Another day, another dollar 💵 💸💰

Hey you,

This weekend we stayed at Sandbanks at Prince Edward Island County. It’s 2 hours drive from Toronto.

My favourite part of this Provincial Park is the tall dunes close to the lakeshore.

It’s fun to run down the dunes and swim away! 🏊🏼‍♀️⬅️🏃🏽‍♀️⬅️🏝

Luckily, the first time I visited Sandbanks was back in August 2016 and we had a great time hiking and swimming!

Unfortunately, the water was too cold this time because we came over too early in the year and we didn’t have a chance to get into the lake.

The dune trails are currently flooded and closed due to Lake Ontario’s high water level. 🌊🏖😵

We left late on Friday because I was working until 6pm. So we hit the road at 7:40pm and we made it to the campground at 9:45 (15 minutes before it closes again!)

We slept under the trees by the sound of the breaking waves of the lake nearby! We woke up with the sun and the birds singing.

Temperature was 8 Celsius at night and 18 during the day. We used a record number of 7 bags of firewood 🔥 for the entire weekend.

My coworkers asked me how much this costs per night, so here it goes:

The campground ⛺️ reservation and the firewood is $75 per night.

Plus one time expense of $400 bucks for all camping gear:

  • 3 pl. Camping tent (to fit bags inside beside the bed)
  • Air bed queen size
  • 2 sleeping bags
  • Cooler
  • Beach chairs and umbrella
  • Stove and gas

Extra costs:

  • Food
  • Fire starters
  • Park store (extra expenses including ice and/or lighter if you run out)

And obviously, a locker for gear storage: 😘

Quarter century old – what’s to be done ✅ 

Hey you,

My 25th birthday has recently passed and I celebrated it over this Victoria Day long weekend in Tobermory (yeah, again!) with Eduardo, Mahi and Asish.

I also celebrated my 7 year anniversary with Eduardo on May 20th!

The camping season this year has officially started and we had an amazing time in the best national park in Ontario: Bruce Peninsula!

We saw this beautiful sunset 🌅  during our 3.5 hour drive from Toronto.

We were driving a bit worried and unsure if we would make it on time. Turns out we arrived at the registration centre 5 minutes before it closed and we didn’t have to look for a place to stay for the night, but people still arrived in the campsite on our right side and they built their tents after we were already in bed. I guess we would have done the same thing, but we don’t like taking any chances.

Friday night was great! We built the tents ⛺️ and we had a nice fire 🔥 over wine and champagne! Even though they have an Alcohol Ban for the long weekend. 🤐

At 4am in the night, we received a visit of a wild animal 🐻 that destroyed our garbage bag with its big claws. I forgot a piece of potato 🥔 in there. 😵 We fell asleep right after that. 😴

Saturday, we enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at the Indian Head cove and the Grotto cave! Unfortunately, our guests had to drive back to Toronto right after we got back to the campground because they had family arriving today from India.

To be honest, after doing my 11K steps by trekking all day under the sun (15 Celsius! 😜) ☀️ we decided to have a lazy rainy day on Sunday. ☔️ We stayed warm in the tent. (Lowest of 5, feels like 3 at night)

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(that’s Eduardo wrapped up) 🌯🍣 more photos of the trip here.

I love campsite #206! We had a good area for both tents, both cars and 2 tables. We were cozy close to the fire 🔥 but me and Dipika got sick that night 😷 she even had a sick day off on Thursday. I kept working because I basically just had a bit of running nose and dry cough.

On Monday we packed up and we left at 10am for a breakfast of champions. 🍳🥓 This was an amazing long weekend!!!

That’s what I want to do for life: travel to new places and hike among nature in good company!

The future is in your hands. Don’t let it go to waste. You will never be as young as you are on this day. Tomorrow you will be older. “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be.” – Eleanor Roosevelt. That’s another good reason to “seize the day or die regretting the time you lost” as Avenged Sevenfold’s song says.

The main secret of a long and good life is daily exercises and healthy food.

img_7265In a life well lived, every second that passes is a longing. (from Portuguese: “Numa vida bem vivida, cada segundo que passa é uma saudade que fica.”) It means, a life well lived is when you have a good memory of each single second. “Saudade” is the love that remains 😊

These are things that my parents always kept telling me but… you know for fact that PEOPLE ONLY HEAR WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR and THEY CAN’T TAKE BACK WHAT THEY SAY. It means I will always remember what they kept telling me but I just didn’t want to hear at that time👂🏼 🙃 so this is what I know now as a mature young adult that I wish I knew as teen:

1- This small world is calling us! This is the best time to be alive! We can easily find affordable travel options and unlimited amazing pictures!

2- Enjoy every moment of your day, every meal, every conversation and every sunshine ☀️ because that moment is unique in your life. You will never be that age again and people come and go. So make every year a chapter of your life and fill in the blank!

3- Don’t stress out and use the 90/10 principle. Because you migh have to start over a few times. Specially if you are like most people that end up in a different town/country.

4- Don’t worry about make up 💄👁 👁 I’m so glad I got rid of my eyeliner addiction. I would simply wear it all the time as a teen and I would feel weird if I didn’t put it on.

5- Don’t worry about work out 🏋 most people have good genes and they are fine with regular daily activity until the age of 25! However, I don’t look my age anyways… I easily look 10 years younger 😐 the only difference is that now it takes me some effort to stay in shape.

6- Family is above all and we all know that friends are the family you choose! This future tattoo is in their honor and it’s a symbol of Stability and Loyalty.

Paramore: Hallelujah

Got nothing but time on our hands
This time we’re not giving up
Oh, let’s make it last forever

Asaf Avidan – Reckoning Song (One Day)

One day baby, we’ll be old
Oh baby, we’ll be old
Think of all the stories that we could have told

Avicii – The Days

These are the days we’ve been waiting for
On days like these who could ask for more?
Leave them coming ’cause we’re not done yet
These are the days we won’t regret
These are the days we will never forget!

Avicii – The Nights

Hey, once upon a younger year
When all our shadows disappeared
The animals inside came out to play
Hey, went face to face with all our fears
Learned our lessons through the tears
Made memories we knew would never fade

One day my father—he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away.”
He took me in his arms, I heard him say,

“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”

He said, “One day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember.”
My father told me when I was just a child
These are the nights that never die
My father told me

When thunder clouds start pouring down
Light a fire they can’t put out
Carve your name into those shining stars
He said, “Go venture far beyond these shores.
Don’t forsake this life of yours.
I’ll guide you home no matter where you are.”

What’s a True Brazilian-Canadian?

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Bueno… 🇧🇷 + 🇨🇦:

First, a bit of truth for both and for all: H2O! Stay hydrated, specially when the caffeine kicks in! Daily water consumption:
50kg:

  • Active: 2267ml
  • Regular: 2015ml
  • Sedentary: 1679ml

70kg:

  • Active: 3174ml
  • Regular: 2821ml
  • Sedentary: 2351ml

“Water” was the first word I’ve learned to talk! Of course, I was a baby and I would say “ah-gah” (from the Portuguese word “água”). J’aime l’eau!!! 💧💦

I drink it all day as long I have a water bottle beside me. Whenever I eat a small piece of something sweet 🍫🍩🍪 I have to take plenty of water to flush it out of my system. That’s why I’m not a big chocolate fan. It’s a good thing because I will never be a sugar addict and I don’t have to worry too much about weight gain either.

I love those detox water recipes. They are so tasty and easy to make! My favourite is with cucumber, ginger and oranges (or replace it with lime/lemon).🍋🍊🥒  That will help to keep your skin smooth too! I never had problems with dry skin until I moved to Canada. Here makes sense to use body cream because the air in São Paulo, Brazil is always so humid that I rarely had to put moisturizer on.

 

Second, stay active! I’m very active at work. My goal is to walk at least 10,000 steps/day. I also bike 5km/day as my work commute all year round. I’ve been biking under freezing rain and snow during every winter time for the past 5 years. 🚴🏻‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️

I can say I’m a True Brazilian-Canadian because most Torontonians also don’t mind biking around the city in the winter snow and summer rain.

I know that’s not considered an ideal situation to bike, but I still do it because it’s FASTER! I don’t want to wake up earlier to put a heavy jacket on to wait for the streetcar/bus for 10 minutes standing still outside. I prefer to be in control of my time and get to work in 10 minutes by bike.

My secret: know how to dress up for the cold, layer up and you are good to go!

I almost fell once due to black ice on the roads and it was a fun adventure to get home. I only say it was “fun” because I didn’t hurt myself badly that day. The bike flew right under me, I landed on my left knee but I just ended up with a bruise.

(More pics of the cherry blossoms🌸 here)

The third reason why I’m a True Brazilian-Canadian is because I’m going camping all summer for 15 weekends in a row! ⛺️⛱⛰That’s such a traditional Canadian vacation and I’ve only camped a couple of times in the last 7 years living here. I’m going to the best national and provincial parks in Ontario. I’m taking advantage of the Free 2017 Discovery Pass, get yours now!

My first time camping in Canada was in 2015. It was close to Tobermory, ON and it was an amazing experience! I just felt bad for the ridiculous number of spiders we killed when we took our tent down. I also woke up and saw a huge skinny legged spider inside the tent, on the ceiling, right on top of our heads!

I’m this desperate to enjoy the outdoors because I know a long winter is coming. ❄️ Don’t take me wrong, I enjoy the beauty of each season. 🍁 My favourite is spring 🌸 because it brings me hope of better days☀️ plus it’s my birthday, so the year really starts in May for me 😀🍾🎉

Therefore, I want to start the year in contact with nature! My tent 🏕🏖🛶 is my natural habitat and my second home for the summer! This will be a big adventure for me and my husband! I will keep you posted!

Eduardo is from Santos, Brazil (beach town) so he went camping every year with the Scouts and he also camped with the Cadets when he moved to Canada. To be honest, I just camped a couple of times in Brazil. The best time was at my High School graduation trip to Paraty, Brazil in July 2009. Before that I only camped a few times near my house by the woods. The problem is nowadays I wouldn’t go camping in Brazil anymore. I got spoiled during these past 7 years 🇨🇦 Thanks Canada for all this beauty, security, and opportunities!!! ♥️

Mother’s day is coming up in a week and I’ve got some great news!! I’m sponsoring my lovely mom to move here 🇨🇦! Our plan is to have fun cooking a bit of our most famous Brazilian 🇧🇷 dishes in Toronto. She can’t wait to spoil her future grandkids in the next 5 years! My two brothers are coming in the next 2 years and I so happy 😊 to finally be able to bring my family close to me!! 💜💙💚💛💖

It was so hard for me to immigrate that I can’t imagine how much harder it is nowadays. My younger brother might just come to visit because he is in Law school in Brazil. My older brother is just waiting for his fiancée to graduate 👩🏼‍🎓 university next year or so. ❤️

I’m sure they will easily adapt and become True Brazilian-Canadians as well. Unfortunately, the only time I’m not a True Brazilian-Canadian is when it comes to sports and dance. I personally don’t enjoy much of these activities, so I’m not a real Canadian nor a true Brazilian in this case. I’m also cutting down my meat, coffee, beer and sugar consumption, which are also Canadian’s and Brazilian’s top faves!

It’s all good man! – Btw, it sounds like:

“It’s Saul Goodman” – from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul

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Celebrating Canada 150 by Camping All Summer!!!!

I’m celebrating International Women’s Day with a mani pedi with the bestie and, of course, a couple of these sweet ones:

Jacob’s Creek Moscato

Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose

Parks

I can’t wait to spend 15 of my Summer weekends at:

3 National Parks – Canadian National Parks Reservation

10 Provincial Parks – Ontario Provincial Parks Reservation

2 Private Campgrounds

 

 

May 19: long weekend Bruce Peninsula National Park – Lion’s Head Beach, Sauble Falls Provincial ParkSauble Beach

May 26: Rock Point Provincial Park – Lakeside Park Beach – Crystal Beach Niagara on the Lake

June 2: Sandbanks Provincial Park – Prince Edward Island

June 9: Long Point Provincial ParkPort Burwell Provincial Park – Port Stanley Beach – Turkey PointPort Dover Beach

June 23: Pinery Provincial Park – Grand Bend Beach

June 30: long weekend Wheatley Provincial ParkPoint Pelee National Park and Detroit

July 7 – July 30: EUROPE!!!

August 4: long weekend Thousand Islands National Park

August 11: Algonquin Provincial Park

August 18: Glen Rouge Park

August 25: Bon Echo Provincial Park – Silent Lake Provincial Park

September 1: long weekend Georgian Bay National Park

September 8: Cobourg Beach

September 15: Awenda Provincial Park