tiistai 27. joulukuuta 2016

Christmas 2016

Another Christmas has come and gone. Compared to last year's Christmas, this time it was way different. This year I spent it in Finland with my family and I got to eat traditional Finnish Christmas food and not McDonalds' like last year... Our plan for Christmas Eve changed a bit but still I had fun and enjoyed myself. But once again I got thinking that Christmas is actually quite annoying event because I feel like everyone is just stressing and worrying about presents, food, clothes, cleaning, family + possible work/school related things. So during the weeks leading to Christmas people are just bunch of stressed and burned out monkeys. I wish people would just forget all the stupid fuss about "what to buy as a present" "oh no I still need to cook this and this" "the house still looks horrible" and just enjoy and relax during Christmas time. But that probably won't happen ever especially in the Western countries... At least I tried to take it easy even though I had to work and do a lot of cleaning at home. Luckily I didn't have to worry about presents because I had bought everything from Japan or somewhere else earlier and I like cleaning so that wasn't a problem. But it almost started to get on my nerves when I heard almost everyone panicking about something. 

I was excited about this year's Christmas because for a change I was going to spend it with my family and even though everything didn't go as I would have wanted, it was a nice Christmas. I was happy that I got to give out really nice gifts and I also got gifts which I liked a lot. Plus I got to play with my cameras (Otto wasn't that happy about it sometimes) :) 

I reeeeally wanted to get this!

Hopefully everyone had a great Christmas & please try to relax more next year, okay? :) 

xoxo, Elina

tiistai 20. joulukuuta 2016

Living like a vampire

Living like a vampire...that's how my friend described my life when I told her about my work and sleep schedule for the past week. On last week's Monday I started working for the Finnish post as a Christmas helper and my last shift was last night. During this time I have been working every day or well actually night because I had only night shifts. The same time every night. Many people have been asking how was it, was it hard etc. I don't think it was that hard. It was actually quite the same as working during daytime. But there was one thing that helped a lot and it was the fact that we had something to do all the time and that's something which keeps me going. I know the nights would have been a lot worse for me if I didn't have something to do the whole shift. Plus every time I felt tired or at home I felt like I didn't want to go, I just thought about the good salary and additions for night work (+weekend work) I will get and just kept going. The work itself was really easy so the nights went pretty quickly and I think this was one of the easiest way to get money especially if you had a morning or afternoon shift. After spending money in Japan and having various plans for next year, I'm really looking forward to my pay check and I think my messed up living schedule was worth it. Now luckily I can go back to my normal life and start sleeping during the night! And I can start getting more things done at home before Christmas because due to my work I haven't really gotten anything done which has pissed me off. That's the biggest negative side of this work for me. Christmas is almost here so I need to start catching up, bye! 

xoxo, Elina

lauantai 3. joulukuuta 2016

Hello December ♥

So November came and went just like that. Is it really December already? I'm actually excited about this month! There are many things coming...  Next week I'll spend in Japan which I can't wait! I really miss my Japanese friends and I can't believe I'll see EXO perform live once again. After I come back to Finland I'll have a couple of lessons and an exam left. I'm really nervous about the exam... I just hope I can pass it. During that week I'll also start a job with the Finnish post. It's only for 9 days because it's a Christmas helper work but I'm still glad I got it. Extra money = yes please! Someone might think I'm stupid but I'm quite excited to go to work for a change. Even though I'm going to be so busy because I need to prepare for Christmas at the same time. I bet there will be a day (days) when I'm not that excited anymore...

Let's look back at last month a bit. As I told earlier I had many birthdays to celebrate including my own. In addition to those celebrations, I got to celebrate my nephew getting his name. My brother and his wife had chosen me as his godmother which I gladly accepted. I just wish I'm going to be able to help him and be there whenever he needs it. I already decided that I won't be giving him lots of gifts which he might not even want/need but to spend time with him as much as possible. I can't wait to take him to Tappara's games and to other fun places :) 
Speaking of Tappara... Last month there were a couple of games that I wanted to go see but ended up staying at home. But on last Tuesday I finally made it! I went to see Tappara vs. Jukurit which was really interesting because it was the first time Jukurit played in Tampere. So it was quite a historical game. The game itself was full of surprising and suspenseful moments. Unfortunately Tappara lost 4-3 but it didn't bother me because I still enjoyed myself. Would have even more if the judges weren't so stupid almost during the whole game...

This week I also went to do some final purchases for my Japan trip. Now I'm all set and I have also finally managed to open my luggage. Now I just need to figure out what exactly to take with me and surprisingly clothes are the hardest to choose. Why they always have to be so difficult to choose? Luckily I still have time today and tomorrow even though I should also do some Christmas cleaning at home. 

Yesterday MAMA 2016 was held in Hong Kong where I once again would have loved to go but couldn't... At least this year I was able to find tickets but because I'm travelling to Japan on Monday I had to skip going to Hong Kong to attend MAMA. Maybe next year.... 
I was so happy that EXO won a Daesang (Album of the Year) for the 4th consecutive year! Congrats EXO, you really deserved it and all the other trophies :) Another thing which made me feel happy and proud was that BTS finally won their first Daesang (Artist of the Year). Those guys have come a really long way and they would have already deserved that award earlier but even more this year. There were a few other awards that I think went to the right group/artist too. Can't wait to see what other awards my favourite groups will win and all the special performances they will give in the next end of the year award ceremonies. They're going to be great as always. For me they're one of the highlights of December :)

xoxo, Elina