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Playing With Art Jul. 12th, 2014 @ 09:58 pm
Hawk Girl tries to make stuff to explode:

While others, try to not get eaten:

Current Music: Shaka Ponk - My name is Stain

This week’s assignment from the League: Pop Culture Road Trip Jun. 20th, 2014 @ 09:01 pm

I want to go to Arenales Shopping Center!!
I've talked about El Centro Comercial Arenales in Lima before. Located on Arenales Avenue, Lince District, it is a place you must visit if you are a pop culture lover and if you are in Lima. I talked about it to my friend Bruno who is a traveling guide. It happened that he had a client and his son from Spain and they had a free day to spend in Lima. Bruno took them to Arenales Shopping center, they ended up amazed!

El Centro Comercial Arenales has four floors filled up with stores dedicated to games, pop culture and anime culture.

I took this photo on the fourth floor, a store had an exhibition of pure He Man awesomeness!!

This is another store, dedicated to anime culture:

These are photos from other stores:

There are stores dedicated to comics, transformers, Star Wars, musical instruments, games... A recommended day for going is on Saturdays.

More trips from the League:

Going Going Going to Amazing places
A japanese Studio, yay!
I love vintage Disney Figures
It's Summer, yah!
It's a John Hughes inspired trip
New Zealand is Epic!

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Current Location: Lima - Perú
Current Music: Frédéric François - Chicago

Hawk Girl faces strange creatures Jun. 19th, 2014 @ 09:04 pm
Facing a menacing sculpture:

This chained lion is a common paint on buses and trucks in Perú. On real vehicules, this paint is smaller and it is located below, near the wheels:

"Wanting it is achieving it". (In this case, "Poder" doesn't mean "Power", it means something you can achieve).
Current Music: Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

This is something I found today Jun. 14th, 2014 @ 06:03 pm

At university they are asking for books to donate, so I looked for something to give around the piles of old stuff at home. Then, I found some of the old books I used in my second year at university when I was studying engineering (let me explain: I'm back to university now because I'm studiying a master in applied math). In one of the books I found the old writtings my friends made... fifteen years ago:

These writtings were extremely funny given these circunstances: You are an extremely young unexperienced teen, you barely can get good grades, your own textbooks seem written in a weird language filled up with fancy symbols and nice curves, and you are faaar faaaar from calling yourself a professional in anything useful stuff including engineering (especially engineering). So you are/feel dumb, useless and childish. Calling ourselves engineers at that time was more than a joke: it was plain insane and unrealistic.

Then those teens wrote this:
"Rafael Bocanegra: with love for Yelinna, this is a dedicatory of the book I wrote with my dude friend R. Figueroa G." (Rafael was joking about being the co-author of our own textbook!)
"This is an autograph of Fiorella Villafuerte inventor of Calculus 1, 2 and 3. Without me Figueroa, Bocanegra and Ortiz didn't have any job (we could barely pass the course of Calculus 1 and she was joking about inventing Calulus from 1 to 3, and giving the author of the book and the other two teens a job!!)
"Solutions given by Eng. Jaime L. Ortiz" (He was the Korn fan and he was joking about making the solutions of our textbook, also he was insane enough to call himself an engineer!)

Finding this makes me smile, we were so young back then... If someone told me in 1999 I will be reading this in 2014, smiling and actually being an engineer, I would swear that person were lying. Getting my engineer degree was two times harder for me than for the average person (I finally could get my engineering degree in 2010... yep, it was THAT hard! Not because lack of intelligence, it was mainly because some serious personal issues... I repeat: it was hard and painful as the freaking hell). By year 2002 I imagined that in year 2005 I would be dead, for sure and literally.
It didn't happen, it is 2014, I found this writtings and I'm smiling...
I plan to donate this book because I don't need it any more, but I'm keeping a high resolution scan of this page...
Just to remember myself that things tend to get better with enough time and effort :)

Also I found one of my favorites movies ever: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride by Terry Jones (actors are the Monthy Python gang). I watched it and recorded it on VHS more than 10 years ago. The VHS tape got destroyed by humidity many years ago. The movie is meant for children, but I simply simply love it. It is here in nine parts and here (entire movie).

Current music: The Weasels' song, of course!!

Current Location: Lima - Perú
Current Music: Mr Toad's Wild Ride - Secret Of Survival

At the university Jun. 8th, 2014 @ 05:37 pm
I like this store, I was studying/waiting for my class that day:

This is a photo I took of the whiteboard last week. Teacher was explaining the Power Iteration algorithm:

Current Location: Lima - Perú
Current Music: Cuarteto de Nos - Lo Malo de Ser Bueno

More about Fiorella! :D :D Jun. 4th, 2014 @ 01:41 pm
I also took a photo of her Hello Kitty dolls:

This is one of her dogs:

In the last Hobbie Market (a pop culture fair in Lima organized since 2011(?)) I met her, and she was dressed as Batggirl:

Her brother Bruno has a stand where he was sellign commics. I bought The Ballad of Halo Jones and I loved the story. I strongly recommend it. It is a science fiction/adventure story about inner strenght and survival.
I also bought other comic book, Another Suburban Romance by Alan Moore. It was not just the surrealistic stories, the art work is also great!
Current Location: Lima - Perú
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Idir et Zebda - Un Homme Qui N'a Pas de Frère

Fiorella's Books and Dolls May. 15th, 2014 @ 01:26 pm
Fiorella was my best friend at school, and after several years without any contact between us, we met again in a pop culture fair here in Lima last year (her brother Bruno buys and sells comic books).
She is an amazing person: friendly, joyful and caring. She has two dogs, both of them rescued from the street.
When I visited her, I could take shots of her amazing books, and I also found out she is a Monster Highschool fan!

The doll to the left belong to Fiorella, the one to the right is mine. Mine is a bootleg Monster High version I think was too adorable and well made to let her pass. Fiorella said my doll was a cool petite version of the originals.

Here is a shoot of the books behind:

"Alicia in Wonderland" to the left and "Fairies' Herbarium" to the right. Books like these tend to be extremely expensive because of thir quality.

Here's another masterpiece "Witches and Spells" (the rest of the dolls in the photos belong to Fiorella):

And an amazing edition of "Snow White":

Current Music: Kenny Loggins - St. Elmo's Fire

This week’s assignment from the League: What is your Super Power? Apr. 21st, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

I'M A NINJA!!!!1
I got ninja superpowers :D

In both photos I'm 1.50 meters above the floor. My head is almost touching the ceiling.

Both photos were taken 20 minutes ago. Wanna a plus? try to do this while the camera is in automatic shooting!!
Another plus? I'm 33 :D

G. I. Jigsaw has a cool superpower I want!!
Brian has the useful Tunnel Vision
Many collectors would like this Super Power

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Current Location: My Room's door
Current Music: Kayahan - Hulyam

This week’s assignment from the League: When did I get so… Apr. 18th, 2014 @ 05:14 pm

When did I get so...

... edible???

Here's a better shot of the toy-eater sculpture:

I know what the sculpture is thinking:
"When did I get so beautiful?"

Other people are trying to ask themselves:
Brian feels old :(
Pop Culture Bloggers are never lame
In fact I wish I were a zombie

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Current Music: Ozan Orhon - Saman Alevi

Gocta Waterfall Apr. 17th, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

It is 540 meters tall, located in Bongará District, Amazonas Region, Perú.
There are tours from Chachapoyas city that take you to visit Gocta.

Despite being located in the Amazon rainforest, inside the canyon it is very cold because of wind. Despite the cold air and water, some tourists like to take a bath here :D
Current Music: Mika - Elle Me Dit

El Templo Mayor (The Main Temple) in Kuelap Apr. 5th, 2014 @ 03:58 pm
At first experts thought it was a food storage, an astronomy observatory or a prison. Now it is mainly accepted that it was a temple:

This is a translation from Wikipedia en Español:
"El Templo Mayor is one of the main sacret sites in the monument (Kuelap). This buidling has the shape of a truncated cone up side down. Its diameter is 13.5 m. in its upper part. Up there is evidence of several ritual offerings that included placing human bones inside its inner container, that endep up being a big ossuary. Human burials and offerings were found around the building. The offerings were from the peruvian north coast, and the highlands from Ayacucho and Cajamarca, both in Perú."
Current Location: Chachapoyas - Perú
Current Music: Bravo - Lady Lady

This week’s assignment from the League: My life in one square foot Mar. 30th, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

Ok, I was about to pass this time because of extreme lazyness lack of inspiration.
In fact, this weekend I was like this:

Studying for my Applied Math Master Degree I just started this very month and will last for the next three years. As long as all the books are in pdf format, I bought the cheapest tablet I could find because it will be mainly used as an e-reader (it also ended up for playing my downloaded Gumball episodes :P)
This photo was a candidate for this Week's asignment, but as long as it covers more than one square foot, I discarded it (the amazing Playmobil Flying white car was a gift from my friend Roberto).
So I was about to quit, then I noticed I already had not one but two square feet to show, both of them hanging on my wall since many months ago as part of my room's decoration:

The first one is a cork board my sister left abandoned, the second one was made from a discarded plastic wrapping piece that was the same size of a cork board. You can see a little of the white wrapping plastic between Princess Cadence and the black haired anime guy, over the blue snake.

What catches my eyes is the ring at the center
My favorite is this one
no! my favorite is this one (Can't decide)
Chris is a Nintendo/Swiss knifes lover
I never could draw anything decent with crayolas :(
Primordial Bagdes has a cute parrot
Diary of a Dorkette shows us dolls
All things Calvin
Current Location: Lima - Perú
Current Music: Roxette - Dangerous

Kuelap Mar. 22nd, 2014 @ 09:24 pm
The Kuelap fortress is an important archeological site in Perú (the second after Machu Picchu) and receives small amount of visitors because it is far away from Lima (20 hours by bus, there are no plane flights to Chachapoyas province). Form Chachapoyas city (in Chachapoyas province, located in Amazonas region. It has the same name as the Amazon river in spanish) you can take a tour or a car to Luya province, where Kuelap is.

This is the outer wall. In some places is 19 meters tall.

It was discovered in mid XIX century and it was totally hidden by the jungle (Kuelap is placed on Amazon rainforest highlands). Kuelap was also a town where Chachapoyas people lived.

This is another view of the wall:

Kuelap is older than Machu Picchu and the Inca's culture. It is niot clear when it was built and, later, abandoned.

This is a reconstruction of one of the houses:

Houses were several meters tall, had two floors, and inside people had a place for their guinea pigs. The second floor was mainly the bedroom.
Kuelap also has tombs and a temple. When I was there, I could find human bones' pieces near a tomb.
Current Music: Haluk Levent - Sana Varamadım

This week’s assignment from the League: My Latest Obsession Mar. 16th, 2014 @ 10:43 pm

In my case is:

Everything started when Chris posted this and this on Stunt Zombies.

Perú is a tropical country, we peruvians rarely (or never) see or touch snow in our entire lives. Plus, it is summer in the south hemisphere from December to March. It is annoying hot here now, and I was sickly tired of summer from... January.

I commented in Chris's blog:

"I have to climp up to +5000 masl (+16400 feet above sea level) to find snow...

He replied:
"I'd consider myself lucky if I had to climb that far to find snow :-p."

So I decided to get lucky >:)

This is how Anticona an San Andrés mountains looked like on March 2nd (Anticona is on the left, San Andrés is on the right, I was there with a mountaineering group called Aire Puro):

Freaking sunny and hot for being 5000 masl. The path to the point where both mountains touch eachother (the "low land" at the center of the photo) was supposed to be covered in snow.

I went home heartbroken, thinking that my beloved snow was dissapearing forever.

Then, on March 9th, I went back with Bruno, Don Raúl, Juanito and Antero. The following photo was taken where the Anticona and San Andrés mountains touch eachother (5100 masl):

AHJSGYTVScasgvagvytaf!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Covered in snow as it were 2010!! :D :D :D

We climbed to the top of the San Andrés (aroung 5200 masl). Sorry, no photos because of bad weather. My crappy 2007 digital camera gets blind with this whiteness :D
I'm told it is freezing above 3200 masl in Haurochirí province (Ticlio is in the frontier between Harochirí and Yauli provinces, in Lima and Junín regions respectively).

Sadly, the glacier itself it is dissapearing. What we have is snow, not ice.

More obssesions from The League:
Stunt Zombie loves Cadbury Candy
Cool and Collected loves TV
I have never watched the Big Lebowsky
The Fantastic Four :D
Obsessed with Outer Space
I'm scared!

Current Music: Claire Anne Carr - Stop the Bats Rock! (Daniel Ingram Cover)
Current Location: Ticlio - Perú March 2014

Mummies from Chachapoyas culture Mar. 6th, 2014 @ 10:57 pm
When I was in Chachapoyas town, there was a little exhibition inside one of the buildings in front of the main square.

What I found were mummies :D

Centuries old, these mummies show how chachapoyas people placed their dead ones inside their sarcophagus.

Here's a family: mom, dad and child:

It was conmon in ancient Perú to place dead ones in the same position we are before get born. From Paracas to Mochicas and Chachapoyas, bodies are always in this position.

One of the mummies was in possesion of a shaman who used him/her in his rituals. He/She was rescued by the police:

It seems he/she was a nice person :)
Current Location: Chachapoyas - Perú
Current Music: Donato y Estefano - Alucinando

Sarcophagus of Karajía - Chachapoyas - Perú Mar. 3rd, 2014 @ 10:32 pm
Located in the district of Luya (Chachapoyas province, Amazon Rainforest highlands) around one or two hours by car from Chachapoyas city, these sacrophagus were made by the Chachapoyas people, who lived here until the arrival of The Incas and after, the arrival of the spanish conquerors. Where the conquerors who destroyed and burned Chachapoyas' sarcophagus in XV century because they thought they were sinful because it was a form to praise death. In fact, in ancient Perú there were no real difference between life and death. When a person died, it was considered he or she went back to the ground or the Mother Earth. The world of the dead was close to the living, not a separated world. Death was so close to life that Mochicas people (who lived to the side of the Pacific Ocean in Trujillo and Chiclayo) even had sex with their deceased loved ones.

Because of time, treasure hunters and earthquakes, very few Chachapoyas' sarcophagus survive today.

This is the photo I took:

These sarcophagus are very high on the rocky wall of the mountain.

This is one of them, rescued in a little exhibition in Chachapoyas city:

Current Location: Chachapoyas - Perú 2013
Current Music: Emre Altug - Sans

Pre Inca path from Chachapoyas to Levanto town Feb. 20th, 2014 @ 09:47 pm
December 2013: I was told there was a pre-inca path from outside Chachapoyas town to Levanto (another town). It was true: the walkin distance is around 3 to 4 hours, but I took the wrong fork and ended up in Quipachacha... another smallest town with very nice people that were making their nativity scene when I arrived. They use plants and branches they gather from the hills around. I was lucky to find transport back to Chachapoyas because in the way from Chachapoyas to Levanto/Quipachacha you unlikely will see any people.
A little dog walked with me most of the way, I left it in Quipachahca because it is common these doggies walk long distances on the mountains going and coming back to home.

This is a photo of the best part of the path, it is so ancient that most of it is destroyed:

Chachapoyas culture was conquered by the Incas before the arriving of the spanish conquerors in XV century.

I took Apple Jack and King Sombra wiht me:
Current Location: Chachapoyas - Perú
Current Music: Fito y los Fipidalis - La Casa Por El Tejado

Two views of the same street: by day and by night Feb. 16th, 2014 @ 07:14 pm
Saturday Night yay!

Lazy Sunday morning:

I can't remember if I took the photos in the same direction.
Current Music: Kenan Doğulu - Tutamıyorum Zamanı

A few photos of El Museo Carlos Dreyer in Puno Feb. 8th, 2014 @ 05:37 pm
Carlos Dreyer Spohr was a painter and collector from Germany that lived in Puno during more 30 years, in early XX century. He was interested in peruvian ancient cultures. He made paintings in oil, aquarelle, pencil and charcoal, and he was influenced by indigenous current. His paints are about landscapes, customs and daily live in the highlands.

In the museum you are allowed to take photos just in the first floor.

The exhibit includes photos, paintings, Carlos' belongings and objects of the Moche, Nazca, Chimú, Chancay and Paracas culture. It is a really interesting and nice place. That days, a group of japanese people were visiting too.

This is his typewriter:

The sign says:
"German typewriter, 1910".

The photos are from Puno city in early XX century.

Entrance costs 10 soles (less than 4 dollars). It is located on Conde de Lemos street, number 289. Puno City.
Current Location: Puno - Perú
Current Music: Hisham Abbas - Ard El Sharq

Last photos of the Yavari Ship Feb. 1st, 2014 @ 10:55 pm
We were so enthusiastic about the ship that the captain herself came out, salute us and gave us her card!
Her name is Giselle Guldentops Benavides "Captain and General Administrator" and she is a really nice person (it is not common that the captain goes out and salute random visitors).

These are a couple of photos from outside:

My Playmobiles found this nice guy asking for tips:

This is a photo of the lady that recued the Yavari, and a photo of the ship in the conditions where she found it:

Current Music: Van Canto - Magic Taborea

A few Close Ups from inside the SS Yavari Jan. 25th, 2014 @ 11:26 pm
This is Ye Olde Radio in a corner of the dining room:

This is the cockpit. On the wall there is a portrait of a saint. On the portrait there is a XIX century clock that still works.

I saw on a documentary that some modern ships have a rudder so small that the captain can move it with one finger.

This is one of the cabinets in the cockpit. Below you can see few of the original sailing instruments used in XIX century.

Current Location: Puno - Perú 2013
Current Music: Kim Wilde - Kids In America

More photos from the SS Yavari Jan. 19th, 2014 @ 08:26 pm
These are the scaling models next to the Captain's library:

Incluing the SS Yavari itself:

Here are a couple of photos from the dining room:

On the corner is an antique radio receptor.

On the wall you can see an antique phone :D
Current Location: Puno - Perú
Current Music: Donna Summer - She Works Hard For The Money

Photos from Inside the Yavari Ship Jan. 15th, 2014 @ 01:11 pm
This is the Captain's library:

It also has a few amazing scaling models of different ships :D

This is the engine room:

It is the original engine from XIX century.
So Awesome!
Current Location: Puno - Perú
Current Music: NOX - Tűztánc

The Yavari Ship on Titicaca Lake Jan. 10th, 2014 @ 01:35 pm
Once a ship for merchandise in XIX century, The Yavari was rescued and restored in late XX century. Now it is a turistic attraction and a free entrance museum. Donations are welcome and used for the ship's maintenance.

Most of the time it rests near Puno city reciving visitors. There are guides that tour you inside of the ship.

This is another view of the lake's coast outside Puno city:

Here you can read a little of its story:

Here you can read a little more of the Yavari Story:Collapse )

More photos coming!
Current Location: Puno (August 2013) - Perú
Current Music: Van Canto - The Mission

Xmas Light in Chachapoyas City Jan. 1st, 2014 @ 09:52 pm
Chachapoyas is a small city located in the nort part of Perú in a region called Amazonas. Chachapoyas is its capital.

This is a view of the main square:

A photo fo some Xmas Lights:

This is the tree at the center of the square, I like how Hay Lin looks like if she were praying:

The sign says:
Regional Management of Amazonas Culture.
Current Location: Chachapoyas - Perú
Current Music: Despicable Me 2 - Minions' Another Irish Drinking song

At the Hobbie Market in November 2013 Dec. 30th, 2013 @ 07:16 pm
Placed at the side of the Museum of Conteporary Art in Barranco District, Lima, these pop culture markets are organized a few times per year in different locations in Lima City:

It is mainly about comics, some of them printed in Perú, others (more expensive) imported by independent traders like these:

And these:

or these:

Some of these traders already have stores in Arenales Shopping Center, the pop culture Center in Lima :D

I met my school's best friend Fiorella this time too. Her brother Bruno is one of the traders that import comics. Yes, there were the Park Comics guys Rómulo and Fabián... they sold the My Little Pony cómic I wanted :(

This time there were RPG/strategy cards players:

Current Location: Barranco District - Lima
Current Music: Gumball's Xmas Episode - Cancelled Xmas Song

Playmobil Store in La Paz - Bolivia Dec. 24th, 2013 @ 08:00 am
Located in Calle Comercio #1009, this store named "San Carlo Ltda." sells mainly fabric, but its second floor is dedicated to Playmobil :D

You can notice the store because they placed this cute guy in front of the door:

You can see the fabric behind.

Inside, when you go up the stairs, you see this decoration:

The second floor is filled up with Playmobil boxes, I also found this cute folk:

When Bruno returned some weeks later, he found this smiling guy:

See the fabric piles behind?

Yes, I bought Playmobiles, plus the ones I got in the stores in Lima, now I have a nice collection of new colorful Playmobiles :D
Current Music: Van Canto - The Seller of Souls

More Flavio's toys Dec. 12th, 2013 @ 01:33 pm
Undersea Lego playset:

Here's a photo of Flavio and my boyfriend Bruno playing with the awesome ships:

Yay! :D
Current Location: Flavio's house
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic - Intro Theme

Flavio's pirate ships: Dec. 10th, 2013 @ 01:32 pm
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 Location: Flavio's house
Current Music: Amistades Peligrosas - Nada Qué Perder

This week’s assignment from the League: Christmas wishes Dec. 8th, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

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:

To show you I'm a rather good girl, here is a photo of my pets:

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.


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)
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