How to Save (a little bit of) Money in Sweden*

It’s a common knowledge, I think, that living in Sweden is not cheap. According to a data from Numbeo (2018), “Cost of living in Sweden (rent is excluded), is 15.47% higher than in United States.” However, thanks to the Swedish ways of life, there are some things that we can do to save a little bit of money. Here is the list based on my personal experience:

  1. Shop “home brand”

When you shop at Swedish supermarkets, you’d better check their home brand first for comparison, as their price could be much cheaper. Some of these home brands use the supermarket’s name like ICA; some others use totally different names because they have cooperation with certain suppliers, like Garant and Eldorado. But, you can tell which ones those are from their simple, plain and usually duo-tone colours packaging since that’s how they keep the prices low. The quality of these home brand products is okay especially when you need to save money for the rainy days. 🙂 Continue reading “How to Save (a little bit of) Money in Sweden*”

Where to have fika in Lund?*

Visiting a city in Sweden isn’t a complete experience without having the famous Swedish coffee break better known as fika. Where the best places to have it in Lund? Here is the list:

img_79051. Love Coffee Roasters

Located in Klostergatan 1, at the very corner of Lund’s cathedral, this café is famous for its manual roaster and hipster culture. With 17 years experience of stellar coffees, Love Coffee Roasters is indeed a great place for a great fika.

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday : 8.00 – 18.00
Saturday :10.00 – 17.00
Sunday : 11.00 – 16.00

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Mrs Fantastic

On our way home the other day, my daughter and I had a small talk like we always had. We discussed this and that and she excitedly told me about the unit she’s currently doing: “Human Body” and how she did a research on skeleton as part of the unit. That day she said that an adult has 206 bones while a new born baby has 300+ bones which eventually fuse to form the adult bones and that’s why the number is decreased. My comment was: “Wow, I didn’t know about that. Well done.”

Later she asked: “Do you think Ayah knows?”

“I don’t know. You can ask him when we’ve arrived at home,”

“But Ayah is very smart. He’s so intellectual and knowledgeable. Maybe he knows already,” she replied reluctantly.

“Yes, you’re right. He’s super smart. But it doesn’t mean that he knows everything. You can still tell him that information. I’m sure he will be very happy to hear it.” Continue reading “Mrs Fantastic”

5 Apps You Should Have When in Sweden*

When it comes to technology, Sweden is among the top countries to make the most of it. No wonder the country is getting more and more tech savvy every day. Therefore, acting like the real millennial generation (who relies on mobile application quite a lot) is one of the reasonable options when living in Sweden. Here is the list of mobile apps you should have to help you catch up with the Swedish millennial wave 🙂 .

  1. Language Apps

It is unarguably important to have language apps when you live in a country in which English is not the first language (and you don’t speak the language either). There are plenty options for these kind of apps, ranging from translation based apps like Google Translate and SayHi, to learning based apps like Duolingo and Babbel. So far, I am happy with Google Translate (although sometimes it translate words way too literally) and Duolingo (because it’s fun and gives me sense of accomplishment) but you can always make comparison, take the trials if necessary then decide which one meets your preference. Continue reading “5 Apps You Should Have When in Sweden*”

Saya dan Film India

Sebagai generasi yang lahir pertengahan 1980an, saya adalah generasi MTV yang masa pembentukan karakternya dihiasi dengan menonton boyband lalu lalang di televisi. NSync, Westlife, Backstreet Boys, Boyzone adalah sederet grup yang wajah para personilnya menghiasi dinding kamar saya, berdampingan dengan poster para pemain sepak bola.

Namun, selain sebagai generasi MTV, saya juga adalah generasi 90an yang tumbuh dengan menonton film India di salah satu stasiun televisi yang (waktu itu) mengklaim dirinya sebagai televisi pendidikan 😅. Inspektur Vijay, Nandini si Siluman Ular, dan Tuan Takur adalah nama-nama yang tidak asing di telinga saya. Sewaktu SD, merekalah yang kerap saya lihat siang-siang sepulang sekolah (secara tidak utuh karena pasti ceritanya sudah hampir selesai ketika saya sampai di rumah).

Gambar dipinjam dari Wikipedia

Pengalaman menonton film India yang tidak utuh itu belakangan ternyata memberikan satu memori khusus bagi saya. Terutama ketika salah seorang teman sekelas saya di masa SMP mengajak saya menonton “Kuch-kuch Hota Hai“, drama romantis ala India yang ceritanya berputar di persoalan cinta dan persahabatan (iya klise iya, ga usah dibahas 😀 ). Saya yang sedang di masa puber, seketika langsung terpesona pada film itu (juga pada Shahrukh Khan, ahem!), dan mulai berpikir bahwa jatuh cinta lalu tiba-tiba menari dan bernyanyi mengelilingi pohon di kala hujan itu seru juga 😅 . Sebegitu tersihirnya saya dengan film tersebut, sampai-sampai saya menabung untuk membeli kaset berisi lagu-lagunya. #semuaorangpernahalaydimasanya 😀

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