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Mongolia 2ーArrival

After deciding to leave Chile, it’s time to go to Mongolia!

First of all, I was going to go directly from Chile to Mongolia, but given that the destination is the other side of the planet, I made a decision to go to Japan first to prepare my self. Even Chingis Khaan managed to expand his empire with a lot of preparation (I think).

Before leaving Chile, I tried to meet as many close people as possible to eat out. At that time, I didn’t know that Chilean ingredients such as avocado (“Palta” in Chile), seafood and wine were that valuable, as I took them for granted. Especially since I was born and raised in Japan, I was used to seafood (for the next 3 years I really appreciated every opportunity to have sea food as Mongolia is landlocked country).

After all, we can appreciate the value of something when we lose it, be it health, salmon or Palta.

So I will briefly write about the path to arrive Mongolia.

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One common theme among 4 moviesーwhat you are supposed to be

The four movies I’ve watched recently moved me to tears. They are about (1) non-fighting bull in Spain, (2) Big black guy who found his home in another side of town (3) Taking bear in London and (4) Show of unique humans in New York. Although those are totally different movies, they have one common theme which teaches us a very important lesson: “What you are supposed to be is something you can change if you wish and go for it”.

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Mongolia 1ーWhy Mongolia

The time of transition has come.

That’s why I decided to write a series of post about Mongolia, the country I lived for around 3 years.

In this series, I will write about many things such as context of countryside, city and suburban area, culture and people I met as well as my reflection on those, etc.

But firstly, I would like to address the answer to the following question I tend to receive from many people:

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Quick Guide to pass DALF C1

While suffering in an extremely cold weather in Mongolia (already minus 10℃ since October), there came very hot news to me: I passed another French test!

As I mentioned in the previous entry “Guide to pass DELF B1 and B2 at the same time“, this June I passed 2 French test “DELF” (both B1 and B2 level, third and fourth out of six level). 5 months later, there came another opportunity for even more challenging one: DALF level C1, fifth level. First I was going to skip this, given that B2 in June was quaite difficult and that, besides daily reading and listening routine, I had not had much time to work on French since then.

But as I reminded myself in the previous post “How to Keep Motivating Yourself“, I thought registering for more challenging level will push me to work harder, no matter how short time I had for preparation. So this time, my objective was working harder instead of passing the exam. And voila!, not only did I try to find time to study and learned some, I could also pass it. In this entry, I would like to write briefly about this.

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A happy new year 2018

Happy new year 2018!

I drew above hoping that your 2018 will be the year of “efforts” (dog’s symbol) as is said in Japanese “努力  (Doryoku)”, of course by taking care of mental and physical well-being!

P.S.: if you can see this dog as 2018, one of my objectives of year 2017 (draw something easy and understandable) was somehow metJ

International aid day and personal interview

Did you know that the October 6th was International Aid day?

I didn’t know about it, although I am working in this field. Actually there are too many “international day of XXX”.

However, this year, an article about my interview was published on that day through Japanese job search magazine “My Navi”, titled《What we can do now for the world

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