Immersion + confidence + love = ?

I want to create a masterpiece of art and my life is my art. Passion for life is what keeps me going in this endeavor. So, naturally, I’m interested in the idea of passion as well as passionate people.

I believe most of us are passionate about something, even if we don’t proclaim our passion to the world or aren’t actually aware of it. I don’t believe passion is an outdated notion; I believe it’s still alive.

I’ve started learning Argentine Tango since this April and I continue practicing to this day. I’m still new to tango as a style of dance and as a genre of music, but I do know that I enjoy listening to tango tunes. Recently, I came across this video of Loca by Juan D’Arienzo, who is conducting a band in the video.

When I see this video, the word ‘passion’ comes to my mind immediately. The way Maestro D’Arienzo leads the band expresses his passion for the music. He seems to be fully engaged with the music and I can see no doubt or hesitation in him. Also, I bet he loves what he does. His intensity is adding spices to his performance, too. Immersion + confidence + love + intensity. I don’t think it’s a definite recipe, but I do believe it’s a rough guide to passion.

Are you aware of your passion? If so, what are you passionate about? Do you proclaim it to the world? If you haven’t, do it by all means! Let the world know what you are passionate about. You can start from here by letting me know about your passion below!

Photo: Kreig-Hammer

Hans Comijn on becoming an attractive man

“Becoming an attractive man” is one of the topics I’ve been strongly interested in for the past few years. There are a few men I admire as a role model, and Hans Comijn is one of such rare men. Hans co-founded the Ars Amorata Online program with Zan Perrion and he led a number of men so they could get on the right path.  My friend from the Ars Amorata Online program, Paul Letendre did a series of interviews with Hans, and I highly recommend it, whether you are a man or a woman. In any case, if you happen to be a man who seeks more excellence in life, you must listen to it. If you liked Hans’ talk, share it with others, too. Also, Paul has written some excellent articles on his website Enrich Your Love Life – check them out!


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Photo: Ana_Cotta

“Keep going until we stop”

Here’s a talk given by Scott Stratten at TEDxOakville. It’s such a moving talk, and I want you to watch it, especially if you tend to make yourself busy all the time. Being still is not a bad thing. We need to be aware of what’s happening.

Two free&beautiful spirits I met in Harajuku, Tokyo (Day 23)

On a beautiful Tuesday evening, I met Maude and Chales in Harajuku, Tokyo. Charles was playing the accordion and Maude was selling handmade accessories there. At first, I walked past them. But a few seconds later, I wondered who they were. I got curious about them.

I decided to come back and talked with Maude. She told me about herself and what they were up to–travelling around the world. I think the conventional way is this: you spend your whole life earning enough money to travel around the world when you get retired. Or, perhaps it doesn’t have to be your whole life, but you earn enough money and plan your trip ahead and all those things.

For Maude and Charles, all they needed was a one way ticket to Japan, because they’re determined to make money on the go, by busking, teaching French, or whatever that comes to them.

I loved talking with both of them and it was inspiring to listen to them. I’m glad I stopped to talk with them in this concrete jungle where most people are supposed to be busy with being busy and don’t stop at all to enjoy beautiful moments.

They were so cool that I had to record an interview with them and to share it with you all. They kindly agreed with that idea.

So, here’s my interview video with Maude.

I love what she had to say about “trusting your life”. I don’t know about you, but it resonated with me very much.

By the way, I noticed that a guy in the background wears a T-shirt that says “DEATH”. How funny, given that we were talking about life. Of course, death is an inseparable from the notion of life, but I’m rather amused by his T-shirt. Or should it be classified as one of those absurd moments that are supposed to be mentioned on this blog?

What did you think about Maude’s story? Oh, by the way, if you happen to see them outthere in the world, do talk and be nice to them!