Tuesday, 24 February 2015

My New Phone: Nokia Lumia 930

A couple of months before my two-year phone contract ended, I was already looking forward to getting a new one until … my Nokia Lumia 920 got that Windows Phone 8.1 update.  I fell in love with my phone all over again and that letting it go was no longer an option.

Unfortunately, during the contract’s last day, this happened:

This wasn’t the first time I dropped my Nokia Lumia 920.  It survived my carelessness all the time but it was my first time to accidentally step on it after giving it a hard drop while I was on my way home from work.  I was in total denial.  I went home heartbroken, nearly crying.  Although it was still fully functional [the camera and everything!] my boyfriend thought that it was the perfect opportunity to buy me the newest Lumia phone.  Two days later, ta-dah:

the new phone arrived --- my Nokia Lumia 930!  *happy dance*
Thank you Electroworld.se for the great deal!

Hello Nokia Lumia 930!  Goodbye and thank you my Nokia Lumia 920!

Nokia Lumia 930 is a bit larger than the 920 but it weighs 18 grams lighter.  Might not sound much but is a definite plus for me!  I do not have that huge masculine pair of hands but I have no issues with its size.  It sits okay on my hands.

When it comes to available Windows apps, I have installed all that I need --- quite a number of camera and photo, bank and identification, social media, communication, games, music, email, blogging apps and many more!

The camera?  I can say that it’s the ultimate mobile phone for bloggers!  Its 20 megapixel PureView camera is super impressive!  I’ve been using my Lumia 930 for five days now and wow… the photos are crisp and clear!  Splendid indeed!

Below are Nokia Lumia 930 sample photos without putting its pro-mode option on:

22 February 2015.  At work with the day’s project: The Giant Hamburger Cake oozing with barbecue sauce [flash: off]:

22 February 2015.  Winter Wonderland [flash: off]:

23 February 2015.  Lunch!  Eight pieces home cooked chicken wings.  Yum! [flash: auto]:

24 February 2015.  For the love of music --- my Urbanears headphone [flash: off]:

All in all, I am a happy owner of a Nokia Lumia 930 Windows phone in black.  So far, I am lovin’ it!

Hope everyone’s having a great week!  Ciao for now!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Quick Coffee Stop: Espresso House - Sundsvall

[15 July 2014.  A really late post.  Wooops!]

I am a coffee freak.  Well, who can blame me?  Everyone loves the company of this enchanting brewed potion  ~~~ the reason why my boyfriend and I spent about 45 minutes inside a neat coffee place called the Espresso House located within Sundsvall Centrum.

As coffee lovers, we decided to check the place ourselves before heading back home.  It was at around three in the afternoon when the quench for a taste of coffee kicked in.  We went in and took a quick look at the menu.  For Bebe - a big cup of White Mocha Latte while a huge Cookies and Cream Frapino was what we got for me.


Espresso House : Storgatan 25, Sundsvall, Sweden
WiFi: Yes

We wanted to take a seat outside.  However, due to the showery weather, indoor it was!


On the photo above:

Coffee happiness, joy, joy!  Enjoyed ‘em hot and cold!
Cookies and Cream Frapino, tall glass: 46 sek [Swedish crowns]
White Mocha Latter, big mug: 45 sek

A comfy couch and a Cookies and Cream Frapino!  Wonderful!
If you opt for a cold coffee, this Cookies and Cream Frapino might just be for you.  It’s not too sweet.  The bits and pieces of chocolate cookies, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, tiny marshmallows, milk and newly shaved ice – a concoction that is definitely worth a try!



The interior is spacious and inviting.  With a mix of modern and contemporary furniture plus a well balanced lighting give this coffee shop’s guests a relaxing stay.


… This place, I love!  If ever you’re in Sundsvall or in the neighborhood and you want to have a coffee break, give Espresso House a try.  You sure will love it there!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A Quick And Happy Update

2014 has come and gone.  Although I haven’t been around much in the blogging world lately, I’ve made sure to take loads of photos --- shopping, travels, outfits, food and more --- that I’ll be sharing with you guys the minute I get enough time.

Before I move on, here’s a quick note:  I will not be renewing within 2015 the domains of two of my blogs, http://thepastimeshelf.com and http://swenay.com.  With plans on making room for other stuff [will be revealed later], I know that I can only manage three blogs at a time.  Kinda sad in a way but it’s time to let go!  Hope everything goes as planned!  Fingers crossed!

On a lighter note: my 2014 had been a fantastic year.  Work was great.  Met new colleagues.  Spent more quality time with my boyfriend.  Found great cruise packages online and grabbed two deals, one in October and another one in December – my firsts ever!


On the photo:  greetings from Birka Cruises!
Took this 22-hour cruise getaway with my Bebe and four siblings-in-law in 22 December of 2014, my second cruise experience.  As I am not an alcohol fan, a can of Sprite and a cup of cold coffee by Starbucks were my companions after dinner time.

I wore a green sleeveless top by H&M which was halfway covered with a black scarf [also by H&M].
The skirt was from ebay and ballet flats were purchased in Terranova [SM Mall of Asia sometime in 2009, if I recall it right].
Accessories: ESPRIT ROSEGOLD LADIES WATCH which I got from my guy as an advance Christmas gift [will be making a review later], a ring and pearl stud earrings.

Well.  That’s it for now.  I hope that everyone’s 2014 was great!

Have an awesome and fulfilling 2015 friends [and foes]!  Mwah!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Which Sex is in the Driving Seat?

It turns out that buying a car when in a relationship can be cause for a little tension. Who gets the final say? Who does the driving? Are these questions that have affected your own life? Well, if so, why not give the infographic below a little read?

A Gumtree graphic - Which sex is in the driving seat?

Which sex is in the driving seat?? is a graphic produced by Gumtree.com.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Two Pairs of Stud Earrings from Chanti.se

My first Chanti.se shopping experience had been great.  The online store’s website was very user friendly and creating an account was easy.

Prices are okay.  Absolutely cheaper on regular items compared to other stores plus with eleven payment options including PayPal, this jewelry e-shop is the [my] place to be!  Shipping and handling --- not free though.  But for 29 sek [4USD], I mean, why not?

To make a long story short, I purchased two pairs of stud earrings!  Did I tell you that both had lovely on-sale tags on them?  Woo-hoo!!!

1.] Hearts – Stud earrings in 9K white gold

Price: 413 sek
Got mine for 129sek

2.] Flowers – Stud earrings in 9K gold

Price: 454sek
Got mine for 148sek

Delivery had been quick.  Two days later, my items were already waiting for me in our mailbox.

One happy Chanti.se shopper here!  Thanks a lot!

P.S. Purchased the items sometime in April.  Quite a late post, I know.  Tsk tsk.  Well, better late than never!

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