Monday, 31 December 2012

happy new year 2013 !

♥ happy new year my dears! ♥


have you made resolutions for the new year?
why? why not?

my only resolution is to be happy and to make the persons happy that i love ...

may all your dreams come true ♥

Saturday, 29 December 2012

strangeness and charms' end-of-the-year review 2012.

what a year. 2012 was full of impressions, discoveries and experiences. i want to share them with you.
so let's recall 2012!

- i created 'strangeness and charms' in march 2012.

- ... i made my very first outfit posts.

- i saw florence + the machine in paris.

- i saw florence + the machine in frankfurt.

- i visited frankfurt.

- i visited heidelberg.

- i visited praha.

- i visited spain.

- i ate delicious things.

- i watched great movies.

- i saw beautiful things.

what about your review of the year's events?
what have you seen, eaten, watched and loved?

Friday, 28 December 2012

life of pi.

do you know this feeling? ... of feeling so dead and vacant and believing you were an empty shell, filled up with a vacuum which will ever be unfulfilled? and nothing can make you happy anymore and you do not feel anything, no sadness, no hate, no joy and no happiness? ... a long time i've felt this way. already when i was a teen. i was restless, haunted by my dreams. i've read everything i could get hold of, so that i could fill up my  inner emptiness. but i couldn't find anything. i've felt like a ghost, walking on earth, aimlessly. i've read tolstoi, sartre, flaubert and murakami and with each day, i've felt more lonely and older and older ...

i never had a lot of friends, but i didn't care. i always felt that i was different. i've been solitary and i isolated myself freely. but in spite of it all, i searched for something. a meaning. a meaning of life. my mum was very religious and thus i came across christianity. but there were too many frailites in my life so i wasn't able to believe that god was good. i thought that god didn't love me. why did i have to endure so many cruelties? i was left in disbelief.

thus i came across philosophy and hoped it would give me the answers i was searching for so long. but philosophy made me doubt much more. made me doubt myself and this world i lived in.

image from jrhmy/

and then i came across this book. i've been signed in the letternet, a pen pal network of the deutsche post.
i read about this indian boy, who found god as a hindu, as a christ and as a muslim. this boy who was a cast away, doomed to stay 227 days on the pacific ocean on a lifeboat, with his whole family killed in the sinking - his only companion a bengal tiger named richard parker.

i've read this book when i was 17. yann martel and his life of pi made me believe in myself, once more, and he made me believe in god again, too. i've cried so much while i've read this book. and i thought a lot about life and this world i'm living in.

and then, i've got strength to live again. but my life was quite sad. and once more, i've lost faith. and when i was 23, i found true eternal love. and i was so happy, because my life again made sense.

but thus, i could not forget things which happend. things which are to sad that i would want to write them down here. i can just say that i've still been a restless and depressive soul. i still am. but it was less devastating than it was before i was 23 ... or when i was a teen.

i cried when i read that this story was made into a film. deep inside my soul i've always hoped for this to come. i've waited for it. still, i was frightened. i was frightened at the possibility that they would not visualize the book as i kept it in my memory. but i needed to watch it.

and yesterday, the time has come. i've watched life of pi, with my lifelong love, my boyfriend. and i saw my childhood dream there, on the movie screen. in a few hours this film made me go through this huge abundance of feelings i had while i read the book when i was 17. it's a delirium, which leaves you behind in trance. an emotional rollercoaster. it was a bit difficult for me to cope with this whole cosmic story compressed in such a short passage of time. but it was all worthwhile. i cried a lot while watching and also afterwards ... i still weep easily ... but i am thankful ... for every tear which i was able to shed meanwhile.

from the aesthetic point of view one must say that life of pi really is a visual masterpiece.

i am thankful for this wonderful book, this wonderful film. everybody shoud read life of pi or see the film. for me, it was like travelling back in time. it was like a journey to the depths of my self.

maybe you'll find god when you see it. maybe you will find yourself. maybe you will conquer a phase of deep mourning.

i can say that it has delivered me from a spell of deep depression, and i am thankful for that. i'm not completely healed. but i feel that this is the beginning of a deep purification. just like at the time when i've read the book. thus i want to say thank you. 

thank you, yann martel. 

thank you, ang lee.

... one should attach value to life of pi, the book and the film because both are worthy of the time you will spend with them.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

outfit: a christmas song.

메리 크리스마스 ! ~~~
merry christmas ! ~~~

white rosette dress: ASOS
earrings: disney couture
double ring: ebay
bracelet: H&M

this is the outfit i wore for christmas eve.
what did you wear? ♥

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

food love: our christmas dinner.

메리 크리스마스 ! ~~~
merry christmas ! ~~~

merry christmas my dears! 

... for our christmas dinner we didn't have goose or duck as usually, because our oven is broke. but we had some fine korean and asian dishes and several salads.

we had so delicious beef steak with bulgogi marinade (불고기), mandu (만두the korean version of pasta squares) with veggie filling, turkey with sweet-and-sour sauce, bean salad with mustard pickles, spicy radish salad and the obligatory rice ().
i ate mustard pickles for the very first time and it was SO delicious! it fitted perfectly with the sweet-and-sour sauce.

now if you look at the combination with asian dishes and the bean salad with mustard pickles this dinner was somewhat THE example a for fusion cuisine, or global cooking - don't you think? :D

anyhow this was a wonderful dinner - thanks mum! ♥

Monday, 24 December 2012

merry christmas 2012 ♥

메리 크리스마스 ! ~~~
merry christmas ! ~~~

... merry christmas to my dear readers and every other one, too! i'm gonna enjoy a delicious christmas dinner now with loads of korean dishes and champagne! 

have a wonderful and cosy time with your heart people and relations! ♥