Destiny in the Most Beautiful Bookstore in Buenos Aires

Ateneo bookstore

Ateneo bookstore

Sometimes you are destined to meet someone or something in your life.

On this rainy Sunday, we decided to head over to the most beautiful book store in Buenos Aires, el Ateneo Grand Splendid. It used to be a theater “Teatro Grand Splendid” since 1919, that was converted into a gorgeous bookstore in 2000. We were walking around flipping through books here and there. As we passed by the cafe, where customers can freely bring in books to read while they have coffee, my boyfriend pointed out a book that a couple was looking at, a big beautifully illustrated book. I looked over. “Yes, it is beautiful.” I remarked, and we walked along. Continue reading

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Sunderland Performance with Maestro Carlos Copello

After the intense La Virtuta, Misterio Tango Festival performance, Carlos Copello gave me some very special opportunities. Should I have known this was about to come around, I wouldn’t have believed it. But you know, sometimes you win the lottery in life. Sometimes, there are things in life that are incredibly and amazingly “Dreams coming true”. And sometimes, all of it comes at you, all at once.
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Emotional, Performing with Maestro Carlos Copello

Very emotional.

 

I had an amazing opportunity to perform with the maestro Carlos Copello this past Sunday night in the Misterio Tango Festival’s closing milonga at La Viruta.

 

The opportunity came about on Wednesday night when he suddenly messaged me to call him. He then asked me whether I’m available on Sunday night to perform with him. I didn’t quite understand what he meant and he gave me the details of what it was. I wasn’t expecting this big news and my heart started pounding. I told him I’d think about it and I’d let him know within the hour.

 

The truth was I was scared to death. Sunday night was only 4 nights away and such a big event in Buenos Aires where there will be tons of people and maestros watching, on top of that, the closing night of the festival with him being the closing maestro. And again, this was the great maestro, Carlos Copello. I was flattered that he would even think of me and my hands were already shaking. I wasn’t sure I had the confidence to do that, and I wasn’t sure I would be able to handle my nerves. But then, I really wanted an opportunity like this, this was something I’ve always been dreaming about. After calming my mind, I decided I’d take this opportunity on, with all the fright that was seizing me, I wanted to do this. I was going to do this.

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Feeling right, letting go, and welcoming new changes! Feliz 2015!

obeliscoHappy New Year!

Another year is going by, seemingly quickly but yet filled with events that weren’t quite expected. This New Year’s eve was spent here in Buenos Aires, my second time here since 2003/2004 New Year’s. I vaguely remembered that there were lots of local fireworks in the neighborhood, unlike the organized fireworks in the US or the solemn countdown in Japan. Well, just like the other celebrations that I had experienced here for the soccer world cup semi-final and finals celebration or the 25 de Mayo celebration, you’d think you’re in some kind of war zone or ad mist a riot. Before 00:00 comes around, the anxious Argentineans started throwing their fireworks into the street with loud snapping and booming. After 00:00, the skies were filled with fireworks and it sounded just like a riot. Supposedly, the fireworks aren’t cheap, but they go up for at least half hour, probably close to an hour all over the place. The view from the higher apartment balcony was great. No one needs licenses to use these and kids can even buy them as well, quite a difference from the US where they are illegal. I found it amusing and yet it was refreshing to see the liberty that people were having to celebrate the New Year.

Personally, 2013 was a year of many changes, with lots of goodbyes and hellos. Continue reading

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“25 de Mayo” Celebration in Plaza de Mayo

Time flies when you’re busy! Thanks to all my friends who have started to worry about me since I haven’t been posting much recently. I am alive and doing well🙂 The days have been completely full with taking a lot of classes for the past two months or so, rehearsing for the past few weeks, going out to the milongas few nights of the week, and then maybe some few outings with friends to get a bite of yummy stuff. I am currently focused on Tango Escenario and running around various studios to take advantage of the challenging yet exciting classes that are given out here. Continue reading

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“Fermin” The Movie, In Every Embrace There’s a Story And That’s What We Dance

“Those Arms embraced Tango. They embraced pain, repentance. Sometime soon they will embrace death. In every embrace there’s a story and that’s what we dance.” – Ciempiés in the Movie “Fermin”

The embrace is magical. A tango is more or less 3 minutes per song. We come together to embrace someone for 3 to 4 of these 3 minutes songs. To be able to embrace someone is a gift. We all come with different walks of life, some younger, some older, and from all around the world. When we embrace, we share a part of ourselves, our lives, and the stories we have lived. For the precious 3 minutes, we share “the moment”. The meeting of two people’s energies in an embrace, for me, is one of the most beautiful things in the world. If we are open to giving and receiving, the moment can be intense, the moment can be profound, the moment can be life changing, and it is magical. There are times, when the song comes to an end, and we linger… because we don’t want that moment to finish. And there! That is the beauty of tango, it does come to an end. For that reason, it’s important to be so fully present in the moment of the embrace. To embrace with everything you have, to give and then to be completely open to receiving from the other. The two energies flow and then merge. And once in a while, you encounter those unforgettable embraces, of a sensation of eternal connection. Where it feels like the drapes that cover the heart, sways open with the embrace, and the light comes flowing through to bring the inside and outside world together. Where the boundaries of yourself and the other doesn’t exist anymore, where everything in the room disappears and location and time doesn’t matter anymore, where everything else is forgotten and what is present is just simply that “moment”. That beautiful sensation of being “exactly and simply present” in complete unity. That is the magic of the embrace. That is the magic of tango. What a blessing and joy to be able to dance tango every single day. Sharing our embraces. Sharing our stories.

Yesterday I went to see the movie “Fermin” (aka “Glorias del Tango”) produced by Oliver Kolker. Continue reading

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US Tango Championships, Congratulations to Nicholas Tapia and Steph Berg!

This past weekend the 2014 US Tango Championships was held in San Francisco. I could not be there to cheer for you all in person but I was surely there in spirit. I want to congratulate all of you for your dance, for your courage, and for sharing your passion. It was a tremendous experience for me last year, and I am more than enthusiastic to know that this year’s competition was another successful one with many more participants taking part of this great experience.

We all know that to be there on the competition floor doesn’t come over night. It comes from hours and hours of sweat, tears, and love. It takes a lot of courage to share your work being present on the dance floor. Because tango is a very subjective thing, results of the competitions are most likely not what you expect. It is not a competition, for example, where there are clear scores by a ball going into the goal or someone reaching the goal line, in Tango competitions, results could be quite unexpected.  Continue reading

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