i thought i would run around with the camera during the graduation party, but nope. it was time for socialising!
but i captured some pictures before the sixty hungry guests arrived.
by the way, i have never seen this beautiful butter XD
most of the decorations eventually ended up in my tummy - wow new flavours!
a great party is nothing without great people.
but there isn't even an incentive for a party without some pearls behind the scenes.
ina and cami: thanks for the contribution and the company!
the "surprise" i mentioned before was a speech i held to this (not so small anymore) brother.
thanks to all guests and also a big thanks to the weather gods.
in my speech in mentioned that he'll manage whatever he chooses to do. he's practical and calm as a filbunke
= a pot of sour yoghurt ;) ?
yesterday he got good news: he's starting the flight mechanics programme in the army in july!
... follows sun? i hope.
my mood follows the barometer.
too much thinking - too little done during these past monotone monocrome melancholic days of rain.
but enough of them!
first i want to share janccu's new analogue photo project.
i happened to be day 3 ;)
actually a suitable expression for this week.
men mungiporna upp!
today i'm full of pride and expectations.
my little brother graduates from mattliden's gymnasium and it's party time.
but i'm a bit nervous and i'll let you know why later.
alexander's achievement brings to mind my own graduation 2,5 years ago.
although my IB graduation is a fine memory i'm sincerely lucky that things have changed - a lot :)
loving life, family and friends.
allu is already a top mark bachelor of law already and is next semester returning to england for masters level.
we celebrated her with good food, great discussions and a passionate music performance by stella & paul.
... but what else than a fantastic show could you expect from a satin circus pop star + a fresh bachelor of theatre art
also my saab is back from scotland over summer and the two of us "prepartied" in the summer heat at the world village festival in kajsaniemi.
allu's symphathetic dad entertained us with his guitar and groovy singing voice.
stella got to try cognac from this 3-in-1 glass ;)
me, cami, paul & stella and andu focused on the strawberries. the more allu brought in, the more we emptied ;)
but also the cake à la allu was a success: loads of fillings between 4 mud cake layers!
and then i biked home to be fit for fight for work at the eu elections the whole sunday :D
sun, sea, sausage, SUP, smiles = summer
ina got paid for the second cup of coffee!
the café actually has its own potato land in this flower box <3
and people buy or bring their own sausage to grill.
looks good. i'm happy to have found delicious vegan versions. they even look the same, so i can belong to the "sausage gang" this summer!
i seem to celebrate summer vacation - also from blogging.
but here finally comes the grande finale of the congress in cologne.
i love spending time in the summer heat outside, but (new) friends actually will trigger our hearts to produce some heat by themselves.
the last evening we hired a whole bar to organise an auction.
all delegations brought a bucket of specialities from the homecountry to raise money for fejs.
i brought mignon eggs, reindeer ryebread crisps and marimekko napkins ...
finland + turkey gave the highest bid on the german package, and here you see what i got to carry home ;)
fejs was all about networking and to create social webs.
but i also happened to unravel some personal meshes.
mari found this spooky tree with spider? webs.
i took a walk alone and reflected about everything under the sky.
... but of course it was not deep intellectual talking or thinking all the time.
while mari visited a french style bakery i captured this huge bread cow ;)
the best thing about fejs were the friends i made there.
we had a great finnish delegation on 5 girls - but none of us knew each other from before!
i had a spent a lot of time with empathetic mari. here we are badasses skipping a lecture to eat strawberries in the sun ;)
girls going out.
travelling is nothing without people watching.
my blog still breathes german air, but i already celebrate summer holiday in esbo. now it's time for my brother's birthday party!
today i was a guest in the radio talk show pia & peter on the channel vega. i enjoyed the relaxed and inviting atmosphere in the studio.
you can listen to me afterwards here (but only in finland i think). i'm there during the whole show, but i'm introduced at 18:10.
reflecting over my experiences in cologne.
could this be the trip in a nutshell: the dome, spooky skulls and a journalist?
well, maybe not the skulls (although i adore them)
... and the nut needs to be a bit bigger to fit all the other 99 journalists as well ;)
so, the fejs congress i cologne is hard to summarize with a few subjectives, but i'll try with 3 adjectives instead:
inspiring, social and exhausting.
we had a free afternoon to do some "home work". when it was done i took some time to stroll around sunny cologne.
i found a mix&match müsli shop!
a pity that they ran out of all the glutenfree ones. it would have been the perfect gift for mom.
the 1st day at the FEJS congress for young journalists.
panel debates, new media, multiculturality, copters, interaction, innovation
... and tons of questions, but what else could you expect from 100 journalists ;)
the phone camera is just perfect for capturing clichés.
the sunny day made me long for frozen yoghurt, but they were out of lactose free in the two bars i ran in to.
the journalism congress in cologne started out promisingly. i spotted two dalmatians on the street ... and later in a shop!
although the germans don't actually celebrate the 30th of april as we do, the whole city was full of life out on the streets all evening.
but what i disliked was all the tobacco. they should take example of thailand where national campaigns have been successful. the only people there i saw smoking where farangs, foreigners.
the bars looked however cosy and chill unlike many of our drunken places ;)
i appreciate finnish safety, but forbidding candles (in many situations) is too much.
where is the ambiance in a sterile and perfectly safe place?
bringing arts and culture to hospitals, schools and backyards adds life quality.
sipping some vitamins with my new friend ugi. then good old janccu joined from school.
plants everywhere, so i asked ugi who takes care of them?
i wish this system would work in helsinki as well.
here's a neighbour in action!
i dragged my guide ugi to the photography playground in berlin.
fantastic light sculptures and optical illusions.
you didn't know that i also freelance as spiderwoman?
behind the epilectic curtains.
i see the light.
and a chameleon granny who fits into all situations.
climbing on a bike messenger.
around his corner i saw this cosy italian restaurant.
my host janccu outside my guide ugi's home in hip kreuzberg.
i spotted skeletons in the windows. my fetisch.
love the architectural variety in berlin.
jungle homes and roof chilling.
germanwings to berlin.
bus in berlin.
train to cologne.
taking it easy right now, i need it.
tried yin yoga with my favourite "monkey" tiina mankki.
gathering sun energy and maritime air at fölisön.
tomorrow i'm flying to cologne to represent our uni at a seminaar for young european journalists.
but first i'll celebrate wappen in berlin with janccu :D
i wouldn't mind having my entire spring wardrobe from cos.
here are some window mannequins showing the sleek fashion of this season.
next door there is another source of inspiration.
shopping gifts made me hungry.
i turned tölö into asia with spicy quorn-buckweat noodle wok
... and continued across the pacific ocean with a carribean sweet potato-banana stew.
attn! only the first portions ;)
i am not one of the 10 handpicked participants of the photojournalism programme in aarhus.
of course i feel sad since it was, and still is, my dream.
luckily mommy was there to cheer me up.
we celebrated the day of books and roses over lunch at our favourite café.
the apple does not fall far from the tree ...
we both arrived a bit shameful with ugly plastic bags as the only wrapping.
inside both bags were cooking books ;)
mine about raw cakes and her's about salads.
luckily there are bright spots among the grey feeling of disappointment.
as plåster på såren mom didn't ask whether i also want a sweet piece of cake - she just bought two to share <3
i will not give up on aarhus, i just have to sort out my future right now.
i have known
luna since kindergarden:
maria since school started:
and i just met lilian and we share a lot of interests.
she showed me the café sininen huvila as we walked around tölöviken. i must have been blind to have lived in tölö for 1,5 years without noticing what a great place for a break it is.
feeling rich since i have met so many friends this week that are worth their weight in gold.
sometimes time just ran away and i didn't bother to distort a good moment by looking through the lenses instead of my own eyes. social experiences cannot be reproduced even with the very best camera.
already in april :D
the bridge was full of fishermen and -women.
while i and cami walked around drumsö, some people sunbathed halfnaked.
by the way, i love my lumia's camera, so handy and fun!
masculine vibes from "dude island" made atte jump like a ninja.
who's gonna win this battle?
i really hope this new area will give a facelift to helsinki. not that i don't like it now, but it's never good to stagnate.
we climb a hill of stones for better views.no psysical effort to climb this mountain, but it's never wrong to take a coffee break.
sea, salt, smile, sand, sun, shore, steel, stone.
sometimes i believe in gods - the weather gods - who blowed the first heat wave towards helsinki just in time for easter and our photowalk.
i made new friends and met lauri and atte who inspired me to start blogging.only me and the dudes shot photos. but we walked on jätkäsaari, the dude island, after all.
hanging at my hoods.
what could be better than this?
too hot for jacket
prime time with godson
and lots of fun plans today!
it's not that bad to be left "alone" for easter? i thought i would get bored, but you know me ;)
this easter is different. i usually spend a lot of time with my family, but my parents are photographing foreign nature.
this means time to catch up with friends, such as this philosophizing ballet dancer.
it is easy to feel lonely during holidays when everyone else seem so occupied with family dinners and traditions.
i have no special decorations this year, but got my share of good old easter at my grand parents house the other day.
easter awakes some thoughts.
is someone keeping a safe eye on us from above?
or are we marionettes in a game called tellus?
driven like hamsters in a wheel?
like in henrik vibskovs human laundry service.
i belong to the church, love the christmas mood and i'm proud to have a godson to take out for a easter froyo brunch at yobot. but i wouldn't call me a christian. i want to have a wider view of the world.
ecological, local, experimential, fair, classic haute couture & design in turquoise - that's what i and anni like.to see danish design accelerated my danmark fever - can't wait to know if i will move there in august!
reflecting over falling flamingos.
i have been a bit tired despite this awesome weather and a not-too-full calendar.
last week ina and i baked a veggie taco pie in my terrible oven ;). but it turned out yummy.
yesterday i met up with my best art exhibition company: anni. we both fell in love with this anorak of finnish design.
after that i biked to sörnäs to see a play that focuses on portraying humanity through movements and behaviour. among the actors are two uni friends.
still two shows left on saturday, but be quick if you want the cheap tickets!
i was against instagram ever since it started. to post retro images with light leak effects felt like cheezy cheating. i did the real thing with my plastic film camera diana.
but i haven't played with her since i became petitemu. developing films is expensive nowadays and i got thrilled by the speed and easiness of shooting only digital.
my new yellow aquaintance constantly blipped about an awesome app called instagram.
fine then. jepardqvist is in the house!
better than b&j.
am i throwing out an old toy for the new mainstream one?
i hope not.
diana will always be my number 1 and is great company at summer parties for example.
while waiting for my 9-year old kiddoes to arrive to my lecture about refugees in uganda, i felt like becoming small again. luckily i have a new toy to play with.
i have had a fetisch for neon these past grey months, and i don't fell like stopping.
today i will host a studio debate in tv, so jump into the coach and watch me here.
now i almost regret that i cut my hair. otherwise i would have got a nice hairdo while sitting in a 50s salon.
i cued a while for some makeup, but then realised i was spending the evening all alone.
i would have waited for sure if mr brylcreem would have been waiting for me ;)
finnish skiing fashion certainly has changed.
but the round pair of sunglasses could be mine. my brother calls my ossy ;)
guess who these lovely legs belongs to?
who else than the winner of the costume competition.
these 1st row-ladies were pretty from all perspectives:
helsinki couture from the 50s.
i thought i took the tram, but it must have been the time machine.
everyone is longing for cool cuisine: hotdogs!
which is the odd one out?
answer: the smart phone.
i visited villa hagasund again. this time with a real touch of the fifties.
there was a costume competition. this handsome couple was crowned as most stylish.
even i made a small effort and came with dramatic eyes, an a-shaped dress, jewellery and half boots - just for fun.
time to wash the car - in a t-shirt when it's 4 degrees.
this was when i decided to put my wool scarf into the bag and celebrate spring.
say hello to mr motor.
i guess he's jätkä enough for jätkäsaari.
busholmen is probably the oddest part of helsinki. i travelled there to buy a new phone and to take a look at the helsinki photo biennale in galleria huuto.
i have seen a sneakpeak of the biennale also in the photomuseum, but the rest parts are still on my todo-list. this year's theme is a fascinating one: ecological fallacy.
today i also heard a lecture about refugees by a swedish digging journalist. interesting, informatic and important.
there i was served a delicious bowl of fish soup. why haven't i eaten it for ages?
another professional idol of mine is jeanette björkqvist. she tried out as a playwright, which i wrote an article about in ny tid a while ago.
this week i got to see the performance kvinna till salu about sex trafficking.
like a horror movie - but true.
laura and i tried out some cool ideas for the restaurant day.
so the sporty blondies baked vegan glutenfree protein blondies.
and of course we had to eat the treat!
even moomin knows that goji berries and blondies energises a swimming tour ;)
my old girl's gang is like sisters for me. we had a lazy sunday brunch in our childhood hoods.
cami i have known all my life, allu since school started, jonna from 3rd grade and ina joined at 7th grade.
the rest of the best life elsewhere in finland and abroad.
i felt a bit weak, so drank a super C in my favourite colour.
expectations. jonna (far left) and allu (bottom right) flew the same day to budapest for an interrail across europe.
i wish you all the best!
then i took a look at the emma museum's temporary exhibitions.
i <3 the combo of fresh organic food, cool company, concrete architecture and modern art.
i already have denmark fever, even before i know if i have the chance to move there.
i sent in an application to study photojournalism in aarhus.
please keep your fingers crossed while checking out my portfolio.
in aarhus they have a perfect exhange programme, but ...
the big but is the fierce competition. they actually require at least one year's studies in photojournalism - impossible here in finland.
here are some oldies from a family trip to copenhagen in december 2011:
i got an unique opportunity to attend the photography expedition by pata degerman.
i knew that he was a mountain climber, an adventurer and a family father - but not that he's a natural comedian, a painter, a nature expert, a businessman and a fantastic photographer.
when a polar bear comes too close he rather shoots with a camera than with a gun.
a walk from uni/work together with this lady last thursday.
we heard birds singing in the evening sun and these pics are from the place named the birds song.
i will spend monday evening in this old people's home. i'm doing a publication for the foundation.
laura organised the best housewarming party i have been to:
1) the food: 1000 sorts and flavours.
we decided to take part in the upcoming restaurant day on the 17th of May, so stay tuned!
raspberry raw cake (my favourite) and lime cheese meringue cake (most people's favourite) = both top class.
2) the big brand-new appartement with fresh scandinavian interior design. i stayed there all night.
3)great guests that i didn't know from before.
"just" some fireworks over the neighbourhood. the reason is unkown.
but now it's time to move on.
... could as well be photos of me ;)
these two tall mammals - luna and the giraffe - got along well.
from "inside" a jungle bathroom ;)
sometimes i have a bottomless stomach, but it's nothing compared to the apetite of an elephant.
baby shower - literally.
an afraid aunt?
show business is exhausting ...
there are 6 albino tigers in the world - i have seen one of them.
i'm sceptic to keeping animals trapped in cages and turing their life into a circus, but here at the open zoo they seemed quite alright.
i admit it was cool to see them from such a short distance.
why see red when you can see pink?
i have been back in snowy sunny stressy finland for 2,5 weeks already, but this is my way to keep on relaxing in bangsaen.
chilling in the museum shop.
we didn't dare to sneak into the actual university corridors because of all the guards.
but i wouldn't mind to be one of the over 46 thousand students at the university.
do i have time to apply for an exchange programme here next autumn? just in case i'm not accepted to aarhus.
just passing by a health exhibition.
we didn't understand any of the information, but i hope this wasn't a mirror that shows ideal health - i look more like being tortured in a rack ;)
there are not many museums in bangsaen, but the university is specialised in marine biology.
looking at aquariums is fun whatever age you are.
the stingrays are my favourites!
luna and the mola mola.
la mode de bangsaen.
luna was the bravest. she just pointed and ordered something, while i involved a whole crew of street chefs to order meatless and my pet.
luna's lunch turned out to be delicious and very spicy, mine more safe, less cheap but tasty.
to cool down our tongues we ordered thai style icecream served from a coconut.
once again luna dared to take all toppings included.
the twenty eleventh bubble tea café ;)
we bought some mouthwatering snacks from this lovely man and his wife ...
but, before we were out of the car on the monkey hill most of the goodies were gone! argh!
that's why we didn't buy them any bananas - the theft was enough!
they were humane, but in a grotseque and ... animalistic way.
wanna eat my fleas?
the weekend street market at bangsaen beach.
bangsaen lacks foreign tourists, but bangkokers drive down here to relax, eat seafood and enjoy the ocean during the weekends.
music - thai people can't stand silence.
i tried a comfy and nice dress, but it was too romantic for me.
this made me smile:
walking, eating, shopping, eating, talking, eating ...
choose between: sushi, colourful bananas, cakes, fruit candy, spicy noodle wok ...
on my plate: a vegetarian tofu "omelette" with vegetables
and sweet white ice tea with chrysanthemum.
hungry dancers ...
and brave farangs!
we tried 1 fried grasshopper each. it was tickling my throat but luna liked it.
friday is a perfect day for a makeover.
step 1. here is a hint:
no, not a tattoo!
but it was exiting enough to make a new piercing without common language or methods.
i have no idea how he made it, but i guess it was with a needle.
i was afraid to end up with a huge hole in the wrong place, but i'm completely satisfied.
next step was at the hairdresser's. i have never let someone random cut my hair before.
she cut less than i wanted, but better so. it was cheap and friendly.
less than 8 euros for me and my aunt.
yeah - here is mr piercing again!
luckily i got phompens son and half of his class to assist me.
bangsaen is a coastal city with world-famous oyster farms.
and a daily market for fish and seafood.
fresh fish for breakfast and dried into the suitcase.
these girls know that eating fish leads to a healty happy life.
and now i don't mean finnish fish fingers ;)
our nearest temple is a really neat and nice one ;).
the whole area is full of statues that show what happens when you sin.
luna has tried alcohol - too bad for her!
luckily she gets to feed the turtles before her destiny.
this cute couple was tall as a block house.
the only right way is to obey the buddhist rules.
and donate money!
another nearby market.
i had to try an octopus sushi.
i bought a new towel for the gym: with stitch!
belly bag with skeletons, cheap sunglasses and green lipstick.
we celebrated lisa's last day in thailand with a cooking night in her family's grand penthouse.
i was more than happy to see that a favourite - fresh spring rolls - were on the menu!
chefs in action a cute little thief.
lovely pim planned pure vegetarian alternatives for me.
the fresh tofu with pickled carrot was delicious!
we cooked and ate thai style - anywhere and all the time!
but i managed to roll more than i could eat
-> doggy bag ;)
too much veggies for pai? he had his own meal.
- i take a phramed luna, thank you!
how much? can i get any discount?
anything can be bought at a thai market.
this is the main street from the beach to the mall.
feels like home, i miss it already!
see no evil
say no evil
hear no evil ...
and do no evil?
at wat arun in bangkok.
the world's highest open air bar. we didn't visit - unfortunately ;)
a poor phone picture through the bus window, but it should show an intense forest fire on our way home.
temple wat arun on the shore of the bangkok river.
i needed to hire some clothing to cover my legs whereas lisa and luna found other ways.
muscular and tall lisa looked rather riddiculous in my petite shirt ;)
the stairs to the temple felt like straight up towards heaven!
maybe noodle time after climbing the stairs?also the monks use collective traffic.
directly after koh samet we headed for a one-day-trip to bangkok.
this was one day after the bombing. therefore we only hopped on and off the river boat at safe locations.
pim, luna and lisa. we really had a great time together <3
laugh as much as you breath and love as much as you live.
china town in bangkok was crazily cheap and fullpacked of goods.
we also ate lunch for 70 cents/person.
pim recommended me a new look and my company seem to have a fetisch with hats ;)
we drank pure pomegranate juice and lisa bought a dessert with coconut and colorful "worms".
our koh samet rooster + the neighbours karaoke night = not much sleep.
luckily we're on vacation ;)
rabbits seem to have good taste: watermelon!
snorkling tour from koh samet. only 13 euros for a one-day-tour including lunch!
i caught a crab and got niped!
i also dared to lift a sea urchin but luckliy none of us stepped on one.
a light start.
continued even brighter.
i'm on fire, but luckily a wave came to cool the fire limbo down.
sand in the pants, water on the toes and delicacies in the tummies.
when you wish upon a ...a dessert favourite: mango sticky rice with cocnut milk.
3 (ugly) blondes training for the snorkling tour.
photoshoot on a catamaran.
the model smiled at me - the stupid farang who tried to capture him ;).
we also met some less pleasant creatures.
my aunt got a bad scratch by a cat who probably carried rabies.
and mr snake was visiting the neighbours when i passed by.
i also walked by a yoga class in the nearby studio.
did neither dare to try thai yoga nor these angry birds sushis.
here still pale as porcelain, but not anymore.
ironically i caught a flu in thailand.
now curing it with sweet and lovely thai tea soya latte.
our café chics were adorable and we became regulars ;)
the shadow of luna.
beach crayfish. koh samet gym.
our hut was meant for me
with singapore key.
we had a cool blowfish lamp!
the cycle of life of a thai frog - a tragedy.