My Croud Story

November 15, 2017

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Challenges of remote working 🙂


Digital Painting

November 14, 2017

In a digital age, art can also be fascinatingly digital.  Some people, whatever they do, they do it, so that it lasts and inspires.

Boyka Bakardjieva – the brain and bone of ING Online Banking, now has a digital painting hobby. She discovered Leonid Afremov art some three years ago and in her words: “I was fully enchanted by his incredible explosion of colours”. That is when her painting hobby started – painting replicas of his works and of other painters.

Leonid’s “Fiesta of Birches” and Boyka’s touch with the woman and dog are fascinating. Best of luck, Boyka!

Boyka Bakardjieva – digital painting

The White Black Peak

November 1, 2017

Winter is cold but beautiful. In the wide sense of colour: white is full of colours, but in the strict sense, it is the absence of colour, as it fully reflects and scatters all the visible wavelengths of light. Cherni Vrah [Black Peak] as seen on 29 October 2017. A shot of the Black Peak all in white. Photo courtesy: Boryana Ganeva.

Cherni Vrah (2290 meters), Vitosha Mountain

Embrace the near win

October 30, 2017

Sarah Lewis TED Talk “Embrace the near win”
Success is hitting that ten ring, but mastery is knowing that it means nothing if you can’t do it again and again. Mastery is in the reaching, not the arriving. It’s in constantly wanting to close that gap between where you are and where you want to be. We thrive when we stay at our own leading edge. It is actually our near wins that push us forward.

9 a.m.

October 29, 2017

Useful tip: “Spring forward, fall back”. Love waking up at 9:00 am when the clocks move from summer saving time to winter standard one. By the time it gets 5 :00 pm, it is dark already. As Dr. Seuss would say: “How did it get so late so soon?” 🙂

Image courtesy: Tia Stankova

Home-made Pelmeni

October 28, 2017

My first home-made Pelmeni – dumplings consisting of a delicious filling (minced meat, onion and spices) wrapped in thin dough. There are various recipes around the Internet, therefore I’d rather describe the process, which I find fascinating.

You knead the dough and while it rests for about 50-60 minutes, you focus on preparing the filling. Then you roll out the dough thin, cut it into small circles and wrap a bit of the filling inside each circle. It is the socializing element – everyone around is involved – and doing them under the guidance, in my case, of a most charming Russian lady, added a special flavour. Boiling the pelmeni in water with herbs is the most fascinating part – they are ready when they swim up. You serve topped with cream.