Who am I?

I am a 39-year-old anthropomorphic lion born and living in Split, Croatia. My paternal ancestors are from the small Hvar island, while my maternal ancestors are from Slovenia. BTW, the other day I was able to find an info page on the web about my great-great-grandfather.

Lions and big cats

I'm a great admirer and a life-long fan of Kimba the White Lion, and just like that little white lion, I have a lovely wife, a son (Luke/Lune) who looks just like his father, and a daughter (Lucy/Lukio) who looks like her mother (there's how life imitates art). I spend all my free time on them and with them (it has been ages since I last went to a sport match or to a theater), and although it is sometimes exhausting, it is the best thing to do for them.

I'm also a big lion and cheetah lover, and I'm also lover of animals in general, and just like Kimba W. Lion I know that they also have "hearts" and "minds", because intelligent life is all around us. I got hooked to cheetahs after I was able to touch a real cheetah in 2006 in a private game reserve in South Africa, and soon I donated to the Cheetah Conservation Fund. As for lions, well... as you can guess, it all started with Kimba, and now I like anything lionish and lion-related, especially Peugeot, and Lonsdale (but I'm not affiliated with punks or skinheads in any way).

Work

I'm working in a small travel agency called Globtour as a booking agent and the ICT support (since October 1998). Although I'm a computer whiz (see here for more details), I've graduated as MBA from Faculty of Economics in Split in 2007.

Languages

I speak Croatian, English, German and Italian, but I can also get along French and Spanish as well, and I can read some japanese katakana as well. In the future I'd like to learn French, Spanish and Japanese. Italian and Japanese cuisine are my favourite.

1970s

As a kid of the 70's, I'm still very fascinated with technology things from the 70's (robots, synthesizers, computers, video games and arcades, toys, music and sci-fi movies of that time). I can't explain why, but the 1970-something years were always so magical to me.

Computer and video games

I loved playing computer games since I was little, but I was lucky to quit that in 2009 thanks to my love (last game I played was GTA 3). I also loved to play Nintendo Game Boy and Sega Mega Drive, and I had (and still have somewhere) lots of games. As a trivia, the first arcade game I ever played was a Galaga (cocktail v.) in a hotel in Obertilliach (Austria) in 1982, and the first pinball I played was Bally's Eight Ball Deluxe in a bar in Milna (Croatia) in 1982 or 1983.

Music

I like all sorts of music (especially if it is good music, and especially all sorts of jazz), but I avoid in Croatia lately popular eastern-ethno-influenced pop songs with shallow lyrics, and all sorts of metal music (although I do like the instrumental version of Fear Factory's "Zero Signal"). My favourite Croatian singers are Oliver, Gibonni and Arsen Dedic, and from the international singers I like Eros Ramazzotti, Elton John and Tom Waits.

Movies

I also like movies, and before I founded my little pride I used to go to theaters more often (in the 1990s I watched 41 movies during one year). The first movie that I ever saw in theaters was Spelberg's E.T. Aside from my local movie theatres, I've been to U.S. theatres as well (twice), and I watched there Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The World is Not Enough.

Fast food

I'm a big fan of the local fast food Medeni, and I regularly order food while I'm in the office from them, and it's probably because I like their alligator mascot, and the visual design of their delivery cars.

Sports

I train archery, and in the past I used to go to the basketball matches of my local basketball club Split, and to the baseball matches of our local and oldest croatian baseball club Nada SSM.

Travels

Since my visit to the beautiful Namibia with my parents in January 2007, invited by our tourist guide in Namibia, Mrs. Lily Taylor, I've started birdwatching. We started with birds in Namibia (in 2007/2008 I've upladed many photos with namibian birds on now defunct croatian birdwatching portal www.ptice.net - here is the archived version of that gallery), and I continued watching birds after my return to Croatia. Currently I don't have enough time to do it everyday, but I'm sure I'll continue that mighty soon!

Regarding travels, I've traveled much around the world, mostly with my parents, and I've been to 273 places in 19 countries on 3 continents (according to my TripAdvisor profile). Aside my own country, I've been to Italy many times (I've visited there 52 places according to TripAdvisor), and I've travelled both countries from north to the south, from east to the west on mutiple occasions. According to TripAdvisor I've travelled 64715 total miles (104149 kilometers), and I've visited 15% of the world (!).

Rotaract

I'm the founding member of the Rotaract Club Split (the initial meeting took place on April 20, 1998), and until 2011 I've been an active member of the club (which, in turn, was disbanded - and almost closed down - for 2 times, but it "survived"), and from 2011 with a new leadership and members (the "new generation" of rotaracters) the club made even better progress and success than before, while I stepped down in the same year because of my newly formed family. I've taken all club positions during that time, including being the club's president (for the year 2008/2009). I'm currently only an uncredited honorary member of the club.

Cars

A red Toyota Yaris (not ours)I've made list of my cars, and you can see it here. I also like driving my love's 2002 Toyota Yaris. And, my dream cars are an S-Type Jaguar, and a '60s VW Beetle.