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Duty free in my own country

2015_06_08 Uniqlo

Have you purchased something through Duty free? The one you come across in an airplane or airport when you travel.
Actually, I had never done that in my life, until just one month ago, because for me, the less stuff you have, the easier to move around. So compared to the extra burden that you would carry in you journey, the discount rate was not that attractive to me.

But this time, the evolution of Duty free blew my mind, since I saw a lot of stores which adapted Duty free system not in “air XXX” but in my home townーOsaka, Japanーand I could save around 20,000 jPY (around 160 USD) just with Duty Free.

Honestly, I didn’t think I was eligible for Duty Free in Japan, and I assume that I am not the only one. Therefore, I hope this can be of any help not only for foreigners who travel to Japan (maybe other countries, too), but also for Japanese who live abroad and return temporarily.

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How to enjoy half marathon

In my previous post (The difference between Chinese and Japanese), I wrote about how much people in Latin America tend to generalize Asian people as Chinese, which I am not in favor of.
However, there is a moment I don’t get upset when being called “Chinese (Chino)!!”.
Actually, this particular setting even makes me happy rather than being annoyed.

Yes, this is when somebody cheers me up at the occasion of running race be it calling me Chinese or whatever.
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Shame and Perfection

What is your weak point? Are you willing to show it to others?

I was asked many times what my weak points were, especially during job interviews. And I have mentioned the same thing several times: tendency to seek for perfection. And from my experience, I get to have an answer to this.

Accept yourself and relax, because there is no such thing as perfection.

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3 Reasons to travel by yourself

It feels good to be back.

Every time I get back from travelling, I have a sense that time had passed more than it did. It’s been more than 10 years since I started travelling by myself. When I went outside of Japan for the first time, I met a old woman in Northern Thailand who said something which really got me thinking:

If I am comfortable with my life, why do I want to travel (leave the place)?

Given that human beings have instincts to make a life easier and safer, what she said totally makes sense. But at least from my experience, there are 3 main reasons to get out of your comfort zone to travel alone over with someone else: learning life skills, having a flexibility and meeting new people.

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Resolutions VS Habits

One sixth of 2015 has gone. That means only 5 out of 6 pieces are left (or some positive thinkers would take it as “there are still 5 pieces left”). How were your first 2 months for you?

Personally, I have to warn myself with regard to some of the resolutions I haven’t worked on well to date (like “learn to code”), because the starting point is the most motivated moment so it is hard to accelerate later on (just like running a race); and, going through a sixth of the path is enough to preview what will happen in the rest of the year, unless I change my habit to reach the resolutions. And obviously I am not alone.

According to research from the University of Scranton, nearly 5 out of 10 people make new year’s resolutions, and 4 out of 10 people give up on their resolutions before February, much more will fall along the way.

The point of this entry is to understand the mechanism of the habit to make your set goal come true.
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How to make a simple desk

Most of my activities at home in Chile like reading and writing have been taking place either on bed or couch. And I tend to feel too comfortable to concentrate for long time since they are good friends of sleepiness. With that in mind, I knew exactly what I wanted: a desk.

On the other hand, one of my life dreams is to construct my own house, and I needed to start making something small, such as…a desk!

So I just decided to give it a try.

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5 things to learn from running race

As Chile welcomes the summer season (unlike other countries with the beginning of the winter season), there is an activity carried out almost every weekend.

That’s short distance running race (1km, 5km, 10km, 15km, etc.).

Generally speaking I like almost every sport that I know. But even though running is a fundamental part of sports, that’s not my favorite, since there is no much change (I get bored), which tires me more. However, it seems running a race can be a good physical and mental training for 5 reasons.

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