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Kenya 2 ー What to do during COVID-19 in Africa

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No more surprise when you see the big number of confirmed case and death toll, as well as airport shutdown and lockdown. Yes, this became a part of our life.

Some people said this COVID-19 is not so active in hot environment (true) thus it might not come to Africa (not true). Here I am in Kenya, where there is no international flight with curfew.

As not so many people can see the taste of what is happening in part of Africa, let me share some snapshots, and how I am coping, which can apply to anyone in the world now.

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3E is the Condition to Have a Better Life Especially in a Difficult Time


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What is the essential thing to do what you like/have to do?

For sure, Coronavirus is slowing down and scaring our life. Everyone has different activities and objectives in their life sooner or later. As a curious person, I am naturally interested in many things, be it learning new things (e.g. language), dance, cooking, drawing, writing, etc. But whatever you do, there is an essential condition to allow you to do any of them. What is it?

It’s health. If you are very sick, you cannot conduct regular activities.

Although I love doing as many things as possible, health was the last topic I could think of until in my mid-20s. How did I learn its importance? In short, I learned after losing my good health. And now I became an advocate of healthy life for more than 10 years, and I found what I believe is the key, which I call 3E (Eat well, Exercise well and Energize well). Let me dig deep on each of it, hoping it will be of any help for you. It’s not new things, but being conscious about it changes your life in the long run. To live healthily, we need to do 3E every day.

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A long journey to pass PMPーProject Management Professional

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Life is full of projects! Each project has a specific duration with specific goals, activities, schedule, cost, risk, stakeholders, you name it. When I first became a Project Manager (PM), I did not have much idea and just wanted to implement it. But along the way, I learned the importance of planning, budgeting, communicating, monitoring, etc.

It is quite difficult to measure the skill as a PM, but there are actually general guidelines and certificates to show you know them. Project Management Professional (PMP) is one of the few internationally recognized PM certificates.

After 5 months of study and 1-time failure, I finally passed PMP. It was a bit tough journey and this is big business as many people invest so much money to get this. This post is for anyone who is interested in PM and wants to have a PM certificate.

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Learning on Aging by Experiencing 18 years old for 18 Years


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“It is never too late to learn”

This is a post for anyone who believes, thought, said and wants to pursue this idea (I am one of them).

Everyone ages. Although we increase our learning as we grow up, some people stop learning after certain point, and it is ironic that one of the main reasons is aging.

“18 years old”

I tend to introduce myself when being asked about my age (except in a formal setting).

On the December 5th 2019, I turned 36. To calculate simply, I spent 18 years twice, and as it is a good turning point, I would like to reflect on what I mean by and why I care about that age, the relationship between age and learning, adult and child as well as a comparison between myself in 18 years old and now.

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Happy new year 2020 for increasing your learning

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Happy New Year 2020 from Kenya (East Africa)!!

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.

Thank you for reading this article. If you like it, please don’t forget to subscribe. If you have any comment/question, please feel free to leave. Have a great learning!

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Review 2019 to thrive in 2020

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Already year end? Time flies!

I am sure you have heard and/or said these recently. But the truth is, time does not fly. In fact, in this unequal society, time is one of the few things equally distributed to everyone, and is indeed limited. So we need to keep reminding ourselves of it.

For example, whether or not you use your 2 hours for watching netflix, learning language, exercising, attending meaningless meeting, socializing), it is the same 2 hours (outcome will differ though).

In that sense, year end is the great period to identify or revisit the fields you really care, review what you did to know where you are and what needs to be done. Let me cover these in this entry with my own examples, so that you can see if it’s relevant or adjust to yours.

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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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