Category Archives: Hobbies

One day excursion

We just came back from our mini excursion to Targoviste.

Everyone said that we were crazy to go there since there aren’t many things to see. Well, it was really nice, clean, relaxing and the food was awesome.

It took us 40 minutes to get out of Bucharest (it wasn’t even the rush hour!) and one hour to get to Targoviste. The road was nice and we had no dramas. Well I had a mini drama at a gas station where I got stuck in the bathroom. But after a few minutes pushing and pulling I managed to free myself.

We went to the old ruins and Chindiei Watchtower and we were the only ones there. After months on interacting with so many people, over crowding and traffic in Bucharest, Targoviste was a breath of fresh air. My only complaint is that it started sunny then when we got up on the Chindiei Watchtower it got foggy and we could barely see the view.

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I really like mini excursions like this one. But there one downside: the coming back home! It took us 3 hours from Targoviste to Bucharest, one hour on the highway (where we saw an accident), and two hours to enter in Bucharest and get home. It was chaos!

At least we got home safe, that’s what matters. Hopefully I will get my drivers license and this year I will be able to have more trips.

3 generations

I can live without many things, but I cannot live without my music. These are my babies:

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3 generations in one place. Believe it or not they are all functional and it’s something, considering I’ve had the 2 gb Philips GoGear for 6 years, the 8 gb Sony Walkman for 4 years and the humble 32 gb iPod for 2 years now.

I must admit, nowadays I’m using more the Sony Walkman because it’s small, easy to use and if I happen to drop it I won’t cry my eyes out. The iPod is there only for audio books and the grandpa of the lot, the Philips GoGear, well he retired a long time ago. But, I’m thinking of using it now for foreign languages studies.

And with this occasion I realized I take care of my things. Feeling proud of myself.

47 Ronin

I missed Keanu Reeves! This was a movie that I was waiting for since the moment they announced its release.

When you watch the trailer and see the posters everywhere and they look so awesome, it gets you so hipped up it’s insane. Heck, it was a full house. Seriously, the cinema was full! There was no place left empty and we were lucky we had reservations made from the day before.

It looks awesome right?!?

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Well, the posters LIE!!! The guy with the tattoos had 2-3 lines and only a 3 min screen time, yet he is on every freaking poster and has no importance whatsoever to the plot. He’s just there because his appearance is eye catching. The Demon also has a few scenes, but again he’s not important to the plot. In fact, they should’ve put Hiroyuki Sanada (who plays Oishi), Tadanobu Asano (who plays Lord Kira) or Ko Shibasaki (who plays Mika) on the posters. They had a bigger part in the story and it would’ve been fair to us, the watchers.

It wasn’t fair, because I was expecting this amazing movie with awesome action scenes. It never happened. It was so straight forward it was sad. They could’ve done so much with the story. I was actually thinking they had two good options: either go for the traditional Japanese way of storytelling (for example the amazing “Seven Samurai” by Akira Kurosawa)  or they could’ve went full Hollywood and just add crazy action and amazing visuals. 

It wasn’t horrible, but it was not what they marketed. I do like watching trailers, but I feel this was the biggest deceit ever.

 

Oh well, I shall live…

Baby steps

Went to work today. I hated it! I had a hard time to find the will to get out of bed and just get ready for work. It’s not the morning shift, it’s not the people, it’s the job itself. It’s depressing and unrewarding.

Yet, I found a good spot and kept it throughout the day. Did my own thing and just pushed forward.

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Positive thoughts, taking action and baby steps towards my happy place. I shall soon find it, and I know I won’t be disappointed. Writing random thoughts on a notebook at the end of the day helps a lot.

Tomorrow I shall do something. I don’t know what, but I will do it. Just for the heck of it.

2014 List

The best project you’ll work on is you.

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It’s that time of the year.. I’ve been working on my 2014 list and truly I have no idea what I want from next year or myself. I’ve tried to make the same old lists but I don’t know what to add on them. So I’m just gonna leave this an open page and whenever I finish something that it’s wroth mentioning, I shall write it down. At the end of the year I will look over it just to see what meant something to me.

This way maybe I can realize what I want from myself or from life in general. Seems, like the best plan there is.

And on that note, I really do hope 2014 will bring major changes in my life and I hope I will be the one taking initiative.

TV Series finished: Malcom in the Middle

Books: List is here.

We got a dog aka Pluto.

We went to Italy.

I quit my job as I promised to myself.

We’ve become more independent (living on our own).

Enjoying the sunshine

Lately, going to work has become a challenge for me. I need to motivate myself. I’m actually giving myself a pep talk each time I go out the door. And it’s sad cause I’m not like that. I enjoy working, doing stuff, being active.

But, work an sometimes get to you and a good vacation is needed. Well, that will not happen this year. I have a mini vacation that I will have to enjoy it and that’s it.

So, for now I am enjoying the sunshine while it lasts, because I’m sure I’ll turn into a grinch at some point.

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Oh well, if all fails I can always turn to drinking ginger beer, right?!?

Fangirl mode on!

I have so many things to be happy about, yet just one thing gone wrong and my entire good mood went away. So, at the moment I’m trying to get back to my happy place.

I mean, I should be happy. I’ve seen a movie that I wanted to see since last year (when we saw the first part), I have a new game to play, new clothes, I’m free for Christmas and right now I am enjoying my weekend (which is in the middle of the week).

Saturday & Sunday were awesome on so many levels for me.

On Saturday, after work we went out. We had dinner at a chinese place and went to see “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“. I never knew I had a fangirl inside of me that just needed activation.

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First of all, the amount of screen time Kili received in the second part was incredible. They probably realized the power Aidan Turner has on the female population and took full advantage of it. I mean, I have his face on my phone screen. I’m not like this, I swear! But my good he has such a nice eye smile.

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*Instant death*

But back to the movie itself..

I was surprised to see that in the cinema there were parents with kids, old people, couples, friends. I mean this movie was for everyone. It was fun, it had a little bit of romance thrown in, a lot of action (the barrel scene was funny, Legolas being a ballerina and all that), drama and of course the ending that probably killed everyone since it will take another year for the third part to come out.

Still, at the end I heard some people saying they didn’t enjoy it. I was shocked, but then again I recognize the type. The ones that are never satisfied by anything, and always find something to complain about, so they don’t actually count.

Moving on, on Sunday we had a mini team building. It was fun to hang out with people from work. We had dinner, went to laser tag and even karting. There was no difference between us and the little kids that were running around in the arcade. Sometimes, I thought we were worse. Of course there were minor incidents, hitting each other, crashing the karts, little things like that.

We were supposed to also go to a movie, but it was getting late and some of us had work the next day and we just separated around midnight. That was the sad part, but we’ll have other team buildings not to worry.

Oh, and Christmas came early this year for me and Johnny. New clothes, including underwear and socks (it wouldn’t be Christmas without them), a new watch for Johnny, a PS3 for the both of us, and lots of games. My favorite is Kingdom Hearts.

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I used to play this game when I was in high school, but along the way I got addicted to it and they took it away from me. I can totally understand them, but now they have no power over me. I shall play till my heart is content, or till I get annoyed with a certain level that I can’t pass.

Overall, things are great. The fact that I won’t have a full vacation and won’t be able to celebrate the holidays properly shouldn’t count that much. I should try to get the best out of it.