof but this time, level up na. For safety, we need to wear lifevest or floaters.

We only have two fishing rods so we took turns, I was lucky again because I was the first one who caught a fish. Fish in Norway is big, hindi yan katulad nung bangus na nahuli namin sa Macampao. Hehehe! You can catch cod, trout, salmon, halibut, mackerel and many more. If you catch small fish, you need to return it back to the sea.

Though there are so many fishes in the sea, pana-panahon din yan so after two hours, we’re fortunate to caught 3 cod fishes. Other people spent 3 hours but did not catch any fish. We stopped fishing because we’re hungry already.

At the boat, you need to clean the fish and throw the gills and intestine back to the sea. While cleaning the fish, birds will go near the boat because they will eat the gills and intestine. It was nice to see the seagulls.

On our way home, my stepdad taught my husband to drive the yacht, so he was in charge in going back to the port. But he could not do the parking yet so my stepdad parked the boat. I had the same experience before but it was only a small boat, move right and left lang ang ginagawa ko. Hehehe!

After fishing, the task in not yet over because you have to clean the boat and fishing gears. When other countries are struggling with pollution, Norway is fortunate to have clean and clear body of waters. It is no doubt that locals like fishing here because there is joy in catching and eating your own fish.

At home, I cooked our freshly caught fish. I just put salt, pepper and lemon juice and baked it in the oven. My mom prepared hollandaise sauce to pair it with the fish. Cod is good but I still prefer salmon. On second week, we fried the cod and as of this writing, we still have one cod fish in the freezer.

If you are planning a visit to Norway, you should include a fishing adventure in your itinerary.

April 27, 2017

Trollskogen + Lerberen Folkehelsepark Norway


On our fourth day, we went to Trollskogen or Troll Forest which is located near the Lerberen mountain. You can see the Futura Barnehage or Future Kindergarten on your way to Trollskogen. 

Preschool kids here in Norway enjoy school because they also believe in learning through play. Kids can stay almost whole day in school without getting bored because they have so many indoor and outdoor activities. Opening hours is 7:00 to 4:30PM 

When my sister was in preschool, she goes to barnehage so my mom can work. So when we went to Norway, we did not take care of her because she goes to school and my mom will pick her up after her work. There is no reason for you to be a full-time mom for so long because you can arrange your schedule. 

Kids are lucky to have a big playground near the school. Trollskogen has a small pond, bonfire, small shelter and Tarzan forest. There are climbing ropes and climbing frames where kids can play.

It was Holy Thursday so there is no school when we went here. The temperature is below zero degrees so you will notice that the pond turned into ice. My son enjoyed throwing stones so he can crack the ice. 

Watch the video here

Lerberen Folkehelsepark 

As I mentioned, Trollskogen is near Lerberen mountain so we also went here. Lerberen is considered a Public Health Park so they are still planning to expand the area for the benefit of the public. The place is free so it is a popular hiking area for people who want to get fit and improve their health. 

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I don’t have an active lifestyle. Iisipin ko pa lang mag-exercise, napapagod na ko so when we went here at Lerberen Folkehelsepark, ramdam ko yung pagod sa pag-akyat. 

My husband and son found a stick and they use it as a staff. My son does not have active lifestyle too so on our way to the top, he was complaining already. We just kept on telling him na malapit na. hehehe! 
He cried when we reached the top, I’m not sure kung tears of joy or sa pagod. Hehehe!

This is the view from the top of the mountain, you can see the view of the city. 

I wrote our names in the logbook before we went down. 

My son was excited to go down, as in nauuna na sa pagbaba. He was in good mood already because we’re going home. 

Watch the video here 


After our morning hike, off we went to my mom’s mother-in-law. This would be the last time that I would be able to see her house because next year, she will move to a new place. 

For your information, air base of Norway and NATO is located in Ørland at the mouth of the Trondheimsfjord. So some residents in Uthaug have no choice but to move to other places. The government bought their houses and given them enough time to move out.


View from the window
Then we went to Garten because my aunt invited us for lunch. That was the first time I saw her place because she just moved to Norway several years ago.

We’re a happy camper because my aunt served a lot of foods. Nagtake-out pa ako. Hehehe!