All around Denmark

For two years, I’ve been wandering Denmark as much as I can together with my cousins and newly found friends. This country has so much to offer to everyone. Say historical castles, breathtaking fjords, home of legos-Legoland, water parks, gigantic statues, legendary vikings, and home of the world-famous fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen often referred as H.C. Andersen in Scandinavia . To give you some ideas, well he’s just the one who wrote the remarkable “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “Thumbelina” and a lot more.

Here are some of my travels around Denmark. I’m only posting most of the popular destination and cities of the country.

Kolding, Denmark:

A quite city with both fjords and subnormal beaches, plus the old castles.

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An enthralling town sheathed with snow.

Copenhagen, Denmark 

The capital city, where the royal family lives in a palace. The most popular tourist attraction here is th  iconic “The Little Mermaid” statue by the sea. There are also a few numbers of magical castles with mystical huge gardens in the city which is accessible for tourist.

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Princess Ariel-from The Little Mermaid with her subordinates 🙂

Århus, Denmark:

The second largest city next to Copenhagen. It offers historical museums and an articulate set of arts.

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Odense, Denmark:

The third largest city and the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen. We had the chance to see his childhood house and his museum, we felt that we’ve been part of his story for a short while.

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Ribe, Denmark :

Has one of the tallest tower in an old church, where you can see the whole city and the neighboring town.

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Esbjerg, Denmark: 

The place of the famous big four white statues that’s called “Man Meets The Sea”.

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Blåvand, Denmark:

Place for beach lovers and solemn cottages. This is one of the favorite places to go on summer.

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Vejle, Denmark:

The architecture in this city is very rewarding. The concept is outstanding so as the fjords.

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Skagen, Denmark: 

This place is considered as one of the ends of the earth.  This place is famous for its great scenery and rich history.

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At one of the ends of the earth 😀

Råbjerg Mile, Denmark:

The desert area in Denmark. Who have thought this cold country has a special desert hiding in one place?

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Frederikshavn, Denmark:

This town is known for fishing and industrial harbors.

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Blood Donation:Saving Life

It has been my plan for a long time to donate a blood and finally it happened. I’ve been to different countries and Canada has been the most convenient for me to give a blood because it’s close to my place and has a longer hours of operation, considering the people who comes out late from work and open on Saturdays too!

Before donating a blood I tried to search from the internet for the do’s and don’ts, before, during, and after blood donation, just to get really prepared at the same time educating myself. I’ve searched what kind of food should I eat and fluids to drink. They will run some test for you concerning your blood pressure, hemoglobin, and some series of questions regarding your health background if you are capable of donating and must weigh at least 110 lbs. For that, you just got yourself a free medical checkup!

It might be terrifying for someone else to donate a blood, maybe because of phobias, a needle that will prick your arm, or something else, I am a bit scared as well but I’m more willing to give it a try and help someone through donating. A few minutes of donating blood, might means an extended life to someone else who will receive your blood. After donating, a complimentary snacks and drinks are serve to you to supply fluids right away to your body. (I recommend to take advantage of it specially the juice and water to let the body cope right away.) The feeling that you just save a life is absolutely rewarding. As they said not all super heroes wear capes. ❤️

A bag of blood, can be a lifetime to a person. I encourage everyone to try and donate a blood, it’s not just you save lives but also for yourself as well because it can do a lot of great benefits in your health that might surprise you. Happy donating! 😊

Steak Salad

Got some leftover steak and you want to make any new exciting from it!? I got your back try this super easy leftover steak salad. With just simple ingredients which I’m sure you have it in your pantry or fridge! Complications is not in this salad makes it more convenient ❤️

Ingredients:

* 1-2 cup leftover steak; slice in bite-size

* Lettuce

* 2-3 hard boiled eggs; sliced in bite-size

* 1 cup cherry tomato

* 1 avocado; sliced

* 1/2 cucumber; sliced

* 1/2 asparagus; boiled & sliced (optional)

* Caesar dressing
Procedure:

1. In a salad bowl, layer first the lettuce.

2. On each side arrange the remaining veggies and egg.

3. On the center, lay the steak. Or whatever you prefer I lay the egg on the center. 😊

4. Drizzle the caesar dressing.

Coping with the Danes

Hej allesammen! I personally can consider Denmark as one of the best places on earth! as proof, it holds the title for the happiest place on earth for couple of years! this will attest my claim 😊. Living in Denmark for 2 years is one of the most unforgettable and memorable experiences I had. There were lots of “firsts” and “new” for me. First international flight, first snowfall, first snowman, first autumn, first spring, and first dane language. New people, new friends, new culture, new food and so on and so forth. I can’t write it all here I’m afraid the space won’t be enough 🤣

In Denmark, I live with the sweet and warm family in Kolding, a great and lovely town in the country side. Danish people are so accommodating and treats people equally in any form. We live in a house with an outstanding and fantastic view of the ocean which gives you a different kind of calmness in every season. Chilly vibe on winter when the sea literally turns into ice. It gets really cold that when a ship  comes to dock, a machine has to melt some parts of the ice first so that the ship can get through. On summer, the sun’s rays reflects on the water which creates a dramatic color and glittering reflection. The kids in the house are lovely and kind just like their parents. Having “Fredag Sliks” or Friday Sweets”,  sort of a Danish tradition every Friday, is my favorite day of the week! Eating goodies and sweets while watching “Disney Sjov” with the whole family is always a “hygge” time ❤️ the only treat I don’t like is the popular Danish “lakrids” or liquorice. I just don’t like how it tastes but  kids love it so much so trading sweets is very popular among us. 😅 A great addition to the family are the two big and fluffy maine coon cats. The Kehler family has always made me feel welcome and at home right from the start and it made my stay so enjoyable.

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coz biking is our thing ♥
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Lovely Kehler kids ♥♥♥
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Charlotte and I picked spring flowers in Trapholt museum
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Legoland with them ♥
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Adam is making dinner for everyone 🙂
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Philip and Adam at school ground.
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Adam the police, protecting Charlotte ♥

In the span of 2 years I’ve been in school to learn the Danish language, which for me was very, very like VERY difficult and complicated! Like the spelling differs so much on pronouncing the words! It gives me headache when I thought I did pronounce the word correctly but in reality I am way far from relaying the exact word. But nonetheless after months of studying I can say I did learn something 😂. Not just that, I did meet new people from different parts of the world as well ‘coz our class has 15 different nationalities, It was fun knowing them.

I met a lot of other people as well during my stay. Some has been great and trusted friends while others were just born backstabbers! That’s why there were a lot of dramas. Ranting in social media which I find very immature and uncouth.  They were just nice when they are in front of you but hold up! Once you turn your back the ill-fated-personality-saga begins. So I say to myself “it’s ok to be nice but guard yourself from toxic people. Go with the flow but never forget where you stand” but well I know my grounds so keber to the ill-fated-people ui! 😝 On the lighter note, the good friends that I had bonded a lot in Denmark are still my friends till now! Thank you internet for keeping us online hahaha! 🤓

Denmark might not be a big country but there are numerous little towns that has a lot to offer to  people. Interesting history, rich culture and beautiful castles. My cousins and I tried our best to explore several intriguing and fantastic cities as we can. And that will be my next blog! Just hang on there ‘coz various write ups are coming .😊  All in all my stay in Denmark will be forever in my heart!  and coping with the danes are surely a memories worth to be treasured. Tusind tak Danmark

Strawberry-Spinach Salad


An easy summer salad. This strawberry-spinach salad is very quick to make and so refreshing to eat! This is a must try salad.

Ingredients:

* 1 cup (3-4pc) of fresh strawberry (sliced)

* 1 cup fresh spinach

* 1/2 cup feta cheese

* 1/2 cup walnut (roasted)

* 2 tbsp sesame seeds

Dressing:

* 1 tbsp olive oil

* 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

* 1 tsp honey

* Salt and pepper to taste
Procedure:

1. In a big bowl, combine spinach, strawberry, walnut and sesame seeds.

2. In another small bowl, whisk all the dressing ingredients.

3. Pour the dressing into the salad and toss it!

4. Sprinkle the feta cheese on top!

5. Serve immediately 😊
Tip:

Fresh leafy salad should be serve immediately to prevent it from being soggy.

Chinese New Year in Canada

Kung Hei Fat Choi! This blog is a little bit late to be written but i would still like to share my first experience in celebrating the Chinese new year myself literally with Chinese people in Chinatown at Toronto’s Spadina Avenue. All i can say for that experience was FUN!

The Chinatown in Toronto is located in a long street of Dundas, it is an interesting town with impressive traditions in every events they celebrate! As expected there are lots of people in the area ready to celebrate the most awaited event of the year.
Joining the event, people are warm giving a lots of giveaways like a lot! Red envelopes with something interesting sweet inside ❤,giving red envelopes is the most common thing to do on Chinese new year particularly for their employees or love ones, it usually comes with money inside, but in this event its candy, it would be nice if they’re giving money though hahahaha! There were chocolates (it was rocher ferrero and we keep on coming back to get more 😅), fans, bags, notes, water bottles, night lamp, and more!
There’s a lot of activities as well, like games and we tried to play all the games offered in every booth! Except to one with cotton candy twirling coz its basically just for kids! Hahaha we really want to have a cotton candy though 😄 too bad! 😆 and luckily we almost like really almost won all the games we played! Sounds like luck was with us on that day!
In that event also i wrote my first ever Chinese scripture which i exerted a lot of efforts while writing it! It was not easy! Phew! Hahaha and i was so happy when i asked a Chinese person if he can read it when im done and he can read it! he said its readable! 😍 So i feel like i did a very great job!!!! (Tap on my back!) the scripture i wrote means “Huge Luck and Huge Benefit” i really hope that luck will continue to be with me forever! So as to you! ❤
The dragon dance was one of the highlights of the event, it was so interesting to watch and learned how a dragon can bring luck and prosperity.
With this fun, new and interesting experience i would be looking forward to join the next celebration next year again and hope luck is still with me 😉
Anyways here’s my few tips for you on joining the event!
Tips in Joining Chinese New year! :
1. Don’t be afraid to try all their games coz its fun and a nice experience as well.

2. Don’t forget to have freebies☺️ its for everybody

3. Watch the dragon dance, coz its interesting

4. Take a red envelope with you coz theres something nice inside

5. Talk to the local Chinese about the event they will be delighted to answer

6. Embrace luck with you 😘
You’re welcome ☺️

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