In a galaxy very very near

I have thing for fireworks. I love watching them and in the past few years I’ve been very keen on photographing them as well. This has not always been the case. There was a time when fireworks made me incredibly tense as the sound reminded me of bombs. It took a while but eventually I was able to go outside and enjoy the explosion of colours.


As for photographing fireworks, it started with my previous camera that had a fireworks setting. I don’t think I was using that setting properly but I loved the messy abstract images I got. Now that I’ve gotten better acquainted with my dslr I know I should use a tripod to get the proper shots. I however find that it is the random experimental images that speak to me. You know the ones, that look like someone put a laser in a blender or nebulas and galaxies far far away. I do plan to buy a tripod and then I’ll try the more professional way of photographing fireworks.




After I watched the fireworks marking the beginning of Finland’s centenary anniversary and the euphoria of that experience had worn off, I started thinking how I’d just basically watched tens of thousands (maybe even hundreds of thousands) of euros being blown up. Don’t get me wrong, everything costs money and anniversaries should be celebrated but it’s still a a lot of money for a few minutes. There’s also an environmental aspect to consider. But if we were to get rid of fireworks what would replace them? Lazer light shows? I don’t know, it wouldn’t be quit the same but I’m open to the possibilities the future holds.




Of Monsters and Fries

After the first week in Tokyo I started to wonder where all the really over the top Kawaii people were. I was told that it’s a common misconception, the over the top street style we often see in magazines and blogs are actually not as widespread as you would think. Sure, you’ll see people with individual sense style and you’ll find some uniquely dressed groups posing on Sunday afternoons in Harajuku but those “I look like I’m going to a costume party everyday” individuals seemed kind of rare. Maybe I was just not in the right place but maybe that’s why I really wanted to visit the Kawaii Monster Café, I needed a proper dose of kawaii while in Tokyo.

To call the place a theme restaurant is a bit of understatement. I would describe it as sugar overdose colour explosion extravaganza, if that makes any sense. It’s not just the interior and the clothes of the staff that are colourful but the food too. Just when you think it can’t get even more kawaii, it’s time to sing for one of the customers (the place is very popular for birthdays) and that is done of course on a huge revolving cake meets merry-go-round. Most of the food on the menu had a different colour than it naturally is so I just ordered fries and plum wine and observed the the amusing madness of the place. Some might call the place a kawaii-culture exploiting tourist trap but I thought it was crazy colourful fun.


The interior is just crazy! Everywhere you look there are details that just make you go “WHAT??” The baby bottle lamps are just hilarious.



It would be interesting to know the amount of colours they used when decorating this place!


This wall of lips made me think of Salvador Dalí for some reason.


I was taking a lot of pictures of the interior because I had never seen anything like it. Then one of the waitresses came and offered to take a picture of me but I apparently had to do the “monster” pose. Being the awkward individual that I am it took a few photos before I understood what she wanted me to do.


When in doubt, order fries! I think the first two dips are ketchup and maybe mustard but I can’t remember what the blue one tasted like.


If I ever come to this place again I’ll have to make sure I get a booth under a mushroom!


Nope, baby bottles weren’t enough! Rabbit and sheep heads were also needed.


Time to sing happy birthday on a stage shaped like a cake complete with fruits and unicorns.


. . . and most people get up and cheer. . . . 


. . . . and you get your picture taken. Now that I think of it, I wouldn’t mind celebrating my birthday here!


Bring it on 2017

I think we can call 2016 a difficult year for the human race! It’s easy to get stuck on the horrible things that have happened (and are still happening) but it’s in these difficult times that finding the good becomes even more important. The later half of 2016 was challenging on a personal level. I’ve was feeling very frustrated and struggled to find energy. Too often  last fall I found myself operating survival mode. The good news is that it’s up to me to change things, I have to reprioritise and change the things that are dragging me down. So I’ll start 2017 with reminding myself of the great things that happened this past year.



During easter I went to London, Pre-Brexit London! Sometimes it’s really fun to travel somewhere without any major plans. And having friends who can show you around and offer you a place to stay is priceless.



The highlight of my year was definitely the trip to Tokyo. It was a life altering journey that was so much fun! I was so scared when I left, scared of flying such a long distance by myself, scared of getting lost in such a huge city and a whole list of other things. Guess what? Everything went well! I wandered the streets of streets of Tokyo all googly eyed and ate everything matcha flavoured I came across. Goes to show that one should not let fear get the best of you (I know, not always so easy!). I hope I will be able to return to Japan in the near future, I want to see more of the country. I still  have some images from the trip to share with you so stay tuned!



I finally stepped in front of the camera. This might seem like a small thing but for a person like me who’s disliked being photographed since I was a kid, it was a big step forward. The reason? Garments are better shown on a person than on a hanger. So far I’ve been lucky that my friends have have helped me out with the photographing but I still need to work on my posing skills!



This year I stepped up my crochet game and crocheted  several scarves. It’s always fun to give handmade gifts to loved ones. This year I want to learn more challenging crochet stitches and techniques.



I say it quit often but I love Copenhagen. This year I visited the city in the summer which I hadn’t done before.



My main reason for being in Copenhagen? To see Queen Bey! It was the other big highlight of 2016. I’ve been a fan of Beyoncé since the early days of Destiny’s Child so this was really a dream come true. Sometimes last fall, when I was having a really bad day, I’d watch the video I took when we all were singing along to “Love on top” and I’d immediately feel better!


I’ve also been learning some new skills. I took a class in video editing ( i hope in 2017 i’ll be able to show you what I’ve learned.) I’m constantly working to improve my photography and I recently caught the GIF bug.

So 2016 gave me a lot to be grateful for. I’d like to thank all of you who made all this possible.