Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Maniac Tuesday

I was giving a quick look at the news in a Brazilian website - after 4 days without reading anything - and I was a little surprised with what I've read. Nothing important happening - or maybe it's me not reading the relevant news, as usual. That one caught my attention: a psychologist set his patient on fire to stimulate her. Excuse me? So that’s how a poor depressive soul is treated? No, thanks. I’m happy again.

One that put a smile on my face – an ironic one – was to learn that the film The Departed, with Jack Nicholson, Leonardo di Caprio, Matt Damon et al, was translated as… Os Infiltrados. Hehehe Old habit of ours to give stupid titles for international films. I bet this is a common place in other countries too.

I went to Richmond this morning. It is in Zone 4 and guess what? It is not even London! But that’s fine, it takes about 1 hour to get there and District Line provides a slow and pleasant trip. Richmond is a very nice area. Far away and expensive too, but if you happen to be a millionaire, I would highly recommend you to buy a holiday home there. And if you know me, you can invite me for barbecues. In summer, please.

At last, Momix. Oh dear. Yes, I was disappointed. I guess my life is moving in a too fast pace to cope with a 2-hour slow motion presentation. Geez, I love aquariums, but I think I would be bored to death to watch 5 identical fishes in an aquarium with little decoration. It was like that. Some very nice things in between, but not enough to justify £ 22.50 and the heavy cheering some – most? – of the people gave at the end. A bit too much. Ok, I have a very good compliment: God bless those bodies!!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Oh, Gee

My head is killing me. Not my head, the pain I'm feeling. Well, you understood. I've spent a long time trying to figure out how to edit this template. In the end I've just substituted some pictures, because I wasn't capable of creating a brand new template. I still have loads to fix (font colors, for example), but I would very much appreciate your opinion and/or suggestions.
Thank you very much.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Yey, I need to share this one with you!!!

(that test thingy is addictive! And it seems that 72 is my lucky number)

Your Chances of Being a Multimillionaire: 72%

You have a good chance of being a multimillionaire. Better than most people.
You simply have a natural knack for money and the personality for success.

I'm very surprised with this one...

I thought I wasn't THAT open minded. But, yeah, not too bad!

You Are 72% Open Minded

You are a very open minded person, but you're also well grounded.
Tolerant and flexible, you appreciate most lifestyles and viewpoints.
But you also know where you stand firm, and you can draw that line.
You're open to considering every possibility - but in the end, you stand true to yourself.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Monday again?

Time is passing sooooooooooooo fast, isn't it? 1½ month to the end of 2006. Usually I like to analyse the past year and list everything I've done to compare with the list of things I've planned to do. This year will be different. I will assume that the year was great and very productive. As I wrote somewhere, someday, my "new year" has started in October, and so far this new year has been great. :-D

Resuming the weekend: Yesterday I booked a quick trip to Lisbon to get my Portuguese ID. I'm leaving on the 22nd. Yesterday we also went for a walk in the woods. Wild nature in the middle of London. Saturday was kitchen adventure. I cooked feijoada and wholemeal bread. It wasn't so bad. I think Cipri appreciated more, but, yeah, I think it was far from great. Well, cooking is not an easy task and requires a lot of practice.

Enough said, I have some work to do. :-/

Thursday, November 09, 2006

I am 52% happy... Hummm

I have a theory about this 52% there... I'm on my period!

You Are 52% Happy

You're definitely a happy person, even though you have your down moments.
You tend to get the most out of life, though there's always some more happiness to be squeezed.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

How could I forget to tell about a very important topic here? Last Saturday I made bread! :-D It was very good.

Ok, I'll tell the truth. Mari had her finger cut and bleeding, so the mission of squeezing the ingredients together and spanking the bread was handed to me. She guided me all the way until the oven, so I was more like learning. Anyways, now I think I can adventure myself in the deep and dark world of bread-making and maybe even open a baker shop. Yeah, my friends, I'm ready to conquer the world! huahuahuahuahuahuahuahua

Next step? Feijoada! I bought black beans - in a Brazilian store, as black beans here inexists - and the meat. Next weekend we'll talk about it.

Monday, November 06, 2006

ê laiá!

Brazilians, unlike most Europeans, have this huge necessity of talking. Personally, I prefer writing. That's the blog suits me very well. That's why I feel like I've been in a cage if I don't blog very often (even when I don't have what to say).

Last week was kind of busy and I didn't spend much time at home, which affects my thoughts. I rarely remember I want to write and one day all the ideas pop up my mind I want to write about everything in just one post. Old things, I mean…

Man, don’t you hate hiccups? And yawning while you have hiccups? I have a couple of things to do when I am in this “situation”, but the best is to be scared. I read somewhere that there is a scientific explanation for that.

Back to business. I remember writing about a Josh Groban concert we went a couple of weeks ago. I don’t remember writing a line about how it was. To make a long story short: it was a radio concert – for Radio BBC 2 – just for guests, most of them, part of the BBC club, or so. 80% of the guests were above 80 years old, 10% between 25 and 35, and 10% below 15. We thought it was a joke when we arrived and saw that HUGE queue with seniors. Probably you have never heard of Josh Groban before, but the guy is under 25 yrs old. A kid. I was relieved when the lady by my side asked “who is this artist?” Ok, they weren’t there for Josh… Ten minutes before the show, we learned that the BBC orchestra was going to play for 45 minutes. The grannies were there for this! :-P

This is Josh Groban. Awful haircut!

This is the BBC orchestra. They played Starwars' theme and a lot of songs I've never heard of.

Good news, everyone! I am officially a Portuguese national! My birth certificate arrived last week. What does that mean? That I can now work in the UK without relying in a work permit (almost impossible to get one, I would say) or special visas. Next steps? Get an ID, whose process, in London, takes 3 months; in Brazil, 45 days; in Portugal 10 days. Unfortunately the air tickets to Lisbon are not so cheap and I can’t afford to stay 10 days there, so it will have to be through London consulate.

I’ve been talking to some recruitment consultants, to find out what are my chances here in Marketing-Entertainment. Apparently it is not as easy as we think, it takes a long while, but, yeah, it is possible to get a good job here. One of the recruitment agents I’ve visited was near Harrods. I was too lazy to get in, which I regret now. I was told that Harrods was the first (and only??) store in the UK (Europe? World?) to sell camel’s milk. Ok, this information didn’t change my life at all, but I bet they have nice stuff there. The store occupies a whole square; it’s really big.

A tiny bit of Harrods. I couldn't get the bottom and the top is the same picture from this angle I was.

I found this very useful information when I was cleaning my stuff:
Solar sign: Cancer *
Ascendant: Scorpio *
Moon: Virgo *
Pluto: Libra *
Neptune: Sagittarius
Mars: Taurus
Venus: Taurus
Mercury: Pisces
Jupiter: Pisces
Saturn: Leo
Urane: Scorpio *

My friend’s mom, who is an astrologist, gave me this information, based on my date, time and local of birth. The most important signs were marked with a *, but I can’t remember what they mean now, as this was given to me about 5 years ago. So, you all know me very well now! Haha

At last, but not least, just a little note saying that weekend was fun. Friday we went to a stand up comedy. As I imagined, I missed some of the jokes. Besides, the comedians weren’t THAT funny. Saturday we had a fondue at Mariana’s place. Unfortunately I forgot my camera, but I would love to take a pic of us having fondue in the kitchen. It was great and totally unexpected. Sunday we decided to be lazy. I’m on my pre-period, so I was lazy and hungry for sweets. It was good, good! :-)

And on the cinema side, we’ve just seen one film lately: A Good Year. Although it is a tire brand, the film is very cool.

No big plans for this week. I’ll keep you posted on the news.