Best classical movies for autumn

I know it is time for strange scary movies but myself I prefer to watch the great classical movies. I refer to those old movies that still charm us, make us dream, make us laugh, help us travel in some quiet times, when there was more respect, more friendship, more sincerity and much less violence. Whenever I am disappointed with the tv or cinema offer, I prefer to escape a bit back in the past and choose such a movie…. and I really have where to choose from. For this autumn I could mention two great actors, each in their own, unique way who are still pretty amazing and I think their movies could also charm all of you. I am thinking of Audrey Hepburn and Louis de Funes. There are a lot of movies like Holiday in Rome, My Fair Lady, How to steal a million, Hibernatus, Le gendarme de Saint Tropez, Le grand restaurant and many others. It can be a great idea for some autumn colder nights while enjoying an immunity-strengthening tea and some laughter, so good for your hearts.

 

So, have a pleasant and funny November no matter where you live and what weather is expecting you outside!

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World Food Day-16 October *** Ziua Mondiala a Alimentatiei -16 Octombrie

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It started more or less with Jamie Oliver’s amazing energy and creativity to promote healthy food so later, I decided to celebrate this day every year. Besides our genetical heritage and other factors, food has an essential role in preserving our health, youth and active longevity. That’s why, I think that a good diet together with being active can be the basis for perfect health, which is worth all the richnesses in the world.  Besides this, the way we eat is also important, for us and this wonderful planet that supports all of us.

I have a healthy suggestion for the meatless Fridays, that is easy to prepare and very tasty, so everyone can prepare it in a samba rhythm anytime. It is an omelette combined with a simple guacamole.

You need 3 eggs, a softer avocado, some harder cheese, some garlic, a bit of lemon juice and some salt. For the omelette, you start with beating the eggs, then adding the salt and putting them in the pan; after some minutes, you can add the cheese (small cubes or sliced) and watch them cook, so that it doesn’t get burnt. With the avocado, collect the whole pulps, mix them well with a fork, add the lemon juice and garlic (which you’ve already cut) and mix well again. When the omelette is ready, put it on a nice plate with the guacamole and if you also eat bread, you can grill some slices of brown bread – my favourite. The result is tasty, very healthy and nicely coloured- if you also have kids!         Enjoy your meal!

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Bineinteles ca am aflat de aceasta zi cu tema gastronomica de la simpaticul Jamie Oliver si apoi am decis sa o sarbatoresc an de an, pregatind ceva simplu sau special. In afara de gene si alti factori, hrana zilnica are un rol esential pentru pastrarea sanatatii, tineretii si pentru o longevitate activa. O dieta buna alaturi de un stil de viata activ sunt secretul unei vieti sanatoase, care valoreaza mai mult decat orice bogatii.

Sugestia mea pentru o zi de vineri fara carne este o combinatie sanatoasa si usor de preparat de oricine, in ritm de dans! Am ales o omleta cu branza combinata fericit un guacamole simplu, facut in casa.

Aveti nevoie de trei oua, un avocado copt, niste branza mai tare, usturoi, putin suc de lamaie si niste sare. Pentru omleta, bateti ouale bine si adaugati sarea, apoi puneti-le in tigaie; dupa cateva minute, adaugati branza (o puteti marunti cum doriti) si apoi continuati sa le gatiti cu atentie, ca sa nu se arda. In ce priveste avocado-ul, adunati toata pulpa, amestecati bine cu o furculita pana devine o pasta; apoi adaugati sucul de lamaie si usturoiul (taiat deja) si amestecati din nou foarte bine. Cand omleta e gata, puneti-o pe o farfurie draguta impreuna cu guacamole si, daca mancati paine in general, cu cateva felii de paine neagra – preferata mea. Rezultatul final este gustos, foarte sanatos si frumos colorat – daca aveti si copii.     Pofta buna!

 

 

 

 

Confucius Wisdom words ** Vorbe intelepte de la Confucius

IMG_4551       Lectii de viata de la maestrul chinez Confucius

Cateva exemple din gandirea maestrului Confucius, pline de forta si intelepciune care va pot ajuta sa cautati si sa gasiti ceea ce va doriti in viata.

1. “Nu conteaza cat de incet mergi atata timp cat nu te opresti din mers.” Nu renunta la visurile tale chiar daca lucrurile nu se realizeaza cu viteza pe care ti-o doresti. In cele din urma vei culege roadele la care acum doar speri. Astfel de lectii de viata te vor ajuta sa mergi mai departe indiferent de cat de greu este drumul din fata ta.   2. “Nu te imprieteni cu un om care nu este mai bun decat tine.”   In viata este important sa te inconjori cu oameni de la care ai ce sa inveti, oameni cu suflet bun, altfel nu vei reusi sa progresezi niciodata.    3. “Atunci cand esti nervos, gandeste-te la consecinte.”  Inainte sa actionezi cu impulsivitate, gandeste-te la ce se poate intampla in urma a ceea ce vrei sa faci. Asadar, pastreaza-ti calmul si incearca sa gasesti o solutie mai buna decat cea dictata de impulsivitate.      4. “Atunci cand este evident ca nu poti sa iti atingi obiectivele, nu schimba telurile, ci modifica pasii.”  Lucrurile nu ies intotdeauna in viata asa cum iti doresti, dar acest lucru nu inseamna ca trebuie sa renunti dupa primele incercari. Continua sa cauti modalitati care te apropie tot mai mult de obiectivele propuse. Cat timp este vorba despre unele realiste, nu au de ce sa nu se indeplineasca.        5. “Daca urasti o persoana, atunci esti invinsa de ea.”   Nu purta niciodata ranchiuna oamenilor care iti gresesc, ci uita-i pur si simplu. Ce sens are sa ii lasi in continuare sa iti otraveasca sufletul?     6. “Omul superior care cauta ceva, cauta in el insusi; omul inferior cauta in altii.”  Tine cont de astfel de lectii de viata fiindca iti vor fi de un real folos. Vei reusi sa progresezi doar daca incerci sa imbunatatesti mereu ceva la tine.     7. “Oriunde te duci, mergi cu toata inima ta.”  Vei atinge succesul doar daca dai tot ce ai mai bun in tine. Implica-te cu toata inima in toate activitatile pe care le faci si nu vei avea niciun regret dupa aceea, pentru ca vei sti ca ai facut tot ce ai putut tu.    8. “Ofera sfaturi doar celor care cauta cunoastere dupa ce si-au descoperit  ignoranta.”      Nu incerca sa oferi lectii de viata unor persoane care nu le-ar intelege sensul, pentru ca iti vei pierde timpul cu acestea. Cel mai bine este sa le oferi instructiuni celor care au inteles unde greseau. Acestora le vor merge direct la inima.     9. “Daca va concentrati si asupra avantajelor mici, va va fi mult mai usor sa mergeti mai departe.”  Nu trata cu indiferenta realizarile mici, pentru ca acestea pot reprezenta un imbold important pentru dezvoltarea ta personala.
 10. “Daca te-au scuipat pe la spate, inseamna ca esti in fata lor.”   Nu te preocupa de oamenii care incearca sa iti faca rau pe la spate. Inseamna ca esti de mult in fata lor si ca nu stiu cum te pot impiedica.

 

                         Life Lessons from Confucius 

Here are a few examples of his ideas below, full of wisdom and force, that for sure can guide you in searching and finding everything you wish.   

1. It’s not important how slowly you go as you are still going (don’t give up your dreams&plans even if they advance slowly)   

2. Don’t become a friend of someone who is not better than you (find people from whom you can learn constantly and this way you’ll always evolve)  

 3. When you are nervous, think of the consequences (don’t let impulsivity take decisions for you and try to regain your calm)     

4. When there is no way to reach your aims, do not change your aims but change your steps (do not give up after a few trials, find new ways to approach your targets)       5. If you hate someone, you are defeated by them ( do not keep in mind people who hurt you, just forget them)     

 6. A superior being who looks for something, looks within themselves; an inferior being looks at others (people should always try to improve themselves)   

 7. Wherever you go, go with all your heart (put your good energy in everything you do, thus you’ll never have regrets)    

8. Give advice only to people who can admit they can be wrong (try to help people who understand they have been wrong)   

 9.  If you also focus on small advantages, it will be easier to advance in life (small accomplishments are important, they motivate your personal development).  10. If people harm you behind your back, it means you are in front of them (do not use your energies for people who attack you in sneaky ways, they will never have any force on you)

Well done, Simona! Bravo Simona!

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   Din nou vesti bune pentru tenisul romanesc:  Simona Halep a devenit pe 7 octombrie a.c. nr. 1 mondial datorita prestatiei din turneul de tenis China Open, din Beijing. 

De asemenea, dupa ce am asteptat atat timp, m-am putut bucura in sfarsit si pentru faptul ca Simona Halep a reusit sa o infranga pe Maria Sharapova pentru prima oara in cariera, o victorie meritata pe deplin, cu scorul de 6-2, 6-2.

In urma meciului castigat in semifinale cu Jelena Ostrapenko (Letonia), Simona a ajuns nr.1 mondial, o performanta unica pentru tenisul romanesc. Iata ce a declarat la sfarsitul acestui meci: ‘ Cuvintele nu pot descrie ce simt acum. Este uimitor că sunt numărul 1 mondial. Mulțumesc fanilor pentru sprijin. Am făcut meciuri extraordinare. Mulțumesc, China!” .

De asemenea, dintre multele mesaje de felicitari primite, Simona a destainuit ca cel mai frumos mesaj l-a primit de la jucatoarea americana Serena Williams, careia i-a multumit imediat pentru frumoasele urari.

Sper ca Simona Halep sa ramana in continuare in topul jucatoarelor de tenis din lume si sa ne dea constant motive de bucurie ca suntem romani, bucurandu-ne alaturi de ea. BRAVO SIMONA!

Again great news for the Romanian tennis: Simona Halep has become on the 7th October the no. 1 tennis player in the world, due to her results in the China Open Tennis tournament in Beijing.

Also,  after I have waited for so long, I could finally enjoy the moment when she managed to defeat Maria Sharapova (Russia), for the first time in her career, with a beautiful victory and the score 6-2, 6-2, at the same tournament. 

After the match she won in the semifinals against Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia), Simona becomes the world no. 1, a unique performance for the Romanian tennis. Here is what she said after this match: ‘No words can describe what I feel now. It is amazing that I have become the world no. 1. I thank all my fans for their support. I have managed to play some incredible matches. Thank you, China!’   

Also, out of all the congratulating messages she has received, she has confessed that the nicest message is the one received from another famous tennis player from the US, Serena Williams, to whom she immediately thanked for the nice wishes.

I truly hope that Simona Halep continues to stay in the top of the world best tennis players and manages to give us constantly many reasons of joy that we are Romanians, being happy by her side.

WELL DONE, SIMONA!

 

 

 

 

European Table Tennis victory for Romania in 2017! Victorie pentru Romania in Campionatul European de Tenis de Masa 2017!

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After several years of efforts and four consecutive finals,  Romania has finally built up the magic and won the 2017 ITTF European Table Tennis championship in Luxembourg city, on Sunday, 17th of September.

Reuniting five amazing girls, Eliza Samara, Daniela Dodean, Bernadette Szocs, Adina Diaconu and Irina Ciobanu, their coach Viorel Filimon encouraged them to play ‘one for all and all for one’ and never stop believing in their chance.  The coach has confessed for the press, by saying: ‘ I have waited 12 years for this gold. Finally we have reached it. We did not have any special preparation; our main weapon was the great quality of each player.’

After Monica Niculescu’s victory at the BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open in 2016, the Romanian Ping-Pong team continues with another victory, strengthening the positive energies for Romanian players in Luxembourg.     Congratulations to the girls and the best of luck for the rest of 2017!                    Photo: www.crisana.ro

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Dupa mai multi ani de antrenamente si patru finale consecutive, Romania a atras toate energiile magice  si a castigat Campionatul de Tenis de Masa European ITTF 2017 in Luxembourg city, duminica, pe 17 septembrie.

Asociind cinci fete fantastice, Eliza Samara, Daniela Dodean, Bernadette Szocs, Adina Diaconu si Irina Ciobanu, antrenorul Viorel Filimon le-a incurajat constant sa joace ‘una pentru toate si toate pentru una’, precum faimosii muschetari si sa creada in fiecare clipa in sansele lor. Antrenorul a marturisit presei: ‘ Am asteptat 12 ani aceste medalii de aur. Acum am reusit in sfarsit. Nu am avut un antrenament special; atu-ul nostru a fost calitatea extraordinara a fiecarei jucatoare.’

Dupa Monica Niculescu, care a castigat turneul de tenis BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open in 2016, a venit randul echipei de Ping-Pong a Romaniei sa adauge o noua victorie, accentuand energiile pozitive existente pentru sportivii romani in Luxemburg. Felicitari fetelor si mult succes pentru restul anului 2017!                               Poza:  www.crisana.ro

Classical music in Bucharest Muzica clasica in Bucuresti ‘Magic Exists!’

piata-palatului4   It is with great joy that I promote another edition of the George Enescu Festival, taking place in Bucharest between 2-24 September 2017.  It reunites famous and new artists and music lovers can enjoy free concerts outside in the open air or they can go to the concerts inside the Athenaeum where the best orchestras of the world play every year.

For those who want to know a bit more about the life of the character giving his name to this festival, the Romanian composer George Enescu, I recommend them to go and visit the George Enescu National Museum, which can be found not far from the festival location: Calea Victoriei, nr. 141, sector 1, București (open from Tuesday-Sunday till 17 and Wednesday-Thursday till 19, a ticket is 6 lei).

There is a link here with information about all the festival events, both in English and Romanian:          http://festivalenescu.ro/program/serii-de-concerte/piata-festivalului/

In the old photo above, towards centre-left, you can see a building with a nice cupola and round small windows and antique columns which is the building of the current Athenaeum.

So, enjoy the Magic!

Ma bucur mult sa promovez editia 2017 a Festivalului George Enescu, ce are loc, ca intotdeauna in Bucuresti, in perioada 2-24 septembrie. Acesta reuneste artisti faimosi alaturi de cei noi iar iubitorii de muzica se pot bucura de concerte gratuite in aer liber in piata festivalului sau pot alege concertele din interiorul Ateneului unde, an de an, sunt invitate cele mai cunoscute orchestre ale lumii.

Pentru cei care vor sa afle mai multe detalii despre personajul care confera numele acestui festival, compozitorul roman George Enescu, le recomand sa mearga si sa viziteze Muzeul National George Enescu, ce se afla nu departe de locatia festivalului: Calea Victoriei, nr. 141, sector 1, București (deschis marti-duminica pana la ora 17 si miercuri-joi pana la ora 19, un bilet avand pretul de 6 lei).

Mai sus aveti link-ul cu toate informatiile despre evenimentele festivalului, in limba romana si limba engleza.

Bucurati-va de Magie!

 

Happy Days !

IMG_0246A nice snapshot from Porto, during my trip of last year. A joyful street in the centre with some nice decoration paper balls creating a happy corner. I hope it brings all of you a big smile!

Un moment placut in Porto, din timpul vacantei de anul trecut. O strada micuta si vesela in centru cu niste lampioane colorate care creau o atmosfera vesela si varatica. Sper sa va aduca un zambet vesel!