1. As I continue doing the Spring Sorting, our pile of books keeps increasing and all our bookshelves are full.
#holyweekcleansing  (at Home Lapa, Lisbon)

    As I continue doing the Spring Sorting, our pile of books keeps increasing and all our bookshelves are full.
    #holyweekcleansing (at Home Lapa, Lisbon)

  2. Raw spirit. Passion. #benficavsporto #16April

    Raw spirit. Passion. #benficavsporto #16April

  3. Last night, Benfica FC vs Porto FC. Ciaran and his friend wildly celebrating with other Benfiquistas as Benfica mounted an epic fightback with only 10 men against Porto to get into the finals of the Taça Portugal.

    Last night, Benfica FC vs Porto FC. Ciaran and his friend wildly celebrating with other Benfiquistas as Benfica mounted an epic fightback with only 10 men against Porto to get into the finals of the Taça Portugal.

  4. René Lalique
#gulbenkianmuseum
#caloustegulbenkian
#lisbon
#portugal
#culturaldiplomacy
#renelalique

    René Lalique
    #gulbenkianmuseum
    #caloustegulbenkian
    #lisbon
    #portugal
    #culturaldiplomacy
    #renelalique

  5. Diana by Jean-Antoine Houdon was Calouste Gulbenkian’s favorite sculpture. The sculpture was once owned by Catherine the Great and which Gulbenkian purchased from the Hermitage Museum in 1930.
Paris, 1780
Marble 
#caloustegulbenkian
#lisbon
#portugal
#culturaldiplomacy
#jeanantoinehoudon
#diana
#catherinethegreat (at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)

    Diana by Jean-Antoine Houdon was Calouste Gulbenkian’s favorite sculpture. The sculpture was once owned by Catherine the Great and which Gulbenkian purchased from the Hermitage Museum in 1930.
    Paris, 1780
    Marble
    #caloustegulbenkian
    #lisbon
    #portugal
    #culturaldiplomacy
    #jeanantoinehoudon
    #diana
    #catherinethegreat (at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)

  6. One and only Saint Iker! Campeones Real Madrid, 19th Copa Del Rey title. Hala madrid!
#copadelreychampion
#realmadrid
#iker
#casillas

    One and only Saint Iker! Campeones Real Madrid, 19th Copa Del Rey title. Hala madrid!
    #copadelreychampion
    #realmadrid
    #iker
    #casillas

  7. You don’t need to ignore the ugliness in the world. Recognize the real value of the people and things in your life. Attitude of gratitude is something you can learn. The right frame of mind is necessary to fully enjoy life. Perspective.

    You don’t need to ignore the ugliness in the world. Recognize the real value of the people and things in your life. Attitude of gratitude is something you can learn. The right frame of mind is necessary to fully enjoy life. Perspective.

  8. Tonight is Cup night. El Clasico with the Copa Del Rey at stake and 2nd leg semis of Taça Portugal with Benfica vs Porto. This was also the day the Titanic hit the iceberg in 1912. Hala madrid!
#realmadrid
#elclasico
#benficafc
#halamadrid

    Tonight is Cup night. El Clasico with the Copa Del Rey at stake and 2nd leg semis of Taça Portugal with Benfica vs Porto. This was also the day the Titanic hit the iceberg in 1912. Hala madrid!
    #realmadrid
    #elclasico
    #benficafc
    #halamadrid

  9. Thanks always to Geração Benfica where our son trains for the regular 2 complimentary futebol tickets. We only need to buy one additional.
#benficafc
#benficavsporto
#tacaportugal
#futebol
#soccer
#SLB                                                  #benficafutebolschool

    Thanks always to Geração Benfica where our son trains for the regular 2 complimentary futebol tickets. We only need to buy one additional.
    #benficafc
    #benficavsporto
    #tacaportugal
    #futebol
    #soccer
    #SLB #benficafutebolschool

  10. Hahaha! When someone really irritates you …

    Hahaha! When someone really irritates you …

  11. Ciaran’s request to make him Serradura (Sawdust Pudding) but instead of nuts to put gummy bears instead. 
#portuguesedessert

    Ciaran’s request to make him Serradura (Sawdust Pudding) but instead of nuts to put gummy bears instead.
    #portuguesedessert

  12. Day 3: Spring Sorting. First batch of spring clothes in.  (at Home Lapa, Lisbon)

    Day 3: Spring Sorting. First batch of spring clothes in. (at Home Lapa, Lisbon)

  13. I love Isabel Allende but Maya’s Notebook is not her best. Still engaging, but it lacks the allure of her earlier works.    

 Excerpt from Maya’s Notebook:

"I don’t have to beat my chest or walk away on my knees or pay for my mistakes with tears and blood. Life is a tapestry we weave day by day with threads of different colors, some heavy and dark, others thin and bright, all the threads having their uses. The stupid things I did are already in the tapestry, indelible, but I’m not going to be weighed down by them till I die. There’s no fuel for bonfires of despair."

#isabelallende
#chile
#valparaiso
#metinsanfrancisco
#starstruckwithwriterspoets               #mayasnotebook

    I love Isabel Allende but Maya’s Notebook is not her best. Still engaging, but it lacks the allure of her earlier works.

    Excerpt from Maya’s Notebook:

    "I don’t have to beat my chest or walk away on my knees or pay for my mistakes with tears and blood. Life is a tapestry we weave day by day with threads of different colors, some heavy and dark, others thin and bright, all the threads having their uses. The stupid things I did are already in the tapestry, indelible, but I’m not going to be weighed down by them till I die. There’s no fuel for bonfires of despair."

    #isabelallende
    #chile
    #valparaiso
    #metinsanfrancisco
    #starstruckwithwriterspoets #mayasnotebook

  14. Break from sorting:

Can Myanmar military let go?
This is a very good question and a development that bears watching in Myanmar in the months and years to come following the excellent results achieved by Aung Suu Kyi and the NLD at the recently concluded by-elections. The NLD took around 40-44 of 45 parliamentary seats up for grabs. However, it is a parliament of around 650 seats with a quarter reserved for the military. In effect, the military and their cohorts in the ruling political party still wield significant control and influence. If anything, the militay in Myanmar has not in any way “risked” losing or giving up any of their power with the recent by-elections. One could say their decision in allowing the NLD to participate in the by-elections could have been a calculated manuever on their part to release some of the pressure brought upon them by the international community by allowing some concessions in terms of moving towards the path of democratic governance. 

The true indicators of whether Myanmar’s military is ready to give up power or control of government will be their actions in relation to the 2015 national elections. The national elections in 2015 will be a more accurate gauge of the military’s commitment to democratic reform. For now, I remain sceptical about their motives. The by- elections is a good step forward, but they still need to do more and follow through with that breakthrough if the effort to restore democracy is indeed sincere.
#myanmar 
#rohingya 
#aungsuukyi 
#foreignpolicy 
#foreignaffairs

    Break from sorting:

    Can Myanmar military let go?
    This is a very good question and a development that bears watching in Myanmar in the months and years to come following the excellent results achieved by Aung Suu Kyi and the NLD at the recently concluded by-elections. The NLD took around 40-44 of 45 parliamentary seats up for grabs. However, it is a parliament of around 650 seats with a quarter reserved for the military. In effect, the military and their cohorts in the ruling political party still wield significant control and influence. If anything, the militay in Myanmar has not in any way “risked” losing or giving up any of their power with the recent by-elections. One could say their decision in allowing the NLD to participate in the by-elections could have been a calculated manuever on their part to release some of the pressure brought upon them by the international community by allowing some concessions in terms of moving towards the path of democratic governance.

    The true indicators of whether Myanmar’s military is ready to give up power or control of government will be their actions in relation to the 2015 national elections. The national elections in 2015 will be a more accurate gauge of the military’s commitment to democratic reform. For now, I remain sceptical about their motives. The by- elections is a good step forward, but they still need to do more and follow through with that breakthrough if the effort to restore democracy is indeed sincere.
    #myanmar
    #rohingya
    #aungsuukyi
    #foreignpolicy
    #foreignaffairs

  15. Gulbenkian’s Greek and Roman coins, statuary and other objects from the ancient world. We’ve been to Getty which has its own world famous collection in this category, though I’m sure it will give an admiring nod to the Gulbenkian.
#caloustegulbenkian
#gulbenkianmuseum
#lisbon
#portugal
#lisboa
#culturaldiplomacy

    Gulbenkian’s Greek and Roman coins, statuary and other objects from the ancient world. We’ve been to Getty which has its own world famous collection in this category, though I’m sure it will give an admiring nod to the Gulbenkian.
    #caloustegulbenkian
    #gulbenkianmuseum
    #lisbon
    #portugal
    #lisboa
    #culturaldiplomacy

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This blog is all about the countries I’ve been to and those I have yet to explore, clothes I can’t seem to find in any boutiques, jewelleries I’ll never wear, crafts I'll never make, art I’ll never own, and food I’ll never be able to cook.

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