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Hi friends!

With school just around the corner and so much going on in my life I feel I have somewhat let this blog go on the wayside. I just don’t have much time for it right now and with a lot of really exciting ideas going on in my head for what I want it to be, I’ve decided to take a small break of a couple of weeks to sort out my head and see what amazing things I can do with this.

Thank you so so much for reading me and caring about this little corner of the internet. I hope you like what will come of it.

 

Camila!

Summer Anthem

By Camila Abisambra

Summer anthems are what I live for in the summer. That perfect summer song that matches the perfect weather and makes you feel unstoppable. In fact, summer anthems are such a thing I’ve taken so many quizzes to find my perfect summer anthem (yes, I, too, fall for the buzzfeed quizzes). It turns out all I needed was Ella Eyre because she came up with what I have started to consider my summer anthem: Together. It’s such a fun and lovely song and it makes me feel like anything could happen in the streets of NYC. I strongly suggest you give this one a listen on this Friday and get in the mood for some adventures tonight. What’s your perfect summer anthem?

 

Pepsi

By Camila Abisambra

I often watch movies and see people having all these crazy adventures with no regards to personal finance. As much as I’d love to take a limo around town because why not? that’s not real life is it? I think movies have given people unrealistic expectations about what to expect from adventures. You probably won’t be able to spend an all night rager without consequence to your pocket but what you can do is shake off those expectations and go for a drive and find the often overlooked places in life that, with luck, are usually free or fairly unexpensive. That was the case when my cousin suggested we go see the iconic Pepsi sign in New York City. Well, Queens actually, but since I moved out here I have become obsessed with the view that Queens and Brooklyn offer of Manhattan -one of my favorite places on earth-.

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On Finding the Right Words… or Making Them Happen Part II

 

By Camila Abisambra

Feelings and words are complicated sometimes, ask a writer and you’ll learn just how much. I often find myself at a loss for words when I’m feeling something intense or life-changing. Neither sad nor happy seem to give these moments justice, so I struggle and I can only come up with: I feel strange. This isn’t very descriptive and I have to resort to writing long messages to my best friend who may be one of the only people to understand my odd feelings and moods. At least, I thought they were odd but It seems my woe is universal as explained by Ana Maria Villaveces here and the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, many have come up with words to describe these indescribable thoughts and feelings.

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On Finding the Right Words… or Making Them Happen

By Ana Maria Villaveces

John Koenig is a character  in the television series Space: 1999. John Koenig is also a freelance designer set in St.Paul, Minnesota.

(This is relevant. Trust me.)

There’s something inevitable about where you end up in the world. Even though there are many encouraging quotes and stories telling you to just reach after what you want and fight for what you love, the fact is that we live in a world that limits our opportunities. It is possible, despite the many optimists who tell you otherwise, to find yourself well and truly stuck. Everyone has probably felt it at some point; the sense of loneliness that clings to your bone marrow and climbs up your spinal chord like a vine too strong for its chosen resting place, the fear surging through your bloodstream when you consider the worst-case scenarios, the hope that keeps pulling your strings even when you think they’ve already been wound too tight. Most importantly, the scalding realization that there is an entire world you could be experiencing, but instead you’re spending your life in a constant circle of what everyone expects.

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My dirty little secret: Anime

By Gabriela Santamaria

I like anime. That’s my dirty little secret… and I used to be really embarassed about it but now I’m going to let my freak flag fly free. The truth is that there is nothing to be ashamed of, it’s just like watching any other TV show and sometimes even better. The animations are beautiful, the humor is more adventurous than the one in mainstream media and whenever I watch a show I feel like I’m entering a new world. It might seem like a contradiction, the fact that it’s animated should make me feel disconnected or it might seem like the stories are childish and simple, but they’re thrilling, complex and I would dare to say more risk taking than most shows. So I’m gonna go all in, I will publicly share my favorite animes (that I also believe have good female representation) in the hopes that other people will shake their preconceived ideas (that it’s weird or for kids) and take a chance on this format.

Please play this song while reading:

  • Ouran Host Club: This is the funniest show I have EVER seen. It centers around Haruhi, a high school student who wins a scholarship to attend one of the most prestigious schools in Japan. She is very bright, but rather lonely and because her family doesn’t have a lot of money she wears rather odd clothes that make everyone think she is a boy. One day she accidentally stumbles into an empty classroom and breaks a ridiculously expensive vase that turns out was being auctioned by the Host Club. In order to pay her debt, Haruhi must pose as a boy and work as a host. But what is a host you ask? Well it’s an exclusive club were the most popular boys in her high school work accompanying the girls in tea drinking dates.

    Now Ouran Host Club is technically a shoujo which is genre of anime that targets young girls and usually revolves around love. But this anime is so much more than that, for starters it’s self aware so they constantly break the fourth wall to make fun of themselves. It’s a show that doesn’t take itself seriously and that is so rare nowadays. So for being self deprecating, I give Ouran Host Club two very enthusiastic thumbs up.

  • Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood: Oh my. I don’t even know where to start with this one… FMA Brotherhood tells the story of Edward and Alphonse Elric, two brothers who practice alchemy, the science of being able to break down matter and reconstruct it in any form they choose. After losing their mother at a very young age they try bringing her back using alchemy but fail in a traumatic event where Alphonse loses his body and Edward one arm and a leg. Motivated in regaining their bodies back they become soldiers of the military in their country to research on the subject, but in the mean time they encounter a complot that has been in the making for thousands of years that endangers the life of all of the population. I can’t talk more about the plot without spoiling it, but it’s absolutely perfect. The design is so beautiful and the story is the perfect combination of action and drama. It also has some amazing, brave, smart, kind and strong female characters, my favorite are Izumi Curtis (an alchemist master) and Olivier Mira Armstrong (a Major General with a commanding presence that I wish to achieve one day).

    Major General Armstrong kicking so much ass you can’t even estimate the amount of ass she kicks

  • Vampire Knight: I feel kind of silly recommending this one because it’s a love vampire story and after Twilight I think we all filled our quota of ridiculous romance, but I did enjoy it and for the sake of being honest I will tell you why. Yuki Cross works as a Guardian for Cross Academy, she aids her stepfather (the headmaster) in protecting the day class from the night class (vampires who have promised not to attack humans and learn to coexist with them), things however take a turn for the worst when Zero, her best friend and her adopted brother, turns out to be a vampire but refuses to drink blood and is now dying because of it. With Zero unstable and dangerous, Kaname, the leader of the vampires steps in to protect Yuki who begins to discover her blocked memories from childhood. Needless to say, both Zero and Kaname love her.

    Despite the fact that it sounds pretty Twilight-y I think it’s closer to Dracula: scary, with a mystery to be uncovered and kind of creepy. So if you were into the vampire phenomenon and are willing to give it another chance, Vampire Knight might just be for you.

  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Oh you know, just MY FAVORITE THING EVER. The first thing you need to know about this show is that it’s perfect. The animation is beautiful, the dress and character design is delicate and detailed, the plot is interesting, it has drama, love, magic and action. And despite the fact that it was made over 15 years ago it has one the best female and queer representation I have ever seen in a show. Seriously, over four characters are openly queer.

    CCS tells the story of Sakura, a young girl who discovers an old book in her basement that when opened accidentally releases magical cards into the world. Now Sakura must become master of cards and catch them all to protect the natural order of magic. To do so she has her best friend Tomoyo and her assistant, a plushie-like creature named Kero. The show is able to weave into the plot amazing ideals about friendship, family and bravery. And despite the fact that Sakura can be clumsy and be easily scared she always rises to the occasion, making a her a wonderful heroine to admire.

I hope I persuaded you into watching one of these. Let me know below what “weird” shows do you enjoy?

The Maxi Way

By Camila Abisambra

Ah, the maxi skirt. I greatly associate summer with maxi dresses and boho style. As much as I try to bring boho into my life in the colder months it’s just not the same as in summer. Maybe it’s my own imaginarium of the summer of love and the summer of 69 and the hippie movement I love so much. In fact, I often think that if I could go back in time I’d go to Woodstock. I mean, what a time to be alive! everything seemed possible and peace and love were everything people wanted. It’s the only nostalgia I ever feel for a certain time period because when you think about it for a little longer, it’s clear that there were social and political problems that I would rather not have to experience.

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