we packed only bikinis, snorkling stuff and shorts for a long weekend on koh samet.
typically it was the coldest and rainiest day since october.
25 degrees and i caught a flu ;)
a beautiful stroll along the beach with banana pancake made us smile again.
and crazy tourist stuff and detailed toilet signs.
everything can be sold at a thai market. even some hairy friends:
or a t-shirt with the swedish word for friend?!
my friend flew outside europe for the first time and jumped directly on a motor bike for a thai massage!
then dried octopus at bangsaen beach - i'm proud of her!
the markets is the heart of thailand.
people eat, meet, sell and shop at the thousands of markets you can find in every corner.
pottery market at the scandinavian village:
crazy thai couture and oyster omelette at the nearby evening market.
stina needed to cool down the pace with some ice cream.
at a 5 star hotel for alltogether ... 15 euro?
i just had one ugly bikini, but buying a new in thailand is not as easy as i thought.
only tourists use them and bangsaen is genuinely thai.
but a beautiful mall in the next city had everything.
even a wedding fashion show!
no one earns to be killed, not even the snakes.
paradoxically thai buddhists eat meat, because well-chopped meat isn't meat ;) ?
this is lovely phompen who helps my aunt and buys pomelos for me ;).
some more highlights: coconut water in a bamboo glass, pomelos, and a sweet girl who earns money for school by playing music.
i spent the valentines day at 9 tempels. and so did many turtle doves.
this was what i expected:
but i also got to see this in another of the 9 temples we visited:
now i am confused.
robots, skeletons, animals Vs monks, bonsai trees and white buildings.
what is this religion all about?
incence, meditation, gold and donations. they are expected to buy food, flowers, give money, paste bankbills into money trees ...
i think the poor people's generousity went too far ... even i had to close my wallet after a while.
temple number one after a sleepless night in the bus.
thai people love soft drinks, and so does buddha?
apple milk bubble tea in my hand.
and pool bubbles underneath my foot.
3 boutique "vendors"
a café van.
typical thai lady.
1/3 white wine
2/3 soda water
my aunt has a cavalier who watches over her and never leaves her side.
my first manicure and pedicure ever. felt like a princess, but the loooong waiting made me almost fall asleep.
luckliy they had the thai news on tv. it really differs from our news reports with a lot of entertainment and official ceremonies.
but nothing compared to the cheezy adverts they have.
i love most things i have experienced (especially this day), but not the constantly loud cacophony of music.
have a lovely day <3
the thai way
thai people seem to eat everywhere and anything.
it's not just about energy, it's a lifestyle.
i had to smell at the durian, but this one i won't dare to try!
i shine like a blanket here, but at least i don't need bleaching beauty products like people here use.
<3 tom yam.
my aunt fed monkeys at the nearby mountain.
this one was the king of the car.
below the hill is thailand's biggest oyster farm.
guess i also have to give them a try?
they were scaringly humane. i'll find out what species?
coconut water, fresh jack fruit, grilled prawns and spicy scallops together with my aunt stina.
= already the most delicious day of the year!
i want to try these dried octupuses some day.
our beautiful prawn vendor.
sigh (of gratitude)
mom organised a farewell dinner with memories of christmas.
when i return i hope that this winter will be just a memory.
ultimate weather boredom today: grayness (only one shade), slush, rain and a cool wind.
perfect for packing, working, cleaning and eating well.
together with saga i hosted my 1st radio programme.
our small team of students has made it all: concept, content, music and technique, but it wasn't a piece of cake.
technical challenges, 13 hours working days and plans that change more often than i change socks.
our "radio mom" malin made this utterly serious poster:
we celebrated this rollercoaster week with croissants, fruits and sparkling
- during the night, in the morning, from glasses or from coffee mugs!
later i skyped with my aunt and started packing.
but i had to take a break and introduce anni to johan & nyström.
matcha latte, lemon cake and an engaging discussion.
she has not been accepted to the philosophy programme at cambridge without a reason.
red topping & top reading.
mom and "baked" pastry of today. i have never been a great fan of the traditional runeberg torte, but i am a fan of the man it's named after.
so we turned it raw!
... but managed to destroy 2 mixers. luckily pas deluxe.
worth it? i would argue yes, but not sure about rest of the family.
happy runeberg's day!
why not bike away from conflicts, global warming and other worries?
or just throw the problems into the worry shredder!
i tried both of course ;)
these past weeks have been though but inspiring and the upcoming one is the final test.
i will host the uni radio among other things, but on sunday the big adventure begins:
3,5 weeks at my aunt's place in thailand!
sometimes even i see science as bright, fun and dynamic - heureka!
why not learn starch digestion through ball games?
or simulate cultivation or antigravity on mars: i really liked biology in school, but honestly never really cared about other scientific subjects. probably the formulas and the high level of abstraction scared me away.
... but i think it's not a gender thing.
i had a great sushi dinner with mom the other day and really longed for it. but i always have cravings for sushi ;)
you might wonder what a ..... am i doing here?
i watched another psychosis simuation and then tried a digestive system chaperon to learn where the intestines are placed inside me ;)
heureka might mostly attract kids, but is enlightening for all of us.
in the radio report i sat next to a lonely old man on a bench. he whispered crazy words of wisdom into my microphone.
i really miss our theory of knowledge classes in high school. is there such thing as absolute truth? became a hectic debate.
... or is there even a clear border of madness? i think it is relative and can be just a healthy spice, but always lagom.
i did my 1st live radio reportage today and got a major psychosis
... in a simulator at the world's 1st exhibition of mental problems!
it was kind of challenging when the interviewee appeared just 2 minutes before we went on air and the simulator actually started working a second after the red light went on.
improvisation really is cold shower for all senses and i enjoyed my 6 minutes of radio madness.
do you see someone familiar in this version of the scream ;) ?
i find this painting by edvard munch so fascinating that i actually wrote a short story based on it in 9th grade.
i feel a bit like mårran today, but yummy exotic fruits keep up the thai fever!
i might have lost my mind because i'm watching jungle moomin at the moment ;)
speaking of mårran, stella had a one man theatre performance at kuu a couple of weeks ago. in deforst this cool tove jansson character cried and melted my heart (... as well as the ice cream ;) )
the last week's been too cold, too dark and too busy for photoblogging. i was the producer of our first radio talk show ever called helium and i'm so proud of our team i could ... levitate ;)
working the whole weekend
but got a evening date
with my best mate
trying to kill my tummy bug with some fresh air (-10 degrees).
in a couple of weeks i will be flying towards the equator.
a slow walk in eskimo clothes in this winter wonderland wasn't too bad ;)
luna gave my bed linen with picturesque motifs for birthday.
i even spotted my beloved diana f+
now it has its place in my heart, but also on my heart.
sweet dreams are made of these ...
like a chameleon. the wall changes pattern according to the colour of the light.
alarm clock ringing at 4:45.
a nice "recovery" after the holidays.
i shoot this for an article that never needed to be written.
cygnaeus was a lovely old school and i felt like becoming a small student again!
... i might regret it on monday morning ;)
after a short training i almost fell asleep in the shower, but luckily i had a relaxing and delicious evening in front of me.
my old highschool gang (-mahanta) had a great chat at fafa's.
nice to have the fresh law graduate from england back.
this close friend is studying in the same kingdom, but she returns next week. our forth "member" flew already to london on sunday.
yes sabina, falafels are actually great!
i had never tried real ones, only avoided the gooey wannabees that they serve at unicafé when the veggie food run out.
after a great epiphany dinner i (sort of) accepted that the holidays are over and "moved" back to tölö.
my amaryllis had jumped off the windowsill.
fine - i get it! christmas really is passé.
but it got replaced by a fresh orchid from a photo friend.
it triggers the thai fever!
photo editing, basso radio, buying yoga shorts, dentist and exotic smoothies = calm tuesday chill.
i feel like my art is geeting rooted. this is me and others seem to like it - acceptance.
documenting with my lensbaby in the blue hour.
seems like it is the best light we have for now - either shades of grey or dark as in a sack.
dad was called my "assistant" yesterday, and not without a reason. he gave feedback on my choice of pictures, bought paper with me, visited kinuskilla to plan and measure, lended his printer ... and his height was useful when hanging the photos. invaluable in other words!
and as you see photography has flooded into my veins from both parents. here are dad's vernissage photos:
toasting with good old friends!
what is the link between these four women? a connection to me and the camera.
stella and paul after cake.
the leica lovers.
check out some more here!
i didn't have time for photography at the opening night, but luckily mom and dad brought their cameras.
for the first time i show you photos taken by someone else than me.
here are mom's documentative captures from yesterday:
these helsinki girls were not the only ones struggling to find the way, but i am so grateful that they made it!
- which one is your favourite? discussed mom's good friends (intitially her's but now also my friends).
some cousins popped by between the little man's, my god son's, soccer games nearby.
my god parents bought some art works - thank you!
talented photo buddies who arrived from as far as hangö!
eagerness, creativity ... crazyness ;) ?
thank you for coming, and for all the flowers!
what a vernissage!
thanks guys - i hope this won't be my last one. around 40 guests oriented themselves out to kinuskilla this rainy saturday.
and for you who missed it, it will hang there until the end of february. i might even organise a second meeting there later this month!
i already sold some copies, but please buy more ;)
my brother an his chef friend hosted a new year's dinner with farang menu at my parents home. i was a proud and drooling big sister.
this is parts of his "school bag". we left the gentlemen for parties elsewhere.
i brought my lensbaby with me. it needs care and practice.
we celebrated pre-new year at erika's on monday.
jonna leads the wine tasting and we had chocolate, chocolate cookies, chocolate fondue ... ;)
time to calm down when erika started the fortune telling ceremony. i asked questions about coming events and it seemed logical.
me and luna both asked about thailand and the same tarot card showed up! we have to be prepared to wait for something and keep our things in order ...
so, as long as i have the right attitude this will be a great year!
rafaela is now leaving for an exchange programme in the middle of canada.
i will miss my "prima skinka" <3
we had a relaxing evening at her family's house with board games, packing, physiotherapy, fish soup and fresh dates.
some people say christmas is over, but i choose not to believe them.
and tonight we have one more reason to celebrate: new year's eve. will you make any promises?
i made one last year and it held, this year i promise to focus on sleeping.
i'm reading a travel guide about thailand and dreaming away ...
9th of February I will fly towards my other aunt who lives there, and a week later luna joins!
hope to buy silk, dive, make excursions and meet elephants <3
i already love my lensbaby - can't wait to shoot in daylight!
today it was our turn to host the christmas party.
cake, cake and more cake.
read, relax, laugh and drink mulled wine like our elves during the night ...
is that it unites people. first 4th advent with the family, then ginger bread baking and mulled wine with the girls and finally more mulled wine with family friends.
of these lovely people five were homeflewn from abroad.
two of my bestest: the scott and the german.
these two i have known since birth! and they have not disappeared anywhere ;).
we might be the smallest, but certainly not the most quiet: we made a christmas carol trio.
and the silly bakers! we made tricolore ginger breads since three people made and brought dough of totally different colour.
these look nice, but we managed to cause a smoke disaster as well ;)
welcome to helsinki during the darkest day of the year!
at least we see the cosy chrismas lights, but thank good we now move towards brighter times!
christmas candies * 3
gingerbread spiced granola
dried apple rings
= a day made for cooking
thanks luna for inviting me over!
i snooped around in her aesthetic home and was impressed by her carob from malaga, the maaany pillows, her freezer full of homemade food (like mine), and her beauty table.
these are lunar colours. she is a lady, but with a practical and an adventurous (rather cleptomaniac) edge <3
i woke up hungry and made us a satsuma & sharon salad with ginger.
luna soon joined and cooked christmas porridge with plum or apple jam, i took both ;)
this was our view from the breakfast table.
slow poetry before a short slippery sunshine run along the river.
buddies chatting and sweating together, like in the old days <3
one of my best friends has lived in åbo for 2,5 years and i haven't visited her - until now!
but better late than never.
our early evening turned into a
late night show with petite μ and luna
in the moonlight ...
i lived high up at luna's, but also visited my summer friend frida's cosy christmas home.
candles & coregonus lavaretus.
my lussecats ended up in these peoples tummies.
sem is chewing with severe concentration.
et voilà!.. we did not run out of energy.
tears, hugs, and laughter. most of my class mates flew back home and left me here in the wet darkness.
i will certainly let these girls guide me around if (no, when!) i ever go to munich.
i was buying chestnuts at stockmann and stumbled upon my old class mate. i sat down in her makeup chair and abracadabra: the petite troll looked polished.
only a quick makeup was possible, because being still and quiet is impossible when you have a couple of years to catch up.