.: Shangri-La

Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia – a permanently happy land, isolated from the world.

Una specie di paradiso mitico, un luogo immaginario, originariamente descritto nel romanzo Orizzonte perduto di James Hilton del 1933. Il luogo geografico più simile, e che probabilmente ha ispirato James Hilton, è il territorio di Diqing dove, nel 2001, il governo cinese allo scopo di incentivare il turismo ha ribattezzato la contea di Zhongdian con il nome di 香格里拉 (Xiānggélǐlā) cioè Shangri-La. Il suo territorio faceva parte del Tibet prima dell’annessione cinese, dopo la quale è stato assegnato alla provincia dello Yunnan.

Sicuramente la canzone di Mark Knopfler riproduce questa idea

Surely Mark Knopfler song renders the original idea. And it’s also a perfect “road trip song”.

But what about VIXX’s one ?

I don’t know what you think, but that’s not my taste. Ok, yet millions of people like it. Just the same way hundred millions liked boy bands during the 90s. Everything seems to always stay the same, someway.

The “food place” I always return when I don’t feel like cooking and want to make something simple and quick is tuna pasta. 10 minutes. Tuna, a bit of tomato and pasta. Done.

.: Sometimes to lose is to win

The Wiz is an American musical adventure film released by Universal Pictures on October 24, 1978. An urban reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, featuring an entirely African-American cast, The Wiz was loosely adapted from the 1974 Broadway musical of the same name. The Wiz was a critical and commercial failure. Despite its initial failure, the film became a cult classic, particularly among African-American audiences, Oz enthusiasts, and fans of Michael Jackson.


It is ironic that even the lyrics of this song, apprently say “you can’t win”… and yet, sometimes you win even if you lose.

You can’t win, you can’t break even
And you can’t get out of the game
People keep saying things are going to change
But they look just like they’re staying the same
You can’t win, get over your head
And you only have yourself to blame

You can’t win, chile (You can’t win chile)
You can’t break even
And you can’t get out of the game

You can’t win, the world keeps moving
And you’re standing far behind
People keep saying, things will get better
(Just to ease your state of mind)
(So you lean back)(And you smoke that smoke)
(And you drink your glass of wine)

Sayin’ you can’t win, chile
You can’t break even
And you can’t get out of the game

So what’s the moral of the story ? “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” I know, somebody hates this proverbial phrase… (ok, this is weird: please don’t watch this video unless you’re a fan of Portal or you love Cave Johnson voice)

but what I mean is that you must play with the cards you’ve got, and find a way to turn to lose into win.

What all this has to do with some food ? well, remember that mayonnaise (so popular!) was probably invented during a siege and the cook did it with the only things he had in there.

I just want to encourage those of you that think they can’t cook. And… I’ve taken you here even if I just made some panini with ham and mozzarella 😀


.: Don’t be lazy

Alzarsi, in primavera, è sempre un po’ difficile. Spring makes me lazy and I always need some motivation… but today I have my handmade biscuits 🙂

and some great music can help too.

Joe Bonamassa & Jimmy Barnes cover “Lazy” by Deep Purple

Love them

and what about this cup that I bought in some beautiful place in Tuscany ?

Handmade too! Maybe you may want to visit and buy one for yourself. Everybody know Pisa, Lucca, Firenze, Siena, but other smaller places are full of beauty around Tuscany. San Gimignano (approx 60 km from Florence) is an extraordinary place

or you may want to visit the Castle of Sammezzano, in Reggello (approx 40 km from Florence)

and then go to the sea in the area of Livorno or Grosseto

do you still feel lazy ? you shouldn’t by now! 😀