March 31, 2011


I got so angry when my fave pastry raised the cake's prices so much (a stupid romanian habit), that it wasn't worth it buying sweets from their shop anymore... So I said...I'm going to try to do whatever sweets and cakes I want with my own bear hands! It's not the first time I do sweet things, but it was a first doing an apple strudel (it's one of my fave sweets ever!) It was a bit of work, but let me tell you the end, it's worth every moment spent doing it! With cinnamon and apples, when it's still warm, with vanilla ice cream..mmmm... it's a first class restaurant recipe...not to mention it's a viennese speciality. You can find a recipe here
Have some fun! Bake smth! :) <- today's quote :)))
Love, Gab~

March 29, 2011

Seulement pour les gourmettes

These are the photos of some of the things I prepared yesterday, when we had some friends at our place. Rainbow Cheesecake with Forest Berry Sauce and Pepper&Mozzarella filled mushrums... :))
Great stuff...and yes, they do taste as good as they look! :)) My friends said it as well... :)
Love, Gab~

March 28, 2011

food and friends

We had friends over this evening...good food+scrabble+peanuts+chocolate+cheesecake+monopoly= Good quality time! 

March 27, 2011

classics updated

After we attended the premiere at the theatre, we spent the rest of the day working and having fun at @Gold Plaza Mall.With theatre coleagues and other people, we walked through the mall all afternoon in these beautiful costumes and dresses, letting people know that today we were celebrating the World Theatre Day. Then we ran into a friend that just got himself a new camera...and he tried it a lil' bit on us ...these are all Sergiu's photos... thanks, man! It was fun and I'm glad we could make this moments last forever through photography. Especially when my phone died... Enjoy the pics and hope you had a wonderful day!

Hope you liked the photos!
Love, Gab~

"My" World Theatre Day :)

Every year, on the 27th of march we celebrate The World Theatre Day; and before any theatre performance, it is a well known custom (among the theatre people) a message is can see it in the previous post. This year, me and a coleague of mine, read both the national and int. messages before the premiere of a children show started. Enjoy the pics! 
Love, Gab~

celebrating theatre...

The author of this year’s WTD11 message is Jessica A. Kaahwa.

A Case for Theatre in Service of Humanity
Jessica A. Kaahwa, Uganda

Today’s gathering is a true reflection of the immense potential of theatre to mobilize communities and bridge the divides.
Have you ever imagined that theatre could be a powerful tool for peace and reconciliation? While nations spend colossal sums of money on peace-keeping missions in violent conflict areas of the world, little attention is given to theatre as a one-on-one alternative for conflict transformation and management. How can the citizens of mother-earth achieve universal peace when the instruments employed come from outside and seemingly repressive powers?
Theatre subtly permeates the human soul gripped by fear and suspicion, by altering the image of self – and opening a world of alternatives for the individual and hence the community. It can give meaning to daily realities while forestalling an uncertain future. It can engage in the politics of peoples’ situations in simple straightforward ways. Because it is inclusive, theatre can present an experience capable of transcending previously held misconceptions.
Additionally, theatre is a proven means of advocating and advancing ideas that we collectively hold and are willing to fight for when violated.
To anticipate a peaceful future, we must begin by using peaceful means that seek to understand, respect and recognize the contributions of every human being in the enterprise of harnessing peace. Theatre is that universal language by which we can advance messages of peace and reconciliation.
By actively engaging participants, theatre can bring many-a-soul to deconstruct previously held perceptions, and, in this way, gives an individual the chance of rebirth in order to make choices based on rediscovered knowledge and reality. For theatre to thrive, among other art forms, we must take the bold step forward by incorporating it into daily life, dealing with critical issues of conflict and peace.
In pursuance of social transformation and reformation of communities, theatre already exists in war-torn areas and among populations suffering from chronic poverty or disease. There are a growing number of success stories where theatre has been able to mobilize publics to build awareness and to assist post-war trauma victims. Cultural platforms such as the “International Theatre Institute” which aims at “consolidating peace and friendship between peoples” are already in place.
It is therefore a travesty to keep quiet in times like ours, in the knowledge of the power of theatre, and let gun wielders and bomb launchers be the peacekeepers of our world. How can tools of alienation possibly double as instruments of peace and reconciliation?
I urge you on this World Theatre Day to ponder this prospect and to put theatre forth as a universal tool for dialogue, social transformation and reform. While the United Nations spends colossal amount of monies on peacekeeping missions around the world, through the use of arms, theatre is a spontaneous, human, less costly and by far a more powerful alternative.
While it may not be the only answer for bringing peace, theatre should surely be incorporated as an effective tool in peacekeeping missions.

About Jessica Kaahwa: Ph.D., possesses a long and varied career in facilitation and designing of participatory communication methodology for development. She currently lectures in the Departments of Drama and Literature at Makerere University, which is where she also received her Masters degree. Widely traveled, Dr. Kaahwa’s undergraduate degree is from University of Benin, Nigeria where she also worked as a broadcaster with the External Service – Radio of Nigeria. Dr. Kaahwa went on to study Theatre History, Theory and Criticism at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received her Ph.D. in 2001. Dr. Kaahwa has been the architect of a number of national initiatives that have sought to use theatre and media as a constructive force in conflict settings and for health improvement. She has and continues to experiment with theories that expand the discourse on theatre practice. A good example is her recent experimentation with “Theatre for Personal Meaning” and “Theatre for Conflict Communication.” She is currently working on integrating “Process Theory” into Theatre Therapy practice.
Dr. Kaahwa is a great believer in “teaching by doing” and has in recent years, conducted training facilitation for both international and national organizations.
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