For the second year Automattic held its annual meetup in Park City, Utah. The weather was great most of the time and in one of the breaks we had during the day I ventured out into one of the hills behind the resort and took some pictures. I only brought my 35mm lens which is not suited for scenic photography but still I had to capture the amazing light in that place.
Back in March my team had a meetup in New Orleans. Like always, we had very intense five days of work, inspiring discussions and wonderful meals. New Orleans is somewhere that I always wanted to go since it’s so frequent to see it in tv and movies.
We stayed in a very nice hotel in the French Quarter, which turned out to be an excellent choice since we were close to everything: nice restaurants, the live street music at Jackson Square, the Mississippi, and of course Bourbon street was right around the corner.
I decided not to take my camera which wasn’t such a great decision, New Orleans is a very photogenic city that deserved a lot more than an iPhone lens. Maybe next time!
Keeping up with the tradition of the last few years here are my favourite albums from 2014. This year my music listening habits changed a bit: I started listening more to playlists and less to whole albums, I blame Spotify for that. Another thing that changed is that I almost stopped listening to electronic music. I don’t know why, but I’m sure it has to do with getting older… I also went to a lot fewer concerts than the previous, but it’s something that I want to correct in 2015.
- Perfume Genius – Too Bright
- SOHN – Tremors
- Beck – Morning Phase
- Capitão Fausto – Pesar o Sol
- D’Alva – #batequebate
- Future Islands – Singles
- FKA twigs – LP1
- Ty Segall – Manipulator
- Wild Beasts – Present Tense
- The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
I always had interest in visiting Macau, some friends lived there and my interest was fuelled by their stories of growing up in this culture clash. I took a ferry from Hong Kong that took about one hour. It was a pleasant journey even though I’m not good on boats. Macau has a different feel from Hong Kong, it’s not as dense but it feels a bit more disorganised.
The mix of old Portuguese colonial architecture and the hap-hazardish contemporary architecture is nothing but jarring, which makes Macau unique but off-putting at times. Most streets still maintain their Portuguese names but they are no longer used by the locals which makes things interesting when you’re trying to get somewhere.
Dinning in Macau was a challenging but rewarding experience. English is widely spoken in touristic areas but in restaurants not so much. Most tourists in Macau come from mainland China which means most places are catered towards that crowd. It happened more than once to walk into a restaurant and sit whenever there was room and be handed a menu in Chinese. I still ate amazing things, even though the staff was never very friendly they always took care of us.
And then there’s the overwhelming mix of casinos and shopping malls. Casinos are not my cup of tea but I had to check it out. The atmosphere was heavy, stressful and not very welcoming and I couldn’t wait to get out, but I did do some shopping, it’s kind of impossible not to in places like that.