Please receive my warmest greeting and attached new year card I drew, hoping that your 2023 will be the year of “Opening/Start” as shown in Japanese calligraphy “開 (Kai)”.
The year of the Rabbit (4th of 12 Zodiac cycle animals) is said to be a symbol of Opening/new start to build on the past efforts. I hope 2023 will bring you and your loved ones both physical / mental wellbeing and 開 opening/new start.
PS. You might see some hidden words in the drawing. Below are hidden words from the last year (mostly Japanese).
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.
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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.
If you are parent and / or teacher, children will ask you many things. And there are so many things that seems to be familiar but we actually don’t know.
For me, making coconut milk was one of them, although I was familiar with it and used so many times (do you also like Thai curry, Indian curry or other food with coconut milk?). Besides, if you make it by yourself, it will cost you much less than the one in the store, and there are many different ways to use it.
In this entry, therefore, I would lie to share how to make and utilize coconut milk from coconut (fruit). Continue reading →
It is faire to say everyone wants to be happy, and each one of us tries to achieve something for that (e.g. lose 20kg, get married, have a nice job, etc.). However, the more your objectives are sustainable, the more it will bring value added in general, as the life continues.
That is also why I highlighted the importance of having good habits (continuation) rather than establishing objectives (which have end point) in the previous entry .
More specifically, the other day, I managed to make Natto in Africa for the first time (for the detail, see here). At the moment I tasted it, I felt very happy, just like when you have a good meal. And I wanted to keep feeling that way.
With that in mind, in this entry, I would like to share my experience on how I achieved sustainability with regard to Natto making in Mauritania as well as some learning out of it.