Sao Paulo, Brazil
Renata, 38
PMO at GPA
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ask Renata about

What do you do and why do you do it?

I work as a PMO for a Multinational company, my company its near the Ibirapuera Park, so I enjoy to run in the morning. Sports its one of my passions, running and Hot Yoga are the top of my list. I also love eletronic music, I used to write for 2 e-music sites here in Brazil. This period working for them gave me the opportunity of meeting tons of Dj´s and people whom love music as well, so I am very into of all the "great-private-exclusive" parties that happens here.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

My first job was with my father as his secretary. Working for family its not a good decision lol

Were you born and raised in Sao Paulo? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Sao Paulo?

Yes, I am a proud paulistana. Born in the city of Sao Paulo.

What’s your current hood in Sao Paulo and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in Morumbi neighborhood. The good thing its the nature surrounding, they have a beautiful park as well called Parque Burle Marx (a small untouched piece of forest in the middle of Sao Paulo). Morumbi used to be a mansion area so has unique museum such as Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar America (a breathtaking house turned into a museum with a huge garden and beautiful pieces of Brazilian artists), one of the most iconic Futebol stadium - The Morumbi Stadium - house of Sao Paulo Futebol Clube team. its also has the governor office called Palacio das Bandeiras. The worst part of the neighborhood its the traffic.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I love eletronic music, jazz and brazilian pop music. I also used to write for two eletronic music sites in Brazil as a journalist. What I hate its Axe, Forro and Sertanejo. They are brazilian music but with very poor quality.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Fix you - Coldplay, Sky and Sand - Paul Kalkbrenner (one of my fav songs, that calls about love with freedom), Beautiful Life - Gui Boratto (a beautiful song from a brazilian producer), Devolva-me - Adriana Calcanhoto.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Friends - Love the concept of great friends living and growing together, besides they are really funny. Sex and The City - Again, beautiful and strong women growing together. Two and a half men - who doesn´t loved ?! The wonders years - made part of my adolescence.

Name some spots in Sao Paulo that are good for a Tinder date.

Coffee Lab - A stylish coffee shop inside my fav neighborhood (the bohemian Vila Madalena. A run in the Park Ibirapuera - good way to chat and exercise at the same time. Dona Vitamina Bar - a healthy bar that serves all kind of vitamins, healthy sandwiches and one of the best açai´s in Sao Paulo.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Michel Temer and all brazilian politicians. They are the worst.

Who’s your hero and where in Sao Paulo would you take them out for a serious hang?

Ayrton Senna - to me he was all the good things a brazilian can be = honest, brave, sincere, sportive and a good citizen. The other person is Joana D´arc = she was a strong and brave woman, would love to talk to her. I would take both to a dinner at Skye bar, to watch the São Paulo lights while having a very good meal :)

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Well, I just changed jobs this week, I used to work for Nike for the last 4 yrs and a half, so most of my clothes are sportive style lol. But I love to mix styles and make my own. So I love the colourful dresses/clothes from the brazilian brand Farm, I also buy from local artists that I find in Vila Madalena fairs, and mix all of them with clothes that I buy travelling. I love make my style as a somatory of my experiences: life, travel, sport, etc. My style its a mix of boho chic + sportive, my fav look its dress with sneakers :)

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Pizza places, I really don´t enjoy pizza. lol

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Nothing to be honest, I try to enjoy my city at the fullest, so most of the time I do things that I love.

Where do you go in Sao Paulo for a casual night out?

Well, it all depends whats happening at the moment in Sao Paulo. There are plenty of options every night. But, things that I love to do at a night out: Having drinks at places with a beautiful landscape such as = Skye Bar, Riviera Bar, Terraço Italia, etc. Them off to a cozy restaurant to have a good meal such as: Le Jazz Brasserie, Suri Ceviche, Mori Sushi, etc. Them leaving to enjoy a party, a show or a music concert at Sala São Paulo. And if there is still energy, finish the night with the best dj´s in the world at D- edge club and watch the sunset from the rooftop.

Where would you go in Sao Paulo to celebrate some freaking good news?

Definitely D-edge club! The music its always amazing and the night only finishs when the sunrise comes.

What’s your choice of transportation in Sao Paulo and why?

Unfortunately I use a car. Sao Paulo doesnt have a good public transport and I live in a neighborhood which doesnt have good options.

What are the Sao Paulo spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

A jazz night at some cool bar like: Riviera Bar, Jazz nos fundos, Jazzy party; a drink w/ a view from Skye Bar, a relaxed walk at Park Ibirapuera, a music night out at D-edge club, a breakfast brunch at the famous bakeries such as: Bella Paulista, Galeria dos Paes, PAO (padaria artesanal organica), an açai at D. Vitamina, a futebol match at Itaquerao Stadium, a musical concert at Sala São Paulo, an art expo at Pinacoteca do Estado & Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, a feijoada (brazilian dish) at Bolinha´s bar, a graffitti walk around Beco Batman and Vila Madalena neighborhood, and a japanese "rodizio" meal at liberdade neighborhood.

What are the Sao Paulo spots tourists should run from screaming?

Crowded and dodge places such as: 25 de Março street, the surrounding of Mercadão Municipal - the mercadão its great to eat and tasty fresh food but just take a cab stop at the front and take another cab once you leave there, the neighborhood its very dangers to walk around.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Sao Paulo. How do you spend it?

I would wake up and go to a early yoga class at HotyogaSaoPaulo studio, them off to have a healthy brunch at PAO (Artesanal and organic bakery) with all the bests breads, juices, etc., them I would meet my brother to watch a soccer match, them I would meet some friends for a drink at Riviera Bar, later I would check some ongoing party such as Jazzy, Timless, Soulset. or we would choose a concert at Sala São Paulo or at Auditorio Ibirapuera to watch the brazilian orchestra "Jazz Sinfonica" which mix brazilians instruments; them it would choose between dancing until sunrise at D-edge or find a cool bar at Vila Madalena to talk.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

There are few but Paris, Berlin and most recently Koh Lipe (in Thailand) are top of the list. Paris for its beauty, food, history and way of people lives. I can spend the whole day walking without getting tired. Berlin for its history, diversity and nightlife. And Koh Lipe for its natural beauty, cute restaurants and shop + people who lives there.

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