Archive | March, 2013

So, Are You Loving What You’re Doing?

29 Mar

I recently came across this video and thought was worth sharing. I know this question is a bit silly and has been asked way too many times before, but really, do we love what we do for a living?

I think this video strikes a cord with me because I’m going through a process right now. I’m thinking (together with my husband) of starting my own business in China, which scares me quite a lot! But I know that if I don’t do it now, I might never have a second chance at it.
As I always tell my husband, I want to leave this world knowing that I sqeezed the last drop out of it.

I’m pisces, so I’m a heavy dreamer. This is good because I can be very creative and sort of visualize what I want to do, but as a good pisces, I’m also fearful of exposing myself too much and taking big risks. This whole China adventure has been very challenging and gratifying at the same time. I see opportunities and barriers each day, but it makes it all more interesting.

Hope you enjoy the video, and most importantly, hope you enjoy your life with all its ups and downs 🙂
Wish you a lovely day!

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Dumplings with Lots of Green

23 Mar

Dumplings with Lots of Green

Everytime I have to prepare a meal is a bit of a challenge. We normally go for some vegetables, noodles or rice and try to avoid eating any meat or fish due to food safety concerns (just last week, more than 16,000 dead pigs were recovered from Shanghai’s Huangpu river). It is also difficult to find the ingredients that we are used to cooking with, such as tomato sauce, cheese, butter, olive oil, and the one that I miss the most, avocado. In bigger cities, such as Shanghai and Beijing, you won’t experience this problem, because there are several supermarkets that carry “western” foods.
But, I must admit that after a year living here, I actually started to enjoy local Chinese food. It is nothing like the traditional take out that we are used to in the States. Local Chinese food has more depth and variety; it’s healthier and fresher (when no meat is involved).
Today, I prepared one of my favorites: dumplings!

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Lunch by Myself

21 Mar

Lunch by Myself

I haven’t posted anything for a while because I really didn’t have much to say or show. Due to some work related issues, I haven’t been able to travel and hence, have found myself lacking creativity for my posts.
When I first started this blog I was working in an advertising agency taking care of “online” projects (websites, banners, Google AdWords, etc.) and wanted to learn more about having a blog and challenge myself by commiting to one.
The challenge hasn’t been to take care of my blog, but rather exposing myself a tiny bit more than what I’m comfortable with (which is good) and trying to find interesting or worthy things to share with other fellow bloggers.
So, today, while I was preparing my lunch I realized that I’m in country where I still can’t speak the language, making my own loaf of bread from scratch because I can never find any in this town, drinking a glass of wine imported from Chile that I found in a local wine shop (which is the first wine I ever tasted 10 years ago!) and therefore, there must be something interesting to talk about. I just need to stop being lazy.
This is part of my first challenge: committing to it.
I guess that the important thing is to make it enjoyable so other can enjoy it as well, otherwise everything will just be dull and boring.
being honest is always (usually) the best option 🙂
PS. I’m still searching for good wine glasses. As you can see I was drinking from a champagne flute. No bueno.

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Fish and Jellyfish

1 Mar

Fish and Jellyfish

I took these pictures at the Acquario di Genova (Genoa, Italy) last month. It’s a nice aquarium, but for some reason, I always feel guilty when visiting these places. I kind of feel bad for all those creatures having to live in a really small fake environment instead of the open ocean. I guess it’s the same thing that we feel whenever we hear about animal cruelty, but we still consume animal products and consider real fur a “luxury” item.
In the end, I guess I’m also part of the cycle.
But, thanks to places such as the Acquario di Genova, I’m able to see the beauty, unbelievable colors and shapes of these creatures.