Tuesday, 25 March 2014

11 Questions

So, after a little break I decided to break the silence with a 11 questions game that I saw in hjartesmil. I think the questions are fun and well, everyone feel free to answer.

1. if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza! (So predictable yet so delicious.)
2. travel the world with the same people for the rest of your life or live in the same house until you die?
Travel the world with the same people for the rest of my life because a. I love travelling so I can't stop b. I already travel with the same people most of the time and I love it.

Photo of Bilge and me taken by another travel buddy DizzyTea
3. one thing you wish were healthy?
4. rain four days a week all year or never again see a cherry blossom?
Rain four days a week. Again this is not much of a choice since I love rain.
5. your favorite blog?
hjartesmil (where the questions came from). It's lovely and helps you to realize there's lots of stuff about everyday life that we can cherish. 
6. that movie that you see when you’re home alone for the weekend and you make hot chocolate and eat pizza or toast for dinner?
Probably 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'
7. the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Read until I realize that I've been the same sentence for the fifth time.
8. why is your best friend your best friend?
Because they are lovely and positive and we laugh at stupid things together. Because when everything start to look dark, they are there to hold my hand and make me happy again. Because they are intelligent and creative. 
9. biggest guilty pleasure?
But I really don't believe in guilty pleasures? I don't usually call anything guilty pleasure because anything that I take pleasure of, tacky or cheesy they may be, can't be bad since there's no judge for these things. Alright alright, does listening to BSB and other 90's- beginning 00's pop songs and dance on my bed count? 
10. a life without fruit or never having curtains?
Never having curtains. Life without fruits is unthinkable. 
11. if you could add a bodypart, what would it be and where would you have it?
I'd add another foot, ok? I'm so clumsy I think I can only manage with another foot not to fall down. 

Monday, 10 March 2014

Last week #2

This week has been slow comparing the first week. But the weekend was worth the boring weekdays. Some of my best friends visited us and we spent every minute together from Friday to Monday morning, been to several places and laughed a lot. What I enjoyed this week was:
  • Cleaning out the fridge and finding loads of sun dried tomatoes, capers and other delicious stuff.
  • Soundtrack of Only Lovers Left Alive.
  • Chocolate cake made by my aunt and spending the afternoon with my grandmother, aunt, mother. This resulted in so many funny old stories, I was giggling on my way back despite the funny looks from the people around.
  • Writing a letter to my friend Alkyoni. (But not posting it because I might add things.)
  • New leather bag purchase. I'm not someone who buys lots of things or think that consumerism would make me happy but this leather bag was something of an investment.
  • The best red nail polish-lipstick combo. Also my outfit on Saturday in black and white. 
  • Having friends over, cooking in a tiny kitchen (though I was pretty low on kitchen ranks) with five people. 
  • Having a 90's party (not really though we just got carried away a bit while listening to backstreet boys) in the house. Which lead to watching 70's music videos. (Which also resulted in me singing Rasputin while waking up next morning.)
  • Talking non-stop, mostly about fictional characters. Writing the plot of a new story in our heads and being happy when it finally made SO MUCH sense. (That eureka moment to be more precise)
  • Playing chubby bunny. Though I was the first to lose with barely 4 marshmallows (let's face it, that was expected), it was still fun to play. Or at least watch İpek sing with 7 marshmallows in her mouth.
  • Zei's drawing. As always. I should make a seperate post for that. I have talented friends. 
  • Receiving gifts. Fancy gifts, a vintage hat from my mother, a dark red purse from my aunt or nerdy gifts, a band-ait kit with TINTIN on it and a Fullmetal Alchemist brooch from my friends. Basically realizing that your friends really know you.
  • Going to a second-hand bookshop, buying comic books and Shakespeare. 
  • Re-watching Only Lovers Left Alive. (Yeah, you're aware I'm a bit obsessed now)
  • Discovering a new café with perfect apple pie and the sweetest decor. 
  • Best lasagna in a while. Drinking wine and walking for a couple of kilometers at 10 p.m. on a Saturday to be able to breathe again while listening to your friends talking. 
  • The belly of Sylvio the cat. 
  • Knowing that at least one or two people sleeping in every room of the house. (It may sound crowded for some people but it was quite fun since we usually don't hang out as a huge group so it was amazing to gather everyone, finally.) Walking around the house early in the morning when everyone else was sleeping (well, except the cat).
  • Sunday afternoon beer and chips. Managing dancing while seated (basically moving your limbs and head maniacally to the music). 
  • Cansu and Barış's hair the whole evening.
  • Watching Sylvio (the cat) playing with ribbons and İpek playing The Walking Dead (her reactions!!!).  
  • Bilge's continual attempts on changing the name of the cat.
  • Weird happenings around the house like a bag moving all by itself, teacups drifting away on the counter, a coat standing still without something beneath it. (All had very reasonable explanations though. Or I think they do.)
  • All in all, the whole weekend. I feel a bit tired now. 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Films on a Friday: Five Vampire Films...

...you may or may not have watched (but probably should) from around the world.

Vampires. They are probably the most attractive supernatural creatures used in literature and cinema. Or at least the most popular ones, from classics like Dracula and Nosferatu to new handsome devils. While big budgeted Hollywood franchises attract younger audiences to cinemas I, myself, have a different approach on this topic. I cannot comment on books or films that I haven't read or watched , but I prefer smaller stories or maybe, let's say personal struggles of immortal creatures. There is some sort of romance about their alienation, living on other people or not dying which I find sad, mostly. And I love sad stories. 

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Last week

Hello there,
I decided to put together these weekly posts for several reasons. First, I love making lists as much as the next person. Second, lately I need to realize that my life is not actually going downhill all the time and things that make me happy (even for a moment) are happening. And finally, maybe this way I can post something on the blog. Because I want to. 

Last week I was in Aegean coast again. That was a pretty calm holiday but I enjoyed lots of things.
  • Blossoms on the trees and the game which we were trying to guess what tree that is. 
  • Long walks on beach and calm sea.
  • That one cigarette on the balcony in the middle of the night when it was raining. 
  • The cheeks of the fish that's been caught by a family friend. I never thought of eating a fish's head. Boy, was I wrong.
  • Helping another family friend to make soaps. 
  • Spa, warm water, smell of plain soaps, turkish bath and the feeling of being SO clean that you feel like you're shining. 
  • The silence and the birds. 
  • A little red house with a huge garden.
  • Taste of the perfect olive oil. 
  • My grandmother acting like drunk when she was not and the fact that she was aware of it.
  • The clementine tree and the huge terrace of our new summer house. Also the mountain view. 
  • Finally, rain!
  • Driving on an empty road.
  • Cinematography of the Grandmaster (I also generally liked the film but I think Wong Kar Wai is better at telling personal stories than big historical events. So the parts about history though very nice they were, cut the story telling that I'm so fond of like a knife.)
  • Going to an Italian cooking class and learning new sauces. And that four cheese sauce. 
  • Having a huge Sunday breakfast.
  • Meeting old friends for a coffee and cake. Talking non-stop. 
  • The feeling and the smell of fresh sheets after a fast weekend.