MOVIE TIME: MOCKINGJAY PART II

I LOVE The Hunger Games! I mean, I didn’t leave the house until I finished reading the books, and I saw the first two movies at least 4 times each.

Since I love it so much, as part of my birthday gift this year, two of my friends, decided to take me to the premiere of Mockingjay Part II. Before the actual premiere we also had the chance to watch Mockingjay Part I, so that was good (even though I’m not a big fan of it).

Anyway… Back to the movie…

I was so excited for Part II. Even though I thought Part I was kind of dull and boring, I still had high hopes for Part II.

If Part I was dull and boring, Part II was action-packed, so action-packed that it was all a mess if you ask me.

It all started pretty slow, with them doing “propos” to convince people to riot against the capitol and then you have the last half an hour or so, packed with all the action of the movie. It was too much even for someone who read the book, to understand and take in everything that was happening.

What I disliked the most about the movie, however, is the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale. I dreaded every minute of it. I don’t know why they chose to have Katniss going around kissing Gale and Peeta, but it was a bad decision. It made her look whiny and indecisive and took away a lot from the story.

All in all, I feel like Mockingjay Part II was a disappointment. Maybe even more than Mockingjay Part I.

Have you seen Mockingjay Part II? Did you like it?

Alex D.

I HAVE TO ASK YOU A FAVOR

Hello, beautiful people!

I hate asking for favors, but today I have to.

For one of my courses at uni we had to create a Facebook page of something with love. Mine is about traveling: places to visit, pictures, tips and tricks.

I would love it of you would go and give it a like and maybe check some of the posts. It would help me a lot with my final grade.

The page is called Wanderlust and Happiness. You can click here to check it out.

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Thanks! Xx

Alex D.

21 things to do at 21 *UPDATED*

Last week I turned 21 and since I was busy with uni and of course, celebrating, only now I got around to writing this post. But, before I share with you  the 21 things I want to do while I’m 21, I just want to thank all my friends for the lovely gifts and for making my birthday so special. Love you all!

  1. Travel somewhere/anywhere abroad.
  2. Go to at least five four movies at the cinema. (Cause I don’t really go to the cinema.)
  3. Cook more.
  4. Learn how to bake properly.
  5. Cook Christmas dinner for my family by myself.
  6. Read more books.
  7. Watch more movies.
  8. Learn how to make home-made chocolate.
  9. Learn to speak German (at least a little) (I learned Portuguese so I guess it counts)
  10. Stay up until the sunrise.
  11. Watch at least one sunrise.
  12. Watch at least one sunset.
  13. Change the color of my hair.
  14. Eat something new.
  15. Drink something new.
  16. Go out and eat at a restaurant.
  17. Learn to dance bachata.
  18. Do something out of my comfort zone.
  19. Have a picnic. / A barbecue party with my friends.
  20. Spend more times with the people I love.
  21. Be more positive!
  22. Maybe get a tattoo?

What is one thing you want to do this year? Or the following since this one is almost gone?

*I guess I cross almost everything off of this list. Let’s hope this year I’ll do at least as many things as last year and create more beautiful memories.*

Alex D.

TAKING A TRIP TO PORTUGAL, FROM CLUJ

Today I attended a really interesting event, here in Cluj. It was called “Casa Portuguesa” and it was a more or less like an exhibition but more interactive.

You could learn about their history, listen to some traditional Fado music, taste some traditional Portuguese dishes and interact with the organizers of the event who were obviously Portuguese.

My favorite thing at the event were this really cute paper-made roses who had quotes (by Portuguese writers, of course) attached to them. The one I felt I had a connection with was: “We leave a little piece of us behind whenever we leave a place. We are still there although we left.” – Vergilio Ferreira

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Have you ever been to Portugal?

Alex D.

MAGIC MUSIC MONDAY: FIVE SONGS I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY

Music is one the best thing that happened to humanity. I couldn’t imagine life without it. I can’t go a day without listening at least one song. My day is not complete otherwise.

Here are five songs I’ve been listening to lately.

1. The Chainsmokers – New York City

2. Eliza And The Bear – Lion’s Heart

3. The Bones Of J.R. Jones – Hearts Racing

4. Woody Pitney – You Can Stay

5. Jasper Forks – Paradise

What songs have you listened to lately?

Alex D.

10 MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU

Being busy with uni and internship and life in general, made me feel a little uninspired about my blog and what should I write about because lack of time isn’t the only problem I have right now, but also the lack of ideas.

So whenever I feel down, or I feel uninspired I search for quotes or I read articles that I think would motivate me or will inspire me. Today being one of those days, I found some motivational quotes by Jim Rohn, who was an entrepreneur, an author and a motivational speaker. Unfortunately, I haven’t read any of his books, yet, but I still want to share with you 10 quotes that made me feel more inspired.

1. Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.

2. Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune.

3. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t you’ll find and excuse.

4. For things to change, you have to change.

5. The book you don’t read, can’t help.

6. Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.

7. How long should you try? Until.

8. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.

9. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

10. Either you run the day or the day runs you.

There are many others who are just as inspiring. Do you have a quote that inspires you?

Alex D

All quotes were taken from: goodreads.com

MOVIE TIME: TAKING WOODSTOCK (2009)

It’s been a while since I posted a movie review, or since I posted anything, really. I’ve been busy lately so I barely find time to relax and post something.

Taking Woodstock is a movie I saw some time ago and it is obviously about the famous festival Woodstock. Actually about how and where the festival took place.

The film follows the true story of Elliot Tiber, whose parents owned a small motel, close to bankruptcy, called El Monaco Resort. Because of financial problems and being close to forclosure, Elliot plans to organize a small music festival in the town in order for people to come and seek accommodation to their motel. However, when he finds out that the organizers from Woodstock no longer had a location for their festival, he offers his permit and accommodation to Michael Lang, while the location is provided by Eliot’s neighbor.

Of course, thanks to the high number of people coming in for the festival, Eliot and the organizers face various problems: from troubles with the locals to lack of accommodation and traffic jams.

The ending is pretty obvious, since everyone knows how the festival ended.

What I liked about this movie was the fact that it didn’t necessarily followed the story of Woodstock itself, but rather the story of Eliot and his crazy idea of “taking Woodstock”. Not only did it change his life, but also his parents’ lives and the lives of everyone who participate to the festival.

I’ll be honest, this was not necessarily “my type of movie”, but I really enjoyed it. It was great to see how people, young people lived back then, how free they seemed to be and how much they enjoyed life. I almost wished I was there.

I definitely recommend it: 7/10

Alex D.