SOS NEPAL

Hi dears,

I have been watching the terrible news on TV about our beloved Nepal in the aftermath of the huge earthquakes. At the moment 3.200 people have died, no water or electricity are working, the capital Katmandu is down to rubbles, the roads are torn apart, the airport is most of the time closed, the brave montaineers at the base camp of Mount Everest are waiting to be rescued while resisting avalanches.. Not easy. The images are heartbreaking. On top of that Nepal is a small country, very dependent of tourism and now its treasures are damaged.

I want to use my humble platform in the blogosphere to ask for help. I normally cooperate with Red Cross, but if you prefer Red Crescent, go ahead and use it. They are both serious and your money will reach the neediest. If you can not donate at this moment, please send this post or the link to your friends to assist to reach more people and get more funds to assist.

They are needing hospital supplies, shelters, tents, covers, food, water and help to reconstruct the infrastructures- water, electricity, drainage, telephone lines.. All help is welcomed.

Click on the link below to start your donation and thanks a lot for all the assistance to spread the word.

https://www.redcross.org/combined-donate?donationProdId=prod9150029&scode=RSG00000E090&subcode=nepalegram1

One Love,

 

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

SOS Nepal

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOEMART!

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Hi dears,

Dubai is so full of events, some times it is hard to keep up with all that happens here. For example, Shoemart celebrated just recently its 25 years. This shoe company has been already quite a while in Dubai, right? They have shops in most of the malls I like. For this anniversary, they organised an event to show their new collection for Spring / Summer 2015 with their new face, Maya Diab. She is a Lebanese actress, singer and fashion icon.

The event had two violinists playing amazingly and the music of the Dj’s after it was not bad at all. The collection was very fresh, with very bright colors and some of the very chunky soles in white plastic that are so in vogue. They also showed ballerinas and sport shoes in futuristic silver and golden shades.

There were shoes shown for every occasion… for the office, for dinner out with your better half, to go to the beach with your gang, for your day off lazing around doing nothing.. What I like most about Shoemart is that their shoes are very affordable, so you always end up buying an extra pair even if it was not on your initial list. And even if they are cheap, they don’t look cheap, which is I think the secret to their success in sales.

Well dears, I have put together some of the best pics in the collage above to be able to show you a bit of what the night held.  I fell in love with the metallic with diamond appliques shoes of the presenter -also from Shoemart- and the black transparent sandals from Maya Diab…I would say they are part of the Fantasy collection if I would be asked. They are both gorgeous don’t you think?

 

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Hope you like the shoes and the inspiration!!

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

www.thebagedition.wordpress.com

 

NO MORE IRANIAN EMBARGO?

Hi dears,

I know very well this is not a political blog and I can tell you I am far from loving politics. Still, once you know the nightmares of living under an embargo, I needed to share my happiness when it comes to Iran and the talks they are keeping now to lift the Iranian embargo. Same as with Cuba.. when the news broke about the Cuban conversations, I shed some tear or two. Both are indeed historical moments and we are living them, not reading from a book or visiting at a Museum.. That is why I introduce this topic under the “What I Just Love” brand.

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First of all, the conversations are just starting so, it might be too early to celebrate. Secondly, the initial reasons for the embargo from the US and EU are still there and are not something to be dismissed. The potential threat of Iran to have nuclear weapons produced…

What they are talking about now is just a framework and already on this, all sides need to be in agreement. Obama has still to convince his people and in EU, we are a lot of countries to get to be on the same page. I want to trust that Iran has a good will on this, although how can we be certain? .. That is the essence of trust I guess. More work to be done there with check ups, commitments and to try to have an open mind. I found out that US and Iran didn’t “officially” spoke for already 35 years.. Now, after this long and with all the prejudices from both sides, I can see this will need a lot of work to make it a reality. Still, I think it is worthy and will be a great achievement for diplomacy.

Lets see what happens and hope for the best.

 

Politically yours ( for once!),

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

www.thebagedition.wordpress.com

 

 

 

The second best Marigold Hotel

The best Marigold Hotel reviewHi dears,

Today we went to the movies using the Du Tuesdays offer- Yep! Again.. Who doesn’t love a discount?. This time we decided on The second best Marigold Hotel.. Just recently I watched the first movie on TV and I wanted to see the second part of it.

I love the aesthetics of this movie. India must be really inspiring ( too bad, I still didn’t have the pleasure of going there being so close by!). The colors, the rituals, the people, the wisdom, the family, and the dancing.. maybe it is all only in the movies. I can assure you in Spain there are not so many toreros and not all of us are flamenco dancers or dress with flowers in our head and say Ole!.. Stereotypes, right?

This movie inspired me to write almost immediately as there were some topics they touched with bare hands and feet.. Time and the lack of time, being one of them. The Marigold Hotel is a hotel for “the elderly and beautiful”.. like a pensioners house but in a hotel shape and with more spicy food probably.

The characters are of certain age ( or should I say old.. it sounds rude, kind of impolite.. we use so many euphemisms for aged..) and so they speak pretty openly of the time they have or might not have. Even the owner of the hotel speaks about that quite (too much) upfront. All this made me think.. In reality, none of us, no matter the age, we don’t have certainty of much time we still have left on earth, still we live without this in perspective… at least in my culture. At least, me.

Why is this? Is this because we are too scared of uncertainty that we rather look elsewhere, is it because without idea of future we might feel hopeless, is it because we, somehow believe in reincarnation or our souls flying around that we don’t see death as a concern? I don’t have an answer, but it strikes me. I am so unprepared, I have so much staff to do and so little time.. Time again.

What would happened if we would change our mindsets and live our lives as if every day could be the last? Would we be more grateful, maybe fight less, try to see what is really important and what not, would we kiss more, laugh more….. or right the opposite and live in agony, fear, desperation? Most religions offer an afterlife. Do we really want that, do we really need that? It’s a comforting thought indeed, but are we losing the benefits of the other vision for fear?

The other topic I loved, it is kindness, care, humanity.. Almost at the end of the movie, in a scene, someone tells something like this..- I came to see you and pay you respect. You decided to plant a tree, even though you know you will not enjoy it.- Time and the lack of it right there, but at the same time.. Choice, option… what do we do with our time? What do I do with my time? Can it be considered a seed, would it someday become a tree?.. I like this thought. Actually I think this is totally awesome.. Be good, do good.. No matter what. In Spanish we even have a saying.. Haz bien y no mires a quien, something like “Do good, no matter to who”.

Ok, my dears, enough for tonight.. I need to think. I need to sleep. I hope I have time to do it all! Lol. If you ever had these thoughts crossing your mind, please feel free to share.

Good night!

 

Araceli Gallego

www.whatijustlove.com

www.thebagedition.wordpress.com