Best e-cigarette for beginners

Joyetech-eGo-AIO

Joyetech AIO

Device
In my opinion the best device for a beginner is probably the Joyetech AIO.
Joyetech is one of the oldest brands, and they are known for quality and safety. Youtube is full of reviews for this model. It is a simple and clever ecig. You can check the official website here.

Coils
A coil is what vaporizes the e-liquid, and it should be replaced every two weeks or so. I replace mine every week.
This device uses the Cubis BF-SS316 coils. If you are a smoker you will probably enjoy them at 0,6ohms or 1,0ohms. You can check them here.
You can also use the rebuildable coil Cubis BF-RBA. Rebuilding your own coils can improve performance and vapor quality for a lower price, but brings the risk of short-circuiting your device if not done properly. Do an intensive research before you try it. You can check them here.

E-liquid
The liquid you vaporize is called e-liquid, and tobacco is a hard flavor to replicate if not impossible, so don’t expect to fall in love with the first e-liquid you try.
E-liquids taste different from person to person.
The ones I liked the most were: Halo Tribeca, L’Absolu 1776, Liqua RY4 and Liqua French Pipe Tobacco. As far as nicotine goes I recommend you something between 6mg and 12mg. Any more and you risk having a nicotine overdose. I am now at 1.2mg and dropping.

Tip about e-liquids
When you buy a e-liquid, before vaping it, you should let it breathe and steep.
First shake it like crazy, then open the flask completely and leave it open for 30 minutes, after that close it, shake it again, and leave it in a dark place for one night. This process helps remove the alcohol-like smell and brings up the flavor. With Halo liquids you might need to repeat this process a couple more times.

Personally I prefer to do my own e-liquids. This requires a learning curve, and also a lot of patience. Nevertheless, doing your own e-liquids and rebuilding your own coils really bring down the costs and make vaping a very cheap alternative to tobacco.

If you have any question leave it bellow, or go to your local vaping shop and inform yourself. Surely any vaper will be eager to help you out.

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After one month your closet will be full of this tiny bottles…

How did I stop smoking

How did I stop smoking?
By accident. Working on the computer at night I used to smoke cigarette after cigarette, waking up in the morning feeling pretty sick.
I decided to try a vaporizer, a device commonly known as electronic cigarette, and after a couple of days tobacco started to taste bad, so I dropped it completely.

Are vaporizers good for your health? Is it less harmful than tobacco? Or is it worse?
Vaping is not good for your health. Vaping is less harmful then tobacco in the short run. Doctors still do not know if there are long-term effects. Some e-liquids come with diacetyl which is bad for your health, but still, tobacco has far more diacetyl. Some people say it destroys your teeth, but that’s because vaping dries your mouth, and a dry mouth is more vulnerable to bacteria. The solution? Drink more water.

What effects did I experienced?
Well, first came the cough and the dry mouth. That is normal for a beginner. Now I wake up feeling well rested, I can run for longer periods of time, and some food and beverages taste better. Oh, and no cough what so ever, actually I haven’t got sick anymore since I started vaping. Also, tobacco smells terribly bad now, but I do find myself craving cigarettes every once in a while.

How can you start vaping?
The biggest problem for a smoker who wants to try a vaporizer is to find a good device.
The market is overflowing with brands and devices of all kinds and shapes. The world of electronic cigarettes are full of weird terms like ohms, resistance, coils, VG, PG, mouth-to-lung, nicotine mg, and so on. It is a nightmare! So, because I like you very much, in the next article I’m going to give you some tips and recommendations.

Stay tuned 🙂

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Some unknown guy vaping a cigalike

Trip to Lisbon – Day 4

Day 4

After a terrible night and a even worst morning I decided to finally do some sightseeing in Lisbon itself. The plan was to walk those old streets up to the castle, then walk everything down to the river, and stop by any landmark on the way.

Lisbon Castle

São Jorge Castle, Lisbon

My head felt like it was holding a wardrobe and all my muscles hurt, except my feet, because I could not feel them. I entered a cafeteria, ordered an espresso and a pastel the nata, and couldn’t help but notice a foreign girl across the room having the exact same thing. “In Rome be Roman” I thought to myself.

Pastel de nata

The breakfast of champions

That breakfast made me feel better but I was not quite there, so half the way to the castle I had to make another stop, this time for a beer. And you know what? That beer really hit the spot. I felt like Super Mario after eating a star. I was sitting outside having god’s drink when I saw that same foreign girl walking up the street. She passed by and I discretely checked her rear attributes by fully turning me head around. When I turned back again I saw the waiter smiling at me, nodding, like he was saying “Yeap, I saw that too.” I picked my stuff and continued my journey, but not before having another beer. Another sweet cold beer.

Super Mario's Star

Super Mario star

I got to be honest, my orientation skills are not my best quality, and on my way to the castle I got lost, finding myself on a viewpoint square I had been before. I could see the castle across the valley, which meant I would only have to walk everything down and up again. Luckily there was a bar with an esplanade and a funny band playing outside. So I stayed there a little bit, enjoying the sun, the view, the band, and another Super Mario star.

I hit the road and as I was going down I saw that foreign girl again, walking up the street. “This is odd”, I thought to myself. So, after going all the streets down and up again, I lost myself. Again. This time finding myself on an empty street. Seriously, an empty street right in the middle of Lisbon, and no one in sight to ask for directions. I was wondering when exactly had I passed the dimensional portal, when I saw her yet again. That very same foreigner girl I’ve been encountering all day was walking up the road straight in my direction, and I thought to myself “My God, she walked through the dimensional portal too!” Her hazel hair danced with the wind, and beneath I saw her light coloured eyes looking straight at me. She recognised me. I waited for her to get close, and asked her what any other guy would ask in the same situation: “Are you following me?”

Luckily she had a good sense of humour, and we ended up seeing the castle together. The place was huge, and lordly, totally worth those long kilometres I did on foot. There are endless corridors on the walls, cannons, old ruins, and a nice garden where you can find one of the most beautiful view of Lisbon. Highly recommended.

Cannons - Lisbon Castle

I wished I had powder with me

What was the most important thing I learned that day? If you decide to visit Lisbon on foot, always carry sunscreen, otherwise you will look like a lobster at the end of the day.

Trip to Lisbon – Day 3

I had already written everything about my trip to Lisbon, but somehow WordPress managed to lost my articles. Some might say it was my fault, but I always prefer to blame the equipment. So here I find myself writing it all over again.

Day 3

On day 3 we went to Cascais. It’s a sort of Beverly Hills for people who live in Lisbon.Cascais

Here is what you can expect from Cascais: palm trees, sun, palm trees, beach, palm trees, sea breeze, palm trees, boats, palm trees, expensive cars, palm trees, topless girls, and once in a while you might encounter a couple of palm trees.

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The designated rally driver toke us through Cabo da Rocathe beautiful landscape of Sintra on the way to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. It’s a bit windy there. And after that we stopped by Ericeira, a well known place among the surfing community. There we had a taste of hard life, with some couches and beers. Mmmmmmm sweet cold beers.

At night we decided to explore the night life in the capital, by going up and down the narrow streets of Bairro Alto. Never thought getting drunk could be so exhausting.

Ericeira

What Happened When I Bought a Microsoft Mouse?

microsoft_mouseMy computer’s mouse sucks big time. It’s a Genius, and it seems like it was specifically designed to piss me off. Before starting its production, Genius administration had a meeting with the staff, which probably may have sounded like this:

“Hey, do you know that guy from Portugal?”
“Yeah yeah we know him. What about him?”
“Well, we need to piss him off.”
“Why?”
“No reason, we just need to do it.”
“But…”
“Sh sh sh! It’s already been decided. So, let’s hear some ideas.”
“Maybe… maybe we could build a mouse…”
“Yeah, like a terrible mouse that doesn’t work.”
“Yes, yes, a mouse that does a lot of noise when you click it.”
“And with a scroll that doesn’t work properly.”
“And with a terrible cable that pushes the mouse all around.”
“And with some hard rubbers so it won’t slide smoothly.”
“And we could design a software that makes the buttons work only once in a while.”
“Ohhh, I like the way this is going guys…”

And this is how my Genius mouse was created. I blame this mouse for most of the grey hairs I have on my head. So after three years I decided to buy a new one.

A couple of weeks ago I found myself in a computer shop browsing through all the different brands. I needed the mouse to do some work on Windows, so I thought “What’s better than a Microsoft mouse? Right? Microsoft is a good brand, and I need to work on Windows, so a Microsoft’s mouse is probably the best choice. Right? I can’t see any way this can possibly go wrong.”

Well, it did go wrong. Very wrong. For starters it did not work on Windows. What?? Yeap, you read it right, the Microsoft’s mouse did not work on Windows. Which is not a big deal. I just had to download a specific driver from a giant maze they call “official website”. And the best part? I got a new icon on my system tray. Oh I just love when they through a bunch of useless icons on that little corner of the screen. I really, really love it. Thank you Microsoft. Thank you so very fucking much for that.

The mouse itself was actually pretty good. Except for the buttons. I swear I was afraid to make a hole on my desk every time I clicked that middle button. Thank god I bought the “comfort” version. But who cares, right? It’s just the buttons on a mouse, it’s not a big deal. It’s like a car with a steering wheel that doesn’t rotate properly. It’s not the end of the world. The really annoying part was that every time I suspended the computer the mouse would stop functioning, and I had to unplug it and plug it again. I tried it on other computers and guess what? Same problem. I paid 30 bucks for this mouse, COME ON!!!

Strangely it worked flawlessly on Linux. No need for extra drivers, no extra icons, no suspending problems, plugged it once and that was it, worked perfectly. Linux sucks.

So this is what I did in the correct order:
1 – I went back to the shop;
2 – I exchanged the mouse for a wireless Logitech;
3 – I got half of my money back;
4 – And I wrote an email to Microsoft saying “Dear Microsoft, fuck you.”

What is the best part about my new Logitech mouse? It works. How nice is that? A mouse that you plug into your computer, and then it just works. Just like that. It looks like witchcraft or something.

At the end of the day it’s nice to know that Microsoft’s ability to drop huge piles of shit does not restrain itself exclusively on operating systems.

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Trip to Lisbon – Day 2

Day 2

The second day was hot as hell. I was expecting to see the main touristic points in the center of Lisbon, but instead the certified female rally driver and her co-pilot toke me to Belém. It’s a lovely place where you can see the iconic Belém Tower and the magnificent Jerónimos Monastery, as well as the Monument of Discoveries and the famous “Pastéis de Nata Factory”. I was very glad to have someone who could drive me there, even if it meant being seen inside a car playing the Spice Girls really out loud, with the windshields down. I still can’t get that damn music off my head…

Padrão dos Descobrimentos The Monument of Discoveries was raised to honor the Portuguese discoveries, the greatest gift that Portugal has given to the World. There you can see iconic Portuguese people who, over the time, contributed to this great deed. I will write about that some day. The monument is located right next to the Tejo river. I also discovered that day that the Tejo river is know by foreigners as Tagus river, hell if I know why. I felt proud just for standing there.

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Torre de Belém The Belém Tower also can be found by the river. Going inside is not for free, and the ticket line was absurdly long that day. But then something wonderful happened. A foreign female tourist approached one of my friends and offered her ticket, while explaining how she had no time to visit the tower. We discovered later that the ticket was also valid for the Jerónimos Monastery, and we wouldn’t have to wait in any of the lines. Talking about having a good luck charm 🙂 The tower served many purposes throughout Portugal history, and is now considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos The Jerónimos Monastery is also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s a great example of the famous Portuguese Manueline style. Please do not confuse it with “manual style” if you want to preserve some of your dignity. It is also very big. Very very big. We used the ticket, skipped the line, and toke a look inside. The place is magnificent. Here you can see a picture from outside.

Pastéis de Nata Last but not least we went to the famous “Pasteis de Nata Factory”. It is a sort of café where they make the best pastéis de nata in the world. I’m not exaggerating, hands down the very best pastéis de nata in the entire world. The rally driver gave me an history lesson about this little tarts. It seems like they were created by monks a long time ago. They used the white part of the egg to make clothing, so they had a lot of yolks to spare, and that was how the pastel the nata was created. If you don’t know what a pastel de nata is, please hang yourself.

The rest of the day was just wondering around and chill out. We saw a wonderful view point and had a couple of cold beers in a wonderful spot. Typical vacation routine. I was hopping to see the center of Lisbon the next day. But things didn’t work quite that way…

Trip to Lisbon – Day 1

Lisbon TramI am Portuguese and I’ve never seen Lisbon until last week. I spent five days in the capital, and I’m going to write a post for each day.

Day 1

The first day was pretty uneventful. I decided to go to Lisbon by bus because there was no way I was going to take my car into that chaotic mess they call traffic. I arrived during the afternoon, and had a friend waiting for me at the station who helped me figure out how to use the urban transports.

Later I hooked up with some other friends, one of which had a car, and she drove us for dinner to an awesome market. Trust me, there is nothing as hot as watching a Portuguese girl rampaging through the streets of Lisbon in a 16v VW with one hand on the steering and other on the gear shaft.

Later that night I decided to go out for a beer in the most famous place in Lisbon for this purpose: the Bairro Alto. It is basically a maze of narrow streets full of pubs. I met a friendly group of Italians and we spent the night “sharing” our cultures.

Right next to Bairro Alto there is a wonderful viewpoint where you can see the whole city. We stayed there for a while beholding that magnificent sight. I felt butterflies in my stomach while imagining how it would be to walk those historical streets during the next day.

But the next day was holding some surprises…

Miradouro Sao Pedro Alcantara