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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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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

3 Pros and 3 Cons of Pokemon Go

At the end of July, I happened to be in Japan, and happened to download 1 application everybody was talking about back then: Pokemon Go. When I came back to Mongolia, I was surprised to know that it actually worked in Mongolia. Since it was such a social phenomenon, I decided to give it a try for 2 months.

In short, I was very excited at first , but then I decided to stop playing this. And below are 3 pros and 3 cons of Pokemon Go based on my experience.

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7 Reasons to Organize an Event

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Three weeks ago (On Sep 4, 2016), there was an unique event in Mongolia: 20th International Steppe Marathon.

What made this unique was that, unlike other marathon taking place on the city road, this happened literally on the vast Mongolian Steppe. Also, another unique thing was awards: In several distance categories (3km, 5km, 10km, half and 100km!!), winners get something not so typical to marathon event: Camel, horse, sheep, etc.

This time, around 2,500 people participated, and I was one of them who ran 10km. Running on the Steppe for long time was such an interesting experience. Besides, there were some side events: Japanese idles cheer-up, different types of performance, and “Steppe Party” to enjoy Mongolian food and drinks after marathon. So I would say I enjoyed this as a participant.

On the other hand, however, I had another face in terms of this big event: I was one of the organizers who had prepared for this since 4 months ago. In short, being a participant was easy and enjoyable (you just need to pay and join) whereas being an organizer was very time consuming and not always enjoyable.

So why being an organizer? Let me share 7 reasons in this post. Continue reading

What is wrong with being childish

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“You’d better stop being childish, you are an adult.” This is what I heard sometimes after in my late 20s. Let’s go back a liitle bit.

“Don’t be so childish, you will be an adult.” This is what I used to hear in my teens. Going back ever further?

“You are still a child, so it’s too early for you.” When I was around 6-8 years old, this was what adults told be when I said I wanted to do something like elder people.

Einstein said “Every child is born a genius.” Also, we all know that children learn things (e.g. languages) very quickly. They challenge, try, don’t be afraid of making mistakes. So, being childish doesn’t seem to be bad at all.  Continue reading

Limitness in a healthy life

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Most people, if not everyone, want to live healthy. In terms of HOW to be healthy, I believe 3E (Eat, Exercise and Energize well) is the key as mentioned in the previous post.

But this, time I would like to talk about WHAT we can do with a healthy life.
I am in my thirties, and let’s assume I can stay healthy for 60 more years (till 90s), then I could do many things! But is that really true?
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