2018-01-17

Dans le désert, il ne faut pas se faire tuer par un lièvre, mais par un lion

Resolutions for 2018
- complete a 1/2 Triathlon
- make sure to not take plastic bags in stores
- read more

not bad to kick off the year right?

Reading: Het Smelt (nog altijd.... maar hij gaat eraan).
Finished reading: Oorlog & Terpentijn van Stefan Hertmans (***** hartverwarmend en echt ontroerend) en Vuile Lakens (de moeite om mee te zijn met de laatste inzichten in seksuologie)

 Viewing: Gotham, Designated Survivor
 Listening to: Frank Sinatra
Thinking: Less is more => Practice Kondo More
Travelling: just back from Yucatan, getting ready for Rome, Lisbon, Val Thorens, Brasilia, Geneva and last but not least.... Algonquin this summer!

2017-09-13

One should make one's own fun

We all have a fundamental choice in life, every single morning.

Be brave, positive, looking for the good stuff, and accept randomness and serendipity to screw you over or offer double pleasure. 

Nothing beats that lesson except the next one learnt a long time ago but insufficiently applied: 
#ATRA - these are the things you can control and choose in life

  • Attitude: be a stoic or Marcus Aurelius and yell out loud: age quid agis, al de rest zijn vodden
  • Timing: crucial in your self-management
  • Risk management: what kind of odds and risks are you willing to accept in all your choices and endeavours
  • Associates: choose your friends wisely; they are more important than your ennemies

All of this bubbles up after completing a first Marathon; a life-changing experience, but originally not in my bucket list. 
Back 17 years ago, I was already happy to take a shower standing and being able to wipe my own ass. I recall one singular ass-hole saying: you'll never walk again without limping.... a heartfelt fuck-you to that guy and a thank you for being that piercing splinter in my consciousness. I ran, I completed that marathon for all the right reasons and definitely not to prove you wrong. Thanks for all those along the road who brought me (back) and to this point!



Reading: #WhatIlearnedintheFinancialTimestoday every single day
Viewing: OZARK, NARCOS
Listening to: Parov Stelar
Thinking: if human rights are infringed by other citizens, what is the worth of it? (or... why are only States Duty Bearers....) - we're all in this together aren't we?
Travelling: Back from Bordeaux Marathon du Médoc

2017-09-01

O valor das coisas não está no tempo que elas duram, mas na intensidade com que acontecem. Por isso existem momentos inesquecíveis, coisas inexplicáveis e pessoas incomparáveis.

Just back from the annual pilgrimage to World Water Week in Stockholm.
What a city!
Over the last 15 years, I've been there every summer and I still find new views, interesting content and excitement in meeting the old guard while discovering new initiatives and organisations.
You' d say it's a load of bollocks, but I find the real-life discussions energizing and motivating for the next semester.

I was intrigued by a comment by one of my old water friends who said he keeps on reading this blog... and that one of the posts is currently going viral? That's kinda cool and I'm curious to be know but probably better off without.... The content of this blog is of uneven nature over time, years and subjects; but upon re-reading some stuff, it still stands the critique. Other is irrelevant, but it still is a sort of history of what has been going on around me, and in the world.

So, at the beginning of this new schoolyear, and to honour Sir David TANG - who passed away this week unexepectedly; I promise I'll write more (and hopefully a little better).

Hat-tip to my dear old friend Cesar SEARA from Sao Paulo for the quote of the title - from F. Pesoa

Reading: Het Smelt - Lize Spit
Viewing: Netflix Ozark
Listening to: Arsenal
Thinking: You make your own fun
Travelling: back from Stockholm
Last picture: instagram toiletogram

2017-01-13

Wishing you a less busy 2017

Reading:
Just finished a monumental read from 2016, KL, a history of the concentration camps. A deeper insight in the destructive machinery and administration at the hear to the Third Reich. Scary to note the dehumanisation, the mechanics behind the organisation of the extermination of so many victims and a staunch warning:
Now reading: BUSY, an inspiring book on how to reorganise your life for more health, happiness and fun, by stopping being too busy. A real eye-opener in how we focus on the wrong things in our daily lives.  
Viewing: Captain Fantastic; a moving story of a non-conformistic family trying to not fit in.
Listening to:

Thinking: Be like the rain
Travelling: from Port Elisabeth over Dubai back home, and now in the upcoming months towards Geneva, Barcelona and bi-weekly trips to Paris
Last picture: the incredible landscapes of the Klein Karoo

2016-04-01

March 22 in Belgium

March 22 was Belgium's 9/11
There is a before, and a horrible after.

Our thoughts go to the victims of barbaric violence, perpetrated by radicals.

32 people died in Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek train station.
It could have been each and everyone of us passing through, on the way to work, to family, to love. Many of us escaped; in fact almost all of us are the "lucky ones".

United we stand, for a while at least, and we should not fear the political recuperation.

Many questions remain on underinvestment, under-estimation of the threat, under-performing political systems.
Yet, in all the carnage and violence, it's comforting to see the small signs of kindness, of courage under fire, of deep commitment by police forces and first responsders.

Over the last 15 months, since Charlie Hebdo, Verviers, the foiled Thalys plot, the shooter at the Jewish museum, the Paris attacks of 13/11 and now this brutal confrontation in the core itself of European values.

Let's not forget that the overwhelming majority of terror acts does not occur in Europe, but in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The "war" is not East vs West. This is not about Islam. This is about power, and power-shifting.

We should not allow our open and pluralistic socieites to become closed, and "in fear".
We should teach our children respect and love. We should lead in humanity.
Hopefully we can do that for other next generations as well, and not just our own.

Our response must be measured, and we have to keep faith in justice for all, and respect for each human's "human" rights. Let's promote that idea, instead of violent rhetorics.