Category Archives: My Life

Combining science with workout

Athlean-X is an awesome site that I have been following for the past several years. It offers a huge variety of different videos about exercising, nutrition and much more. And these videos are always backed up by a scientific explanation about how specific exercises effect our body and what we should definitely keep in mind while working out. I know that Athlean-X is represented also on many other platforms but I have always gained any knowledge that I needed solely based on their Youtube channel. It’s a good place to see when you’d like to learn how to train some specific part of your body and most importantly how to do the exercises correctly. Because if you’re not sure how to perform the exercise it’s better not to do it at all.

Jeff Cavaliere is working with professional athletes and it’s great that he shares much of the knowledge with us without any costs. Of course if you like he has many paid training programs so it’s totally up to you. With nearly 5 million subscribers you can be sure that you’ll get quality information! A lot of the exercises can also be practiced at home so you don’t have to run to the gym immediately :). You can find their channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/JDCav24/featured

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What to see when visiting Tallinn (in my opinion)

I have written about different places to see in SE Asia but now I thought about giving some recommendations what to visit when you’re in Tallinn, my hometown. Comparison to the huge cities of the world Tallinn is a small town with approximately 450.000 citizens. Yet, if to compare it with a total Estonian population of 1.3 million you can clearly see that more than a 3rd of the whole population is living in here. If you like you can read more about it from Wikipedia and Visit Tallinn websites.

But now, what would be the places I’d recommend to see when in Tallinn. Solely based on my opinion and not in any particular order.

Rotermann quarter

As in many places in Tallinn, this is the area you can see how the old soviet and modern architecture has been molded together. It’s not big but definitely worth a visit!

Tallinn Old Town

Well, you just can’t miss this one! This is by far the most popular tourist attraction in the city, especially beautiful and magical during winter when everything is covered with snow.

Seaplane harbour

One of the most interesting and original museums in Tallinn and actually worldwide. It has a great atmosphere which makes you feel like you’re in a different world. Their website can be found in here.

Estonian open air museum

Located in a beautiful Rocca-al-Mare seaside you can really get a sense how people lived in these areas in the olden days.

Kadrioru park

A truly beautiful park with different gardens, ponds and buildings. If you happen to be here in autumn there’s a special event called “Valgus Kõnnib Kadriorus” when the whole park is lighted with candles, torches and other light installations. Although by now it’s a bit crowded it’s still a beautiful sight :).

Kumu art museum

Right in the edge of Kadrioru park there’s a modern art museum, a must visit for all art and architecture lovers.

Tallinn TV tower

Be sure to visit the tower with a beautiful weather, then an awesome view greets you. Otherwise the visibility can be just a hundred meters so you might as well stay on the ground :). For adrenaline lovers there’s a possibility to do edge-walking 🙂

Valli bar

Let’s just say that if you like to meet some very interesting people and have a very interesting shot called “Millimallikas” that’s the place to go. Located right in the old city.

Pääsküla bog

A relatively short bus drive from the city center you can find Estonian nature at it’s finest – a beautiful bog with wooden paths leading your way. If you want to enjoy some quiet time this is the place to go. I must say although that there are even more beautiful and blissful bogs located in many places all over Estonia.

Pirita promenade

You can get beautiful views to Tallinn skyline and just stroll along by the seaside. Once again, look for a beautiful weather, otherwise wind can carry you away 🙂

Kakumäe, Stroomi and Pirita beaches

All beautiful in their own way. Although the water gets warm enough to swim only in the hotter periods of summer they are all great places to go for a walk or just enjoy the calming waves. Pirita is the most popular of these during the summertime.

Many of the different parks in Tallinn

Luckily the choice is abundant. Tallinn is quite green and there are many parks for a quiet afternoon walk or a picnic.

Tallinn  Song Festival Grounds

Located right next to Kadrioru park it’s one of the most known cultural sights in Tallinn. During the Song Festival more than 100.000 singers and visitors gather there.

Why on earth do you need puzzles :)?

And by puzzles I mean these jigsaw puzzles where you have hundreds or even thousands of little pieces that you need to combine together into a big picture. But there’s a great substitute if you’re looking for something different – buy a new piece of furniture :). We bought a new bed for ourselves and as usual it arrived in lots of small cardboard boxes. Luckily there were proper instructions included and all the parts were there. But in total (if to count all nuts and bolts) there was 461! pieces and 48 unique ones. After several hours and one beer I managed to put it all together and the end result is quite nice but it’s funny how they manage to disassemble something to so many different parts :).

It always reminds me of a funny picture about IKEA Christmas Tree that usually goes around in Christmas time. Just for clarification we didn’t buy our bed from there but it’s probably the case in most of the companies :).

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Everyone has their 10-year old still inside :)

Yesterday we went to see Pacific Rim: Uprising. Huge robots fighting other huge robots fighting huge alien monsters :). It sounds like a 10-year old boy’s dream, doesn’t it :). I remember when I was a kid I loved to play with different transformer-type robots and monsters. And that 10-year old is still alive inside of us, you know I’m right :). Of course I think this applies a bit more to men (we have those 5-year old’s and 12 year old’s as well) but still!

The movie itself should not to be considered as something serious nor it’s trying to be. It looks like they had their bit of fun directing and acting and that’s exactly how it should be in case of these kind of movies. I admit, that I enjoyed the first Pacific Rim a bit more (in most cases the first movie is always the best) but it’s still a solid good entertainment! Definitely it’s not a film for everyone but if you just want to laugh and feel like a kid again you should consider it!

I also really enjoy the clip Honest Trailers has made of this movie, you should definitely go and check it out plus I highly recommend seeing other videos they have to offer!

My IMDB ratings list + some of my favorite films

IMDB is a great site. Not all, but most of the time you can get an adequate sense of how good the movie is based on ratings and comments. Once again there are many similar sites but when I want to get an overview of a film I usually turn to IMDB. A while ago I decided to start rating the movies I’ve watched. I’m not a huge movie maniac but quite often I like to enjoy this kind of entertainment. I think my favorite genre is Sci-Fi but there are many factors based on which I pick a movie. In addition to the ratings mentioned above recommendations, current mood and many other things also play their part.

In the list I’ve rated movies that I’ve seen in the last year + some that just popped into my mind (that I’ve seen before) or some that are just my favorites. About the latter here are some movies that based on current moment I think are a definite must watch! You can see my whole list in here.

Gladiator – I think it’s my favorite movie of all time. Awesome screenplay, actors, story, soundtrack, effects and there is really nothing not to like about it in my opinion!

Shawshank redemption – I think you can consider this already as a classic, no words needed. Being on number 1 spot in IMDB overall rating speaks for itself!

Interstellar – the ending will hurt your brain but after the movie I went to pub with a friend of mine and discussed the film and all subjects it affected for several hours! And these kind of movies I like!

Inception –  it might by difficult to grasp on first viewing but everything is laid out just perfectly!

Arrival – once again one of those movies that makes you think about what we really know and how much is there yet to discover!

Schindler’s List – a superb story of a horrific moment in human history.

Lion – for some reason this movie really stuck on me. The main character’s desire to find his family was really felt and I could relate with it.

Passengers – in some way this movies was not the perfect one but I really like the idea they had, how they built on it and how they executed!

First Lord of the Rings – it was just magnificent but in my opinion none of the sequels really lived up to the first part.

The Matrix – something really out of this world.. or perhaps this is exactly the world we’re living in 🙂

These are only a fraction of the great movies out there and naming all of them in here just wouldn’t make sense. And I probably wouldn’t remember all of them in a first go :). But if you haven’t seen some of the movies mentioned above or higher in my ratings list I strongly advice to check them out :)!

All the best!

Lauri

Unleash The Power Within

2 years ago I went to an astonishing event called Unleash The Power Within based in London. It’s a 4-day training program which is aimed to bring out the best in you and as the name says to unleash your inner potential. It’s held by Anthony Robbins and his team. I don’t know how many of you have heard of him but he’s at the very top in the world in career-, self-improvement and life coaching.

These 4 days were full of extreme action – group discussions, different tasks, lectures, finding new friends, jumping, self-reflection and even walking on hot coals :). In order to receive and process all the new information gained the energy level was kept very high with frequent exercises, loud music and dancing. All in all it was like a 4 day party but during which you found out a lot about yourself, what is keeping you back and how should you change your thinking. Usually the day started about 8-9 AM and lasted almost until midnight plus the hall was filled with 8000 people so it was quite an experience! I would highly recommend to visit this event and I’ll definitely go back at one point. There are several similar trainings being held all over the world, not only in London.

I have a entire book full of different notes I made during the training but I also put together a small presentation with mostly some keywords but still some valuable information and ideas to be noted of. Every once in while a go through it reminding myself everything I learned there. I hope you find value in it :)! Feel free to ask if you have any questions!

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UPW 2016

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A happy life with a cat and a puppy

It’s now been a week since we have our 5 year old cat and our 3 months old puppy living together under our roof. At first we were scared that our huge 7kg cat would do something to the puppy but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case :). At first he was actually scared of her but by now he’s just looking at her like some sort of crazy Duracell bunny, only occasionally raising his paws to give a few kung-fu strikes. But they are playful, not angry :). Triksi just wants to play with him so much, but Sipsik is most of the time just sitting still like a Sphinx statue. Honestly – if perhaps you can imagine what is going on in your puppy’s or dog’s head then in case of cats it’s just impossible to comprehend what they are thinking about. I think there’s a good explanation for this 🙂

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In addition, being a puppy as she is, it’s quite difficult to leave her unattended even for a little while (except when she’s sleeping). Only within moments you can see your socks, slippers, shirt, towel and anything else that you leave lying around being dragged away by a little ball of fur :). At first few days she was pretty scared but now she’s already used to her new place of living and her family so each day is a new opportunity to discover the world, chew new things and just be awesome :)!

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It’s just unbelievable how much happiness they bring even if sometimes your home feels like a war-ground and a kindergarten at the same time. Even right now while I’m writing this post I have Triksi sleeping in my lap (yes, it’s rather difficult to type 🙂 ) and Sipsik sitting on the window sill gazing at the world outside. Feels good 🙂

All the best!

Lauri