domingo, 6 de diciembre de 2009

No más decepciones, POR FAVOR!!

365- Day 130 NOT AGAIN!!, originally uploaded by * Pichu *.

La foto que acompaña a este post, fue tomada hace un año para mi proyecto fotográfico "365 days" (1 autorretrato cada día durante un año).

Esa fue la segunda final consecutiva que Cruz Azul perdió. Una final de mucha controversia. Se dice que les robaron la final a los Azules.

"ESE SÍ ERA PENAL!!" Y al parecer, sí lo era, la falta dentro del área sacó a Villaluz de las canchas por meses; pero eso, ya es historia, y lo que realmente me interesa es lo que pase la próxima semana.

Después de lo que yo llamaba el "bi-sub-campeonato" en tono de broma y burla, para que la gente dejara de molestarme con las 2 derrotas consecutivas de mi equipo, Cruz Azul tuvo la peor de las temporadas ocupando el último lugar de la tabla general.

Los aficionados hemos sido decepcionados una y otra vez por "Los Celestes". Sin campeonato durante 12 años, con horribles derrotas en finales, y temporadas, juegos y jugadas para llorar.

No puedo mentir y decir que no estoy emocionada porque mi equipo esté en la final una vez más, sin embargo, esta vez mi entusiasmo no está acompañado de confianza.

No pretendo hacer un análisis futbolístico porque ni soy experta, ni creo que muchos estén interesados en mi opinión al respecto, pero me queda muy claro que de las tres finales a las que ha llegado el Cruz Azul en los últimos dos años, es esta la ocasión en la que más débiles están.

Quienes me siguen en el Twitter ( y no me han "desfolloweado" por mi constante spam cuando veo fútbol, películas, etc), probablemente han leído todo lo que escribiré ahora en este blog.

Cruz Azul tiene una defensa de lo más triste. Una defensa que permitió 6 goles por un equipo como el Puebla (sin menospreciar) en 2 partidos.

De los 7 goles que le permitieron avanzar a las semifinales (a pesar de los 6 en contra), solo dos fueron anotados por delanteros y ninguno por su anotador líder de goleo, Villa, quien prácticamente no se dejo ver durante los cuartos y semifinales.

Sobre las semifinales, si me preguntan, Morelia era el equipo que debía pasar a la final. El Cruz Azul jugó un par de partidos muy malos. Supieron "defenderse", pero hasta donde yo se, defenderse no es la idea del fútbol.

De los 180 minutos jugados, vimos solo unos 30 o 40 minutos de buen fútbol por parte de la Maquina. Si a esto, sumamos el hecho de que errores arbitrales perjudicaron directamente a los de Michoacán, entonces, ¿qué nos queda?

El equipo es definitivamente capaz de hacer un buen papel. Tienen el plantel, tienen el entrenador y el apoyo de una afición hambrienta de gloria, pero la estrategia ya no puede ser la misma por dos razones:

1. El riesgo es enorme. Cruz Azul se salvó con Puebla a pesar de haber recibido 6 goles gracias a que se dejaron hacer 7. Se salvó con Morelia, gracias a una buena reacción y a errores arbitrales.

2. A mi, como imagino que a muchos otros aficionados, no me supo bien el pase a la final. Claro que me gusta y claro que me emociona, pero para mi el fútbol es entretenimiento y ver que un equipo gane (aunque sea mi equipo) con un juego tan espantoso como el que jugaron en Morelia, encerrados y sin ESPECTÁCULO, es casi igual a que perdieran.

Ahora, el equipo al que se enfretan en los siguientes partidos, no será fácil. Monterrey viene de derrotar a dos de los favoritos para campeón y con un impulso moral y psicológico muy fuerte. Monterrey es un equipo que ha demostrado tener, además, una muy buena defensa y potente delantera.

Tanto avanzar, como defender (y más ahora con la lesión de Huiqui, quien se convirtió en jugador titular durante la liguilla), será difícil para el Cruz Azul.

Deben olvidarse de ese juego defensivo y de pelotazos, deben tocar el balón y comenzar a jugarlo, porque esa es la única forma de ganar y de satisfacer a quienes invertimos tiempo y dinero en apoyarlos. Eso, al final, debería ser lo que realmente importara.

Mi conclusión hoy, al definir el pase de Monterrey a la final, fue: "Si Cruz Azul juega la próxima semana de la forma en que lo hizo esta, no tiene nada que hacer en la final".

Aquí ya no importa quién fue mejor durante el torneo, aquí lo que importa es quién da el mejor fútbol.

Mucha suerte a mis Azules y claro que los apoyaré!! Pero por favor, no nos decepcionen más!!

Sus seguidores necesitamos un nuevo campeonato, sí, pero que sea por medio del juego limpio, del juego inteligente y del espectáculo, que, sinceramente, nos quedaron a deber en la semifinal.

jueves, 3 de diciembre de 2009

Michoman


Hoy ha sido uno de esos días tristes, difíciles.

Hoy a las 8:30 am, buscando a mi gato, que no había regresado de vagar, salí a la calle y lo encontré junto a la llanta de un carro y con mucha sangre debajo de su cabeza.

Grité tan fuerte que salieron algunos vecinos, pero yo no pude ni acercarme.

No voy a escribir sobre cómo murió, ni del por qué creo que mi vecino lo hizo, pero sí del fenómeno tan extraño que es perder a una mascota.

Es un sentimiento muy extraño, es como perder a un miembro de la familia, tan doloroso y tan impactante (y no quiero ni siquiera describirles lo que se siente encontrarlos en las condiciones en las que yo encontré a Michoman hoy)...

La gente no lo entiende, es más, yo misma he tratado de convencerme de que era solo un gato y que afortunadamente los demás estamos bien, pero no puedo. Es increíble como las mascotas se convierten en tu compañía, familia, amigos, confidentes y muchas cosas más que a veces ni con seres humanos puedes lograr.

Me siento tranquila, porque Michoman era el rey de la casa, hacía lo que se le daba la gana, era el más consentido y realmente fue un gato feliz durante los 12 años que vivió.

Desde el momento en que lo vi esta mañana, no me ha dejado de doler la cabeza, no he dejado de llorar ni se me ha quitado ese nudo en el estómago que hasta hace que me den ganas de vomitar, pero la verdad es que recordándolo, me he reído muchísimo.

Por ejemplo, cuando el veterinario hoy me preguntó cual era su nombre completo (para ponerlo en el bote de sus cenizas) dije Michoman, pero me reí por dentro sabiendo que su nombre real es:

"Emiliao Comotupaloa Bazzoongato Prieto Pinto Miche"

También me reí recordando que cuando llegó a la casa, estaba tan bebé que era más cabeza que cuerpo y tenía tantas pulgas, que podíamos ver como corrían en su cabezota.

O imaginármelo en el cielo de las mascotas echándose un duelo de miradas con nuestro hurón William, jajajaja...

Lo mejor: Michoman parecía perro! Le gustaba el jamón, el queso, las salchichas, el yoghurt, la gelatina, el huevo y el chicharrón... XD

Michoman, ya te extrañamos mucho y siempre te recordaremos.

domingo, 29 de noviembre de 2009

What's Next!?

Morelia, México, originally uploaded by * Pichu *.

There's only a few more videos left from Japan on my Vlog!

Next destination will be Morelia, Michoacán. (MEXICO)

In 1991 Morelia got its World Heritage Site title thanks to its colonial buildings.

Don't miss it!!


Personal Twitter: MarianaPichu
Tourism Twitter: MarianaPichuX2

**NOTE** Let me just share my excitement!! I thought I had lost the pictures from this trip and some of my Japanese pictures but I just found them in a memory card! YAY!!

domingo, 22 de noviembre de 2009

SPLASH!!

SPLASH!!, originally uploaded by * Pichu *.

Day 8 of my tourism vlog.

Destination: Yokohama, Japan!


Personal Twitter: MarianaPichu
Tourism Twitter: MarianaPichuX2

viernes, 20 de noviembre de 2009

I'll never reach you...!

"If only I could tell you, but it's not like you care!

If only I could kiss you, but it's not like you'd dare...

I hate this situation as much as you do,

but if I want improvement, I should stop loving you".



Yes, I tend to be corny, but these words came from the heart...

viernes, 13 de noviembre de 2009

I have the biggest knot in my throat!!

Originally uploaded by * Pichu *.

Picture: My tribute to Oasis' "Roll With It".
Follow the like above for a description/explanation.

Today, Liam Gallagher has said on a radio show in Italy that "Oasis is done" and that he's making music with all the band members except for his brother Noel.

It is very funny how in my mind I always thought they'd get together, make up and bring Oasis back in the studio or on stage, sadly, today it has been confirmed that they've definitely broken up and there's no chance for the Gallaghers to get back together.

Earlier this week, I was talking to a good friend, who's also an Oasis fan, about how much hope I still had... About how all of my life I thought that the day that Oasis didn't exist, it would be because Noel was dead. Yes, I truly believe he's gonna be in a tragic accident one day and we'll lose him... Don't ask why, but I do!

Today is a very sad day. The band I've been following for 15 years and around the world has come to an end and that brings a huge part of me and who I am to an end too.

I guess we'll still have the old music to listen to, but right now I can only hope for Noel's solo career because to be honest, I can't get excited about Oasis (even if the name won't be the same) without Noel Gallagher. I'm pretty sure Liam, Andy, Gem and Chris will do good music and I will very likely be a huge fan, but it's just not the same without Mr. Noel Gallagher.

As corny as this will sound, Oasis will LIVE FOREVER and I am grateful I was around to enjoy their music. They've saved me, many times in many different ways and that will always live in me.

What I can basically say now is (as I did 3 months ago when Noel first announced his departure from the band):

"THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD TIMES!!!"

miércoles, 11 de noviembre de 2009

Update!! Update!!


Yeah, the picture has nothing to do with the subject, but it is a cool autumn shot hahaha.

Hellooooo there!

I have been neglecting this Blog, I know, but I have also stopped posting videos on my YouTube Channel and pictures on Flickr.

It's not that I will quit doing these things, but I have been really busy with my job. Each day it gets more and more demanding and it is hard to keep up with everything else.

I have 5 activities which I consider jobs, not only because those are things I really love doing, but also because they are very time-consuming.

1. My day time job as an executive at a Tourism Consultant's office.

2. My internet activities such as my Blog, Vlog and Flickr. These are not real jobs but I do have to spend quite a lot of time on them (specially with the Vlog). Remember: time is money ;-)

3. My make-up company. I have recently started a society with my best friend, we are both freelance make-up artists and have decided to get together and do the best out of it with promotion, CI, marketing and all those things (we'll have a website soon yaaayy!!).

4. Probably the least important but also time-consuming, I help a friend with his website taking pictures at social events and stuff like that.

5. English lessons, 2 students.

So there it is, no wonder why I'm so busy all the time... But I promise I will be more active on the internet soon and I will continue posting my tourism Vlogs (I just need the time to edit them).

I've also been thinking of doing daily Vlogs about weight loss... I have just started my diet again (after months of eating whatever and putting on 9lbs -4kg- :-S) and I just need the motivation to go through this again. I think that maybe the Vlogs would help. What do you think? Would that be interesting to watch? Maybe 2 or 3-minute Vlogs per day... That'd be cool... Let me know what you think ;-)

Anyway, thanks for reading this update and I hope you're all doing fine.

MarianaPichu

Ps. I am pretty active on Twitter though, so if interested, you can follow me at:

Personal Twitter: MarianaPichu
Tourism Twitter: MarianaPichuX2

I might be opening a new Twitter account for the make-up interested, but I don't know yet.

I'll let you know ;-)

miércoles, 14 de octubre de 2009

OASIS at Fuji Rock Festival 2009


I can't believe I was there to see one of Oasis' last shows... After Fuji Rock Festival, they played 7 more gigs and then, Noel announced his departure from the band.

I won't lie and say I knew this would happen, but I did have a certain feeling while watching them... I knew it would be the last time I'd hear their music live for at least 3 years, little did I know it was the last time EVER.

Typing this post is turning into a very difficult task to do, I feel right now as sad as I did back then. Yes, I was sad while watching them on stage playing what has become the soundtrack of my life.

Well, I am actually not sure if I can say I was sad... I was for sure nostalgic and wishing for it not to come to an end and here I am, almost 2 months later, not being able to write something that doesn't sound too corny...

So it all started after Paul Weller (and Steve Cradock) left the stage... I started feeling quite weak... I hadn't have anything to eat except for breakfast at the train station, I had been standing up for hours, I hadn't drunk anything and of course I hadn't used the toilet, but over all, I had been traveling for a week and I was exhausted!!

Oasis started, as usual with Fuckin' in the Bushes and that's when it started to go wrong... My legs were not responding and I had over 40,000 people behind me pushing and jumping... It was too much for me... Next song was Rock n Roll Star and by then I had already lost my bag!! A very kind guy noticed I was failing so he asked if I needed out... I got sad but I had to say yes, he called the security guys and they pulled me out when Lyla was being played. I totally felt like a Michael Jackson's fan from the 90's haha.

I told the security guy I had lost my bag and a shoe so a very nice girl (the Japanese are awesome) found them for me, I was sent out and had to enjoy the show from the side. It was not that bad, but you know, it wasn't first or second row!

The show, all in all was very good. The usual songs were played, some were removed from the setlist and some were added!! My Big Mouth and Half The World Away being the two songs that I was surprised with and even Champagne Supernova (which I usually hate) made me shed a tear...

I have to admit I hated the fact that they left The Importance of Being Idle out of the set, but they insist on playing Wonderwall... Ughh!

I remember telling my sister the next day that Noel was in a good mood and I hadn't seen him smiling while playing in a very long time... I guess I was wrong!!

Anyway, the concert was fantastic, but images speak louder than words, so make sure you check my Vlog out.

"Come feed me and then bring me down!!" <3<3<3



lunes, 5 de octubre de 2009

Fuji Rock Festival 2009


I can't believe it's already been over 2 months since I stood in the middle of the Japanese woods listening to Rock and Roll...

It was an awesome day, it all started very early in the morning getting from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa, a very famous place in Japan. In winter many people go there for the skii resorts it hosts, but during summer it's also very famous for all the onsen around. Go to one of my older posts "Traditional Addiction" to know what I'm talking about.

Anyway, it took way too long to get to the festival. First I had to travel by train for 1.30 hrs, then queue for 2 hours (yes, 2 hours!!) to get a shuttle bus from the station to the place the festival took place, and the shuttle bus took another 1.30 hours to get there.

I got there and everything was awesome I was very excited and got to see half of the Doves' set. They are good!! I had heard their music a couple of times before but I was very much surprised of how good they were live. I need to get some of their music.

By the end of their set I managed to get to the front rows of the Green Stage, place were Oasis would play at 9 o'clock (it was 3 o'clock by the time). I had a mission and my mission was to be at the front row for the Oasis part of the festival. Yeah I didn't quite make it, but you'll know all about that later :-)

I waited for the next act, which didn't have me all that excited but I just couldn't leave my spot, so I waited for Lily Allen to come out... OH MY GOD!! Lily Allen!! What can I say?! She was fantastic, she even made me dance to Womanizer... She's a great performer and a brilliant entertainer, best sense of humor and just soooo awesome... Now you can tell I have the biggest girl crush on her, but seriously she was amazing. Needless to say I loved her makeup and her shoes were to kill for.

Then a lot more waiting, Patti Smith was to come on stage... She did, she took a picture of us (by then I was already at the 3rd row) and she played her set. I need to be honest, she was just ok. I mean, she has a great band and they do a very good job all together but she's a bit too intense to my liking. I wasn't bored or anything but the whole "let's save the world" speech really bothers me (reason why I'm still hesitating on going or not going to see Coldplay)... When I pay for a concert I want to listen to music... Anyway, she was alright, I just didn't get that much into her music nor her style and the fact that she kept spitting all over the stage was really upseting me haha...

Next up would be Paul Weller and I was so damn excited about that!! I didn't know Paul Weller was playing the Green Stage too until one day before, so I was just all happy about it...

I need to mention that it never stopped raining... I was wet from thead to toes, hadn't have much to eat, hadn't have anything to drink and of course I hadn't leave my spot so no toilet using for me... I had been standing up for 8 hours already and had been traveling for a week, so yes, I was very tired already.

By the time Paul Weller came out I was a exhausted but what was my surprise!? Steve Cradock was in the band!! I totally forgot about how tired I was, I had Steve Cradock infront of me and being a huge Ocean Colour Scene fan it was simply mind blowing!!

I enjoyed the whole set very much. It was somewhat short but very good. Paul Weller is a great performer and I enjoyed every second of it, specially the whole Cradock on stage thing.

Waiting for Oasis to come out was the longest 40 minutes ever. I was already in 2nd row and couldn't wait for them to come back but I was feeling very weak...

To know more about the Oasis set, you'll have to wait for the next post because that deserves a text for itself!

sábado, 3 de octubre de 2009

Mensaje de Prevención

365- Day 78 Be The Ribbon!, originally uploaded by * Pichu *.

Hoy decidí que en mi Twitter sería el día de sólo español y mis amigos internacionales tendrían que aguantarse las ganas de saber qué es lo que digo, así que aprovecharé el compromiso para hacer mi primer post en español al Blog.

Se que he tenido este espacio muy abandonado pero para ser sincera he tenido muchísimo trabajo y poco tiempo para mis asuntos de la red (incluido mi Vlog y sobre todo mi Flickr que extraño enormemente).

Durante estas semanas he tenido muchas ganas de escribir sobre diferentes cosas, pero al final siempre pienso, ¿y a la gente qué le importa lo que opino sobre deportes, música, viajes, maquillaje y demás cosas que me apasionan en la vida? Y siempre termino descartando las redacciones que inicio pero nunca concluyo.

Y sin querer seguir con mi bla bla bla y verdaderamente aburrirlos, quisiera compartir algo breve con ustedes: Hoy en mi Twitter (que por cierto es ahora privado, pero esperen uno nuevo que será público con menos información personal pero más cosas "interesantes"), hice un llamado a la prevención y me gustaría lo leyeran ustedes también:

La foto referente a este post la tomé el 23 de Octubre del año pasado para mi proyecto 365 en Flickr y fue titulada "Se el listón!".

El mensaje es simple... Siempre en octubre nos invade la mercadotecnia rosa, desde los famosos listones, ropa, detergentes y balones de fútbol, hasta vajillas y sartenes del mismo color.

Lo que yo les pido es que no porten únicamente el listón rosa... Sean el listón rosa!! No hay mejor cura para el cáncer de mama que la prevención!! Señoras y señoritas, EXAMÍNENSE!! Yo lo hice hace 10 minutos y no me da pena admitirlo. Conozcan sus senos y no permitan que la vergüenza ni la desidia sean factores para el desarrollo de este cáncer.

Tóquense regularmente, conozcan sus cuerpos y visiten al médico ante cualquier anomalía!

Probablemente postee esto en inglés también, pero no hoy, tal vez mañana u otro día del mes, pero por favor cuídense!!!

Y señores, recuerden que los hombres también pueden desarrollar cáncer de mama, infórmense!!

Convirtámonos todos en el listón rosa!! Informen a sus madres, hermanas, hijas, abuelas, tías, amigas, conocidas y desconocidas sobre la importancia de la prevención y la autoexaminación.

Salven una vida... Salven su propia vida!!

jueves, 3 de septiembre de 2009

Traditional Addiction


Visiting a Ryokan in Japan can be the little something that changes your whole experience in that lovely country.

On my last video on YouTube (please go subscribe to my channel, there’s a lot more of Japan to see in the next weeks), we stayed at a Ryokan while visiting the island of Miyajima and it sure was an experience of a lifetime.

Not only do you get delicious traditional food but it is also of the highest quality and the best ingredients are used to cook each meal. Sure, gastronomy is of great importance but there is a lot more to experience while trying traditional Japanese accommodation.

One example that I could not cover on the video is the ONSEN. This is a word you will hear very often as it represents an important ritual of traditional life in Japan.

The onsen are hot springs of thermal water of volcanic origin which were traditionally used as public baths. Today, the onsen attract both domestic and foreign tourists every day.

There are many kinds of onsen depending from the kind of water, temperatures and even depending on being outdoors or indoors.

It is believed that onsen water has healing powers thanks to its mineral content so it is very well taken care of. This means that clothes and swimsuits are NOT allowed in the thermal water (yes, you have to be naked) and you have to follow the Japanese etiquette which consists of thoroughly cleaning and rinsing yourself before entering the hot water. In most onsen, they provide you with the amenities (shampoo, soap and even face cleansers) needed to follow the etiquette.

In the past, men and women used to bathe together but since everyday Japan receives more and more foreigners, single-sex onsen are now more popular. You can still find mixed-sex onsen in some parts of Japan.

As a foreigner, it feels awkward at first but yes, it is addictive... Once you try the onsen experience, you won’t want to leave the country. Don’t be afraid and try it, you won’t regret it!!

sábado, 29 de agosto de 2009

Thank You For The Good Times!


Yesterday I was all sarcastic and having fun about the whole Oasis-splitting-up issue… Today, I have to admit I have a knot in my throat and a teary eye.

I woke up to a new declaration of Noel’s, one on which he says goodbye to the fans, one on which he describes the last 18 years as “truly truly amazing “ and “a dream come true”... So I guess this time it is for real.

When I was younger I always knew this day would come and I thought of a million reactions I could have... So far my reaction has let me down drama-wise.

I just can’t believe this is over... I can’t believe the one thing that’s always made me happy, the one thing that changed my life and, as corny and cliché as it sounds, the soundtrack of my life, will stop right here and I’ll have to live listening to old music to feel the comfort and happiness that Oasis gives me.

Maybe Oasis will go on without Noel Gallagher, maybe they won’t... If they do, I will still be a fan but the man will be seriously missed and all I can hope for is a solo career, because that, to be honest , would be FANTASTIC.

So for now, and for as long as Noel keeps saying he’s out of Oasis, all I’ve got to say is (in Oasis lyrics of course):

THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD TIMES...

viernes, 28 de agosto de 2009

Don't Look Back in Anger



Video: Filmed by myself 29th of November 2008. Monterrey, Mexico.

I had been working all morning long so I decided to take a break… I found on Facebook this thing on which you have to answer a few questions with songs from only one singer or band…

Of course, it had to be Oasis…

Right when I was about to finish answering the questions, I got a Tweet from Oasis’s official Twitter:

“RT @oasis: A statement from Noel: http://bit.ly/VTa6W”

That was a bit shady, so I rushed in and read:

“A STATEMENT FROM NOEL"
28 August 2009

"It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.

Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan."

Are you serious?! Is this for real?! During the last months, Liam and Noel had been arguing over the internet, Noel posting insults against his brother on his blog “Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere” and Liam answering back on his Twitter page. I had seen this as pure entertainment... But tonight, they have cancelled their second festival appearance in a row.

As for now, I feel very anxious, nervous and I’m laughing out loud... I don’t think I feel sad because after all this feels like nothing but like a flashback or a déjà vu!!

I’ve been a fan of Oasis for 14 years now, I’ve seen them live 8 times in my life in 3 different continents and own over 200 items of Oasis memorabilia but because I know them I’m not sad right now... I simply don’t believe they’re actually splitting up.

No, it’s not denial, it is knowing their history and just how many times they’ve done this in the past... Only thing that worries me is: This time it’s been posted “officially”.

We might be living the end of an era and I’m still laughing... Well, we’ll see what happens...

I leave you with my Q&A Oasis post. To be honest, I would change a few things now, hahaha, but I’ll just leave it as it was before the news!


1. Are you male or female??: The Girl In The Dirty Shirt

2. Describe yourself: She’s Electric

3. How do you feel right now?: Rock N Roll Star

4. Describe where you live: Underneath The Sky

5. Where would you go if you could go anywhere? All Around The World

6. Your Best Friends are: Cigarettes and Alcohol

7. Favourite Colour: Colour My Life

8. What would be the name of your tv-show if you had one? The Importance Of Being Idle

9. Ideal birthday gift: Fuckin’ In The Bushes (hahaha sorry, this one was too funny not to use it!)

10. What is life for you?: One Way Road

11. Your love life: It’s Good To Be Free

12. You are afraid of: I’m Just Getting Older

13. The best advice you can give: Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is

14. If you could change your name, it would be: Lyla

15. Thought of the day: Flashbax

16. How would you like to die?: Cloudburst

17. Actual state of your soul: Lord Don’t Slow Me Down

18. Biggest Secret: The Masterplan

miércoles, 26 de agosto de 2009

There is still hope for peace!


Hiroshima is a place that moves and touches you in many ways.

Some people may compare visitng Hiroshima to visiting the concentration camps in Europe but I think there is quite a difference!

Hiroshima and the whole concept of the Peace Memorial Park (which includes the monuments, the museum and the Hall of Remembrance), show the visitors that the people of Hiroshima were never interested in making others feel pitty for them, actually, they admit how much damage they caused to other countries in Asia on their imperialistic quest, which led to many deads and destroyed cities, before they had to experience the explosion of an atomic bomb themselves.

Having this in mind, the Japanese rebuilt a city of peace and hope. A city that will always remind us, even just by mentioning its name, the horrors of war, but also the strenght of human beings and our capability to work and build a new life and future.

Walking around the museum and reading all about nuclear destruction, does make you sad (and even sick to the stomach) but it is for sure something that we all need to see to always keep in mind how worthless it is to fight when all we really need is peace on earth.

Want to know what I'm talking about? Go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBbOeHXR4mQ

lunes, 24 de agosto de 2009

Greetings from the past!



Today was an awkward day… I was supposed to work, but instead I went through old documents, books, magazines and pocket diaries, I just can’t concentrate today!

These pocket diaries were used as a way of knowing what I had to do each day and what I had done in previous days. The main topics were my school assignments and everything I did during the afternoon with my friends and family.

Even though I’ve always said I’m not the kind of girl who likes to write a diary, these things were actually diaries because today, while reading them, I wasn’t interested at all on my school assignments for each day, but in the secret codes I found on it.

Each day I wrote something in code. An example would be:

“HaC/RiToLaTaYMeEn!!”.

I was amassed by how easily I could crack these codes today. That one up there means:

“Hablé con Ricardo toda la tarde y me encanta!!”

Enlishg: “I talked to Ricardo the whole afternoon and I like him very much!!”.

Ricardo being a guy I had a crush on back then.

But not all the codes were fun. I found a few about the first time I got my heart broken and how hard it was for me to get through that. I also realized how much some experiences changed me back then and why I am the person I see today on the mirror.

It sure was an emotional rollercoaster. I found myself pretty low at some points but I also went up high to the point of getting shivering hands remembering the fun and awesome experiences behind.