εμαθα

Διάβασα κάπου το πιο κάτω και δεν μπορούσα να μην το μοιραστώ μαζί σας γιατί κάπως έτσι θα το έγραφα κι εγώ είμαι σίγουρη…

Γιατί έμαθα πως…

…οι άνθρωποι δεν αλλάζουν ποτέ, παρόλες τις προσπάθειες που ίσως καταβάλλουν για το αντίθετο.

…οι άνθρωποι γινόμαστε πολλές φορές κακοί και εγωιστές και δεν νοιαζόμαστε για τους γύρω μας. Κοιτάμε μόνο το συμφέρον μας και το πως να πετύχουμε τους στόχους μας ακόμα κι αν αυτό προϋποθέτει να ποδοπατήσουμε κάποιους άλλους για να το πετύχουμε.

…οι μόνοι άνθρωποι που θα βρίσκονται πάντα δίπλα μου είναι η οικογένειά μου, όπως επίσης έμαθα πως η οικογένεια δεν αποτελείται μόνο από τους ανθρώπους με τους οποίους έχουμε το ίδιο αίμα, αλλά και από αυτούς που επιλέγουμε να περιλάβουμε σ’αυτήν.

…οι φιλίες είναι δύσκολο να κρατηθούν και πως χρειάζονται κόπο και προσπάθειες, μα το κέρδος είναι ανεκτίμητο και έμαθα επίσης πως οι έρωτες πάνε κι έρχονται μα οι φιλίες -αν είσαι τυχερός- μένουν για μια ζωή.

Έμαθα…

…να ακούω πολλά μα να πιστεύω ελάχιστα. Δεν αρκούμαι πλέον σε λόγια. Θέλω πράξεις.

…να αγαπώ και έμαθα να δείχνω στους ανθρώπους που αγαπώ την αγάπη μου. Έμαθα, όμως, και να μην απαιτώ ποτέ την ανταπόδοση αυτού του συναισθήματος.

Έμαθα (αυτό το έχω ξαναπεί)….

….να κάνω πάντα αυτό που αισθάνομαι γιατί η ζωή είναι πολύ μικρή για να την ζει κανείς με απωθημένα.

…να ζω το σήμερα και να το χαίρομαι γιατί το αύριο δεν ορίζεται από μας και δεν ξέρουμε αν θα ‘μαστε εδώ για να το ζήσουμε.

Έμαθα…

…πως στην ζωή δεν χωράνε προγράμματα και πως ακόμα κι αν προσπαθήσουμε να την προγραμματίσουμε, πάντα θα βρεθεί κάτι για να μας υπενθυμίσει πως αυτό δεν εξαρτάται από μας.

…να αναλαμβάνω τις ευθύνες των πράξεων μου και να αναγνωρίζω τα λάθη μου. Μέσα από αυτό ωρίμασα και μέσα από αυτά τα λάθη διδάκτηκα πολλά, μα είμαι σίγουρη ότι κάποια από αυτά θα τα επαναλάβω.

…να αποδέχομαι τον εαυτό μου και να τον συγχωρώ. Αυτό είναι αναγκαίο για να μπορώ να προχωράω μπροστά.

…να στηρίζομαι στις δικές μου δυνάμεις, γιατί έτσι, όταν χάνω τα πόδια μου, δεν θα χρειάζεται να βασίζομαι σε κανέναν για να ορθοποδήσω.

…να μην στηρίζω τα όνειρα μου σε κανέναν, γιατί μόνο από μένα εξαρτάται η πραγματοποίηση τους.

…να σκύβω το κεφάλι όταν με επαινούν και να γυρίζω και το άλλο μάγουλο όταν με χαστουκίζουν.

…να μην στρέφω το δάκτυλο μου σε κανένα γιατί πάντα τα άλλα τέσσερα είναι στραμμένα προς εμένα.

…πως ανάμεσα στους ανθρώπους που θα συναντήσω στον δρόμο μου, θα ‘ναι πολλοί αυτοί που θα θελήσουν να μου κάνουν κακό μα έμαθα πια να τους ξεχωρίζω και να τους προσπερνώ.

Το πιο σημαντικό, έμαθα όταν πέφτω, να μαζεύω τις δυνάμεις που μου έχουν απομείνει και να ξανασηκώνομαι… όσες φορές κι αν αυτό συμβαίνει… Ναι, έμαθα να πεισμώνω, να παλεύω και να προσπαθώ.

eμαθα να αντeχω…

Μπορεί να χάνω προσωρινά τον δρόμο μου, μα δεν πρέπει ποτέ να ξεχνάω τον προορισμό μου…αυτό το έμαθα καλύτερα απ’ όλα.

Γραμμένο από ένα άγνωστο N.

Πηγή: https://bit.ly/3bpRlAh

YOU ARE NOT ALONE OVER THERE – #DAY20

Quarantine’s Thoughts.

Quarantine day 20.

To be honest is harder than I thought. The struggle is real! I guess you already felt it. No motivation, no energy for anything except food, bad temper, worries, concerns about the future, fears, anxiety etc.

But because I felt that you were not very well today, I really wanted to write something to encourage you.

You are not alone over there!

Remember: You and hundreds of thousands of people are in the same situation.

It was about time for me to think positive and embrace the current situation. I tried to find tiny small reasons to feel fortunate about and feel blessed into this health-crisis. However, I am not the only one who needs to be more positive.

WE should all be optimistic

WE should all find at least one reason to feel lucky

Because Yes, we are all blessed and lucky.

I know it’s hard because the current situation is damaging our mental health, but we can find ways to deal with it!

Let’s take a minute and try something.

– Close your eyes
– Think about the happiest moment in your life
– Take 10 deep breaths and try breathing through your nose.

How do you feel now?

If you focus on positive thoughts, you will achieve a positive mindset which will help you through this hard time.

So, we can prepare ourselves for this difficult time by starting to change the way we think. Trust me, developing a healthy mind can change everything. Your mind will give you the superpower to overcome this situation called ‘quarantine’. Our thoughts and emotions give the food to our brain. If you feed your brain with healthy food (thoughts & emotions) it will process them and will respond respectively.

Give healthy ‘food’ to your mind!

Photo taken in Limassol, Cyprus.

The graffiti says ‘We are Okay’.

Quarantine is a life-lesson that will teach us how we suppose to live with small things that matter the most:

H E A L T H

L O V E

I N N E R P E A C E

&

some good quality food

Photo taken at Akamas, Paphos in Cyprus

How to develop a positive thinking attitude during quarantine:

  1. Follow mental health and meditation pages,
  2. read a book,
  3. try new food recipes (you can follow my Insta account for ideas here)
  4. join online workouts / find free workout plans.

What helped me?

  • I redecorated my bedroom!
  • I bought some candles with my favorite smell & some smooth lights,
  • I displayed all the good memories I have on my wall (photos, souvenirs, gifts).
  • I listen to my favourite music all day long as loud as possible.

Do what you didn’t have the time to do all this time! do whatever comes first to your mind!

Take a minute and read the below, think about it and then repeat 3 times to yourself:

I CAN STAY ALIVE DURING QUARANTINE & breath!

**Feel free to share anything that struggled you during this time,

Good Luck !

Ελενη μου

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Η γιαγιά είχε πεθάνει εδώ και χρόνια.

Αυτός ζούσε πλέον μόνος, στο μικρό πέτρινο σπιτάκι τους, στο κέντρο του χωριού.

Ήταν ήδη μεγάλος και περνούσε τις ώρες του στο όμορφο καφενείο στην πλατεία, μαζί με τα εγγόνια και τα δισέγγονά του. Κάθε λίγο, κερνούσε κρυφά τα παιδιά παγωτό από το καφενείο, όσο και αν θύμωναν οι μαμάδες. Καθόταν σε μια ξύλινη καρέκλα και τα έβλεπε να παίζουν με ένα χαμόγελο πάντα ζωγραφισμένο στο πρόσωπό του.

Μια φορά μας κάλεσε να πάμε στο σπίτι του. Ήταν μια κρύα βραδιά του Γενάρη και επισκεφτήκαμε το χωριό απροειδοποίητα. Το μικρό του σπιτάκι μύριζε καμένο ξύλο από την σιδερένια ξυλόσομπα που ζέσταινε τον χώρο. Μια μικρή τηλεόραση έπαιζε την καθημερινή εκπομπή από το κρατικό κανάλι. Με χαρά, όπως πάντα, μας κάλεσε μέσα και έφερε τα πάντα για να μας κεράσει, όσο κι αν δυσκολευόταν πια να περπατήσει. Αγαπούσε πολύ την οικογένειά μου. Το έβλεπες πάντα, από τον τρόπο που μας μιλούσε. Και εμείς τον αγαπούσαμε πολύ, πάντα θα τον αγαπάμε. Εκείνη την βραδιά, καθώς μιλούσε, με κοίταξε και μου ζήτησε να δω την φωτογραφία που είχε κρεμασμένη στον τοίχο του σπιτιού, πάνω από το μικρό ξύλινο τραπέζι της κουζίνας. Η φωτογραφία ήταν από το ημερολόγιο που κάθε χρόνο εκδίδει το κοινοτικό συμβούλιο του χωριού. «Ποια είναι αυτή; Την ξέρεις;» με ρώτησε. «Η γιαγιά η Ελένη!» του απάντησα. Τα μάτια του γέμισαν και ένα μικρό χαμόγελο σχεδιάστηκε στο πρόσωπό του, καθώς παρέμεινε προσηλωμένος στην φωτογραφία. Ήταν η Ελένη του.

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Πάντα τον θυμάμαι να της μιλά γλυκά και με απέραντο σεβασμό. Πάντα την έλεγε «Ελένη μου». Από μικρή, μια φορά στο τόσο πηγαίναμε στο χωριό και τους επισκεπτόμασταν. Η γιαγιά Ελένη και ο παππούς έτρεχαν πάντα όταν μας έβλεπαν, να μας αγκαλιάσουν. Και πάντα μας κερνούσαν φρέσκα καρύδια από το χωριό. Έδιναν σε μένα και στα αδέρφια μου μερικά σφυριά και τρέχαμε μέσα στην αυλή για να σπάσουμε και να πιάσουμε τα καρύδια μας, τα οποία συχνά κυλούσαν και έπεφταν κάτω από την βεράντα του σπιτιού. Η εικόνα από τα καρύδια πάντα μου θυμίζει τον παππού και την γιαγιά στο χωριό.

Πάντα θα μου τους θυμίζει.

«Ελένη μου..»

Μικρή, όπως αναφέρει η μαμά μου, όταν πηγαίναμε στο χωριό, έλεγα πως θα βλέπαμε τον Παππού και την φιλενάδα του, την Ελένη. Γιατί οι δυό τους ήταν πάντα αγαπημένοι. Πάντα ερωτευμένοι. Όσο κι αν μεγάλωναν. Ο χρόνος περνούσε από τα σώματά τους αλλά άφηνε την αγάπη τους ανεπηρέαστη, ανέγγιχτη. Ζούσαν σαν νιόπαντροι.

«Ελένη μου..».

Η φωνή του παππού να αποκαλεί την γιαγιά «μου» ηχεί συχνά στα αυτιά μου όταν τον σκέφτομαι.  Κι όταν καμιά φορά χάνω την ελπίδα μου και αμφιβάλω για την ύπαρξη της πραγματικής αγάπης, φέρνω στον νου μου τον παππού και την γιαγιά Ελένη. Το δεύτερο ζευγάρι ηλικιωμένων που μου έχει αποδείξει πως η αγάπη υπάρχει. Πως ο έρωτας ζει. Πως όσο σπάνιο κι αν είναι, δεν είναι φαντασία, ούτε ουτοπική πλάνη του μυαλού. Αν είσαι τυχερός τα βρίσκεις. Ο έρωτας και η αυθεντική αγάπη, αυτή που μένει στον χρόνο, αυτή που γαληνεύει την ψυχή, αυτή που διαβάζεις στα παραμύθια, αυτή που σου τρυπά την καρδιά σαν την νιώσεις είναι πραγματική.

Και εσύ, που διστάζεις να αγαπήσεις, φοβάσαι να αγαπηθείς, αμφισβητείς την ύπαρξή της, φαίνεσαι πια μικρός και δειλός μπροστά στο μεγαλείο της. Κάτι τέτοια παραδείγματα αγάπης, σε βάζουν πάλι στον σωστό δρόμο. Εκεί που η συντροφικότητα και ο γάμος έχουν αληθινή αξία. Και όταν μαυρίζεις και όλα φαίνονται μάταια στην ζωή σου και νιώθεις πως δεν θα αγαπηθείς ποτέ, μια μικρή φωνή μέσα σου ακούγεται γλυκά να λέει «Ελένη μου» και ποτίζει το μικρό λουλούδι της ελπίδας που είχες κρύψει βαθιά μέσα στο δάσος στης καρδιάς σου. Και εκεί, ξανάπιστεύεις..

Χάσαμε πριν λίγες μέρες τον παππού. Αλλά δεν λυπάμαι.

Θα μας λείψει, ναι..  Mετά από δέκα χρόνια θα βρεί ξανά επιτέλους την Ελένη του.

Αυτήν που δεν έβγαλε πότε από το μυαλό του. Αυτήν που σκεφτόταν κάθε μέρα. Αυτήν που θα τον περιμένει σίγουρα με ανυπομονησία.

Ελένη μου.. Έρχεται σε σένα ο Κωστής σου.

Χαρείτε ουρανοί..

 

by  Heart of Opal

 

ολα ειναι δρομος | ιστοριες σε χρωμα θαλασσι

Η ζωή καμιά φορά κρύβει τα παιχνίδια της με μεγάλη πονηριά. Σε αφήνει να νομίζεις ότι κάνεις το δικό σου και το γελοίο είναι ότι νομίζεις πως νικάς. Πως τα καταφέρνεις μόνη… Ώσπου μια μέρα έρχεται από το πουθενά, ένα χάος σε χρώμα θαλασσί και σε ανακατεύει τόσο πολύ, που φέρνει τα πάνω κάτω – η ζωή εκεί πιο πέρα, γελάει με την αντίδραση σου. Όλα είναι δρόμος, λέει… Και αυτό που ακολουθείς και σε ακολουθά πλέον είναι ήδη γραμμένο στο πεπρωμένο σου γιαυτό καλά είναι να το χωνέψεις.

Μια ευθεία είναι αυτός ο δρόμος. Η ζωή θέλει γραμμές και κατευθύνσεις.

Μόνο που εγώ έχω μάθει στις καμπύλες και ότι το μπλε χρώμα του ουρανού με έχει μάθει πως εκτός από τον ορίζοντα που είναι όντως μια ευθεία, μπορώ να ελπίζω και να περιμένω να δω και όλα αυτά τα σύννεφα, που θα με κάνουν να ονειρευτώ. Που θα με αφήσουν να γευτώ, αυτό το κάτι, το άπιαστο… και να φανταστώ έναν άλλο κόσμο… και να πιστέψω σε κάτι μαγικό, όπως έκανα παλιά, όταν ήμουνα παιδί.

ίσως να μην βγάζουν νόημα όλα αυτά,

αλλά

όλα είναι δρόμος,

και ευθείες,

και καμπύλες

|και αυτές είναι οι ιστορίες μου σε χρώμα θαλασσί.

It is about time…

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‘Golden Hour’

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Beirut for about 10 hours; it was a super-fast trip, made possible with the help of the visionary masterminds behind Aviator Flight Centre & Aviation Minds, Mr Nicos Kountouris and Mrs Nadine Itani respectively. While I’m preparing a very nice video to elaborate on my visit to Lebanon for that day, I still want to give you something extra regarding the trip. And I believe I should share with you a piece of written art, that got my attention on that beautiful afternoon on Thursday with the sunset falling on my back while I was reading about time at the Executive Aircraft Lounge. So here it goes…

Time…

Time is flying burning on its way what is the rest of our lives; leaving behind nice memories and bitter moments… Time passes by allowing us to look back, but never to go back!

Time….

A powerful thing that we have, yet we will never own. A rare gift that once lost, we can never find it back. A precious present from the universe that can ease pain, erase hatred, bring back people together or put them apart.

Haven’t we wished, begged, prayed for a minute longer? For a second that could have changed the path of our lives? Haven’t we all taken for granted valuable moments, that once gone, we spend the rest of our lives regretting, digging graves looking for absolution?

Time to share | to give |

Time to forgive | to love |

Time to be happy.

We live our everyday lives as if we were eternally granted time, caring about superficial things, trying to exchange this great donation of the universe with money, stealing every moment dedicated to our loved ones, transferring it to a fake account called work, pretending to buy happiness.

Time is just like a candle which melts under the flame of life; choice is ours, either we enlighten the darkness of our path with its flame or we just let it burn our visions with its flamboyant light.

Isn’t it about time to take the time to listen? | To hear ourselves.

Isn’t time to open your eyes? | To look at life.

Isn’t about time to speak? | To say the truth & to express some love.

Isn’t about time to show some affection | To reveal the veil?

Isn’t about time to grab & give, to live, to love, to be happy, to help, to enjoy, to remember, to forget and to forgive?

There is never better time than the time we have at this very moment.

It is about time…

Written by Mona Sabongi, CEO of ‘Seulement Pour VIP’


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Take-off | Beirut- Rafic Hariri International Airport

| RUN FREE | ADVENTURES WITH MY SON IN D E N M A R K |

“Human beings
are made of water–-
we were not designed
to hold ourselves together
rather run freely
like oceans
like rivers”

~Beau Christopher Taplin, Hunting Season

Back in March, I made to myself a very crucial question:

‘Marianna, how do you want to raise up your son?’

It wasn’t long before I decided to book a holiday trip of a week for the two of us to Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark. Mainly the reason was to challenge myself – trust me it’s not easy carrying around a 3-year-old, but it’s a very interesting process where you learn the virtue of patience and much more. So my answer to that question was:

‘I want him to be free, but in order to do that he must first go out there and see the world. He needs to taste different cultures and meet many people, to see the possibilities that lie around us and think of himself as a unique piece of this puzzle, of this ocean that is full of potentials. After these lessons, he can decide upon the life he wishes to follow. Exploring is a hot trend, not only for travel but also for inner peace. To explore the whole world perhaps is easier that dedicating time into exploring our depths. Travelling allows you to combine these two. So I hope between airplanes and unknown lands I will allow him to experience this privilege, and in a way invest in becoming the best version of himself.’

Fast-forward to June, we got on a plane for a 4-hour flight journey. Needless to say, my son was curious about this new adventure and eager to discover everything from the convenience of his stroller 🙂 So together, with the help of my dear friend, Anninos, we explored Copenhagen as much as we could. It was a week, full of emotions and joys, rainy and windy days, with memories that will last a lifetime.


| E X P L O R E | D E N M A R K |

| Do you believe in magic? |

“Do you believe in magic?”

 

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W I L D is her favorite colour

 

 

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‘ΛΕΥΚΗ ΚΑΤΑΙΓΙΔΑ’

 

 

 

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Every soul is royal

 

 

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Always keep that little place where the magic grows inside of you, A L I V E!

 

Photography by @helenadimitriou 

Makeup artist @Lambriana.Savva  

Handmade headpiece ‘Mermaid’s crown’ by @aimerlavieco


There is a quote by Chick Palahniuk I really endorse in my life lately; “We can spend our entire lives letting the world tell us who we are… or we can decide for ourselves.”

I love the freedom of choosing who I want to be every single day. To be flexible with my looks and my hobbies, to explore myself and my wants, to be water and take the shape of many different things…

So last month I woke up one day and said to myself that I really wanted to be a mermaid for a day. I wanted to feel the magic I used to find in all those books when I was a little girl. I didn’t have the tail but that didn’t stop me from creating my own crown made of seashells from the sea. You see, it’s up to our imagination to create our own little world. Little difference does it make to me, what the world believes about how I look or how I behave… I just want to live every single day with the full authority to be anything I want. I believe in magic, whether that is looking at a red rose by the morning sunlight of the day or listening to the waves somewhere, close to a remote beach. Being a mermaid made me feel that actually fairy tales do exist, we just have to create them for ourselves. we need to work for it, to plan for it and to execute it. It needs patience though, as something so beautiful, so magical needs time to grow and mature well.


 

Of course, any photo shooting would fail if behind the scenes the actual mastermind – the photographer – wasn’t gifted enough! Helena Dimitriou made me feel as a part of the ocean, talking to me in such a way that I was completely a different person – I became a mermaid for a while and that was truly unique. She is an original and guess what? She loves portraits and conceptual photography!:)

Follow her please on FB for more photo material (Click HERE)

To be a mermaid in this occasion, couldn’t be possible without the expertise of an amazing makeup artist and for this photo-shooting, I chose Lambriana Savva – a talented lady with astounding skills that understood the concept and wanted to take on the challenge.

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Book a session with Lambriana through her page on FB (Click HERE)


‘Do you believe in magic?

I know I do.’

At Aimerlavie we want to create magic; therefore we blend creativity with beauty and we produce unique elements for special occasions. ‘Mermaid’s crown’, our handmade headpiece was carefully made with real seashells from the sea, unique shiny pearls and lots of blue details and shimmering love by Marianna.

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Have a chat with us on Facebook to work on a special gift for your loved ones; it could be anything- SKY IS THE LIMIT.

Making people happy:) One step at a time…

 

#Nightthinker Vol.1


It’s 2AM in the morning. Just woke up from a nightmare and all i’m thinking is how i’m gonna use this bad energy to turn it into a positive one. I take a pen and start writing my thoughts on this empty paper. Here it goes: ”They say you should fear of the night thinkers and the daydreamers; they are both researching the deepest of their soul, asking questions with difficult answers. They explore potentials and miracles; and most of the time they act upon their thoughts trusting their intuition- they hardly ever fail. I’m looking at my son – between the chaos of my thoughts he is my sunshine, my lifejacket – that glowing firefly guiding me to the right direction. My instincts tell me to follow his innocence; for a child only knows purity, kindness and love in ways we cannot comprehend as adults. If only we didn’t interfere in their lives and tried to control everything. Sometimes not setting the rules for life is the best strategy to follow so you can grow beautiful humans.  And so we continue walking upon this journey of life. Loving each other, laughing at our misfortunes, hurting each other, crying over heartbreaks, falling down on our knees only to stand up again. Becoming stronger and more fragile than ever.


Two questions are on my mind tonight –

Who was I before they broke my heart? 

And,

Who was I before society decided how I should be?


I know, it is a long journey I have to walk to find the answers to these questions, but I’m positive it will be the most challenging, the most beautiful ride ever...

Peace,

Marianna

Day Dreamer & Night Thinker

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Photo Credits: Anima Mundi Photography

Hong Kong | ♡ | Photo Memoirs

Having a curiosity about life and different cultures I couldn’t resist visiting Hong Kong last month for a two-day business trip. Even if it was so short I managed to visit most of the recommendations that were given by a lovely lady I met at the Airport’s Arrival Hall; her name is Cecilia and she is working for Hong Kong Tourism Board (find more travelling information on their website, Facebook and Instagram) .

They say ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ so I will let my photo memoirs guide you through Hong Kong Highlights.

#1 Peak Tram

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Tip from AimerLaVie: Walk from The Hong Kong Station to The Peak Tram Station for about 15 minutes, you will love exploring parks and cathedrals along the way. And go early in the morning, the queue is sooo long! Don’t forget to visit the old Tram that hosts HK Tourism Board for further travel suggestions.

#2 The Peak – Sky Terrace 428

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Tip from AimerLaVie: Go at the top of the Sky Terrace 428 for free WIFI and for peaceful moments to enjoy the panoramic view of the HK Skyline. Don’t forget to visit Peak Galleria across the ‘428’, that happens to be a sustainable building with green features.

#3 Po Lin Monastery

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Tip from AimerLaVie: Notice well the hall with the ten thousand Buddhas, starting from the 5 big statues, to the smallest ones that are so tiny you can’t distinguish they are not just drawings on the tiles.

#4 Big Buddha

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Tip from AimerLaVie: If you have a drone, take it with you! The statue is H U G E and deserves some good aerial shots! Find inner peace by looking over the stunning view of the surrounding mountains and the sea.

#5 Graham Street

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Tip from AimerLaVie: Make sure you take a photo like this. It’s a must for Instagrammers and Art lovers; you will use it as a poster later on for your ‘Wall of Memories’, as I call it. The whole area is upgrading with new hotels and luxury shops so walls like these are not very common.

#6 Hollywood Road

Tip from AimerLaVie: Walk there late afternoon so you can see all the NEON lights come to life, giving another character to the streets. The street is famous for shopping so save your energy for some shopping therapy.

#7 SeaFood Room Restaurant

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Tip from AimerLaVie: After 8pm reserve a table at the top floor of the restaurant to enjoy a glass of wine while looking over the stunning view of Victoria Harbour. The food and the ambiance of this place are amazing! Event the restrooms have a unique style and come with a view of the skyline. [Follow them on Instagram]

#8 Ngong Ping Village

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Tip from AimerLaVie: If you are a ‘romantic’ type of person you will love this wallpaper of the butterfly so don’t forget to stop by, while you are leaving from the Big Buddha. Enjoy your cold coffee at one of the many cafes that are on your way out of the village.

#9 Citygate Outlet Mall

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Tip from AimerLaVie: Take the bus to Citygate Outlet Mall and have a look around for discounts and offers on brands like Coach, Club Monaco and Burberry. Eat Taiwanese cuisine at the Teawood. Make sure you try their traditional tea and dessert, mmm delicious!

#10 Regal Airport Hotel

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Tip from AimerLaVie: Stay at this hotel which is located within the airport if you are a business traveller. Buy postcards and use the concierge service to send them over to friends and family, trust me they will love the gesture. Visit the Asian restaurant for a Tsingtao beer & a vegan meal, and the Om Spa for that treatment you’ve been craving for so long.


I have to share some thoughts with you. While I was on the plane I found myself thinking about this…What if I told you that you as a person is not you but many different people put together as a puzzle… you are born as a unique entity, but as you grow up you find bits and pieces from the world and you add them to the masterpiece of yourself. Parents, family, friends are the first to be added. Then there are our teachers, idols, strangers we meet in the streets and colleagues. And of course when we are travelling… Travelling gets to the core of your soul by finding within different layers that have been added through the years the skills to help you survive. It might make you feel lost in the beginning but if you just sit back and relax for a moment, you get that cheeky smile into space realising what a life changing experience it is. Because travelling reveals the best in you, the human, the explorer, the achiever, the tireless, the problem solver, the best version of yourself. Now imagine if we all get to travel how much better we would feel. How much we would appreciate ourselves. How much wows we would say to us “Wow i did that”, “Wow i can’t believe i could experience this”.

Be a traveller, discover yourself, be a better version of yourself.

Ps. I got the opportunity to meet a very special friend who accidently happened to be a proud owner of my favourite car; A Tesla model S! So I couldn’t but ask him to take me for a ride 🙂 I’m usually saying ‘If you don’t ask for what you want, how can you expect things to happen?’, so do not expect anything to change in your life or happen by accident; go out there and happen to things.

Peace,

Marianna

Day Traveller & Night Dreamer

Life lover: Christina!

Life… Do we live enough or simply exist? The situations may not be the ideal considering crisis doesn’t give us the financial support to our dreams but do we really need everything to be in perfect harmony to make the life we have always dreamt of? I don’t think so. If we were all waiting for the best moment to make the next step, to write the next chapter, to buy that ticket to see the world, to fall in love, to simply enjoy the moment we would all be dead by then. And i’m not meaning just in the body context dead, but also our spirit, our soul would lost the game forever. So I guess my point of view for today is no matter where you are, what you do, what is your plan for tomorrow, take some inspiration from the people around you that take it to the edge, and live every single second of this beautiful life. Go out, explore, make things happen and you never know, maybe you’re my next target for this post if you love enough your life…

Today I have the honour to introduce you to the cool Christina Andreou, a woman who I admire personally because I’ve seen her journey so far and believe me even if she’s just under 25 years old she has wisdom and strength in her and we should all take an example from her.

Read her 3Q&A for more insight to her world:

Q: You life seems so exciting. What was the coolest experience you ever had so far?

A: My coolest experience so far was when i hiked with my friends Piton de neiges , a mountain in Reunion island. We were walking for 7 hours to reach a meeting point with a kind of hostel before dark but we did not manage it and we were lost in the forest. After three hours we reached the hostel, slept for 3 hours and continued an hour hike to the top. We managed to get to the top at the time of sunrise. We were above the clouds and the view was breathtaking! one of my best memories!

Q: What countries did you visited so far and where could you live forever?

A: So far I have visited Greece, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Mauritius, USA, Lebanon, Serbia, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, UAE, Russia, Hungary, Switzerland, Sweden and I’m currently visiting Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. I wouldn’t be able to live for ever in one single place because i am a traveller and always on the road…

Q: What you love most in your life?

A: My family and i am not talking only for my siblings, mother and father. Family for me are all my friends from all over the world who have a place in my heart. I love them the most because my life wouldn’t be the same if they weren’t in it; they shaped who i am as a person.