Hello! Is anybody out there?
Don’t worry. The bright spot of colored light around your nose right now, do you feel it tickling? We are beckoning you to listen to our newest adventures. Time to do a little sharing before the year ends!
Last time we took words out of our logbook, our small crew of four was sailing on the high seas aboard a small boat. Today, two years later, we are ten and we are landed on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf.
So, how did it happen?
Well, at a haute-bakery event hosted by our dear friend Gombby (surely, you remember him) in Green Island, some of his great friends told us about future projects related with people rather gifted in the field of sports, especially football. As we were tasting some new super-quality-croissants, we’ve been told that José Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo were two of them. Ouch! To our great surprise, over the course of the animated and colorful event, we were even welcomed through a meaningful involvement as partners. On top of this, we learned that the environment provided to flourish these projects would be someplace in another land, somewhere in a continent we’ve had never been before. A metropolis with people from all over the world. Ideas started to sprout really fast in our minds. Why not pursue our maritime epic and go farther away to accomplish new missions?
Thus, a few months later, we arrived at our new destination: Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. Memories are coming back to us. We remember the first hours in this new land. It was a very sunny day - to say the truth, since our arrival, it only rained three ou four days and we still remember the July 9th 2013 when the thermometer indicated 46ºC (a kind of moment when you feel you’re close to be half-boiled). Desert palms, big engined cars, very high humidity, menus in Arabic language, urban landscapes with hundreds of skyscrapers, different people, lower gas prices … No doubt, we were far away from home and, of course, ready to accomplish.
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson, The Silverado Squatters
We are what we do. Give us a space, tools and we create* (and we will not deny a little financial help to maintain ourselves happy and healthy). Our job is to get things well done and on time. That’s the spirit. We learned that it’s not innate and it’s not always easy but we also know it’s part of our growth. It’s all about iteration. It’s about getting better and faster every day because time does not wait. It’s about experience.
“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”
As we wrote before, as much as we love to live on land, we aspire for more. We love our boat because it allows us to travel to faraway places, binding us to different people and cultures.
Each time we reach a new destination, we’re always cheerful as it’s the culmination of a dream, big or small, we dreamt of achieving.
Hoist the sails! We’re getting ready for the next departure aboard our
See you soon! Someplace, somewhere!
*Here are some of the last projects our ship crew proudly got involved in: Gombby Channel ; Gombby Stickers ; Mourinho and the Special Ones TV Series (Soundtrack & SFX) ; Mourinho and the Special Ones game ( iOS & Android apps) ; The GAME by Ronaldo.
~ HumanSpotting at 5 ~
Open Sessions by the Team for the Team, complete with Tea and Biscuits!
Welcome to the 4th monthly HumanSpotting at 5 !
“- Hey dude! Are you ok? You seem kind of disconnected… And why are you lying on the ground with your back bending in a 90 degree angle? I think you know there’s still a lot of work to do, right? Damn! Don’t look at me! You’re scaring me with your bloodshot eyes… OMG! What’s that smell? Is that vodka in your water bottle? …“ - imaginary conversation
HumanSpotter Luis gave us a little help so these words written above will never have a chance to be heard at Humanspot’s office (at least we’re hoping that will be the case). He shared with us a list of simple changes we can make to stay healthy on the workplace. Headaches, blurred vision, red eyes, neck, back and shoulder pain can be felt among all day long
game players coders. To prevent all these symptoms, we learned that we have to invest in our health by: stretching once an hour, looking away from the screen every 20 minutes, correcting wrong seating postures for proper keyboard bashing while looking to our screens, and, of course, never forget to drink water - the elixir of life!
HumanSpotter Pedro gave us a few words about Partychat. An easy, functional way to
share cool videos and funny pictures from the web chat and collaborate between the team while co-working.
Finally, HumanSpotter Paulo talked about HumanSpot. Are we there yet? No … Because growing is something we have to do every day. It’s more than accomplish goals. It’s about an iterative daily process involving learning, adapting, changing and, more importantly, loving what we do. Every end will just be a new beginning.
Can you guess which will be the part of every Humanspotter in this journey?
"No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it." - H.E. Luccock
Message in a bottle
The year 2011 has just ended and our ship goes on with its journey.
Almost three years have passed since leaving its home port. At the time, only its captain was on board but friends soon joined him on this amazing adventure.
The boat is quite small but big enough to accomodate all the four of us. We feel very comfortable inside and still have space for guests wanting to pay us a visit. We don’t have a coffee machine but can serve you filtered water and are always happy to offer a good conversation. If you happen to see our boat pass by, you will easily recognize it: music can always be heard coming from inside and the hull is plastered with many colorful drawings and designs.
On March 2009, we made a surprising discovery! While sailing through the ocean, we found Green Island, a secret place missing from any maps but where so much happens every single day. There, we’ve made acquaintance with a young friendly baker named Gombby who invited us to eat his tasty croissants! He told us how much he enjoys skating, snowboarding, driving his electric motorcycle, filming movies and even piloting rockets! He introduced us his many friends (one of them is a cute octopus) and together they told us their awesome stories in the island.
During the last months, days at sea were exciting. We talked, discussed, searched and learned a lot in the comfort of our boat. Some wrote, some drew, some read but over time, all of us began to feel more and more homesick, each day a little more than the day before. We were forced to admit: music was no longer alone in filling the empty spaces. Nostalgia was reclaiming its place in the air too… We had to find a way to cope with the loneliness of the deep blue waters. So we asked people from all around the world to share with us their lives’ most beautiful moments. From September 2011, each passing day, little by little, kind people from all around the world started sharing beautiful moments of their lives with us. They write or send us pictures about so many places which have much more than just a name, a latitude and a longitude. They all have memories!
As much as we love to live on land, we aspire for more. We love our boat because it allows us to travel to faraway places, binding us to different people and cultures. And that’s a truly rewarding and enriching experience.
Each time we reach a new destination, we’re always cheerful as it’s the culmination of a dream, big or small, we have dreamt of achieving.
As our journey goes on, we hold a collection of multi-colored maps and maritime charts with small dots marking the many destinations we dream of visiting in the future.
Thanks to all of you who have received us so kindly during this voyage.
See you soon! Someplace, somewhere!