Saturday, June 13, 2015

Il Senso Essiste

I've been thinking what I wrote you almost every day here? What silly words did I put here? I grow thinking that it's kinda stupid describing the weather or that I've done nothing during the day, but anyhow I keep on doing that and it calms me down with the thought that I do write s-o-m-e-t-h-i-n-g. Well, it did, 'cause now you must have noticed that my posts are published really rarely, when I have no one to speak out to or I've saved enough news to tell. Writing has become not a pure aim, but a way of sharing my inner world with the outer one.
Sometimes I receive the inspiration and write drafts for stories. They're not completed for sure and are pretty dumb, but they are something, it's a start. I'm still waiting for a moment of the true inspiration to write something fully. From time to time I get ideas, but then my idleness works or my self-confidence doesn't work right and break the Internet any plans.
My education for this academic year is almost over, it's so close to the end. The only thing I have to do is to retell some books to my teacher of foreign literature. Even though I failed my final test, she allowed me just to tell the texts not to take the exam. I'll have to answer her questions about "Romeo and Juliet" (though I read it at school, I forgot many details), "Hamlet", "King Lear" and "Othello" by Shakespeare, "Decameron" by Boccaccio, "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes and "The Dog in the Manger" by Lope de Vega. And I'm quite ready for all of them. I pray for it. I've been lazy for the whole semester and hardly read anything, so now I deserve to suffer and read all this things. Actually I've watched some of the plays to make my life easier. But I really enjoyed reading "The Dog in the Manger" and ended up laughing at "Romeo and Juliet" - how stupidly things turned out to be! Still I'm not a fan of Shakespeare, no. But read some literature, it makes you smarter, guys!
The song of the day will be a cool Italian song "L'Amore Essiste" by Francesca Michielin. It says that love doesn't have sense, it has neither name, nor eyes, but nevertheless it exists, and you can run into it all of the sudden, when you even don't think of it. 

Be brave to believe in love

Friday, June 5, 2015

The 5th Day Of Nonsense

Hey you, how's your summer going? What? It's only the 5th of it? So you just can't enjoy it! Neither can I because I still have my studies and some other headaches to deal with. Actually, my life's pretty fine now if I don't mess it up and manage my time right.
I've just watched one Soviet screening of "Hamlet", 1964. Surprisingly it ended up satisfying for me, though I had considered "Hamlet" to be a pretty boring thing. I tried to read it in the 9th grade at school, but I almost fell asleep. Maybe, I've simply grown up? The fact that the movie was black and white added some special atmosphere to it.

Guess who
My mom went to her travel yesterday. She's about to visit our relatives in the Russian North and attend a conference in Saint Petersburg. But the most exciting news from her for me is that my mother and her friends will visit Armenia and Georgia in October! Unfortunately, I won't join them, but I'll certainly receive a birthday text from Yerevan or Tbilisi. I'd like to visit Armenia one day too. 
Tomorrow I'll go to the concert of Cherry Lady's university choir. I've seen their performance only once when they sand one single song during a big concert, and now I'll chance to hear many songs of their repertoire. 
Plainly nowadays I feel a bit bored, because I don't work anymore and my student organisation doesn't put up any meetings. So I have to amuse somehow myself - going to the hospital, for example. 
And the song of the day will be a pretty sexy song with a totally unsexy tittle "Gorilla" by Bruno Mars. Get it.

Ooh I got a body full of liquor
With a cocaine kicker
And I'm feeling like I'm thirty feet tall
So lay it down, lay it down

You got your legs up in the sky
With the devil in your eyes
Let me hear you say you want it all
Say it now, say it now

Look what you're doing, look what you've done
But in this jungle you can't run
'Cause what I got for you
I promise it's a killer,
You'll be banging on my chest
Bang bang, gorilla

Ooh, yeah
You and me baby making love like gorillas
Ooh, yeah
You and me baby making love like gorillas

Yeah, I got a fistful of your hair
But you don't look like you're scared
You just smile and tell me, "Daddy, it's yours."
'Cause you know how I like it,
You's a dirty little lover

If the neighbors call the cops,
Call the sheriff, call the SWAT ‒ we don't stop,
We keep rocking while they're knocking on our door
And you're screaming, "Give it to me baby,
[Clean version:] Give it like you wanna!"
[Explicit version:] Give it to me motherfucker!"

Oh, look what you're doing, look what you've done
But in this jungle you can't run
'Cause what I got for you
I promise it's a killer,
You'll be banging on my chest
Bang bang, gorilla

Ooh, yeah
You and me baby making love like gorillas
Ooh, yeah
You and me baby making love like gorillas

I bet you never ever felt so good, so good
I got your body trembling like it should, it should
You'll never be the same baby once I'm done with you
You [x3]

Oh, you with me baby making love like gorillas

Ooh, yeah
You and me baby we'll be fuckin' like gorillas
Ooh, yeah (Yeah, yeah, baby, baby, oh yeah, yeah)
You and me baby making love like gorillas

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Summertime Sadness IV

Whether you're a school boy/girl with your holiday or a student like me with the exams ahead, no one can deny the excitement about summer! Yey! What do you expect of your summer? I expect a wild time!
Right time I really worry about my exams, because I know I'll get excellent marks for the most of them automatically, but some still upset me. For example, the history of foreign literature. I know that I totally fucked up the last test, and I don't know what our teacher will tell me. I've attended all her classes and worked pretty good, so I may just rewrite the test (if everything goes well) OR go straight to hell to the exam. If I have to take the exam, I'll have to memorize aaaaaall we've learnt since the very beginning of the semester. And I don't want it. So now I'll wait till Thursday to acknowledge my destiny.
The next thing I have to get over with is the medical examination my student organisation and I will go through to work in the summer camp. Everybody knows that going around the doctors isn't the most pleasant thing on the world. But anyhow I would have to face that medical examination sooner or later. Unfortunately it's happening in such a complicated city like Vladivostok.
But these two things are pretty blue. There are definitely more bright things to anticipate! First of all it's my first term in the summer camp as a teacher.
~~Time for an interesting story~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Back in 2011 I visited the Russian All Children Camp "Ocean" in Vladivostok for the first time. It was so awesome! "Ocean" is one of thee legend camps in Russia, and I chanced to visit it for free! The atmosphere was one of a kind, there's still nothing comparing to it. And then I promised myself that one day I would return to Vladivostok, I would work there, I wanted to work in "Ocean" as the teacher. That day I thought that maybe I would study in Vladivostok, even though in 2011 I longed for St. Petersburg. And BA DUM TSSS! Here I am studying in Vladivostok and about to work as a teacher in a summer camp. Isn't it a miracle? They say, dreams come true. So hey, life! Where's my Saint-Petersburg???
What do I expect of my work in the summer camp? I don't know. I have an image in my head, but it would take too long to describe. On the other hand I'm a little bit afraid, of course. I always tend to anticipate too much and then I'm disappointed that I get too little. So I'd better think positively and not build on sand.
After the summer camp I'll think hard about what to do during my nearly 2 weeks in Vladivostok before leaving for a better place. I'll live with my aunt and uncle, but I won't connect much with them, because they'll have their own children visiting them. So I'll keep on exploring the city of Vladivostok and spending money.
 Then I'll have a marvellous trip. But I won't inform you much about it now (if I haven't already done it before). And the last 2 weeks of summer I'll spend in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, my hometown. It's kinda crazy - only two weeks! Fourteen days and nights! Only those days I'll meet my parents, Dasha, Ilya and other guys from my Sakhalin gang. I hope it'll be insane enough not to get bored even once in that fortnight.
Well, it's my rough plan for the summer 2015. And the song of the day will be "Summertime Sadness" by adorable Lana Del Rey traditionally. Because we all got it.

Be brave

P.S. I've noticed that I forgot to write the "Summertime Sadness IV" post in the end of the previous summer. Such a pity! But I won't miscount, so exactly this pot will be the fourth of "SS" series as it is. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Grande Amore To Heroes With A Million Voices

How do you like my title, huh? Do you recognize anything? I'm sure you do as well as you know that I'm a super Eurovision fan. And of course you shouldn't doubt that Dasha and I woke up so early last week just to watch our favourite show live. I must admit that I really LOVED this year's Eurovision! I don't recall a better show since 2009. I liked so many songs. But there's always a 'but', and I feel like mentioning that the show itself could have been greater. I mean the opening ceremony, fireworks, dances, surprises... It was the 60th Eurovision anniversary! And I'm not the only one who thinks so. I've chanced to talk to a Swedish guy, and he noticed the luck of celebration too. I understand that nothing compares to the show Russia launched back in 2009, but they could try. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the time spent with Eurovision. Of course, Dasha and I made such a mess in our social networks, but it was worth it.

Now a couple of words about my favourites. One of the first guys I liked was a duet from Estonia with the song called "Goodbye to Yesterday". I immediately noticed that their song strongly reminded me of another song, and in the end of that day I realized I had been thinking about "I Love You" by Woodkid, and Dasha agreed. Compare too!

I can't help writing about the Belgium singer Loïc Nottet who smashed the Internet with his hit "Rhythm Inside". It was the second track that reminded me of something else. "Rhythm Inside" reminded me of Lorde's works, it was obvious with the first claps. 

I also loved a wonderful duet from Norway with "A Monster Like Me". The red-haired songstress reminded of Florence and the Machine, but it was the only resemblance with anything that I had noticed. I won't annoy you with that anymore :) So I absolutely fell for the song, it's 'so me' as the basic girls may say. 

I also liked the girl from Ireland, though she didn't make it to the Grand Final. I like thr type of song she performed, so let it live here.

Do you see that almost all of the songs I've mentioned are ballads? So the next singer didn't have to work hard to be noticed, because he had such a club song. And I'm talking about Nadav Guedj with his track "Golden Boy". People compared him with Justin Timberlake, I saw and heard a lot of Jason Derulo. And he's only 16!! 

I can't leave the winner without my attention, of course. His performance touched every heart and mind, I think. The staging of the performance is incredible, the guy is adorable, the song is powerful. What else do you need from a winner? I'm obviously satisfied with Måns Zelmerlöw, he's definitely the hero of his country to bring Eurovision back to Sweden so soon! I must remind you that Sweden held the contest not so long ago, just in 2013. Sweden always sends decent singers with cool songs to Eurovision Song Contest. And Dasha and I hope to see Eric Saade the next year, maybe just like a host. Please?

Ok, here you go, Russia! Actually I hadn't paid much attention to the Russian entry before Polina's performance. Our song "A Million Voices" is a strong ballad that Eurovision has every year, so I didn't hope much, especially in the political situation we have. But when Polina got on stage, I remembered her live performance I'd seen before in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and understood she would blow anyone's mind away. And she did! When they were telling the results from each country and Polina held the 1st place for a long time, I hardly kept my emotions! I thought like "OMG! It can't be truth!" And so well, it wasn't... :D BUT THE SECOND PLACE! It's our best result since the victory in 2008! I was surprisingly proud of Russia, Polina's emotions were inimitable. Go, Russia!

Aaaaaand these guys must be my most favourite. The following lines will be full of love and admiration. So, the object of my love is... a marvellous, wonderful, perfect trio "Il Volo" from Italy with their amazing song "Grande Amore". OH MIO DIO, LORO FIABESCHI, AMO LORO! CHE BELLE VOCI! BELLISSIMO! Grazie, grazie, ragazzi! I hadn't listened to their song before the contest, so I only heard some samples during the semi-finals and thought "Oh, it must be great!" I didn't wait much from Italy, because previous songs hadn't been very impressive. But when those three young men came on stage, opened their mouths and led people to heaven, I understood that I found a new musical power for my life. And another reason to learn Italian!! Then I figured out that the guys are only about 2 years older than me, and I was like "Oh my! Where can I get a visa to Italy?" Just listen to them! They sing not for you, but right into your soul, invading in your private space and remaining there like the owners. Of course, I soon found their other songs, and now I wanna take a bath in their voices. Finally I found a resource with which I'll learn Italian ASAP. Grazie.

I liked more songs than I've described, but these are really worth writing about. I hope you have easily determined the song of the day. 
Talking about the things beside Eurovision, so I've passed all the exams connected with my student organization. I'm almost a teacher of a summer camp!! I'LL WORK WITH MANY CHILDREN THIS SUMMER! Olga, what have you become? I simply hope, the better version of me.

Be brave

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Ninth Of Victory

Every Victory Day I write some inspiring sentences about the WWII, but today I've spent absolutely different 9th of May. Usually on that day I woke up, went to a concert, then had a walk with Dasha, after that I were back home writing a post. But today I woke up and... I had no concert to go to. I went to the picnic with Cherry Lady and Andrew. Well, we just crossed the boarders of our campus, walked for about 5 minutes and found a gorgeous place just for a nice picnic! We put up a fire, cooked sausages on it and had fun. The view was simply amazing!

After the picnic I thought I would spend the rest of the day at home with my laptop, but no - Megan from my student organisation wrote me and asked if I wanted to have a walk with her. I was like "Why not?!" I quickly changed my clothes which smelled like smoke and headed to the city. When we met and went to the next spot, we met several people from our student organisation! So crazy!  Also we saw some street performances due to the Victory Day. Then we went to the cafe and it was the end of our little meeting. Thankfully the day was warm and no wind prevented us from having a good time.
Generally my life goes well. The next week I'll have the first exam (theoretical one) for becoming a teacher (or a leader) in a camp. I think I'll do fine with this one. But in the end of May we'll have a practice examination, and I'm really anxious about it. Also I've learn that there's a boy in our student organisation who came from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk too. Moreover, we live in the same district there! Err, as you can see, now my life is almost all about the student organisation. 
My main education is fine, I hope I'll manage to pass the most of exams automatically as I did the last semester. My work as a tutor is good as well. I'll stop teaching my girl in the end of May, and I'll keep on teaching my boy in June until my work in the camp starts.
I bought a bright pink chalk for hair. It's amazing! It's easy to put on and it washes away with the first shower you take. Or the second. I love it so much! Reminds me of the days with the American hair dye. Absolute like!

As long as I didn't write about my student organisation's training, I feel bound to publish a couple of photos at least.

Our little group (one boy missing though)
The whooooole squad

Be brave to win

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

To My Huckleberry Friends

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I'm crossing you in style some day.
Audrey Hepburn – Moon River

My student life is full of events: we have a lot of work for literary science, but we have missed many French lessons because our teacher was ill. Anyhow I try to catch up on French myself. I think I must remember how enthusiastic I was when I studied English with my beloved tutor.
My work as an English tutor goes well. I keep on teaching a boy, 9, and a girl, 10, and they turned out to be cousins of each other.
Finally *drums drums drums* I bought contact lenses!!! Now I can see so well without nose irritation. Now I see faces of strangers passing by and looking at me. And now if I see a familiar face in the crowd, I'll coldly walk on by on purpose, not because I can't identify a person due to my bad vision. Now the world is so clear! Well, it's also because the weather is quite good. And not just 'quite good', it's excellent! It's almost summer here as long as it's almost winter in my hometown. Well, views of our campus may not seem so happy, but it feels happy indeed.

Recently Tatyana and I have started practicing yoga. It's way more relaxing than fast and furious moves of aerobics. So while doing yoga, we stretch our bodies, obtain balance and - probably the most important - relax. Dealing so many problems and obstacles during the week, we need this hour of heaven on the floor. Usually we just turn on a random yoga video on YouTube and enjoy. Unfortunately, we don't meet as often as we'd like, but at least once a week we find an hour for yoga. Maybe, when it's totally warm outside, we'll practice outside. It would be even more healthier, funnier and we wouldn't have to look for the days, when my roommate leave the room. Of course, Tanya and I aren't professional yoginis. We exercise for joy and pleasure, as any exercise should be done. I'd wanted to try yoga for a long time, watched my momma doing it, and I'm so glad I tried it myself. Today I've also asked my mother to send me her yoga guide-book with colourful pictures and detailed instructions. I believe this book will provide some good information for me. The main aim is to follow instructions about breath and concentration control.
Soon enough my education in the student organisation will finish with the exams, and I'll become a camp leader with the certification! I can't deny that working with about 20 little devils scares me a bit, but I'm sure I'll handle it.
But before I work in the summer camp, we'll finish our first academic year at university. I still can't believe that time flies away so fast! You cannot even imagine how fast the other three years will pass. Talking about it, I'm so eager to know what's ahead waiting for me. I've already planned my whole summer and sometimes think about the next one. Some days ago Anton and I found an advertisement inviting to go to France with a group to learn French in Cannes or Nice. It showed the price of 1600 euros, and it didn't include any plane tickets and visa things. 1600 euros only for education, accommodation and excursions. I decided it was too expensive, and if I wanted to go to France, I would go there alone then. But going to France means having headache with visa. Lately I've been considering about saving for a Moroccan trip (after the USA, of course).
Reading my epigraph, you might have understood that I *finally* watched "Breakfast at Tiffany's". When I watched it, I was literally shocked for a couple of days after it. I believed in true love again, my inner girly girl woke up and cried not just a river, but the whole ocean over the story. The cruellest scene of the movie for me was when the main character Holly made her cat go out of the taxi in the pouring rain, and I was like: "You, how can you?! A cruel thing!!" It's the only thing that spoils my thoughts on Holly Golightly. And when she found it, it felt like it was me who found the cat, like I myself did a mistake and corrected it. It only means that the actors did the great job, awesome.
And the song of the day will be "Moon River" by marvellous Audrey Hepburn. The song perfectly describes how I feel and what I think, so let it be. This simple song won an Oscar, by the way.

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I'm crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you're going I'm going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There's such a lot of world to see.
We're after the same rainbow's end
waiting 'round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

Be brave

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hypnotic? Prosaic.

Not so long ago a muse came down to me, and I decided to form my writing thoughts. I caught myself thinking that I create a lot of things while I'm on my way to the city or back home, so I shouldn't let them die in the universe, I'd better save them in my phone at least. So maybe it will work? That's why I've just launched a side project. If all goes well, I'll inform you here. But if you're good with Google+, you may find it yourself.
The spring has finally come to our place, and I can't help enjoying sunny beams. Even though the last two days were harshly windy, I willingly assure you it's not fatal. Vladivostok is known to be a city of winds, so we all have to put up with that fact here.

BTW, fogs are a usual thing in the morning now.
Last week I got a call from mama telling me that I had received a parcel back in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from... Hong Kong! Suffice it to say that emotions overwhelmed me - I hadn't received any mail via post office in years, and I had never done that internationally! I guessed pretty quickly that the parcel was from my pen-friend Gwen. Due to my request my mom opened the package and sent me the photos of what was inside. There was a letter congratulating me on the Chinese New Year and a couple of cute souvenirs. That was so adorable! I can't wait to send something Russian to her!

Our group mentor downloaded me Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond the Earth. It's amazing! Although my mind blows up every time I play it, because I haven't got used to the flashing colourful graphics and all these extraterrestrial things yet, but I definitely love it!
Approximately a week ago or so my neighbor and I finished watching "Hannah Montana" started watching "The Nanny" - an American series from the 90's. You see, we decided to dive deep into the classics of the series.
My student organization studying goes quite well, though I can't tell I'm a brilliant student in that field. 
There are nearly all news I've wanted to share with you. Well, tomorrow I'll go shopping and have one English lesson with the boy.
The song of the day will be the song Dasha sent me a couple of days ago, but I have already fallen for it - "Hypnotic" by Vanic X Zella Day.

Be brave

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