Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Vamps fanfest: Barcelona


After releasing the first single for their new CD, The Vamps have set off on a new adventure to promote their newest music. 
Throughout the next few months they will be travelling around Europe to play on their very own fanfests -short, small shows where they sing a couple of their new songs, some other memorable peaces of their discography and pass the micro around for a quick Q&A.

The tour started last week in Madrid and I was lucky enough to be able to attend the second fanfest in my hometown, Barcelona. 
Since the show was incredibly good and I have been tweeting about it nonstop after it, I thought the best was to review my experience in my blog, so here I am.

I have to say that since I hadn't been that lucky the last time they came to Barcelona, I was really nervous and excited to see them live, but I managed to gather my emotions and get to the venue, where my friends were waiting for me, already on the line -which, by the way, was way larger than I had expected.

Anyhow, we spent the whole morning talking to everyone and meeting other fans who were just as pumped as we were for the show and, after a couple hours, they finally opened the gates and let us in the concert hall; afterall, the hours of wait had been absolutely worth it, because we got such a good spot, which was fairly close to the stage.

Once everyone got in, the magic started. Well, not really. Before they actually came out, a DJ was on stage playing music, which wasn't that bad, but we couldn't wait any longer to see them perform.

After about fifteen minutes of good music and people shouting,  Brad, James, Connor and Tristan finally stepped on the stage.

I deeply apologize for the quality of the pictures, but neither my phone takes great shots nor I was to be bothered  at that moment.
The show lasted for about half an hour, but every single second of it was a blast.
Their live sound was amazing, their energy made the audience jump and the vibe was incredibly special.


However, it wasn't all jamming and jumping, as there was also a very nice, sweet Q&A moment, Brad got the stage to himself in a moment that I can only describe as cute and they even sang Wake up in Spanish, which was a nice detail!

Overall, it was short but intense, and I enjoyed every second of it.


But the evening didn't end there. After the show there was a photobooth space where you could pose for a Polaroid photo.

And then it was time to leave; feeling sad because it had gone by so quickly, but happy for the great experience, all the memories and the amazing people that I had met.

There's the official video from the Spanish fanfests.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review: Pretty Little Liars season 6 summer finale

Welcome to my blog once again!

So, as I imagine you know, yesterday night ABC emitted the summer finale for the sixth season of Pretty Little Liars. For weeks both the scriptwriter and the cast have been teasing the fans on social media, counting down the day until the episode aired, promising a real answer to the biggest question: Who is A, but most importantly, who is Charles and what does he want?

As the fan of the show that I am, I woke up this morning only thinking about the much expected episode -yes, I live in the other end of the world and I had to wait overnight to watch it-, so before I knew it I was sitting in front of the computer singing the intro song.
After watching it, my reaction was pretty much like everyone else's, I was just as shocked and confused as everyone seemed to be on twitter.


So, after a while, now that I have processed the information (sort of), I have decided to write a post on it, to share my opinion and see if someone else agrees.

Overall, I have to say that it wasn't a bad finale for me. Of course the whole truth is not out there, but who would continue to watch the show if we already knew it all, however, there are some open questions still in the air and, as many people have been pointing out on social media the entire day, some scenes and dates don't quite match.

To start with, what does Sarah have to do with the liars? Of course she was in Radley and she most likely wanted to get out, but why doing it by hurting people she didn't even know? Or why go on with Cece's plan once she was out?
The fact that she wasn't trustworthy was clear from the first time we saw her, but the question is why? And what did she mean when she told Emily she tried to protect her? In what way?

Another big question is: what happened with Leslie? Where is she and what did she had to do with the whole Cece plan at all?
We know she was somehow connected to Mona, but why would she disappear so suddenly? And why wouldn't her story collide with any of the ones that we have heard?

Like I said, I have been reading a lot of theories on twitter, and one of them mentioned the impossibility of Wilden hiding Mrs. Cavanough's dead, since he is only a couple of years older than Cece, so he should have been a kid by the time.
However, I'm not so sure about that. It's true that it makes sense, but Charles definitely looked eight on the scene, and Wilden might be ten years older, which would mean he would have been eighteen by the time, old enough to be an officer.

And if we are talking about question, we can't forget the biggest mystery right now: did the moms escape from the basement?

Moving on, let's talk about the big thing, the "A story".
As you know, Cece is A, but she was indeed Charles, who became Charlotte after her mother faked a burial to Charles in order for Mr. DiLaurentis to be unaware of the transgender operation his son was about to go through. After that, her mother continued to visit her at Radley until they let her attend a public school. It was then when she started to skip school to visit her family, pretending to be Cece Drake.
Once her mother found out and she hit Alison by mistake (thinking she was Bethany Young) she was sent back to Radley, where she met Mona and stole her game, which became an obsession to her.




Before I get any deeper, I just want to point out how Marlene has played us: Ever since Charles was first mentioned (and even before that) many theories involving transgender issues popped up on the Internet, and she confirmed that no such theory was right, meaning that there would be no transgender character.

But, lies aside, the truth is that I do believe Cece/Charlotte. I do think that she is Charles and that she somehow became A, but I don't think the truth is fully out there. I don't believe that she couldn't end the game, I think there is someone bigger and more powerful than her that won't let her go, and that is pulling her into the A team; there are way too many open questions and unresolved issues as to claim we are crystal clear with A. Plus, on the last scene the liars mention a He who seems to be pretty threatening.
Now, as to who I think is the bigger A, right now I'm leaning towards Wren, but it could  really be anyone.

In conclusion, I think either Marlene has taken it way too far and has forgotten some "minor" details, or there is more to the story that we are yet to discover, and in the following season we will get to know.
As for right now I want to believe the second option is the truth, because I don't think any writer would elongate a work without taking into account every single detail, and she is certainly no exception.

What do you think? Do you have any more theories? I'd love to read what you have to say in the comments below!




Sunday, June 21, 2015

May/June favorites

Hello and welcome to my blog!

This is a post that I have wanted to do for a really long time, but I haven’t had time, so I’ve decided to combine my favorites from the months of May and June into one entry.
So, without further ado, here are my favorites!

On the first place, let’s talk about TV. There have been a couple of shows that I have been really enjoying, such as Pretty Little Liars, which is currently emitting its sixth season. I love this show and this season is especially thrilling, since we are supposed to be close to knowing the real identity of A, however, I’m pretty sure that PLL is not what you were expecting me to talk about in these moments.
Yes, Orange is the new black just came back with the third season on Netflix and I have to admit that I watched the whole season in just two days (not sure if I should be ashamed…).
These new episodes show a different side of Piper and the past of all the prisoners, which is really exciting, as we get to know more of the other girls. And speaking of the rest of the prisoners, there is a new girl in the prison, Stella Carlin, played by the amazing (by all meanings) Ruby Rose, which is always a plus.


Onto YouTube now, I want to recommend a channel that I have been subscribed to for a long time, Georgia Merry’s. Not only she has an amazing voice, but she also has some breath taking medleys and covers up on her channel.


Speaking of music, I also want to recommend a new (ish) singer, Benjamin. He is so young but incredibly talented. What I love the most about his music is the fact that despite being young, his songs have a powerful message that can impact his even younger fans and pretty much anyone that decides to give his songs a go.



Moving on to books, and even though I haven’t had much time to read, I have actually had a chance to read Connor Franta’s book, A work in progress. I already loved him as a youtuber for his empowering videos, but I love him even more now that I have read his book. It is such a great work that will definitely impact you and will change your perspective in life, as well as making you reflect in many other aspects.



Finally, I want to talk about a trailer that has got me even more thrilled for the movie. Yes, I am talking about the Mockingjay part 2 teaser-trailer.


I really loved the books and I am enjoying the films as well and, though I am sad that it’s coming to an end, I am also very excited to see the last part of the story on the big screen.
As for the trailer itself, I have to say that it was so good I spent about ten minutes rewatching it over and over. I think the parts shown were well chosen and I am setting big expectations for the movie.

And those are all the favorites that I wanted to recommend for this month. I hope you enjoyed reading about them!


I would love to read your comments telling me what you think of my favorites and what some of yours are!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Photoshoot I: Timeless

Seconds, minutes, hours... Isn't it odd how humans try to order everything? How we use mathematics to put a rational order to every concept we know, even if it is abstract?
That's what we do with time. We try to think of it as something we can count; something we can control, when the truth is that we don't. 

Don't you ever wonder why time goes by so fast sometimes yet so slow in other occasions? 


We can't control the time. It flies, it flows: it is free. 












Concept and photography: Zenia Unel

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The emoji tag

If you have read this blog before or know me at all, you will most likely know that I watch a lot of youtube. If you are anything like me and also spend a fair amount of time there, you must be aware of the new tag that is taking over the platform.
Yes, you are very right; I am talking about the emoji tag, originally brought to youtube by Troye Sivan.
Ignoring the fact that I have not been tagged, I have decided to bring it in blog post form, since I find the tag itself very interesting and I just wanted to get a bit deep, so that you can get to know me better.
Without further ado, here are the five emojies that I have picked to describe myself.

On the first place, I have chosen the footprint emjoi. This is because I truly think that, on the one hand, our past and all the experiences that we live take us to who we are; all the choices we have ever made and the things that we have lived have imapacted us somehow and have made us grow up. On the other hand, I also think it can symbolize the path that we have yet to walk; a path that ony we can define with our every day actions and choices, that will take us to continue growing and to discover more and more of ourselves.
"I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons, and maybe we'll never know most of them; but even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there."- Stephen Schbowsky, The perks of being a wallflower

The second emoji that I have picked is the heart eyes one, which, I think, symbolizes passion and love for what you do. I really believe that passion should rule our lives or, at least, what we do. Right now, I am figuring out the things that I truly love, and I am starting to do such things, leaving behind those which no longer motivate me.
I am starting to do creative photoshoots and only writing what I feel like I need to write, not forcing myself to write something that I am not feeling.
(Btw, I hope this makes sense).

This next one is the bubble thinking emoji. I have included it becase I tend to overthink a lot, and it is not actually something I like, and I know I shoul change; I should stop thinking that much and just focus on what makes me happy and my feelings, but for some reason I can never get myself to stop it, whether it is by putting preasure on myself or just listening to people that shouldn't matter for me, since they are not contributing any good things in my life.

Now, besides it being the cutest emoji, I have chosen this one because somethimes I just feel like covering my eyes and disappearing. Not in a bad way, though, but I am a person who gets easily overwhelmed when being arouns too many people, so whenever I find myself in a croud, I just get a bit anxious.





Last but not east, the red pin emoji, which I have picked since I love traveling. Even though I still have not travelled as much as I would like to, I definitely have plans to go to so many places in a near future, which is very exciting. The reason why I love traveling so much, besides the fact that I love languages and learning new ones, is that you get to know different cultures and it is also a great way to meet new people.



So, that was my emoji tag.  I guess I should tag someone, but I will leave that field open for you to fill in. And yes, by this I mean that I tag anyone who wants to do it. 
Leave me your link down in the comments section if you decide to do it!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Review: Girl Online

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Title: Girl online.
Author: Zoe Sugg; aka Zoella.
Published by: Penguin Random House UK  
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I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes...

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.



Plot

Penny is just a teenager who has to deal with panic attacks in her daily life. Despite not having many friends or not being so popular, she had gone unnoticed around school for nearly all her high school career, until the accident day.
Besides that, she opens a blog, where she shares all her experiences, thoughts and preoccupations.
After the terrible experience that will make her even more anxious, her parents take her away for the Christmas holidays. She flies to New York, where her life will take a serious turn after meeting Noah, a very handsome, young guitar player. The question now is, is the change for better or for worse?

My thoughts

After hearing so many positive comments and seeing Zoe talking about her book in her videos, I had wanted to read it for a long time. I didn't really know what to expect when I got it as an Easter present, since I new barely anything from the plot, so I just jumped into the adventure blindly, if I might say it like that. The thing is that it really surprised me. I don't know exactly what I thought it would be like, but she definitely surprised me for how well written it is and the way she tells the story.

Beggining with the plot, I really liked the fact that it talks about the internet and the impact it has those days. It felt good to se that she had decided to open a blog, I could really see myself in the character.
Another thing that really got me was the fact that it dealt with anxiety, since I have had a couple of panic attacks and, even though I don't suffer them too often, it really helped to see how she overcame it.
In general, I think it was a really interesting story that got me hooked from the first chapter.

About the characters, I enjoyed knowing Penny and discovering more and more about her as the plot advanced, especially because she is such a round character, who evolves with the action. The best part is that we get to see that developement on Penny, and the narration shows how she grows up and discovers what truly matters for her.
As I have previously said, it was easy for me to connect with the character, and I could easily understand the way she felt, whch also helped me to get into the whole narration.

Other characters that I liked were Tom (yeah, I know he's more of a secondary passive character, but I loved seeing him stanig up for his sister).
Also, I really liked Eliot, even though he is a bit of a drama queen.

On the other hand, she does a great job describing the characters' personalities, because she got me to hate Megan from the moment she is first introduced.

On the same lines, I had a strange connection with Noah. *SPOILER ALERT* I'm not really sure why, but right from the start I knew something was going to go wrong (yep, not hard to realise, I know), but the thing is that my head didn't want to love him, because I knew he was hiding something, and, surprisingly, I didn't; it was indeed hard for me to connect with him, and when I finally forgot about everything and just embraced his cuteness, Penny discovered the truth. *end of the spoiler*

Anyway, I definitely think that she has created a great story with great characters that help getting into Penny's world.

Overall, I'd say it is a really good book which I have genuinely enjoyed and that I one hundred per cent recommend.

Message

Something I like to do when I write book reviews in my other blog is writing this little section, since I believe that, after reading any book, the things that you will remember are the lessons you got from them. I do think any book has a message, and that message impacts you, one way or another; that's why I always say that books have made me grow up.

As for the messages in this book, despite the advice on how to overcome panic attacks, it has taught me that it is okay to be yourself as long as you are happy, and that no one can stop you from doing what you love.
It has also taught me that everything has its good things; even those moments you think have ruined your life can bring you joy, you just need to take a step back and see it from a different perspective, or, mainly, just give it time.



Now, what about you? Have you read Girl Online? If so, what is your opinion? I'd love to read what you have to say!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Acknowledgments

So far, yet so close. Yeah, I used to laugh at that, and now I find myself trapped in the middle of two worlds. Reality or fiction?

An open door to hidden passions and creativity; a world where you can get lost finding yourself. Letting go of everything. Not thinking, just dreaming.

How is it possible that people who inspire you so much are that far away? Isn't it ironic how we have to live surrounded by people who only seem to know how to make us feel worse? Isn't it ironic how we are forced to be judged day after day by people who do not even understand us, while people who truly matter to us are miles away?

I guess there are some things that we are not able to change.

I am a true believer on making the most of any situation, and I figured it wouldn't be different in this case.
Since I cannot change the fact that there are numbers keeping me away from  all these people, I will just use this little window to the world to raise my voice and speak; tell them how much they have impacted my life.

Thanks to all of you who sit in front of a camera and make me smile; no particular reason, just a nice smile. Thank you for making my days better.

Thanks to those who spend hours writing and editing; those who put their mind and heart in their videos to create all of these amazing, artsy works.

Thanks to the authors who have made me grow up with their words. 
You don't know how much you and your stories mean to me.

Thanks to all of you who have followed and achieved your dreams, and to those who are fighting for it and never give up. 
You inspire me to follow your steps.

Thanks to all of you, hidden heroes, whose stories have had a huge impact in my heart.

Thanks to all the writers, creators, painters, dancers, singers - and the list goes on -. 
Thank you, artists, for making me believe in beauty and transmitting me your creativity.
Thanks for inspiring me; I hope one day I can inspire someone as much as you do to me.

Thank you.