Friday, April 11, 2014

A day in Luleå


Yesterday I traveled to Luleå because I had something to do there. Because I live a fair distance away from this city I had to drag my ass out of bed early and turn my nose towards the new bus station in town. I went to Luleå with Hasakitsuki because it's no fun to be lonely lonely, I'm mr. Lonely, I have nobody~ and who says no to company anyways? Herp derp ~
So yeah, we biked to the bus station, sat there for about 45 minutes and molded in the morning emptiness until the blue double-decker bus arrived.

Random bus outside the bus station. No, it's not blue and thus not the one we boarded.
On board the bus the journey through nothingness began. Yeah, I totally live behind God's back or something and I'm not even half-kidding. Oh, and if you hadn't figured by nothingness I meant to say that we traveled for 2,5 hours and the only things we saw were a few villages and, well, gloriously varied landscapes. Let me demonstrate for you with a few pics taken from the bus:

More fieeeeeelds and foreeeeeeeests...
And don't forget the tractor eggs!
Yeah, extremely exciting views. I know it's exactly what you always wanted to see, fucking pines and birches as far as the eye can see. That's northern Sweden for you and bara-pa-pa-paaa we're loving it. If you are lucky you might spot a pack of reindeers or an overgrown 20% more dangerous reindeer aka a moose but that doesn't happen everyday. Actually we saw some reindeers on the side of the road but of course of all possible times it had to be just when we took out our PSP game consoles and decided to play one single quest and BOOM ERMAHGLERB REIHNDIRS ON DE ROUD AND WE MISSD DEM, FNUCK. It's so standard, as soon as you put away the camera something actually photograph-worthy shows up but lolnope.

Oh well, we arrived safe and sound at Luleå bus station and I had to hurry to find the place I needed to go to. I eventually found my way there and everything was fine and dandy again. When done me and Hasakitsuki went to stroll around in the city and our mission was to hunt down a pizzeria.

We found an awesome looking cathedral instead.
We didn't eat the cathedral. Our search for a (cheap) pizzeria continued but seemingly pizzerias are an endangered species in Luleå city because we just didn't find one! What the actual fuck, normally pizzerias are one of the first things you find?!
When we finally found a pizza place it was actually an Asian restaurant and when we got to look at the menu the crave for pizza disappeared into thin air. I wonder why, I'm certainly not fond of Asian food, no no, not at all.. pffrth. Filled to my throat with Thai green curry we rolled into Smedjan a shopping center.

I didn't end up buying anything but when we went into the game store I saw that there were some used consoles for sale. There were among others a Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo 64, Game & Watch handhelds, Gameboy Color, Playstation One, 8-bit Nintendo and a Sega Mega Drive! The geek inside me was happy, so much retro stuff! It was tempting I tell you. *grabby hands*
After satisfying the gamer inside me we went to sit in a cafeteria and the main reason at least for me was to ease the pain of my screaming feet. Yeah, I had been test-wearing "new" shoes (actually used, bought from a second-hand store) for a coming cosplay and oh dang my feet got blisters and for some reason my right foot hurt a lot more than the left. I dunno why. Good to know at least so that I pack with me reserve shoes for the actual con day when I have to wear these things. Save for the blisters they are comfortable to wear though. The trip back home started after the cafeteria break and that's about it.

Thanks and bye, I will survive!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Duudsonit tulivat Rakentajamessuille!

(title: The Dudesons came to the builder's fair event!)

Today I woke up and got ready to go to the Rakentajamessut builder's fair in Lakkapää store in town. Main reason see Duudsonit/The Dudesons in real life. 

Duudsonit on scene (Jarppi to the left, HP to the right)
For those not in the know Duudsonit are famous from their own Finnish tv-program; it's a small group of guys who do hilarious, crazy and totally out-of-their-mind stunts and shit.
In the program they would go on a mission to "help" random people with problems for example a family with a cleaning freak mom and well, the Duudsonit would go to the family's house, stay there a few days and try to fix things. Thing is, their way of fixing things is very over-the-top, plain madness and it seems like they would always make things worse at first (the cleaning case: turn the house into a landfill and activate rage!mom) but in the end their shenanigans actually end up helping the family. It's an absolutely glorious and hilarious show. Everyone should watch it, especially if you like more extreme humor. Huge entertainment value! xD

But yeah, enough advertising. So I went to Rakentajamessut with Hasakitsuki, mom and stepdad. I don't remember when exactly the Duudsonit show was but pretty much instantly when we got to the place me and Hasakitsuki went inside to find the stage that they would perform at. I found my way pretty close to the stage so I could see pretty well. When the Duudsonit came on scene aka Jarppi and HP everyone knew shit would hit the fan stage. Their first shenanigan consisted of warm-up exercising. On the face. With a fucking huge elastic ribbon. See where this is going? 

Yeah. This. Totally this.
Yeah. Jarppi pulled it super tight and slapped it right into the face of HP. The audience actually added to this the more noise we made the more the elastic got pulled! HP's face was gold when it slapped, it must have hurt. xD Jarppi commented something that HP's face looks like that when he takes his morning poop.
The second bout of madness was just as crazy.. and painful. HP had invented some sort of pressure tank gun, he didn't know really if it would work or not because it was crappily constructed with random wires hanging out (surface installation lol) and stuff. So the goal was to hit Jarppi with it and well, Jarppi had a beautiful 10 points round target mark on his stomach and he took security measures to protect another dear body part. HP kept aiming on Jarppi's face even though Jarppi said he shouldn't do it. After a moment of back-and-forth "DON'T AIM AT MY FACE DANGIT" HP fired. Nothing happened. HP fired once more. BOOOM! The ball came out fast as hell and hit Jarppi spot-on. He doubled over and laughter spread everywhere. :'DD

Jarppi aiming (sorry for the wrong focus, camera didn't want to cooperate)
Next one they invited 3 volunteers from the audience to the scene. It was three younger peeps and they did this thing on which you have a pole on the ground, put your forehead on the pole's tip and spin around it mega-speed until you can barely stand anymore. The goal was to stand still like a statue afterwards. Every contestant got a Duudsonit cap as a prize.
The final shenanigan of the Duudsonit show, which, by the way, was part 2 (we missed the 1st and 3rd one), was crazy. As always. Jarppi got the wonderful idea to use a staple gun and fasten papers on HP's tongue. Of course he took the one with the biggest longest staples he could find in the Lakkapää store, it's no fun otherwise.

HP feat. stuck papers
HP trying to sing. It didn't work.. at all. xD Hmmblgdssjh
After this HP went to take out the papers and then the audience could line up to get autographs from the duo. I lined up even though I had no idea where exactly the line even was. Oh well, at least it moved forward slowly and after some time I could see the Duudsonit signing table.

Writing autographs on cards
I swear every time I though it would be my turn next a new group of small kids pushed their way in front of me. It was annoying but I didn't care that much.. until I noticed that there was only two autograph cards left on the table. I crawled my way in front of the table, reached out my right hand and hoped I would be lucky enough to get handed one of the last cards.. and I did get one, booyah!

So swag. much cool. wow.
With the autograph in hand I went to search for mom and stepdad and found them pretty quickly. They said that they would leave now and unless me and Hasakitsuki wanted to stay and watch the third Duudsonit show then we would have to walk back home. I wasn't to keen on that because there was a cold wind and I wasn't dressed all that properly either and well, it's a long walk. So yeah, we choose the car ride back home and thus missed the final Duudsonit show. I was curious what they would have done but oh well, at least I got my autograph card. :D Also I don't enjoy being in a huge crowd either..

That's it, I'm 'sploding off somewhere else now, ciao!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Grilled fish balls with rice


Not so long ago I received a new electronic table grill from my dad. The reason I wanted this thing was because the common kitchen in the building where my apartment is (there's a bigger kitchen that all who live here can use, it's kind of a youth apartment building) has a very unreliable oven; sometimes the grill mode will work and sometimes not. Also the oven itself is very dirty to begin with and just not sure if gusta. For example, a few days ago when I made a pancake I had some black shit falling down from the oven into my pancake... so fun not to try and get rid of the black intruders afterwards when it had semi-glued itself to the pancake. Blah.
Needless to say I rather have at least my own grill so that I don't have random black shit falling down on my sausages and other stuff I'd end up grilling, like... fish balls. Yeah, fish balls. No, I don't mean the Swedish canned fish boulders balls which taste like a baseball bat but the Asian counterpart the smaller, round, squishy and awesome ones. I've eaten a fair lot of fish balls when in Thailand. Yeah, I gave these Asian style fish balls a round on the grill (which I used for the first time) and they turned fabulous!

Grilling time, grilling time ~
The grill seemed to work just fine and so the fish balls were slowly getting color. I must say it was hilarious because after a while the fish balls started making these squeeky whistling sounds; I have no idea how to describe it except that it sounds like someone is constantly whistling with a high pitch and running out of breath but still keeps on but it was overly funny. The sound quickly got named as the "fish ball orchestra". It was glorious. Food and entertainment in one, win-win if you ask me! :'D
Oh, and after a while on the grill the fish balls grandma-ized and turned all crumpled. It's normal. You have to make sure to grill them properly so that they are not raw before consumption...

When the fish balls are done just eat them with white rice and some chili-based sauce. It's aroi mak mak!*

* = Thai language for "very delicious"

Nothing else to say, see ya!