Monday, July 31, 2017

Top 5 things I dislike about traveling


How are you all doing?
On this side of the screen, things are going great. The holiday is going fantastic, with many many nice memories to soon share with you. Also, quite some km on my legs & feet... Soon more about this subject! haha

While on holiday, I like to travel and visit new places, which doesn't necessarily mean going very far away. I love going from place to place, and experience new things. Apparently, this goes really well with my name's meaning:

Barbara as a girls' name is pronounced BAR-bra. 
It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Barbara is "foreign woman".

Don't worry, this post is not about my name. 😉
Source: | Editing by me

Thursday, July 27, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #30


If you don't go 
through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.

- author unknown -

Week 30/52
"Little closed-door"

Monday, July 24, 2017

How to clean your mirrorless camera sensor


If you are reading this post maybe you are going through the same issue I had not so long ago: dust particles on your mirrorless camera sensor.

First things first: relax! It is not the end of the world.

When you have the opportunity to exchange lenses with your camera, the chances increase that while you are doing so, some dust particles will land in your camera's sensor.

But how do you know if your sensor is dirty? 
Well, if you see dark spots on your photos that remain always in the same place no matter what you are shooting, it could be dust.

See the white dust particles?...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #29


This week's entry on this challenge comes with a nice bonus as well; it is my post number 300!!!

I have written 300 stories in this blog and this year I am enjoying it more than ever. And I hope so are you, my dear reader!
When I first started this blog I knew I wanted a place to "ventilate" or just simply share my experiences as an immigrant.
There have been a few bumps along this road but that makes it extra special.

Week 29/52
"300 pages"

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beauty | Top 3 every day lipsticks


Ever since I finished my teeth whitening treatment (read more about it here), I have started wearing lipstick on more frequent basis.
I have always liked lipstick but did not really dare to wear it as it would draw attention to my super yellow teeth, which as you can imagine, was not nice.

But now, that my teeth have a normal color, it's been nice to just experiment and try new things.
I did not have a lot of lipsticks before due to this fact; this meant, I had to get new ones. What a terrible thing... 😊

On a normal day, I like to keep my makeup as simple and easy as possible; not only it's faster in the morning but it is also more "work approved". In my working environment, that aren't many women and even less with a made up face.

Therefore, I decided to share with you, the three lipsticks I use the most on my everyday makeup for work.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #28


One of the things that the Dutch have in common with us Portuguese is their love for tile and details. Both countries have mastered the art of making amazing things with tiles.
While strolling around, I spotted this little piece of art.
The colors, the detail, the sense of proudness of Dutch architecture... it all caught my eyes.
Yes, I have a thing for details...

Week 28/52
"Tile me away"

Monday, July 10, 2017

The sights of the Netherlands | Alkmaar pt2


A couple of weeks ago, I shared the first part of my visit to beautiful Alkmaar. In case you missed that post, check it HERE.
So I figured, it was about time to come here and share some more of the beautiful sites of this town.

In a town like Alkmaar, you really do not need a map; perhaps Google Maps comes in handy every now and then, but you can easily wonder around the streets and enjoy the sights without being afraid of getting lost.

I loved to see all the typical Dutch sights. I hope you like too...
Come join me!


Thursday, July 06, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #27


What would life be without those little bumps on the road?
How would we know to enjoy life without them? Would we be able to enjoy the ride?

Week 27/52
"Bumpy roads"

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

An evening with ANATHEMA - Concert Photos


WARNING: picture heavy post

As promised on the latest post for the photography weekly challenge (see here), today I am sharing with you some of the photos I took at the Anathema show in Nijmegen.
It was the first show I shot with my 35mm f1.8 lens and I believe I got better results than I would have gotten with the kit lens.
The downside of it is that I did not have zoom available unless I would move around the venue, and eventually veeeery close to the stage.
The venue was sold out, therefore, moving was not so easy. That is why all photos have a similar perspective, even though I tried to get a bit creative.

Also, I wanted to enjoy the show meaning I wasn't constantly photographing. After all, I was there to see the band and as a plus, to be able to practice and see how far I could get with the Sony a6000 + SEL35F18 combo.

Help me through this learning curve and give me your feedback; whether is positive or not.

Enjoy the "show"!
Want to see them in more detail? Just click to enlarge.


Monday, July 03, 2017

365 days...

... without you.

They said time would help and it would ease the pain. 
But it hurts just as much as it did 365 days ago.
Or perhaps even more.

I wish I had been there and have the chance to say one last goodbye.
Life is not the same since the day you left.
And it never will.

Wherever you are, I miss you more than words can say... 
And I always will.

Till we meet again, nanna.

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