Author Archives: MD

Organizer (2) ー How to minimize your travel luggage

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The world became smaller and smaller and travelling is more accesible and/or necesary than ever (e.g. while 100 years ago (1914) traveling from London to New York took 5-10 days, nowadays it takes no more than 8 hours (interesting comparative map)

In other words, there are many people who have to think about what to bring in their trip. Although so many things can stay at home (that’s why people tend to clutter), in terms of travelling, we have to make a decision on luggage items and limit them, which is quite difficult, especially when you travel to somehwere you have never been.

Based on my experience as a backpacker (travelled more than 50 countries), I learned so many things including what (not) to take.

In that sense, as one of the ways to organize life, in this entry I would like to share some tips on how to decide what to take in a trip.

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Organizer (1) ー 5 Conditions to be a Materialist

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I try to be a minimalist being surrounded with few stuff. The benefit is agility: the last time I moved out, it took just half a day.

I try to be a minimalist without carrying much staff when changing a country to live. The benefit is economical and mental friendliness: the number of baggages I brought when  I moved abroad were quite few without extra charge nor container service (1 suite case and 1 backpack from the U.S. to Chile in 2013 and from Chile to Mongolia in 2015 and; 2 suite cases from Mongolia to Mauritania in 2018 mainly for ingredients for African life)

I try to be a minimalist without much stuff on my work desk, namely a computer screen, mouse and a cup of water. The benefit is lack of distraction which enhances focus and productivity.

Have I always been trying to be a minimalist? The short answer is NO. In fact I  was way far from being a minimalist, and what is so called a materialist. Now I believe in  minimalism as it has  some key points for a better life. In order to go into the detail of minimalist, simplicity and productivity in the coming posts, in this entry, I would like to focus more on the materialist side.

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Learn how to make and use coconut milk

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“Hi dad / mom / teacher, how do you do that?

If you are parent and / or teacher, children will ask you many things. And there are so many things that seems to be familiar but we actually don’t know.

For me, making coconut milk was one of them, although I was familiar with it and used so many times (do you also like Thai curry, Indian curry or other food with coconut milk?). Besides, if you make it by yourself, it will cost you much less than the one in the store, and there are many different ways to use it.

In this entry, therefore, I would lie to share how to make and utilize coconut milk from coconut (fruit).  Continue reading

Arigato Natto 2ーHow to Make Natto Sustainablly Even in Africa

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It is faire to say everyone wants to be happy, and each one of us tries to achieve something for that (e.g. lose 20kg, get married, have a nice job, etc.). However, the more your objectives are sustainable, the more it will bring value added in general, as the life continues.

That is also why I highlighted the importance of having good habits (continuation) rather than establishing objectives (which have end point) in the previous entry .

More specifically, the other day, I managed to make Natto in Africa for the first time (for the detail, see here). At the moment I tasted it, I felt very happy, just like when you have a good meal. And I wanted to keep feeling that way.

With that in mind, in this entry, I would like to share my experience on how I achieved sustainability with regard to Natto making in Mauritania as well as some learning out of it.

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First Trial in Africa – How to use Pressure Cooker and how it Works

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It is something most of us know, and its sound reminds us of the locomotive, and despite familiarity, many people do not dear to get close to it.

It is a Pressure cooker.

Although everyone knows in some way that it is useful, I imagine many people do not know when and how to use it, want to use it because it’s dangerous, or do not find any added value over normal pots which are cheaper and lighter (I was exactly like that until 2 weeks ago).

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More Habits than Goal to achieve New Year Resolution

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You have done your best in 2018. You want to change and/or improve something in 2019. So it’s pretty normal to go ahead with new year resolution.

Losing weight, learning language, passing the exam, getting/changing job, You name it.

However, let me remind this unfortunate fact (I am taping the wood now)…out of 100 people who make resolution, 92 of them abandon their resolution. That leaves only 8% of successful people. If it’s true, something must be wrong with resolution making. So through the main point of this pointーmore habits than goalーI hope to contribute to improve this statistic in a long run.

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Happy New Year 2019ーAccumulation

Happy New Year 2019 from Mauritania (West Africa) !!

Please receive my warmest greeting and new year card I drew, hoping that our 2019 will be the year of “accumulation” as said in Japanese calligraphy “蓄  (Chiku)”.

Pig is the last of 12-year cycle of Zodiac animals and the symbol of preparation and patience for new big start, as well as of going straight.

It is my hope that we keep accumulating what we learned through “Fly High” Cock year 2017 and “Make Effort” Dog year 2018, to progress even further.

Please take care of your mental and physical well-being, and I hope to see you somewhere in the near future,

P.S. Probably you might see something from pig drawing.