Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Trip to Pori

Okay, finally here's the story you've all been waiting for, but I'm afraid I'm gonna disappoint you as I can't take as many pics as I wanted to. Let me start from the beginning then.

We woke up at 6 am on Sunday morning to get ready. We were ready at around 7 am already, but Arttu's elder brother picked us up at around 8 am. I guess Arttu wanted us to be totally ready way before he got here. That was why he decided to set the alarm at 6 am he he he...

It was breathtaking when we went out. Everything was WHITE. Snow had fallen during the night and it was around 1'C when we left home. Too bad I didn't take a pic 'coz we were in a hurry and I didn't want to be in the way. After all, we had a LONG drive still. The bad thing was that I sat at the back and the back windows were tinted, so I couldn't possibly take pics from there. Oh well...Plus it was raining most of the time, so it just wasn't the perfect timing to take pics. I slept most of the time hi hi hi...Arttu's brother was astonished at my sleeping ability HUA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA...

Ahem...the first stop we made was in Rovaniemi, right in front of Santa Claus Village. I had my sentimental moments there as there was snow there, as well, and I remember the first time I went to that Santa Claus Village with my hubby back in 2004. Maybe later on I'll show you the pics of that trip. Back then it was March, so there was still plenty of snow. Snow reminds me of everything good now, because I first visited Finland in March and I also moved here this year in March he he he he he...Ahhhh...memories!!! Anyway, here's a pic of Rovaniemi. See the X? Our "new" car is the same as my hubby's brother's car, but the colour is dark grey. The building across the street is Santa Claus Village.

Along the way to Pori, we stopped by at a few places (ABC resto) to pee and to have something to eat. Here's what a regular ABC restaurant looks like from the I got to take a pic of the toilet, as well HI HI HI HI HI...

In all those places, there seems to be ABC resto serving lots of buns, sandwiches, cakes, drinks, and they also serve heavy meals like steaks, soup, etc. There's also always Hesburger (a bit like McDonald) in this type of building plus a small supermarket.

I LOVE those things they put on top of the shelves he he he he he he...

I LOVE those HUGE paintings all over the walls!!!!

All ABC chain restos have the same colour scheme, including the same tile colour scheme in the toilets he he he he...I think it's a GREAT colour scheme, esp. when the weather outside's so dark and grey.

You know what I LOVE about the toilets? THE SPRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D YIIIIIIIIIHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

Anyway, upon arriving in Pori at about 8 am, we dropped by at a kebab place to buy some dinner. Here's the resto:

What I found strange about the resto was that there was NO toilet at all!!! ARRRGGHHHH!!!!! I bought some pita kebab, whereas Arttu and his brother bought some pizza, then we stopped by at his brother's apt. to eat before going to his eldest brother's house. The house was actually pretty near his second brother's apt. building he he he he he...Here's a pic of the outside and inside of his eldest brother's house:

Sorry the pic is a bit blurry he he he...

Here's my sister-in-law with her youngest son. Since she looks so young, everybody thinks that she's her son's elder sister HA HA HA HA HA HA...By the way, the red couch is a lazy couch, so she can lean back and extend a part of it...well, you know what I mean, right? HE HE HE...

Here are some pics of their kitchen.

Apparently they love candles...or at least my sister-in-law does 'coz when we got there, there were candles lit in the living room he he he...I LOVE the red one in the below pic! ;-D

This is their garage. Don't wonder about those many tools. Arttu's eldest brother's a car mechanic. The drums are his youngest son's and the motorbike's his eldest son's he he he...

OK, here are some pics I took when we left Pori at 7 am. It was SO dark and SO VERY foggy. I'd never seen fog that thick before. I was SO glad that my hubby wasn't alone driving in foggy weather in a city he barely knew. Most of the time we drove along the freeway, so all we could see was either fields or trees. One funny thing I realized was that people here don't have to pay to use freeways. Plus I see more fields here than in Bandung or Jakarta, but of course they're both big cities, so there aren't many fields anymore.

Sorry the below pic is blurry, but you get the gist of it (the yellow lights from the street lamps actually looked pretty romantic in foggy weather). I couldn't take it using my flash from the car. It would be crazy to open the car window as well as it was cold. Plus since the car was moving, I couldn't use any other features as it'd be blurry, as well.

And here's a video clip I took on the freeway from Pori to Vaasa...We were driving in thick fog for about 150 km, can you believe it? It felt like we were in a horror movie. Sometimes we couldn't see more than a few metres ahead or sideways, and since most of the time we were passing by fields or trees and the road was pretty straight, it felt as though we were going nowhere!!! We kept on driving along the road but the scene stayed the same: foggy!!! Quite an experience!!! GOOD THING there were no moose crossing the roads. I could see SO many moose crossing road signs tsk tsk tsk tsk tsk...

Here are some more pics from the roads...

These are pics of a coffee shop somewhere (I forgot already hi hi hi...) There's a gas station right in front of it.

Yeah, don't ask me what the helicopter's doing there. It's on the side space of the coffee house he he he...

We stopped by at a mall in Vaasa (if I remember correctly). Here are some pics of the mall.

The inside of the mall...see the right resto: Ravintola (Restaurant) Batman!!! Quite a name for a kebab resto hi hi hi...I wanted to try the Chinese resto on the left, but Arttu didn't feel like eating there, so we ended up going back on the road as he said we'd find something to eat in Kemi. Kemi is the place where we first met. He was living there back in 2004, so going to Kemi also brought up some nostalgic moments for me.

Here are some pics of downtown Kemi. It was foggy as well over there.

We ended up having dinner at Hesburger he he he...Here we are inside Hesburger...

When we came out of Hesburger, I saw some bushes with these funny looking "fruit". Anybody knows what these are? I found them cute, but Arttu said they were ugly HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA...

Last stop: a big supermarket at Rovaniemi. We were running out of milk, so we stopped there to buy some. As usual, Arttu couldn't help buying some salmiac ha ha ha ha...

We were SO happy to be home again. Home sweet home. I gave Arttu a back massage before we went to bed he he he...And we did have a nice long sleep afterward. ;-D

Oh, almost forgot one thing...on the road back home, I dozed off a bit a few times and you know why I woke up? Because I could sense my drool coming out of the my body went alert and I was suddenly awake. Arttu shook his head when he found out why I woke up those few times HI HI HI HI...but he couldn't tease me 'coz he also drools every now and then when he sleeps LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL!!!

Today I've finally regained my strength and I had enough strength to exercise, as well. Naturally after exercising, I felt more fit he he he...My back was sore after sitting in the car for 24 hours. Next time we're going to Pori again, I'm gonna insist on going by train or plane HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA...


  1. Hey you!

    Lovely pictures!!! Arttu looks so cute :). I would tell you what I thouhgt of you, but then you would be too conceited lol lol...joking! You looked smashing, girl!!! Travelling becomes you, indeed :).

    I found interesting the toilet pic lol lol lol...girl, you like toilets! When I saw it I immediately thought about that post where you mention that you need to release gas, every now and then lol lol...

    I am glad you had fun, Amelia :).


  2. Hey, Max!

    Glad you enjoyed the pics even though some of them weren't that clear he he...LOL LOL!!! THANK YOU for your compliments on our looks, Max. I promise I won't be conceited hi hi hi hi...*bowing*

    HA HA HA HA HA...My toilet pic reminded you of that story? Oh dear...but yeah, that's true...I can have such a gassy belly every now and then and I'm afraid both Arttu and I are similar in that area...we find ourselves farting every now and then hi hi hi... was quite a change from my ordinary life, so I did enjoy the trip. ;-D

  3. That's a very long post & nice pictures to go along. Very interesting to me since you know I've not seen snow before. Looks like you have so much fun with those "laughter" I see all over your post.... hehe hahaha....
    its so cool to be able to go back to the place where you kept those memories. Your sis-in-law sure look young & handsome boy I can see. Their house are neat & beatiful too :)

    Janice Ng

  4. Hi, Janice!

    I promise you that soon you'll see more snow pics since winter's starting soon. ;-D

    Yeah, it took me quite a long time to upload the pics and the video clips and write the posts he he he...

    Oh yeah, I can't help laughing here and there. ;-D

    Yeah, you're right about going back to nostalgic places. And I like their house, too! ;-D

  5. Oh cold and wet there. Glad the trip was safe and sound.
    I love candles too, especially in fall and winter. They give me a sense of "home".

  6. Wow, that was such a long trip in such a short amount of time. I know it was tiring, but so glad you got a car.

  7. Love the pictures and the video. It really looked like a lot of fun. Glad you enjoyed yourself. I added a guestbook to my page feel to sign it if you want. Have a great day!!!!

  8. Great photos Amel, sounds like you had a great trip. Glad you managed to stay safe in all that fog :-) Fish

  9. Finally, it's going to be a white Christmas...ohooo..sweet memories in Santa Claus Village and Kemi!!

    The colours and decos in the ABC resto looked warm and cozy...

    He he...there's a litter bin in front of you at Kahvilla, Amel, but it's nice. Very rare coffee shop to me. So, I'd probably take pics from any angle if I am there :D

    Well, I feel like I WAS there just by reading what you've written... FUN!! ;P

  10. Thanks for showing us those pictures. I felt like I was sitting in the car! But it looks terribly cold actually. The restaurants stops look alot like what I often come across in other parts of Europe.

  11. Mother Hen: Yeah, you're right about the candles. Homey feeling indeed. ;-D

    Kathy: Yup, we love our new car he he he he he...

    Kasper: Welcome back to my blog. I haven't had time to check yours, but I will soon. Glad you enjoyed my post!

    Fish: Yup, the fog was the one thing that made me worried a bit, 'coz Arttu had to be extra careful on the road.

    Choc Mint Girl: Actually Arttu said that Lapland'll always get white Xmas...I HOPE so he he he...I'm EXCITED already!!!

    Yep, there was a litter bin in front of me. I didn't even realize it 'coz we only stopped by for pee break there, so we didn't have much time he he he...

    GLAD you enjoyed my post, Crystal!

    Blur Ting: It wasn't THAT cold, actually. Despite the weather, the temp. went up to around 5-8'C and I was dressed for 0'C, so I didn't get cold at all he he he...if I felt REALLY cold, I'd have worn my gloves and hat everywhere he he he...

    You've been travelling a wonder you recognize the resto stops he he he...

  12.'s so cool to have all the time in the world to record your own journey on the blog like that :D

    Glad to see you had fun!!

    btw, gua tau deh itu berry apa, klo lagi kuning gitu suka dijadiin hiasan, lucu ada 'buntut' tapi ga tau namanya apa euyy...

  13. Hi, Girl!

    Yeah, it's easier to write it down right away 'coz the details are the hardest to remember.

    So you know those berries? I've never seen anything like that before. Yeah, they're pretty cute 'coz they have "tails" he he he...

  14. Those "berries" are rose hips. That's a rose bush.

  15. @Blind Sniper: THANK YOUUUU for letting me know! :-D