NEW LOOK

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I am excited to introduce you to the new look of my blog!!!

The whole process from the design stage until the final touch has been a long one, filled with a lot of learning for me. It has also given me a chance to review and rethink what this blog is about.

You see, I created this blog in 2011 with zero knowledge of how to make one. But this time I had a professional web designer rebuild it according to my ideas and wants. I am very happy that I made the decision to use a web designer – The Petite Co.

I looked at so many different websites for inspiration. There are so many nice websites out there… I chose to go for a minimal design with large white spaces. This allows you to be able to read the content as you read something on a clean piece of white paper. And you can look at the pictures, nothing else but the pictures, without any distraction : ) … I know I have put some pressure on myself – I have to ensure that I post only really good pictures now since there are no distractions! (This is good.)

Just be patient though, I am still learning, I am getting there… I think this simple design is the best for the blog at the moment. I just hope you don’t find it too simple.

Okay, even though it is quite easy to find your way around this simple “home”, I will give you a brief tour anyway.

On the top, you’ll find the categories. I have changed these a bit. At the moment there are 5 of them: Jewelry, Lifestyle, Photography, Travels and Life. And if you click on any of them you will go to another page where you will see a summary of the posts under that category (with images!).

Below every post, I use tags as well in case you want to find anything related to those words and a share button so you can share the post to anyone using different media. There is also a comment box in every post now. I look forward to get to know you there.

Other than that, you can search anything in the blog through search and archives, located at the bottom of the blog.

Ahh, and social media! Click on any of them, and let’s be friends.

The main new thing of this blog is the email updates you will receive from me directly to your email inbox, only two times in a month, not more :) should you choose to. Go ahead and sign up below. Your email address will remain confidential with me. I am using a safe application for that. And if you ever change your mind, you can unsubscribe anytime.

I guess that’s about it.. How do you like the new look?

I was accompanied by these nice songs when I wrote this post. Perhaps you want to do the same while you go around the blog. Click here for the playlist.

 

A BATHROOM

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And this is a bathroom! It belongs to Miranda Brooks, a landscape architect and Vogue Contributing Editor and her architect husband, Bastien Halard.

“I live in my bath,” says Brooks. It’s where she reads at night and where she and Halard catch up on their respective days, Halard perched on the eighteenth-century Swedish carved bench that was Brooks’s first purchase at auction. “It’s like a library/sitting room with a bathtub in it,” she says of the space.

If you are interested to see more pictures of their whole house and to read the full interview, click here.

I am going to print these photos and tape it on my inspiration wall to remind me how a bathroom should look like and feel!

Now, other than an inspiring bathroom, this pattern makes me happy. It is definitely because of the color.

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90 DAYS PHOTOS, FOLLOW UP

Unfortunately, I found myself behind schedule on my own project, one photo everyday for 90 days. And, in the end, I decided to stop it altogether. It was too ambitious. I had simply underestimated the time required to take photos on a daily basis. The only time I had available for taking photos was basically from inside a moving vehicle on the way to work/home. Only on weekends or on holidays did I have the time to really try different features/ techniques.

Although I didn’t complete the project, did I learn anything? Of course! Besides the headache I got while trying to take photos from a moving vehicle, here is the list of what I have learnt:

1. My hands are now more comfortable with the camera.
2. I practiced how to see and use nature lights.
3. I practiced to use both lenses I have (18-55mm, 55-250mm) and I now know more or less when to use them.
4. I gained some courage to approach people and ask their permissions to take their photos
5. I learnt some skills on how to move myself smoothly in crowds so as not to get attention from them since this DSLR is not as tiny as a smart phone.
6. And most importantly, I started it. I created a momentum, every single day.

I still have so much to learn and I want to continue developing my skills. So in order for this learning to continue, I need to adjust the way of learning a bit, to make it more effective and realistic. I am thinking to create a monthly project instead of a daily one. Something like, posting a minimum of my 3 best photos every month for the whole year.

I’ll give it some more thought and share my plans with you next week. Perhaps you want to join? :)

In the meantime, here are the last photos of the 90 days photos project.

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It was quite dusty that day..

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To cross or not to cross..

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I love these taxis. They are so vintage. Wouldn’t it be cool to have photos with a vintage outfit (or maybe super fashionable outfit) with this taxi?

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Working on the new look of my website, accompanied by tomatoes & mozzarella

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Practicing to catch the ray of lights

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I love his color coordination

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One morning on my way to work

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I visited an International Bazaar in Delhi. These warm smiling gentlemen made my day.

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DREAMING IS FREE

I have been taking Spanish class on the weekends for the last one year. It is every Saturday and Sunday morning for 3 hours. Depending on how interesting or passionate the teacher is, there can be some games or creative activity in the class. Luckily, I have a passionate teacher in the level I am in now.

I would like to share with you an activity that we did this morning, because it inspired me a lot. In fact it inspired not only me but also some of my class mates.

The name of the activity is SOÑAR ES GRATIS, dreaming is free.  This is the translated instruction for the activity:

Work in pairs; imagine that you have a lot of money that will allow you to create any business of your dreams; a restaurant, a pub, an art gallery, etc. Decide what business you want and answer the questions below:

What is it:

What is the name:

Where is it located:

What things/ activities does it do:

Other characteristics:

We immediately busied ourselves writing; surprisingly it took longer to put our dreams in writing than we thought (even though it is said in the instruction that we have a lot of money..). Anyway, in short, to just sum up the Dreams of my classmates this morning, here they are:

  1. To have a restaurant nearby the sea in Goa
  2. A Cinema in Paris
  3. A Casino in Vegas
  4. A Hotel by the beach in Goa
  5. A free hospital for terminal illnesses in New Delhi

And then we discussed and shared our dreams with each other. You know, this was just a 10 minutes activity we did as we had limited time. It was very easy and fun, but the difficult part was to find the words in Spanish. It really lifted up the energy in the class.

When Purva, my classmate, who I worked with in pair this morning shared her dream of having a free hospital in New Delhi, her eyes came alive, brighter. She talked and talked…. Fun exercise.

I am going to do it again. I have more time now.

I would like you to do it. Get an empty sheet of paper and a pen. You can prepare a coffee or a tea as well to accompany you (I have my coffee and almond roll with me…) and just start answering the questions above. As mentioned in the title of the exercise DREAMING IS FREE, so go ahead and make today a bit brighter, dream a little…

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You’ll never know, maybe you will have a lot of money in the future. By then, you know what to do : )

 

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I watched the ice hockey game this afternoon, Almtuna against Södertaljeä, in Uppsala. First time I came to see ice hockey game. I must say I enjoyed very much! Will not be my last time to watch live game like this.

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Since this is my first time to watch ice hockey, my poor husband got to answer all my questions. Too many rules… Ok, there are 5 players on each side, and they change players all the time. The reason is because it is very tiring. It is a high-speed game.What else? yes, the game is 3 period of 20 minute each, with 15 minutes break between the period. That’s the rules I remembered so far. I need to watch more to get to know the rest of the rules :)

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During the break time of the game, there was a short game played between 2 kid teams. This was very entertaining!. They were beyond cute, their tiny posture and the attire.. and some of them were falling all the time! So funny… I think if next time there is a kid match of ice hockey, I definitely buy ticket for it.

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So what do I learn after watching this game? I’d rather watched the game than taking photos. Well, at least I have more than one photo for today for my project.