The Ibsen Museum in Oslo

Henrik Ibsen, dubbed the “father of modern drama”, is the most performed playwright in the world behind William Shakespeare. At the Ibsen Museum in Oslo, you can see a comprehensive exhibit featuring the writer’s life and work and go on a guided tour of the apartment where he resided in the last 11 years of his life.

The Beatles exhibition

John Lennon was first introduced to the works of Ibsen by his wife, Yoko Ono. We can see how much he was influenced by Ibsen throughout the subsequent years; for instance, the White Album‘s original working title was A Doll’s House.

It is no surprise that Lennon was so deeply influenced by Ibsen; there are many parallels between their lives. Ibsen considered himself a modern man and his writings, like Peer Gynt and A Doll’s House, were considered scandalous to many of his contemporaries because they questioned established traditions and social norms. Ibsen’s dramas are still performed around the world and continue to influence contemporary culture and film.

Ibsen’s last apartment

Henrik Ibsen and his wife, Suzannah, bought their centrally-situated apartment in 1895, after Ibsen had found international acclaim as a writer. It is thus quite grand and extravagant for those days. The Norwegian Folk Museum has restored most of the home with the original furniture, fixtures, décor and colours from Ibsen’s time, with the help of Ibsen’s descendants and the Ministry of Culture.

Henrik Ibsen's study

Ibsen’s study

The evening parlour with furniture chosen and arranged by Ibsen himself

The dining room

Henrik and Suzannah Ibsen's bedrooms

Henrik and Suzannah Ibsen’s bedrooms

The bathroom is made of mahogany, imported from outside of Norway

I was quite impressed by Ibsen’s apartment and how affluently he lived. It seems that he lived almost like royalty in his last years and even waved to tourists from his window. Even though I have not read any of his works, it is still interesting to learn about his life and personality, especially as one of the most famous Norwegians in the world.

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Happy anniversary, Reason For Beauty!

Today is a special day because Reason For Beauty is celebrating its 1st birthday!

I cannot believe how quickly the past year has flown by and would not have wanted to spend it any other way. 2016 was a truly phenomenal year and it is amazing how much the website has grown since its launch, thanks to you!

 

Cheers to the first year! I am quite excited to see what the future holds 🙂

XOXO HONG PHUC

Yaya’s Thai Beach Bungalow

Yaya's

The Yaya’s experience begins from the moment you walk in. You are immediately struck by the bamboo booths, plastic chairs, and colourful Christmas lights – a different world from the gray building exterior.

Pad Thai at Yaya's

The best thing about Yaya’s was definitely the atmosphere, complete with bird sounds and thunderstorm effects that transport you to a tropical rainforest. The food is above average; the Pad Thai was good but slightly too sweet and the Paneng curry was flavourful but not outstanding. The spicy level is adjusted to Norwegian standards but you can get extra chili on the side if you ask for a higher spicy level.

If you are looking to get away from the cold Oslo weather, come to Yaya’s and experience flavourful Thai food in the midst of bamboos and Christmas lights reminiscent of a beach restaurant in Thailand.

XOXO HONG PHUC