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În mod “downsizing”, adică nu doar mut mobila în casă ci o VÂND

Casa. Masa. Pat. Scaune. Canapea si biblioteca. Scrin. Etajere. Masute. Cosuri. Dulapuri. Cuverturi. Cearceafuri. Farfurii. Cosuri cu flori. Jardiniere. Perne. Si cate si mai cate. Pe toate le-am schimbat. De cateva ori, de-a lungul timpului. Cand ne-am mutat impreuna, pe vremea cand eram doar “boyfriend si girlfriend”, eu si sotul meu am adus in apartament fiecare ce avea. Era un […]

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Cum ar fi daca am canta mai des?

Sunt pe terasa. E seara si s-a intunecat. Incerc sa ma concentrez la teza pe care o am de scris cand aud niste voci melodioase. Intorc capul si privesc catre cladirea vecina. Etajul 6, balcon decorat cu o ghirlanda luminoasa. Inauntru intuneric. Intuneric ce lasa loc unor cerculete de lumina. Lumanari pe un tort. Vocile canta. “Joyeux a-nni-ver-saire! Joyeux ann-iver-saire! Joyeux a-nni-vers-aire! Joyeux a-nni-ver-saire!”. Apoi aplauze. Se simte bucuria. Se simte uniunea. Sunt impreuna. Sunt veseli. Sunt bucurosi. Si ma intreb. De ce oare nu cantam mai des? De ce asteptam aniversarile ca sa cantam? Ce s-a intamplat cu glasul nostru?  Daca cineva canta pe strada sau intr-un magazin, e privit cu ochi incruntati, dezaprobatori. Avem glas frumos, puternic, melodios, capabil sa produca o multitudine de sunete, unele dintre ele imposibil de reprodus chiar si de cele mai istete pasari. Si cu toate acestea, ne cenzuram. Ne autocenzuram. Ce-ar fi daca am canta din nou? Impreuna? Ce-ar fi daca am zambi si ne-am alatura celui care canta de unu singur pe strada? Ce-ar fi daca am canta chiar daca toata viata ni s-a spus ca “nu avem voce”. Ar fi fain, nu? Ei bine, am descoperit in Bruxelles un loc unde ne putem reuni si canta, chiar daca “avem” sau nu voce dupa canoanele muzicale. La chorale d’un soir reuneste pe cei mici si pe cei mari, pe cei cu voce sau fara voce, pe cei cu ureche sau fara […]

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LinkedIn is not a Casting Network nor a Dating Site

LinkedIn request message: “Hi Gabriela, I’d like to join your LinkedIn network.” I check the profile. I am intrigued by the professional experience of the requester. “Strategic and Art director”. Curious, I read the whole description. A lot of arty, amazing and unusual artistic stuff. A fascinating job. Impressive. I accept the invite. I respond with a a friendly welcoming […]

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Ozzie si Karamel petrec weekendul impreuna

Unde se duce Karamel, hop si Ozzie. Karamel vrea sa stea singur, Ozzie vrea joaca. Karamel maraie. Ozzie latra sa il incurajeze la joaca! A intrat o musca in camera. Ozzie alearga sa o prinda. Se impiedica de o jucarie si cade pe Karamel. Karamel maraie, Ozzie continua sa alerge dupa musca. Karamel vrea un loc al lui. Il gaseste langa usa asa ca  si-l marcheaza asa cum masculii stiu sa o faca. Du-te si curata locul si cearta-l un pic pe Karamel. Karamel e vadit suparat si rusinat si ma urmareste cu ochii lui mari si caramel. Ozzie abandoneaza musca si decide sa iasa afara pe terasa. Karamel decide sa vina sub masa la care eu lucrez. Ozzie vede ca Karamel e sub masa si vine pe el. Karamel maraie. Ozzie latra sa il incurajeze la joaca. Eu le zic gata, liniste! Cateii se potolesc si se intind pe jos latiti si obositi. Liniste. Si din cand in cand un marait incetisor de-a lui Karamel. Mai tarziu. Cei doi catei tac malc. Tac amandoi caci dorm. Ozzie din dorinta de a fi mai aproape de Karamel, i-a preluat patutul, caci Karamel il maraie ori de cate ori Ozzie se apropie de el. Ozzie sforaie si ofteaza din cand in cand in somn. Karamel doarme fara zgomote. A vrut sa stea aproape de mine, asa ca a doarmit sub masa, langa picioarele mele. Afara canta papagalii. Soarele s-a ascuns dupa […]

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Do you really need me in your meeting?

I work with people living in different time zones than me: US, India, Asia. Sometimes I need to stay late at the office in order to meet some of my colleagues during the conference calls. I am ok with this as long as I get some notice, so I can arrange my schedule. But it really annoys me when people send me meeting invites for 11:00 PM or 01:00 AM one day before and have no clue why they are inviting me to their meeting. Most of the times there is not even an agenda of the meeting, just the dialing details. In these situations I decline politely and add as well the following questions: “May I kindly ask you the purpose of this meeting? Why do you think my presence is beneficial to your meeting? What is the expected outcome following this meeting?”. And the even more annoying part is the type of answer that I sometimes get:  “Well, it is up to you if you decide participating to this meeting”. And then I re-state that I am declining the meeting. Beside, have no idea what is about and it is pretty damn late anyway.

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Why flamenco?

A few years ago, I thought I would be unable to learn any flamenco step. It seemed too difficult, could not follow anything and my back and knees were hurting after my first flamenco initiation lesson. It turned out that the instructor was not not a good teacher. His dance skills were amazing but his teaching skills not suitable for beginners. Meanwhile I decided to give it another chance and went to another initiation class. This is how I met Silvia Leon, whose teaching skills are amazing. She knows how to teach, after all she is a teacher in her daily life. She took us step by step, starting from the basics and patiently taking us further. Flamenco is not an easy dance. It entails a lot of practice, a lot of technique, so many rhythms and styles and it takes years and years of practice in order to feel and merge with the music and to be able to actually give yourself to emotions and dance them. Flamenco is the dance in which the music follows the dancer. If the dancer goes faster, so is the music. Usually we are used as dancers to follow music. Instead the flamenco dancer creates the music and the rhythm. Of course, when his or her turn comes. So, why do I like flamenco? Because it is passionate, proud, conveys feelings. Because pain can be translated into strength. Anger can be released. Because […]

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Why do I still love Zakynthos?

Despite a long, frustrating and painful conflictual situation with a renown jewelery seller from Zakynthos, l actually remain a big fan of the Zakynthos island. This beautiful Greek island, third largest in the lonian see,  has so many things to offer. Here is why I love Zakynthos: The beaches have such a fine sand and so lovely turquoise waters. Zakynthos honey is the best honey I ever tasted. Lesante Hotel was one of the best hotels I ever stayed with an outstanding service. Their meals were amazing and their breakfast and dinner buffets a continous feast. The Greek Night meal and party at “The Sweet Revenge” restaurant was one of the best parties I ever been. Note for the teens: I like to dance, eat and drink responsibly. Zakynthos is the only place in which I could dance on tables, beside the “Le Corbeau” in Brussels. All the trips taken with Nefis Travel were amazing. We even took twice the same trip (The Blue Caves) just to redo the experience of the blue smurf waters. Sea food is amazing and kadaifi is one of my favorite desserts. The yoghurt is so tasty and I love it so much that all the yoghurt that I currently buy is “Greek style” The olive oil produced on the Zakynthos island is as well one of the best olive oils I ever tasted. Every time we returned home with a huge 5 liter recipient. […]

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