The happiest place in China!

It’s finally here! My video about the first time I have been to a Disneyland! Ironically, I had my first Disneyland experience in Shanghai with 25 years old :’D

I still love Disney so much, and half a day was not enough for Disneyland. I will definitely visit more in the future!

 

I hope you enjoyed this video!

Thanks for watching and reading!

Merveille.

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Do’s and Don’ts at Neuschwanstein Castle

Because it was my brother’s birthday on Monday, July 10th, and we all had the day off, we decided to take a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle. Despite having lived in Germany for all of our lives, we never managed to visit this most iconic castle.

Here are the most important Do’s and Don’ts for visiting the busiest place in Germany:

Do: The early bird

Arrive as early as possible! Whether by train or car, make sure to leave on time.

Don’t: Forget to bring enough liquids

The air up there is a bit thinner, and a lot of walking is involved. Make sure to bring at least 1L of water and stay hydrated.

Do: Buy a ticket for visiting the inside of the castle

I’d recommend booking the tickets online so you can skip the line at the ticket counter and you can decide which time you wanna visit. Especially if you can’t arrive there early. We didn’t book them online, but we planned to arrive there quite early.

Do: Book an audio guide tour

If the guided tours don’t fit your schedule, the audio guide is a good alternative.

Don’t: Forget to bring your umbrella…

…or cagoule since the weather can be unpredictable, even in summer.

Don’t: Stand in line for the carriages for ONE HOUR!

 

I actually wanted to take the horse carriages up to the castle, but the line would take 1 hour. Plus the animals looked quite exhausted :/ Better to walk or opt for the busses which are also cheaper (1,80€).

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Do: Visit the Alpsee lake

You can find this lake right away after buying your tickets. It is very close to the bus stop. The lake is utterly beautiful and worth spending the whole day there, just enjoying the view.

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Don’t: Skip the Marienbrücke

Although you might get a shock from how filled it is, just brace yourself and go on that bridge to take that postcard picture. Be careful though, and hold on tightly to your camera.

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Do: Go beyond the Marienbrücke

Try to walk across the Marienbrücke and climb up the little ledge if you trust yourself and have some firm walking shoes made for that.

Do: Snacks

Eat something small and simple like a pretzel. Also a great photo idea together with the castle :)

Don’t: Forget to take photos of the architecture

You will probably have plenty of time before your tour begins, so this leaves the opportunity to snap a lot of photos of the castle from every angle imaginable.

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Don’t: Take photos inside the castle

It’s not allowed in the first place. Also, don’t play on your phone but absorb the surroundings and the intricate details of each room you are guided to.

Do: Visit a gift shop

Take your time to visit the second gift shop after the castle tour. The first, bigger one is overpriced and I didn’t like the stuff offered there. There is a second, smaller gift shop and they have some beautiful bookmarks there as well which I bought (5€). Also, there is an observation terrace after the castle tour where you can get the most awesome views on the two lakes and the Marienbrücke. Another reason to book the castle tour.

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Do: Have dinner at the Schloßrestaurant

When you choose the walking path down from the castle, you will come across this beautiful restaurant. They have great food, especially their sweet stuff smelled divine <3 I ate vegetarian cheese dumplings swabian style (It’s said that they were created there)

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Do: Walk all the way back downhill

Back down is easier than up. You can also do both if you are fit enough :) Plus, it saves you some money.

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Don’t: Loose your car at the parking lot

Remember exactly which parking lot it was that you used, and how you walked to the ticket counter. If you still end up loosing your car, ask one of the workers there, they will, strangely enough know exactly where you have parked :’D

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Do: Explore the oldtown of Füssen

If you are not too exhausted, and the weather is nice to you, drive downtown and explore the cute, colourful oldtown. Sit down at one of the street cafes, or get yourself a Schneeballen, a sweet treat that is famous for that part of Germany.

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Shanghai Disneyland

Here it is, the post I have been waiting to write! The most magical day of my trip! The place, where dreams come true! For the first time in my 25 years of life on earth:

SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND!

For my last day in Shanghai, I didn’t have certain plans. I thought I could indulge in some fancy food again, do some shopping and stuff. But that sounded boring, so I wake up in the morning with my friend and asked her if I should go to Disneyland. “Why not?” was her answer, so I did it!

I got ready and went out and about! Well, not yet, I still needed to get breakfast/brunch, so I searched for a cafe close to the Bund or Nanjing Road. I found a cafe called Equilibrium which is very close to East Nanjing Road and Fuzhou Road. It actually is right next to that famous club M1nt, the one with the shark tank.

I ordered a salad, a vegetable quiche and a coffee.

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It was light but yummy, and after that I was ready to go. Taking the metro to Disneyland was easy. So, wherevery you are, you just have take the metro or change lines until you are on the right line. And the final stop says Disney Resort anyway. So, you can’t get lost.

When I finally arrived, I was pumped to finally enter the park. The entrance fee is 370 RMB, which is around 40 €. I have never been to Disneyland Paris, nor to any other Disneyland in the world, so I can’t really compare prices, but I have heard that the one in Paris should cost around 50€ for a single-day entrance ticket. It might be because it consists of two parks by now. Still, Shanghai Disneyland is the biggest Disneyland in the world now, and for it being not too expensive is pretty cool.

I also bought my first souvenirs even before entering the park. I saw a stand that sold Minnie Mouse ears, so I got them, for roughly around 10€ and I saw a Disney passport where you can collect stamps which was around 9€. I would recomment the ears, but I don’t recommend the passport, because as I realized later, finding the machines where you can get the stamps turned out to be quite of a challenge, maybe even almost impossible. I only saw one stamp machine, the one for the Alice in Wonderland maze. Very frustrating tbh.

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Anyway, when I entered, I took loads of pictures of course. Then, I wanted to have a ride on the carousel, although it was almost only kids and their parents on there, all of them chinese. And in the middle of the madness, there is this white girl with minnie mouse ears on :’D

After the ride which was a lot of fun, I realized that I should have waited because I heard music from the Storybook Castle and there were lots of people standing around there: Stupid me has missed the performance at 2pm!!!! :'(
Small but useful advice: Before you go to Disneyland or any other theme park, check out all the times for performances, so you can choose which one you wanna see and be ready for that.

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Since I was already at the Castle, I saw the line for going inside the castle, so I waited. The queue went for ages. It was again, mostly kids with their parents. It was quite cute inside, but rather targeted for younger audiences.

When I got out, I saw an array of shops and restaurants at the exit. I also hoped to see some mascots, as it as shown on the map, but I didn’t, unfortunately. Oh yeah, without the map, I would have been totally lost, so make sure to get one at the entrance. Ask for an english one if you can’t find any.

Now, it was finally time for the Red Queen’s maze, from Alice in Wonderland. It was based on the Alice in Wonderland movie, the new one with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. I recommend you this attraction a lot because there is no queue, it is relaxing, it offers great photographing opportunities and you’ll feel just like in Wonderland <3

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When I got out of the maze, I found myself at Treasure Cove. After walking around a little bit I saw a plan on a board and it said something about a Frozen sing-along performance. I checked the time and it was almost about to start, so I headed to Fantasyland. The queue wasn’t too long this time either. We got in, could choose our own seats and waited for the show to start. It was a little bit of acting and singing from the performers, but most of it was on screen with subtitles and the certain scenes from the movie. Everything was in chinese of course, I couldn’t sing along, but oh I wished I could!

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It was still very entertaining and I would recommend you to keep this in mind.

I was slowly starting to get hungry, so checked out some food attractions nearby. I found one which was very close and sold pizza in shape of Micky’s head. It is the Pinocchio Village Kitchen. I had to have a look, and it actually looked yummy. They had one with tomato mozarella, hawaii, and peking duck. I took the duck one, because I am in China, d’uh! It also wasn’t expensive. Around 10€. That’s okay for Disney Food.

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When I was full and content, I took a ride with a boat ride at the Voyage to the Crystal Grotto and the set-ups around that ride were spectacular.

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The ride was over too quickly. Since this attraction was very close to the Storybook Castle, I decided to stroll around the place again, but I realized that some lanes were closed. I was wondering if they were preparing for closing. So when I walked towards the Castle itself, I saw that more and more lanes were closed and secured, so I asked one of the workers. She told me that it was for the big firework that was about to start at 6pm. People were already starting to find the perfect spot to watch it. But I didn’t want to wait there all on myself for over an hour, so I headed back to the entrance area with all the shops, restaurants and bakeries and I was on the hunt for some cakes and stuff. I found one that said Remy’s Pattisserie and inside, there were doughy type of snacks that you could take away. I took a Mike Bun from Monsters Inc. and another Micky shaped chocolate Muffin.

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I’ve gotta say though, that now I check the map again, I found some pretty interesting food locations there as well, especially at Mickey Avenue which is the street after you enter, and on Gardens of imagination. Looking at the map makes me wanna go back to Disneyland all over again :'( It was such a magical day, even if I was there on my own, I actually wasn’t! My childhood self was there with me, and all the Disney characters were just right there :’) It sound like I am crazy, but it’s true. Disneyland will always be a lot of fun, if on your own or in a big group (well, actually, I think it might be better to be alone than in a big group, because then everyone wants to do something else and you just end up getting annoyed).

With my snacks, I headed to the Gardens of Imagination to now choose the perfect spot for me to watch the fireworks. There were already lots of people, and we still had more than half an hour left for it to start.

After some here and there, I found a good spot. While waiting, I devoured my snacks.

The last 20 minutes were the longest. The place was getting as full as a concert now, and everyone was using their freaking umbrellas. It was blocking the view a little bit. Luckily, the rain got weaker a few minutes before the start, so many people were putting down their umbrellas and then, it was finally time!!! Enjoy the pictures:

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It was breathtakingly incredible! I couldn’t believe the immensity of the performance. There were fireworks, fountain performances, music, video elements, even fire explosions! At the end of the performance, I got so emotional because everything reminded me so much of my childhood and the beauty of Disney that I had to cry. I just couldn’t hold it back.

The park wasn’t closing after the show. It was still open until 8pm. Still, I didn’t feel like going on any attractions. I felt tired and cold, and I still had a suitcase to pack, so I slowly headed towards Mickey Avenue again. Although I already had some dessert, I spotted another place. This time, it was waffles! And if I am not mistaking, the place was called Il Papperino. I chose the waffles (they were shaped like Donald Duck) with only maple syrup as a topping. I forgot the price for this, but it was okay.

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While I was eating on a bench, I saw a lot of people passing me by. I though they were entering the toilets, but there were more people going in than coming out. When I finished I check if it was the toilets, but it wasn’t. They were all going to the Merchandise Shop. Of course, I had to check it out!
Guys, if you go to Disneyland, bring lots of money with you! Especially if you want to buy souvenirs or eat all the cute things. I think I spent around 90€ in the park (entrance included). I guess you’d spend more in Paris or the US, so if you wanna buy a lot of souvenirs or eat cute Disney Food, Shanghai is the place for it. The food really wasn’t that expensive which surprised me the most.

I bought quite a lot of things. I found an Ariel mug, THE most BEAUTIFUL one! Then I got a Bell keychain, and I got a plush couple keychain from Alice and the Cheshire Cat. They also had these with Anna and Elsa, with Beauty and the Beast and more.

When I left the souvenir shop, I think at around 7pm, I also left the park. It was such a shame that I only had such a short time in the park, and that the weather was rather bad. Another reason for me to come back, best in spring or autumn :)

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. I was really waiting to write this for a long time.

Have you guys ever been Disneyland? Which ones have you visited?

Thank you for reading, and travelling with me!

Merveille.

Top 10 Favorite Animated Movies

After seeing this post over at Justine’s Movie Blog, I was eager to do such a post as well. I am a huge fan of animated movies or series. As a kid, I also preferred watching animation than watching real-persons movies :’D This list will include the animated movies I used to love and watch as a kid, but also the ones I enjoy watching now, or rather, enjoyed watching as an adult as well :) Have Fun!

BTW: The movies are in no particular order. I think I couldn’t decide which is the best, second-best, and so on.

1. The Last Unicorn:

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Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Writers: Peter S. Beagle

Stars: Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow

I loved this movie as a child, although it was so creepy. I liked the story, and the fact that it was a story about unicorns. When I was a kid, there weren’t so many stories about unicorns. Today, I love this movie because of its dark atmosphere, the fantasy, imagination and creativity this movie presents, and the topics it depicts.

 

2. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

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Director: Zack Snyder

Writers: John Orloff, Emil Stern, Kathryn Lasky

Cast: Abbie Cornish, Emily Barclar, Joel Edgerton,…

This movie was simply breath-taking! So beautiful, cute, sad, and amazing! The story was heart-breaking but beautiful. The effects were unbelievable. This movie is probably the best non-disney animation movie ever.

3. Up

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Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

Writers: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson,…

Cast: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai,…

This movie was so cute and sad, that I cried, both at the beginning, but also in the ending. Everything about this movie is wonderful! the colors are bright, the characters are well-thought through, and the story is unique. For me, probably the best Pixar Disney Movie.

4. Spirited Away

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki

Cast: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki,…

I am a huge Miyazaki fan, and Spirited Away is one of his best ones. However, I have to admit that this movie might have been a little bit too creepy for children. Still, I watched it over and over again as a child :D Easy to understand, since this movie is full of individuality, magic, fantasy, and a unique way of storytelling. I love it, and I will love it forever.

5. Princess Mononoke

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki

Cast: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka,…

Another Miyazaki movie that I watched several times as a kid, often with my cousin during Christmas Time, because it would always be on TV during that time. Just like the Last Unicorn. Princess Mononoke is another movie that would be considered rather as a movie for adults than children, because it was quite brutal and a bit scary as well. Still, the movie has so much fantastic, and clever elements, that I couldn’t stop myself from watching it every year.

6. Beauty and the Beast

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Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Writers: Linda Woolverton, Roger Allers,…

Cast: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White,…

I love everything about this movie. From the beginning scene, to the scary encounter with the beast, up until the romantic dance at the end. I love the tea cup set, and the music, and Belle herself. She is the best Disney Princess in my opinion. A perfect role model for children and young girls. I can identify myself with her the most. It is not about the looks, but about the inner values.

7. The Little Mermaid

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Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker

Writers: John Musker, Ron Clements,…

Cast: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, …

As a kid, this was one of my most favorite, and most often watched movies during my childhood. It is the perfect animation movie for little girls. The music and the fictive world of this movie are wonderful!

8. Poccahontas

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Directors: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg

Writers: Carl Binder, Susannah Grant,…

Cast: Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Linda Hunt,…

I loved and still love Poccahontas. The music is magical, the animations and colors are beautiful, and the story which is a true one is educating. As a child, I always wanted to be like Poccahontas. I also had a Poccahontas lunch box.

9. Frozen

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Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Writers: Jennifer Lee, Hans Christian Andersen,…

Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff,…

When I first watched it, months after its release, I was fascinated and overly amused by Olaaf. This movie didn’t get an Oscar for nothing. The animation was beautiful, the story so sad and funny at the same time. I had tears in my eyes because of both :’D

10. Corpse Bride

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Director: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

Writers: Tim Burton, Carlos Grangel,…

Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson,…

This is another film I loved watching in the past, however, in my teenager years when I became obsessed with the dark trio of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. This movie is another collaboration work of those three. This movie is a typical Tim Burton movie. The alive world is bein portrayed as dark, and the dead world is colored and full of fun and music. Since this movie is no typical animation, because it is stop-motion, it has a special place on this list.

Other Great Animation Movies:

The brave little toaster: If you don’t know this, then you missed something as a child :)

Alice in Wonderland: Who doesn’t love this colorful world?

The Lion King: I know, you might have wondered why this is not in the list, but it was just too sad for me that I could never watch it again.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: This movie was also quite sad, but I liked the songs.

Peter Pan: I loooved Peter Pan! It was full of fantasy and adventure. I always wished to meet someone like Peter Pan as well :)

Mulan: This was one of my first cinema visits. And this movie was epic!

Akira: I watched this movie about 2 years ago, and actually, this is no children’s movie at all. I think this is a masterpiece, but I can never watch it again. This movie disturbed me a lot. That’s why it is not on the Top 10 list.

Tangled: This movie was hilarious and the animations at the end were beautiful.

Wall-E: This was such a sad movie. I cried :'(

The Princes and the Frog: I discovered this quite late, but I enjoyed it very much.

Kung-Fu Panda: This movie was soooo hilarious! I died laughing :’D

Despicable Me: I mean, the Minions, Come on!! :D

So, this was my list. I hope you enjoyed it.

What Animation Movies are on your Top 10 List? Do you have some of the same as me?

Thanks for reading.

Film Review: Frozen

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YES!!! I have finally watched Frozen on Friday! And I looooveeeed it!!! I now understand why it has been hyped all these months (Okay, I means, it is a Disney movie). I can even say that it is one of the best Disney Movies already, because it was so tearjerkingly sad, but at the same time laugh-out-loudly funny :’D I loved the whole story, and now I really want to read all the fairytales from Hans Christian Andersen and also the ones from The Brothers Grimm. As a child I had a fairytale book, so I know some others as well, but most of them, I already forgot. Also, those books were kids editions, and I want the real ones (although the kids editions are cute and easy to read).

Back to the movie, I loved Olaf and Elsa! One of them being the funniest in the whole movie, and the other one the saddest. I laughed so hard at the scene in which Olaf appears for the first time :’D I could rewatch that scene over and over again. The funny thing is, I once did a character quiz for Frozen, and I got Olaf :’D Elsa was just so heartbreaking, especially the scene at the end of the movie was so sad, I had tears in my eyes :'( Although I disliked Anna throughout the whole movie, I really liked her at the end of it :’) so beautiful and sad!

I liked it that it is not the prince (or in this case, the man) who saves the girl, but it is the sister, or rather, both sisters saving each other. It was a different kind of Disney movie, with two princesses, that’s why I liked it so much.

And I really loved the songs as well! They were amazing, and “Let it Go” was so beautiful! No wonder it got an Oscar.

Final rating – 9/10: One point minus for the abrupt intrigue of Prince Hans. I had expected something different. But yet, it wasn’t that bad.

Busy last days of 2013

As I already posted yesterday, I didn’t have time the last two days before New Year’s Eve since our cousins from Heidelberg visited uswith their husbands. And I also told that one of them has children, a 3-years-old girl Elif and an 11-months-old boy Kuzey. It has been a year and a half since the last time we saw them. Then, the little boy wasn’t born yet. In summer this year, my parents went to visit them in Heidelberg. Me and my sister couldn’t go, because we had to study that weekend. I bought the little girl some presents though. A Disney princess puzzle, and a painting booklet :) So cute!

On sunday afternoon/evening, they arrived. First,  we had dinner, then, after introducing myself to her, I took her in our room. She and her brother were in a shock, because they didn’t understand where they were :’D I had little gifts for her. They were only those little toys from Kinder surprise. An Arielle figure, a Lillifee pony, a frog and a robot :’D I played with her later and somehow enjoyed it although it was quite unspectacular. I found out Elif loved Disney and new almost all the names of the Disney Princesses, from Jasmine, to Belle. We played around with her a little bit. She never got tired or hungry, only thirsty. She also doesn’t eat or drink anything except for pretzels, milk, cucumbers, and tomato soup. A very strange behaviour, indeed. But she is so cute and well-behaved.

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All of her drawings consisted of random lines:’D
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Little Kuzey with his mother. He just woke up. It was in the late evening.
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So cute I am going to die!
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There is a video to those pictures in which he doesn’t let go of his sister. He clunches his hands around her t-shirt and walks everywhere she goes :’D he is a big fan of his sister and always wants to follow her. So cute!

Kids are so cute :) They can be exhausting as well, I think, but I definitely want kids some day. For me, personally, the hardest part of having a child would be the act of birth. I don’t think that sleepless nights and full diapers would actually stress me out :)

The next day, Monday, our cousins and their husbands went shopping at Outletcity. We said they should leave the kids here. My sister, my mom, and me looked after them. My father also went with them to show them around. Before they left, we took the kids outside in our garden. We have a swing, and Elif immediately wanted a ride.

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His outdoor clothes are so cute! Leather jacket and a pilot cap :’D

Our cousin told us that he has problems walking in his boots, and could more easily trip.

After their parents were gone, my mom went to the super market with Elif so she could chose something to eat. She wanted the colored eggs and a chips and crackers mix. Later, she even ate the crackers. The eggs, she only wanted them for their color and to feed them to us :’D While they were away, my sister and me were alone with Kuzey, and were a bit confused, because he was so calm. He noticed that something was different, but he wasn’t afraid though. He was just shying a little bit from us. He always wanted us to hold him on our lap and began crying if we let him walk. And he always covered his face with his drool drapery. We thought he was tired and tried to put him into bed, but he cried. Our mother arrived with Elif then and she told us we should feed him, maybe that’s why he doesn’t want to sleep yet. He just had breakfast so it was funny to see him hungry again. He only weighs 1 kilogram less than his 2 years older sister. He wants to eat everything he sees :’D my sister fed him, while I ate some crackers with Elif and searched a TV program with her. I found a cartoon and she leaned back.

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Later, I had to prepare for the ballet Swan Lake I wanted to see in the evening. As I went to take a shower, Elif wanted to stay in the bathroom while I was showering. She sat on the toilet and talked with me, but after a few minutes she left. Before I left, I said goodbye to her because I thought they wanted to leave in the evening, so I wouldn’t manage to see them. So I kissed he on the cheeks with my lipsrick on :’D

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Later my sister told me that she didn’t want her to wipe them away :’D aaawww!

When I came home,I found out they were still here. They were too tired from shopping and my dad insisted. Kuzey was already asleep, and Elif soon fell asleep as well.

The next morning they left soon. Elif was sad that they were leaving, and didn’t want to go home anymore :’D We said goodbye to them, and they left. I am already looking forward for the next time to see them.

Film review – Despicable Me 2

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Now, who doesn’t watch this movie just for the Minions? :’D

Although the story of Disney movies is very cute in general, I think most of the people are watching “Despicable Me” just because of the nonsensical blabbering of these Minions :’DDD

I really enjoyed every second of that movie. I love cute Disney movies, or Children movies in general. It is a simple, funny, colorful world, so different from ours.

I think it is a good change sometimes to watch something light and heartwarming. Of course, animation movies should not be underrated. They can have some really important messages hidden, even children movies.

I know that it isn’t for everyone, but I think that despicable me is one of the most famous animation movies, even among adults.

And now, to bring this post to a close, here is the overly gangsta-like theme song:

Final rating – 9/10: A very funny and cute movie with bright colors and and an entertaining plot. Still, the Minions steal the show, and the rest becomes second important.

Too much to eat

Yesterday, on Sunday we went to the mexican Restaurant with some friends. It was as yummy as always there. I bought a quesado, a strawberry daiquiri and then I ate a dessert: Fried ice cream! *O* Sooooo yum!

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I didn’t intend to eat a dessert, too, but since my dish was vegetarian, I didn’t get so full. But I don’t regret anything I ate yesterday :)

But I slowly do regret what I ate today :/ At the beginning of the day, I didn’t eat so much. For breaktfast I ate cinnamon cereals at 8 am. Then I went to go teaching for 1/1/2 hours. At 11.30 am I went to the city hall of our town. On the 22nd of September there are elections in Germany. Unfortunately, I won’t be at home at that day, because I will be doing a holiday work, away from home, fundraising in another German city. That’s why I have to do a postal voting. Today I took the papers that I need. I will probably drop the letter in on Friday or so, because I am already leaving on Monday, and I have to pack at the weekend :O I neither know what to expect from the fundraising job, nor do I know who to choose :/ I have some parties in mind, but I can’t decide which two I should chose, and which one of them should get the first or the second vote ( for the first vote you chose an representative of one party who can be elected to the Bundestag. The second vote is the actual vote for the party itself). I have three tendencies:

1. Die Grünen: Among my choices, that party is the one that is represented the highes (of course the party of Merkel is probably the highest in general). This party engages in environmental, but also migrational and social politics. So I think it offers the best mixture. 

2. Die Piraten Partei: The pirates, how you have probably noticed. I would tend to vote the pirates, because they engage in protection of data privacy in the internet, phone network, and so on. Especially the last years, disturbance of privacy on the Internet has increased in order to control illegal downloading. For me, this is something that should be prevented. In Germany, you can’t watch several music videos, because something called the “GEMA” doesn’t allow it due to bootleg. They even wanted to close down some clubs and discotheques, because they were playing music that wasn’t officially confirmed by the GEMA. That’s why I think that this party will be popular, especially among young electors. But I am not sure about their plans on the rest of politics. They are still social, too, but I wouldn’t say that they are nature-friendly. But: they want to legalize drugs

3. Tierschutzpartei: This party engages in the protection of animals, and nature, wants to enforce a less meat-accounted diet, and wants to ensure the ecological cattle breeding. Actually, a very nice party, but I am not so sure about their politics in other topics. It seemed like they didn’t convince me so much, although I would really like to chose them, because I love animals.(I have to admit, though, that I like eating meat, but I do it very seldom. If it wasn’t for chicken and fish, I would turn a vegetarian myself).

So, you can see I am quite indecisive. There is one topic, though, that I am as sure as my name: That the NPD (National Socialist Party of Germany) shouldn’t be allowed to be voted to the Bundestag. That’s a huge cockiness. We also talked about this topic a few years ago at school in the social studies lesson, and I really was shocked how many people in my class were against an exclusion of the NPD in the Bundestag. And more shocked about how many people didn’t have an opinion about this! HOW??! That’s a party that doesn’t tolerate different ethnics and races. How can something like this be allowed in a social democracy as Germany! Especially: how can they still accept this in their Bundestag, although they have seen the effects in the past. -.- I really don’t understand. They reason it with freedom of opinion, but for me, the ideologies of the NPD and every Nazi and racist in this world is no opinion. It is just sheer stupidtiy! I can not take people like these for serious. It really is sad how many xenophobic people live in Germany. Not only old people, but there are also younger ones. The representative of the NPD for Baden-Württember is a university student… Really sad. Every 4 years, I am so relieved when the NPD doesn’t win.

But now, what would you advice me to chose out of these 3? Would one of them would be the best party for you? That would be great help!

Well, after I got my papers, I headed to university to hand in my term paper and give some books back to the library. Although I only gave 3 books out of 47362789497372362, my back and shoulder hurts like hell. I will take a big backpack with me tomorrow and give back most of my books, too.

In general, today was a strange day. In the train, I really wanted to read my book, but I was so tired, I slept the whole ride, and this really deeply.

After arriving back in my town, I went to the supermarket to buy some raspberries and a 4-pack-kinder-surprise-eggs for girls. I posted here, that they have disney princesses in them, and I already got Arielle and Jasmin from Aladdin. This time I got Cinderella and another Arielle :’D I will give the second Arielle as a gift to my childhood friend. And I really have a bad consciousness now, after eating three whole kinder surprise eggs :O And I wanted to start eating and living healthy from today now… FAILED! I also didn’t do any workout or go jogging today. I wanted to do that insanity-training with my friend, but she couldn’t find the DVD anymore, and to be honest, I think I wouldn’t be able to do any sports, because I got blisters on my feet from walking in my new boots, which turned out to be totally uncomfortable -.- I am really unlucky with shoes. My new nikes also have something the right shoe on the inner side. It somehow feels like my foot will buckle. I really HATE buying shoes! Now you wonder, hearing something like this from a female being :’D

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But right, I also ate some raspberries, and they were so tasty! They are my first and probably last for this year.

August/September

Yesterday was the last day of August and finally my whole, free day since last semester has ended. After finishing my term paper on friday, I only had free time in the evening. But yesterday, the whole day was mine :) I did some things I wanted to do now, one of them was taking a bath with my new Lush bathbomb I bought a few weeks ago, like I have posted here.

I filled the bath and put the bomb in it. Additionally I put some rose petals in it that my mother wanted to dry.

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I also took my laptop to the bathroom and prepared the movie “The princess and the frog” I wondered for a long time ago.

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I really like the movie, just like every disney movie. The blonde girl is a rich family’s girl and she is best friend with the sewer’s daughter. In this scene, the mother of the girl in the right, her name is Tiana, is reading aloud the story of the frog prince. Tiana is disgusted by it, but her friend loves the story.

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Later, during Tiana’s life her father dies who wanted to open his own restaurant. Now Tiana is following the same dream and is saving money to open a restaurant. However, a lot of problems are happening and then she founds herself talking with a frog who claims to be a rich prince and wants her to kiss him. He also promises to fulfill her dreams. Although Tiana is disgusted by frogs, she does it, hoping to get her dream fulfilled this way. But because Tiana is not a princess, she turns into a frosh as well. And now, they have to find a way to turn to their real selves.

The movie was really funny and entertaining, but also beautifully sad :’) Just like Disney used to be during our childhood.

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Now to the bathbomb: I was really a bit disappointed by this one, because I thought there would be a lot of rose petals and knosps coming out of it, but there were merely just a few poorly shaped petals, that could be mistaken for little tree sticks and dirt.

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So you see how poorly the petals came out. If I didn’t put in the rose petals from my mom, my bath would have been quite less petally :D

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I stayed about 45 minutes in the bath and then washed my hair and my body again because the petals colored.

After I was finished, I continued watching the movie. After a while I hang around on stylefruits for a while, but then I prepared myself for the barbecue-birthday-party of one of our childhood friends.

To be honest, I wouldn’t have thought that I would really go there or that she would invite us since she said she wanted to celebrate in a private circle. We also haven’t done a lot with her recently, except for the firework display a few weeks ago as I posted here.

But we still went, although we thought a bit awkward, but after all, she is our childhood friend and the last time we were on her birthday was like an eternity ago. I think we were children back then. The reason for this is, that her birthday is always during summer break, and either we or she have been on vacation all the years before. This was the first time since childhood days that we were on her birthday again.

As we arrived we went to the garden where the meat was being grilled. There was also salad and we helped ourselves. Everything was super tasty but unfortunately I forgot to take photos :/

We had to wait for the cake, though, because her birthday is on the 1st of September, so they wanted to blow the candles after midnight.

As a present we bought her a bathing-set, Milka chocolate, and a card with an old childhood photograpf of us :D That was really a funny one :’D We also managed the present quite well, because she invited us to her birthday on Friday evening. So the time was a bit short to find something proper. But we somehow did it :D

The cakes were super tasty, and I unfortunately forgot to take photos of them, as well xO I could really hit myself for this!!

However, after 2 am we slowly left for home. It was a very relaxing evening with a lot of yummy food (I consumed about 2000 calories).

And today, we will be eating at Joe Penas, a Mexican restaurant. I hope I will be able to take a hold on myself :D

Personality-test

I have taken the personality test on humanmetrics.com

I will bold the sentences that really fit my personality and the ones that I like. The ones that don’t fit at all I will cross out. Here are my results:

Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
by Marina Margaret Heiss

ENFPs are both “idea”-people and “people”-people, who see everyone and everything as part of a cosmic whole. They want to both help and to be liked and admired by other people, on both an individual and a humanitarian level. This is rarely a problem for the ENFP, as they are outgoing and warm, and genuinely like people. Some ENFPs have a great deal of zany charm, which can ingratiate them to more stodgy types in spite of their unconventionality.

ENFPs often have strong, if sometimes surprising, values and viewpoints. They tend to try to use their social skills and contacts to persuade others gently (though enthusiastically) of the rightness of these views; this sometimes results in the ENFP neglecting their nearest and dearest while caught up their efforts to change the world.

ENFPs can be the warmest, kindest, and most sympathetic of mates; affectionate, demonstrative, and spontaneous. Many in relationships with an ENFP literally say, “They light up my life.” But there is usually a trade-off: the partner must be willing to deal with the practical and financial aspects of the relationship, and the ENFP must be allowed the freedom to follow their latest path, whatever that entails.

For some ENFPs, relationships can be seriously tested by their short attention spans and emotional needs. They are easily intrigued and distracted by new friends and acquaintances, forgetting their older and more familiar emotional ties for long stretches at a time. And the less mature ENFP may need to feel they’re the constant center of attention, to confirm their image of themselves as a wonderful and fascinating person.

In the workplace, ENFPs are pleasant and friendly, and interact in a positive and creative manner with both their co-workers and the public. ENFPs are also a major asset in brainstorming sessions; follow-through on projects can be a problem, however. ENFPs do get distracted, especially if another interesting issue comes along. They also tend towards procrastination, and dislike performing small, uninteresting tasks. ENFPs are most productive when working in a group with a few Js to handle the details and the deadlines.


Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving

by Joe Butt

ENFPs are friendly folks. Most are really enjoyable people. Some of the most soft-hearted people are ENFPs.

ENFPs have what some call a “silly switch.” They can be intellectual, serious, all business for a while, but whenever they get the chance, they flip that switch and become CAPTAIN WILDCHILD, the scourge of the swimming pool, ticklers par excellence. Sometimes they may even appear intoxicated when the “switch” is flipped.

One study has shown that ENFPs are significantly overrepresented in psychodrama. Most have a natural propensity for role-playing and acting.

ENFPs like to tell funny stories, especially about their friends. This penchant may be why many are attracted to journalism. I kid one of my ENFP friends that if I want the sixth fleet to know something, I’ll just tell him.

ENFPs are global learners. Close enough is satisfactory to the ENFP, which may unnerve more precise thinking types, especially with such things as piano practice (“three quarter notes or four … what’s the difference?”) Amazingly, some ENFPs are adept at exacting disciplines such as mathematics.

Friends are what life is about to ENFPs, moreso even than the other NFs. They hold up their end of the relationship, sometimes being victimized by less caring individuals. ENFPs are energized by being around people. Some have real difficulty being alone , especially on a regular basis.

One ENFP colleague, a social worker, had such tremendous interpersonal skills that she put her interviewers at ease during her own job interview. She had the ability to make strangers feel like old friends.

ENFPs sometimes can be blindsided by their secondary Feeling function. Hasty decisions based on deeply felt values may boil over with unpredictable results. More than one ENFP has abruptly quit a job in such a moment.

Functional Analysis:

Extraverted iNtuition

The physical world, both geos and kosmos, is the ENFP’s primary source of information. Rather than sensing things as they are, dominant intuition is sensitive to things as they might be. These extraverted intuitives are most adept with patterns and connections. Their natural inclination is toward relationships, especially among people or living things.

Intuition leans heavily on feeling for meaning and focus. Its best patterns reflect the interesting points of people, giving rise to caricatures of manner, speech and expression.

Introverted Feeling

Auxiliary feeling is nonverbally implied more often than it is openly expressed. When expressed, this logic has an aura of romance and purity that may seem out of place in this flawed, imperfect world. In its own defense, feeling judgement frequently and fleetly gives way to humor. ENFPs who publicize their feelings too often may put off some of the crowd of friends they naturally attract.

Extraverted Thinking

Thinking, the process which runs to impersonal conclusions, holds the extraverted tertiary position. Used on an occasional basis, ENFPs may benefit greatly from this ability. Less mature and lacking the polish of higher order functions, Thinking is not well suited to be used as a prominent function. As with other FP types, the ENFP unwary of Thinking’s limitations may find themselves most positively mistaken.

Introverted Sensing

Sensing, the least discernible ENFP function, resides in the inner world where reality is reduced to symbols and icons–ideas representing essences of external realities. Under the influence of the ever-present intuition, the ENFP’s sensory perceptions are in danger of being replaced by hypothetical data consistent with pattern and paradigm. When it is protected and nourished, introverted sensing provides information about the fixed. From such firm anchoring ENFPs are best equipped to launch into thousands of plausibilities and curiosities yet to be imagined.

Perhaps the combination of introverted Feeling and childlike introverted Sensing is responsible for the silent pull of ENFPs to the wishes of parents, authority figures and friends. Or perhaps it’s the predominance of indecisive intuition in combination with the ambiguity of secondary Fi and tertiary Te that induces these kind souls to capitulate even life-affecting decisions. Whatever the dynamic, ENFPs are strongly influenced by the opinions of their friends.

Famous ENFPs:

Franz Joseph Haydn
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
Will Rogers
Buster Keaton
Theodor “Dr.” Seuss Geisel (The Cat in the Hat)
Mickey Rooney
James Dobson (“Focus on the Family”)
Andy Rooney
Carol Burnett
Paul Harvey
Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched)
Bill Cosby (Ghost Dad)
Dom Delouise, actor
Dave Thomas, owner of Wendy’s hamburger chain
Lewis Grizzard, newspaper columnist
I. King Jordan, past president of Gallaudet University
Martin Short, actor-comedian
Meg Ryan, actor (When Harry Met Sally)
Robin Williams, actor, comedian (Dead Poet’s Society, Mrs. Doubtfire)
Sandra Bullock, actor (Speed, While You Were Sleeping)
Robert Downey Jr.(Ironman)
Alicia Silverstone (Clueless)
Sinbad
Andy Kaufman
Regis Philbin
Will Smith

Fictional:

Dr. Doug Ross (ER)
Balkie (Perfect Strangers)
Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
Steve Irkle

Wuaaah!! I really liked the acting and journalism part. And the part with expressing feelings might be right as well :) A lot of things isn’t right, too. For example the thing with maths or group work. This isn’t true at all. I acn work in groups, but I don’t like it.

I also didn’t understand a lot of things what was written there, especially at the end.

And of course, I like the celebrity part :) I am like Haydn, dr. Seuss, Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock, Rober Downey Jr (what??! I am that funny??! :’D). and then ARIEL THE LITTLE MERMAID!!! <3 I loved that the most of all the celebrities! I always wanted to be Arielle, and I love mermaids <3

Well, I know the post is quite long, but as I said, the most important things are the bold and crossed ones, and of course the celebrities :)

Have fun reading, and taking the test yourselves as well :)