What is Moomin you may wonder now but I will come to that in a second. First of all I want to explain how I come to this topic. Few weeks ago my father had a great idea: Lets buy all Moomin Episodes for Nathan!
For all who do not know about Moomin, it is originally a comic strip and a book series about several characters which resemble white hippos. The author was Tove Jansson, a Swedish-speaking Finn, who created these stories some when in the 1940’s.
By now Moomin is pretty famous in various countries, especially in Finland and Japan! I do not know in how many languages these books and TV series (and movies) have been translated but I believe that the number is not too low as I have seen it on TV in many countries.
At first we wanted to buy for Nathan the German translated version of Moomin however we quickly found out that they only translated 50 odd episodes out of the over 100. In the end we purchased from Finland the complete Moomin DVD collection with all episode plus the Movie. In case you are more familiar with Moomin you probably know that there are several different TV adaptation which have been created over the decades. In this case I am talking about the series from 1990-91, its continuation series and movie. This includes Tanoshii Mūmin Ikka楽しいムーミン一家 (or just Moomin), Tanoshii Mūmin Ikka: Bōken Nikki楽しいムーミン一家 冒険日記 (or Delightful Moomin Family: Adventure Diary) and the movie Mūmindani no Suiseiムーミン谷の彗星 (Comet in Moominland). As you can see from the names the TV adaptation is from Japan and it is a Dutch, Finnish and Japanese collaboration. There have been previous animated TV series from Japan in int he 1969 version Mūminムーミン (Moomin) no other than Hayao Miyazaki was involved in it as well however he also opposed Tove Janssons viewpoint about the original Moomin which caused that she was not too pleased (actually angry) with this version (actually she was never happy with any adaptation).
Anyways, I am very happy that we bought this DVD collection as I grew up with Moomin. I still have many episodes recorded on VHS as well as few comic books. I also believe that this show will keep Nathan for a long time occupied as there are over 2440 minutes of material to watch (and if he is not watching I will gladly take over!). In my youth I always wanted to visit the Moomin World in Finland but I never had the chance, perhaps Nathan will be more lucky. Besides just the Moomin World, Comics, Books, Museums and TV adaptations there are tons of other things related to Moomin as well.
There are Moomin shops in Finland where you can buy everything you can imagine about those white hippos and the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport was for a time decorated with their images and Finnair even painted Moomin figures on their Japan-line planes. At home we still got numerous Moomin mugs which you can buy in nearly every store in Finland and those are particularly popular with Japanese tourists. More often than not you see Japanese tourists in Helsinki with Moomin shopping bags filled with little fan articles to bring home for themselves or their family and friends. Yes, I will try to bring Moomin also into Nathan’s world and who knows how many mugs with white hippos he will own later on.
This week has been mixed for me. Both very good things and very bad things have happened.
As I have mentioned in my previous article, we had planned to move into our new apartment right away on monday. This did not work out at all. Why? Sure, everything is ready in the apartment except some small furniture but one major thing is missing: THE INTERNET CONNECTION!
Monday a technician was supposed to arrive and install all needed things for the internet connection (the phone line is 40 years old and there has been never any internet connection thus far) except that….he didn’t come. I called the customer support and they told me that this nice person was actually there but we did not open the door! Wait, what? Our family name is written on TWO name plates for the door bell at the entrance and in BOTH apartments were people waiting for this nice technician. We waited and waited and waited some more for the whole day but it did not help.Through Nathan’s picture you can see how I felt.
Later on I found out that this technician is not from the company I have the contract with but from the RIVAL company, yes you read right, from the direct competition. The thing is that all these phone lines are owned by one company and the company I have the contract with is renting these lines. So a technician has to come from the owning company, do some magic and voila, internet works through their competitor. Now I think that these people do every small things possible to make the customer of their competitor unsatisfied with the contract and thus doing things like not even doing their supposed job…Once again check Nathan’s picture about my reaction.
Now to the great thing this week. I have been on a job hunt in Finland for several years and never really got anything. Due to this I did some Freelancing stuff there. Yes, I have been unemployed for a pretty long time and now you may wonder why I still didn’t do more for the blog, but that’s for another time. We moved to Germany with the big hope that I would finally get a proper job. Now we have been here already for two months and I got one rejection after the other but suddenly I got out of nowhere and invitation for an interview at a bank here in my hometown. Right in the beginning I sent them an open application but never heard back from them until now. Long story short: I had my very first German job interview today and as soon as I got back home they called me and asked when I am ready to sign the contract! Now the world is fine again for me and Nathan
Next week I will sign the contract and start my work. Not only is the too long waiting period over which caused me too many worrisome times but also I will have a health insurance now for me and my family. The time is over for houseman Timo and the stage opens for the upgraded salarymen Timo. (who still has a crazy Chinese Family
P.S. I wrote this article within a few minutes to share some of my disappointment and my luck this week. Furthermore Nathan is doing well, no long time effects have been observed after testing the fluffiness and flexibility of his face
Today’s focus will be not my great but crazy mother-in-law or the rest of my new Chinese family but our adorable baby boy. I have not been writing about him too much lately or showing any pictures as there was just too much other stuff to write about. However mother-in-law is back in China, nothing too weird happened the past days so it is time to present some new things about him.
You can see already in this pictures that he got Chinese genes within him as he got down some Kung Fu moves!
By now he is roughly 10 weeks old and measures over 63cm (~24.8 inches) with a weight of about 6.5kg (~14.3lbs). He is loved dearly by the whole family and anyone who comes to visit. Thus far it seems we have been fairly lucky with him as he is a very easy little baby. It seems he just enjoys everything, he smiles and laughs when we change his diapers, when bathing him, changing his clothes or showing him our creepy friends but there is one thing he really hates and makes him cry a lot : Cleaning his ears
I don’t know why he hates it so much or why it makes him feel so uncomfortable but I guess there must be always something you don’t like.
I for myself am planning a great future in sports for him but I will have to see how my wife will approve of it. Of course studies will go ahead of sports but we still have a lot of time to think about it. My wish would be of course to follow my steps into the swimming world or start Taekwondo / another martial art (I kind of failed to do anything besides swimming…).
At any rate he should do rather well in sports as from his parents at least I bring some sporty stuff into his life and he got some very sporty grandparents to support him (more about that in some other article!)