Laughed my but off 🤣

Man, if I can recommend one thing to listen to this Friday is the #1809 The Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode!

I laughed my but off and really enjoyed my Friday evening! 🤭

I wish you a happy start of the weekend to all of you!

💬 Let me know how you are spending your weekend!


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Trying something new 🥃

Hey everyone! 👋

Just a quick update on my personal life

We arrived in Romania 2 weeks ago and last 2 weeks we spent with my dad in the mountains. We were lucky that the snow was still there, so we managed to take some amazing shots!

Bucegi Mountains

Bucegi Mountains

This week we are taking a break on travel as our feet are very sore... 😁

And that's what motivated me to come up with a special "date" for me(Me Time).

Currently, I am still deciding on which day to do it, Friday or Saturday 🤔, but either way, It's 2-3 hours spent by myself doing things I really enjoy and wait for it! 🥁 Sipping on some good whiskey. 🥃

I am not much of a drinker, but I like to taste good drinks like red wine and whiskey. I went with the best reviewed whiskey on reddit for it's price, starting from the bottom up: Evan Williams.

I tried to sip it just on the rocks, but it's quite strong, so I made myself an Old Fashioned Cocktail which turned out to be quite good!

Old Fashioned Cocktail

I am restricting myself to just one cocktail a week, so my little hobby doesn't turn into something else... 😬

So far, I am enjoying my Me Time while listening to this The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast 🙂.

💬 Let me know how you are spending your weekend!


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Leaving Indonesia 😢

After spending 2 years in Bali with my spouse, we decided to move to Romania temporarily in order to see my parents as I haven't seen them in years and also travel a little bit in Europe!

We made some really great memories here in Indonesia, especially Bali where we spent most of our time.

We even went on a 2 month round trip around Bali, including nearest islands Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, not having a permanent home. It was great!

Here is one of my favorite pictures taken in Nusa Ceningan 😊

Me in Nusa Lembongan

P.s My wife writes some amazing travel guides, you can follow her Instagram page if you are looking for some adventures!

As for our trip to Romania, we will be moving to Brasov for a while which we are super excited about!

I remember visiting Brasov as a kid and I loved it, so I believe we will have a great time there. 🙂

Brasov, Romania

We are already leaving next week, we are basically counting days. Can't wait! 😁


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Rewatching The Lord of the Rings 📺

Unfortunately, I got sick yesterday. 😅

I got extreme fatigue and decided to take some rest to recover.

What better things to do when recovering? Rewatching some old good movies!

So I decided to embark on this 17.5h journey! 😅

Luckily I found on google the right order to watch this movies:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Let's see if I can complete this quest...

Btw, I really liked rewatching Star Wars movies. I highly recommend if you are a fan of it!


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Starting a new blog in 2022! 🎉

Hey everyone! 👋

Today I am starting a new blog (yes, another one 😅).

Some of you might already know that I have another blog at blog.andreizgirvaci.com. Although I really enjoyed writing on Hashnode, I don't think it was the right platform for me to write short articles, ideas or just randomly journal through the week...

Also, I set for myself a goal to write every week day. Looking back, it was a good and a bad decision at the same time.

  • Good because I started to write a lot which really improved my writing skills and also forced me to get out of my comfort zone.

  • Bad because I set an unrealistic goal for myself. I was forcing myself to write even if I didn't feel like writing that day, essentially writing just for the sake of posting. It turned into an OCD behavior.

Also, Hashnode is a platform mostly focused on Technical blogs. But I didn't feel like writing about tech all the time. I have many thoughts during the day that are completely unrelated to tech. Sometimes I just want to share:

  • A recently read book.
  • An experience during the day.
  • Mental health advices, similar to my podcast.
  • And many more topics that doesn't fit the "Long article format on Hashnode".

My inspiration is Pat Walls who published 142 blog posts in 12 months. I really like his website. It's simple, easy to read and you can easily scroll through all his posts on the home page.

So, I decided to take the same approach. Instead of building a complex blog website, I built something very simple, almost getting the same experience as your would use a e-reader, no distractions!

Later in future posts, I will share my process of gathering thoughts, what tools I use for writing and how do I publish this beautiful 🌈 articles on my website. Make sure to bookmark me 👆.

Until then, I will see you very very soon! Thanks for reading until the end! 😊