Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Driving on the OTHER side of the road

Usually I think of myself as a good driver. I have driven a lot, on tough roads, long distances and crazy weather. I started driving at an early age and one of my first road experiences was when mom let me take the wheel while driving between São Paulo and the Amazon. Well, only for a few minutes since I was only 14 years old. We were on a small patch of dirt road and we were driving a Ford Caravan. I felt so powerful. I loved being in command of that machine that could take us places! I will tell you, those few minutes were enough to spark a passion for driving and for road trips. From that moment on I was hooked. I would always be the designated driver on many long trips through North and South of Brazil. I was convinced that I was the best driver of all of my friends so I would gladly take the wheel, sometimes for 18 hours straight. I loved everything about it. The whole body and machine integration was a definite high for me. This went on from when I was 18 (minimum age for a driver's license in Brazil) till when I moved to New York where the only vehicle I drive is actually a bike. There's no sense in having a car in New York City. Still, a lot of times when I travel, I rent a car and I will be the driver. Having driven in many countries I am now faced with a new challenge. I've planned a road trip in South Africa, and Hello! They drive on the OTHER side of the car/road. I have never done that before! I must admit, even with my invincible driver confidence, I am a tad apprehensive. Once in Barbados, on a all girl trip, we rented a minibus to drive around the island. I don't remember who was driving at the time, but I do remember a lot of screaming ladies in the back seat. "NO!! Don't turn there!! OMG, OMG!! The other way! The other way!!!" That's not a fun imprint in my road trip memories. Granted I was NOT the driver. (Sorry Sue, Leslie or Lina? Who was driving!!?) Anyhow, we survived. Thank God! And now, here I am. With the road trip planned, a cool 4x4 at my disposal (thanks Thomas!) and the fear of the unknown. Have you ever driven on the OTHER side of the road/car? ( I mean legally, when you were sober...) How did you do? Was it scary? Did you get use to it fast? Or is it like riding a snowboard goofy vs regular? My trip is in a couple of weeks and I am wondering if I should or not shorten some of the driving part and fly instead. I definitely will take your advice and suggestions.
I hope to hear from some of you!



Friday, March 23, 2012

Monólogo Mundo Moderno

 Monólogo Mundo Moderno

E vamos falar do mundo, mundo moderno
marco malévolo
mesclando mentiras
modificando maneiras
mascarando maracutaias
majestoso manicômio
meu monólogo mostra
mentiras, mazelas, misérias, massacres
morticínio, maior maldade mundial
madrugada, matuto magro, macrocéfalo
mastiga média morna
monta matumbo malhado
munindo machado, martelo
mochila murcha
margeia mata maior
manhazinha move moinho
moendo macaxeira
meio-dia mata marreco
manjar melhorzinho
meia-noite mima mulherzinha mimosa
maria morena
momento maravilha
motivação mútoa
mas monocórdia mesmice
muitos migram
morarão modestamente
malocas metropolitanas
mocambos miseráveis
menos moral
menos mantimentos
mais menosprezo
metade morre
mundo maligno
misturando mendigos maltratados
menores metralhados
militares mandões
meretrizes marafonas
mocinhas, meras meninas,
mortificando-se moralmente
modestas moças maculadas
mercenárias mulheres marcadas
mundo medíocre
milionários montam mansões magníficas
melhor mármore
mobília mirabolante
máxima megalomania
mordomo, mercedez, motorista, mãos
magnatas manobrando milhões
mas maioria morre minguando!
moradia meiágua, menos, marquise
mundo maluco
máquina mortífera
mundo moderno melhore
melhore mais
melhore muito
melhore mesmo
maldito mundo moderno
mundinho merda!

Chico Anysio

Chico o grande. Sentiremos muito a sua falta.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Shameless writers!

 Dear Shameless makers: 
I love your TV show! I don't follow many TV programs but I don't miss one episode of Shameless. I would like to however make a comment about the end of episode 3 where you have a brief scene of the character Steve in Brazil. I am a Brazilian woman and I am very proud of my beautiful country and it's beautiful and warm Brazilian people. I very much resent the fact that you showed Steve getting a blowjob by a Brazilian woman with Rio's backdrop. That is a stupid and demeaning way of depicting a country and it's values. It's very disappointing that your writers would chose to stereotype my country in such poor way. Brazil, the land of easy and slutty women. Really guys? By the way, your backdrop could not look more fake. That whole scene is just a disaster. Remember, you live in a GLOBAL community now. You should be more careful on how you portrait people's cultures and countries. They could be watching you!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging 
because things may get better. 
To the confident it is inspiring 
because the challenge exists 
to make things better.

King Whitney Jr.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The City of Samba

Check out this AMAZING film by Jarbas Agnelli and Keith Loutit

click link to watch it on vimeo


David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and publisher of a major study in the journal Science on contamination in fish, gives us the scoop:
The problem: Nature didn't intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. According to Carpenter, the most contaminated fish come from Northern Europe, which can be found on American menus. "You could eat one of these salmon dinners every 5 months without increasing your risk of cancer," says Carpenter, whose 2004 fish contamination study got broad media attention. "It's that bad." Preliminary science has also linked DDT to diabetes and obesity, but some nutritionists believe the benefits of omega-3s outweigh the risks. There is also concern about the high level of antibiotics and pesticides used to treat these fish. When you eat farmed salmon, you get dosed with the same drugs and chemicals.
The solution: Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, it's farmed. There are no commercial fisheries left for wild Atlantic salmon.
Budget tip: Canned salmon, almost exclusively from wild catch, can be found for as little as $3 a can.

*source: Prevention

also check: 4 Reasons to Avoid Farmed Salmon http://oceana.
org/en/blog/2008/10/4-reasons-to-avoid-farmed-salmon#.T1ONmP6Leo4.twitter via @AddThis