A Eulogy for my Grandfather
Dear 公公, I never knew you as well as I wanted to. I wish we could have spent more time together. I knew you as a kind and generous man. Everybody did. Everybody respected you. Everybody looked up to you, because you were honest, determined and full of integrity. You were a leader by example. We would all be lucky to live the way you did, surrounded by the love and respect of family,...
My name is Dom. I believe in love. Love for ourselves, for others, for everything in our world. Love and kindness should shape all our thoughts and actions: the world would be a far better place if we did. I believe in passion; in honesty and self expression. I believe in pursuing what it is important to us with dedication and determination. When you have a purpose, a calling, then you...
Open Letter to the Martial Arts Community →
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community has been rocked in recent times. Prominent members of one of the leading academies in the school have been implicated in the rape of one of their teammates, while the head of this academy has drawn criticism for his response (or lack thereof) as well as events from his past that he...
3, 2, 1, 0... 2013!
‘Set them free’: photo by Erik Johansson ~ The world didn’t end. The year did. Some things never change. Are you planning on changing things in 2013? As I talked about last year, beware of New Year’s resolutions. How serious are you about changing your life? Are you happy with your life? Do you have a dream? What does it look like? Now think about what you do...
10 Rules For Writing Fiction: Andrew Motion →
Andrew Motion 1 Decide when in the day (or night) it best suits you to write, and organise your life accordingly. 2 Think with your senses as well as your brain. 3 Honour the miraculousness of the ordinary. 4 Lock different characters/elements in a room and tell them to get on. 5 Remember there is no such thing as nonsense. 6 Bear in mind Wilde’s dictum that “only...
BJJ/MMA Celebrity Spotting in Rio de Janeiro
This article appears in full on Train BJJ in Rio, a site dedicated to helping you live your dreams and train in the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu . The author with MMA legend Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil One of the attractions of training in Rio de Janeiro is its rich history of jiu Jitsu and vale tudo. Rio is home to some of Brazil’s biggest teams and fighters and if...
tomatoeraincow asked: Date a man who writes with less flattery, who strives for his dreams and not describe it too deep. Date a man who talks about his dream, and not one who uses it to fish. Date a man who talks about how you fit in his dreams, and not why you should love him. But I guess, maybe... go ahead- date a man like this, but don't you dare marry a man who speaks like him.
“Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.” - Savaldor Dali This is some great advice. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from one of my old posts in the last few days which is always nice. I feel inspired to go out and write again. It’s important to have belief in yourself, and your encouragement and support helps immensely. As a writer, and indeed...
Anonymous asked: Hi Dom Tsui! I came across one of your blog posts, titled Date A Man Who Dreams, from a college friend and I'm in awe with how you were able to put together all the words that, I can truly say, inspired me to find that someone who may not be perfect, but the right one. I'd like to know what inspired you to write about this or was there a time in your life when you realized that you want...
gregorioalvin asked: Your blog is very inspirational, sir. :)
The 12 Commandments of Carlos Gracie Sr.
1. Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. 2. Talk to all people about happiness, health, and prosperity. 3. Give all your friends the feeling of being valued. 4. Look at things from an enlightened point of view and turn your positivity into reality. 5. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best. 6. Be as enthusiastic about the success...
Ten Days in Paradise
Holy crap, I’ve been in Brazil ten days already. Time does fly when you’re having fun. I’ve been meaning to write a number of posts about specific parts of my trip so far, about life in Rio, and about life in general. However, my first week and a half has consisted of me finding my feet, getting my bearings, training, and settling in. So here’s my Top Ten hits so...
Anonymous asked: can I repost your article -- "date a guy who dreams" on my blog?
Living and Leaving
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine ~ In less than 22 hours, I will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Given that I’m currently sitting at home in London, England, the thought is making my head spin. I’m about to spend the next 6 months living in Brazil. This can all be traced back to a conversation I had less than 3 months...
Building Steam (with a grain of salt)
Success, they say, is a habit. And how do you build a habit? You do it over and over again until it becomes second nature. I know from bitter experience that when a bad habit becomes engrained in you, it becomes much harder to shift. You get stuck in a rut. Conversely, if you build enough momentum, it is that much harder for things to push you off course or distract you from your goals. You...
Back on Track
Right. I’ve let myself get sidetracked from what I need to be doing at this point in time. Adventure calls again. Finally, I feel that tremor of fear and excitement that signals that I’m alive and free and a bit like myself again. Time to sublet my apartment, pack my bags, travel alone and work abroad in two very different countries. I’m planning a good few adventures within...
Cherry blossoms bloom Spring flowers bring hope anew None brighter than you - A perfect summer Storm of fiery emotions Turned it all to ash - Autumn’s brisk embrace We grow older and wiser The Phoenix reborn - A cold winter’s day Warmed by thoughts of you and I Be my Valentine?
Date a man who dreams
Date a man who dreams. Date a man who doesn’t spend his money on drink, or clothes, or video games, but saves what he has to go on adventures and pursue his dreams. He might have problems dealing with everyday things but no-one sees the possibilities life holds like he does. This is a man who is ready for anything, who will drop everything on a moment’s notice to run away and get...
New York, New York
Exactly one year ago I was travelling from JFK into Manhattan in a yellow cab. I was tired as hell but ridiculously excited: one month in the most exciting city in the world. I had no idea what to expect: what followed was probably the best single month of my life as well as a huge step in my personal development. I’m feeling a little nostalgic now, so here’s what I wrote the day I...
‘Actions speak louder than words’. ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. Even renowned wordsmith Mark Twain declared that ‘the right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.’ As a writer, that’s a bit of a kick in the teeth. I’d have to write for hours to explain in words what a photographer could...
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What should I write about next? I have plans for a series of articles that will be an introduction to meditation. I’ve got articles on various other topics planned, such as Identity, Belief, Being Selfish, as well as my own personal Manifesto. Share your thoughts!
”Live as if you were to die tomorrow - Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~Ghandi We live in a society dominated by information. Every day we are assaulted on all sides by all sorts of media. The internet, books, newspapers, music, film, television: they all combine to drown our senses with a kind of information ‘white noise’. We drown our senses with all kinds of...
New Year, New You
Goodbye 2011, hello 2012! A new year, a fresh start and a perfect chance for a clean break with the past. Or is it? New Year’s resolutions can be a double edged sword. It’s an opportunity to set new goals. Everyone’s doing it, so you have company on your quest to lose weight, quit smoking, take up a new hobby, or whatever else you’ve decided you should do this year. So...