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May. 15th, 2013

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There are times in the lives of even the most pessimistic ones among us when they can't help but feel overwhelmed by sensational optimism and hope that sweeps them off their feet and overcomes everything else, light that overcomes shadow.
No, the world hasn't become a more peaceful and better place overnight. BUT, just this time, how about we enjoy what there is to enjoy for a change?
Like this wild viridity that has taken over town. I'm happy that the luscious green all around me can make me happy! Don't hesitate, but take your time in appreciation of being here and now TODAY!
Well, today is one of these rare days for me. And the farmers' market experience was part of it. Finally, we had such an event in our small town as well! I was so glad and grateful that I was able to taste simple, local, organic foods and buy some from the people who actually produce them. I could talk to them and hear what the yogurt is made from and what the aronia jam is made from. I wish I could more often support these people for the efforts they make! I could taste goats' milk cheese at the bazaar today and well, it didn't have anything to do with the store bought! It was truly exciting to discover such products - typical of our culture, yet their real taste has been largely forgotten due to the inevitable industrialization of the food production. If you want some really good superfoods you don't need to go all the way to Latin America for quinoa and chia, seems that every traditional culture has its own powerhouses among foods!

Apr. 28th, 2013

Franz Ferdinand /the band, not the Austrian successor to the throne/

...Though can we really talk about them, without at least mentioning their godfather? I mean these Scottish boys seem so influenced by this period in Europe's history and even have a song about the assassination of the crown prince!

OK, I knew I like them ever since I listened to Take me out in 2005, for the bright mood of the song was soo catchy and irresistible, but it was not until now that I finally decided to give a listen to the whole Franz Ferdinand album /thank you youtube/. And it appealed to me more than I expected! Awesome, catchy, dance rock'n'roll at its best!

Good to know they are in the middle of recording new material!

On elections

Does being and MP candidate in BG mean to shout louder than the others?

Unfortunately it seems true here.
Yesterday I thought mom was watching some satiric tv show when I realized it was /supposed to be/ political debate...

Some random musings

The fire in the Bangladesh clothes factory did make me wonder:
Do the women who make our clothes go home safely?

I haven't really considered thus far where the clothes I have bought from shopping malls retailers come from, but seeing the ruins of the Dhaka factory and the people in there - rescuers and families, made me ask myself this question.

Or as M. Barbery wrote - to know it's an unfair world is not the same as to see it with your eyes.

I think from now on I'm going to prefer more often garments made here, than buy the Asia-made low quality items big retailers sell in their glam nice-smelling stores /at quite the prices on top of it/.
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May. 26th, 2012

Days go by...

I had some books in my small, but hopefully growing library, I had started to read but for various reasons left behind unfinished. So they were waiting for me to return to them and it seems the time to do this has come.
It felt like clearing out skeletons sitting in the closet, so to say, but was I glad I did so?
First was Kazuo Ishigro's Never let me go, which I've had since last summer, but didn't finish b/c I was studying for the TOEFL, then for the JLPT, then I don't remember what happened next. But finally, I got to reading it and it was a good book. Once again I was reminded of the great insight and subtlety Kazuo Ishigro possesses when it comes to portraying the ever so complicated humans' (and clones' alike) iteractions.
Next was Stephan Zweig's, hmph probably The Intoxication of Metamorphosis in English (this was one of the translations of the title I came across on the internet). I've had this book since 2008 and it's a shame it had to wait for 4 years till I picked it again. But I like to think that each book finds you at the right time to read it :-)) I was moved by Zweig's humanism so prominent against a background of Europe of the 1920-s still struggling to recover after the WWI.

On a more trivial note work was hell unleashed on Wednesday and I could only get through it thanks to the thought next days were official holidays (and to a few chocolate coconut drops) . Now I'm going to enjoy Sakamichi no Apollon in spite of this lingering feeling of guilt I'm watching the anime first, when I'm sure the manga is just as worth reading. Although a world apart from my most recent favourite Another, it is nevertheless as captivating and each episode looked forward to. 

Feb. 18th, 2012

End of Ice Age `12?

Finally it seems like the arctic chill that had us all in its tight grip since the end of January has loosened up a little. I would like to think that the worst of the winter is already behind our backs, but I am not so sure. Not with the mountains of snow piled on the streets and the knee-deep drifts. There's going to be sludge and mud all over town...
One of the very few good news this month: http://www.rose-relation.com/2011/en/ruiza.php
I'm soo looking forward to Ruiza's new mini album, while I'm getting more and more into the songs from Amenity gain, now that I had a good reason to listen to them again.

Jan. 21st, 2012

Winter :-\

Outside it's been snowing heavily all day long... And it most definitely doesn't feel like a fairy tale!
The almost snow-less winter so far was too good to be true *sigh*
Walking the snow covered streets is a real challenge for your boots and balance, too.

Dec. 10th, 2011

Exam's aftermath

...And another exam passed! JLPT N5 is already well behind my back! What am I going to do now that I don't have other exams to study for :-)) !? On another note I can't believe they really used a cassette and a cassette player for the listening on the JLPT, could have been better, but there's nothing to do about it now. It's worth mentioning how different the test questions were compared to the TOEFL and generally the different approach, trying to exclude subjectivity. While the latter asked you about the intention and the purpose of the speaker/author, JLPT surpisingly had more maths! Since this last Sunday it's been one hell of a hectic week, I can only hope that things will eventually slow down and I'll finally have some rest (my eyes espesially). Riding on the bus for five hours and then sitting for exam is not a good idea, next time we need better organisation. Anyway, as tiring as it was, it was also great fun.
We travelled with a group of high school students from the local school, where Sensei teaches and although I generally don't like being around so much younger kids, I've got to say their energy is astounding! From 5 am til 11 pm, they were in top shape, laughing and screaming all the time. Ma-an, I must be really getting old, when I get tired after a one-day trip.
JLPT has now passed and together with it another year is rolling to its end. It's been busy months and I find that I don't dislike it. But right now I am craving for some manga. I've been neglecting it for so long, I miss it. Not to forget anime as well. I think I'm going to watch more episodes of Un-Go, though I've seen better anime series. At least the ending theme is this fantastic tune - Lama's Fantasy!! I've been listening mostly to Joy Division these months (and some other bands from the time, before I was born). Isn't it amazing how rock music several decades old still sounds so good in 2011 and will probably do so in ten years, too! It's a pity they had such a short career...

Nov. 5th, 2011

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I've intended to update this journal for quite some time, but I couldn't get to it until now.
Been busy studying for the TOEFL in the last 2 months or so and now I have a whole lot of other things to take care of. At least it felt really rewarding.
On the other hand it's been a tough week with death in my family, busy first days of  the month at work and I still haven't completely recovered from that cold from last week.

Sep. 13th, 2011

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I still feel bad as I remember how I must have seemed like an outsider, and most definitely I felt like one. 

But to regret something you've never had, that's too much, it never was this worthy to begin with.

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