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CityFemme – un proiect de fete destepte (stiu, pentru ca e vorba de prietena mea cea mai buna!) February 21, 2017

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Sunt aproape noua ani de cand am blogul – sunt departe vremurile acelea in care eram doar o studenta  venita din provincie sa invete jurnalism la Bucuresti. Intre timp am terminat facultatea, m-am mutat de destule ori dintr-o chirie in alta pana cand am gasit un loc caruia pot sa-i spun „acasa”. Mi-am schimbat si serviciul pe care l-am avut ani de zile, iar de cateva luni bune fiecare zi e o frumoasa provocare.

Sunt insa si cateva constante in toata aceasta ecuatie – sunt cateva persoane care mi-au fost alaturi inca din facultate, care fac parte din viata mea si acum pe care sunt sigura ca ma pot baza si in viitor. Una dintre ele este o prietena buna din facultate, care de ceva timp a decis sa inceapa un proiect personal – un site pentru femei numit CityFemme.com.

Am privit-o de la inceput, de la primii pasi timizi, de cand se plangea ca nu stie ce nume sa aleaga sau sa rezolve nu stiu ce probleme tehnice. Dar se apropie usor de jumatate de an de activitate, timp in care a crescut frumos. Acopera o multime de subiecte pentru femei – de la timp liber (recomandari de lectura, de filme, de evenimente) la moda, stil sau sanatate.

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Impreuna cu sora ei (alaturi de care a pornit acest proiect), cel doua au scris deja aproape 200 de articole, au facut niste concursuri dragute si au ajuns sa aiba si o pagina de facebook pe care o urmaresc zilnic.

Sper sa va placa si voua!

Aproape 4 ani!!! (plus concertul vietii mele) August 24, 2012

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Wow! A trecut o vesnicie (adica 4 ani) de cand am blogul si tot sunt nesimtita pentru ca nu mai scriu nimic nou. Recunosc, cheful de scris mi-a venit astazi dupa ce am vazut noul episod din Awkward si dupa discutia cu buna mea prietena, Oana. Ea, fata cuminte, s-a tinut de blog. Era cazul sa ii mai arat si eu putina atentie…macar odata la 4-5 luni. Tin sa spun ca urasc vremea asta imputita din Bucuresti si ca abia astept sa vina anotimpul meu preferat, toamna. Dar discutiile despre vreme nu au fost niciodata preferatele mele…

Pe vremea cand incepusem blogul asta, eram intre primul si al doilea an de facultate si credeam ca o sa ajung mare jurnalist si ca blogul ma va ajuta o tona. M-a ajutat un c***t! Dar tot e bine ca aveam un refugiu unde sa scriu ce-mi mai trece prin minte. Imi amintesc si acum vremurile din 2009 cand scriam despre Lady Gaga fiind an attention whore si cum vizualizarile pe blogul meu explodasera. Datorita ei am luat 10 la Jurnalism online! Inca o iubesc pe Gaga si inca regret ca nu am mers la concertul ei pe 16 august:( Poate am ratat ceva wow sau poate nu. Sper sa mai revina…

Cel mai tare concert din vara asta a fost, fara indoiala, al celor de la Garbage. Fiind un fan infocat de ani si ani…faptul ca Shirley si Duke s-au uitat direct la mine pentru cateva clipe in timpul concertului ma fac sa realizez ca nu m-am nascut degeaba. Concertul a fost perfect. Shirley Manson arata si canta demential si visul meu de o viata s-a indeplinit! Am stat in primul rand! A fost absolut divin. Ce ma deranja era ca am fost printre putinii fani care stiau varsta lui Shirley si versurile de la melodiile Garbage – mai ales a celor de pe noul album. Come on, people! De ce mai veniti la concert daca nu stiti nici macar versurile de la Blood for Poppies? Bine, astea sunt ganduri de fan inrait care simte ca merita sa fie acolo pe scena cu ei pentru ca nimeni nu e mai constient decat mine cat de tare e trupa Garbage. Am si cateva poze de la concert!

A fost ireal! Nu mi-a venit sa cred ca eram la 10 metri de cea mai tare cantareata din Univers si ca am ajuns in sfarsit sa ii vad live! Concertul a inceput cu melodia care-mi este ringtone: Automatic Systematic Habit si s-a incheiat cu Vow! Imi pare rau ca nu a fost mai lung si ca au anulat sesiunea de autografe promisa. Now that’s riding high on a deep depression! [fanii adevarati vor intelege!] Acum mai lipseste sa vina No Doubt si viata mea e completa!

In ultima perioada s-au intamplat si lucruri mai putin fericite, dar pentru acelea voi rezerva noi postari…

Long time no bloggin’…teacher and proud of it! May 22, 2011

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Wow! Am stat eu atâta fară să-mi exprim frustrarea legata de ceva anume? Ce s-o fi întâmplat cu mine? Am intrat azi să văd cât de mare fail e blogul meu la vizualizări și am fost șocată să văd că articolele mele în engleză încă au mare căutare. Mă bucur, ce să zic? De când n-am mai intrat pe wordpress, s-a schimbat și layout-ul!

Ce n-aș da să mai scriu articole gândite, șlefuite și super-documentate… păcat că nu am timp. Singurele chestii pe care le pot dezbate sunt condiționalele de tip 2 și 3 și explicarea diferenței dintre ele. Da, sunt maniacă cu gramatica limbii engleze și nu accept ca cei pe care îi învăț EU să nu le știe. Am descoperit cât de mult îmi iubesc actuala profesie (da, profesie și nu meserie). Eu n-am fost genul de om care să se atașeze de copii. Nu-mi plăceau copiii nici măcar când eram eu copil, dar în 8 luni de când lucrez cu ei, îmi sunt dragi ca și cum ar fi ai mei. Bine, logic că nu toți, mă refer aici la cei care vor ceva de la viață în afară de  “distracțieeeeeeeeeeeee frateeeeeeeeeeeeeee”!

De la început am fost de acord că a fi profesor mă va pregăti pentru rolul de viitor părinte și îmi va perfecționa cunoștințele de limba engleză. Acum realizez că sunt mai mult decât un robot care e programat să te învețe diferența dintre Past Simple și Past Perfect. Sunt un educator cu jumătate de normă. Unii copii chiar au ajuns să spună “Miss, venim și la anul, dar vrem să facem tot cu dvs…” Cum să nu te simți copleșită de astfel de cuvinte? Mi-e foarte drag de ei (de cei mici în mod special).

Ieri s-a oranizat examenul Young Learners of English. A fost copleșitor să știu că din 16 copii înscriși, 9 sunt de la grupele mele. Sunt mândră de ei că au avut suficient curaj să de acest examen. Au între 8 și 11 ani și s-au descurcat onorabil pentru primul examen de genul ăsta. Nu mă așteptam! Aveam încredere în ei, dar și un car de emoții. Abia aștept rezultatele! Păcat că va dura o lună până își primesc diplomele cu punctajul pe ele.

Sinceră să fiu, mă simt schimbată în bine de experiența de a fi profesor. Am căpătat mai multă răbdare, sunt mai “umană”, mă bucur mai mult la o vorbă bună pentru că știu că vine de la un copilaș cu suflet curat. Partea negativă e interacțiunea cu adolescenții. A fi profesor la niște adolescenți cu tupeu e mai greu decât să convingi rechinii să devină vegetarieni. Au mereu ceva ce-i distrage, nu pot fi atenți și nu foarte mulți pricep teoria din prima. Cum să le fi pe plac? Cum să învețe cu drag? Dacă e un profesor care citește asta, sfaturile sunt bine-venite!:)

All in all… îmi era dor de blog. Simt că stilul meu de a scrie se va schimba radical. Da, va fi rar și diferit. Sunt om cu responsabilități care nu are timp să se lege de orice căcat (mereu:D).

When role models go wrong… February 22, 2011

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When I was about thirteen I was, like other girls that age, looking for a role model. In music, in television…anywhere I could. In the spring of 2003 this girl was singing on TV about how some people can be down right complicated and that they should calm down and be who they are. Than won my heart and back in the day I was one of the biggest Avril Lavigne fans out there. She’s the celebrity that introduced me to hair straightening and I was very dissapointed because I couldn’t get that same result. Who knew there was such thing as a straightening iron? Anyway, enough about hair care and crap like that.

I loved Avril’s music, her style, her accent…I was a big fan and I memorized each line of her songs. I started writing lyrics that could go along with the music. Don’t ask me where those lyrics are now; it’s been a while! I used to say that Sk8er boi was and would always be my favourite song ever. And it’s true. I still love that song. Avril Lavigne was a trendsetter and an actual role model to me. Ever since she came onto the music scene, I starded straightening my hair as much as I could without a flat iron and started wearing ties with my shirts. And that trend caught on to the whole teen population. It was a good switch for girls to lose the trashy Spice Girls’ outfits and get avril-ized!

Avril once said in an interview that she would never like to be labled as a “pop chick” and that she’s a “full on rock chick”. Back in the day, she was the trendsetter for punk girls who wanted to express themselves through song. Having someone come and say that she didn’t want to be the new Britney Spears was awesome to hear. I believe that at that time only she and P!nk were the real rock chicks in the biz’.

I can honestly say that Avril Lavigne made my journey through my early teens a lot easier. She was a bold young lady that wasn’t afraid to express herself. In 2004 she released her second album, Under My Skin. That album was beyond amazing and the songs on it were actually passages from her diary. Her look was more goth like, but she was still apreciated. I was still her biggest fan. I can remember my Avril wall back at home filled with photos of her. Yes, I used to me a mega fan. I was also a big fan of Sum 41 and to hear that Avril and the band’s frontman, Derrick Wembley were dating, made me happy for both of them. When I saw a news segment on MTV on their marriage I was left in awe. They were perfect for eachother! Too bad they broke up a few years later.

Not too much time flew by and Avril started becoming the one thing she sweared she hated: the new Britney Spears. She posed for Maxim magazine three times now. That’s not the Avril Lavigne that I knew and apreciated.The fact that she started showing more and more skin was dissapointing. I know, I know…she grew up and all, but that’s not staying true to yourself! It’s indeed a big step to go from this:

to this:

And also a sad step. Avril is now known as one of the sexiest women in showbiz. Was that what she really wanted from the beginning? I mean, yes, it’s flattering and all, but girls these days should focus less on their damn looks and stay true to what they believe in. I know this sounds cliche as hell, but it’s true! Less cleavage, more attitude! At least that’s what the old Avril used to embrace! And yes, there was an old Avril and a new one. The old Avril sang from her heart and the new one is too superficial in her lyrics. The music is catchy as hell. It’s almost like a guily pleasure, but “You say that I’m messing with your head/ All ’cause I was making out with your friends”? Come on, would 2003 Avril sing such a thing?

I still love her, but there was no evolution. She indeed must be making more money with the product placement and the self image she didn’t want to promote. But that doesn’t define Avril Lavigne to me! I don’t hate her, but I believe there’s still time for her to go back to her rock chick roots!

Until then, I’ll stick to my cartoon role models!

Pop’s never gonna die. And here are some reasons… December 26, 2010

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Pop music is the first kind of music that gets stuck in your head. We can all admit to that. If we try and relate pop music to a person, we’ll all say: Lady Gaga! And why is that? Because she stands out with her outfits and make up. Why most pop icons such as Lady Gaga catch your eye with looks, pop music catches your ears with the funky beat and catchy tune. Usually, when I find myself humming, it’s always a pop song. Of course, I love rock and country even more, but there’s something about pop music that I just can’t get out of my head. Is it even funny that that’s the name of a famous pop song? 2001’s “Can’t get you out of my head” by Kylie Minogue was the answer I was looking for. So it seems that pop is so popular that it even has a song dedicated to its addictiveness.

Usually, people judge commercially recorded music and I don’t blame them. But why would more and more meaningless lyrics be more loved that deep lyrics that we find in rock and country music? Because of the music! Take Justin Bieber for instance. Everybody seems to hate his guts, but his music is successfull because of its beat. People listen to it, love it or hate it, but still come back to listen to it again. It’s like a reassurement. Do they hate it but secretly indulge in it or do they actually love it and don’t realize it? I blame myself for that. Back in 1999, there was some kind of competition between the pop princesses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. I was on team Christina, but that didn’t mean I hated Britney Spears. I just wanted to be part of something. That was team Christina. And this brings me to another motive why pop’s never going to die.

Kids want to look up to someone. They need a role model. If it’s not their parents, it’s a pop star. I remember when I was younger, I looked up to the famous pop stars bacause they had everything: fame, fortune and people who loved them. That was my conception back then. Now I wouldn’t want that. Oh well, maybe I’d keep the fortune, because we all need to make a living somehow, right?

Pop music represents all kinds of dreams. For instance, a lot of girls would want to date a member of a pop group or a solo male vocalist. Who can forget how many girls wanted Justin Timberlake or Nick Carter to be their boyfriends? Now those shoes have been filled by Justin Bieber and… hmm, I guess I’m behind on that subject having considered that all fangirls these days only want him. Come to think of it, we don’t really have boy pop groups, do we?

Nowadays, there are a few pop icons that serve as role models for both girls and boys. Ke$ha, Vanessa Hudgens and Lindsay Lohan are certainly out of the question. I guess that a good pop icon is one that can refrain from showing her underwear. Whoever finds that person, give me a comment on this blog post, please! Thinking this troughly, I can’t find a pop star who would be able to keep her clothes on and her ass out of rehab (No, not even you, Miley Cyrus! Pole dancing desqualifies you instantly). Maybe someone like Vanessa Carlton, Michelle Branch, P!nk, Nelly Furtado or Kelly Clarkson are the ones that make good role models in pop culture. I know that most people don’t even remember the first two and that Nelly Furtado had one skanky song, but we let her get away with it (“Promiscous girl”- remember that one?).

MTV has been the creator of pop sensations worldwide.  Without The Music Television we wouldn’t know what’s hot and what’s not and who’s in and out of the pop industry. I grew up with MTV and separated the good from the bad. MTV had awesome TV shows in the late ’90s but lost its touch in the late 2000s. Yes, I’m reffering to Daria/Beavis and Butthead versus Jersey Shore/16 and pregnant. That was then and this is dumb! It’s sad to see that we’re not evolving into something smarter. It’s sad to see that pop culture today is negative culture.

It’s 2010 and the biggest pop sensation these days is, without a doubt, Lady Gaga. But is she a good role model? Sure, she’s crazy- genius, but I think she’s trying too hard. It’s a shame you can’t have pop without all the flash and trash on you. People wouldn’t even recognize her without all the wigs, glitter and crazy make up. I’d love to see her perform without all these accessories. For all I know, she would take this message literaly and sing naked, dressed only in her voice. Be that as it may, I’ll hear about it on the news and see the new twist in pop culture.

No wonder pop is the abreviation of  “popular”. Whoever gates the most love/hate, that’s the most popular person, or in this case, the biggest pop star. All in all, pop culture is somewhat like high school. The attention whores are popular and the ones who mind their own business will soon be forgotten. Does anyone even remember great singers like Michelle Branch or does she have to strip to get attention? Come to think of it, I think she already did.

I thought so!

 

Să-mi trăiești, blogule!:) September 4, 2010

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My Own Moon crește văzând cu ochii. Întâmplător am verificat de când am început să postez și am văzut “5 septembrie 2008”. Până acum nu am serbat ziua blogului și rău îmi pare. Îmi iau revanșa pe 5 septembrie 2010 când propria mea lună împlinește doi anișori. Sincer, nu știu când a trecut timpul. Mă simt ca un părinte care e mândru de copilul lui pentru că a realizat firescul: a strâns ceva ani la bord.

Când am început să scriu pe blog, nu prea vroiam ca multă lume să știe de el pentru că nu eram stăpână pe mine și pe ce postam aici. Inițial, vroiam să fie un blog în limba engleză și mă gândeam că nimeni nu se va prinde că sunt eu cea care postează. Mare prostie, pentru că oricum lumea mă știa fană Sailor Moon, lunatică și ca Miss Brightside, deci “secretul” meu era dat în vileag numai de numele blogului. Articolele mele de la început nu erau prea ample, ba aveam zile în care doar postam un filmuleț interesant de pe youtube. Alteori postam desene de-ale mele. Totuși ideea de blog nu era suficient de bine conturată pentru mine. La un moment dat, l-am făcut public. A fost ok pentru că lumea tot nu îl citea, dar nici eu nu prea postam.

Oana lansase o leapșă prin care să vorbim despre prietenele noastre și de ce le iubim. Fusese pentru prima dată când scriam în română și am primit feedback pozitiv. Țin minte că după ce am scris acea postare, am primit cele mai multe vizualizări, 92. Pentru mine era foarte mult pe vremea aia, în iunie 2009. După aceea, am continuat să scriu atât în engleză, cât și în română. Mă atașasem de lumea virtuală unde puteam vorbi fără să fiu întreruptă. Pentru mine conta treaba asta, deoarece oamenii au darul enervant de a mă întrerupe când povestesc ceva. Așadar, un blog mi-a venit mânușă! Știu, sunt o tristă din cauza asta, dar mai bine o tristă cu blog decât o tristă fără niciun refugiu!

În iulie 2009 am început să-mi încerc norocul la diverse concursuri care au avut loc în blogosferă. Unul din ele presupunea să vorbim despre desenul copilăriei noastre. Nu am câștigat concursul, dar am primit feedback pozitiv în urma publicării articolului despre Sailor Moon. Eroina mea a devenit lait-motivul blogului, într-un fel sau altul. Credeam că majoritatea articolelor publicate vor avea legătură cu Sailor Moon. Într-adevăr, multe au avut, dar majoritatea au fost frustrări post-adolescentine, desene, poze cu pisoi, recenzii de videoclipuri sau emisiuni tv preferate. Până la urmă, blogul nu a avut o temă anume. Era blogul meu unde eu scriam despre tot ce mă tăia capul. Un alt concurs la care am participat cu mare succes a fost “Artistul meu preferat”, organizat de hotcity.ro. Am scris un articol despre geniala Kelly Clarkson, articol care mi-a adus ca premiu cartea “Michael Jackson – Legend, Hero, Icon. A Tribute to the King of Pop”. Mulțumesc, HotCity!

Cine mă cunoaște de când vârsta mea începea cu cifra 1 știe că am un tic verbal când ceva mă enervează sau pur și simplu nu iese cum vreau eu. Acel tic e cuvântul “căcat”, care s-a regăsit și în tagurile din dreapta. Unele lucruri par să nu se schimbe niciodată; nici când se presupune că te maturizezi. Alte subiecte pe care ador să le abordez sunt ce prostii mai fac vedetele din afară sau din țară. Astfel, pasiunea mea pentru jurnalismul de entertainment s-a accentuat și mai mult și sper să am ocazia să îmi văd articolele în reviste de profil. Nu îmi place să scriu neapărat de rău de oameni. Sunt și unele ființe pe care le admir pentru ceea ce fac și acele persoane merită locul lor special în rubrica “Web Inspiration”. Acolo redactez articole în engleză despre oamenii de pe youtube, de regulă, care fac carieră din pasiunea lor. Într-o zi vreau să ajung și eu ca acești oameni. Nu îi numesc degeaba inspirații!

Blogul m-a ajutat să mă exprim mult mai ușor prin scris, mai ceva ca un jurnal. Deși nu împărtășesc idei/probleme/situații foarte intime, blogul e net superior jurnalului, cel puțin din perspectiva mea. Sună ciudat, dar simt că aici pot colora cum vreau situațiile și povestirile.

Cred că e suficientă retrospectivă după doi ani. Pentru alte detalii, citiți și restul articolelor!:) Vreau să le mulțumesc celor care mă citesc. Îmi dați senzația că nu vorbesc singură și că alocați câteva minute să lecturați gândurile mele transpuse aici. Mi-ar plăcea ca lumea să comenteze mai des. Un pic de feedback nu strică niciodată!

În concluzie…La mulți ani, blogule! Să-mi trăiești și să dea domnu să nu mă părăsească inspirația, că tare îmi place să scriu aici!:)

Favourite TV shows #2: Daria August 28, 2010

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Everytime I hear Splendora’s “You’re standing on my neck” I know an awesome episode of “Daria” is just about to begin. I remember watching this show on TV when we had the good MTV in Romania, but I didn’t have enough wit or knew enough English to understand the jokes. It’s been a week or two since I started watching the show and I already miss it. You guessed it! I finished it and I regret it. The show originally aired on MTV from 1997 to 2002. The series included five seasons and two Daria specials “Is it fall yet?” and “Is it college yet?”.

I’m trying to say something more original that “I just love this show!”, but it’s so hard, taking into consideration the genius within it! Any show that emanates girl power as subtle yet strong like “Daria” does… now that’s a show I could consider my favourite! The character of Daria is not  your average teenager. She is the kind of girl that doesn’t fit in but manages to get by with her dry wit and sarcasm. Daria Morgendorffer is the definition of teen misfit and she uses her sharp tongue to attack superficiality and shallowness. Her parents (Hellen and Jake) are overachieving businessmen and her sister Quinn is the IT girl at Lawndale High. To them, Daria is not a normal girl and they often felt rather embarresed by her. Quinn didn’t reffer to her as her sister until the season finale and, until then, Daria was either “the adopted kid” or her cousin. Her parents, especially Hellen, wanted Daria to engage in extracurricular activities to boost her social skills and to look good on her college application.

Daria wears rounded, thick glasses and shapeless, earth toned clothes to match her down to earth personality. Her monotone voice perfectly matched her two cents on life. She never laughed during the show, mildly smiling when something went her way or when her sister Quinn was in some kind of trouble. The only times when Daria would raise her voice a little more were when she was trying to put forward a strong argument or when she would fight with people around her. Even when she is excited, Daria would have the same monotone voice that we all know and love.

To me, Daria is like a ’90s super hero without a cape. Her graduation speech in “Is it College yet?” made me realize that:

Um… thank you. I’m not much for public speaking, or much for speaking, or, come to think of it, much for the public. And I’m not very good at lying. So let me just say that, in my experience, high school sucks. If I had to do it all over again, I’d have started advanced placement classes in preschool so I could go from eighth grade straight to college. However, given the unalterable fact that high school sucks, I’d like to add that if you’re lucky enough to have a good friend and a family that cares, it doesn’t have to suck quite as much. Otherwise, my advice is: stand firm for what you believe in, until and unless logic and experience prove you wrong; remember, when the emperor looks naked, the emperor is naked; the truth and a lie are not “sort of the same thing”; and there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can’t be improved with pizza. Thank you.

I wonder where was this speech when I was graduating? These are true pearls of wisdom that should be passed on from generation to generation. This speech was enough of an argument to prove that Daria Morgendorffer is my hero!

Like any super hero, Daria had a sidekick: her best friend Jane Lane. Like Daria, Jane wasn’t popular and she was also proud to have low self esteem. The two classmates met in Timothy O’Neil’s self esteem class in the first episode of the series, Esteemsters. Jane is an open-minded artist who, like Daria, hates the shalowness of the ones around her and who treats life with cynism and sarcasm. The two never show much friendly affection throughout the show, but their bond is strong enough to maintain the relationship through college as well.

Daria had a crush on Jane’s older brother, Trent and I was hoping they would end up together eventually. After Daria immagined how life with slacker extraordinaire Trent would be, she eventually got over her crush. The two never actually went on a date or even kissed, but there was definite chemistry between them and the writers should have given them a chance. I was hoping to see an on screen teen couple and an expantion of the Lane family. Daria and Jane would have become sisters-in-law and her and Trent would have made a lot of Daria fans happy. It would have been great to see the geeky girl end up with the much older rocker with the tatoos and piercings, the lead singer of Mystic Spiral. That’s like a high school-ish dream that never came true.

Instead, Daria dated Tom Sloane, Jane’s former boyfriend. Tom cheated on Jane with her best friend. This brought tension between Daria and Jane, tension that we could easily see during the last season of the show. Whenever Daria had a problem with Tom, Jane would ironically remind her that he’s her ex or something like that. The tension wasn’t eliminated, not even when Jane suggested Daria should give Tom a chance. They were together until the season finale, but Daria didn’t seem to have those butterflies in her stomach that she had when she had her crush on Trent. Tom was a bright young man that came from a rich family. He cared for Daria, but it didn’t seem to be enough. They eventually split in “Is it College yet?” when Tom got into Bromwell University by nepotism and Daria was rejected. Daria was the one to call it quits with Tom and Jane was proud of her.

I loved this show so very much, but I don’t understand why Tom had to be in the picture. I believe he was a good first relationship for Daria, due to the fact that they were both on the same page of intelligence, but he didn’t seem to have much of a personality. He seemed more like the cardboard cheater that lacks in personality, but could be a one season boyfriend. Daria needed someone with personality, not just brains and money. It was cool that he could accept her negativity and misantrophy, but the first boyfriend never seems to be “The One”.

Daria and Jane headed for the same town for college and maybe there each of them found true love. I said each of them, not both of them to be clear that the Tom episode should never to be repeated. For Daria’s sake, I hope Trent matures enough to become her love interest once again and maybe, after college they will end up together and pick up where they left off.

As you can see, I’m a romantic at heart and I want the main character to end up with Mister Right. And if Trent wasn’t “The One” during the five seasons, maybe he’ll become more mature, have a real career and end up with Daria and all us romantics would get the happy ending we were hoping for.

Daria reminded me that high school sucked and that being popular was never a plus. Having one true friend, a family that supports you, more or less, is the key to a path of success. I’m happy I survived four years of high school and I’m actually happy I have Daria to thank that she made geeks with glasses cool!

A herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plains is what I see too when I don’t want to accept the crap around me. Thank you MTV! Thank you Daria!

Când eram mică, voiam să fiu reporter… August 21, 2010

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22 de ani și într-o continuă îmbătrânire. Asta-s eu. Când eram mică, aveam impresia că pe la vârsta asta o să realizez ceva. Un lucru dubios peste care am trecut e că pe la 10 ani credeam că la 20 o să mor. Evident, treaba asta nu s-a întâmplat, dar mă intrigă de ce mintea mea de copil presimțea asemenea tragedii. În ciuda gândurilor gri, aveam și ambiții. Vroiam să fiu prima persoană care ajunge pe Pluto și nu-mi păsa că dura 16 ani să fac asta. Pe vremea aia nici nu trăisem 16 și aveam de gând să îi petrec pe un drum în spațiu. Pe vremea aia nu era așa greu să nu gândești. Acum chestia asta mi se pare imposibilă. Uneori am impresia că gândesc prea mult.

Spre exemplu, dacă mi se întâmplă un lucru bun, imediat încerc să găsesc aspectele care vor transforma acel lucru în ceva negativ. Treaba asta a devenit un reflex. Fie că reacționez așa din instinct, fie că se găsește cineva să mă descurajeze (și mereu se găsește!) tot voi privi cu o mare doză de scepticism acel lucru bun. Ori mă înconjor de oameni care au permanent ceva cu mine și nu vor să mă vadă fericită (m-am născut pe lângă unii din ei, deci nu am cum să scap  așa ușor), ori am prins virusul pesimismului în perioada pubertății și nu am scăpat de el nici acum.

Mulți oameni (ca să nu mai zic “copii”) de vârsta mea fie sunt căsătoriți, fie cu cariere. Eu n-am niciuna din astea două. Eu n-am nici măcar un job, care e anterior carierei. Credeam că pe la 22 de ani o să am casa mea și un loc de muncă ce îmi va aduce satisfacții. Partea tristă e că încă locuiesc cu părinții care mă pisează la cap să fac ceva cu viața mea. Amuzant e că tot ei nu-mi oferă libertatea necesară să aleg ceea ce vreau să fac. Se cam bat cap în cap conceptele astea. Ei s-au săturat de mine, eu m-am săturat de ei, dar tot nu mă lasă să îmi croiesc eu drumul.

M-am întors în Râmnicu Vâlcea, unul din cele mai plictisitoare locuri de pe planetă, după trei ani de facultate în București. Ăsta nu e vis. E cel mai urât coșmar pe care l-am putut avea vreodată! Nu exagerez, pentru că am îndrăznit să visez că voi rămâne în București pentru a putea pleca, ulterior, într-o altă țară. Faptul că am regresat mă face să numesc venirea mea înapoi în Vâlcea, un coșmar. Evident, se va găsi cineva să îmi spune “Va fi bine!”, dar al naibii dacă se găsește vreodată cineva să-mi întindă mâna și să îmi oferă acel bine pe care-l promite. Persoanele care au tupeul să promită că va fi bine sunt niște ipocriți care vor să scape de tine. Prefer un “Îmi pare rău că viața ta e de căcat!” sincer decât un “Va fi bine!” clișeistic.

Întrebarea clasică în grădiniță și școala generală era “Ce vrei să te faci când o să fii mare?”. Cei din jurul meu răspundeau răspunsurile bășite: doctor, avocat sau astronaut. Recunosc că la un moment dat mă bătea și pe mine gândul să fiu astronaut, dar răspunsul meu la întrebare era “reporter”. Modelul meu de pe atunci era Peggy Brandt din “The Mask”. Ceea ce făcea ea părea similar cu stilul de viață pe care mi l-aș fi dorit și eu. Asta era gândirea mea în grădiniță și în școala generală. În liceu aveam alte probleme, cum ar fi să trec la matematică și fizică. În ultimul an am decis să-mi încerc norocul la jurnalism, dacă tot a fost ăsta visul copilăriei mele. Acum, îmi caut job în jurnalism ca să pot să fac cariera mult visată!

Am un vis pe cale de împlinire. Totul depinde de o anume zi! Să fie cu noroc!

My favourite TV shows #1: Friends July 25, 2010

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Where do I even start? I love a lot of TV shows and each of them makes me chortle or cry, because I like extremes- both emotional and hilarious. Also, if a show has great music in it, consider me a fan already! This is the first episode of this series.

Friends

This show makes me laugh every time! Who can ever forget Joey’s “How you doin’?” catch phrase? I once saw a medley of him saying that and, boy, was it funny! Each Friends character is unique in its own way and they need one another to mentain the amuzing situations. Monica is obsessed with cleaning, Ross is known as the nerdy divorcer, Rachel is the spoiled popular girl, Pheobe is the psyhic musician, Joey the Casanova doofus and Chandler is the one who cracks jokes when he’s unconfortable.

Friends aired for 10 years, from 1994 to 2004 and it guarantees 20 to 22 minutes of laughter for every episode. The show isn’t only funny, but very relatable. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, there is certainly a Friends character you can see yourself in. I, for one, see myself as Chandler Bing, the one with a messed up family and a satirical sense of humour who makes jokes in akward situations. One of my best friends relates more to Joey Tribbiani, with her love for food, acting and the abuse of the “How you doin’?” line. In the show, Joey and Chandler were roomates and also best friends, so I can understand how she and I clicked.

There isn’t a Friends character I don’t love. I love Rachel Green for her her evolution throughout the show. In the beginning, she was the spoiled “daddy’s girl”, but till the end of the show she made a career in fashion, had a baby with Ross, the one she had an on/off relationship for the entire 10 seasons. Ross has had a crush on Rachel during her high school days, when he was in college and Rachel was Monica’s best friend. Ross was married to Carol, who turned out to be a lesbian. The two had a son named Ben. Ross never got over Rachel. Therefore, in season 4, Ross marries Emily, his British girlfriend.  At the ceremony, however, Ross says Rachel’s name instead of Emily’s during the vows. And there you have divorce number two! The third divorce occured after marying Rachel while both of them were drunk in Vegas.

Monica Geller is Ross’s little sister and Chandler’s wife as of season 7. Monica used to be overweight during her teenage years and she was constantly made fun of for that. She often felt neglected by her family. Her parents never thought she would end up getting married, so the “Monica Wedding Fund” was spent on the family beach house, even though her mother always nagged her about getting married. In the group, she is known as the Mother Hen and her apartment is one of the six friends’  main gathering places. Her husband-to-be suggested that she should become a chef, and that was her job until the season finale. Monica always wanted a family and children, but both her and Chandler were infertile so they decided to adopt. They eventually adopted twins- Erica and Jack Bing. The girl was named after the birth mother and the boy after Monica’s father.

One of the funnies moments of the pre-couple Monica and Chandler that made me chortle:

One of the sweetest people on this show was Pheobe. I say sweet because she seems to be like a kid that never wants to grow up, but she also has her moments of wisdom. She had a rough childhood and lived on the streets until the age of 13 when her mother had killed herself. Pheobe also has a twin sister, Ursula and a half brother, Frank. Her relationship with her twin sister was never really close. On the other hand, she gets to bond more with little brother Frank when she accepts to be the surrogate mother for his and his wife’s triplets: Chandler, Frank Jr Jr and Leslie. While pregnant, she enjoyed seeing people’s reactions after telling them, “I’m having my brother’s children”. Pheobe is a masseuse and a self taught musician. Her hit song on the show was “Smelly cat”, that becomes both a jingle for a kitty litter commercial (performed by another singer) and a serious commercial release (also not sung by her). Pheobe is a vegetarian and  does not eat “food with a face”. She is also against wearing fur coats, though she believes to look good in them. In season 10 she marries Mike Hannigan, whom she was introduced to by Joey in season 9.

Joey Tribbiani is a simple minded actor who played Dr. Drake Ramoray on Days of Our Lives and always reminded people about that role when he wanted to get noticed or impress someone. Joey comes fron an Italian American family of 8, of which he was the only male. Joey is a “stereotypical” actor: oversexed, under-educated and constantly looking for work. He was ordained as a minister in The One with the Truth About London, and officiated at both Monica and Chandler and Phoebe and Mike’s weddings. Joey was Chandler’s roomate until Chandler moved in with Monica. While living together, they bought a chick and a duck together, whom Chandler had named Yasmine and Dick, respectively. Joey had a one week fling with Rachel, but they decided to be just friends at the end. Joey’s famous pickup line was “How you doin’?” that worked almost every time on the ladies he was flirting with. Unfortunately, it didn’t work on Chandler:

He was the only one of the 6 friends that remained unmarried and he had his own show “Joey” where he pursues his acting career in Hollywood.

Now it’s time to talk in more detail about Chandler Bing, my personal favourite character of the show. I relate to him the most because I also try to make a joke when I’m unconfortable and I also hate social situations when I have nothing to say. Chandler comes from a disfunctional family. His dad was a transvestite who slept with a servant when Chandler was a kid. The fact that Charles Bing became gay led to Chandler’s parents divorcing. Chandler’s famous catchphrase is  “Could I be more…?” with emphasys on the “be”. Throughout the show, Chandler claims he started using humor as a defense mechanism when his parents broke up, and tends to make jokes when he is nervous. Chandler’s middle name is Muriel and he often got picked on because of it. He claimed it was a family name coming from his father’s part of the family.

This is one of the best Chandler Bing moments ever, in my opinion:

All in all, Friends is one of the best shows that had ever aired. It made me realize that humour is a great way to get trough life and that friends are the ones who make your life worth wile. I dedicate this post to all my real friends!

Web Inspiration #2: Michelle Phan July 17, 2010

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“Success comes in cans, not cant’s”  is what number 1 beauty guru Michelle Phan says on her youtube page. Maybe that was her motto when she started posting beauty tutorials, back in 2007.

Vietnamese-American make up artist  Michelle Phan is one of the most beautiful girls on the web and her dream is “to help women empower themselves with this art, makeup”. Another beautiful quote that Michelle shared on her page was “Are you chasing your dreams? Or are your dreams chasing you?”. Michelle started posting videos recorded by her MacBook three years ago and now one of her dreams of becoming a professional make up artist has come true. So her quote may have something to do with her career going through the roof. From posting low quality videos (and I’m not talking about the content quality) to becoming Lancôme’s first video make-up artist takes a lot of work and perseverce, and Michelle had it!

As a long time subscriber and supporter of her channel, I am very happy for her! Too bad other people trash her channel with comments like “You’ve changed, you are a sellout!” or “Lancôme is expensive and they test on animals!”. I know Michelle is a big animal lover and would never advertise for a brand that tests on animals, so people should really stop judging her choice to support this brand. It was her dream and no Internet bully should say what she would do or not! In her “My Exciting News!” video she seems so happy about her dream coming true and she explains what being the first Lancôme video make up artist implies. I’m happy if she’s happy! This is any young girl’s dream and she made it there! Good for her!

Michelle’s page has almost 200 milion upload views and she is the first most subscribed guru on youtube. With over 800.000 subscribers it’s clear that her dreams are starting to chase her. Michelle Phan doesn’t let all the fame get to her. She also has a charity channel where she posts bloopers from her tutorials and “Every month, a selected charity from the viewer’s request will receive all of the profit accumulated from this channel”. Not only beautiful, but also kind and generous! That’s the Michelle Phan youtube knows and loves!

Why is she my web inspiration? Because ever since I started doing my make up following her advice, I feel more confident and I don’t consider myself that ugly anymore. I was pleasently surprised when Michelle did a Sailor Moon tutorial. Sailor Moon is my childhood hero and I never thought you can recreate the manga look onto your own human face! Well here is where Michelle proved me wrong! I love the look and I hope I’ll get to try it once! The ending of the video is very inspirational. It made me cry, so prepare your tissues before viewing it!

Michelle has a potty trained bunny called Mr. Bun Bun that is just adorable! No wonder her other screen name is RiceBunny! The little rascal even sleeps besides her. I could only dream of such a pet! This picture is from Michelle’s twitpic. Prepare for ultimate cuteness:

Michelle Phan’s youtube channel has videos for every ocasion. You name it: prom, graduation, wedding, make up for glasses, smokey eyes and so on and so forth… She has already done it. And let’s not mention the amazing Lady Gaga inspired make up tutorials! One word: amazing! I can bearly wait for her next tutorial! Even though I believe she can’t be even more amazing than in her previous video, Michelle is there to prove me wrong once again! 101 videos posted in 3 years seems so few to us addicted viewers who want new looks and ideas from this amazing artist!

The ricebunny who is done chasing her dreams deserves her #1 place in the guru charts and I wish her all the best. And thank you, Michelle! Thank you for inspiring me to experiment with make up and believe that every girl can be beautiful! Never let the haters bring you down!