Life goals #1

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 5
I’m not exactly sure what’s the point of this post, to be very honest. I’m not even sure where I am going with this new rubric. The thing is, one of these days I came upon this gif on my computer and that title just seemed like the perfect caption for this picture.

On another matter, this is one of cutest gifs that I’ve ever seen (football-related I mean). I know we cannot see the kid but he’s so adorable. I mean the whole moment between the kid and his father is absolutely the cutest thing ever.

What sharing a studio flat has taught me #1

Girls aren’t really that tidy and clean. It’s all a myth guys.

I’m kidding because I’m only basing this statement in two examples. But at the same time I’m not joking at all because these examples are in the same level of dirtiness and untidiness of some boys that I’ve met before. At this point, I don’t think I live with a girl. I must be living with a pig. A very dirty, untidy and messy pig disguised as a human.

This is my exact reaction every time I have to walk to my roommate's side of the room.
This is my exact reaction every time I have to walk to my roommate’s side of the room.
And this is my reaction every time I have to listen to her eating. It's so disgusting.
And this is my reaction every time I have to listen to her eating. It’s so disgusting.

Seriously… I’m not even sure which one of the two roommates I’ve had this academic year is worse. Well maybe I am sure. I think the current is worse than previous one. The first couple of weeks were reasonably fine. Adjusting to a new and different life, both were quiet and seemed to be clean and tidy. But in the end they’re really not.

Because we’re living in a studio flat it means that everything is shared and there’s no individual rooms. There’s only one big room with two beds, two desks, two wardrobes and two chairs. We sort of have divided the room in two sides and the difference between them couldn’t be bigger. I’m living with another person, a stranger really, so I decided to bring out my most organised side – well I’m already like this back home, I just have the bad habit of leaving my clothes hanging on door knobs and chairs for a couple of days. But then their side of the room is a total mess: clothes on top of the desk, the chairs, the bed, on the floor too; papers all around the place, food and plates on the floor.

Every time I prepare any meal, I always clean whatever I used and store everything back in my kitchen cabinets. And I just wished they did it once. My current roommate has gotten to the point when she left her dirty dishes in the sink for a couple of days. Like man that’s disgusting! Awww speaking of food. I say that she looks like a pig because she does eat like a pig. Like girl has anyone ever told you to eat with your mouth closed??? It’s so disgusting… I’m glad I’m always with my headphones on my ears because it really gives me vomit just listening to it.

And let’s not speak about the bathroom. There’s no bath or separate place to shower, so we have to be really careful not to flood the entire bathroom. Well that problem is sort of solved thanks to me – that was a disgusting experience cleaning that drain – so the biggest problem now is that, somehow (honestly I don’t even care), she leaves the bathroom floor looking more dirty and disgusting than ever after she showers. I seriously think I live with an animal of some sorts. It’s a f***ing nightmare. I’m glad I only have to put up with this s**t for only one more month and a half.

P.S.: someone (well maybe their parents, I don’t, maybe) should have taught them some basic hygiene rules. And also how to live in or share a place with someone else. I’m pretty sure a wild animal has more manners than both of them together.

FashionSkribo apresenta… “Tomorrowland”

E esta é a terceira sugestão cinematográfica de Maio… E é sem dúvida um género cinematográfico de que gosto bastante. A verdade é que não é um tema em nada novo por estes lados, mas o trailer do filme deixou-me bastante curiosa em relação ao mesmo. E estando nós a chegar ao fim da primeira metade do ano, o que é que estão a achar destas sugestões?

Tomorrowland_movie poster
Ligados por um destino comum, Frank, um antigo menino prodígio, agora cansado de desilusões, e Casey, uma adolescente optimista e brilhante, cheia de curiosidade científica, embarcam numa missão perigosa para descobrir os segredos de um enigmático local, num tempo e lugar conhecidos como ‘Tomorrowland’. O que eles vão fazer vai mudar o mundo, e a eles, para sempre.” (x)

Realizado por Brad Bird (“The Iron Giant“, “The Incredibles“, “Ratatouille” e “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol“), “Tomorrowland” conta com a participação de George Clooney (“ER“, “Syriana“, “The Descendants” e “Argo“), Hugh Laurie (“House“, “The Big Empty“, “The Oranges” e “Mister Pip“), Britt Robertson (“Life Unexpected“, “The Secret Circle“, “Avalon High” e “Scream 4“), Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw (“Flicka“, “The Kingdom“, “The Bling Side” e “Country Strong“), Kathryn Hahn (“Crossing Jordan“, “Revolutionary Road“, “The Dictator” e “We’re the Millers“), Keegan-Michael Key (“MADtv“, “Key & Peele“, “Just Go With It” e “Horrible Bosses 2“), Chris Baur, Pierce Gagnon (“Extant“, “The Crazies“, “Looper“, “Wish I Was Here” e “Rio 2”), Matthew Maccaull, Judy Greer (“Archer“, “Married“, “27 Dresses“, “Love & Other Drugs” e “Carrie“), Garry Chalk (“Fierce People“, “The Fly II“, “Stephen King’s It” e “Godzilla“), entre outros.

Até ao momento, este filme conta com uma classificação de 51% (com base em 112 críticas) no website de críticas – rottentomatoes. Este website conta com a seguinte descrição: “Ambitious and visually stunning, ‘Tomorrowland‘ is unfortunately weighted down by uneven storytelling.”.

Tomorrowland_movie picture
Tomorrowland” estreia hoje (22 Maio) nos Estados Unidos da América. A sua estreia para Portugal está prevista para o próximo dia 28 de Maio.

As informações foram retiradas dos seguintes sites: movieweb.com, en.wikipedia.org, cinema.sapo.pt e rottentomatoes.com.

Quem é que tem curiosidade em ver este filme?

Fendi @ Milan Fashion Week Spring 2015

Hoje apresento-vos mais uma colecção da semana de moda de Milão. E este é mais um exemplo de uma casa de moda da qual conhecia pouca, e à qual nunca prestei muita atenção. Mas a verdade é que gosto bastante desta colecção. E penso que se adequada bem a estas duas estações. Mas sem mais demoras, apresento-vos a nova colecção de Primavera/Verão da Fendi.

Today I present you guys another collection from the Milan fashion week. And this is another example of a fashion house that I knew pretty much nothing about, and that I haven’t paid much attention to. But without further ado, today I present you the new Fendi’s Spring/Summer collection.

Fendi Spring 2015 (1)
Fendi is an Italian luxury fashion house created by Edoardo and Adele Fendi, in 1925. This fashion house’s specialities include fur, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, fragrances, eyewear, timepieces and accessories. In the past years, Karl Lagerfeld has been the creative director of the fur and ready-to-wear collections.

A Fendi é uma casa de moda de luxo italiana criada por Edoardo e Adele Fendi, em 1925. As especialidades desta casa de moda incluem pele, pronto-a-vestir, peças de pele, calçado, fragrâncias, óculos, relógios e acessórios. Nos últimos anos, Karl Lagerfeld tem sido o director criativo das colecção de pele e pronto-a-vestir.

Fendi Spring 2015 (2)
O que eu mais gosto desta colecção é o foco em cores neutras e claras, cujo destaque é dado quase exclusivamente ao preto e ao azul. Os padrões (conjuntos 1, 4, 5 e 6) continuam a estar em alta, e os desta colecção são bastante giros. Outras tendências: transparência (conjunto 9), cabedal (conjuntos 6 e 11) e ganga (conjuntos 7 e 8).

The thing that I like most about this collection is the focus on neutral and light colours, whose highlight is almost exclusively given to black and blue. Patterns (outfits 1, 4, 5 and 6) are also a well-present feature in this collection, and the ones presented here are really pretty. Other trends: transparency (outfit 9), leather (outfits 6 and 11) and denim (outfits 7 and 8).

O que acham desta colecção? Quais são os vossos conjuntos favoritos? | What do you think of this collection? Which outfits are your favourites?

37 weeks down, 4 more to go

160
Já estamos na segunda metade de Maio e honestamente ainda parece que o meu Mestrado começou ontem. Esta jornada está quase a acabar e já lá vão oito meses desde que ela começou. A verdade é que o tempo passou super depressa e eu nem dei por isso. Oito intensos meses que estão prestes a atingir a marca dos nove e a acabar com mais uma etapa na minha vida académica. E com este fim chega a perspectiva de umas férias muitíssimo curtas no horizonte.

Verdade seja dita, eu já estou de férias desde o final de Março porque foi quando as minhas aulas acabaram, mas desde então tenho andado a fazer uma maratona para acabar (ou basicamente fazer tudo) a minha tese. No início de Abril ainda pensei que teria de fazer várias noitadas para adiantar trabalho, mas a verdade é que consegui escrever metade da minha tese até ao prazo do primeiro rascunho (que foi no início deste mês). Na realidade nessa altura eu já deveria ter feito tudo, mas é quase impossível escrever uma tese e ter de estudar/trabalhar para três ou mais cadeiras por semestre. Ainda bem que na segunda metade deste semestre eu não tinha aulas, pois assim consegui ter semanas inteiras para me dedicar à minha tese.

Neste momento, dois terços da minha teses já estão feitos. O objectivo é, até ao final deste mês, ter 90% da minha tese feita, o que basicamente significa ter tudo escrito mas deixar de lado detalhes menos importantes, como tabelas, imagens, mapas e desenhos. E como o prazo final é só a 15 Junho, eu teria as últimas duas semanas dos meu Mestrado para me preocupar com estes detalhes. Parece-me um bom plano para as próximas quatro semanas, agora resta saber como irei conseguí-lo realizar, até porque entretanto decidi adoecer (a primeira vez em sabe-se lá quantos meses) e tenho ficado cada vez mais preguiçosa. E além do mais, sempre que me aproximo do fim de um prazo, quanto mais perto fico de concluir qualquer coisa, os meus níveis de preguicite aguda aumentam logo.

FashionSkribo apresenta… “Pitch Perfect 2”

A segunda sugestão cinematográfica de Maio… Eu não tinha muitas expectativas em relação ao primeiro filme e pensei que seria mais um daqueles filmes que ficariam perdidos nas listas infindáveis de filmes já realizados, mas a verdade é que o filme me surpreendeu pela positiva. E assim não é de esperar que este também seja, para mim, um dos filmes mais aguardados de 2015. Agora é uma questão de esperar que esta sequela não me desaponte.

Pitch Perfect 2_movie poster
As Bellas estão de volta e elas estão melhor do que nunca. Depois de terem sido humilhadas em frente de nada menos do que o Presidente dos Estados Unidos da América, as Bellas foram retiradas do “Aca-Circuit“. Com o objectivo de limparem o seu nome, e recuperarem o seu estatuto, as Bellas tomam uma decisão aparentemente impossível: ganhar um competição internacional que nenhum equipa americana alguma vez conseguiu ganhar. De modo a realizarem esta tarefa monumental, elas precisam de reforçar os laços de amizade e irmandade, e de surpreenderem a sua competição com o seu talento. Com novos amigos e os velhos rivais que as acompanham ao longo desta viagem, as Bellas esperam conseguir realizar os seus sonhos.

Realizado por Elizabeth Banks (“Surrender Dorothy“, “Spider-Man” trilogy, “People Like Us“, “The Hunger Games” film series” e “Pitch Perfect“), “Pitch Perfect 2” conta com a participação de Anna Kendrick (“The Twilight Saga“, “Up in the Air“, “Pitch Perfect” e “Into the Woods“), Rebel Wilson (“The Wedge“, “Super Fun Night“, “Bachelorette” e “Pitch Perfect“), Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit“, “Ender’s Game“, “Romeo and Juliet” e “Begin Again“), Britanny Snow (“Guiding Light“, “American Dreams“, “Hairspray” e “Pitch Perfect“), Skylar Astin (“Ground Floor“, “Hamlet 2“, “Pitch Perfect” e “Wreck-it Ralph“), Adam DeVine (“Workaholics“, “Pitch Perfect“, “Neighbors” e “The Final Girls“), Anna Camp (“True Blood“, “The Help“, “Forgetting the Girl” e “Pitch Perfect“), Ester Dean (“Rio“, “The Lorax“, “Ice Age: Continental Drift” e “Pitch Perfect“), Katey Sagal (“Married… with Children“, “Sons of Anarchy“, “House Broken” e “Pitch Perfect“), Alexis Knapp (“Ground Floor“, “Couples Retreat“, “Project X” e “Pitch Perfect“), Hana Mae Lee (“Workaholics“, “Californication“, “Super Fun Night” e “Pitch Perfect“), John Michael Higgins (“The Late Shift“, “The Legend of Jorra“, “Bad Teacher” e “Pitch Perfect“), Elizabeth Banks, entre outros.

Até ao momento, este filme tem uma classificação de 70% (com base em 14 críticas) no website de críticas – rottentomatoes. Este website apresenta a seguinte descrição: “Pitch Perfect 2’ sings in sweet comedic harmony, even if it doesn’t hit quite as many high notes as its predecessor”.

Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect 2” estreia hoje (15 Maio) nos Estados Unidos da América. A sua estreia está prevista para Portugal para o próximo dia 21 de Maio. No entanto, este filme já estreou ontem (14 Maio) nos Países Baixos.

As informações foram retiradas dos seguintes sites: movieweb.com, en.wikipedia.org, cinema.sapo.pt e rottentomatoes.com.

Quem é que tem curiosidade em ver este filme?

Holland: One Day @ Apenheul Primate Park

Before the deadline for the first draft of our thesis (which is actually the only draft we need to hand in), me and a group of friends decided to take a day off from the thesis craziness to go to a primate park. So a few days ago we went to the Apenheul Primate Park. This is a zoo located in Apeldoorn, in the Netherlands. This zoo has been open since 1971 and displays now more than 30 different species of primates

It is basically the same as a zoo, except for the part where it is only focused in one single order – primates. And also except for the part where some animals are actually free and allowed to wander around, even in the middle of the public. To be honest, this makes for a much better experience. This park is a big as many city capital zoos, so you can all imagine how many specifies of primates are indeed represented in this park and so much space it has. This was absolutely an amazing experience, especially because I managed to be very close to some of the primates. Unfortunately, none climbed in to my shoulder as they often do. It was amazing to observe orang-utans, bonobos and gorillas and realise how much similar they are to us, or us to them. It couldn’t have been a better physical example of the resemblances shared by two species in the same evolutionary branch.

The park is well-organised and they paid attention to some very important details. For instance, they provide us with monkey proof bags for our belongings – which aren’t more than just normal bags with a sort of lock. Even though some animals are totally free to wander around, there are always people in those places to make sure that they are safe as the public too. The park has all different species of primates, even some species that aren’t present in the wild anymore and whose only examples in Europe are in this specific park. The only thing I found disappointing about this park was the fact that they had no chimps. They are really one of my favourite animals (along with the rest of primates) and I would have loved to have seen some of them.

Let me tell you now that you’re gonna get spammed by dozens of pictures of primates, which are one of the most adorable orders in the world. The first few pictures show the park, while the remaining ones are of the primates. These pictures were edited using the programme “pixelmator“.

Apenheul 1 Apenheul 2 Apenheul 3 Apenheul 4 Apenheul 5 Apenheul 6 Apenheul 7 Apenheul 8 Apenheul 9
These are some of the habitats of the primates. I can imagine how much different they are from the actual habitats, but then I guess is better than anything. There is plenty of room for them to wander around, especially for those of them who have more freedom than others. The park itself provides a wonderful walk through the wild, considering that a good percentage of it is not the zoo, so people can walk freely there.

Apenheul 10 Apenheul 11 Apenheul 12 Apenheul 13
These are black-capped squirrel monkey and they are one of the most adorable creatures in the world. This is the wrong thing to say but I really wanted to take one home with me. These South American squirrel monkeys are found in Bolivia, Brazil and Peru. They are one of the few species that are actually completely free in the zoo. It’s easy for you guys to get one of them to jump into your shoulder. You just need to kneel close to one of them and they’ll generally jump into your shoulders. But we gotta be really careful because they are sneaky and little thieves.

Apenheul 14 Apenheul 15 Apenheul 16 Apenheul 17 Apenheul 18
From top to bottom: crowned sifaka, red ruffed lemur and ring-tailed lemur. In a way (because taxonomic classifications are really hard to understand if we’re not in this subject) they all belong to the family of Lemuridae. There is a part of their enclosure which is totally open, so they can also wander around even in the middle of the public. However, I only saw one red ruffed lemur do it – and he actually scared a few kids. And at this point we witnessed a group of ring-tailed lemur chasing a peafowl. It was quite funny to be honest.

Apenheul 19 Apenheul 20 Apenheul 21 Apenheul 22 Apenheul 23
And here we have the zoo’s group of bonobos. Along with the common chimpanzee, they are one of our two closest relatives. It was absolutely amazing admiring them and realising how much alike our species are. Unfortunately, they are and endangered species only found in a 500,000 km2 area of the Congo Basin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Central Africa. The little ones was also one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. The first photo of the bonobos is actually one of my favourites: I’m pretty sure that could have been a photo of one of our common ancestors with the rest of the great apes.

Apenheul 24 Apenheul 25 Apenheul 26 Apenheul 27
Moving to another species within the family of great apes, I present you guys the group of Bornean orang-utans. As a curiosity, they actually share approximately 97% of their DNA with humans. I wasn’t able to take many good photos of them because of the glass, of the fact that one of the little guys couldn’t stop still for a second and also because there was a lot of people inside that building.

Apenheul 28 Apenheul 29 Apenheul 30
From top to bottom: Javan lutung, western lowland gorilla and ion-tailed macaque. I believe that the best time to see the gorillas is when they are doing one of their shows with them. Apparently, you have the chance to throw apples at them, for feeding let’s be clear. I’m to assume that they have a large enclosure, so it is a bit difficult to see them because they will never always be in the same part of the enclosure as us.

Apenheul 31 Apenheul 32 Apenheul 33 Apenheul 34 Apenheul 35 Apenheul 36 Apenheul 37 Apenheul 38 Apenheul 39 Apenheul 40 Apenheul 41 Apenheul 42 Apenheul 43 Apenheul 44 Apenheul 45
And now moving to the biggest spam you’ll see in this next: Barbary macaques. They are a species of macaque unique for its distribution outside Asia and for its vestigial tail. They are found in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco and El-Kouf National Park in Libya along with a small population of unknown origin in Gibraltar. They provided me with the best experience in the whole day. Because you may ask… Well because the tiny one (that you can see in images 4 to 8) was really close to have jumped. And I so wish he had done it. In the 8th photo you guys can actually see how close he was to my camera. By all these photos you can see how much in love I was with the little one. He is adorable adorable adorable.

Apenheul 46 Apenheul 47 Apenheul 48 Apenheul 49 Apenheul 50
From top to bottom: unknown (I’m sorry but I couldn’t really identify them; I should have taken note of their species name), emperor tamarin, Goeldi’s marmoset and Gray langurs. Emperor tamarins are absolutely cute with their white moustache. At the end of the day, this was an amazing experience and I am so glad I decided to go.