We have to accept the fact that we do this privately — reading while doing “that” thing. This is the best example of multi-tasking! Before Ipads were invented, Sweden had already had its own way of entertaining oneself inside the poo room in the form of a certain book called “dassboken”.
Being new in Sweden, I find it very surprising that they actually make a specific book to be read while sitting on the throne! All these years, I thought newspapers and magazines were sufficient, but not in Sweden. 🙂
DASSBOKEN is a book intended for this purpose. It is a compilation of jokes and funny short stories. This book really makes sense because you can stop anytime depending on how much time you you actually need. Unlike magazines and newspapers, the entire story needs longer time to finish. Certainly not Dassboken. It just enough!
The book also comes with string. You know what to do with it!
Inside, you see drawings of toilet papers. This is just funny! And the front cover tells you what the book is all about. It is very motivational.
Here are my Dassboken:
Forgive the picture, I just want to share how efficient the string is…
And I am going to translate an entry (first paragraph only) to see how amusing the book is…
Two northern men were talking.
The first man said:
— We shopped a toilet brush yesterday.
The second replied:
— What do you think about it? Was it good?
The first man replied:
— I think that it is still better to use tissue.
So okay. Just do not forget to flush.
Because of the skyrocketing taxes in Sweden, everything cost much. They say everything here is expensive. And because Sweden has a limited population it is normal for people to have few circle of friends and if you are new, it is not easy to make new a new circle as well. However, there are several things that can be done on your own. That is one thing I like about this country. Most of the people do things on their own. People jog alone. People shop alone. People walk alone on their own time.
I am still in the stage of exploration this freezing country. I have found a way to kill the time, the cheaper way. That is duck feeding. In the town I live in, they have small lakes inhabited by ducks. Theses ducks live there from summer to winter. I find them very amusing. If you are on a tight budget in Sweden, duck feeding is a very good way to entertain yourself. I like it very much. All you need are bread left overs, crackers and bits of food at home. The moment they see you pulling a plastic, the ducks approached me immediately. Yeah, they know it! They are no longer innocent of the human kindness. And after they are done eating, they just leave right away. They are just scared. Apparently, the ducks have smaller brains than humans so we have to understand them, their behavior and their etiquette. They are not being rude, they just do not understand that they have to say thank you after eating. Let’s them that way. We have been cruel to animals than they are to us anyway.
Today, I took several pictures of them. They are just beautiful and elegant. I would highly recomment if you are Sweden to do this simple activity once in a while. Perhaps, while jogging, pack along a loaf of bread and stop over with the ducks. These ducks are usually in the woods and the woods are the running tracks in Sweden. It just feels good to jog and see these ducks enjoying their life. Communing with nature has its way of healing stress and letting go of the not-so needed distractions in life so do not miss this.
Here are some of the pictures.
Save the Ducks. Feed Them.
Sweden has a very good, well – presereved. Save the ducks. Feed them.
All you need are bread and crumbs and free yourself from boredom!
So the second day has come! The ultimate achievement of second day of blogging. I deserve a medal, an award, a Nobel Prize nomination for this. This is not the first time I blogged in my life. As a matter of fact, I was paid to blog for other people. That was very cool but having a blog that relates so much to how my own life revolves is quite something… unique. It is a breathe a new life. It is not the blogging, it is the writing that awakened my overslept neurons.
My day ran the way it should be. School was there, window shopping, few short talks with classmates, cooked dinner and a whole day just had its way. There is one thing that was insistently bothering me in a good way — that is THIS blog! I like the feeling of it. I feel excited, happy and relieved having to write what runs in my mind. Because sometimes it just keeps on running and running I could no longer chase it! Where have all that thoughts gone? It feels good to scribble it down. It feels like coming home and feeding a pet, nurturing one.
My blog is my pet. It can be compared to that. It has all the characteristics of a pet — it breathes, it gives excitement , gives joy, needs care, needs food and needs attention. That is how I see it. Strange but let’s all settle. This blog will be needing my attention, care, time and some intelectual properties. Surely, as I write, this blog continues to grow. Whether this blog will be successful or not, anyway, just like any other pet, they grow in size. I would like to limit the definition of growth for now with physical attributes. More words, blog grows. Life is too complicated to add more meaning for growth for now. Philisophy will come later…much later in my later posts. Second day of blogging should be meant for savoring “that” moment. Whatever that is or if anyone, not just me has really experienced this weird euphoria.
The second day of blogging caps itself with utmost gratitude to the first liker of my blog and the first comment! I do appreciate it with all my heart. I do not know when the next liker or commentor would be so I am awarding the “firsts” right now! (Award to you both). With or without an audience, I do hope to write more. Writing is self-expression above all. Like any other pet, all it needs is its owner to survive. Dog shows are for shows. It comes when it’s time. It comes when the dog is fully nurtured. Hurry not. Just feed the pet.
Fokus på Sverige
If you are learning Swedish like me, if you are still in SFI class or Komvux class, I would recommend this book for self read. No this is a a book I would want to use as text book. There are exercises in it but I find in very entertaining and informative for someone who is still into the beginner’s level. It is an easy read book with easy to medium text. All text is comprehensible through context so there is no need for a dictionary. But if you do, there is a word list at the back part with English meaning. That is way so convenient!
The contents of this book is all about Sweden. It is written in summary of this and that so it handy to learn new topics for conversation. Especially if you have no idea what Sweden is. I had lots of “ahh” moments of realization even in the little things I just learned from this book.
I would post more later of the books that I read in Swedish. Most of it are in the category of “easy read”. That is currently my Swedish level now. No, I can’t read Steig Larsson yet.
Hej! Hi in English.
This is my very post. Someday I am going to read this and remind myself how it all started whether this blog would turn out to a success or fail. Nevertheless, as the Bible puts it “This is the day the Lord has made!” and I am grateful for this day writing this very first entry.
This isn’t my first blog. I have started several blogs in the past which I got tired of. I have made my own theories of why my blogs fail. I concluded several theories and one of them is because I do not enjoy it because I was more on writing for the sake of just writing and not mainly expressing my thoughts and basically what I had in mind. I hope I wont get tired of this blog though. But I would treat this differently mainly as an avenue of my life in Sweden and life itself.
There is nothing highly intellectual about the title “Sweden Diaries”. That is such a no brainer! As of right now, my neurons are pretty much drained from my SFI class so I could not think of any lucrative name for my blog. Hence the “diary”. But don’t we all started in elementary and highschool in our little diaries, didn’t we? My blog will be pretty much like it unless it would naturally mutate into something. Yet, misunderstand me not, this maybe simple but it is not trashy and i would treat it the way we treated our diaries when we were young — written on carefully, well thought and full of affection!
This blog will improve as time passes so for now this one entry would open up a whole new world in which Alladin can fly with his magic carpet.