Saturday, August 10, 2013

nyko maca

Nyko Maca is musician, one of the pioneers of Capoeira in the Philippines, and a passionate traveler. I visited her home last year, and we ended up talking for a good 3 to 4 hours about life, beliefs, and dreams. I love that she has a ton of maps pinned to her wall --- places she's been to. Goes to show how much she's a citizen of the world. She has a hammock inside her crib too, how cool is that?! :)

Nyko Maca
(Makati City, Philippines)

Occupation: Creative artist, capoeira and language instructor

Favorite toy as a child: A doll whose hair stood up like french fries.

Favorite toy now: Open space! And a mic.

Turn-ons: Good food! Good conversation and honesty.

Turn-offs: Plastic and White lights

What are 5 things that inspire you right now?
Good people
Elements (sun and sea)

Who are your influences?
My mother and my father
Fela kuti
Theo Dombrowski
Paulo Coelho
Ella Fitzgerald

Top 5 movies:
The Usual Suspects
Kung Fu Panda
A Very Long Engagement
Black Cat White Cat
Star Wars (entire series)

Top 5 books:
The Book of 5 Rings (Musashi)
The Essential Rumi
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Alchemist
Lord Of The Rings (series)

Music you listen to: wow. everything! right now, frank ocean and a lotta french rap, plus kizomba

5 Favorite websites:
When you're not busy with work, what do you do in your free time?
sleep. i love to sleep. it's the best happy medicine.
clean. a clean house is fun to sleep in.
eat and hang out with friends --- essential to well-being!

If you were to choose a different job, what would it be? 

If you can have any super power, what would it be?

What is the biggest problem of the world right now?
negative influences that create negative thoughts = lack, poverty, thus fighting

What do you think is the solution?
abundant thinking for one and for all

What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far?
to love fully and have the courage of your convictions

Most inspiring statement/moment(heard/said/read):
pois a vitoria de um homem as vezes se esconde num gesto forte que so ele pode ver. "The victory of a man is sometimes hidden in a powerful gesture that only he can see." Falcao (o rappa) 

and: "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

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