Author Archives: MD

Long journey to the goal

Do you have any goal?

I bet everyone has one, be it gaining skill, completing study or making it on your career. But many of us suffer for not achieving as easily as we think.

I assume it comes from our misunderstanding or underestimation of what is/will be going on in reality. Based on my experience on learning and some investigation, let’s analyze it a little bit.

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How to improve Negotiation skills

Have you ever done any negotiation?

When I was asked, I couldn’t think of many examples since I thought “Negotiation=Business Talk or Salary talk”.

But it turned out that there are many different types of negotiation.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Bangkok to participate in 4-day-long negotiation training in humanitarian setting, which was organized by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). Although the main topic was on refugee, there were many contents that can be applicable to daily life.

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Develop Creativity with your own Drawing

1 image can worth more than 1,000 words.

Especially someone with right-brain mindset like me, having image is very important for my blog, work and others. Also, I wanted to develop my creativity since without practice, your creativity will just ebb, and I did not want to let that happen. Last year, thanks to one tool, there was a great encounter between both needs: growing my creativity with my own drawing.
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Tips and Secret of TOEFL

I took TOEFL test recently in Mongolia. This test is mainly used for a benchmark to enter English speaking country’s universities or to prove English skill for job recruitment.

I have taken this test quite many times to enter US grad school, but the test score is valid only for 2 years, which makes sense since language skills can be lost quickly if you don’t use. Thus I decided to take it again.

Although I graduated from US university and have been using English at my work, it doesn’t mean I am prepared for this TOEFL: Just like any other test, you need to know the characteristic of the test and study to the test. Also, some of my native English speaking friends even make some errors on this.

Given its complex characteristic, I will talk about some tips on TOEFL including some secret techniques.

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Diversity in Asian Region

“Please talk about the Latin American and Caribbean region you worked for, and compare with the Asian region”

Once I had an job interview for the position of Asian regional office, and this was one of the questions I was asked. I remember that I could not answer very well (e.g. I said something like “Latin America has the highest inequality rate in the world whereas Asia has high rate of natural hazard and out of school children so there are different challenges…).

At that time, I was not confident about my answer at all, and even after working in this Asian region for nearly 2 years, I don’t think I have clear answer. Part of the reasons is that Asia is too diverse to generalize, which I have seen in the last 3 months when I travelled.

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Guide to travel alone during long transit (in Seoul)

Since I came to Mongolia, I had transits in Seoul more than 10 times, but usually within 3 hours so I just tend to stay in the comfortable airport.

The last time I had a transit, however, I had about 6 hours, which I thought was enough to get out of the comfort zone, see the city and come back.

If you have been there, you know that there is free transit tour organized by the airport (options of 2-5 hours). But as a person with traveller’s mindset (although don’t travel as much as I used to), I decided to travel alone. The good thing about this airport is that there is free wifi. But I couldn’t find information on traveling alone within short time, so wanted to share some tips on traveling alone for long hour transit, which I think can be applicable to other countries.    Continue reading

How to come up with Resolution 2017

A late happy new year!

Already half of January is gone.
It’s up to you whether you think “1/24 is gone already” or “there are still 23/24 left”.
I am in between, since you have to push yourself, but you should not rush to achieve something big in a long term.

My resolutions for 2017 will be mainly on 3 things: 1. Health 2. Learning 3. Creation
Below, as I have done in the last 3 yeas, let me briefly explain my analysis on how I came up with this (and I will explain why I bolded only number 3 above).
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