The joys of Spring

Now that I have been through the first full winter of my life, I feel like I can finally fully understand and appreciate the joy that spring brings. It might just be my favourite season because we can celebrate the fact that winter is over and enjoy longer sunny days that are neither too cold nor too hot.

I must say that spring has been treating me very well so far and I cannot be happier and more thankful. In fact I managed to escape the “bad” spring weather when I was in LA because it was snowing in Stockholm and I don’t believe the snow would come back again but who knows?

So we got our barbecue parties going…

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My tummy is so grateful for all the amazing cooks I know here. These were some really yummy pork skewers that was complete with a spicy dipping sauce.

It is also picnic and ice cream weather now. I feel like I have come full circle eating the exact same ice cream almost one year ago (refer to Gröna lund post from last year).

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The city has also been buzzing with festivals like the Eurovision song contest and this was from the Indian Festival from yesterday. I do not eat much Indian food in Singapore but I am more than happy to eat any Asian food now (with extra spicy sauce no less).

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And I also did my first run of the year, which was none other than the happiest 5k on earth – The Colour Run.

It was probably the easiest 5km to do since we had to stop whenever there were human jams and so many people came just to take pictures so trying to jog past the walkers is not that easy either.

But nonetheless it was like one big dance party and everyone was so colourful and happy.

So the sun usually sets at around 2130 and rises by 0400 now and the days will just keep getting longer till July. Sidenote to the Lee Family coming in July, you can expect days to last about this long while you are here!

Looking forward to what the rest of the spring/summer would bring!

Till the next time!

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Jumping Fitness in Stockholm

You may think that this video is just some gimmicky viral video…

But nope, this workout does exist in real life!

I chanced upon some free passes on social media and decided to seize the opportunity to check out the hype.

Would also like to take a moment to say that I did the entire registration process in Swedish. It was a couple of emails back and forth because we needed to fix a date so…*pat self on back*.

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We jumped along to a mix of old pop hits and club hits. Must say that jumping to Witch Doctor definitely did put a smile on my face.

Here is a photo I got from their Facebook page and another one of us post workout:

 

I cannot say that it was a super tough workout but definitely something really fun to try. I liked that the teacher was constantly reminding us about posture so I was trying to ensure that my core was engaged the whole time and staying in a half squat position for maximum effect.

In case you are wondering, the class was held in Swedish but it was definitely not difficult to follow and this is the studio we visited: Jumping Stockholm.

I am not sure if I would go back again because the prices for a class are slightly steep but if it was cheaper, I would not mind heading back once in awhile to change up my (currently nonexistent) workout routine.

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We rewarded ourselves with a nice bagel breakfast after the early Saturday morning workout and I had a cup of hot chocolate because…I still do not drink coffee. Ja, jag är inte svensk.

p.s. In case you have not seen it already, do check out my new video on Youtube!

Till the next time!

Netball in Stockholm

For those of you who know me, you would know that netball has been a big part of my life since I was 9. It was the one sport that stuck to me even when I tried to venture into other sports.

When I moved to Sweden, I thought that I would have to give up netball for good because it is a Commonwealth sport. Thankfully, I found Stockholm Netball Club and they play regularly twice a week for about two hours each time.

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After two trial sessions with the club, I joined a team called Northern Lights and sub for other teams whenever I can. It has been my only form of exercise since I got here but thankfully the weather has been kind enough to allow us to play outdoors once a week.

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I usually play Center on my team and I do enjoy it because I get to run around a lot and get a good workout. Quite happy to say that we have had a few awesome games towards the end of the season and we totally aced our last game of the season with a big win.

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Photos are credit to Jens who came down to watch our second last match of the season on Sunday. He also happened to capture an interception I made on video. So for anyone who has no clue what netball is…

Here you go:

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Till the next time!