All posts tagged: finland

The beauty of Finnish culture: Sequence, timing and kindness.

Just now when I was watching the channel 8 drama with Mommy, there was this storyline which intrigued me. It was about this lady who got raped by stranger X when she was a teenager. Ten years later, she got engaged to a guy. However, before she left with him to Australia, she discovered that this guy was actually X who raped her. 😮 This implies that even after raping the girl, X actually still liked her enough to (strategise to?) woo her ten years later. She even did eventually fall in love with him, and agreed to his wedding proposal. Yet, because she later found out that he was the rapist, she broke off the engagement. What is the moral of the story? The importance of sequence and timing.  No, seriously, just take a moment to think about it. I’m not in any way trying to trivialise the severity of rape as a crime–rape is obviously wrong and should be condemned at all costs. Anyway the odds of such a scenario happening in real life is 1/100000000, …

The 5 positive sneaky things my Finnish friends taught me.

Hey folks! I’m really sleepy right now but since I’d made a commitment to myself to write on a daily basis, today I shall write about the 5 positive sneaky things my Finnish friends taught me in my 1+years here. I love learning about sneaky/politically incorrect stuffs! It is the quirky and politically incorrect things that make life worth living in any country. I’d always been fascinated with the secretly bitchy sides to people, regardless of nationality. Winston Churchill for instance, never fails to impress me with his sophisticated insults. Same applies for Shakespeare. Like the eloquent Englishmen with their dark British humor, I think Finns (my Finnish friends at least) have their positive sneaky ways too. Finns are not sneaky you say? Haha, you probably either don’t have enough Finnish friends, or have gotten used to the following ways of life. Here are the 5 positive sneaky things I learnt from mine: – No.#5: Passive Aggression. I’d never done anything passive aggressive in my entire life until I came to Finland, mainly because the …

The Non-Provocative Reflection on “Finland is not for the ambitious”.

Hey guys! This is so exciting, the Economic post “Finland is not for the ambitious” turned viral and the comments made to the posts are interesting!! Kiitos, kiitos! The total reads were 12,000 views over Saturday and Sunday, as of 11.15pm now. I hope the comments made here, in forums, on reddit, etc make you think a little more about Suomi and IF change is indeed possible. Thank you for being so big-hearted in sharing your experiences, folks! Now, I am going to do a reflections post that is 100% non-provocative, since I’d gotten your attention with the first post. This relatively-boring post is divided into two parts: 1. Motivation behind the post; 2. A regurgitation of what I mean and don’t mean in the original post. Exactly what inspired “Finland is not for the ambitious”? #TrueStory: In my original post, I also did not define what it is meant by “ambition”. I read some comments on the forums scolding me, saying that “is ambition all about money and luxury stuffs to you? etc…how proud!” Actually, …

The Psychology of Lack.

Apologies for the crazy long hiatus on this blog!  I had been really busy with work, life and thesis. ^.^ But I just want to share some of my reflections today, as a Singaporean living in Finland. Today, I was walking home from Sello Shopping Centre (Because I went to see the Erik Bruun Gallery) through the Kilo forests. “Wow this feels like walking on heaven!” I thought, “Why on Earth would people even want to study, or stay home?” Then I realised–that’s precisely what most people are doing–they are outdoors! 😀 Then I started wondering about other things. You know, in Singapore, there are no such things as “natural” forests. Where there are reservoirs, it’s humid and sometimes filled with mosquitoes. In Finland I haven’t been bitten by mosquitoes or seen stuffs like cockroaches yet. What I’d seen are squirrels, fat birds, ducks with gentle eyes, even REINDEERS who cross the road. o.O Honestly, in Lapland there is even a law that says that if you hit a reindeer by mistake it is YOUR …

Jumbo Shopping Centre, Vantaa

Hello folks! Today I’m going to blog about Jumbo Shopping Centre, Vantaa. It’s my second favorite store in Helsinki greater region, after Myymanni. There are two big supermarkets in Jumbo, K-citymarket and Prisma, and they’re just directly across each other. Watch out for promotions! During promotions yoghurts are super uber cheap. Also, Jumbo is only around 20minutes drive to the airport, which means that you can definitely pop by this shopping centre to do last minute shopping, go to the busstop and take the airport bus right to the airport ^_^ Conversely, if you are just in Vantaa Airport for a day for transit, Jumbo/Myymanni are perfect shopping places for interesting buys. Well I think most guides will often suggest places such as Kamppi or The Forum, but I think you really do get better discounts at Jumbo and Myymanni. Anyway, for good steals and hauls, here are the shops I recommend in Jumbo: 1. GO to Anttila. It looks like this: Go to their discount corner, which is at the far end of the …