Writing in day – pt1

What if

“What if it haven’t been this way? What if those three years past by, my dad had stayed in Portugal and I couldn’t go to college? What would have been? Nobody hires a woman without experience, without qualifications! If only they wouldn’t look only for the CV….
I have so much to give, so much to surprise. The opportunity,  that one, never comes. Maybe I could get to work and find a client here, a client there and create my own business, but my family is my competition too, already with experience in the area. I would never be better than my brother!
For much qualities, motivation and ambition that I have… The fear of not pleasing or not achieving hit me like an arrow and make me stop. Then comes the laziness, the waiting for something good to happen without afford, or other way to escape the reality of a country without room for dreams, without future the young, employment for no one. Would I had emigrated? And if so, where? A near place where the difference of cultures wouldn’t be bothering and I could have wings for my imagination. Spain! Next door! What would I have done? I don’t know, but I would have taken my lover with me so we could both have a life of our own and a future. We would always have hope we could get back to the place that saw us grow, where love was born. The will of studying would most probably come back and I would go to college anyways to take the degree that I love and there would be no regrets nor bitterness.
A destiny never has one way, till there we should always have our bags ready for adventure and get out wiser. Since I have someone by my side to support me, I would never give up. There will be always a “what if” and the story will repeat itself till the road come to its end, but never my time….”

My name is Daniella and I… kick and bite

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Reading Comments Eurovision

Eurovision 2017 had a taste of what portuguese good music sounds like. We have been participating for 53 years and it’s the first time we have passed the 6th place up. We have always stick to our native language to participate.

The song “Amar pelos dois” (Loving for both of us) by Salvador Sobral, written by his sister Luísa Sobral it’s about a girl who doesn’t love this boy anymore, and the boy sings for her to come back. He knows he can’t love alone, but he’s hoping that she will learn to love him again. Until then, his heart can love for both of them.

Now let’s read some reactions on the Eurovision’s facebook page.

“WTF is wrong with you people! Wrost winning song ever! This song is so boring and make me so sleepy… I would prefer Bulgaria to win or even italy.  There were so many better songs this year. big disappointment”
“This isn’t a talent show it’s all about where you are on the map”

“He is so arrogant. He didn’t even smile, he didn’t even thank everyone who voted for him. All he did was bashing people making songs that actually entertain the audience calling it “fast-food songs”, saying that his song was meaningful. I’m usually happy for the winner, whoever it is, but this one was seriously too self-centered.”

” Boring, suicidal. I just don’t understand. No voice, no rythim or musicality (dull one tone song) no expression, no special text. If only had just 1 of these things i would not criticise it. I found him also very arrogant in his thanks comments saying that music is not fast food but is about feeling it!. Who the hell he thinks he is?. Feeling is not dull and boring per definition!!!!!!”

“So is this acceptable “real” music? Ugh. Still the most ungracious winner in history.”

  • Most people who criticized our song didn’t even know what the lyrics meant.
  • We only have Spain has a neighbor country. Fishes don’t vote.
  • Yes, the song is slow, calm, it can make some people fall asleep, but it don’t make it less of a song just because it has a different style and presentation.
  • He was not arrogant, he was real about what he meant. Doesn’t mean everyone in Eurovision makes fast-food music, but some did…. wanna talk about Germany?!
  • No expression? He was FEELING the song when he was singing it.
  • The Bulgarian kid has a future, he’s only 17, he can win another time. And sure there were many other countries who deserve my love. But this year was for Portugal.
  • Eurovision’s slogan was to celebrate DIVERSITY!

 

What did you think about the portuguese participation? Let me know.

My name is Daniella, and I kick and bite

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Nokia 3310

Everybody is thrilled to get their hands on the new Nokia 3310 that is soon to come out. But is it really worth the hype? I am, I know it’s the remake of the top seller phone from 15 years ago, and it’s improved. But for me, the features that they took out from it it’s not worth to buy it, it’s gonna ruin my memories of the old Nokia. In this post I explain what I love and what I hate in the new Nokia 3310.

LIKES

  • Snake (of course)
  • Battery durability (although my old Nokia 3310 had a lousy battery after a few years of use)
  • Price
  • Buttons

DISLIKES

  • Doesn’t allow to switch cases (actual phone cases)
    • Why is this important to me?! 15 years ago we would bother if our phone fell into the ground and got a little smashed in the corners because we could easily replace the case, and there were such a variety of them. Now,there is no return from a smashed phone. We can still hide it with external cases, but I don’t think this one is gonna have that.
  • NO RINGTONES
    • Where’s my old ringtones? Where’s the monophonic “my immortal”?
  • NO DANCING
    • This isn’t such a big deal, but I used to stand the phone up while listening to ringtones and let it “dance”. You must remember how it rotated from the vibration.

 

Your Way

Fate has been traced
With a charcoal pencil
It can well be erased and changed
And it's not written in the hands

Fate does not hide
Behind any door
You need to search
And deserve

Following this road
It's you who decides your way
If sometimes at a crossroad
You find out you're never alone.

It is a choice that you make
And you can never go back

In the painting that you are going to paint
You quickly realize it
It's you who draws the draft
You choose the colors you want

Fate does not hide
Behind any door
You need to search
And deserve

Following this road
It's you who decides your way
If sometimes at a crossroad
You find out you're never alone.

It is a choice that you make
And you can never go back


O teu caminho - Polo Norte

Top 100 Romance Novels

Goodreads Romance Week

  • Addicted – Zane
  • Always been Mine – Elizabeth Reyes
  • And Playing the role if herself – K.E. LANE
  • Angels’ Blood – Nalini Singh
  • Archer’s Voice – Mia Sheridan
  • Backstage Pass – Olivia Cunning
  • Bared to You – Sylvia Day
  • Beautiful Bastard
  • Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
  • Beauty from Pain – Georgia Cates
  • Beyond the Highland Mist – Karen Marie Moning
  • Born in Fire – Nora Roberts
  • The Bride – Julie Garwood
  • The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons
  • Bully – Penelope Douglas
  • Captive in the Dark – C. J. Roberts
  • The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden – Jessica Sorensen
  • Collide – Gail McHugh
  • Cut & Run – Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
  • Dark Lover – J. R.Ward
  • Dark Prince – Christine Feeman
  • The Darkest Hour -Maya Banks
  • The Darkest Night – Cena Showalter
  • Delaney’s Desert Sheikh – Brenda Jackson
  • Dmitry’s Closet – Latrivia S. Nelson
  • Down to You – M. Leighton
  • Dragon Bound – Thea Harrison
  • The Duke and I – Julia Quinn
  • Edenbrooke – Julianne Donaldson
  • The Edge of Never – J. A. Redmerski
  • Fallen Too Far – Abbi Glines
  • Falling into You-Jasinda Wilder
  • Fantasy Lover – Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Flat-Out Love – Jessica Park
  • Gabriel’s Inferno – Sylvain Reynard
  • Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • Hot Head – Damon Sued
  • I Can’t Think Straight – Shamim Sarif
  • In Flight – R. K. Lilley
  • Into the Wilderness – Sara Donati
  • It Had To Be You – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Jacob – Jacquelyn Frank
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brönte
  • Katherine – Anya Seton, Philippa Gregory
  • A Kingdom of Dreams – Judith McNaught
  • A Kiss of Shadows – Laurell K. Hamilton
  • A Knight in Shining Armor – Jude Deveraus
  • Lethal -Sandra Brown
  • Lick – Kylie Scott
  • Love Comes Softly – Janette Oke
  • Love Unscripted – Tina Reber
  • Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover
  • Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  • Memoirs of a Geisha -Arthur Golden
  • Mighty Storm – Samantha Towle
  • Mine Till Midnight – Lisa Kleypas
  • Mr. Perfect – Linda Howard
  • My Favorite Mistake – Chelsea M. Cameron
  • Mystery Man – Kristen Ashley
  • Naked – Raine Miller
  • Naked in Death – J.S. Robb
  • Nine Rules to Break when romancing a Rake -Sarah MacLean
  • North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
  • The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
  • On Doublin Street – Samantha Young
  • On the Island – Tracey Garvis Graves
  • Once Burned – Jeaniene Frost
  • Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  • The Perfect Game – J. Sterling
  • Playing for Keeps – R. L. Mathewson
  • Pleasure Unbound – Larissa Jone
  • Pride and Prejusice – Jane Austen
  • Promises – Marie Sexton
  • The Proposition – Katie Ashley
  • Real – Katy Evans
  • Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
  • Realease Me – J. Kenner
  • The Rosie Project – Grame Simsion
  • Rule – Jay Crownover
  • Seduction & Snacks – Tara Sivec
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • Slammed – Colleen Hoover
  • Slaveto Sensation –  Natini Singh
  • Sugar Daddy – Lisa Kleypas
  • Tangled – Emma Chase
  • The Tea Rose – Jennifer Donnelly
  • Ten Tiny Breaths – K. A. Tucker
  • This Man – Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • The Thorn Birds –  Colleen McCullough >>>>>>>>(my recommendation)
  • Thoughtless – S.C. Stephens
  • Twisted Perfection – Abbi Glines
  • Undeniable – Madeline Sheehan
  • Vision in White – Nora Roberts
  • Wait for You – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • A Walk to Remember – Nicholas Sparks
  • Wallbanger – Alice Clayton
  • The Warlord Wants Forever – Kresley Cole
  • Whatever You Like – Maureen Smith
  • The Winter Sea – Susanna Kersley

Gift Ideas

Everybody knows, when it’s time to gift someone, how hard it is to pick someone to offer. Even if we know what’s the person’s style, interests, there are always other problems like: price being too high, or the person already having those stuff. In my case I find hard to gift someone who already has everything they need/want. So I came up with home ideas that will always work for everyone. It’s simple things that will show people that you care.

The easiest way to gift someone you LOVE, the ultimate thing he/she WANTS is if they have a Shoppicks or Amazon account.

Shoppicks

If you don’t know what Shoppicks is, it’s a browser’s extension that allows you to drag images of what you want to buy from whatever online shop, into a collection. So, the person who uses it, can keep track of the price changes, their shopping list, their wishlist. The other nice thing about it, is that people can share their collections with whom they want. So, if your loved one has a shoppicks’ account, ask them to share them with you to have some ideas to gift.

Amazon

The best place to buy everything online. If your loved one as a wishlist on Amazon, ask them if they could share it with you. You’ll always keep track on their wishes.

Premium App

Even if the person don’t uses the app, you can gift them a premium card for it so he/she can try it. It will always come in handy. There are a few I can recommend:

  • Spotify – for music lover
  • Yousician – for people who are interested in learning how to play an instrument
  • Swork – for people interested in exercising

If you already know what apps the person uses, gift them the premium version, even if it is only for one month.

For girls

You can gift any kind of make up you see in stores. Girls will never say no to a new lipstick, a new eye shadow, a new blush. Guys might thing it’s hard to pick a gift for girls, but it really isn’t. And if you see any ‘do-it-yourself’ type of make up kits, they’ll loved for sure.

For book lovers

Similar to Amazon and Shoppicks, if your book lover has a Goodreads account, he/she sure has a infinite to-read list and that works has a wishlist too. Pick some books from that list and gift them.
You can also buy them a journal. Book lovers also like to write their thoughts, gift them a journal to travel with them everywhere.

Personalized gift

There are online shops where you can buy a personalized t-shirt, pillow, phone case or even a mug. Choose a theme that they love, and buy them something they can use.

 

That’s all my advice for today. My name is Daniella… and I kick and bite!

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