3 random: animations to re-watch + why looking at the past can be good for you

First of all: yes, I was a Disney movies child. Yes, they had an important (and maybe kind of strong?) influence and I’m not ashamed of that. And yes, I still listen to those songs from time to time because, why not? I’ve been having this annoying-but-necessary identity crisis, and because of this I found myself looking for something to hold on to, mainly new things to help redefine myself, but nothing worked as well as I wanted to. I turned my whole world upside down looking for something like this, something new, and then I finally found something that I had put aside a long time ago: my childhood memories. It does no good to live in the past, but sometimes taking a look at it like someone looks at a photo album or a memory box, can really help to understand who we are and how we were “made”.

Mulan- Mulan knows that she doesn’t fit in the role society gave her and fears to be a failure who will ashame her family but is braver than anyone when it comes to going to war in order to protect her father. This movie is inspiring for me, she worked so hard in order to be a great soldier despite all the trials, and in the end becomes what she was really meant to be.

PS: Grandma Fa is also awesome every time she appears on screen. “Sign me up for the next war!”

 

Tangled – I don’t know if this one can be considered one of my childhood ones, but I really like it. She’s an artist and tries to live the most of her life even though she has the tower-espace limitation. The “I See The Light” song is also one of my all time favorites.

 

Hercules – He is a really good guy who just like Mulan, doesn’t really fit in. Hercules needs to discover who he is and then fights really hard in order to become this person he is meant to be despite of the difficult beginning and skeptical comments he received through his whole life, never giving up.

 

Hope I’ll be able to watch all of them once summer break starts 😀

3 random: animations to re-watch + why looking at the past can be good for you

Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil for skin and hair care

Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil is a famous japanese product mostly related to hair and skincare. It’s a multipurpose, lightweight, 100% natural camellia’s seed oil sold in 40, 60 and 120 ml glass bottles.

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It comes with instructions but honestly, I think they recommend too much oil there. One drop is enough for my entire face + neck (I have really dry skin). Because of this, I’m going to write down my use and quantity personal sugestions.

I like to rub my hands first to warm them up, then apply 1 or 2 drops at a time and spread the oil between them. Light pats are recommended for a more even and light application.

  • Face + neck (1 drop, preferable before bed)
  • Arms + Legs (3 mixed with moisturizer / 6 of oil)
  • Hair – before shower (2 for short to medium-length hair / 3 for long hair)
  • Hair – after shower (1 for short to medium-length hair / 2 for long hair)
  • Scalp – before shower (2 or 3)
  • Cuticles + nail (1 drop)
  • Lips (1 drop)

The brand’s site is in Japanese:
http://ost.oshimatsubaki.co.jp/

I highly recommend this product to anyone who’s looking for something free of alcohol, fragrance and color free. However, using too frequently  this oil on my face made me break out (just a little) a few times, so swapping it with other products may be a good idea.

You can find this Tsubaki Oil available on Japanese shops and online too.

Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil for skin and hair care

Pamper routine: some steps to relax without leaving your house

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Getting stressed out can really affect our work, study, relationships and overall health. Because of this, stress is something we should really take care of. When this happens to me, going out and randomly walk in a certain area which I know that will have places I’ll be interested about and spend some hours there really help. However, sometimes we can’t (or simply don’t want to) get out of the house for a certain reason. If you’re in the second situation, here I have some “pamper routine” steps from which you can choose some (or maybe all of them, why not?) and enjoy a good relaxing time!

  1. Turn off your phone, e-mails notifications and/or any social media that may stress you. Unless you’re waiting for a super urgent call, taking a break from those things won’t hurt 🙂
  2. Make use of aromatherapy: scented candles, a good air freshener or just adding some drops of your favorite perfume behind your ears, neck and wrist, a soothing scent has the properties to calm you down.
  3. Take a warm bath and use a moisturize afterwards, using this time to give yourself a body and face massage (there are plenty of videos online teaching you different types of massage that work pretty well).
  4. Drink something that will help you relax, alcoholic or not, you have lots of options such as no caffeine tea, passion fruit juice, warm milk (I like adding cinnamon to this one) and wine.
  5. Cook yourself something good if you enjoy doing it or simply order it (why not?) and have a nice meal!
  6. Pick a good book, a movie, some series (or drama) episodes, or that album you’re curious about or haven’t properly listened to in ages. In this part I believe choosing something that won’t offer a constant interruption is a good thing. You don’t really want to think too much about what to do next in this exact situation, right?
Pamper routine: some steps to relax without leaving your house

Inside Cinderella’s Castle in Tokyo Disneyland

These are some pictures I took inside Cinderella’s castle located in Tokyo Disneyland while in a Japan’s trip with my family in the beginning of the year. I was looking through old pictures and found them worth sharing with you!

It was my first time in a Disney Park and didn’t have any really big expectation at the time but wow, it managed to take my breath away, seriously! I don’t think the pictures need any explanation as they speak for themselves.

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Inside Cinderella’s Castle in Tokyo Disneyland

Pancakes and music

Today I have an easy recipe for basic pancakes that goes perfect with any topping of your preference. After trying some (maybe a lot) of different recipes and making some changes, this is the recipe I go for when I want to eat something warm and sweet. Enjoy the food and use it as a time to treat yourself (at least for me, cooking is kind of a therapy).

 

BASIC PANCAKE’S RECIPE

  • 1 cups all-purpose-flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter / a bit of vegetal oil
  • sugar (it depends on how sweet you want your recipe)
  1. Sift the dry ingredients, mix them together and make a well in the centre
  2. Pour the milk, egg and butter/oil in the well and mix everything together
  3. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium high heat and pour the batter
  4. Wait until it’s possible to lift it with a spatula
  5. Lightly brown on the both sides, it’s ready to eat

 

Tips: I personally prefer a runnier batter in order to have smaller and thinner pancakes, but if your preference goes to a more fluffy texture, add a little more flour and an additional pinch of baking powder

 

EXTRA -> Some music for you to get to know (and maybe dance) while cooking

Hold Back The River (James Bay)
This Is Why I Need You (Jesse Ruben)
Cinnamon (Jome)
The One (Kodaline)

Wish you a really nice week 🙂

Pancakes and music

A letter to: The Dreamer

Dear Dreamer,

How have you been? How are your dreams doing? Are those little, yet substantial, creatures growing and multiplying in your heart and mind? How many of them have already come to the real world since I last talked to you?

Are you excited? Maybe you’ve found a new dream to call yours and now you’re working hard to make it real. The view from your train’s window is idyllic and even though you’re still not in your destination you can see beauty in the journey.

Are you scared? Because of people who try to push down, because of the world or life itself. Because none of your plans have gone the way you thought it would. The routine finally caught you and you feel tired, empty, sad and used.

Are you lost? After so many achievements or so many losses, you don’t know anymore where you’re heading to. It’s like raining in a big ocean that doesn’t need water anymore. You may have not expressed it into words already, but deep inside, even though it’s hard to admit, you know you’re lost.

Dear dreamer, you can have all self confidence, support and strength of the world, but I have to tell you it’s inevitable: sometimes you will feel really small. You who have spent so much time with your head up in the clouds will have to face the hard feeling of hitting the ground. However, may I tell you, these aren’t signs of weakness.

As a dreamer, you will learn that closed doors will always appear in order to prepare you to something even better and bigger, life’s a classroom which teaches you how to have really important things inside you such as patience, endurance, stamina and independence. It’s not about how many times you fell down, but how much time you spent in the ground when you were already… ready to get up.

You also need to know that when you conquer a dream by making it come true, it’s time to get a new one. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thankful or satisfied with the things and experiences you already own. As a dreamer, I bet you often lives on the future, but don’t forget that you own the present and that this present is actually the future you were craving so much for the other day. You have all the right of being fulfilled with your present life (actually, please, be thankful for all your past conquers), but you can’t forget that dreaming, dreaming big, is one of the things that makes us want to go forward.

Be excited about your life, learn from every day it makes you experience. Dream big (your definition of dreaming big), learn from the journey balance present and future and please enjoy the view.

A letter to: The Dreamer

Places in NYC that make me want to go back there (part 2)

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble is a chain of bookstores founded in 1886, so you can imagine for yourself: books everywhere. Mangas, fancy school supplies, coffee, magazines and more books. I took the chance to buy a really pretty hard cover book about Arthurian Legends and a really interesting one about marketing, totally worth it! The atmosphere was really good at the one I went to, and I could find all kinds of content in those shelves. I would totally spend a whole week there exploring the books (maybe more).

 

Broadway (musicals)

I went there to watch Aladdin with my mom and it was spectacular. The costumes, music, dance, special affects, actors (special claps to the Genie), everything was a feast to the ears and the eyes. I will definitely watch more musicals if I get the chance to go back there.

 

Highline

It’s described as an elevated park, located at the former New York Central Railroad. It’s a really pleasant walk in which you get to see the city from a totally new perspective while surrounded by an interesting architecture, mini gardens and a beautiful sky.

 

Empire State Building

I’d been dreaming of going up this building since I first read Percy Jackson so I had really high expectations about it. I paid the extra tax in order to go to the 102nd floor, otherwise we would stop at the 86th (it is pretty high already, but I had to go as high as I could) and the view was amazing! I felt as if I was inside a rocket going right up to the stars.

 

Thank you very much, mom and dad, for giving me the chance to experience one of the most memorable things of my life and for showing me that travelling isn’t just about seeing new places and buying a bunch of things, but that it’s actually about meeting new people, lifestyles, culture, history and traditions in a way books or pictures will never be able to teach you.

Places in NYC that make me want to go back there (part 2)