Esta es una actualización para mi artículo del 2010 “Tradiciones chiquitas para una familia chiquita“. Que siguen siendo 3 tradiciones pero, con el pasar de los años, las hemos ido modificando y esta es la forma en las que celebramos el Año Nuevo ahorita.
Being two adults, living 4 countries away and having lived apart for 24 years has really messed up our relationship. But since we’re still alive, we want to work on that. My brother started using this app and immediately recommended it to me. We have ourselves on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp… but, somehow, our conversations over there seemed very professional and distant. That’s not how you communicate with family. With family you share black and whites, good looking and just getting up, happy moments and not so happy ones, but also you do it quick.
Facebook told me to edit my life and share only the greatness.
Instagram told me to work on my photography skills to only share like worthy pictures.
WhatsApp told me to only write what’s important.
What happens to everything in between that makes life so dramatically intense or boring or tedious or frustrating? Is there a digital place where you can share something without pretending to have it altogether? Well, I think we found it. Marco Polo is an app that shares little chunks of your life with the people you care. My brother and I are using it to share those little chunks and understand the other’s life. At the beginning I was trying to find the best light and angle, because that’s what I’m used to. But then I remembered: this is my brother, he will love me with my double chin and my greasy face!
So, I started sending him Polos waking up, after shower, before my eye surgery, after my eye surgery looking like a mummy, with a messy bun, with my messy waves, after yoga, after class, after swimming, etc. This app gave me the liberty to show my brother my unfiltered life so he can know me better. We talk about what’s important and what’s not, we talk about what matters to each one of us and what doesn’t, we talk about what we’re doing and what we’re about to, just as he was right by my side.
One of the things that I entirely loved when he came home was one night. I needed to study for my Applied Geology lab and he needed to do some things on his phone. So, we were together in the living room but we were respecting the other’s activity. We wanted to be together but we wanted to respect’s the others time. And with Marco Polo I feel the same. He can talk to me and I can catch him live or I can wait until I have a little break to watch his message. And as our updates are quick, I know we’re respecting each other’s time.
Marco Polo is like a video walkie talkie. You press a button, record yourself and your message, and press a button to finish. And that’s it. It’s not complicated.
I started using it, besides of my brother’s recommendation, because it was an editor’s election (it’s a reviewed app by Google) and has a lot of downloads in the Google Play. But I have to recognize I have never ever heard about it before my brother brought it up. Not even in the most popular tech zines in Latin America. The only thing I was scared of was the storage space. Not like super scared, though, because Titi gave me a phone with 16GB space. But since these were videos, I started to feel like I was going to use all of the storage really soon. But after one day of using it, Marco Polo just shows a little gif in your phone and the real video is in their servers, not your phone, so nothing to worry about storage.
We have like 2 weeks or so of using Marco Polo and I feel like these 2 weeks have been the turning point of our brother-sister relationship, like, for real. We had a little talk when he came home back in May but that approach was just the beginning, we needed to nurture it and with Marco Polo we are definitely doing it.
The process of using it is really simple, just press “Start” and record yourself. When you’re done, press “Finish”. And that’s it.
The process of creating an account is not that complicated, either. You just have to be careful at the moment of “sharing your contacts” because it will try to spam your list. To avoid this just do not share your contacts and that’s it. What am I trying to say here is: read what appears on your screen and only share your camera and microphone. You will respect your contacts this way.
Oh, and also you can create groups. So if you have more brothers and sisters, or your best friends, or your friends from childhood, or I don’t know, you can send them little chunks of your life, too. I’m about to create the family group so we can all feel closer than ever.
I hope you find this app useful and it helps you like it did with us.
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I’m still waiting for a grade to be published but I’m out of the semester, now! ❤ This was the most dreading semester ever but, at the same time, having survived it feels so rewarding! I’ve been studying since August ’17 non-stop and I really needed a time off to restart myself. I’m trying to wake up early but without the need of an alarm, I’m cultivating myself in things that are not University related but I’m working every day and also, I’m taking care of myself, specially, of my eye condition.
I had a surgery on June. Funny thing is, I went to the ophthalmologist because I wanted a general review. In that review, she found some dangerous capsules in my eyes that needed to me taken out immediately, or else I would die (her actual words). I was so scared because I have never had a surgery of any kind before. I was alone. My battery was at 3%, I couldn’t even talk to my family and tell them what was going on.
I went to the waiting room and thank God, one of my friends reached me to ask what was going on and he took care of telling my family what was happening. I received a call to the doctor’s office from my family and everything about my transportation home after the surgery was ready.
So, I went in the surgery room by myself and I was so nervous. The doctor injected me painkiller and then started working. I got really worried when he was scared to see what my eye had. But more than worried, I was sad. I was sad to myself. Because I always thought it was a matter of sleeping more and rest and don’t be in front of the computer that much time, but it seems I had a big infection in both of my eyelids and those capsules in my right eye. I was sad because I misunderstood all those symptoms and thought that “sleeping later” will take care of it.
After a lot of time (I didn’t even have my phone to see how long it took the operation), I looked like a pirate, went to the pharmacy to buy my medicine and went home to thank God for His Mercy and to sleep.
I started taking the pills and putting the drops and being very disciplined about it. The very next week, I had another consultation and it seems that my scar was closing pretty and my infection was dropped down! I’m having a new consultation next week. I hope my infection is getting more defeated than last time!
I’m pretty happy I survived all of this, I’m beyond grateful to God for allowing me to be here after all this time carrying with those capsules and infection in my eyes, anything could have went wrong but it didn’t because He didn’t want to. And here I am, still, working as hard and as smart as I can but with the extra care and attention that my body needs.
I don’t know about you but I really feel that that was a great milestone this June and quite a dangerous adventure, to be honest!
But also I had one milestone in my digital life. While I was looking like a pirate without actually being able to connect to my computer, YOU helped me achieved a new milestone!
+400 subscribers on WordPress!
You guys, I cannot believe this! We are +400 people here in my little corner of the Internet. Thank you so much for deciding to be here and subscribing and reading! I know there are a gazillion sites over there and the fact that you have actually decided consciously to join my little one fills my heart with joy! Thank you so much for being here! ❤
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May was wild! To start, this blog turned 10 YEARS OLD! 10 years, can you imagine? I’ve been writing for 10 years and I keep enjoying this so much that I don’t think I’m stopping soon! ❤
My brother came to visit us, too! It was a great mother’s day gift for my mom and our family worked what we had pending. We updated our family photo after 24 years and I got to understand what having a brother means. He went far away when I was 4 years, so I always knew I had a brother but I haven’t had the chance to experience what having a brother means. Thank God I could live that!
Do you know what my favorite night as siblings was? The night where I was working in the living room on my Applied Geology reports, I was doing calculations with my notebook and writing all data on my Mac… next to me, was my brother, he had his audiophones and he was doing stuff on his phone. We were together but we were doing our things, he respected my activities so much, I respected his privacy so much but we wanted to be together that night. That felt amazing. ❤
And, of course, we had a lot of talks, laughs, hugs and stuff, we talked so much that he even advised me to start doing live transmissions. After a while to consider pros and cons, I’m thinking of giving it a shot! I’m a little nervous but also excited.
Last but not least, my semester is coming to and end and I must confess this semester’s strategy SUCKED BIG TIME! I’m saving everything in the next couple of weeks. I’m so stressed and I have something due every single day from now on!
Anyways, that’s not the best paragraph ever but that’s my May! ❤
300 followers on Tumblr!
I think there’s a lot of people over here considering my Tumblr feeds from my other profiles! I’m forever grateful you want to keep in touch with me through my Tumblr! If you decide to subscribe, you’re getting my most recent photos and my most recent posts! ❤
10 years of writing my blog!
I know I already mentioned it but it is such a great number of weeks writing posts! I had no idea what was going to happen when I opened my blog but I knew I wanted to give it a try. And here I am, 10 years later still creating content and ideas to keep writing every week! ❤
Even though my priorities have change, I still have that thing in the back of my mind that I need to publish something on my blog. And I’ve found a way to keep updating it while having a healthy balance in my life outside the computer.
That’s a thing that took me years to understand, even though documenting your life is very important, specially if you’re trying to build something cool, what’s more important is to actually live your life and being responsible with your commitments.
I opened a Twitch account!
Not a milestone per sè but as it’s my 10 year anniversary with my blog and I’m a big cycle believer, I thought I should give it a try!
See, 10 years ago my brother gave me a computer, its name was Lalo, and that computer had a program which had a blog option and I started blogging. 10 years later, almost same story, except I’m better at managing my time and sleep schedule, haha! ❤
I’m planning to play video games that I like and chat a little bit with you, guys, since it seems I can’t have a reunion with every single one of you, how about a reunion with all of you! I think it will be interesting and, also, you’ll help me get my golden trophy at Plants vs Zombies, haha! ❤
That’s it for May, let’s see what happens on June, yo!