• Lifestyle,  Nature

    I Love The Beach

    I love the beach, sand, sun, sea, blue sky, etc. I just love nature and travel. Now summer is here. When I have time I may hop on a train and go somewhere new. I love water and beach. So I may end up somewhere that has something to do with the beach and ocean again. Like last year, I spontaneously went to Brighton beach last spring. It’s still quite chill, though. So I didn’t walk around that much. I also wore summer clothes. I didn’t realise the weather out there close to the water would be more cold than in the city in London. This year, I will be more prepared. Maybe I will go to Kent beach or somewhere different, now that I have been to Brighton beach. There are many other beaches waiting to be explored.

    Brighton beach last spring.
  • Entertainment

    Time For a Good Film

    I have been busy all day today and yesterday as well since I started working on my short filmmaking project about a few days ago, sorting through submissions, responding to applications, planning the filming, and so on. I really hope, I can begin to shoot by the end of this week. My filmmaking project looks more real now. It will be made this week. That’s for sure. I have a good feeling about it. I had already written the script for it last year before I decided to put this horror film project on hold, to start writing a drama script to send to screenplay competition instead. It never went to the contest since I could not meet the deadline. Not that because I am a bad writer, and that I cannot work within a restricted time frame. I spontaneously decided to work on the drama screenplay when it was only about a week before the finishing date, which was too little. No one could do that. Now I have learned my lesson.

    But, I didn’t start writing the drama screenplay for nothing. I am now almost done with it, which turns out to be a good screenplay. I think. Now, it’s ready to be sent to new screenplay competitions. This time, I have plenty of time. Anyway, the screenplay is almost done. So I don’t need to spend too much time on it no more. And that’s why I choose to start filming my short horror film “Blood Group O” straight away since I am now free to work on a new project.

    Now, I will watch a good film. I have been working too much lately. I need to clear my mind with some entertainment. Take a break from my project for a while. Recharge my energy. Even though I work with films and screenplays constantly, but when I want to relax I always turn to films because I love watching movies. And that’s why I want to be a filmmaker. I’ve always been fascinated by good stories, which transport me to new worlds, away from reality and chaos, even just for a short moment in time. So, being a filmmaker just seems like the perfect career choice for me.

    From last fall in a park near my place.
  • Entertainment,  Video Post

    Clever Dialogue from Moonstruck

    I love this scene from Moonstruck movie because the dialogue is so clever and good. The scene after they left the opera. Especially when Nicolas Cage says to Cher:

    We are here to ruin ourselves, and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die.

    The dialogue is just so fantastic and well written. I think, I agree. And I think most people would confess, too. Writing is my passion. So when I see amazing dialogues I admire them and try to write as good dialogues/monologues as much as I can. I don’t only watch movies for my own entertainment, but also to study from others who have mastered the art of writing before me. Good movies with good plots and dialogues is what keeps me watching the movies till the end, even though I am tired. I have watched lots of films unfinished because I get bored after the first 10 minutes or so. I have tried to see one film that won lots of awards very recently, but after one hour into the film nothing much happened I gave up. I don’t care what it wins or doesn’t win, if it doesn’t hook me in the first 10 minutes I will not waste my time on that film. And one hour is way too much. But I kept watching that movie for one hour because I was curious why it won lots of prizes? But maybe the rest of the movie was good if I kept watching till the end. And that’s why the first 10-minute is so imperative, if you want people to finish seeing your work of art. The movie may be good after 10 minutes or one hour, which is a shame if the audience no longer cares to watch till the end, to see how good the movie is.

  • Lifestyle,  News

    Sunday Morning

    Good morning! Finally, Sunday is here. I like Sunday. I don’t know why. It just feels different than the other days of the week. It’s a day that tells you to relax, have a day off, and do whatever you like. It may apply to lots of people who work 9-5, but not me. I work 7 days a week and at different times. Anyway, I think the reason why I like Sunday is because I always connect it to Sunday in Denmark because all the shops are closed on Sundays in Denmark, so that people will use the opportunity to have an actual break and spend some quality time with the family, loved one, friends, etc. I guess, that’s the idea. And I used to think that it is the same for the rest of Europe. So when I first moved to UK when it’s Sunday and I wanted to go out and buy something, but then I realised it’s Sunday, so there’s no use of going out since all the shops will be closed anyway. So I never actually went out to buy anything on Sundays when I first moved to UK. After some time, I found out it’s not the same as in Denmark. Here, all the shops operate as usual 7 days a week. But even now, on Sundays, I sometimes still have the feeling about all the shops are closed in UK as well.

    After this blog post, I will get busy with lots of tasks that I have to do. And that’s why I work 7 days a week. I will continue to work on my drama screenplay, to really finish it as soon as possible. Then I have some self tapes I have to make and send. I also have to start looking for cast & crew for my short horror film “Final Day,” which I may change the title. I can see, I will spend this whole Sunday for all my plans. But doing what I love is the most important thing. When I am done with all my small goals, I can relax and reward myself later.

    Good morning!
  • Food,  Lifestyle

    Cute Bakery

    Just got home from a casting not long ago. Well, I had a casting around midday. But then after that, I just went window-shopping. Then King’s Road. While I sat on the bus on my way home – from King’s Road to Putney isn’t that far with bus number 22 – I then saw Peggy Porschen bakery and decided to get off the bus immediately to buy some cupcakes from it, and to take some selfies with it, of course. It’s just so chic and popular cake shop. Mainly because of its girly decoration with pink flowers both inside and outside. And everything about it is just so fabulous. People just take selfies with it and post it all over Instagram (Free advertising. I do the same by writing this blog post about it). That’s how I discovered Peggy Porschen bakery. When I got home, I made a cup of tea straight away. Then I had my afternoon tea – just without sandwiches, only the cupcakes I just bought. They tasted good, actually. I normally don’t eat sweet that often. I prefer fruits instead. But once in a while is okay. And these cupcakes, they’re not that sweet, that’s why I liked it.

    Peggy Porschen Bakery
    It’s too cute. I didn’t really want to eat it.
    Taking selfie with nice flowers in King’s Road
    In a tiny alley near Newman Street for a casting this afternoon. I have been to castings in this same place so many times. If they tell me to go to Newman Street for a casting, then I know exactly where to go. They don’t have to tell me the door number. It’s the same building anyway that they usually hold castings.
  • Food

    Simple Thai Green Chicken Curry Recipe

    Green curry is one of my favourite curries. It just has a very delicate flavour, compared to other curries. And it’s not too spicy. It’s quite mild. Therefore I like making green curry dish when I feel like eating something not too spicy, but still has some heat in it. Yellow curry is also good. It’s less spicy than green curry. Red curry is the spiciest of them all. I like all curries, including massaman and panang curries. I just can’t get enough of it. Some people think Thai food is difficult to make. Not anymore. Today, you can buy readymade Thai curry pastes almost everywhere. There’s no need to go through all that trouble to make the curry pastes yourself. Unless, you make curry dishes on a daily basis.

    One of the reasons why I love Thai food is because it’s healthy since most Thai dishes comprise lots of vegetables. So you can’t go wrong with that. Eating Thai food regularly can only benefit me. And that’s why I love it! Also, many Thai dishes can be made without meat or just use tofu instead. So, Thai food is also ideal for vegetarians, vegans, and healthy food lovers. Occasionally, I do not use meat in my Thai cooking at all. I sometimes even forget that I have not used any meat in it since it tastes delicious anyway with or without.

    And today, I want to share a very tasty Thai green chicken curry. I love cooking. So, if I have time, I will spend my quality time to cook good, healthy food for myself. And today I fancy chicken green curry. So I just have to make it. I have tried this dish many times, for example, in restaurants and takeaway places, but it doesn’t taste that good or authentic enough. It’s quite disappointing when this dish, in fact, is not difficult to make at all. And you can make it in less than 30 mins. Therefore I feel like sharing this Thai green chicken curry recipe with you, so if you love this dish you can try to make it and see for yourself how easy it is. Okay, let’s do it!

    Thai Green Chicken Curry

    Cooking Time: 30 mins.

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    • 2 Whole chicken breast fillets (about 320g), cut into strips
    • 500ml Coconut milk
    • 2 Tbsp readymade Thai green curry paste
    • 2 Tbsp Thai fish sauce
    • 250ml Water
    • 2 Small bags of mixed vegetables (about 500g vegetables), choose the one that has no onion in it or any vegetables that are not suitable for this type of dish. Carrot, broccoli, pepper, and similar are perfect for this dish. You can also buy each of these vegetables and prepare them yourself.

    Method

    1. Heat coconut milk in a wok or pot or casserole over medium heat, when it starts boiling add green curry paste, keep stirring gently until the curry paste dissolves and blends well with the coconut milk.

    2. Add chicken, cook the chicken until it’s about 50% cooked.

    3. Add vegetables and water, increase the heat to high heat and keep stirring everything together gently until it starts boiling, then add fish sauce and lower the heat back to medium heat, continue to cook everything together for about 2-3 more mins, or until the vegetables and chicken are finished.

    4. If you like, just before you turn the heat off add fresh chillies and coriander and give it a few, soft stirs before removing it from the heat.

    5. Serve it with freshly cooked rice, or even better with jasmine rice. Enjoy!

  • Health & Beauty

    New Rouge Lipstick

    Today I just bought a matte rouge lipstick from Mac again, since I love Mac lipstick so I almost exclusively buy lipsticks from this brand. I bought a half-size Mac lipstick for £10. A standard size is about £17. I don’t put makeup on that often. And when I do I only apply a little, just to add some colour to enhance the natural beauty a little bit, not overdo it. So I didn’t want to buy a bigger one. If I purchased a normal size it would mean I would have it stored in my bathroom cabinet for eternity. I will use all my lipsticks up at some point in the distant future. And I’m a woman, after all. And what women do, they buy new lipsticks almost every month if not every week. So I don’t need to buy big sizes of lipsticks when I always fall in love with the new shades anyway and will occasionally buy a new lipstick on impulse.

    I love Mac lipsticks. They are just so good, compared to other brands.
    This rouge Mac lipstick is only £10 because it’s a half-size model.

    In spite of the fact that I do not like applying makeup on a daily basis or every time I have to go out I have to try to use makeup more often, including wearing fashionable clothes. It’s almost a must when you live in London because I think there is too much importance placed on clothes and look here. And I have to go out often. If you didn’t care about mode you could be seen as someone who is old-fashioned. If you lived on the outskirt of London and didn’t even bother to go into central London that often, it might be okay that you couldn’t care less about appearance. Or, if you’re already rich and everybody knows it, you can wear the same style of t-shirt every day and no one cares. So, it depends on what you do, who you are, where you live, and so on.

    A range of lipsticks in various shades.
  • Lifestyle

    Going to The Beach

    The weather was quite nice earlier today – sunshine and everything. So I felt like going to the beach. But there is no beach in London. Then I remembered, there’s a place that looks like a beach where Putney Thames Rowing Club is located near Putney Pier, so I went there this afternoon and took some selfies with the (fake) beach. The place isn’t that big. But it’s something different from the rest of London, definitely.

    There’s a few pubs near the river. And during summer, There are lots and lots of people going there, drinking and hanging out by the water. I like living by the beach since I love ocean. So if I lived close to Putney Pier, I would also hang out near the River Thames during summertime almost every day. But I think, the rents or the house prices are also very high near the River Thames, particularly near Putney Pier. But I think, it’s worth it.

    Maybe it’s also because where I’m from, there are lots of beaches. And you can go to the beaches all year round – not just summer. So, I just want to live somewhere that reminds me of something I used to. And for me, water also symbolises serenity. I could therefore sit on the beach and stare at the sea and look out into the vast, empty space all day long. It makes you think: This is what it means to be human, to enjoy life to the full and find happiness in the most simple things. And I love when the sun sets. I don’t know. There’s something alluring about it. But I think, I’m not the only one who loves sunset. That’s why I love nature. And I feel so bad when I hear nature is gradually being destroyed around the world.

  • Food,  Health & Beauty,  Lifestyle,  Self Development

    Salmon for Breakfast

    I start my day with one of my favourite breakfasts which is just some slices of bread with different items on them – one of them is salmon since I love fish, but not all kinds of fishes. One of the reasons I like fish is that it helps improve or maintain my eyesight. So I try to include fish and many others fruits and vegetables that are good for the health of my eyes, skin, and overall healthy body in my daily diet as much as I can. I also try to drink more tea instead of coffee.

    I don’t have this type of early meal that often, though. I normally have oatmeal or muesli or cereal for breakfast or just some fruits. Only once in a while that I fancy full English or some breads for breakfast, like today. It’s delicious when you don’t have it too frequently. And while it is yummy, it’s just not very wholesome. Therefore I only have it every once in a long while. I like taking good care of myself. So I go very much up in what I eat, do, and the like. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle makes me feel good. When you love yourself and will do anything for your well-being you will shine of confidence and self-esteem.

    Sometimes, I just skip breakfast. But only sometimes. Because, when I start my day with a decent breakfast I tend not to eat that much during the day. And I also have a prodigious energy to accomplish lots of things. I just feel so active and lively throughout the day. And I only eat just a little for dinner. But I notice that if I don’t have breakfast I am likely to eat more and sometimes a considerable portion when I don’t need it. So first thing in the morning when I stand up is to have a good breakfast. Then I’m ready.

    Salmon and brie cheese on breads.
    I also love pâté.
    Tea instead of coffee.
  • Entertainment,  News

    A Monologue From My Screenplay

    I had just recorded a monologue from my screenplay that I performed on Sunday 24 at Theatre Deli in London, which I posted the video from my solo performance in my last post. This time it’s just a monologue that I uploaded to SoundCloud, so that you can hear me speak clearly and notice the difference. I will be playing this character in the movie as well if I’m going to turn it into a film myself. I will play the girlfriend of the protagonist. So I practise my lines along the way. In the end, I might be able to remember the whole script by heart….hehe.

    The search for cast & crew may begin soon. I will make a short film first by taking a scene from my original script and making a short film out of it, to pitch my fund. So, I will go through my script tonight and see which scene I want to use in the short film. It will be just about 10 minutes long. This will be my second short film. I can’t wait to start shooting again soon! This time, I will make it better than last time. I learn something new each time I make a movie. I am so thrilled to start filming a new movie asap since I’ve always been fascinated by films. So I always look forward to doing what I love

    Practising my lines from my screenplay which is a coming-of-age drama.
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