Monthly archive: August 2014

5 TV Shows That Affected My Life

Posted by on 30 Aug 2014 at 22:36 in Lists, TV Series

One of the themes suggested in the collective blogging group I am a part of was “5 TV Shows That Affected My Life”. I thought this was going to be an easy one since I’m a TV series junkie. Guess what? It’s not! I watch way too many series to pick just 5… but I’ll give it a try:

Jem and the holograms

Jem and the Holograms

Awesome chicks with colored hair playing rock songs and saving the world? What’s not to love? If you grew up in the 80’s you’ll remember this cartoon. My sister and I also had the dolls and they came with cassette tapes, with songs from the shows (including karaoke versions).

The X-Files

The X Files

This was the first TV series I started following seriously. I had a big crush on Mulder/David Duchovny and wanted to be Scully. Five years ago, Tom gave me the entire series for my birthday and we rewatched all nine seasons (even the bad ones!).



I remember staying in just to watch Friends with my sister. If it’s on TV I will still watch it even tough I know most episodes by heart. My favorite characters are Chandler and Rachel and I still want to get the box with all seasons.

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under

There are no words to describe this show other than perfect. The final scene will always get me and I cry like a baby. It’s beautiful.

Sex & the City

Sex & the City

This series made me realize having friends, female friends, is extremely important. I watched the whole series with Tom (he gave me the shoe box and sat with me through all 6 seasons) and later one with my mom and my sisters. I still can’t forgive Carrie for not picking Aidan

Honorable Mention 1: Grey’s Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

I still watch it and now the quality has gone down a lot. I miss Burke, George and Addison. It was while I was watching season two and listening to the song Chasing Cars in one of the episodes that I realized I was in love with Tom. So there’s that…

Honorable Mention 2: Law & Order – Special Victims Unit

Law and Order SVU

I love detective series, I love courtroom series, I love controversial themes… mix them together and you get Special Victims Unit. I still miss Stabler (who doesn’t?).

What are your favorite shows?

This post was inspired by Rotaroots, a Brazilian group of bloggers that long for the good old days.

MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds featuring Raven

Posted by on 29 Aug 2014 at 00:48 in Music, People

My favorite queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2 is Raven. She’s dark, dramatic, beautiful… a true diva. I was happily surprised to discover she’s in the video clip for MNDR’s Feed Me Diamonds. The remix version of this song plays a lot at work, so I decided to check out who sang it and Google gave me the video as one of the search results. Needless to say I¬†immediately had to check it out.

Maria’s Place – Portuguese Specialties

Posted by on 24 Aug 2014 at 21:57 in Food

A couple of weeks ago I was at a friends house and she served some delicious Portuguese dish for dinner: Bacalhau com Nata (Cod with Cream). Even though I have eaten plenty of Portuguese dishes this was new to me and I really enjoyed it. My friend did not make it, she had ordered it from Maria’s Place. They sell Portuguese specialties in Amsterdam at the Lindengracht Markt or by order.

Bacalhau com Nata - Maria's Place

This Saturday I went to the market to pick up my order and we had a lovely meal that afternoon. Besides the Bacalhau com Natas, I also ordered Bolinhos de Bacalhau (and even Lara ate them) and for dessert typical Portuguese sweets: Pasteis de Nata. Delicious!

Pasteis de Nata - Maria's Place

6 Places I Want to Visit

Posted by on 22 Aug 2014 at 22:19 in Lists, Places

There are many, many places I want to travel to in this vast world of ours, so making a short list wasn’t an easy task. These places have been on my wish list for quite a while now and hopefully I’ll visit them someday.


Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, IrelandI first fell in love with Ireland when I was 11. We did a school project and each class got a different country. During one month we learned about Ireland’s culture and history. Since then I have always been fascinated by the green mountains, the cliffs and the magical atmosphere of this country. What I’d really like to do there is rent a car and travel to all corners of Ireland.


Daisho in Temple, Miyajima, JapanI must have inherited my dad’s love for Japan. He loves samurais, karate, Zen Buddhism and Japanese scrolls. I started eating sushi when I was 1 year old. I’ve always found the clash of the traditional with modern Japan fascinating.


Tuscany - Italy

It’s probably my Italian blood but I can’t wait to go to Italy (and I really can’t believe I still haven’t been there). Rome, Tuscany, Positano, Umbria, Florence… I want to go everywhere. And, also very important, is the delicious Italian food. If I can believe my Italian colleague (and I do, especially based on the amazing products she’s brought from Naples), Italy has the best food in the world.


LysefjordDon’t ask me where exactly I want to go because I want to visit the whole region: Norway, Sweden, Denmark… I want to visit the capitals but also the raw nature. Preferably listening to Storm, Ulver and Otyg.

South africa

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South AfricaI have a feeling that, in many ways, South Africa will remind me of Brazil. I have seen beautiful photos, I have read many things and I have heard amazing stories.



The Dutch are fascinated by Bali. Most people I know here in the Netherlands have been to Bali at least once and they all say the same: go visit Bali! Since doing a project about Bali in college and little fire has been lit and I really want to see those rice fields.

And where would you like to go? Which destinations are on your wish list?

This post was inspired by Rotaroots, a Brazilian group of bloggers that long for the good old days.