Monday, July 21, 2014

Liebster Award


So I had already seen the Liebster Award logo, but I didn’t really know much about it. I was recently nominated for this award by the lovely Fiz and I have to say that I’m really thankful, because I’ve found through this a lot of new interesting blogs to follow and it’s been a lot of fun! :)



Rules
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions they set you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers to answer your own set of questions.


Random Facts
  1. I don't like sleeping much and love going to bed really late.
  2.  I’m a pescetarian.
  3. I like learning languages. I speak Spanish, English, German and have been learning French for a while. When I was younger I learned a little bit of Japanese.
  4. I’m crazy about period dramas and books.
  5. I feel really out of place and uncomfortable in the country I live. I plan to leave someday.
  6.  I’m terrified of getting older.
  7. I like listening to Asian music and watching Asian dramas.
  8. I study Computer Engineering.
  9. I would love to have a dragon or be a mermaid (this one’s not as serious as the others, but that doesn’t make it any less true).
  10. I can’t stand people who are disrespectful, inconsiderate and/or unpunctual.
  11. I love watching documentaries, especially if they’re about sea creatures or the Second World War.


Questions
  1. What is your favorite book and why?
    Pride and Prejudice. I think it’s beautifully written and I can’t help but love Lizzie and Darcy (together and separately); most people think it’s just about their love story, but it’s a lot more than that, it’s about all the Bennets and their struggles, and the book also shows the pressure society puts on people to behave in a certain way, especially women. And we can learn a lot about not judging people’s characters based on appearances and/or status.
  2. What is your favorite blog and why?
    Zoella’s, she’s an incredibly sweet person and I love how she can be really funny and then talk about very important things too. She’s very inspirational.
  3. What blog post are you most proud about and why?
    The one I made about catcalling and street harassment, it’s something that’s become a huge issue (it’s gotten pretty awful in Venezuela, I seriously hate walking on the street… that shouldn’t happen), but people are not considering it to be important, when I talk about it, especially to men, they think I’m overreacting.
  4. What is your favorite clothing brand?
    I don’t really have one.
  5. Who is your favorite musical artist?
    Queen, their music is really unique and Freddie Mercury is definitely a legend.
  6. What is the best album you have ever listened to?
    This one’s difficult… I like My Chemical Romance’s Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and Avril Lavigne’s Under My Skin, those are albums that helped me a lot when growing up and I just like the way I feel when I listen to their songs.
  7. What is your favorite memory you can think of?
    When I was younger we lived in Germany and I remember going out around Christmas while it snowed, they had these pretty markets with a lot of Christmas lights and the stores displayed beautiful animated toys. It was very pretty.
  8.  If you could only take one thing to a dessert island, what would it be?
    My kindle… with unlimited battery and unlimited books :) muahaha!
  9. What’s you star sign and do you believe in them?
    Libra. I still don’t know if I believe in them or not, but I have to say that when I read descriptions about Libra, they do describe me a little bit.
  10. What’s the best thing you ever bought and why?
    My kindle (as you may have already realized, I love my kindle). At first I didn’t think I needed/wanted one, I like holding and smelling the book while I read, I like seeing my library get fuller and fuller, so I thought the kindle was not for me… I was SO wrong! I can’t find all the books I want where I live, so getting the digital copy online is just amazing :’). And having all my books with me all the time is just too good to be true 
  11. What’s the once place you have always wanted to visit?
    I’ve always wanted to go to Japan and South Korea.


     I Nominate
  1.       Betty and a Mug of Cocoa
  2.        Anne’s Scribbles & Doodles
  3.        Cindismusings
  4.        Lush Lolita
  5.        Whimsical Fawn
  6.        Allthingssimplysimple
  7.        What Rachael Wrote
  8.        Brunette in Black
  9.        Jakosan
  10.        Thirteen Thoughts
  11.        A Style Shake


     Questions for the Nominated
  1.      Why did you start a blog?
  2.       What's your favorite place in the world?
  3.       Three words to describe you:
  4.       Do you speak any other languages?
  5.       If you could choose to have a superpower, what would it to be?
  6.       Something you’ve done you’re really proud of?
  7.       What’s your favorite book?
  8.       If you could live in another country, which one would it be?
  9.       What do you do to relax?
  10.       If you could be a mythical creature, what would you be?
  11.       Share one of your favorite quotes:



     Thank you for reading and thanks again to Fiz for nominating me! I loved doing this and I hope the people I nominated do too! :) Bye-Bye!


Monday, June 16, 2014

Maleficent (2014)


A few days ago I went to see Maleficent, I had been waiting for this movie since it looked really promising and I LOVE all about the princesses and the classics… And it didn’t disappoint me. I actually went to see it a second time the same week, which I rarely do. As always, I’ll try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible ;)

I think it was an amazing idea to change the main focus of the story and show what the villain’s life could’ve been like.

The movie starts with young Maleficent, she’s an orphan fairy who lives in the Moors (beautiful place by the way, now it’s one of my dreams to go live there thank you very much) and one day she meets a young male human, Stefan. Well you obviously know where this leads; they become real good friends, then lovers blah blah blah, then there’s treason because humans are awful blah blah and badass Maleficent is born :) weeh!

What I really liked about this movie was that it does show us a lot about the way humans behave and how different we all can be; of course there are a lot of bad people out there, but that doesn’t mean we’re all the same. Also, Maleficent is portrayed as the villain, everyone thinks she’s a bad fairy who doesn’t have a heart… when she’s actually the kindest of all and it made me see how often this happens in real life… I’ve met quite a lot of people who go around making jokes and hugging everyone they know, people just start assuming they’re very nice and warm, but that’s not the case most of the time. And then you see people like Maleficent, who act tough and remain distant, but most of them are actually some of the people with the biggest hearts and the ones who are going to be there for you when you need someone. It’s really interesting, how different we all are and what perception does, people just like to assume things based on the big picture, when they should start caring about the little details.

Yes, I know I got all philosophical and got into a where-do-we-come-from kind of mood, but that’s just what I do ^-^.

Another thing I loved was the little (big) twist it had at the end, people say it reminded them of Frozen and yes, it is similar. But it’s obvious Disney is just trying to change the game, many complain about movies always portraying women as submissive and how they always dream of finding their prince charming, so when they do, they get married right away. I know we consider it dumb now, but stop to think for a while… have you ever read period books or watched some adaptations? Things were like that in the past, ladies had to behave, wait to find a husband and keep a reputation so they would get an offer, and if they refused a man it wasn’t considered to be proper and other men would not want to make an offer to her then. Snow White and some other classics are a little old, so we have to understand this whole idea, and it’s pretty understandable that things are changing, so they didn’t “pull a Frozen” here in Maleficent, but we’re now teaching little girls that we’re living in a different era. And like I said, it’s all really about perspective and education, I grew up watching and LOVING the classics, but I never considered myself to be less than a man or that I needed a man to be happy (or that it’s just ok to marry one right after meeting him haha).

I don’t know if this is what you were expecting to read when you saw the title, but I consider Maleficent to be a beautiful movie with a lot of values, even if it’s full of magical creatures and what not and you don’t think it’s that serious.

And by the way… can I just get the people who were in charge of Angelina’s look, oh my GOD! Even if it’s obvious she got a bit of digital manipulation, I want those makeup artists. Now.

Have you seen Maleficent? Did you like it?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


I really like reading Classics, so I thought I’d give Wuthering Heights a try, since it’s so popular and a lot of people seem to love it. It’s said to be a story of passion and intense romance between two young people: Catherine and Heathcliff. One day Catherine’s father finds and adopts little Heathcliff, who is then always bullied by Hindley, Catherine’s brother. After growing up he leaves the house, believing his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, and returns a few years later as a wealthy man, seeking revenge for all the suffering he went through as a child.

So all that stuff about revenge really caught my attention and I was very excited about the way the story would develop... But oh how I hated this book… seriously. This doesn’t happen to me very often! I like doing a little bit of research every time I’m going to read something and I usually end up loving most books I read. I was so thankful this is a short novel, because I really wanted to finish it… so that I could criticize it well :) And I hate leaving things unfinished.

I think what made me dislike this book so much was the fact that I hated every single person in it. How is that even possible?! The only person that I tolerated was Lockwood, he’s kind of a good guy… And maybe even Edgar Linton (after he grew up)… But I hated Catherine and Heathcliff and Nelly and Cathy and just everyone, especially Joseph, he’s such a bad person, really! So much for being religious, tolerant and forgiving… What a jerk.

And it was not just that, I didn’t see the amazing love story everyone talks about. All I saw were two people being mean to each other and really annoying all the time. And oh so selfish.

Other than that, I think it is really well written, and I even added a few new words to my vocabulary thanks to it! :) But sorry Emily, Charlotte is still my favorite; I just love Jane Eyre so much! (Even if I felt like punching her in the face more than once for her bad decisions).

Have you read Wuthering Heights? Did you like it? If you did I’d really appreciate it if you left a comment, just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean it’s bad, I’d love to see what others think about it.


Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Catcalling / Street Harassment


Like I’ve mentioned before, I live in Venezuela… and you have no idea how bad this problem is over here…
It’s IMPOSSIBLE to walk just ONE single block without getting a nasty comment from a guy. I’ve even been followed. And sometimes, if I don’t answer (because apparently you have to thank those guys for sexually harassing you!), I’ve been insulted. I would never walk on the streets here wearing a skirt or shorts, I’ve never done it, never will.

The sad thing is, I’ve even gotten racist comments along with the nasty ones. I’m very pale and have light hair, this is not that common here, and there was a time when a guy on the street told me that I needed to go to the beach and get some color, because I was too white… Not racist, you think? Let’s put it the other way around: hey, go get your skin a bit lighter and get rid of your color, it’s too dark… Oh that one does sound racist, right? Add a nasty comment to that to make it even more special! :)

Most people in Venezuela go out in fear (this is one of the most dangerous countries in the world, if not the most dangerous), so I bet most people are praying inside their heads when walking on the street sometimes. Well, most women even forget about that, the first thing in their heads is praying that none of the guys saying all that actually does those things to them! I know I have thought like that pretty much every time, those are priorities, your body and safety are way more important than your money or cellphone.

I don’t even understand how there are women here who go jogging; I tried it once with a girlfriend (and in a pretty good neighborhood!)… Oh never again, my friend! I now do yoga in the comfort of my own bedroom.


I’m not saying this isn’t a problem in other countries, oh it is!! That’s why I’m writing about it. I used to live in Germany, although I rarely got any comments there. I’ve been on vacation to other places too, even New York City, wearing little shorts and all; I did get some comments (mostly from construction workers for some reason). It was never as bad as it is here. BUT it does happen everywhere though, ALL the time. And it shouldn't.

And seriously, it’s like they’re making you feel like you’re just a piece of meat… like a little deer walking through a bunch of starving predators, waiting for the first one to jump at you and take a bite… It’s an awful feeling; NOONE has the right to make you feel like that, to make you feel so low, like you’re merchandise. I’m pretty sure most of the girls reading this know I’m not exaggerating; it’s scary and exasperating at the same time. Catcalls are NOT compliments, please remember that.

I was talking about this to a male friend of mine once and he said he had never realized this problem! That he started noticing how bad it was after I told him about it and I can’t tell you how sad it made me. Of course there are guys who don’t do this (catcalling), like my friend, but most of those aren’t even aware it’s happening.

I’ve noticed that, if I walk with my dad or some male friends, then I won’t get those comments… BUT I would get the awful stares; you know those, the ones you feel on you like they’re taking off your clothes. If I walk with my mom we would both get comments or she would even get called “mother-in-law”. Talk about respect and boundaries!


Most people seem to think that women and men nowadays are on the same page. Sadly, I don’t think that’s happened yet, because there are still problems like this, and it’s just one of them, one that’s not even that bad if you compare it to some others, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Sometimes I feel like asking these perverts if they have women they care about… a mother, sisters, daughters, a girlfriend/wife (which makes it even worse!) but maybe they don’t even care, they don’t realize how degrading and scary their behavior is to us women.

Again, I don’t know if some of you may think I’m exaggerating, I really don’t think I am, I consider this to be a huge issue. Society also plays a big role in this, I want to write about women in the media in the future, it’s not really that hard to find a commercial, TV show, etc. that portrays women as sex objects, it’s actually harder not finding at least one every single day.

Finally, I hope you take some time to watch this video if you haven’t already, it’s really amazing. I don’t know how many men would get the message, because you have no idea how many immature men I’ve heard saying that they would never worry about a woman sexually harassing them, that it would be awesome! I do hope the guys who watch this get the idea and understand the problem, because I think it does a good job at explaining it:


So what are your thoughts on catcalling / any form of street harassment?


Thank you very much for reading!

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Selection + The Elite by Kiera Cass


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I know I have not been writing lately, if you follow me on Twitter you’d know by now that I live in Venezuela… and things here are not pretty. I decided I needed to let my mind rest for just a little while tonight, so I thought I’d write about these books I read, they’re part of a trilogy, although I found out the third one has not been released yet when I was reading the second one *sigh*…

When I found out about The Selection I wasn’t really sure I wanted to read it, mostly because the synopsis never really caught my attention. It said that the story was about America Singer, a girl who’s chosen to participate in a competition to become the future queen of Illéa aaaand that’s it… Seriously! There are so many good things about these books! And that’s what they tell you! Ugh that’s pretty much what kept me from reading them.

Now I’m going to tell you more about this series... Yes, it’s about a bunch of girls who want to marry prince charming alright, but the thing I really liked is: America doesn’t want this; she enters the competition against her will.

So America lives in the country of Illéa, formerly known as The United States, where all people belong to different castes: there are eight castes in total, the lower the number, the better your life. She’s a Five and is in love with a Six, which is a big problem, because marrying someone from a lower caste would make her life even worse than it already is. One day America and all the other girls of a certain age get a letter to participate in the competition to become the future queen of the country, by marrying the prince of course. If she wins she’d automatically become a One, she could actually become a Three just by participating. Her loved ones want her to take part in it, so she fills in the form that comes with the letter and gets picked… which you already knew because if not, there wouldn’t be any books to read!

Once in the palace she tells the prince she does not mean to marry him, so they become friends… but this does not last very long. Another cool thing nobody talks about is that there are rebels who break into the palace every now and then! Sometimes even killing lots of people.

When reading these I couldn’t help but think about The Hunger Games, the castes reminded me a little bit of the Districts.

I have to say really loved the first book (The Selection) and I found the second one (The Elite) was also good, but not that great, there were a lot of things that did upset me a lot and I didn’t love the ending. Something I like from The Selection is that everything you wanted America to do or say DID happen! I couldn’t believe it, every time I was shouting at her to do a certain thing, she did. Magical. In The Elite not so much.

I can’t wait to read the third one to know what happens next! :3

Have you read ever read or heard about these books?


Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye!
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