Please receive my warmest greeting and attached new year card I drew, hoping that your 2020 will be the year of “Increase” as shown in Japanese calligraphy “増 (Zou)”. Rat is the first of 12-year Zodiac cycle animals, and the symbol of increase. It is my hope that we can maintain beginner’s mindset and build on what we have learned through 2017“Fly High飛翔”, 2018 “Effort 努力” and 2019 “Accumulation蓄”.
Please take care of mental and physical wellbeing, and I hope to see you in the near future,
PS. You might find something in the drawing.
The learning of this time
Each year we can have an objective to advance, and the one for 2020 is to increase learning.
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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.
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 →
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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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).
Therefore, in this entry, with specific experience of my first ever trial of using pressure cooker in Africa, I would like to share how to use it and how it functions, as well as some learning out of it. Continue reading →
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.