Priča o jednom tiganju

Dok sam živela sa mojima, i bila luda klinka u srednjoj školi, a i kasnije kao student, obožavala sam da pečem palačinke. Tada, u to vreme nije bilo ovih teflonskih i keramičkih tiganja. Ok, teflonskih možda jeste, ali su ih imali samo oni sa dubokim džepom i restoranske kuhinje. Mi? Mi smo imali stari, tučani tiganj. Crn toliko da mu je originalnalna boja bila neprepoznatljiva. Malo potklobučen sa jedne strane. Dršku je tata pričvrstio toliko puta da ne bih mogla da se setim tačnog broja. I bio je dubok, dovoljno da si u njemu mogao pržiti prženice ili mekike. Taj tiganj je koriščen za sve od jaja, do podgrevanja musake, već pomenutih prženica i mekika. Ali po čemu ga se ja sećam? Pa naravno, po palačinkama!

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Na njemu sam naučila da pečem palačinke. Iako je bio dubok, na njemu sam prvi put uspela da prevrnem palačinku u vazduhu a da ne padne na pod. Sećam se da sam počela da cičim od sreće, moji su dotrčali iz sobe da vide šta se desilo, bili su ubeđeni da sam se opekla. Inače, moji su voleli da “kradu” palačinke sa tanjira dok se još uvek peku. Terala sam ih iz kuhinje, “lupala” kutlačom po ruci, pa bi otišla u špajz da nešto donesem, kad je već neko tu da pripazi na palačinke. Naravno zadržim se u špajzu dovoljno da se vruća palačika smaže, čovek bi pomislio da nam je špajz bio veličine hangara koliko sam često išla tamo i dugo tražila stvari po njemu. Moja sestra je redovno dovodila društvo iz škole da proba “najbolje palačinke u Beogradu”, u tom periodu pekla sam ih svaki dan, mesecima.

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Vremena su se menjala, teflonski tiganji su se pojavili u radnjama, pa im je i cena postala dostupna. Mama je lagano sve tiganje u kući zamenila novim tiganjima, ja sam se još uvek borila za, sad već “moj”, tučani tiganj. Izgubila sam bitku, jednog dana je i on zamenjen novim, blistavim “tefloncem” sa “no stick” površinom, pravljenim samo za palačinke. Prestala sam da pečem palačinke često…

Svaki put kad bih sipala ulje, palačinke bi bile masne. Naš stari tiganj si morao bogato da zaliješ uljem kako se palačinka ne bi zalepila o izgrebanu površinu, a ni jedna palačinka ne bi bila masna. Palačinke više nisu bile tanke kao “flis papir”. Prva palačinka se ne bi “zgužvala”, nije bilo one prve, najslađe palačinke koju pojedeš posutu šećerom, onako vrelu, srčući vazduh i prebacujući je iz ruke u ruku. Ni palačinke nisu imale isti ukus, iako je recept ostao isti. I dan danas verujem da je taj ukus poticao od tog tiganja.

I danas imam jedan takav “no stick, samo za palačinke” tiganj. I stvarno, palačinke se ne lepe za njega. Ne “lepi” se ni on za srce. Zašto sam se baš večeras setila tog našeg starog tučanog tiganja? Možda zato što sam prvi put posle dugog niza godina napravila više od 10 palačiniki. I sigurna sam da ni ove neće imati “taj ukus” koji su imale one nekadašnje.

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Prijatno!

P.S.: Slike, sve sem poslednje, nisu moje – skinula sam ih sa neta 😉

 

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#‎CCSAKURABANA‬ High School Festival – summary

Festival was on Sunday. And that Sunday morning was everything but sunny. Heavy gray clouds and small but constant rain followed by cold wind greeted me that morning. I took that as bad sign – even I wasn’t too willing to go out in that weather. Gloomy morning was followed with few other minor setbacks before I managed to go out of my front door.

Needless to say, moment when I reached club where Festival supposed to be held I was in a state of  nerve wreak. Luckily in the club where already Borivoje and Damien with Marija and some volunteers and they helped me to loose up a bit. People start to come and we had a busy task of adjusting club’s space to suite our needs. By 16:00 when our first teams started to show up things did look much better.

High mood and optimism of people around me was contagious. My “kids” (sill have in mind – they are teenagers) where busy an dedicated to their task. You could feel their excitement and optimism like electricity in the air. Music and laughter filled all the corners of Wait & Stay Club.

Some had problems with their outfits

Others prepared their booths

Our volunteers where ready too

Same as our maids

All was set and 10 minutes before official start people started to “break in” so we opened our doors. Festival officially  started. And I have to say – it was huge and undeniable success!!! 

Number of visitors was exceeded our expectations. And atmosphere was … I can’t describe it properly with words. Everybody had fun – our teams as well as guests. This was Festival but at the same time a fund-raiser for CCSakurabana, but in one point we all forgot about fund raising part and we where all just sucked in to the swirl of good mood and fun. Maybe words can’t describe but we have video to show you how it all looked like

And photos as well

 And we had some media representatives, so we have a great photo gallery on nadlanu.com portal magazine (check out the link!): http://www.nadlanu.com/pocetna/zabava/Manga-festival-Beogradski-srednjoskolci-prikupljaju-sredstva-za-svoj-kulturni-centar.g-1795437.131.html
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nd in Monday local newspaper a small article about event:

In the end We where happy and tired but with that hyper feeling that you have when life trow you a great and fantastically overwhelming surprise. We gathered descent sum of money for our future Cultural Center Sakurabana. But most importantly we had Festival that made all our “kids” happy and satisfied – truly anime/j-drama/blog footage’s and texts like event. It was clear to us that something like this gonna happen again, a unspoken promise to all Sakurabana’s members and to us.

But more than anything else, to me, this was a proof that even if it seems like we are swim against the tide and fight with windmills – we are doing the right thing  and all our efforts are worthwhile! So we will keep on fighting!!!

Festivals, creative workshops, Sakurabana and me

Last month I promised that I’ll write more about Sakurabana, but I didn’t follow true my promise. There is a reason for that, great one at that!!! I was busy helping them and doing what I do for them on monthly basis.

So what I do for them?

Once a month I hold a “lecture” as we call it, truth is that’s a workshop, very interactive. We talk about Japanese music, popular music, we choose a band and talk about it. I prepare some information about that band or a singer. We gather and talk. There is a lots of kids (I call them my kids but they are teenagers, very bright young people) who come there to learn something more or just to share their knowledge. So sometimes I teach them but sometimes  they teach me, and that’s the best part. We had one “lecture” recently, we talked about Buck-Tick. Those “kids” are my source of positive energy.

And how I was helping them?

Well, I had an idea about festival, and people from Sakurabana loved the idea so they let me organize a festival – we call it a High School Festival. And I have to emphasize that I did this FOR Sakurabana and with help of people from Sakurabana.


Basically, if you watch anime, j-dorama or just read about Japan you can’t miss it, those festivals are part of Japanese life and growing up. They bring communities together, they are good way to meet neighbors, but in schools – they tend to show best skills and abilities of children. They put ascent to children’s  creativity, team work and ingenuity.

And, once again, Sakurabana’s kids prove to be source of great positive energy! They are bearers of this festival, they had ideas for festival activities, they are working hard to organize themselves. In 6 short days, on Sunday 16th November at 17:00 local time, they are gonna be the stars of the festival!!!

We will have:

  • Maid cafe
  • Hosts
  • OriSOr selling stand with posters
  • Music prize game
  • Origami prize game
  • Balloons prize game
  • Manga and chibi portrets
  • Fortune telling corner
  • Sweet brownies
  • raffle

And so many more fun things to do in a 4 short hours. We even have our own video:

You can call it a fundraiser event, but not with suits and classical music, we will have a joy of kids laughter and happy voices.
More about event you can find in official Sakurabana’s blog: http://www.sakurabana.info/2014/11/highschool-festival-16112014.html
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r on our event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/714626968622733/

But if you can’t come to share joy with us and help Sakurabana build Cultural Center Sakurabana (#CCSakurabana) , you can still help by donating or just sharing Indiegogo link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cultural-center-sakurabana

Thank you!!!
C ya on Sunday 🙂

Support for Cultural Center Sakurabana #CCSakurabana

What is Sakurabana? I know I’m often mentioning them in my blog, but they are not just some NGO that holds a festival two times a year, they are so much more. For me they have a special meaning and special place in my life.

Sakurabana is NGO that promotes Japanese pop culture, it was created from group of enthusiast, young people who had nothing more than love for Japanese pop culture and a dream, connected trough newly arrived wonder of modern technology – internet. Ok, in this point I can do a PR for them – but I won’t. If you want to know more about Sakurabana just watch this video (and if you are not Serbian native speaker make sure to turn on the English subtitles):

Now, as you all know earlier this year my country was devastated with sever floods,  and we are still struggling with consequences,  at that time Sakurabana did the best they could with gathering money and provisions for people affected with floods.  Most of our government resources are transferred for rebuilding what was destroyed, and that’s how it suppose to be.  But, at the same time that is where Sakurabana’s problems start.

These young people don’t sit and lament, they don’t throw “angry fist” at government for rebuilding a country. They have a dream and they working towards it. So what did they do? They started a project to raise a money for Culture Center Sakurabana. More about the project you can see on this video(this one is in English):

You can help them just by spreading the word (in that case please use  hastag) or by donating to their Indiegogo account (there are many great perks like  beautifuly works or some #OriSor stuff for cosplay lovers) : https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cultural-center-sakurabana  .

 I do want tell you what Sakurabana means to me and why. In this point you may stop reading if you are not interested, but then again you can go on and learn some more about Sakurabana and what they mean to people and  specially kids who are just like me.

I had a luck in my life, I meet a friend who was half Japanese when I was a kid, so somewhere in 80’s, and that’s how I fell in love with Japanese culture – traditional but also popular. Now if you have interest in opther county culture, traditional one – people can understand that, even appreciate. But!, if you like popular culture which is totally unknown in your country…well, that’s a whole different story. People perceive you as weird.

I was one of those weird, geeky kids. In time I learned to function in society by giving a “socially accepted” answers to most basic questions like: “What is your favorite band?” or “What is your favorite actor?” – truth is I had friends but I was feeling alone. Like wearing a mask all the time, not able to really connect to people and not having anyone to shear my interests with, always on a lookout for slip of a tongue that may lead to being ridiculed or bullied.

When I meet people from Sakurabana I found my little peace of heaven. I had topics with them that I could discuss, we shared same interests. When you live your life in fear of being rejected for your interests, that doesn’t help you with self-confidence – trust me on that one!!!  People from Sakurabana where the ones who encouraged me to start promoting my handcraft, first of all Mina  a wery talented young lady.

And even now, when problems of everyday life pile up on me I go to Sakurabana – place where I can be myself. Just for a little chit-chat about my favorite music band or some new movie/drama. But Sakurabana is not some club we gather for a cup of chit-chat, they have so many educational activities like manga school, lectures and workshops.

Okay this is enough for today, but I’ll be telling you more about fundraising projects and Sakurabana activities in near future.

Serbia Floods

My dear friends,

I didn’t write these past few days that’s why I’m writing about it now.

My country is struggling with biggest disaster in past 120 years. And this is not exaggeration when one considers that in past 20 years we survived war and bombing, but this is not a topic now.

Heavy rains caused devastating floods that destroyed homes. So many people lost their homes and everything they had. Livestock and animals are drowned, fields are under water, and human lives are lost – how many? We still don’t know for sure, but number are higher with every passing day.

City Obrenovac is under the water, and the worst flood hit them hard, people are evacuated from their homes and most of them are in temporary shelters all around Belgrade. But other cities and  large number of villages are also devastated with the floods.

These is footage of my country now (city Obrenovac):

And I’m proud of people in my country and very grateful for all other countries, specially ex-YU for their help!!!

We are doing all in our power but  our problem are still not over.

Our government and our Red Cross opened accounts for all those who are willing to help us with donations (just click on a picture for link to red cross page or pay pall page):

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We are in need of bottled drinking water, canned food, medicines, personal hygiene products and disinfectants, especially diapers for babies and adults, disposable kitchen utensils (plastic glasses, cups, forks, knives and spoons), but all other things as well.

Dear friends, I call you now to help us as much as you can and in any way you can, if nothing else than just spread the word. Share this or any other text with these information.  If you are using twitter use #SerbiaNeedsHelp or/and #SerbiaFloods.

And not to forget our neighbors who are also hit by floods in a same way Bosnia (#BosniaNeedsHelp) and Croatia (#CroatiaNeedsHelp).

Thank you!!!

Renulek’s 2014 Spring Doily – first times, complicating a life and some other things that make me smile :)

For a long time I didn’t had any entries to this blog, real life caught up with me big time – and in a good way too ^_^

Past couple of months I was lucky – I had chance to experience some thing for the first time in my life. Best of them is that my bf moved in and now we live together.

Sometime before end of 2013. I joined No Hate speech on the internet movement and had a chance to work with junior school kids with special needs. My heart was filled with joy and warmth for those brave and creative young people.

And last but not least “first time” is about tatting!

I joined tat-a-long project on InTatters forum. Project “Renulek’s 2014 Spring Doily” began on Renulek’s blog. And this is officially my first time that I tat doily!!! Now, I have confession to make – I love, love, love doily’s!!! Mostly people around me make fun of that (making jokes that I’m gonna put them on a top of TV or my PC monitor) which is a reason for me to avoid making them until now.

Well, I gathered my courage,  I clenched my teeth and dove in to this project with great enjoyment! So far I finished 3 rounds

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At this point my complicating of life started :D. I wanted to do round 4 with all rings in blue and all chains in beige so I tried something new – tatting with 2 shuttles and a ball.

In my first attempt I realized that I have to  “tie up” shuttles somehow when I’m doing chains – if they are not tied they “run” >_<, and finally I came up with this solution

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Bit uncomfortable for work , slowed me down considerably but I got desired effect. Or so I thought!!!  My chains where bulky, much ticker than the rest of my work and they literally “killed” lacy look of my doily 😦

PICT0015In the end I had to abandon the ideal of different colors for rings and chains in that round, this morning I started to work round 4 in beige.

I’ll continue to write about my progress as much as my job permits (I can tat in a bus, plane or during small breaks but writing on the blog demands a bit more time).

And thing that makes me smile is  my soon to be born niece <3. I want to make for her pair of tatted baby booties and tatted baby bonnet as well as few crocheted baby booties.

Next week I plan a small break, to “recharge my batteries” before I start to realize all I plan to do and have to do kicks in with full strength and visit my best friend in Vienna.

In conclusion, this spring  will be busy, busy,  busy for me between my “together life”, my work and my tatting/crocheting – and I’m looking forward to it with all my heart!

I hope that all of you have at least as many reasons (if not even more) to smile this spring .

Happy life and happy tatting!

Japanizam 2013 – Day 4 – Grand Finale!!!

Today  was the last day of Japanizam 😥

And today was the biggest crowd of all 4 days and THE BEST day of all!!!

Today was COSPLAY day!!! I didn’t participate in cosplay competition or had cosplay costume for that matter but…I did wear my yukata ^_^

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Yukata I’m wearing was made by Mina Petrović – Mistiqarts  ❤

And I know that you are anxious to hear about today but let me first keep my promise  and present to you rest of the participants in Artist Alley.

Mila do Tokija

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Dunja Dimić

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Shiz Art

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Lana Ristić

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Kaleidoskop Ceca

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Vilena Viscaria corsets

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Branko Vitas

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And manny others

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As well as our gifted kids that made cute portraits of visitors 🙂

My promise is fulfilled now and I can write about todays events.

In noon doors was open and people start coming….

First event that caused euphoria was Performers Show where dancers and singers had their time under the spotlight.I did managed to sneak and see some performances.  But I did filmed performance of Chiemi Fukumori
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And performance of Ultimate Dance by Borivoje Naumovski -which was truly fantastic unfortunately stage set was in shadow so on my video you can see only shadows … the video I’m gonna link to you is just a bit better but when I get good video later on I promise that I will post it 😉
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During this events corridors where empty but in the time between two events… well it looked like this

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People in cosplay costume where all around, and I must say this – competitors were seen in their costumes on stage for the first time so…next pictures are visitors in cosplay costumes ^^

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In 17 pm corridors of Youth Center truly resembled  to some ghost town, that was appointed time for most expected event of the day – COSPLAY DEFILE and competition.

Defile was divided into two parts. First part was for the juniors they did compete but they did not participate in the selection for participation in this year EuroCosplay in London – which was first prise for the competitors over 18 years .

These pictures are from juniors part and I have to say it was really hard to catch a good picture – they all were very active

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While our organisers dressed in their costumes introduced second part of competition I managed to snap few photos of public, and we had cosplayed and

international public indeed ^_^

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Then started second part in which first prize winner is going to represent Serbia on EuroCosplay in London.

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Not only public vas international, these two girls came from Croatia to compete, Sakurabana starting from this year is regional representative for EuroCosplay.

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My battery died so I missed some competitors but not before I managed to snap a photo of lady whose costume won first prize – Ljubica Dolasevc

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Awards were given to winners by Japanese ambassador Masafumi Kuroki

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After that I managed to “hunt down” and photograph ladies from Sakurabana organisation in their costumes Jelenu dressed as Sister from WH40K

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and Isidora as Griffit from Berserk anime/manga, well to be honest I didn’t miss the opportunity to take picture of her with second prise winner performing as  Guts from same anime/manga (one of my favorites) ^_^

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Whit that only Jpop/Jrock party left…but I was to tired to wait it. With sorrow I left still crowded Youth Center.