miércoles, 24 de marzo de 2010

Would you really want to miss this?!

Manzanillo, Colima. México.
Cool Guys Surf at Sunset, originally uploaded by * Pichu *.

I won't make this very long, but the following issue has been bothering me during the last couple of weeks and I need to get it off my chest.

People around the world think of Mexico as a beautiful, fun, SAFE and worth-visiting country, but lately, due to internal conflicts, the news around the world have managed to create a very negative image of Mexico.

There is truth behind the news. I won't deny there's a lot more violence going on than usual and I won't even go in detail about what I think the reasons are, but to my opinion it's been all caused by wrong decisions made by a very unexperienced and naive government.

Not only are these news misleading but different countries have been issuing warnings and they advice not to visit Mexico because "the mob has taken over the country".

I'm sure it can be frightening to hear that people are being killed but people are not being killed just because. People dying are either working for or against the mob.

As a tourist, nothing should happen to you if you use common sense and act just as you would in any other country. Avoid dangerous places such as bad neighbourhoods (yes every single city in the world has those), don't get involved with people you don't know, don't try to buy/sell illegal substances and overall, just take care of yourself as you would in any other place.

Mexico has been hit with very bad press during the last year. It all started with the swine flu, followed by the called "mob wars", and if on top of that you add bad economy, you know we're going through a very rough time.

Tourism in Mexico is as safe as it's always been. I can tell you, I live in this country and everyday-life hasn't changed for me. Again, use your common sense and you will be fine.

Do not miss the chance to visit a country that will change your life.

domingo, 14 de marzo de 2010

The Japanese Tea Ceremony

This picture was taken by the very talented Saralú . Please make sure you visit her Flickr page , you won't regret it!!

The tea ceremony is probably one of the most beautiful Japanese traditions, there are certain rules to follow though.

The preparation of the tea and everything involved with it, is considered an art, so the one who drinks has to show respect to this art.

It takes a lot of hard work and studying to learn everything you must know and do during the tea ceremony, but as foreigners we are not expected to know it all.

Of course, knowing the basics will always help and will show your appreciation to their hard work. Also, doing the opposite would be taken almost as an offence caused by rudeness and bad manners, so keep the following easy rules in mind:

The cake has to be eaten first. Usually they bring it before the tea so you will have no problem with that, but even when they serve both together, you must always eat the cake first.

To eat the cake, you must place it on the palm of your hand along with the tissue paper it sits on and cut it into quarters with the wooden stick provided. Poke a piece with the wooden stick and eat it, then the next and so on.

Do not poke the cake before cutting it, it’s considered very rude and a reflection of bad manners.

The bowl of tea will be served to you with its patterns facing you. Without changing the position, take it with your right hand and put in on your left palm.

Once it’s there, you should turn it clockwise in two steps, until the pattern is facing the opposite side from where it first was.

The tea is served in such quantity that you’ll be able to drink it all in 3 or 4 large sips, though it’s fine if it takes you more than that. Make sure you drink it all and you leave no foam in the bowl.

Once you’re done drinking the tea, you should clean the spot from where you were drinking with your fingertips and dry them on a tissue.

This is a short summary I made of the instructions they gave us at the teahouse of Hamarikyu Garden in Tokyo. If you want to know more about it, please visit my YouTube Channel to see my latest video from Japan, which is also the last of the series.

I will keep posting content to my YouTube Channel, so please keep checking it out.

Thank you for watching and I hope you enjoyed and this was helpful/interesting for you.

miércoles, 10 de marzo de 2010

Mexico City

Tonight I want to share with you a little (and very big) piece of my country.

Mexico is mariachi. It is folklore and tequila, but there's much more of it to get to know.

I spent last weekend in Mexico City and, as it happens each time I go, I fell in love with it.

This video is not my creation, obviously. Just a little over 5 minutes and it shows how Mexico is also art, culture, technology, sports, history, pyramids, cuisine and its people among many other things.

Make sure you visit Mexico City at least once. It can be a life-changing experience.

Coldplay, Ciudad de México 06.03.2010

Quisiera mostrarles más fotos del concierto, pero no llevaba cámara y todos sabemos que la del iPhones es una cochinada... Más abajito les dejo un video, muy malo, pero video... Jajaja.

Todo empezó hace meses cuando salieron a la venta los boletos de Coldplay en México. Mi primer reacción fue: "Esperaré a que se acerque la fecha, si tengo dinero y todavía hay boletos, voy, si no, no importa". La verdad es que, me encanta su música, pero la banda en general y Chris Martin en particular, me caían pésimo... ¡Pero me dejaron bien calladita este fin de semana!

A semanas del concierto, publiqué en mi Twitter (MarianaPichu) que había olvidado comprar boletos para Coldplay, lo cual llevó a que mi prima me dijera que tenía un boleto extra para el primer concierto en el Distrito Federal y que le encantaría que fuera con ella. Sinceramente, me emocionó más la idea de verla a ella que el concierto, así que tomé la invitación en vez de comprar boleto para el concierto en Guadalajara.

Camino al concierto el sábado 06, por una u otra razón se nos hacía más y más tarde, pero gracias al buen @sopitas y sus tweets con horarios del concierto, sabíamos que aún no nos perdíamos nada.

Cuando finalmente nos sentamos en nuestros lugares, pasaron solo 5 minutos cuando inició Life in Technicolor y aunque me emocioné mucho (finalmente es un concierto y siempre son emocionantes), no veía nada fuera de lo común y creo que Chris Martin arruinó Violet Hill, una de las canciones que yo más esperaba.

Para mi el concierto inició con In My Place... Bueno, ¡casi me vuelvo loca! Desgraciadamente, el sonido no era tan bueno en mi zona, escuchaba mejor a los que platicaban atrás de mi que la música, sin embargo, en ese momento ¡me perdí!

Debo admitir que parte de la emoción y del por qué me dieron ganas de llorar fue porque, me di cuenta que jamás viviría esa sensación como pasaba con Oasis, pero decidí dejar de pensar en eso y disfrutar del concierto.

Fueron muchos los momentos durante el concierto en los que sentí tal euforia. Lost, Polotik, Fix You, Lovers in Japan, Shiver, Viva la Vida (impresionante se veía la gente durante esta canción desde donde nosotros estábamos), pero nada se compara con The Scientist, ¡casi me muero! Y es que hay canciones que de verdad te llegan mucho y escucharlas en vivo es remover heridas, meterles el dedo y sentir de nuevo todo el dolor... ¡O la felicidad! ¡Depende de la herida!

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Un corto video durante Viva La Vida. No es mi canción favorita pero estaba fascinada con la reacción del público. (Tomen en cuenta que fue tomado con una App para iPhones no hechos para video, así que es solo para que se den una idea jaja).

Sinceramente, Coldplay me dejó un muy buen sabor de boca. Son excelentes músicos, incluso en el escenario, lo cual no es muy común. Chris Martin solo es todo un espectáculo, la producción es impecable y hasta los más mínimos detalles son cuidados.

Dato curioso: Mi hermana los vio en el Sonic Festival en Japón cuando iniciaron la gira y me había contado que las mariposas de Lovers in Japan allá fueron blancas, lo mejor, que los japoneses recogieron todas las mariposas al terminar el concierto. A mi me tocó recoger basura en el Fuji Rock Festival porque como parte de su cultura es la de limpiar, pero, ¿todas las mariposas? ¡Qué flojera!

Pues el concierto fue tan bueno que regresé a Guadalajara decidida a ir al concierto en el 3 de marzo pero desgraciadamente no encontré quién vendiera boleto en la zona del Golden Circle. Si iba a ir era solo en esa zona porque quería vivir ese espectáculo entre la gente y cercana al escenario.

Ese día incluso me di una vuelta por el estadio esperando encontrarme un revendedor desesperado que me lo dejara a buen precio (la desesperada era yo, generalmente odio la reventa, pero en esta ocasión, valía la pena), pero habían tantos policías que se me hace que nadie pudo vender boletos. ¡Hasta policía montada había! Yo no sabía que en este país nos alcanzaba el presupuesto para eso...

Retiro todos lo malos comentarios que pude haber hecho antes de este concierto sobre esta banda y su vocalista. Siempre me he considerado fan de su música pero nunca quise verlos en vivo, hoy me arrepiento de no haberlo hecho antes.

Nos fuimos del Foro Sol cuando estaba casi vacío y a la salida nos dieron un CD de regalo. ¡Eso es atención a los detalles! Un excelente regalo para un coleccionista de música como yo.

Mi colección incluye solo a una pequeña selección de grupos que realmente me gustan (aunque eso no quiere decir que mi colección sea pequeña), entre los cuales está incluido Coldplay, así que el Left Right Left Right Left resultó muy importante para mi.

Si fueron a alguno de los conciertos, espero lo hayan disfrutado tanto como yo, si no lo hicieron, entonces asegúrense de verlos en vivo cuando vuelvan a tener la oportunidad. Es un espectáculo que vale la pena ver para fans y no fans.



Matte Nail Polish (Thumbs up!!)

Ever since everyone started talking about matte nail polishes, it got me all excited. If anything beauty or makeup related comes out, and it stands away from the traditional, I'M IN!!

Anyway, a few months ago everyone at the beauty blogs and YouTube videos started talking about the new "next big thing": Matte Nail Polishes!

I saw a few samples of those and I immediately fell in love. Unfortunately, the non-traditional beauty trends are not very popular in Mexico and so I hadn't found any matte polishes around here, but that changed last weekend.

I found this brand in Mexico City. It's called L.A. Girl MATTE and the colour I'm wearing is Matte Baby Pink.

I'm in love with it... You will never believe how hot this looks!! It also looks very clean and neat and totally wearable for the office (I only wear my bold colors during the weekends because my boss doesn't appreciate my crazy makeup ideas hahaha).

Alright the review:

On the down side:

- It took 4 coats to get a vibrant, even colour on my nails.

- It starts looking a bit too thick in the bottle and I have just done my fingernails and toenails once since I got it.

What I loved:

- It dries very fast!

- Even though I had to apply 4 coats for it to look even, with enough drying, it doesn't get all messy on your nails.

- They have a huge variety of very pretty colours, from black to teal, white to pink.

- You get very good quality for a very low price: $29.00 MXN ($2 USD)

I am loving this product and I regret I didn’t get more colours, specially since I live far from Mexico City and I have not seen this where I live, but no worries, I'll be getting more colours, I will!!