Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Years Eve

After two weeks of getting back to the daily grind, I finally gotten back to my feet with the whole blogging thing. I put editing the new years eve pictures to the very last minute because my boyfriend, as lovely as he is, took one photo too many. New Years was the best. No pressure about having to celebrate it in such a grand manner. It was just me and my closest friends, hanging out in my apartment, playing Orangino and doing some arts and crafts. After crafting, we walked over to the Västerbron bridge and decided to spread the glitter love. So much glitter was involved and it took me two days to get rid of it in the apartment. Yet somehow, glitter and confetti still appear two weeks later...

 Buntings and flamingos were put up
 Crafts were ready
 Decorating the maison jars
 Then we started decorating each other
 I'm going to miss my lovilovi
Daniel and his work of art
 Lovisa started to take revenge
 Revenge is a dish served shiny
 Lovisa is love
 World Peace
 Julius was literally awesome
 second best mirror shot
 Nothing makes a party then balloons!
 Lovisa and I
 Daniel's artistic take
 Daniel is so FAB
 I mean look at him
 No, seriously, look at him.
 Gott Nytt År!
 Group shot!
 Popping the champagne!
 Hussaan was not happy.
 First selfie of 2015
 Regalness at it's epitome
 I told you that a lot of glitter was involved
All the jars!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dora's Wedding

First of all, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Or as they say in Swedish, Gott Nytt År! 2014 had my fair share of ups and downs but it was by far the most exciting and unexpected of all years. Enough with all the new years nonsense. I haven't been blogging but hey, I had 3 weeks off from work and there was not a minute that went by that I could catch a breath of air. I went back to Singapore for a week for my sister's wedding. From the moment I landed on Singapore soil, it was wedding errands, back to back. I couldn't have been more thankful that Tobias was there to help me out! The wedding was beautiful and I was so happy to see my sister get married to Maxim! It was a little bit stressful (for Tobias especially) when my aunts kept asking us when will our turn be. Well, you gotta wait a little while Cho aunties, it's not going to be for a while now!

Ps: Excuse the glutton of a face as I stuffed myself silly in Singapore. 2015 - get the gymming started and lose some weight!

 Double Happiness 
 Tobias and I in traditional costumes!
 Maxim and his parents
 Maxim being blessed
 The bridesmaids
 My sister and Hidayah
 The ceremony
 My sister awaiting on Maxim
 Maxim and his mum, embracing
 The newlyweds!
 This is my favourite picture by far
 Maxim and his dad, embracing
 The wedding favours that Tobias had put much effort into
 The siblings after the tea ceremony
 The naked cake
 Both families as one!
 This was the best part of the lunch. It was filled with games we used to play as kids!
Such as this one

More pictures from new years coming up! Happy New Year everyone!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sambo Visa - Settling into Sweden

It has been pretty heart warming to get more and more emails regarding the Sambo Visa. I never knew that my post helped others so much! So this Sunday morning while I am waiting for my boyfriend to come back from Gävle, I decided to sit down and describe my journey after receiving the visa. Basically a continuation of this post.

I stopped at having my uppehållstillstånd being created. It took the Migration board about 1 month to get it created and sent to Singapore. My case was a little special. Since I had gotten my visa so fast and had buffered 9 months, the Migration Officer in the Embassy of Sweden in Singapore offered to get it done for me. So when I moved to Sweden, I had saved one month waiting time to get my actual visa card. This is pretty important as you need this card to apply for your personnumer at skatterverket. This number is CRUCIAL when living in Sweden and it should be the first thing you do after you have gotten your visa. I am not even kidding about this. Without a personnumer, you are no one in Sweden (harsh but true). You cannot register for SFI, apply for a bank, get insurance and apply for education.

Anyway getting back on track. Upon being granted your visa, these are the things you have to do immediately.

1. Get your visa made

Collect your decision from the embassy. If you are going to be moving to Sweden immediately then bring this along as proof to immigration when you are crossing the border. If you are going to move only 2 to 3 months later, then ask if your embassy can get the uppehållstillstånd created for you from here. If you are creating it from Sweden, get it done at migrationsverket. However, you need to book an appointment with them first! It takes about 1 month for your visa card to be created. 

2. Apply for your personnumer

Skip the chit chat with your friends and sambo. You will have plenty of time for this later. The first thing once you get your card is to go the skatterverket to apply for your personnumer. There will be people standing around that can help you. Being in Sweden, you obviously had to take a number and wait for it to be called. In the mean time, you have to fill out a form with your particulars and you have to have a swedish address with you. In this case, it would be your sambos address. Bring your passport along and the visa card. They will make a copy of your visa and your residence permit and then that's it. You wait for your personnumer to be mailed to the address you've given. 

3. Apply for you Swedish ID Card

This was the phase I had experienced the most bumps in and I would like to share it with you. You might thank that with a personnumer, you'd be able to do a lot of things. Well, yes you can. You can apply for SFI but you cannot open a bank account without a Swedish ID Card. Well, you couldn't open it with Swedbank at least. There are a couple of other banks like Handelsbanken, Nordea and SEB. I chose Swedbank because it was right by the corner of my office and I couldn't find the entrance to Handelsbanken (true story). Anyway, getting back on track. After you've gotten your personnumer in the mail, you don't go back to skatterverket immediately. You need to go to a convenience store that has an ATG sign on it (its a gambling system but these stores will usually have the system required to pay the fee too) and pay approx 400 kr before returning to skatterverket with the receipt, your personnumer and your passport. Take a number, wait and get your picture, signature and height taken.  Then you wait again. 

4. Collect your Swedish ID Card

When your ID Card is ready they will send you a letter to inform you to collect it from the same skatterverket you got it made. Collect it and you're set to live in Sweden!

Just a few more tips to those who found a job. I have been so lucky to have Shabnam as a colleague as she guided me through the miscellaneous things which are important!

Apply for unemployment insurance

You pay a minimal fee each month for a year and if in the even you lost your job, they will pay you up to 80% of your salary for a year so that you can get yourself back on your feet again. 

Apparently you have to provide your transcripts so I havent gotten down to applying for it. I'm going home for the winter so I'll prepare all my documents from there and keep you updated. 

Good luck to all out there who's applying for the visa and those who have just gotten it!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Surprise Party

Last weekend was probably the best weekend I have had since moving to Sweden. Tobias got a job in Stockholm at if insurance so I planned him a surprise party last Friday! Confetti was thrown and buntings were hung. Everyone came dressed fancy as initially he was supposed to work at a newspaper as an entertainment reporter. So Friday night, we let him live that lost moment one last time! The best part of the night was when Daniel came back with Shabnam and Julius from coop with an entire tray of kinder eggs! Everyone got a kinder egg and we started living childhood memories pretty quick! It was such a great party and Tobias had no clue at all that we were coming together to celebrate his success! The next day we met up with Julius and Anna to Konstfack Julmarknad, waiting in line for almost an hour. It was a fruitful day as me and Daniel ended up buying art from the students. I love the weeks coming up to Christmas. It may be dark but there is light everywhere and it's just so beautiful! The festive spirit is kicking in and I definitely feel myself getting in the mood! 

 Tobias and Lucas
 Lucas and Julius suiting up
 Nina, the balloon manager
 Daniel and his try of kinder eggs
 Julius igen
 Tobias and Nina
 My best friend in Sweden, Stockholm, Skanstull
 Aron, Anna  and Lucas
 Buntings galore
 Cosy party
 The morning after, on the way to Konstfack
 Daniel and I
 Crazy faces
 Anna and her kinder eggs

 Crazy cat lady

Cleaning up two days after! so. much. confetti. 
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