Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April shopping

Soo... with my closet completely full (Greece), my room closet in Canada full, having hosted a clothing party in November, and a bank breaking MEGA shopping haul in Canada when I went to visit, I promised myself I wouldn't buy anything for a long time.

Well.. it's hard when all the shops are within 5-10 minutes walking distance to my house!! :(
And I'm not talking about a MALL like in Canada, or the USA, where you DRIVE there, with a purpose that you will buy something, or maybe just have a look. 

If you are not in the mood for shopping, it's no problem, nothing to distract you because you just see a mall on the outside. You have no idea what fabulous things are on display on the inside. So you go on with your day.

I have no choice! We have the "european", open, individual shops!

Going to Greek school... must pass by shops.
Coffee with the girls... must pass by shops.
Go for a drive... must pass by shops.

All the shops are now neatly in display with their S/S 2011 line, with mannequins wearing bright, floral, crisp clothing, flirting with me while I battle with myself inside.

What's a girl to do??

But I have to say that I did pretty good !! *pats self on the back*
Check it out:

Blouse from Zara. On sale for €15.

Skirt with front pockets! €35.

Grey loose pants from local store "ICON" on sale from €51 to €16.

White dress from ICON on sale for €15.

Pair of flats at a local shop "FYTRAKIS" for €10.

Cha Ching!
I think I did pretty well, scoping out the items at a super price!

Now if I can somehow organize my closet ..........

April update soon!

 (Kind of!)

I apologize for my lack of posts.
I thought I was on a roll....but then BAM! Life happend. You all know what I'm talkin' about!
I have some exciting posts coming up for your viewing pleasure:

-My trip to Cyprus (April 8-10)
-Launched my work website
-Job started (I work when the tourist season starts, from April-end of Oct.)


So stay CHUNED  , stay a while, See u soon!!


In the meanwhile....I leave you with this photo of a CHICKEN WING compared to my hand.
YOWZA. A bird like this would make Wednesday Wing Nights go out of business...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Couture lollipop

Soo...I've been hearing about these Celeb endorsed lollipops for a while now. Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Mel B, and the Pussycat dolls are seen promoting this stuff. A store in Las Vegas, Sugar Factory sells them among hundreds of other candies.

Cute- but can't afford $22 for a lollipop??
Check out Savvyspice's blog! She is having a giveaway for these Couture lollipops!
You, too, can be a showstopper with these blinging pops! [ ha ha ]
Rhi-Rhi AND Perry suckin' on dem pops?

Happy Sucking!

Greek hospitality

A couple of weeks ago, I was out with some friends for a nice meal at a taverna.
In Crete, after a meal, the waiter always brings out a plate of dessert, spoon sweets, or (at the very least) fruits, accompanied by a flask of tsikoudia.

Tsikoudia or Raki, is a grape-based spirit made in the villages of Crete.

You are sure to receive shots of this in every single taverna while dining out.

So, one of the conversations that we came across is how friendly the people are here, because every single taverna gives out such delicious sweets, on the house! I have never seen that anywhere else. Not even in Athens.

Such a difference to most of the countries, where the servers would always ASK you if you would like to ORDER sweets.

"Greek hospitality" according to Wikipedia:
Xenia ( Greek: ξενία, xenía) is the Greek concept of hospitality, or generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home. It is often translated as "guest-friendship" (or "ritualized friendship") because the rituals of hospitality created and expressed a reciprocal relationship between guest and host.

So, have this in mind while I tell you a  story:

[My friend (who is French) told us how he was in a taverna one evening, and observed one American man having dinner with his wife. As the couple finished their food, the server brought out some sweets and tsikoudia.

The man turned the server away, shouting that he never ordered it.
The server began explaining that it is free.
The man started shouting louder, saying that the taverna probably sneaked extra money on the bill to compensate for the sweets.

The server started crying as the man continued saying he will not pay for the sweets, because he did not order them. The whole restaurant went quiet and other patrons sat still in shock.]

 As I listened to the story, I felt so embarrased for fellow travellers coming to visit, without knowing some of the customs in Crete.

It is true that you should practice caution when travelling (because, heck- who doesn't have a "ripped off while travelling" story?) , there also exists a whole other side where the traveller is just being obnoxious, and seen as a fool. It doesn't hurt to read up on the customs of the country (or even area) you are visiting, and try to have an open mind.

lovely painting from Lisa Lorenz Studio Blog.
So please, at least if you are coming to Crete, accept the damn tsikoudia and sweets and don't forget to say, "Efharisto" - Thank you.

Got some funny or similar travel stories? Share with us your thoughts and experiences!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Calling all BEBE lovers!

BEBE Hearts Japan Relief Tee

While checking my e-mail today, I saw this and had to share.

One of my fav stores BEBE are selling this cute t-shirt for $32.00.
100% of the net profits will directly benefit the Red Cross Relief in Japan.

Japanese characters on shirt sleeve spell out words of encouragement, "Don't give up. We are with you Japan!" 

Check out some of the "After math" photos here.

Let's continue to pray for them and send them help as they try to get their lives back!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April Fool's Earthquake


April Fool's Day- a widely celebrated day to make jokes, and fool our friends.
Some prepare days in advance to pull out the best trick.

The best line you would have heard yesterday, living here would of been,  "Did you know that we JUST had an earthquake?!" [Ha ha, very funny]

Well the earthquake we had in Crete yesterday was no joke. It did really happen!

We had a 6.2 Earthquake, carrying it as far as Egypt and Turkey.

Living in Greece, we expect frequent earthquakes, without severe damages /fatalities. (Thank God!)
Yesterday's earthquake was no exception. I had no idea that it really did happen until a family member called us from Athens! Some friends did feel the earthquake, while [like me] some didn't.
More people noticed the earthquake on the east side of the island, in Ierapetra, south of Agios Nikolaos.

So that is my April Fool's story.
What is yours?

I might try this next year :) He he he he!!

Friday, April 1, 2011



Who doesn't love giveaways, right?
I've been following Lisa's blog since pretty much day 1 of blogging, and her posts are always such an eye candy. I'm so excited that she is doing a giveaway! YAYY!
Click on the image to check out her blog, and to see how you can enter.

Also, I am excited to share my girlfriend Kim's blog, click here to check her blog out!