The Oslo Opera House (Norwegian: Operahuset)

The Oslo Opera House (Norwegian: Operahuset) is the home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The building is situated in the Bj√łrvika neighborhood of central Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord. It is operated by Statsbygg, the government agency which manages property for the Norwegian government. The structure contains 1,100 rooms in a total area of 38,500 m2 (414,000 sq ft). The main auditorium seats 1,364 and two other performance spaces can seat 200 and 400. The main stage is 16 m (52 ft) wide and 40 m (130 ft) deep. The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with marble from Carrara, Italy and white granite and make it appear to rise from the water. It is the largest cultural building constructed in Norway since Nidarosdomen was completed circa 1300.



Today, a little remote controller for the garage accidentally cracked open when my husband dropped it. The battery fell out (we didn’t noticed it), and of course it didn’t work as it should. Manually I opened the garage gate, and I was suspecting that there is supposed to be a battery. We sent our daughter to her school, and came back to look for the battery. Fortunately, it was still there, and we placed it back into the remote, and now the gate opens.

Recalling the mini-PCB (printed circuit board) in the remote controller, I started to reminisce about my days at AIWA.

In our tertiary studies, a part of it is industrial attachment. This is a very important 6 months real-life working experience during the 3 year diploma studies programme. That time, being paid with an amount of S$500 is considered the highest rate. Most of my classmates received $200, or even $250. There are attachment placements that do not offer any salary, so the student is there to learn on the go for a full six months without getting any compensation. I was one of the luckier ones.

My experience was working for this ‘Japanese’ company producing stereo sound systems called ‘mini hi-fi’. The brand name is ‘AIWA’ and shortly after I left since I have completed my six months of work, the company was acquired by SONY.¬†Sony used to own Aiwa, but discontinued using the Aiwa brand in 2007.


Aiwa NSX-V10 Compact Stereo System (Receiver: CD Player – Tuner – AUX – Tape Deck Speakers: 40 Watts RMS – 6 OHMs)

Looking back, I find that we have gone through so much changes in entertainment systems. Those days in the 80s and 90s, it is big Stereo Systems like this that shows prestige in a home. Nowadays, we want everything bluetooth, wireless, small but high volume output, low energy consumption, green and earth-friendly –¬† as seamless as possible!

I really learned a lot during that six months. Together with three other Electronics Engineering students in the other classes, I was working under a technical Engineer from Malaysia. He is ‘Chong’ from Kuala Lumpur. The other course mate is ‘Violet L’ (that’s what I could remember), she was working under another Malaysian called ‘Tay’. I was rather a hardworking and always learning ‘lady engineering student’. This field is rather male dominated in Singapore (it was slowly changing but still).

I used to carry a note book (which I gather a stack of clear memo (squarish shaped) papers and a DIY cover. ) It is always in my work ‘uniform’ that looks like a short sleeve grey coat, and a pencil to scribble and jot notes. Chong sometimes laughed at me and he and Tay are always comparing me and Violet in terms of our learning attitude. Chong leads a line of products while Tay led another. Their roles is to ensure good product quality from start til end of the new product (that is until it is delivered to the shopping malls, after which to customers end).

The prototyping was quite a long process, from automatic insertion of the components on the PCBs, to some parts of manual handling of certain components. Then there is this PCB Assembly phase, etching, and molding, testing etc. Project management skills is a strength of Chong (at least that was what I have learnt from him). People skills, he has this ability to make ‘small talk’ to the production team to get work done.

After AIWA, I graduated and started working as an Engineering Assistant in a Japanese multi-national company (MNC). I was dealing with Centum, distributed control systems, an ISO certified.

Yokogawa Electric Corporation¬†(ś®™ś≤≥ťõĽś©üś†™ŚľŹšľöÁ§ĺ¬†Yokogawa-denki Kabushiki-kaisha)¬†is a Japanese¬†electrical engineering¬†and software company, with businesses based on its measurement, control, and information technologies.

It has a global workforce of over 19,000 employees, 84 subsidiary and 3 affiliated companies operating in 55 countries. The company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index. Yokogawa pioneered the development of distributed control systems and introduced its Centum series DCS in 1975.

Again it was a workplace where I learned a LOT!



Gwen Burnett
Fictional character
Ashley “Gwen” Alexis Burnett is a fictional character on Wakii’s television series If I Stay Trilogy, portrayed by Keira Knightley. The character’s appearance is often compared to Natalie Portman.¬†Wikipedia
Played by: Keira Knightley
Spouse(s): Gilbert Colossi (m. 2017; div. 2021); Joe Rother (m. 2021)
Creator: Zannnie
Last appearance:¬†“Eyes behind the Leaves” (5.8)
Notable aliases: Ashley Gwendolyn (maiden name), MORE
Significant other: Gilbert Colossi

Gwen Burnett

Ashley “Gwen” Alexis Burnett¬†[1]¬†(formerly Burnett) is a fictional character on¬†Wakii’s¬†television series¬†¬†If I Stay Trilogy, portrayed by Keira Knightley. The character’s appearance is often compared to Natalie Portman.[2]

  • 1¬†Casting and character development
  • 2¬†Fictional character biography
    • 2.1¬†Backstory
    • 2.2¬†Season one
    • 2.3¬†Season two
    • 2.4¬†Season three
    • 2.5¬†Season four
    • 2.6¬†Season five
    • 2.7¬†Season six
    • 2.8¬†Season seven
  • 3¬†Reception
    • 3.1Awards and nominations
  • 4¬†References
  • 5
Married life
A New Husband
Clothing/Fashion Style

Eyes behind the Leaves 

If I Stay Trilogy Episode
As Proxima prepares for its 40th anniversary party, the bosses in California drop a bombshell to Gilbert; Miss Powell’s troubled sister pays a visit to her and Gilbert; Gwen stumbles onto her husband’s secrets.
Show: If I Stay Trilogy
Season number: 5
Episode number: 8
Air date: TBC October 18, 2019
Previous episode: Prime Mates
Next episode: Cloister X

Accept Everything.

Seein’ you got ritualistic
Plans in my soul of addiction for now
‘Cause I’m fallin’ apart, yeah
Between us just like picket fences
You got issues that I won’t mention for now
‘Cause we’re fallin’ apart
Passionate from miles away
Passive with the things you say
Passin’ up on my old ways
I can’t blame you no, no
Passionate from miles away
Passive with the things you say
Passin’ up on my old ways
I can’t blame you no, no
Hard at buildin’ trust from a distance
I think we should rule out commitment for now
‘Cause we’re fallin’ apart
You’re just doin’ that to get even
Don’t pick up the pieces, just leave it for now
They keep fallin’ apart
Passionate from miles away
Passive with the things you say
Passin’ up on my old ways
I can’t blame you no, no
Passionate from miles away
Passive with the things you say
Passin’ up on my old ways
I can’t blame you no, no
Trying to think of the right thing to say
Songwriters: Aubrey Graham / Nana Bediako Rogues / Noah Shebib
Passionfruit lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
This song’s title is ‘Passionfruit’. I wonder why Drake or Aubrey Graham or the other two songwriters Nana and Noah agree with using this. Not that I object or anything. I’m just wondering. I liked that the song is catchy and I like the beats. It is also pretty straightforward. Somehow as I listen, I feel it has a deeper historical context to it. Like about a long distance relationship. Some trust issues.

At times, being together not miles apart also need to build trust. It can be by being best of friends. Or by revealing your past. No matter what happens, always tell the truth and hide nothing. Talk through with a positive mind and always demonstrate acceptance instead of rejection. Accept EVERYTHING  Рabout him.

We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr.