2014–2015 was the only year in my life during which I only had access to one TV channel on my dorm room’s television: NHK World TV from Japan. It was and still is the only official English language television channel aiming at telling the world everything that was great about Japan.
Growing up with Japanese graphic novels (manga), it didn’t take long for me to acquaint myself with the NHK World TV. Within a month, it became the source of my binge-watching habit.
If not because of COVID-19, I would have travelled to Japan again for 16 years in a row.
In some years, I travelled to Japan more often than once. My love for Japan went all the way back to when I was about three-year-old, reading my very first manga (or Japanese graphic novels).
Although I can’t make Japan my profession, I always read carefully into Japanese life, especially its traditional and recent concepts. Some of which have helped me to escape my darkest moments.
I have been a minimalist for a few years now.
From travelling the world with 7 kgs (15.43 lbs) to spending less than 10 % of my income each month by living like a monk, I have tried to push the boundary of de-consumerism. I genuinely believe that we will gain more when we live with less.
Having worked from home (WFH) for more than a year during the pandemic, here are my surprising findings.
WFH’s Best Benefit is Avoiding Office Drama
I used to think that regaining my commuting time was the best benefit, but I was dead wrong…
December 31, 2020
This year marks a very important milestone in my life: my ability to return to a retro tech that is still useful today.
Let me explain. I had always been a tech savvy person. It’s in the sense that, I like to keep myself up to date on the newest technology. It’s not just a part of my job but also my love for innovation that may make my life easier, more convenient, environmental friendlier, and so on.
This year, as I have been renovating my house, I constantly found myself surrounded by what my father who…
There are some amazing advise to life from a renowned 5-star hotel chain.
We all know that the Ritz-Carlton is a renowned 5-star hotel chain — known for its absolutely caring services and first-class facilities. Personally, I have stayed there only once. Yes, I felt great. The level of comfort was unsurpassed. I felt like I was the only guest in the hotel, given its staff’s level of care for my wellbeing.
As I read The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary a book by Joseph Michellia, I learned about how this, not just a hotel…
Nana is the love of my life. I knew that since the first time I saw her in Shanghai in the summer of 2011. She was much younger than I: she’s very bright, shiny, and happy. I knew that she was the one since I first saw her, and that feeling has never changed. Five years have past, and the only thing I regret about our short encounter is that I never get to tell her how much I love her.
Brutality wasn’t strong enough a word to describe that summer in Shanghai. Being hot and humid was one, and…
In my darkest hours, during which I was choosing between living and dying, I found the perfect method to help me make such a decision — travel.
I had no hope and nothing to lose, so I decided to go on for just one more year. Apparently, relocating myself from the place where I was constantly reminded of mu misery was an obvious choice. But where to?
I decided to go on a road trip.
Unnecessary things are, essentially, distractions — Anonymous.
Why all of a sudden everyone is into becoming a minimalist?
The original version of this article (with more details and typos) was written 4 years ago when I was thinking of becoming a minimalist “by accident.” I was about to move from a 3-year apartment to a new place and got so frustrated with so much stuff that I had no idea how to take them with me to a new place and still find them useful.
The truth is, there is a cost for maintaining everything. For instance, in addition to…
It’s one of those moments in life where you’d say “enough is enough,” leave a full-time job, and travel the world.
That moment happened to me a few years ago.
It’s the time of uncertainty. Upon getting my doctorate at mid-30s, having nowhere to go because of the academic job market, I decided to travel the world with the limited amount of cash that I had…which meant that I would have to travel super light to be able to get on the low-cost flights without paying extra and possess the fewest items so that I could roam without a fixed…
“I am so glad to have met this version of you.”
These 11 words have gotten me thinking long and hard about how I have come from being no use to no one to a person that someone is glad to know today.
It’s true: I would not want to know any other versions of myself except this one.
The previous versions of me, as I remember clearly, are some of the worst shit shows. Even though my intention wasn’t always all bad, the way I interacted with people was condescending. …
I research urban problems through the multi-facted lenses of design, anthropology, and social psychology. I like to sing, play guitar and read books.