Sunday, May 30, 2010
How to order your coffe in a bar ?
Lately I am loving the videos from Street Smart Brazil blog. Its a great medium to learn about many Brazilian traces, habits, gastronomy and so on. Wanna know about the country ? Then Read SSB blog. Example ? Check this vide about how to order coffee .
You sit down and calmly... drink... your coffee... calmly sipping with pauses.
Holland is big in coffe rituals b.t.w - it is called koffie drinken.
Would you like it black (koffie zwart), with lots of milk (koffie verkeerd) or with some drops of evaporated milk (met koffiemelk) ? With or without sugar cubes ? (met of zonder suiker klontjes) ?
Now excuse me I am going to have a cup before I go to zzzzzz...
Friday, May 28, 2010
Her name is unpronounceable: Trijntje Oosterhuis. Dammit !
Many Dutch singers built up a career singing English songs. Check how Judith Katrijntje sounds clicking on her pic above.
Check her biography here. Remarkably, a huge Brazilian audience is quite used to her voice 'cause in 2009 and 2010, her music "What the World Needs Now" was the theme of the protagonist "Helena" of Brazilian TV novel "Viver a Vida" made by Rede Globo (being watched ty estimaded 120 million people daily).
Have a nice weekend you all!
Psst! Can somebody tell me where I can find a colossal baroque ring like hers ? -Lovit ! ;)
Lembrei docê quando vi esse grafitti aqui em Haia. Dai tirei essa foto pra te mandar.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I am a Project Controller in the oil, gas & petrochemical sector of a company in the Rotterdam area. And I am in Netherlands since June 2008, so it will be 2 years now.
I have three blogs right now. One is my personal blog in which I write about day to day events whatever struck me, some thing I experience or something I come across and sometimes just sharing the thought process. Another is my painting blog where I share my passion for painting. I am trying to consolidate all the work I have done until my school days and continue sharing. Third one is on cooking. It is not impossible but still a bit difficult to be vegetarian in Europe which I had never realised can be the case until we moved here. I keep looking for different things to try my hands at and during one of those moments it struck me "why not to document it in a proper way?" Then it will be useful to myself in future when I want to re-try something I had tried for the first time with trial and error and loved it...hehehe
Let’s say: both, hahaha ! Actually, because of my husband’s work. He had been traveling to Netherlands on and off for various projects. Too much travelling didn't allow us to spend as much time together as much we would like. After our marriage in 2008, we decided to accept the offer to move here in stead of continuous traveling so that we can enjoy the new phase of our life with more time with each other. So that's love and work that we are here.
Our wedding ceremonies are traditionally conducted in Sanskrit, the language in which most holy Hindu ceremonies are conducted, but now a days it is mixed with local language for better understanding for people involved. (We learn the language in school, but it is not practiced in routine life and so most of us don't understand it all, like my Dutch ! )
There are so many rituals that if write about all it will take a long post (may be several posts) and also rituals vary with different states of India. For different rituals from the part of India I am from: here !
(Some more links on Indian weddings? Click here and here and here.)
What surprised you most when you arrived In Holland?
There isn't anything particular which strikes me as a surprise, considering my love for reading and also global excess through media. But... yes, the first thing that struck me after moving here was that it is so beautiful ! I loved the way we can experience the four seasons here, in India we never noticed spring or autumn the way it paints everything here. When we used to walk in the evening we would see those wonderful colors, flowers and houses at canals and people sitting beside it in their yards enjoying sun, we used to think we would like to have a house like that one day and it was a dream come true when we got one !
Have you lived out of India before moving to the NL ? Have you had a cultural shock in the NL ?
No, I haven't lived out of India before moving to the NL. But if you consider India, every state has a different culture and different language. So idea of totally different culture and unknown language wasn't that frightening. I didn't have a cultural shock in that regard but yes I had to make some adjustments in new surrounding. One is weather, never faced such short and even long days ! Then Language, it's one of those difficult languages which one might start understanding over the time but still takes lots of practice to speak and pronounce correctly, something I am still struggling with.
How do you cook here ? Can you find all of your favorite ingredients ?
What do you like most about your "Dutch life" ?
What I love most of this "Dutch life" is balance ! Balance between professional and personal life. The way everyone understands the fact that "You work to live and don't live to work". It is expected that family will always be first priority for everyone. Also the fact I have more time for my hobbies and I am able to pursue so many things I have always wanted. The Dutch are very friendly people and I have found them always very helpful.
Family, friends, food, sun, language :)
And also culture of no appointment any time for friends... hehehe
What have you learned about yourself after living here in the NL ?
Lots of things. I understand more the uniqueness of every culture, I understand how all the different cultures can prevail side by side in harmony.
I appreciate people putting efforts in learning something new more than ever now. When I hear some funny pronunciations from a foreigner it is no more a bit funny but it strikes me more clearly now that it only means their edge over us, that they know one more language than us !
I also learned my potential to manage issues, to learn new things, to adopt new habits.
Above: Rangoli... that's designs people make in front of their house on new year... this design was made by me and my sis during my last diwali back home.
Next pics: some touristical places Lopa would like to share with us. I would like to add that all photos and links in this post were provided by Lopa herself. Thanks a lot Lopa !! And also big thanks to Ashu for pemitting me to post here their wedding photos.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
It is incredible how De Toppers are immensely popular in the Netherlands. Men and women, young and old, hetero and gay, foreginers and cloggies, millions of people love them. Now and then during my fitness I have to stare at two large televisons while Gordon, Rene and Gerard Joling are performing (I cannot run away, damned !). The song "Rood" is unbearable, aargh !! (The problem when you understand another language is that it is not background sound anymore. So you understand things you preferred you had not. But well... what is heard cannot be unheard and what has been seen cannot be unseen. Aaargh !! ) Incredible how even some nice lyrics of Marco Borsato can become something cheap in their mouths.
Monday, May 17, 2010
1/2 xic. de manteiga ou margarina derretida
1 xic. de açúcar mascavo escuro
1 colher (chá) de baunilha
1/2 colher (chá) de fermento em pó
1/8 colher (chá) de bicarbonato de sódio
1 xic. de farinha de trigo
3/4 xic. de blueberries – usei frescas
1. Pré-aqueça o forno a 180ºC.
2. Em uma tigela, derreta a manteiga e misture o açúcar mascavo.
3. Adicione o ovo, a baunilha e misture bem.
4. Adicione a farinha, o fermento e o bicarbonato peneirados e misture delicadamente com um fouet ou espátula.
5. Despeje esta mistura em uma fôrma untada e polvilhada de tamanho de cerca de 20×20cms e espalhe por cima os blueberries.
6. Leve para assar por cerca de 25-30 minutos. Cuidado para passar do ponto, senão poderá ficar ressecado.
7. Desenforme, corte em quadrados e caso deseje, polvilhe com açúcar de confeiteiro.
As forminguinhas lá em casa adoraram o blondie.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Should I buy a package of products from O GLOBO Television in order to enjoy their wonderful documentaries, comedies and programs for kids ( I pass the novelas, thank you) ? Why not ? My children would get more fluent in Portuguese and probably it would also boost my husbands knowledge of the language .
Above: Brazilian actress Graziella Massafera, star of Negocio da China (China Business).
The risk is... I wll never again peek at Dutch programmes. I have worked hard to understand Dutch and if I dive exclusively into Brazilian programmes there will be no return to Dutch TV.
(Hooray !? Hurrah !?)
Above: "O Clone", starring Giovanna Antonelli as "Jade". Filmed in Brazil and Morocco, it had 221 chapters. Check it for example here. Proof that couscous and churrasco do match well !
Many Brazilian soap operas portrait the Colonial Brazil from centuries ago or are contemporary dramas with the story being partially recorded abroad.
Above: Rubens de Falco and Lucelia Santos in "A Escrava Isaura" (Isaura, The Slave), a 1976 production - a soap about the Brazilian society of mid XIX century, with the divison of landowners/farmers opposite to the slaves. Opening here. Audiences cried so much with the slaves' tortures and Isaura's personal dramas. Some curiosities: the sop opera when broadcasted in Russia made the country incorparate the term "fazenda" (farm) into its vocabulary. When Lucelia and Rubens visited Poland, more people were on the streets than when during the Pope's visit. And the population collected some money in order "to free Isaura" (???). There was cease fire during the war in Bosnia when the soap opera went on air. Actress Lucélia Santos became this huge star in China when "Escrava Isaura" was one of the first Western programs to be shown in the 1970s Popular Republic of China. Many Chinese children were named "Isaula" in her hommage. Lucelia has since the 80's regularly travelled to Chinese countriside making documentaries. Former Brazilian president Frenando Henrique Cardoso took Lucelia with him during his official visit to China, and he was shadowed by Lucelia's charisma.
Above: TV Colosso ("Colossus TV", may also mean something as "TV with a bone", com osso") . Children's programme from the 90's. A new version of it may come back to TV in 2011.
Above: Fatima Bernardes and William Bonner, presentators of Jornal Nacional, 2007. After all these years living in the NL I still miss watching the couple presenting the news on TV. It is 8pm, you have already had your dinner, the kids are asleeping and all you need is relax in the couch hearing to Fatima & William in order to get updates about what's going on in Brazil and the world.
Check how the opening (1'15) of Jornal Nacional is here (with Renato Machado and Sandra Annenberg) or how Fatima and William comment Obama's election here.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
On the next photos, a very popular theme: windmills.
Wagons are always gorgeous !
Has anybody a spare sink to give me ? Or an old stove, a beaten cupboard, a vintage suitcase ? An old bike, a toilet pot, a mailbox or a canoe (a kayak will also do) ? Any interesting piece of a ruin from a castle, church/cathedral ? THIS IS SERIOUS I AM NOT JOKING. Help me please ! I need to give my garden a boost !!