Chinese new year

This year we went to the celebrations held for the Chinese new year. I’m sorry last year we’ve missed them, as it was so interesting.

In Chinatown there was an outdoor market with food and different traditional items. I loved the dragon slippers and the stuffed snakes. Hubby didn’t take many pictures because it was crowded, so you can see just this one.
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The snake parade, very colorful and interesting. It was a delight to see it.
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After the celebrations in China town, we went to Museum of Liverpool to see a traditional Chinese dance.
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We don’t like Chinese food, we tried it a few times and we both find it horrible. Today we decided to eat something Chinese homemade. It was something I suggested a few times and always got a negative answer from hubby, but today it was a special occasion.

We tried mixed fried mushrooms and rice with eggs. It was good, but we still prefer Mediterranean food.

We’ve got an Asian preserve from the supermarket and I had high expectations for the mushrooms. The taste was a little disappointed. Next time I’ll use fresh mushrooms, the flavour is more intense.
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Banking

In Romania I was a manager and hubby had his own company, so we had the “pleasure” of handling both personal and business bank accounts in different banks.

I always had to have a big handbag when I was going to the bank, because I had to carry with me the stamps, a letter of empowerment and other stuff. The empowerment was necessary even if I was the one that signed it… being the only one in the company that could legally sign this type of documents.

Hubby had to go thru this, even if he was the director and the only owner of the company… he still needed an empowerment. Sounds strange, isn’t it?

Should I mention I had my account manager on speed dial and that we use to pay a lot of fees to the bank. There is a monthly fee, a cash withdraw fee, an internet banking fee, a fee for all the payments made online or offline. The card attached to the bank account had a lot of fees too, including a fee to see the balance at an ATM!

But here, in UK, banking is wonderful. Making changes just by notifying them with no papers, no documents, no ID, only the signature. And I’m talking about the business account! Amazing!!!

Also, our account manager is great, we had a meeting last week and he was so helpful with things that weren’t even related to the bank. We’ve spent more than 1 hour talking, solving few things and having a nice chat at the same time. He showed genuine interest in our activity and asked questions.

Hubby and I were very pleased with the whole experience.

Should I mention there is no stamp, no letter of empowerment and… virtually no fees. Because almost all of the transactions are made online we don’t have to pay monthly fees for our business account, for withdraws or payments. Even the first 5 cheques/month are free!

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Moving together

Sunday we had the fair I wanted to talk about it, but 8 years ago we moved together. Here is our 7 year anniversary and the story, so I wouldn’t have to tell it again.

Yesterday morning was cloudy, so we thought we’ll have to postpone going to Liverpool. But after 12, the sun came so we decided to go, as planned, to the Wheel of Liverpool. We both loved the wheel. It was very windy and we could feel the capsule moving on top, but the view was amazing. mt_01

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On top of Echo Arena. After we passed by it, we could feel the wind moving the capsule. The 1st time it wasn’t a very nice feeling, but on the 2nd revolution that feeling was gone.
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The 2 cathedrals were very visible.
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In the back the coast is vizible up to New Brighton, at Fort Perch Rock.
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It was amazing! I loved this experience, maybe because I knew major points around me, the Wirral coast, the attractions in Liverpool.
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The celebration continued at home with homemade chocolate cake, sparkling wine and a nice dinner.

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Glasses

Maybe I’m watching to much “Next top model” or maybe because I’m a diva, as a friend always tells me… today we’ve made a beauty shoot with my new glasses!! Ohh, if only I was 12 years younger and at least 2 inch taller… But that’s a different story.

This month I had an eye exam and I needed new glasses, so I got 3 pairs from selectspecs.com. I love them, they look great and they are very comfy. I must admit my expectations were low considering the prices, but the quality is very good and I received them in 1 week.

First pair, black&purple plastic frames. I got this pair to wear at home, but it looks better than I expected. The frames are light and a delightful to wear, so I’ll wear them everywhere.g_01

The second pair, black metal frames. If my outfit will be “loud”, I’ll wear them. I wanted a simple pair, only for a few occasions and I’m very happy with them. I can’t wait to wear them.
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The last ones, the edgy frames. I just love them! So stylish and cute, I love the detail on the frame.
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Vegetarian for 5 years

5 years ago, today, I became a vegetarian and my only regret is that I waited too long to make this change.

My life changed for the better even if this had nothing to do with the reasons of becoming a vegetarian, but it was a side effect.

First of all, my blood analysis was good for the 1st time after 25 years! I had problems with calcium and now I don’t even if in a vegetarian diet there is a smaller intake of vitamin D. Who knows how much vitamin D I was eating before; I don’t know, probably less.

My diet is much more diversified. Now I eat so many things that before I ate just once in a while. This is funny, because some people asked me what I eat if I don’t eat meat. So…this is what I eat every month:

veggies: tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, spinach, mushrooms, peppers, chickpeas, beans, beetroot, green beans, carrots, parsnip, broccoli, onions, red onions, garlic, cauliflower, cabbage, leeks, olives, courgette, aubergines

fruits: plums, bananas, pineapple, apples, oranges, all berries, peaches, lemons, pears, grapes, kiwi, persimmon

oils: olive oil, rapeseed oil and raw almonds, brazilian nuts, hazelnuts and walnuts

dairy (full fat): yogurt, brie, camembert, stilton, danish blue, cheddar (any kind, I love it!), halloumi, feta, soft cheese

and 2-3 eggs daily, wholemeal flour, cornmeal, semolina, unrefined sugar, cocoa, grated coconut.

The diversity of the dishes is given by different veggies and spices, not by 2-3 types of meat (pork, chicken or beef).

“What about proteins?”

This is one of usual questions I hear when I have to say I’m a vegetarian. 5 years ago the protein intake wasn’t one of my concerns, now I have more than enough. I reach 1g/kg proteins daily only from food and more than 50% is animal protein (dairy, eggs). So, I have all the amino acids I need.

Sometimes I discover this is a strange question because, during the discussions, some people don’t know anything about macro-nutrients and their percentage in a healthy diet.

Now I can easily say I have a very balanced diet. Last year I even gained a few kilos of muscles, having 1-1/2g/kg proteins from diet and a protein shake (just whey), after exercising, to reach 1.5g/kg.

Shoes! “What about shoes? Aren’t they from real leather?”

This is one of my favourite questions about my moral standards. No, I don’t buy leather shoes.

So far I had problems finding hiking boots, but I doubt they are thinking of this type of boots. Nevertheless, I can find some at ~£100, but it’s too much for 1-2 walks per year.

It’s so funny, because I’m sure they know shoes are made from different materials and many are from artificial leather. I can’t say I have enough shoes, but most women will agree with me.

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Vegan. I don’t see myself as a vegan for a number of reasons.

Same people told me I didn’t stop the killing of innocent animals. That wasn’t my plan, I’m just a person and I can make decisions about me and I live with the consequences of my decisions. Everybody else must make their own decisions and they have to live with the consequences of their decisions.

I’m not trying to change the world or even a small part of it. I just reached a point in my life that I’m happy with my choices.

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New year resolution

First of all, Happy new year!!!!

I, like everybody else, use to make new year resolutions. A few of them I knew I would keep and some of them were completely unachievable. I use to make lists of things that I want to do, but again, some of them were hard to achieve.

I already let go of the idea with to do lists and resolutions. A friend shared a good idea on facebook, to have a jar with notes of good things that happen this year. So, this year I’ve made that jar, hubby and I will collect notes of good things that happen to us and on 31st December we will read them. I hope the jar will be full of notes.

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Yes!!! I already put a note inside, I bought 5 books today! Yeee!!!

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Boxing day @ Bodies revealed

On boxing day I had a list of clothes that I wanted to buy, hubby was dreaming of a big discount on cameras… we both got nothing. The discount was around £40-50 for a £1000+ camera… that’s not a sale! So, it was pointless to buy it yesterday.

I had the same luck… there were just a few items size 8 and I didn’t like them… skinny jeans or jeans with a lot of details. The nice winter dresses were size 10 🙁

In the end I saw a lovely shirt with a big belt and when I tried it I was looking like I was 6 months pregnant. I had some laughs with hubby and left the store.

We thought the Bodies revealed exhibition was until 23rd January, we were wrong, it is until 2nd January. So we went to see it yesterday, to be sure we’ll not miss it. It was amazing!!!

The exhibition consists of real human bodies, prepared through polymer preservation that allows the specimen to last for decades. It started with the skeleton and after that we saw the muscles and the systems: circulatory, digestive, reproductive and so on.

The only part of the exhibition that was a little disturbing was with fetuses, from 14 weeks to 7 months. It was incredible to see how a real fetus looks at different stages of development. The 14 weeks fetus was the most incredible for me, it looked like a real kid. I already knew this, but seeing it made a huge difference.

The damaged liver from alcohol, drug consumption and a bad diet was amazing. I saw many pictures, but to see a real one it’s so socking. The longs damaged by smoking were shocking too. The difference between a normal liver and a bad one is huge, as the same with lungs.

I’m very happy we saw the exhibition, it was great!

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