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Liebster Award: Pay It Forward

20 Apr

Liebster Award: Pay It Forward

I’ve been having a bit of trouble with my blog lately. As you may know, wordpress is one of the many sites that China has blocked in recent years. I’ve been able to continue posting thanks to a paid service that allows me access some of these censored sites, but lately it hasn’t been doing its job (I’m still waiting for their reply on this matter). So, this is why I need to split this post in 2. Last week I found I got nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely Monique from A Reel Chick. This award consists on answering some questions, sharing random facts about me, passing the good vibe on to other bloggers, and creating a new list of questions for the newly nominated bloggers to answer. The thing is, I can’t look at my list of favorite blogs nor find new ones at the moment due to my current technical situation. So, I will start with what I can do, which is answer the questions and let you know a bit about myself. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get this issue resolved soon and post the 2nd part soon (blogs I like plus the questions)

I’ve done a bit of research on this award and, although there isn’t much information on how the award originated, it seems that it is something started out by bloggers and passed on to other bloggers. I think this is actually better than an “official” award! It is more of a peer to peer support system, which I find it to be beautiful. In a time where we all strive to be better, stronger, lovelier, etc., it is nice to every now and then turn our eyes towards other people and let them know how cool they are 🙂

So, I think this is a great way to get to know each other and for you to discover other blogs.
So here we go.

This are the 11 questions that Monique from A Reel Chick asked us to answer:
1. Honey bees, Honey Boo Boo or Honey Badger?
Honey Badger!
2. Would you rather have the ability to be invisible or fly?
Fly. Free travel for life!
3. Which reality show would you most want to be on: Top Chef, The Bachelor/Bachelorette or Survivor?
Top Chef as a judge though, so I could enjoy all the dishes. And Survivor soon after, to get me back to my pre Top Chef weight.
4. Your favorite Romantic Comedy?
I have so many! The Notebook, The Five-Year Engagement, No Reservations. I like movies that have some traveling and cooking involved in the plot 🙂
5. For dessert: sweet & chocolatey or tangy & lemony?
I usually crave something hot chocolate with marshmallows during winter and lemony desserts in the summer.
6. Morning person or night owl?
Morning person
7. Favorite cheese?
I’m crazy about cheese. I love Grana Padano, Provolone, Mozarella di Buffala (Italian); Queso Panela, Asadero, Oaxaca (Mexican); and of course, string cheese 🙂
8. Dogs or Cats?
Dogs. I had a Great Dane called Banjo for more than 10 years. He was one of the most beautiful and elegant dogs I’ve ever seen.
9. London, Paris, Tokyo or New York?
Sadly, I’ve never been to any of these wonderful cities, but I will visit them someday. I would love to start off by visiting Paris: wine, bread, cheese, and then macaroons for desert!
10. Fashion item or style you would most like to see come back?
I like the boho chic style from the 70’s, but it has already made its comeback. I love wearing flowers in my hair in the summertime.
11. Elvis Presley or Elvis Costello?
Elvis Presley. I love “(I can’t help) falling in love with you”

And these are the 11 random facts about me
1. I’m quite an introvert person, but love being around positive people.
2. I grew up in San Diego (USA) and in Tijuana (Mexico), so I have friends on both sides of the border 😉
3. I went to a Catholic elementary school, and when I was in 4th grade, my teacher (a nun) considered me a good candidate to becoming a future nun.
4. I’m a visual person. I need visual stimulation in order for me to really grasp an idea.
5. I’m afraid of elevators, UFO’s, darkness, spirits. And this is the reason why I haven’t watched a scary movie in the last 5 years!
6. I love flowers. I think they bring a positive vibe to any room.
7. I got hit by a car, was hospitalized for 4 days, lost 12lbs. in one week due to a severe flu; all during my first year living in Italy.
8. I love coffee. As soon as I get up I must have come caffeine otherwise I get a headache. I know, it’s a bad habit, but I really enjoy drinking coffee.
9. One day I will do one of the “Camino de Santiago” routes.
10. I love going on road trips.
11. Things I dislike: disrespect, dishonesty, negativity, bullying and bashing, intolerance, discrimination and racism. I strongly believe the world be a better place if we were a little bit more respectful, tolerant and tried to see the glass half full 🙂

I will post my favorite blogs as soon as get the matter resolved.
Maybe you can suggest some new ones 🙂


My New Chinese Stuff

5 Apr

My New Chinese Stuff

I recently bough a book about “Chinese stuff” that can be found in almost any Chinese home. As soon as I started looking at the pictures I started laughing because a lot of those things can be found at my apartment. I must say a lot of them are pretty useful.
For instance, whenever I have a headache I rub a little bit of this green minty liquid that refreshes and soothes at the same time; pretty useful during hot summer days.
Sometimes, unknowingly you start incorporating certain “stuff” to your lifestyle that stay with you for the rest of your life. In my case it’s tea. I starting drinking chamomille tea when I first moved to Italy and have ever since. Every night, we drink a cup of tea because it relaxes us after a hectic day and it helps us sleep better. Now we have added Chinese Oolong and Pu-erh tea to our repertoire, which are said to bring many benefits to our health.
How about you? have you added any new “stuff” into your lifestyle lately?


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.


Sunny Genova, Snowy Genova

22 Feb

Sunny Genova, Snowy Genova

Our initial plan was to go on a mini road trip that looked something like this:
Bergamo – Genova – Menton – Nice – Bergamo
and ended up being like this:
Bergamo – Genova (the aquarium to be exact)- Bergamo
When we arrived to Genova, the weather was so nice. Not too cold, not too windy, and lots of sunshine. Of course, we had seen the weather forecast and disregarded the “snow alert” because we thought it couldn’t be possible since the weather had been so nice the entire week (plus, weather reports in Italy aren’t exactly the most accurate 😉 )
Well, I guess you can see why we decided to go back to Bergamo the next day. To be honest, we were a bit afraid of driving with so much snow on the road.

Can’t complain though. The scenery was still pretty spectacular.

PS. I guess I won’t disregard weather reports anymore. Lesson learned!



21 Feb

I just returned from Italy this week. Althought I was there for work, I really enjoyed my time there. I also had the chance to spend a couple of days in Genova (I’ll post the pictures soon).

Venice, Italy

14 Sep

My best friend and I went to Venice yesterday. We were both very excited to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world together. The night before, we prepared some homemade “panini”, fruits and 2 water bottles, so we could save on food.

We took the train from Bergamo at around 8:30 a.m. By noon, we were already exploring the Venetian streets and admiring the gorgeous views. We were planning on staying in Venice for the entire afternoon, but the hot humid weather forced us to come back earlier, for we weren’t feeling very well. Fortunately, we managed to see all the main monuments and streets before we almost fainted due to the heat. And, we got to see the majestic Piazza San Marco, which is the main plaza.

I believe it is best to visit Venice during spring or even in fall. During summer, you got the Venice Film Festival going on, thousands of tourists and a very hot and humid weather, all together. So, try to avoid at least August and September, which are the most popular months here in Europe (in Italy you get the two middle weeks of August off). Besides, prices usually drop as tourism goes down. And if you pack your own food (which many do), you’ll save lots of money. I had to pay 3 euros (US$4) for small coca cola !

But, I must admit that regardless of the season, the crowds and the weather, Venice will forever be one of the most enchanting and romantic cities in the world.

Hope you have a wonderful day !

My Mom & Dad’s Song

31 Aug

One of the most important things in my life is definitely my family. Living on the other side of the world has its perks (like traveling), but it also entails a huge sacrifice if you are a very family oriented person like me.

Therefore, whenever I feel homesick (especially during winter), I search some of my parent’s favorite songs or songs that just remind me of my childhood.

It’s been two years already since the last time I went back home. It’s been worth it because I was able to get my master’s and work in Italy, but it’s still a very difficult thing.

So, this song is my absolute favorite:

1) Girl From Ipanema (my dad liked this song because it remind him of my mom)


I always feel a little bit closer to home when I listen to this one.