Sunday, June 24, 2012

get some headspace


This post looks a bit off-topic, but it's not. It is about a small but important part of my daily life.
At times that everything (including me) in my world is crowded and noisy, I visit a 'room' in my mind where it is completely silent and peaceful. I meditate every morning and it makes me happy, strong and carefree.

My friend Sandra from BijzonderMOOI* gave me this link: Get some Headspace. Former Tibettan monk and founder of Get some Headspace Andy Puddicombe states: "Headspace is a project designed to demystify meditation. Using the wonders of science and technology, we make it easy-to-learn, fun-to-do, and relevant to your everyday life." According to the New York Times Andy Puddicombe is doing for meditation what Jamie Oliver has done for food.
Interested? See the video below, sign up at the website, give it a free try and get yourself some headspace online for the coming 10 days!
Have fun!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

tried & tested (not yet by me)

photo's above from Petite Passport
I have had this 'problem' ever since I was a little kid: I am a dreamer. I dream about not being here and now, I dream about being there, later, somewhere in the future...

You can understand that planning vacations or business trips triggers this weakness big time. So when you all came up with emails full of tips, ideas, sleeping, eating, shopping in NYC I couldn't be happier! Thanks a lot!

Natasja (thanks!) gave me the link to Petite Passport: an awesome website hosted by travel journalist Pauline Egge. You can spend hours and hours browsing - dreaming - looking for the best hotspots (like in NYC, above) in the world, often tried and tested by Pauline herself.

photo's above from Air B&B
A couple of you also gave me the adress of Air B&B. What a great (web)concept! Private short stay apartements all over the planet, for all budgets, for all tasts. It is so much more fun to have a real house/apartment in stead of a hotel when visiting a foreign city. It gives you the feeling: Ich bin ein Berliner (or New Yorker, or Amsterdammer, or Parisien...)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

New York!

Map by John Breznicky
It was an immediate YES, when Tuttobene asked me to join them in the Dutch Design stand on the International Gift Fair in New York next August.
It was a wish already for some years to set foot and grow on the US market with my designs. What better place is there to start than New York?
This is all so new to me, I've never crossed the endless ocean before and I must say I suddenly feel so small!

How will it be, all by myself in the big apple? Where can I stay for those six nights (not too expensive, but still clean, safe and quiet AND in Manhattan West side - talking about unrealistic whislists....)? In the few hours left next to promoting my work on the stand, where can or do I have to go?
So now I am hoping for some of your good idea's for sleeping, eating and spending time in New York, adresses, links....
I would really appreciate your email or your comment here on my blog.

 Thanks in advance!
Big Apple/La Mela by Enzo Mari