Friday, May 31, 2013

The Cutest





I have the cutest little cousin in the world. She is adorable. This pictures are a few years old, so she is a bit more of a devil now, but still. Oh, and she is the best model. Ever.










Thursday, May 23, 2013

Action: Poetry



You know those projects that, upon hearing about them, you go "awww, shucks, I wish I would have come up with that idea!" Well, this is one of them.

For those of you wondering if living in Chile stifles creativity or culture in any way, the answer is absolutely no. (I used to go to an international school, so I know that sometimes people outside of Latin America don't really know what it's like within Latin America. Most of the time it's pretty cool, but I'm talking solely about Chile, as I've only visited Peru and Argentina and it's different from a tourist's point of view.) Chile couldn't be a bigger spark for culture! As a matter of fact, it's a bonfire!

I've already talked about Chile's music, and all the cultural activities that Santiago offers, so today I'm going to talk about a matter that is especially dear to my heart: Chilean poetry.

Chile has had hundreds of gifted poets across its history, some of my favorites being Pablo Neruda, Vicente Huidobro, Gabriela Mistral, and Gonzalo Rojas. In effect, poetry is a big part of what we are as a nation. One of my recent discoveries is perhaps the most beautiful demonstration of that.

Acción Poética en Chile, which translates to Poetic Action in Chile, is an organization or, who knows, maybe even just a person, that walks through the streets of Chile painting on its walls poetic messages. Here are some of my favorites:

(I'm going to try translating them as best as I can, but translating poetry is hard!)
Give me your hand
for the universe
is expanding


Only the kisses
will close
our mouths

That the brightness of the city
does not take away your stars


(One of the nice things about Latin America is that, in most cases, street art is not only tolerated, but at times even embraced. Perhaps the greatest exponent of this beautiful phenomenon is Valparaíso.)

I love this project because it fills our streets and world with words of inspiration, and not just that, words of poetry, and if there is anything more beautiful than that, please someone tell me about it because I want to hear their arguments.

Anyways, fortunately, someone is already doing this where I live, but I want to invite you to fetch inspiration from this beautiful project and start something like this. It doesn't have to be street art, if you're scared by it. Put up posters of beautiful poems in your school, or leave notes with poems in the textbooks you hand in at the end of the year. And if you dare, then do it. You will not only be doing a great favour for your commmunity by filling it with words of beauty, but you will also do a favour to street artists across the world by representing them with a serious project. And if you do anything of the sort, please don't forget to share!

Anyways, if you're interested and want to keep on checking out this beautiful project, click on the following link:

http://accionpoeticaenchile.tumblr.com/

Have a day full of kissses and stars and love!
Ana

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

An Ideal Bookshelf


Ideal Bookshelf

I got the idea for this from what I think is my favorite book blog/tumblr over at seattlebooks.tumblr.com. The author said about this idea the following:

"When I first glimpsed Jane Mount’s terrific paintings of bookshelves, it started me thinking about what books I’d place on those shelves. Part of my bookcase is devoted to books I really enjoy, but I never think too hard aboutwhy I love them, or what importance they should be assigned. So, to shamelessly steal from Jane’s idea, here is my own ideal bookshelf."


(Her blog post HERE.)

Same for me now, I guess:
My (current) favorite book - Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
A book that changed my life - The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A book that made me who I am - For lack of Night by Elie Wiesel I photographed The Slave by Isaac Bashevis Singer
A book that makes me cry every time - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (although please don't believe I have read it more than once)
A book I read again and again - Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The best book I ever read - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The book I love the most - A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz

Maybe this is all but a comprehensive list, I would put A Tale of Love and Darkness on many places up there, and so wouldNight. However, for the sake of variety, I didn't. 

However, it is more than true that I have read Anne of Green Gables multiple times. About once a year since I discovered it in third grade. As a matter of fact, I'm currently reading it out-loud with my sister.

If you have any questions about the titles I put in certain areas, feel free to comment. :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Recalling



I remember walking along the shore, smiling at the false idea that the sea loved me, loved me with every kiss it layed at my feet.

I remember chasing my sister and my brother through the sand, my lungs captivating more of my attention than my lack of self-realization.

I remember so many things, but I don't think any of them are important... these memories dissolve, they remain a pretty picture in my mind, but only the picture remains. What I will remember most of all in a few months, or years, will be what I learned from these moments, because every day I live that.

#yolo
Just kidding. Sort of.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

For the Love of Rory



This is a character that has not only been dear to my heart, forever and always. She's a role model.

Watch the following video and understand why:



Literally the best thing ever.
Loves,
Ana

Sunday, May 12, 2013

F*CK THE SYSTEM!

Picture seen in Facebook. Sorry.


I love school. I love to sit down and just learn stuff for 8 hours straight. And on every possible subject! Every day I exit those horrid white gates (stupid useless arquitechts) a more knowledgeable person. I learn about Biology, about History, about Literature, about Philosophy, and yes, every once in a while I also learn a bit or two about Math. So much fun! It's like educational Youtube, except it's not procrastination.

(Yes, my friends bully me for being a geek. Thankfully I'm proud of that title, being the nerdfighter that I am.)

However, the system has got it all wrong.

I couldn't help feeling sorry for all of my fellow Drama classmates today. We had to present about different pantomime during different historical periods. The ever-present thought in my head was "these are drama students? These, who are supposed to feel at ease in front of an audience! Who should act confident even when they aren't! They profess love for drama, and yet they are giving as pityful a presentation as any average band student would." (Hey there band students, no grudge. I used to play the trumpet in my school band.)

But it's not their fault. It's the fucking system.

WHO ARE THE DUMBASSES THAT PRIORITIZE THE SAME TYPE OF EXCELLENCE FOR EVERY STUDENT OVER PERSONAL CREATIVITY. I acknowledge the fact that it's almost impossible to change the system, but just think it over: We are taught what we must be taught in order to get to college, as quickly and efficiently as possible, and we are supposed to get the best possible grades in order to get into said college by giving the exact same result that everybody was expecting.

I defy you, students of the world:

Don't learn because you have to, learn because you will be a bit closer to being a better person after learning.

Don't research because you have to, research because you might make a conclusion that nobody has ever seen before and to see these links between information scattered all around us as beautiful.

Don't present because you have to, present because you might inspire somebody in the process. Be sure to transmit all of the passion for the subject that you acquired through your research in your presentation.

Fellow students, all of us are given a magnificent possibility every day. It's the possibility to learn! To become more cultured! That is BEAUTIFUL, and if you can't see it, then I'm afraid learning is not for you... and achieving won't be for you either.

Don't be afraid of change.

Don't be afraid of doing things differently.

And, above all, don't do it just to get into college.







Once you get into college, you will learn things to excel in your field! And once you excel in your field... wait, was it of any use to get good grades in college?

My word for all the students in the world is:

STRIVE.


PS. Youtube is one of the most magnificent educational tools that the universe has presented us with in a long time. I am an avid fan of educational channels such as Scishow, V-Sauce, CGP Grey, and Crash Course. But I am an even bigger fan of those channels that invite you to see the world in a different way. After all, I'm only a 17 year old human bug, and I couldn't have developed my theories from thin air. Here are some of my favorite videos on the topic of education:


Friday, May 10, 2013

Flashback Friday 13



My beautiful sister.

I took these pictures back in 2010, when I was first starting to experiment with photography with my Sony Ericson point and shoot.

Have a nice weekend. :)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Latin American Eminem

I like rap, but most of the time, I hate it. I intensely dislike the misoginism, the hypocrisy, all of it makes me think that most of the time rappers are not creating but just like throwing together a bunch of shit. And words are far from being shit. It should be illegal to create something so shitty with words.

But I really, really love Eminem. His rap resonates and is powerful yet lovable. I can't praise it enough.

And, hello, non-Latin Americans of the world, I present to you our very own Eminem! His name is Residente, or Calle 13, and he rocks. Or, rather, raps.



That is, by far, my favorite of his videos, and one of my favorite musical videos ever.

I'm a very bad translator, but this is the best I could do with his Una Vuelta al Mundo (Around the World) rap:

Stop gifting me books because I don't read them,
what I've learned it's because I've seen it,
as the years pass I contradict myself when I think,
time doesn't move me,
I move myself with time,
I am the will to live, the will to cross,
the will to learn what lays beyond the sea.
I hope my lips never quiet,
I also wish that this plane's wings never fail.
I don't have everything solved,
not everything calculated,
not my life resolved,
I only have this smile and I wait for one in return.
I trust in destiny and in the waves,
I don't believe in the Church but I believe in your looks,
you are the sun on my face when I wake,
I am the life that I have, you are the life that I lack,
so grab your suitcase, your bag, your valise, the case, your backback with your toys,
and give me your hand and we'll take a spin on the world...
all around the world.


Anyways, I probably did no justice to Calle 13's magnificent rap with my clumsy translation, so I either encourage you to learn Spanish or to just try to feel the power of the words in his voice. ;)

Do you have a favorite rapper? Or a favorite local musician?


PS. Hello haters of the world. Yes, I am aware that Calle 13 is the market's fabrication in its quest to have a Latin American Eminem. So what? It might be hypocritical, but it doesn't stop it from being good. And it's not killing anyone.


Monday, May 6, 2013

To Hardcover or to Paperback, That is the Question

(Pictures from weheartit.com)





Hardcovers:
Pros:

  • You feel like you're reading something holy, or at least something very intellectual
  • You're making an investment: Fo' sho' that if you buy the hardcover and like it, all of your descendants forever will be forced to read it
  • And it will be worth a lot of money someday (maybe. Okay, fine, I've read a lot of books about bookish guys that buy books even though they don't have anything to eat. A Tale of Love and Darkness, Lés Miserablés, etc.)
  • They're just plain gorgeous, and we all are cultivating gorgeous shelves, right?
Cons:
  • There's a silent pact that you will take care of the hardcover
  • Heavy shit to have in the purse
  • You can't fit infinite of them into your backpack (tune in Rory Gilmore)
  • They're, like, a gazillion times more expensive
  • And you can't find every book in hardcover
  • Slightly more uncomfortable to read





Paperbacks

Pros:

  • Is it just me, or do they feel really artsy and hipsterish?? (I think I'm a wannabe hipster, guys, I confess.)
  • You can bend them and dog-ear them and get in with them into the bathtub. In short, the more tattered that they are, the more amazing that they look. (Hey, look, Barney Stinson, another thing that DOES get better with time.)
  • Long live marginalia (*see previous note)
  • CHEAP!!!! (In other words, money for more books!)
  • They are faithful companions, and are allowed to go with you eeeeverywhere. (Even then, I'm not the biggest fan of paperback editions, but they do have their use.)
Cons:
  • Lend them to your bro, your sis, your cuz, your Ma, and pretty soon you have a book that's 30 pages shorter.
  • Let's face it, the previous note pretty much says it all. The paperback sort of defeats one of the main purposes of a book: IMMORTALITY!!!!


Even though it would seem I am much more in favour of paperbackss, I am an extremely unpractical person and the unbalanced pro/con list does nothing to soothe my dilemma.

Do you have any preferences? What are your arguments?


Friday, May 3, 2013

Flashback Friday 12


My first day of Kindergarten with my mom. L <3 cheezy="" e.="" flashback="" fridays="" gettin="" intolerably="" m="" me.="" p="" please="" someone="" stop="" the="" v="" with="">

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Greetings May


Greetings to trying to be as interesting a person as possible. Greetings to balance. Greetings to the final trumpetings of autumn. Greetings to travel and resting a bit. Greetings to making new friends and holding on to the few who are worth it. To snuggling between my school's library's books, to kissing my mom and receiving her hugs, to playing my guitar in bed, to beating the sun's bedtime home, to listening to a lot of rock and chilean music.

I'm not sure about you May, but hopefully that means it'll be okay. I'm willing to take you as an adventure, to smile too much and sing too much and stuff. I'm not afraid of you.
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