MEET ME IN A COFFEE SHOP: MOZART CAFÉ

I love cafés. I love finding new places where I can go out either alone or with my friends and enjoy a cup of coffee, or tea, or whatever we feel like drinking. So, I kinda made it my mission to find new coffee shops, tea houses or bars that have something special.

Today I want to share with you one of my favorites here in Cluj: Amadeus Mozart Café! Continue reading “MEET ME IN A COFFEE SHOP: MOZART CAFÉ”

DAY 9: ROMANIAN CHRISTMAS CAROLS

If you’re not already bored by my Romanian themed posts lately, then you’re in luck, because I have another one for you. This time it’s all about music! Romanian Christmas Music!

If you listen to some of the songs below, you’ll see that Romanian Christmas carols are quite different to what you usually hear on the radio, but I guess that’s something specific to every country.

Anyway, if you want to listen to something different or new, here are some Romanian Christmas carols I like:

Or if you want to listen to a concert from one of the best choirs in Romania:

Which one of these did you like?  What kind of traditional Christmas music do you have in your country?

Alex D.

 

DAY 2: 20 CHRISTMAS SONGS YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO

Since this is the beginning of my “blogmas” I feel like I should start it with something that I love doing during the holidays (and long before that): listening to Christmas songs. So I decided to show you 20 Christmas songs that I love.

  1. All I Want For Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
  2. Shake Up Christmas – Train
  3. Last Christmas – Wham!
  4. Let it Snow – Dean Martin
  5. We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Harry Belafonte
  6. Jingle Bells – Perry Como
  7. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Perry Como
  8. The First Noel – Ella Fitzgerald
  9. Silent Night – Ella Fitzgerald
  10. White Christmas – Dean Martin
  11. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald
  12. Joy to the World – Etta James
  13. The Twelve Days of Christmas – Perry Como
  14. It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas – Bing Crosby
  15. Do You Hear What I Hear – Bing Crosby
  16. Sleighride – Peggy Lee
  17. Little Drummer Boy – Jo Stafford
  18. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
  19. Winter Wonderland – Etta James
  20. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Here you can find most of these songs and many others:

 

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

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.

5 GUILTY PLEASURE SONGS

You know those songs that you hear on the radio or on TV or wherever and you want to hate them but you can’t? Yeah… I know them too. And I loooove listening to them. I can’t help it, they put me in a good mood.

And I felt like sharing with you 5 of my guilty pleasure songs at the moment.

1.Jason Derulo – Want to Want Me

2.WALK THE MOON – Shut up and Dance

3.Hardwell feat. Jason Derulo – Follow Me

4.Natalie La Rose – Around the World

5. Rita Ora ft. Chris Brown – Body On Me

What’s your guilty pleasure song?

Alex D.

10 SONGS FOR STUDYING AND READING

I’m going back to university soon and since I love listening to music while reading, studying or when I just try to clear my head I had to update my playlist for the new year. So I thought I should share with you 10 of my favorite songs that I listen to when I’m reading or relaxing.

1. The Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart

2. Ben Howard – Promise

3. Kygo – Piano Jam

4. Kygo – Piano Jam 2 

5. EMMA6 – Passen

6. The Head and the Heart – Lost in My Mind

7. Kaleo – All The Pretty Girls

8. The Oh Hellos – Like The Dawn

9. Ray LaMontagne – Be Here Now

10. Vance Joy – Georgia

Do you listen to music while studying or reading? What kind of music do you listen to?

Alex D.

FIVE AUTUMN FEELING SONGS

You already know I love autumn and lately I’ve been listening to some songs that really get me in that “autumn” mood. You know what I’m talking about, that chill, ready-for-a-rainy-day-with-a-cup-of-tea-and-a-book mood. Therefore, I’ve decided to share with you 5 of my favorite songs. Now, this songs are not necessarily about autumn per se, but they really give me that autumn feeling.

1. Passenger – Autumn Leaves

2. Eva Cassidy – Autumn Leaves

3. Ed Sheeran – Autumn Leaves

4. Imagined Herbal Flows – Autumn Leaves

5. Audrey English – Autumn Leaves (by Paolo Nutini)

Yes, I know they’re all called Autumn Leaves, but I couldn’t help myself.

Do you have a song about autumn (or that gives you that “autumny” feeling) that you like?

Alex D.

The Intouchables – A heartwarming movie

I saw this movie some time ago but I liked it so much that I had to share it with you people!

The Intouchables is a wonderful heartwarming comedy about friendship, trust and internal confilicts, that brings together two men from totally different worlds: Phillipe,an invalid rich man who has to struggle not only with his disability, but also with the death of his beloved wife, and Driss, an ex convict whose only interest is to get a signature that will guarantee him free financial support from the government. However, Phillipe decides not let him go, believing that Driss is exactly the person he needs in his life right now. Someone who will treat him like a normal person and will not look down on him with pity.

I will not reveal more about the story, hoping that I made curious enough to give it a try. However, I will say that the actors make and excellent work portraying this characters and the soundtrack is incredibly beautiful.

The Intouchables is a marvellous adventure (based on a real story) that teaches you that no matter how hard life gets there’s always a reason to smile and enjoy it.

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Remember: It’s all about being happy, people!

Alex. D

How to make yourself feel better when you’re sad

I got some bad news today and I was feeling kind of down because of it, so I had to do something and pick myself up. As I was trying to put a smile on my face I was thinking thsat I could share my “wisdom”  with you all on how to make yourself feel better. I know it’s smiliar to my previous post 10 things that make me happy but here it goes…

1. Listen to music

When I say listen to music I don’t mean listen to sad songs. I repeat: DO NOT LISTEN TO SAD SONGS! It will only make you feel worse. Listen to songs that make you wanna dance, songs the make you feel powerful and make you believe that everything will get better.

2. Sing and dance

Shake it off! Shake everything negative off! Like I previously said put on some music and listen to it. Once you get that feeling of energy and power and let your inner singer do its thing! Shake it like you just don’t care!

3. Call your best friend

Call your best friend and vent to her about everything and anything! You will feel better after that

4. Watch your favourite film or tv series

Watching your favourite film or your favourite episodes from your favourite tv series is always a good idea! It will take your mind off of your problems even if just for a while.

5. Treat yourself!

I know this is a The Office reference but I couldn’t help myself. When you’re feeling sad what better way to lift yourself up than order your favourite kind of pizza, drink some wine, put some make up, dress up or whatever you like to do to make yourself feel better?

And last but not least don’t allow negativity take over your life! Think happy thoughts, people! After all, it’s all about being happy, right?

Alex D.