Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Modern art 2.0

Yesterday we used to got to the museum today we surf the internet,
and thats what i did a lot recently (oh yeah, it was rainy season in Singapore)...here's 3 amazing pieces of art i've come across:


Matt is a 30-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who in 2003 quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he'd saved to wander around the planet until it ran out. A few months into his trip, a travel buddy gave Matt the idea of dancing everywhere he went and recording it on his camera.



Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.
In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.



Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Luxembourg's biggest secret



Saturday, December 16, 2006

My dreamjob

Until wednesday night i was chairing NLDS 2006 in Singapore. Curioulsy it's been inspiring me on what i really want! To understand my point, here a brief description of my day:

6.30 Wake up, trying to understand where i am and what is the first thing i have to do
6.32 Waking up my dear facilitators
6.38 Going for a quick shower...damn forgot to bring my towel, a fresh bedsheet will do
6.40 Launching my computer looking at the agenda of today
7.00 Walking from the hotel to the conference site, full of motivation, anticipation and excitement for the day
7.30 After a quick stop at 7 eleven to buy Red Bull, i'm trying to gather all facis to have a quick briefing on the day
7.50 Preparing my speech as well as fun elemets for the morning plenary...traying to concentrate while people rush over to pass me memory sticks, last minute news or simply to give me a big smile and say good morning
8.29 Almost morning plenary...thinking through the agenda while facis are already dancing cheering and energizing the delegates
8.35 Start of morning plenary...Switching from reflection to motivation and back again.
9.30 End of morning plenary...trying to rush out of the plenary...OC member trying to announce me some sort of catastrophy...me: "please join me on the balcony, i wanna smoke"
9.50 Problem solved...sitting into sessions, rushing out several times to take messages
10.00-12.00 More sessions, more communications, more energy, more happenings
12.00-12.30 Trying to gather the facis, giving/receiving feeback on the day, suggesting improvements for the afternoon
12.30-13.00 Meeting the OC...feeback, improvements etc
13.00-14.00 Sitting into sessions/rushing out/ Sitting into session
14.00-18.30 Facilitating a session on the topic Of Hiv/Aids
18.30-18.45 Wow, cant believ what these people cam up with in less than 5 hours. Blown away, impressed, energized!
18.45-19.30 Organizing the logistics for my next sessions...Hey OC i need the whole plenary to be held on that huge balcony, and i need a sound system and 120 candles and 5 people to help me and something to eat finally...Oh God, hope these guys still like me
19.30-19.35 Reflecting on my speech all alone in a dark corner of the building
19.40- 20.10 Speaking about my experiences since i left my country 5 years ago...talking about inspiration and how impirtant it is to capture it. We light 120 candles under the dark sky...
20.10-20.15 Back to the real world! Quick chat with one of the facis, quick briefing with one of The oc memebers, in between taking pictures with delegates
20.15-21.30 Taking part in a discussion on how religion impacts on cultural understanding. I'm totally amazed how much i can learn in 45 minutes. First time in my life i can openly speak to muslims about their religious practice.
21.30 Rushing to meet the OC...Apparently i have to be the Mc for Global Village. Ok, why not?
21.36 Announcing the first country delegation....
23.00 End of global village
23.15 I walk back to the hotel with a big smile on my face, tired, happy about the day, full of satisfaction and feeling good about myself.
24.00 Faci meeting
01.00 End of faci meeting. Going down to the party, say hello, drink a beer or two, shake hands, chat, take pictures, love the people.
02.00 Meeting with the OCP
03.20 Going to the hotel room. None of the facis asleep yet. Ok, switch of the life, fall asleep.

This made me realize that what i really want for 2007 and beyond is walking to a place in the morning, full of expectations and excitement, and walking back in the evening satisified and happy about my achievements. Now? Lets find that place!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Lost in translation - my trip to Tokyo





Monday, August 28, 2006

This is the view from my favourite bar in Singapore...it's simply breathtaking. There's only one thought that crosses my mind everytime I enjoy a whiskey coke up there: "THE WORLD IS MINE".






Sunday, August 13, 2006

Pictures online

Posted some pictures of our appartement inauguration party...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/33349685@N00/sets/

Monday, August 07, 2006

A big smile from Singapore

It's been a week since I arrived in Singapore, so just some quick facts and thoughts:
- The city is amazing, it's totally changed since i last came here, but still as clean
- Went through an amazing induction week with my new fellow students from India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philipinnes, Argentina, Norway, Malaysia, France etc etc. Lots of amazing people
- After having lived on campus for a few days, I finally managed to find an appartement closer to the city. I share it with my swiss mate Gregory...For my new contact details just send me a mail
-...talking about appartemets: of course we had to do a house inauguration party. Therfore we just invited the whole class which is about 50-70 people. It was just crazy.
- Tomorrow is Singapore's national day. The video you see below is the official song for this year's celebrations...although i find it very kitsch, it's interesting because in Western Europe nobody would dare to do such a thing, we prefer complaining...can you imagine such a video about Luxembourg??? Not really, don't you?
Keep on striving,
François