Sunday, September 13, 2009

Irina Predescu - The Butterfly Business

Irina Predescu is 23 and already manages a 4 year successful business - with butterflies.
For your wedding or even corporate events, Irina can make your celebration stand out by releasing hundreds of butterflies into the air at the right time...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

"Gruber's Journey": The First Small Step

Gruber's Journey, directed by Mr. Radu Gabrea, is a well-documented film that tries to do justice to a tragic historical event, silenced for too long.
Curzio Malaparte, as written in his own journal 'Kaputt', recounts how personal life mixes with grand history and how he himself turns into a key witness of the event. While coming to Iasi in June 1941 and looking for the Jewish Dr. Josef Gruber to treat his allergy, Malaparte finds himself involved in the dramatic event of 12,000 Jewish civilians being mass murdered at Podu Iloaiei.
Being present at the official premiere last night in Iasi, I was wondering why government funded films lack the brightness and the vibe to propel them to international heights. And also how embarrassing ass-kissing can be during these presentations...
I believe the film - as perceived sitting near probably the most elderly Jewish man in the audience - misses the point of revealing the deep tragedy and launches on an overrated narcissistic criticism of the inability of the local people to organize things (an image, in fact, that neither my friends nor I recognize ourselves in).
However, Mr. Marcel Iures is absolutely brilliant, indeed, in portraying Dr. Gruber and also notable are Florin Piersic Jr., as Malaparte, and Claudiu Bleont - highly talented young actors.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Oana Pellea - A Different Kind of Journal.

Oana Pellea is not only the most beautiful actress I have ever seen, but also a truly inspiring person who has the mysterious ability to make us see insightful things in a lasting way... Memorable is the time for me when I saw her in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" some years ago when I was a student in Iasi. Her force as an actress is mesmerizing and her recently published Journal is a gift of emotions and life essence. I read her Journal as I read the Bible - before bedtime and opening the book at random and read - everything makes perfect sense with our own searching, and contradictions and tension and needs for answers and Light...Simply inspiring!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Violeta's Vintage Kitchen - Organic Slow Food

Great Passion and Honesty are the two key words that define Violeta's Vintage Kitchen - the new 'out of the box' kitchen in Bucharest for those of us who want to enjoy organic home-made food.
Being a Jamie Oliver's follower, Violeta turned her great personal cooking ability into a small but successful business because of her desire to share with the others high quality food.
And if we want Violeta to cook especially for us - no problem! Or if we want to learn from Violeta the secrets of her recipes for success, we can sign in for one of her workshops... For sure, my next trip to Bucharest will imply a visit to Violeta's Magical Kitchen...