Monday, January 30, 2017

Casa arrombada trancas à porta

Olá!!

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Quem leu este post sobre o "review" de 2016 já deve saber o que aqui vem.
Não leste? Espreita aqui: 2016 in review.

Pois, decorria o final de Novembro e eu estava finalmente a entrar no espírito Natalício; andava de bom humor embora os dias ficassem cada vez mais curtos, com menos Sol e mais chuva. Até que chegou o dia em que entrei em casa, vinda do ginásio e com a adrenalina lá nos picos, e eis que se não quando, dou com evidências de que a minha casa tinha sido assaltada.... 
Isso mesmo....

Alguém, que muito provavelmente nunca saberei quem, decidiu que havia de partir a porta do jardim e a janela, e entrar pela casa a dentro, abrir armários, mexer em todas as minhas (nossas) gavetas, vasculhar os nossos objectos pessoais e, acima de tudo, invadir a minha (nossa) privacidade.
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Não consigo até hoje dar uma justificação para tal atitude. Problemas todos nós temos e não dá o direito a ninguém de fazer uma coisa destas... e por quê? dinheiro? valores? electrónicos?

Só mesmo alguém muito estúpido para achar que em pleno 2016 (ainda era 2016, não esquecer) haja alguém que tenha dinheiro em elevadas quantidades em casa.... Logo eu que sou alérgica ao dinheiro! 😎
Not me, you idiot!!!!

Tirando o facto de me ter roubado a máquina fotográfica (+ cartão....) não levou mais nada. 
Teve azar que eu não sou de jóias, malas caras nem temos pcs ou iPads de valor. A-Z-A-R!!!

Mas sabem o que este idiota deixou para trás? 
O sentimento de privacidade invadida, insegurança, tristeza e algum medo.😕

Mas como tristezas não pagam dividas, como se costuma dizer, pus (pusemos) mãos à obra com a ajuda preciosa de pessoas amigas e tudo se resolveu em alguns dias.
Instalámos um sistema de alarme cá em casa daqueles à maneira com ligação à Polícia/Bombeiros e afins e pusemos fechaduras mais difíceis de arrombar. 
Não vai haver uma segunda vez! E se houver, vai ser apanhado pela Polícia!

Ah! Não posso falar deste tema sem referir a Polícia Holandesa. Foram simplesmente fantásticos.
Toda a atenção que tiveram comigo nunca irei esquecer. Até cheguei a receber telefonemas dias mais tarde, para saber como estava, se precisava de alguma coisa ou se me podiam ajudar em algo. Fiquei espantada! 😲

Para mim que sempre fui fiel seguidora das séries do CSI, ter uma equipa forense em minha casa foi algo caricato... Infelizmente, não conseguiram resolver o caso como o meu querido Gil Grissom&co.

E hoje, passados dois meses, continuo com a sensação de que isto foi algo surreal embora tenha deixado marcas.

Assim, em jeito de aviso; não facilitem; protejam o vosso lar, a vossa intimidade da melhor maneira possível, antes que seja tarde. Não desejo isto a ninguém... 
Se já passaram por uma situação semelhante, partilhem como superaram o choque (ou até trauma) e as vossas experiências. Fico à espera! 😉

Até breve!

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #4

Olá!!

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E aqui vamos nós para mais uma semana deste desafio.

No seguimento do post desta passada segunda-feira (SEE MORE), não podia deixar passar o quão significativo é podermos estar com aqueles que nos são mais queridos.
Não devemos nunca questionar se "vale a pena", "devo ir ou não", porque partilhar momentos com eles é o que levamos desta vida.
São as memórias e os bons momentos que devem guiar as nossas decisões. Quantas mais, melhor!
Nem sempre é fácil estarmos juntos, por diversas razões, mas o que importa é que quando estamos é como se nunca tivessemos estado longe!
E só por isso, já vale qualquer esforço (financeiro e logistíco)!
O senão: as pessoas que deviam estar sempre connosco, mas que a vida encarregou-se de as levar......


Week 4/52
Celebration Mode 💓
Embora a foto desta semana não seja das mais artísticas, é certamente, uma das que mais significado têm para mim.

Até breve!



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Monday, January 23, 2017

24 hours in Portugal - Short but sweet

Hello!!

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Today's post is all about the super quick visit to Lisbon this past weekend, that lasted only 24 hours!

You must think I am crazy, and in a way, you're not that far from the truth, but you know, sometimes you have to do crazy things and be spontaneous.
And that's what I did!

Before doubting if I should go or not, due to very expensive flight tickets, I decided that more important than money is to spend time with your family and friends, and even more on a special occasion.
Since last Saturday, I celebrated my birthday, as gift to myself I decided to fly to Lisbon and spend the day with my loved ones. 

And you know what? It was worth it!!! 😂
The weather was fantastic with clear blue skies, bright sun and warm temperatures! A perfect break from the colder snowy days... Honestly, once you experience the Central/Northern European winters, then Portugal becomes very tropical!

West part of Palmela's Castle
Palmela's Castle
Ceiling at "O Purista - barbière
Affligem wall - "O Purista - barbière"
Lisbon's sunset 😍
Life is made of moments, and it's up to us to choose which ones to make it happen and how to cherish them.
When my time comes, I only wish my heart is full with great memories of moments like this past weekend!

My heart is warm and I cannot wait to go back and meet my loved ones!


See you soon!



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Thursday, January 19, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #3

Hello!!

This is my photo for week #3 of the 52 week photo challenge.

With this one, I intended to practice on shutter speed and capture movement; for that, I choose a giant spinning wheel, set the shutter speed to 1.6 seconds and tried to stay as quiet as possible, on a cold winter night, surrounded by Christmas enthusiasts, who nearly saw me on my knees while trying to capture this.

I had in mind of what kind of picture I wanted to achieve, but initially I didn't really know how to do it; but I didn't give up! Tried every single mode that the camera has to offer, and eventually, made the crazy decision: go Manual or go home!

BAM!
Set the camera to Manual Mode and shot until I was satisfied. Took quite a while... 😁

But you know what? Now, I look at it and I feel very proud!
Perhaps is not 100% sharp, but I got what I worked for.

And this is the message behind it:
Work hard, even if it may seem out of reach. If we don't try to go out of our comfort zone, things won't happen!
To achieve something, we must try it first!

# week 3 / 52



Photo details
Location: Maastricht, Netherlands
Date: December 2016
Camera: Sony a6000, f/5.6 16mm

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Gratis - a Dutchie's favorite

Gratis, Dutch word for "free" or Portuguese misspelling for "Grátis".

I am not sure if it's a Dutch thing, because we Porties also like it, but they (the Dutchies) have a thing for "Gratis".

Here are a few examples:

At the grocerie store, they've got coffee machines for the customers; you can just suit yourself, grab a cup of coffee while you do your groceries.
I've seen people getting in just for the coffee...
It's free! Why not?!.
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At the drugstore, they had a promotion going on that you would get a shower gel for free if you'd buy over a certain amount (can't remember the exact number anymore).
I got the stuff I need it, went to register to pay.
The cashier: You can take shower gel X; it's for free!
Me: Thanks but no.
The cashier: but it's for free!!! Take it!!!
Me: No, thanks! I don't use it.
The cashier: but it's for free!!!!!!!
Me: Can I just simply pay??? I do NOT want the shower gel!
The cashier: *rolls her eyes and let me pay*
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The new bus line in town makes a special offer that everyone can ride along for free, every Sunday, until Christmas (included).
Result: buses are full!!
If anyone tries to chek in, people in the bus start shouting "It's FREE!!!!"
Almost makes you feel like an idiot, in case you accidentally did not know that it was for free.... How do you dare?! Trying to pay your ride when it's for free???... You idiot!!!
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There are more examples but for now I think these are just good overview. 😄

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Now, is this a Dutch thing or does everyone out there gets/does something just because it is for free??
Do you? Let me know in the comments below. 😉


See you next Thursday!



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #2

Hello!!

This is my photo for week #2 of the 52 week photo challenge.

I chose this one because a shinning Sun through the naked trees on a clear sky winter day felt so relaxing, that brought a certain peace of mind to my day.
We all have those days where, no matter how hard we may try to over come a gloomy mood, it just seems that nothing works. 
For me, a view like this one is enough. 

The Sun will always be there for us, to brightened up our days, no matter how thick the clouds above us may be. 

Never give in; just be patient. 

# Week 2/52


Photo details
Location: Maastricht, Netherlands
Date: December 2016
Camera: Sony a6000, f/5.6 16mm

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Stay bright


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Monday, January 09, 2017

Lisbon - Mercado da Ribeira | TimeOut Market

Hello!!

Last time around in Lisbon, I was really surprised with the vibe in town. I believe it was the first time in over 5 years that the city didn't feel stagnated. 
Never in these last years I had seen soooo many constructions sites all over town.

Almost every street had something going on; new buildings, road remodels, old buildings restorations, you name it... 
Felt like that the money was back in town and everyone was trying to catch up with what could (and should!) have been done the last years.

May not be pleasant for those who live there but it makes me happy; it always sadden me to see old historical buildings/neighborhoods not being taken care of and nobody doing anything about it. As if it didn't matter... I want to believe that it was all a matter of money.

Other thing that got my attention was the capacity of transforming an old place and give it a totally different purpose. An example: Mercado da Ribeira.
Industrial ceiling decor - Photo by MissB - Sony a5100
Mercado da Ribeira was originally an indoor market where people would go for groceries when major supermarkets (or grocery stores as they say in the States) were not around. 
Last time I had been there, they had other businesses going on besides selling/buying food/flowers; in the galleries of this building a few restaurants had been open.
Didn't get my attention back then and it was never a place that I'd think of "oh let's go out for dinner over there!" nop.

But now, the game has changed! 
Mercado da Ribeira has become a trendy food court along with nice cute shops.


Portuguese food with a modern twist. 😋 - Photo by MissB - Sony a5100
You can easily spend the whole day there, eating, drinking, shopping and just having a great time. I believe it became a touristic hot-spot as there were TONS of tourists over there. No wonder....

They kept the outside of the building true to its origins (to my knowledge at least), and on the inside the old butchers/flower shops (some still remain!) were transformed into restaurants. The decor is somehow a fusion between industrial and traditional.
The food offer is huge, making it almost impossible to choose what to eat, but I'd say that it is mainly focused on Traditional Portuguese Cuisine with a twist. 
Like I said before, I could easily spend there the whole drinking and eating... 😊

I loved it there and totally recommend it.

Besides the lovely food there, I also visited a shop called Toranja (Visit) where they sell artist decoration pieces.
Bought two pillow covers but they have many other items available. The staff was very kind and helpful.  The difficult part: not to buy the whole store!
O Castelo by Tiago Albuquerque 
 Ajuda in Yellow by Nuno Martinho.
Not the cheapest pillow covers out there (they retail for Eur22.95/piece), but certainly some of the most special and dear to me. Every time I look at them, home feels a bit closer.

So yeah, if you are ever in Lisbon, go check out Mercado da Ribeira! 😉
It's very easy to find and reach by public transport (located across Cais do Sodré station - subway/trams/trains/buses go there).

See you next week!


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Saturday, January 07, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - start

Hi!!


I have decided to join this challenge that consists of posting one picture a week; it may be followed by a nice message. But for week #1, I chose a Portuguese popular saying.

I found this challenge via the Trip In blog and thought I'd jump in the train. Let's see where this ride leads to! 
Wanna join? You can do it even if you do not have a blog; just use any of your social media and use the tag #52weekphotochallenge. 👍

Except for this week, you may expect my weekly photo on Thursdays at 9am CET! ⏰

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#Week 1/52 

PT: Tudo o que vem à rede é peixe. |  ENG: All is grist to the mill.
Photo details
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: 31-10-2016
Camera: Sony a5100, f/9.0 22mm

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Friday, January 06, 2017

Let's stay in touch!

Hello!!!

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TA-DAAA!!! SURPRISE POST!!! 😊

Today I'm here with an extra post to ask you: are we already connected?? 

As I am trying my best to keep up with blogging, bringing up new and interesting content, I would be really glad to get in touch with you, reader, and hear your feedback. Just a "Hello" is also fine! 😉

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Hope to see you around!


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Sunday, January 01, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR


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Best wishes for this New Year!!!!!



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