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Pluto, Marlanu’ and Stitching

Pluto, Marlanu’ and stitching, make the best days off. I love spending time with my pets! I am pretty certain that they love spending time with me. We love to hang around, play, sleep and even do nothing, if possible. 

But mostly we love playing. 

It can be at home, when I am trying to browse the Internet for new stitching kits. 

 

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 Or, it can be outside.


 But my favorite moments is when I stitch and they just lay around. Those are the moments that define our relationship, and strengthen Johnny’s belief that we are all lazy bastards. I just think that he is jealous of us, since he has to work during the day.

Even so, I am happy they allow me to indulge in one of my favorite hobbies: stitching. It has been a long time since I finished something, and I am amazed that I managed to stitch for months at just one project. 

It might not look like much, but it is a pretty big stitching project. Truthfully, I was expecting to get bored of it in a couple of months. It seems that was not the case, and I have not worked on anything else. Hopefully, I will finish it till the end of summer. 

I am being realistic here, since I know that there might be times when I will not have the chance to touch it.

A much needed Bollywood dose

Watching a Bollywood movie takes time. Most of them are at least 2 hours long. Imagine watching 3 Bollywood movies, after being on the night shift.

Yep, that’s what I did. 

I just didn’t want to waste my day sleeping. Weekends are short enough as they are.

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The movie selection process was done completely random. Usually, I would look up one of my favorite actors and see what new releases they might have. This time, I just went with whatever I found available. 

I was not disappointed.

My first choice was “Kidnap” with Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan and Minissha Lamba. 

Sure enough, it had drama, action, eye candy (for both sexes) and the most important thing, a happy ending for everyone involved. Yep, a true Bollywood movie. Even the bad guy, Kabir Sharma played by Imran Khan) was off the hook for kidnapping Sonia (played by Minissha Lamba). 

The second choice was “I hate luv storys“. 

I think I picked this one because I liked Imran Khan in Kidnap. But, I also liked Sonam Kapoor in Saawariya. With this one the selection process was not so random. I must admit, I was just curious and I like pretty faces.

Usually, when looking for Bollywood romance I always go for old movies. All of them will be compared against “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” (my all time favorite). With “I hate luv storys” I had moments where I skipped forward. This usually happens when I just don’t have the patience for certain scenes. 

It was cute, but not cute enough. 

The last one I enjoyed! I really did. I stumbled on it, and I am glad I did. It was “Chalo Dilli“. 

It was cute and funny. It was relaxing and it had a train ride! It deserves more than what it has on IMDb. This lil gem actually made my day much better. I considered my time (almost 8 hours, with breaks included) well spent. 

What struck me, is that all of these movies are old. 

Chalo Dilli was the most recent one. It came out in 2011.

I really need to get my sh*t together. My life is revolved too much around work. It should be the other way around. I should work so I can live, not live to work. That and I really need a new job, something that has nothing to do with Customer Service, Sales or anything related (if possible).

Reply 1988

I finished watching Reply 1988 recently. I can honestly say, that this has been one of the best series that I’ve watched in a long time.

Reply 1988

Plot:

“In 1988, Duk-Sun (Hyeri), Jung-Hwan (Ryoo Joon-Yeol), Sun-Woo (Ko Gyung-Pyo) and Dong-Ryong (Lee Dong-Hwi) are high school students and Taek (Park Bo-Gum) is a go player. These five people have been friends since they were little kids. They all grew up together and are neighbors to this day. Their families are also very close to each other. They always hang around Taek’s room and spend time together.”

It was cute and funny, but it was also a bit sad. It made me miss my childhood friends. This is one of those series that tugs at the heart strings and makes you wish that you would’ve done things differently in life. It’s that good.

I admit, I only started watching it because it has one season (of 20 episodes). I wasn’t expecting each episode to last almost two hours. I thought it would be a nice way to fill my free time and relax. Instead, I cried my eyes out at the final episodes.

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“Time will always flow.
Everything will pass by.
Everything will age.
That might be why youth is beautiful.
It shines, blindingly bright, for just an instant.
But to it, you can never go back.
A time when many tears were shed.
The time of my youth was like that as well.”

— Sung Deok Sun – Reply 1988

I feel old now. I am 29 and I feel much older than that. All of my childhood friends have moved on and made a life of themselves. They followed their dreams and took their chances. I think this is how being left behind feels like. Sure, not all of us have the same aspirations and dreams. Some of us might be slower when taking decisions or might not be sure of what we want from life. But, it still feels sad.

Even feeling like that, I know for sure that I will re-watch Reply 1988. It is not a filler series for my free time, but a sweet reminder of times gone by. A reminder of what we had, what we are and what we can become.

“In the end, fate and destiny do not just happen out of coincidence. They are products of earnest, simple choices, that make up miraculous moments. Being resolute, making decisions without hesitation, that is what makes timing.”

— Jung-Hwan – Reply 1988

When your favorite idols fail you

How things change over the years.. I am not sure if I am in a rotten mood (because of reasons), or because I’m getting old (turning 29 next month), or because I cannot seem to enjoy certain things as I used to. For example, kpop is turning into a strange kind of music for me. Some of my favorite idols are coming up with songs that just leave me speechless.

Idol number 1:

Idol number 2 Kang Jiyoung

Former Kara member, Kang Jiyoung,  has debuted (in Japan!?) with a new song “Radio” which is in English

I am the only one that has the feeling she is yelling?! It doesn’t sound like signing, just constant yelling. It really hurts my ears and unfortunately, the video also hurts my eyes.

Her second song (from a total of 3, I might add), also in English, is a bit better than the one above.

I’m not sure in which direction she wants to go with her career, or what language for that matter, but I wish her the best (with the yelling and all).

Idol number 2:

Idol number 2 T-ARA Hyomin

T-ara Hyomin made a solo comeback just yesterday. When T-ara were in their prime, they shinned because they combined amazing vocals with amazing visuals. I swear those girls where the first ever group to combine the two perfectly. Yet, it feels that we were left with just the visuals and the vocals went on vacation.

This is one of the flattest songs I’ve ever heard!

 I know for a fact that Hyomin has a good voice and can use it. But why did she choose to make a comeback with her body instead of actual talent? From all the hype that surrounded her comeback, I was expecting more. In fact, I was expecting something along the lines of “Paradise Lost” from Gain.

Gain nailed it! Hyomin missed the mark by a long shot.

I dunno. There are others that I really liked and now I cannot stand their new songs or projects. Either my taste in music in changing, or the music itself is changing (and not for the best, in my case).

Also, it irritates me to no end how hard it is to find the latest single from Choshinsei. I swear, each time it takes me up to 2 hours just to find an updated website with info regarding them. I wish I would also find their YouTube channel; that would make things much easier for me.

India’s Frontier Railways

Watching BBC Documentaries: India’s Frontier Railways has become one of my favorite pastimes.

India's Frontier Railways

Each morning when I come home from work, I take the dog out, make coffee for Johnny and in some cases I do some cleaning.  But, before bed I watch TV, for half an hour or so. I’ve found that on TV1 (national television) they air documentaries. This is how I’ve become hooked on BBC documentaries about India.

I love India and its culture. It’s one more my favorite places in the world, with its good and bad parts. I’ve never traveled there and I hope that some day I will have the chance. It’s on my list, along with Japan and South Korea.

It relaxes me and it makes me forget about my daily responsibilities. The documentaries are slow paced and for me its very nostalgic. It’s been years since I’ve been on a train. Ever since Johnny got a car, we gave up on trains.

There are three parts out, and each is beautiful:

1. The Maitree Express

2. The Last Train in Nepal

3. The Samjhauta Express

I never thought I would be the kind who would enjoy documentaries so much. I guess it really matters the content of the said documentary. I’m sure, Johnny would not be as interested in them as much as I am.

There are other documentaries about India that have caught my attention and I plan on watching them. I also love the fact that I can enjoy them early morning, when is just me, Pluto and Marlanu’. They just sleep with me while I get to indulge in a few moments of relaxation. These are the moments that I cherish the most, the moments when you can relax and forget about your worries.

Last day of September!

Last day of September!

September

#3 months till 2015 ends. September came and went as fast. And what a better way to end a month than with nice catchy song from Supernova: “Moving On”.

The weather is gloomy and it’s cold.

Autumn leaves Autumn colors

It rained the last couple of days and I’ve made an important decision: I need to buy rubber boots. I do have a rain cape which is amazing. But I don’t have any footwear that would provide adequate protection for long walks.

The jackets from YesStyle should arrive next week (the latest). I’m 18 books behind my book challenge. I’m still a smoker. The house still needs constant cleaning and no updates have been made (either to the kitchen or anything else for the matter). I got my requested night shift. So, another 2 months of sleepless nights. Still no money in my savings account (I tried but failed this month).

Yet, I am currently happy.

While I am still behind on most things, I am making progress. I’ve almost finished the Inspector Morse collection by Collin Dexter. I don’t smoke that much anymore, and there are periods when I do not need / feel the need for a smoke. I’ve grasped a few things about my spending habits. I’ve also made good progress on my needlepoint project.

Pluto and my needlepoint Needlepoint WIP

‘ve not been idle this month. I also have a game plan for October and I will work hard, both at work and for my personal gain. After all, what better time to do so than in the gloomy months of Autumn.

I’m ending this September on a good note, and also with a lovely photo of Marlanu’ and Pluto.

Marlanu' and Pluto

Pay day = shopping day!

I got paid and I went shopping. Online shopping to be more precise. A new order was placed today on YesStyle by yours truly.

Shopping

Winter jackets was this year’s target and I think I did well. For $100 I got 3 jackets (two for Johnny and one for myself) and a notebook. The package should arrive at the end of this month and I just can’t wait.

Since I started work this summer I decided that each month I will try to buy certain clothing items to improve our wardrobe. Upgrade it, if possible. I’m not referring to expensive clothes, but to certain items that we don’t have, that we need or which are work related (like shirts, skirts, things like that).

Last winter I kinda ruined Johnny’s jackets since I used to wear them whenever I had to take Pluto out. And, of course a lot of dogs jumped on me. The jackets are not wearable anymore. Well, they are still wearable, but only for dog walking.

So, to make it up I bought him 2 jackets. I hope to God that the measurements are good. I bought him one which was on clearance (so there’s no way to return it).

Stand-Collar Single-Breasted Coat

There were mixed reviews on it, so I went with 2 sizes bigger. It was funny really, each size was with 1-2 cm bigger than the other one. I just wanted to make sure it fits him well. I think it’s more of a autumn jacket, but that’s still good. Because the other one is more suitable for winter.

Zip-Up Padded Jacket

I went with navy blue with this model. Again, the product had some mixed reviews and I went with a bigger size. I even measured Johnny’s old clothes to be sure I am buying the right thing.

And for myself, I went with a classic black jacket.

Faux Fur Trim Hooded Padded Jacket

I was really tempted to go with red or any other color. But, I’m not the kind of person who likes to stand out in a crowd so black suits me just fine. I couldn’t help myself, and I bought a notebook as well. It’s a really cute notebook and I’m sure I’ll find a purpose for it.

Embossed Small Diary

I guess I just can’t help myself when it comes to shopping. Now the money is gone from my account we can only wait for the products to come.

The only productive thing I can do in the meantime if to work hard to make more money for next month. I still have boots on my list.

Awesome gifts

The best way to start off the working week (I don’t start on Monday but on Wednesday) is with gifts from far away.

Remember my friend that I was proud of? Well, she came back from South Korea and she brought goodies with her. I kindly asked her to buy me anything! There are a lot of websites that mention the best souvenirs one can buy from South Korea, but I didn’t want her to waste her vacation on running around for souvenirs. So anything was fine with me.

I gave her 50 RON, which is about ₩14825 KRW (I really didn’t have much to spare at that time). She came back with a cute pair of socks (which I will never wear), a pencil case, a face mask and, of course, a key charm.

Gifts

The pencil case I will actually use it for my cables and small electronics (like my mp3 player, USB stick, and so on). The key charm I added it to a pouch that I received as a gift from another friend 2 years ago (when she traveled to Greece) and the face mask will be used on a special “me time” occasion.

That’s not all. There are more gifts. Yes, I call them gifts even if I paid for them. I can gift myself from time to time, can’t I?

It’s been a month since I placed the order for these 2 beauties. Truthfully, it was worth the wait and the money. I just picked up the first 2 volumes from “Real” by Takehiko Inoue.

Real by Takehiko Inoue

This might not seem much, but for me it means the world to be able to indulge myself in my hobbies. It gives me a boost whenever I go to work. After all, we shouldn’t work just to make a living but also to enjoy a little bit of life.

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Patrick from Spongebob

As a bonus, this little gift was from Johnny from our trip to Brasov

Feeling proud for my friend!

Yes, I’m feeling proud for my friend!

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One thing that I enjoy about me being back at work, is the fact that I’ve made new friends. There are a lot of interesting characters, with different hobbies and interests. And, by chance I was able to find someone with common hobbies! That’s a rare thing and I am really giddy about it.

This new friend is very much in love with the Korean culture.

She is very active in learning and pursuing her own interests (culture, language, and so on). She is on a different level than I am, and I couldn’t be more happy and proud of her. Proud that she is actively pursuing her goals and dreams.

She is currently in Korea! Yup. She’s participating in the World Samulnori Competition! I’m guessing she is having a lot of fun and seeing a lot of awesome things. I can’t wait for her to get back. I want details and amazing stories to be shared. Most likely, an outing is in order so we can enjoy ourselves better.

One thing I do know for sure, I’m probably gonna want to go all out as well. So, she’s going to be a good muse for me. That, and I also want to speak Korean and Japanese (need to get back to practicing).

Ahh, the joys of having a friend with common interests. That never happened to me before.

Hope, she’ll come back soon and I hope she had a great time there. HWAITING!

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T-ara – So crazy

Yesterday it was Wonder Girls with “I feel you”, today is T-ara with “So crazy”.

T-ara

This is week is getting better and better.

For the very first time we get to see two of the top kpop idol group perform at the same time. While, this means nothing much for outsiders, in Korea is a big deal. There will be comebacks stages, show appearances and the fight for the number one spot will be highlighted. That and Girls Generation already had a summer comeback with “Party” (another summer themed song with a cute video showcasing the girls). So, a lot of comparison and fan wars will be taking place in the next month (at least).

I’m just happy to see more singing activity from my favorite groups. While with “I feel you” from the Wonder Girls I needed some time to get used to it (maybe because I was missing Sun’s and YeEun strong vocals). With “So Crazy” from T-ara it was instant love.

I’m not sure if it’s from the cute concept of the song, but as usual it’s a catchy one. Another summer song to be added to the list. The theme of the video proves it. I am still waiting for a more serious theme (like “I go crazy because of you”) or a beautiful ballad (from both groups).

 There’s still one more comeback I am waiting for, and it’s not a girl group. In September, the guys from “Supernova” (ChoShinSung or ChoShinSei) will release their newest album. I know for sure they will have a few ballads thrown in there, and that makes everything much better.