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!!!





On the way to Trondheim!

8 01 2016

First seminar of the year even if I am not sure if I’m allowed to count it or not… since I will be the “teacher”.. With “” because as explained before I am just a student working on my path:

I posted about this seminar but I think (or maybe many think) it has been my ego talking there.. As a matter of fact I miss teaching, but not for letting my ego grow stronger (again?.. I know many think that..), but for having a chance to practice the Aikido I love, work on the mats with like-minded people and try to understand something that at seminars one has not always time to doing that. 

This is a chance to work both on the Aikido I practice in Amsterdam and the Aikido I manage to practice very seldom, ie. Irie shihan‘s Aikido. A chance to work a little on that and introduce it to my Norwegian friends, certainly something different (not better, not worse, just different, hoping to leave them with something to think about and maybe some curiosity to meet the source!). 

If people think it is my ego talking I am actually not so concern: I hope some of this people will be on the mats with me to try and experiment and see if some good feelings come out from the practice as well.. I can only repeat what I always say to people that call me teacher, as my Aiki-brother says:

So who am I? What do I want? Well, I am a student.

That is exactly what I am, what I have always been, and what I will be, independently where I will sit at the beginning of a class.. and I love it! 

 

dry kiwi and papaya

 
Sitting at the airport, eating some dry fruit in the best Chinese tradition (I mean, my Chinese life experience tradition!), feeling a little like when I was going to Hangzhou for teaching weekend seminars… and still working on my practice notes!

It’s going to be a good weekend!!








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