Sweden 2011 – Part 3

Part 3’s going to be mainly about the food, and Stockholm. Yeap, we headed to Stockholm on Friday evening together with our German colleague & our US colleague who were heading to the airport to catch their flight. But we were going to stay a night in Stockholm city coz I wanted to buy a Bottega Veneta bag from the store in the morning.

Lovely sunshine

Lovely sunshine

Stockholm morning

Stockholm morning

Stockholm hotel. Tiny room!

Stockholm hotel. Tiny room!

Stockholm hotel. Toilet was okayyy

Stockholm hotel. Toilet was okayyy

Stockholm hotel. Bed was placed in an awkward position. But thankfully, still cosy.

Stockholm hotel. Bed was placed in an awkward position. But thankfully, still cosy.

 

Appetizer from dinner the night before. Smoked salmon if I remember correctly

Appetizer from dinner the night before. Smoked salmon if I remember correctly

 

My fish & chips

My fish & chips

 

Colleague's pasta

Colleague’s pasta

 

Trigger happy coz my first time in Europe!

Trigger happy coz my first time in Europe!

 

My colleague took this picture and I love how "autumn-y" it feels

My colleague took this picture and I love how “autumn-y” it feels

My first big-ticket purchase and it was a total nightmare. First, the saleswoman gave me a damaged piece – the zip puller was missing. Secondly, she gave me in a different colour. My fault for not checking because I was dumb enough not to do so. But now I know better. Getting the bag exchanged for a good piece in the right colour took me like 3 weeks and numerous phone calls to the SG office and Facebook messages to the main marketing office because the SG office insisted that the Stockholm store was a franchise store and so they couldn’t do the exchange for me. Even though the Stockholm store was listed on the OFFICIAL BV website. Kudos to the HQ team for contacting the SG office and getting me what I paid for.

Breakfast before my big ticket purchase.

Breakfast before my big ticket purchase.

And the Swedish food… you probably would think that I would be having meatballs, lingonberry jam and smoked salmon for every single meal right? Guess what? Actually, Swedish meatballs are not sold widely in Sweden… my colleagues all go to IKEA to have them. But they did have some really nice stuff, like Thursday’s traditional meal would be pea soup & pancakes, and Friday would be something called Flying Jacob. It is chicken with bacon, peanuts, banana and tomato cream sauce, over rice. It sounds weird but it actually tastes pretty good!

Traditional Thursday lunch in Sweden.

Traditional Thursday lunch in Sweden.

Flying Jacob

Flying Jacob

Our colleagues also treated us to dinner at Varda, a very high-end restaurant in Vasteras. I think the amuse bouche was tuna tartare or something like that (I remember that it was raw fish). For starter, I chose a scallop & mushroom soup which had wonderful flavour but the broth was way too salty. I opted to have the duck breast and beetroot with vinaigrette. Oh the duck breast, so so tender! And the beetroot was cooked perfectly without coming across as muddy.

Starter at Varda

Amuse bouche at Varda

Starter: scallop with mushroom soup

Starter: scallop with mushroom soup

Starter: before the mushroom soup was poured in, at table side

Starter: before the mushroom soup was poured in, at table side

Main: smoked duck breast and beetroot

Main: smoked duck breast and beetroot

We also had yucky (& expensive) Japanese sushi and surprisingly really good Chinese food there! The satay chicken and tomyum soup were yummy!

Colleague wanted to try Japanese food in Sweden... obviously this wasn't as good as it looks. Expensive too!!

Colleague wanted to try Japanese food in Sweden… obviously this wasn’t as good as it looks. Expensive too!!

Dumpling soup. Always welcomed on a cold day

Dumpling soup. Always welcomed on a cold day

Chicken kebab with satay sauce. This was good!

Chicken kebab with satay sauce. This was good!

Honey sesame chicken for the SG colleague who cannot take spice.

Honey sesame chicken for the SG colleague who cannot take spice.

Some Thai curry dish that my angmoh DE colleague whacked with gusto!

Some Thai curry dish that my angmoh DE colleague whacked with gusto!

During the period we had training there, the IT application guys were also having their quarterly meeting and testing session, so what better way to know each other than to hang out over drinks? It was a joyous time of chilling out and talk about everything and anything but work.

Drinks with the DE sales manager. I always call him Richard Gere, and that makes him super happy!

Drinks with the DE sales manager. I always call him Richard Gere, and that makes him super happy!

Oh hullo guys! I call the 3 guys on the right “福禄寿” cos they always hang out with each other when in Vasteras and they’ve been working for the company for a long long long time.

The IT team happened to have a meeting the same time we were there, so cheers from US, SG, DE and SE!

The IT team happened to have a meeting the same time we were there, so cheers from US, SG, DE and SE!

We transited in Frankfurt for 7 hours on our way home, and had time to explore the city a little.

Us being happy with our Godiva hot chocolate drinks

Us being happy with our Godiva hot chocolate drinks

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Sweden 2011 – Part 2

I can’t believe how time flies… and how I got lazy and couldn’t be bothered to blog. But here I am now, as I wanted to blog my memories, just in case I tend to forget how wonderful the world is. *omg I can’t believe I just wrote those mushy words*

While in Vasteras, Sweden, we stayed at Clarion Hotel which was the perfect location for me… there’s a SUPER huge H&M store just below the hotel (the hotel is L2 – L4), and tons of other shopping areas around us. Basically, think of it as the equivalent of our Meritius Mandarin Hotel or ION Orchard apartments. We knock off at 5pm everyday, and reach the hotel at around 520pm. There isn’t much to do since we’re on business there, so it’s either shopping and/or dinner & a drink session. And you know… 520pm is way too early for dinner! So I usually rush up to put my laptop in the room and rush down to walk around before the shops close at 6pm, and before it gets completely dark around 610pm.

H&M right below my hotel... yay!

H&M right below my hotel… yay!

2 Deg Celsius!

2 Deg Celsius!

Only 6pm, and it was already so dark

Only 6pm, and it was already so dark

Area around the hotel

Area around the hotel

Lots of beer on tap

Lots of beer on tap

We even got to 0 deg C one night!

We even got to 0 deg C one night!

I did a little recce around the hotel for a couple of days, noted down what I would like to get and whatsapp-ed the sister to seek her opinion before I whipped out the card. So, on my 2nd last day there, I bought a pair of winter boots from Bianco (around S$240) (complete with furry insides and an additional pair of fleece insoles), and a thick trench coat from H&M (it was only S$100!) within 20 mins.

My winter boots.

My winter boots.

H&M trench coat which was only S$100!

H&M trench coat which was only S$100!

Sweden 2011 – Part 1

So, if you’re my friend on Facebook, or if you follow me closely on Twitter, you’d have known that I was in Sweden for a week in Nov 2011. For a business training trip, but still it was fun! I mean, there’s only so much work you can do in a day right? *wink* The Swedes actually start their day at 7.30am and end at 4.30pm because the sun sets earlier during winter. But for me, we only entered the office at around 8.30am and go off around the same time as the Swedes. Shhhh…. I don’t have many photos taken during this trip because I thought I forgot to bring my camera cable which doubles up as the charger via the PC, but silly me. It was actually in one of the zip pockets of the laptop bag. DUH.

Anyway, I went with 2 other colleagues which was great because at least I had company, and the guys helped me with my *lousy quality* luggages. YAY to wonderful colleagues! LOL. We flew to Stockholm via Frankfurt and had to take a bus to Vasteras where our office was. The FRA flight was full, but luckily there were no cranky babies.

HEAVY PHOTO POST WARNING!

A mandatory photo of me on board (in the aircraft toilet). Super lok because I took a night flight and it’s going to be 12 hours, so I decided to go makeup-less and with specs. I think this was around the 4 hour mark where I decided to wash up, brush teeth and apply moisturizer before I go to La La Land. Could you sense my excitement? It’s my first time to Europe… so suaku I know!!!

Waiting for our plane to Stockholm. I broke out my brand new Uniqlo parka to wear coz it’s kinda cold at FRA airport. Feather light and easy to keep and maintain!! It’s seriously WTF amazing. No joke.

Proof that I was actually in Frankfurt. Muahahaha!

This is what happens to you when you act smart and don’t sleep on the plane. SUPER SHAGGED TO THE MAX.

And this is how you’ll feel when you are a lucky bastard and get a window seat with no passenger next to you.

This is my travel essential. More important than bringing travel adaptor or that face moisturizer. I brought two of these for this trip.

And here we are! Stockholm Arlanda airport. Here, I got into a lengthy and unnecessary discussion with one of my colleagues on the difference in photos taken by an Asian and a Westerner. He says I act like a Westerner. I say he’s talking rubbish and full of bullshit.

Our very important bus ticket to Vasteras. 219 SEK for one-way… ard S$44. Sounds expensive but this is a 2 hour bus trip with FREE wifi all the freaking way! Where can you find this in Singapore?!!!

My luggage porters for this trip. Just kidding… 😛

Ok, now go off… my turn to have a solo photo can?

On the way to Vasteras, it was tons of greenery… more than Singapore. There’s something about cold weather and gorgeous skies.

But I had a weird nagging feeling about those trees….

It feels like the Cullens and their friends stay there… the blue skies and trees were like a long roll of wallpaper which never ended so I doze off after this picture.

At the entrance of my hotel room…

The room’s huge! Coz I’m staying alone…of course lah! I’m the only female and if the company expects us to share rooms, I’d be KPKB-ing all the way. Don’t be so stingy can~~~ But one thing about this hotel is that there isn’t any electric kettle, cups or complementary coffee & teabags in the room. They have them out in the dining area near the reception but it’s a little troublesome to go out of the room at night for a glass of water right?

Shower room…the shower unit had a temperature regulator thingy which was so fascinating. I think I’m really suaku lah.