Wednesday, 31 December 2008
So I haven't forgotten but I do know that from now on it will be a little harder to keep this up to date... so I apologize in advance. But know that I will be here as soon as I can to get all the latest rants up, to chat about any new Disney songs I stumble across, to document some of my runs and of course to update you on the new human that I'm working on right now.
Until then, have a happy 2009 - may all your dreams come true! Catch you on the flipside...
Friday, 12 December 2008
In Epcot, the
To be fair, there are a number of shows and events at the pavilion, the ones I can remember are the ‘living statues’ and the ‘Renaissance players’ (is that what they are called?). I think there once was an Italian musical group performing there too but I’m not sure. In any case, I think that this pavilion could do with a bit more to try and convey the richness of the country…
Confession time: even though I’ve lived in Europe for over 10 years, it took me a long time to actually visit any part of
The clean, orderly and civilized view that we get of
Next summer we are spending a week in
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Okay, another one of these 'games' that I generally ignore but this one was a little different. I'm not tagging anyone so if you fancy playing along, please do!
1. Put your iTunes on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
4. Tag 10 friends who might enjoy doing the meme as well as the person you got the meme from.
If someone says “is this okay” you say?
Colors of the Wind – from Pocahontas
Not a great start… this just doesn’t make sense!
What would best describe your personality?
Las chicas no tienen pilila – Los Inhumanos
Not much sense here either (this means “girls don’t have…” you know!) but I guess it does describe me at least.
What do you like in a guy/girl?
El 7 de septiembre – Mecano
While I do tend to like guys that have birthdays in September, I can’t make much sense out of this one either.
How do you feel today?
Cruela de Vil – from 101 Dalmatians
Okay this one does make sense! And while I don’t think I’m in such a wicked mood today, this also proves that I have a lot of Disney music on my MP3 player.
What is your life’s purpose?
The flying circus – from The Rocketeer
Hmm… I wouldn’t say my life’s purpose is a flying circus but it does have some sort of sense, in a surreal way… I do like this piece though and is one of my more obscure Disney themes
What is your motto?
Reach – Gloria Estefan
“If I could reach higher, just for one moment touch the sky, for that one moment in my life I’m gonna be stronger. Know that I tried my very best, put my spirit to the test…” not a bad motto!
What do your friends think of you?
Girls on Film – Duran Duran
Literally I am not a ‘girl on film’ but the song always reminds me of the raunchy video and YES my friends probably think of me that way!
What do you think about very often?
Play – J Lo
Do I think about playing very often? I haven’t noticed but this is an interesting answer to the question. Maybe I should!
What is 2+2?
Gastame – Neon
Makes absolutely zero sense but at least the song makes some sort of numerical sense…? (it means ‘spend me’ in case you don’t speak Spanish)
What do you think of your best friend?
Never had a dream come true – S Club 7
This one is spooky – I do indeed think of my best friend every time I hear this song!
What do you think of the person you like?
Fastlove – George Michael
I guess it could fit, if only for the fact that both of us love George and actually love this song.
What is your life story?
(“If you could see how much it hurts to lose your love, with your goodbye you take my heart…”
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Lia – from Hoy no me puedo levantar
Another one in Spanish! I love the lyrics of this song and sorry but I won’t translate as they just don’t work as well in English: “Liame a la pata de la cama, no te quedes con las ganas, de saber cuanto amor nos cabe de una sola vez.” Not sure it’s what I want to be when I grow up but it’s a great image!
What do you think when you see the person you like?
Bet on it – HSM2
I wondered if any of my High School Musical songs would turn up! Ironically, it’s my least favourite out of the whole lot but I guess it does sort of answer the question…
What do your parents think of you?
Heaven in your eyes – Loverboy
No they don’t think I’m heaven! Probably quite the opposite…
What will they play at your funeral?
Thriller – Michael Jackson
I do like this song but is it a bit weird for a funeral… or strangely suitable?
What is your hobby/interest?
Singin’ in the Rain – Mint Royale
While I certainly do not like rain and would not sing in it, I happen to love the film and the whole musical genre so maybe it is one of my interests.
What is your biggest secret?
Waiting for that day – George Michael
Another spooky one, because it does fit… and it’s of course a secret so I’m not saying how!
What do you think of your friends?
And literally, that’s what they are – kids at heart that (mainly) live in the American continent. Good one!
What’s the worst thing that could happen?
Here and now – Steps
Wow, that’s a bit harsh. I can definitely say that here and now is NOT the worst that could happen.
How will you die?
1973 – James Blunt
Huh? It’s a bit late for that now… !
What is the one thing you regret?
Any other world – Mika
Not making an awful lot of sense here either but I have few regrets anyway.
What makes you laugh?
Shut up and drive – Rihanna
Another one that makes cero sense…
What makes you cry?
Funnily enough, I did cry once when I went on
Will you ever get married?
It’s gotta be you – Backstreet Boys
As I’m married already, I guess this makes as much sense as it can
What scares you the most?
Fabulous – HSM2
Another High School Musical song and another one that I don’t rate highly! But I am certainly not scared of fabulousness.
Does anyone like you?
She’s always a woman – Billy Joel
One of my all time favourite songs and I hope it means that people do like me.
If you could go back in time, what would you change?
Suddenly I see – KT Tunstall
“This is what I want to be, suddenly I see why the hell it means so much to me”. Sort of works right?
What hurts right now?
(You drive me) Crazy – Britney Spears
Doesn’t make much sense but I guess if I was hurting it would be driving me crazy…
What will you post this as?
Hold on – Take ThatIt works as a title I guess and if you’ve read this far then now you know why the title of this posting was so weird!
Friday, 5 December 2008
So I'll keep it short and celebrate Walt's birthday by sharing one of my favorite (and less known) quotes with you:
"All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them."
I hope that at least one of your dreams comes true today!
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
For a while now I have had an idea: why not contrast my experience of the countries in World Showcase with my experience of the real countries? I have visited enough of them to make this relatively interesting… and I even thought that this might make a good scrapbook album but it would make an even more interesting series of blog posts.
So we start today, rather arbitrarily, with
I seriously can’t remember the first time I went to EPCOT but it was fairly early on – it opened in 1981 and I do recall that we went in 1986 (to celebrate my 15th birthday!) and I had already been before so let’s say I probably went through those turnstiles in 1983. I remember being dazzled by the architectural varieties as well as the unique shopping and even some of those movies. It definitely was love at first sight and EPCOT quickly became my favourite park.
Some years later I applied and was accepted as an International Representative and I had the chance to work in WDW from 1995 to 1996. My main role was as an attractions and merchandise hostess in the Mexico pavilion but I did get the chance to pick up some overtime in other pavilions. I also spent a lot of my free time in the parks and I became very familiar with the ins and outs of Epcot. So I guess you could say I know this park intimately and World Showcase in particular as this was ‘my office’ for over a year!
In 1994 I had the opportunity to travel to
During my time as cast member I explored the French pavilion a lot more and discovered all those nooks and crannies – and ate at most of the restaurants! I can honestly say that the Bistro serves the best bread in all of Epcot and that the perfume shop ("Plume et Palette") has the most delicious and decadent perfumes in there. I delighted in knowing that it was just like being in
When the Flower and Garden Festival is on, the pavilion usually has a display of various plants and flowers that are used in the creation of some of the most famous Guerlain perfumes. It is a very interesting display and one that led me to switch to this brand instead of what I was using before (and I remain a Guerlain devotee to this very day, so don’t tell me that experiential marketing doesn’t work!)
As you know I eventually married a Brit and moved to the
So while the French pavilion is very reminiscent of