Posts by Marina

What Men Really Think of Single Moms?

What Men Really Think of Single Moms?

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 infidelity

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Paralyzed son is looking after his paralyzed mom by designing websites in bed

Paralyzed son is looking after his paralyzed mom by designing websites in bed

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. 

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Kiev Crisis: things are even worse than reported

Kiev Crisis: things are even worse than reported

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.

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Borsch Soup, My Family Recipe

Borsch Soup, My Family Recipe

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. 

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I don’t need to Flirt, I will Seduce you with my Awkwardness

I don’t need to Flirt, I will Seduce you with my Awkwardness

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.

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Four Days in San Francisco

Four Days in San Francisco

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.

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Fried Eggs, Russian Style

Fried Eggs, Russian Style

I actually don’t know if this recipe for fried eggs is authentically Russian. I learned it while living in Russia, so to me its Russian.

Anyway, it’s quite simple and easy to prepare, and its my favourite way to prepare fried eggs for breakfast.

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Trip to Varadero, Cuba

Trip to Varadero, Cuba

I went to Varadero, Cuba with my brother in March 2012 for a week. It was first trip to Cuba for both of us. Here are my notes from this trip.

Cuba day 1  – Sunday 

By chance, we were riding to the airport with a Russian cab driver, who previously lived in Cuba for 6 years. Strange coincidence.

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Just Hold my Hand

Just Hold my Hand

I was walking this morning to work, well, almost running, as usual, when I saw this cute older couple walking slowing in front of me. I slowed down too and was observing them for a bit. What got my attention is how the two were holding their hands, while walking. I noticed how carefully the gentlemen was holding his lady’s hand. Even from seeing their backs, you could feel that they still love and care for each other a lot.

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Relaxing at Deerhurst, Muskoka

Relaxing at Deerhurst, Muskoka

This summer I decided not to go far for my vacation, but to do something locally. I lived in Northern Ontario for four years before, so I know there is a lot to explore here.

Deerhurst Resort was founded in 1896 in Muskoka, one of the most beautiful places in Ontario. It’s about two hours away from Toronto and minutes from the Algonquin National Park.

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Mom’s Birthday in Bermuda

Mom’s Birthday in Bermuda

In February me and my brother took my mom to Bermuda to celebrate her 70th birthday. This was our first trip to Bermuda and also our first family trip.

We stayed at Grotto Bay Resort, a well-groomed and quiet place located about 10 mins away from the airport.

There are a few brightly-colored cottages scattered over a large manicured area with palm trees and gardens, as well as two crystal caves located right on the property.

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Perfect World

Perfect World

When I was younger growing up in Russia, I had this ideal, almost naive, view of the world where good always defeats evil, everything is fair, everybody is perfect and eventually finds their true love.

This view was partially shaped by the books I read in high school (“Crime and Punishment” etc.), teaching methods in school at that time (We were encouraged to strive for perfection) and because of my overall sheltered childhood.

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Happy Times

Happy Times

I am one of those people who love taking photos of food. It’s kind of silly, I know. But to me, those are the happiest and fun moments spent with friends and family – times when you are cooking together or trying out new restaurants, but always having a good time.

Food somehow brings us together and makes us happy.

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Bermuda Triangle Mystery

Bermuda Triangle Mystery

One of the reasons I was always interested in visiting Bermuda is to learn more about Bermuda Triangle. The region between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda is well-known for mysterious disappearances of numerous planes and ships. Nobody really knows why so many planes and ships suddenly disappeared in this area without even sending an alarm signal. So it seems like something happened to them so fast that captains couldn’t even react to that.

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I Wish I Was a Cat

I Wish I Was a Cat

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 doesn’t have to look in the mirror every day and talk itself into loving self.

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Don’t settle for my man

Don’t settle for my man

I was talking to my girlfriend recently about men, relationships and why people settle.
She was talking about someone she knows who is married, but not happy and stays in the marriage only because of her child. When this lady was getting married, she already felt that something was off, but she ignored that feeling. Her main complain now is that her husband doesn’t inspire her.

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End of the Fairy Tale

End of the Fairy Tale

Did you notice that almost all fairy tales end the same way – with the prince and princess getting married? I was wondering why it was like that. Wouldn’t you expect a fairy tale to start with a marriage and not the other way around? Does this mean that the best part of the story is always before the wedding? That sucks, if that’s true. So many of us get married expecting a fairy tale, as soon as we say “I do”.

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Why do we keep ourselves busy?

Why do we keep ourselves busy?

My last week was pretty busy. So I was looking forward to the weekend and was planning to take Sunday off. My plan was to do absolutely nothing. Well, I was going to go for a run and maybe read a book that I wanted to read for a long time. Instead, I didn’t relax at all and ending up washing windows all day.

So why do we keep ourselves busy at all times?

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Looking for Pet Photos? Check out Dating Sites

Looking for Pet Photos? Check out Dating Sites

Recently single, I was spending some time (well, a lot of time 🙂 ) on the dating sites, and I was quite surprised to see a lot of pet photos on guys’ profiles.

Seriously, what’s up with all those photos of cute puppies and kittens? I am not there to adopt a pet or a guy, if I like his pet. Did they borrow those cute puppies to attract chicks? Working the sensitive angle? I don’t know. What do you think?

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Quick visit to Lunenburg, a World Heritage Site

Quick visit to Lunenburg, a World Heritage Site

On our way to Halifax, Nova Scotia, we decided to make a detour and visit a small historic port and a well preserved example of 18th century British colonial town Lunenburg.

The first thing you notice about Lunenburg is unique architecture and brightly-colored houses.

The town is very small, but very clean, quite and very pretty.¬† It’s truly artists’ and photographers’ paradise, as they advertise in a brochure.

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