Monday, March 31, 2008

summer time

From this weekend, summer time started. It is nice to have longer sunlight hours suddenly ;)


Sunday, March 30, 2008

new shopping mall

While I was away, a new shopping center opened at the Macedonian square. I would say it is Macedonian version of Parco (a shopping center in Shibuya), which provides floors to small tenants. It seems mainly Italian brands are collected.


Thursday, March 27, 2008

back to skopje

After my absence of 2 weeks, Skopje is now full of green.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

from tokyo

Hi from Tokyo. Enjoying good food at cool restaurants and bars as I always do when visiting a big city. Now cherry blossoms start to bloom in Tokyo.


Monday, March 17, 2008

from sapporo

Hokkaido is famous for fresh seafood. Of course you have to eat sashimi, but this ramen (noodle) salad with crab meat and a sea urchin omelet is also good.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

from japan

I am in Japan. Visiting Tokyo and Hokkaido.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

holiday for planting trees

Today is declared as "Day of Trees." It is a government initiative for afforestation (or reforestration?). People are having a holiday to plant trees. Macedonia had many forest fires last summer, and by this initiative it is expected to mitigate the damages from the fires. It seems about 2 million trees (same number of Macedonian population) will be planted today. For me, I feel just lucky for having an extra holiday, which was suddenly declared last week.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

fiskalna smetka - ljuc

The famous cafana, Ljuc, got the penalty too. It seems right now is the season that tax officials are working...


Sunday, March 09, 2008

fiskalna smetka - broz cafe

One of my favorite cafes, Broz Cafe, got the fiskalna smetka penalty. Boo... Now it will be closed for a while. But, Broz Cafe, having a good sense of humor and style, puts the posters and signs outside saying "we are on involuntary vacation" in a good designed manner to tell its loyal customers that it is closed. I like it. Bastion and Nobu did not do anything when they got the penalty.


Saturday, March 08, 2008

osmi mart

It is Osmi Mart (March 8) today, the day that guys give flowers to women and treat them well as a special occasion in Macedonia or Balkans. So, at a green market, there are lots of temporary flower shops...


Thursday, March 06, 2008

sakura kind

I was talking about the same thing at this time of the year last year. Alreday this Sakura kind of tree is blooming. Yes, it has been very nicely warm. No wonder. A nice season begins.