A wonderful birthday

  Today he is 11 years old. I went out yesterday to get 7 of this friends to sleep here and celebrate his birthday during the night and today. It was really fun. But the best was saved for today.  The Dente de Leite championship had its aniversary championship today as well and guess what? Manchester…

Magnates

What comes to your mind when you think about a Magnate? I bet you thought about Richard Branson, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet…no? When I think about Magnates, the first name that comes to my mind is Bolt. Usain bolt if you will, but not the fastest man on earth. The one that I…

Attention Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Minerva and Singularity University

Raising 3 kids in Brazil, specially at expensive Rio, is not easy. It´s not easy as we (middle class) pay too much taxes and get very little back in services from the government (no decent public education nor health). But you should know that already as it´s the moto for this blog… One thing that…

Losing fat forever

Creating a blog is always like that (for the weak at least)….you start strong, and when you see that people are not following you and you are having zero views, you get frustrated and you give up. That´s what I did. But as I am writting also with the objective to improve my writting skills,…

Coding for kids – a lived experience

Remember I told you to put your kids to learn how to code? Let´s agree in one thing here from now on: I will not tell you to do something with your kids that I did not try with my kids. All right? 😉 January 2016 is the busy vacation month in Brazil. It´s summer time…

My friend Jose Alexandre – the Judo champion

All my 3 kids practice Judo. I was never allowed to do any martial arts when I was a kid because my father thought it was all about violence (believe me or not, my father is a teacher). Martial arts goes way beyond being good just for your body and to make you physically strong….

Make sure your kids learn how to code

I am sure you heard about that: “Knowing how to code will as important as knowing how to speak english”. How exaggerated do you think this is?  Unfortunatelly (or fortunatelly), I believe  there is not much exaggeration in there. Think about how fast things are chaning and how software is eating the world. Would you ever…

My friend Mauricio – the van driver

We live in a street that is very close to a favela. But this favela is so “nice” that they even have a lodging in there, called Favelinha. I guess the story has to do with a german guy who married a brazilian woman and decided to live there. Although I live very close to…

The importance of beliefs

Have you heard about this thing that  psychologists  call collective unconscious?  I will tell you….this is not bullshit at all and this is something you feel. The first time I went to the US I was 21 years old. As a matter of fact, I think it was also the first time I was travelling by…

Size does not always matter

My son Alexandre loves to play soccer. He is 10 years old today and he plays as a goal keeper. But I am not tall (1,76m – please convert to feet) neither is his mother so his chances of getting tall are not big. As he really loves soccer and have been training for sometime, whoever…

Creating a culture of excellence

“Education is the cure for all our society problems” I don´t know about your country but in my, this is the main thing that is repeated generation by generation here in Brazil, and every politician that comes, promises changing education but things never happen.  In this loved country, the public education system is quite perverse. Basically,…