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“Duck says ‘quack’, and Fish go ‘blub’, and the Seal goes ‘ow ow ow’… But there’s one sound, that no one knows… What does the fox say?”

I’m not sure if this is a 100% worldwide viral video yet, but it is quickly becoming an Internet sensation (with even the Ohio University Marching Band playing a cover of this song at a recent game).  What’s that song, you ask?  It is… “The Fox” by Ylvis


I am completely smitten with this song (& possibly this group, which happens to be two Norwegian brothers who formed a comedic-duo-turned-TV-show-hosts).  There are some reviewers who describe this group as being like the Norwegian version of Saturday Night Live’s ‘The Lonely Island’.  I can sort of see the resemblance: the humor, the blatant spoofing, etc.  Whenever I listen to this song, it kind of reminds me of the song “If You’re Into It” by The Flight of The Conchords…for the seriously laugh-your-ass-off lyrics & catchy background beats.

Here’s more info about the group Ylvis:


Vergard & Bård Ylvisåker

1. Ylvis is a Norwegian variety show group (comedy duo/band) comprised of two brothers who consider themselves a cabaret.
2. The brothers’ names are Bård (the blonde one) and Vegard (brown hair) Ylvisåker; Vegard is a couple years older than Bård, although both are in their early thirties.
3. Vergard bears a striking resemblance to Josh Groban and has been known to impersonate him, even attempting to gain entry to venues where Groban is performing.
4. Last year, Ylvis won an award for Best Performance on Film and Television (in Norway), their first after being nominated for many awards previously.
5. They have another thought provoking video from a couple years ago called “What’s the meaning of Stonehenge.”
6. They are known as Norway’s version of The Lonely Island, an American comedy group.
(Summarized article courtesy of:

Here’s yet another hilarious video from Ylvis: “Pressure”

This November my husband’s college classmate/roommate/close friend will be getting married to his fiancée (who is now a part of our tight-knit circle of friends). Our friend’s fiancée is originally from Taiwan; her entire family is still based in the city of Taipei, & they are planning on getting married there in a few months. Our entire circle of friends are planning on attending the wedding, so it’s going to be pretty amazing.

My mom grew up in the city of Taipei, but she hasn’t been back to Taiwan in over 35+ years or so. I have heard plenty of fun stories from my mom about her experiences growing up in Taiwan. However, I have never once visited that place myself. So, I’m pretty excited visiting Taiwan for the first time with my husband (who is the best travel companion). We are planning on making this trip an extended vacation, so we will also be passing through Japan (to visit my grandparents at the cemetery again, & to visit friends + family). We will be spending 7 days in Taipei, Taiwan, then hopping over to Tokyo, Japan for another 10 days. (For our experience this year, booking a layover flight was much more affordable than booking a direct flight. So, we decided to extend our layover in Japan for a few more days.)

Since the wedding is fast approaching, my husband & I have started to get ready for our trip by digging up all of our travel necessities from our storage closet, & also getting a few extra items here & there. This past weekend, I went shopping with a friend & we stopped by one of our favorite Japanese home goods stores: MUJI. I picked up a few new items for my upcoming overseas trip.

1. His & Hers travel neck pillows: This is the first time we will be using neck pillows on our fight. It’s a curious thing why we haven’t used them before, since we tend to travel overseas often, but we are using them now, so… & these neck pillows are very versatile. The strap is adjustable & this neck pillow also does triple duty: 1. a neck rest (obviously), 2. a waist pillow for lower back support, & 3. a foot rest when you open it horizontally. The cover can be removed & machine washed. I got a pink & grey striped one for myself & a charcoal & grey striped one for my husband.

His & Hers travel neck pillows

His & Hers travel neck pillows


2. travel slippers: We always bring a pair of slippers with us on our overseas flights, so as soon as the plane takes off, so do our shoes. It is much more comfortable to take off one’s shoes on a long flight, & it helps to have a pair of slippers on hand to wear on the plane. These room slippers are very comfortable, affordable, & come in a handy carrying case. This is very slim in size, so it’s easy to stow away in a backpack without taking up much space.

slim travel slippers w/ carrying case

slim travel slippers w/ carrying case


3. portable folding scissors: These small scissors are very handy. They fold up like a pen, & they are easy to carry around in a backpack or a purse. There have been many times my husband & I have needed a pair of scissors in our overseas hotel room & were not able to locate one. Of course I won’t be bringing this on the plane, but I will be packing this for sure.

portable folding scissors

portable folding scissors


Ok, so I couldn’t end this post without mentioning that I also went a little nuts again with some stationery shopping. I couldn’t help myself! Well, it was mostly because I had a store credit voucher to one of my favorite stationery shops (& that voucher was practically burning a hole in my wallet). Anyway, I didn’t exactly go buck wild, but I did end up getting some new pens.

1. light blue 0.5mm 2. dark pink 0.4mm 3. metallic pearl pink 0.7mm 4. metallic pearl purple 0.7mm

Zeebra Sarasa gel ink pens
1. light blue 0.5mm
2. dark pink 0.4mm
3. metallic pearl pink 0.7mm
4. metallic pearl purple 0.7mm


September 2013

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