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Net disease reliever…

For Google addicts who are also blog maniacs there is a new beta version of the Google Toolbar! Among it’s new features there’s a ‘popup blocker’ and ‘blog this’ button: you can instantly post to your blog indicating the page your visiting.




Last weekend we went to Amsterdam! First time there… beautiful place, cute houses, bright colours, lots of nature, fresh air, nice (and big) people!

Online MAP

Maporama lets you search online for addresses and/or itineraries from lots of cities!
I looked for my adresses in Milano and Sao Paulo, and it worked just fine!
Then, pushing it, I searched for an itinerary between both… well… I exaggerated! “impossible to determine”.

soccer – part I

Each year in june there is a soccer championship between architecture-design-graphic studios from Milano. For the last 2 years the female championship has also been taking place. We the Lissoni Associati’s team are the champions for both years! It is true that where only three teams – Lissoni’s, Antonio Citterio’s and Matteo Thun’s, but we won anyway! 🙂

2003 championship it is going to be much more interesting, because there are 6 female teams: Lissoni; Citerio; Thun; Cibic&Partners+Sottsas Associati; Design Continuum; Stars.
Yesterday we just won our first match against the Stars (4-1). To be precise our first match was supposed to be last week against Thun, but we won by forfait (2-0).
Our next match: thursday Lissoni vs. Cibic+Sottsass. I’ll keep you update!


We just got a new 4 stroke 100cc scooter (photos will be available soon…) and I wanted to know how its engine works. Lorenzo started explaining to me, and at the end we just got this nice interactive explanation from internet.
If you want to learn how everything works simply go to the site How Stuff Works. Cars, computers, electronics, science, even people behavior! Just fascinating!

mitla penha morato

20/01/1976 in Sao Paulo – Brazil

1981 Pre-school and Kindergarden Escola Cuca
1989 Grade School Colegio Palmares
1992 High School Colegio Santa Cruz
1999 University Architecture at FAU-USP Universidade de Sao Paulo
2000 MA in Design Domus Academy – Milano, Italy

Lorenzo Bustillos aka lorbus – in sep. 2002 I happily became Mrs. Bustillos!
Fiona Bustillos aka fiona – in May 2005 I happily became 1st time mom!
Lorenzo Bustillos aka lorenzino – in Sep 2010 I happily became 2nd time mom!

Milano, Italy – since jan 2000

Since feb 2001 I’ve been working at Lissoni Associati studio, from the architect-designer Piero Lissoni.

I simply love to play soccer !
I’m still a rookie in snowboard but I like it!
I ride my bike to work everyday.


for those who might ask… YES, Mitla is my name!

It came from the Aztec ruins of Mitla in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The place was a ceremonial center initially dominated by the Zapotecs followed by the Mixtecs.

Before going to USA in 1971 to do their master and doctorate studies, my parents spent a week in Mexico and visited Mitla. Even without knowing its meaning they decided that if they would have a daughter her name would be Mitla, because they simply loved both the place and the name.

I first knew the meaning as “morning star”, when my high school history teacher told me. How lovely!
Some years later I went on vacation to Mexico with my family. Of course Mitla was on our route… Then, visiting the place, for me and my parents surprise we discovered that the real meaning was “Place of the Dead”. wow…

I’d rather be with the first meaning. But I can say that the second one could be useful to keep away unwanted conversation:
“Mitla? What a beautiful name. What does that mean?”

More curiosities about my name?
Well… as far as I know I have never met another Mitla before. (If you know some, please tell her to contact me right away!)

There is a Mitla Pass at the Sinai Peninsula, near Suez Canal, that was strategically important to the Sinai Campaign during the Suez War 1956 between Israel and Egypt.

I recently discovered that there is a far west Cartoon called Tex, created by the italian Giovanni Luigi Bonelli , in which the main character Tex Willer has an female enemy called… Mitla. She is a charming, fascinating, mysterious and dangerous… WITCH!

-how many people besides the internet pioneers can have the domain

-having to do the spelling not only by phone, but also face-to-face