Back in the days, I was a big fan of Oprah Winfrey. While she has some really great quotes that I still love, there is just so many better quotes, aphorisms, as well as quotations that I have learned to simply love over the years. As it has become evident in these posts, I am someone who just loves to travel which has been a very fruitful experience in terms of learning a “great word” from here and there. Sharing it, together with explanations of the actual meaning has been the other very rewarding aspect of the whole trip. Everything is a whole at it’s best, a composition that makes the big picture, the meaning and creation that is in fact created with mere words.
Speaking of “wholes”, it is often in the performing art world where I seek such compositions that give the fame words are suppose to have. I previously mentioned several venues in Beijing, namely that of the acrobatics, kung fu and opera. But it is only recently that another great gem within the proud nightlife of the buzzing Beijing city has come to my attention. With fantastic effects and impressive acting, this wordless creation is performed at the OCT Theatre in Beijing.
While it’s a huge production with tremendously huge production costs, there has been put twice as much work into the performance itself. While Chinese love to talk, it’s not just all chatter.. but instead something that can produce beauty of unbelievable scale. I had the great honour of visiting the theatre and meet up with some of the OCT production leaders. They were a dedicated bunch of people that were not quoting just Chairman Mao, even though it was on their list of inspirations to help create the show. Named as the “Golden Mask Dynasty Show”, it tells the story beyond the cultural revolution in China and goes deep into the forgotten myths that impress audiences around the world. With daily shows to boast with the cool big stage theatre, we have decided to go almost wordless on this one. Some things are just better seen with your own eyes rather than being explained. And if someone, it is the Chinese that have perfected this method of enjoying without thinking too much. I am especially the kind of person that should definitely learn from them.
If you want to learn this Chinese sacred art of enjoying yourself to the max without words. Just head on to the Beijing Happy Valley. Not actually inside the park, but besides it you have this amazing venue itself.
OCT Theatre, Golden Mask Dynasty Show
Xiaowuji North Rd, Beijing, China.
Show time (Daily): 5:30PM – 6:40PM
March 17, 2015 Leave a comment
I wonder if there are others that are somehow put off by the phrase “that’s just awesome!”. I hear it so often, that it’s getting a little boring. That is of course in an American English setting. Now here in Britain, my teacher always told me not to use the same word again and again. English language is rich in expression and the more you give different flavors to it, the more beautiful it becomes.
Keeping that in mind as I grew up, whenever I write a text for example. I check what I wrote, and if there is too much repetition of the same word.. I try to change some of those to give more flavor to the text. It really works and makes the reading more stimulating, fun and even rewarding. For that I have to thank my teacher, who would scould me whenever I used the word “nice!”. She said that it’s not a word, you can say, brilliant, great, fantastic.. so many words.. Why just nice?!
Well, I think awesome has taken the same status as nice in nowaday talk. While it might sound stronger, the point is in repetition.. which is just over abundant and I am getting sick off it. Let’s use other words, awesome is just no longer awesome. But when we start using others, let’s not spoil them but put variety in the mix.
February 27, 2015 1 Comment
Since we enjoyed the Chinese acrobatic performance in Shanghai so much, we decided to have a go at it in Beijing as well. All this just to see how far our we could reach in philosophic height. Always on the lookout for great words to share with you folks, it’s often not an easy task with all the background noise there is nowadays. But we have one remedy for it all, and that is knowledge in it’s purest form. If one does not have extensive knowledge over a subject, one becomes a subject to a lot of that background noise.
Also often known as misinformation, which contains the intent or bias views of a person that someone wants to get through for mostly selfish purposes. While I have nothing against bias as it is a living part of ourselves. It’s important to have experiences from all walks of life and sides of the coin. Even in the case of Chinese acrobatics, this is true.
Especially in the crowded and noisy streets in the city of Beijing. There is one of those shows that make us almost speechless, without words. That performance is known as the Flying Acrobatic Show extravaganza! Thus bringing us to the conclusions that some things are best unsaid, and instead experienced. The Beijing experience is really taking the steps to take you the fullest and greatest acrobatic experience. Yes, without words we still could put the word great in the beginning of the sentence to describe our emotions. While we feel it’s not enough to express this flying acrobatic experience, we feel that what we learned from it is to just let things be with few words. Because with that, you have another kind of effect on words. It arises peoples curiosity when they feel that not everything is fully expressed, it engages people to go and find out for themselves.
Thus we can simply encourage, everyone to head to the Chaoyang Theatre in Beijing. The host of perhaps one of the most amazing acrobatic shows in the whole wide world. We suggest you go there if you are in the city and find out how speechless one can become.
Therefore enough talk already. The sweet, sweet Beijing is waiting for you and your beautiful round eyes!
August 15, 2014 1 Comment
A misconception exists, that if you are not great yourself, you cannot say great words. If you haven’t noticed, what these “great people” are saying are things that relate to everyone on this earth. After all we are in this together, and whatever can be a benefit, whatever can be a novel thought can be enjoyed by everyone.
But, not only enjoyed but made as well. You see, the world is made up of these interesting words.. and that’s how feelings, situations, outcomes and just about anything physical or non-physical is being created. By deciding “with words” that you are not able to say great words, one has already created a negative reality around them.
The great people who are able to say great things that effect you, have simply decided to do so. One needs to be sincere with themselves, speak the truth and know oneself. The deeper you go, the more one realises that this being, which naturally flourishes with ideas and just about anything imaginable. Is something very simple, right here within everyone.
Thus great words only exclude those, who choose to be excluded! Be careful of what you say. It just might become a butterfly.
May 18, 2014 Leave a comment
My good friend Emma once said that it takes great courage to be a child. And I couldn’t think of a better way to say how I feel about the issue.
Looking down upon kids is about the dumbest thing I know and shows how unconfident many adults are. By being playful, kids are innocent and show their true color. To be exposed like that takes courage and children who have yet not extinguished that sense of excitement go through the battle of finding their boundaries every day.
Adults have lost this courage and think it means being an adult. Kids have a natural tendency for this because the unconditioned mind acts in a natural way. Moreover an adult that keeps his playfulness is someone who has continued the battle for a natural being through the difficult boundaries of this world.
Be courageous, be a kid!
January 7, 2014 Leave a comment
I had a recent opportunity to visit the proud and erect city of Shanghai. Thus I wont be featuring any quotes, but instead ponder about the state of the modern society. As well as finnish off with a nice poem I wrote.
So actually what I had long been waiting for is to witness the remarkable nightlife of the city. To guide me in my nightly adventure Show Shanghai was generous enough to show me around. This was a great way to relax, in contrary to my constant analysis that does manage to tire my mind at times. But of course I just had to come and write to you guys about it and analyze a little bit at least.
First off, Shanghai is a great city. I liked cities that truly have that big city metropolis feel to them. This place is filled with excitement, even though most historical buildings have been destroyed. But for what I came for was to enjoy myself.. with some Chinese acrobatic performance, endless walks and of course this view many of us know so well:
Exactly this view was what finally blew me away and made me wonder what was the point in all this. Most people when they see this think that oh what a great achievement, how well the Chinese economy has done. Shanghai should be proud of themselves, they have really showed the world their true capabilities.
As usually I see it differently. Building a skyscraper one after another, each higher than the previous one.. is exactly the problem with modern society. I became almost speechless.. but was inspired to write this small poem:
As the economy blooms the society dooms.
When the Chinese attack the neighbors hold back.
Why such gloomy thoughts, like lottery casting lots.
It’s because this is real and as dangerous as a balancing wheel.
At least the acrobatics were great and my guide was such a wonderful person. This made me thinking, despite the doom and gloom, Chinese people are what really make the city and my experience. All in all I enjoyed it very much!
October 15, 2013 Leave a comment
Without a doubt most people have heard the proverb:
The grass is always greener on the other side.
The meaning is pretty obvious, that circumstances other than those of oneself often seem better or more desirable when in reality they often are not. But then again, comes the job of greatwords to share some light on a deeper meaning!
Of course it’s a good observation that often one wants things that they don’t have which is an eternal thirst. It is because this observation has never been made that the world has so many problems. People are thirsty for power, for wealth, for sex and many many other things. In fact this thirst can be absolutely anything, even to be poor. However the egoistic approach to gather wealth in excessive amounts while others is suffering must be the one of the worsening effects of them all.
But many did not stop to think what the other “greener side” is. What is it that makes people so interested in something that is outside of themselves, something that doesn’t exist. Well, my theory is that this greener side is actually something inside oneself which is why it’s so attractive. An inner desire to discover yourself more and to grow internally. However if one thinks that this desire is outside of oneself the effect will only be an outward effect.
This shallow realization might only help a person to restrict themselves but not to really understand.
September 26, 2013 1 Comment
China-US ties have not always been the greatest, so where to look for consolidation. That’s easy, from the place where no conflict has yet existed. To go there you have to go quite a way back in history but those things such as Beijing Opera still live strongly in the lives of the Chinese and continue to enchant foreign cultures too.
A new wonderful program to mix the Chinese and Western operas has been created in New York and a performance was held. The performers went under strict vocal coaching to learn to sign in Mandarin. All this resulting in a huge Opera choir of both Western and Eastern decent.
“Music is an international language, and it speaks to the heart.”
This beautiful quotes was states by Patty Kopec who is a music professor at the Manhattan School of Music. According to him the key to a successful performance is to understand the content and not just to sing. That’s when you sing from the heart.
I believe that not only old traditional music has this meaning but also modern music carries the secret tool for singing from the heart. This heart, is often lost with songs originating from familiar cultures and backgrounds, but whenever it’s foreign of origin you have to take an effort to understand it.
So if a way to understand get in contact with another culture is to dwell into its history and cultural background, then wouldn’t that work internally too. I mean, couldn’t people get along better together inside their own country if they took effort into understanding the songs of that country. The only problem with that proposition is that it is the unknown that attracts us to look for new thoughts and ideas although most still prefer not to venture into the unknown. So perhaps venturing and molding different cultures together is an answer after all.
March 3, 2013 Leave a comment
This has to be one of my favorite dope quotes. As a long fan of Gilbert Shelton’s hilarious comic and true classic of the Freak Brothers. It’s thanks to these catchphrases that have made as cult phrases what use to make dope so much fun.
“Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope.”
What a romantic thought that all you need is weed to get you through life. But that is honestly a reality that old hippies can relate to. Thinking back (and some thinking right now) its a pretty easy and beautiful life having to just worry about where to get tomorrows fix. It’s like a part of human evolution to go through that kind of a period, those who get stuck however have gotten something terribly wrong or they are just the kind of people who can handle it. Equally as many as was been there done that have also continued to smoke daily just to live a normal life like everyone else. Those people however don’t live in countries where you would have to worry about times of no dope!
This quote comes from Freewheelin Franklin, a very laid-back character from the cartoon. A very street wise guys, likely to come up with wise words like that.
February 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Have you ever given mouth to mouth to a bottle of wine? I bumped into this funny joke about enjoying red wine. I think it doesn’t taste quite as good straight from the bottle but makes a good joke doesn’t it.
The secret of enjoying a good wine: 1. Open the bottle to allow it to breathe. 2. If it does not look like it’s breathing, give it mouth-to-mouth.
Our society is in a state where it could really use some artificial respiration. The air quality around the world is worsening as the industrial civilization is blooming to it’s heights. What’s hard to grasp is why isn’t all the money being made used in technology that would increase air quality and decrease pollution. If because of technology we got into this mess in the first place, why not get out of it using technology. Hence: a “mouth to mouth” treatment. Surely all the machinery is already available all we need is to divert all that money spent on greed and put it to use. That’s what is stopping the industrial society to bloom in actuality. Frustrating!
January 25, 2013 Leave a comment