Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Manhattan, New York

Tomorrow is the last day of the year. As I look back and think about all of the life changing events that happened to me in 2015, I can't help but feel an immense sense of gratitude and joy. This year was the best year for me so far. I was so busy living that I admit I kind of "abandoned" my blog. I admire my fellow bloggers who can keep up with their busy jobs, their personal lives, and still manage to find the time to blog every week. This is my only regret, that I didn't dedicate more time to my blog that has remained a constant in my life for the past 6 years. I will work on that in 2016, pinky promise!

Guess what? I have more pictures from my trip to New York to show you today. Surprise, surprise. I took these pictures on upper fifth avenue, one of the greatest streets to visit in NYC, nicknamed "Millionaire's Row". You can find here many world-renowned museums like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, historical landmarks and luxury stores, of course. 
The other pictures are from "The Central Park Zoo", the first official zoo to open in New York in the 1860s. I saw the endangered snow leopard. There are as few as 4000 snow leopards in the wild worldwide and I saw 2 of them. They actually posed for me, scroll down for the picture. Other endangered animal I saw here was, the red panda.  

In my next post, we will leave Manhattan behind and cross the Brooklyn Bridge. Stay tuned! 
I hope everyone will have a great time tomorrow on New Year's Eve. Here's to an amazing 2016!

Monday, December 28, 2015

New York City

This December was the best month of my life. I got to spend 2 weeks in New York city and if you heard the news, this winter was surprisingly warm in NYC. I am talking about 16-18 Celsius degrees. Lucky me! I was able to walk around the city for 10-11 hours/day and enjoy this city as much as possible without turning into a snowwoman snowman like I initially thought when I booked my flight in November. 

New York is the city you see all the time in movies, music videos, TV shows and before you arrive there you think you pretty much know what to expect. Boy, I had no clue what was going to feel like to actually be there. As soon as I saw the skyscrapers, the city lights, the crowded streets I felt so much at home I can't even explain. The hype is real! That's all I can say, the hype is real. I especially liked Central Park, taking a stroll through this park was the highlight of my trip, I also loved Times Square, Rockefeller Center and I will never forget the feeling I had when I saw my favorite play ever, "The Phantom of The Opera", on Broadway. I shed tears of joy. Best experience of my life, but this in another post. Stay tuned. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Flower crown

I am happy to show you my new hairstyle. I thought about getting a long bob haircut for some time now, but couldn't bring myself to actually cut it until last week. I still don't know how I didn't quit halfway through. 
Anyway, I am very pleased with the result and I hope you like it too.

Next week is Halloween. Who's excited? Not me. I mean, who likes being spooked? The same people who enjoy horror movies I assume. Weirdos! 
Also, those dreadful costumes, bleah! Absolutely tacky and unoriginal if you ask me. Everyone is either a zombie or a nurse. OK, rant over.

Let's go back to the pictures I took earlier today. It was such a nice autumn day today. My husband and I went for a walk in the park and of course I couldn't leave my camera behind. 
I just love this season, don't you?

I am wearing a Zara biker jacket, Zara knee-high boots, H&M dress and a Meli Melo gorgeous flower crown. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

De ce ma bucur ca am plecat de la Orange

Am fost clienta Orange multi ani, prea multi ani daca ma intrebati acum si am ajuns la concluzia ca portarea numarului in alta retea a fost cea mai buna decizie luata.
Sa va povestesc cum cei de la Orange” pun sechestru” pe telefoanele platite de noi si cum nu ne lasa sa le folosim nici dupa expirarea contractului cu ei.

In Martie 2013 am fost intr-un centru comercial din Bucuresti cu scopul de a-mi achizitiona un telefon nou. M-am plimbat pe la mai multe magazine de profil si intr-un final m-am oprit la un Orange Shop. Avand abonament la ei, m-a abordat un angajat de-al lor sa-mi spuna ca pot sa-mi folosesc punctele “Thank you” pe care le aveam in cont in acel moment sa obtin o reducere in cazul in care vreau un telefon de la ei.

Punctele acelea de fidelitate nu imi aduceau cine stie ce reducere, cam 50-60 de lei din pretul intreg al telefonului. Asadar am platit aproape integral telefonul, in niciun caz nu mi l-au dat de pomana, nu mi l-au dat la 1 euro sau ceva de genul acesta.
Am decis sa-mi prelungesc si pentru inca 24 de luni abonamentul pentru ca nu eram interesata sa-mi schimb operatorul de servicii mobile inca si nu planuiam sa fac asta in urmatoarele luni.

In niciun moment al discutiei cu angajatul Orange, in niciun paragraf al contractului meu, in niciun loc pe contul meu Orange, nu a fost mentionata codarea telefonului meu sau perceperea de o taxa de decodare in eventualitatea in care mi-as schimba reteaua dupa expirarea contractului.
Nici macar ambalajul telefonului meu nu avea ceva care sa ma duca cu gandul la codarea lui. Era un ambalaj simplu, Samsung, cu accesoriile telefonului si un manual de utilizare.
Si sincer, nici nu ma asteptam ca un telefon platit de mine sa fie codat de cei de la Orange. A, mi-au dat posibilitatea sa folosesc punctele Thank you pe care eu le castigasem in anii de abonament la ei si la care aveam dreptul.

Nu era un beneficiu al abonatilor Orange? Daca aceste puncte veneau 2 ani si jumatate mai tarziu sub forma unei taxe de rascumparare a telefonului (sau taxa de decodare cum o numesc ei) le spuneam sa-si pastreze punctele si imi luam telefonul din alt loc. Pretul platit de mine era similar cu pretul din alte magazine pentru acest model de telefon, doar ca Orange imi inspira mai multa incredere.

Daca nu ii spui clar unui om inainte sa achizitioneze un telefon ca vine codat si trebuie sa platesti sa-l decodezi asta se numeste viciu ascuns. Eu nu imi mai cumparam telefonul de la Orange in conditiile astea.

Uitandu-ma in urma realizez ce naiva am fost, dar daca au reusit sa ma pacalaesca pe mine sigur au mai pacalit multi alti oameni.
 Pe 14 Octombrie 2015 mi-am portat numarul in alta retea si cand sa introduc cartela noua in telefonul meu aflu ca telefonul e codat. Minunat!

Ii sun pe cei de la Orange, le spun toata povestea, ma pun sa astept in telefon si dupa cateva minunte imi spune operatorul ca trebuie sa achit 47 de lei ca sa imi decodez telefonul.
Ma gandesc ca nu a inteles faptul ca mie mi-a expirat abonamentul cu ei in Martie 2015 si ca acum ne aflam in luna Octombrie. De ce mai sunt eu nevoita sa achit o taxa sa-mi folosesc propriul telefon?
Nu stie sa-mi dea un raspuns, dar insista ca trebuie sa achit taxa si ca asta este. O intreb pe agenta daca e vreun manager disponibil sa imi faca legatura pentru ca in continuare imi este greu sa cred ca dupa ce imi termin contractul trebuie sa achit ceva.
Bineinteles, nu era nimeni care sa poata sa vorbeasca cu mine, agenta incepe sa devina iritata de “insistenta mea” si inchei apelul dandu-mi seama ca nu o sa primesc prea multe raspunsuri pe calea asta.

OK, merg pe pagina de Facebook si ii contactez acolo. Sigur dau peste niste oameni rezonabili care inteleg situatia si pot sa ma lamureasca. Imi raspunde un anume Andrei care imi spune sec:

“Buna, Laura,
Telefoanele comercializate prin reteaua noastra de distributie sunt codate. Daca telefonul a fost achizitionat la pret subventionat, iar perioada contractuala a expirat, deblocarea telefonului costa 54 RON. Aceasta se poate efectua in orice shop Orange.”

Wow! Le scrii o pagina intreaga, le adresezi mai multe intrebari si ei vin cu raspunsul asta standard?
Ca sa nu mai spun ca taxa de decodare e alta decat cea comunicata de operatorul de la Servicii Clienti.
Observ ca lipsa de informatii sau transmiterea de informatii gresite este ceva obisnuit.

Ii raspund acestui expert in comunicare spunandu-i ca daca nu e specificat nicaieri faptul ca trebuie sa achit o taxa de decodare daca imi cumpar un telefon de la ei de ce trebuie sa achit?
Dau si niste screenshot-uri de pe site-ul lor mai exact pagina cu beneficiile punctelor Thank you, unde bineinteles nu specifica nicaieri ca daca iti iei un telefon la pret special cu punctele acestea automat acel telefon e codat. Vedeti pagina aici: https://www.orange.ro/orange-thank-you/

Raspunsul lor nu a avut nicio legatura cu raspunsul meu.
Eu intrebam una, ei ziceau alta. Tipic!

Concluzia:

Nu o sa platesc in veci taxa de decodare. Niciun alt leu nu va merge spre compania aceasta cu practici abuzive si fara respect fata de clientii lor.


Orange, it’s all about what matters to them!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thassos Island Part I

Hello! Today's post is all about Greece's Emerald Island, Thassos. It was the second time my husband and I chose to spend our summer vacation in Greece and we are thinking about making this a tradition. Greece is the ultimate travel destination for people like us who enjoy natural beauty, amazing beaches, picturesque villages in the mountains and historic attractions.

Thassos is ideal for couples, families that just want to relax as it's not crowded and the nightlife is almost non-existent. The locals are very friendly, the food is excellent and the view is spectacular everywhere you go. 
No wonder that Thassos has the highest rates of return visitors of any of the Greek Islands. 

We spent most of our vacation in the beautiful summer resort, Skala Potamia, that is surrounded by beautiful beaches and clear waters. We visited two of the most famous sandy beaches in Thassos, Golden Beach and Paradise Beach that really live up to their name. 
More about Thassos in another post. Until then, πολλα φιλιά!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bride to be

4 days left and I didn't turn into a Bridezilla...yet. I am too chill and that worries me. What if this is the calm before the storm? What if I go nuts just before I walk down the aisle? As long as I don't pull a Julia Roberts on him we should be good. Truth to be told, you can avoid unnecessary causes of stress when you plan a wedding. All you have to do is be true to yourself and to not do things that you are not comfortable with or you not relate to. I saw a lot of young couples that tried to please everyone else around them and they forgot themselves in the process. Yes, your parents and friends will try to tell you what food you should add to your menu, who you should invite, or what playlist you should have on your wedding day, but don't forget that you can't simply redo the wedding if you realize that it didn't even feel like it was your wedding you went to. Who are these people? Do I know them? What is that awful music playing?
Stay strong fellow brides to be. May the force (and the good weather) be with you.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Pastel coat

Long time no see. Been a few busy months. I got married, moved to a new apartment and decorated my new home. Don't worry, I didn't elope. There will be pictures from my wedding. I only got married at the city hall on March 17th because it was the anniversary of when we first met three years ago. The wedding party will be this July and I will share tons of pictures of course.
The final countdown has begun and I still have a lot of things to take care of until our big day. 
So, before I freak out and start hyperventilating, let me show you some pictures I took last month while I was visiting a beautiful city, Iasi. Below you ca see pictures of the gorgeous, breathtaking, Palace of Culture that was built almost a century ago. 
I was wearing my pastel coat I bought online at H&M (hooray for the launch of the Romanian online shopping page) and my first pair of stiletto shoes. I always thought it would be uncomfortable to wear such shoes, but turns out they are comfy and super stylish. I bought since then another pair. 
Got to run now, guys! Enjoy your weekend.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

C&A Spring 2015 collection

Hello! With everything going on in my life lately, I didn't really find the time to blog. A couple of weeks ago, something frivolous like buying a foundation that is a little darker for my skin tone would have been enough to upset me a little, but in light of a recent tragic event, I have realized that getting upset over things that aren't worth getting upset about is ridiculous.
The greatest blessing in life is family and you should treasure the moments you spend together with your loved ones because everything could change in the blink of an eye.
Before we all get teary-eyed, I want to share these pictures I took at the C&A Spring 2015 collection launch event. I like how the collection has a very relaxed mood and there were many items that I would see myself wearing at a music festival or a picnic this spring. 
I especially loved the flower arrangements at the event. My grandmother had a soft spot for flowers too. I hope you are surrounded by flowers up there, grandma.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Parka coat

Hello! I know it's been while, but I have been super busy looking for a wedding dress and planning an office party. So, I am very excited to announce that I have said yes to the dress. I was very lucky that it only took me 1 week and a half to find "the dress". After the first couple of days of trying on many dresses I thought that I was going to end up wearing a white sheet with a belt around the waist on my wedding day. That's how discouraged I felt in the beginning. All of the dresses that were displayed in the bridal shops were either too shiny or had too much going on. Bows, rhinestones, ruffles, cleavage, volume, so much volume! Does everyone want to look like Cinderella? All I wanted was a beautiful dress that was simple, yet impressive. Mission accomplished! 

A piece of advice for future brides. Be prepared to look around a lot and have nervous breakdowns. The key is to not lose hope and know that the perfect dress for you is out there somewhere. It's a lot like dating if you think about it. You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.