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 😉
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
My annual Easter video is here (because you asked for it)! And it had to be filmed in the kitchen where I always fail nicely 😀
YouTube is a place where I’m allowed to do what I know best. From vlogs to DIYs, live performances, cover songs, my own music, etc.
My channel is a mixture of all those things mentioned above because I like diversity. And for this, now I’ve have created playlists so it will be easier for my new unsubscribed visitors to have a look through what I create 🙂 If you like what I do, feel free to subscribe to my channel!
…not really. But while I was enjoying my morning cup (make it a mug) of rooibos tea with honey and eating a waffle that was made a night before, I looked outside and everything seemed so blue. I checked my phone and the weather app said “-18”. And of course, I don’t trust my phone or nowadays technology but once I checked the thermometer outside, it was indeed -18. And hei! What does Ioana do when it’s really cold? She goes outside, of course!
And here is my first outfit post. Not very “fashion” though because winters in Finland are really heavy and cold and nobody wants get pneumonia, right? The “outfit” posts will be a new category on my blog. My style changes through the years and I really love putting outfits together and I always like to get out of the pattern. Not a fashion guru but hope to inspire you!
Jacket – no brand , faux fur mittens – Bik Bok , turtleneck & earrings – H&M
I don’t think I even wished you all a good start of 2018 so Happy New Year everyone!
My first post of this year will be a carol because outside is snowing, fairy lights are still all around the neighborhood and my Christmas tree is not in the storage room yet. Down below you have my dark version of the Ukrainian carol called “Carol of the Bells” (also known as “Ukrainian Bell Carol”) but most of the people know it from the “Home Alone” movie and this just makes me watch it again and again *cough*.
Although the song has been recorded about a month ago, yesterday I went into the forest and froze my fingers off while taking photos for the digital artwork that I also did last night (it took me more than 7 hours). I used to spend my nights playing with my graphic tablet and creating digital fantasy worlds, but at some point I just stopped but because the “New Year’s resolution” is quite popular nowadays, here’s my resolution for this year: to continue creating photomanipulations. What’s your resolution/s for this year?
Torpparimuseo – The Tenant Farmer Museum in Laurinmäki – is the place that I discovered this summer on Juhannus day and it’s always a pleasure to come back!
It’s like an old Finnish traditional village that gives you a glimpse of the past, of how people used to live and how well-built wood houses were back then.
The old things are preserved impeccably and the forest around the small village offers visitors a friendly welcome and it feels like there are no rules – meaning, it feels like nobody is watching you and you can freely explore the surroundings.
In my hometown in Romania, we have also a village museum similar to Torpparimuseo and being there it gave me a feeling of home. And although last week when I was there the weather was dreary, the green of the forest was so vibrant! Like not a single autumn has ever stopped by there!
A must-see place if you happen to be in Finland!