Saturday, 4 January 2014

Empty buildings, empty spaces and expensive rents in Helsinki

You know, when I moved first time in downtown Kallio it was year 2004. I paid for my one room flat 370€. It had 18m2. Sure it was small, but my incomes were extremely low as I was studying. So my student money just covered my rent and I was happy.

And then there's today, when you easy pay 800€ for one room apartments in Kallio. My friend just rented a one room apartment from West Finland, Vaasa and she's paying 330€ for it.

Nowadays that my 18m2 apartment might be over 500€ because of it's location. Just a couple of years ago Punavuori in central Helsinki was the area where all the hipsters wearing red beanies wanted to live. And the apartments were bloody expensive - and probably still are but less people live there anymore. These red beanie hipsters have moved to Kallio and that makes me a bit angry because before they would say Kallio is shit and too far away etc. I have always loved Kallio because of it's atmosphere. But these red hat hipsters.... they have ruined the area.

Ok, let's forget my angst towards them, this post was supposed to subject rents in Helsinki and empty spaces where people are not allowed to move. Now the funny people with power to rule things have decided to set a new funny rule which would go on for next 4,5 years. It's a prohibition (for sure) in which empty building spaces and commercial spaces are not allowed to make homes for people. And there are lot's of these kind of spaces in Helsinki which would make perfect apartment for peeps. Still, single empty spaces which are upper than 3rd floor, could be made livable but this is not a huge % of all of the empty spaces in Helsinki.

For me, there's no way I could move back to Helsinki. I would never ever pay 800€ for one room apartment. My ex apartment from which I moved away when I moved to Berlin, that lovely 30m2 in Kallio, is probably now over 700€, maybe 750€. I paid 640€. And these prices do't include electric etc.

Move to some suburb area? Why? I liked to live in Kallio. No, I loved. Why should one move away from somewhere he/she likes to live? Aah, I see.. because of capitalism and stupid rules.

Yeah, move to Helsinki. So good idea!

Source: Helsingin Uutiset

The man who didn't salute Hitler

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Finnish band: Villa Nah

I think I haven't written about this fantastic band. Or do I have to write anything, it's music. Listen and understand what I mean.

Ps. They have played Villa Nah even on Skins. Wow. Sorry for all those "wow" all the time. Doge has corrupted my mind.

Sauna I forgot to tell about!

Ok, so I might start a blog called Helsinki Sauna. But as sauna's interest people and as my blog is to help you to discover Helsinki... I gotta share any information that interests you.

Kulttuurisauna aka Culture sauna(?) is this modern sauna built in Hakaniemi by architects Tuomas Toivonen and Nene Tsuboi The main idea is that it's energy friendly, you know after postmodern saunas appeared (yes those which work with electricity) they actually ate shit loads of electricity. Imagine something heats itself from zero to 80°C and it's on for several hours.

In Kulttuurisauna the heating system works its own way. I'm not going to tell you how, it's much more fun when you go there and discover!

(I don't tell you how because it's morning and my English is not the sharpest at the moment)

It's not that cheap to visit this sauna: adults pay 15€, students 12€,..etc. There's also swimming spot just next to the sauna, at the sea.

Hakaniemenranta 17, 00530 Helsinki, Finland

Opening hours?
Wed-Sat 4 - 8 (9) pm

I am sorry, I wish I had photos to share. Now I just have to use ones from the internet and it's no fun as it's kinda of stealing. But I'm going to Finland next month and I'll make a list about places to photograph and try to make this blog more visually interesting.

Photo from here

Lost and found

“The problem for us is not are our desires satisfied or not. The problem is how do we know what we desire.” 
 Slavoj Žižek

When you brake up, it's one of the most inspiring kick. Honestly, I've been in inspirational block for about 6 months. Usually I am very highly inspired and creating things is just something I do to cure my mental health.

And as mental health I just mean that it helps me through frustration, which I become too easy. I'm not crazy and I don't have mental problems - that I also learnt after breaking up.

I learnt some self respect, in a healthy way. I learnt to trust myself, which was before almost impossible. I automatically was thinking that everything I do is shit. I was always looking my creations from negative angle.

Some people have this as physically - they hate how they look, some people hate their real life and try to create a new life by hiding their real personalities... there are several types of hiding yourself. It is true that the worse enemy in your life is YOU. When you don't feel ok inside, how can you see beauty of life?

I'm the one in our family who always smiled and didn't cause problems. I am very kind person and people have also been telling me this and they have been worried that I will get hurt one day because I am the way I am. Still, I want to stay kind, I believe on helping others, but... then there are people who use you. And this was totally new for me. Or I have been friends with this kind of people, but they have never used me as I have been always honest. They couldn't do it.

I guess.

But then the day came, when I was used. My kindness and sensitivity was used and it felt horrible. There was emotions included, which made everything looots more difficult. It sucked my dry. I lost weight several kilos (again) just in few months. I lost my inspiration to create and interest on everything. And as I liked him and as I had built this caring connection to him, I couldn't let him go. And this was when I went deeper.  He had total control on me. I put all my effort to help him, that all energy which I before used for creating and to myself. It was always about him: he has his difficult past and he has his problems and he is this and he is that and I don't understand life from his point of view.

And as he corrupted my mind, I really started to feel like I don't understand anything and I'm the stupid one. And it's not true, I'm not stupid. I have experienced hard things in my life, but I have also succeed in life. And I have succeed because I am the person I am. But he was so strongly reflecting himself to me that I became him in his eyes. He though he can treat me like he treats himself. And it's kinda true, like I wrote: YOU are your worse enemy.

This is first time ever I experience something like this and it's fucking negative thing. You kind of loose yourself. But I'm very happy I lived this. I learnt. I definitely did. I looked myself in the mirror and understood that actually in my life everything is pretty good. I should be happy about myself, respect myself more. And without my new friends in this new city I would have gone very deep, but when I decided to go further in my life, from somewhere these people which I didn't even think as my close friends, came and took me from my hand and said: we're here for you.

So I have done something right too!

Now I'm starting to be inspired again, little by little. This is a new start and maybe this experience will also effect my further creations. Wow!

 “Thus another friendship was dashed on the cruel rocks amid the storm of my self-destruction.” ― Russell Brand

Happy New Year 2014!

My Facebook page

I'm very Finnish when it comes to promoting myself. This time I decided to collect courage and make a page for my visual arts, or me as an visual artist.

If you want to follow my thoughts about creating and creations, like my page on FB.

Many thanks :)

My final work for Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

"Die Seele in Berlin is handling inner loneliness and lack of reflection while being alone"

Hopefully this year I'll be BA of Arts. Have loots of work to be done, but at least I'm done with my final work!

Monday, 30 December 2013

Video as part of my One BSR blog

We had the chance to go and discover three countries as part of One BSR blog. I made a video of our trip... Helsinki included!

HFUT is rising again!