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“Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee

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My brain seems to be interested lately in women’s stories from all over the globe. Or maybe it is my heart. The heart of a girl’s mom.

“Pachinko” belongs to the type of the book I look forward to opening at the bed time reading. I absorbed the 400 something pages in no time.

The story spans through generations of a family who survived war, hunger, separation, discrimination and exile. The story starts in Korea and then moves to Japan. Above all, it is about soul-search and staying true to what truly matters no matter what.

The characters are authentic and their struggles and aspirations are so real you can feel it on your skin. The author did well her homework research. The book is a tribute to all silent victims of discrimination of those times on that place.

I cannot ignore the attention given to the role of women society expects from them, as described in this book and couple of others I recently read. “Women’s lot is to suffer” is reiterated couple of times in the book. That is saddening, to say the least. In fairness, the author does justice to feminine characters by endowing them with such strength of mind and spirit that it challenges the socially acceptable behavioural model for women.

Inspired by this, I bought for my daughter “Little Leaders: Visionary Women from around the World” by Vashti Harrison (more on the book in my next post).

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Thank you 2018

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for teaching me to unlearn,

for the joys and tears of happiness,

for a myriad of new relationships which helped me grow,

for a chance to make a change or two,

for love and kindness, humility and pride,

for new books and new lines,

for amazing skylines and the reminder that the Sun always shines, even when it is not visible to the eye

Truffles

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French chocolatier spoil your senses with the (perhaps) finest chocolate truffles.

It takes a Moldovan to take the best out of their recipe, add a bit of nonconformism and a personal touch, with my appologize to the French touch 🙂

Best Summer truffles recipe:

200 g finest chocolate (your favourite; mine is Valrhona), melted

125 g almonds

200 g pitted dates

2 spoons agave syrup (or a sweetener of your choice)

2 fine apricots (1/2 cup of orange juice in the original recipe)

All rolled through Cacao, nutmeg, cinnamon or other flavours you love.

Enjoy the golden taste!

Happy Easter!

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to all who celebrate it today! Love and harmony, peace and prosperity, to all!

For me, Easter is about my grandmother, Maria, and the family traditions she relentlessly kept in most adversarial times she lived in. She put faith and gratitude in every bread she baked, every pie she spoiled us with.

I bake for Easter and paint eggs, as she did, and I know she is smiling , from a distant bright star that is her home now.

Thank you Tbilisi

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For rainy days transformed into sunny days by the warmth and dedication of my wonderful colleagues and friends.  

Lunch with a beautiful view and in great company. 

Another record of a super efficient steering committee meeting. 

A dream come true: to celebrate a dear colleague’s birthday while on mission. The cake and Khachapuri tasted very special. Thank you, dear!

A rooftop team dinner  and the new fun things we learned about eachother. Plus, that together we have 200 years of life wisdom. No kidding with such a team!

A new discovery – “The Golden Book of Georgian sport”. 

The fun of seeing Georgian customs officials faces when they ask me what’s in the Entree cup. These cookies are my husband’s favourites, so i “smugle” them ocasionally.