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13 Hints – How to Separate Value from Mind Bugging In Webinars

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 26/11/2016

In the past years, putting together the increase of internet bandwidth supporting high definition instant live video streaming, the increasing capacities of server streaming for thousands of people, together with the price falling for hardware technology, internet access (even on mobile devices) and data centers services, more and more learning companies develop business models centered on webinars in multiple formats which promise to deliver some free information to the watchers/listeners and some sort of attractive special offer.

In my experience, such webinars can be somewhere between money-making & life changing to an utter waste of time listening to some charlatan’s bogus.

There are certain programs which facilitate access to various learning workshops providing practical blueprints with videos, audios, workbooks, transcripts, forms, procedures, tables and so on.

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Of course, many people might be convinced to spend some time with these stuff, but I’m going to give you some suggestions about how to not lose too much time with this stuff while also getting most out of such opportunities. What you might not know about most of these:

  1. Most webinars are promised to last a certain amount of time. They usually last double, but if you stay till the end, you may find the real offer with special discount.
  2. Very many of the programs offered for hundreds of dollars can be found on the same website with a special significant discount, such just a few tens of dollars or even just 1 $. Of course, if you don’t know how to look for it or don’t at least try to close the page and see if you are tempted in that moment with a lower offer, you get taxed more. For example, I participated in a webinar where they were selling a course for 279$ and I found it at 1 $ while browsing on the web for it during the webinar. Another program was being offered at 999 $ and was later offered for 50 $ after a month for those who didn’t buy it initially.
  3. Some of what you learn can really make you a lot of money and change your life, IF you apply those things. But, basically, when you subscribe to a webinar you find out that there’s about 80% promotion and 20 % content because a webinar is essentially a 2-3 hour-commercial
  4. If you subscribed for the webinar and bothered appearing just for 5 minutes, most trainers will send you the replay to watch/listen whenever you want to, like for example on your dumbphone. This is a very good and practical idea especially if you are not convinced you want to buy whatever that person is selling you. In the same time, it must be said that by doing so, you are guaranteed to miss the time-limited offer at the end of the webinar.
  5. Theoretically, you have the opportunity to ask some questions during the live webinar, but there are chances that from thousands of people attending and hundreds asking questions, yours wouldn’t be answered unless they are very good and posted multiple times or by different people.
  6. Many of them have nothing to do with the advertised subject, they are just a bunch of shitty hocus-pocus new age mindbabble since the time of “The Secret”. I though people grew up and overcame that fashion, but apparently there are still thousands of suckers hoarding in thinking that through visualization they are going to mind-bend the universe.
  7. The most practical things I found are the entrepreneurship, marketing and social media oriented contents which practically show you how to organize business around consulting and training. I suggest you take some of those things, apply them and share them with your customers.
  8. When the topic is not oriented on something concrete about business or sales, there are some things to be taken from the amount of psychobabble, but it must be clearly discerned and that takes very much time. So be prepared to take some notes and not get bored with the rest of the content which might be confusing or useless. Watching/listening to a webinar DOES require some present and active knowledge about the topic, otherwise you might just believe everything the presenter is telling, which in most cases can be very dangerous.
  9. All the payments must also be done through PayPal or ClickBank. If the page you are directed to only obligates you to buy with your card, something might be wrong. Before deciding to buy, check the name of the program being advertised together with “scam”, “fraud” or “hoax” together. See what you find. Some of these stuff are just pyramidal schemes, working on the principle: step 1. give something small and valuable step 2. make people think there is more 3. repeat steps 1 &2 indefinitely until the buyers run out of money.
  10. If you are smart and know a little bit more about the subject, you can implement some valuable ideas without buying the whole program. Or you could use the presentation as a model and learn from the selling skills of the presenter and use them in your own experience.
  11. Whatever the topic of interest is, you may find free recorded and valuable webinars on video.google.com . Also, look for similar topics in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). You might get a similar or better content for free. Find some MOOCs appropriate for you searching on customized keywords here: https://www.mooc-list.com/
  12. The most serious and well-planned online trainings do offer the access to a closed community, usually on Facebook, where you can interact with other participants and with trainers, ask questions and create business opportunities. I think this is one of the most important features, if you have time to access it.
  13. Find out if there is a return policy. Usually, there is something like if you don’t like what you find, you get a full or a partial refund in 7 or 10 days, so hurry up and check if you like what you found. If not, get your money back! Usually, the process takes a few days, so don’t last until the last days, because even if you send the request within time, if it’s not process you might lose the money you want to get back. Some companies retain something like 10-15 % for comission processing or stuff like that, some reimburse you the full payment. Also, don’t use this loophole to abuse the system! If the content is truly helpful, respect the work and pay the money.

Stefan Alexandrescu

consultant in personal and professional development

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How to Live a Perfect Life, Last Part. Steps 9-12 Out of 12, In the Right Order

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 21/11/2016

 

Part I

Part II

Part III

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9. Set rewarding excellence goals and become the best in your business

It seems that there have been many steps until here, but all your efforts will be completely rewarded. Definitely, you can only become the best in your job, organization, niche or business if you have managed to confront the typical problems swifter and effective, if you have delivered on the goals you have trained with until now and have acquired top skills that put you in front of the game of others.

I’m referring to vision and strategy: working smart for the right reasons can help you identify the 20% that bring the 80%. Now, your goals have to be daring, bold to make you control the autonomy and true independence that will make a dent and leave your name in the history. Only after you have tested and followed the whole system inside out, you can replicate it for profit at a higher scale. Take into account all the lessons, all the motivations, take a calculated risk and “shoot for the moon”! Do it again and again, be the best and work smart to stay there! You truly deserve to celebrate especially when you bring this achievement to reality after pragmatically testing options for success. Failing to do this earlier might sidetrack your efforts, take longer or bring stepbacks you can’t face on your own. Coaching is a must at this level. Modeling and mentoring also definitely works. Also, niche-specific training and skills-related training can benefit you for what you need/want here.

At this level of excellence, you also have to improve the skill of seeking, connecting and networking within groups of professionals sharing similar preoccupations, abilities and personality preferences, in order to continue to grow, learn and excel through the power of communities (see more further).

 

10. Find people who share your vision and values

Very likely, until this point of excellence, you’ve worked within teams, or in proximity or in collaboration with other people in your life experience. At a certain point, you decide to let go of unfulfilled expectations, go with the flow and get social, not only for business networking, but as well for deeper human connection.

Of course, it’s not about connecting with people who have been put there by someone else or by random design (like in school or in a company where you were hired). It’s about connecting with people you can actually test and recognize as having approximately similar values, visions and experiences.

After each of you have had your successful experiences, you can get together to share your wisdom, learn one from the other and create a win-win-win community. Trying to do so earlier implies the risks of having your good intentions work for somebody else’s individual limited benefit, or mistaking you illusions/expectations for reality, or mistaking a functioning system for a community.

You can prepare for this step by joining and working with/for people who have a track record of creating both individual success based on strategy and team success bases on collaboration. Volunteering for a cause you cherish can also be helpful in opening up new horizons of harmony in the human experience. Just find some people who are already doing or thinking what you like and give them a hand! Other ideas: personal development thematic groups, periodical skills-based training within a community.

In order to fully enjoy this level of development, it is necessary to develop close personal and professional relationships with others. In these instances, it must be OK to share warmth, caring, attention, empathy, protection (strength, guidance, direction), disclosure and listening. Why? For the purpose of creating a harmonic team that works for everyone, which can bring consensual guiding for each interested, for long term. This is what deep social interaction can mean when people live and act for the causes they share.

 

11. Learn more outside of your area of expertise

Hopefully, there come a time when, after years and years, you can not only be the best in your niche, but you can do it quite effortlessly, even in your sleep. This is the moment to continue developing your other talents. Learn something new. Get deeper knowledge of your field. Get a new hobby. Enjoy a healthy life. If you feel bored or that it’s time for a big change, consider developing skills for a different field you might be talented in.

This time, integrate all the resources (time, money, people you know, all that you studied) to make the most out of the new learning. In the beginning, it may be a little hard to get used to make more effort to succeed at something (because everything is so easy when you’re an expert), but the more you learned, the easiest it is to learn more, because of the many synapses that are already there and in function.

This step should allow you to find more peace within yourself, without control in the group or of the resources. You may reinvent yourself and succeed in ways you wouldn’t have dreamed of being possible. This can be a great period if associated with having children and becoming a parent, or a grandparent. You can only truly live at this level if you have made profit out of your strategy, you have developed functioning networks of authentic communication with peers and are able to see the bigger picture.

The few experts who can work at this level have the ability to work intuitively with large chunks of information to find patterns, may they be in vocational, professional, personal or recreational areas.

If you decide to succeed in a second or third field later in life, after having success in just one or two professional fields, it will be faster for you. The learning must be tailored to your needs. Please feel free to use consulting, coaching, mentoring, modeling and especially training. If you have truly reached this level, you already know how important that is and how to use such services.

 

12. Redefine the purpose of your life as having a higher meaning

At some moment, each of us searches and sometimes finds the meaning of life. There are plenty of answers, but usually people find a religious meaning, which is connected with having an impact beyond the material world.

Of course, at several points in your existence, the meaning of life can be defined as chasing or living your dreams, to seek happiness, to discover and better oneself, becoming the best achievable self. Seeking the wisdom, you will probably redefine the levels at which you can make a contribution, both personally and professionally. But, at a very special moment, preferably before you die, you may allow yourself to truly let go of roles, duties and social expectations.

This is how you can tend to touch perfection through living, only to become aware of how little you know. That’s why your contribution has to stay with the others after you die. A life worth living is a life that you would find hard to leave from or give up. The true inner benefit of others, making the difference through what you do, say and inspire, is what starts guiding your intentions.

You know you can do better and you are grateful for the chance to act justly and wise, love and give unconditionally. Reaching this, you have found the beauty and the sorrow in your life: you have now started to get the hugeness of the human spirit, the bearing on your deeds and the shortness of life. It’s worth talking about this with a priest. I have personally found the meaning of life in Orthodox Christianity. I have the rest of my life to live it by rediscovering it in my existence, though applying what I have found.

 

Some final thoughts

I haven’t done all of these steps in this order, but at least now I found the tools that can connect them logically, structurally and scientifically. There is a moment in some lives when everything comes to a circle. You get the final piece of the puzzle, although I’m afraid most people don’t really live this sensation.

Now I am ready for rebooting my journey, faster and together with those who want to experience what I’ve written about here. Often times, when we are confronted with a problem, we don’t quite know what’s the map of that problem, what are its roots and especially, what might be the solutions. Although I don’t have solutions in consulting, theories in learning and questions in coaching for all the possible problems, it’s very likely I know where you are and how to support you to get not only where you want to go, but where you need to go. Blow away your inner obstacles and become who you were meant to be!

I am doing this because I am here to serve you, not to please you. Now you know the truth. Act on it! Change your life now! Follow the steps I have set for you in this article and become part of my life journey! Let’s put some wind in your sails!

 

PS: Thanks to Corina Andreea Popa for the practical suggestions and feed-back on this article before publishing.

Ștefan Alexandrescu

professional development consultant, trainer and coach

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How to Live a Perfect Life, part III. Steps 5-8 Out of 12, In the Right Order

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 17/11/2016

I started writing last month a new series of articles, out of which I am now publishing part 3 of 4. You may read part I here. and part II here.

 

5. Prioritize in working with the appropriate limits.

If you have a problem, put to practice the opposite (go to goal). If you have too little options, get creative. If you have too many, reduce them. If you get overwhelmed, get some distance. Find the cause and get a right tool to move on! Still, in stead of getting the appropriate internal and external resources, some people self-sabotage themselves in starting with the easiest or the toughest thing, mislabeling the importance or the urgency of some issues. Thus, they manage to overwhelm themselves and get stuck.This can be done with the positive intention of feeling good for accomplishing some work, but this intention can be better served by learning to chunk the learning and the changing work in appropriate milestones for each.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, healing can’t be done in a session, brilliance doesn’t come over night and genius doesn’t (usually) knock on your door. Learn to take what you have/want to do step by step, bit by bit and learn how to plan and evaluate what you’ve done by establishing training and development goals. This is the kind of inner work that will later bring great external results that show in time and last. Some people might notice your efforts. Most might not. But you are doing it for yourself. If you can’t manage in prioritizing, get at least 1-2 sessions from a consultant, coach or career counselor. It saves you at least 10 times the money you pay for it. The keys here are balance and comparing oneself with the own better version, not others. Different people have different limits and they shouldn’t be (too harshly) punished for it.

 

6. Express yourself through your talent(s) in the appropriate environment.

Let’s say you discovered your weak and strong points (like I’ve written here), you worked on some of the major issues and had some experiences working through homework, projects, trials and volunteering putting to practice what you’ve efficiently learned theoretically. This is the moment when you may choose whether you start working for non-profit, get hired, freelance, create a business as an entrepreneur or invest, and in what precisely.

It is appropriate in this stage to find the right place for yourself inside an existing system, that you will learn for a few years inside out. This is your road of taking the chance to become a specialist: the right person in the right place. If you want a job, you have to search for a right one, to prepare for it, to hunt it and to give it your best shot, in the best organization you possibly can.

Your chances can be highly influenced by what you accomplished in the previous steps and sometimes that doesn’t matter at all. What matters here is to get, besides the job content-related skills, also the labor market general skills (such as personal branding, time management, copywriting), the technological skills (software and hardware) and the right procedures to integrate your work with already functioning procedures, procedures, standards and criteria.

You have to accept you have limited control over a system you’re learning and that you have to go through all (or most) of it before trying to change it. First, you accept, then you can work with what you’ve got and make the best of it. If you are able to put first your long term goals even if it means being payed less, that might well be on your path to professional success and personal fulfillment. Even if you get started as a freelancer or an entrepreneur, you have to use the system you learned to get recognition, experience and the beginning in your success. Here you need mentoring, modeling, coaching, or consulting. Labor market skills specifically related training also can make a great difference.

This is the time to explore, express, drive and develop your own unconscious resources and structures in directions, fields, positions, roles through appreciated differentiation, testing and respecting boundaries between self and others. Allow yourself now to quest for abundance through scalability and strategically develop performance in competition with similar and special other individuals. Each person has talents. May each of them work best at what they wisely choose!

 

 

7. Get resources and make choices to increase your freedom

We are almost halfway on this road of personal and professional development and fulfillment. Right about now, many people stumble and try to compensate what they didn’t have earlier in life. This is a “perfect” time to make life-ruining decisions by getting into debt, choosing the wrong life partner, wasting time indulging in distractions, buying useless toys or spending more than you can make. Usually, the material success comes after years of trials and errors, hard work of making the best of your opportunities. In the beginning, it might not be as you expected, and you career might not be on the straight-up arrow you hoped (hallucinated). But the success is closer than you think.

If at this point you stay satisfied by earning a fixed income no matter how much you work and don’t save much, chances are you won’t ever break out of this financial vicious circle. Of course, one of the labor market related skills I was writing about in the previous points is financial intelligence (that is, if you haven’t learned it until college). Getting resources means making more than you spend, saving up or investing the difference, so that you have profit, not debt. Based on your choices, you can increase, maintain or decrease your freedom. In this step, increasing financial intelligence through personal study, consulting and training or even coaching definitely counts. This is an appropriate moment to get aware that you can’t do everything and delegate what you can afford and don’t know too well/like too much. You may also use this tool.

 

8. Let live and let go. Forgive yourself and others.

You’re not perfect. If you’ve gone through years of study and practice, it’s likely that you’ve had your failures and successes, hopefully more successes. But you have been confronting your limits, and you know each person has them. Now, after gearing yourself in the right field, the right place, the right tools, the right environment, forget about how you were affected by what didn’t work and keep just the good things and the knowledge from the previous failures, especially those which you might initially blame on others.

Now you are responsible for what happens in your life, meaning that you have the power to change. You can be a compassionate, level-headed adult. So forgive others who didn’t have your resources, your vision, your “map”. Now you do and you deserve to be a model. You know you are responsible to improve yourself, just like others are for themselves.

This might be a good moment, if you haven’t, until now, to cut some bad ties and to heal some old ones, given that it’s possible. You can’t change the past and you can’t change others. The others are responsible for themselves.You are responsible for yourself. Ask forgiveness from those you have wronged.

You may be free to decide who to become and where to go from now on. Learn to love the ones who have hurt you and separate their behavior from their identities once and for all. Your heart is full. They can’t hurt you anymore. If you have trouble with that, get some help from a psychotherapist or a very good NLP practitioner. If it helps you, write about your emotions. Express yourself authentically while becoming a better version of yourself. It’s also helpful to create a gratefulness list (to which people do you thank and why).

 

 

Your road continues from here. Read on next week!

PS: Thanks to Corina Andreea Popa for the practical suggestions and feed-back on this article before publishing.

Ștefan Alexandrescu

professional development consultant, trainer and coach

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How to Live a Perfect Life, part II. The First 4 Out of 12 Steps, In the Right Order

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 13/11/2016


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I started writing last week a new series of articles, out of which I am now publishing part 2 of 4. You may read part I here.

 

  1. Know yourself.

I know this kind of advice, “know thyself”, is very vague as for some people it might mean meditation, traveling around the Earth or reading the horoscope. What I refer to is none of these, but actually abandoning the idea that you are a victim and get strategic, actionable intelligence about how your mind works and, even better, how other people’s minds work. This can be done through work which can be expensive, in time and money, and you won’t like all that you find. It involves completing extensive personality questionnaires, getting payed interpretations from experts about what are your weak and strong points, your downfalls and your talents and reading specialty books about how these work and how to use the information to find your path.

In my life experience and in working with clients, one’s dealing with own self after 360 degrees evaluations and/or psychometric evaluations is usually emotionally consuming, but priceless, because it helps you make major decisions such as in what country/city to work, what to study and what career to choose. Not knowing yourself or delaying this moment means thousands of hours possibly lost doing something you don’t like, or you’re not good at, or not worth your resources.

There are some people who say “nobody can tell you who you are” and “life experience is best” because “we all have our own lives”. In my opinion, such perspectives may be related to the fact that these people most often don’t like to know the truth, weren’t taught to learn or have had a lot of criticism around the paths to be chosen and want to make their own point in order to grow. This is also a path, one which can build character (the best case), waste a lot of time and opportunities for development and disrespect the objectivity, professionalism and life experience of HR profilers. Usually, the parents should be preoccupied during the education of the kids of which would be their strengths and talents, but if they aren’t, the children must be able to trust some sort of authority for career guidance in life.

 

 

  1. Learn to learn.

There are differences between growing up, education and animals’ training, but somehow all these get messed up and mixed up in the process known as “school”. It happens right around the period of time when real learning should happen, preferably through modeling and best through modeling for practical learning and efficient theoretical learning by speed reading, memory techniques and concentration. Also, lately, in the past decade and even more in the following, most of the learning, modeling and concentration abilities of kids will vanish before highschool.

Of course, you can learn these also later in life, but until then, there is the guarantee that you will get frustrated or traumatized through what is called “formal education”, lose considerable amount of resources (especially time and money) in bad decisions, inefficient work and limited liberties. I have always considered learning how to learn as the fundamental basis of personal development.

During this period of life, children (or adolescents) should have a balance between their psychological needs for learning, exploration, development and modeling, and their other emotional needs. For example, they must have freedom to express themselves and play even while making some mistakes without being overly criticized. Learning to learn after highschool usually opens up the door to emotional, sensitive traumas connected to inefficient education within family and/or school system. From my experience, the people who weren’t taught to love to learn and/or who were very traumatized by caretakers, teachers, professors or colleagues don’t even want to read and out it goes for the rest of their lives the concept of “personal development”.



 

  1. Learn to change, starting with what stops you.

This is another seemingly counter-intuitive step, as opposed to concentrating first on your qualities and dismissing your weak points. But now, there have been developed and discovered countless techniques and approaches in psychotherapy and personal development areas (such as schema therapy, transactional analysis, coaching and NLP) that you can find resources to deal with your problems, no matter how serious they may be. Chances are that if you’re young, your life is not perfect and you’ve had traumas, limiting beliefs, no matter how great the education received in the family was. The longer you waste time avoiding them, not solving them or fighting with what you don’t like, the harder it will be for you when you fall from the success you try to build for yourself on a house of sand.

If you develop, let’s say (a mere example), your professional abilities but neglect family issues, your performance will at a certain point become limited because of the lessons not learned at the right moment and you will have to go back to a certain level of development in order to truly accept yourself, unconditionally, with all the terrible issues you’ve been through. The more you prolong this waiting, the more chances are you might lose at least some of what you build on faulty bases. After you know yourself, you have to accept yourself, and then decide what to change, and in what order. This is capital. There is no way around that. Based on how the serious your problems are, you might need the help of a psychiatrist, or a psychotherapist, or a psychological counselor. In other, more mild cases, a coach or a personal development consultant can suffice. You can consult with a Mental Health Facilitator to decide. Dismissing this under the rug increases the chances of developing a mental disease later in life.

The parents which want to facilitate their children’s access to change must give them examples of balancing different aspects, contexts and needs in life, such as that between work and play, between their own needs and others’ needs, between internal and external beauty, between exploring and expressing their inner world and listening and knowing the outer world. This is very difficult and can’t always be obtained because no parent is perfect, but whatever you want to inspire in the direction of personal positive change, must be lived as an appropriate example.



 

  1. Cultivate your potential through learning and practice.

Most people develop through facing problems, getting kicked in the behind. But the ones who outlive the previous step know the value of orienting oneself towards goals. While or after changing key aspects of your issues, it is worth to get specific training appropriate for your natural talents, inclinations and gifts. Getting the psychometric evaluations before college helps you choose a right career and prepare for a University which will help you excel. The next step is to study on your own the theories which will help you be a good practitioner and exercise in order to train your skills and get experience. Knowing yourself also enables you to choose an appropriate job, at the right place in an organization or to choose a niche for your business as a freelancer or entrepreneur. It is worth investing somewhere between at least 10.000-100.000 $/ for your formal + informal education in the right field for your talents (I am only referring to University+master period).

Not knowing yourself before studying means risking the same amount or (most likely) more and years of your youth doing something you won’t practice so well later, leading to disappointment, mediocrity and sometimes big failure. Also, not solving your main inner challenges before or in the time that you’re dedicating cultivating your potential means you will be as strong as your weakest link (which will definitely break sooner or later). Also, as an alternative or a complementary to training, you can now learn by reading, watching video seminars, participating in webinars and especially getting customized consulting, coaching or mentoring from specialists in the niches you want to model in.

The people who only rely on faculty and job training will be soon replaced by robots and immigrant labor force in this century. They might also be aware of this too late when it may be to expensive to really change something. I am confronted with this when I talk to people in their 30s or 40s who realize they have chosen a wrong career and they try hard to perform in a job they hate and they want all the results really fast, like I would be supposed to do in a few sessions what they haven’t done in self-knowledge, learning and practice all of their lives. Progresses can be made at any age, but harder and with bigger costs (especially time and money) and sacrifices (especially for those who have families).



 

PS: Thanks to Corina Andreea Popa for the practical suggestions and feed-back on this article before publishing.

Ștefan Alexandrescu

professional development consultant, trainer and coach

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How to Live a Perfect Life, part I

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 31/10/2016

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The journey of life in my youth

In my life, I remember I missed 2 chances of telling the story of my life’s journey. Once, it was a blogging contest in which I didn’t have time to properly compete, but I promised the organizer of the contest, a well respected Romanian blogger, I will think about it and write. Another time, I was invited to tell the story of my life in a 15 minutes speech from a transgenerational perspective and I hesitated.

I now have more. I have put together everything I have learned through the study of communication sciences, economy, psychology and personal development and everything in my experience, knowledge and practice. Thus, I like to think I have discovered the solutions of living a full life, a life worth living and satisfy your values, whichever they might be.

In the end, looking upon the steps I found, I must admit it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Given the theoretical knowledge I had even in, let’s say, 2007, I could have written generally, this series of articles that I’m beginning today. Unfortunately, it would have been without the tools, the words and the precision I now have after working myself with these tools and with different clients, assisting them in major breakthroughs.

  

The limiting beliefs of others

In my ’20s, I was told quite often things like:

  • You claim to know things of too various fields. You have to specialize and get just a few things right.

  • It’s no wonder so few people buy your services: it’s hard for them to believe you actually know so much being so young.

  • You claim too much attention and offer too little credibility for most people to get interested.

  • Who do you think you are? Nobody dares to ask so many questions!

  • It’s not nice to criticize people in public, you’d better mind your own business ’cause you’re not perfect.

  • Your life is all work and no fun.

  • When are you going to settle down, get a job, build a family?

  

There’s a right time for everything

Now many of the people who told me these kind of things are either over their heads in debt, stuck, sick, depressed, alone or in a combination of these things. Somewhere along the implementation of their life beliefs, something went wrong. They don’t know what. Even I didn’t knew what until recently. They tried to do the things in the wrong order and they got stuck. Some sooner, other later. Some of them have some failsafes or resources and keep on going on. Others keep on heading towards social disasters and even worse, inner disasters. Therefore, what is the correct order and why?

I am aware that for those of you who charish options so much that you think that any procedural approach would suck the juice out of life, this might be too much of a cookie. I’m not saying that you can’t succeed in your life or in your career unless you do the following steps in this particular order. I’m just saying that you won’t be living at your full potential and you’ll likely get stuck at some point.

Of course, taking each of these steps is something you need to be rewarded for and congratulated, since I reckon that the large majority of the population of Earth get none.

  

Program yourself for success

Human beings are born with an emotional wireframe and with talents. In order to live a rich and fulfilling life, each person must discover and develop his/her talents in order to create and to share with others. Through sinergy, the people thrive.

In order to use their specific talents that make them special and develop sinergy, people must respect their emotional wireframe. In order to do that, they need proper emotional education, which is supposed to be offered by parents or caretakers.

There are certain natural levels of development. Each level is appropriate for a certain period in life. In order to develop, people must experience proper working of their emotional wireframe. This new series of articles presents which are, in my opinion, some steps for development in the right order.

If (as it often happens) the parents/caretakers have provided partially improper software for using this emotional wireframe, the future adult gets stuck in emotional issues, limiting beliefs and wastes resources (especially time) in stead of developing.

What helps you get to a certain level stops you from going to the next one. In order to fully experience a certain level of development and let go of inferior levels, people need to fix maladaptive schemas (disfunctional life strategies). Such schemas are not being fixed just by replacing the software (what you think and feel), because the wireframe has also been damaged through improper use (traumas, abuses, failures). Therefore, a mixed approach implying emotional and rational techniques must be used for setting the course right. Fixing maladaptive schemas will not magically “break the spell” of the misfunctioning wireframe, but it may provide the behavioral flexibility to generate new experiences of properly using the wireframe (“powerful positive experiences”).

Obviously, using the emotional wireframe correctly leads to positive emotions and development, so evolution. Using the wireframe incorrectly leads to negative emotions and psychiatric illness, so involution.

So, if you did any of these steps until now, in no matter what order, than congratulations! If you did two of these steps, it means you have moved. If you did three steps, it means that you discovered how to walk. Did you do that in the right direction? But you have to master all 12 in order to dance and shine. Are you ready? Please take this as an exercise in thought as in November I will publish the rest of the articles from the new series „How to Live a Perfect Life”.

Ștefan Alexandrescu

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Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2016

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 29/02/2016

Like I did on the 23rd of February 2015 with the article “Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2015“, I will write this post on my blog in real time, as I watch the free live streaming of the 88th ceremony of the Academy Awards from Los Angeles, California, USA, using this link:

http://www.gossipcop.com/oscars-live-stream-2016-watch-academy-awards-online/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klG8v2KF3_I

http://wikitv.eu/pro7/

This year, the oscars presentation is going to follow the film producing process

Emily Blunt & Charlize Theron present the oscar for original screenplay

 Tom McCarthy dedicates this award to all journalists. The orchestra intervienes

Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe present the award for adapted screenplay. Ryan Gosling jokes: “between the two of us, there are 2 Oscars”

 Chris Rock jokes about the difficulty for black actors to get awards, but also to get roles. We have a pastiche with him appearing in Joy, The Revenant, The Danish Girl, The Martian.

Stacey Dash present “Happy Black History Month”.

Sarah Silverman presents first song from a film: “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre – Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith . Interpreted by Sam Smith

Alicia Vikander wins the Oscar for best supporting actress – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener

Scott carrell and Tina Fey present the oscar forBest Production Design

Margot Robbie and Jared Leto present Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Benicio Del Toro and Jennifer Garner present the movies The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road.

Liev Schreiber presents the Oscar for Best Film Editing

Margaret Sixel says that Mad Max: Fury Road is the best reviewed movie of the year, everzbody loved it.

George Miller says Mad Max is a movie you see with ears. Sound artists are storytellers.

Chris Jenkins – third win, 5th nomination, Gregg Rudloff, third win, 7th nomination, Ben Osmo – 1st win, 1st nomination

Andy Serkis presents the Oscar for special visual effects: we can create any worls we want

Best Visual Effects

the visual effects are a game very oriented towards team playing

Olivia Munn presents the scientifical and technical awards.

The robots from Star Wars: R2D2, Three Threepio and BB8 appear on screen.

The Minions Kevin, Stuart & Bob (voiced by Pierre Coffin) present the Oscar for animated short film

First Oscar for Chile nationals.

Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story present the Oscar for best animated feature.

For Pete Docter, it’s the 8th nomination and 2nd Oscar after Up.

“We are lucky because we can make stuff”. Pete Docter encouraged the children to create stuff, to express themselves. He sayed inside out is inspired from watching their kids growing up.

Patricia Arquette presents the Oscar for

Steven Spielberg leads with love. That’s why he is surrounded by so many people who love to work with him.

Louis C.K. presents the Oscar for Best Documentary – Short Subject

“You cannot make a dime on this” – This Oscar really means something, because the people making these movies don’t get rich. He jokes: The winner is “Mad Max”.

The 2nd Oscar for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. This is a militant film for women’s rights that managed to influence policy makers.

Dev Patel and Diasy Riley present the Oscar for Best Documentary – Feature

This is to show who Amy Winehouse really was, not the image. Chris Rock jokes that the people who made Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom are going to hate listening to her music from now on.

Chris Rock insults the Weinstein brothers for not participating with donations for Girls scouts’ cookies.

Whoopi Goldberg presents the honorary governors’ awards: Gena Rowlands, Spike Lee. The Jean Hearsolt humanitary award is won by Debbie Reynolds.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of AMPAS says tonight is a time to talk about the future. With the opportunity, comes responsability. Diversity is important. We have to accurately reflect the world today. There is a message for inclusion meant to make us all stronger. Each must play a role of influence. It’s not enough to listen and agree. We must act, she says. This is a chance to make a future all of them can be proud.

Louis Gossett, jr presents In Memoriam

Ettore Scola, Alan Rickman, Haskell Wexler, Karolyn Ali, Tex Rudloff, Richard Collis, Alex Rocco, Kirk Kevorkian, Bob Minkler, D.W. Samuelson, James Horner, Wes Craven, Frank. D. Gilroy, js Elmo Williams, Roger L. Mayer, Alber Maysles, Rh Glatzer, David Bowie, Vilmos Zsigmond, Leonard Nimoy are some of the people who died in the past year.

Quincy Jones presents the Oscar for music – Best Original Score

Ennio Morricone says a speech in Italian and acknowledges the nomination of John Williams, thanks to Quentin Tarantino and dedicates this award to his wife, Maria.

 One of them is gay and dedicates this award to the LGBMT community around the world.

JJ Abrams presents the Oscar for Best Director

The excerpts feature interviews with the directors talking about their movies.

Eddie Redmayne  presents the Oscar for Best Actress

Julianne Moore presents the Oscar for Best Actor

Thank you for creating a transcending cinematic experience, he says, to A.G. Inarritu. Leo DiCaprio attracts attention about climat change – the movie is about man’s connection to the nature. We need to talk to the world leaders and take action, he says. Everybody applauds standing.

Morgan Freeman presents the Oscar for the producers:Best Picture

 Chris Rock closes the night with the inviataion for every Oscar winner to come to the scene. He also reminds everyone about the Girls Scouts’ thing.

So, if we are to take into consideration the number of awards and nominations, the biggest winners for this year’s edition of the Academy Awards are, in order:

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (6/10) Oscars for: film editing, costume design, makeup and hairstyling, sound mixing, sound editing and production design. Nominations for: best feature, directing, cinematography and visual effects.
  2. The Revenant (3/12) Oscars for: directing, leading actor, cinematography. Nominations for: best feature, supporting actor, film editing, costume design, makeup and hairstyling, sound mixing, sound editing, visual effects, production design
  3. Spotlight (2/6) Oscars for best feature and original screenplay. Nominations for supporting actor, saupporting actress, direction and film editing.
  4. Bridge of Spies (1/6) Oscar for supporting actor. Nominations for best feature, original screenplay, music, sound mixing and production design
  5. The Big Short (1/6) Oscar for original screenplay. Nominations for best feature, supporting actor, diresction and film editing.
  6. Room (1/4) Oscar for leading actress. Nominations for best feature, adapted screenplay and direction.
  7. The Danish Girl (1/4) Oscar for supporting actress. Nominations for leading actor, costume design and production design.
  8. The Hateful Eight (1/3) Oscar for music. Nominations for cinematography and supporting actress.
  9. Ex Machina (1/2) Oscar for visual effects. Nomination for original screenplay

9. Inside Out (1/2) Oscar for animated feature. nomination for original screenplay.

The biggest losers of the event were:

  1. The Martian – 7 nominations: best feature, leading actor, adapted screenplay, sound mixing, sound editing, visual effects, production design
  2. Carol – 6 nominations: leading actress, supporting actress, adapted screenplay, cinematography, costume design, music
  3. Brooklyn – 3 nominations: best feature, leading actress, adapted screenplay
  4. Sicario – 3 nominations: music, cinematography, sound mixing
  5. Steve Jobs – 2 nominations: leading actor, supporting actress

Thank you for following my posts. That’s all for this year, folks!

 

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Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2015

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 23/02/2015

Like I did on the 12th of January 15 with the article “Live Blogging for the the Golden Globes 2015“, I will write this post on my blog in real time, as I watch the free live streaming of the 87th ceremony of the Academy Awards from Los Angeles, California, USA, using these two links:

http://www.livenewschat.eu/the-oscars-live-stream/

http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/abc-live-stream

One of the hashtags on Twitter is #askhermore because it invites the reporters to ask more questions than those about clothes.

19 nominations – Meryl Streep’s Oscar record, more than any person.

Julianne Moore’s 5th nomination at the Oscars. Alzheimer is the 6th cause of death, it’s a very important thing to illustrate how people are affected by it and their families, it’s really a great cause.

Melanie Griffith is very proud of her daughter, Dakota Johnson, but she doesn’t want to see her last movie, Fifty Shades of Gray. Everybody talks about Johnson’s red dress.

Marion Cotillard says she likes deep characters, like Sandra from Two Days One Night.

Channing Tatum has been part of the process of selecting the 6 college students, “Team Oscar” who made each a 60 seconds short and were deemed the best among tens of thousands of participants of USA.

Reese Witherspoon says working on “Wild” has been a scary experience that helped her grow. She talks about the 44 women nominated this year at the Oscars. She wants to bring more important roles for women.

Many people ask, where does the moniker The Oscars come from? According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the origins of the name are unclear, but “a popular story has been that an Academy librarian and eventual executive director, Margaret Herrick, thought it resembled her Uncle Oscar and said so; and that the Academy staff began referring to it as Oscar.”

Emma Stone is a big Mark Ruffalo fan.

Ethan Hawke says the success of the movie has overwhelmed them, they surpassed everybody’s expectations. It’s the end of a 13 years job. He says he feels like a gentle pirate, feeling like they weren’t supposed to be here. I agree :)

Clara Kyle, the wife of Chris Kyle is present to support American Sniper, where she appears as a character. It’s a movie which really opens up a dialog in the couples affected by war, she says.

Neil Patrick Harris says we are here to honor the widest brightest actors. He sings to the movies. Anna Kendrick as Cindirella accompanies him. Jack Black joins in to creat a rock moment. The 8 pictures nominated grossed more than 600 million $.

Lupita Nyong’O presents the award for best supporting actor J.K. Simmons for Whiplash. Some poeple applaud standing. He thanks to his wife, Michelle Schumacher than to his children. Tell to your parents how much you love them.

Neil Patrick Harris has his predictions in a briefcase he put Octavia Spencer to watch.

Liam Neeson presents The Grand Budapest Hotel and American Sniper.

Dakota Johnson presents “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” sang by Maroon5.

Jennifer Lopez presents award for costume design Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest 4th Oscar and 9th nomination for Milena Canonero. Thanks to Wes.

Reese Witherspoon presents the Oscar for make up. Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier for the Grand Budapest Hotel. First nomination and oscar for her, 2nd nomination and Oscar for him, after The Iron Lady. She thanks Bill Murray for introducing her to Wes Anderson.

Channing Tatum presents the Team Oscar project.

Nicole Kidman and Chwtel Ejiofor present award for foreign language film Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski. He feels surprised and thanks lots of people.

Shirley MacLaine presents Boyhood and The Theory of Everything and Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Marion Cotillard presents song Teagan Sara and the Lonely Island – “Everything is Awesome” from Lego Movie.

Kerry Washington and Jason Bateman present the best live action short film Mat Kirby and James Lucas – The Phone Call. Their 1st Oscar. Movies are not made by money, but by determination. Thanks to all people who voulnteered and contributed without being paied. Mat Kirby mentions the donut shop that will be giving him a free donut a day for life.

Best Documentary Short subject Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.  Dana perry’s sone killed himself -she said we should talk more about suicide.

Viola Davis, 2 times nominee presents the Governor’s Award – a lifetime of inspirational achievements. Maureen O’Hare, Jean-Claude Carriere, Harry Belafonte and Hayao Myiazaki have received the awards.

Gwyneth Paltrow presents Glen Campbell’s song. I’m not gonna miss you by Tim McGrath from the documentary “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”. The composer’s last song to tell the dear ones how much he’ll be affecte by Alzheimer’s.

Neil Patrick Harris comes in underwear on the stage. Miles Teller presents the Scientific and Technical Awards.

Chris Evans and Sienna Miller present the sound mixing and sound editing awards.

Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley.  They thank Damian Chazelle, great leader.

Best Sound Editing> American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman – they previously won for Letters from Iwo Jima.

Jared Leto presents the Oscar for best supporting actress. Patricia Arquette for Boyhood. Everybody applauds standing. She thanks her friends for making the world a better place. She strives for the rights of the women to equal rights.

Josh Hutchinson presents Rita Ora who performs the song “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lihghts” written by Diane Warren. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMxL3_P9eNE

Chloe Grace Moretz presents the awrd for visual effects Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher for Interstellar.

Kevin Hart and Anna Kendrick present the best animated short film. Feast – Patrick Osborn and Kristina Reed. She thanks her kids for the many nights they let her miss in order to proceed with her “crazy career”.

Zoe Saldana and Dwayne Johnson present best animated feature. Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli for Big Hero 6.

Sheryl Boone-Isaacs president of AMPAS says film is an universal language. Filmmakers have the responsability to make sure that every voice is heard, to protect freedom of expression. We honor the courage of filmmakers who encourage us to see the world around us in new ways. She thanks filmmakers around the world.

Chris Pratt and Felicity Jones present production design award: Adam Stockhausen (2nd nomination) and Anna Pinnock (5th nomination) for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Their 1st Oscar.

Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain present the Oscar for cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Meryl Streep presents in memoriam.

Naomi Watts and Benedict Cumberbatch present the award for film editing: John Cross for Whiplash. Thanks assistant film editors.

Terence Howard presents Whiplash. He is blown away by emotion. Then he presents The Imitation Game, then Selma.

Jennifer Anniston and David Oyelowo present awards for documentary. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky wins for best documentary feature.

Octavia Spencer presents the song from Selma, “Glory” – John Legend and Common – music and lyrics by John Stephens and Lonnie Flynn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUZOKvYcx_o

Everybody applauds standing. This year we remember there have been 50 years since Martin Luther King jr. has ben killed.

Steve O’Reimas is the orchestra conductor for this evening.

Adeena Menzel presents John Travolta who she introducts like “Glom Gazingo”. They present the award for best original song Glory. Everybody applauds standing.  Lonnie first thanks first God. He mentions “sexual orientation” as a difference similar to race. John says there are more color persons in correctional/detention facilities then were people in slavery 2 centuries ago.

Scarlett Johansson presents the musical film which won the Oscar for best film and 4 others 49 years ago. It was presented to the public in 1965. She presents Lady Gaga who sings “The Sound of Music” and other songs from this movie. Julie Andrews enters the stage and is applauded by everyone standing. Julie Andrews awards the Oscar for achievement in music written for motion pictures (original score)> Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel – 1st win, 8th nomination.

Up until now, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash seem to be most awarded films of the night. J.K. Simmons’ prediction that Whiplash will make a “clean sweep” has been correct until now, as Whiplash didn’t lose in any category yet.

Eddie Murphy> “If it’s not on the page, it’s not on the stage”. He presents the award for original screenplay Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris jr, Armando Bo.

Oprah Winfrey presents the Oscar for adapted sceenplay. Graham Moore – The Imitation Game. His speech pro LGBTM is applauded standing.

Ben Affleck presents the award for film direction: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Ego loves competition. Someone wins means someone loses. Artists’ work is measured by time, cannot be labeled and judged.

Cate Blanchett presents the award for best actor in a leading role. Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything.

Matthew McConaughey presents the award for best actress. Julianne Moore for Still Alice. She is applauded standing. “I read an article that was saying winning an Oscar prolongs your life by 5 years, which is great, because my husband is younger than me”.

Sean Penn, 2 times award winner presents the Oscar for best film> Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)> Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole. The speech of Inarritu is centered on the thankfulness of immigrants, especially Mexican immigrants to USA which granted them with the equality of rights to which any American is entitled. He also noted this is the 2nd year in a row when a Mexican wins for Best Director.

This year’s biggest winners of the Oscars

1. Birman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – 4 awards> best picture, best directing, best original screenplay, best cinematography out of 9 nominations

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel – 4 awards > costume design, makeup and hairstyling, music, production design, out of 9 nominations.

3. Whiplash – 3 awards > actor in a supporting role, film editing, sound mixing out of 5 nominations

Biggest losers:

1. Foxcatcher – 5 nominations> actor in a supporting role, actor in aleading role, directing, original screenplay and makeup and hairsyling 0 wins.

2. Mr Turner – 4 nominations> cinematography, costume design, music, production design 0 wins

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Live Blogging for the the Golden Globes 2015

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 12/01/2015

I am watching the USA Golden Globes on live streaming from this address:

http://www.time4tv.com/2013/08/nbc.php

If that breaks from time to time, check this also:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/watch-golden-globes-awards-online-live-streaming-free

Check the winners’ list here.

Check the presenters’ list here.

The NBC hosts have already started to hunt all the news of the glamour and especially the dresses on the Red Carpet.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey host the show and they are the expected with great curiosity by the NBC hosts.

Michelle Monaghan, first time nominee in TV is very happy to celebrate today one year since her show (True detective) started. If it wins, it’s gonna be a double celebration.

Dave Karger comments this year there are more intimate stories films, compared to the survival theme from last year. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) are expected to win the supporting roles categories. George Clooney receiving the Cecil B. The Mille award for the whole career is expected to have a great speech speech addressed to the nominees.

Robert Duvall speaks about the role from The Judge. An intense experience, very concentrated. The got the indie feeling on the set.

David Duchovny is presenting best actor in a TV drama. David has a novel coming out soon.

Naomi Watts is presenting Birdman and Liev Schrieber starred in thwo comedies (Birdman and St. Vincent). He is nominated in the TV section. They are together.

4 of the 5 comedy series nominated tonight are nominated for the 1st time.

Reese Whitherspoon is next to the real character she’s playing in Wild: Sheryl. She got nominated for acting.

Maggie and Jake Gylenhaal are both nominated this year.

Edward Norton, nominated for Birdman, won in 1997 for his debut film, Primal Fear.

Bill Murray is a double nominee this year at the

Helen Mirren is wearing the free speech symbol.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aree hosting the Golden Globes for the 3rd and last time.

Mark Ruffalo is a double nominee but he doesn’t expect to win any. He thinks it’s not fair to ask for which show he prefers to win.

Kevin Hart can’t believe he’s presenting an award tonight. He’s very enthusiastic.

Michael Keaton has the 2ns Golden Globe nomination. He’s pround of the movie “Birdman”.

Amy Adams, nominated for her role in “Big Eyes” talks about how she changed her perspective while playing the character. She is friend with other nominees.

The shooting for JK Simmons’s film Whiplash lasted for 18 days.

Patricia Arquette has the 4th GG nomination. She seems kinda fatigued.

Steve Carrell (7th GG nomination, 1 win in past) is known best as a comedy actor. It’s great to be nominated for drama.

David Oyelowo approached his role as Marthin Luther King in Selma as a man first of all. The actor’s job is to make the character 3D.

“Patricia Arquette is a woman who proves there are still roles for women over 40 as long as they get hired before that” Amy Poehler

“Birthdays are what people celebrate when they accept they’ve aged” Tina Fey

Tina makes a very friendly joke on George Clooney’s wife.

“Selma is the movie about the righs for colour people and now everything’s fine ald alright” Tina Fey

Whoever raises the hand gets to present with Jennifer Anniston. Benedict Cumberbatch gets on the scene. They present the first award.Best supporting actor in a film. Winner: JK Simmons – Whiplash. Thanks the director, the lead actor, Jason Writeman, Helen Estherbrook, Sony Classics, Steven Hirsch (agent), wife.

Dakota Johnson and Amy Dorman present the award for

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey- season 4, 1st nomination and award.

Jeremy Renner presents

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION Fargo

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo

“These days you can get in trouble for saying anything, so I’m gonna say just: Thank you”

Billy Bob Thornton

Naomi Watts presents the film: Birdman

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are really making fun of North Korea. :))

Colin Firth presents “The Imitation Game”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL Gina Rodriguez – Jane The Virgin

Gina is very emotioned. She cries. “Today’s a great day. I can. And I did”

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Transparent

The show’s producer, Jill Solloway accepts the award on bahalf of the team. The show, which approaches the theme of the trangender persons, has been co-produced with Amazon. She thanks Jeff  Bezos.

Melissa McCarthy presents the film “St. Vincent”. An unlikely friendship and mentorship about seeing the good in others.

Sienna Miller and Vince Vaughn present award for best music Johann Johannsson – The Theory Of Everything

Best Original Song – Motion Picture: Selma – Glory.

Seth Meyers and Katie Holmes present

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Lots of people applaud standing for Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart winner. It’s a movie about gay propaganda.

Clive Owen presents “The Theory of Everything”

Ricky Gervais presents

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL Amy Adams – Big Eyes

She thanks the man who would never silence her voice. The thanks the many female models she has in the audience. She flet not prepared for winning the award for this role.

Kevin Hart and Salma Hayek present  the BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM How To Train Your Dragon 2. Accepting the award Dean DeBlois

Kate Hudson presents Into the Woods.

Jared Leto presents

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader present the awards for BEST SCREENPLAY Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo – Birdman

Jack Black presents Boyhood. He says the film was filmed in 12 weeks over 12 years.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin present the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent 1st win and nomination. Everybody applauds standing. “This is big. This is begger than me. Thanks for putting us on the map”. He dedicates the award to the transgender community.

Lupita Nyong’o and Colin Farrell present BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Leviathan Andrey Zvyagintsev  – director and Alexander Rodnyansky  – producer

Adrien Brody and Kate Beckinsale present BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman

She says the comments on the fact there are many roles lately for “strong women” in TV. These are actually roles for actual women: women who are sometimes strong, sometimes not. Sometimes honorable, sometimes not.

Paul Rudd and Adam Levine present BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA The Affair. The whole crew present gets up on the scene. This was an unexpected award. Sarah Treem holds a long thank you speech.

Catherine Zeta-Jones presents Pride.

David Duchovny presents the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA Kevin Spacey – House Of Cards. 1st win and 8th nomination. Kevin Spacey: “This is just the beginning of my revenge […] This is the 8th time I’ve been nominated. I cant fucking believe I won”. He wanted to be better.

Julianna Margulies and Don Cheadle present George Clooney who accept the Cecil B DeMille award for entire career. George has been always true to himself. True artist, has been nominated at the Golden Globe more than anyone else. Everybody applauds standing. “Thank you for supporting small films”. For nominees: “You get to do what you always get to do and get appreciated for that.” “It’s a wonderful thing to find someone to love”.

Owen Wilson presents The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Harrison Ford presents the directing award: Richard Linklater – Boyhood. A personal film that made the connection. We’re all flawed in this world. Thanks families across the world.

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt (married) present BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA Ruth Wilson – The Affair

Amy Adams presents the award for BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL  Michael Keaton – Birdman. Almost everybody applauds standing. Thanks the Hollywood Foreign Press they have a category for comedy. He tells the story of his family – how his mother took care of all his 6 brothers. His father worked 2 jobs constantly. “Cry and give them quotes”

Oprah Winfrey presents Selma.

Chaning Tatum presents Foxcatcher.

Robert Downey Jr. presents BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes Anderson accepts the award trying to pronnounce the many names of some of the people from the Hollywood Foreign Press who decided in his favor.

Matthew McConaughey presents BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Gwyneth Paltrow presents BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA Eddie Redmayne – The Theory Of Everything. Had to cut his honeymoon short with Hannah in order to participate at the gala.

Meryl Streep says we’re gonna miss Amy and Tina. She presents

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA Boyhood. Jonathan Sehring producer takes the speech.

Memorable speeches: George Clooney, Michael Keaton

Directed by

Louis j. Horwitz.

Written by

Barry Adelman

Dedicated tot the memory of Bob Bardo

Top winners in cinema section:

1. Boyhood- best drama, actor, director

2. Birdman – screenplay, actor

3. The Theory of Everything – actor, music

 

 

 

 

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Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2014

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 03/03/2014

Like I did on the 13th of January 2014 with the article “Live Blogging for the the Golden Globes 2014“, I will write this post on my blog in real time, as I watch the free live streaming of the 86th ceremony of the Academy Awards from Los Angeles, California, USA, using these two links:

http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/pro7-live-stream
http://www.livenewschat.eu/the-oscars-live-stream/

http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/abc-live-stream

Suzy Besinger costume desgner for Blue Jasmine talks about how the bag was fundamental for Cate Blanchett’s character. The bag is almost a character. That bag is a protection shield. The character of Jasmine clinges on the accesories that Suzy designed and they spent a lot of time with attention to that.

Matthew McConaughey came with his wife and his mother. This is about the experience of being here, nominated, for the very first time. He cannot know if he might be here again, so he intends to make the more of it and have fun.

Producers Craig Zaiden and Neil Meron have organized a contest in which the 6 winners would come on the Oscars stage to help as volonteers with the organizers. The winners were chosen by film essays they wrote.

Lara and Jess from ABC present the show on TV.

Ellen DeGeneres is the host of the big ceremony.

She says that she was presenter 7 years ago. She says that back then, Martin Scorsese, Leo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett were nominated. She mentions some of the first time nominees. Theme for this years’ ceremony is “Heroes in Hollywood”. Movies are used as inspiration. If people don’t have love and family and friendship and if people donb’t get those, they get into showbusiness, she says.

It’s an exceptional year for movies. Her has been nominated, and by that, she means Meryl Streep – 18 nominees. Ellen Degeneres says it’s gonna be The Hunger Games.

She mentions that Jennifer Lawrence tripped on the red carpet. Because she is in danger of tripping, maybe if she wins, they should bring the Oscar to her, not her come to the stage.

June Squibb is the oldest actress ever nominated – 88 years old.

Jonah Hill nominated again -nice surprise.

The best joke of the entire evening, in my opinion: “Possibility nr. 1 12 Years a slave wins best picture. Possibility 2. You’re all rasists”.

Anne Hathaway presents Oscar for best supportung actor. Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013). He is so proud to have been nominated among such great actors. He tells a story about a girl, a highschool dropout with the second child. She inspired her children to be special. “Thank you for teaching me to dream, mom”. He dedicates to all the dreamers like Venezuela and Ukraine. He tanks his brother and tot he entire team. This is for 35 millions people who died of AIDS. He makes a statement pro-homosexuals.

Ellen DeGeneres. presents Jim Carrey who presents a video collage . He mentions his friend Bruce Dern. He does an imitation of him. He presents a colage of animated films thorughoput the history

Carrie Washington introduces the songfrom Despicable Me 2 (2013): Pharrell Williams( “Happy”)

Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts presents the Oscars for costume design The Great Gatsby (2013): Catherine Martin

It’s her 3rd Oscar. He got her first 2 for costume design and art direction of “Moulin Rouge”. A very Australian presentation.

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews

Their first Oscar., They are happy to have had the possibility to say this story about how AIDS was in the ’80s

American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street get presented by Harrison Ford. All these have in common blood.

Channing Tatum has been part of the process of selecting the 6 college students, “Team Oscar” who made each a 60 seconds short and were deemed the best among tens of thousands of participants of USA.

At the ceremony are present the real Captain Phillips and the real Philomena.

Kim Novak from Vertigo and Matthew McConaughey present awards for animation. Total freedom, anything goes, pure creativity – specific for animation.

Best Short Film, Animated Mr Hublot (2013): Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares

Their 1st Oscar, their 1st film. This Oscar hat goes to France for tonight.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Frozen (2013). Chris Buck is at his first Oscar and second nomination. The 3 winners make a brief speech.

Sally Field – everyday quite act of heroism push back and their stories get told and illuminate and inspires us to be human. She presents a collage of feature films based on real stories of heroes.

Emma Watson and Joseph Gordon Lewitt present Oscar for visual effects: Gravity (2013): Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould

VFX is all about the team, says Corbould, who also won for Gladiator. He makes a very polite speech on behalf of all. He thanks the families of all VFX artist families.

Zac Efron introduces another song: Her (2013): Karen O(“The Moon Song”)

Best Short Film, Live Action film under 40 mins Helium (2014): Anders Walter KIm Magnusson

1st Oscar for Anders Walter. 2nd win and 5th nomination for KIm Magnusson. They thank their families.

Best Documentary, Short Subject The Lady In Number 6 Music Saved My Life (2013): Malcolm Clarke, Carl Freed

2nd win for Malcolm Clarke. The character of the film was 110 years and died a week ago. She taught the team joy and forgiveness. “Watch the film, it will make you live a happier life”

Ellen says she wants to order pizza. Who else wants some?

Bradley Cooper presents documentary. The quality is breathtaking. These people tell true stories of heroes stories for a living

Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013): Morgan Neville

Their 1st Oscar.

His mentor said to him years ago that he’ll never win an Oscar. The star coordonating “20 feet from stardom” in reality sings and everybody applauses standing.

Kevin Spacey “I sing because I’m returned from  Washington to be back with my Hollywood friends”. Angela Lansbury (88 years), Steve Martin (comedian), Pierro Tossi (5 yOscars for costumes) have won the awards for lifetime contribution. The honorary Oscar was presented at Washington.

The Jean Hearsolt Humanitarian awards as a global advocate for causes goes to Angleina Jolie who thanks her mother.

Exclusive videos at prosieben.de/oscar

It seems that until now at least, Dallas Buyers Club leads the race to the Oscars with 2 awards, having also very big chances for the best actor Oscar. Great masterpiece.

Viola Davis presents foreign language film:

The Great Beauty (2013): Paolo Sorrentino(Italy)

11th Oscar for Italy in film history in this category since it has been instituted.

Tyler Perry presents the 4th film nominated for Oscar Nebraska. Nothing is black or white, but radiant shades of gray. Then he presents Her. Gravity is between haunting silence and bold action.

Brad Pitt (nominated at the Oscar this year as a producer for 12 Years a Slave”) introduces U2 who sing the song from

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013): Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton(“Ordinary Love”). Everybody applauds standing.

Ellen DeGeneres tries to make a photo with as many actors as possible and sends it on Twitter.

Kristel Biell and Michael B Jordan present the Science and Technical Awards. 21 awards for 54 recepients. Gordon E. Sawyer award included.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron present sound Oscars. Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. Gravity (2013): Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro thank to directo Alfonso for vision and patience

Best Achievement in Sound Editing Gravity (2013): Glenn Freemantle

1st Oscar, 2nd nomination after Slumdog Millionaire. Cuaron is brilliant and pushed him beyond limits. Sucha a great team, a big bond for this film. Thanks family and coworkers, generally.

Christoph Waltz presents Oscar for supporting actress. 3 of them are first time nominees. Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave (2013). Everybody applauds standing.

So much joy in her life for so much suffery of the real character. She thanks the spirit of her character who has inspired her. She mentions the members of the main crew. The thanks The Yale School of Drama and each member of her family. No matters where you’re from, your dreams are valid.

Ellen serves pizza to some of the celebrities. She asks money from the public.

Ellen introduces Sheryl Bone Isaacs, the first coloured woman from the histoy of AMPAS (The Academy). They preserve the past, honour the present and shape the future. There have been 5 billion movie tickets sold in 2013. She presents the project of a museum which is planned to open 2017.

Amy Adams and Bill Murray present the Oscar for photography Gravity (2013): Emmanuel Lubezki

1st Oscar, 6th nomination, including previously with Cuaron for Children of Men. She names several people of  the crew and “my teachers, not all of them, but some”

In the music from her single “When I’m gone”, comes Anna Kendrick who presents Oscar for film editing: Gravity (2013): Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger

1st Oscar for both of them. Mark Sanger thanks to professions. There is no greater accolade than to be recognized by thos who inspire you.

Whoopi Goldberg who presented 4 Oscar ceremonies and won 1 Oscar. She came with movie slippers, a tribute to The Wizard of Oz. LIza Minelli and Lorna Loft, decendants of Judy Garland are honored. Alicia Moore or Pink sings “Somewhere over the Rainbow” comemorating the film Wizard of Oz.

Looks like “Gravity” is gonna be the great winner of the night. The film received 5 Oscars already, for sound mixing, sound editing, film editing, cinematography and visual effects and has great chances for directing. It also did not lost yet at any of the 10 categories where it has been nominated.

Jennifer Garner and Benedict Cumberbatch present the Oscar for Best Achievement in Production Design The Great Gatsby (2013): Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn

4th Oscar win for Catherine Martin out of 6 nominations. 1st Oscar for B. Dunn.

Rhys Ifans presents a collage of films stills about the heroes’ journeys. Features music from the trailer of Inception.

Julie Andrews presents in memoriam.

Bette Midler sings “the wind beneath my wings” from the film “Beaches”.

Ellen DeGeneres says they broke Twitter and her plan to get most retweets on her picture worked.

On the music from “As Good As It Gets”, Goldie Hawn presents the remaining 3 films nominated for best picture: Philomena, Captain Phillips  and 12 Years a Slave.

On the musical theme of Pulp Fiction, enters 2-time nominee John Travolta, who introduces another nomination in song category:Frozen (2013): Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez(“Let It Go”)

Everybody stands up applauding.

William Ross conducts the orchestra for the Oscars. He gets acknowledged.

Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel present the award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Gravity (2013): Steven Price

Cuaron inspired every note. “Sorry my parents for making so much noise while growing up”

best song Frozen (2013): Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez(“Let It Go”)

They have a very fun  moment thanking people whose names rhyme. This song is an inspiration to not let fear and humiliation stop you from being who you really are.

The big awards left: screenplays, leading actor & actress, directing and film.

Carey MUlligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Amy Adams have each of them been in  two different films nominated for Oscar this year.

Robert DeNiro and Penelope Cruz present awards for screenplays

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published 12 Years a Slave (2013): John Ridley

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Her (2013): Spike Jonze 4th nomination, 1st win. 42 seconds to thank. He thanks everyone who made a movie about relationships.

There have also been a lot of applauses when American Hustle script was on the screen.

Angelina Jolie and Sydney Poitier enter – the music of To Sir With Love. Poitier is celebrating his 50th anniversary for best actor. They present the Oscar for directing Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013)

This has been a transformative experience, says Cuaron. If the great things would not take a lot, the whole thing would be the waste of time. For a lot of people, it has been a wising experience. He first thanks his son. This is the accomplishment of a lifetime project.

Under the music from Mary Poppins featured in Saving Mr Banks, Ellen DeGeneres promises to come back.

Ellen congratulates Matthew McConaughey on how he looks.

Daniel Day-Lewis presents the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013)

Everybody applauds standing. She says “Sit down! You’re  too old to be standing”. She congratulates everyone who she has been nominated with. She thanks Woody and for the intelligent distribution who stayed for long time in cinemas. The female-centered movies deserve to stay in the the cinemas because they make money. She mentions a lot of particular people from the cast of Blue Jasmine.

Jennifer Lawrence presents Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) . He got most applauses. Everyone applauds standing.

Something to look up to, something to look forward to and somebody to chase, the hero. “When you’ve got God, you’ve got a friend and that is you”. His hero when he was 15 was himself in the future at 25. He turned that into a habit of competing with himself. Great speech. Memorable. When I’ll see it on YouTube, I’ll share it.

Will Smith presents the award for best picture 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Brad Pitt says everyone was brought together by S. McQueen, who says that without B. Pitt this movie wouldn’t have existed. Steve McQueen catches hardly his breath. Winners:
Brad Pitt
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Steve McQueen
Anthony Katagas

Everyone deserves not only to survive, but to live. This movie is dedicated to all those who have endured slavery and to 21 million people who still endure it on our planet.

Ceremony Directed by Hamish Hamilton.

Final Oscars count

Winners

1st place Gravity, 7 Oscars

2nd place 12 Years a Slave, 3 awards including best film

3rd place Dallas Buyers Club 3 Oscars

4th place The Great Gatsby, Frozen each 2 Oscars

Great movies who haven’t received any Oscars

American Hustle, 10 nominations,

The Wolf on Wall Street, 5 nominations

Nebraska, 6 nominations

 

PS Sorry for the spelling mistakes. Didn’t have time to correct all of them as I was typing.

Subjective comment: All in all, the ceremony wasn’t so spectacular compared to other years and most of the awards were predictable. Everybody was very hurried. I would have liked for the people awarded to have more time to send powerful messages and Ellen to have less time for her jokes.

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Leisure and Other Expenses for a Young Professional Living in Bucharest

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 07/02/2014

This is the last part of the articles I have started to write past month on how much does it cost for a young professional to live in Bucharest.

Here you can read the introduction and summary. Then, I wrote this article on how much are just the basic surviving expenses. The third article was about what are the expenses for administrative necessities.   Now, it is time to take  a look on the third category of expenses – leisure and other expenses.

So let’s get some more ideas about how much does it cost to live in Bucharest:

Reading

Books are pretty cheap in Romania, compared to other EU countries, but most of them are in Romanian. A regular price for a Romanian book is about 4-8 €. The books in foreign languages are usually 10-15 €. If you want to buy really cheap books, I recommend you to go the sellers from Universitate, they are opened in the working sunny days between 7 AM-5 PM.

Also, depending on your interest as a professional, there are lots of local and international magazines. Regularly, a niche review can cost between 1.1-6 €. Also, you might be interested in the different business annuals, which are usually published between October-February. Such an annual might have lists of business people, companies and industries, including telephones and e-mails which are hard to find in other places. One such annual might cost between 5-10 € and can be found at most newspaper kiosks, but especially in select stores such as the Relay or InMedio networks, which distribute the best periodicals.

Film

In Romania, all movies are presented in their original language and with Romanian (or, occasionally, English) subtitles. The only dubbed features are some of the animated trash for really small children and they usually come also in subtitled version for adults.

Bucharest has about 70 cinema screens. The number of films in a regular week (Friday to Thursday) usually varies between 50 to 120.

Bucharest has become in the past years quite an important place on the map of small film festivals. There are at least a dozen of them each year, with very low prices for general entry. In Bucharest, there are frequently a lot of films (both commercial, and artistic) which appear in the same time or even before they get launched in the United States.

The price of a regular entry for an adult depends on:

– cinema;

– time of the day/week – there are discounts for morning, weekdays and some spacial day-based discounts on most cinemas;

– if you are a student and/or you have an ISIC/ITIC card, then you usually have between 30-50% discount;

The cheapest tickets are at some of the state cinemas (Gloria, Europa, Studio, Noul Cinematograf al Regizorului Român or NCRR – something like 1.1-1.7 €/entry) and even in some multiplexes (Lights Cinema, Cityplex – something like 2-2.5 €/entry) or private cinemas (Union, Elvira Popescu – 2.2 €/entry). These cinemas usually have a good art films offer. And of course, there are the very high-quality and premium theaters, appropriate for seeing blockbusters, the best of them (and most expensive) being the RomTelecom IMAX theatre, which is located in the Cinema City of the AFI Cotroceni Palace shopping centre near the Politehnica metro, and also two other private cinema screens also in Cinema City which can run 3D + 48 frames per second features. The prices for such an experience is usually between 6-15 €/entry.

There are also a lot of cultural centers (especially British Council and Centre Culturel Francais) which let you borrow books, magazines and films and often have accessible encounters or projections on cultural topics.

Theater

Bucharest is the most cultural city in Romania and an important EU cultural city. Usually, all theater plays are in Romanian. The cost of a ticket varies between 2-3 €/entry for a small theater and 5-15 €/entry for a big theater. In some cases, you can also buy a seasonal subscription, if you go often to the same theater. You can also get significant discounts as a student, which may vary depending on the spectacle and the theater.

Business networking events

Usually, there are a lot of business networking events quite accessible for all the English and Romanian speaking young people interested to participate, if you want to meet people, get clients or suppliers. For example, the meetings organized by Junior Chambers International, Business Network International, InterNations. I also recommend Speaker’s Arena for public speakers, Open Connect for entrepreneurs and Noble Manhatttan Coaching Support Group for personal development. Usually, there is a small fee for every single participation to such an event, or a monthly annual fee to be payed. If you go to 2-3 of these each month, the monthly cost would be something like 10-15 €.

Going out

Of course, you will need to allot some money for getting out with people, either on business or on personal reasons. Usually, in the regular bars/coffee houses/tea-houses/small restaurants a coffee/soda/small cake is 2-3 €. Most places have wireless access, but you need to ask for the password from the bar/service desk. There are also some cafeteria or small restaurants (especially near the student centers) where you can eat pretty cheap, healthy and consistent for a decent 3-4 €/meal, but those places aren’t appropriate for business meetings with (potential) customers, .

Some of the most popular meeting places in the center of Bucharest are the historical city center (with hundreds of small terraces and coffee shops), Mac Unirii (or any of the other MacDonald’s in the center), Cafepedia, SpringTime, KFC and the Librarium teahouse from Romană. All these are also appropriate for business meetings, but the quality of food is usually lower and the prices higher. There is also a Starbucks place in the shopping center Plaza Romania. I usually meet with people at Mac Unirii, Spring Time Universitate or KFC Romana.

Depending on how much, how often, who and where you meet in the city, you can expect to pay at least 10 €/m. Usually, I pay about 15-20 €/m.

Gifts

Please read here my article on this topic. Generally, the monthly budget for gifts would be 5-10 €/m.

Other special expenses

If anything breaks in the apartment, if you get a fine, if you get seriously sick and generally anything you aren’t insured for, can cost you a lot and are not considered in the monthly budget. Also, if you buy a new phone, a new bike, a washing machine, fridge, furniture and anything like that, these are also not considered in the monthly budget. But at least one of these things is likely to be happening in Romania and you should consider a budget of minimum 100-150 €/year, which adds to 8-12 €/m.

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