April 25, 2014   1 note

World Malaria Day Every Day

25th April 2014

It’s World Malaria day today. Once a year seems to be an absolute minimum to be aware of this serious infectious disease, still killing close to a 1.000.000 people a year, mostly children unfortunately.

In my company Tropicare it is our DAILY mindset to eradicate malaria. Our Big Hairy Audacious Goal (vision) is to

have a malaria-free world in 2030!

Slightly later than the original UN-Millenium goal (2015) but still a big challenge. We want to do this by constantly create innovative travel health solutions and services. You can check these innovations at our website www.careplus.eu (our brand).

Please help us in our cause by spreading the word that malaria is not a once-a-year thing, but our daily responsibilty. Thank you.

Arnoud

(Source: who.int)

November 25, 2013

Iceman Kilimanjaro in shorts and shoes only

In January 2013 Corine & I attended a workshop by Wim Hof, AKA the Iceman (www.iceman.nl). We were impressed by his theory that with breathing technique you actually can influence your auto-immune system and that you can allocate energy where needed. We ended that workshop with an ice bath and later that day we set a Guinness Book of world records record by walking 1 kilometer barefoot on ice in Thialf Stadium with more than 400 other participants. Since then we have never had cold feet anymore!

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a serious hike, mentally and physically. On Wim’s website you can read that the plan is to do a summit attempt in 3 days in January 2014, only wearing shorts and boots.

In our climb we kept that dress code in mind, as well as the speed of elevation. Off course we only did one workshop and are only early beginners in bringing Wim’s theory into practice, but we want to share our experience that maybe helps to prepare well for the Iceman-Kili expedition.

We were carrying quite full daypacks (4 liters of water/ORS/hydrosylate), and backup clothing/poles/solar charger/nuts/protein bars etc., total my pack was 11 kg on average. I wore a RAB Boreas UV cooling shirt as only layer until day 5, the summit day. I guess no-shirt was a similar sensation, but less comfortable for the backpack and at some wind protection. Our experience is that we managed to control cold (wind/humidity of being in the clouds) into the afternoon but that it then became hard because of lack of energy/tiredness. You not only need to control the cold, but also need the energy to ascend/hike. We were quite lucky with the weather, one day later there was strong wind and hail coming down. Seems hard to control that for hikes that last 5-7 hours non stop. The nights were really cold day 2-5.

The summit day we started at 5 AM, most people start midnight to summit with sunrise. That is a very cold hike in the dark where you need your concentration for not mis-stepping on the rocks. Seems hard to do this in shorts only. And there is a traffic jam at Uhuru Peak… The humidity really gets into your bones. We only had 1 hour of dark / cold, I wore a stowaway jacket for that period. Hiking towards 5.985 meters our experience was that the climatic conditions change very rapidly: sunny, clouds all around, wind. It is quite hard to control in shorts only at least for us.

The breathing method we tried as well at several altitudes. After day 1 on 3.200m I still managed to get to 2 minutes at exhale after the fifth repetition. From day 2 onwards (3.900m/3.900m/4.400m) this dropped to 10 seconds (!). I couldn’t manage to control the non-breathing period. Maybe this is training?

With regard to High Altitude Sickness we were very pleased with the Machame route, that provides stiff ascends, but then decends to camp (climb high, sleep low). with that in mind the 6 day tour is perfect for acclimatisation. We used Diamox by the way, 125 mg in the morning, 125 mg at lunch. This to reduce the risk of HAS. If you want to summit in 3 days, there is no room for acclimatisation. An extra risk for summit success that may be tackled by advanced concentration/breathing technique?

The Machame route may be shortened by skipping Machame camp to go straight to Shira Cave camp (3.900m). Day 2 Lava Tower and then there is a shortcut on avalanche avenue, or Western breach To Barafu camp (4.400m). But that route is prohibited, with risks of falling rocks/ice. You will need a helmet for sure. Day 3 could then be a summit day and descend. No acclimatisation whatsoever and a real challenge. Also porters with the tents/food/equipment need to be able to follow or should be sent ahead on the traditional route?

Wim I which you and your team all the best! Enjoy!

Warm regards,
Arnoud

June 14, 2013   1 note
Intense to be here #taksim #direngeziparki #istanbul (bij Taksim Gezi Parkı #DirenGeziParkı)

Intense to be here #taksim #direngeziparki #istanbul (bij Taksim Gezi Parkı #DirenGeziParkı)

May 22, 2013
Lovely view on #Eye #Amsterdam #sunset  (bij Busstation Amsterdam Centraal)

Lovely view on #Eye #Amsterdam #sunset (bij Busstation Amsterdam Centraal)

October 18, 2012

Lightt is visual storytelling 2.0

Check out www.lightt.com. Why? Because it is fun! Unlike other popular photo-driven social media platforms where you can make/ modify photo’s/ moments with your friends and followers, Lightt offers you a burst of 10 photo’s.

The 10 photo’s then are replayed very fast which gives you a stop-motion video capturing what you are doing right now.

Even your Ava is like that on Lightt. Very dynamic and it makes you want to take more pictures. Lightt calls them ‘highlights’ and that’s exactly what they are.

Imagine the business potential. How-to video’s made fun and easy. Try it, you will like it!

March 16, 2012

Feelmapping

You will appreciate the warmth more if you’ve managed to defy the cold.

December 28, 2011

Loslaten

Als je wilt helpen
Kom je soms bedrogen uit
Als je je naasten verstikt
Komt niemand tot zijn recht
Loslaten is het devies
Alleen dan komt een ieder tot bloei
Kan ieder eigen keuzes maken
Eigen gevoel volgen
Om dat dan samen of alleen
Weer te kunnen delen

October 8, 2011
Vandaag staat er een interview met mij in het Financieel Dagblad. In de weekendbijlage FD Persoonlijk. Toch wel weer een mijlpaal waar ik trots op ben. Door de goede vragen van journaliste Karin Kuijpers (http://twitter.com/karinkuijpers) en fotografe Marie-Cecile Thijs (http://twitter.com/eMCT) is het een collage geworden van wat was en wat is. Wat de toekomst brengt zal mijn hart mij ingeven.

Vandaag staat er een interview met mij in het Financieel Dagblad. In de weekendbijlage FD Persoonlijk. Toch wel weer een mijlpaal waar ik trots op ben. Door de goede vragen van journaliste Karin Kuijpers (http://twitter.com/karinkuijpers) en fotografe Marie-Cecile Thijs (http://twitter.com/eMCT) is het een collage geworden van wat was en wat is. Wat de toekomst brengt zal mijn hart mij ingeven.

September 1, 2011

Vlieland

Vlieland
Een eiland
Lijkt ver weg
soms onbereikbaar
Is dichtbij
je kan het aanraken
koesteren
Het voelt intens
het is thuiskomen
Waar is de boot?

December 24, 2010   2 notes
ARMIN VAN BUREN
23rd of December I was granted access to the 53N8MIX party in Hotel Arena in Amsterdam to see our Dutch DJ Phenomenon. Best DJ in the world again in 2010.
Trance is the word, not exactly my favourite dance music, but, in good company of my beautiful wife and good friends.. who cares! Party time.
The set up was very professional, TV screens everywhere in the building, with view on the DJ booth and … the DJ. And there lies the problem.
The DJ booth was typical: central mixing panel, 2 CD-players on each side.
When the warm-up DJ was performing, he was using the decks intensively, CD’s in and out, mixing, pitching, effects, the works.
Then Armin his gear was set up: an Apple MacBook. Nothing wrong with that, to use a Laptop as music database. you still can perform: mixing, pitching, effects, the works.
What Armin probably did not realize, were the camera’s zooming in on the booth. What everybody could see is that he switched on CD-decks, switched them off, pushed buttons, turned dials, and all that WITHOUT CD’s. Headphone on-and-off.
Offcourse from the dancefloor nobody could see this, since the booth was higher up. Hands in the air, lots of Jesus moments (arms spread) and moving around smiling happily.
I am impressed that he could live with just playing from his MacBook and made it look like he was mixing live. The public loved it apparantly, so maybe that is the criterium, but I was disappointed. A prefab show is not fit for the No.1 DJ in the world.
photo by Gerard Henninger

ARMIN VAN BUREN

23rd of December I was granted access to the 53N8MIX party in Hotel Arena in Amsterdam to see our Dutch DJ Phenomenon. Best DJ in the world again in 2010.

Trance is the word, not exactly my favourite dance music, but, in good company of my beautiful wife and good friends.. who cares! Party time.

The set up was very professional, TV screens everywhere in the building, with view on the DJ booth and … the DJ. And there lies the problem.

The DJ booth was typical: central mixing panel, 2 CD-players on each side.

When the warm-up DJ was performing, he was using the decks intensively, CD’s in and out, mixing, pitching, effects, the works.

Then Armin his gear was set up: an Apple MacBook. Nothing wrong with that, to use a Laptop as music database. you still can perform: mixing, pitching, effects, the works.

What Armin probably did not realize, were the camera’s zooming in on the booth. What everybody could see is that he switched on CD-decks, switched them off, pushed buttons, turned dials, and all that WITHOUT CD’s. Headphone on-and-off.

Offcourse from the dancefloor nobody could see this, since the booth was higher up. Hands in the air, lots of Jesus moments (arms spread) and moving around smiling happily.

I am impressed that he could live with just playing from his MacBook and made it look like he was mixing live. The public loved it apparantly, so maybe that is the criterium, but I was disappointed. A prefab show is not fit for the No.1 DJ in the world.

photo by Gerard Henninger