22 March 2018

Ampolla - Català; Ara i Sempre

Sorry for my absence yesterday, my little one seems quite special these last days, and I am more tired than usual, so I decided not to post yesterday, but I promise it was something exceptional, I want to continue with this project more time!
Okay, today's word is something that you could guess, but is not really similar with the English word, so... Ampolla... /əmpôlyə/

Any idea? One clue, is to keep drinks inside... now you know, I am right? Yes, bottle;  a container for holding liquids, having a neck and mouth and made of glass or plastic.
I decided to share with you this word because I am singing a song to teach the numbers to my little one that is based on bottles, so I thought it would be funny. He still doesn't talk, so far not learning the numbers,  but he at least tries to sing! ;)
The song....

Hi ha cinc ampolles - Ara va de bo
Hi ha dues ampolles a dalt de la paret                    There are two bottles at the wall
hi ha dues ampolles a dalt de la paret                    there are two bottles at the wall
però si una ampolla caigués per mala sort                    but if one bottle fell down for bad luck
queda una ampolla a dalt de la paret.                    there is just one bottle at the wall.

Hi ha una ampolla a dalt de la paret                    There is one bottle at the wall
hi ha una ampolla a dalt de la paret                     there is one bottle at the wall
però si una ampolla caigués per mala sort                    but if one bottle fell down for bad luck
queda cap ampolla a dalt de la paret.                    there is none bottle at the wall.

The Sony World Photography Awards

Take a look at some of the winner photos of this year at the The Sony World Photography Awards, amazing! If you have time, enter to the official page and take a look at all the photos, they are so impressive!

Uneasy Prey by Annette Dashofy - Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Uneasy Prey by Annette Dashofy
Genre: Cozy Mystery 
Source: Great Escapes 
Rating: 4/5 

Zoe Chambers is returning to work and finds a woman that has died at her home after a robbery... it seems that lately there are some men that enter to houses saying that they are checking the pipes and after a few hours they enter when there's no one inside and steal everything they can. But killing someone is another level... what has happened this time? Did she resist? Maybe the robbers didn't find anything valuable? Enjoy this read and you will discover all the answers! ;)

'Toni DeLuca snapped a note in her direction. 
"Welcome back. You're up. Ninety-two-year-old female. Unresponsive."
Not the greeting Zoe Chambers had hoped for from her crew chief on her first day back at work after eight weeks of medical leave for torn ligaments in her knee. So much for easing back into the "routine", if there was such a thing on an ambulance service. Especially in the middle of January.'

This had been a quick but interesting read, Zoe Chambers is a character who not only "investigates" murders, but also she loves her friends and family and always takes care of them. 
In this case the main story are the robberies and the murder of course, but we will meet again Zoe's mother; as charming as always... and there will be a weird reporter that seems that has a hidden agenda... is she involved in the murder?
We will enjoy a few scenes with the Police Chief Pete Adam, Zoe's boyfriend... but after reading the book I am still wondering if they simply share flat or they have feelings for each other... And I hope we will know more of Pete's father in the next story, seems he has a new friend...!
I don't want to spoil the mystery in this case, but I always love how Zoe treat the elder people, like a normal person, simply taking a little more care to them and making them valuable, really, I think everyone should learn to do the same. This case is quite interesting sharing with us the worries of old people, how they live alone and afraid that someone tries to steal them or how the sons/daughters/nephews they treat them or take care of them.
I really enjoyed the read, the mystery was not very complicate to discover, but is not just the case that interests the reader but all the other secrets that the characters hide.
Ready to be robbed by a white van?

Interested? Good luck in the Giveaway!

20 March 2018

15 Warm Drink Recipes by Avas Flowers

Really, can I ask for one of each of these delicious hot drinks right now? All of them seem so yummy! :)
The infographic is from Avas Flowers.

Cozy in a Cup: 15 Warm Drink Recipes to Banish The Winter Blues #Infographic

Quickstarter by Oscar Lhermitte

Ok, I have to stop looking at Kickstarter, everytime I am searching for something to post on the blog, I found something I fall in love and pledge for the product!

This time is something quite original the Quickstarter by Oscar Lhermitte, a tape with a few interesting measurements that I am sure it will be perfect to decorate my journaling creations, envelopes and even my little one boxes!
The Quickstarter is a collection of two rolls (made with vinyl) one with a Ruler and protractor and the other one with some formats and sizes...

I promise I will make a post when I'll receive the tape and with my creations with them! ;)

Desastre - Català; Ara i Sempre

Desastre is not a nice word, but we use it sweetly when we have to call our little one, el nostre petit desastre, our small "desastre"... /dəzæstrə/

Any idea? Is not very different from the english word, so I suppose you already guessed... Disaster; an overwhelming calamity or catastrophe. Do you call your loved ones any original name? Tell me!

I searched for songs and quotes with the word "Desastre" and almost all of them were quite sad, in the end I found this one, and I think is quite appropriate...

"Tots els mestres han sigut abans un desastre"
"Every master was once a disaster"

19 March 2018

Crispetes - Català; Ara i Sempre

Living in Ireland has some good things, one of them that today is bank holiday! ;) So this means I will be relaxing and reading all day, yuppy! So possibly this afternoon I'll do some Crispetes! /krɪspɛtəs/

I don't think you will guess what does Crispetes mean with just the word, it doesn't have any similarity with English, Spanish, Italian... so I have no idea where it came from, but they are Popcorn! Yes, similarity? None at all!

Today, instead of sharing a quote or song, I want to share with you an easy but delicious recipe I use with my popcorn while watching a movie at home!
You just need pop kernels (I have a popcorn machine, so I always have some pop kernels at home, I love all the different types you can find at Zaramama, but in any supermarket you can find the gold ones!) parmesan, oil, salt and pepper. And when the popcorns are done simply dress up, first with the oil (I put a little oil and salt always in the base of the bowl) and then the salt, pepper and parmesan. Mix it up, I normally jump the bowl a little, and voilà, some delicious "Crispetes" to accompany your movie! ;)

Ice-creams by Bethany Crutchfield

Take a look at these delicious ice-creams created by Bethany Crutchfield...

End Game by Matt Johnson - Blog Tour

End Game by Matt Johnson
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Source: Orenda Books
Rating: 5/5

In the new book of Robert Finlay we will have secrets, murder and a poisoned chalice that everyone who sees it appears dead... will be our main character the next victim?

"'End Game' Kevin has said. It was code, well, sort of. Like saying we had one chance left. I'd never put it to test before, although I was well aware that other had. It was recognition that in desperate situation, the only option wasn't a good one and was likely to end badly. At all levers within the Regiment there was an acceptance that if being captured by enemy forces was bad enough for ordinary soldiers, for Special Forces it was always worse. And although those times had been the best part of two decades since, I knew all too well what 'end game' meant to them, and what it now meant to us. All or nothing."

This is the last book of the Robert Finlay trilogy, but let me say that you can read it perfectly without having read the previous books, but is so addictive and well written that I would recommend you to start from the beginning, this is one of those books that has a complex story and so addictive that you will not be able to stop reading till the last page.
Robert Finlay thinks that his past is buried, but when his former colleague and friend discovers that someone is spying on him, he knows that something is not right. Yes, both of them have made enemies in the past, but who could be trying to frame them with a murder and ready to kill everyone that talks about a very secret document? Robert will need the help of his friend,  the MI5 agent Toni Fellowes, who trusts and knows that even if his life is in danger she will help him.
I always read fiction, but really sometimes fiction scares me more than reality, for example in this book, Finlay is not spied by a dark agency in another country or a serial killer, he is pursued by someone in the same country he is working and with enough power to kill someone and frame his best friend for it. How can someone has so much power and no one able to stop him? I really, really, want to think that reality is not so dangerous, but then watching the news, you could see that fiction and reality are the same nightmare. Good job Matt Johnson, your book seems real and dangerous as reality, fingers crossed "the good ones" win in reality too! ;)
I hope this will not be the last adventure of Robert Finlay, I know this is the end of a chapter, but his adventures are so engaging that I want to believe I will read another of his missions soon.
Ready for a layered up plot with brave and adventurous characters that will keep you up all night?

17 March 2018

Si Fa Sol Si - Català; Ara i Sempre

Today is Saturday, so I will make the word a little bit more complicated, because is not a word is a phrase! ;) And I don't think you will discover what does it mean Si Fa Sol Si... /sɪfɑsɒlsɪ/

Because this is a sentence let me say that we use quite often, but at the same time is a hieroglyph, a music hieroglyph. So, today apart from the word I normally show you, I'll show you how we read the piano notes! ;)
Take a look at the difference...

So, what I am writing is Si Fa Sol Si, and it means If it is sunny, yes.
Sometimes learning a new language is not so boring, am I right?