Halloween 2015 – Superheroes Rumble

Since my kids decided to dress up as superheroes for this Halloween, I thought that I will give them the proper venue since they looked so awesome all dressed up. Amazing kids; my little superheroes..

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Halloween 2015 – Superheroes Rumble

Since my kids decided to dress up as superheroes for this Halloween, I thought that I will give them the proper venue since they looked so awesome all dressed up. Amazing kids; my little #superheroes..

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Super Blood Moon 2015

Took this picture of the Super Blood Moon using my digital camcorder photo function as my phone couldn’t do much. The super moon eclipse is a rare event that takes place every decade (approx. every 18 years, although it took 33 years from the last event). It’s when the Lunar Eclipse event coincides with a Full Moon, hence #SuperBloodMoon.

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Super Blood Moon 2015

SuperBloodMoon

Took this picture of the Super Blood Moon using my digital camcorder photo function as my phone couldn't do much. The super moon eclipse is a rare event that takes place every decade (approx. every 18 years, although it took 33 years from the last event). It's when the Lunar Eclipse event coincides with a Full Moon, hence #SuperBloodMoon.

Janelle Monae – Yoga

I still haven’t figured out why I like this song very much. I find myself easily replaying it while driving.

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Janelle Monae – Yoga

I still haven't figured out why I like this song very much. I find myself easily replaying it while driving. The music video was beautifully shot; not too busy, clear and concise scenes. The overall mood matches the lyrics and it looks well budgeted.

Princess Mirabelle (Photos)

So, it’s been a very looong week since the early arrival of this little princess. One thing for sure is she’s running the show from day one! Without due, here are some photos of little princess Mirabelle. Enjoy!

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Princess Mirabelle (Photos)

So, it's been a very looong week since the early arrival of this little princess. One thing for sure is she's running the show from day one! Without due, here are some photos of little princess Mirabelle. Enjoy! Mirabelle's root is Latin, and the meaning of Mirabelle is "wonderful". In France it means, "of wondrous beauty".

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Snow Soccer Practice

Things you will do for your kids. They got me playing soccer in winter under the snow. Luckily, it wasn’t as cold as it seemed. Lots of fun.

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Snow Soccer Practice

Things you will do for your kids. They got me playing soccer in winter under the snow. Luckily, it wasn't as cold as it seemed. Lots of fun.

I've been contemplating the idea of becoming a coach as my boys are getting older and are still sticking with soccer as their main sport. We practice together any time we get a chance, but I would like to dedicate some time to teach them the core basics.  Should they continue with this, I will probably have them join a competitive team and see how they handle it. Right now, it's more for exercise and fun time.

Nick and Ethan

Nick and Ethan

Last year, both Nicholas and Ethan played on a small church league competition and they both enjoyed it so much that they wanted to do it again this year. There are so many leagues where we live; it's hard to pick. But, the main thing is all about making sure that we can accommodate driving them back and forth to practice and to all the other activities that they will have to participate on. Should they join a team, I will make sure to update their progress here online.

In the meantime, maybe I will make a section in this webpage for some practice videos? Stay tuned...

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Toofan – “GWETA”

I’ve been following this music duo artists for a while and they are quite impressive. There is no doubt that Africa is full of very talented people; and Music and dancing are just a few talents that are just printed in our DNA.

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Toofan – “GWETA”

I've been following this music duo artists for a while and they are quite impressive. There is no doubt that Africa is full of very talented people; and Music and dancing are just a few talents that are stitched  in our DNA.

Arts in general is one of our keen domain. Whether it comes to paintings, drawings, music, dancing, and other form of artistic works, we have talented people that can fill the spot. We may not have the latest technology in place yet, but we have great concepts. Recent works are getting done much better than five years ago: better video clips, movies, and even news reporting. With more African publishers investing in better technology, and with the availability of affordable consumer products as well, we are seeing a positive trends when it comes to quality.

Next step to tackle should be "piracy." Combating piracy will help the producers to actually invest their profits into better equipment; which will drive more sales and expand the market even to non-African communities. I'm still waiting to see Nollywood movies into the western market streams, a jump Bollywood has been able to breach.

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What should be the Near Future Plan for Human Space Exploration

Until mankind can master traveling to the moon on a regular basis, human-led space exploration of any kind should not be recommended nor invested in. The closest celestial body to earth needs to be conquered first with such efficiency that even commercial travel to its orbit will become a routine activity.

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What should be the Near Future Plan for Human Space Exploration

Until mankind can master traveling to the moon on a regular basis, human-led space exploration of any kind should not be recommended nor invested in. The closest celestial body to earth needs to be conquered first with such efficiency that even commercial travel to its orbit will become a routine activity. (more…)

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Bogota, Colombia

Despite Colombia’s violent history, modern Bogota is energetic, artistic and wonderfully chaotic. This is a city that I’ve fallen in love with in the past years, after spending almost a year going back and forth for business. This city has put a vision in my heart on what most of African cities could become with the support of their local government leadership.

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Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

Despite Colombia’s violent history, modern Bogota is energetic, artistic and wonderfully chaotic. This is a city that I've fallen in love with in the past years, after spending almost a year going back and forth for business. This city has put a vision in my heart on what most of African cities could become with the support of their local government leadership.

Hotel Anamichu - Colombia

Hotel Anamichu - Colombia

A culture similar to my own, I had no problem relating to the way of life in this city. Somehow, I found myself much more close to Africa than when I'm in the States. It could have been because of the beautiful weather  that Bogota gets to share with its population (one stinking big season of awesomeness! Subtropical weather), or the way the crowd interact with each others in a sense that only residents can fully understand. Or, maybe it was the delicious and mouth-watering meals that I got the chance to enjoy daily, reminding me of the African-style cuisine, filled with so much aroma that one's nose can be sent to a heavenly bliss. Most strikingly was the fact that everybody seemed happy doing whatever they were involved with.

Now, I have to mention that I did stay in the best side of town, and like any other city in the world, Bogota does have its rough areas that even Colombians themselves will avoid visiting if necessary. Yet, in general, I enjoyed this place a lot and promised myself to go back with my wife for an actual vacation  stay.

Things that I noticed

  • A strong women workforce. From the first minutes setting foot in Bogota airport, you will notice that there are lots of women working and in charge.
  • Most people in Bogota seemed fit. Lots of people walking from place to place rather than driving. After driving to Bogota, I would recommend public transportation or taking a cab. Forget LA traffic! Bogota is so jammed that they had to implement pico placa (regulations where automobiles are allowed in traffic on certain days depending on the last digits of the licence plates; odd or even).
  • High elevation! Bogota is about 8,660 ft above sea level. The first day in Bogota, walking on the street felt like running on a treadmill. I was constantly out of breath. But, eventually you adapt after a couple of days.
  • Seems like people are everywhere, non-stop. It makes Paris and London look like deserted island. Be ready to bump shoulders with strangers and duck through non-stop traffic. More than 6 millions inhabitants in that city.
  • Welcoming people and eager to share with you their culture. Whether talking to the taxi man, the lady selling goods on the busy street, the hotel personnel, or just random people in various areas, they all showed interest and kindness. Lovely people.
  • Beautiful infrastructures. mixing contemporary and old styles, preserving the beautiful Colombian culture while showcasing modernism implementation.
  • Last, but surely not the least: gastronomy heaven. I have to say, I've yet to find a Colombian dish that I did not like. The food was just awesome and cooked very similar to central Africa dishes. I made sure that ate different plate every day.

All the time I spent in Colombia, I visited various cities (urban areas included) and they all shared the same characteristics. The presence of the armed forces around key infrastructures did not bother at all once I got used to their presence. Overall, I had great memories there and expect to go back for some more in the near future.