Undersea Lego playset:|
Here's a photo of Flavio and my
boyfriend Bruno playing with the awesome ships:
Current Music: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic - Intro Theme
El Perla Negra:|
Sao Feng's ship:
Chap Mei Captain Black Beard's ship:
One of the captains is mine, the other is Flavio's. I can't remember which one :O
Current Music: Amistades Peligrosas - Nada Qué Perder
Tis the season for tackling thy neighbors in the Wal-mart aisles. Santa’s on his way, so have you been good boys and girls this year?
What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?
Querido Papá Noel / Dear Santa Claus
Sólo quiero una cosa / I just want one thing:
MÁS BLING BAG PONIES (that don't cost me a fortune, original branded toys are stupidly expensive in Perú)!!!!!!!
Sólo tengo éstos / I just have these:
I want more!!! Moreeee!!! Specially pegasus!!!! The ratio total-ponies/total-pegasus is too damn high!! D:The big one is Prince Zuko, the little one is no named yet. She is kept in a cage because I was afraid Zuko could hurt her. The stuffed fox is my fox Vaski and she was rescued from a street market in La Paz.
To show you I'm a rather good girl, here is a photo of my pets:
More wish lists:
Cool and Collected wants dirty apes
A retro wish-list :D
I Think this list is pretty affordable... after selling some body internal organs
I have impossible wishes too
Laura's wish list is the best
"that doesn't mean I can't try to fill the void with some crazy, over-the-top material possessions!" (I had to quote it :D)
Current Music: Van Canto - Primo Victoria feat. Joakim Brodén (Sabaton)
This was part of our trip to Bolivia. Puno is so close to La Paz that just takes 3-4 hours on bus to go from one city to another.|
"Corregidor" is a rennaisance term that was given to a magistrate appointed by the king to work in the colonies.
This is what we called "The eclectic photo":
Playmobiles are sharing a candy :D
Here, in Bruno's gps, is the altitude of Puno city, in meters:
And, on Bruno's phone, the news about "El Friaje" last August (cold winds from the south pole that reach east side of South América and make termperature drop several degrees):
"La República Newspaper: Because of prevention, The President declares emergency state in 250 district affected by freezing temperatures."
Yep, we were climbing el Huayna Potosí when El Friaje reached Bolivia. Then it passed on Peruvian east side. Cold winds lose energy on their travel across South América an die when reaching Ecuador's latitude. So El Friage is felt at is coolest in Argentina.
Current Music: Amistades Peligrosas - Lágrimas de Metal
Vaski went with us (Bruno and me) to drink some coffee at La Casa del Corregidor, in Puno city:|
Bruno was checking his emal while waiting for our coffee.
This is a really good place for pop culture lovers, just look:
Opposite wall have more pop culture memorabilia, including vinyl discs from 60s and 70s.
In Bolivia you can't drink good coffee. The opposite happens in Perú :D
Current Music: Amistades Peligrosas - Angelus
Near our shelter at 4800 masl before el Friaje this last August.
Current Music: Van Canto - Lost Forever
These are the tombs of mining workers that died in mid XX century. I can't remember if they died because of an accident or a revolt. Our guide told us that some of these tombs have visitors yet.
"Tuni Condoriri" is the name of a bolivian +6000 masl mountain.
Current Music: Ali Tan - Alim
Fron Roght to left: King Sombra, Başka and Applejack (because these horses look like the real life version of King Sombra and Applejack, also they're modeled in such way that King Sombra is male and Applejack is female!!)
Current Music: Van Canto - Rebellion Cover
This is a photo of one of the displays:|
They not just sell Star Wars Stuff:
They focus in any pop-culture related item, like these masks:
Current Music: Van Canto - Last Night of the Kings
Located in the second floor, this store is simply amazing!|
I went there for a couple of princess Amidala figurines.
It was Halloween so the seller that is signing my bill gave me some candy (the last time I received candy i Halloween was in early 90s!)
This is a photo of the shelves behind:
Current Music: Haluk Levent - Şehrimden Şehrine
Puzzle Credits: Bruno's brother-in-law: Enzo
Photo Credits: Me :D
Current Music: Desireless - Voyage Voyage
Arenales Shopping Center (on Arenales Avenue, Lince district) is the place of Pop Culture in Lima City. On Halloween, Pop Culture lovers gathered to have some fun:|
Arenales has four floor, that night all of them were crowded (I took this photo from a little place I found in the third floor). This photo was taken when they were presenting cosplayers:
First time I took photos of cosplayers :D
Current Music? The most coolest awesomest clown EVER!!!
Current Music: Royals - ("Sad Clown With The Golden Voice" Version) - Lorde Cover
This is La Paz Main Square (Plaza Mayor):|
This is a window of a restaurant that serves mexican food (it also fits for Halloween):
"Kalakita" or "Calaquita" is an informal way to say "little skull" ("Calaverita") in spanish. The word is "Calaca" (informal way to say "skull").
In Perú we have this espression, (almost not in use nowadays): "rabo de paja" that means "skeletons in the closet". The literal translation is "tail of straw".
Current Music: NOX - Szeretem
You thought he was defeated|
You thought he was gone for good
but you were wrong...
... he is back, and he is not alone.
Maybe a bunch of extremely cute animals doesn't look soooo menacing, but that's part of their tactic: they will gain your heart, then they will rip it out from your chest and let you see it before you die.
This insanity came out from some random playing I had some weeks ago when I asked to myself: what if cute animals can be merciless killers too?
Then I discovered how cool Bling Bag ponies and My Little Pet Shop figures look with weapons :D
I also love Conductor from DInosaur Train (he eats humans as breakfast) :D
Current Music: Nil Karaibrahimgil - Bütün Kızlar Toplandık
In la Paz, there's a square with, literally, thousands of pigeons. Known as El Palomar, you can find there street sellers where you can buy food for the pigeons and feed them :D|
Pigeons are extremely friendly. I discovered that if you put the food on your hand, pigeons will eat it...
... no matter if they have little room on your hands (or shoulder)...
... Or around you. These birds are frantic for eating:
La Plaza Murillo is a really good place for some pidgeon fun :D
Current Music: Dinosaur Train - Troodon Night Train
Why did I buy that? Why did I sell that? My biggest regret is…
Panamá, 2009. Place: Albrook shopping center, near the bouncy balls machines.
We (some enginers) were there for some resting after work stuff. I noticed the bouncy balls, they cost two or four quarter coins (I don't remember). After I got my bouncy ball (I still have it), one of the engineers wanted one too. After putting his quarters inside the machine, he noticed he needed one more quarter, but he had no more coins, so he asked to the rest of us (another engineer and me) if we had a quarter. The other engineer had no coins, but I DID have some quarters, but, at that very moment, I felt greedy and selfish, pretended I had no quarters, so this engineer left with no bouncy ball, and with his other quarters inside the machine.
I couldn't forget this after all these years and I feel simply plain Stupid!! It was just a quarter, but I was so mean inside that I refused to give it to a nice guy, who just wanted a little toy.
So, now, anytime I see my bouncy ball I remember that night and why I must not be so selfish/idiot next time :(
More sad stories from The League:
This one hurts
HISS Tank Regret
Star Wars Pain
I've broken toys too
Video Game Sadness
A final advice to us all
It is not your fault
Current Music: Rammstein - Mein Land
They make passengers to get out, so the busses cross with no people inside.
It is a trip of less than 10 minutes :D
On the other hand...
Cool and Collected wants to release a brand new Pop Culture magazine, More info here!
Current Music: Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
To go from Perú to Copacabana, you have to cross the Titicaca lake, then you arrive to a town called Tiquina (complete name: San Pedro de Tiquina) in Bolivia.|
The bus where you travel, crosses the lake on the flat ship to the center-left.
Passengers are transported in these boats:
Current Music: The Bolshoi - Someone's Daughter
After 800 years of arabian domination, Spanish christian architecture got a lot from the arab influence. This cathedral is a good example. It looks like an arabian palace :)
If you see arcs like this one (colors vary from red to green) take for sure that Middle Age/Renaissance spanish christians copied them from arabian architecture.
Current Music: Deep Forest & Ana Torroja -Media Luna
When walking by Copacabana, near its amazing Cathedral, we found some street sellers selling what seemed to be toys.|
But a closer look shows that these are not toys. Look carefully to the lower left corner of this image:
Some Ekekos, chinese cats and fake money tells that these "toys" are in fact offerings to God or Virgin Mary, asking for money, prosperity, travels and luck in bussiness. Suitcases are for those who want to travel (I never needed one of these suitcases, he he).
We (Bruno and me) found this lady in her restaurant:
The person who buys this item, it is because she/he want to open his/her own restaurant and have good luck (most family bussiness related to food and cooking are ruled by women). "Paceña" is a trade mark of a bolivian beer. It is not exported to Perú.
The toad to the left represents money,
Here some little stores (tiendas):
Cars, truck, suitcases, buildings with departments.., anything you want to have it is here, in its miniature form.
These miniatures are easy to find in some artifact markets in Perú too.
Current Music: Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing at All
First these two photos, taken in La Isla del Sol, Bolivia:|
I erased the rest of the photos of this island because I don't have good memories of it. The truth is that when you travel the cheap way (moving by your own, without a local guide, avoiding the fancy "exclusive for tourists" stuff) you get a close relationship with the place you are visiting: both good and bad stuff.
And La Isla del Sol in Bolivia was bad stuff.
It wasn't the island itself, it was its people.
Merchants and service/goods dealers in los Andes Highlands (I've experience this in both Perú and Bolivia) use to cheat and scam tourists and travelers, specially if they are unaware of how dishonest they are. Sometimes thy tell you a higher price, or sum the prices with a couple of soles extra for them. Other times their service isn't worth your money, or they ask for more than the real value of what they're offering because you have no more options. Or they're simply plain rude or bad mannered.
In La Isla del Sol you have to pay three times a total of 35 bolivianos (10 soles) just for waking across the island. Nobody tell you this (they use to hide this information or to lie). In change you receive nothing: no free services, no nothing.
A total scam. Trust me. Don't go to La Isla del Sol.
It took a lot of time to learn how to yell at these dishonest people and give them a bad moment in change of my extra soles.
(Soles is the peruvian currency. "Boliviano" is the bolivian currency. If you want bolivianos and have soles, 1 sol = 2.4 bolivianos (in La Paz) 1 sol = 2.38 bolivianos (in Puno), but if you have bolivianos and want soles 2.5 bolivianos = 1 sol (peruvian side of the frontier) 1 sol = 2.8 bolivianos (bolivian side of the frontier). Note the scam?).
Now, I learned how to protect me and my loved ones against these people and who wants to take advantage. Years ago it was Bruno who yelled at them, now it is me who yell and talk in a rude manner. When we returned to Copacabana (Bolivia) from La Isla del Sol, I was so angry that I scared the hell out of TWO dogs that tried to bite us (the last I remember was one of them trying to reach Bruno's leg). They weren't big, but were aggressive. I went furious, shouted out so loud that everybody could heard me in all the street, I sweared like insane (a lot of words like "mierda" included) and started to chase those dogs with the sincere intention to kill them with my bare hands.
They ran away in fear, I had to leave them go.
All of this happened in less than two seconds, it was this fast because for me and the dogs was an animal reaction, if Bruno didn't took part was because it ended up too fast.
And for me it was a relief.
Final lesson learned for us all (and you who read this): never travel alone. Another person by your side is an emotional support when you feel frustrated, cheated, angry or want to cry. All of that happened that day, and here, I want to say thanks to Bruno to be by my side when I needed it and be my support when I was angry and sad.
Current Music: Malice Mizer - Beast of Blood
La Calle de los Brujos in La Paz city, is a street where chamans sell their services and have their stores and stands:|
The ingredients they use involve minerals, candles, plants, scents and llama fetuses.
Here is a close up:
Do you think this is creepy? You have to see what my granny actually have!
Current Music: Trans Siberian Orchestra - Mephistopheles' Return
One of the main streets and the touristic one. In the distance, there is Titicaca Lake.
Altitude: 3800 masl.
Current Music: Kevin MacLeod - One-Eyed Maestro
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Blue is the sky over Titicaca lake's blue water:
You know it's a toy car :D
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Current Music: Los Prisioneros - El Baile de los Que Sobran
Hello, my name is… (Hola, mi nombre es...)
Hola, mi nombre es Yelinna Pulliti :D
I was born and live in Lima - Perú and I'm almost 33.
This is a photo of Bruno and me in Puno - Perú two weeks ago :D
Some fun facts about me:
I have a degree in Electronic Engineering, but I work as a programmer (Software developer).
My thesis project was a software to detect waveform of ECG signals of lab rats in the Faculty of Human Medicine of my university. That's why I have this photo of me pretending I'm eating a rat.
I love rodents: pet rats, lab rats, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs...
When making my thesis, I had the opportinity to see human corpses.
I can program in these languages: C#, C++, VB, VB.net, Matlab, Python.
I'm a sci fiction/suspense writer, I have a few publications here in Perú.
I'm not an artist, but I try hard as hell!!
I'm scared of snow and ice... funny because I love to go to snowy mountains here in Perú. The landscapes are awesome!
In fact, I got scared of everything, I'm an extremely nervious person. You can scare me more easily than scaring this guy.
I don't play video games but I love to see others playing them. Also I love Super Paper Mario's plot.
I love turkish rock music.
I love to read. My favorite writers are Kafka, Borges, Pratchet, Chejov, Verne, Asimov and Lovecraft.
I like Friedrich Nietzsche and Bertrand Russell.
I suck at building anything, even Legos hate me.
I think that, deep inside, Asperger syndrome is cool.
I love prime numbers.
I hate tan.
I don't drink alcohol.
I don't smoke and I hate people who smokes.
I suffer from migraines.
I'm less than 1.6 meters tall.
I don't want/I can't own a car. Driving a car is too much for my nerves (specially if you life in a region where traffic is deadly chaotic).
I want to be a Real Live GI-Joe!!! Or an Astronaut, or Indiana Jones/Daring Doo, or... This sounds crazy, but at least...
I'm trying!!. The guy next to me is our buddy Juanito Narvaja, by far, a better climber than me. He was rejected by the Cobra Commanders because he is too friendly and nice. I use to go to the snow all covered because I don't want UV radiation to touch my skin.
Now I will leave you with a photo of my Foxy Vaski looking to the Titicaca Lake in our room in Copacabana - Bolivia.
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Frankenstein Monster Forehead is hilarious!! :D :D :D
I can't decide who is the adult or child...
This one is my favorite :D :D
Current Music: Berksan - Unuttun Beni
I came home last week from a two weeks trip to Bolivia with Bruno. We climbed el Huayna Potosi (a 6000 masl mountain) but, sorry, no Huayna Potosi photos becuase of the worst "Friaje" (Freezing weather) of the last decade. This "Friaje" is produced by cold air that comes from the south Pole, came across Argentina, Bolivia, Perú (including the Amazon Rainforest, dropping the temperature from 30° or 40° celcius degrees to 14° or 15°). The night (1:00 am) when we started to climb el Huayna Potosi, El Friaje hitted Bolivia causing temperatures of -30°C in the very highlands (+ 5500 masl at night), with snow and freezing wind.|
It was the first time I had my hair glued by ice, and Bruno got his eyebrows frozen.
That's why we have no photos of El Huayna Potosi.
I just have this, taken from our shelter near the mountain at 5200 masl):
White white white, everything was white. Taking a photo of this was like taking a photo of a fluorescent light turned on.
The expert climbers from Europe that come here looking for something higher than Los Alpes, didn't notice El Friaje. Again I was the worst and most scared climber of all. I reached 6040 masl (very close to the top, but not the top. It was around 6 or 7:00am), scared as hell because of bad terrain and wind that wanted me to fall in the abyss.
I was the Shame of the Mountain.
but I don't want to talk about that.
I want to talk about Vaski, my stuffed fox! :D :D :D :D
When Bruno and me returned to La Paz - Bolivia, we walked by a street like this:
Bolivia is a country even more chaotic and wild than the Chaos and Wildness itself: Perú. They don't mind to put a street market in the middle of the... street, literally. Many years ago this was common in Perú until it was forbidden because, apart of being chaotic, these markets are very dirty.
It this place I found Vaski (named by Bruno as Foxy, but I prefer Vaski... yep, I was reading a lot of Anton Chejov and I like russian names):
Isn't she cute?
I read in her tag that she was made exclusively for Animaland.com in 2007. Also have the Nanco logo and the zip code of Chelsea Ma 02150.
How did this toy end up in La Paz?
I have a theory: she was donated to the third world. Once in Bolivia, the person who received her decided to sell her, with many other plushies, on the street. This happens all the time, not all donations end up "donated".
I'd wish Vaski could talk and tell me about who went to Nanco in 2007, bought her, stuffed her, gave her the blue bandana, had her around for a few years and then decided to donated her, thinking she will be received for a poor child in the third world.
That in fact happened: I was that "poor child", he he.
And about the sweets Vaski is holding, I found them in El Alto - La Paz. La Paz is a city inside a lowland between mountains. El Alto is the part of La Paz located on the side of those mountains. Let's look closer:
They were made in Turkey!!
Current Music: Berksan - Kaldım Böyle
Here it is: El Anticona Mountain and us: Juanito, Jose Luis and me (Photo Credits: Bruno)|
Here is Jose Luis testing the snow and telling us "No More Way Up":
And, for no breaking the Traveling Picture Show rules, here is a photo of one of my figures in front of a creepy old house in Miraflores District:
¿Current music? this:
Current Music: Andrew Huang - Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing On Rainbows (Fluffle Puff Tales: "PFUDOR")
Like last year, we tried to climb La Canaleta Perazzo Salini again (La Canaleta is the icy curve in the middle of this photo taken last year):|
Sadly, this year La Canalet was snowy, not icy. Snow was so flour-like that both piolets (ice axes) and crampons were useless. We (our friend Jose Luis from Spain, Juanito Narvaja, Bruno and me) were unable to reach La Canaleta. We just could reach its base after a great effort going up.
La Canaleta is right over this photo.
We got perfect weather, but the conditions of snow were terrible!!
Maybe next time :(
(I'll ask Bruno for some photos of us climbing the snow in the next days).
But, to give you an idea, I'll add a photo of Jose Luis in all his epicness I took two weeks ago on San Andrés Glacier:
Altitude: +5000 m.a.s.l. :D
Current Music: Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round
These peanuts where a gift by my friend Richard. It has been more than 15 years ago I got toaste peanuts with their untouched husk!
(I bought this Belle doll a few months ago, and the dragon a few weeks ago. The sword came with the dragon. I prefer princesses as warriors or action girls).
My Wallpaper was taken from this web :D
Current Music: MandoPony - Picture Perfect Pony
I dream of living 10 to 15 years in the past compared with the rest of the world.|
I'm an extremely nostalgic person who enjoys simple stuff like inanimate cheap plastic figures, reading a book or eating some candy. I miss how simple life was in 1998 compared to today. I want to live a life with no smart-something, social networks, fancy or expensive electronic stuff, or having a cellphone that does more than just receiving calls or text messages.
It can sound weird from a person like me (Electronic engineer and software developer) to talk like this, but thanks to my knowledge about technology, I feel that the more advanced electronic stuff is, the more headaches it gives to you. Plus, too much fancy electronic crap will make you forget how beautiful life is in its simplest way.
This photo was taken yesterday:
I must be the only one person on Earth that records music from MP3 to (recycled) cassettes for listening them in a six years old walkman using an old Panasonic radio from mid 90s.
On the bed you can see my Toshiba Laptop (almost 5 years old), my cellphone (7 years old), my mouse attached to the Laptop (15 years old, it is a serial mouse attached to the usb port via a 4 years old USB/Serial converter). The G1 pink pony on the radio is a G1 made in Perú pony from 1985, the yellow G1 baby pony is from 1990, made in Perú too. The toy soldier is the soldier I disguise as Michel Strogoff from time to time.
Except for the freaking amazing laptop and the crappy cellphone, all you needed in 1998-2003 to be happy is in this photo.
I wish life was this simple in 2013.
I dream to life 10 to 15 years in the past forever!
Other great dreams:
A Magazine like this will be awesome!
I have the same dream too...
I also have this dream (In Trujillo city in Perú there is a Toy Museum)
I loved this dream
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Current Music: The Wallflowers - One Headlight