My baby is home

22 05 2016

After 6 years and a couple of months I could hold again my baby, and it gave me goosebumps:

my dragonfly iaito


For some time we lost contact and even she seemed lost, but then my dear friend Bob found the case and other bits of my Iaido past:

scabbards and iaito kit


Holding her in my hands was fantastic and I can only dream the time I can “dance” with her again… It requires some good weather for going outside.. therefore, being in the Netherlands, lots of prayers!

But she is home, and that is important!





On the Aikido road

24 04 2016

Sunday morning, on the bus that was taking me to the last session of a very good Aiki-wizard Jorma Lyly seminar in Trondheim, I suddenly realized a strange fact: since I left Stavanger (April 2010) I have never attended an Aikido seminar in the same city  where I have been living at the time…

I have been on the road for a really long time (ok, mostly flying!)..

my "Lost Highway"

my “Lost Highway”

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Snails…elicious!!

6 04 2016

Sea shells, sea snails, sea.. alls! Not only amazing fruits in Vietnam, but also the offers from the sea have special flavors! Es-specially good ones!

Food in Vietnam
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Happy Easter!!

26 03 2016

Also to this lamb that will not end up in an oven!!

a lamb in the car





Biking in the storm

4 03 2016

First real Amsterdam Dutch weather rain bike experience since moved here: freezing big rain drops falling into my eyes, finding the entrance over the space of the glasses, anyway covered in water and becoming foggy at every change of slope (minimal but still there).

Biking in the storm

Biking in the storm

Exactly what I was hoping to not happen: tonight I will leave to Vietnam, directed to Ho Chi Minh city, where the  weather is reasonably different and I do not want to wear any heavy clothes/shoes.. not for the short trip from home to Schiphol!

But the freezing rain this morning (and the fact that my cheap “summer” shoes have some holes into the soles) might change my mind about the clothing choice for the trip to the airport!

These are the Netherlands though: I can try to cross the finger and hope really really really strong in some weather changes before tonight!! Even though the cloudy sky is not a good omen!!

(btw, right now it is .. snowing!!)





Bye bye Jakarta 

22 02 2016

Very little active, here, these days but a very nice short stay in Indonesia.

Great aikido but I’ll miss other delicious aspect of this country:


  
  
And a top skyscraper view on the first night that was just amazing:


  





Manila international airport… a joke!

17 02 2016

What a dump!!!

Worst international terminal I have seen in my life! Worse than several local Chinese small airports (not comparing to super terminals like Shanghai or Beining). Much much much worse than tiny Haneda Tokyo international!

In Haneda the toilet were still Japanese style, with super clean toilets and the reminder to Chinese that… it was not China: 

do not use the toilet Chinese style!!

 
😂😜😂

Here I was afraid to catch a disease entering the toilet area, with 2 closed bathrooms and 2 overfilled urinators!!!! I can’t properly picture the smell..

But the “best” part is the following and it applies to all the tiny and sparse shops at international departure: 

cash only – no cards accepted

Are you kidding me???????

I’m transferring between Japan and Indonesia and of course I got no local valuta and…. there are no ATMs!!!!!

Wow!!! 😂 

I admit, a first time! Missing China!!!








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