Friday, September 25, 2015

Quando a nódoa cai sobre o melhor pano

Foi (ou melhor talvez, está a ser) o que aconteceu com a Volkswagen (e certamente a outras ainda por confirmar).

Não deixo de ficar surpreendida mas ao mesmo tempo não me espanta; estranho, eu sei.
Com certeza, não serei a única que tinha a VW como uma marca de excelência (ou qualquer outra marca Alemã), na qual não se questionam os valores apresentados.
No entanto, como qualquer outra empresa, basta haver alguém que não siga à letra tal política, e assim se estraga o bom nome.
Só me pergunto qual a necessidade de andarem a aldrabar os resultados?! Alguma coisa lá tiveram a ganhar...
E quem é que teve a "feliz" idéia de desenvolver tal software? Foi o CEO?!
Como diriam os amigos Espanhóis "no me lo creo"....

Anyway, uma coisa é certa, até que esta confusão seja esclarecida (e não "apagada"), o Made in Germany de que os amigos Germânicos são tão orgulhosos, por vezes até prepotentes, não terá o mesmo impacto.

Pensariam eles, os amigos Germânicos, que só os Latinos é que seriam uns "mentirosos e aldrabões" que levam a vida a fazer esquemas?!
Pois olhem, engaram-se!

Lá diz o ditado: 
A nódoa caí sempre no melhor pano!

Desta vez, calha-lhes a eles limparem-no!

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P.S.: Em breve volto com os diários das férias de Verão e mais umas receitas bem saborosas, para os 2 leitores deste blog! LOL ;-) 
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pelos caminhos de Portugal - part 5 - Guimarães

Hello!!! :-)
 
Shall we continue with visiting the North of Portugal? I don't take no for answer... :-D
On the menu for today, as you could see for the title of this post, I have Guimarães ready for you!
Guimarães is a very important city in Portugal as it dates back from the 10th century and is recognized as the cradle of the nation and Portuguese identity. See, quite a big deal, hum?
As you will see in some of the pictures below, the Historic Center is so well preserved that it has been certified as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO back in 2001.
The feeling we had while walking around Guimarães is that we were being transported to another Era, as everything was so nicely preserved. When we visited the Castle, for a moment I had some Game of Thrones scenes going through my mind... #IamaGoTFan
These pictures are just a little summary of the spots we visited on our first day in town. For the 2nd day, I will write a different post, or else you will get a picture overdose, and we don't want that, right?
Oh, the food over there is delicious!! (will be in a separate post as well)
Let's get started!!
"Here Portugal was born" sign 
Toural's Square | Largo do Tourel 
São Tiago's Square | Praça São Tiago
Oliveria's Square | Largo da Oliveira 
On the way to the Castle 
 THE Castle
Our first King Afonso Henriques | Primeiro Rei de Portugal Afonso Henriques 
 Chilling under the trees!
 Tile work | Azulejos
 Ducal Palace (back) | Palácio dos Duques (traseiras)
Oliveria's Square | Largo da Oliveira  
 Oliveria's Square | Largo da Oliveira 
City walls | Muralhas da cidade

All pictures taken with Samsung A3

Did you like it as much as we did? Then please, come check the blog in the upcoming days as I will post some more sights of Guimarães, including places to eat and suggestions!
See you soon!!!

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fitness | Getting your shape back

Hi there!!!

How have you been? :-) Shall we talk about fitness or getting back in shape? 

Well, everyone has his/her reasons to work out or not; I have always been a very active person, especially in my youth, but along the way I sort of stopped doing sports. I have talked about this here.
Lucky me, my genetics helped me out throughout this years, but you know, sometimes genetics aren't enough and you sort of start feeling uncomfortable with your shape or condition. Some people keep complaining about it and never do anything to change, others get business done! I decided to join the second group of people and subscribed to a gym.
It's not just a gym, it's like a Club where you can do all kind of activities and even wellness, such as sauna and Turkish bath, but these I have not tried yet. There's also a swimming pool and TONS of group lessons.

I have started one month ago, and the first days were very tough; let's be real, last time I did some serious sports had been about 14 years ago... 
But it's never too late to turn things around as long as you make the effort for it. I always said I didn't have the time for it and so on, but you know what?! I actually do! It's all about motivation, planning and compromising. How many times do we get out of bed earlier because there's something important to be done?! If we apply this to other things in life then there are no excuses to not do what you really want to.
And so I did and have been feeling great ever since!

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My trainning consists of 40/50min of cardio and some specific muscle/power exercises for abs and shoulders (this is my weakest point and the one needs more attention), which last for about 45/50min as well, depending on how fast I can do them. I do go to the gym 3 times a week, but maybe in the future I add one extra day.
Anyway, the plan was made based on my requests and together with a PT which happens to be a physiotherapist (extra point!) and for me that's very important. I was always a bit afraid of doing the wrong exercises and get injured and so far, after one month, I felt sore a couple of days but that's it!

I found out to be a huge fan of the treadmill and rowing machine! hahaha 
For me, it's not about the amount of calories I need/want to burn but it's more about getting my heart and lung capacity in a much better shape and at this point, I already notice some improvement.
Also worth to mention, every single time I come out of the gym, I feel so much more energetic (and I go there after a working day!!), happy and willing to do things. 
Is it addictive?!  hahaha

At this point, I am not forced to change my diet, since my goal is not to loose weight and I honestly think I have a very healthy diet (and diverse). So, unless I'm told otherwise, I keep eating the same way. 
Just a couple of days ago I double checked, and so far, did not lose any kgs! Yuppie!!!

So, what I would like to tell everyone who reads this, is just, take the lead to your life and do things that you want to do but always find a way to postpone it. It is very important we live the NOW and do the best we can to keep ourselves in shape; for some may be easier than others but that should never keep you away from doing it. ;-)

I am very happy that I took this step and hopefully, you will do the same!

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P.S.: and what about the amount of great sports clothes&accessories out there?! whaha Interested in a fitness fashion post? Leave a comment!
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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Pelos caminhos de Portugal - part 4 - Braga City Center

Hello!! ;-)

How did you like the first post about Braga? The views from the Bom Jesus are just breathtaking, imo. Oh, in case you missed it, here you are: Click Here

Today, I would like to show you a bit of what we saw while walking km's and km's through the streets of Braga.
We had no route planned, only a touristic map from the city center, so basically, we tried to see as much as we could, without killing ourselves from walking. Well... that was a close call! whaha ;-) #dramamoment

The city center still has many old (but renovated) buildings, with nice architecture. I am a big fan of such cities; it makes the more charismatic and also more inviting. I personally don't like modern buildings (NYC is an exception!), and in that sense, Braga was a winner.
Like many other towns in the northern part of Portugal, Braga has many churches and palaces; if I look at the map, I count:
  • 10 churches
  • 1 Sé 
  • 2 palaces
and some other important buildings.
I tried to gather just some pictures, so you get an idea of how beautiful Braga is! I totally recommend visiting it.
Let's get started! Click on the pictures to enlarge.
Arco da Porta Nova
We had dinner here on our first evening - Café Vianna
 
Saint Barbara's Gardens - :-)
An Happy hour powered by Super Bock, right in front of Braga's Sé
Loved the sky!
 
More info on Braga's Sé here.
Unfortunately, inside most churches, my phone could not capture their beauty, so no pics... #Ihavetobuyapropercamera
After all the walking and sightseeing, we had some stops here and there, to recharge and fill our stomachs. As we are both food enthusiasts, Braga gave us a nice kick off of what our all holiday would turn out: great food, great wine and some extra kilos when we stepped on the weighting scale... #dontwanttotalkaboutthat
So, here are the places where we had great food and I totally recommend!
  • Where to eat or grab a nice drink?
These are the places where we had dinners, but there are plenty more. We were very happy with our meals, so I recommend them in case you are ever in Braga.

Café Vianna

Taberna do Migaitas (here we had a MARVELOUS goatling prepared in the oven... I almost cried!)

Domus Vinum: nice wine house with large wine selection, but they also serve cocktails.

Spirito Cupcakes & Coffee: the name says it all! Buuuut, they have amazing ice-cream over there. A must stop, if you ask me.

And this is what we had:
Bacalhau à Portuguesa @ Café Vianna
The best ice-cream in town @ Spirito
Cabrito assado - the one that almost made me cry
sweets at the best pastry place in town: Tíbias de Braga


And that was it; Braga treated us very well and we were super happy to have visited this town. It has been on "the places to visit in Portugal" list for a very long time; check! :-)

If you have the chance, please stop go and visit Braga yourself!

Up next: Guimarães!
See you soon! :-)

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