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,…

Brazil going down

You have probably already seem in the news….Brazil is falling apart! The economical crisis we are living nowadays is extremelly serious with the risk of becoming a depression . I indeed fear for the future of my kids (and why not for my own future!). What could be the consequences for the middle class? How about…

This is how a brazilian soccer game looks like

Do you know Flamengo? Flamengo is one of the biggest soccer teams in the world, and for sure, the biggest one in Brazil. Luckly, at home we are all Flamengo fans! Flamengo is well known by having players with a lot a determination, bravure and for never giving up. Nowadays, the team is not doing…