Saturday, November 30, 2013

Finally....

Saturday!!

YES!! YES!! YES!! YES!!
Saturday's are even better if you start them with a nice cup of coffee after a very long sleep. I like! :)



Simple things, to kick off the weekend!

Bom fim-de-semana.
B.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

What seemed to be very nice...

... it turned out not to be!



The trailer was promising but the movie... BORING!!!!
Despite Cameron Diaz who performed a bad ass b*tch, the rest was very bad.
Still don't get the point about the whole story.

If anyone saw this, enlighten me, please!
B.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hint #5

Week #5 is about to end, but not before one more hint! :-)

May them rest in peace...


But where?!

B.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

A visit to...

... the butcher, or what they call butcher over here.
A butcher, where I come from, is a place where you can buy fresh meat, no matter if it's cut already or not. Most butchers have all kind of meat, any time of the year, any day of the week. 
So, I thought that over here would be the same; wrong!!!

example of butchers in NL
Apparently, they have some meat already prepared for people to take home; like pork, beef and chicken. These are the common things available. Now the best part: depending on the season, they might have some other meat, like rabbit, turkey, etc. This is already surprising to me; are the rabbits seasonal over here? Can't they breed them throughout the whole year?!!...
Moving on, there's something even more brilliant!! You can't buy, for example, a rabbit at the butchers!! LOL


example of butchers in Porty-land


They have rabbit legs to sell but not the rest of the rabbit! I mean.... what about the rest?!?! Are rabbits born only with legs in this country?! hahaha Of course not; if you want to get it, you need to order in advance (wtf?!) and they will ask at their supplier.
I could not believe this, but it's the way things work here!

I was as surprised by this as the staff at the butchers were when asked "what do you do with the rest of the rabbit?? They don't have only legs..."
Sorry, but this is just ridiculous (if we wanna stay on the polite-side)!

Anyway, it's nice living in this country.... just a bit too different from down south Europe! ;-)

B.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

My first DIY

Last Christmas, the company where I work, gave away a nice cookie box filled with traditional biscuits from Aachen. Truth to be told, I preferred the box than the biscuits. :-)

Once the biscuits were gone, I didn't want to throw the box away as I think it's a very beautiful one. So the thing has been lying around for quite some months, totally useless. Until one day!
I needed to get a box for all my tea bags, as I have so many boxes, but didn't like any of the boxes I found at stores. They all looked the same...
That was the Eureka moment!! Why not use the old biscuit box?!? All I need it was some paperboard and voilá!



It was all done in 5min and it cost 3.99euros!!!
So, if you happen to be in the same situation, you should try this DIY! Easy, fast and cheap. :)

Tea o'clock for me!
B.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Adeventures in the kitchen #3

Anyone fancying an easy Muffin recipe?
Over here, we're big fans of these little fellas and they taste great! It's very easy to make, so here you are:
Strawberry muffins with Chocolate
What will you need (approx. 16muffins)
  • Eggs: 3
  • Sugar: 150g
  • Flour: 300g
  • Baking powder: 1 tea spoon
  • Butter: 80g
  • Milk: 150ml
  • Strawberries: as much as you want. :)
How to:
  1. Mix the eggs with sugar, milk and melted butter
  2. Once you get an homogeneous mix, add the flour and baking powder, and stir again.
  3. Add the strawberries, cut in  small pieces.
  4. Pour the mix into your muffin baking tray.
  5. Keep it in the over for about 35min, at 180C.
Bom apetite! :)
B.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Things I don't understand

Here's one:


And yes, I just saw one of these, in the corridor...

Why????....
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Monday, November 18, 2013

From Portugal with Love #4

One of our last destinations in Porty-land was the beautiful village Sintra.
Sintra is located ~30km away from Lisbon and it's a Must see location to go, once you visit Portugal.
If you want to know more, here you have some links: Sintra on Wiki Sintra @ Unesco

We enjoyed our day there, despite the sore feet/legs/knees and whatever muscle was in use! haha
If you have the opportunity to go there, please do so!!! There's a lot to see; meaning we need to come back. :)
Here are some pics, during our visit to Quinta da Regaleira:








Portugal, it was nice to be there again! See you somewhere in 2014!! :)

Até breve,
B.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hint #4

Even though week 4 is almost ending, here it is hint #4:


100million of these boxes are eaten each year... -.-
B.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

From Portugal with Love #3

On this one, I will keep the words short, as I think pictures talk by itself.
Lisboa, you're the one and only! <3







Halloween @ Hard Rock Café Lisbon! :D
If you have never been there, this is just a glimpse of this beautiful city! My beloved Lisboa!!! :D

Alfacinha, com muito gosto!
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Monday, November 11, 2013

11-11

11-November it's a day we, Porties, celebrate since a very young age. It's the Saint Martin's day, or in Portuguese, Dia de São Martinho.

Our tradition says that we should eat chestnuts and drink a sort of wine, called Àgua-pé. Here you can read more.

source: google

I was always a big fan of this tradition as I simply love chestnuts, but unfortunately, this will be another year that I won't celebrate it... no chestnuts... and the ones available are extremely expensive...

Happy Saint Martin's day!
B.
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Friday, November 08, 2013

Retrospect...

... contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events, etc...


This is what retrospect stands for, in the dictionary. For me, it stands for that and much more.

Let's start from the beginning; March 23rd, 2013. A very cold day, painted in white due to snow and with gray skies. Sounds very depressing, but that's exactly what that day wasn't!
Many people from around the world came to cold Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, to testify what it would be, in my opinion, the best show I have ever been to. And I've been to quite some by now...
A band celebrating its 10th anniversary, together with fans, in situ and online! 

credits: www.vlien.net

I, as many other people, were very anxious for this show! I had no idea what to expect, only that one of my favorite bands, would be playing together with an orchestra and choir; a dream to me!! I've always loved classical music, and it makes me feel like no other music style does. 
3 hours passed like a blink of an eye; bruises on my legs, sore neck in the following days.... All worth it!!! Retrospect was the BEST show ever (I wrote this already....)!!! Old songs, new songs, never played songs... All was there, for everyone's taste and preferences.
Acrobats, special guests... I could keep on describing the whole thing but that would take way too long! hahaha

In summary, I was so touched by the whole production, band performance, crowd reaction, that when the show was over it all came out in the form of tears. Happy tears! :)
Also, experienced this great event together with friends from all over the place, was a very unique situation. I finally had the opportunity to meet people face-to-face that I only talked online! This was very special to me!!!

It's a show/day that I will always keep in my memory, no matter what.
And to help with that, there's a DVD/Blu-Ray out!!! You can get it here: Buy Retrospect
 




After have been to the Cinema premiere, I cannot wait to have my own copy and watch it over and over again! I'm also very curious about the extras! :)










I, personally, easily buy a DVD/Blu-Ray before than a studio album just because it gives you a different view of what a band experiences and most of the times, it was during a very special event.

 

  




Retrospect, was an Extraordinary evening that will always be remembered.
Thank you Epica (band/crew), Orchestra and Choir!! 
Obrigada!!


P.S.: This is not a advertisement post. It's just my opinion as an Epica fan!
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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

From Portugal with love #2

On day 2 of our last trip to Porty land, we drove south. I wanted to show Mr.A how diverse Porty land is, so our first destination was Évora!
Évora is a very nice city, in the province Alto Alentejo and it preserves the traditional southern architecture. If you want to know more about history and so, click here.





First stop: Praça do Giraldo. A sunny central square, where you can just sit down, have a good expresso and prepare your feet & legs for some serious walking.


We walked through the narrow streets, passed by several monuments but I had in mind a specific one...




The Roman Temple of Évora. It's classified by Unesco as World Heritage Site and it was built in honor to the Goddess Diana.

It's quite an impressive site if you think it's still there since the Roman times...







Then, we had a very nice lunch (which I have no picture of) at a little square where the City Hall is located. Charming, cozy and relaxing!


With some heavy stomach we were in need of some more walking and the last destination was kind of a creepy one, but we sure couldn't miss it!





We stopped by the Capela dos Ossos, which is a chapel where walls are covered with bones. More info here.


From there, we drove to another destination, to meet a very good friend of ours! We sure had a good time, and Mr.A had another perspective of Portugal, because as like many other countries, Portugal it's not only Lisbon and Porto...
There's more and equally interesting and worth to visit!


So, did you like this little glance of Évora? We sure did!


I will come back with Day #3, asap! For now, let's just grab some dinner in the form of a traditional southern Portuguese dish!!! Yummieeeeee :D

Tchau!
B.
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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Hint #3

Hello there!

New week means new hint!
Slowly, we are getting closer and closer... :-)

Where in the World, is there a law saying that women can not wear "body hugging clothes" while on the street?
If you have an idea where, please leave a comment.
Come check Hint #4 next week!

Greets,
B.
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Monday, November 04, 2013

From Portugal with love #1

Good evening!!

It has been quite some time, since I last wrote any post! So, I decided to share our last adventure. Ready for another diary?
This time, we went to Lisboa, my beloved Lisboa. Well, truth to be told, we went to more places, so let's say: we went to Portugal.

Since I started living abroad, I believe, this was the turn I was away for a longer period of time.
Not that spectacular, but interesting.
This time though, I had a buddy in crime as Mr. A finally had the time to travel to Porty land. 

Let's start with Day #1!

We had a SUPER early wake up call; 4h30! Ouch... Early flights, can be nice but not if you like to sleep.
Can't recall how many coffees we drank, but they were all necessary!
The flight was super smooth and we had two complete rows for ourselves, meaning.... Zzzzzz.. Ohhh it felt so good!





 



After landing in Lisbon, coffee #?? and breakfast  were necessary. What's the best way to kick-off our trip than with a Bica, croissant and Pastel de Nata?! Porty-land, we are back!! :)






 


Later in that afternoon, after some well deserve and damn tasty lunch (a very traditional dish called Açorda de Bacalhau), we went for a walk at the city center. Damn, we walked quite some and ended up with this great view. This is how Lisboa looks like from the southern side of Tagus-river.







We were pretty tired but ready for day #2 after some very loooong sleep!
Destination: South!
Will share more details tomorrow.

Night nighty,
B.
 
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