terça-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2018

Crazy portuguese thing

Hi.On the day before New Year's Eve at about 4H00 PM, I contacted this Lisbon company through the phone. This man answers the phone. I told him that I needed this electrician repair. What I told the man who answered the phone was that I needed a  ground connection on a plug that is near the owen, on my kitchen. I clearly told that man that I alone could not open holes in the tiles on the wall, and that what I needed was a wire all the way from the refrigerator (that has a ground connection) to the plug near the owen. I asked him the price for the job. He says that to go our house in Lisbon that was gonna cost 35€, at least. And that for the work in itself the technicians would say when they come. And!.. He said that the technicians had a bank card machine so I could pay with the bank card. Cause I told him that I only had 100€ in money at the house. Maybe 45 minutes later the technicians come. Two of them. They enter. I told them that I just needed a wire from the refrigerator to the owen plug. Thay start laughing. They said that they were gonna "inject" the ground signal to the house plugs on the electricity panel where are the circuit breakers. I said ok. Wrong move. They shut down the electicity and they did it in maybe 10 minutes. Just that.  Then they called and asked me to check the electricity on the house. All was just ok. Than I asked for the bill, what I had to pay: 330€. And to pay at that instant. See this, I got 100€ in money at the house. My mom's bank account got 140€. Not enough. I called at that precise instant my sister and I asked her to transfer 90€ to my mom's account, and when it was done, that she called me back. She calls me, I pay. I payed 100€ in Money, plus one bank transfer of 140€ and plus another  bank transfer of 90€. All 330€. They got a really big smile on their faces and they left my house. This was it. Nice hey?.. Really Portuguese style. They give me a little paper and they say that were gonna send the receipt with Vat number through the mail. That was it. I made just a little complaint to the Goverment through a site that there is here to the consumer's disputes, or complaints... If I want, I can always make an oficial complaint to the Courts of Justice. But to do that I would need a oficial lawyer. Not a private one. And!.. For that I would need to go to the Social Security (in Portugal) and make na oficial request. My mom says no way. That there is absolutely no need for that. To myself, ok. But!.. The Lisbon Social Security centres are just absolutely overcrowded. It opens at 8H30 AM. If you want a ticket to get in the waiting line, you just gotta go there at about 7H00 AM the  very least. Cause at 9H00 AM there are no more tickets for the waiting line for nobody. The last time I went there, to the Social Security, I got there at 8H15 AM, I got maybe hundreds of people ahead of me in a waiting line just to get a ticket. I really got a ticket, but they only talked to me at 5H15 PM. I waited there all day long. Nice. Really nice. Thanks.

Crazy portuguese site

Hi. The day before yesterday, Tuesday 19th, I bought here in Lisbon 2 tickets (I paid 53.69€) to a show that there is gonna be here next March 2018. The show is called "Velocidade Furiosa ao Vivo" and it's an American tour live, of the cars of the film "Fast and Furious". But, yesterday 20th early in the morning I tried to access their online form to ask that my purchase would be cancelled. The tickets site for the show is http://www.blueticket.pt . It's surelly a portuguese company. The site form didn't work. I tried to contact them through email but the reply was that I should contact them through the site, which doesn't work. My complaint to Paypal , which they replied, was that they never would do anything (much less return my money) and that I should contact the company which sold me the tickets. I contacted this company Blueticket and the reply was that tickets are non-refundable or I will just to have to take them to The Courts of Justice. I will loose the two tickets money. Isn't it a scandal?.. he he.. BTW, their Paypal email address: info@blueticket.pt !.. Boom!.. He he he... And watchout!.. Tickets are non-refundable, from Paypal contact himself!.. He he he... Thanks. And!.. The multimédia company that does the Blueticket site maintenance is called Innovangency. The site link is below.

https://www.facebook.com/blueticketbilhetes/ <- Boom!..

https://twitter.com/blueticketpt?lang=en  <-  Boom!..

http://worten2.byblueticket.pt/Purchase.aspx?revt=1&E=3431 <- Worten?.. Like The Worten store here in Lisbon?.. Boom!..






domingo, 31 de dezembro de 2017

Chinese Tsingtao beer

Hi. Here in Lisbon (and I suppose all over the world) there is for sale in the Chinese restaurants Tsingtao Chinese beer. Here it costs about 2,50€ a bottle. But it's just a really great beer. Thanks :)

domingo, 24 de dezembro de 2017

Chicken soup

Hi. We got here in Portugal a soup that we call here "canja", and there is no exact translation for english. It's just a portuguese word. It's just a chicken soup. You boil the chicken really well in much water, and you also put in a peeled oignon that is boiled at the same time that the chicken; and then you remove the boiled chicken. With a dowel. Then in the water that was used to boil the chicken, that you don't throw away, you put in a container (maybe plastic), you boil rice. The chicken has to be boiled in like a lot of water, so when the chicken is already boiled, the water that remains, that was the water used to boil the chicken, is enough to make a soup. In that water you boil maybe 1/2kg of rice. You put some salt. And after maybe 10 minutes, the time it takes so that the rice is properly boiled, the soup is ready. It's a really nice soup. Very old recipe. It also can be done instead of chicken, with duck or turkey. In the plates where you put the soup, you can put little pieces of the boiled chicken. Thanks

Belem Cakes

Hi. There is something here in Portugal, and especially in Lisbon that is called "Belem cakes". In english it is called "custard tarts". It is sold regularelly here in Lisbon, and I suppose all over the country, since it is a traditional cake, from long ago. It is said that it has a secret, and that only in Belem, in a store called "Pasteis de Belem", I think, a place in Lisbon, near the river, they know the special secret to make the authentic "Belem Cake". Now, here is a recipe of these cakes I found on the internet, from the Lisbon City Hall. The exact translation of the name of these cakes from Portuguese to English is "Cream Cakes", like with the milk cream, which is sold in packages and is used to make chantilly cream. So, I noticed on this recipe that is in the link, from the Lisbon City Hall, that it really has cream (in the recipe). But, I also noticed that it has water. So, if you make this recipe with all cream, also instead of any water (or milk), it will become just like the real "Belem Cakes" from the only store in Lisbon (that I know of) that has the supposed secret to make these cakes in a very special way. You can use Bio ingredients, like eggs, maybe milk if you appreciate it (instead of water), cream, and flour, all Bio. After being cooked, it's great with cinnamon on top, and maybe powdered sugar :)
Thanks so much. Here is the link to the recipe of the cakes from the Lisbon City Hall:

Blue Flag :)

quarta-feira, 27 de setembro de 2017

Just a way of living


There are many ways of living. Also many ways of life. I could say life is an art. I could say life is even also destruction. Not always just all so very good. I think so. Really. So, there is the matter of balance in our lives. A sort of sense, or feeling, of opposites. Like a boy and a girl. Like day and night. Like the colors. We love money. Shouldn't we?.. There's an old saying here in Portugal that says that money can't bring you happiness. Happiness is fine. A way to be happy. A way to be healthy. A way to make others happy too. A way to make others healthy too. Medicine, like the medicine man, or a Shaman or so. Polution and stress can be a sort of a problem. We should sleep well, enough, or otherwise... A person, like myself, can have consciousness. Life is kind of in a way consciousness. We talk. We do things. We act a lot. Like really making kung-fu, or class, or so. Our body is something that to us is very precious. Like when we try to take attention ourselves to our own health. No one likes to be sick. Inteligence. The ability to kind of produce products that are in a way interesting to others. Or may be. We really did need education. But not thought control. Quoting Pink Floyd in the album "The Wall". Drugs are a real problem. But anyway, life is nature. Life is trees and the sea and sunshine and rainbows. Life is many things. Life is love. Life is having a child, why not?.. I feel great. How life smiles at you, sometimes. History will tell. We always are remembered. We always need love.

Thanks :)