Try Zen Sports Zen Sports combine your full physical, mental, and emotional energy into a sport. Sick of going to the gym? Feel like it’s a job? Don’t have enough time to meditate, workout, and socialize? So find a Zen sport and do it with friends. When you combine your full physical, mental, and emotional…

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Eight Ways To Meditate Without Just Sitting There There are many ways to get the benefits of meditation through other activities. We’ve all heard the buzz about meditation. Celebrities endorse it, scientific studies proclaim its benefits, and it’s no longer considered a religious activity. But despite being eager to reap the rewards of meditation, some…

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Ravi Vemulapalli – VP of Operations Whenever there is turmoil or a big change, you need to recenter yourself. UWB is the method for learning to re-center your inner self. Things may look fine, but you could be driving yourself into a rut. Even if you already meditate, exercise every day, have friends, and a…

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Different Types of Conversations: Casual, Intentful, and Difficult Conversations Learn how to have different types of conversations that can affect your well-being. Earlier we reflected on our social life and who we spent time with. The strength of your relationships relies on the ability to communicate. So that means it affects your well-being. Isn’t that…

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The Pursuit of Happiness The pursuit of happiness, together, for yourself and those around you, is what America’s independence means to me. The pursuit of happiness isn’t created in solitude; it’s created together. That should be the basis for our communities. It also impacts the social component of your Ultimate Well-Being. Many think that his/her…

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Silicon Valley can re-make the American Workplace

Silicon Valley Can Re-Make the American Workplace. By opening up micro offices, Silicon Valley can re-make the USA more culturally integrated and bridge the tech divide. WFH won’t work. The Silicon Valley can re-make the American workplace by bringing high-quality, high-tech jobs to the places that have historically lacked them, tap and develop new talent…

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Black Lives Matter (BLM)

Black Lives Matter (BLM), Racism, and Ultimate Well-Being Recognize and unlearn the racism that lies within you and Black Lives Matter (BLM) “We are living in a racism pandemic.”  Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association We cannot talk about well-being without addressing Black Lives Matter (BLM). The events of the past…

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Speak with Wisdom and Intent Spiritual writer Donald Rothberg taught me the value of communicating with intent. I recently went to a workshop in Spirit Rock. Communication can affect your well-being, but did anyone ever tell you how to talk? To optimize your UWB (Ultimate Well-Being) using communication, keep this in mind:  Remember Donald’s wisdom…

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Isolation Guide #6: Spirituality to Feed the Soul  “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” ––Rumi In a technologically advanced world, and in particular in Western cultures and societies, it’s considered standard that we turn to science and empirical data to feed the soul. Yet while it’s true that science can solve…

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Isolation Guide #5: Social UWB and Connected “Alone Together” Learn to live alone together and create a better world “There is an underlying force in the workings of human relationships that can make or break our destiny as humans, even at work. If we don’t build work relationships with intention and care, it’s only a…

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Isolation Guide #4: Career and Financial Stability Create financial stability in time of crisis like Coronavirus Work on this: Define financial stability  Have set work hours – and stick to them. Use “down time” to reflect on and map out your career/financial goals and intentions. Find your flow in work. Learn something new. Ask for…

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Isolation Guide #3 — Mental Mayhem to Mind Control Much of your UWB ultimate well-being can be controlled by your mind. Your mind is either your best friend or your worst enemy. Before you continue, pick which one you want it to be. Assuming you want it to be your friend, it’s time to train…

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Japanese Baseball The Japanese have a reputation for an intense interest in American culture. They adopt many American ideas and customs, and then do them better than we do them at home! Baseball, known as Yakyuu in Japan, is one of those things. Baseball came to Japan in the 1870s and was one of the…

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Yakushima – My Favorite Place in Japan Kagoshima also serves as the gateway to Yakushima, a small and mystical island that’s covered in moss and home to Japan’s oldest tree – Jomon sugi (it was the inspiration behind Hayao Miyazaki’s anime film “Princess Mononoke”). I did a great day hike to the peak of Kuromidake,…

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Help Public Service and Healthcare Workers Now! Are you a healthcare worker who needs supplies (PPE)? Here is an update. We have found several suppliers and raised $5700 to date. We need to continue raising more money to fund the purchases.The Gofund me link is here. We are working with the following organizations: Pueblo Health…

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Isolation Guide #2: Elevate the Emotional State of Well-being Here at KDAlive, we aren’t experts, we are well-being generalists. Our goal is to take a large amount of information, synthesize it and distribute it to you in a digestible format. Last week we covered how to take care of your physical health as part of…

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Isolation Guide #1: Focus on Physical Aspects of Ultimate Well-Being (UWB) Win the mornings Maintain your environment/Prioritize Hygiene/ Know what to eat Physical breaks and short workouts Track your mood Challenge Yourself: Replace unhealthy indulgences Sleep well and track your cycles Feeling lost, lonely, or out-of-focus with your activities? Change your habits and patterns now.…

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How to Cope with Anxiety from the Unknown Learn how to deal with anxiety caused by COVID-19 Accept the new reality and then make adjustments Start tracking mood behavior with Ultimate Well Being Learn to just live and enjoy; if you are struggling with anxiety read the book, “When Panic Attacks” Nature, fruits, and self…

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If You are So Smart, Why aren’t You Happy? Meet Raj Raghunathan who has studied happiness for two decades at the University of Texas, Austin. See our video chat here. https://youtu.be/pzhAAilHDF0 I was recently in Costa Rica – right when COVID19 hit in Central America – at the University of Peace Centre funded by the…

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Learn the Power of Improvisation I took an Improvisation class at Stanford University to learn how to better communicate with friends, family, and colleagues.  I learned a few things: a framework of communication, how to tell a story, and fully be in the moment Overview: Take a framework of how to discuss things into every…

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Oprah Winfrey Wellness Tour

Oprah Winfrey: Be the Highest and Truest Form of Yourself Learn what Oprah Winfrey says about her formula for wellness Key Take-Aways: Oprah’s wellness formula is mind + body + spirit. Mind = Emotions, learning and work Body = Nutrition and movement Spirit = purpose and relationships Focus on what your perfect vision for your…

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Connecting Authentically with Great Conversations Learn how to connect quickly and have meaningful conversations Do you know how to have engaging conversations that lead to meaningful interactions, even with a stranger?  Hi, I’m Clarence! I’m one of the new contributors to KDAlive. Recently I went to a workshop called the Art of Charm. The AoC is…

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Advice for Travelling with a Date It’s difficult to travel with a date for the first time, here are some tips When you are accustomed to traveling alone, traveling with anyone else can be a bit of an adjustment, especially when trying to get what you want out of the trip. If you are traveling…

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The Future of Work is Remote No need to monkey around a cube any longer; technological advancement and institutional encouragement forces a false choice to fade away. If you have dreamed of sailing away to a faraway island where the cocktails flow freely and the seaside villas are cheaper than your fifth-floor walk-up, but hesitate…

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How to Break Into Technology It’s possible to have no college degrees and break-in “Fake it until you make it” Learn some hard skills that are easily hireable Don’t: Compare, Envy, be careful not to be something else someone wants/needs Tell people what they want to hear We are well into the digital age, and…

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How to Give Feedback Like a Buddha Essential ways to give feedback to a friend, colleague, or family member. The Zen Center in San Francisco offers skills-based classes in communication and personal development. I highly recommend these.  Develop confidence through an understanding of giving and receiving feedback through a Buddhist lens. “Learn to take the…

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Let’s Change What Christmas Means In America Christmas does anything but make people happy and feel connected Until we change Christmas in America, let’s wish each other Merry Chinamas! If you agree with this article, please share it with 3 people.  “Get in the Christmas spirit!” People say this to me all the time. To…

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Want to Make a Career Change – Use Zen to Help You Follow the plan below to guide you through a career transition. So you need a change, a shift in your career but you don’t know where to start? It’s hard. Stopping what you’ve been doing for years. I went to a class at…

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3-Day Vipassana Retreat in Canada Sometimes, one needs a retreat to reset Most Meaningful Experience: Getting back into the process I just finished a 3-day vipassana retreat at a nursing home turned Vipassana center in Youngstown, Canada. My original vipassana post is here. This place is a very modern facility, unusual for a vipassana center,…

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Around Alberta County, Canada: Calgary, Jasper, Banff, Edmonton I enjoyed checking out Canada and the meeting locals Most Meaningful Experience: I loved the Royal Tyler Dinosaur Museum Recently I drove around Canada’s cow country. I was in Calgary, Drumheller, Torrington, Youngstown (For a meditation retreat), then drove from Jasper to Banff. Here were some of…

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Want to Write a Book? Here is How. I visited Kauai Writer’s Conference and learned from some amazing authors. Most Meaningful Experience: Hearing established authors speak about his/her own experience inspired me to do more and push through the process. So you have always wanted to write a book, and you don’t have >$100k to…

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Vipassana: If You Meet the Buddha, Kill Him This is an account of my first 10 day silent meditation retreat in Yangon, Myanmar  Most Meaningful Experience: All of it.  Unfortunately, I only had a few of my original notes – this is my best effort to account for a transformational experience. I have posted a…

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What I Learned from Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra just released his new book, MetaHuman. Chopra challenges the mystery of being human. If you haven’t picked it up yet, go check it out. I attended his book launch and talk and learned all sorts of tips for better living – the trivialness of life, the release…

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My Experience in a Refugee Camp in Kakuma  Kakuma is a small city of 200k people where displaced people want to create opportunities through entrepreneurship by building companies  Most Meaningful Experience: Understanding that refugee camps are like cities within themselves, filled with people who want to create a better life through business opportunities. Situated in…

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What Is it Like to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro The last leg was brutal and mountain sickness is real Most Meaningful Experience: Jeremy’s helping hand to make sure I didn’t fall down the mountain After a few days on my own in Nairobi, my buddy Jeremy flew into the Kenyan capital and we spent time exploring…

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What I Discovered in Alaska  Encountering the  struggles with climate change Most Meaningful Experience: Hearing others speak about universal basic income If you have 1 minute to fill out 3 questions, please take my survey here!  Part One: Juneau   They say that the United States is such a big and diverse place that visiting…

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Green Chile

New Mexico: Great Food, Diverse Culture, Outdoor Mecca Eating the Green Chili and Hiking Domingo Baca were my highlights I imagine you have to be tough to survive New Mexico’s heat, rugged landscapes, and rebellious culture. So on a recent visit to Albuquerque, I decided to find out what this southwestern state was all about.…

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Top 10 Favorite Travel Tips in Nairobi. There are many things to do in Nairobi, even a safari by the airport Nairobi is one of the most beautiful cities in Africa to visit. While for many tourists Nairobi acts as a transit point for visitors embarking on Kenyan and Tanzanian safaris there is so much to…

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Singapore: Top 10 Favorite Things to Do Singapore is a great place to eat at Hawker Stans and just hang out I frequently visit Singapore – it’s one of my favorite places in the world for food, shopping, entertainment, and consistently hot weather. It also serves as a gateway to South East Asia, making it…

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Confronting Evil and Cleansing the Soul in Bhutan Learn how the Bhutanese purify their soul through a variety of rituals   Most Meaningful Experience: Visiting the Tiger’s Nest was awe-inspiring Top tips –  Visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which was spectacular both inside and out –  Try to see an archery match to experience Bhutan’s national…

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Learn About the Emerging Startup Scene in Texas. Texas has access to technical universities and large corporates making this fertile ground for startup success Most Meaningful Experience: Meeting new friends and contacts in Texas When I signed up for a startup bus tour of three Texan cities, I did so primarily to gain an insight…

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Mount Everest: Trekking from Day 5 to Descent  Reaching the Summit with Friends was our Pinnacle Check out the first 4 days here. https://kdalive.com/trekking-to-mount-everest-base-camp/ Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche That night it dropped to around -15 degrees C and I had my sleeping bag zipped over my face, with only my mouth exposed to breathe.…

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  Bangladesh: An Unexplored Country of Cuisine, Commerce, and Cricket Being hosted by E-generation was an amazing experience and taught us much about the local culture. Most Exciting Experience: Playing cricket with the team! Other meaningful experiences: – Celebrating the Day of Language – Experiencing the Muslim prayer time as a calming and meditative action…

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Mt Everest Base Camp: Trekking from Day 1 to Day 4  Over time we could withstand the cold and conquer the mountain Most meaningful experience: Becoming one with our mountainous environment and the altitude is a powerful experience and I think why so many people strive to reach the summit. It is a feeling that…

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  Discover the Multi-Pronged Wellness Approach of Wim Hof, Iceman Breathe, Cold, and Fasting is the way to reduce stress and stay mindful Key takeaways from my Iceman retreat: Intermittent fasting helps with mental clarity, fat burning, and hormonal health. Deep breathing can help to oxygenate your body and warm it up, enhancing your performance…

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Top 10 Things I Learned from WimHof Breathe, Cold, and Fasting is the way to reduce stress and stay mindful Know as the “Iceman”, Wim Hof is spreading his methodology of breathing, cold, and focus around the world. Here are 10 things I learned from a weekend retreat. More in depth here. https://kdalive.com/discovering-the-multi-pronged-wellness-approach-of-wim-hof-the-iceman/ 1. Meditation…

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Tips on How To Travel With Someone For the First Time Traveling with Someone can be difficult Here are my key takeaways when traveling with someone: Traveling with anyone – friend, partner, family member – for the first time is equal parts exciting and frightening. There’s a chance that the relationship will flourish…..or it could…

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Traveling Solo Can Give Many Benefits I always meet people along the journey Here are my key takeaways traveling alone: People often ask me why I travel alone. But when I travel alone, I always meet people along the way. So is that really traveling alone? Even when I do meet people on the road,…

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    Bhutan and Gross National Happiness Learn about how the Bhutanese government measures progress through Gross National Happiness (GNH) The real reason I wanted to go to Bhutan was to investigate the “Land of Happiness” after reading about the government policies that try to maximize this for their people. I thought this was intriguing…

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What To Do In The Kansai Region – Aside From Kyoto Enjoy thoughtful tips about spending a week in the Kansai Region; what to do and see. Kyoto is one of the most-visited cities in Japan and, in my opinion, somewhere you should visit during the low season to escape the hordes of tourists. If…

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How To Find Adventure In Japan? Get insider access to experiences in Japan with my friend Jordan. There are so many things to do in Japan and clubs to be part of. Before you go check out some of the top group trips like www.tokyogaijins.com and https://www.tokyosnowclub.com/. My good friend Jordan has a new business…

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Favorite Things To Do At Night In Tokyo So you are heading to Japan and looking for some fun things to do at night. I’m not a big night owl but here ar some tips of my favorite places. 1.Weird theme restaurants DINING BAR SUBMARINE – sub-aquatic-themed izakaya (Dining Bar Submarine, Pocket Building B1, Kabukichuo…

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Top 10 Things To Do In Tokyo During The Day These are my favorite various daytime suggestions for Tokyo. Many people ask me what to do when you are in Tokyo. They say, “go to…Sensoji, a Buddhist temple in Asakusa which is about as touristy as it gets in Tokyo. Tokyo skytree – another good…

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Working on Political Campaign in the Thumb of Michigan Everyone should help on a political campaign to get the experience. The most fun I’ve had in the last 10 years is helping my friend run his political campaign. Giving all that I’ve done, you wouldn’t think that, would’ya? You hear,’ Politics is evil. Politics is…

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The Best Ice Cream In Japan Treat yourself to ice cream; here’s my top 3 recommended ice cream shops. While the world fights over who invented ice-cream – Victorians or Chinese, the Japanese have mastered the art, like they have most food. The first thing you notice in an ice cream saloon is flavors and…

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How To Make Okonomiyaki The famous Japanese pancake, this is Itoh-san’s Okonomiyaki recipe. My friend of over 15 years – Itoh-san – is an Okonomiyaki cooking master. I love his distinctive cooking style. In fact, he has raised the level of okonomiyaki to such heights that I could never settle for the okonomiyaki you find…

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Kaiseki Tasting In Japan Learn about Kaiseki in Japanese culture + four hot spots to try Kaiseki. Kaiseki or kaiseki-yori is a Japanese word that roughly translates to a dish that appeases hunger and warms the stomach. Broadly categorized into court, samurai, temple, and tea ceremony cuisines, Kaiseki has two main styles; the banquet for…

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Obento – Japanese Lunch Boxes When I’m traveling in Japan, I like to taste-test the Bento lunch boxes. Bento lunch boxes are just as important to the Japanese and Asian culinary worlds as chopsticks are. Named after the Japanese word bento which roughly translates to “convenient,” these boxes were used as early as the 5th…

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TanTan (DanDan) Mien TantanMian is the Japanese adaptation of the Chinese DanDanMian, a dish of noodles seasoned by a spicy sauce made from sesame paste and hot chili oil. In old times, street hawkers used a carrying pole called Dandan and sold the noodles to passerbys; hence the name dandan. Unlike its Chinese counterpart that…

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Fresh Uni In Tokyo I put my foodie skills to work so that I can share different types of Japanese Uni. Uni is the Japanese word for sea urchin, or more specifically, a sea urchin’s gonads and few naturally occurring ingredients offer the luxuriant texture and rich flavor Uni supplies. Dishes taste better with Uni,…

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Okinawa Cuisine My experiences with Goya champuru, Rafute, soba noodles, Tofuyo, Mimiga in Okinawa Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost prefecture. Owing to its location, it has a complex history that has influenced its cuisine. The Okinawan cuisine is meat-based (specifically, pork) although it features a lot of herbs, tropical vegetables, fruits, and spices. Here are some…

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My Top Izakayas In Tokyo My 5 top places to experience an entertaining, generous and fulfilling Izakaya Izakaya is Japanese word for pubs but it literally means stay, drink, room. It describes an informal way of dining, snacking, pubbing and having fun. Surrounded by your colleagues, friends and even strangers, enjoy the izakaya experience with…

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Ramen In Japan Understanding the type of Ramen can be a little confusing, so here’s a little guide. Ramen is a legendary dish in Japan. Adapted from neighboring China, Japanese Ramen noodles have become a cultural icon of Japan and found a niche in the hearts of people. If there’s one thing in Tokyo that…

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Okonomiyaki – The Japanese Pancake My input on finding okonomiyaki around Japan Okonomiyaki is one of the most famous Japanese dishes. Okonomiyaki is the name for ‘Japanese pancake’ or ‘Japanese pizza’ and is a mix of thinly shredded cabbage lightly sautéed in a batter. You can choose to top it with assorted vegetables, seafood, or…

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Would You LIke To Shabu-Shabu? Shabu Shabu, or Japanese hot pot with a burst of flavors, is a popular family go-to meal that really satisfies. You can go for just pork or beef, or both. Shabu-Shabu conveys the sound of ‘swish-swish’ – just a few swishes in the pot and it’s ready to serve! The…

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Teppanyaki In Tokyo One of my favorite Tokyo restaurants and its Teppanyaki Teppanyaki Teppan means Hotplate or Iron griddle, while Yaki means grilled, broiled or pan-fried. So Teppanyaki is an assortment of food displayed on a hotplate/griddle and served right in front of you. My Top 3 Destinations in Tokyo #1 Ginza Steak Tokyo To celebrate…

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The Bset Yakitori In Tokyo Some of my preferred yakitori joints Yakitori (焼き鳥) is grilled skewered chicken mixed with a Teriyaki-like sauce. It is a quintessential Japanese soul food or grilled chicken skewers which is a culinary exploration of the entire bird from neck to tail. The yakitori dish is cheap and cheerful and is…

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Learn About, Make, and Eat Sushi In Tokyo Interesting history about sushi + my favorite sushi restaurants in Tokyo Easily Japan’s most famous dish, sushi is one of the most amazing yet delicious food in the world, and although for most the thought of eating raw fish is cringe-worthy, sushi is sure to change that…

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Unahi / Anago in Tokyo My experience of enjoying Unagi with good company and great conversation Unagi is an extremely expensive delicacy which is famous for not only its flavor but for its stamina-giving properties. Traditionally, it’s eaten in the hottest periods of summer on the day of the “Ox” to provide strength and vitality…

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Going forward, I’ll be writing more about Well-Being and the intersection of well-being and travel. At the start of May, I spent a long weekend at Multiversity 1440 the Science of Happiness gathering, which was being held in partnership with 1440 Multiversity at UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. They have a beautiful college campus…

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Tonkatsu and Gyukatsu – Fried Pork and Beef in Tokyo All about tonkatsu, a Japanese pork filet, and gyukatsu, a beef dish Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish of pork filet which is breaded with panko breadcrumbs, deep fried then served with a dark, savory tonkatsu sauce with shredded green cabbage. Ton refers to pig/pork, and…

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Wellbeing insights from Kathmandu, Nepal: • Understanding Nepalese Culture: Meeting truly genuine and humble people who do their best and stay happy on the journey. • Entrepreneurship: Focusing on the environment and betterment for all. • Perspective: Hearing about the caste system and realizing how lucky we are in the USA to have an equal…

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Ray Kroc Stole the Big Mac Sauce Recipe The founder of Mcdonalds, Ray Kroc, knocked off the Big Mac Recipe at Jalama Beach. I went to Jalama Beach on a drive to Los Angeles. There I found the story of how Ray Kroc knocked off the Big Mac sauce Recipe.   [Total: 0   Average: 0/5]

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Exploring Beyond Accra Ghana has an ecotourism scene, highlands of Volta, fun tourist areas like Kakum, and the must see Cape Coast Most Meaningful Experience: What was deeply meaningful was connecting my roots in the Carolinas with slave trade castles of Cape Coast. Understanding where the African Americans in South Carolina came from helps me…

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Exploring around Accra and Teaching Accra has a great scene of music, bars, and food Most Meaningful Experience: The entrepreneurs I worked with were driven by creating jobs, solving local problems, and making a better Africa. That left a lasting imprint on me. The first thing that struck me when crossing into Ghana at its…

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Discovering Chengdu, China – City of the Panda Chengdu has distinct food (not just spicy), culture, and scenery Most meaningful experience: Really enjoyed learning about the Chengdu culture of food, fun conversation, and history. Watch a traditional Sichuan “changing of the face” opera performance in Jinli Pedestrian Street Sample the local hot pots and deliciously…

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Bornea and Sipadan is One of the Best Dive Spots Diving in Sipadan is one of the last beautiful tropical places remaining Most meaningful experience: Diving in Sipadan, one of the best dive sites in the world. Exploring the island of Mabul where people lived basically and still enjoyed life. Diving the marine-filled waters of…

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Top 10 things I learned at Burning Man (with 2 Dope Videos) One piece of advice I got before I left for Burning Man was: “You can get what you want out of it, so decide what you want before you go.” But I didn’t really know what I could get out of it until…

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Japan Food Blog: Eat In Tokyo My blog for food and restaurants from when I lived in Japan http://www.eatintokyo.com While I lived in Japan from 2014-2016, I was able to eat at a lot of different restaurants. This was because my colleague, Yoda-san, and I had a business expense account for clients. So we blogged…

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The best trips I’ve been on have been unplanned, unprovoked, and untethered. They’re the ones that were without stress, without expectations, and without disappointment. Trips that led down uncertain paths to new encounters, and often new friends. You might be considering where to go for your next vacation, lamenting that you only have a week…

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To be a great traveler, one must be a chameleon. A chameleon’s color changes not only to help camouflage the animal and in response to temperature changes, but it serves a greater purpose of social signaling and physiological condition. When most of us travel, we want to taste the local dishes, listen to traditional music…

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Top 10 Vipassana Takeaways Sometimes, one needs a retreat to reset Please see the original vipassana here! Vipassana: If You Meet the Buddha, Kill Him How You react to external stimuli is the most important thing in life Bringing yourself back to breathe and in the moment. Anxiety is self-induced, wants to create anxieties. Thinking…

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I gathered this information from a friend who had explored some other areas. 7 places to visit in Australia aside from the East Coast So you’ve done the East Coast of Australia and want to venture further afield to explore some of the country’s spectacular natural wonders. From the temperate rainforests of Tassie to the…

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Most Meaningful Australian Experience: In 2001, I visited an old friend, baseball teammate Jamie McDonald in Australia. We took a bus trip all the way from Brisbane to Whitsundays. We had a great time and adventure; till this day we share that bond. #2: I probably couldn’t have been a Navy Seal. 13 top things…

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7. Salary (Nov. 11th, 2007) Everyone gets a base; the rest is just a bonus.   8. Startup Exits (Nov. 11th, 2007) Startup Success seems to be 50% hard work, 50% intelligence, and another 100% luck 9. Time (Nov. 11th, 2007) Time moves too fast when you are not paying attention. 10. Pain (March 24th, 2007) Pain goes away…

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11/2007 It seems the best VCs have mastered the at of meddling in other people’s affairs. 01/2009 New VCs are popping up and YC is surely creating a stir. AH is exciting if they really create a keiretsu. 01/2013  VCs cannot keep up with the activity of startups even though Moritz says SV doesn’t need…

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11/2007  Great businessmen seem to have the ability to make chaos into structure, or at least ostensibly so. 06/2009 Are all startups this f’n Chaos @Boku 01/2012 Chaotic markets offer opportunity for those who take risk and try to calm the chaos 10/2016 Post Vipassana, Chaos doesn’t exist. Nothing is chaotic. It is all meant as its…

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03/2008 Low-hanging fruit is low hanging because it’s rotten; why do business people go after low hanging fruit. That’s a rotten business strategy… 03/2013 Low hanging fruit is sometimes essential to get a startup off the ground. Customers who want the product, need the product and want to work with you.  Maybe its not so…

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There is no time, only place. Time is made by man. Time is an evil that dictates one’s circadian rhythm. If you control that rhythm, then time is obsolete. [Total: 0   Average: 0/5]

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2008: Cherish (even the mistakes) the past, live the present, prepare the future. 2013: Learn from the past, be in the present, prepare for the future 2018: Embrace who you are right at this moment in time. Anything else doesn’t matter. [Total: 0   Average: 0/5]

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Starting Kakuma Ventures to Empower Refugees  Kakuma is a small city of 200k people where displaced people want to create opportunities through entrepreneurship by building companies  Most Meaningful Experience: Discovering some of the challenges people had in the refugee camp and being able to lend a hand to people who really want to learn. To…

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Never to Look in the Mirror What if there were no mirrors? I met some kids yesterday who never looked in a mirror and when i showed them one they were amazed. I realized something and wrote a poem: If you never looked in the mirror There would be nothing to fear Nor Feelings that…

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My First Humanitarian Footsteps with Innovation Africa. Building water wells and solar energy in the desert to help others Most Meaningful Experience: Adapting to the environment and learning about the region I was wracked with uncertainty going into my first humanitarian project in Uganda’s Karamoja region. I’d just read about the horrors of Idi Amin’s…

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Volunteering in the Rift Valley of Uganda See Lake Bunyonyi and Mount Muhabara Most Meaningful Experience: Working with Reaplifedig.org and learning about the Batwa Community Top tips: – Volunteer with ReapLifeDig.org in southwestern Uganda – Explore the spectacular landscapes of Lake Bunyonyi – Trek to the volcanic peak of Mount Muhabura Meeting Lauren in Rwanda…

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My Top 10 Africa Travel Tips. Prepare before you go to be physically ready and have a peace of mind Africa is safe for travelers if you take precautions. If you’re traveling to Africa for the first time, there are probably a lot of unknowns and maybe even concerns that you have. From getting vaccinations…

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ESHIP Summit: Growing Start-Up Ecosystems Beyond Silicon Valley How to grow startup investment outside of Silicon Valley I spent two fulfilling days in Kansas City at the 2nd annual ESHIP Summit hosted by the Kauffman Foundation. They led a group of 650+ people to discuss building and accelerating entrepreneurship in their communities. It was an exciting…

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Negotiation Strategy: Find the Opportunity in Differences I just completed a negotiation class at Duke’s Executive Education Center.   I just completed a negotiation class at Duke’s Executive Education Center. The money spent will surely yield multiples in return. https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/executive-education/business-negotiation-skills Thirteen years have passed since I last took a negotiation class at the now, Fuqua…

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Communications that I Learned from the Perspicacious Dorie Clark Read her books Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, and Stand Out. She has also written over 170 articles for Harvard Business Review. I spent 3 days taking a PR&Communications class at Duke’s Executive Education Center with Dorie Clark https://www.linkedin.com/in/doriec/, an Author, Speaker, and Professor who specializes in communications, re-inventing careers, and…

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Intro to Yoga & Meditation at the ISHA Institute Tucked away an hour from Nashville, Tennessee is one of the largest meditation retreats in the USA.  Before we began our road trip from Nashville to San Francisco, Clarence and I were interested to experience an Inner Engineering session at the Isha Institute. We’d heard good…

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A Zimbabwean Student’s Journey to Silicon Valley  An amazing story of how a young driven entrepreneur, Mthabais Ndlovu, made his way to Silicon Valley Sometime last year I (Mthabais) was watching videos from the SingularityU South Africa Summit 2018. One of the speakers said, “A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to…

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What Tim Cook said at Duke’s Graduation May, 2018 Key Points Find the Fearlessness to change the world Regardless of your chosen field, follow a Vision and find a deeper purpose/meaning to achieve it. Don’t just follow a winding path that may yield you astray; follow a deeper purpose to drives you to it. Be…

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Living your Life on Purpose A good workshop to get focused on what’s important to you  Living Life on Purpose is a workshop hosted by Tina Desalvo’s organization Soul Purpose. It is about taking responsibility for your purpose. It’s an execution of the true genius/calling – the very thing each individual on the planet is…

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The Incredible Diversity of India India at the turn of the Millennium India has been one of my regular travel locations since I first visited in 2001. Then I was part of a GE program working in the emergency call center business in Bangalore, Delhi, Bombay (now Mumbai) and Hyderabad. I fell in love with…

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Brazil: Getting Acquainted with Rio & Heading South My return trip to Rio + visiting Iguazu Falls and Porte Alegre Most Meaningful: Getting cleansed by the Iguazu waterfalls Travel Tip: Find balance between spending time with friends and travelling solo Understanding Rio After passing the first part of my trip with friends, I returned to Rio…

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Brazil: Arriving in Rio & Tiradentes My initial arrival to Rio de Janeiro Most Meaningful: Experiencing my friend’s wedding and seeing old friends Travel Tips: Minimize your time alone at night in Rio de Janeiro In August 2016, I took my first trip to South America. Within hours of setting foot on the continent, I was kicking…

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Mesitzo Paraguay: Two Cities Asunción, the capital city of Paraguay, is actually multiple cities in one, with Old Town and New Town offering completely different experiences, and the suburbs beyond something completely different again. Most Meaningful: Discover the local experience by meeting locals and immersing yourself in the local, rather than tourist, culture. Travel Tips:…

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Why Visit Paraguay? A Unique History Obtaining the visa, all about the history, and Paraguay today. Most Meaningful: Paraguay’s unique history makes visiting a very different social and cultural experience to visiting the rest of South America. Travel Tips: Know your visa requirements in advance. Talking to fellow travellers ‘doing’ South America, they all said…

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Chile Santiago and Valparaiso should be on every traveler’s list. The last country I visited on my South American tour was Chile, but unfortunately, I had to cut my time there pretty short, as a stomach problem that was bothering me since I arrived in Brazil just took me out. But I managed to pass…

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Uruguay – A Relaxing Country with Great Asado Various places, experiences and top tips for traveling Uruguay Top Travel Tips Stay at the El Galope Farm and Hostel for a more quiet time outside the city center of Colonia. Walk along the Rambla Pocitos, a promenade that stretches along Montevideo’s city centre beach. I recommend…

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Discovering the Mysteries of the Congo The Congo is a mysterious place deep in history and filled with color Most Meaningful Experience: Travel to see the live Volcano Travel Tips: – Trek to see the mountain gorillas of the Virunga National Park – Hike to the volcanic peak of Mount Nyiragongo – Cruise the Congo…

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A Soul-Liberating Experience in Malawi Malawi is called the Warm Heart of Africa due to the Compassionate People Top tips: – Scuba dive, hike and kick back on the shores of Lake Malawi. – Tackle the challenging trek to the summit of Mount Mulanje. – Splurge on Korean food in the capital, Lilongwe Arriving in…

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Argentina: Buenos Aires and Patagonia Like Brazil, Argentina was a place where I wish I had more time. Top Travel Tips There are many museums in Buenos Aires. Highly recommend the Museo de Bellas Artes La Boca For souvenirs and gifts, check out the big art market in Buenos Aires, Defensa  You can travel to…

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Learning to Live Again in Rwanda Learning how people moved on after the genocide is mind-blowing Most Meaningful Experience: Meeting Norbert and having him show the ropes in Rwanda Top Tips: – Pay your respects at the somber Ntarama Genocide Memorial – Get a three-country East Africa Tourist Visa so you can easily visit Uganda…

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Delving Deeper Into Capetown Take a Walk Through the Streets of Capetown  Most Meaningful Experience: Understanding that water crises are just starting to emerge around the world and income inequality is a major cause of unrest. Travel tips: There is a lot more to do in Capetown than I described. Go to Robben Island and…

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10 Things I Realized On Re-Entry Back from Africa. Travel changes you and Africa Makes You do a 180 Most Meaningful Experience: Understanding How Little One Really Needs In Life Travel always changes you. You never return home the same person you were when you left. This was particularly striking for me when I returned…

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Traveling Overland from Livingstone to Capetown for 30 days with a Dozen Strangers  Traveling in Africa solo is difficult so Overland Bus is convenient Most Meaningful Experience: Learning patience and tolerance with my crew! Most meaningful experience: – Take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta to wildlife spot from the air – Learn about…

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Exploring Outside of Kampala, Uganda Make sure to go to Jinja to raft the Nile Most meaningful experience: – Read “A State of Blood” by Henry Kyemba to understand the misery and massacres of Uganda under Idi Amin. – Go white-water rafting at the source of the Nile in Jinja – Eat “rolex” – a…

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Running With the Kenyans Learn How to run, train, and eat like the marathoners Most Meaningful Experience: Understanding the regiment of the best runners Most Meaningful: Visiting the home of a Kenyan runner at 6 am before a run to see that he slept on a wooden mattress and had only had two pairs of…

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Discover Mugabe’s Legacy in Zimbabwe Working with very inspiring and innovative entrepreneurs Most Meaningful Experience: Traveling across Zimbabwe with friends and then, by bus and learning about what happened during the Mugabe Regime. Top tips: – Go trekking through the mystical Nyanga National Park (just not after dark!) – Explore the western-styled city of Bulawayo…

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The 10 Things I Learned by Observing Ramadan  As a non-Muslim, I learned a lot by obsevering Ramadan. Anyone else can too. Every year in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. While it’s commonly known as a month of fasting, with devotees abstaining from…

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Foreign Investment and Entrepreneurs in Zambia’s Startup Ecosystem. Zambia’s open-investment policy is causing a boom in economic activity Most Meaningful Experience: Making friends at Bongohive.co.zm and working with Entrepreneurs Flying into Zambia, I was still hustling to get my presentation together. This would be the first time I’d be teaching again since my stint in…

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Overland Trip Dossier: Zambia to South Africa This is our overland trip itinerary.Victoria Falls to Cape Town 21st February – 20th March 2017 NOMAD CONVOY is a tailored networking adventure safari for entrepreneurs & digital nomads, put together for you by NomadXplore, and operated in cooperation with Nomad Adventure Tours (www.nomadtours.co.za) and Greenpop (www.greenpop.org) Partaking…

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  Solo Adventure Hiking Mount Kenya I’m Vineet – I met Kurt in Ghana and we’ve been trekking buddies since. He didn’t join me on this trip but I I am writing a guest post for him! I love solo travel. I think it’s the best form of travel. To go out there by yourself…

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Kenya Offers Many Volunteering Opportunities. The West Side of the Country is beautiful, relaxed, and his more laid back. Most Meaningful Experience: Visiting all of these non-profits was meaningful. Kenya West Side/Volunteer Having finished my Nairobi adventure, it was now time to meet Toto and move on to my second agenda – volunteering. During my…

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Nairobi is the Epicenter for East African Growth and Investment Nairobi is an exciting city with a juxtaposition of growth and abject poverty but it is getting better quickly. Most Meaningful Experience: Making friends, working at iHub, and visiting Kibera On arrival in Nairobi, I let out a sigh, as the airport was much more…

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  A Glimpse Into the History of Johannesburg and Legacy of Nelson Mandela and Gandhi Learning about the history of South African Apartheid and somewhat experiencing it. Travel Tips: Roaming around Johannesburg while gaining an insight into its racist issues and divide. Being approached for “selfies” with my Kaiser Chiefs jersey and confronting racism as…

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Togo is a Beach Country, Laid Back, and Pleasant The beach starts and ends at the borders as well as goes inland Most Meaningful Experience: Hanging out, relaxing, and just catching up on energy. Travel Tips: Soak up the nighttime atmosphere around the beach, which greets you as soon as you arrive in Togo.  Try…

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Mozambique: The Pearl of the Indian Ocean Traveling up the coast to Xia-Xia and Tofo Scuba Diving and of course the Fish Market in Maputo. Most Meaningful Experience: Dinner at the fish market with new friends Mozambique Travel Tips: • Explore the Fish Market and the seafood restaurants that cluster on Avenida Marginal in Maputo •…

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Voluntourism is a Great Way to See Africa Africa offers a myriad of opportunities to work with locals to create a better society. Everyone is very welcoming to foreigners and you will learn as much as they do. It was the great anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela that said: “There can be no greater gift than…

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Swaziland: A Country of Rich Culture and Friendly People Meeting locals and learning about the real Swaziland. Most Meaningful Experience Experiencing the “other side” of Swaziland with the Ezulwini Valley locals Top Tips: • Make some local friends – the Swazis are super friendly people and warm to visitors; they don’t like small talk –…

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The Future that is Virtual Reality Using Google Cardboard, South African kids discovered to the possibilities the world has to offer. I hope this translates into more opportunity for others. After a few days working with my team at Team4tech in South Africa, Clarence convinced of the future of VR. The applications for education and…

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Benin: Togo’s Big Brother with a Bad Attitude Benin has rich cultural history around slave trade and voodoo Most Meaningful Experience: Visiting the slave route at Abomey and Ouidah      •    Hang out with the locals at the Cotonou Stadium, which is the place to be for good food, buses and taxis  …

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Nigeria: A Country of Hustle, Rich Culture, and Genuine People Exploring all of Lagos from Makoko to Victoria Islands Most Meaningful Experience: Going through the slums of Makoko with Funmi who is trying to enrich the poorest lives in the world. Travel Tips     •    Lagos is infused with energy. Wake before sunrise…

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Lesotho is home to many ‘blood’ diamond mines  These mines from Letseng and De Beers extract resources and the lives of the locals for immense profits. This is a short post for the diamond lovers out there. Here is a factory owned by Gem Diamonds and supplies much of the diamonds to major distributors like…

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Lesotho – The Adventure and Magical Kingdom in the Sky. Lesotho is a country that sits on a plateau completely surrounded by South Africa. It has a growing adventure scene. Most Meaningful Experience: Making a local friend and exploring a new country. Meeting the friendly Basotho people and discovering their tight-knit community culture Top Tips: –…

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This is what I learned volunteering in a township outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. As part of Team4Tech, we taught technology and entrepreneurship in the township of Ga-Rankuwa in Pretoria. Most Meaningful Experience: How to inspire those in poverty who think money will solve all of life’s problems. This is a good example of voluntourism…

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How Singapore Built an Innovative Economy The Government fueled the transition from manufacturing to skills-based economy  Singapore has developed an economy based on real technical innovation. From mid-90s, the government invested heavily in research centers to develop the skills and knowledge of its local people. It is the easy-to-do business hub for the emerging South…

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To facilitate trade between the east and the west in the 4th Century, Constantine the Great established the gold solidus as the standard of currency. This coin retained its status for about 1,000 years. In its most flourishing periods, the Byzantine state may have produced as many as several hundred thousand gold coins and a…

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Short Summary: • Estonia, Lithuania, and Finland have created active startup communities and produced successful startups like Rovio, MySQL Supercell, and Skype. • American States — the same size as these countries — have been much less successful in creating startup companies and communities. • American state economic development officials can learn from these countries. A template exists to…

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Many startups are lead by technology experts who have never run a sales and business development operation. Many of these executives cannot clearly explain the difference of the two functions. The result is they cannot structure the organization to get the most value out of each function.Lets clear this up, because while they are different,…

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Transformation with the Hoffman Institute & Process Hoffman process is a week-long residential and personal growth retreat that helps participants identify negative behaviors, moods, and ways of thinking that developed unconsciously and were conditioned in childhood. My career and relationship coach, Tessa advised me to go to the Hoffman Institute where I could really go through…

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The Religion, History, and Business of Egypt Being in Egypt at the time of Ramadan taught me to respect a lot of the Mulsim religion.  I spent 5 days in Egypt, on an impromptu vacation, during Ramadan. I even attempted to participate in Ramadan. I also explored the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, the…

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Over the past two years, the western Android and iOS app stores have been dominated by three major developers: King, Supercell, and Kabam. The next 10 best-selling game developers — a list that includes household names such as EA, Gameloft, Disney — then take the bulk of the remaining global mobile gaming revenues. Chinese and Japanese game makers know…

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Yakiniku + Steak + Aussie Beef Yakiniku – an incredibly delicious assortment of meat served with a pot of soup, rice or on its own. I was fortunate enough to discover this place and have it tasted. To know more about Yakiniku keep reading. Before that, if you already know about Yakiniku mentioned below is…

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Places To Eat In Sapporo Recommendations for when you visit Sapporo, Japan Sapporo is the 7th largest city in Japan. It is a city blessed with so much natural beauty regardless of seasonal changes. In the summer, the city flourishes with amazing flowers and in the winter, the city is covered with snow, making it…

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Oyster + Fish Izakaya An introduction to Izakaya As I previously mentioned in my post, Izakaya is mostly mistaken for a Western style pub or a restaurant. Izakaya is an experience where you are served more than 7 course style snacks with drinks to accompany each of them. Since there inception it has been a…

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Other Fun Night Out In Tokyo Some more fantastic restaurants in Tokyo OMOTESANDO WINE CELLAR GRILL The team of Wine Cellar Grill is incredible. The entire menu is made to be paired with different wines. As expected, they had a great wine selection even from California. Its great date spot or group night out spot.…

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Iibadashi Italian and Pizza The Japanese way of Pizza + Restaurants Pizza is one of the most popular and loved dishes around the globe and as such, new recipes are being developed frequently to make it more delicious and appetizing. The Japanese have infused a few their local ingredients in pizzas to increase its edibility…

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Coffee Culture In Japan Learn about coffee in Japan and visit these coffee shops Coffee culture, just like any popular culture, has evolved over the years to become an inevitable part of the lives of coffee lovers. There are so many unique coffee cultures out there that are presented from different countries around the world.…

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Top 4 Brunch Restaurants In Tokyo Do not bypass brunch in Tokyo. Here’s some great places. While visiting Japan, you do not actually think there might be some similarity to your own city or you can get what you like. I was taken aback multiple times when I discovered Japan closely. Brunch, I wasn’t sure…

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Six Reasons Startups Should Invest in Japan Japan is an ideal place to open up offices and invest for the long-term. After Japan’s economic crash of the late 90’s, a fog settled over the land of the rising sun. Nearly two decades of deflation, a perceived lack of Japanese innovation, and a rapidly aging workforce…

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Saudi is a place startups should be investing — look at Uber’s success Consumer market is flourishing and technology services are in demand Doing business there is easier than one may presume Demand in Saudi Arabia for consumer software is shockingly high. But most people in Silicon Valley do not understand why nor how to capitalize on…

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Exploring Rajasthan and an Indian Wedding The most fascinating part of India is Rajasthan While most of my trips to India have been Mumbai based, in 2015 I had the opportunity to explore Rajasthan when I was invited to my friend Ranjan’s wedding. It was the most fun I may ever have had. Rajasthan is…

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Merchant adoption of NFC has been slow and those who have adopted it are unconvinced. Many experts think that just replicating the ecosystems of Korea and Japan will work in the west. Those familiar with Asian markets realize that consumer behavior and the payments ecosystems in those markets are far too different than they are…

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Successful companies grow quickly. In just a few years, a startup can grow from a small office in a technology incubator to a multinational operation with employees all over the world. But entrepreneurs are trained to build technology, not to scale and manage a dispersed global team. Here are some good principles to follow if…

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Indonesia’s Fast-Growing Technology Market Indonesia is exploding. Catch it while you can. Indonesia has quietly become a great place to do business. The country finally seems to have cast off many of the problems that plagued it for years. Investors are starting to notice. Tokopedia recently raised $100 million from Sequoia and Softbank, Zalora raised…

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H1B Visa policy is at an impasse: US is not innovating and companies are going offshore in droves O’Canada and Australia have tested programs we can emulate Solution: Give more H1B visas for technical jobs in rural America Win-Win: Tech companies get more visas, rural America gets more jobs Just a few years back, Paul Graham led a group of venture…

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Investing In Japan II Six Tips for Startups to Invest in Japan Japan perplexes foreigners. Stepping out of Tokyo Station for the first time can feel like landing on the moon. Even those who have lived in Tokyo for years can be overwhelmed by its linguistic and cultural nuances. This kind of culture shock is…

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Most meaningful experience: Traveling the town of Ephesus to see how magnificent the Roman Empire must have been and hanging out with friends. Top tips: Watch the sunrise over Cappadocia during a hot air balloon trip. Explore the hidden dwellings and walkways of the Kaymaklı Underground City. Admire the Byzantine artwork in the rock-cut churches…

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After a whirlwind trip through Turkey, I had two days to pack in as much sightseeing as possible in the enchanting city of Istanbul. If you want to follow in my footsteps and have 48 hours to spare, here are my recommendations. Day 1: Begin your day at the Rustempasa Mosque, which features some of…

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Want to Volunteer in Nepal? Here is a list of non-profits from the embassy. 1. BASE 2. BSP Nepal Biogas Support Programme 3. CEHURDES Center for Human Rights and Democratic Studies 4. CMF Centre for Micro-Finance in Nepal 5. Communicaction Corner 6. CVICT 7. CWIN 8. COPPADES 9. Didibahini 10. Ecohimal 11. Educate the Children…

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