Swedapura’s Autumn Essentials

Coming from a tropical country with no seasons, I must say that this changing seasons has been quite a learning experience for me. I knew that the days were getting shorter and colder but I did not really know how to “get ready” for the new season. All I was told was…get ready for the most depressing month of your year. Haha!

Anyway, I decided to put together a list of things that I have either purchased over the last few weeks or have been using a lot of and would consider them my autumn/winter essentials!

I guess this post is highly irrelevant for anyone living in Singapore but if for some reason you find yourself having to go through Autumn for exchange for example, perhaps this would be useful.

1) Vitamin D pills: This was my first purchase because I knew that I would be getting less sun and would need some Vit D to help out. What I did not know was that I would be getting close to NO SUN at all. Anyway, I don’t know if it is pyschological but I do feel better eating a pill a day.

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2) Gloves: As some of you may know, I cycle almost everyday and I always cycled without gloves until it got too cold to do so. Sometimes I even wake up to ice on my bike!

I decided to go for the most functional and cheap pair that I could find ($7 only!) and while they do not look the most “fashion forward”, they have been doing an awesome job by keeping my hands warm when I cycle.

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3) More moisturizers: I have to admit that I got lazy over Summer with moisturizers but had to break them out again when my skin started…cracking. I also decided to buy a few new ones like the Origins overnight mask and the Crabtree and Evelyn hand cream.

This is probably one of my most hated things about the cold weather because the last thing I want to do after stepping out of a shower is to slap on cold moisturizer all over my body.

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4) Cosy slippers: I am used to walking around barefoot at home but now that it is colder, I knew that I needed to get some cosy slippers/socks. It took me awhile to find the “right one” but finally settled on this one from ASOS because I had a discount code. Yes they are very cutesy but they do their job.

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5) Wellies: This is my latest purchase because Sweden’s autumn is famous for rain and hence I wanted to be ready for it. These Hunter boots felt like just the perfect answer to making a rainy day suck less.

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As a bonus, the most important item to me would be…a gym membership. I was initially quite hesitant to extend my gym membership because it would be a waste when I am back in Singapore in December but I am glad I did. Working out has been very helpful in keeping my energy levels up, especially when the sun goes down half an hour earlier everyday.

To everyone back home, I hope you are enjoying the sun and warmth and from cold and dark Sweden, I can finally say “See you soon!”

Till the next time!

Swedapura Goes to a Castle

Ahh, I have been away from this space for a little bit longer than I hoped but the past few weeks have been pretty hectic and I hardly had any time to sit down and blog. Anyway, thank you all for checking back every now and then and I have to say that Sweden has been treating me pretty well so far, in spite of the colder weather and lesser sunshine. Autumn is officially in full swing and the trees are a lovely 50 shades of orange.

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One of the major highlights from the last weekend was a lovely weekend staycation at a castle outside of Stockholm, courtesy of Jens parents. As it was Jens’s birthday at the beginning of this month, his parents wanted to surprise him with a short getaway and they found this sweet deal which included a one night stay at the castle + 3 course dinner + Breakfast the next morning.

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I wanted to keep it a surprise till the last minute so I only told Jens to pack an overnight bag and directed him to the castle with the help of Google maps. When the signs started pointing very obviously to “Häringe Slött”, Jens was in slight disbelief. He asked, “Is this where we are staying tonight?”

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For anyone living in Stockholm and looking for a quick getaway, I would say that this is a really nice option. However I would only recommend it if you can get the weekend staycation deal because we were able to eat almost the cost of the stay with our meal choices at dinner. It was nice that we could select whatever we wanted to eat from the menu so being a typical Singaporean, I only looked at the expensive dishes. I was really pleased with my choice of Scallops for starters, Deer with kantarell (wild mushroom) cheesecake and an Ice cream cake for dessert.

This is a short video of us exploring the castle which I hope you would enjoy!

p.s. I will update Instagram with a few more photos because it was such an “instagrammable” place!

Till the next time!

Visit to Höstmarknad (Autumn Market)

Last weekend, Jens suggested that we pay a visit to a Höstmarknad (Autumn Market) and since I have never been to one, it was a new experience for me and hence I decided to take a video to capture the market better.

This autumn would be my first autumn in Sweden and it has been interesting noting what the change in season brings.

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The weather turned out to be perfect for an outdoor market as the sun was out and it actually felt warm. The market was a bit smaller than what we expected but still jättemysigt (very cosy).

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This is probably as close as I can get to a “Pasar Malam” here in Sweden. For non-Singaporean readers, a Pasar Malam is a night market that is usually set up in a neighbourhood and the highlight is always the food.

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The video would probably showcase the market much better than my words. The highlight for me was getting to try Viltskav med kantareller (Deer meat with wild mushrooms) and having a waffle on a stick after. We did not buy any of the goods because the prices were very nice (hurhur) but it was nice to be able to look-see and taste some of them.

Click on this link to watch the video! 

Till the next time!