Saturday, April 28, 2007

Down with capitalism, Long live the worms!

Yeap, just like that... long live the worms, and naturalism~
why? well... simple. Cause if there is no worms, there is no fertile soil, if there is no fertile soil, there is no vegetables, and if there is no vegetables there is no food... and yeap, we cannot eat money, our new jacket, or our new tv, that's why.

So, yesterday I went to this "talk" by Satish Kumar about "Soil and Peace's GNH" Even when I hadnt hear about him before, it was great to hear him talking about how everyone should become an artist, and enjoy their lives without worrying so much about work and money. About how society, by being dominated by the science, technology, money and economy that was supposed to help us find our goal: happiness, has forgotten that end, and lost its true potential. About how we have being pursuing "economy" (management of our home) without trying to actually know, understand and enjoy what nature has to give us, or in other words, without thinking about "ecology" (knowledge of our home/earth). When it is certainly more important to get to know your home if you want to actually manage it without destroying it.

He also talked about the myth of "land ownership", and how because of capitalism we have got to try to "own" everything, but we have forgotten about our actual "relationship" with friends, family, animals, soil, earth. He also talked about "economic growth" (which obviously by itself is not enough, and certainly it doesnt bring justice nor equity) vs "spirtitual growth". He also talked about food and energy security, about Japanese Article 9, Peace among many other things.
He seems to be a really wise person, and i'm really enjoying his autobiography "No Destination", which has also remind me about reading Gandhi's autobiography (among others)... and has made me think about new ideas, and remind of things I had already in my mind. Which I will have to digest during my free time, now that I have lots of it.

And well, for now, I just ask you to think about these things by yourselves, and please go this webpage to show your support for Japanese Article 9 renouncing war as a means of settling disputes, so that it is not the Japanese constitution the one that has to change, but all the other countries the ones that should create a similar article in their own constitution~

Monday, April 23, 2007

Couchsurfing ~ Earth Day

Wow, I havent updated for almost 2 eventful weeks...
Last weekend I went to my first Couchsurfers' gathering, down south in Chigasaki, a surfer city one hour southwest from Tokyo. I was really wondering if there was actually a surfer city in Japan but just after going out of the station and heading to the beach I was surrounded by surfer shops, and a really peculiar japanese surfer town atmosphere. And then when I got close to the beach there was definitely no doubt it was a surfer beach with all the people carrying their boards, and wearing wetsuits, and even bycycles with a special device to carry surfing boards. And then the beach... it was beautiful (for japanese standards I have to say...), much cleaner than other japanese beaches I've been to, and with an amazing view of Mt Fuji, specially in such a wonderful day. Then I joined other couchsurfers and their friends for a BBQ-picnic next to the beach, chatting with many people, eating nice food, salads, fruits and grilled veggies and tofu! :)
I got to meet really nice people, and then we end up going to karaoke, where a small box became a very lively disco full of gaijin's singing, dancing and drinking all around. I was feeling really comfortable in such a good company, and they asked for spanish songs, so after singing a few latin songs, and english songs everyone was standing on their feet. It was a really great karaoke night, including me singing Avril's new song "Girlfriend", that got completely recorded in my camera, but which I'm just too ashamed to show... :p
Lots of nice people joined, and it was great to meet them and have fun with them. After karaoke we stayed at our hostess place. A really nice surfer's japanese house!

Me, Alice and Kenji
My Chilean new mum: Ines :p
The marshmallows and sunset crowd~ :)

Everyone! Pose for the group picture!!!
Before the sun sets behind Mt Fuji leaving beautiful colors in the sky

Next day, after having breakfast and chatting a little bit more with the people who stayed, I went for the first time to Yokohama to meet Kim, and we had a really nice time eating Indian food, strolling around the Port Area, buying crazy stuff at Lush store, and finally having a long chat over coffee in very comfortables armchairs in Starbucks. We actually tried to catch a boat to anywhere from the International Port of Yokohama... but we didnt see anyplace to ask. :p

This weekend, after getting sick since wednesday with a bit of everything... cold, cough, headache, fever, sore throat, etc... I went to the doctor on sat and got a test for influenza, which was negative, so I have no idea why I got so bad, but well at least I was already feeling a little bit better and I got some medicine. So after going to the doctor, I just didnt want to stay home specially cause I wanted to go to Earth Day's celebration event in Tokyo, so I headed to Tokyo Sat and Sunday, for a great atmosphere, full of hippie energy, love and peace~ but now I got lazy to write about it... :p
In short, it was a great weekend, meeting old friends, not so old friends, and meeting new people, and learning new things about our earth, the way we treat it, and the way we treat each other. It was also great to see how this year there were much more veggie food stands, which means even in Japan people is gaining more conscience on the environmental impacts of animal farming, and on the fact that animals should also be part of our circle of compassion along all other humans and living beings, and earth itself... and which meant I could have yummy veggie food! :D

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

DIrty Little Secret - The All-American Rejects

This video shows some postcards from the Post-Secret project (which I had put in my links before). It is a really great idea. I mean really, almost all humans at some time of our lives have secrets, whether about something that happened, something we have in our minds, something we'll like to do, or we did, or we dont feel like doing, that we feel afraid of sharing with other people, afraid of being judged, or not accepted, and even if it is not such a big deal having to keep it inside can become quite a big load. So I really liked the idea of this project when I first found out about it, letting people share their secrets anonymously, and somehow putting it out there so that they dont have to carry it all the time, feeling bad, sad, or something about it... and you can find some interesting, some times funny sometimes not so nice things that people actually do or think. and I guess it is also nice to see it is not only your secret sometimes...

"Every single person has at least one secret that would break your heart. If we could just remember this, I think there would be a lot more compassion and tolerance in the world" from Post-Secret Site

We Believe - Good Charlotte

I want to go to Good Charlotte's concert next month... but dont want to go by myself to a concert... Laila want to join? :p or anyone else? May 7 Monday at Odaiba~ Now I wonder if they may organize a PETA tabling at their concert since three of them are veggie, and they've done protests against KFC, but i dont think they do it... it would be great though!
maybe I can meet them... just dreaming. :)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Spring Break

Well now I am formally in Spring Break... yes, according to the University Calendar the Spring Break is only from March 1~8, so I dont know how they call all the holydays we had from February till now... :p

Yes, it has been definitely a long holyday... probably the first long holyday I've actually spent without going to math olympics, travelling, or working, except for the half a year long break I took after graduating from high school before coming to Japan. So I cannot say it hasn't been great to have free time, sleep until late, go out or just stay at my room all day long, but somehow I feel I've lost the impulse and the motivation to do things, I had like this long list of things I wanted to do during my free four weeks (studying german, portuguese, doing some vegan advocacy leafleting, working out, reading some books, etc etc...) but in the end the four weeks went by without me even noticing and I end up doing nothing, which doesnt make me feel very good... hummmm. Definitely not good.

I dont know, I guess the last months I have been trying to figure out myself too much and I kind of forgot to figure out my life as well... I guess I need to have a balance of both. Have to have more control over my time and the things I do. But then it all starts with having somewhere I want to go, which I guess I've lost while I've been here in Japan. I really need more motivation for my career, my studies, I remember how enthusiastic I was about it when I was back in Colombia, going to help out at seminars, reading things by myself and stuff, but I guess being in Japan makes me feel so far from what I want to do that all those dreams started to feel too far away as well. I really want classes to start again, maybe that way I'll get some more motivation to think about my goals again. Cause it will be only two years till I graduate and I kind of have to figure out what I want to do after that... stay in Japan for the Master degree, go somewhere else to study (probably NZ?), or going back to Colombia... well I guess I kind of know what I want to do... but at the same time there is so many things I'll like to do back in Colombia that I really dont think I can figure it out by myself. It does depend on other things as well I guess.

Anyway I think like they say "too much play..." I have just kind of lost my destination during this four weeks holydays. And I guess I should start writing again all my thoughts, it really helps (not in the blog of course...).
It is not like I regret this last 4 weeks, I've really enjoyed them, going out with friends, meeting new people, thinking more about myself, experiencing and feeling new things, talking with old friends and all, I really needed to enjoy each moment more and be more open, but like I said I guess I also need balance, and need to remember what my dreams and goals are. And I definitely need to go back to be more active because I really feel I'm not doing anything for the causes I believe in. Go out and do some free-hugging, some vegan advocacy leafleting, do some environmental work, I really need to feel I'm using my life to help a cause, I guess it's the best way to make you enjoy every day even more.

One thing I have learned during this four weeks I guess is the value and importance of friendship and being there for each other, and I really have to thank my friends for being who they are, and being there for me, listening to me, understanding me, making me feel more comfortable and be more open, for trusting me, sharing their life with me, sharing experiences, moments and making me laugh. It is kind of sad to think that all of my friends are or will be all around the world, far away, and it will be difficult to see each other, so once again I feel the importance of enjoying every moment I can share with them, and try not to think so much about how our roads will propably go different ways in the future... It is really hard to study abroad when you think about this, but then I wouldnt have met all this great people or experience all the things I have, so it is in the end a great opportunity we have to take out the most of, not letting the distance or the lack of motivation forget why we end up coming here, and where do we want to go...

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Random questionaries

You Are 56% Open Minded

You are a very open minded person, but you're also well grounded.
Tolerant and flexible, you appreciate most lifestyles and viewpoints.
But you also know where you stand firm, and you can draw that line.
You're open to considering every possibility - but in the end, you stand true to yourself.

You Are 4% Republican

If you have anything in common with the Republican party, it's by sheer chance.
You're a staunch liberal, and nothing is going to change that!

Your Birth Month is November

Tolerant and inspirational, you are wise beyond your years.
You are universally sympathetic and a great humanitarian.

Your soul reflects: Compassion, friendship, and secret love

Your gemstone: Citrine

Your flower: Chrysanthemum

Your colors: Dark blue, red, and yellow

Your World View

You are a fairly broadminded romantic and reasonably content.
You value kindness and try to live by your ideals.
You have strong need for security, which may be either emotional or material.

You respect truth and are flexible.
You like people, and they can readily make friends with you.
You are not very adventurous, but this does not bother you.