• A stormy beach on the Great Ocean Road, Australia
    Travel experiences

    Moments in Australia: beach weather? Think again!

    Beaches are among the many amazing things Australia is widely known for. There are more than 10, 000 beaches  Down Under, some of them are world famous. Beach lovers would hardly get bored with such an impressive collection – they can visit a different beach every day until they grow old and beyond. As long as the weather is nice, of course! Due to my gargantuan interest in and passion about Australia, I knew prior to our trip that mornings and evenings at Uluru in the continent’s Red Center, can be freezing and that Sydney and Melbourne get lower temperatures in winter. Even snow covers the mountain regions of New South…

  • Yayoi Kusama, Hymn Of Life. Synesthetic.

    Synesthetic: hearing colors, seeing sounds

    Once in primary school, I shared with a classmate that I see colors when I listen to music; that letters and numbers have their own colors. She looked at me in horror and exclaimed: ”This is not normal!”. To see music, letters, and numbers in color has always been normal to me. I never asked myself about this ”weird” ability of mine, I don’t remember wondering whether everyone else sees the world this way – I enjoyed the wonderful synesthetic world I was in and wanted to keep it all to myself. Many moons later I got curious what is this phenomenon about. Does it have a name? Has anyone researched…

  • Daintree rainforest

    K-beauty: a long-lasting passion

    Snail slime? Placenta (gladly, not human)? Gold? I’ve never heard of such exotic skin care ingredients before. Until the fall of 2015 during a trip to Japan when I discovered K-beauty. While browsing a huge store in Tokyo, I saw an area with unusual cosmetics: masks with out-of-your-comfort-zone ingredients, attractive package designs, cute colors, and descriptions in broken English. I wanted to buy Japanese cosmetics and my eyes were tempted by a promising name: a pearl mask. Why not try this one as well, it’s Korean. Slightly unsure about the claimed brightening effect, I wanted to give it a go. At this time, I didn’t know that ”brightening” in Asian cosmetics doesn’t mean…