building a bigger bang saen

16.02.2014 kl. 01:01

construction sites everywhere.

lonely wanderers

the "bad" weather scared sunbathers and swimmers away from the beach.

28.02.2014 kl. 10:10

twinkling stars

28.02.2014 kl. 06:06

going bananas

27.02.2014 kl. 21:21

reggae mermaids

27.02.2014 kl. 16:16

island in the sun?

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.

27.02.2014 kl. 01:01

ultimate fresh food

at a seafood restaurant called relax on bangsaen beach.

26.02.2014 kl. 08:08


if i am honest i hated pattaya, but the floating market worth a visit!

helena the hat lady, dried scorpions, fresh veggie food and great company. we found a couple of new friends among the pensioneers at scandinavian village. this is lisa from sweden.
26.02.2014 kl. 02:02


everything can be sold at a thai market. even some hairy friends:

or a t-shirt with the swedish word for friend?!

25.02.2014 kl. 18:18

longing for luna

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!

25.02.2014 kl. 15:15


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.

25.02.2014 kl. 05:05

fine dining

at a 5 star hotel for alltogether ... 15 euro?

24.02.2014 kl. 20:20

bikini hunting

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!

24.02.2014 kl. 18:08

thai life

23.02.2014 kl. 23:23

temple chilling

23.02.2014 kl. 02:22

the smile of a nun

22.02.2014 kl. 02:19

fish feeding

21.02.2014 kl. 02:36

business women


21.02.2014 kl. 02:17

buddha for the kids

22.02.2014 kl. 02:17


no one earns to be killed, not even the snakes. 

paradoxically thai buddhists eat meat, because well-chopped meat isn't meat ;) ? 

20.02.2014 kl. 02:10


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.


18.02.2014 kl. 16:12

romantic and religious

i spent the valentines day at 9 tempels. and so did many turtle doves.

18.02.2014 kl. 15:15

i thought i understood buddhism basics

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?

18.02.2014 kl. 12:12

floating markets

18.02.2014 kl. 00:03


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.

17.02.2014 kl. 15:02

5:30 am

temple number one after a sleepless night in the bus.

17.02.2014 kl. 04:53

night bus

nonstop thai karaoke - please give me a break ;) !

our bus. just me and thai people without any english skills. 
16.02.2014 kl. 17:49


thai people love soft drinks, and so does buddha?


16.02.2014 kl. 16:16


apple milk bubble tea in my hand.

and pool bubbles underneath my foot.

16.02.2014 kl. 06:06

sun rise - sun set

pensioneer aquatics at 7:30 am.

ready with tv course reading. 
15.02.2014 kl. 18:18

city life

3 boutique "vendors"
a café van.

typical thai lady.


15.02.2014 kl. 15:15


the recipe:

1/3 white wine
2/3 soda water

+ pomelo


15.02.2014 kl. 05:05

sun -> pool -> shadow -> sun ...

lazy days at the scandinavian village.

14.02.2014 kl. 18:18

happy valentine's day

my aunt has a cavalier who watches over her and never leaves her side.

feeling feminie.

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

14.02.2014 kl. 11:11

the place i call home

resting day
the thai way

14.02.2014 kl. 03:03

who want's to be my valentine?

... i'm afraid it will be my aunt <3

13.02.2014 kl. 15:15

young and vivid

bangsaen has a university with over 10 000 students. this brings fresh air to the hoods.

a spotted a furby (my favourite childhood toy from singapore) in a window!

the internet generation seem to be taking over this country as well ;)

100 % chocolate:

got inspiration to make hama bead jewellery - who wants to have a workshop with me :) ? 

i chatted with many students - all friendly, but few are fluent at english ... and my thai - let's not talk about it ;) 

i have a disease called journalism. that's why i have to research their market.

otherwise i have chosen to take a break from domestic and international news.
13.02.2014 kl. 13:13

live to eat

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!

13.02.2014 kl. 04:04

divine sun set

12.02.2014 kl. 21:21

breezy bangsaen beach

12.02.2014 kl. 17:17

sea food

i shine like a blanket here, but at least i don't need bleaching beauty products like people here use.

<3 tom yam.


12.02.2014 kl. 12:12

the mall

2 hour foot massage and maybe 2 more at the food store ;)

some shops were in the car parking?!

i wanna try pink eggs, but i'll try to wait for you luna ;)

12.02.2014 kl. 05:05

going bananas

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


12.02.2014 kl. 11:11

we love the shore for sure

11.02.2014 kl. 16:16

bang saen beach

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.

10.02.2014 kl. 16:07

over a night

from frozen finland to monkey mountain.

10.02.2014 kl. 15:25

ready for departure

oh my
i'll fly
to thai
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. 

09.02.2014 kl. 14:59

studio smocka

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.


07.02.2014 kl. 23:26

ingen torr runebergstårta

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!


05.02.2014 kl. 00:26

peter pan of the 21st century

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!

02.02.2014 kl. 18:18

pink science

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. 

01.02.2014 kl. 22:22

men think with their stomach

... 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 ;)

01.02.2014 kl. 12:12

there is no universal truth


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.

31.01.2014 kl. 17:17

accepting madness

... 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.

30.01.2014 kl. 22:50

mårran kommer

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 ;) )

27.01.2014 kl. 21:47

pizza perfecto

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
pizza partying
extra everything

25.01.2014 kl. 23:07

morning maria

me and maria started at 7 am with "boba" yoga and continued for a calm breakfast at torre's

after school i waited for mom at superdry's sales.

i've always longed for a vest, but how and when do you use ut?
i've got no clue ... my fingers would probably fall off ;)

why so serious?
maybe because the next moment i left my phone for a "sleepover" at a café ...

19.01.2014 kl. 22:57

a cup of light

i had ina over for a quick cup of whisky tea before stella's show at the theatre academy's performance night. she was an adorable mårran.

18.01.2014 kl. 17:17

solid sea

17.01.2014 kl. 19:39

urban winter

17.01.2014 kl. 15:15


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 ;)

16.01.2014 kl. 18:18

sweet dreams

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 ...

15.01.2014 kl. 18:46


what a lovely term. i might turn it into my religion?

i had a busy last week, but i am glad that i ran to the train to make it to the last days of don't shoot the messenger at the design museum. 
14.01.2014 kl. 14:14

be the producer of your life

stepping on thoughts at the design museum.

my answer is no. photoshop can't fix the world, but it can help to knit the mesh of your life into something beautiful.
13.01.2014 kl. 20:50

my dream room

like a chameleon. the wall changes pattern according to the colour of the light.

12.01.2014 kl. 22:21

soft start

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.

10.01.2014 kl. 21:11


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.

08.01.2014 kl. 14:14


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.

07.01.2014 kl. 13:15

photos from my assistant

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!

05.01.2014 kl. 21:21

vernissage visitors

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!

05.01.2014 kl. 10:16

bubbles of elderflower

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 ;)

04.01.2014 kl. 19:17

dancing the last steps

last days of christmas ... on monday it's time to eat the last dinner
och på tjugonda' knut, då dansar julen ut!

03.01.2014 kl. 19:58

fireworks in drumsö

02.01.2014 kl. 21:21

this is how i want to celebrate next new year

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. 


02.01.2014 kl. 06:06

fortune telling for 20 fourteen

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!


01.01.2014 kl. 12:41

welcome to my vernissage

this saturday 4th of January from 2 to 4pm at kinuskilla. the exhibition hangs there until the end of february. welcome!

31.12.2013 kl. 10:01


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.



30.12.2013 kl. 19:19


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

31.12.2013 kl. 10:10

travel fever

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

29.12.2013 kl. 00:23

christmas cottage

christmas coffee at my aunt in pojo. when she bakes there is always full house and laughter.

my aunt's home breathes real christmas and she chops her spruce in the nearby forest.

29.12.2013 kl. 00:09


i already love my lensbaby - can't wait to shoot in daylight!

27.12.2013 kl. 22:22

baby steps

i must have been good, because santa brought me a lensbaby. testing it tonight.

27.12.2013 kl. 13:13

and the party goes on

today it was our turn to host the christmas party. 

cake, cake and more cake.

26.12.2013 kl. 22:28

pyjamas days

read, relax, laugh and drink mulled wine like our elves during the night ...

26.12.2013 kl. 09:09

borta bra men hemma bäst

25.12.2013 kl. 20:20

christmas eve

25.12.2013 kl. 13:35

happy christmas

24.12.2013 kl. 08:08

the best thing about cristmas

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 ;)


23.12.2013 kl. 11:57

dear santa,

 i have been hard-working and warmhearted, and for the moment i love jewellery.

hugs // stella

content childhood friends on our way from kaivarin kanuuna.
22.12.2013 kl. 06:06

dark as in a sack

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!

today's saldo:
christmas candies * 3
gingerbread spiced granola
dried apple rings
= a day made for cooking

21.12.2013 kl. 15:15

season of shopaholicism

strolling in the city with no stress about gifts. santa takes care of them, right?

no, actually bought/made almost all before december and now i even have too much. but my beloved really deserve a big and concrete thank you. 

so this afternoon i could watch life on the christmas streets rather being ran over by materialistic maniacs in the malls.

i don't miss headache from crazy christmas carols and bruises by sharp elbows.

i saw my brother's favourite dog * 3 on my way to the nice fisherman. i drooled like one of them outside artek.

is it hard to guess what i wish for? 
a petite μ stool!
22.12.2013 kl. 17:17

the perfect lunch tradition

last year me and ina ended the autumn's cheap food at uni with a christmas lunch at my favourite restaurant zucchini.

inoubliable, so i called already a week ago to ask for this year's date ;)

and i got two hungry dates: ina and stella!

everything is fresh, homemade, veggie, wellspiced and delicious.

20.12.2013 kl. 21:21

luna the lady

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

20.12.2013 kl. 07:07

breakfast buddies

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

19.12.2013 kl. 22:22

la lune & luna

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.

19.12.2013 kl. 13:13

united uni friends

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.


18.12.2013 kl. 21:33



17.12.2013 kl. 17:17

exhibition planning

15.12.2013 kl. 16:16

1 and 1/2 me

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.

16.12.2013 kl. 15:15

captures through

l i l l a   m y  's 
lunettes de soleil

journalism student
radio reporter
amateur photographer

hot yoga
body combat

satsuma, sharon, smultron
raw goodies

blue-eyed ideologist.

home is where the <3 is
now helsingfors.

btw, i love comments ;)



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