Turning 23

23rd birthday

How fast May has flown by! I celebrated my birthday this weekend with dinner at Nodee Sky, followed by cake (made by my talented mother-in-law) with the in-laws. The day was full of surprises and fun!

Nodee Sky / Barcode

The only thing better than delicious food is delicious food with a view. At Nodee Sky, you can enjoy both!

Sushi and gyoza at Nodee Sky

View from Nodee Sky

I really enjoyed getting to celebrate my first birthday in Norway with the whole family! 🙂 I received the sweeeeetest cards and gifts from them ♄

Blowing out the candles

Birthday cards

A huge thank you to all who sent me birthday wishes! 🙂

Summer on my mind

Just three weeks ago it was snowing here, but now that warmer days are here, it seems as though Oslo has skipped over spring altogether and gone straight to summer.

There are soooo many ways to enjoy summer, both indoors and outdoors. Having my birthday at the end of May means that it is celebrated throughout the months ahead as well 😉 I hope you are as excited as I am!

Eirik and I are heading to the United States in June and will spend a week in Pittsburgh, PA for OCON. If you have not had a chance to go to OCON, I highly recommend coming this summer because it is a great investment for your mind and, ultimately, your life. The conference, held at the center of industrial America, is not only for people who are familiar with Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, but also for individuals who are interested in living a meaningful life. The lineup consists of intellectually stimulating sessions with productive heroes from a variety of backgrounds, so I guarantee that you will leave with a better sense of clarity and purpose.

After the conference, we will head to New York, NY! Both of us have been to NYC before, but this summer will be extra special because we will experience the city together for the first time and do things we have not done before, like tour the Freedom Tower and attend a performance at the Met Opera. I can hardly wait!

What are your plans for the summer? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

XOXO HONG PHUC

17. mai, Norway’s Constitution Day

Today commemorates the 203rd birthday of the Norwegian constitution, which was first signed on 17 May, 1814 at Eidsvoll. The signers of the constitution were greatly inspired by the revolutionary spirit spearheaded by the United States and France, and based the document largely on the American and French constitutions with a significant difference: the retention of monarchy. Though Norway was at the time under a union with Sweden, the constitution declared Norway an independent kingdom and set in motion the way to Norwegian sovereignty.

Every year, Norwegians celebrate their national day from dawn ’til dusk with extravagant breakfasts, children’s parades, marching bands, and…lots of ice cream! People put on their finest clothes (typically the traditional folk costume, or bunad, if they own one) and head to their local town centre for hours of activities with family, friends, and neighbours. As you can see, it can get very crowded.

Eirik and I enjoyed a delightful lunch after the parades at Aunt Lena’s, followed by yummy desserts (and ice cream cake, of course!).

The Norwegian constitution is the second oldest operational constitution in the world. Though it has undergone some tragic reforms, the document can still be lauded for having been one of the most radically free constitutions in the world at the time it was signed, placing great emphasis on the freedom of speech and establishing equal opportunity for all.

If you are ever in Norway on the 17th of May, beware of closed shops and offices…but enjoy the patriotic festivities!

XOXO HONG PHUC