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even making a video introduction can be a pain

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Today I read on Facebook a casting call by CastTeam I decided to go for it, they were asking for fluent/native English speaking people with some Hungarian knowledge (I have them both) age range 18-70 etc.

I also shared the casting call on my group: Hungarian models, actors, musicians, entertainers – English speaking (I hope the link will work for you from here, if not, search for the group name on Facebook.

The adventure started today like this…

I made about a million of videos as an introduction about myself..and guess what, I did not like them any :))) and of course at the end when I got fedup I’ve chosen one.

Since I had many of them, I picked the best moments, they remind me on the lapsus videos you can watch usually on the TV for the New Years Eve!

The application deadline for the job is very short as the shooting is already in 1-2 days.  Since I have no decent camera, plus the light in my flat is quite bad, I was climbing on the table as I had more lights there,  but in the meantime trying to cover the lamp behind 😀

But, my LG mini G2 phone serves me well in case of emergencies 😀

So, video 1:

When u are just focusing on what is next and you are not recalling what u said….   plus you try to be super cute, not too smiley, not to serious, not to unserious, not too much casual, not confused,  blablabla…

video 2:

“Oh common”

video 3:

When u did about 1000 videos and you get fedup, but u decide to that one more video…

video 4:

using hi is not so professional, or?? I would say not…

video 5:

pljjljljljl, when your tongue get’s stucked

and finally, you really get sick of it…I sent this one…I would anyway never be satisfied with the outcome :)))

and Video 6, the winner…

it’s okay

And after so much efforts, the worst is that mostly it’s not about your abilities, capabilities if you will get the job, but if the casting director or it’s crews imagination “clicked” with your appearance, behaviour, acting, with your own personality etc., so give it a try always 🙂

But, certainly I practised today a lot how to introduce myself.

Lángos is fried bread?

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I found this article about the different ways of combining bread and cheese in the world, it is very interesting 🙂
I never knew “Lángos” is translated as fried bread in English, I’ve learned something today 🙂
I am very good in making it, if you need a Lángos cook for your house party let me know to agree on details :))
Love the cheese, sour-cream and garlic version (yes, lot’s of garlic and olive oil),
I was always eating the salty version, untill Filip asked me to put Nutella on top of it…
I do not know why I was shocked at this request at first, but, probably because all my life I was eating it in a salty version and honestly I still like it more then the version with Nutella 😀
oh, and I love Khachapuri, did you know you can get it on Deák square Andrássy corner in the Yermenian restaurant called, guess how: Hachapuri (I am wondering why the “K” is missing from the name)
I just learned why is “Pogacha” (Turkish) ->>> “pogača” in Serbian and “pogácsa” in Hungarian, this is full Turkish influence 🙂

Flashmob and Xmas present

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Yesterday afternoon I met with Marcus on Vörösmarty to discuss the details of the photoshooting project for the the Chinese clothing company and before meeting him I walked through Váczi street looking for a present for my babysitter and finally I decided to visit Pylones, a shop for gadgets and home decor.

Those interested only in the flashmob part of the blog, read the blog at the end 😀

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I love colorful things, this is the place I will get in just to get a “color injection” 🙂

and u can find e.g. cat magnets (you can fold the tail and use it as a hanger) or bookmarks in cute shapes…

glass holder or cat umbrella’s 🙂

something for the bikers, car-drivers (bells, horn, ice scrapers…)

….something for the kids and household…

In the meantime, Yevgenya called me too come to her gallery as Jasna the other girl from our band will also join to do some singing practise.

I jumped on the tram 49 on Deák square, finally i caught the X-mas tram, till now I was watching it only from the distance 🙂

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On my and other people biggest surprise people started to sing X-mas songs on the tram. I joined them as I knew the songs from my childhood and while traveling I also talked to the organizers, they are called Mosolykommandó 2014 and it was their first X-mas song singing flashmob, anyone can join. I hope to hear them other time too!

I told the organizers the previous day I proposed the girls from the band to do the same while we were going for our rehearsal, but we did not do it in the end, however I was singing on my own as usual :))

not a perfect video, but a little insight in the feeling from yesterday evening 🙂

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how my flat became a shooting scene

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Lola messaged me couple of days ago to help her, she was out of her mind from excitement, I thought something bad happened and then she showed me an article 😀

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As I opened it on my phone and the quality of the photo she sent is bad I just saw the title, it’s something like this: Peter Srámek is waiting for the first kiss, and as u can see Lola on the photo (if you do not know her I am talking about this brunette on the photo). I just told her: oh common Lola, in what sh.. have you again get into? :))))

But, then she told me the story, she was with her friend (girl) and they heard on one of the radios that this guy, who is kinda becoming a celebrity looking for a date, and well, Lola is always into adventures 😀 I am wondering why we get along well? :)))

So she sent her details on sms to the radio and guess what, she got chosen. Of course!

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Later, she explained me, she needs a place to stay, because one of the newspapers (u know these with gossips, by name  “Bors” -a Hungarian one) will come to her to meet her and  she is invited for a date lunch with the guy on the photo. So,do not be surprised for seing her on  Super TV2

The next day the photographer  and a journalist lady came, interviewed her, they made photos (this one is made by me with my LG). Look at her hot shoes 😀

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We laughed about it a lot, specially when we started to read the comments made on the page of this gossip newspaper (people commenting her as: she is dating the guy because he is celebrity, rich etc…the jelaous ones :)))

Afterwards, we picked up Filip from the childcare and went for a casting to Umbrella Budapest-New York.

This morning she arrived nervous like hell, showing me the article written about yesterday (only those who speak Hungarian will understand it)..she said,they put the worst photo about me :)))

This is the Hungarian article and of course not really reflecting the things said on the interview, but who cares, she is dating a celebrity :))))

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I was the stylist and make-up artist  of Lola for the date, hahahaha

This photo she sent some time after she left the flat for the date…

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I hope she will enjoy at least the lunch! :))))

And I cannot wait to hear the details of the “date”.

and I have to admit, i love this diversity of my friends and their life-stories 😀

Xmas time in Budapest

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I planned this weekend to do ‘sarma’ – stuffed cabbage in Serbian, in Hungary called ‘töltött káposzta’ 🙂 and stay at home with Filip.

We woke up, we spent the morning in pijamas hiding in his hedgehole as he called the messy bed and listening to new brazilian musics, i’ve made great discoveries. Couple of hours later we went to Fehérvári market to get the cabbage leaves for sarma. I call it sarma, because I was born and raised in Serbia, so for me it is more natural to call it that way. I love sarma and I make it very well. If you wanna hire me for a dinner cook, let me know (a french friend of mine already proposed me to do this…i wish i had the place for doing dinner parties, I would not mind)

Anyway, we bought the groceries and since it’s next to Allee I proposed Filip to jump in to see if there is some kids programs or workshops.

There were as usual, but we also saw some unexpected Xmas tree figures 🙂 later I googled them for Filip to show him the real ones in the world.

Behind these statues is a stage for DIY with kids, so Filip made couple of nice decorations.

Of course he saw the shop with the cupcakes behind…:( and he begged me…i gave it in, and of course he chose the sweetest one…it has a lolly pop on the top of the cupcake!

Going out from the shop we had to stop to check on the Starwars game videos…as this is a must.

Out in the street on Móricz a girl approached us and gave him a red ballon…he refused to take it. Mom thanked and took it, because she remembered very well the last time he did not take the baloon, he was whining for hours to go back and take one. While walking home, he was very angry with me, we were fighting because he wanted me to give it back, so I was listening the following: mom, I don’t want that balloon, drop it to the basket, I will make punches on it and destroy it…bla bla bla…

We arrived at the door and I drop the balloon in the room, while he was taking off his jacket..he turned around and noticed the balloon, he shouted with a surprise as we had no issue about it couple of min ago: “MOM, LOOK HERE IS A RED BALLOON???”How did it get here??

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I looked at him seriously and cool: Well, Filip must be that Santa has sneaked in again! He smiled from happiness…pffffffffffffff

***I am still wondering if he really forget that we were fighting about the same balloon in the street????

oh and the decorations got their places in the window, nice, right? 🙂

OH AND SARMA IS COOKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

ITEE Café in Móricz – tea, beer and free WIFI

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Hi People,

This time I just wanna share cool place I ran into.

Actually I live next to this place…I planned so many times to jump in, but I never did, since I have no internet I am forced to find places around (while this one was all the time in front of my nose).

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To be honest, the internet is perfect for emailing and posting your blog (else is not tested). I was not listening to music as there is a nice calm music inside,  a waterfall sound, a aquarium with fishes, so I needed no extra effort to feel good, but I tried i f it can load Youtube videos (it can, so I think it can be a good spot for you maybe too, if you need a place to work)

ITEE Café is a teabar with maaaany many type of tea’s, but they also have some specific beers from breweries (not tested as I came to do work)…

Finally tomorrow I have my own internet in the flat, so no need to search around for places to work, write etc.

They also have bean bags corner for relaxing 🙂

Here is the spot i took on the gallery, it was daytime when I arrived, but got dark soon…so from two light perspectives, well with LG, I dont have those ‘I” things and professional stuff.

Oh and do not forget to (insert the below photo here 🙂 when u are climbing up on the gallery! There is a place for storing your shoes.

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fantasy make-up

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The story goes like this, I am unemployed since last Thursday,

so while in I decided to do some voluntary jobs too, at least I am not sitting at home and overthinking and I am building connections with people of a similar interest.

Flora, the make-up artist posted in one of the Facebook groups she is looking for a model for Thursday for 3-4 hours for her practising in Glamour Makeup Academy, so I wrote her to model.

I was not aware I am going to a Makeup Academy close to Bazilika, Erzsébet square, but i realized it quickly when I arrived. It is a very relaxed athomsphere and you can also get some hints for doing makeup while spending your time there)

Flora picked for working brave colors yellow and green (it was her choice, but really).

She asked me about the things I am doing, I told her I am modeling, acting and singing. She was interested in the type of the music I am singing. I explained my taste varies, but I like the most traditional Balkan songs and Brazilian, latin songs. What a coincidence she picked yellow and green for my eyes (i am sure u all know the flag color of that country I do not wanna mention), couple of minutes later a collegue of her joined us, gave me two Haribo pacifier (yellow and green, I ate the yellow before I made the photo), we started to laugh. Another coincidence? 😀

Anyway the same girl told us often she is thought to be a Brazilian or Turkish women. My eyes were shut as Flora was already working on her masterpiece, but when I opened my eyes, I told her: girl, you really look alike 😀 …she is the one hiding on the left side 😀

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After Flora finished with the eyes, she put on some lipstick and we tried some wigs, but I could not be a long haired  blondie…so i put on this afro hair (to be authentic to “that” culture” a bit). I cannot be Barbie, but the other girl said, I look like Eszenyi Enikő, well…(I am me, Gabi 🙂

Overhere I already got my beautiful black “fan” lashes, but I almost got green feather lashes, however they would cover the makeup so Flora decided to keep it “simple” 😀

They did couple of photos about the work and then moved on to put on the glitters.

This was the end result!

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I did not take-off the makeup, I walked out in the street, I felt weird, I felt funny, crazy, everything, but relaxed, untill I started to realize faces of people. They made me laugh, actually two ladies stopped me and told me my make-up is great and they thought I am preparing for some party, but at first they also got surprised and said, at least you will laugh on a way home on people. I did 🙂 but only under my nose, as if I laught to hard the red stones will fall down of my lips 😀

Are you wondering why I left in on me? Well, you do not have a makeup like this everyday on your face, I found it nice and I want to show it to Filip, I wanna see his face and the kids (specially the girls in the kindergarden, or going home to their moms asking them to do the same 🙂

Btw. I am not so confident Filip will like it, he knows to surprise me sometimes, depending on his mood:

  • mom this is beautiful or
  • MOM, WASH IT OFF, IT’S STUPID!

I might do some selfies today with them, if Filip allows me 😀 as other boys (specially) and girls are not allowed to hug me usually, only him. 🙂

And finally, a great experience, a good feeling I helped someone and that we enjoyed working together.  Thank you Flora for having me there and good luck with your school. I hope to work with you in the future more!

 

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spending a 90 min in a Salt Cave

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I’ve planned about year ago to visit this place in Mozsár street… As the weekend was getting closer I was trying to figure out what programme to invent to experience something new with my little devil. I hadn’t think in advance, of course, so I had to think of something easy and quick “TBA” –> to be arranged 😉

On Saturday I woke up on a “like” of this photo on my Instagram profile by a Slovenian girl (sanya_lt):

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I had a look at and read her profile, where she stated something like this “as I have no money for travelling I am discovering and sharing photos of the cities, villages around myself”. She has nice photos from the places in the Balkans. Inspired, I started to think of the things I have put in back of my mind to explore in Budapest and this is how I remembered the Salt Cave in Mozsár street next to Oktogon.

I made a quick check one more time on their website, dressed up Filip and we were on our way. In the meantime I rang the place, as there is a pre-registration and on Saturday it is open only till 1-2pm.

Let me provide you with a very short bla bla story why I chose this place: Salt caves have health benefits and only to mention couple of them e.g. for preventing cold, for asthmatic illness, but exposure to salt can make you feel calmer, but more energised, bla bla bla (I need this part for calming myself A LOT!)

Basically the place we visited, it’s a constructed small salt “cave” with 23 tonnes of Himalayan salt tiles built in as bricks and no, it’s not in a huge heap of salt.

Oh, and after being couple of minutes in the place I felt the salt on my lips.
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There are 2 separate places/rooms. One room is for those who wants to have a salt therapy, it’s  a kinda relaxing place with nice zen music (you know, birds whisteling, waterflow, nature sounds), you get wrapped with a blanket, while the salt is vaporizing in the air, your breathing it in, cleaning your body and mind and just chillin’.

I have not tested this relaxing room yet, as my first intention was to do some common programme with Filip and common he is not a kid who will lay for an hour in a room (that’s like no chance cathegory), but certainly going for a relax therapy is on my list in the upcoming days.

I managed to catch a minute when nobody was inside of the room, on the photo you can see the vapor in the air and no, it’not my camera blurriness.

Only FYI, if you are interested, a 1 hour relax therapy is now on reduced price and it costs: 990 Ft. 10 occasions: 6000 Ft. If any of you interested to join me, let’s go for it together.

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The other room is for the kids, a salt granulate playground with bunch of toys. Aaand no, Filip was not alone in the room, as far as I understood 6 kids with parents can be hosted for duration of 60-90 minutes. There were couple of them, so I was making photos when Filip was alone in the place.

Entrance fee for the playground is 1500 Ft/1 adult+1 kid/60-90 min, but the first occasion for kids is free of charge and also for those under the age of 2, we got in for 990 Ft.

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All in all, we were there for 1,5 hour and I filled up couple of times the baskets and toys with “dirt”, this is how Filip called the salt, even I explained him it’s a salt. He is a curious kid, he wanted to test the granulates, so he asked me if he can lick the wall. 😀

What have I supposed to tell him, but okay, lick the wall 😀

(btw. Filip just woke up, before I managed to finish my blog and you have no idea how hard is to type when a kid is staring into your face, putting his naked butt or leg into your mouth, singing in your ears, being in front of the laptop, blind typing is not helping me).

He likes to be naked, for revenge once he grows up I will post all his naked photos and videos officially (Filip, I am just kiding)

This is how it looks, when the devil attacks you!!! The solution was to give him my phone, so he can make videos about himself and I can finish my writing.

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Btw.  to continue my story, there are 2 pitches in the place for drinking, one contains special threated water and it is offered against dehydration (I got thirsty there quickly) and there is another pitcher with a wooden spoon. By my nature I am also curious and I wanted to know what is the difference between the two pitches. I asked the people around and they did not know (this is so typical), they only knew which is for sure the water.  As a spoon was next to I thought this is something you should not drink in a big amounts, still I managed to take more then I needed. Actually I almost died when I tasted, it was a salt solution – I am sure it’s healthy, but thank you, I’ll have next time also only the water. 😀

The taste recalled some bad memories from my childhood 😀 – my dad used to make us to drink a glass of salty water when we had some indigestion problems as he said “to empty our belly” – I know he had good intentions with it as I felt better after, but ever since I hate salty water and it reminds me on throwing up, ARROTAR! (Meu amigo, obrigado pela palavra)

Well, I know this above is not the best finishing of this post, yet I have nothing else to add, but: Filip is sitting in my laps and kissing me. AWWWWW!

So, if someone interested for a couple of hour relaxation after work or spending a time with your kid in a healthy place, visit:

http://www.kristalysobarlang.hu

They have a green turmix buffet in place and Himalayan salt can be bought.

 

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not a success story, just sharing an experience….

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It was a long time I have not drop any lines overhere,

I got overhelmed with all the things in my life and happenings, I tried to find myself, what I am good in it, what job I would really like to do as during the last months due to a lot of disappointments on the castings, agencies, collegues, on the fees (welcome to Eastern Europe, market of cheap workforce) and other life situations I got shaken and confused. Mentally I was not able to perform well on castings, as my thoughts were disrupted by thinking about “how to survive in this business”?  I also started to think I am not yet ready to fully dedicate myself to acting and as more important I started to question if this is what I really wanna do?

Even I enjoyed all the jobs I was getting to perform. I still think this is one of those jobs I wanna keep on doing, but for a moment I have to let it go and just wait for the right moment to press that “restart” button and start all over.

In the meantime I took a full time job at a company which is really flexible, it allows me to have lot of freedom, take one business trips so I can travel (in two weeks I will be visiting Pragu and Ljubljana). Traveling via job is one of my goals.  By doing this job I can still attend castings to experience more and hopefully in the future  opening new doors for jobs abroad.

I guess you all had this feeling,  you are doing a job to feel secure. I am in this phase now, however I am trying to find also to look the positive sides and take on the opportunities to learn something new. Still there is fear of loosing again myself in this business world I ran away couple of years ago, as I also want to explore new things.

Couple of days ago I was chatting with my cousin in Australia, she mentioned she works for the Australian Railway and she has lots of fun travelling and meeting people, I assumed that job is tiring and exhausting, but in exchange she meets lots of people, interract with them and she can find out more about her country.

I got inspired on the idea, couple of years ago I head this dream to become a stewardess, actually I applied at Wizzair last year too.

I googled the flight companies hiring cabin crew and the first on the list were the “Emirates”. I browsed through their webpage and found out in couple of days they have an open assessment in Sofitel in Budapest, I decided to go for it. On Saturday morning I almost convinced myself I am too old to go for it…but in the end I went, I had nothing to loose.

I arrived to the hotel exactly at 9 am and the first thing I noticed was everyone were in a fancy suits, mostly black and white…I already had a minus in my pocket I thought (I was wearing grey costume and pale pink t-shirt). After a while we were invited to a big conference room,  it was about 100 exciting applicants going for their dream jobs (I realized this when I was leaving and I saw girls crying for not getting the job).

We had a nice introduction about the country and the company. Can you imagine how some people are goal-oriented to get that dream job by Emirates if they are willing to arrange their trips from South Korea!, Pakistan!, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and other countries?!

After the company respresented the salary and the benefits I realized why.

I asked a Korean girl, why is she not attending the assessment in her home country. She replied,  chances are bigger in Budapest, as an open day in an Asian country would mean beetween 300-500 applicants competing. I heard from others saying about 10% are usually hired in Budapest – I have not double-check this information with the HR director though and I do not recall it was shared during the assessment how many person they were hiring that day.

I felt ashamed for popping up there and “checking” on the assessment. It is a job interview as every other, the applicants are not sending their CV’s,  but there is this face to face challenge with the “opponents” and it is a tough competition.

Only  some information on the conditions:

After hiring you for the job you have to move to Dubai, you get a 6 week of intensive training programme, you share a luxury apartment with 1-2 people, accommodation+meal are included on top of the salary and the benefits which are a layover money, life ensurance etc., plus there is a great medical insurance coverage, discounts for shops, club entrances to fancy places and a though job, at least this is what I concluded after they represented the “negative sides”. Only some, but still very important sides: waking up in the nights taking a flight at 3 am, traveling to different destinations for long hours sometimes, handling nervous, toxic passengers, not sleeping a lot, changing fully your biorhythm, cleaning toilettes etc…

The average hours you fly are 80-120 hrs/month.

The apartments stewards are getting are divided based on the genders, man and women buildings with apartments, after 12 o’clock no visitors allowed, only among the crew in the building, but for boyfriends and girlfriends is forbidden to stay together in the flats if they are not married. In the city as a woman you “must” wear abaya (which is for me fine yet), only on the beach you can be uncovered (there swimsuit is also allowed).

Actually everything they can share with you about the job, they shared on the intoduction part and you are aware what job you are going for.

I was thinking if I could really cope with these things, specially at this age, if I could handle these nightshifts and do I really want to be so much away from son and live my life in a plane and being so much “regulated”.  My almost clear answer was NO, if I was about 10 years younger maybe I could do it, I was more flexible.

I think you can get used to this lifestyle and do it for a while and the company package is really motivating.

In the end I’ve concluded I respect those applicants and stewards who accept to take on this job and can be so regulated by themselves and live this life.

The first round of the selection was checking on our CV’s after the delivered presentations. Mine has not got chosen, so even I felt a little dissapointment I was happy that I did not went through. Age was not a restriction as far as I observed the applicants, but I have not hidden the information I have a child. After the lunch break we just got on the registration list highlighting on our name if we were pre-selected for further assesments.

I have to admit there were really people who deserved to get that job, the motivation they had to come to that place was for respect.

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The funny story about that day was, I took a place in the room in the first row, it was the only empty place in front and by introduction where we stated the countries where are we from, a guy next to me said: Serbia.

I just punched him on his shoulder and said: “kako li sam ubola da sednem pored tebe”. We laughed about it.

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Budapest through a song

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Budapest is in my heart since I moved here, I remember many times on a sunny days while crossing the bridge I had these “A-ha” moments, when you have the feeling this is your place…

Nowadays, I was not feeling well and I lost this connection with my inner-being, the city and the people, even I took this trip to Geneva on a very low cost and sometimes I blame myself as I spent my last money for the trip, in the end I feel that trip was healing for myself as I realized what a chaos, rush, pressure I had in my life from every field of my life. It was good for calming my mind.

I remember the first day I arrived back I felt like I am in a strange city with many stress again, people are nervous, shouting, horning with the cars and then I faced that maybe people are enough of winter, but also realized how much intolerancy they have for their city. The tram line 4-6 is now under reconstruction and the whole city is busy all the time, traffic jams all over the city and even more nervous people around.

Today, I applied for one contest for singing, an e-mail landen in my mailbox from my future singing teacher and for the 2nd time in my life I decided to go for the contest and apply. I sent the mail couple of minutes ago and I am waiting for the reply of the agency.

There is one song I really like from Balkan Fanatic called “Ha te tudnád” (If you would know) and I also really like to sing it, I let it to play on youtube and at a moment my son pointed out a Ford car model in the video and I actually realized the song is introducing main inventions of Hungarian scientists, I got also surprised what a great inventors my country has!

Enjoy watching it:

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