10 days until my birthday…

Ten days to go until my birthday. Another year flew by… It has been a really good one, I cannot complain. Lots of trips, time with friends and family, good health, love and laughter.

I am very happy with the things accomplished and done, like paying off my braces treatment, working as a free-lance graphic designer on the side, buying this amazing laptop that I love, and seeing some awesome shows during the year.  I have some items on my list that I would like to highlight: Continue reading

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The song stuck in my head

Today’s sound:

“Tajabone” – Ismaël Lô

Mida, Ta…..tajabone de nuy tajabone
Ta…..tajabone de nuy tajabone
Abdu u iambaar gniari malaykala
Ch’awé étchiko daan si séroo
Muomu muhnilda degëm du lingaan
Muomu muhnila degëm woor nga-am
Ch’awé etchiko daanu si seroo
Muomu muhnida degem du lingaam
Muomu muhnida degem woor nga-am
Tajabone de nuy tajabone
Tajabone de nuy tajabone
Wou leij Wou leij
Wou leij Wou leij
Abdu jambaar gniari malaykala
chico woley juge daanu si sero
Muhnila degem du linga’n
Muhnila degem woor nga-am

The first time I heard the song was in the Pedro Almodovar movie “Todo sobre mi madre”. Today, after many years, I looked for the translation. Here’s what I found. Continue reading

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Countdown… A month until my 30th Birthday


Just a quick post to acknowledge that almost another year has passed. In exactly one month I’ll be turning 30. I’m still trying to decide if it should be a “big deal” or not. Continue reading

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The Doors of Perception – The story behind a door – WordPress Discover Challenge


“If the doors of perception were cleansed
every thing would appear to man as it is… Infinite.”
(William Blake – The Marriage o Heaven and Hell)

The story behind a door… I came across this topic today while I was checking the WordPress Discover Challenge on my reader. Suddenly I felt flooded with memories of many years ago. Other music, other books… I was able to see in my mind my old bedroom, with the two orange walls, the paintings, and the posters, the bookshelf… I remember I had a poster of a painting from José Tola, a well-known Peruvian artist, signed by himself. It said: “Para Mónica, que los lagos del deseo no crucen aquellos cielos que no tenemos.” It would be something like “That the lakes of desire do not cross those heavens we do not have.” or at least that’s what I think…


“Para Mónica, que los lagos del deseo no crucen aquellos cielos que no tenemos”

I was studying art back then and listening to The Doors non-stop. Continue reading

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Baby you can drive my car…


This afternoon I will have my first driving lesson (Yay!). I have taken forever to learn, I know. The excuse was always that the traffic in Lima is terrible and that one can actually go everywhere in public transportation, so I never felt in a hurry to drive. Nevertheless, it was always in my mind and today finally I’ll be behind the wheel. One more check on my 30 before 30.

And speaking of that, I also have some sad new about one of my goals. This last Saturday Jason and I were mugged. Continue reading

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Trying The Stretch Project – 30 day flexibility challenge!


I am so silly! I’ve been meaning to share this post for the last two weeks and track my progress here. Anyway, one of the goals in my 30 before 30 was to complete a 30-day challenge; another, to be able to stretch more. So, combining them both (it was actually Jason’s idea), I decided to try “The Stretch Project – 30-day flexibility challenge” from Blogilates. If you are not familiar with this blog, Cassey Ho is the person behind it. She is an award-winning fitness instructor based in Los Angeles, CA  famous for her Pop Pilates workouts among other things, and she is probably the most energetic and happy person you will ever see… like EVER. Feeling motivated by Cassey’s energy, I’ve been trying Continue reading

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Monday Mantra – Free Printable

Hopefully is not too late to share a motivational quote (and free printable A4 poster) for the Monday Mantra series. More coming every Monday.


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