Hong Kong.



Like characters in a novel, film or a play, we have defining moments. I think I had my first defining moment in Manhattan last summer. I like to believe that spending my summer there changed me. It organized my priorities, defined my aspirations, affected my style.

I love everything about Manhattan, from its yellow taxis, to the packed metros, to well dressed people always in a hurry, to cupcake shops and sandwich/salad bars, to absolutely 0 free space.

Photos taken by me from the top of Empire State Building in July of 2008.

Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes.



In the streets.

Taken during my trip to London in the summer of 2008.


A day and night in sushi and SATC.

Try not to get hungry looking at these.


We're fated to pretend.

"Along the way you bump into people who make a dent on your life. Some people get struck by lightning. Some are born to sit by a river. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim the English Channel. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people can dance."
-Quote from the movie "A curious case of Benjamin Button"

-All photos were taken by me. This is my favorite quote from the movie and the inspiration behind this post.

Have you met someone who has made a major difference in your life, or has the potential to?


Escape plan, halfway around the world.

Pics from yesterday's dinner and our plan to escape to Hong Kong.

Our trip includes visiting the
Aqua Roma bar and Aqua Spirit restaurant, Cova gelato and Antiques Patisserie, and many more.
In other news, I am obsessed with the speakers my
brother gave me for my birthday. Even more now that I realized they come with a little remote controller.

Anybody want to do my homework for me?


My mom said I should stick to what I like.

food is culture.


We got the time for a little bit of luxury.

Ever wondered what a New Years Eve dinner looks like in a European household (Russian in particular)? I'm about to give you a glimpse.

Food and LOTS of it, with caviar and champagne always ready to be refilled. That's actually not even a quarter of what was on the table. That is why North Americans are normally surprised when they attend a European celebration. By the amount of food, of course.

My kitty decided to introduce himself to my blog. Hi Beba!