Monday, March 21, 2011

FAQs from me

1. Are you Chinese/Korean/Japanese?...GREENLANDIC?
2. Do you speak Chinese?
3. Is Mongolia ruled by China?
4. Mongolia is in China, right?
5. Why don't you speak Chinese?
6. Do you like rice?
7. Why did you come to Denmark? Why?!
8. What do you think of Denmark? When did you come?
9. Why Economics?
10. Is your family rich? What does your parents do?
11. How long did you live in the States?
12. Are all Mongolians tall like you?
13. What do Mongolians speak?
14. Where is Mongolia? How do you get there? Do you have an airport?
15. What's Mongolia like?

more shocking questions:

16. Mongolia is the 4th biggest city in China, right?
17. One guy said "You're from Mongolia? That's so cool. I was there last year, LOVED BALI. It's near Indonesia, right?"... i was smiling, but i froze when i heard the last 2 sentences "Bali? no, no, no. Mongolia! It's not an island!"
18. "You're from Mongolia??? But you don't look like an African!"
19. Are you adopted?
20. You're Asian, you're not supposed to be tall!
21. Mongolia? You are a communist!

and the typical:


Thursday, March 03, 2011

Rape, a weapon of war: Destroying the glue of a society

OMG, I had to share this. May there be World Peace!

Vertical Farm

What is a Vertical Farm? It is a concept that argues that it is economically and environmentally viable to cultivate plant or animal life within skyscrapers. You can literally understand it from the name: VERTICAL + FARMING. Imagine a long and tall building full of clean green technology, growing plants and food for the growing population in the world.

An article on Verticle farm on BBC has amazed and opened the eyes of many people in 2007, but somehow they still lack money and funds to make it a reality.

Dickson Despommier, author of "The Vertical Farm", on the concept, explains what Vertical Farm might look like and the eco-cities of the future. He says Vertical Farming is possible; the technology is there, but we just need a strong motivation and fund.

Four architects describe their designs for the vertical farms of the future.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Worst Oscars Ever

This year's 83rd Academy Awards, aka Oscars, took place on February 27, 2011 in LA, and it was, surprisingly, quoted by many critiques as the worst Oscars ever. The criticisms went to the hosts James Franco (127 Hours) and Anne Hatheway (Love and Other Drugs), because Anne Hatheway seemed too excited, shouting "WHOOHOO!!!" several times (when the music was very classical and very classy), while James Franco was too unexcited, standing like a statue with a talking mouth. In fact, Jame Franco is now listed in the 10 Worst Hosts in Times magazine. Moreover, most of the gratitude speeches were rather long and dull; and the commercials like 'The Diet Pepsi', 'Renaissance Hotel' made the show even worse.


As always, Oscars' Red Carpet is the place where actors and actresses make their most glamorous fashion statements. For me the most beautiful dress gowns were worn by:

Halle Berry

Scarlett Johanssen

Black Swan's Mila Kunis


Mandy Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow looked beautiful and sang fairly well, but unfortunately, all the singers were out-shined by legendary Celine Dion. Without doubt, the most spectacular performance was by Celine Dion with 'Smile'! It was very moving to listen to her amazing voice. I love her so much.


The most nominated films were The King's Speech (12), True Grit (10), Inception and The Social Network (8), The Fighter (7), 127 Hours (6), Black Swan and Toy Story 3 (5), The Kids are All Right and Winter's Bone (4), Alice in Wonderland (3) and Biutiful, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and How to Train Your Dragon (2).


Out of 24 categories, both Inception and The King's Speech went home with 4 Oscars; The Social Network - 3, and Alice in Wonderland, The Fighter, and Toy Story 3 went home with 2. Other winners were Black Swan, In a Better World, Inside Job, The Wolfman, God of Love, The Lost Thing, and Strangers No More.

Complete detailed list is below and what do you think? Did oscar went fair? As always, the most exciting and waited categories are the first four: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. I think Natalie Portman fully deserves the award, while i was very surprised why Leonardo DiCaprio was not nominated at all, but i think Colin Firth deserves the prize without doubt. The King's Speech got both the Best Picture and Best Director.

I would also like to highlight the best documentary winner "The Inside Job" - it is very informative and very amazing financial documentary of 2008! I highly recommend you all to watch it, if you haven't.

1. Best Picture - The King's Speech
2. Best Director - Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
3. Best Actor - Colin Firth as Prince Albert, Duke of York/King George VI, The King's Speech
4. Best Actress - Natalie Portman, Black Swan

5. Best Supporting Actor - Christian Bale, The Fighter as Dicky Eklund
6. Best Supporting Actress - Melissa Leo, The Fighter as Alice Ward
7. Best Writing, Original Screenplay - David Seidler, The King's Speech
8. Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay - The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin from The Accidental Billionares by Ben Mezrich
9. Best Animated Feature - Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich
10. Best Foreign Language Film - In a Better World, Susanne Bier from Denmark!
11. Best Documentary, Feature - Inside Job, Charles H. Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
12. Best Documentary, Short Subject - Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
13. Best Live Action Short Film - God of Love, Luke Matheny
14. Best Animated Short Film - The Lost Thing, Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan
15. Best Original Score - The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
16. Best Original Song - "We belong together" from Toy Story 3, Randy Newman
17. Best Sound Editin - Inception, Richard King
18. Best Sound Mixing - Inception, Lora Hirschber, Gary A. Rizzo, Ed Novick
19. Best Art Direction - Alice in Wonderland - Art Direction: Robert Stromberg - Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara
20. Bet Cinematography - Inception, Wally Pfister
21. Best Makeup - The Wolfman, Rick Baker and DAve Elsey
22. Best Costume Design - Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
23. Best Film Editing - The Social Network, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
24. Best Visual Effects - Inception, Paul Fraklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb


A Danish drama film, "In A Better World", directed by Susanne Bier and written by Anders Thomas Jensen got the Best Foreign Language Film. The plot summary is the lives of two Danish family cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

For those people who always ask me how the Danish language sounds like, you may hear it yourself in the following trailer :D

Nevertheless, one of the best parts of this year's Oscar was the following musical:

Let me know what you thought of this year's Oscars!