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Mauritania 1ーLife turning point

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The life has several, if not many, turning points. And the decision to move in Mauritania, west African country totally unknown to me, was definately one of the turning points.

In this regrad, this entry deals with analysis of a decision making process. I will narrow down from (1) Why Africa, (2) Why West Africa and to (3) Why Mauritania, hoping this will serve in some way for me to unpack my past in the future, and ideally for someone else to have an insight on how a decision of one person’s life turning point was made.

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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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Finding Myself through Interview

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In June, I had an interview with a Japanese newspaper in Mongolia.
The main focus was to capture what I am doing in Mongolia as well as my journey up until now.

Having read the previous interviews of this newspaper (a Nobel prize winner, the CEO of the biggest bank in Mongolia, etc.), I was not sure if I was the right fit, but the chief editor said as long as it can deliver something worth sharing, it would be fine. After the publication, I received some positive feedback from people I know as well as strangers, so I hope it was ok.

The interview took more than 3 hours, and it was a fluid conversation rather than serious Q&A. It was an enjoyable experience for me.

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How to measure the year 2015

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♪Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred (525,600) minutes,
♪How do you measure, measure a year?
―“seasons of Love” from the musical Rent―

With just one day to go to finish this year, this song came to my mind, which got me thinking “How do I measure year 2015?”.
Then I came to pick up travelling, job, people and books.
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She is Malala

Conflicts in Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, etc…many civilian (including kids) are being deprived of their rights and lives. And I share this feeling with the majority of the people in the world: “Please stop it!”
This was further strengthened by reading a book about the right of education “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” (Malala Yousafzai, 2013).

Even though I wrote several times about her on my previous entries, this book gave me more insights on how and why she became such an international icon on girl’s education (in other words, I didn’t know the detail). Through this work, I also learned a little bit about the Islamic values which has something to do with many conflicts occurring over time.

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Aprilーsymbol of change

April is symbol of change in Japan:
beginning of a new school year, entry of new workers, the breathe of spring and the bloom of cherry blossom (one of the things I really miss about Japan).

While welcoming a fall season on the other side of the earth, Chile is also about to face some changes at a political level because of a new government.

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