Pumpkin Face

11/30/2007

Pumpkin Face
My own Pumpkin Face alter ego on a bad hair day


(Live, March 2007)

You with the sad eyes… Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize it’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people you can lose sight of it all
and the darkness inside you can make you feel so small

But I see your true colors shining through
I see your true colors and that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show your true colors
True colors are beautiful, like a rainbow

Show me a smile then, don’t be unhappy,
can’t remember when I last saw you laughing

If this world makes you crazy and you’ve taken all you can bear
you call me up because you know I’ll be there

And I’ll see your true colors shining through
I see your true colors and that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show your true colors

True colors are beautiful, like a rainbow

Danes je dan republike – Republic Day

11/29/2007

Today is would have been the Day of the Republic

If you were not ‘Born in the S.F.R.J.’ or you are just too young to remember the days, you may want to read up on the ex holiday of an ex country here.

何がこの平均か。- Luka の助け、!

Japanese Mystery Food
Japanese Mystery Food

Culc, please shed some light on this green stuff?

Let it all Out

11/28/2007

Feelings

This is how I feel right now. Don’t come close! :twisted:
Can anyone guess where the photo was taken? It’s a very central location…

Birthday Season

11/27/2007

Binula and Dr. Filomena
Binula and Dr. Fil

Some of my very favourite people seem to have their birthdays very close to one another, so it’s been a sort of a birthday season lately. You guys, I love you just the way you are.

Happy birthday!

Homeless Run – Dare to Change your Life with Dare

11/24/2007


A call for homeless folks to join soccer practice…

EDIT: Adding translation and links to the mobile post

      Translation:

      I’m looking for homeless people interested in playing soccer according to the homeless’ rules.
      Dare! (Please note: Dare is a Slovenian first name ;-) )

      Sign up!
      (Those who have not signed up yet)!!

      Those of you who’ve signed up for soccer, please attend the practice at Poljanska road. See you on Sunday at 2 p.m.
      Dare

I guess what sums this up is: Dare to change your life with Dare!

Links:

Real Slovenia: Official Real Estate Market Records go Public

11/23/2007

A House Sold in Slovenia by GBD Real Estate Ltd.
One of the houses included in the new public records
(sold in 2007 by GBD Nepremičnine d.d. / GBD Real Estate)

As of Wednesday, 21 November 2007, the Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia (GURS) is allowing limited public access to the Real Estate Market Records. This allows the public to monitor the actual sales prices of real estate in Slovenia for the first time.

The real estate market records have been established as a joint effort by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning and the Ministry of Finance within the scope of the national project of development a mass real estate appraisal system.

Centrally managed public records will allow long-term systematic monitoring of real estate price trends, equal access to information for all active and potential real estate market players and market transparency.

The real estate market records will be used primarily for the purpose of:

  • mass real estate appraisal;
  • national statistics and real estate market analyses and research;
  • supplying information to the public.

The central database of real estate market records was established on 1 January 2007 and as of 15 November 2007 includes data on approximately 39,000 legal transactions in the area of real estate.

The records are accessible through the GURS portal. The public part of the records can be found at http://prostor.gov.si/jv_etn/index.jsp

GURS will publish six-monthly reports on the development of real estate prices in Slovenia, which will allow the public to monitor property market trends. The first such report is expected to be ready and presented to the media by the end of the first quarter of 2008.

Houses Sold in Slovenia in 2005 and 2006
Houses Sold in Slovenia in 2005 and 2006 (Source: GURS)

Wood Trek – at Base 20

WoodTrek
Memory Lane (photo by dr. fil)
where the Rog sawmill‘s timber railway used to run

Kočevski rog covers an area of over 500 square kilometres of Karstic terrain in Southern Slovenia. Human interventions in nature have been minimal over the centuries, so that the entire area is beautifully preserved in terms of nature and bustling with wildlife, including predators extinct in most other European countries. Bears, wolves, lynx and birds of prey abound. Hey, we even export them :-) Three of the forests have been completely intact for centuries.

The first WW2 resistance fighter groups in the area were formed in 1941 already, with the famous Baza 20 (Base 20) set up in 1943. Wooden boards were hewn at the Spreitzer sawmill in Stare Žage and at a sawmill in Soteska. Doors and already glazed windows were taken from the abandoned Götscher houses, but tools and other necessary material were procured in shops in the valley.

BAZA 20 provided home and working environment members of the Slovenian resistance. By the time of Italian capitulation on 9 September 1943, thirteen buildings had been erected. In addition to those accommodating the members of the leadership, a radio and telegraph building, a radio station, a kitchen and two dormitories for the kitchen staff and the guards were constructed. In 1944 a kitchen warehouse was built along with a separate kitchen and warehouse for the guard battalion, an electric power plant, two dormitories for the guards and propaganda activists and additional buildings for officials.

The population of BAZA 20 kept growing with the base accomodating almost 200 people by the end of 1944, but thanks to exceptional security and camouflage measures, it was never discovered.

BAZA 20 is the only such headquarters of a European resistance movement that remains preserved. It has become an important monument of the state. Together with the preserved hospitals of Jelendol and Zgornji Hrastnik it was declared a cultural monument in 1952. All 26 buildings still stand.

See the main source for the above text

At Lukov Dom, visitors can see a short film about Kočevski Rog and hire a guide. Custodian & Information: Dolenjski muzej Novo mesto (offers guided tours for groups and individuals, Phone: +386 7 373 11 11)

Miši v hiši?

11/21/2007

When you see a winking sideways smiley in a bookstore’s shopwindow, you know you undoubtedly live in the Information Age.

Translation:
Post title: Mice in the House?
Note: If you SEE MICE (white mice are the Slovenian version of seeing pink elephants) in this shopwindow, it’s high time you stopped drinking ; )

Real Slovenia: Financing property purchase

Ljubljanica River
Long for a Ljubljanica riverfront property? You might need to borrow some money ;-)

In the previous post on the subject of real estate in Slovenia we arrived at the question of: How does one handle all the local and imported real estate fuel and finances the purchase of real estate in Slovenia?

Ideally, you have money readily available and pay in cash you pull from under your personal or corporate pillow. This is the so-called “own financing” option. If you’re a mortal like Dr. Fil, however, several types of loans are available to you.

On the Slovenian financial market, you can choose between regular loans secured by insurance, guarantor or the property itself (mortgage), financial products that combine loans with life insurance or investment in mutual funds, or so-called lease-loans (hire-purchase).

Loans:

    Financial houses offer three main types of housing loans differing with regard to the collateral for the loan:
  • housing loan (stanovanjsko posojilo) secured at an insurance company, with a term of repayment of no longer than 15 years (suitable for smaller loans, approved quickly). In case of default, the bank assigns the loan to the insurance company. If taking out this type of a loan, you may want to consider taking out a life insurance policy as well, which will cover the debt repayment in case of the borrower’s death and the debt will not be transferred to his or her heirs;
  • real estate loan (nepremičninsko posojilo) secured by guarantors. The conditions are similar to those above;
  • mortgage loans (posojilo, zavarovano s hipoteko); these loans usually allow the longest repayment terms up to 30 years (although some financial houses already offer the same periods for “leasing” loans), depending on the age of the borrower. Usually, the interest rates for mortgages are lower than in other types of loans. The rate will depend on the borrower’s creditworthiness (and negotiation skills). In addition to the principal and interest, this loan comes with the added expense of loan approval, attorney, notary and entering the lien into the land register. In case of default, if all else fails, the court seizes the property, auctions it off and uses the proceeds to pay the bank’s claim.

Combined financial products, for example:

  • a combination of a loan and life insurance (repayment term up to 20 years) with the borrower paying only the interests on the monthly basis, which allows the bank to approve a higher amount as the monthly instalments are smaller. In addition, the client pays a monthly life insurance premium. In the end, the principal is paid from the investment life insurance sum or – in case of death – from the life insurance falling due;
  • a combination of a housing loan and an investment in a mutual fund. This package is suitable for those with a high income who already own their homes, but would like to go into rental. The borrower pays the interests every month and pay the principal with the yields of the mutual funds. The borrower bears the risk of the mutual fund yields failing to meet the projected results and not sufficing for repayment of the loan.

Lease-loans:

      Leasing is a contractual relationship between the lease-loan lender and lease-loan borrower (the buyer, i.e. you). The lender allows you to use the subject of the lease (in this case an apartment or house etc.) for an agreed term and surrenders so-called ‘economic ownership’ of the property in return for which the borrower pays monthly instalments for the agreed term of the lease. When the last instalment is paid, full title is transferred from the lender to the borrower and as of that moment the property is no longer owned by the bank or financial house but by yourself.

      Since the lease-loan means that the financial house acquires ownership of the property, the additional security required is usually considerably lower than in case of taking out other loans described above. Financial houses can therefore require much smaller down payments (usually 20 to 30 per cent) on average than in case of other loans. Furthermore, when natural persons (rather than a legal entity) are concerned, the bank considers not only salary, but all types of income in determining one’s creditworthiness. This does come at a cost of a usually higher interest rate, but enables you to buy property even with minimal liquid assets. If the borrower can prove the ability to pay the instalments and can use another property or guarantors as security, the financing can go up as high as 100% of the property value.

Useful links:

In the next post in this series, we will look into the expenses and taxes related to the purchase or sale of real estate in Slovenia. Unfortunately, Slovenian politicians have not yet been overheard saying “read my lips” but dr. Fil will let you read hers ;-)

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