Saturday, July 6, 2019

Our Trip To Lisbon

A couple of weeks ago we took a plane from Montréal headed to Lisbon, Portugal and 6 and half hours later we landed on this breath-taking European scenery. This must be what being on top of the world feels like.

First thing first, while we were planning our trip we had in mind to rent a car. So, we booked a hotel about 25 minutes away from the airport thinking we would have a car to get there. However, after doing bit of research, we realized that driving a car in the city was not exactly the best idea, because of the number of tolls, gas and the lack of parking in a lot of places we planned to visit. Also, we don't drive manual and 75% of the cars in Portugal are manual. Finally, we ended up going with the Lisboa card instead, which Included unlimited use of public transport for either 24, 48 or 72 hours. This includes the Metro (subway for some), city buses, trams, cable cars and train rides. It even gave us free admission to more than 25 touristic attractions and museums, plus discounts on many of beautiful sights and sightseeing tours! This is the best touristic option in order to really enjoy the city.

Our hotel was in a town called Estoril on the Cascais coast, which is a a lovely neighborhood (The Suburbs of Lisbon). Just 10 minutes away from the hotel, on foot, you will find the gorgeous Tamariz Praia (Tamariz Beach). The water was a bit too cold to for swimming in June, but the view is spectacular. The beach is inhabited by a castle and many restaurants and bars. So, it's the perfect place to grab a cocktail and enjoy the remarkable view while the cool breeze of the water combined with warmth of the sun blissfully takes your mind away from reality.

There is so much to see in Lisbon, which is one of the oldest cities in the world, and we obviously only got to see a fraction of it in our short time there. Lisbon is known to be built on seven hills: Castelo, Graca, Monte, Penha de Franca, S.Pedro de Alcantara, Santa Catarina and Estrela. With that being said, please don’t try to be cute because you will definitely need a good, no a great walking shoes!

One of the things that the Portugal Capital is known for are the trams and funiculars that will help you a lot to get around the city. These ascending and descending cable cars are a life saver on a hot summers’ day. Oh, by the way even if it's super cliché, taking a picture (or two) in front of a funicular or a tram is a must. 

If you want to enjoy one of the best views in Lisbon, you should really get on top of the Santa Justa Ascensor which is an elevator. This connects two parts of the city by taking passengers from Baixa to the Chiado district which is 45 meters (147 feet) higher. This is an absolute must-do when in Lisbon. It cost 5 and half euros to take the elevator and an additional 1 and a half euros to go up to the Belvedere. Just keep in mind that if you have the Lisboa card this site is included.

Also, another must see in Lisbon is The Pink street which is an adorable street in Lisbon with pink floors. 

Also, we visited the Castelo do Jorge, which is definitely one of the greatest landmarks of Lisbon and will also give you an amazing view over the city. The entrance fee is 10 euros per person. It is located on the highest hill in Lisbon and enjoys a clear view of the river. Castelo do Sao Jorge covers an area about 6000 square meters (about 19,600 feet) wide with a number of towers.

There's also a lot of great museums to visit in the city like the beautiful MAAT museum located in Belem and if you are in Belem you might as well stop for one of the delicious Pastel de Nata which are delicious.

If you are visiting Lisbon you might also want to visit Sintra and the beautiful castles there. We did not have a chance to go this time, but it is definitely in our “Things to do and see” list for our next trip in Portugal.

I really hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please make sure to follow me on Instagram to follow my future travel adventures.

I also, created a map on TripAdvisor and pinned all the places I’ve visited so if you prefer to see it on a map click here. 

On that note 
Aurevoir bisous bisous
Sophia Tim 


Thursday, January 3, 2019

8 Things that Bloggers should stop doing in 2019

Please note that by me using the term blogger this also applies to instagrammers, youtubers and influencers in general. Also, if I happen to say anything that offends you, by all means, please feel free to disregard it, and do you. You should read this article with a grain of salt. This is strictly my opinion and I actually do believe that we can co-exist on the same planet even if we don't agree on everything. Ready? Go!

1. Ask your followers to follow accounts you are not following yourself!

It gets on my last nerve every time a blogger or Instagrammer, makes a contest in partnership with a company and ask their followers to follow the account of a company or brand that they are not following themselves. If you are promoting, posting, or writing for a brand at least take the time to hit the follow button.

2. Focusing on gaining new followers and not caring for the one you actually have.
Wanting to grow your subscriber count, mailing list, or fan base is totally normal. I mean the high you get when knowing that your creative efforts are being recognized and appreciated by new supporters is something that can’t even be put into words! There is no harm in glowing up and evolving as we all should! Just keep in mind that you should still need be true to who you are, consistent (unlike me), and accessible. Be sure that you are still making an effort to reply to your dm’s and comments. Stop creating to attract, create content to entertain and retain.
3. The overload of Instastories unboxing!

The truth is that you don’t have to share absolutely everything you receive. Now I know that this point is breaking news for some of you reading this. But try sharing the things that you absolutely love or genuinely care about and not every single bobby pin that was sent to you for free by company XYZ. If you own a YouTube channel I strongly suggest making dedicated videos about your unboxings if you’re receiving a good amount regularly. I’m sure that people who really ARE interested in those kinds of videos will click, watch and comment on those pulications. Unlike instastories, this gives your followers a chance to choose whether or not they care for your unboxing.

4. Stop with all the “send me free crap!” posts already.
It seriously triggers me (yup I'm easily triggered) when someone is eating a Junior chicken on an instastory, then proceeds to tag McDonald asking for a sponsorship…. Sis! How entitled do you really think you are? Please get off your pedestal. Paying for food, makeup and your hotel room is actually not that bad. I mean we everyday common folk do it all the time and we are just fine. Broke.. but just fine.
5. Teasing people with secret projects!
Listen, I understand that the excitement about whatever project you are working on secretly but teasing your followers about it is downright annoying. Work on it, make it happen then share it. If we’re going to keep it real for two seconds, a lot of those “Look at me! I’m hard at work! Cooking up something special! #grinding” projects never even leave your social media post and come to fruition.
6. Giving more importance to brands and companies than your followers!
Please remember that the only reason you are working with all these companies is because of your followers. Please don’t ever put the needs of a company above your followers. You owe is to them to be genuine in your interactions. Learning to say no to some of these collaborations can actually do better for you than you think. The people supporting you will appreciative when they see that you are listening to them and that you care.
7. "Show me some love on my last post and I will like your posts"
Girl Bye! Believe me when I tell you that I understand these algorithms are playing with your face, but you need to stop playing with your followers faces. We both know you don’t care about engaging with the people that are following you. You only care about your engagement statistics on that last post that is not doing as well as you would've want. Trust me, people are seeing right through your game. Engaging with your followers is something you should be doing regardless. It is not an exchange of services or some sort of currency.
8. Stop the whining, moping and complaining!
Can we cut all the excess complaining about your numbers? I get it! All these platforms are ruining your life with their evil little algorithms eating away all your precious hard-earned stats. But that’s a personal problem. Remember, no one will ever really care about your page as much as you do.

Bonus Tip! I mean who doesn’t love bonuses right? and if you are still reading I think you deserve it.

9. Stop doubting your greatness booboo! There is so much with genius, creativity, and passion in you. So own it! Also stop reading posts of what other people think you should, or shoud not do on your own platform. (hihi)
Thank you so much for reading

On that note, Aurevoir, bisous bisous
Sophia Tim


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

La grande Roue de Montréal.

Bienvenue dans cette nouvelle section du blogue tout au long de l'année je partagerai avec vous des activités, des expériences culinaires et des endroits qui valent la peine d'être visités à Montréal et ses environs. J'espère que vous apprécierez cette nouvelle section autant que moi. Bonne lecture et bon visionnement. 

Vous connaissez probablement la Grande Roue de Montréal. La majorité d'entre vous, si vous vivez à Montréal avez probablement posé devant cette fameuse Grande roue pendant une de vos visites au vieux-port, mais y êtes-vous déjà monté?

J'y suis allé avec mes neveux, ma nièce, ma cousine et mon mari en Novembre dernier grace à une offre de Tuango et je répéterai définitivement l'expérience en 2019. Ma cousine qui a extrêmement peur des hauteurs hésitait à nous accompagner, j'ai heureusement réussi à la convaincre et elle pu apprécier l'activité malgré sa peur. Elle a à peine hurlé. 

Les plus jeunes eux ont adoré l'activité de la première seconde jusqu'à la dernière. Leur permettre de vivre cette aventure unique a sans aucun doute été un de mes meilleurs moments de 2018.  Le tour de grande roue dure approximativement 20 minutes ce qui nous a permis de vraiment de profiter de la vue, mais à la fin les enfants en redemandaient et moi aussi! 

Nous avons eu la chance d'avoir une cabine privée qui peut accommoder jusqu'à 8 personnes, je le conseille honnêtement à tous. Nous y avons été pendant le jour, mais je ne peux qu'imaginer à quel point la vue serait incroyable en soirée avec toutes les lumières de la ville. 

Cette expérience offre une vue imprenable sur la magnifique ville de Montréal. En plein cœur du Vieux-Montréal, la grande roue est une activité parfaite pour commencer ou terminer une journée d’activité en famille ou entre amis, pour faire votre grande demande (hé hé) La St-Valentin approche pour une soirée romantique en amoureux. La roue vous offrira une vue incroyable à chaque tour et avec un panorama de plus de 60 mètres de haut c’est la plus grande roue d’observation au Canada.  Vous ne le regretterez pas. Promis.

Pour plus d’intimité, assurez-vous de réserver la cabine privée, qui accommode plus de 8 personnes. Réservez cette activité sur pour seulement 99.00 CAN. L'offre n'expire pas, les taxes sont incluses et vous n'avez besoin d'aucune réservation. En plus, financierement c'est définitivement plus avantageux que d'acheter des billets individuels. 

Sur cette note au revoir,

Bisous, Bisous
Sophia Tim

(Cette activité m'a été gracieusement offerte par Tuango,)

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