In front of the balcony, majestic trees covered in a white sparkling blanket are looking at me while the blue of winter is popping out on the sky, giving me the feeling of living in Wonderland.
Another year passed by. A year so difficult for me that it seemed to never end. But it did end in a cozy way, while visiting my loved ones in Romania. Being in my parents’ arms again, it felt like those days when I was fighting with anxiety and bad panick attacks never existed. I felt safe. Whoever said “don’t grow up, it’s a trap!” was right!
The year ended in a glorious way, musically talking. After releasing my latest song “Only winter can bring you home”, the social media simply exploded. I was so overwhelmed when Facebook yesterday congratulated me for the thousand wonderful friends that I gained there! I can’t find the proper word to say “Thank you!” to all of you, but THANK YOU! and I really mean it!
For a small, independent artist, receiving support from people from all around the globe, it means a lot and it keeps me motivated. And another thing that I like about my friends on my page is that they actually want to talk to me. It doesn’t matter if it’s about music or life, but they reach out to me and ask questions or simply share with me stories about their lives. It already looks like I’m building a wonderful community online and I’m loving it!
A good start of 2019 I already had by giving an interview to a local newspaper from Romania. I was scared for the questions that I was about to get asked but it was so different than what I imagined in all those hours waiting in front of the computer to get the call. Why the anxiety? Why the bad thoughts? No need for them. They don’t exist. It’s just in our heads. The wonderful journalist was so unexpectedly down to earth that I immediately have opened the gates of my soul and let it all out. Next week the interview should be in the newspaper and although it will be in Romanian, will do my best to translate it into English and post it here on my blog.
The batteries are charged and I am ready to go back to composing music and also continue the card illustrations that I’m working on and hopefully this year they will be available for purchase. I promise you something very cute 😉
Creating you was such an adventure! And seeing how much love you are receiving from my listeners makes it even more special!
Yesterday I have released a song called “Only winter can bring you home”. It has been before on my YouTube channel but in a shorter version, bad quality and vocals missing. Now after working almost 2 months on it alone, I can proudly say that it’s complete! I hope that you will include it in your Christmas playlist 😉
’till next time!
*and stay tuned because the song will soon be available on Spotify, iTunes, etc.
It all started a few weeks ago when I made public my Halloween-inspired photos.
The ring that I was wearing was from a store called Regal Rock and I got in touch with them and they were kind enough to tell me that if I have a piece jewelry that I like, they would be happy to send it to me for free. Since I’m not a picky person, I showed them some of their jewelry that were saved in my wishlist and I told them to choose one piece and send it over here.
A few days ago, I went to the post office with the notification left in the mailbox by the mailman and I was given a small package. I totally forgot that something was on the way to me and I didn’t expect it to arrive so early especially because it was sent from China. Once I got home, I opened it and I was so surprised to see that the little box was filled up with jewelry!
They were individually wrapped and protected with layers of bubble wrap and the big surprise was to see that they didn’t send me one piece that I liked, but all of them and some extras. I’ve been their customer for a long time now and this collaboration/sponsorship/whatever you want to call it, is SO much on my taste and it fills my heart with joy to know that someone appreciates what I do and helps me continue and supports me at the same time.
You can check out their store HERE ! THANK YOU Regal Rock for your kindness, support and for this beautiful surprise!
Now these beauties reside among my other products that I bought from Regalrock a long time ago.
Hietaniemi was one of the first places that I’ve seen on my first visit here 6 years ago. Once you enter the gates of the cemetery, you don’t feel like it’s a regular burial ground. It feels more like a park where you can rest your thoughts, take a long walk and admire the beautiful architecture of the tomb stones, of the canopy gravestones and of course, the tall and beautiful statues.
One of the beautiful things that you can find in this cemetery is the amount of playful and friendly squirrels. I always say that I will buy some nuts before I go there and I always forget. So, in case you wanna visit this place, don’t go there unless you have nuts in your pocket!
It felt good for a few hours to feel the vibration of Helsinki, but once I got home, I realized how much I adore living in a small town, with not so much around but nature, stilness and my beloved one. I love exploring, I love big cities but I could never live in a big city again.
*some more squirrel photo spamming because they are too cute not to share 😀 but this cutie pie in particular was playing next to me, not feeling any danger and being incredibly joyful and playful and I believe that she enjoyed my presence there as much as I enjoyed her’s!
Thursday early in the morning, I hopped on the commuter train to Helsinki. After an adventurous journey with delays, changing trains and making friends with a wonderful Finnish girl, I made it to the capital of Finland. After finishing some paper work at the Embassy of Romania, I decided to explore another side of Helsinki that I’ve never visited before.
On the way from Stenbäckinkatu towards Kamppi, a beautiful crimson building near by Töölö library has captured my attention. It was covered with red ivy leaves, with a marble plaque dating back to 1922 and people rushing back and forth through the door of the building trying to reach their destination in time. I would have taken better photos but although they say 7-10 is the rushing hour, I am sure that 11 is as well because I kept on bumping into people and I just decided to keep on walking. Also, in the neighborhood I discovered a variety of tax free souvenir shops, a good way for the travelers to buy junk for their loved ones and at the same time, to save up some money.
On the way, a neoclassical building popped up and surprise – surprise! that was the Parliament of Finland with a very neat front yard and you could also notice the grand golden chandeliers picking out among the bars of the high windows. It looked like a modern Hogwarts, to be honest.
In the following photos, you have more beautiful buildings and interesting parts of Helsinki like the National Museum of Finland, Helsinki Music Centre (and the creepy pike statue called “Laulupuut” (Song Trees) ) etc. that you can feast your eyes on.
Part two coming up soon 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve last written here but I must say that I have no inspiration for anything during summer. I just want to lock myself in a basement until the cold season arrives 🙂
This year, a heatwave has swooped upon Finland and it lasted for a few months (!) Thankfully the heatwave has come to an end and my creative block stopped.
As an apology for my absence from my blog, I give you some “spoopy”/inspirational photos. Halloween it’s something that I’ve celebrated since I was a child and I enjoy turning myself into something that I would love to be or at least wear on a daily basis.
I haven’t thought of a name for this photo session but I think I’ll just name it “Myself” because that’s how I really am, although I am so colorful on the inside (yeah, hard to believe). Or maybe you have better ideas? 😉
Hope y’all are doing well and would love to hear what are your plans for this Halloween?
Contact lenses: Cybershop Finland
Crown: Flying Tiger
I didn’t think that I will be able to do another cover song any sooner, but I did it! This time it’s a song that I’ve been obsessively listening to when I was around 16 years old and it was so fun recording and filming it!
The ears are made by me out of polymer clay and they are not equal but this is what happens when things are done in a hurry.
Without any further ado, here’s my “Deep silent complete” cover, originally performed by the well-known Finnish symphonic metal band, Nightwish. Enjoy!