February 2010

Today is the last day that my wife and her friends have a social culture gathering. The gathering was nice and it conducted during 5 working days.  Teacher and friends also were very friendly, talk active, and charming. They had a lot of discussion and hard talked, but at the end was ended with a nice conclusion. A lot of sharing information can be gained in this class and it was useful for everyone. This is one of added value by having a such gathering like this.

Some friends are known already by her, but some are new. They mosly come from USA, Asia, and Africa countries. Besides knowing about this country, they also got understanding about other culture from other countries. Every cultures and government regulation for every countries are unique and adapted with their condition.

The topic mostly discussed not only about regulation, also about health care, public and private services, and education. Weather also become a hot topic to discuss in this class especially this year where winter come with heavy snow in this city.

At the end of the class, they gathered and brought food to share with other friends. Her friends from Philippine brought a delicious asia food. Others brought candy, chocolate and also soft drink. It was a nice gathering to end this class.  They did not forget also to give a flower and thankful card to the teacher.

Hopefully to meet them again!


As Numbeo Report at the beginning 2010, the city where we live now, Stavanger, becomes the most expensive city in the world after Oslo, Norway and  Breda, Netherlands in the second and third position. New York as the city benckmark for this survey is on the ranking 33rd.

We just suprised with the news… and yes indeed it is true…expensive and quality of life are two major things to discuss in this city!

The ranking of the most expensive city in the world followed by :
1.    Stavanger, Norway   (CPI 169.20)
2.    Oslo, Norway (152.85)
3.    Breda, Netherlands (139.70)
4.    Copenhagen, Denmark  (138.91)
5.    Zurich, Switzerland;  (132.03)
6.    Paris, France    (130.30)
7.    Geneva, Switzerland (122.69)
8.    Milan, Italy   (122.58)
9.    Dublin, Ireland (120.79)
10. Brussels, Belgium (120.00)





Sebenarnya di kota Stavanger tempat kami tinggal salju tidaklah terlalu banyak turun tatkala musim dingin tiba. Akan tetapi tahun ini, salju turun dengan lebatnya hingga di awal Februari 2010 dimana ketinggian salju hampir mencapai 25 cm dan suhu pernah turun drastis hingga -16 derajat celcius. Salju lebat ini sebenarnya juga menambah keindahan pegunungan dan teluk di sekitar rumah kami.

Kenyataan cuaca dengan perubahan drastis ini bukan hanya terjadi di kota kami saja, akan tetapi juga melanda hampir sebagai besar benua Eropa. Akankah ini merupakan efek dari pemanasan global yang mengakibatkan ritme cuaca menjadi sangat drastis berubah dari kondisi biasanya menjadi sangat panas di musim panas dan sangat dingin di musim dingin?

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