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Sri Lanka: It’s Tea Time

Hello everyone! How are you today? I sincerely hope that you are good and that you are ready for another adventure. Today I will continue to write about my impressions from Sri Lanka and this will also be the last post from this series of posts from this trip. If you have not read previous posts or you want to read them again please visit, Sri Lanka: The Island Where Dreams Live – LINK and Postcard from Sri Lanka: Signs are everywhere… – LINK.

I would like to use this opportunity to say thank you to all of you for the unselfish support and wonderful messages you send me on social media and via e-mails. THANK YOU guys!

In my previous posts, you had the opportunity to read a lot of interesting things about this beautiful paradise island. You learned something new and why is Sri Lanka recognisable in the world. Did you know that Sri Lanka is on the list of five largest tea exporters in the world? You did not know that fact? I did not even know it until I heard the story of our guide. We had amazing time on tea fields! 🙂

The weather in this part of Sri Lanka is always misty and the temperature is drastically lower than in other parts of the island. Humidity and colder weather are perfect conditions for the tea leaves, but for me who came from warmer and sunny parts of the Sri Lanka was a little shock, but thanks to God so I listened to my mom and brought a jacket with me on Sri Lanka. I’ll just say, “Thank you, Mom!”, The mothers always know best!

I learned a lot about tea. It was fun, they showed us how to properly harvest tea leaves and put them into the baskets that they gave us to carry on our backs.

We learned about all kinds of teas growing on this plantation, we did a little work here on fields (but as you see we were taking the pictures more) and the time flied so fast, so we spent almost 2 hours in the field without feeling it. In the picture above, you see my colleague and friend Rakel, who came from the Philippines to feel these beauties of Sri Lanka.

After a little work in the field, our hosts took us to a factory where they dried and processed tea leaves until the final product which I’m sure most of you love to drink at 5 o’clock. Are you for cup of tea? 🙂

What you see on the tape is my result of 2 hours working in the fields. These are the leaves which I picked up, I’m not bad considering the fact that it was the first time in the field, but this would not be enough to fill a filter bag of tea… (They told me so!)

The tea-making factory at first sight looks pretty old and my first thought was that they all do it manually. I was wrong! The factory is equipped with new technology that helps workers increase their productivity. 

The wages in Sri Lanka are not great, sometimes people are not satisfied. They are happy to have a job because it’s hard to find a job there when you are an elderly person, as well as everywhere in the world. The chances of getting a job are less when you are an elderly person. Employers are fair to older people who have certain benefits in the work of shorter working hours and longer breaks. The elderly prefer to work and in most cases they are better workers and for a short period of time during working hours they perform significantly more work than the younger workers.

The smell that has caught us in the tea factory is amazing, natural fragrance like some of the most beautiful perfumes. The only slightly problems are connected with humidity and additional heating. That is because the factory is almost 40 degrees due to certain processes that need to be done when processing and drying tea leaves. Like every business, this one has some of its advantages and disadvantages.

This lady works in the tea processing sector – fermentation the third and last tea processing process. What is tea fermentation? This is the process of processing tea leaves where the chemical process of converting insoluble molecules from tea leaves into soluble and digestible is carried out. If by any chance we “skip” this process, the tea would be very saturated and not tasty at all.

After we had completed a visit to the plantation and tea factory, the blogging crew continued adventure. The landscape we had occasion to see during the trip was incredible. We just had to stop and capture this amazing moment. The guides understood our fascination so they took us to lunch at a nearby restaurant. They changed the plan for us, and because of that we are very grateful to them.

Since the trip was quite long, we arrived at Kandy late at night. I had a good rest and got up before just to have the opportunity to enjoy the view. Good morning, Kandy!

The hosts at the hotel started preparing a special breakfast as soon as they saw me sneaking around and I was taking some photos, so I used my chance to take a photo of them secretly, and this picture was not bad at all. This is the true picture of Sri Lanka, a true exotic tropical paradise with a incredible spirit.

 

 

Breakfast, part one! This was the first dish of my breakfast, the first thing that caught my eye was an interesting decoration and richness of colours. I would like to thank my hosts from Mahaweli Reach Hotel for wonderful experience and warm welcome. Thank you for having me in your wonderful hotel! 

Nice and warm weather, sun, swimming pool, delicious food, what you can expect more from the life! On this trip I had a feeling like some small child in the candy store. Thank God I didn’t gain some extra weight and again I enjoyed the various exotic salty and sweet dishes in this paradise! Finally, I would like to say big thank you to the Sri Lanka Tourism Board for this wonderful experience. 

My dear ones, we have come to the end of this third and also the last post from this series of posts about my adventures from Sri Lanka. At the end of this post I decided to leave you to admire the beauty of the nature of this beautiful hotel. I sincerely hope you enjoyed and I would love to hear your opinion. Have you been in Sri Lanka? Are you planning to visit this tropical paradise?

If you have any questions, comment, suggestion or message for me you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as of now, you can always contact me via mail or social media, and you can find it on the CONTACT page.

Best,

Mr.M

This post is sponsored by Sri Lanka Tourism Board and Mahaweli Reach Hotel. For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r camera and Sony RX 100 Mark V.
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Smile is the best gift you can give for Christmas…

Hi guys! Welcome to my first post in this 2018 year! I hope that you are good and you had amazing time for the New Year’s Eve. Now I’m preparing for the greatest holiday – Christmas. There are Orthodox Churches in the Europe and in the world that recognize the holiday dates according to the Julian calendar, for example the Russian, Ukrainian, and Serbian Orthodox Churches. Christmas is still on December 25 a holiday everyone rejoices, and most of all children. It’s a real family holiday, no one is alone. I’m sure that many of you have seen those famous American commercials where older people (father or mother, grandmother or most common widows) are waiting near the phone to be called by their children, and from the great expectations were nothing else left…

At the end of each Christmas ad you see the smiling faces of their grandchildren, their partners who are looking forward to seeing their loved ones. Such advertisements always put you to the point of thinking and you ask yourself these type of questions:

 

Has closeness disappeared? Has humanity “gone out” of the latest trends? Does love have a price?Are we afraid that we will be alone in our “gold” age?

 

 

When you are too young there is no too much space for thinking about that. Those questions are too serious to worry about. You don’t think about life and you just hope you always will be close to your parents. Suddenly everything in life is changing… You become a adult person, who must care about “new” family and your children and you just go away to find a better life for your family.

Christmas is a holiday that reminds us of some real values: love and respect. This should never be forgotten. Perhaps our financial standard has fallen significantly because of financial crisis and we may have become more nervous and impatient persons…

Holidays are the only time when we forget everything from our everyday life and we can take a break and everything will be just fine! We didn’t lose our way as people, that’s the most important thing. We have so many days in a year to be sad, just take you chance to spend at least this holiday time in peace and happiness.

 

 

Yesterday I went to take a package at the bus station and I watched a lot of people who came to Serbia to spend Christmas (and maybe Serbia’s New Year, we celebrate that in the night between 13/14 of January) with their loved ones. The tears of the joy, happy faces of mothers and fathers who are waiting for their children and grandchildren and most importantly: The Candies! The children react immediately! I was attracted to attention by a girl who has about 4 or 5 years maybe. She was waiting for her aunt from Germany! Naturally, the aunt came and brought a big package which was full of candies… Yesterday I was so envy on that girl, why I don’t have that aunt from Germany to bring me the package full of sweets, although I’m 25 and I’m still a kid! ?

My mom says, “It’s all good while your children are little and they are only looking for interesting little things like candies, you know all about that and you understand them very well. When they grow up and start asking for bigger things like expensive shoes or bags, then everything is much harder to understand…”. Just to know I am still a child who enjoys in chocolate! For “bigger” things in life I work hard to get them…

 

 

It is very important, during these holidays to think about the value of mutual understanding, respect and most important thing in life: LOVE. There are many family rituals (customs) for Christmas, but that’s all in the spirit of our faith. I had wrote a text on how my family celebrate this great holiday every year, but I finally realised that it wasn’t necessary to write about it. The most important thing is to celebrate this important holiday with happiness and a warm home full of love and understanding. It’s enough for everyone, I guess!

 

 

As I said at the beginning of this post, this is my first post in 2018 and I hope you will like it. The pictures are a little different, the editing of the images are different now and they get some new artistic touch. Thank you very much for all the nice comments and kind support that you have provided me in the past year and I sincerely hope that it will be even better for us in this 2018 year with new interesting pictures and fashion stories.

 

 

Once again, I want to remind you that Christmas is the time of forgiveness and connection with people … If you have any disagreements or you have lost contact with a loved ones, call them, or better you can surprise them with a nice visit. You will see you soon in some new fashion stories and interesting travel adventures.

So far, you have learned that everything is possible in my “interesting” blogger life! I think that February will be a very interesting month on my blog, and I will not talk about it yet, but I promise you will find out in time! ?

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my today’s post and you will listen to my advices. I would like to hear how much you liked my today’s outfit in the post? Many of you asked me about this jacket last year when I took some photos for Instagram in Berlin… It was already the end of winter, but you know that it’s always cold in Berlin and this jacket is perfect for that weather! If there were not my friends from Glamood by Spence and with the little help of Corneliani, this “beauty” wouldn’t been here in today’s post! This jacket may have been from some past season, but we all know that style is timeless and some good fashion items will be IN (trend) forever! I want to say thank you to my friends from Glamood for understanding and letting me to make this post “delay” for almost a year! ?

 

Best,

Marko

 

OUTFIT

Jacket: Corneliani

Trouesers: Pedro del Hierro

Sweater: Massimo Dutti

Sneakers: Saint Laurent

Camera: Alpha 7r via Sony Deutschland

 

 

This post is sponsored by: Glamood by Spence, Grupo Cortefiel and Inditex.
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It’s time for a New Year!

Hi guys! I hope you are doing well and that you are ready for my last post in this year. Today we have more reasons to celebrate. Fine, Friday is a day of happiness, because there is no person who simply doesn’t feel some sort of happiness for the weekend time. This weekend is very special – we are going to celebrate the New Year’s Eve. I think it’s time to finally think about all your impressions and to say, “Bye, 2017! it’s time to go on!”.

 

 

In the last couple of years I’ve been practicing a some unusual thing, but I’m seeing it now as a custom! I’m working that at the end of each year. We will agree on one thing, which is that each of us has some nice wishes that we want to accomplish and those less beautiful things that we want to forget. I have one iinteresting trick!

Good wishes: Write 10 wishes that you want to achieve in the next year on 10 separate papers. When you finish writing your wishes, fold each paper in half and split it into three parts. Why in three parts? You all know that the number three is a symbol of luck and that’s why this is done in order to “increase” the chance that your wishes will be fulfilled. At the end, you should throw those papers in the fire, because belief suggests that it’s easier for the “ghosts” to carry those wishes and it will be faster to fulfill all of them. Note: Please don’t burn the house! ?

Things we want to forget: It’s the same procedure as for good wishes. Write 10 things you want to forget from this year. You fold each paper in half and tear three times. It is only necessary that those parts of all the papers are placed in a plastic bag (the simple bag that you get in supermarket) that you tie a bag three times and thrown into the garbage can.

This is my ritual for the years, and I must admit it helped me a lot. I’d like to let me know what the results are for you … (if someone wants to contact me in 2018: D).

 

 

The New Year is here to remind us that one particular period in our life has passed. People don’t even notice from all those everyday problems and all stupid things how days, months just pass, but December 31st is an excellent reminder. Whether you are doing: traveling somewhere or waiting this eve at home with your family and friends, one thing is common to all: Joy. I hope that joy will fill our hearts this December 31st.

The big holiday we all welcome is Christmas. I’ll repeat what I wrote a couple of days ago on my Facebook page. I want you to spend the holidays filled with love, understanding and feeling of closeness. Share joy and help those in need. It is very important that during these holidays we remember of all the invaluable value such as: mutual understanding and respect.

I sincerely hope that you have learned something new this year and that with a little more experience you will enter in new 2018 year.

 

 

As I wrote at the beginning of this post, this is my last post this year. I learned a lot this year and I have to thank all of you for that. Thank you! Thank you for all the nice comments and kind words and support. Many people contacted me after posting almost every post this year and they said to me that they learned something new. I’ve learned a lot from you all guys and thank you for everything!

I sincerely hope that in 2018 we will bring to all of us a lot of good things. You can expect some of the new type of posts on my blog next year and maybe new editors in my team whose stories you will also read with love. There will be the stories about Belgrade, Serbia, the region… You will learn something new about people from Balkan and which places and countries you can visit. We will travel, we will meet the world, and you will be with us too! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

To those who travel somewhere for these holidays, I want a have a safe trip and of course have a good time. Those who stay home don’t be sad, you never know why it’s good. You can always find a way to have some fun, just need to find the right way. It’s all up to you!

 

 

Once again, I want to wish you: Happy New Year! I wish you all the best from bottom of my heart. You can expect the new post for a couple days. If you have some of your wishes that you would like to share with me and to share with the world please write in the comment. I can’t wait to read them!

 

Best,

Marko

 

OUTFIT

Jacket: Burberry

Sweat-Shirt: Kenzo

Jeans: Pedro del Hierro

Sneakers: Versace

Camera: Alpha 7r via Sony Deutschland

 

 

 

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Hello Winter!

Hi, guys! I hope that you are good and ready for my new post. Time flies so fast, that’s nothing weird, but when we see on the calendar that the end of December is coming… We all know what that means! It’s time for holiday and New Year’s Eve magic. Have you summarized all your impressions for this year? Did you make your list of best thing which happened to you this year? If you accidentally didn’t do that, don’t be desperate, neither I (I’m waiting for December 30). Get ready to make a nice wish on December 31st. If you also haven’t done the home decoration, don’t even worry about it. I understand you very well! 😀

 

 

I am pleased with my achievements this year. A man shouldn’t have any expectations, but you should work and you could hope that it will be better next year. I have made sure of it! In the new year I want you only the best! That basic package “health, happiness, love” is must, but it is very important that man is accomplished in business and also in life.

Some people think that blogging is a funny and meaningless thing, that bloggers simply waste their time … Writing for your soul is nice, the blog is one type of open diary where a person shares mind and some important things in life. I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to take my chance as a blogger. Blog is a very interesting, there are so many topics, about you can write, so many ways and how to run a blog… Everyone eventually finds themselves, just like in life. Blog is a bit different because you create your workplace, working hours and everything depends on you. When Blog is successful, you just can’t let it to work “alone”. You must always be present and actively edit the content. Do you like the job you are currently doing? Do you feel just tired after work?

 

 

Love, hope and dedication are the main things in life, but literally every job and even in love … No, that’s it? You should always love what you do, and to hope that it will be better and better. Dedication? Oh yes… That is only the test for the bravest persons. Sometimes when you do not have time to sleep, there is no rest, there is no time for some other interesting things … Whether you are learning or doing, I believe that you are very familiar with this concept.

 

 

My recommendation for today: good cup of tea, and the sweet cookies with crumbs of chocolate. It’s a must for me to enjoy these days! Happiness is in the small things. Was this an outfit post? Absolutely no! What I talked about today? This was a story of gratitude! I wanted to share my experience with you. Anything to do in life requires work, faith, hope and dedication (when needed!).

I sincerely hope that you liked my today’s post. I would love to hear from you in the comments what you learned from this year and why you are grateful. Can’t wait to read them!

 

Best,

Marko

OUTFIT

Jacket: Burberry

Turtle-neck Sweater: Pal Zileri

Jeans: Pedro del Hierro

Watch: Hugo Boss

Shoes: Burberry

Camera: Alpha 7r via Sony Deutschland

 

 

 

 

 

This post is sponsored by Grupo Cortefiel.

 

 

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