I’m Running Behind – So Here’s Photos of Smiley

It’s been a really busy week and I’ve realized that I have nothing to write about today! I will be going to the Chinese New Year Parade in the afternoon so you’ll have an interesting post about that on Tuesday. But today, I have nothing to share with you except adorable photos of my rescue pibble Smiley!

52071475_10157012628683134_5597100478480515072_n52117078_10157012628413134_5984017950279991296_n51638599_10157012627958134_156696276862238720_n51801892_10157012627508134_8049915902763728896_n52743137_10157012335643134_4779268907808587776_n51849586_10157001368613134_8148671537499602944_o51674562_10156996816713134_8326025765242011648_o52559010_10156994488058134_3274939213472071680_o51449359_10156990865618134_2877712394233053184_o51325133_10156989466138134_1990010445913653248_o51365748_10156987009373134_8777117607586168832_o51939247_10156984820153134_4533911762788941824_o51480970_10156980028628134_3918048873137831936_o51432679_10156977626133134_4421414380189515776_n51191873_10156971763468134_2379688443518124032_o51031526_10156969095973134_1135086047319818240_o51019858_10156965595923134_8916657482965712896_o50740898_10156959074148134_4240788113217028096_o50689046_10156955449033134_1217576907193712640_o50264374_10156947293843134_921018894397734912_o50138605_10156932552708134_145562458910621696_o50536369_10156929991418134_2714978763447205888_n50104941_10156927428903134_9074931649208123392_o49693298_10156919635058134_5064521243831566336_n49422699_10156914472233134_8862255047782694912_n49682598_10156914472163134_9218525157671305216_n49654031_10156909538118134_4235732335414214656_o51998035_10157007220258134_1270070839299014656_o

$2.75 Ferry Ride with a View: Rockaway Beach to Manhattan – NYC

Why overpay for a crowded cruise full of tourists when you can take a $2.75 (regular MTA fair) ferry ride!

Why overpay for a crowded cruise full of tourists when you can take a $2.75 (regular MTA fair) ferry ride! It takes about an hour and the views are spectacular. As you can see in the video below, it can get a little windy but sometimes there’s a rainbow waiting for you!

Love as Blue as Hawaii – Published at Last

Stephanie lives on a beautiful campus in Hawaii, has the perfect group of friends, and can’t help but feel like life is about to begin. But try as she might, she can’t seem to figure out where her almost-fiance Kevin fits in the picture—or why she keeps seeing her friend Kai’s face instead.

Stephanie lives on a beautiful campus in Hawaii, has the perfect group of friends, and can’t help but feel like life is about to begin. But try as she might, she can’t seem to figure out where her almost-fiance Kevin fits in the picture—or why she keeps seeing her friend Kai’s face instead.

Love as Blue as Hawaii is a short romance story and it was published yesterday, February 12th in an anthology. Surrender to Passion includes three other steamy stories above love – perfect for Valentine’s Day!

You can buy Surrender to Passion on various platforms including Amazon and Barnes&Noble. If you read it and would like to help me get the word out, please leave a review either on Amazon,  B&N or Goodreads!

If you don’t already know, this story has been in the making for over 5 years! It would mean a lot to me if you took the time to buy the e-book, like my author Facebook page or subscribe to my author website!

52649441_10156999699288134_77065921042055168_o

Make Up, Break Up – A Short Story About Betrayal

In this short romantic comedy, 22-year-old Helen faces one betrayal after another from the various men in her life. There’s her lying long-term boyfriend, inappropriate hostel boss, violent ex-boss and at least one condescending cop. Finally, there’s her dangerously sexy ex-boyfriend who has settled down with a vain skinny bitch and has forgotten all about Helen. Or has he?

Tomorrow, a lifelong dream is coming true for me. My fictional romance story is getting published in a steamy anthology! But I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow… today I’m here to tell you about another story.

In this short romantic comedy, 22-year-old Helen faces one betrayal after another from the various men in her life. There’s her lying long-term boyfriend, inappropriate hostel boss, violent ex-boss and at least one condescending cop. Finally, there’s her dangerously sexy ex-boyfriend who has settled down with a vain skinny bitch and has forgotten all about Helen. Or has he?

Make Up, Break Up is a short fictional comedy/romance story inspired by the crazy expats living in Prague. I came to Prague when I was almost 4 and spent 20 years being one of those crazy expats that all the locals complain about.

One thing that I have noticed living in Prague as an English-speaker is that there are very few if any, rom-com stories set there. So, I decided to write one. Writing my other story, the one that will finally be published tomorrow after years of puling teeth. This one, on the other hand, came out in a matter of days!

You can grab a free copy of it by clicking on the link below. If you chose to share your email address with me, I will occasionally (once a week tops) email you with updates about my future fictional writing!

https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/ivYyPZiI

Break Up, Make Up

Last Firework Display of Summer 2018: Coney Island, NYC

In the summer you can experience fireworks on Coney Island every Friday as long as the weather is good. We only managed to go on the last day and we’re assuming these fireworks were extra special because they can’t be this good every Friday!

New Year’s Fireworks on Charles Bridge, Prague – 2019

Do I recommend seeing the fireworks from Charle’s Bridge at least once in your lifetime? Yes, definitely! Will I be doing it again? Probably not.

While living in Prague for 20 years, I heard horror stories about being on the Charles Bridge at midnight on New Year’s Eve. After spending 2.5 years abroad, I decided to return and bite the bullet. Crossing this experience off my bucket list was different than expected. Being on the bridge felt extremely safe and the atmosphere was great.

There were police officers there to keep things in check but they didn’t stop anyone from drinking or setting off fireworks. The dangerous part came after, on our walk to our accommodation. The moment we stepped off the bridge, there was lots of chaos and drunken brawls. Do I recommend seeing the fireworks from Charle’s Bridge at least once in your lifetime? Yes, definitely! Will I be doing it again? Probably not.

It was so absolutely breathtaking though, see for yourself:

IMG_20181231_234419IMG_20181231_235139IMG_20181231_235319IMG_20181231_235613MVIMG_20181231_231621MVIMG_20181231_235428MVIMG_20181231_235545MVIMG_20181231_235546_1MVIMG_20181231_235918MVIMG_20181231_235936_1MVIMG_20190101_003619uri_mh1546302917616uri_mh1546302949156uri_mh1546331811441uri_mh1546331850338

I Published a Short Story – Free Giveaway

In this short romantic comedy, 22-year-old Helen faces one betrayal after another from the various men in her life. There’s her lying long-term boyfriend, inappropriate hostel boss, violent ex-boss and at least one condescending cop. Finally, there’s her dangerously sexy ex-boyfriend who has settled down with a vain skinny bitch and has forgotten all about Helen. Or has he?

I am absolutely terrified to even post about this. I’ve been writing articles and blog post for over 5 years and some of them reached hundreds of thousands of people. So why do I suddenly have the online version of stage fright? This will be my first time publishing a fictional story!

Writing a fictional story that comes out of your heart and mind is completely different from reporting on facts and writing down your thoughts. Characters in a story are as dear to a writer as children, because you create them with your blood, sweat and tears.

So what is my story about? Love as Blue as Hawaii is about a group of people who meet in Hilo on the Big Island. Some characters are exchange students from Europe, others are locals from the island or other US States. They immediately form a bond stronger than any friendship any of them has experienced. They are all so different but they are drawn together!

Stephanie, the protagonist, finds herself forgetting the place that she once called home and starts to fall for a muscular blonde surfer Kai! This guy is completely out of her league and the complete opposite of her boyfriend, Kevin. Love as Blue as Hawaii is a short story about falling: falling in love, falling into a brand new routine and falling (actually, jumping) off of cliffs. It will be published in a steamy romance anthology Surrender to Passion.

This book will be published on February 12th, although you can pre-order it today here: https://books2read.com/passion

But wait, I did say free giveaway and I wasn’t lying. What’s more terrifying that publishing one short fictional story? Publishing two! I wrote a second story to promote my first, and it could not be more different than my first story!

Break Up, Make Up:

In this short romantic comedy, 22-year-old Helen faces one betrayal after another from the various men in her life. There’s her lying long-term boyfriend, inappropriate hostel boss, violent ex-boss and at least one condescending cop. Finally, there’s her dangerously sexy ex-boyfriend who has settled down with a vain skinny bitch and has forgotten all about Helen. Or has he?

You can claim it for free using the link below. Download it as an ePub, mobi or PDF and choose to opt-in if you could like to receive occasional email updates: https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/ivYyPZiI

To follow my fictional writing adventures, you can subscribe to my author’s website: https://www.olenakagui.com

Break Up, Make Up

Scuba-Diving at Pileh Bay: Phi Phi, Thailand 2018

When it’s cold where you currently are, remember warmer times!

When it’s cold outside, it’s nice to think about warmer times in a tropical place! I know I can’t complain because -14 is nothing compared to the -50 polar vortex killing people in Chicago, but it’s still colder than I’m used to!

Luna Park in Coney Island, NYC

Luna Park adventure at Coney Island, NYC!

It’s still cold outside but warm weather is coming. I repeat: Warm. Weather. Is. Coming! There are so many fun things that we’re all dying to do when we don’t need to wear our ski coats and fuzzy socks just go cross the street to the local bodega. One of the things I’m excited to do is go down to the beach and maybe visit Coney Island!