Saturday, April 12, 2008

折り紙 と 書道 と日本 の 食べ物

Origami,caligraphy and japanese food! 美味しい!!

Today I could say was the Japanese Day.

The Romanian-Japanese Studies Centre organized, together with Hayashi Sensei and her friends, a great event. We made origami, we tried to write some kanji words using a caligraphy set and we ate some delicious Japanese sweets (the bread with nut filling was especially exquisite) made by our very talented Japanese guests(.... we brought the drinks...:).

What more can I say, it was a super day!

Many thanks to all who made it possible!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The answers lay within the music... :)

1. Put your music player on shuffle.
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make sense. NO CHEATING!
4. Bold the questions and with the answers, give your own comments on how it relatesto the questions

1. How are you feeling today?
Duelling Violins - Michael Flatley - "the rythm is right!"
2.Will you get far in life?
M'agapas S'agapw poli (Greek for: Do you love me? I love you so much) - Lefteris Pantazis - "it's all about love..."
3. How do your friends see you?
La vie en Rose - Richard Clayderman - "I wish we all saw life that way..."
4.Will you get married?
Chiquitita - Richard Clayderman - ABBA - "dear me! :)"
5.What is your best friend’s theme?
One way ticket - Eruption -"hope not!"
6. What is the story of your life?
All the things she said - Tatu - "SHE who??"
7. What was high school like?
Holiday - Mad'House - "oh yeah!! got that right! - didn't cheat, honestly!"
8. How can you get ahead in life?
Waiting for tonight - Jennifer Lopez - "great, so I'll just wait and see :)"
9. What is the best thing about your friends?
Hijo de la Luna - Loona - "they all are hijos de la luna - that's great!"
10. What is in store for this weekend?
Don't let me be misunderstood - Joe Cocker - "hmmmm..."
11. What song describes you?
Tu m'as promis - In Grid - "well... if he promised!"
12. To describe your grandparents?
N'oublie jamais - Joe Cocker - "I will never forget!"
13. How is your life going?
Jeanny - Falco - "I will always dream because there is someone who needs me"
14. What song will they play at your funeral?
Careless whisper - George Michael - "it's only a whisper is a sea of silence"
15. How does the world see you?
Woman in love - Barbara Steisand - "really?!?!?"
16. Will you have a happy life?
Tell me what you like - Jessica Jay - "that's all I need to know!"
17. Do people secretly lust after you?
Wherever you go - Richard Marx - "didn't know that! :)"
18. How can I make myself happy?
Kiss from a rose - Seal - "I have to find a rose!"
19. What should you do with your life?
Take my breath away - Berlin - "maybe I'll just go and visit Berlin!:)"

Great fun, great game! Care to try? :)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Earth Hour 2008 - my first post :)

We turned off the lights on March 29 for one hour. Well, it might have been an hour and some minutes...

I live in Bucharest, capital city of Romania and I am sorry to say that on my street, in my neighbourhood, lights were on everywhere. Not much publicity was made for this event and given the fact that here, if people are not told every second something, they hardly take the time to react, not many people joined the initiative...

Still, I turned off the lights, the computer and didn't use the microwave. From time to time I felt the impulse, or even the reflex, of turning on the light whenever I entered a room, although I had the candle in my hands.

We have some four or five blackouts here in Bucharest per year, so staying for one hour in the dark was not that unfamiliar. What was indeed strange was the fact that I could have switched on the TV any second and I didn't. I could have surffed the internet and I didn't. I could see no futher than the strech of my hand and the candle light and I didn't turned on the lights.

And it's such a great thing... being able to do all these and choosing not to do them.

And now imagine that some 20 years ago, in Romania people were living in the dark without having a choice...hmm...