“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.
Do you like to see the tinted autumnal leaves?
I love it, and I don’t mind taking long night bus, walking a lot and/or climbing mountains to capture beautiful colors in my eyes.
Thinking about why I like those color changes, I think it’s because I like 3 color combinations Red Yellow and Green (hereafter referred as RYG), which I tend to use for designing my blog entry and work-related things. Those RYG colors can be seen not only in color change of leaves in the fall, but also in Rasta color and Trafic lights.
Then I started thinking if there was any secret behind this color combination, and I started learning about several different things: (1) Color system, (2) Meaning of Rasta color, (3) Origin of traffic lights as well as (4) Concept of colors in Japan.
Last week, I was invited to present in an international education conference in Mongolia (albeit small scale).
The theme of the conference was “issue and solution of pre/primary education.”
I thought that would be a great chance to present the current project I am in charge of (project to support 1st grader’s school transition). But I was asked to talk something about Japan, mainly because I would be presenting as a Guest from Japan (although I am based in Mongolia!). ←Probably the conference did not have enough budget to invite many people from Japan (there was one college professorーREAL guest from Japan).
It’s been awhile since I updated the blog last time, since for the last two weeks, I was back in Japan (@Tokyo for my job and @Osaka for a bit of vacation).
I am not familiar with Tokyo, and over there, I felt so much about the capital of Japan, as well as New York, one of the most dynamic cities in the world!
One of the best human capacities is adaptability.
In the previous entry, I wrote about the extreme coldness of Mongolian winter (back then it hit minus 31 ℃).
But these days, I think I am getting used to the life of the coldest capital life in the world, since no matter how cold it is, we can buy and do essential things in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of the country.
But there are even some harder conditions, which I saw in my eyes when I went to the countryside of Mongolia in the last three days.
This is just very important. It’s something which makes you smarter, creative, sociable, healthier and happier. And we adults used to have this much more, and as we age, we tend to lose it.
It’s a playful mind.
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy. And happiness is born from gratitude. (Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar.)
I didn’t have anything special today, but it was just a grateful day thanks to the five things I would like to share.