Mobile Phone Etiquette

Before I go on ranting about people using their mobile phones all the time and in all the places I must say I do use my phone quite a lot. Hopefully I have not used it in a disrespectful way to the people around me. Or at least not often…

In Portugal I noticed people were on their phones a lot. A big portion of that time is actually spent on phone calls. This is something that is not common in London. I believe most people here spend time messaging or on social media and not so much on calls. Or at least they keep the phone calls for their private time.

If messaging while with other people around you can be disrupting a phone call can completely cut off any communication with the people present in that same physical space.

Watching people cAsually picking up calls mid conversation at meal times left me quite puzzled and mildly annoyed.

I do use my phone at meal times to occasionally take pictures of the food. I am aware taking pictures of the food might be annoying but I try to do it as quickly as possible. Bear in mind that taking a picture also doesn’t mean I need to interrupt any interaction with the ones around me. I am OK at multi-tasking. Answering a phone call seems totally inappropriate to me. Unless it’s an urgent call.

With limited time for family and friends in Portugal I tend to keep my phone on silence. I was on it to use social media but didn’t receive or make any calls. Didn’t even text much.

As I saw everyone making and receiving calls all the time I had to question it. Apparently it is quite a normal thing. Couples call each other all the time for little nothings! For someone like me that has no need to be on the phone all the time with anyone I found this quite strange.

Even though I get that it is quite common for people to interrupt a conversation to answer a phone call I still think it is a big “faux pas” in mobile phone etiquette.

What is your opinion on this?

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White Mercedes Benz

Living Below Your Means

As I write this I’m in a brand new white Mercedes visiting the beaches of Portugal.

No, I didn’t buy a fancy new car. It’s a rental that luckily got upgraded for free! From the cheapest diesel option available to a Mercedes. Less than 20 Eur per day. Thank you Sixt.

Riding in a flashy car made me think about people who live above their means.

It’s so common for people to get excited about a higher income and jump into a mortgage or a higher rent. All this without even thinking about the possibility of things not working out. No plan B.

Even if everything goes well and these decisions are within their means it sometimes leaves no room to breathe. No room for the unpredictable or for small luxuries.

I enjoy living below my means. It leads to me being less anxious about money. It feels comfortable. And it allows me to indulge in the things I love the most whenever I feel like it.

This ties in with everyone’s own priorities and their own way of managing money. More on my priorities here. What are your views on this?

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Online Entertainment

Online entertainment offers are endless! I must confess I spend a lot of time consuming all sorts of content. Mostly audio books, podcasts, Netflix and YouTube.

I thought I would share with you some of my favourites.

Audio books are still fairly new to me as I signed up to Audible not that long ago. Quite often I have bought a book there and didn’t really like it but thankfully you can return books easily.

Currently listening to The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really up To and loving it. Learning a lot about how our brains work.

I recommend The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel if you are into the psychology of relationships.

If you are a fan of Kevin Hart you might like I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. I found it quite entertaining.

When it comes to podcasts I listen to them mostly at work. I am fortunate to have a job where I can do that. It actual helps me concentrate as it blocks the surrounding noise.

The app I use to listen to podcasts is Player FM (on Android) and I quite like it. There are tons of other apps out there for these so just pick your favourite.

Views is probably my favourite podcast! Maybe because I watch them on YouTube all the time. These are highly entertaining.

I’m Sorry Dad with cool interviews and random conversations. Another one I don’t usually miss.

Sex Talk With My Mom can be super funny. Totally recommend if you are into sex talks.

The Minimalists Podcast with conversations on minimalism and questions from their audience on how to live a minimalist life. They are quite cool and have great voices.

I listen to The Creative Exchange if I am interested in the guest. Cool interviews with YouTuber Sara Dietschy.

When I run out of podcasts or I need something I don’t need to really pay attention to I listen to The Breakfast Club. This is a US radio morning show that sometimes has interviews, listeners calling in and a gossip bit. It is mostly entertaining but can also be annoying as the presenters’ views are sometimes quite extreme.

If you speak Portuguese definitely check out Sem Barbas na Lingua. Great duo! Love this podcast.

Netflix is great but I do spend too many hours on it! Since I subscribed to it the amount of films and series they have produced is astonishing. Even though it is not all good quality content there is still a lot of good stuff to watch.

I was totally hooked on Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)! If you are not watching this you are doing life wrong. Already watched all episodes.

Also currently watching Designated Survivor and Riverdale as these are released weekly.

On the less known series you have The End of the F***ing World that is beautifully done, Atypical is great and The Sinner is a good one too, heavy but I really enjoyed it. And don’t forget Ozark, really cool series.

Stranger Things is that classic that I am sure you have already watched.

Two of my all time favourites are Suits and Power.

YouTube is another platform that I love and use on almost a daily basis to watch videos from my favourite creators and sometimes other random videos.

Casey Neistat is back to the daily vlogs and they’re quite good. If you are looking for action packed, super silly and extreme vlogs you need to subscribe to David Dobrik.

For beautiful travel content with great humour I watch Christian (Lost LeBlanc). Amazing sailing videos with Sailing La Vagabonde.

Photography and video tutorials by Peter Mckinnon are beautifully done and he has some cool friends that sometimes show up in his videos. Jessica Kobeissi delivers photography related videos in a light funny tone and she is great at it. James Popsys is hilarious, if you like photography and have a good sense of humor you should subscribe. Mango Street creates beautiful photography tutorials.

For funny videos in a Uber subscribe to Ryan Is Driving. Sometimes I watch KSI as his videos can be super funny.

Hope you found my suggestions useful. Let me know what content you are enjoying at the moment.

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FOMO IRL

FOMO is a fairly recent concept. Usually used in an online context. When you stress out because you feel you might be missing out on whatever might be going on online. Mostly on social media. I realised I felt this when I left social media back in January. But after a while that feeling did go away and I didn’t think about what I might be missing out on anymore.

At the moment I have Snapchat and even Instagram is back on my phone but have no Facebook or Facebook Messenger. I really enjoy the Instagram stories. I am only following a few accounts now so I find I don’t spend a lot of time on Instagram anymore. If you tend to spend a lot of time on social media I totally recommend you take a break. I didn’t have Instagram on my phone for 3 months and survived just fine.

FOMO
ˈfəʊməʊ/
anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.

Origin:
early 21st century: abbreviation of fear of missing out.

Even though FOMO is usually mentioned in relation to social media it also happens in real life (IRL). I have suffered from this badly a few years ago when I hated to miss any Friday night out. Gradually I went out less and less and escaped the FOMO IRL cycle and finally got back to enjoying quality time at home on Friday nights.

These days I just go out whenever I feel like it or when there is a special occasion and honestly it doesn’t really happen a lot. Maybe I am getting old and don’t really fancy a two-day hangover often.

Last week there was a birthday and I was not planning to attend as I was not feeling it. So I had decided to go to the pub for a couple of drinks after an event at work and then go home. Suddenly seeing everyone getting ready to go to Camden I felt like I would be missing out by not going. I went against my plan and got in a Uber to Camden. The journey was loud in a car full of women. I felt sorry for the driver and happy I did not order that Uber (I like having a good rating on the app).

After an OK drunken night out in Camden I struggled to get home. Totally forgot it wasn’t the weekend (just bank holiday eve) which means no night tube! I don’t really mind the night bus so walked to the bus stop. Unluckily the bus was so packed it didn’t let anyone in. Leaving me with another half an hour wait. Uber pool failed and Uber X was on price surge!

IRL
abbreviation
in real life (used in video games, online contexts, etc. to refer to social interaction in the physical world).

Need to be better at realising when I am doing things just for the FOMO and not do them if that’s the only reason why I am doing it.

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April Fools’

No, I am not moving to Sri Lanka. At least not anytime soon. I came up with it as I am quite tired of the Winter and thought it would be nice to live in a sunny place. Also I had been watching Jon Olsson’s vlogs from his time in Sri Lanka which made me miss that beautiful country a little more. The picture on the post was actually shot by me when I was in Sri Lanka for work. Hope you liked it.

It was the first April Fools’ of the blog since I started writing in English so I thought I would make an effort and actually come up with a “joke” for my readers. Also I post on Sundays and this year the 1st of April was on a Sunday so I kind of had to do it. Hope you are not mad at me.

I found it interesting that so many of you actually clicked the link to the post. The reach on Facebook doubled and in one day the blog had the same amount of visits I usually get in a week!

Now I see why YouTubers go on about “Big Announcements” in their video titles. I guess most people want to see life changing events and crazy or unexpected things happening. Shame I cannot deliver that to you in every post. But please keep coming back for my travel adventures, random thoughts, photography packed posts and the occasional rant.

Just in case you have missed them check out my most popular posts below:
1. Cost of Living in London vs Lisbon
2. Reo’s Photo Shoot
3. Worst Week of my Life
4. I Quit my Job
5. Big Move! (April Fools’ post)
6. First Photo Shoot
7. Daddy’s Girl

In other news I got back to having Instagram on my phone. If you want to see some not that interesting Instagram stories go give me a Follow.

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About Religion

Being born in Portugal means that in some way you are likely to be exposed to religion throughout your life.

I was no different. My grandparents were quite religious so as a child I believed in God too. I would pray to have good weather on my birthday!

As I started getting older more questions popped up. I wasn’t happy blindly believing in something that didn’t make much sense. My mum always allowed me the space to make my own mind up about religion. I thought that was great. I wasn’t even baptized as my mum didn’t think she should make that decision for me or my brother.

Not getting the reasoning behind religion and believing in God I just lost interest in the subject and carried out my life just considering the “real” things around me.

Even though I respect people believing in some sort of God I find it a little annoying when they try to get me to believe in it too.

It’s the weekend I don’t want strangers ringing my bell to tell me about God! Only Domino’s and Deliveroo should be ringing that bell.

At work I don’t want to be invited to church (unless you’re getting married). Or at least I don’t want it to be followed by a roll of questions about me not believing in church or God. Questions that made it seem like you believe something is not quite right with me. And no, I don’t want to think about it. It almost made me ask back some of the same questions, ask why you believe. Is it a family thing? But I had work to do and didn’t think it was the place for a long discussion about religion. So I let the conversation end by saying thank you for the invitation.

At a later time when discussing the religion subject with someone else she tells me that she feels it separates people so she chose not to be religious. Giving me the example of not being able to marry someone from a different religion.

I found this so interesting because it would have not been an issue in Portugal where there is not a great variety of religions. You are not likely to find someone to marry of a different religion so it is not a very common “problem”.

Growing up in a city like London that makes a lot more sense and rejecting religion due to it being a segregation factor is quite inspiring.

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On a Schedule

I have committed to posting twice a week on the blog. You can count with new posts on Wednesdays and Sundays at 6pm. This is mostly to keep myself accountable and to avoid simply not writing whenever I am feeling lazy.

Surprisingly I have kept it going and have not failed one single post yet.

Might seem like an easy feat but when you have a full-time job, a boyfriend, photography as a hobby, Netflix and love to travel free time is not always abundant. Some posts take me an hour or two to draft but others take more than a day!

Finding the time to get visually rich posts or ones that require some level of research out there is not always possible.

When I am traveling I don’t always want to carry my laptop as it adds extra weight to my hand luggage. On my last break I left it at home and opted to write a couple extra blog posts before going away instead of writing them in Portugal. If I am getting a car at the destination I prefer to take the laptop as it is handy to edit the pictures I am taking and also to write about what I am up to while away. I find that it helps keeping the content fresh.

Saying all this I thoroughly enjoy the process of writing on the blog. Sometimes I even find myself thinking about writing more often.

With all the social media platforms and their ever-changing rules it’s great to have my own platform where I am the one making the rules.

I have been trying to figure out if changing up the schedule would help with the creative process in any way. Could always go back to not having a set schedule but I like the fact that you know when to pop in here for a new post.

Not going to lie, post topics don’t always come easy. Even though I have a list of possible topics I only write about something when I’m feeling it.

Let me know your thoughts. Does having a schedule even matter to you as a reader?

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