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A few assignments feat. a few DJ's

k1vimo00   13.02.2012, klo 21:54, kirjoittaja Moona Viinikainen  

Hello dear readers, sorry to have kept you waiting! I'll update last weeks post today, since I was errm.. A bit hangoverish yesterday!

School and assignments

My week has been quite hectic, busy with what else than school. We've had quite a few assignments to do (plus I still had to do couple extra ones that were due earlier this year, hmm! Shouldn't leave things to the last minute I tell you. I know it sounds silly, but please do as I say and you'll have less stress in your life! :D).

During the week the 'easiest' day I had was Tuesday and I decided to visit a few flea markets and did find something nice for myself and others.

On Wednesday I was working pretty much on our Orientation to Studies assignments, and we did do some research to one of them with Sonja too. Basically what we need to do, is some research on some of the databases, like Leevi, Nelli portal etc. And the other assignment is a pairwork where we need to researh some subject and then make a raport about it.

Thursday was pretty mad. First of all we had a Swedish group discussion. Our group discussed smartphones, which was quite a nice topic actually. It was the swedish that wasn't so great.. At least for me, I'm not very good at it to be honest. But I think it went quite ok anyway!

Other major thing on Thursday was working on our assignment for Introduction to Programming. What we needed to do, was create an program that would give the user choices on what they have been eating, eg. noodles, hamburger. Then the user would state if they were a male or a female and the program would calculate all the calories. If the user had been eating more than necessary, then the program would also calculate how much they need to run for the day to burn the extra calories. First it was a bit frustrating, but after figuring out what you need to do and when, it was quite easy. Programming can be really enjoyable, especially when you get things working!

Friday and Saturday days were dedicated to my Finnish raport.. Which is taking a nice shape now, and which due-date was a while ago... Like I said, don't leave things til the last minute!

These last three periods that we have in the spring are shorter than the ones in autumn. And the schedule for everything is pretty hectic. We need to learn and do too much stuff in too little time! Some teachers are also a bit confused because of periods being shorter.

Our schedule for next period seems a bit.. Weird, to be honest. We have four days that start only after 11.35, and some days are three hours long. Well, I'm not complaining, at least we get to sleep til later, but still it's kind of odd.

Here's some pictures that I took on Tuesday, walking across Joutsensilta and then walking back! Very pretty, ehh?

 

 

Drink and dance feat. Pendulum!

This weekend was also a special one. Pendulum, one of my favorite bands, had a DJ Set-gig at Teatria, with a punch of other DJ's. It was the first time I've been to Teatria, and it was quite fun! Haven't seen any gigs for a long time, so it was about time. I went there with a few of my classmates and some other mates.

I was lucky enough to be in the second row and also at some point the first row, could see everything perfectly. And apparently hear too, since after the gig I couldn't hear anything with my other ear. But hey, that happens! The gig was really good, full of energy and good music, I was really happy with it. Although the next day I was also very sore, since people had been punching and kicking me during the set. Not that I really noticed! That's just something you can't avoid if you want to be right at the front.

Well, that's about it this time fellas. I'll talk to you again soon.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, hope you all have something special planned with your special ones! At least I do :) And also, tomorrow is the skating event at our school at 14.00-16.00, maybe I'll also see you there!

ps. Something's up with my internet, veeery slow today. Anyone else experiencing slowness?

pps. I'll leave you with some pictures from the gig. Mind the quality, I only had my phone as a camera there.

DJ SS, performed before Pendulum.
 
Pendulum's MC Verse
 
Pendulum's MC Verse and DJ Paul 'El Hornet' Harding

Freezing cold winter

k1vimo00   05.02.2012, klo 21:16, kirjoittaja Moona Viinikainen  

Hello hello!

This week has gone by really fast, time just flies! And it feels like nothing gets done..

We have so many things at school right now, all kinds of assignments are piling up and I yet again don't know where to start! Hopefully everything will go smoothly with these. Maybe it would be best to just start doing them! I'm especially worried about programming assignment, but will have to see how that goes!

Finland's winter

Yeah, so probably you have all noticed how cold it has been the past few days, actually the whole week! I'm just wondering how cold it can really get! Plus the wind here in Oulu doesn't help one bit, since it only makes the weather feel even colder.

Hopefully next week (like they've said on the weather forecasts) it will get a bit warmer. It should, but you never know! I think they said it should be around -10 tomorrow, which would actually feel like a heatwave after all these terrible minus degrees that we've had!

My fingers and face have been frozen so many times this week, but gladly I've got a really good gloves right now, and I hope you all have been dressing warmly enough in this terrible weather! Well, don't worry too much, just try and survive this month and March should be much better.

Shopping & weekend

Last week I went shopping for new winter shoes, since it was too bloody cold and my toes were freezing too! How hard can it be to find decent shoes!? I looked around for some five hours and could only really find two pairs that were really good and warm enough.

It's winter aint it, shoes are supposed to be really warm, but I found too many shoes without a real lining! And of course, being a student you can't pay too much for shoes. But yes, finally I did find a good and warm pair of shoes, and that's that. Blisters all over my feet now too.. Bleh, sometimes it's hard to be a woman! :P

Also, Nokia's new phone Lumia 800 was released in Finland this week, so that was quite exciting! I'm really hoping that it will become popular. I'm finnish so I do need to root for Nokia! :) I didn't have the chance to buy the phone for myself yet, but hopefully I will some time soon, I really want that phone!

This weekend has been brilliant. On Friday we went out with G and Sonja, just to a local pub because it was too cold to just go to town, and we didn't really mind. We did sing some karaoke with Sonja and that was fun haha!

And then last night was our date night with G. We went to movies to see Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows! It was a good movie and I recommend it to everyone really. I thought it was maybe even slightly better than the first one, but that's just my opinion! And I really like Watson in the movies, so that might be the reason.

Also after that we ate at Amarillo. That's a really good place to go eat to! I hadn't been out there to eat before and the food was really good. Maybe a bit expensive for a student, but definitely if you have money and want to eat some tasty food, you should go to Amarillo. It's got a good feeling to it too and is very enjoyable.

Oh and today is Runeberg's Day (he was a finnish poet and a writer) and of course we had to buy some Runeberg's torte! They are always really good! Maybe even better if you make them yourselves, but just didn't have enough time today to make any. You can see them here.

Right now I'm just waiting for the election results, exciting times people! (oh and now we've got the results already! very exciting!)

New things again next week, let's see how things go! (as in a busy week coming with all the school work)

Chinese food at flea markets during an election? (or 'lots of things to discuss')

k1vimo00   29.01.2012, klo 23:50, kirjoittaja Moona Viinikainen  

School and Chinese

Well I'm in a good mood! Hope you all are too. I've had a really interesting week this week, a lot has happened so let's get started.

School has been the usual, nothing new there really. We started doing some of the pairworks that we have to do for the end of this period, it would be nice to get those done sometime during next week and I think that is possible too. We started to do ours with Sonja on Wednesday and the work is already getting into a nice shape. It's always good to plan your work a bit first before starting to actually do it. That way you know what you are looking for, what the purpose of the work is and so forth...

We also had a 'fire alarm exercise' at our school this week. I think it all went pretty well, we could here the announcement very clearly and everyone got out pretty fast. I didn't see any problems with it and it's good to know that things would well work in case of something really happening at the school.

On Tuesday me and G were invited over to one of our classmates place to eat. She's a Chinese girl who actually works in Oulu at her uncle's Chinese restaurant. We always like to go there to eat and say hi to her, so she decided she would make us some food herself. My other classmate Nee, and another chinese friend from our school, Ryan, were also there. Yurong made us lots of different kind of chinese food, she had chicken, chicken nuggets, two different flavoured beef, dumplings.. Oh dear, I was really full after all the food we ate! And it was reeeeally good. I have to ask her to teach me some of her recepies.

 

 


Other than eating, it was just really nice to be with our chinese friends outside of school. We were just watching tv and the boys played some games. Just hanging around, which is always very nice.

Oh and by the way, I saw some really beautiful northern lights in Oulu one night! It's always so magical. I really can't remember when was the last time I'd seen them. Ever since I've been keeping my eyes on the sky, wishing I'll still see some more this winter. Unfortunately I haven't got any pictures, they seem to be very hard to catch on camera!

Weekend

I had a three day weekend at my parent's. I left Oulu already on Thursday evening, since I hadn't been visiting my parents in a long time (not in a month, wow). It was really good to be home. Of course father warmed sauna for me right away. Living in a city makes you really miss sauna's. Of course you can take a sauna in here too, but somehow it's still different.


On Saturday me, my mom and my two aunts decided to take a little trip to one of the close-by municipalities to do some shopping. It was a really good trip and it was really good to see my two aunts too. And it's always nice when you don't have to worry about buying something, when your mom is paying! Hehe.

All the four of us also really enjoy going to flea markets. Some people think it's not cool, and that is somehow gross, buying old or used things. But actually, you can really find some treasures from flea markets. My mom collects old finnish glass and I collect 80's plastic toys, neither of which can be found from stores anymore. You can never know what awaits you in those places!

Oulu has got a few very decent flea markets too, for example Paljekirppis and Second Hand Store.

2 vs. 6

I know it's never good to discuss politics, but I just had to say something!

Another big thing in Finland right now is the presidental election. I'm sure you have all heard about this. Since you can't really avoid it. It's all over the news, radio, television, magazines.. Just everywhere.

I'm not usually very interested in politics but this election had already been a really interesting one. I've been trying to follow some of the 'Vaalitentti's and also both of the candidates opinions on things.

Of course something that's been really discussed by the media, and the people, is the fact that one of the candidates is gay. That is something that has both shocked and interested people. So in the final election there are two candidates up against each other, Green League's Haavisto ja National Coalition Party's Niinistö.

I know people who are voting for Haavisto, and I know people who are voting for Niinistö. I don't enjoy talking to people that are really pushing it when it comes to politics, but what I like, is discussing things productively. Not pushing your own opinions too much, but accepting other opinions too. I know people who think that everyone who is voting for Haavisto, is voting for him because he is gay, which I find really stupid, since it's not true. I also know people who can't vote for Haavisto for example for religious reasons, and I also know people that voted for Niinistö on the first round, then watched some of the Vaalitentti's and changed their mind for the second round.

Finland is changing, and I didn't even realize that since now. My opinions on certain things have stayed the same for about ten years, and there are people whose opinions have stayed the same even for longer than that. This election has really made people talk and I can tell that there's already been some conflicts in families, when politics are discussed. I'm glad that this is not the case in my family, my relatives and close ones.

My opinion is, that it's good that this election has made people talk. It would worry me if it hadn't. Finland is nowadays a much more accepting country when it comes to differences. We are all different and that shouldn't matter. I like the idea of accepting people as they are. And in a thing like this, an election, it shouldn't even matter.

Tolerance is the word of the day, no matter if it's racism or phobias or anything else. :)

How ever the election ends, we are gonna have a good and presentable president in Finland soon, so remember to vote and have a great week! :)

Back to school, back to the basics

k1vimo00   22.01.2012, klo 22:11, kirjoittaja Moona Viinikainen  

Finally back at school

This week was a really good one, I was really happy to finally be back at school and be able to actually see people and just go out. What I learned this week was that we have a pretty good schedule (not one 8 o'clock morning for me!) and the subjects are not that bad. Not even swedish!

Computing Mathematics is ok, but I'm still a bit out. I wish I hadn't missed the few first lessons, because they were studying the basics and I feel like I don't get it. Anyhow, it's good that I can always go and discuss the difficult things with the teacher, if I have some problems getting in to it and if I still feel like that next week I think I'm gonna go talk to the teacher.

Pretty much all the teachers at our school are quite laid-back, easy to talk to and you get the feeling that they understand you. It's a good learning environment. It feels to me at least that they are all quite encouraging, which is really good.

Also this week I had to go and buy a calculator and I got a pretty good one for only 10 euros. I was a bit afraid that it would cost a lot to buy one, being a student isn't always so easy. For example right now I'm not sure how to survive the rest of this month with so little money! Well, basically that just means no partying and eating what I have in the apartment. We are students, we'll always figure out a way.

What is also really good is that the food at our school costs so little! Of course we always eat at our school's restaurant for lunch, but this week we had a few days that we just ate our dinner there too, because it's just so cheap. And that way you don't have to worry about cooking anything else for yourself later. The food there is really good too, plus you get salad and drinks etc.

This period is a shorter one than those we had in the autumn and we already have plenty of things to do for the courses. We have a few pair works coming up and we'll start working on those next week with Sonja. We are working on a presentation about E-books/E-readers.

Exercising

On Wednesday we finally went swimming too and after that I just realised how much you actually need exercising, by the end of the day my muscles were really aching badly. But that's actually a good kind of pain, it let's you know that you've actually done something.

Other than swimming, I did go for a walk, on Tuesday and on Thursday. Tuesday wasn't a great day for walking tho, it was really freezing out there! By the time I got back home I was an icecube even though I had warm clothes on. But Thursday evening was really good for walking, no wind and not too cold outside. Now I think I just need to buy a nice outdoor jacket just for exercising.. Yeah, maybe next month when I have more money!

People shouldn't think about exercising as something that they MUST DO. That takes out all the fun of it. When you MUST DO something, you don't want to do it. Exercising should be something that you feel like doing every now and then. I hadn't done any exercising for a while and taking a walk really did feel good, I had forgotten about how much energy it really gives you and makes you feel good about yourself.

So no, I can totally forget about that New Year's resolution about starting to work out and exercise. I'm not gonna promise anything to myself, but what I'm gonna do instead is want to exercise. Because there's a huge difference. And I do want to start exercising again.

Next week I've been invited out to eat at my friend's place. This should be fun, I'll tell you all about it later!

Fever fever!

k1vimo00   15.01.2012, klo 21:32, kirjoittaja Moona Viinikainen  

Fever?

Well, this past week has been utterly pointless.

Monday I was still at school, we had two Swedish classes and it was good to finally see our other finn classmates after what seemed like a really long time. But after Monday I came down with a fever and really just missed the rest of the school week. Not cool, at all. Especially since we had already been away from school for holidays and I really wanted to mingle with our classmates again and was excited about some new courses.

Now it feels like I've missed a lot, hopefully I'll be able to catch up next week. Gladly I was also reminded that I should always email teachers if I knew I wouldn't be able to come to school (for example if being ill), and so I hopefully didn't get too many absences listed. Now I just really need to catch up during next week and it should be all fine. Still feels a bit stupid, but I'll get to see my classmates and everyone again next week, so it'll be ok!

Well, having a fever is really not something you'd enjoy much. I haven't been able to do much anything at all and my circadian rhytm also got really messed up. Slept pretty much during the days and was more awake during the nights. I didn't eat all too much either during this week. Fever just messes it all up! Too tired to really do anything. But well at least I had time to start reading the book I mentioned in my last post and so far it's been really good. It really cheered me up while I was bedridden.

Baking and other things

At one point I really felt like I had done nothing 'productive' all week, so I decided to bake! And boy did I bake. Made some really good carrot cake and also carrot bread rolls (porkkanasämpylä). Both turned out really well which of course made me happy. Been eating those now for a few days with some tea. Lots and lots of tea to be honest! It's one of the best drinks to drink when being ill.



I haven't been outside for a long time now either, but it seems really cold out there! I'm not too happy about that, but at least it's finally starting to feel like a real Finnish winter. Just try to keep yourselves warm so you won't end up catching the fever as well! :)

I've had so much time on my hands that I even started to think of birds! The tiny little ones that are desperate for food in the winter. I saw one on the balcony the other day and was thinking of starting to feed birds. I'm just not sure how that works in the city.. Are you allowed to leave birdfood on your balcony? Somehow I doubt it.. Hmm, think I need to do some research hehe.

Right now I'm just really looking forward to next week, already feeling better, so I know I'll be able to go back to school and finally start doing something not so pointless. And finally start socializing again, feels like I've been without my classmates for too long!

Hopefully also next week I'll be able to go swim with my classmate Sonja, we have had this 'tradition' since autumn that we go swimming every week, but now that has also been on hold with all this going on. I really hope I can do that again next week and also some other exercising as well.

Keep yourselves warm and drink lots of tea and hopefully you can all avoid getting ill this winter! :)

Back to school next week, and more on that later...

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