I was reading today yet another love yourself self-help type of article advertising “Conversation with Self: Embrace Yourself” book, and I thought to myself – Why do we need so much literature teaching us on how to be happy? Why do we need a reason to be happy? God, I wish I was a cat or a dog, or some other creature that...
Cape Breton is an island on the Atlantic cost of Nova Scotia. It’s Canada’s 18th largest island, though you probably could drive around the whole island in a day or two. In about 3 hours we’ve got from the mainland up to Cheticamp, a fishing village on the west side of the Camp Breton. Locals told us that the drive is the...
I was asked many times, since I moved to Canada “What was it like growing up under totalitarian regime in Russia?”. The first time I’ve heard this question, I probably had a puzzled look on my face. I just never thought of my childhood in that way. Well, what can I say? It was fine. It was more than fine. It was great!...
I rarely read Russian media sites, but this article written by a man giving advise to other men not to get involved with the single moms, really upset me. And it’s not only because I am a single mom myself and I was raised by a single mom, but because it was absolutely horrifying to see how easily this guy de-valued and written-off a huge segment of Russian women (about 10 million of them!) – sweet, caring moms that lost their husbands to alcoholism, domestic violence or infidelityRead More
For the past 3 years Michael and his mom Rimma from Ekaterinburg, Russia, haven’t been outside or seen each other, even though they are living in the same house, just separated by a wall. Both mother and son are now paralyzed and bedridden, and require 24×7 care of sitters and masseuses to keep them alive. They are communicating with each other through phone or Skype.Read More
Situation in Kiev seems to be even worse than reported in media. People are desperately trying to leave the city or the country, but all exits are blocked. Police arrests anyone with gunshot wounds trying to get medical help. Shortages of food and medical supplies create panic in locals.Read More
Borsch is a type of vegetable soup made of chicken broth and a lot of vegetables, including beetroot, which gave Borsch a traditional deep red colour.
Originally it came from Ukraine, however borsch has been a popular dish in Russia as well. Growing up, we were having borsch, at least, once a week.Read More
From keeping an in-depth dating Excel spreadsheet for evaluating his dates, pretending to be an Israeli spy to arming himself with a slew of weapons, including two crossbows and a rifle, and allegedly burning down his ex-girlfriend’s parents house there’s no shortage of press coverage when it comes to wacky dating behavior.Read More
I was attending UX Week Conference in San Francisco recently and decided to stay in the city for a few extra days just to explore it a bit.
One of the things that I’ve learned about San Francisco pretty quickly is that it’s a cold and foggy city. It was about +30C in Toronto when I left. In San Francisco it’s about +15C right now, plus wind.Read More