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This is what makes life freaking fantastic – road trip!

I went to a road trip to Cluj-Napoca, Romania with some co-workers, my first one ever! Please believe me that this place looks as astonishing in reality as it does in the picture!  It took 13 hours until the destination but none of us felt tired 🙂

We crossed the mountings, passed so many serpentine roads and seen many cities! There I meat Camelia; I must say a big thank you to her for hosting me ( here you can find more about her). She is an amazing girl, very friendly, beautifull and smart!
We didn’t have a very clear program so we ended up eating ice cream, seeing the sights, singing (out of tune) songs and making pictures! This atmosphere, laughter and positive energy made my days freaking fantastic!!! I feel like I am the friends-and-family type of person with no friends or family anywhere near me so this time was a blessing!!! This made me wonder: how come I don’t have any friends in my current city? It is because of the lack of mounting air??? Yep, that must be the reason 🙂

August 28, 2012 Posted by | Social life | 2 Comments

Crazy for postcards!

When I was little I use to play with postcards. My grandparents had a whole box of them and they would all be more similar to these. My parents also sent hundreds of them. When I grew up I was amazed of how different are the post cards, depending on the time!!! You can really see the difference between a post card made during the war and one post-war. Of course,  in our days there are so many shinny post cards! As my country is one of the many developing countries, we don’t really have nice post cards and this tradition is not respected anymore in my family. However, one of my friends sent me a postcard from one of his trips and I started collecting them. I get so excited every time I receive another a new post card!!! My friends and co-workers know about this and send me one every time they have the chance.  This is the first post card that I received from Havana, Cuba, a couple years ago:

Many thanks to my German friend for the post card!



August 23, 2012 Posted by | Passions, Social life | , , , , | 7 Comments

The Winner Stands Alone – Paulo Coelho

If you read this book, please let me know your impressions as I was a little disappointed by it. I rushed to borrow this book from my friend as I read some of Coelho’s work and was impressed (the latest one – Brida). I will start with the things I really liked:

The novel is structured in a time frame of 24 hours. The main story is a love triangle: Igor, Ewa and Hamid. The action starts early in the morning in CannesFrance with the arrival of a Russian business man – Igor. He is looking for his ex-wife, Ewa. She is currently married to a fashion designer – Hamid. Ewa discovered that her husband was abusing his power, financial and physical; he decided the life and death of other people. She decides that he is dangerous, leaves him and marries Hamid. Igor arrives to the Film Festival – Cannes Film Festival  withe the clear idea: to get his wife back, no matter the costs, even sacrificing human lives. He has been in the Afghan war and knows several killing tricks. Igor starts to kill random people in order to let his wife know that he is there and that he is ready to take her back. I must give Coelho the credit for creating this character: Igor has a very complex profile and it reminds me of Raskolnikov (from Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky). Igor is sure that he survived the war for a reason: he is special, he has a special connection with the Holly spirit and all that he does is approved by it, doesn’t matter it is bad or good. He confuses the notions of Evil and Good and acts as he likes.

This main story is intertwined with several others: the one of the model Jasmine, of the movie distributor – Javits , of the actress Gabrielle and others. The novel presents the world of “Superclass”: models, actors, successful people. The author presents this world as it is: fake, confusing and cold. He presents the version that we see in magazines and TV and then the actual truth. It explains very well the power games that place everywhere in the world, in fashion, business, art, cinematography… He presents the mentality of the normal people towards the cult of celebrity,  the obsessions of fake celebrity, the trap of fame, money and power.

I also noticed how crazy international the novel is: the location is Cannes, France; the characters are: Russians, (Igor and Ewa), Arabic (Hamid), American (Gabrielle), African (Jasmine) and they are all influences by their homelands; Of course, at the Festival there are celebrities from all the world; This suggests that this obsession with Superclass and glamour is a global issue.

The end is unexpected: Igor is hallucinating that his fist victim is always besides him supporting and encouraging  him, not like his wife, who left him. He has a change of hearth and decide to get revenge instead of love from his ex-wife.

What I liked less: the style is quite simplistic. The author doesn’t go deeper in the stories and often everything is explained, absolutely everything. I read somewhere that Coelho presented a photographic story of our current times and this would probably explain why he decided to include just bits of stories, hints of situations and characters. In the end it was an entertaining book and a good read.

August 22, 2012 Posted by | Book reviews | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Non Formal Education in the car (?) and being overzealous

ImageI recently traveled to Ukraine with some acquaintances for a few days to participate at a meeting. We were 4 people in the car: 1 American, 1 Russian and 2 Romanians and the we spoke mainly in English. As I am young I really want mature people to have a good impression about me, especially people that I respect very much. In the car were people that I wanted to impress (just a little). So I was being very attentive and responsive to everything they did or said. Since there were some hours to drive, we decided to listen to some TED talks and scientific articles about several subjects. What a wonderful way of getting some new information and it could be classified as non-formal education! I do believe that this is what contemporary intellectual people do in their free time, so I was really motivated to make those people think some good stuff about me. I listened so carefully that I remembered the subjects and the order, and more details; so when they were discussing about it I was correcting and completing them. Obviously that was not very pleasant 🙂 It should have been a clear sign when they raised their eyebrows… i should have stopped. I kept telling myself: please stop talking, just stop right now, don’t explain anything, just smile and change the subject before they think I made some hints and before they get me wrong 🙂  and these moments repeated themselves many times during our trip. At the end of each day I was exhausted of being so attentive and responding to all, everybody and everything, and for some reasons, these moments came from time to time 🙂 Now I am pretty sure they think I am a hyper active late-adolescent how has an opinion about everything and how won’t shut up, ever. Yep, being overzealous didn’t bring me any friends this week-end!

August 20, 2012 Posted by | Social life | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Thought Provoking Blog Award !

I was amazed again ! I am very new in the blogging world and I am amazed to be nominated by Lady Budd for the A Thought Provoking Blog Award !  She has a very interesting blog with so many inspiring pictures, each one of them tells another amazing stories!

I am here nominating another 5 fellow bloggers that are going to follow the same simple rules:

1)      Thank the person who nominated you and write a blog about it.
2)      Share 7 things about yourself.
3)      Pass the award on to 5 blogs you enjoy.
4)      Post the image on your blog.

Once again, all my gratitude goes to Lady Budd  for the time that she takes to read my articles, for kind words and appreciation!

Here are the random 7 things about me:

1. I love dogs very very much
2. I enjoy reading other people’s thoughts
3. I have no good idea on interior design and this made my studio look kinda strange
4. My favorite bands: Green days and The Killers
5. I believe in horoscopes
6. I get sick very fast
7. I hate being sick 🙂

And here 5 blogs that I go back to check for updates as they are as interesting/ entertaining as honest!
1. Marian Green
2. Dark Angel
3. sebastianmihail
4. ditchthemarriage
Meredith Jaeger

In the end I will quote Rebecca aka Lady Budd :

“Blogging celebrates connections. I look forward to the shared journey…”

August 20, 2012 Posted by | Awards | , | 10 Comments

The Key to Rebecca – Ken Follett

As an explanation: I don’t live in an English speaking country and books in this language are not easy to find, so I read what my friends give me 🙂 🙂 🙂
I don’t usually read spy novels but I was curious to read a twice best seller, and even more, this book was based on true historical stories. The first question that was on my mind for a long time while reading was: did they allow to write about threesomes back in the ’80? amazing fact! So the book was first published in 1980 and republished in 2003.
The story starts in the Egyptian desert where we find Mr. Wolf Alex wondering around, lost and almost dried. He miraculously survives and reached Cairo, where he kills by accident a police officer. The British Secret Intelligence suspects that this is not just a simple murder and starts investigating this man. I will not get in too many details as there are very many, like it should be in a spy novel 🙂

There are 2 major story lines: Alex Wolf is an Egyptian/German spy. His major goal is to help defeat the British power in and help the Nazy German influence in Egypt. He has allot of success in his mission thanks to his strategic planning and manipulation skills. His feminine partner is Sonja, a belly dancer. On the British side, we have Mr. William Vandam how fights the Arabic/Egypt rebels and tries to maintain the British influence in the area. He meets by accident a young Jewish women – Elene. She agrees to help  him and capture the spy – Mr. Wolf. During this operation, they fall in love. Elene is the one that helps not only to capture Alex Wolf but she saves William’s son – Billy. The actions are quite captivating plus some erotic moments. The finale is very romantic: after the storm there many flowers in the desert. in the middle of them are Elene, William and Billy. It was a few hours of nice read and just enjoying the spy story and let’s face it: we all need this sometimes :). I found out that there has been a movie based on the book, here you have a sneak of Sonja’s sexy belly dance:

August 15, 2012 Posted by | Book reviews | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

All my lovers!!!

No, this article is not about Kylie’s song. As I mentioned before, I am not married and not in a long term relation. In my family and in my society this is a big issue as people think that is something wrong with you. You know what they say, if nobody wants you it must be because your broken (or sick, or anything else that doesn’t make any sens). When I was 21 and dating, my family put serious pressure on me to stop fooling around and get married. Fortunately, I didn’t and decided to travel instead. I must say that this has been eye opening for me and this step changed my life for good. My family, especially my mother, has accepted the idea that I am still searching for my right man. Occasionally, when I run into old classmates from high school or from the University, they ask me if I am married. That is the only thing that they ask. They know from gossip that I have an amazing job, that I traveled allot and the only thing they still need to feel fulfilled is if I am married or not :). Right, I have no problem is saying that I am single. Unfortunately, this leads to others questions and propositions of match making and dates arrangements with their uncles, brothers, fathers… So I discovered that it is takes less time and hustle to say that I am. I am dating (and smile, you really need to add a smile for them to believe you 🙂 ). In fact, to make it even better, I add: I am dating a French guy, he is so romantic!!! I have no words in describing their reaction! To make it even better, I change the nationality of my “boyfriend” for each person that asks. I don’t discriminate, I just say the first nationality that comes to my mind and the best known stereotype that everyone knows about that nationality: I am dating a Spanish guy, he is teaching me how to dance salsa, I am dating a German, he is really strict with our relationship, I am dating a Bulgarian, he is teaching me how to cook gulash 🙂 and so on! This immediately leads to another topic and they are suddenly not interested in knowing any more details! Just give people what they want! 🙂 The only problem is that sometimes I forget what nationality I told that person, so I immediately say that it wasn’t going well, you know, different nationalities, different cultures… 🙂 I know this sounds silly but it is simpler that to tell them: I’m sorry, i didn’t know that you are a life expert and that you know how to live my life better, I guess you learned this at I-didn’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-life-and-married-the-first-man-that-I-dated University and that you have the right to teach me. I don’t need anyone of them to agree or validate my life choices. All these explanations lead to disagreements and I am doing my best to avoid them. I find that my method is much easier, creative and funnier. Until the right man comes along. One day I am going to tell him about this and he’s going to think that I am crazy, and love me even more 🙂

August 14, 2012 Posted by | Dating, Social life | , , | 7 Comments

One lovely blog award!

Once again I am extremely happy to be nominated by MsAidyl for One lovely blog award! I am pleasant surprised and very appreciative of her nomination! She is kind to take the time and visit my blog! Also, she is very talented and creative,  in case you need new fashion ideas you should check her articles!!!

The rules for this award!
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Add The Versatile Blogger Award.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to 15 nominees.
5. Include this set of rules.
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

Here are 7 random things about me: 

1. I love chocolate
2. I dress mainly in black as I have no idea how to style colors
3. The more I learn the more I want to learn
4. I speak fluently English, French, Spanish, Russian and Greek
5. I don’t have the nationality of none of the above mentioned languages, I am Romanian
6. Music is therapeutic to me
7. I don’t have an iphone

I would like to nominate 15 bloggers and I am very sorry that they must be only 15 as I have discovered so many interesting blogs !!!
here they are:
1. Andu`
3. iammarcello
5. Maria Mankin
6. KellyInTheKitchenDotNet
7. piticmic
8. Coffee time with Claudia
9. PM
10. Grapefruits
11. thegirlwiththeblog
12. dragoscalinescu
14. Cristian Mihai
15. Les Sens Ciel ♡

Have fun with these questions and keep up with the your amazing blogs !!! 🙂

August 13, 2012 Posted by | Awards | , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Versatile Blogger Award !

 The sun is brither today as the Kit-Kat Sisters nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award!!! I am surprised, amazed and very humble to receive such attention! The Kit-Kat Sisters  is an interesting blog which contains book reviews, fashion advice and lots of photos, the blog is well put together and very entertaining! Well, this nomination has made my day! In case you have a slower day and woudl like to see some cool pictures or read some interesting stuff, go here: Kit-Kat Sisters

Here are the rules if you have been nominated:

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award.
  •  Include a link to their blog.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My nominations are in no particular order. I have just started to follow them and I believe that they are very talented!!! here they are:



3.  Numero Uno

4. essaalroc

5. bricemai

6. howtoonlinedate

7. Love 2 Type

8. toemailer

9. MsAidyl

10. Daniela

11. A Little Blog of Books and Other Stuff

12. expressionistaura

13.  cafebiblioart

14. Jennifer M Eaton

15. Clanmother

To the nominees, I recommend they go to the Versatile Blogger Award page for more info.

And finally, 7 things about me:

1. My favorite color is Royal Blue
2. I love dogs
3. I play the piano
4. I love good food even if I get a few more kg
5. I love to read random books in English, French, Russian and Greek
6. I work allot
7. I have no problem in being by myself


August 13, 2012 Posted by | Awards | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ivan – Mircea Eliade

This short story has impressed me very much! In just a few pages Mircea Eliade mixed the reality and dream so well, that I was very difficult to understand which one is which. ( I have to add here that Mircea Eliade is one of the best Romanian writers!).
The action starts in the open field, after the fight and when the Romanian soldiers were finding little resistance. Some Romanian soldiers find a wounded Soviet one. The Romanian superstitions state that if a dying man is blessing you, Death avoids you. The Romanian soldiers decide to take him with them, so that he would bless them. Unfortunately, none of them knew Russian language and they were trying to explain him in French and German. The Soviet soldier dies, they bury him and to continue their road home. In this moment the action shifts in another place and time. One of the soldiers, Darie, is in a home in Iasi, with his fiance Laura, doctor Procopie and he is telling the story of the soldier they named Ivan. This story line is mixed with the on from the field and we wake up with the soldiers again! At some point, Darie is speaking with Ivan about his life philosophies and oddly enough, Ivan seems to know and understand all of that. Later I realized that Darie was injured and all this was a dream. Fortunately, his colleagues don’t leave him behind and decide to carry him. The action is in a corn field that doesn’t seem to ever end. The finale is also mysterious, Darie is still hallucinating because his wound. He goes towards a bridge of light but remembers that he didn’t bless his colleagues, comes back but can’t find them anymore.

The author starts the novel with a pragmatic subject (war and survival fight) and then includes philosophical details, symbols and tries to prove that everything is relative: life, death, love…

Here goes the version for my Romanian readers out there! 🙂

Aceasta nuvela m-a impresionat destul de mult! In citeva pagini Eliade a impletit realitatea cu visul atit de bine ca este greu de descoperit unde este vis si unde fapt real. La inceput actiunea se desfasoara in cimp dupa o lupta cind soldatii romani intilneau putina rezistenta. Niste soldati romani gasesc un soldat rus ranit. Dupa superstitiile populare, daca un om pe cale sa moara te binecuvinteaza, moartea te ocoleste. Soldatii romani se hotarasc sa-l care cu ei pe rus ca acesta sa-i binecuvinteze. Din pacate, nici unul din ei nu vorbeste limba rusa si incearca sa-i explice in franceza si in germana. Soldatul sovietic moare iar romanii hotarasc sa-l ingroape si sa continue drumul spre casa. In acest moment actiunea se transfera in alt timp si spatiu. Unul din soldati, Darie, este in intr-un salon din Iaşi, în compania logodnicei Laura, a doctorului Procopie  si povesteste tuturor despre soldatul rus pe care ei l-au numit Ivan. Firul narativ se impleteste cu poveste de pe front si se pare ca iarasi sintem linga soldati! La un moment dat, Darie discuta si se plimba cu Ivan insusi si isi da seama ca ei se cunosc din alte timpuri. Ivan cunoste si intelege filosofia de viata a lui Darie, (despre evidenţele mutual contradictorii) ceea ce ii pare foarte ciudat lui Darie. Mai tirziu am inteles ca Darie era ranit si toate astea sint doar un vis. Din fericire, soldatii sint foarte fideli si nu il lasa in urma. Toata actiunea se desfasoara intr-un lan de porumb ce pare sa nu mai aiba sfirsit. Finalul este misterios, Darie mai are vedenii din cauza ranii. Se indreapta spre lumina dar isi aminteste ca nu si-a binecuvintat colegii si se intoarce inapoi dar nu-i mai gaseste.

Autorul porneste de la ceva foarte pragmatic (razboiul si lupta pentru supravietuire) ca mai apoi sa includa accente filozofoce, simboluri si sa demonstreze ca absolut totul este relativ: viata, moartea, dragostea…

August 6, 2012 Posted by | Book reviews, Recenzii carti | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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