Sunday, 16 July 2017

From the heart (no fundo do coração [Portuguese])

By Nora Roberts:
Source: Fnac.com. (2017). Do Fundo do Coração - Nora Roberts em Fnac.pt. [online] Available at: http://www.fnac.pt/Do-Fundo-do-Coracao-Nora-Roberts/a911493 [Accessed 16 Jul. 2017].

Book translated into Portuguese by Isabel C. Penteado. It's three novels by Nora Roberts: «tonight and always (uma última noite [Portuguese])», a matter of choice (uma questão de escolha [Portuguese])», and «endings and beginnings (fins e recomeços [Portuguese])».
«Tonight and always» is a beautiful novel. The story is written with love and passion. Nora Roberts manages to put sweetness in what she writes. The story is captivating because there is a detailed description of the feelings, the decoration of the house, ... everything is beautiful and rich. The characters are good-looking. It's a typical plot with action, pain and a happy ending.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Wedding at King's convenience (aposta segura [Portuguese])

By Maureen Child:
Source: iBooks. (2017). Aposta segura por Maureen Child en iBooks. [online] Available at: https://itunes.apple.com/ni/book/aposta-segura/id596335021?mt=11 [Accessed 8 Jul. 2017].

This novel of love was very pleasant. From time to time, by interspersing more robust books, it is good to read a novel by Harlequin. This story tells the love between an American film producer man and a farmer woman in a small Irish town. It is the contradiction between the luxury and the vanity of Hollywood and the simplicity and purity of country life. It has beautiful passages.

Monday, 26 June 2017

The heir (a herdeira [Portuguese])

By Kiera Cass:
Source: Continente.pt. (2017). Kiera Cass "A Herdeira" - Marcador - Continente Online. [online] Available at: https://www.continente.pt/stores/continente/pt-pt/public/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=5842995(eCsf_RetekProductCatalog_MegastoreContinenteOnline_Continente)&refiner=%23%2F%3Fpl%3D80%26page%3D10 [Accessed 26 Jun. 2017].

This novel was translated into Portuguese by Alexandra Cardoso. It is the fourth book in the series "the selection", and I did not like it as much as the others, because the action only developed in the last two chapters. In the first chapters, the book seemed to have been written by a different author. But I understand that the first person was different too... she was no longer America, the mother, but her daughter, Eadlyn. Next book is «the Crown».

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

História da ciência em Portugal (Portuguese) (History of science in Portugal)

By Carlos Fiolhais:
Wook.pt. (n.d.). História da Ciência em Portugal, Carlos Fiolhais - Livro - WOOK. [online] Available at: https://www.wook.pt/livro/historia-da-ciencia-em-portugal-carlos-fiolhais/15334948 [Accessed 9 May 2017].


Thursday, 4 May 2017

The one (a escolha [Portuguese])

By Kiera Cass:
Source: Fnac.com. (2017). A Escolha - Kiera Cass em Fnac.pt. [online] Available at: http://www.fnac.pt/A-Escolha-Kiera-Cass/a918633 [Accessed 4 May 2017].

Book translated from English to Portuguese by Alexandra Cardoso. It is the third book in the collection «the selection». The following book is «the heir».
Reading this series is being very invigorating. The author has a lot of imagination and creates scenes of great values. America has to go through several challenges to win the heart of Maxon and the place of the queen. However, when one ask her to take action that she considers inhumane and unethical, she can surprise everyone. In the end, she wins the crown, but never breaks her ethical principles.
Some quotes:
  • «I debated claiming the stomach flu. (...) Then I thought of Maxon and how he always talked about putting on a brave face. (...) if I went downstairs at least, if I could just be present, maybe he’d give me some credit.»
  • «August sighed, looking over to Georgia. They seemed to communicate wordlessly, and I was impressed at their easy intimacy.»
  • «"(...) when you’re on the bottom, your only choice is to blame the top. (...)./Their plan is to obliterate what Illéa has, take over, make a bunch of promises, and leave everyone in the same place they are now. For most people, I’m sure it’ll get worse. The Sixes and Sevens won’t move up, except for a select few the rebels will manipulate for the sake of the show. Twos and Threes will have everything stripped from them. It’ll make a bunch of people feel vindicated, but it won’t fix anything./If there are no pop stars churning out those mind-numbing songs, then there are no musicians in the booths backing them up, no clerks running back and forth with tapes, no shop owners selling the music. Taking out one person at the top destroys thousands at the bottom."/(...)./"It’ll be the same old oppression (...)."», August said.
  • «"(...)? It doesn’t really matter how you feel about your character; it just matters what you do with it. You, more than the others, act on what’s right before thinking about what it will mean for yourself. (...)."», Georgia said.
  • «"(...). You second guess the things you do; you second guess everything he does. You wonder over every conversation, trying to read into the breaths between sentences. It’s exhausting."», the queen said.
  • «"So take your time,” (...). "Adjust to where you are. And let it go. You don’t choose him; he chooses you. (...)."», the queen said.
  • «(...). Even if Maxon was what I wanted, I was never going to get myself together long enough for it to be real./The whole thing just felt tired; (...). And I ached from it, from feeling so torn, so confused.»
  • «"(...). It’s not perfect though," (...). "I feel like there’s always something going wrong.", America said./(...)./"Well, that’s okay, too. Mistakes mean it’s real."», America's father said.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

The elite (a elite [Portuguese])

By Kiera Cass:
Continente.pt. (n.d.). Kiera Cass "A Elite" - Marcador - Continente Online. [online] Available at: https://www.continente.pt/stores/continente/pt-pt/public/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=5538094(eCsf_RetekProductCatalog_MegastoreContinenteOnline_Continente) [Accessed 30 Apr. 2017].

Book translated from English to Portuguese by Alexandra Cardoso. It is the second book in the collection «the selection». The following book is «the one».
It has been very interesting to read this series. It's an easy and enjoyable read. It is not a monotonous book and there is a lot of imagination. The fact that the series portrays a future in the world, in the post-Fourth World War, where the population is more impoverished, divided into castes and with a higher hierarchy, gives rise to controversy. Yet it is fiction, and it leads us to think. And thinking about the present and the future is good.
Some quotes from the book:
  • «We weren’t allowed to use red flowers because they were associated with secrecy. We weren’t allowed to use yellow flowers because they were associated with jealousy. And we weren’t allowed to use purple anything because that color was associated with bad luck.»
  • «A time may come when I will lead and can do what I see fit. For now, I will play by the rules and go as far as I can with that.»
  • «"(...). Watch (...) the queen for cues. Absorb everything we can … and work all night (...).”», America said.
  • «We were on time, as was crucial to the culture, (...).»
  • «(...) lilies were traditionally used at funerals.»


Source: Brecks.com. (2017). Lily Tree Mixture. [online] Available at https://www.brecks.com/product/Lily_Tree_Mixture [Accessed 16 Jul. 2017].

  • «(...) the Italian ladies was statuesque. (...), they were all so good-natured. It was like they carried the sun inside their souls and let it shine out on everything around them.»
  • «"(...). I really enjoy the discipline of it and the routine. I like knowing that I’m doing something necessary. (...)."», Aspen said.
  • «"(...). I guess it doesn’t make sense, but… (...) there’s the sense of purpose. And feeling challenged and engaged, the ability to do something more with my life. Maybe Illéa isn’t perfect. In fact, it’s far from it. But I have … I have hope."», Aspen said.
  • «"Sometimes I feel like we’re a knot, too tangled to be taken apart."», Aspen said.
  • «"(...). So much of me is tied up in you. I feel kind of lost without you."», America said.
  • «"Perhaps the key is staying calm while others panic. (...). I say nothing, do nothing, and wear a pleasant smile as everyone around me sinks into hysterics. (...)./(...). I can do what I like, and there’s no one left to stop me" [Gregory’s diary].»
  • «"(...). If you get lost, take a breath and move on. (...)."», Silvia said.
  • «For a brief second, I considered pretending to pass out. But I wanted this to happen. (...)./(...). I took a deep breath and gripped my cards, surprised to find that when I started, I didn’t even need them.»
  • «"(...). To allow the talentless to have exalted privileges and suppress what could be the greatest minds in the world for the sake of an archaic organization system is cruel, and it only stops us from becoming the best we can be."», America said.
  • «"Perhaps our country is flawed, but we cannot deny its strength. My fear is that, without change, that strength will become stagnate. And I love our country too much to let that happen. I hope too much to let that happen."», America said.
  • «"(...). (...) I didn’t want some girl who would agree with everything I said or just roll over and adore me. I try to contradict her, and she concedes the point. Every time! It’s infuriating. It’s like she doesn’t have a spine."», Maxon said.
  • «I knew that, in my whole life, if I married Aspen or someone else, no one would ever make me feel this way. It wasn’t like I made his world better. It was like I was his world.»

Sunday, 23 April 2017

The selection (la selección [Spanish])

By Kiera Cass:

Source: SELECCIÓN, L. (n.d.). LA SELECCIÓN - LIBRERÍA CANAIMA. [online] Libreriacanaima.com. Available at: http://www.libreriacanaima.com/libro/la-seleccion_507459 [Accessed 23 Apr. 2017].

Kiera Cass shows a world with eight castes depending on one's social and economic status. Ones are the royals and most desirable, with Eights being the lowest and poorest. Although the author makes controversial premonitions about the future of America and the world, this is still fiction. The book is made for lovers of romantic novels, and it creates relaxing entertainment.
Some quotes from the book:
  • «"(...) you should know that love sometimes wears away under the stress of being married. Someone you think you love now, you might start to hate when he couldn’t provide for you. And if you couldn’t take care of your children, it’d be even worse. Love doesn’t always survive under those types of circumstances [America's mom]."»
  • «(...) We couldn’t afford the luxury of wants. We had needs.»
  • «(...) I should just be grateful we were safe.»
  • «(...). And it's old advice, but it's good: be yourself.»
  • «It was too much to bear, to be loved that much. I’d be surrounded by scores of guards at the palace, but I couldn’t imagine a place safer than my father’s arms. (...)»
  • «(...). I braced myself for all that was coming, and I made myself be brave. As for everything I was leaving behind, I decided I’d do just that: leave him behind. The palace would be my sanctuary. I’d never think or say his name again. He wasn’t allowed to come with me there: (...).»
  • «"You haven’t spent a whole lot of time with groups of girls, have you?" (...). "(...) they each have their ways of getting under other people’s skin. (...) it’s all about knowing the person, figuring out what will bug them the most. Lots of girls give me backhanded compliments, or little remarks, things like that. I know I come across as bubbly, but I’m shy underneath that, and they think they can wear me down with words." (...). "For you, someone kind of quiet and mysterious..." (...). "(...). And sometimes people don’t know whether to interpret silence as confidence or fear. They’re looking at you like you’re a bug so maybe you’ll feel like you are one.” (...). “I ignore it. I know one girl at home who gets so irritated when she can’t bother you, she just ends up sulking. So don’t worry,” (...). “All you have to do is not let them know they’re getting to you.”», Marlee said.
  • «“Tsk-tsk. A lady never raises her voice above a gentle whisper.”»
  • «(...) never, ever reach for a pastry with our hands. Always use the tongs. Hands were to rest in our lap when not in use, napkin draped underneath. We weren’t to speak unless spoken to. Of course, we could talk quietly to our neighbors, but always at a level befitting the palace.»
  • «“Maxon, I hope you find someone you can’t live without. (...). And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”», America said.
  • «I’d heard my mom talk about your first love being the one that sticks with you.»
  • «What kind of friend held those kinds of secrets while making me spill all my own?»
  • «"(...) Mom is always on Father to give more to the school systems — she thinks the more educated you are, the less likely you are to be a criminal, (...) but Father is never forceful enough to get them to take away from other areas that could manage perfectly with lower funds. (...)."», Maxon said.
  • «The selection» celebrates 5 years:

Feng shui for beginners (feng shui para principiantes [Portuguese])

By Richard Webster:
Source: Fnac.com. (2017). Feng Shui para Principiantes - Richard Webster, Richard Webster em Fnac.pt. [online] Available at: http://www.fnac.pt/Feng-Shui-para-Principiantes-Richard-Webster/a306282 [Accessed 23 Apr. 2017].

Book translated from English to Portuguese by Joaquim António Nogueira Gil.
This book is not for beginners because it tries to condense very complex subjects that are difficult to learn by anyone who knows nothing about feng shui. It took me a long time to finish this book because its difficulty made it annoying. However, I underlined some ideas:
  • «(...) my desk was placed in an attractive position beside a window overlooking our garden. I would sit at my desk and think about writing, but I never seriously got around to writing (...). (...) I changed the layout of my office and placed my desk against another wall at a ninety-degree angle to where it had been before. I immediately started writing seriously again. (...).»
  • «(...) a tinkling sound coming from outside. (...) wind chimes (...)./"(...) bad feng shui to have them inside my house./(...) Everything seems to have improved! (...)."»
Source: eBay. (2017). Outdoor Wind Chimes Buying Guide. [online] Available at: http://www.ebay.co.uk/gds/Outdoor-Wind-Chimes-Buying-Guide-/10000000178631852/g.html [Accessed 30 Apr. 2017].

  • «(...) five chimneys (...) four is considered un unlucky number.»
  • «(...) the word eight means wealth in Cantonese, (...).»
  • «(...) building (...) is good feng shui (...) excellent location surrounded by curving roads and flyovers (...). The peaceful Chater Gardens are directly in front of the building, multiplying the availability of ch'i energy.»
  • «(...) a willow tree was planted in the grounds (...) to ward off the negative flow of energy (...).»
  • «(...) Bank of China (...) its sharp, angled sides create poison arrows of negative energy.»

Source: Thousandwonders.net. (2017). Bank of China Tower - Skyscraper in Hong Kong - Thousand Wonders. [online] Available at: http://www.thousandwonders.net/Bank+of+China+Tower [Accessed 30 Apr. 2017].

  • «(...) many buildings have rounded corners to eliminate any potential lines of negative energy.»

Source: Megson, K. (2016). Architecture and design news from CLAD - Schmidt Hammer Lassen aim to reinvigorate central Stockholm with a green-topped mixed-use complex. [online] Cladglobal.com. Available at: http://www.cladglobal.com/CLADnews/architecture-design/Schmidt-Hammer-Lassen-Stockholm-Hasten-21-architecture-design-Sweden-masterplan/322505?source=news [Accessed 30 Apr. 2017].


  • «(...) valleys are believed to have bad feng shui. (...).»
  • «(...) "feng shui woods". There are the oldest areas of woodland (...) and form a barrier to protect many of the villages (...). They are (...) crescent-shaped and consist largely of native forest trees. (...), many trees are planted in these woods to benefit the village. (...).»
  • «(...). When you live in harmony with the universe, good thinks to flow your way naturally. You will experience happiness, contentment, and abundance. This is what feng shui is all about.»
  • «(...) "wind and water". (...) living in harmony with the environment. (...). If we live in harmony with the winds and the waters of the earth, we attract good luck and prosperity. (...).»
  • «(...) the south has always been considered an auspicious direction in feng shui, (...).»
  • «(...) to have water in front of your home, rather than behind it. (...).»
  • «(...) an ornament of a dragon can constantly motivate its owner to work hard and become wealthy and successful.»
  • «(...) people's individual energy should be harmonized with the celestial energy from the land. (...).»
  • «(...) the five basic principles of successful living: "First comes destiny, and then comes luck. Third comes feng shui, which is followed by philanthropy and education."/Destiny is determined by our horoscope, (...).»
  • «(...). If we look the future with anticipation, rather than fear, and expect good things to happen to us, events will usually happen the way we want.»
  • «(...) education. We should all try to improve ourselves as much as we can. (...).»
  • «(...). Hard work is essential for any degree of success in life.»
  • «(...) ch'i brings happiness, prosperity, and longevity, (...). (...) and can be found in its perfection whenever something is done perfectly. (...).»
  • «(...). Ch'i can be increased by meditation, good relationships with others, a healthy lifestyle, and good feng shui.»
  • «(...). Ch'i is easily scattered by strong winds. (...) windy sites are not good from a feng shui point of view. (...), when ch'i is bounded by water, beneficial ch'i usually accumulates. (...).»
  • «(...), not all water is beneficial. If it flows too fast it will take the health away. If it flows in a straight line it will also carry away the ch'i energy. The water ideally needs to be slow-moving and meandering.»
  • «(...). A site surrounded by slow-moving water and rolling hills to dissipate the winds is ideal.»
  • «(...). Tai means the greatest, and chi means the utmost.»
  • «Yang is active, masculine, dominating, and positive. It is full of power and energy. Yin is receptive, feminine, yielding, and negative. (...).»
  • «(...) hills, mountains, and other raised areas represent Yang energy. Valleys, rivers, and streams represent Yin. An earth that is completely flat (...) contain too much Yin. An extremely hilly landscape with no water or plants (...) too Yang. Gently rolling countryside represents a good balance of Yin and Yang.»
  • «(...) a house perched on top of a hill is not (...) to be a fortunate one (...). It would be exposed to all the winds and any water would flow away. (...).»
  • «(...) spirits are believed to travel in straight lines (...). Power lines, railway tracks, walls, rivers, and roads are all poisonous arrows when they travel in straight lines. (...).»
  • «(...). Ponds and waterfalls add to the ch'i, as do musical wind chimes. (...)»
  • «Desks and beds need to be placed against a wall. (...).»
  • «(...). Exposed beams create negative ch'i. They impede financial progress and create stress and tension. (...).»
  • «(...). Spiral staircases are very bad, (...). (...).»
  • «(...). The doors to toilets and bathrooms should be kept closed.»
  • «(...) flower arrangements and potted plants can improve family relationships and marriage, (...). A large statue placed in the Career sector will ensure a more successful, stable future career. (...).»
  • «(...). (...) to eliminate having three doors in a row (...).»
  • «(...). Bright lights are very beneficial. They eliminate any dark spots in the house, (...). (...).»
  • «(...). Small fountains that recycle the water (...). (...) fortunes increase./Your career can be enhanced by placing an aquarium, or something else containing water, (...). (...).»
  • «Large objects can bring strength and confidence into the home, (...). Large rockssculptures, and statues (...).»
  • «(...). Statues of Buddha should be displayed so that the statue looks down on the occupants of the house, rather than the other way around.»
  • «(...), you should avoid sitting with your back towards the window as you lack the support of a solid wall behind youYou must not sit with your back to the door, (...). (...).»
  • «The feng shui of your home is more important than that of your workplace. (...).»
  • The rounded shape is considered lucky because it resembles money.
  • «(...). The foot of the bed should not point directly at the door, (...).»
  • «(...). The rooms nearest the front door should be the living room and study. (...).»
Source: Houzz.com. (2017). Transitional Living Room Design Ideas, Remodels & Photos | Houzz. [online] Available at https://www.houzz.com/photos/transitional/living-room [Accessed 4 Jun. 2017].

  • «(...). The windows should open outward, (...).»
Source: Replacement Windows from Window Depot USA. (2017). Casement Windows | Replacement Windows | Window Depot USA. [online] Available at http://windowdepotusa.com/our_products/casement_windows/ [Accessed 4 Jun. 2017].


  • «(...). A windowless toilet is called a “dead” toilet, and it is essential (...) a large mirror (...).»
Source: House Inspiration. (2013). glass-window-clean-white-toilet-rectangular-bathtub-geometric-stone-wall-large-mirror - House Inspiration. [online] Available at: https://deyhouse.com/world-map-wall-decal-beautify-standard-powder-room-layout/glass-window-clean-white-toilet-rectangular-bathtub-geometric-stone-wall-large-mirror/ [Accessed 10 Jun. 2017].


  • Colorful exterior flower gardens symbolize progress, happiness, and longevity.

Source: Plinth, et al. (2013). Dear Eric. [online] Plinthetal.com. Available at: https://plinthetal.com/tag/dear-eric/ [Accessed 15 Jun. 2017].


  • «(...) dandelions (...). They (...) protect family members from accidents and keep them in good health. They also symbolize money. (...).»
Source: Old Farmer's Almanac. (2017). Eating Dandelions: Harvesting, Cleaning, and Cooking. [online] Available at http://www.almanac.com/blog/natural-health-home-tips/it%E2%80%99s-dandelion-season [Accessed 16 Jun. 2017].

Source: Bob Vila. (2017). How to Get Rid of Dandelions - Bob Vila. [online] Available at https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-get-rid-of-dandelions/#.WUQ1e2jyvIU [Accessed 16 Jun. 2017].
  • «Geraniums (...). Red ones are believed to attract prosperity. (...). White geraniums are believed to grant peace of mind and encourage pleasant dreams.»

Source: Tried-and-true.com. (2017). GERANIUM, Calliope™ Dark Red. [online] Available at http://tried-and-true.com/annuals_variety/geranium-calliope-dark-red/ [Accessed 16 Jun. 2017].




Source: Pinterest. (n.d.). AMERICANA® White Pelargonium. [online] Available at https://www.pinterest.pt/pin/528750812473236990/ [Accessed 16 Jun. 2017].


  • «Holly attracts money, (...).»
Source: Howtogrowstuff.com. (2012). How to Grow Holly | How To Grow Stuff. [online] Available at http://www.howtogrowstuff.com/how-to-grow-holly/ [Accessed 16 Jun. 2017].

  • «Jasmine symbolizes friendship and affection. (...).»
Source: Ideias e Dicas. (2017). Jasmim. [online] Available at http://www.ideiasedicas.com/jasmins-as-flores-orientais/jasmim/ [Accessed 16 Jun. 2017].
  • «Hollyhock is a symbol of fertility (...). Pomegranates also symbolize fertility.»

Source: Garden Lovers Club. (2017). Growing Hollyhock: Complete Guide On Care and Maintenance. [online] Available at http://www.gardenloversclub.com/ornamental/flowers/hollyhock/growing-hollyhock/ [Accessed 16 Jun. 2017].


Source: Mvfruit.com. (2017). Pomegranates – Mountain View Fruit Sales. [online] Available at: http://www.mvfruit.com/fruit/pomegranates/ [Accessed 17 Jun. 2017].



  • «Daffodils (...) encourage open-mindedness, generosity, and communication. (...).»
Source: The Garden Glove. (2017). Brighten Your Garden with Daffodils – The Garden Glove. [online] Available at http://www.thegardenglove.com/brighten-your-garden-with-daffodils/ [Accessed 16 Jun. 2017].
  • «Cornflowers enable you to establish and maintain balance in your relationships. (...).»
Source: the Guardian. (2010). Gardens: Cornflowers. [online] Available at https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/sep/11/cornflowers-hardy-annual-seeds-gardens [Accessed 16 Jun. 2017].


  • «(...) roses (...). Yellow ones encourage intellectual discussions and learning. (...).»
Source: Crowley, D. (n.d.). Rosas Amarelas. [online] Pinterest. Available at: https://www.pinterest.pt/explore/rosas-amarelas/?lp=true [Accessed 17 Jun. 2017].
  • «(...). Apples, apricots, pomegranates, and persimmons symbolize fertility.»
Source: Quagliato, M. (n.d.). 3D-HD Wallpaper. [online] Pinterest. Available at: https://www.pinterest.pt/pin/290060032226061230/ [Accessed 17 Jun. 2017].

Source: Uspenskaya, M. (2017). Alley of apricot trees in blossom. [online] Shutterstock.com. Available at: https://www.shutterstock.com/pt/image-photo/alley-apricot-trees-blossom-48750043 [Accessed 17 Jun. 2017].

Source: Clearwater, J. (2015). Ajo to host first Pomegranate Festival on October 31, celebrating the biological and cultural diversity of the region. [online] Rocky Point Times Newspaper. Available at: http://rptimes.com/nina-sajovec/2015/10/ajo-to-host-first-pomegranate-festival-on-october-31-celebrating-the-biological-and-cultural-diversity-of-the-region/ [Accessed 17 Jun. 2017].

Source: Tcpermaculture.blogspot.pt. (n.d.). Permaculture Plants: Persimmons. [online] Available at: http://tcpermaculture.blogspot.pt/2011/08/permaculture-plants-persimmons.html [Accessed 17 Jun. 2017].
  • «Peach trees symbolize friendship, love, and immortality. Pear trees symbolize longevity and prosperity.»
Source: Barreto, M. (2014). Fruit, Seasons and Other Reasons My Peach Tree Grew Me As A Leader. [online] Relationshipsmatternow.blogspot.pt. Available at: http://relationshipsmatternow.blogspot.pt/2014/07/fruit-seasons-and-other-reasons-my.html [Accessed 17 Jun. 2017].

Source: Marcantel, L. (n.d.). Pear Tree: Pictures, Images, Phtos, Info about Pear Trees. [online] Pinterest. Available at: https://www.pinterest.pt/pin/445856431833755948/ [Accessed 17 Jun. 2017].

  • Plum - a symbol of youth and vitality.
Source: Mayer, L. (n.d.). ~ VISUALS ~. [online] Pinterest. Available at: https://www.pinterest.pt/pin/93801604709753345/ [Accessed 17 Jun. 2017].
  • Orange trees are also symbolic of good luckwealthhappiness.
Source: Homeguides.sfgate.com. (n.d.). When Does an Orange Tree Bear Fruit?. [online] Available at http://homeguides.sfgate.com/orange-tree-bear-fruit-59482.html [Accessed 17 Jun. 2017].


  • «A small office building between two larger buildings is not a good location.»
  • «Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.», by Lao Tzé.
  • «Emperor Wu of Hsia (sometimes referred to as Fu Hsi) was the first ruler of China and is believed to have lived some 4,800 years ago. (...) he is regarded as being the father of feng shui, the I Ching, Chinese astrology, and numerology, and the other systems that have derived from these.»

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Glory in death (glória mortal [Portuguese])

By Nora Roberts:
In: Goodreads. (2017). Glória Mortal [Bolso] (In Death #2). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29388783-gl-ria-mortal-bolso [Accessed 2 Apr. 2017].

Book translated from English to Portuguese by Carla Ferraz. It's the second book «In death» series written by Nora Roberts under her pseudonym J. D. Robb. The next one is «Immortal in death (fama mortal [Portuguese])». The first was «Naked in death (nudez mortal [Portuguese])».
I really liked this second volume. Nora Roberts creates a delightful plot! It's fascinating how a character like Eve can deal with her police profession and, at the same time, she can trust the man she loves, who becomes one of the suspects of the crimes.
It's a detective novel in the future, «(...) in 2058».
  • «(...). The halls were narrow, as they were in most multihabitation buildings erected within the last half century. The walls (...) with mirrors at rigid intervals to lend the illusion of space.»
  • «(...) maxibuses, (...), the overhead swish of air traffic./(...)  the echoing bellow of the guides from the tourist blimps, (...) New York (...), the history and tradition of Broadway, (...) and the plug for the blimp’s own gift emporium.»
  • «A traffic hovercraft dipped low, blasted out the standard order to proceed or be cited. (...).»
  • «(...) a dog walker (...) handled a brace of elegant gold hounds with the steady aplomb of a seasoned droid. (...)./(...) emerald grass.»
  • «(...) interspace transmission.»
  • «Business crises energize me. Personal crises devastate me. The doctors call it an avoidance tendency [Mirena to Eve].»
  • «"Wait, wait. Let's do it up big. I'll send a car for you [Eve said]"./"A limo? (...) Jesus, Dallas, make sure the driver wears, like, a uniform. The people in my building will be hanging out the windows with their eyes popped out [Mavis said]."»
  • «(...) Louise tapped the pocket of her editing vest, winced. "Out of smokes."/"You've got to stop that. You know how the brass feel about employees taking health risks [Nadine said]."»
  • «(...) "People never know each other as well as they believe. Not even the people they care for. (...) [Marco to Jack]."»
  • «(...) "We make ourselves, in the long run. (...) [Roarke to Eve]."»
  • «"I would say, Eve, that you’ll be a better cop, and a better woman because of it. Single focus limits us, and can too often obsess us. A healthy life needs more than one goal, one passion [Mira said]."/"Then I guess my life’s getting healthier [Eve said]."»

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Boa forma (Portuguese) (good physical condition)

Cadernos PROTESTE (Portuguese) (notebooks PROTESTE), DECO PROTESTE Editions:

In: Bibliografia.bnportugal.pt. (2016). BNP - Bibliografia Nacional Portuguesa. [online] Available at: http://bibliografia.bnportugal.pt/bnp/bnp.exe/queryED?sed=DECO+PROTESTE [Accessed 26 Mar. 2017].

It is a diary in which we write what we eat daily, our physical activity goals and we point out parameters such as weight and heart rate under stress. It also gives interesting tips such as:
  • «(...) maintaining a good relationship with others is the best recipe for balance. (...).»
  • «(...) Next to the escalators is there a staircase? Make yourself to it to "put the machine to move." (...).»
  • «An idea is just a dream until you write it: then it becomes a goal.»
  • «Simulate your individual energy needs in www.deco.proteste.pt/alimentacao/emagrecer
  • «There should be an alternation between meat, eggs, and fish, with a preponderance for the consumption of fish.»
  • We should eat 3-5 servings of fruit per day.
  • «(...). Throughout the day, (...) five or six meals (...).»
  • «(...). In the case of prolonged fasting (for example, when waking up), (...) it is good to give our body simple carbohydrates ([...] a piece of fruit, a fruit juice or an ice cream), (...).»
  • «Occasional and moderate consumption: products rich in sugar and fat (cakes, patties, puff pastries, salty, desserts, soft drinks, chips, sausages) and alcohol.»
  • «(...) the water supply (...) important role in controlling appetite. (...) liter and a half to two liters per day, which corresponds to about seven to nine glasses. (...).»
  • «... when we write down everything we eat, we are less likely to commit infractions, and we gain an effective awareness of what we eat!»
  • «... to lose weight, which even results is to increase consumption of vegetables and fruit, cut back on fats and sweets, increase the number of daily meals and physical exercise.»
  • «(...) bread, (...). Avoid barring it with fatty products like butter or chocolate paste; (...).»
  • «... banana is a relatively complete and nutritious food. It is rich in potassium, iron, and magnesium. Its caloric value is high (...).»
  • «... fat slows digestion, (...). The consumption of meals with sauces, olive oil or butter should be moderate before a workout.»
  • «... exercise reduces the likelihood of developing type II diabetes by 40 percent and by 35 percent the risk of cardiovascular disease.»
  • «... very sugary foods with low fiber (for example, cakes) cause a greater release of insulin, (...).»
  • «... the legumes (...) are very energetic, (...) few fats.»
  • «Toes need space, especially when the foot is flexed, as do abduction during the walk. In the forefoot, the tip of the sole should be raised to follow the natural movement of the foot and prevent premature wear. (...) The back of the footwear should be stable and somewhat rigid, with a solid support for the heel and ankle.»
  • «(...) exercise on the street, avoid (...) in the afternoon when ozone levels can be high. (...) www.fitmap.pt, (...).»
  • «(...) Always weigh yourself at the same time, ideally when you wake up, if possible, without clothing (...).»
  • «(...) Abdominal fat is related to metabolic risk, ie the risk of developing health problems associated with obesity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, etc.»
  • «(...) abdominal perimeter (...) zone corresponding to the waist (slightly above the navel), (...).» Low risk associated with abdominal circumference: up to 80 cm in women and up to 94 cm in men.
  • «Maximum heart rate calculation formula: 208 - (0.7 x age).»
  • Moderate effort: «intense walking, cycling, (...) swimming, dancing, water aerobics; duration of 10-60 minutes; (...) effect: it improves aerobic capacity (...).»
  • Light effort: «gentle walking, (...) easy gardening, stretching; (...) effect: it increases the base resistance, accelerates metabolism, which increases energy consumption.»
  • Very light effort: «dusting, walking; duration of 1 to 5 hours; (...) effect: it improves overall health and aids rehabilitation. (...).»
  • «Everything seems impossible until it is done.»
  • «Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.», by Churchill.
  • «Do not wait for the ideal time. The ideal time is already!»
  • «The path is made by walking.», by Antonio Machado.
  • «Places to train, free and outdoors? (...) www.fitmap.pt».

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Grandes personagens da História de Portugal (Portuguese) (Great personalities of the History of Portugal)

By Lourenço Pereira Coutinho:
GRANDES PERSONAGENS DA HISTÓRIA DE PORTUGAL | e-cultura [Internet]. E-cultura.sapo.pt. 2017 [cited 10 January 2017]. Available from: http://www.e-cultura.sapo.pt/artigo/7472.

I loved the course on «History of Portugal» taught by the author in the facilities of El Corte Inglés, Lisbon, Portugal. The author is an excellent communicator and storyteller. At the same time, I bought the book and delighted me with a mature and attractive writing. Only the last two chapters seem to have been written by another person, in a different, less succinct style. The book talks about the following Portuguese personalities:
  • D. Afonso Henriques, the conqueror of a kingdom;
  • João XXI, the Portuguese Pope;
  • D. Nuno Álvares Pereira, holy and constable;
  • D. João II, the prince of the great century;
  • Damião de Goes, the Humanism of the seventh century;
  • Father António Vieira, the Portugal of the Restoration;
  • Marquis of Pombal, a despot illuminated:
    • «(...), the University taught only absolute truths, without any incentive to speculation and, with few exceptions, with little interest in experimental teaching, so that they came out of it only spirits formatted and non-critical ability.»
    • «(...) D. João V (...) was unable to envision the future and forearm the Kingdom for the eventuality of the end of abundance and times of tranquility./(...) lacked him a truly comprehensive and strategic vision, a factor that distinguishes great statesmen from those who only fulfill their duty within the framework they encounter.»
    • «(...) The young Sebastião José was already showing signs of not getting along with the authority, this when he was not in charge.»
  • D. Carlos I, a poorly known king:
    • «The "English Ultimatum" (...) provoked a chorus of indignation among the most inattentive people, setting the tone for a serious contestation to the regime.»/(...) Public participation was carried out through parties with no connection with national reality and was fed by favors and commitments that guaranteed comfortable places in the State, thus ensuring the necessary political loyalties./Despite progress, Portuguese society continued to sail in still waters, had little critical sense, no commitment and was devoid of true independence. (...).»
    • «(...) The regenerating party was an amalgam of factions without a definite program, and progressives oscillated between the fierce criticism of the Crown, when in opposition, and an enervating placidity, when in Government./Nothing united these political groups to the national reality, nor did any cause motivate them then, (...).»
    • «(...), Oliveira Martins (...) took measures (...) to control the public deficit by raising taxes and cutting benefits. But none of this came and the sacrifices demanded by the Government resulted in nothing. In 1893, Dias Ferreira refused to appeal again to the external credit and the country fell into bankruptcy.»
    • «(...), the major problem of the Portuguese system was not, however, in formal or legal aspects, but in the lack of representativeness of the political system. (...).»
    • «(...) D. Carlos was (...) the first Portuguese head of state to systematically use State visits as an instrument of foreign policy./(...) the heirs of the throne made study visits by Europe to complete their education, (...).»
    • «Between 1893 and 1906, regenerators and progressives alternated quietly in power, distributing seats in the State and ensuring the political irrelevance of all other political groupings, thanks to successive electoral laws that only benefited them.»
  • Afonso Costa, The lord of the republic:
    • «Like all memorable characters, it generated deep hatreds and great admirations. In his case, this was deliberately provoked, because he almost always acted in such a way that his public acts were not consensual. (...) had a Manichean view of politics and often artificially extremed positions so as not to leave room for compromises.»
    • «(...) separating waters, pointing out enemies and contributing to a radicalization that, in the end, ended up victimizing him politically.»
    • «(...) others more mundane like Afonso Costa were more flexible or rather ambiguous and argued that Republicans should establish alliances to strengthen themselves politically.»
    • «Contrary to what Alfonso Costa had foreseen, the entry of the Great War only aggravated the Portuguese problems. (...)./(...) because they were fighting away from their country in a war where mainland Portugal was not being threatened or advocating any cause of its own (...)./Internally, the Great War brought more scarcity (...)./(...) participation in the European war resulted in a gratuitous and unjustified death.»
    • «(...) Sidónio Pais (...)/(...), the new President was (...) anticlerical and Masonic, (...).»
    • «Among the powers, it was widely believed that Portugal had no capacity to administer more colonies (...).»
    • «In the 1920s, the Republic failed to generate motivating causes or figures that could reverse the chaotic state of public affairs. (...).»
    • «In May 1926, the First Republic fell and gave way to a military dictatorship of republican and conservative matrix, (...)./(...), it lasted until 1933, when the civil element imposed the establishment of a formally corporate regime, the New State, which later evolved into an authoritarian system of traditionalist inspiration, centered on the figure of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, (...).»
    • «(...) social peace, (...) at the expense of the silencing of oppositions; political stability, (...) due to the abolition of political parties; and economic balance, made possible by the implementation of protectionist measures [the New State].»