Archive for the ‘Italy’ Category

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My First YouTube Video

October 23, 2007

I was looking for new videos to place here via vodpod and found that there wasn’t a video for one of my favorite songs: Abbraciami by Nek. So with what little I had, I created a video using Microsoft’s Movie Maker. I used pictures from last year’s trip to Italy. It’s not the best video, but it’s never really been about the videos but about sharing music and let you in on what I’m listening to this moment, this week, this month. Enjoy.

Vodpod videos no longer available.
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Video Picks

July 28, 2007

Righeira – Vamos a la playa. This reminds me of a summer I spent with my cousins in Rome many, many moons ago. It’s a stupid catchy song.

Skin – Purple. One of last summer’s songs.

Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita.  Another song that reminds me of summer in Rome, ages ago.

Raf – L’infinito. Still love this song and so does my two-year old daughter. Especially the ending, she loves to belt out the “ooooooooooh ooooh ooooooooooooh, l’infinitoooooooooooooo”.

Zero Assoluto – Minimalisimi.  One of my favorite Italian groups.

-Because I like to expose you to Italian music. 🙂

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Worst accent, evah.

July 26, 2007

For Snookie.
Paris Hilton, in an Italian TV commercial.

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Viva La Napoletana

November 15, 2006

My mother flew into Napoli (Naples) on the day that Heathrow shut down due to a terrorist plot. Subsequently, they routed her through Paris. She then flew to Milano (Milan) and then down to Napoli to meet us. She said to me in the airport, “The milanese women are so gorgeous. They’re blonde and blue-eyed, skinny, have sun-kissed tans, and they dress so simply and yet they look so beautiful. A lot of them just wear jeans and t-shirts but it works for them. They’re very elegant. But the napoletanas…”

And then she began to describe this one napoletana who had boarded the flight in Milano. She didn’t have to get far with her description because I had just seen her walking through the arrival section. She was wearing a shirt that showed off her mid-drift. All four rolls of it.

A lot of napoletanas are overweight and yet they wear tiny shirts that expose their multiple belly/abdomen rolls. They wear bikinis on the beach. They let it all hang out, literally. Thunder thighs, batman wing-type upper arms, and multiple stomach and abdomen rolls are all out in the open, for everyone to see and the napoletanas make no apologies for it. In fact, they walk with their heads high.

I was shocked at first. I have to admit I was little disgusted. I’m overweight myself and can’t even imagine showing off my imperfections. But as time went on, I realized that these were very brave women.

August in Napoli is hot and humid. Who wants to wear long pants and shirts in that type of weather? Not every place in Napoli has air conditioning, so a lot of stores and public places are hot as well. And everyone knows that you aren’t really covering up anything when you wear loose-fitting clothes. Stomach rolls are only going to be hidden by wearing a girdle and then there’s the muffin-top syndrome. All the fat that you squeeze from your mid-section has to go somewhere, right? So the napoletanas don’t bother with girdles and loose-fitting clothes and instead say a big vafancu’ to the fashionistas and diet/health freaks of this world.

Being around such women had an impact on me. How could it not? After a few days in Napoli, I felt okay about my body, imperfections and all.

Most people I know are disgusted with people showing off too much skin, especially if the people involved are overweight. I say, viva la napoletana!

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Laif eees nau

October 14, 2006

Yet another commercial for Vodafone starring the very hot soccer player Totti.