Archive for June, 2014

Song of the Day: We’re Going to Ibiza!

Monday, June 30th, 2014

With less than 8 hours to go before the flight to sun and fun departs, I have this song going through my head…I can’t help it and actually, I don’t mind coz I love it…yeah, today there can be only one track that qualifies as Song of the Day: let me hear it for the Vengaboys with ‘We’re Going to Ibiza!‘!
Woohooooo! 🙂



QOTD June 30 2014

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Margaret Bonnano: “It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.”

QOTD June 29 2014

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Harriet Beecher Stowe: “The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end.”

Song of the Day: The Writing’s On the Wall

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Wowww!!! OK Go, one of the most creative bands when it comes to video clips, did it again!!

Following their amazing video clips ‘This Too Shall Pass’, ‘Here it Goes Again‘ and ‘Needing/Getting‘ (click on the links to check ‘m out, they are really worth it!!), they have now explored the area of visual illusions!

Though the song might not be a specific Song of the Day track (still ok though), the clip is an uber-fantastic ‘Video Clip of the Day’, so it qualifies. Everything you see is actually a trick of the eye, watch the clip several times to catch them all. 🙂

So OK, here we go, let’s hear it (and see it) for OK Go with ‘The Writing’s On the Wall‘!




QOTD June 28 2014

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Barack Obama: “We can’t expect to solve problems if all we do is tear each other down. You can disagree with a certain policy without demonizing the person who espouses it.”

Paulo Coelho’s life changing lessons

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Ever since I read The Alchemist in 2006, I have been a great fan of Paulo Coelho. That first encounter with his work became even more special and valuable as the book was given my cousin who passed away way to soon in 2008. Paulo Coelho has an amazing talent to turn a random story into a life changing adventure with many many layers in it, something waiting to be found for anyone.

Below you will find 25 quotes from Paulo Coelho, true Life Changing Lessons…I love ‘m!

1. When you want something, the whole universe conspires to make it happen.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

2. Detach from all things and you will be free.

“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything.”

“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.”

3. We are all here for a purpose.

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”

“Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.”

4. The only thing standing between you and your dream are your fears.

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

5. Mistakes are part of life.

“Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?”

“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”

6. Really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies meet.

“Really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other. Generally speaking, these meetings occur when we reach a limit, when we need to die and be reborn emotionally. These meetings are waiting for us, but more often than not, we avoid them happening. If we are desperate, though, if we have nothing to lose, or if we are full of enthusiasm for life, then the unknown reveals itself, and our universe changes direction.”

“We can also allow our Soulmate to pass us by, without accepting him or her, or even noticing. Then we will need another incarnation in order to find that Soulmate. And because of our selfishness, we will be condemned to the worst torture humankind ever invented for itself: loneliness.”

7. Every experience, either good or bad, comes with a lesson.

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”

8. Do not seek for love outside of you.

“Love is not to be found in someone else but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person.”

9. When you change, the whole world changes with you.

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

10. No reason is needed for loving.

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

11. Mind your own business.

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

12. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.

“When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.”

“No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.”

13. Love is an untamed force.

“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.”

14. Wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

15. Judge not.

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

16. Children have valuable lessons to teach you.

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

17. Appreciate the contrast of life.

“Never be ashamed,’ he said. ‘Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.’ ‘How will I know which is which?’ ‘By the taste. You can only know a good wine if you have first tasted a bad one.”

18. Nobody’s responsible for how you feel or don’t feel.

“In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel.”

19. Your beliefs shape you and make you who you are.

“You are what you believe yourself to be.”

20. Let go of the need to explain yourself.

“Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you.”

21. Love changes everything.

“It is not time that changes man nor knowledge the only thing that can change someone’s mind is love.”

22. Don’t mistake elegance with superficiality.

“Elegance is usually confused with superficiality, fashion, lack of depth. This is a serious mistake: human beings need to have elegance in their actions and in their posture because this word is synonymous with good taste, amiability, equilibrium and harmony.”

23. When you do work from your soul, the critics won’t hurt you.

“I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don’t hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.”

24. Each day brings a miracle of its own.

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”

25. Embrace your authenticity

“You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness. God chose you to be different. Why are you disappointing God with this kind of attitude?”

“You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.”

“If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself.”



QOTD June 27 2014

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Lord Chesterfield: “Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

Smile of the Day: Why women live longer than men

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Scientific research might proof what everyone already knows; women can expect to live longer than men. There are many examples though that show the *real* reason why this is so…below a teaser, you can find many more reasons here, here or here!

OMG!! 🙂





QOTD June 26 2014

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Malcolm X: “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Love liberates

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Take 5 minutes to watch this beautiful clip with Maya Angelou (who passed away last month): “Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold–that’s ego. Love liberates.”

Yeah, true, unconditional love can do that…


QOTD June 25 2014

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Gordon Parks: “The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.”

Tongue twister

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

The English language has some nice Tongue twisters and I believe ALL of them have been used in the poem below. 🙂

It is said that if you are able to pronounce every word in this poem correctly, your spoken English is better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world, ha!

Give it a serious try, though I bet most will have their tongue seriously injured and call it quits before finishing the poem. 🙂



Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!


This poem is called ‘The Chaos‘ and written by a dutch guy, Gerard Nolst Trenité. If you want to listen to a spoken version, you can find it on YouTube; here, here or here! 🙂

QOTD June 24 2014

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Felicia Day: “That is not what Geek means to me. We are more than the hobbies that we do or the things that we like. To me, Geek means an outsider, a rebel, a dreamer, a creator, a fighter. It’s a person who dares to love something that isn’t conventional.”

Band on the Run

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Only in Russia…ROTFLMAO!! Some musicians just cannot stop playing, or perhaps they want (/need? 🙂 ) to use every minute to practise to get better. Very creative, I love it!

I am not sure if the police is taking a picture of the vehicle for legal reasons, or just for their collection of fun moments at work. 🙂


QOTD June 23 2014

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Jane Goodall: “My mission is to create a world where we can live in harmony with nature.”

QOTD June 22 2014

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Rex Hudler: “Be a fountain, not a drain.”

The longest day

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

The buildup to the longest day, the kick-off for summer, has been magnificent; I enjoyed lovely summer weather in Norway the past weeks! And then today, summer solstice day @12:51h, THE day, the LONGEST day (18h50m!), the start of summer has been cloudy and a bit chilly, huh?! Still, as mentioned earlier this week, the daylightish nights keep amazing me; I can easily read a book outside without a torch or candle, wow!! (not tonight though, brrrr 🙂 )

QOTD June 21 2014

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Bette Davis: “My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.”

An amazing statistic

Friday, June 20th, 2014

I know that China has been building like crazy the past years, and it is obvious that in order to build stuff one needs cement (to make concrete). What I never realized is just how much cement China has used in the past years…the graphic below puts things into perspective…pretty mind-blowing ah?



(via Bill Gates; from Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization, by the historian Vaclav Smil)

QOTD June 20 2014

Friday, June 20th, 2014

William Cowper: “The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.”