Month: May 2015

Le bonheur en Paris

oh yes! I still remember Paris. It has been eleven years since I first visited the capital of France. I was fourteen years old and it was my first time outside of Portugal (I had been in a plane before but going to the Madeira island it’s not the same feeling). My french back in the day was good and almost fluent… at least I could order some delicious pain au chocolate. I had previously known Paris through many different stories of Portuguese immigrants (some of them were friends of my parents). Between the 60’s/70’s there was a huge flood of Portuguese immigrants to France simply because we wanted to escape dictatorship. You can find one of those stories here. Paris is beautiful and romantic in a simple classy way. It’s a lady of its own that mixtures 19th century feeling with the modern times of the 20th. It was the first time I’ve bought a striped blouse (just because it remembered me of Coco Channel) and also visited all the iconic monuments while wandering …

The heartbreak diet plan

I don’t usually use this platform to express these kind of private matters but I think this one is a good “sharing-experience tip”. Once again we live through a great history of disappointments, failed relationships, foolish behavior, things we’ve all experienced in our lifetime. We know what it is: we have tons of tunes about it, we cry at romantic comedies (sometimes not the good ones) and we can read it in almost every magazine, book or newspaper. Heartbreak has always been an emotional plague. In this special case, you may need a proper treatment. It differs from person to person, the recipe to mend a broken heart it’s our own personal cliché. In my case, I’m a massive crier. I cry with almost anything. It’s exhausting sometimes. In the last couple of years I’ve developed a survival plan that may change according to the circumstances. Truth being told the only thing that stopped me from crying anytime, anywhere was the movie genre of Quentin Tarantino. Movies + the soundtracks as well. Why? You might …

Jobs

When you established yourself as a creative person you’ll have daytime jobs (unless your parents are rich or you were blessed with an early carer and a fortunate dose of good luck). In the meanwhile, where you cannot find something that relates to your artistic background, you’ll get a new set of skills on a job that provides money to pay rent, patience and daydreaming. Once a great man said “If you got a career, thank God. If you got a job, I hope you get a career one day. ‘Cuz when you got a career, there ain’t enough time in the day…when you got a career, time just flies by…when you got a job, there’s too much time.” That man was Chris Rock on his fifth HBO comedy special: “Kill the Messenger”. His great sense of humor illustrates (struggling) artists everywhere (I do not say or consider the expression “struggling artists” because if you consider yourself an artist you’re already struggling. No matter what it is. You have a cause for your craft. There’s …