The slowly death of an iPhone!

22 05 2015

My second hand iPhone 4 is kicking it!

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Spiekeroog: a new German adventure!

22 05 2015

No, Spiekeroog is not the name of a new girl I like, but the location where I will be this weekend for a great seminar with three impressive teachers, Dirk Müller, Jorma Lyly and Michael Masch.

Unfortunately the place is quite far north but apparently it is a lovely little island, where we will be able to have great Aikido and.. relax!

Relax though is not the word I got on my mind right now, because apparently “ze Germans” are not anymore the perfect system providing a perfect railway service.

Since back in Europe, for different reasons, I have traveled often to Germany and punctuality of the trains has never impressed me! Japan has a “perfect” system, Germany.. come on! Read the rest of this entry »

520: I DO love YOU!!

20 05 2015

Oh yes, like 521, also 520 can be a very lovable day.. a perfect day to prepare for the love yourself day, 525.

Why is that?

Because today, it’s


And even more special, in May the holidays money are paid (equivalent to the 13th salary in Italy and other countries) so my bank account will look less sad than before and ready to organize summer and post-summer Aikido trips, what else? :-)

For all other people in love out there, enjoy the day with your partner or partners.. I do not have this kind of “problem”!

I’ll actually meet my love (Aikido practice) tomorrow and in the weekend (Germans railway system allowing.. more later about this!).

Both feet on the scale

19 05 2015

They are, they are! And I am not hanging from a bar on the ceiling! After ages that is my real weight getting under 75 kg!!!

<75 kg!!

<75 kg!!


It is not going to stay there very long since the picture was taken when I got home, with empty stomach, after about 2.5 hours of Aikido practice at Aikido Amsterdam!

But it is one of my goals to get my weight well under 75 kg with some stability.

I got there thanks to a little bit more controlled diet, with normally lots of fruit, cutting off on sofa drinks and sweets (decreasing not canceling completely) and some good habits of home gym (trying to keep up with a person not in my life anymore, by doing, for now, 100 sit-ups every day and working a little on push ups and similar as well).

That does not mean I completely cut off the best part of eating or drinking.. that is why I will have my weight challenges for long!

For body and mind though, I must restart a regular Aikido practice and also use more my bicycle: I have seen I probably can get there. No chance I get the body of a climber or a rock guitar player (long hair and all) in their twenties, but I can aim to have a better condition I had for a long time and then enjoy more the day by day life, whatever it will bring me, good or bad!

You liar!

18 05 2015

Finally today I found a set of dice in order to play again my favorite (drinking) game learnt in China, played everywhere in bars, clubs, discos and KTVs. As long as there are at least 2 people sitting together at the same table you can be sure they will start playing this, soon or later, better if one of the two is a girl because it makes more interesting and gives better motivations, but it is not a necessary condition. Actually if you sit alone in any club or bar you can be sure that some of the bar girls will come to you for playing this game, and drink more together.

@ Phebe

bar girls in Phebe club, Hefei

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My life without HER is no life!

16 05 2015

I need HER….

I feel so empty, so useless, so lost, so pathetic without HER…

I have no courage, I have no confidence, I have no balance, I have no self respect without HER…

I have no motivations to go out, to meet people, to make new connections and experiences and share the old ones, without HER…

I want HER, my love, my life, my precious…. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethiopian Aikido Gradings – A Photographic Reportage

23 04 2015

The dojo exists because of the meaning we give it. This meaning can never be lost from its place in the world because it is that place. The dojo is where we declare it to be. Each moment can be a place of awakening, of learning, of walking toward life.

Richard Strozzi-Heckler

A magic photographic report from a very good Aikidoka and photographer, David Ellard. Read the rest of this entry »


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