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Kenya 1 ー 7 learnings from another life turning point in Africa

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Life is full of new encounter and departure, be it with people, items, jobs or places to live.

The reason I said good-bye to Mauritania (Nouakchott) was to say Hello to the new destination, Kenya (Nairobi). This is quite a big move, mentally (change of my work) and physically (west to east of this big African continent).

Since then, more than a month has passed and I already learned some important life lessons, which I would like to share hoping they can be informative and applicable to other situation.

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Mauritania 6 Finalー 20 things I learned from Mauritania


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When finishing my daily shopping, I used to say this phrase to the shop keeper.
When I got off the work, I used to say it to my colleagues.
When I left the airplane, I also said this to the flight attendant.

And now, I just said this to the country called Mauritania, where I spent around a year and half.

“Au revoir” (See you again).

In this entry, I will list up 20 learnings during this period.

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Organizer (7) ー Organize your physical space, learning and life

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This is sort of the summary of the series of physical space oraganization (the series will continue for other organization), which looks mainly at one of the most valuable space, home.

After hard work and study, it feels good to return home, doesn’t it? Having home is human needs and instinct as houses were built even during the stone age around 10,000 B.C. Having a place to live is privilege, and how it’s organized affect your life in many ways.

With that in mind, I will try my best to summarize physical space organization (it can be applied not only to home but also to other spaces) including the past recommendations/posts, in the hope of contributing to better organized house, office and life, as well as some bonus tips related to learning.

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Organizer (6) ー Increasing productivity, health and creativity through desk organization

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More and more research point it out that in our modern society, we sit long time because of computer and desk work (office worker, students, artists, etc.). That means how you deal with desk environemnt affect your work, day and life.

For the last decades, we’ve faced the problem of sleep deprivation (phone/computer screen light is the enemy of quality sleep), the critical issue which affects our productivity and health as we are supposed to sleep one third of our day/life and take care of sleeping environment. In addition, we are having another life-long problem: we sit longer than ever, particularly in front of desk (even more than the hours you spend for sleeping) which also affect our productivity and health. Thus, we also need to take care of the desk environment (on and around the desk).

With that in mind, in this post, I will mainly talk about how organizing desk environment affect productivity and health, through the following points: why do should care about desk environment; what are the common problems and; how to organize desk and habit making.

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Organizer (5) ー Life skills I learned from professional cooking experience


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“Plates for the table 3, ready!” “How man minutes for the table 5?” “Hurry up for the table 7!!”

Once, I worked as a kitchen chef and was really into it. I started from zero to having my own small dish in a Michelin star restaurant, and my kitchen experience became one of my life turning points.

Before becoming a chef, I had little knowledge and skills, and cooking was something beyond my reach just like any other skills about which you have no clue. After awhile, I was asked many times how I become a chef as if it was something very difficult. I felt like I was looking at myself before entering kitchen job. Cooking is such a mysterious area of work and attract us.

Although learning how to cook needs time and practice, it’s not rocket science, and you can learn quite a lot from zero, just like I did. And it deals not only with making delicious dishes, but also with organizing your way of thinking/doing, thus organizing life. In other words, cooking and life organizer are connected (juste like ), and I learned many valuable life skills from cooking experience, about which I would like to talk in this entry.

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Organizer (4) ー Guide to move out simply based on 13 times moving in 12 years

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Have you ever moved out or you think you might do so in the future?

Then you are in the right place. In my previous post, I wrote about how to organize your staff when traveling as more and more people are traveling. So is moving out. But the main difference is that unlike traveling where you can leave stuff at home and come back when your travel finishes), there is no returning for moving out, so either you carry out or throw away, which is quite difficult, especially if you move out to different country.

For the last 12 years, I moved out 13 times (including 8 times in-country and 5 times outside country), and I will most likely have to move out again pretty soon.

As needs of moving out increase, and the whole process can be quite difficult and frustrating,  and I have quite many experience, from which I learned how to move out as simple as possible. Therefore, in this post, I would like to share some tips on how to organize your moving, which is related how you organize your life.
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What to do in Tunisia – country of revolution – within short time

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In April and May, my parents and friends in Japan talked about beautiful spring ー cherry blossom, good weather and foods and new starts (in Japan, school and fiscal year starts in April). At the same time, far away in Africa, I was in a Tunisia, the country well-known for different kind of SpringーArab Spring.

In 2011, it changed some Arabic nations and showed the power of people’s will. For those who are not familiar with Arab Spring, it is a series of anti-government protests movements that began in Tunisia and spread across the Middle East since late 2010 (Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, etc.).

I happened to see this country’s name for the first time through New York Times  when I was brushing up my English skill to enter the graduate school 9 years ago. And this time, I had a chance to visit there, just for 1 night 2 days. Despite such a short time, I could see some snapshots of this country, which i would like to share, as Tunis seems to be a nice country to visit (many people also visit there as a hub before traveling somewhere else) but not much information is available.

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