Photo Diary: Cute Cars I've Spotted in Greece (part 1)

September 18, 2017

I may not have mentioned it before but I love vintage cars. My earliest childhood memories consist of me watching American Chopper on the sofa with my dad. All of those hours spent watching old bikes getting transformed back into pieces of mobile art has solidified a deep-rooted love for machines. As I grew older, watching (and incessantly rewatching) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Herbie: Fully Loaded as a kid has solidified my deep-rooted love for vintage cars. As a result, I get pretty excited whenever I see any.

I sometimes even take pictures.

Okay, I almost always try to snap a photo...

Okay, okay, I totally did snap a few photos.

Greece was full of European models I've never heard of (or have only heard my parents dreamily speak of as a child). So, it's safe to say that I went a little nuts and my heart did a little happy dance à la Snoopy every time one passed by. I wasn't fast enough to capture them all, but luckily those I did manage to photograph were some of my favorites models and colors. I've taken enough to last me a good while, but until then enjoy a few of the vintage (or just plain cute) buggies and one motorcycle I managed to snap while I was there.





#MsBookworm: The Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

September 11, 2017
#MsBookworm: The Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

There's nothing scarier than a heat-ravaged world, set in the not-so-distant-future, that as recent world events show, could very well happen. This is by no means a horror novel, but the looming possibility and relatability of the dystopian North America that Butler creates are enough to send a shiver down anyone's spine.

And so our story begins in a time where water is scarce, those fleeing danger outnumber those living in peace. Those that can afford their portion of "peace" find solace within the confines of the large walls that surround their gated communities, which act as the only barrier between them and the dangerous and sometimes not-so-dangerous people and packs of wild dogs who lurk just on the other side of it... and who are consistently try to get in.

In the midst of this turmoil, is our heroine Lauren Olamina. Lauren's an 18-year-old girl with a rare syndrome which causes her to feel too much in her cold and calculating world. In this way, her peculiarity acts as both a curse and gift. A gift that she uses along with her Earthseed verses, to become the leader of a rag-tag group of refugees on their journey North across the deteriorating US landscape in search of the very essentials of life and of home.

In this sci-fi, the enemy is not an alien armada nor is it the living dead. The monsters who keep them up at night and clutching their weapons are other humans. But their judgments are all so clouded with drugs they may as well be mindless beings acting on the instinct to kill. Suddenly, the already dangerous voyage is made much more difficult by the regular presence of gangs, pickpockets, and pyromaniacs who threaten their group and other refugees, and who were responsible for making them homeless to begin with. Wise beyond her years and stronger than even she knows, Lauren struggles to battle the elements and her own peculiarity in order to survive in this "dog eat dog world".

The Parable of the Sower is full of slowly building tension and animosity, and moments of tenderness and clarity that inevitably makes you think about the world we currently live in and the steps we need to take to make the world an even better place.

Favourite quote

“All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth Is Change.”
― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower

Vegetable Glycerin: The Magic Ingredient You Need to Make Any Cream More Moisturizing

September 04, 2017

As much as I love scented lotions, they just can't seem to provide the right level of moisture my skin needs to survive the winter weather. I often find myself using them in conjunction with other more heavy-duty creams or oils in order to get the appropriate level of hydration. That is until my mom reminded me of an old trick that she uses to boost the bottle of lotion we use for the family.

*drum rolls*

The magic ingredient is the humble but incredibly mighty bottle of vegetable glycerin*. Just adding a few glugs to your lotion helps to vastly improve the levels of hydration, and here are a few great reasons why you should start using it.

It's a natural humectant

This is just a fancy word for saying that it uses the moisture in the air to attract hydration to your skin, keeping it feeling soft and feeling smooth. Mixed with other healthy ingredients like essential oils, or vitamins found in your body lotion, it helps to ensure that they're absorbed more easily into your skin.

It does wonders for the hair

I've recently started adding it into my hair regimen, and I can attest to it's supreme moisturizing powers! It's known to be used in many products such as shampoo and soaps, proving that if it works for your skin it should do wonders for your hair as well.

A little goes a long way

The bottles that can be found at either your drugstore or health food store are pretty big, and since you don't need to add that much for it's hydrating properties to kick-in, you'll be able to make multiple batches and use it in various DIYs.

It packs quite a punch

It's used for beauty and medicinal purposes. It's known to be used to treat burns, wounds and other skin diseases like psoriasis.

For more information on glycerin, click herehere, and here.

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08/2017: Beats and Bites

September 01, 2017

In the month that I've spent in Greece I've probably eaten:

  • 2 different styles of Mosaïko (Μωσαικό)
  • 4 gallons of ice cream (Konstandinidis' is the best in Athens)
  • 6 Granitas (Γρανίτα)
  • 7 Gyros (Γύρος)
  • 10 Pites (Πίτες)
  • 15 Loukoumades (Λουκουμάδες)
  • 30 pieces of bread
  • 100 pieces of various grilled meats
  • 9999 French fries

So, below (and the one above) is just a sample of some of the tasty food I've had a chance to eat at either restaurants or that someone graciously took the time to make for me or help me make.

Καλή Όρεξη!