Sunday, 29 March 2009
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Today is the third day people in Kazakhstan celebrate New Year called Nauriz, the greatest Kazakh holiday throughout the year. It's nice not to go to work on Monday!
Friday, 20 March 2009
nine-tenths of the people couldn't start
a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
Almaty three days ago, sunny, warm and outdoor seating, + 21 C.
Almaty yesterday, lots of snow, cold and refreshing, + 3-5 C.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Living abroad, I got used to the same old image of Russia based on stereotypes.
Russian gangsters, mafia, vodka, bear, matreshka (also called babushka), balalajka, girls in tight cloths, Russian dance just to name a few. All these things were ingredients in the comedy sketch about Russia during the Swedish contest. The sketch called "Tingeling" is a catchy mix of techno music with Russian military chorus and folk songs. The song got even reactions to make "Tingeling"Sweden's entry to the Eurovision contest in Moscow.
To me it's fine to make fun of stereotypes in the ironical way about both Sweden and Russia in this particular song. But I think it went too long making fun of Stalin in the context of satire. Stalin is not about fun. Among not so many real Russian words you can hear: "Na zdorovje, Stalin!", "Na zdorovje, Lenin!", "Do svidanya, Putin!" ("Cheers, Stalin!", "Cheers, Lenin!", "Bye-bye Putin!").
Friday, 13 March 2009
I didn't like yoga at all when I tried it for the first time in 2002. It was too slow, too boring and too cold. Today I'm addicted to yoga.
These are the girls including me from yoga classes for moms-to-be . Since almost all pregnant women in KZ take paid maternity leave 70 days before the delivery date, we have enough time to stay after the classes and talk about pregnancy in hours. Fabulous and pregnant!
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Nursultan Nazarbayev talked about gender equality and role of women in business, politics and public life:
"We need to foster women's business activity...Kazakhstan women should participate in the political and public life of the country. In Kazakhstan over last five years the number of women among Parliament and Maslikhat deputies has not changed. Today they make only 17%. The number of women who hold executive positions in central authorities does not increase. Our country has plenty of leaders among women and they succeed. Employers must encourage women in building up their career."
At the same time he says that women should "take care of well-being of the family"( how would you say "хранительницы очага"?) and have many children.
"Families with many children should constitute the norm of a successful family, just as it was “at all times in all nations”".
Мы должны и дальше расширять возможности женщин активно участвовать в политической и общественной жизни. В то же время в Казахстане за пять последних лет практически не изменилось количество женщин-депутатов в маслихатах и в Парламенте. Сегодня их доля составляет всего около 17%. Не увеличивается численность женщин, занимающих руководящие должности в центральных государственных органах и акиматах. В нашей стране достаточно женщин-лидеров. И они успешно справляются с поставленными перед ними задачами.Руководители должны смелее продвигать женщин по карьерной лестнице, способствовать тому, чтобы женщины реализовали себя как профессионалы.
Считаю, что нормой преуспевающей семьи должна быть многодетность. Так и было испокон веков у всех народов.Богатство человека измерялось наличием детей.
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Great food but no atmosphere.
"Alasha", an Uzbek restaurant, has be chosen by the public as the best restaurant in Almaty according to TimeOut Almaty. So we decided to test this place to celebrate R birthday there.
The entrance looked quite impressive reminding of famous palaces in Samarkand or Bukhara. We saw more foreigners than locals inside, the waiters were dressed in traditional Uzbek way, the service was good, live band played at a reasonable sound level so we could here each other.
The entertainment programme introduced different styles of traditional dance as you see on the pictures. The restaurant have a couple of traditional dresses for guests to put on and it's very well used by foreign guests. The only thing we were not satisfied with was the food. If you would like to have a dinner in a nice atmosphere, "Alasha" is a good choice. If you want to enjoy good food, it's better try other places.
I know it is not just exclusive to Kazakhstan, but i bet Kazakhstan can win a championship in spitting. It is smth only men do, probably it's their way to mark the territory similar to dogs. Do you have any idea what other reasons can be?
I think spitting is disgusting and rude. It's also dangerous for health in terms of disease transmission. Tuberculosis is still a problem in Kazakhstan and it can be transmitted by spitting.
People, if you don't spit on your health, quit spitting on the ground! You are not camels, aren't you?