Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY

in which Anu talks about Jay Asher’s life-changing novel, Thirteen Reasons Why.

In the rush of just finishing the book, I have forgotten how affecting this book was for my perspective. Not like shaping my life, of course. But it was really influential in both the good or the bad way, if you read the book, you’ll get what I mean.

Thirteen Reasons Why (TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY)Goodreads
ThirteenReasonWhy.com
Jay Asher’s, the author’s, blog
Tell us how this book influenced you: 13RWproject.com

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Girl with a Mug’s Two-Year Anniversary

First of all I would like to inform you that an “official” Facebook page of the Girl with a Mug has been opened. If you like reading this (my) blog, please go the link and like the page: Facebook Page Every new post will be linked on the page.

As I was creating the page, I looked up the fist post date to provide the “Founded” information and found out that today (June 26, 2011) is, as the title of this post indicates, the 2-year anniversary of this blog/website.
The first URL was MySincereIntrospection.blogspot.com, then it was changed into AnuHarchu.blogspot.com, finally it became GirlwithaMug.com in April, 2011.

For the not-that-special occasion I put up a new blog header. I hope you, my readers, will like it.
Happy Birthday to my blog!

Friday, June 24, 2011

The “Secrets” behind Naadam Festival

imageNaadam festival is one of Mongolia’s largest holidays, with its long history, held annually from 11th to 13th July every year throughout the country. This year, Mongolia will celebrate the national festival, Naadam, the 805th anniversary of the establishment of the Great Mongol Empire, and the 90th anniversary of People’s revolution all in one day.

The world Naadam means to have a fun in Mongolian. The history behind it is; Nomadic Mongolians after much suffering in cold winter would all come together on summer days to have fun and would celebrate achievements of the passing year.

Monument to Independence Unveiled

Ceremony held to inaugurate ‘Independence Square’

On June 5, ‘Independence Square’ was inaugurated in an area of Ulaanbaatar City which has been inseparably connected with Mongolia’s national independence. The square is located in front of Chandmani Center, formerly Lenin’s Museum, earlier named Square of ‘Yalalt (victory)’ and ‘Erkh Choloo (liberty)’. In the center of the square a monument symbolizing Mongolia’s statehood, historical tradition and the struggles of generations was unveiled.

In history, wise people and scholars who were looking for land to establish Bogd Khuree, chose a terrace on the southern slope of Chingeltei Mountain (behind present Chandmani Center) and laid a foundation for the Ikh Khuree in 1778.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever

In which CGPGrey talks about COFFEE in general.

As a vlogger, I watch a lot of other vlogs by very successful vloggers, on of which is C.G.P. Grey. He makes these really interesting fact videos with voice over and a lot of images.

This morning I spotted his new video on coffee, my greatest addiction. So I wanted to share his video on my blog. The video was embedded directly from his YouTube channel. When you finish you can go and check out his other videos, too.

Maybe visit his website????: CGPGrey.com

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jun. 22, 2011: The Longest Day, Literally

Today, I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, whose written & video review will follow in my and MMF’s blogs.

When I was typing the first paragraph and thinking about the post title at the same time, I noticed that today, Jun. 22nd, is the longest day of any year, but wasn’t sunny in UB that I couldn’t know when exactly the sun came up and went down, as well.The rain started in the evening of 20th and I won’t be a liar to say that it hasn’t stopped raining in Ulaanbaatar since, because there has been always a rain in some part of the city.

Anyway, enough with the gibberish. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MINDY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NIKKI! I wish you all the best!

P.S. I had to list Mindy & Nikki in alphabetical order, because I can’t order them in any particular way. We three are very good friends.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tribute to the Beatles


I think most of my readers have already known about Tribute to the Beatles album or should I say “have already got their copies”. So basically, yesterday I got my hands on the physical copy of it and so far I would say it is amazing.

I hear people saying that this album is lame because the artists just copied the music and didn’t do anything of their own. I totally disagree with that. The producer of the album, Bud-Erdene, intended this to be an album of translation. The artists sang the songs translated into Mongolian and all the rest is the same. To tell you more, they did a good job recording it and I loooove it.

I thought posting a download link so soon to the publication would be injustice to the people who worked on it, since they published it with proper right and other stuff.

You can read more information about this album from Khulan Jugder’s blog here.

Genghis Khan and the Making of Modern World

in which Anu talks about Jack Weatherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World [front]The name Genghis Khan often conjures the image of a relentless, bloodthirsty barbarian on horseback leading a ruthless band of nomadic warriors in the looting of the civilized world. But the surprising truth is that Genghis Khan was a visionary leader whose conquests joined backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia to trigger a global awakening, an unprecedented explosion of technologies, trade, and ideas. In Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford, the only Western scholar ever to be allowed into the Mongols’ “Great Taboo”—Genghis Khan’s homeland and forbidden burial site—tracks the astonishing story of Genghis Khan and his descendants, and their conquest and transformation of the world.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Fry Chronicles

The Fry Chronicles

in which Anu talks about the Fry Chronicles

Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. This memoir details some of the turbulent and least well known years of his life.

My Harry Potter Obsession

On July 15th Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is going to open in the cinemas, the phenomena of the generation. *excited*

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Portrait Posters)When the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, came out it was just magical to me. I was 10 – almost 11 – and a bunch of 11-year-olds were being recruited to study in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At time, even with my unelaborate imagination you can dream so big. Walking down the hall’s isle and being sorted into your house. I wanted to be a Gryffindor, obviously, but later I realized that I was a Hufflepuff and now it seems like I am a Ravenclaw.

As the years went by the movies got darker and darker, if you know what I mean. Eventually in 10th grade (2007, 2008) I got all the 7 books in the series and read them all, that is when I thought I have gathered enough English knowledge to understand them and I was exposed to the beauty of audiobooks. Since I finished the series I read this one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, several times whereas I read the others and never opened/relistened them again except for the Dumbledore’s year closing speech mentioning Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Obviously I enjoy the final book most and I cry every time I read it, even during the epilogue. (If you’ve read the book, you know it’s a little absurd to cry reading it.) In the end, I ended up liking Severus Snape the most. He was a hero, not really in some sense, but he was.

Personal?!?!?!

First of all, this is not about Robert Downey Jr.

For me – blog has a big place in my life. I use it just to write like the other day, the post that was mentioned in Indra’s blog. I use it to spread information. But most of all, I use it to express myself. I know the expressing-yourself is becoming a cliché and no one actually needs to do that. I totally agree with that. Take in advertisements that are running on the TV. Every youth targeted even middle age targeted ones include a phrase “this is the perfect place to express yourself” or “express yourself freely” or something like that. I couldn’t remember more lines there. But that’s not the point. The point is the mass industry is turning this private and self-satisfying ways (in my case blogging) into something to make money or something. I am not going to say that it’s not fair or anything. But I can’t stop feeling some … how to say it … jealousy. Not that I am jealous of the industry. I just liked it when the personal space and personal expressions were … you know … PERSONAL. Personal things don’t need to be turned into media. The biggest example of it is the celebrities. Somehow, everyone wants to know what toothpaste does Lady Gaga use or where and when did Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart get married? I mean that is … overboard and pitiful.

Takhi: The Reintroduction of a Species

takhi1The year was 1969 and a herder in western Mongolia spotted a rare takhi (wild horse) in the distance. It was and extraordinary find as so few takhi were left in the wild. Alas, it was also the final sighting; with no new reports thereafter, scientists had to declare the species extinct in the wild - the result of poaching, overgrazing by livestock and human encroachment on their breeding grounds.

All was not lost for the takhi, however, as a dozen individual horses were known to exist in zoos outside Mongolia - their ancestors had been captured by game hunters in the early 20th century. A small group of conservationists dedicated themselves to breeding the animals with the hope that one day they could be reintroduced to Mongolia.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My phone got better

That is my phone, Zylo, being fixed.That is my phone, Zylo, being fixed.So I had my phone fixed and it was in pieces. I haven’t had my phones opened like that before and on the right, you can see the problem of it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, NMMA!

Today or rather yesterday, June 2nd of 2011, is the 1st anniversary of the New Media Marketing Agency (NMMA). An event with banquet and band was organized in the Black Box theatre from 7 PM to … I don’t know late. Me and my some friends left a little bit earlier.

NMMA CEO Mend-Orshikh introduced all the members, altogether 29 if I am not mistaken, to the guests and NMMA Sales Manager Luvsandorj continued with describing the work they do. All in all, the birthday was a part of their marketing.

And I enjoyed myself quite much. Here are some photos and Happy One Year Anniversary, NMMA! I wish you great success in the future.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I’ve got a new tumbler

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As many of you know already, I am a fan of good, great and cute tumbler, especially if they are from Starbucks – not that it’s popular; they tend to be good.

This is my third tumbler from Starbucks – a very cute, plastic, aquamarine colored, double walled travel cup with 12oz./0.35L; and I think it’s the perfect fit for summer. I love the take-out cups on the inner wall.

Here is the picture and click on it to see it full size.

I hope you like it.

Love, Anu

June 1st, 2011

Today is the National Holiday for the Children. So I wanted to wish happy holiday for all of you, Happy Holiday! Lol, that was awkward.

On my home this evening I wanted to a vlog and I did. This was not edited or changed. So, I hope you enjoy it even that seems unlikely.

Love, Anu