It Was a Night in Vegas

I would like to make a short introduction to the post of this week. Sometimes, people do things thinking that they are helping you, that this act or that other that they are doing it is going to make you stronger. Most of the times, people act without thinking in the consequences that some acts can cause to others because they simply think in themselves, in old traditions or they do not think at all. This song is about Vegas but it could have been about Los Angeles, Valencia or Stockholm. The place is meaningless what it is important it is how the people make you feel about a certain theme, how a lot of them act having fun at you without most of the times they know your baggage. How most of the people acts from their point of view: classifying the other, judging and without ask nothing about the other they point at finger pointing towards the other. A finger more dangerous than a loaded gun because some wounds do not heal even with time. You simply can ignore them but they are always going to be there to remember you the past. To remember you how a person, how some words, can really hurt and change someones life.

It Was a Night in Vegas

It was a night in Vegas

When life turn a round

The day that I met you

The night I break the bound

In Vegas, I let you go

 

Walking around with my guitar friend

I arrived to the city when the whole world goes to play

And there was music, and there was fun,

Everything was shiny but it wasn’t gold: dust.

 

Behind the curtains, the paper decorations and the lights

The spectacle was so simple that it would not enchant

Not the believers, not the followers, not the fans

Only charming faces, fit bodies but everybody wearing a mask

 

It was a night in Vegas

When I see what hides behind

The skeletons the bones

All that you hide and you cannot let behind

In Vegas, I let you go

 

All is a game and all is a huge lie

Where singers are actors,

where only rules the spectacle,

where the impostors live their life

 

My six string and I could not believe that lie

but Vegas was hiding something worst than lies

Sin was everywhere,

lust filled the ambient,

but it was in Poker

when I met for the first time your face.

 

The table is limited

not everybody can bet

and only the ones with the better cards

will win the game

In Vegas, I let you go

 

Kings, queens,

A’s everything has a value,

everything has a sense.

I lay my cards down

and I said that I did not want to play.

I don’t like to bet.

But you did and continue it

until your last dime was burnt in that no sense.

In Vegas, I let you go

 

Here I left but you can’t because you was in debt

with all the players whom you has borrowed their time, their sense, their lives.

In Vegas, I let you go

 

It was a night in Vegas

When you started all

When I met you and I let you go

How to Find the Right Balance to Your Skin

I have missed several weeks of post things for several reasons: the first is that I did not really felt in the mood to write nothing. In part, for several family reasons and all kind of circumstances which involved other human beings. The second reason was that I wanted to write about the skin but I was not really prepared to do it and my research deluded in time more than I expected. And, finally, the last reason in which my own skin was involved but let me explain it to you better.

As I told you several times in my different blogs (this one and the photo one) my intention it is not become a model or an “it girl”. I simply would like to make some real photo-shooting for magazines but, like I cannot, I practice the technique with myself for the moment. The case is, that it is a bit nuts but in reality almost, or all the pictures that you can see published are shot the same day*. This implies to change the custom several times, sometimes even the light and the make-up. Well, like I had some extra time one of the pasts days of july I decided to do the same and I took several portraits the same day.

The problem was that when I was preparing my skin to the last shooting I felt like something was going wrong on my skin but I simply ignored it and I kept with the job. At night, my right eyelid was burnt with a clear red spot on it. My skin was extremely dry and it showed some red itchy spots in several points of my face. That itchy points were my facial veins. The fancy medical term to call this it is “telangiectasias” which it is not other thing that a type of rosacea or dermatitis, as you wish to call it. In my case, it affects to my eyes too (inside and outside) and trust me when I say that it is quite difficult to scratch your eye ball when it is itchy**.

Then, I decided that my skin needed a break so I started a minimal beauty care routine that included my soap and a SPF cream, nothing else but it did not worked, in fact, it went worst. I quitted the soap of my routine and I only used water and the SPF cream but it was not working neither. Since then, I have become a crazy chemist which is searching all the tags of my cosmetic products looking for the full ingredient description. Then, I started to test everything on other parts of my skin and checking which was good for me and which not.

Ladies and gentleman, now I really understand why some people call to rosacea the “curse of the Celts” because it is a really pain…*** After my personal experience and thanks to Charlotte Tilbury for suggest in one of her videos “rose water” for dry skin. I have arrived to several chemistry conclusions:

1. It does not matter how “good” the brand is. Which is their reputation or how expensive it is. Most of them include chemicals that are not really good for my skin.
2. Most of the most expensive brands will sell you that their products are made with natural products…, that they do not test on animals…, that they are dermatologic tested… But most of them still including parabens.
3. Not for being products from the pharmacy or from spas this products are exempt of aggressive chemicals.
4. Not for being “natural” products means that they are exempt of aggressive chemicals. Most of them are not sold in their original chemistry form and they are diluted with other chemicals.
5. I will buy what it is good for my skin not will the brand will sell me even making me tons of gifts.

What I am going to do if I have been born with a sybarite skin? Just give to it what it really wants because, after all, skin is the biggest organ of our body and it seems stupid how most of the times we forget to care about it. I like my body, it needs a lot of love so I am going to give it to it. However, imagine if the drama was big that I even had to give up to my favorite fragrance of Chanel. Bye, bye Coco Mademoiselle. That really affected me hard but the Coumarin really burns my skin, even more than parabens. So, bad luck I guess…

Cara Delevingne for Mario Testino. Allure Magazine

Cara Delevingne for Mario Testino. Allure Magazine

Anyway, that my skin is a sybarite does not really mean that some of this products are bad. In fact, I used very popular brand products and they really work as they promise but they are not good for me and it does not matter what “the brand” spokesperson or saleswoman want to tell me: “That their products are good…, that I only need to fit better my skin care regime…, that when you are with a “rosacea crisis” there is not product in the market that will fit you so better keep with this ones…,  that the other brand is not so good as mine…” Yes, your products are great but not good enough for my exquisite skin and that is what matters at the end of everything.

I cannot show you my skincare routine because it was imposible to find one that fits me yet but, to all who has this problems I hope to share with you one soon. Look the way the things are but it seems that my back years of chemistry**** are given me some fruits.

However, as most of you are telling me that you have a very dry skin and you asking me for solutions I think I am going to give you some kind of answer. I cannot tell you: “this product” it is what you need because if I apply my case to you some chemicals dry my skin more than others and it does not matter at all with the condition of my skin. For example, to me, parabens and coumarin burn my skin and EDTA‘s and phenoxyethanol really dry it. If you combine a bit of all of them in several high-rated quality brands you have the reason to my skin problem. Well, or it is that or it is because a Wicked Celt Witch has decided to curse me but, in that case, I think the Witch should tie her shoes well*****

I recommend you that first to try anything you simply check if your skin starts to feel better without using any product. Use only water for one day or two and check it. Maybe you have been born with an exquisite skin too but, maybe, some chemicals are affecting your cells. So do simply that for a while and later you can check products that could have some of this ingredients:
1. Rose Water or Rose Extracts: It hydrates and regenerates the skin. If you have redness it reduces too.
2. Aloe Vera: Calms and hydrates the skin.
3. Licorice Root Extract: “Awakes” the skin, prevents of dullness and regenerates the damage.
4. Grape Oil Extract: Full in anti-oxidants, high hydrating, smooths and regenerates. You can simply use one grape cut it in half and rub it on your clean skin. This calms inmediately.
5. Evening Primrose Oil Extract: Hydrates and nourishes.
6. Caffeine: Awakes the skin prevent dullness.
7. Vitamin C: Awakes the skin and smooths it.
8. Citric Acid: Brightens the skin.
9. Salicylic Acid: Helps with the spots and the breakouts helping to the easy healing.
10. Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates and restores the hydric components of the skin cells.

I hope this helps. For my part I am going to try to write and post more frequently and to keep with my personal chemical quest. Wish the odds will be at my favor… Take care folks.

*That, of course, include also the other huge quantity of takes that are discarded too.
**Do not do it folks. In fact, it does not matter how itchy it is, do not scratch none of the parts of your skin.
***Well, you are all grown up enough to know where is the pain.
****They were very long ago. I think in the Pleistocene or for that times approximately.
***** I watch Supernatural and I dislike “evil”. So, do not mess with me or Dean, Sam and Cass will go after you. I am sure they will.

Do you copy?

San Francisco, California. A business man of J...

San Francisco, California. A business man of Japanese ancestry confers with a representative of the . . . – NARA – 536054 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They say that a good entrepreneur or marketer it is not the one who can manage the company perfectly if not the great manager it is the one who can see in the market the future perspectives of business.

Now, if you ask me what I have been doing all this time without post anything I will be shortly: meditating because I felt not interested neither in business neither in the future. However, do not be publishing stuff does not mean do not do nothing. In this last weeks suddenly I felt a terrible fascination to know more about packaging and organic chemistry, not the one which implies a fluid exchange. I know that most of you are a bunch of dirty birdies. No, I felt interested in how a molecule can change your skin, for good or bad, and how certain components like hyaluronic acid can help to hydrate the sky; how the glycolic acid helps to remove spots in the dermis and make your tone more even and fair…

Probably, most of you are thinking: “What the hell…?” But I know that I am a weirdo, that nobody understand my jokes and that meanwhile some of you prefer to go to crazy raves I prefer to waste my time with books. As Lady Gaga once said: “I born this way” and this is the way I am. Although please let me tell you what has made me wake up of my publishing silence: the word “inscrutabile”. Somebody left it in format of virtual message in my page and I must confess that like english it is not my first language I had to search it in my dictionary and, ignoring, certain grammatical misspells I suppose that the being who left this try to say that I am difficult to understand. I am glad that my mind can be a whole mystery for you. It has been a pleasure to learn that new word or compliment that you left in my site but quoting one of the greatest wizards in the world I am not more complicated than him:

“I see myself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks.” Harry stared. “One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a pair. People will insist on giving me books.” (PS12)

And in case that you do not get it, dear folk, this means that sometimes even the most complicated people in the world needs the most basic things: socks, hugs, kisses, somebody who will offer to prepare them a meal… So simple like that but I am sure that you do not get it so let it be.

Anyway, like I am in the wizard world mood I think that I am going to resolve some of your other crazy questions like for the example, the ones about “who should not be named”. You keep asking as mad monkeys for this bad ass rock star/actor/artist/hairy singer who I cannot see even in pictures. You keep asking if he is in Sgt. Pepper‘s movie or who is dating or about his baby because it seems he has left pregnant somebody… I do not know, I do not care… as if he wants to dance naked in the middle of the stage and pee all his fans as, I think, Iggy Pop once did. All their troop are blocked and there is no going back in my decision. If they want to still playing gigs or selling new stupid merch to some of their cuckoos is their problem not mine but, as you are very very very curious about to know if he has any relationship with Sgt. Pepper’s I can say NO. Almost, I am talking from my web domain site if you mean the Beatles album or Sgt. Pepper’s movie well… ask him if he was one of the hairy weirdos next to the Bee Gees but I will not answer you more about that.

This remembers me to mention that I do not accept virtual invitations, or virtual congratulations or grateful cards/messages of any kind. I am very old school and I still loving the physical handwritten ones. And this has remembered me a story that I wanted to tell you; a story about Los Angeles.

Los Angeles City Hall, 2009.

Los Angeles City Hall, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a hillbilly from a town. I passed half of my life between two towns because my family had some issues. In one of them, the people was always the best in everything and most of my school partners received a 50€ pay at week only when we were 8 years old. In the other town, most of my friends had never tasted a yogurt at the age of 8 because it was expensive when, in other hand, the parents of this kids had received that year around 1 and half million of euros by the selling of the products of their orchards. So, as you can see life was very different in both sides.

Los Angeles it is a huge city but as most of the parts of America only money and the appearance counts. If you can afford the rent of a studio by your own they arrive to the conclusion that you are rich and the fact that you dress like what they call “european clothes” that make you respectful. However, this does not mean that you are stylish because that means: “to wear brand clothes”. Where I am from we have a refrain which says: “Despite the monkey dress in silk, monkey it will be.” In case that some of you did not get it, this means that the clothes do not make the person.

I can tell you that there is a bunch of fake people around the world but in that city you have more chance to find more for square meter. Most of them will tell you how fabulous you are, how perfect, angelical… they will promise you the moon, the sky and the stars to later when they will not receive from you what they wanted to receive they will attack you stabbing you with all their weapons from behind. But, just for clarify, the fun part of this it is that before they try to poison you or your mind they never tell what they wanted from you. They simply attack and you should guess why they are now against you.

I confess that I am not a very social person and that I do not like to claim to the forth winds if I travel here or there, if I am dating somebody, if I am single… In this aspect I am reserved and I only say it with marketing terms and proposals, nothing else, guys.

Recently, I sent to one of my old Los Angeles friends a bracelet with a handwritten note. This is my style, like when I send cupcakes or other sweets to someone. My “friend” is from Mexico and I am from Spain so it is not a cheap sending but I think that most of you know what it is the tracking number, do not you? It is a code which can be used to track anything that you send paying that additional cost. Well, I suppose that she and I do not speak the same language because three weeks later than the tracking number told me that she had received the gift she told me a short virtual thanks adding that usually no one uses the mail system anymore. I do not know if she liked it, or not. I do not know nothing else. Just that she only sends me messages when I publish certain things, then she comes back to her “sister” asking me about my life but when I say: “I publish certain things…” I do not mean in my personal Facebook. I mean in my blogs, and do you know why? Before this kind of situations happened I have never posted nothing in my personal accounts to make reference to this site. Nothing.

So, when I posted this ring in my photographic site. Suddenly, I received an e-mail of her asking me if I was going to marry and as I said: NO. She became offended with me. I do not know folks, I suppose there is a bunch of people like my mom around there in the world gossiping online what one does or one do not does but, honestly, I do not give damn. I do not give it anymore.

People thinks that because you have made a picture of a ring you are going to marry, or because you do not publish you are sad, or because you do not go out you are depress, or because you take a picture of yourself in bikini you want to be a model, or because you say how to create a make-up style or give a beauty advice you are going to “steal” the job to some people, or because you do not publish your pictures in chronologic order you are lying and you have never traveled anywhere, or because some pictures are decent enough they are not yours and you have stolen from the web… But, later, some of this people who are always putting tags on you they have the right, without ask you permission, to take your logos, your signs, and make parodies of them, use them as their own promotional use or economical benefit and later they are not obliged to tell you not even thanks. It is okay, I understand. It is easy to destroy and copy than to create and to be original. The chaos creates more instability and that gives you more fans which at long term are more possible clients. I know it and it is fine. Continue your path and I will follow mine but now, let me answer you directly to some of your instability feeds that you/fans/crazy folks or simple people who is always searching seven feet to a cat is leaving me of my site:

sgt peppers in long beach: I’ve never be there. Is it nice?
lonely garlic: I use garlic a lot when I cook. They say that it keeps away the vampires and I like that but I never use it or eat it alone. I think it taste better if it is mixed with other ingredients.
steven tyler/sargent peppers lonely hearts club band: He is in the movie and I love his voice. Aerosmith is one of my favorite bands.
van houten chocolate: No idea about Van Houten and not a real enthusiast of chocolate.
+bansky spionage: Ask Bansky about that.
the lonely hearts by julia roberts: Definitely, this is a good title for a book. Please,can somebody suggest to Ms Roberts publicist or agent this title idea? Thanks.
tony had to make a few bands on my lonely: Why do not you ask Tony, then?
sausage & peppers lonely heart from what state do they live: I think, but maybe it is just me, that you can get sausage and peppers in any grocery store. But if in some states they “live” better ones for satisfy your needs simply go on.
peppers writing club dannielynn: Who is he?
stops: using the information learned in this course, explain three things you will not do when driving.: I am like six months receiving this. Not sure about this bad joke but it is obvious, do not you think?
smoke me sgt and past on back: I believe in spaces with clean air.
who is sausage and peppers lonely hearts club band: No idea. You created it. Not me.
dreams being multifaceted artist entertainer: Work hard. Dream less.
seems grow increasingly lonely unsatisfied wake new communicational: I use to be modest but I know a bit about communications. Check my linkdln profile. I do not consider most of the virtual communication, communication at all. Most of it is impersonal, they forget about the direct message or the receptor and most of them it gives ten kicks to most of the dictionaries of all languages around the world.
sgt pepper lonely hearts club fan: No darling, I do not have a fan. I prefer to open the windows. It is more refreshing.
“is it ok” to burn powder puff trees: If you say so…
what kind of a doughnut is sgt. balzac eating in home alone?: Ask Balzac.
pepper and tony have a rocky relationship but he is asked what he would sacrifice to protect her what would you do to protect the ones you love or are: First, I am Esther and I do not respond to any other name or nickname of any kind. Sgt. Pepper is the brand of my site STOP. But if you ask me what I would sacrifice to protect the ones I love I have it clear: my freedom or my life.
need for speed worldless: Worldless it is my other brand. That others used that name for other stuff it is their problem not mine. But I have never played that video game if you ask.
stallone and pepper: Ask Sly.
destroy ebola dna: Virus have RNA not DNA. I will give you a class of virology but I am afraid you will be not interested. About destroy that virus… I wish I could but I cannot.
everyone wants a place in someone’s heart: True but when you arrive and touch others hearts you also want that they give you back what you offered them. Not material things, feelings. But, in our days give but do not receive it is our daily routine. That is the reality give and be always the bad when you become tired, after years, of do not receive nothing that is a fact.
did all of the school shooters have pale skin?: I do not know. Ask any person from the USA I am from Europe and I am against weapons and anybody who holds one of them.
i never really had much of a childhood because of the neighborhood that i grew up in had a: I am sorry to read that.
+teen tattler girls flirt older men: I am not a teen. Do not know what you mean.
best gift for photographer: I am not photographer. I simple apply the Rilke rule that if you do something you are something. So simple as it. But if you ask me about the best gift for me. It will be helping Mario Testino, Karl Lagerfeld, Janusz Kaminski to prepare any set. That was my dream: to have a mentor, to learn. However, as I do not have a fairy Godmother but all the people treat me like if I am the one of them. I can tell you that the best gift that you can make me is tea, a weird blend that I have not tasted before or a simply one which I love it. I do not need nothing else but you can also add a hug. Well, I also accept fresh fruit.
esther photobomb: I can swear it is not me. I consider it very impolite.
places that are lie los angeles: Hollywood, to start.
how to create make up: That’s what I am interested right now.
bird, plane? no, its the wedding photographer: I’m afraid I am not.
justice for esther the dog: I do not know any dog with that name but if you refer to me. Well, not sure how are you going to ask for my justice.
herreraisabel twitter: Sorry Isa, I’m not going to look for you.
im not from this world: From which one are you then?
make a wish esther: Peace: of mind, of heart, in the people, in the world… That everybody can feel the calm without the necessity to destroy more homes or shed more blood. That nobody attacks others for hate, envy or pure joy just that people let it be all.

you copy: In case of you do not know “Do you copy?” is a slang expression used by the English speakers when they are talking in walkie talkies. You can hear that expression a lot if you watch films with a lot of armies or policemen. I like to make puns with my titles I hope know everything it is more clear.

necessary girlfriend pet feel lonely somebody talk bar borrowing cigarette : One day I will make a post about clear communications… So, tell me, do you have a pet who needs a girlfriend and you are borrowing cigarettes in a bar or what?

explain sometimes contrasting makes sgt star feel little bit human: No idea about what you are talking.

pepper band hawaii now i know what i want: I have two pals living in Hawaii but I have never been there. But if you know what you want go for it.

peppers nightclub germany: Not me. Be sure. I dislike nightclubs and I try to avoid Germany when I travel as you do not have idea.

laura shy hides inner beauty thinking strange world minor defect: No idea of who is Laura but if she is shy because an inner problem or insecurity she should learn to overcome it to try to feel more confident. Well, almost, this is my opinion.

marlon brando sargent peppers:  No, Marlon Brando is in The Godfather. Series which I finally could see complete. Wow!

do you bake the half pepper with the silicon or do you remove the fimo from the silicon and then bake ?: Here you are cooking friend! You must be the one who is not from this world, right? Because you cook peppers with silicon and… well, that recipe it is not from our planet. Not, really, trust me. I recommend you that you ask this question to the extraterrestrial chef in which you have seen this recipe. I do not really know this recipe and to me the silicon and fimo ingredients are very strange but, in Earth, when you bake a pepper it peels off easily once if it is baked. Again, syntonize your planet cooking channel or learn from other alien: Alf.

i truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. there are no accidents; we\\\’re all teachers – if we\\\’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.: First check my Twitter feed to see my opinion about teachers. Then, again, I repeat: It is sad that most of the people who we meet in our path do not teach us nothing positive because even if we follow our most positive instincts we cannot learn of this people nothing with good qualities. I am not afraid to take risks and I do not believe in miracles. I only believe in work hard and to give thanks to the Lord for what I have. This is my belief. However, I understand what you mean because I live surrounded by people who is always expecting miracles, who they always want to win the lottery when they have already a bunch of bills under their pillows but who are always complaining about how poor or disgraceful they are. I live surrounded by people who believes what the horoscope says it is going to happen and when you finish your coffee and read your cup and you have certain symbol this will mean that, what the symbol means to them, it is going to happen to you. But if you count the hours at day that they do of work and how many they expend watching television or looking at the horizon (literally) you will find that if you translate that working numbers to a week they had not even work, even, a day. But they are always very tired and they are always complaining about everything. So I understand what you mean.

“when you need it how much you need and whom you need” or or “you need and whom you need it for makes buying easier and” or or “it for makes buying easier and the accuracy can save an organization”: Be clear.

“not like illegal emigrants and she did”:  I have never been an illegal in any place where I have been. In fact, you do not know me. I have never expressed my opinion about illegal immigrants. So, stop saying stupid affirmations about me. However, if you want my opinion about illegal immigrants I am going to give you. Like or dislike are not the right words for describe it. I understand that most of this people are so desperate for try to have a new life in a “better” country that most of them do all kind of things that are not legit but I believe that the solution to the problem it is not to cross a frontier and with that your life suddenly will change. I compare that the problem of illegal emigrants it is the same that most of people have with Los Angeles: everybody travels there waiting for the miracle, for the luck that will change their lives and will make them easier. Unfortunately, most of this people finish living in the streets in very bad conditions and do you know why? Because a “better” life cannot be found in other city or other country, it must be found inside of oneself and this person will should make changes to get that objective. Sometimes this person will should make changes that will blow his/her mind and his/her way of act and thinking but, in that resides the improvement: “in change”. In change from inside towards forward until be better, until live better. Nonetheless, go to one place to other trying to catch the dreams and fake stories that others are selling will not drive people to any point. That story of I was in the right place in the right moment it only happens to one between a million. The rest, are only inventions and myths that people creates around them to sell more or to edulcorate the cruel real facts that happened to them until arrive to what they sell as “better live”. But this is other long philosophical point about why people always wants to be like the oil and float over the rest of the water. Again, about immigration, I do not have any issue about if it is legal or illegal always that this people come to their new country with the intention to change, work and try to improve their lives, but I believe that if most of this people will really know that all that they are listening in the media about Europe or USA it is a fantasy. That life here it is not so easy and storytelled as the press tells for them, they will think twice before to try to cross in illegal ways the frontiers.

favors elizabeth making scenes prefers being humble staying out everybody’s way: I am not Elisabeth and I completely dislike to make scenes. To me drama is only valid in the movies and I try to avoid all this people who lives only to make dramatic scenes. Their pathos depresses me until the point that it disturbs my inner peace. So, as an old refrain says: “Better to stay alone than in bad company.” My motto.

Not sure if I have could answer to all your crazy thoughts but I did my best. I think the human being is losing their ability of communication. It is true that in our days we have more options that can make communications easier than before but, at the same, time we are losing the ways in how to do it appropriately and this drives us to a daily path of constant misunderstood and mental confusions. Sadly, this is not only happening in the virtual world and it is extending to all the communicative areas. I am sure you have already heard about the orthographic mistakes by most kids and teens in the school because they write on paper as they write on their cellphones: with all kind of abbreviations and codes. However, we are not only losing that capacity because, in most cases, the same fact it is affecting to our verbal communication too. Most of the people is so accustomed to publish in the social networks everything that they think that they do the same in persona but, of course, without specify a receptor of the message as it is habitual in the virtual world. I do not know. I see a lot of stupid things around me that I prefer to ignore or maybe one day I will decide to write a post about it and talk more. I do not know. The only thing that I know is that if we do not worry in try to understand the other, ask him/her about the world will finish as Gandhi once said: “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” The same happens with communication.

Why the Sleepwalkers Still Sleep

On May 25th it was celebrated in Europe the European elections to the European Parliament. And, in each country of the European Union the different democratic parties started months ago a frenetic campaign to try to get a privileged chair.

Actually, this campaigns are over and it is curious how Europe it is moving in their politics towards the conservatism and to other kind of ways of thinking more closest to that ones which originated in the past the two Great Wars and which are qualified as extremist.

Europe is living in most of the countries a situation of extreme inequality. Not only the unemployment rates of some countries are beating records. To this situation, we must add the massive arrival of illegal immigrants from Africa and the quantity of children which cannot receive any meal at day if it does not for the help of social services.

However, in front of that perspective it was strange to hear this past days the candidatures and proposals to any political party. To be honest, some citizens, and myself included, are still waiting discourses that will promise that no kid will be hungry or any kind of social measure that will help to all this people in disadvantage conditions. In fact, most of the arguments that a lot of political parties had they were simply criticize the other. They tried to ridicule the other, to show to the citizens what the other political party had done wrong… but it has been very hard to try to find a political party which really exposed which will be their intentions to change Europe if they will have a chair because they have let perfectly clean that the only that they want it is a chair in that parliament, but most citizens still without having clear why they want to sit there.

“Europe is living in most of the countries a situation of extreme inequality.”

Of course, the wages and all kind of salary benefits that the European Parliament offers are very attractive to everybody although it is a bit useless to keep paying to someone who does not give any ideas to change the actual problems, who does not seem motivated and actively involved in make of their ideas a new reality… Maybe, this have been one of the innumerable reasons of why this year in European Elections most of the citizens have preferred to stay at home or to go to the beach to enjoy the good weather than to go to vote because vote to somebody who does not offer a solid argument or proposal it is like vote to nothing.

One year ago, it was published by The Economist an article called The Sleepwalkers: a text which made reference to our European Politicians which seem sleep in front of all this social and economic crisis and whom keep walking towards a precipice. In a year, nothing has changed and not only the prime ministers of each country are sleeping, most of the candidates to the European Parliament too.

Most of the countries of the old continent are based in a social system in which each citizen not only pays their taxations they, in fact, thanks to have a job can  have the benefit to have free medical assistance or to have a pension the day after tomorrow. They have this rights because the companies to the ones european people works pay part of the salary to the government to make that later you can have that social benefits. That benefits not only include you as a subject they also include your partner (if you are married) and your children. And one of the biggest problems it is that nobody is creating jobs and most governments are not making things easy to let that this things happen.

The case of Spain, for example, it is terrific. Most of the jobs are actual underpaid or illegal, this means not paying this social benefits, and it means that the unique solution that the people has it is immigrate to another European country. In the mass media of this country they only feed this idea: “Go out. Germany is the salvation. England is the salvation.” And, of course, England and Germany answer that they cannot save everybody. The closest solution to this problem that some politics have found it is something that they called MiniJobs which are a type of jobs in which it is legal to do not paid to the government that social benefits of medical assistance and pensions that, in theory, you have the right to have in a future or when you need it. With the MiniJobs you only work a few hours at day and if you receive the enough cash to pay a rent you can be considerate one of the luckiest young europeans on Earth.

The point of all this explanation about the system is that if you, as a State, have created a huge saving deposit which it is receiving money to every worker to later give it back to that worker… What is going to happen with that bank deposit when most of the population is not working or is working but with the right to do not pay to that deposit? It happens that this savings finish and with them all kind of social benefits. And this is what it is currently happen in most countries of Europe.

Other solution to this problem it is try to cheer people to open their own companies. Motivate them to create them their own job and to do not have to depend of anybody who hire them. The idea is great but going back to the spanish case there is a huge problem. To start, open any company in Spain it is not simple. It requires a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy which can delay the procedure more than a month and only for open it you are going to pay to the State at least 3.000 euros. As you can see, this is starting wrong because not everybody has 3.000 to simply open the company however, the disbursement of money do not finish on there.

If you are working on your own or you are the owner of the company you must pay to the Social Security 275 euros each month to have the future Social benefits. Then, you must pay a similar quantity for each worker that you have hired. If you do not do it you are infringing the laws and of course that could have consequences. This payment to the Social Security it is, in theory, for what I have mentioned before: medical assistance and a future pension but, in most cases, the entrepreneur it is obliged to hire a “mutua” which it is a private company who offers private medical services. If you do that prepare to pay to this private company around 300 monthly euros more just for have a duplicate service. However, you cannot escape for this legal tramp depending of the sector in which it is classified your company.

Do not believe that the payments to the State have finished here. Each three months you have two different taxes to pay as a company. Taxes that are a 21% even if you do not have any benefit in your company. This means, more bureaucracy, more papers and in most cases pay again to the authorized private companies that are the only ones who have the right to fix that papers and present them in your name to the government. You cannot do it by your own even if you know how to fill all that documents and formularies you are always obligated to hire other.

So, if we make quick numbers and avoiding all the private services that in most cases the entrepreneur it is obligated to hire. Have a company without any benefit could cost you around 6.000 euros at year. Do the spanish government really believe that a lot of young people it is going to be brave enough to assume that costs and sacrifices? This is claiming a reform in the laws so loud that it is weird that nobody has screamed around the world about it before. And this, it is only one of the innumerable examples of things that the politicians in Europe seems to do not see.

Meanwhile the primer ministers and all the politics still sleep without find a solution to keep alive that “savings”, the piggy bank is getting empty.

Most actual governments seem only worried in try to hide the loving affairs of the Prime Minister… others think that their country it is a brand and they are trying to sell it internationally as a quality thing but it is absurd to try to sell a country if in your mass media you are telling to your citizens to go outside of your country. All the money that you are investing in marketing to clear the good image of your brand you are destroying it with each unsatisfied citizen who had to immigrate outside.

And here it starts again the eternal loop in which Europe is trapped and in which nobody seems to wake up. Because each one of this social problems are all chained ones to others and it seems that nobody knows how to fix each one of the broken steels to make the fetters stronger again and to do not let that everything escape.

Maybe Europe it is simply like that old tale in which a beauty princess fall eternally sleep for the curse of a witch and who is waiting to the handsome prince to kiss her and wakes her up. However, it is not only important to remember that in the tale, meanwhile that princess was sleeping the whole kingdom experimented a phase of very dark times for a very long time. Let’s hope that this time nobody keep deep asleep so many years as in the children european tales from the past.

 

How Nestlé transformed cacao in a guilty pleasure

A cacao tree with fruit pods in various stages...

A cacao tree with fruit pods in various stages of ripening. Taken on the Big Island (Hawaii) in the botanical gardens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not a lot of people know that the cacao it is bitter before to haven been processed until arrive what we worldwide know as chocolate: this guilty pleasure that in the mayan times was a gift from the Gods to the mortals and today it becomes a gifted day when you can enjoy a bit of a quality one.

 

The first ones in process that magic fruit was the olmecs back at 1750BC. Later, the spaniards arrived (in the 16th century) and after kill half of the population of central america they declared themselves the kings and governors of all that lands. I know, history is full of dark times, but going back to the sweetest part of the history they exported the cacao to the old continent and after some centuries of doubt, researching, religious doubts and experimenting. Finally in 1815  Coenraad Van Houten could reduce the cacao bitterness. That process and the industrialization era made that the production of chocolate became massive, wild, tasty but, above all, varied and sweet.

 

But at the same time that this was happening, Europe was having a terrible time. A lot of

Henry Nestlé, 1800s.

Henry Nestlé, 1800s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

children was dying in that times because they were not able to feed of their mothers breast. The statics were overwhelming and it is a fact that babies cannot digest well current cow milk. Then, a pharmacist without children but interested in human nutrition called Henri Nestlé invented with his friend Jean Balthasar Schnetzler what we all known as powder milk and condensed milk. This invent was revolutionary for the era because it saved a lot of children but it was also the step that needed the chocolate to became what we actually know as a guilty pleasure. Without that step it could not be possible to have the quantity of varieties and flavors that we have in our days and probably chocolate could continue being more bitter.

 

As a curiosity anecdote about Nestlé I am going to tell you that his surname means “nest” and

 

that the logo that actually the company holds, of a nest with a bird feeding the young birds, it is similar to the original coat of arms of the Nestlé family. Henri Nestlé sod his company in 1890 but since that times we can enjoy of  several different products that make our life easy. This company make us enjoy also with this guilty pleasures like the one of the picture. Who was going to say that a discovery to save of hungry the little children was going to make the life in the world easier?

 

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Nestlé Strawberry Cheesecake

Nestlé Strawberry Cheesecake