sunnuntai 21. huhtikuuta 2013

Working in London.

Hi guise!

It has taken me so long to write this post. Probably because I have been utilizing my time to workout, paint and study french, which I was unable to do whilst living in London.
I'm back living in Finland and I have to say that I'm relieved to be back. London wasn't for me after all. It's a shame, because I used to love that city. Then I got to see the other, more real side of London and realized that I didn't like living in London anymore. I still like London, it's a great city to visit. And there might come a time when I have to live in London again, but in the mean time, I'm glad to be back in Finland <3

This post inclued brief information about my work experience in London.

Finding a job in London. 

This entirely depends on what your profession is. If it's in customer service, then no problem, you have lots to choose from. If you want to work for a business company, I'm quite positive you'll be able to get a proper position (depending on your education) in no time. I would imagine that even those who are Humanitarians or Artist, will be able to get some kind of work that matches their degree. 
I got a job interview even before I graduated from makeup school. I went through the interviews and style checks and got a job five days after I had graduated. I was a freelance makeup artist and a consultant for different makeup brands in department stores. So even as a makeup artist, I was able to find work in no time.

However here comes the unpleasant part, when you get that job from your chosen field, there is chance that you have to get a second job as well. You see London is a very expensive city, and unless you already have a lot of work experience and a fancy degree, chances are, you have to start from the bottom and work your way up over the years. Now I imagine that it's like this every where in the world. However unlike in Finland for example, where the odds of getting a job in the field you are educated-trained in is minimal, in London the chances of getting the job you really want are high. In Finland I'm unemployed because all the consultant positions have been filled and there are no new positions opening. Here the demand for eight consultants per makeup brands is zero. In Finnish department stores they only need maybe four consultants, and usually they only have two consultants working per day. One for the morning shift and one for the evening shift. I suppose it is a tradition in Finland that once you get a job, you hold on to it until you retire. Anyway, it's not like that in London at all. New positions open all the time. And many places offer internships. So no matter what field you are looking to get into, I'm quite positive it won't be way too difficult.

Rate of pay.

London just raised their minimum wage from £5 to £6-something/h. I can hear whole of Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium laughing. It is a laughable rate and the UK really expects people to live on that rate. Sure the taxes are lower than in Germany, but the people in Germany get paid atleast £10/h, or so I hear. I tried my best to live on that £6-something pay, but as it turned out, I couldn't. In Finland my pay as a waitress was little over £11/h including evening-weekend-sunday allowance. In London my flatmate from Germany said that her parents wouldn't let her work for £6-something because it would be exploitation. It is exploitation, many people in London have to get by with minimum wage, work long hours in a cold, stressful enviroment and no such thing as after 6pm evening allowance exists. It was shocking for me to discover that there were no evening, or weekend allowances and you didn't get double pay on sunday (every sunday, not just bank holidays). Not to mention travelling in London is very expensive. Depending on where you live, you could end up spending 3h per day just travelling to work. And if you can't afford to take the tube, you'll spend even more time travelling to work because bus routes are long and they stop very often. And the fares....I was paid £46 per day and the tube zones 1-4 was £43 per WEEK. So there you have it.
I can't speak for all the sectors, but customer service and teaching pay you the minimum wage. Which means that teachers or waiters for example usually get a second job to do on the side. I have read about my friend's adventures in our uni town as a lecturer-groundskeeper-receptionist. I keep thinking that in Finland he wouldn't have to be a groundskeeper-receptionist because he would be able to get by as a lecturer no problem.
Having to do two jobs means that you don't have any freetime. You pretty much go home to sleep and eat. And this will probably go on for years and years until they promote you in your dream job or something. And I have to mention this, it says a lot about the country when you constantly see people, grown adults, living in shared houses. They simply can't afford to get a flat of their own so they have share a house with 2 people or more. I wonder if this has something to do with the rate of pay in the UK..?
It is pretty much up to you to decide whether the low pay and two jobs is worth the effort. I was wasting away in London so I decided to leave. For me there was no point in staying in London, selling makeups for minimal pay whilst in Finland I would be able to do the same thing and actually get paid for it (or so I thought, there are no open vacancies at the moment). So the day I left London was a happy day for me and I don't regret it. 

Basically to survive in London, you need to get an estimate of your rent, bills, council tax, food and travel expenses and see if you can survive with the pay you are getting. There is no way to sugarcoat things, especially if you are coming to London from an affluent society. Living in London is rough.

Finding a job in London is easy, I have heard many stories about people moving to London and getting a job at Boots or Sainsbury's without previous experience and are still living in London. I read many stories Finns had written on this forum about moving to London. It was not that surprising to read that all of them had had a nasty beginning in London. And it usually involved housing. Anyway, even I who had just graduated from makeup school got a job as a makeup artist- consultant like that. So it really depends on the career you are pursuing. Naturally artists will have it more rough because even in London, it is difficult to earn money as an artist or as a ballerina. A friend of mine was a business student, he was an intern for a year and now the company has send him to Shanghai to teach english to the employees there. 

I also have to mention that not all people who come to London come from affluent societies, many people who come to London had to leave their home country and so they have nothing when they come to London. One of the really positive aspects of London is that it's not afraid of foreigners and immigrants. All the staff I met in most of the Boots I worked at were immigrants and many of them were managers. I found that inspiring. It was wonderful to see that even people who come to London with little or no previous work experience can get a decent job and have the possibility to move up. The only thing that really bothers me is that as kind to foreigners as London is, it also shamelessly exploits them. But then again, fleeing one's home country and getting a shared flat and a job in London is the most wonderful thing ever happened to some people of London. It is and I am very happy that London accepted me with my quirky accent and made me feel like a Londonette. 
I can say without a doubt that the opportunities in London are indeed endless. And
even though I'm not in love with London anymore, I still find the experiences I got, priceless.

I tried to keep this post short like the living in London post. After all I can't say too much about working in London because I only had the makeup consultant job. I did some research and asked people about their experiences, but all these people work or worked in customer service. I don't know anybody who gets a high pay rate in London. But hopefully you got the idea of what working can be like in London.

As for me, I have my eye on a new job, that could pay off all my student loans and possibly get me my very own flat in Helsinki <3 If I get this job, I could also be able to paint and work as a makeup artist without having to worry about where the next paycheck comes from.
I have an interview next month in Amsterdam and I'm praying that I'll get to the final stage of that interview day. The interview process of this company is very demanding and long, and of course I wish that they hire me, but at the moment I'm concentrating on getting to that final stage of the interview day. I have a month left to prepare myself. Wish me luck!

Thank you for reading and enjoy that sunshine, it's spring!


sunnuntai 3. maaliskuuta 2013

Living in London (how to find a flat).

Hello peeps!

It seems that I haven't got time to do anything these days. I graduated from AOFM, had to move, went through three job interviews, got a job and now I'm working and trying to get by with really small salary.

It all began in Janurary during AOFM when I realized that I couldn't keep living in the shared flat in Acton anymore. I don't want to go into too much detail, but lets just say that the situation got ugly, the agency took care of it, but I didn't feel safe living in that flat anymore so I moved out.
I terminated my contract with the agency and was back at the same B&B where I stayed when I first moved to London. I'm still fighting to get my deposit back.

I had to find a new place, but I got invited to a job interview. I was running like a madman up and down Oxford st. trying to find the proper outfit and accessories the agency had requested. The interview was in 3 stages (mon,wed and fri) and after my last interview on friday, I was booked to work with NARS (and now I have worked with Chanel as well).
The interview was extremely hard, I had to buy a nice suit (jacket and skirt) and the sorts, plus I had to cut my hair because the guy there hated it. It was rather clear that the agency was very strict about appearance and poise. And all this time I was flat hunting.

Now I'll introduce some pointers to how to find the perfect flat for you in London. I must warn you that incase there are few things you look from a room and an area, finding the perfect place may turn into a nightmare.

Finding a flat in London.

Basically it all comes down to these key points:
1. Area.
2. The state of the house.
3. Connections to your workplace.
4. Your budget.

1. Firstly you need to decide where you want to live. If you are not into tough, run-down, immigrant populated areas I'd stay clear of East London all together. Canary Wharf is very trendy right now because of its booming economics and work opportunities, but that's pretty much it about East London. I took a bus across East London from Holborn for I was trying to get to the Finnish Church and E.L was definately not the place where I wanted to live. In Metro there is always news about shootings, and stabbings and murders, which mostly occur in East London. I'm not saying that the rest of London is any good, but incase you are coming to live in London for the first time, you might want to avoid areas that have high crime rate. Also if you are looking to live among Caucasians or Brits, East London is not the place for you. 
My first Flat (well room) was in West London, in Acton. A nice place to live, I felt safe there and tube and bus connections were rather good. I should probably point out now that if you are coming to London and want to live among Brits, you have to go way out of Central London. Most Brits live in the Home Counties of London, such as Surrey, Slough and the sorts. I live in Southgate and for the first time since I moved to London, I can hear proper British English in the stores.
In short, Central London is populated by immigrants of various backgrounds, and each area is a reflection of the most popular ethnic group living there. For me it was a bit of a shock to find out that there were no Brits living in Central London (atleast not in the areas that I could afford).
Before you come here I would suggest that you do a throughout check on each area you are interested in. I checked Acton, Vauxhall, Canary Wharf, Hammersmith, Turnpike Lane, Fulham, King's Cross and Shepherd's Bush before I settled in Acton and later in Southgate.

2. Area is really important, but equally important is to check the state of the house. You won't believe the rooms and houses I saw whilst looking for a flat. I came to realize that I had been living in a dream world in Helsinki where everything is nice and clean and safe. In London, things are the exact opposite of nice and clean. I was very fortunate to finally found this flat in Southgate. The angel of a landlady has been keeping her house nice and tidy. This place is literally a palace now that I have seen what else is out there (but seriously this is very very nice house). Couple of things you need to check before you sign a contract:
* Check if the room has bed bugs (look for black spots/stains on the bed frame and on the mattress)! Seriously people, I hear that the whole of Ealing is suffering from bed bugs. Infact, it is not unusual for 'hotels' in London to suffer from bed bug infestations and if you stay in place like that, there is a big chance that you bring the bugs back home with you. For even if you call pest control and they poison the room, there is 99% chance that the bugs have just moved to another room and will emerge after 3 weeks. We do not have bed bugs in Finland, I had never even seen a bed bug before nor could even imagine having them live with me. For me it was a great shock when I realized that in London bed bugs are almost part of the house hold. The house that I live in now reflects the state it is in, clean, strong, renovated every few years and the landlady makes sure that all the tenants keep their rooms in pristine condition. In short, check that the room is pristine clean.
* Ask about the other tenants and if you can, try to get information of their living habbits. You don't want to move in with someone who cooks extremely spicy food in the kitchen if you are allergic. Ask how everything works and if there has been any big renovations or repairs done recently, or if the landlady/landlord/agency is looking to renovate soon. How are the locks and has the house or the neighbourhood been subject to robbery. Then of course you need to find out about the bills and what is included in the rent. Check that the bathroom has everything you require and that there is enough hot water for everyday use. If the house has carpets (yuck!) ask if they are cleaned regularly. Basically when you see the outside of the house, you can pretty much predict what it's going to look like inside. You can judge a book by its covers. 
And don't rush! If the agency/landlady/landlord is asking you to pay a holding fee or another unsual fee (fee that is not a deposit) forget that place! What the agency or landlord should be asking, is a deposit and 1 month's rent in advance. I fell in to Red Move's 'holding fee' trap and now I'm fighting for my deposit. Agencies also ask you to pay extra to draw a contract for you plus when you leave the agency, you'll be asked to pay a check-out fee. After my Acton disaster, I never want to deal with a flat agency again! Personally I like private landlord's better because you have more room to negotiate.

3. In a way, location is everything in London. Distances are long and you may end up spending a lot of time just travelling to work/school. When I came here I wasn't sure which ticket to buy. If you buy bus-tram travel card you are only allowed to access those, but if you buy regular travel card you can travel on tube, bus, tram etc as much as you want, but within the zones you have selected. The bus travel card is much cheaper than the tube travel card, however it takes forever to travel by bus. I lived in Acton, and my school was in Soho. It took me 1h20min by bus to get to Piccadilly, by tube it took 20min. Busses make a lot of stops and are often stuck in traffic. Bus routes are also very long, so you end up going a long detour before reaching your destination. Zones 1-3 bus travel card is £19, tube travel card is £35, and both are PER WEEK. The public transportation in London is very expensive. I don't think I have come across more expensive transportation fees elsewhere. It is ridiculously expensive. Maybe this is another way for England to separate the poor from the rich because clearly only rich people can afford to take the tube (and me, well atleast for another 2 weeks). There is also Pay-and-Go option where you load money on your Oyster card and pay only when you travel. However if you need to use public transportation a lot, I suggest you get the weekly travel card. Now that I live in zone 4, I pay £43 per week for my travel card. The further you go from C.L, the more expensive travelling is. The tube is very handy, but I'm never looking forwards to rush hour on the tube. I rather work until 8pm just to avoid the 6pm rush hour xD

4. You can't get a fancy place in London that is cheap, tidy and in a good area. And that is a fact. The lower your budget, more chances are, you are going to wind up in a horrendous flat in horrendous neighbourhood. Or it's a nice place in good area, but it's so far from work/school that you end up spending a fortune and a lot of time getting there each day. My first flat cost £110 per week and it included all bills. The flat naturally reflected that price. It was a very small room in a attic-like flat on the top floor of the building. The staircase was narrow and getting into the flat was difficult. There was five of us sharing one kitchen, one fridge-freezer and one bathroom-toilet. There was no room to dry our laundry really and two people liked to smoke in the bathroom.
My current flat in Southgate costs £160 per week, but here I have a very large room for myself. I share a bathroom-toilet with two other people. We have a big kitchen and there is room for everyone in the fridge-freezer. We have a washing machine and a dryer and plenty of space to dry clothes in the living room too.
One of my peers in AOFM had a studio flat for herself in Notting Hill. She had a terrace and wooden floors, but she didn't have heating or warm water for two weeks (in January). And she paid close to £2000 per month. So even if you get a fancy studio or room for yourself, I have learned that in London there is bound to be a downside too. But not here =) I love this flat and my landlady is awesome! Well the only downside....I can't exercise in my room, the landlady forbids that, but she lets me exercise in the living room though.

If you are interested to learn more about living in London or are keen to ask me something don't be afraid to comment. I'll try to answer the best I can. I have lived here for 2 months now, so I'm not an expert, but I can give you a little insight on what it's like for a foreigner to live in London. I tried to keep the guidance part short for those who are looking for pointers and not stories.

I'll do a follow up on what it's like to work in London.

Stay tuned and thank you for reading!


sunnuntai 27. tammikuuta 2013


Hi guise!

So sorry it took me this long to write a new post. Moving to London was rough and then I went to school at AOFM (Academy of Freelance makeup). I still have 1 week left and then I'm a certified makeup artist ^_^

Dragon's year isn't over yet. I have about two weeks left to be productive and successful. Well apparently 2013 is going to be very successful for us Dragons so we'll see. To my friends 2012 was either so-so or not nice at all. To me, 2012 was very nice. I was working most of the time, but a lot of things happened and because so many things happened, I'm now living in London.

But about 2012, it began peacefully and I took a habbit of going to my parent's cabin in the country once a month, or once every other month. I spend a week there just painting and relaxing. I miss it already. It was exceptionally nice to be there in winter. I'd wake up around 8.15am to feed birds and watch the sunrise (around 9am). It was very excotic to be up and still find it pitch black outside. In the country we have a lot of different types of birds. I loved to bring them seeds and watch them eat whilst I had my breakfast inside. It was usually around -15'C outside. I'd paint the rest of the day and workout too. I managed to make 7 oil paintings in 2012, and they were supposed to be featured in my first solo show in Helsinki right after New Year's, but yeah I moved to London on the 2dn of January.  London is exciting, but still, I miss our cabin, the winter scenery and painting in tranquility.

Enough. (c) Heini Mika 2012.
In early spring 2012, I got infatuated with Kpop! I have been listening to Jpop for a decade now, but I never got into Kpop like my little sister did. She has been listening to Kpop for 6 years. I discovered Kpop through Simon and Martina of Eatyourkimchi. A schoolmate of mine was talking about “Bubble pop” on Fbible, and one of his friend put a link to eatyourkimchi review on his wall. I was like “I have heard about Bubble Pop, so lets see what it's about”. After that I started watching eatyourkimchi videos on daily basis xD I even introduced their “Shinee, Sherlock” video to my little sister. Simon and Martina are so much fun! And their videos are really well made. They don't just talk about Kpop, they talk about Korean food and Culture and what's it like to live in Korea (as a foreigner). At first I was just watching the videos, but when I watched their review on Big Bang's “Fantastic Baby” I was hooked. It started with Big Bang and U-Kiss, but now I love Super Junior and Junsu, and Shinee is good too and so is 2ne1 and Bilasaa! And of course, G-Dragon! I felt a bit like a cradle robber when I began to like him, but I checked wikipedia and he's 2 months OLDER than me xDDDD G-Dragon really is an expectional talent. Everyone get your crayon!

Big Bang (G-D, Seungri, Teayang, Daesung, T.O.P)

After 8 years I finally got to go to Paris again. I was a little girl when I went to Paris the first time. The second time I was a teenager and at first I didn't like Paris at all because it was so dirty and there were rubbish every where. But after the first day I started to like Paris. By April 2012 I had saved some fun-money and was planning to meet my BBF in London during his spring break. But then I reconsidered it. After all both of us had seen plenty of London already. I thought of Rome, but we had been there already in 2008. Now I have been to Rome 4 times. And then I had the idea to go to Paris. We met at Charles-De Gaulle on monday evening. Our hotel, H'otel Odeon, was on the other side of Seine, not on the Louvre, Pompidou side. H'otel Odeon was really nice, and reasonably priced too. We went to see the sights and he even agreed to go to Disney Land with me! Disney Land was so much fun xD But I was so upset that the Michael Jackson ride wasn't working. But I had a great time (he was mostly in a coma due to Disney overload). Paris was exceptionally beautiful in April. We even had a small heathwave on tuesday. After that the weather was mild. We walked a lot during that trip. And may I just say, avoid Champagne mojitos! XD they are deadly! I would have loved to spend another 5 days in Paris, but I had to get back to work. So we left on friday, but before that we went to have tea and cakes at "Laduree" near Concorde. They make such excellent macaroons, I brought a box of those to home with me. Also if you like tea/coffee/confectionaries go visit Fauchon! They have an excellent tea selection, “Un Aprés-midi á Paris” is one of my favurite Fauchon teas. My BFF went back to Aberdeen and I came back to Helsinki and later in September, I started studying french.

In summer my family and I went to visit my little sister in Dundee Scotland. None of us had never been to Scotland so it was going to be a treat for us. We left our cabin early in the morning to drive to Tampere. We took Ryanair to Edingburgh and a train to Dundee (1,5h). It was freezing in Scotland, in June. In Helsinki it had been +25'C all week so we had only prepared summer clothes. The whole week was freezing and I was really scared that I'd catch a cold because my art show was right after our trip + I had work too. It was a lovely trip never the less. We got to see my little sister and we met Mochi, her pet bunny for the first time. He is such a darling! Even though he likes to chew everything xD Mum and Dad were bunking in her boyfriend's room (he was working in Helsinki) and I slept in her room. Mum and Dad were excited to be back in the UK and to have the chance to explore Scotland. We went exploring and shopping and one day we went to St. Andrew's. Really beautiful place! That was a lovely trip even though I was freezing the whole time. Scotland is actually very different from England if you believe it. The architecture is totally different from example the architecture I saw in Manchester. On our last day together we went exploring in Edinburgh. It was raining, and I had my little adventure in the rain. I got lost whilst trying to find this famous vegetarian restaurant. I spend the rest of the day in bed, trying to avoid catching a cold. I'll always regard this trip with warmth and I hope we get to go to Dundee again someday.

St. Andrew's coast line
I had my first art show in Worcester in 2011. At Movement gallery. My second show was in Helsinki at Akvart gallery. I was so happy when they accepted my application. It was particularly hard to come up with a concept for this show. At first I wanted to do pretty landscapes and cityscapes from Paris, London, Kyoto etc, but I reasoned that you could buy those anywhere. In the end I came up with a fictional city called “Summer City” (the show was called “City Summer”). I'm actually rather pleased how the paintings turned out. There were 9 of us showing our works, and 5 of us sold a piece, including me =D A nice couple bought one of my paintings to give as a gift to their relatives. I was full of joy when I got the call from the gallery telling me that I had sold a piece. The show lasted for two weeks, and I was vigilating four times. It was so cool, my BFF came there to keep me company <3 I'd be happy to exhibit work at Akvart again.

Lady Gaga in Helsinki 2012
In August I went to see Lady Gaga for the first time. I had always liked her music, but I kept missing her shows. So when I heard that she was coming to Helsinki in 2012, I quickly bought my ticket. I was hoping to get in to the Monster Pit, but I didn't. I was walking around the arena, hoping that someone would spot me and let me in to the pit. But no luck. It was okay, I had a pretty good seat anyway. I really had to reel myself in at the merchandise booth. I wanted to buy all the t-shirts xD In the end I bought 1 t-shirt, the tour poster, “Married to Gaga” ring and a unicorn keychain for my little sister. I really love that ring, alhtough it's a bit too big for me, I love it. I wear it on my left thumb. The concert was rather good. I was so blown away when “Highway Unicorn” started followed by “Government Hooker” (← my personal favourite). I thought “this show is going to be a-may-zaahh!!”. However it kinda fell flat after that. It was a good show, but I was so dissapointed that Gaga used so much playback! So dissapointed. It seemed to me that Gaga is unable to sing and dance at the same time. It's difficult I know, but many other artists sing a song and then they have like a dance breakdown, like in MVs and then they sing again. Whilst Gaga was trying to do them both, but it just wasn't working. Another thing that I didn't appreciate either was that she only sang half of the songs. I mean really only half. She cut “Bad Kids” half! And “Love Game” and “Poker Face” and many other songs too. That was dissapointing. However I had no idea she had such a fabulous singing voice until she sat down on her motorcycle and sang “Hair”. She really has an amazing voice! Anyway I did enjoy the show and to me it seemed that Gaga was really enjoying herself as well, that the show wasn't just 'another day in the office'. When she thanked the audience for spending their hard earned money on her show, that really touched me. Never before have I heard an artist actually thank their fans for spending money on them. Thank You Gaga, thank you for noticing that!! Never the less, it was a good show and I wouldn't mind spending money to see Gaga again in the future.

After, maybe 7 months, I began to wonder what to do with my life. I was waitressing part-time and I knew that that wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. It was my mum again that asked me to concider makeup artistry. So I began to look for makeup schools in Europe. I found 3 really promising schools. One in Milan, one in Paris and one in London. The Milan seemed cool, but it was too expensive. The Paris one intrigued me the most, but my employment after the course seemed unlikely because I don't speak french (well I do now, but only a little!! Tourist vocabulary etc). So I went with AOFM. They were based in London so I knew that language wouldn't be a problem, plus the school had such marvelous after care programs. They have master classes for graduates, their after care programs includes personal guidance and every year they take graduates to assist at London Fashion week. I sent my application for January's “Total Pro” course and I got a call from AOFM in less than a week. I got in =D And now I have been studying there for 3 weeks. Next week it's Nails and Airbrushing. I'm slowly leaning towards fashion/editorial/advert makeup, but I'm also really interested in movie and theatre makeup as well. My plan is to find a job in retail and then test,test,test to build my portfolio =D I had my portfolio shoot a week ago (AOFM provides everything) and it went alright.

Kuroshitsuji II. Alois&Claude, Ciel&Sebastian

The anime of 2012 for me is Kuroshitsuji II. Last year it was Naruto (still nr. 1 in my heart), but this year I got obsessed with Kuroshitsuji. I watched the second season first, because Takahiro Sakurai is the voice of Claude. I really like Takahiro-san's voice! I thought he was a-may-zaah in “Princess Tutu” <3 So I was looking for anime featuring Takahiro-san and I found Kuroshitsuji II. However Alois Trancy stole the show. At first I was sure that Junko Takeuchi (she does Naruto) was Alois' voice, but nope, I was dead wrong. It's Mizuki Nana!! I was so surprised! I had only heard Mizuki-san do female voices, so I didn't know she could do boys as well. If you listen to her voice as Rue in “Princess Tutu” and then compare that to Alois in Kuroshitsuji, they sound nothing alike! An exceptionally talented voice actress I'd say.
It sucks that Kuroshitsuji II was so short --__-- I could watch Alois all day *_* The plot had some promise, but in the end it turned out rather stupid. The first Kuroshitsuji was a combination of short stories and running plotline. So personally I think that that would have been perfect for Kuroshitsuji II as well. It would have been really interesting to watch Alois plot how to catch Ciel, episode after episode. It would have been like those American tv-series from the 90's. There is a plotline, but the focus is mainly on the individual stories (per episode). The first season was much better in terms of plotline, which still isn't much as far as good plots go. So the shortness of Kuroshitsuji II was a let down. However, there is always Kuroshitsuji I for those who are completely infatuated with Sebastian Q_o I'm making it my duty to find a butler just like Sebastian! I wouldn't mind having a piece of that action ;)

Oh yeah and I had two of my wisdom teeth removed (in one go)  --___--- it's done. The procedure was a piece of cake, but the aftermath, oh boy. It took me a week until I was able to return to work. I pretty much ate just ice-cream, soup, soft tofu and yogurt for 3 days solid. So if by any chance it's not necessary for you to get your wisdom teeth removed, don't do it! It's not worth it, to go through all that suffering and healing after they are out. Seriously.

And I also got “promoted” at work. I was just a regular waitress, until I passed this alcohol custom/law test and got my licence. After that I was able to do manager shifts at work. It was rather fun being the manager for 2-7h per shift =) But again, I never intended waitressing to be my career career.

That's pretty much what happened to me in 2012. Well the highlights. It was a rather eventful year full of happiness with some major negative incidents as well. But it was a good year and I can't help, but feel a little proud that it was my year. I'm a Dragon after all. For 2013 I bought a tea pot from Chinatown that has a Dragon on it to remind myself that I am a Dragon, and Dragons are strong, passionate creatures who'll go through granite and grey stone to get what they want. 

A little bit about my future posts. Because I'm trying to build a life for myself in London I won't be able to write artist reviews for a while. I'll do my best to find a time to write, but right now I'm too busy with school, plus I need to find a job. So after I find a job and get a better sense of my schedules, I'll arrange time to write new posts ^_^

Take care everyone and thank you for reading!
Happy 2013!!