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?

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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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 🙂

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.

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 1)

I went to NYC in 2015 with my family and it was one of the most breathtaking experiences of my whole life. Unfortunately I didn’t take much pictures and most of them were taken with a really bad cellphone camera (I was just too busy trying to capture that movie-like place with my own eyes, okay? Totally worth it) so I won’t put any this time.

 

MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

What can I say about this museum? As a History lover, every step in this place made me wanna cry. It was like travelling through the years and exploring different societies, all this in less than a day. It was also where I ate the coldest, skinniest and most expensive hot dog in my whole life (I mean, really, don’t) but never mind. I would definitely go back there.

My favorite part: the Egyptian and Greek section and also the antique rooms you can “enter” to feel like you’re really inside it.

 

Halal Guys Food

Food in New York can be expensive, really expensive. However, when we were walking out of the MoMA with really sad and empty stomachs, we saw a really long line of people wearing pencil skirts, suits, heels and ties to get something called gyro in foil plates that was being sold for a good price, so we thought: that’s it. We were suspicious at first, but it tasted really good and didn’t give us any stomach problem. They’re placed in several locations, so looking through Google helps you to find the one nearest to you.

My favorite part: I absolutely loved that spicy sauce that came with the food, also they were patient and gentle enough to explain what those food were (the line was really small at the time, but come on, still was a really good experience that didn’t happen in most of the places we got to get some food).

 

Times Square

You can search as many pictures on the internet, watch all those NYC movies, you’ll never ever get the idea of what Times Square really looks like, specially at night. I remember going out of Forever 21 (what a huge place) and not realizing it was already night until I looked at the clock and finally rose my head up to see a pitch black sky. Times Square was a dreamy mixture of colorful lights, cars and people defying the darkness of the sky above us.

My favorite part: the surprise I had when I realized it was already night when I thought it was something like 16h00.

Sing for me once again

You said you would never let go of my hand no matter how rough the road would get and I asked you to never give up on me even if I begged it to you afterwards.

Now here I am, finally letting myself rest in you arms. Why did I take so long when I have always known exactly where you would be waiting for me?

I am sorry for giving up so many times and not even daring to properly come back. I am sorry for all the times I said I was coming back but appeared with only half of my heart and part of my soul.

Just like a song says, you don’t need me but somehow you want me. How can it be? Even at times when I don’t want myself, you still want me.

My proud is just too big, my fear is bigger than my faith. Even the softest of the blows is capable of dragging me down and the lowest whisper sounds me like a deafening thunder. I am too small, carry too many flaws, too weak. However you let me see some of my heroes from a really close perspective just to realize they are just like me. I came to realize all their strength comes from you, their reason to live, sing, breathe is also you.

Here I am, trying to give you my all, knowing I will still fall far more times than I want to, but still trying because I can’t lose this opportunity to live one more day of my life dedicated to you.

The king of heaven wants me and He wants you too.