December 31, 2009

I AM VERY UPSET WITH FACEBOOK



Just discovered that this postcard is part of New Year Gift Facebook application!No one asked my permission,no one informed me about it.I think this is very,very wrong thing to do.I would have said yes to the developer,of course.What can we do to protect our work from this unethical behaviour?Any similar stories you want to share?

December 24, 2009

BOAS FESTAS_SEASON'S GREETINGS!

To all my visitors,friends and customers!

December 21, 2009

Learn how to make RABANADAS! (Traditional dessert for Christmas)


Portuguese celebrate Christmas with a rich table of sweet cakes and biscuits, dry fruits and good wine and liquors. The traditional Christmas cake is 'Bolo Rei' (which means 'King Cake') and is placed in the center of the table. It's a wreath like fruit cake laced with crystallized fruits and pine nuts.There is tiny present inside the cake and a broadbean.The person who finds the broadbean in one slice will pay the next "King Cake"!!Some of Christmas popular desserts are rice pudding with cinamon, fried desserts,-"filhozes"- pastries made with honey - "broas de mel" -pumpkin fritters - "sonhos".



I'm about to goto the kitchen tomake Rabanadas.These are also a regular presence at our table. Do you want to try some Rabanadas?

What you must buy:
1baguette loaf of bread - 1 egg - 200 ml (3/4 cup) milk - Olive oil - Sugar and cinnamon
How to prepare it:
1.Cut a baguette into 1 cm (1/2") thick rounds; remove the crusts;
2.Dip into an egg beaten with milk - 1 egg to approximately 200 ml (3/4 c.) milk;
3.Fry in hot olive oil in a skillet for a few seconds on each side;
4.Drain it and then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon;
5.Eat a lot,forget about diet and wish Christmas never ends!

December 18, 2009

December 17, 2009

WIND AND EARTHQUAKES AND COFFEE

My eyes's dark circles are getting bigger and bigger.Two nights in a row loosing sleep is just too much.Two nights ago the responsible for it was strong wind blowing on my window.Too much noise around my building. It was really a wind festival. As a result yestarday I was on coffee all day. I lost count on how many cups I drank. As a result of too much coffee I was still awake 1.37 AM and so I felt an earthquake! It's origin was at the south,in the sea - 190 km (115 miles) WSW of Faro, or 265 km (165 miles) SSW of Lisbon,our capital. You can check the link above for more information on it. It was felt as far as Braga, in the north, Madrid, capital of Spain and Marrakech, Morocco. Magnitude 5.7. No damages but enough shakes to scare good people. As some of you might know in 1755 Lisbon had an earthquake, also known as the Great Lisbon Earthquake. It took place on 1 November 1755. Geologists think that it was a Magnitude 9 episode and its epicentre was also at south in the sea. Learn about here. It was one of the biggest in destruction history. It was followed by tsunami and fires and destroyed the capital almost completely. Some say it will happen again. I must confess, earthquackes scares me a lot. That episode took away any of my will to sleep! I went to make some tea and switch TV on. On the moments that followed the earthquake I just wanted to know what happened outhere. TV showed few information but people was Twitting about it. Now I'm again on coffee regime. Let's hope this night I finally get a good night sleep!
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A Poem and a Letter almost as famous as the Great Lisbon Earthquake itself!
1.Voltaire:"Poem on the Lisbon Disaster, or: An Examination of that Axiom 'All Is Well,"
1755

Oh, miserable mortals! Oh wretched earth!
Oh, dreadful assembly of all mankind!
Eternal sermon of useless sufferings!
Deluded philosophers who cry, "All is well,"
Hasten, contemplate these frightful ruins,
This wreck, these shreds, these wretched ashes of the dead;
These women and children heaped on one another,
These scattered members under broken marble;

One-hundred thousand unfortunates devoured by the earth
Who, bleeding, lacerated, and still alive,
Buried under their roofs without aid in their anguish,
End their sad days!
In answer to the half-formed cries of their dying voices,
At the frightful sight of their smoking ashes,
Will you say: "This is result of eternal laws
Directing the acts of a free and good God!"
Will you say, in seeing this mass of victims:
"God is revenged, their death is the price for their crimes?"
What crime, what error did these children,
Crushed and bloody on their mothers' breasts, commit?
Did Lisbon, which is no more, have more vices
Than London and Paris immersed in their pleasures?
Lisbon is destroyed, and they dance in Paris!
2. Rousseau's Letter to Voltaire Regarding the Poem on the Lisbon Earthquake,August 18, 1756

All my complaints are . . . against your poem on the Lisbon disaster, because I expected from it evidence more worthy of the humanity which apparently inspired you to write it. You reproach Alexander Pope and Leibnitz with belittling our misfortunes by affirming that all is well, but you so burden the list of our miseries that you further disparage our condition. Instead of the consolations that I expected, you only vex me. It might be said that you fear that I don't feel my unhappiness enough, and that you are trying to soothe me by proving that all is bad.
Do not be mistaken, Monsieur, it happens that everything is contrary to what you propose. This optimism which you find so cruel consoles me still in the same woes that you force on me as unbearable. Pope's poem alleviates my difficulties and inclines me to patience; yours makes my afflictions worse, prompts me to grumble, and, leading me beyond a shattered hope, reduces me to despair....
"Have patience, man," Pope and Leibnitz tell me, "your woes are a necessary effect of your nature and of the constitution of the universe. The eternal and beneficent Being who governs the universe wished to protect you. Of all the possible plans, he chose that combining the minimum evil and the maximum good. If it is necessary to say the same thing more bluntly, God has done no better for mankind because (He) can do no better."
Now what does your poem tell me? "Suffer forever unfortunate one. If a God created you, He is doubtlessly all powerful and could have prevented all your woes. Don't ever hope that your woes will end, because you would never know why you exist, if it is not to suffer and die...."
I do not see how one can search for the source of moral evil anywhere but in man.... Moreover ... the majority of our physical misfortunes are also our work. Without leaving your Lisbon subject, concede, for example, that it was hardly nature that there brought together twenty-thousand houses of six or seven stories. If the residents of this large city had been more evenly dispersed and less densely housed, the losses would have been fewer or perhaps none at all. Everyone would have fled at the first shock. But many obstinately remained . . . to expose themselves to additional earth tremors because what they would have had to leave behind was worth more than what they could carry away. How many unfortunates perished in this disaster through the desire to fetch their clothing, papers, or money? . . .
There are often events that afflict us . . . that lose a lot of their horror when we examine them closely. I learned in Zadig, and nature daily confirms my lesson, that a rapid death is not always a true misfortune, and that it can sometimes be considered a relative blessing. Of the many persons crushed under Lisbon's ruins, some without doubt escaped greater misfortunes, and . . . it is not certain that a single one of these unfortunates suffered more than if, in the normal course of events, he had awaited [a more normal] death to overtake him after long agonies. Was death [in the ruins] a sadder end than that of a dying person overburdened with useless treatments, whose notary and heirs do not allow him a respite, whom the doctors kill in his own bed at their leisure, and whom the barbarous priests artfully try to make relish death? For me, I see everywhere that the misfortunes nature imposes upon us are less cruel than those which we add to them....
I cannot prevent myself, Monsieur, from noting . . . a strange contrast between you and me as regards the subject of this letter. Satiated with glory . . . you live free in the midst of affluence. Certain of your immortality, you peacefully philosophize on the nature of the soul, and, if your body or heart suffer, you have Tronchin as doctor and friend. You however find only evil on earth. And I, an obscure and poor man tormented with an incurable illness, meditate with pleasure in my seclusion and find that all is well. What is the source of this apparent contradiction? You explained it yourself: you revel but I hope, and hope beautifies everything.
. . . I have suffered too much in this life not to look forward to another. No metaphysical subtleties cause me to doubt a time of immortality for the soul and a beneficent providence. I sense it, I believe it, I wish it, I hope for it, I will uphold it until my last gasp....
I am, with respect, Monsieur,
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

December 14, 2009

HOW I MISS SUMMER!

National Georgraphic Society will promote ALTO DOURO WINE REGION

Photo source:see link bellow


Today Alto Douro is celebrating the 8th aniversary of Alto Douro Wine Region Inscription at Unesco's World Heritage sites.The wine region in northern Portugal charms visitors with historic and natural attractions. It's an iconic region for wine production.Beautiful landscapes and relatively little tourism have kept cultural authenticity in the region.

An International Conference "Douro Destination - Tourism, Sustainability and World Heritage", is taken place today in the city of Vila real.A partnership with the National Geographic Society to promote the Douro as a destination for "Geotourism" in accordance with the principles of sustainability defined by that international organization will be signed at this conference.

Some photos for you to take a look, here and here.

CONFIANÇA´S BAR SOAPS GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Jenna(Mariposa Soap) and Tammy(O melhor) ,both from Ohio,and Frannie (O meu sabonete),from New York are the lucky winners! Congratulations!In a few hours they will be on the mail on its way to you!

December 11, 2009

JUST RECEIVED MY FIRST CHRISTMAS CARD!

It comes from The Portuense Centre for Photography,Directorate-General for the Archives. I get a Christmas card from this cultural institution since 2001.I attended a photograph workshop there.I keep all the cards because they are old black and white photos reproductions just like this one.This old photo was taken maybe around 1910 by Aurélio da Paz dos Reis.He is known as the father of portuguese cinema.His first movie is similar to the one brothers Lumière made in France.It depicts workers leaving factory at closing time.

Just sold 10 pins!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 button
Just sold 10 pins!It's a wonderful sensation to know that people will be wearing it in New York! Happy New Year to my buyer! This product isn't available anymore!

OLDEST CINEMA DIRECTOR IS PORTUGUESE AND TURNS 101 YEARS OLD TODAY

Since 2001 Manoel de Oliveira is the oldest cinema director in the world still in business.He was born in Oporto in 11 December 1908.He was member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1981.In 1942 he made a movie about children that lived in Oporto's Ribeira near the Douro river.It's called Aniki-Bobó.I enjoyed it when I first saw it many years ago and I still do.A poetic tale and a simple story shot black and white in beautiful Oporto city.Watch the footage below.It has no captions but you can easily follow what's happening with Carlitos and it's cute.He has filmed a lot but his cinema isn't that much appreciated in Portugal.He seems to be more popular in other european countries like France.Some say it's too personal...others say it's too slow and too boring.Others say it's too artistic! I enjoy some of his movies but not all of it.What I find really amazing in Manoel de Oliveira is his longevity.He's quite active and everyone who thinks that old people should retire and stay home should learn from that.And he must be as happy as anyone can be as he lived and lives for his lifetime passion:cinema.Happy birthday Mr.Oliveira!


Carlitos on his way to school!

December 7, 2009

Only three days left to enter Confiança's soaps giveaway!

THE SOAPS : O melhor - O meu sabonete - Mariposa - read about it,here!

CONFIANÇA'S HISTORY AND PRODUCTS - Visit the site!


A SHORT LIST OF REASONS TO ENTER CONFIANÇA’S SOAPS GIVEAWAY

1.Confiança is a brand of reference for Portuguese cosmetic industry!
2.It has lots of history as it was funded on 12th October of 1844
3.Confiança is the only Portuguese company to obtain the ISO 9001:2000 quality certifications in its field!
4.All soaps ingredients used are natural and 100% vegetable.
5.No animal test is conducted.
6.Quality control is made in all production stages and the final products are evaluated by external certified laboratories.
7.Confiança produces even today according to its traditional methods passed from generation to generation.
8.To Confiança each of its products is more than a cosmetic. It’s a piece of history, a memory and a small part of each one of its co-workers.
9.It's so easy to enter Confiança's portuguese bar soaps giveaway!
10. You get an extra quality gift this Christmas!

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

1.Make your choice! Pick your favorite soap!
2.Do one of three things:

A. Follow me on Twitter
B.Join my Facebook Fan page
C.Subscribe to my blog A portuguese love

3.To qualify for the giveaway you must also click on the link below and leave a comment on my fantastic Giveaway hoste DZ Fantasy's blog. Name the soap you picked leave your email for contact.Best of luck!

http://dzfantasy.blogspot.com/2009/11/winners-choice-giveaway-exquisite.html


START DATE: November 10. 2009
END DATE : December 10, 2009 - 12:00 Midnight CDT
OPEN: Worldwide

December 6, 2009

I love Twitter's Whale...

...but I hate to see it! (Do you know what I mean?!!)

Christmas countdown!


While rain was pouring down I was having some fun creating this funny Santa Claus. He's checking numbers in his beard to keep track of time left to Christmas!
My ideia is that we use the postcard - or the other products - to really countdown to Christmas by checking numbers with a real pen.


Santa Beard Advent Calendar Post Card
Santa Beard Advent Calendar Post Card by noboringwhite
Look at more Christmas Postcards at zazzle

It's raining cats and dogs!

I remember highschool english class about idiom "it is raining cats and dogs", referring to heavy rain.We all laughed a lot at this expression,it was really a funny one.Well,today it has been raining cats and dogs and that's not funny at all. I do not like winter time.But I do like to wake up to the sound of rain pouring down.I found a cool illustration about this cats and dogs thing(Wikipedia).In Portugal we do not have this expression.We usually say:"Está a chover a potes.""Potes" are recipients.So nothing funny about our expression.In Brazil they say "Está chovendo canivetes." "Canivetes" are penknifes!Their expression is funnier than portuguese expression!A killer,I say!

December 2, 2009

Portuguese design - Water bottles from Pedrita Design Studio

Source http://pedrita.net/projects/lh2o/

Pedrita is a Lisbon-based design studio, and has since 2005 been collaborating with other creative structures, individuals and clients from different parts of the world.These bottles are irresistable.Cute and well thought.

Portugal has 4th place for agri-food products according to Qualigeo Agri-food Atlas


"Progetto Qualigeo realizzato dalla Fondazione Qualivita; in particolare verrà illustrato il primo Atlante dei prodotti agroalimentari europei DOP, IGP e STG che rappresenta una vera e propria mappatura dell’agricoltura di qualità europea. Con i contenuti dell’Atlante è stata realizzata una piattaforma web Qualigeo.eu con la georeferenzazione delle zone di produzione, delle aziende che costituisce il primo social network di settore a livello internazionale per le produzioni agroalimentari ad indicazione geografica".

Qualigeo Atlas is Qualivita Foundation project.It's the first world editorial work that describes about 850 European PDO PGI and TSG products through exhaustive product fiches written in an easy language. The atlas turns out to be a indispensable tool both for specialists of the sector and for consumers who want to know new healthy products .
An agri-food product database shows 116 hundred portuguese products listed.Portugal ocupies 4th place in agri-food excelence.Criteria is tradition and quality. No wonder foreigner visitors fall in love with our food.

December 1, 2009

Confianças's portuguese bar soaps giveaway - 10 days left!

10 days till closing time on A portuguese love first giveaway.You still have time to grab one of this these soaps.Read previous posts for detailed information on this giveaway products and Confiança's rich history.To acess more information on lots of marvelous products visit Confiança's site.I am very pleased that Confiança’s offering three fine soaps to my blog visitors. They are quality products and full of tradition and carry Portuguese history of success.What an excelent Christmas gift,I just wish I could enter it myself!
O meu sabonete - This line of soaps doesn’t dry your skin and leaves it perfumed and with a soft touch. An exuberant combination of Art Deco sensuality for your body.O meu sabonte Individual Soap Silver.


Mariposa - With the restyling of an original dated from 20 th Confiança re-launched the Mariposa in a refined and traditional Portuguese packaging. Mariposa embodies the spirit of the butterfly spreading joy over the fields. The soap has an enriched formula with a 100% vegetable base. Mariposa is dermatological tested to respect most delicate skins.

O Melhor - O Melhor is a product range specially formulated for men’s skin care. Transla“The Best” it includes shaving cream, exfoliating soap and balsam after-shave. The stylish retro packaging is the result of the restyling of an original logo dating back to 1920’s.The strength of this line is reinforced by a back to basics old-school fragrance with notes of musk and marine!
Now that you have made your choice please do one of three things:

- Follow me on Twitter - Join my Facebook Fan page - Subscribe to my blog
To qualify for the giveaway you must also click on the link below and leave a comment on my fantastic Giveaway hoste DZ Fantasy's blog. Name the soap you picked and leave your email for contact.Best of luck!
http://dzfantasy.blogspot.com/2009/11/winners-choice-giveaway-exquisite.html
START DATE: November 10. 2009 END DATE
: December 10, 2009 - 12:00 Midnight CDT
OPEN: Worldwide

Information source: Confiança's catalogue

November 30, 2009

Today's Best Award number 5



Another Today's Best Award (28th November) for a cute and simple Christmas Card I made last week. I like to work with simple shapes and colors. This item is not available anymore.


Happy Christmas! postcard

Vipul featured me in a Lens!

Vipul describes himself as a common man, getting back in touch with the artistic side of himself.Well,his interests aren't common,he's fond of exquisite illustration and has a Zazzle store called Renascence Pub. I like this Renascence Pub Mug a lot.Well,Vipul was kind enough to feature my 2010 Kids Calendar in his Squidoo Lens.What a good-morning news!Thanks Vipul!

GREENPEACE SPIDERMEN CLIMBED BELÉM TOWER






During the XIX Ibero American Summit Sunday, Nov. 29 2009, in Lisbon nine Greenpeace activists climbed on top of Torre de Belém. The annual summit brought together the leaders of 19 Latin-American countries plus Portugal, Spain and Andorra.For a few moment we could read OUR CLIMATE,YOUR DECISION in the beautiful monument.Summit in Copenhagen is vitally for the fate of the earth and climate wasn't on Ibero American Lisbon summit agenda.This was a small effort to catch summit leaders attention to this big question.The Copenhagen summit, also known as the Conference of the Parties 15 or COP15, is the fifteenth big meeting organised by the United Nations to discuss a global response to climate change.


Joaquim's birthday - The party of the year in Figueira da Foz


It seems I missed the party of the year. This guy is Joaquim,he's portuguese,yes,in fact he lives in my street when he's around.I've seen him plenty of times jogging in the neighbourhood.He works international level ( www.bestmodelsagency.com Porto, Portugal,www.whynotmodels.com Milan, Italy, Bananas Mambo,Paris, France and Blu Models Los Angels, US ) and has quite a reputation as top model.Lately he's acting DJ also at very celebrated parties. A few months ago I read an interesting interview he gave the local newspaper. He seemed quite an inteligent man -yeah,yeah,you know,I allways seem to forget that models have a brain on top of those bodies - and I was pleasantly impressed with his opinions on local development,fashion and culture.Well,it seems he just turned 34 and made a big birthday party at local Casino.Music and fashion and lots of celebrities there,I'm sure.Not entirely my cup of tea.But it might have been fun!Happy Birthday neighbour!

November 27, 2009

AFGHANISTAN - PEACE AND WAR

Yesterday I saw a documentary on Afghanistan and Pakistan and USA efforts to pacify those areas and fight Taliban. It’s Obama’s war from FRONTLINE producers Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria. It has been eight years since USA went to the territory. It’s a controversial issue and I’m glad I do not have to decide about it. This does not mean I do not worry. My wish is that a solution could be arranged so people stop being killed. I learned from the documentary that its outcome is uncertain. And that probably a lot more of USA troops are needed. One big problem is the corruption of Kabul government, other is the Taliban. Government is losing population support. Taliban are organized and offering the population things that USA still can’t provide: security. One could ask why not live Afghanistan to its fate. But since 11 September people fear that these countries can nest terrorism so an effort must be done even if it means great loss. There isn’t an easy solution. Al-Qaeda is no longer based in Afghanistan but in neighbor tribal areas of Pakistan. This country represents trouble too. Taliban are fighting its government and if they win Al-Qaeda could get real nuclear power. But USA can’t do much in Pakistan. People there just hate Americans. I understood that a peaceful Afghanistan is needed to prevent chaos in Pakistan. If Taliban control it they can be more able to defy Pakistan government. Counterinsurgency is hard on American efforts. It requires lots of troops to protect population. Enemies have simple weapons but they manage to win. This kind of operations can last years. But for how long can last American people patience?

More about the documentary:

November 25, 2009

Meet Davis!

Davis is my sister and nephew's dog.He's a shar pei.Sometimes I take care of him.He's been sleeping all afternoon next to me.It has been rainning since lunch time and he got very sleepy.He's almost four years old.Davis is a very sweet dog for all family members but hates neighbours.In fact he gets a bit mad in the presence of strangers,persons and dogs!

GIVEAWAY CONFIANÇA SOAPS - A BRAND YOU CAN TRUST



You are still on time to enter Confiança's bar soaps giveaway. O Melhor is a product range specially formulated for men’s skin care. Translated as “The Best” it includes shaving cream, exfoliating soap and balsam after-shave. The stylish retro packaging is the result of the restyling of an original logo dating back to 1920’s.The strength of this line is reinforced by a back to basics old-school fragrance with notes of musk and marine.Still represented on Confianças’s ranges Art Déco and Art Nouveau art were popular influences during the 20’s. Rich design and recipes portfolio were recovered as Confiança’s aim is to bring back that heritage to the XXI century. The old moulds are still in use to preserve the original soap shape. Soap characteristics and packaging is an art passed on by generations that allows Confiança to still preserve all of its essence. O melhor is an example that is still in the memory of many and will bring to the present the scents of another century.Above you can see a photo of this exquisite bar of soap you can win.There are three different bar soaps to give away.An excelent Christmas gift for yourself or someone you love.And to enter is really easy.


How to enter the giveaway?
Read previous posts for detailed information on this giveaway products and Confianca's rich history.
To acess more information on lots of marvelous products visit Confiança's site

November 24, 2009

My fourth Today's Best Award!

It seems people are really enjoying this line of products. Simple,colorful and happy designs inspired by traditional portuguese motifs. It's an illustration of a heart with flowers. Sorry, not available anymore.
A portuguese love apron

November 23, 2009

CHESTNUT WOMAN

Tiles in Mercado de Forno do Tijolo, Lisboa.

Christmas fever

Today I went to the local mall and Christmas is already showing the worst of it. Lots of people around stuff, piles of stuff to sell. In Christmas the supermarket makes piles of stuff. Everything is red or golden and looks as if we touch it might fall. Most people do not realize that they spend hard-earned money just to give a present that sometimes the other person does not want or really need. I had to stay in line to pay for a single pack of chestnuts. Christmas means queues. Outside more queues to wrap the presents…uff! I get tired only from watching! One thing that really upsets me in Christmas is co–workers and colleagues random gift exchanges. Everyone brings a silly and symbolic gift to the pile… and then one-by-one everyone gets an absurd present. One benefit of going freelancer is not to worry on buying these gifts or rehearse for the smile you have to show after getting your surprise gift. I like buying present for kids. Many times I like it because I buy for them things I find really cool…for me! I like the aftermath of opening the presents when there’s kids around. Adults should exchange presents all other 364 days of the year and live Christmas for kids. Unfortunately adults are always too busy working so they can have money to spend in Christmas and do not exchange gifts along the year. It all becomes so commercial that I get sick of Christmas in November! Then there is food. In Christmas people get obsessed with food! And after it…with diets! Of course it’s understandable. Santa’s looks like a character that really appreciates good food, plenty of food. Well, that’s a bad example Santa. You should be slimmer. After all there’s a lot of concern about children going obese these days. Still Christmas is a time that people can allways opt for doing some worthy dids, for example, give to local charities or worldwide organizations or someone they know that’s facing difficulties. Maybe Christmas is all what they are waiting for.

November 20, 2009

FEATURED STORE


Each new day brings a nice surprise.A portuguese love is being featured at Zazzle's main door.So cool to read my store's name in the Top 10 list!

November 18, 2009

AND I GOT MY THIRD TBA!

I got another Today's Best Award on 17th November. I know it's a bit hard to believe but in a matter of days I got myself three nice little red ribbons.The Scissor Whale belongs to a collection of designs I entitled Scissor Animals Collection.The Whale isn't my favourite.I prefer the Scissor Antelope or the Scissor Brids.But Zazzle team went for the Whale.These designs were inspired on my fondness for cut and paste.I do a lot of collage and I have at least a dozen different scissors.I left design background deliberatly empty so people can costumize and play with different color options.It also got Top 10 Bags Views ribbon for that day.Conclusion:whales are popular.Thank you Zazzle! It's an illustration of a whale. Not available anymore, sorry!

FISH OUT OF THE WATER


Found three photos I took in the Summer. These exhibition was in display in our public garden for maybe two or three months.I think these fish were painted by children with some help from local plastic artists.
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