Nothing to something by Bob Frissell

Vitruvian man, flower of life - Bob Frissell

The missing information is what Bob Frissell was writing about in his famous book Nothing in This Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are, 15th Anniversary Edition in it’s 15th edition since 2009 and originally published in 1994. A major part of the book is about sacred geometry. Sacred geometry is in everything, everywhere. Once you start to see it, you see it often but it probably never crossed your mind that it could be used as code, or software to unlock your mind. The core idea of “Nothing to something” (the original title) is to accelerate our planetary ascent into higher consciousness.

In practice the merkaba meditation taught by Drunvalo Melchizedek and adopted by Bob Frissell is the most tedious, long-term (5 – 12 years for results) commitment of anything I’ve ever heard of, however the explanation in both the book and the video, make it clear “why” it eventually works. Also, it’s important to note that other practitioners use similar methods, for other types of healing and therapy, in other words, merkaba meditation can’t cause you any harm. In my humble (and unprofessional) opinion, it’s worth a try to see how it feels – I did.

Nothing in this book is true - Bob Frissell
Nothing in This Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are, 15th Anniversary Edition

Sacred geometry and the merkaba are just plain cool to look at anyway, so it’s good to know that these neat patterns that we can find in nature, are very good for us.

Nothing in This Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are is an account of humankind’s function within the grand celestial battle between internal and external knowledge. Author Bob Frissell gives a compelling account of our planetary ascent into higher consciousness, presenting a big-screen view of the Earth through the experience of the Ascended Masters, Thoth, Babaji, and Drunvalo Melchizedek.

Pulling in all manner of conspiracy theories from the Secret Government to the Philadelphia Experiment, Frissell proposes both a core transdimensional shift based on the Mayan calendar and a personal Rapture mediated through the connected, affirmed breaths of rebirthing that his teacher Melchizedek used to travel from the other side of the universe to here—breathing your own spacecraft (merkaba) out of and around your aura in order to travel through the astral realms.

The 15th anniversary edition of this cult classic is revised and expanded with new illustrations and 50 pages of important new information on the Lucifer Rebellion, the solar storm, and the final three breaths of the merkaba meditation.

An excellent introduction to sacred geometry by Bob Frissell, a noted author and workshop leader.

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Is the end near?

Is the end near?

Is the beginning near?

If I could tell you the exact day and time when the world (as we know it) comes to an end, would you be any better for it? What would you do differently, if you knew that there was a small, precise number of days and hours until something out of a Hollywood version of a Bible catastrophe, you know, something along the lines of what scientists have been telling us we’re long overdue for. In other words, a massive natural, maybe even cosmic, disaster. Perhaps even cataclysmic, or worse catastrophic, making it an extinction level event.

You and I will be much better-off not knowing the end-date but I for one will never stop thinking about it. Now the scientific community has had to agree that there’s enough proof to suggest that other civilizations have become extinct. Plus, the archaeological evidence of an advanced race of people who buried an entire massive structure at Göbekli Tepe in Turkey.

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[box type=”info”]Göbekli Tepe (pronounced [ɟøbekˈli teˈpe], “Potbelly Hill”) is an archaeological site at the top of a mountain ridge in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of modern-day Turkey, approximately 12 km (7 mi) northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa. The tell has a height of 15 m (49 ft) and is about 300 m (984 ft) in diameter. It is approximately 760 m (2,493 ft) above sea level.

The tell includes two phases of ritual use dating back to the 10th – 8th millennium BCE. During the first phase, pre-pottery Neolithic A (PPNA), circles of massive T-shaped stone pillars were erected. More than 200 pillars in about 20 circles are currently known through geophysical surveys. Each pillar has a height of up to 6 m (20 ft) and a weight of up to 20 tons. They are fitted into sockets that were hewn out of the bedrock. In the second phase, Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB), the erected pillars are smaller and stood in rectangular rooms with floors of polished lime.

The site was abandoned after the PPNB-period. Younger structures date to classical times. The purpose of the structures is not yet clear. It was excavated by a German archaeological team under the direction of Klaus Schmidt from 1996 until his death in 2014; Schmidt believed that they had been early neolithic sanctuaries.[/box]

Several years ago, when earth changes became obvious, I was suckered into believing the comet ELENIN hoax, do you remember that one? It was an end-of-the-world “type”  hoax. Turns out, the comet Elenin Hoax was a well-orchestrated disinformation campaign paid for by a couple of different lettered agencies. This high-tech campaign was complete with radio shows, youtube channel with a convincing cast of professional characters, including astrophysicists and astronomers. The comet ELENIN community felt like we we had the answer to why the Gov. was frantically building underground bases, bunkers and transport infrastructure. Anyway, we were wrong and once bitten, twice shy.

The Black-budget government operators had inadvertently spawned a new breed of truth-seeker and researcher. The space weather watchers were born and with insane amount of data collection resources and had already launched into the learning curve of searching for anomalies and patterns. We learned together, even though there were a few more diversions along the way, as the group fractured into sub-groups and many of us beginning to pay more attention to solar weather than to “chemtrail” local weather. Also, the space weather truth community outed  one of it’s own as co-intel (a paid misinformation agent, aka shill) and still to this day there are opposed factions, however, for the most part we all share some common experience (with comet ELENIN) and we all share one other truth, we know that; something evil, this way comes.

My favorite research is from Black Star Report by Terrel03 but I also appreciate BP Earthwatch, Gil Broussard, Kerry Cassidy, Higher Truth Channel, and even Thornews can teach us a thing or two about becoming a space weather nerd. However, there’s one person who is “must see and listen to” it’s Steve Olson from the WSO, which stands for “Wormwood System Observers” an online network of researchers who are scanning the webcams of the world and finding, time and time again, undeniable photographic evidence of some large planetary system, inside our solar system.

In my mind, if planet earth is 6 billion years old, then I think we’ve experienced over 1 million total extinction events. It’s very likely that there have been many other civilizations on earth.

Big Pineapple Chronicles

Big Pineapple Chronicles

The nickname “Big Pineapple” for Sao Paulo made perfect sense. In Brasil they have an expression for when people (one or more) have a tough problem to solve: “descascar abacaxi”, which translates to “peel the pineapple”. This always refers to something that is unpleasant and painstaking, with the possibility of making a sticky mess.

Interestingly, the Portuguese word abacaxi also translates to; “pain”. Maybe that’s the root of the expression “descascar abacaxi”, not sure, but I always liked it, for the visual of peeling pineapples, as they are the most prickly abrasive fruit, with by far the most abundant and sweetest juice, of any plant known to man.

Now the visuals I can give you, to substantiate “why” the nickname “Big Pineapple”. Think about the sharp outer skin of the pineapple, also the barbs on the leaves. Now imagine razor-wire and you begin to see just one of the odd parallels of a pineapple and a giant city that has a very prickly outer layer.

Descascar abacaxi - Big Pineapple chronicles Yes it’s sad to say, razor wire is a common sight in Sao Paulo and just like a pineapple, you’d have no idea how nice it was on the other side of that skin, unless you’d tasted it before, or someone told you how sweet it is. The surface seems to be designed to detract the would-be taster, from even getting started. It just looks too damn nasty from the outside.

There must be a method, you might ask. And if it were a normal problem to solve, Google would provide the answer, so on the search term “descascar abacaxi” (translates to “peel a pineapple”) you’d find 295,000 results but if you search how to get “inside” Sao Paulo, you’d be lucky to find a dozen sources in English, most of them blogs and all of them out of date. That’s where the “Big Pineapple Chronicles” comes-in, to assist the curious seeker, on how to “descascar abacaxi”.

Directly from the Big Pineapple, we share stories and cool videos to enlighten the topic. My objective is to get inside Sao Paulo and extract the juiciest content, mix it together with tales of the people we meet along the way, and serve it up fresh daily.

Definition of pineapple

A large juicy tropical fruit consisting of aromatic edible yellow flesh surrounded by a tough segmented skin and topped with a tuft of stiff leaves. It is low-growing, with a spiral of spiny sword-shaped leaves on a thick stem.

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Humble Pie Alacarte

Giant Gummibar Humble Pie

Three years ago this May I broke my foot off. When I say “off”, I’m not exaggerating. It’s amazing to me, that I’m able to write about it, which is also part of the reason that “I am” writing about it because I can. Supposedly, I’m still getting over it.

For sure it was one of those things of such monumental drunken stupidity, that the psychological scars will take a lifetime to heal, and maybe then some….

Up until that fateful day in May, I had never spent a night in a hospital and then in one moment of altered-mind ignorance, I earned my first ten. Someday I’ll write more about that unbelievable experience (as I recover from it) but suffice it to say, that I was forever changed by it, in more ways than one smashed ankle with eleven new parts and pieces. My humble pie had been served.

To make matters worse, for the first time in my life I was an invalid. Just take a look at that word – in=un “valid” – it’s not a good distinction to wrap your head around. There’s a significant amount of shock involved with what I had done to myself. This new reality, for me, required large doses of patience with triple doses of self-reflection. Whenever I hear the name or voice of Alan Watts, I forever will be reminded of that period of my life because listening to his recorded lectures became a daily action of my mental therapy.

The first six months of physiotherapy was nothing compared to the intense self-analysis, the crushing reality of not being able to walk (at all at first), plus a guarantee, at best, of a club-foot for the rest of my life. This was a mighty blow for an alpha male ego. The depths of my depression hit all-time record levels, despite the fact that the healing and recovery starting happening at the same moment that the bones broke. It’s true, whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

One thing prompted me to tell my “humble pie” story, is that I’ve been recording allot of video and producing a daily VLOG on YouTube and in my films you can notice my limp, or perhaps me more that the audience. None the less, I’ll embed the video below and you can see for yourself, when I walk through the street fair in Sao Paulo, it’s difficult for me to carry the camera smoothly because of the limp, a daily reminder, of my humble pie.

Revolution of the Mind


Have you ever wondered about singularity? The reason I ask is because I personally believe that singularity is what will save humanity and our planet from self-destruction. Perhaps even; a “singularity event” will trigger the truth to take-over, and all at the same time, the majority of inhabitants on earth, will come to the same conclusion, that we need to work together. Until that moment happens, we live in a multipolar world, however the good news is that the incredible rate of awakening, like a mass raising of consciousness, from the people’s exposure to truth via word-of-mouth and the Internet. We’re experiencing a collective “Revolution of the Mind”.

Consciousness and truth and closely connected. Learning the truth can be a time-consuming and painful process but for collective consciousness to rise and move the human race closer to our rendezvous with singularity we need more truth tellers. Unless of course, an event of Biblical proportions were to cause an instant revolution of the mind of mankind.

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

~ John Lennon

Peace on earth would be the end result of singularity. Revolution by definition, happens very rapidly and is triggered by words of truth, spoken directly to the source of power, then just like a light-switch, the minds of the masses, almost all at the same time, like a massive flock of birds, or school of fish, reach profound new conclusions, instantly, which immediately cause the entire populace to change direction at the same time.

Singularity in Literature


Literary studies

  • Temporal singularity, otherwise knows as a point of divergence, a concept in speculative fiction, usually an item or event triggered by an item that results in divergent narratives, in which the singularity alters the new timeline away from a prior “default” state, leaving behind a parallel universe in which the singularity did not occur; this is the basis of much of the “Alternate history” genre and may involve technology in “hard” science fiction, or may involve anything up to or including magic as the basis of the “what if?” scenario


Multipolarity is a distribution of power in which more than two nation-states have nearly equal amounts of military, cultural, and economic influence.

Empires of the world in 1910

Empires of the world in 1910 - Revolution of the Mind

Opinions on the stability of multipolarity differ. Classical realist theorists, such as Hans Morgenthau and E. H. Carr, hold that multipolar systems are more stable than bipolar systems, as great powers can gain power through alliances and petty wars that do not directly challenge other powers; in bipolar systems, classical realists argue, this is not possible. On the other hand, the neorealist focuses on security and inverts the formula: states in a multipolar system can focus their fears on any number of other powers and, misjudging the intentions of other states, unnecessarily compromise their security, while states in a bipolar system always focus their fears on one other power, meaning that at worst the powers will miscalculate the force required to counter threats and spend slightly too much on the operation. However, due to the complexity of mutually assured destruction scenarios, with nuclear weapons, multipolar systems may be more stable than bipolar systems even in the neorealist analysis.
This system tends to have many shifting alliances until one of two things happens. Either a balance of power is struck, and neither side wants to attack the other, or one side will attack the other because it either fears the potential of the new alliance, or it feels that it can defeat the other side. One of the major implications of an international system with any number of poles, including a multipolar system, is that international decisions will often be made for strategic reasons to maintain a balance of power rather than out of ideological or historical reasons.

Bob Marley, a Prophet of Singularity

Bob Marley played an important role in starting the revolution of mind and to this very day his message and music are used as the anthems and inspiration for millions of activists, for a multitude of different causes, everywhere. His image, his logos, his colors and his words, empower people to work together against oppression and tyranny. His idea was one love, that idea has never stopped raising consciousness.

Bob Marley, and the secret CIA war in Jamaica that may have cost the reggae legend his life is explored with Casey Gane-McCalla. How the socialist politics of Castro and Michael Manley were a threat to the cocaine market being orchestrated by far-right Jamaicans, Edward Seaga, George Bush Sr. and the CIA leadership is revealed. The flash point events of the Smile Jamaica and One Love concerts, and theories of how the CIA poisoned Bob Marley with cancer that would eventually end his life is explored in this Buzzsaw interview, hosted by Sean Stone.

[box type=”info”]Casey Gane-McCalla is a journalist and rapper, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born to a South African mother and Jamaican father, he quickly became interested in global politics and history, which he studied at Columbia University. The former staff writer for NewsOne has covered a wide variety of subjects from music to politics to drugs and organized crime. “Inside The CIA’s Secret War In Jamaica” is his first book, after researching its subject matter for three years.

Besides writing, Casey is also involved in the fields of music, technology, and filmmaking, as a founding partner in the GIF based music video generator StartUp, MVGEN, and the owner of Phoenix Rising Records (distributed by Sony), and the creator of the pioneering hip-hop comedy web series, “That’s Whats Up.”[/box]

00:01 Welcoming Casey Gane-McCalla to Buzzsaw.
00:49 Exploring the CIA secret war in Jamaica.
03:48 CIA intercession in Chile, economic sabotage, and political interest
06:50 Bob Marley’s support Michael Manley, and the political connections turned lethal.
08:47 The One Love Peace concert, and the suspicions of cancer poisoning.
11:28 The success of Michael Manley–a victory for the counter-CIA campaign that became very violent.
12:45 The 1980s, weapons and cocaine trafficking courtesy of the Jamaican elite and CIA.
17:28 The cocaine vs the marijuana economy in Jamaica, and parallels with the contemporary heroin boom.
22:00 Bob Marley’s legacy today.
24:44 The next project: Truth about the Tsarnaev brothers.
28:57 Speculation about murder and conspiracy around the Tsarnaevs.
31:07 Where to find more–music, video generation, and more.
32:28 Thanks and goodbye!

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The Art of Speculation


That title belongs to a book written by a man I met online and by telephone, for the first time, over ten years ago. His “pen name” is Arthur Fixed and the full title of the book is “The Art of Speculation During Civil War” with the byline; “Sun Tsu meets Jesse Livermore” but I know the old man (he’s 72) as Alex.

Alex graduated from Harvard in 1964, with a PhD in Law. It’s important to note that he was an immigrant to the U.S, so English was a new language for him as well, added to that, back in those days the policy was that 33% of Harvard students (each year) did NOT pass (nowadays almost everyone makes the grade). Getting a Harvard degree is still a major accomplishment, but in 1964 to come-out, while in your mid-twenties, with a PhD, is a monumental achievement. Alex would prove again and again that he was an over-achiever. This is an excellent guide I’ve read so far.

Harvard was just the start of what would become an illustrious and highly successful, albeit very diverse career, spanning over five decades. At one point in his journey Alex developed an interest in economics and the stock market. Like everything else with Alex, if there was a point to doing something, then there was a point to over-doing-it, he immersed himself in the academics of money, finance, and stock market trading. What made his approach slightly different was his strict belief in the teachings of the Austrian school of economics by Ludwig Von Mises and even more influenced in his thinking by Mises protégé Murray Rothbard with his famous tome called “Man, Economy and State”.

For sure Alex was not the first trader to have a penchant for Mises and Rothbard, truly it’s probably more the norm, for anyone involved with the stock market to have a strong belief in the Austrian economic doctrine, but not like Alex. This ideology was much more than just ideas to Alex, this was the code for economic law. As clear as physics and as predictable as chemistry. According to him, the way to understand the stock market scientifically is to apply the principles of economic law, create multiple methods of observation and analysis. Then using reason and logic, based on having enough data from observation, to then formulate assumptions, that which when acted upon in the correct manner, will create the same results (in similar market situations), over and over again.

Alex’s hypothesis is that when economic law is applied to the markets, the end-result is as obvious as gravity.

In 1987 Alex had the opportunity to apply his theory and methods, against a market that suffered a full year of decline. Starting with a trading account of $10,000 USD he began his speculation, one year later he had grown the account to $5.5M. The critical factor was the size of the correction in the market because that is the crux of understanding the economic law as it relates to stock prices. See, according to Rothbard, in the aspects of his book that refer to “man”, that all value is subjective and prices of everything will rise and fall, knowing what to do about it and when is the key and that’s where Alex embellished upon Mises and Rothbard to push the science beyond where it stopped.

The year 2016, according to Alex and personified by Arthur Fixed in the “Art of Speculation During Civil War”, has all the hallmarks of a market cycle where the subjective value of the stock market changes (or corrects), as well as the subjective values of all currencies and commodities. To set-up the circumstance, where economic law mimics gravity and when specific option trading methods are applied, a very predictable outcome is recreated, again and again, until the correction is over.

Alex invited me to join him and learn how to make a fortune on speculation by trading options. The account was opened months ago but we had to wait until the science (observation and measurement) told us to start. We’re on!

Why MVY? Because Martha’s Vineyard Radio Rocks

MVY Radio
Digital Color Pencil Drawing of Docked Boats on Martha's Vineyard - MVY Radio
Digital Color Pencil Drawing of Docked Boats on Martha’s Vineyard

Once upon a time I drove through Massachusetts on my way to New Brunswick, Canada from Ontario but I never made it to Boston, let alone Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard, they’ve been on my bucket list for years but that was as close as I ever got. So what does Martha’s Vineyard Radio ( a Blue Lobster and Florianopolis have to do with an Expat Canuck living in Brazil?

In 2014 I went to Floripa for my first time, to meet a man from Cape Cod, called Floripa Bob. Floripa is a region of Santa Catarina, a magnificent state in Southern Brasil. Floripa Bob lived on top of mountain about a 45 minute drive from the Island of Florianopolis. His house perches over the valley and from the top of his property you can see all the way to the Atlantic. In true Cape Cod style, his house is adorned with deep-sea fishing tackle and remnants of Boston and Bob’s life as a seafarer, before he became Floripa Bob.

I stayed a couple of weeks on top of the mountain at Floripa Bob’s and made excursions to parks, waterfalls and tropical beaches and every day returned to Bob’s compound on the mountain. Amongst other things that I will never forget, one is, and it sticks with me to this day, every day, is that we’d listen to MVY Radio. It doesn’t take too long of listening, to realize that this is not just an ordinary station, MVY Radio is more like an institution of Rock and Blues that happens to broadcast choice music 24/7. What’s better is that the MVY Radio website offers live streaming and you’ll soon learn that there are listeners, like me and Floripa Bob, all over the world. It’s not just a local radio station.

It may sound bizarre to say; but my life changed after discovering this radio station, well at least I could say that “my life expanded”, it became better, richer and happier. I’m serious, the amount I was learning about the musicians and the collaborations amongst artists on Martha’s Vineyard, was truly enlightening.  The love and knowledge of music and musicians is what makes the difference, from the Dj’s and in the programming. They just seem to play a classic on the back of something brand new and it works. You just never know what you might hear next but one things for sure, you’re going to hear something that you’re going to like, soon enough.

The thing about MVY Radio crew that makes them so unique, is that they actually know, from being so “inside” the hippest song-writing scene, what’s really hot and who really bringing it. They schmooze with the artists, so much so that it’s not un-common for singer/song-writers to come right into the radio station and play live on the air.

I’ve turned a few people on to MVY Radio, they can thank me later but for me it’s nice to know, that friends and family, in other parts of the world, are listening to the same radio station, at the same time, as me.

The Blue Lobster and mvyradio

MVY Radio

The Blue Lobster is an extremely rare occurrence in nature. Its cobalt blue color clearly separates it from those dark red lobsters.

As a symbol, we feel it shares the spirit and mission of mvyradio – highlighting the rare, individual approach to music and to our listening community, as well as our common connection to the sea, the past, and our endurance into the future.

Maine Lobsterman Catches Rare Blue LobsterRead all about it! This lobster was donated to the Maine State aquarium. She is the first blue lobster known to be named Skyler.

MVY Music Philosophy

What makes MVY sound like MVY? There’s no easy answer to that question. But it’s that hard-to-define quality about MVY that makes it so unique, so special.

MVY RadioOur sound comes from a consciousness that we tapped into 33 years ago, when mvyradio first went on the air. When we think about MVY, we don’t think about genres or labels or categories. Our songs – drawn from rock, alternative, singer/songwriter, blues, and roots – are connected by their substance and quality. Our bottom line is the accessibility, the craftsmanship and the strength of the song. We’re eclectic and enthusiastic, wanting to make a personal connection through music and stories. The final piece of the puzzle, the integral component that makes MVY so vital, comes from outside our walls. Our engaged listeners give invaluable dimension to MVY through their interaction and suggestions.

Our Mission is to bring our sound to every like-minded listener in the world who loves music, values artistry, embraces intelligence, revels in
independence and welcomes both the familiar and new.

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Perception vs Reality

Perception vs Reality

Beware the ides of March!

The actual quote is from Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar (1599). The warning is uttered by a soothsayer who is letting Roman leader Julius Caesar know that his life is in danger, and he should probably stay home and be careful when March 15th, the Ides of March, rolls around.

How much of what a soothsayer tells us should we listen to, how much of our own inner voice should we listen to? Perhaps Julius Caesar should have stayed home that day but then there would have been another day with the same risk, just around the corner. We can’t avoid living our lives because there’s a risk of death outside our door.

I live in a statistically dangerous place, Sao Paulo, Brasil and travel by commuter bike, 10 km every day. I’m acutely aware of my risk and once experienced the bizarre thrill of bounce/rolling up the bonnet (Australian word for “hood” of a car) and shattering (but not going through) the windshield of a sedan belonging to a horrified young woman, who had just run a red light, having not seen me coming. She looked pale and shaken, as for me, just a couple of bruises and scrapes from my handle-bars. The front bike tire was totaled and the handle-bars were toast but the frame and bike parts were fine, so I pushed it home, fixed and was riding again within days, albeit with more caution, since I was speeding the day of the car crash but the rewards of my lifestyle far outweigh the risk I deal with every day.

Riding a bicycle any place (almost) will provide a winning risk/reward ratio. In fact, it may be, that with practice and experience, anything that appears to be extremely dangerous, may be a low-risk activity for a person with an expert skill level. Perception and reality, more often than not, are very different. Our world is filled with dichotomy, everything the media tells us about an important global incident, for example, is most likely something actually totally different than the truth. We’ve now come to expect deception and become complacent about it.

Perception is the point of advertising and marketing too, here again we’re bombarded daily with propaganda. It’s no wonder we’ve become complacent towards all the hypocrisy and deceit, spewed through the mainstream. It’s just become a new form of theater, to amuse the masses, while Rome burns. Besides, as most people suggest to me, there’s nothing we can do about a rigged system and tyrannical ruling elite who’ve taken over the planet (well sort-of) but then one day, I decided there was something I could do, I quit.

Bar do Juarez of Sao Paulo

Bar do Juarez

Bar do Juarez Picanha no RéchaudBar do Juarez has long been my second favourite restaurant in Sao Paulo, they serve a steak dish that they’ve become famous for called “Picanha no Réchaud”, which is a cut of beef that arrives at your table un-cooked but thinly sliced and in the accompaniment of an extremely hot brazier, upon which you grill your own dinner, just the way you want it.

The serving of “Picanha no Réchaud” is easily enough food for 3 people, or can be shared amongst 4 with a large salad or the best antipasto I know of in Brazil. However 2 hungry diners can also finish this meal, with some hard-work and patience. The side dishes are coleslaw, vinaigrette, and farofa, which is a popular toasted cassava flour mixture and this tasty ensemble is served with fresh Italian bread. In my opinion this is a really excellent way to eat, it’s a really fun meal to enjoy with a friend.

Bar do Juarez History

Juarez Alves is the owner of the trendy Bar do Juarez, which has four locations in São Paulo: Itaim, Moema, Brooklin and Pinheiros. Originally from Ibitira in the state of Bahia, Juarez came to the city of São Paulo in 1973, at age 12, and from an early age dreamed of setting up his own business. He achieved this goal with a lot of hard work to make the money, then discipline to save the capital: he worked as a cafeteria clerk, fry cook, then a waiter in various establishments. From the beginning Juarez discovered the pleasure of serving the people, contributing towards making it a nice time for family and friends.

In 1986 with his brother and a partner opened the “Restaurant Bier Bier”, serving German food. In 1997, the house was sold and the following year opened the Juarez Moema, the first location of Bar do Juarez. Inspired by the famous pubs of the old center of São Paulo, places where a “good conversation” going through the night and people ended up almost forgetting to return home, the “Juarez Bar” soon became a reference and point meeting to the public that goes to the region for happy hour or to stay in the neighborhood through the night. With the successful establishment, it was opened in the following years the bars in Itaim (2001), Brooklyn and Pinheiros (both in 2008). A success story that has lasted 15 years.

Of the 4 locations, Brooklin is my favourite, which naturally, is the reason I made a video about it. Here’s some photos of the Brooklin Bar do Juarez from their website.


Bikes, Boards, Boats and getting your ground game on

Kona Sex One - Westbank
Felt Mountain Bike by the Tomsk River Bridge, Siberia - Ground Game
Felt Mountain Bike by the Tomsk River Bridge, Siberia

The bike is a modern day horse, the right bike can be a workhorse, and if you add a skateboard, you now have an urban, tactical ground transport system (your ground game). Bikes sometimes go on buses, and often on trains but many times you don’t want to have to deal with the bike at your destination, like in the case of going into a busy downtown core for a business meeting. Or perhaps you’re going to an airport, or renting a car at the other end of the train ride. These occasions are when you lock your bike in the safest place you can find, extract your skateboard and proceed to the train. The combination of bike and skateboard provides an Expat with a rapid, light weight, transportation strategy, that can’t be matched in it’s diversity of uses and cost to implement vs. benefits.

At 55 years old, it may sound childish (to some), that I’m such an advocate of the bike and board transport system. However, when I was a backpacker in Australia in my early 20’s, I owned 4 surfboards (at a time, sold each), 1 skateboard (lasted me years, then I mailed it to Canada) and a forgotten number of bikes. Once I was living in a youth hostel in Freemantle, Western Australia, up on the hill with a view towards Perth and out to the Indian Ocean. I made a bet with a brash young Dude in a flashy new car, that I could beat him to the train station, where we were catching a train into Perth. The girls rode with him and I set off on my skateboard, knowing that I could use the momentum of the hill we lived on to gain enough speed to cruise down the pedestrian mall, which runs block after block through the very center of Freemantle, all the way to the train station. I won that bet because the car could not go where I could go, however I got lucky and timed the stop light at the bottom of the hill, whereas the car had to wait at more than 1 stop-light.

Skateboard benefits worth their weight in gold, is how a skateboard can be used to move heavy objects like boxes of books. Then, when strapped to your backpack with the wheels facing out, the first roll-aboard was born years before Travelpro patented the design we know today. Plus, have you ever seen how children love them? Everywhere in the world, kids want to ride on skateboards. If the environment is right and there’s a safe place to learn, then it’s almost impossible to damage a skateboard, however you do need to be aware that learning means falling and sometimes falling means pain, which can lead to crying. Always use caution and protective gear when learning to skateboard. It’s also not the best type of sport to take-up if you’re not in decent physical shape, as for me, I’d been riding the bikes and boards for my my entire life. I’d also been around boats and skis since before I could walk, however I’ve never lived anywhere that a boat would be more of an advantage, although many places I lived, like Sydney and Hong Kong where I would have had one if I had more time to get my hands on one.

Kona Sex One - Westbank
Getting your hands on a bike is the easiest thing, since there are used bikes in garages everywhere on the planet. Often times a person will give, or lend you there a bike, just because it’s been sitting so long that the tires need replacing. Once an elderly couple in South Florida gave me a perfect-condition Peugeot 10 Speed that had been in the closet of their closet for decades, the only thing I had to do was buy new tires because the old ones had dried out to the point of rotting off the bike. The guy at bike shop was in shock at the condition that this antique road bike was in, as for me I loved it and rode it by the old man’s place after to tell him about all the fun he’d missed out on. Riding home on that bike, down the beach on sunset, after a hot day of swimming and laying-out in the sun with my girl, remain some of my fondest memories.

My current bike, which I just now came back from riding, is a stealth (matte black [dull]) urban mountain bike, I call the Canadian Mongoose (my ground game). The previous bike was a Snake by Caloi (Brazilian bike maker), so the Mongoose followed the Snake, and Canadian because it’s tricked out with kit from my favorite gear store in Vancouver the World (Mountain Equipment Co-op), to be as good or better than my Dad’s mountain bike in Canada (which I mooch while there)

December bike ride
December bike ride (Photo credit: siliconpalms)

, but also I have an awesome street racing, 18 speed Trek that was given to me by my Dad’s best friend, he kept it in excellent condition and it rides beautifully. Having said all that, my passion is urban mountain bike riding here in Sampa (Sao Paulo, Brazil), which is a sport I feel I’m part of pioneering. This city has the most challenging riding of any city I’ve seen, part of the challenge is the danger of crossing major roads and hiways because of potential crime/violence. The risks of urban riding here are much more related to cars, motor-bikes and people, this adds a whole new dimension to the sport of regular mountain bike riding – which btw: where I come from in Western Canada is not only perilously dangerous, if you screw up on some trails, you are dead for sure.

Anyone who doesn’t own a bike, is because they don’t want one and that’s normally because they forgot how much fun they are. Now in every city in the world there are bike rentals, get your gusto back on, improve your ground game and get out there and take a peddle. Also, never go to Amsterdam and not rent a bike (unless it’s snowing), that is the one city in the world where no other transportation system can compare. The bike lanes go towards the on-coming traffic but on the safety of the sidewalk. Dutch people revere the bicycle and it’s the most fun of any city to ride a bike in, although China is no slouch on bike lanes and many other places have more people moving around on 2 wheels, under their own power, than people in cars.

Canadian Mongoose, custom made mountain bike
Canadian Mongoose, custom made mountain bike

So i leave this review of one of the best lightweight jogging stroller on sale right now as i promised the other day.

Here in Brazil it’s expensive to buy imported bikes, and although my custom made bike cost me about $500 USD because it was made with KHS frame and imported parts. The Kona I like would set you back $5,000 USD but it’s available because they sell. Sadly though the Brazil government increases prices for a bicycle profile that Brazilian manufacturers are not able to manufacture. Brands like KHS, Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, Kona, Scott and others represent no more than 3 percent of the total volume of bicycles sold in Brazil. However, they’ve been selling here for a long time, so there’s always used ones somewhere, that someone wants to unload. Realistically I’d say you just walk into a busy bike shop and buy the best used bike that comes closest to your needs, and ride by the shop every month to see if there’s a used Kona come in for sale. My friend that owns Moema Bikes in Sao Paulo speaks perfect English, can build any type of bike, has every accessory, and sees Gringoes ride up and sell a bike (with tears in their eyes) because they’re going back Stateside, or moving overseas, those bikes sell really fast but there’s always a bike for the right price, ready to ride away on – just make sure you know where you’re going and how to get there, especially in Sampa.

The bike is irrefutably the best method of sight-seeing too, what are you waiting for? Just pick up a local newspaper, or better still, find the classifieds online and search your scene for “used bike for sale”. Or walk into a bike with a MasterCard and ride out on my favorite, a brand new Kona (Deep Cove, BC, Bike Maker). Just remember to buy a bigger lock, and that you can’t leave it parked anywhere for very long – even the big locks get jacked in under 30 seconds. A fancy looking bike attracts the thieves, dull it down and don’t leave it tied-up outside super-busy areas, like at bus stations etc…. Get yourself the best helmet you can find, not some sissy Tour de France looking racing helmet – a full-blown Extreme-sports helmet and the correct gloves. Wear excellent footwear, never flip-flops (unless it’s to the corner store) and always, always “ride to arrive alive”! Click here to learn how to make backup for power cuts.