Another Nice Review for Hollywood Ass.

I was very pleased to read a review on ChickLit Pad today for Hollywood Ass. Please read the full review here. Here’s an excerpt from the review:

With Jonas Eriksson’s Hollywood Ass, you don’t need to be reading any crap about Hollywood that isn’t Hollywood.

I was impressed. Highly. Language was fantastic. Humor was intact. Characters were breathtaking. And, Oh, Em, Geez- the facts. The facts were, uh, not fictional.

Nothing reeled me in about the blurb. But when I went in to the book, just the opening pages and Jonas has me as his new fan.

Not Chick-lit. But a closer sibling, lad-lit. And a very entertaining one…

So if you want an Insider info on Hollywood from an assistant’s perspective, sauntering on cobblestones of Rome lavishing it’s beautiful people, scenery and getting chased by paparazzi, you will be disappointed if you don’t pick Eriksson’s Hollywood Ass.

Thanks for that! Made my day.

Stuff vs Experiences

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There is nothing better to open up your senses and relax your mind than traveling. Thankfully, Lenah and I are aligned when it comes to where we spend our hard-earned money. We have decided not buy property (can’t really afford it) and lots of stuff. Instead we’re focusing on eating and drinking well, traveling and enjoying life to the max. Because what good is buying lots of stuff really? In fact, we don’t even own a car, we rent one when we need it. It’s cost- and environmentally friendly.

This might sound like we live some kind of extreme lifestyle – we don’t. We just want to make sure we live our lives and not get too bound down to stuff, houses, cars, which usually equals loans, which in turn equals stress and unhappiness. It’s about being able to control that initial desire you can get for a new car, a house, a new computer, etc. We still buy things, obviously. Things that matter to us. Clothes is one of them. Not lots and expensive, but enough to make sure you feel good about yourself. The same thing goes for health and beauty stuff (lotions, gym membership, medicine, massages, treatments, dentists, doctors – what you require to make sure your body is in good shape), if we can extend our lives – then that’s money well spent.

There’s nothing strange about this philosophy. We’ve done the journey (at least partly) around buying, buying, buying, owning, owning, owning – but when the buying and owning starts to interfere with the things you really appreciate, then you need to ask yourself a few questions.

So the main question we’re asking ourselves now is: do we/I really need that? A lot of the time the answer is no.

One step we’ve taken is to clear out a lot of stuff. Things we don’t use that other people might need or have better use for. That stuff we give to charity or sell (it’s damn hard to sell used things so we end up giving most of it away). And it feels really good to do it, not only the giving but also cleaning and clearing up. You not only clear the space around you, but also your mind and soul. You de-clutter your life.

After we made the decision to de-clutter and anti-hoard, we booked two well-needed vacations. First we’re going to Valencia in mid-April (only two nights, but still a nice getaway) and then we’re going back to one of our favorite places in the world, La città eterna, Rome. Because like I wrote in the first paragraph, there is nothing better than traveling to open up your senses and relax your mind. To really experience things and enjoy life.

And that’s what we need right now. Actually, that’s what all of us need more of, at least in my view. More than a new LCD TV, a new car, a bigger house or something else that we feel we need there and then, but lose interest in after only a few days, or maybe weeks.

To summarise, make sure you live your life. Don’t bind yourself to stuff that when you ask yourself, deep down, really doesn’t matter.

Antica Pesa, Rome, for 33 people

I booked a table at the celebrity prone restaurant Antica Pesa for our trip to Rome and I misunderstood the reservation form (in Italian) and instead of writing number of people wrote our home address. This means we now have a reservation for 33 people at this super-fancy restaurant.

I hope they accept my change from 33 to two people, otherwise you’re all invited.

Rome

Lenah and I had an absolutely amazing trip to Rome. We were there from Friday morning to Sunday evening but we saw the most of this beautiful city, ate great food, drank fantastic wine, listened to some live music, had a spiritual moment in St. Peter’s Basilica, a magical sunset walk around Castel Sant’Angelo and much, much more.

A trip that makes a beautiful little mark on your soul and a something to remember forever.

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