Little Update – May 18th, 2020

Hello, readers!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I signed up for the Amazon affiliate program.

Through this program, i can put links to various items/products i’m talking about in my blog entries, and IF you decide to make a purchase through the link i post, I’ll earn a little reward, but you will not be charged extra.

All entries in which i will use these affiliate links will have the following disclaimer, somewhere at the top of the entry:

DISCLAIMER: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. I used these affiliate links to give you the option to check the book out, for yourself, if you so wish, through a well-trusted seller. While I will be very glad if you buy any of the linked items, the decision to do so or not, belongs to you. Thank you for reading!  

Nobody is forced to buy anything if they don’t want to, if they feel it’s too expensive, or whatever other reason.

While i did sign up today, I have to wait for approval – 180 days.

For now, this site only makes money through WordAds. And it barely started making some cents.

On my blog, ObscureJourney.com, i’m closer to the minimum amount allowed for withdrawal, as the limit is lower. The blog is hosted on a different platform and it makes money through the copywriter’s right

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I want to be as transparent with everyone, as i am able to. i won’t disclose figures, as i believe that’s against some rules somewhere. i also don’t want to make people feel bad – i make so little money, they HAVE to help out, or they make so little compared to me, that i’m greedy.

Again, if you like the items i link to, feel free to buy, not buy, seek alternatives.

I want to point out that i will only link to items, if they somehow relate to the entry. I also added links to some of my past entries, with the disclaimer in place.

If you stayed with me so far, thank you!

If you decide to buy through my links, thank you again!

Stay safe and see you soon!

© Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

3 Romanian cakes -Originally Published on ObscureJourney

Hello World!

This is just the intro to the full blog entry found on ObscureJourney blog. Find the link below, along with a picture preview of one of the cakes!

The title says it all: today i want to show you 3 Romanian cakes. These cakes can be found in any cake shop and even at the supermarket. Or this was my experience so far.

If you ever find yourself in Romania, I think you should try these cakes, but try and make sure you buy them from a cake shop: they taste better there, for some reason, compared to the ones in supermarkets. Ana Pan is where you’ll probably find the best tasting cakes, at least in Bucharest.

i should mention that we do have many other types of cakes available, but i’ll present the ones that are specific to Romania, and not imported.

to show the Savarina cake from Romania.
Savarina cake from Romania

Ok, enough rambling: CLICK HERE to read the rest of the presentation!

© Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Ten of Wands

There is a female figure wearing a brown long dress that seems to have roots. There is a seashell [the Fibonacci spiral] at her feet, behind her. Her feet also seem deep rooted, meaning she’s quite a stable person. While she is bent forward, her head is high and she seems to look forward. Her face is either painted white or she wears a white mask.

Not only there is this tree growing on her back including from her head, but she also seems to hold it with her hands – protecting it? Making sure it doesn’t fall over?

On top of this tree, there are various buildings and stairs. People figures are seen on the stairs and on a branch close to the female’s face. From each building, new branches grow, all surrounded in bubbles of golden light.

The rock she stands on is dark colored, and the colors become lighter the higher the image gets. There is also a large blue round stained-window under one of the buildings.

She worked hard and her efforts paid off. However she doesn’t stop working, because things depend on her to go smoothly. Surely, if she’s not careful enough, everything will come crashing down.

Are those jewels dangling from her chest? sweat?


Read more here. Originally posted here.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Four of Cups

A beautiful blonde mermaid lays on some rocks drawing circles on the water.

Some fae seem to bring cups filled with some liquid.. or perhaps the cups are taken away? [the way I see the action, is that the faes take the cups away rather than bringing them to her].

We also see a fish and a turtle at the end of her tail..
on a distant rock, a rock carved with fish can also be seen. 2 faes talk about something on this rock, ignoring everything else.

The general color of the card is blue with hints of yellow and white.

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I guess, the querent ‘has the blues,’ in this card.
He may feel like he stagnates – the water is still, and the mermaid is not swimming either. Her tail prevents her from moving freely on land as well. But she is also not interested in moving: all she wants is to stay there and think. At least for some time.

Whatever small excitement comes, is also rejected because it’s not enough.

The querent might feel empty..?


I first posted this here. See more details here.

Shadowscapes Tarot – Ten of Pentacles

On this card we see a young woman riding a dragon. She holds a gigantic peach and the dragon has a pentacle-coin dandling from one of his claws. There is also a castle in the far distance.

The castle can barely be made out, and things could still go sideways if one is not careful enough. The woman, however, seems pretty careful: she looks towards the castle -is that her goal? and she holds onto the dragon.

Let’s not forget that the word “dragon” is used as a code-name for the Devil, at times. The relation to the Devil card is made through the dangling coin, and we all know that “money is the eye of the devil.”

Therefore, we already know already that:

  • the pentacle suit is related to money, wealth, material needs, practicality, and even bankers,
  • 10s are related to something that is complete.

With this in mind, we should probably be careful about how we act once we reach the wealth we hope for. I’ll go a bit more in depth later on.

The general color of the card is a vibrant green with hints of golden – making me think of money. There is only one corner that is purple.. Is that a sign of royalty? This isn’t far fetched given the castle.

The overall message of this card is one can enjoy affluence and financial security, good fortune, and luxury.

The image makes me think that financial security is not necessarily or always self-earned, or at least not entirely. It comes from a strong supporter who might have something to gain when helping out, as well. this particular image makes me think of a ‘sugaring’ relationship. [please do your own research on this subject if you’re not familiar with it.]

The dragon hoarded a fortune and is maybe too old, or tired to enjoy it all by himself. Sharing it with the young woman he can be sure it will be put to good use – the fruit she carries has a pit as well, that can grow into a tree.

But she needs some help, even financial help to make this happen. The dragon might get enough just from seeing the woman using the resources she receives for something good.

Her belly seems rounded, and this is a sign of pregnancy. She might be full of ideas that need proper care and resources to grow and materialize. Also, a pregnancy hints towards a new life or that a life(style) change is about to happen -after all, parenthood does change the way the parent(s) live(d/s).

So, perhaps, if we reach a level of wealth that enables us to somehow be of help, we should do that. This is somehow hinted at with the trees beneath them, as they all seem fruitless, whereas she has a peach that she can use to grow a peach tree.

The peach is a symbol of youth and longevity, and in East Asia, it is seen as a lucky symbol. Read more about it over here.

It also seems like to me they’re having one-another’s back. There’s trust between them. Partnership – mostly in a business-like environment.


More information here.

©Charly Cross 2013 – present. All rights reserved.

Online shopping haul

Not long ago I promised I would show you guys the stuff I bought online, from a Chinese website called wish.com.

DISCLAIMER: this is not a sponsored post, I bought everything with my own money, and the opinions are my own!

Online shopping is good, as long as you don’t buy clothes, shoes, or expensive electronics. You must pay attention to what others have to say about the seller too, to see if you can trust  – but even then, you can get cheated.

This site wish is easy to use, you can sign up using your gmail account or even your facebook account. I paid with paypal, but I think credit/debit cards are also accepted.

This is what i ordered – a tote, 3 watches (!),  a deck of regular playing cards, and a tarot deck. I also ordered a bra for my friend – it fits her, but i will not show the actual product, and a whetstone to sharpen knives – it never arrived 😦

This is the Shadowscapes Tarot deck, translated into simplified Chinese, i believe. The English card names are at the top of the cards. There is one typing error on one of the cards “nice of cups” instead of “nine of cups, ” which i find quite funny, especially since this is a good card to get in a reading. The typo is barely noticeable, so it doesn’t bother me.

There are 2 extra blank cards included – I guess I can use them in case I lose one. As you can see the cards are quite long, so normal hand shuffling is a bit difficult. Maybe my palms are too short?

My other card deck is a playing one. But the images are with Vampire Knight, as you can see. Vampire Knight is a manga [Japanese comics] by Hino Matsuri. The cards are quite small compared to the tarot. Shuffling them is so easy!

I must admit, when i got them, i thought they’re bigger – before opening them up. I was quite impressed that they were sealed in plastic – the tarot wasn’t. Once i took them in my hand, i thought they’re really cute because of how small they appeared.

I didn’t use them, but I assume in dim light, it will be difficult to tell which card is which, so probably if you ever get your hands on a similar deck, play your games in stronger light.

So these are the watches I got. Why 3? well, i have a small obsession for watches. I have 4 of them in total. One – the first I ever got, is a Michael Kors. [I can’t really remember where it is] I’m not wearing it because it needs a battery and it had a small accident, and lost a decorative plate. I’m pissed about it – I still have it, but I have trouble putting it back with glue it doesn’t stay.

These watches didn’t arrive all at once, though the green ones have been ordered at the same time. The lighter green one was supposed to be more blueish. but the green one looks amazing! The first one to arrive was the one with a black bracelet. It is a mechanical one – the reason I got it. The other 2 cost me $1 each, and $1 shipping for each. I really liked the design, even though they require a battery.

The seller was nice enough to send them with a battery in AND with the hour set for Romania! how cool is that?

The tote is not as big as I thought it would be. I can fit a 15″ laptop in it, if i put it with the narrow side in. And it doesn’t go in all the way – but I rarely take my laptop with me, so that’s fine. It seems well done, though the sewing could have been more straight – in places where it is noticeable.

I like that it has a small inner pocket. The front is purple, and the other side is gray, like the handles and the bottom. The handles are long enough to allow you to wear the bag on the shoulder.

SHIPPING

The mechanical watch was the first to arrive, after some 3 weeks.  I thought i will never get to see my tarot deck nor my playing cards – they arrived quite late. The bag also arrived quite fast, but i forgot how fast. I also forgot how fast the other items came, but the 2 green watches arrived 1 week apart – shipped separately, though the seller was the same.

Speaking of sellers, there are many sellers on wish, just like on ebay or etsy. The prices can change from one day to the other, but they’re generally low. If you know me, you’ll know these items were cheap – since I hate spending money on expensive stuff.

site pictures VS real item pictures

There are slight color differences between the real life items and the image you see provided by the seller. The light green watch was the biggest offender, but since i like green, I’m not complaining. My light, though natural, wasn’t the best to take pictures. The tarot deck is less intense, much more pastel. As for the mechanical watch – just like with the others, several colors were available, that’s why mine is not golden.

Sadly, if you have a problem with your item, the customer support is from wish, and it is not the seller. you might also have the “luck” of talking to someone who doesn’t speak English well. You have 30 days for returns or refunds. This means i lost whatever I paid for my whetstone.

This is all for now. See you again next week!


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Tips on testing a new cafe

Last week I went out to have a drink and relax. I had no idea where to go and I just wandered around until I found this cafe called The Drunken Lords.

The cafe, or bar -as I’m not entirely sure what its label is- is located in the Historic Center of Bucharest. This area is full of cafes, restaurants, bars, night clubs, and even random shops, especially those selling wedding gowns. I may show some of these stores in a future entry.

I never went here before, and I often go to new places just because. The downside is that I never know how the service or the drinks are. I came up with a simple and rather sure way of testing out new cafes. I will share my observations with you, because you know, “sharing is caring,” and I started this blog for this particular reason.

Check out the atmosphere of the place.

This means you need to observe “each detail.” For instance, what do the seats and the tables look like? Do they seem comfortable? How many people can they accommodate? What type of decorations are there on the walls? Is there a funny scent, or is it too smoky?

The Drunken Lords had tables for two but tables for 4 or 6 persons as well. The  owner or the designer thought about using a combination of chairs and sofas [or couches] to appeal to the preferences of more people.

I sat on a chair, while my friend used the sofa to sit at the same table.

 

I really liked the wall decor and this is why I took two pictures of it. One of the walls was completely covered in these old books – most likely nobody would have read them anymore. Among all those books, some really old fashion suitcases were also sprinkled. You can actually see a little bit of one of them in the above picture.

I didn’t take a better picture because it took me minute to realize what was I looking at, and was feeling self conscious taking pictures. On another wall, the designer used the portrait of a gentleman [see below] – too bad my phone and the spotlight were at a bad angle. I really liked how the middle section was left as it was while the upper and the lower sections seem painted over.

 

Check the bathroom

You may not need to go, but you should still go wash your hands before consuming anything. This is exactly what I also did. Having a look at the cafe’s restroom is a great indicator of the care they put in serving their clients.

Luckily most of the restrooms I went to while being at a cafe, were CLEAN. They might not have someone to clean the place after each person, nor advanced Japanese toilets, but you won’t feel like throwing up while walking in there.

McDonalds restroom. [post edited in 2017]
I never sit on the toilet seat, but that’s a different story. This restroom was not only clean, but it was nicely scented too. They have one for the ladies and one for the gents, separated, unlike many other places. 2 people can go in 2 separate stalls at the same time, and there were 2 sinks with soap and paper towel dispensers as well.

Can you tell I was nicely impressed?

Pay attention to the staff

Of course, many people would pay attention to the staff, and notice faster if the staff is rude or not polite enough. The guys on duty on that evening were all smiles and excited to talk to me and my friend. This made the experience more relaxed and much more pleasant.

There is one slight minus that happens virtually everywhere I go: when the order came, there was no napkin in sight! 0.0 I realized this when it was too late, and took my own out [taken from another cafe. When our waiter noticed, he got upset, but he didn’t say a word. ooops] I should have asked for some, but I’m not sure why I didn’t.

The way your bill is presented at the end is also important. Since you’re going to a more fancy place, you should receive it inside a little something, and not just given in your hand. Different locations have different ways of presenting it: in glasses, inside small fancy looking boxes, or specially created cases.

Place your order

This step is one of the most important one when going to a cafe or restaurant. However you must be prepared ahead of time.

What I like doing is quite simple, and uses common sense [I noticed not many people still have it these days, sadly].

I order some drinks I really like and that are super easy to get right or fail. [Well, I also pay attention to the quantity and the price, to see how ‘fair’ they are or if they’re trying to rip customers off – this is something that happens at times].

 

We ordered a lemonade and a hot chocolate with a side of a standard drink – Pepsi Cola [hey, Pepsi folks! can I get some change here for advertising your drink? =P LOL]. Pepsi was the last resort if we hated the other two drinks 😉

Lemonade is something REALLY easy to make. And it might sound ridiculous to some of those reading this entry, but I had a few places bringing me a NASTY lemonade. If they don’t know how to make a decent lemonade, how are they going to make other more complicated drinks?

The staff at The Drunken Lords made a nice lemonade for me. Its size was decent too – not too large and not too small either. I also found its price rather fair, so I can’t complain in this regard.

Hot chocolate is something that I had a bad experience with on a few occasions. This one was a good one, and therefore I have no complaints here either. The bad experiences were related to watered down chocolate, and the drink not being hot enough [at the same time too at least once], OR it being a pudding chocolate.

Hot chocolate is supposed to be like hot Nutella and a bit more creamy or liquid when hot. And the barista at The Drunken Lords did just that. YAY! [can I get some cash for advertising Nutella as well?]

All in all, I had a nice time there. I also liked it because at the time it was mostly empty, so it was more quiet. The music was nice as well. At least in the beginning of my stay, because I can’t remember the whole playlist, but the music was pleasant all the way.

If you’re in Bucharest, you should totally check this place out. This is their website.


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