Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love (Official Music Video)

We always seem to want those things we don't have. Moreover, we are often convinced that if we had those things we want so badly, we would finally be happy.

Is the glass half empty or half full? Life and relationships work better when the glass is half full. Below are some simple yet specific steps you can take to cultivate happiness and see the glass half full, regardless of your relationship status.

1. Be grateful
Create a sense of gratitude for what you have, for what is working, for what is wonderful and sweet in your life. A morning or evening gratitude list, written each day, can do wonders for helping you feel grateful.

2. Take care of yourself 
Identify the small things in life that make you feel good, and do one daily. A short walk, a few minutes of writing in your journal, a short meditation, watching the sunset. Whatever reminds you that you are a human being and not a human doing will improve your outlook on life.

3. Be creative
Creativity and self-expression generate happiness. Schedule some creative time each day, even if it's just a few minutes of writing, painting, sculpting, etc.

4. Move
Moving our bodies generates feel-good hormones called endorphins. Move a little every day to stay happy.

5. Get someone to take care of you
It feels good to be taken care of, even in small ways. Get a massage, a manicure, someone to carry your groceries, launder your clothes, or fix something for you.

6. Read inspirational material
It helps to be reminded of positive thoughts and positive attitudes. Get a small book of positive, inspirational thoughts and keep it by your desk. Read one or two thoughts each day.

7. Contribute
Stand up for something that matters to you. Contributing, making a difference feels good. It boosts your self-esteem, your gratitude and feeling of well being.

8. Get some time
I know this one is hard, especially if you are a single parent. But if you are determined, you can find some time every day to just be. Make sure you do this - it will make a big difference in your ability to be happy.

9. Be in nature
Nature rejuvenates and restores the human spirit. Whether your brand of nature is mountains or the ocean, give yourself the gift of visiting it frequently.

10. Be happy
No matter how many wonderful things you do to create a positive, happy, satisfied life, you could still end up unhappy. Ultimately, happiness, gratitude, a feeling of satisfaction is a choice. People often do not choose happiness. Many feel refusing to be happy will somehow get them what whey want, like a child holding his breath. Holding your breath will not get your what you want. It is happiness that attracts.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Son - Texas

Saw them last night with Roger and Snezana at Nuits de Fouvriere.
If you can't go to Texas, bring Texas to you.
Best concert ever.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

El Bulli

As of April 28, 2011 the El Bulli website lists that it will close in July of 2011 "On July 30th 2011 El Bulli will have completed its journey as a restaurant. We will transform into a creativity center, opening in 2014. Its main objective is to be a think-tank for creative cuisine and gastronomy and will managed by a private foundation."

El 30 de Juliol, Després de 50 anys, la trajectòria d´el Bulli s´acabarà.I començarà una nova era: El Bulli, eli millor restaurant de la història, es transformarà en una fundació per generar coneixement gastronòmic.
Si fos pintor, seria Salvoador Dalí. O Pablo Picasso. Si fos músic, Lidwig van Beethoven. O Richard Wagner. Si fos futbolista, Maradona. O´millor, Messi. Si fos escriptor, Truman Capote. O Borges. Si fos ballarí, Nureyev. Cantant d´opera, Maria Callas. Arquitecte, Andrea Paladio. Pilot de fórmula u, Ayrton Senna. Si fos cuiner, ell mateix.
Ferran Adrià és un personatge únic, irrepetible. El láser que illimina le dècades més brillants e la gastronomia catalana, espanyola, europea, de l´orbe sencer.

Best Restaurants by year

[edit]Chef's Choice

just finished...

this book about a man from Barcelona on an adventure.
Un ´Skywalker´en el reino de Siam, Tailandia.

and finally my eye is better after a 2 week blockage, but not quite 100% yet.

Gigi D'Agostino I'll Fly with You High Quality

Saturday, July 16, 2011

According to the Pali Tipitaka[31] and the Āgamas of other early Buddhist schools, the Four Noble Truths were the first teaching of Gautama Buddha after attaining Nirvana. They are sometimes considered to contain the essence of the Buddha's teachings:
  1. Life as we know it ultimately is or leads to suffering/uneasiness (dukkha) in one way or another.
  2. Suffering is caused by craving. This is often expressed as a deluded clinging to a certain sense of existence, to selfhood, or to the things or phenomena that we consider the cause of happiness or unhappiness. Craving also has its negative aspect, i.e. one craves that a certain state of affairs not exist.
  3. Suffering ends when craving ends. This is achieved by eliminating delusion, thereby reaching a liberated state of Enlightenment (bodhi);
  4. Reaching this liberated state is achieved by following the path laid out by the Buddha.
For westerners, it is often difficult to understand some of the teachings in Buddhism. The basic values of western society concerning attachment, accumulation, and individuality clash with the tenants of Buddhist philosophy. Movies can relate a teaching into the context of everyday life. Dealing with pain, loss, desire and attachment are common themes in Buddhist movies.
In general, movies about Buddhism will either focus on historical events and people, or the applied teachings in an individual’s life. Both types are helpful in understanding Buddhist teachings.

Kundun –Gives an account of the 14th Dalai Lama, his childhood, and the invasion by China which forced his decision to leave Tibet.
Little Buddha – Aside from dealing with a present day situation, the movie also gives a good primer into the life of Buddha.
Milarepa – One of the historical figures in Tibetan Buddhism, this is the first of a two-part movie series.
Samsara – Dealing with desire is one of the fundamental teachings in Buddhism. This movie deals with the subject of desire very well. Beautifully filmed and acted.

    Johnny Cash-Ring of Fire 1963

    Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) -- More than 4,000 residents have been evacuated from a central Indonesian province after a volcano erupted, sending smoke high into the sky.
    Mt. Lokon in the northern Sulawesi province first erupted Thursday night. A second eruption occurred early Friday morning, authorities said.
    There were no immediate reports of casualties, but teams were assessing damage, said the country's disaster management agency.
    Indonesia is located on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    my cousin posted this this morning, isn´t it so true?

    "When you're honest about what you want out of life, life has a way of giving it to you."

    - Ted from How I Met Your Mother

    Friday, July 1, 2011


    Melanie laurent & Damien Rice "uncomfortable"

    Saw Beginners today. Really hit home for me on so many levels except the gay dad part. I laughed, I cried equally.
    Really like this Melanie Laurent actress. guess she´s a bit of a singer too.