Archives for the month of: February, 2013

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

– T. E. Lawrence

Act on your dreams with open eyes. Make them possible.

*Today I participated in a pigmentation study a fellow anthropologist was conducting and received this high resolution picture of my right eye. I ran it through instagram and got this pretty cool effect!

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Jesse Barrera is a fantastic musician and has produced for a few of my favorite indie artists (AJ Rafael and Tori Kelly to name a few). His first record Love in Technicolor was steller. Through the Kickstarter platform, Jesse is in the process of completing his sophomore studio album From The Ground Up. Through the darkest and happiest of times, the record is about turning it all around and being 100%  true to be who you are. I’m proud to have been a part of funding this project and look forward to hearing the finished product! 

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11 songs that explain the last 5 years of my life. The darkest of times and the happiest. This is as honest as I can ever be. This record is truly about finding the light in the darkest point of your life. It’s about knowing that we’ll all fall to the floor at some point, but knowing there’s nowhere else to go but up. This is why I called it “From The Ground Up.” – Jesse Barrera

You can pre-order “From The Ground Up” NOW – http://www.jessebarrera.bigcartel.com/

– Daniel


‎”It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life, cause that’s gonna happen. All that matters is that you gotta get up.

– Ben Affleck, winning his Oscar


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– Daniel


Dante Basco – a true Asian American icon. Famous for his iconic roles as Rufio, leader of the Lost Boys, in Steven Spielberg’s Hook and Prince Zuko in Nickelodean’s Avatar The Last Airbender, Dante is much more than a talented actor. He’s a poet, visionary, voice of positivity, and role model.

– Daniel


I have another item on my list in my crosshairs – #67 “win a ‘man vs food’-style challenge”. I’ve always been a fan of the Travel Channel show Man vs Food and have always wondered if I could, to be quite literal, conquer Food. Aided by my friend Adam, someone who has already conquered a food challenge of his own, we plan to take on the “Cuckoo’s Nest” challenge at The Hungry Hollow Smokehouse and Grille in Georgetown, Ontario. The challenge is simple: the two of us have 60 minutes to complete a beast of a dish consisting of 3 burgers (consisting of a beef patty, bacon, and pulled pork) nestled in a humungous bed of pulled pork poutine. I’m confident that with proper training and preparation, we’ll be able to conquer this challenge and cross #67 off my list. Did I mention that I love BBQ?

Have you completed a food challenge before?

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Check out the Hungry Hollow Smokehouse and Grille menu HERE!

– Daniel


At the moment you are no longer an observing, reflecting being; you have ceased to be aware of yourself; you exist only in that quiet, steady thrill that is so unlike any excitement that you have ever known.” – May Sinclair

When travelling through the city, it’s easy to miss out on all of the wonderful visual experiences the world throws at us. For a race so connected, we miss out on so much. This short film by Neels Castillon really shows us that we have so much more to learn from the world around us. The unexpected is out there, we just need to give it a chance to catch up with our busy lives. When was the last time you simply stopped and took some time out of your day to try to discover something new amongst the familiar?

– Daniel

A bird ballet | Music Video from Neels CASTILLON on Vimeo.

*Note – I think the birds in the video are European starlings.


Reading is everything. It’s how ideas are perpetuated. It’s one of the ways messages are spread to the masses. Everyone deserves to have the ability to read. Books have the ability to change lives. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin did just that.

– Daniel

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” –  Helen Keller

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This photo was taken in Wadi Rum, Jordan during a camping trip last summer. A similar photo sits in the shop of  Yussef Sawalha, a very dear friend of mine in Madaba, Jordan. Although this photo evokes fond memories from my camping trip, it brings about even stronger memories of my friendship with Yussef . Do you have photos that have a deep connection with your heart?

– Daniel


I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” – Martha Washington

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” –  Mahatma Gandhi