Monthly Archives: January 2012
16 January, 2012
15 January, 2012
I could give excuses on why I didn’t start my photography project last week, but I was just being lazy and very tired from work.
I was thinking that maybe street photography isn’t for me and that there aren’t much things to photographs anyway. So, after a one more last effort I decided to look for some tips on street photography, for something that will prove me wrong and which will improve my morale or give a boost so I won’t give up.
So, I came across this page with 20 tips for street photography. And from this page I ended up on this website: Eric Kim Street Photography. What interested me was this video in which Eric Kim goes out for a photo shoot and films himself while at it.
By watching the video I realised that at first glance not many places seem to have photo potential. I mean I wouldn’t even have bothered taking out the camera since that neighbourhood didn’t inspire anything to me. Yet some of the photos he took are really nice.
It’s amazing how the camera sees things in a different way than we do.
So, I decided to give one more try. This week shall be all about pictures. I’m still not sure how to post, how to present them or things like that. The one things I’m sure is that there will be a lot of photos. After all, Bucharest is such a dynamic city, even at the first hours of the day.
I will not let myself down. 🙂
12 January, 2012
What I consider a hit song: “Stop”. Too bad they didn’t use this as their main single. I’m sure it would’ve done much better in the charts than “Be my baby”.
12 January, 2012
Yup, they released their English single “The DJ Is Mine“! Well, they released the MV for it and that makes if official.
The video features the School Gyrls (never heard of them till now) and truthfully it’s a pretty good collaboration. I am so happy the Wonder Girls finally moved away from the retro concept. It’s not that it wasn’t a good concept, but after 3 years or so it got really tiresome.
While I was listening to it, I realised that while SoHee and Lim have their voices digitized, Yenny and SunYe voices are 100% their own. The other thing that struck me was Yoobin rapping. So far she’s been known to rap only in Korean and this is the first time that I heard her rap in English.
I guess spending a year or two in America really improved their English and singing skills.
I could talk about the School Gyrls, but truthfully, I have this built-in mechanism that stops me from approaching anything that has the Nickelodeon stamp on it. I know I’m being silly, but the Wonder Girls debuted a long time ago and even if they will have a Nickelodeon movie (Wonder Girls at the Apollo) coming out this year, they were a kpop idol group first.
And for my two cents, well the song is okay but not great. As a fan I will support them, but as a music lover I really think they will just get washed away in the vast land of bands and groups that try to make their name in the American music market.
All I can say is that I am waiting for one song that will hook me as “Nobody” did.
9 January, 2012
So far, her acting hasn’t disappointed, as I enjoyed both movies.
7 Khoon Maaf isn’t your normal Bollywood movie. It has a strong influence of Hollywood in it. There are no item songs (there were only two songs and even those were’nt your normal Bollywood songs), the acting isn’t your regular Bollywood style, and even the plot isn’t so farfetched.
The movie is based Ruskin’s Bond short story “Susanna’s Seven Husbands” (which I would love to read if I could get my hands on it) and it focuses on Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes (played by Priyanka Chopra), a rich Anglo-Indian woman in search of a love that could compare to the one she shared with her father.
Yet she manages to pick all the wrong men.
After her father death, Susanna marries her first husband, Edwin Rodriques an Army Major played by Neil Nitin Mukesh. Unfortunately for Susanna, her first husband is crippled making him jealous and possessive. She endures a lot of mental torture (this could be seen as domestic abuse) but breaks down when Edwin blinds one of her loyal servants in a whip fight.
And this is when it all starts.
Susanna with her maid, butler and the horse keeper (who was blinded by Edwin) plan and kill Edwin on a hunting trip. At the funeral, Susanna meets her second husband played by John Abraham. And the cycle repeats itself.
You could say the movie focuses on Susanna’s personality, from her reluctance to kill to her madness. This is a very straight forward movie. It doesn’t have hidden plots, nor deep characters. It repeats itself until the main character decides that her ideal man is one that is already dead, that accepts her as she is and knows all about her sins. The final scene of the movie will definitely leave some eyebrows raised in the Christian community.
It wasn’t a Bollywood movie like I was expecting, but it was entertaining nonetheless.
Funny enough, this hasn’t satisfied my Bollywood need. I really do want to see a movie with lots of songs, with crazy characters, insane love triangles, twists and turns at every point and a lot of drama. I find that movies from recent years lack these traits that defined Bollywood in the first place.
I do hate reading about the movies I plan on seeing but I’m hoping I’ll pick a movie that will be better than this one.
9 January, 2012
The weather is really weird. I should be complaining about the cold, the heavy traffic because of the snowy roads and the fact I froze my butt off because I haven’t dressed properly.
Instead I get a very nice bus ride to work (I got a seat on a pretty empty bus), the traffic is OK and I’m dressed like its spring.
It’s such a shame not having a real winter.
I’m currently enjoying a really nice black coffee. I made a habit of making my own coffee at work, rather than buying it from the vending machine. Not only does it smell really good but the taste is amazing (Lavazza isn’t cheap but a pack for two weeks isn’t much).
I know I should not be writing, but I really cannot write here. It became a habit of mine and it’s pretty hard to break.
I am pretty happy to say that I managed to cross off some things off my resolution list. It’s as Lina said, almost half of the things on my list can be accomplished in a month or so. But I don’t want to turn this into a race; I want to enjoy each and every one of them.
So, I went to a club without whining and I actually enjoyed myself. First it was a special outing since it was Johnny’s name’s day (Ro: Sf. Ioan Botezatorul; En: Saint John the Baptist). Second we actually went with people that I like. And third, the club we went to was really cool, small but cool.
It was really awesome: good music, good people, and great atmosphere. What more could’ve I asked for? Well, I didn’t ask for anything more. I was enjoying myself so much I danced my poor legs till they were hurting so bad I couldn’t walk normally.
I must admit that the music in Player was better than the one in Maya. But, truthfully I didn’t enjoy myself there. It was the people that were there and the entertainment (porno midget should clear things up) that really wasn’t on my taste.
Even so, the outing was awesome.
I also crossed out the “wear a dress/skirt” resolution.
This weekend I also managed to squeeze in a Bollywood movie: 7 Khoon Maaf. 1 down, 9 more to go.
Did I mention I bought needles for knitting and I’ve been studying really closely on how to knit? Well I did my basic research and I don’t find it so hard. I wonder if I’ll keep my opinion once I actually get started.
So, all I can say is that I had a very busy weekend. For once it actually felt long. I also wanted to mention that I will be keeping “My week in photos” project; I’ll just post the pictures in the evening. I think that makes more sense.
6 January, 2012
My first two days at work were a complete disaster. Either I am too sensible to everything around me or everyone around me is a complete ass.
I’m thinking that the second option is the right one. I’m just not the sensible type.
This month will be pretty full for me. I know that my demeanour is pretty relaxed at the moment but don’t be fooled. My university exams start on the 28th this month.
Yup, I haven’t actually studied because I had to in, gosh many years. Heck even in high school I used to cheat at my exams. Yes I know that sounds bad, but still. I like learning things that I’m actually interested in.
22 more days to go till my first exam. What’s even worse is that my exams are during the weekend. But what can I do, I promised myself I will finish what I started.
But enough of this, I wanted to say that next week I’m starting 3-4 resolutions. But the most interesting one that will probably take me out of my comfort zone is “My week in photos“. Basically, I shall post only photos for an entire week. I’m actually anxious about the whole thing but we’ll see what comes out of it.
4 January, 2012
I think I would like this year to be as this song, soothing!
Now, I really want to watch a Boolywood movie.
4 January, 2012
I love the feeling of starting a new year. It feels like everything is possible and that I’m unstoppable.
Yet here I am back at work.
Oh well, I should’ve known when I first got hired that I’ll be working my butt off for the next 50 years of so.
2012 is great, so far. Even if we didn’t have a white Christmas, we had a great time during our vacation. We spent our holidays with our families, time with our friends, visited new places and went on new adventures. No wonder time passed so fast.
I could go into details but I fear my story telling skills just won’t do.
So, without dragging this any longer I hope you all have a great year, full with new opportunities and dreams.