Tiny Pleasures #15

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…


1. Nepalese food and fun

A friend from work decided to set a dinner for a few of us, and we had an amazing dinner at a nepalese restaurant near the office, and I loved it. SO GOOD!

2. Everything, Everything with Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

The movie opened, we thought it was a good time to go and watch it together, so we could comment on all the things the movie did and did not get right.

3. Beach time

I was able to go to the beach twice in the last couple of weeks, which was a nice reprieve from the deadly heat that could be felt in Lisbon.

4. Popcorn!

I already said I went to the movies with Cátia, where we ate a huge bucket of popcorn each, but then I ended up going to the cinema again with my mom, and guess what… MORE POPCORN!

5. Another hair color: burgundy

It was time to try a more pinkish color, and I love it. I also tried another brand this time, and while I really liked the texture and feel of the paint, it didn’t last nearly as much time as it should.

6. 33rd Birthday!

Yeah, it was my birthday! 😀 33 years, and I heard that phrase a lot more than I should have.

7. Rooftop Bars

This week I went to a couple of rooftop bars in Lisbon, with my mom and friend, and we really liked it, gorgeous views of the city and the river.

8. “Santos Populares”

We have our popular parties in Portugal during the month of June, and I went to one yesterday to see my niece’s parade. It was fun, and the food was amazing, better sardines of the year 😀 .


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Tiny Pleasures #14

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…


1. Deadpool & Friends

Last week me and a couple of friends from work did a movie session of Deadpool, McDonald’s, popcorn, ice cream and a sleepover. It was so much fun!

2. Day off and Lisbon Book Fair

I took advantage of my day off to go to the Lisbon Book Fair for the first time this year :D.

3. But no time…

For anything else! I spent my day off at the fair, and that meant that I didn’t quite have the time to write posts for my blog, which means this week I failed 2 days of blogging. Oh well…

4. Book Haul

My day at the book fair meant that I bought 3 books. Yeah, 3! I hadn’t buy physical books in months. But they were just so pretty…

5. Matcha Iced Latte

It’s just so hard for the guys at Starbucks here in Portugal to make my matcha latte right… but this one was yummy 😀 .

6. #ILoveBooks

Yeah… that’s what the picture says. That’s the book fair for you.

7. Book Fair day 2 

Today was my second day off this week, so what did I do? I went to the Book Fair with Cátia 🙂 . And did we find after the book fair? Well, we found the new edition of Carry On, and we just had to buy it. WE HAD TO! Because look at it!!!!

8. Beautiful Lisbon

I just want to say how pretty my city is 🙂 .


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Tiny Pleasures #13

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…


1. Downtown

I met Cátia once again, at our usual spot in downtown Lisbon. It’s so awesome that we now can meet whenever our schedules allow for it.

2. My first work party

This was a totally new experience for me, but I’m really enjoying my new job, so I went to the first party organized by my place of employment, and it was super fun.

3. Family time, and my beautiful snow

My brother is home, which means his dog is also here. So this week I spent some time with them, and I also tried some Angolan traditional dishes, and I really enjoyed it.

4. Beach and Ice Cream

In the middle of the week I went to the beach with a friend, followed by ice cream at Santini’s, an old ice cream parlor here in Portugal. Yummi!

5. All about my niece

My youngest niece had some busy couple of days, as she had a hip hop and gymnastics presentation yesterday, and today she celebrated her first communion. Which meant she was happy and gorgeous, and I was so super proud of my princess.


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Tiny Pleasures #12

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…


1. Family Time

After a few months of not seeing my aunt, I finally had time a couple of weeks ago to be with her and the family 😀 .

2. My hair is now Purple!

Yeah guys, remember how last time I had dyed it turquoise? Finally the color faded and I went for the purple and I love it. I left it messy on purpose, and I bleached my hair a lot to prepare it for the color, and then I applied 2 different kinds of purple to have more craziness. So, some of my hair looks pink-ish, and then I have some stronger purple. I LOVE IT!

But I have to say that I won’t use the Colorista L’Oreal again, the color is very faint and the effect is very minimal. While the Stargazer Rinse Purple ended up being cheaper, easier to apply and the color is much more intense.

3. Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision 

If you’re from Europe, you know about Eurovision, and I’m so happy, so damn proud, that Portugal won for the first time ever. And I have to say, I’m kind of in love with this song.

4. Royally Matched

I finally read Royally Matched, I actually listened to it, and I loved it so much. Henry and Sarah are amazing, and this is one of those books that just made me smile like crazy 🙂 .

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

I had some time last week, and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2, and I loved love loved it!


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Tiny Pleasures #11

Hey guys! So, this feature is one I haven’t done since November of 2015. Yeah, it has been a long long time. But I think I might just get back to do it, because I kind of miss it. The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. This will also be a means to update you on what’s going on in my life at the moment, eheh.


1. I started working!

Well, sort of. LOL. So, as you guys know, I’ve been doing my PhD for the last few years, but my grant ended at the end of 2015, and even though I’m still writing my thesis, I needed to start working ASAP, because money is needed to actually eat and stuff. I obviously looked and applied for a lot of things in my area, but that didn’t pan out. I was called for something else though, and I have to say, I’m super excited about this. I’m currently on my third week of training, and I’m loving the subjects and the people, so I really hope ir all goes well.

2. Starbucks with Cátia

You guys probably know that me and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much live pretty close by, as in, we’re both close enough to Lisbon. So, last week, we met for coffee again, for another afternoon of talking books, blogging and life, Starbucks and walking. 😀

3. Nephews + Easter

Because it’s Easter, I had all my nephews here, and look how huge they are! My oldest nephew is past the 1.8m, and my niece is now my height… *sigh*

4. The Raven Boys

I finally started reading The Raven Boys!!!

5. Movies

I actually went to the movies 3 times in the last week, but Demain Tout Commence is definitly a highlight for me.

6. My Hair changed color

I never dyed my hair before, but I did it today. You guys know the Colorista line from L’Oreal? I’d tried the turquoise the other day, but my hair is too dark, and even though the product tells you it will work on dark hair, it really doesn’t. I tried it, and to be honest, you had to hit it with the right angle of light to actually see some semblance of color. So I decided to try another product of theirs, the Colorista Effect balayage, to lighten some parts of my hair, and then apply the blue dye, and it worked! The lighting part was a bit uneven, but it definitly became lighter, and now my hair is bluish-green.


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Tiny Pleasures #9

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Hello! Another month has just wrapped up, and I thought it was about time I did my Tiny Pleasures feature, which I had said I would do monthly instead of weekly. The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering.

ily_1. The Community

First and foremost, one of the biggest things that made me smile this past month were you guys. I has a not so good moment, which I shares here on the blog, and you “listened” and were super supportive. I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders just by having the knowledge that I could share and that it was all ok.

2. Home & Family

Yes, home always makes it onto this list each time I go there. Going is a pleasure itself. But family… This time coincided with my brother and sister-in-law, who both live in Angola, being in Portugal as well. And, with my sister and her husband to come to Lisbon because of that. So, I had all my siblings in one place and that very rarely happens – usually just around Christmas or my grandmother’s anniversary.

3. A game day

A lot of things on this list happened during the short week I was in Portugal, this one was a great way to start. A game day, I, if you’re reading this, that was a lot of fun! BANG!

4. #AEJreadsQoS – The Buddy Read

I’ve mentioned this on my Wrap-up as well, but damn-it, this buddy read of Queen of Shadows was the most fun I had reading in forever. I had never done one buddy read before, but I know that I’ll do it again in a heartbeat with these 3 ladies (Josie, Erika and Anjie). My twitter feed was insane, it even woke me up sometimes during the night, and I didn’t care. SO.MUCH.FUN!


5. XBOX 360 & Dance Central

Man, I had almost forgot how much I love my Xbox and the Dance Central game! My brother’s new (empty) house and his 65′ TV were perfect for a night playing this again. We wrapped it up at 2 a.m. and I looked like I had run a marathon and my hair like it had just gotten out of the shower… worth it!

6. Starbucks

One of the perks of being home, is going to my usual Starbucks and be able to get my drinks just as I like them – because they know – and getting a frequent customer discount. I mean, cheaper tall hazelnut (1 pump) soy cappuccino with kids temperature?! Count me in!

7. Amazing books and book hangover

Two books for you: Ignite Me and Queen of Shadows…WOW! And with two of my favorite ships ever! Advert your eyes because there will be spoilers for both series. But Warnette and Rowaelin! Am I right?! PERFECT!

(source – look at those smiles :D)

8. Freepik and Inkscape

What have I done with my life??? I had been poking around Freepik for a while, but those are vectors and my photoshop abilities are 0! But a couple of days ago I decided to try Inkscape and at first my skills there were also nule, but then I figured out some stuff… I still have no idea how to create anything, but modifying it is another thing entirely and I’m doing it. Actually, I have done virtually nothing else yesterday (except work for a bit). I wasn’t happy with my headers and banners, and now I found a combination of colors that I like, I’ve added 100+ fonts to my computer and I’m doing stuff!

9. Travel Planning

It’s T – 4 days! In 4 days I’ll be going to the airport to catch the first plane on my way to South Korea and I’m so so excited!