Writing About Writing: Ten Tips to Write a Book

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To write an 80k word book, you need about 5-600 hours between you and others helping. That’s the time. Cramming it in all at once is painful, so I suggest that you amortize it. Here are my ten tips to write a book. Ten tips to write a book: Find something you care about –…

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Road Trip Across the Southwest

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I never pass up the chance for a good road trip. So after picking up my car in California in August, 2021, I figured it would be a good chance to do a little exploring. I took a road trip across the southwest of the USA. Opting for a southern route across the USA, I…

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Mission Training for Your Startup at Echelon Front FTX

Mission Training for Your Startup  I took a few days in August to join Echelon Front’s FTX 3-day training where the members put into practice Echelon Front principles. I will put these principles into practice as mission training for your startup. Led by Leif Babin and JP Dinnel, we walked — sometimes ran — through…

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Navigate to the Lighthouse Links

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Thank you for reading my book. Navigate to the Lighthouse: A Silicon Valley Guide to Executing Global Deals. Sales Pipeline International Analysis Due Diligence Checklist Corporate Partnership Card Few Japanese Mitsui Slides     Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]

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Trust Your Gut

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Trust Your Gut How do you make decisions? I bet you don’t trust your gut. As highly educated homo sapiens, we are taught to analyze every detail that comes our way. Evolution taught us to overthink relationships, decisions, and ideas as much as the next over-educated person. Do you know what an MBA, CFA, and economics degree taught me?…

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Leadership Principles with the McChrystal Group

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Leadership Principles and Building Resilient Teams with the McChrystal Group Over the last few months, I’ve been studying leadership. I’ve learned a lot from retired Army General Stan McChrystal, and author, podcaster and former Navy SEAL Jocko (more on him soon.) As a result, I’ve gained deep respect for their military achievements, leadership skills, and…

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Learn Jocko’s Leadership Skills and Apply to Your Startup

Jocko’s Leadership Skills Training Course Humility. Balance. Ownership. Teamwork. According to Jocko, these are the four attributes that make a great leader. He learned that at the Battle of Ramadi in Iraq. Now, he shares it with others, so you can learn Jocko’s leadership skills. This is particularly important for entrepreneurs following our KDAlive Entrepreneur…

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THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS ON VALENTINE’S DAY

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THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS ON VALENTINE’S DAY Valentine’s day should be about giving, not receiving; furthermore giving meaningful things not material Valentine’s day is over, I know. But, next year maybe think about how you will change the narrative. On a scale of 1 to 10 that asks about your happiness on valentine’s day, with…

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Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self

Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self (Check in with yourself) Ice Cube sang it and now we should follow his concept to check-in with yourself to measure your well-being. I actually met Ice Cube in an elevator at the Four Season Hotel in Palo Alto.  “You better check yo self before you wreck…

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Don’t Set Goals in 2021

Don’t Set Goals in 2021 Control what you can control; focus on your efforts, not the outcomes. Ultimate Well-Being Program reframes your mind to get excited, be thankful, and recognize accomplishments. I had an interview in late 2019, I really wanted that job, I thought. The recruiter asked me, “Where do you want to be…

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Finding Soul, Non-Profit and Startup Accelerator in Africa Links

Finding Soul, Non-Profit and Startup Accelerator in Africa Links Here is a list of the links of the non-profits and startup accelerators in Africa in the book, Finding Soul: From Silicon Valley to Africa. Editors: Contact Pip here. pipstrickland23@gmail.com Catherine Ann Jones: www.wayofstory.com Africa Non-Profit Links: www.team4tech.org www.kakumaventures.com https://jetprogramusa.org/ leapschools.co.za https://www.soweto.co.za/html/i_overview.htm www.afridive.com www.meltwater.org www.kindleafrica.org www.britannica.com/place/history/benin https://www.statista.com/chart/19068/trans-atlantic-slave-trade-by-country-region/…

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Top 10 Ways for Daily Self-Care

Top 10 Ways for Daily Self-Care Practicing daily self-care is different for everyone-––as it should be. There are simple things we can do to enhance our day to day. Learn more about how we do this at Ultimate Well-Being. Too often, though, harmful practices are labelled as self-care in the name of relaxation or productivity.…

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Mental Well-Being Session 1 Review

Mental Well-Being Session 1 Shakespeare said about the inner mind, “It’s a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” That’s your racket. That’s mental well-being. Let’s begin by establishing some aspects of mental well-being. Prep email: Get a paper/pen. Bring a tennis racket/badminton racket.  Moderator: This is an important section—there…

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Common MisThinkings

Further there are many ‘thinking errors’ or common misthinkings defined by cognitive behavioral therapy as defined in the book ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple’. Here is a list of common misthinkings: Type Description Example Black and white Seeing things in extreme If I do badly on this exam, I’m an idiot Shoulding Way we want…

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Fuel For Ultimate Well-Being

Fuel for Ultimate Well-Being Ultimate well-being relies on the food you eat throughout the day. I’ll be honest. I am terrible at living; you know, the day-to-day. That’s because I spent almost my entire life travelling, working like a fiend, and eating out with people. Then the pandemic hit and SMACK! I had to go…

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Physical Meeting 1 Notes: Achieve Daily Flow

Session #1: Achieve Daily Flow Understanding how discipline creates good habits that improve well-being Physical well-being fundamentally is about the discipline in developing good life habits.  To achieve daily flow, you need balance and you need the right mindset which can only be formed by you and how you go about the day and your…

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Oneness: Creating a Better World in 2021

  Understand Oneness and the pragmatic benefits of spirituality. Ultimate Well-Being shows us that spirituality is a necessary variable in optimizing your well-being. It’s also essential to build a better world in 2021. Clarence and Kurt working on this one. The UWB team often focuses on the pragmatic benefits of spirituality. Oneness is no exception.…

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Try Zen Sports

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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Ways To Meditate Without Just Sitting There

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. Society no longer considers meditation as a religious activity. But despite being eager to reap the rewards of meditation,…

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10 Types of Meditation – And Who They Might Be Good For

10 different types of meditation and who they might be good for

10 Types of Meditation – And Who They Might Be Good For Meditation practice helps you stay strong in the face of negativity and uncertainty. It keeps you calm, rational and grounded under stressful conditions, and improves quality of life in the good times too. Here are 10 different types of meditation to try out…

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Know Thyself to Know What You Want

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Know Thyself to Know What You Want It’s vital to learn about yourself in a changing world. Knowing thyself allows you to adapt to your strengths. There are many ways to learn about yourself including personality tests, family/friend feedback, journaling/writing, and meditation. Know thyself. This ancient Greek aphorism, originally attributed to Socrates, is said to…

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Ultimate Well-Being Success Stories Wall

Want to read about our ultimate well-being success stories? Here a few: Ravi Vemulapalli – VP of Operations; Austin, Texas 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…

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Different Types of Conversations: Casual, Intentful, and Difficult

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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Breaking Out the Career Funk

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Breaking Out the Career Funk I hear a lot of people in the professional world say, “I’m in a career funk.” When you ask them why, they have no answer. What was once excitement is now apathy and a new challenge is now mundane, this is the “career funk.” This not-at-all bad. In fact, we…

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Take Back Control of Your Attention

Take back control of your attention

Take Back Control of Your Attention Make No Mistake, The Biggest Battle in America is for Your Attention The news media wants your attention. Facebook/IG/Snap/TikTok/LinkedIn want your attention. I want your attention! You get so used to being distracted that you can’t even focus on those around you. Do you find yourself struggling with time…

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The Power of Mindfulness and Types of Meditation

The Power of Mindfulness and different types of meditation

The Power of Mindfulness and Types of Meditation Learn about the power of mindfulness, and the different types of mediation in order to increase your mental well-being The ability of our minds to do what we want them to do, and not do what we don’t want them to do, is maddeningly elusive. Anyone who…

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What is Conditioning?

What is Conditioning?

What is Conditioning? Learn about conditioning and how it impacts your mental well-being. From the moment we are born, conditioning begins. We constantly have experiences that give rise to thoughts, feelings and emotions. Based on these we form conscious ideas, and subconscious or even unconscious mental patterns, which in turn drive our behavior. At any…

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Politics and Happiness: Don’t Let Politics Derail Your Happiness

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Don’t Let Politics Derail Your Happiness The intersection of politics and happiness can affect your well-being. Don’t let it. You’re enjoying some much-needed social interaction after a long quarantine. Everything’s going great until somebody brings up politics—blame or praise of a certain elected official, perhaps, or a brazen view on sensitive issues.  Suddenly your blood…

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Learn about Sleep Hygiene for Your Physical Well-Being

Learn about Sleep Hygiene for Your Physical Well-Being Do you really know if you are sleeping well? What are your nighttime habits? The practice of sleep hygiene means setting up the optimal conditions for your head to hit the pillow and go straight out, rather than tossing, turning, and stressing through the night.  The first…

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Learn about Chronic Illness and Physical Well-Being

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Learn About Chronic Illness and Physical Well-Being Illness in any form has profound impact on physical well-being. How do we deal with this? Chronic illness is subtly yet profoundly devastating. It wreaks havoc on a person’s body, mind, livelihood, relationships and happiness. In particular, diseases not able to be properly diagnosed, treated or cured by…

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Learn about Body Image and Physical Well-Being

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Learn about Body Image and Physical Well-Being Body image is how you view and perceive your physical self, but it is just that—an image, a snapshot that only offers one perspective. Where one person sees beauty, another may see ugliness or nothing special at all. That is perception at work. Sadly, our body image is…

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Top 10 Jedi Mind Tricks For Mental Well-Being

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Top 10 Jedi Mind Tricks For Mental Well-Being Use Jedi Mind Tricks to eliminate negative thoughts. From positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy, we’ve devised these quick tips for you. Do you ever have a negative thought that you cannot eradicate? Does too much work cause an overhang of stress? Do you get set off…

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Physical Well-Being: Adjustment & Action

physical well-being, women warming up to run

Physical Well-Being: Adjustment & Action As we progress through successive stages, you will begin to take charge of your physical well-being and use it as a tool to boost Ultimate Well-being. Now we will employ key practices like IF/Then, Habit Stacking, Pomodoro Technique and more. Adjustment You are putting in a lot of hard work…

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Physical Well-Being: Awareness,Understanding & Acceptance

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Physical Well-Being: Awareness, Understanding & Acceptance Physical well-being encompasses the body or wellness, life, and work. Now that sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? It’s something you already do but most of it, you don’t think about it. One of the key facets of UWB is developing awareness and taking a chaotic, confused life and…

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The Science of Spirituality and Spiritual Well-Being

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The Science of Spirituality KDAlive preaches spirituality as a core tenet of Ultimate Well-Being. “How can I believe something I can’t prove? you ask yourself. “How can I quell my fears and anxieties?” You are up late at night. You can’t sleep with life’s big questions floating through your head. Unlike measuring nutrition or tracking…

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The Pursuit of Happiness, Together

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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Emplasticity: Layers of Empathy

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Emplasticity: Three Layers of Empathy Empathy, we’ve all heard, “Put yourself in another’s shoes.” But do we ever really do this? I know I haven’t. For many years I was a tourist, just looking out the window as the car drives by impoverished places, taking pictures of the situation only to go back to the…

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Top Ten Ways to Make a Better World Post Covid-19

Top Ten Ways to Make a Better World Post Covid-19 How can the Covid-19 pandemic possibly make a better world in the future? Last week we talked about how the Covid-19 pandemic has already caused changes in the American workplace and the future of working from home. This week, we want to talk about how…

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Silicon Valley Can Re-Make the American Workplace

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), Racism, and Ultimate Well-Being

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

Speak with Wisdom and Intent Communication is essential. I recently went to a workshop in Spirit Rock that helped me articulate myself with sageness and purpose. This knowledge emerged from the spiritual writer Donald Rothberg who taught me the value of communication with intent. Communication can affect your well-being, but did anyone ever tell you how…

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Isolation Guide #6: Spirituality to Feed the Soul

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

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Isolation Guide #5: Connected “Alone Together”

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

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

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 Stadiums

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: A Magical and Mystical Island in Japan

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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Need Supplies (PPE) or Donate / Give Supplies (PPE)

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

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: Physical Best Practices

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

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?

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

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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Learn from Oprah Winfrey: Be the Highest and Truest Form of Yourself

Oprah Winfrey Wellness Tour

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

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Connecting Authentically with Great Conversations

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 Traveling with a Date for the First Time

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

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

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

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 Take Back Christmas In America

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

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 Review in Canada

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

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’s How.

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

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: Take It Easy

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 Kakuma Refugee Camp

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

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: Juneau and Seward

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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What I learned Visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico

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 Travel Tip / Things To Do In Nairobi

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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Top 10 things to do in Singapore

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

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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The Emerging Startup Scene in the “Lone Star State”

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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Trekking to Everest Base Camp Day 5 – Descent

Mount Everest: Trekking from Day 5 to Descent  Reaching the Summit with Friends was our Pinnacle Check out the first 4 days here. http://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

  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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Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp Days 1-4

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, the Iceman

  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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10 Things I Learned from the WimHoff Method

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. http://kdalive.com/discovering-the-multi-pronged-wellness-approach-of-wim-hof-the-iceman/ 1. Meditation…

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How to Travel With Someone

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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The Advantages of Traveling Alone

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 in Action

    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

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?

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My Top Izakayas in Tokyo

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Ghana: Exploring Around Ghana, Cape Coast, and Volta Region

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Australia’s East Coast

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On Time

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Seeing the Face of Hard Work and determination of the Batwa People in Rural Uganda

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Top 10 Africa Travel Tips

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Negotiation Strategy: Find the Opportunity in Differences

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An Intro to Yoga & Meditation the Isha Institute in Tennessee

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A Zimbabwean Student’s Journey to Silicon Valley

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What Tim Cook said at Duke’s Graduation May, 2018

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Living Life on Purpose Workshop

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The Incredible Diversity of India

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Brazil: Getting Acquainted with Rio & Heading South

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Brazil: Arriving in Rio & Tiradentes

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Mestizo Paraguay: Two Cities

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Why Visit Paraguay? A Unique History

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Chile – Beauty, Art, and Good Times

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A Soul-Liberating Experience in Malawi

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Argentina: Buenos Aires and Patagonia

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Capetown

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Ugandan Encounters: Exploring outside of Kampala

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Run With and Like The Kenyans

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Discovering Mugabe’s legacy in Zimbabwe

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A Journey of Discovery on South Africa’s East Coast, the Wild Coast

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10 things I learned by observing Ramadan as a non-Muslim

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Foreign Investment and Entrepreneurs in Zambia’s Startup Ecosystem

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Overland Trip: Zambia to South Africa Trip Dossier

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Solo Adventure Hiking Mount Kenya

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Volunteering in Kenya

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Nairobi: The epicenter for East African Growth and Investment.

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A Glimpse into the History of Johannesburg and Legacy of Mandela

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Togo – Border to Border Beach Country

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Mozambique: The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

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VolunTourism: In Africa

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Swaziland: Rich Culture and Friendly, Talkative People

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The Future of Virtual Reality as seen by Students in South Africa

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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Nigeria: Hustling from Yaba to Makoko

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Lesotho: Blood Diamond Profits for Cheap Labor

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Lesotho – The Adventure and Magical Kingdom in the Sky

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Volunteering in a Township Outside Johannesburg, South Africa

students in Pretoria creating a business plan

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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Joshua Tree

Just a 2 hour drive from LAX, Joshua Tree is a place everyone should visit. The drive on the way is through the windmill laced desert and mountains of southern California. One can stop off the highway and visit different reservoirs or natural parks. We stopped in Yucca Valley which had little, but to note,…

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Alcatraz Swim for Sight 2016

Today we participated in the 5th annual Alcatraz Swim for Sight, started by Ron and Lorie Hirson. Lorie suffers from a very rare eye disease that is causing her to go blind. This event is led by them and sponsored for thatmanmaysee.org. The day starts at 530AM where we register for the swim, get ready,…

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Italian: A comparison of my favorite places

Italian: A Comparison of My Favorite Places Don’t miss the Italian restaurants in Japan! I always tell people that the best Italian food is in Japan. In fact, I have Italian people who often tell me the same. Of course, this may not be true but I have yet to have an Italian meal that…

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Top Places to Eat in Ishigaki City, Okinawa

Top Places To Eat In Ishigaki City, Okinway Ishigaki has some great places to eat. The village is a fun and festive atmosphere welcoming to foreigners. Enjoy your time there. Ishigaki Village: This is a fun area in the middle of Ishgaki. The yakitori skewers tell the story. Tuna Speciality: Today Lets eat in Tokyo…

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Fried Cheese Banana

In Indonesia and Malaysia, a popular dessert is fried banana with melted cheese. It sounds terrible for western palettes but it’s not bad actually! Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]

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Traveling Indonesia for 30 Days of Adventure

Traveling Indonesia for 30 Days I took a trip around Indonesia for 30 days and here is what I discovered Most meaningful experience: Making the challenging, three-day trek to the summit of Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island. Top Tips: Go freediving with the team at Fusion Freediving in Amed or venture to Labuanbajo to dive…

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What to do in the Ishigaki Islands?

What To Do In The Ishigaki Islands? One of my favorite trips in all of Japan was to the Ishigaki Islands. It’s one of the highlights of Japan. If you go to Japan, I highly recommend the flight here.  Fly into Ishigaki and enjoy the small city, great food, and local atmosphere. There is a…

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Singapore’s Government Funded Innovation

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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Southern BBQ at Hato’s Bar

Southern BBQ at Hato’s Bar This may be the best southern BBQ you can get anywhere. Slow cooked BBQ meets Japanese fine dining. South Carolina pulled pork, Texas Briscuit, Kansas ribs, Mac n cheese, OMG.  We celebrated Chris’s graduation ftom Duke MBA. Pictures tell the rest. http://hatosbar.org/top/ Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average:…

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What is Kakigori? Shaved Ice

What Is Kakigori? Kakigori is one of my favorite desserts. This place had a long line of college students. It is located in  Meijiro Station. It gets a #2 rating for Kakigori. http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1305/A130502/13003855/ Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]

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Top 10 Things Japan Does Best

Top 10 Things Japan Does Best As I leave Japan after almost 3 years, this is my top 10 list. Many know that Japan excels in a variety of products and technology such as trains, cars, cuisine (www.eatintokyo.com – my food blog) , and whiskey. But there are more. After living here three years – and departing…

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Turkey Mobile Payments: From Gold Coins to Carrier Billing

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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Create a Startup State: What American Politicians can learn from Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland

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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Defining the Sales and Business Development Roles in a Startup

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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Crepes: Breizh Cafe Creperie from Paris

Crepes: Breizh Cafe Creperie from Paris This is a famous crepes chain found only in Paris and Tokyo. After Maisen you can walk there in Omotesando. http://www.le-bretagne.com About: The first Creperie in Japan Galette Bertrand Larcher who, like traditional crepes, was born in Bretagne, has introduced the Galette to Japan at Japan’s first Creperie, Cafe-Creperie…

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Transformation at the Hoffman Institute & Process

Transformation at the Hoffman Institute & Process The 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. The transformation at the Hoffman Institute is a paradigm shift. My career and relationship coach, Tessa advised me…

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Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia with Maximilian in September, 2014

Most meaningful experience: Learning about the deep history and culture of Russia. Top tips: – Mingle with Moscow’s elite at Café Pushkin. – Get an education into Russian art at the Tretyakov Gallery and explore the art galleries of the Hermitage Museum. – Make a day trip from St. Petersburg to the lavish Peterhof Palace,…

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What is Tsukemen?つけ麺はなんでしょうか

What Is Tsukemen? Most people who have not lived in Japan do not know what Tsukemen is. Tsukemen is a Japanese noodle dish consisting of ramen which is eaten after dipping in a separate bowl of soup. The soup is thick and should be appreciated.  If ramen is the perfect choice during cold seasons, tsukemen…

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The Only Chicken Ramen – Torisoba ラーメンBAR 鶏そば

The Only Chicken Ramen – Torisoba Finding chicken soup in Tokyo is not easy but just next to my apartment is a fantastic chicken based noodle soup / ramen store. The owner spent time in LA and even speaks some English. My favorite dish is the house special soba with chicken, half cooked egg, and…

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American Bistro ‘Towers’ – Higashi Azabu

American Bistro ‘Towers’  In Higashi Azabu Towers restaurant is across the street from my apartment. They do an American bistro with a variety of chili, chicken, vegetables like Okra and beets, and an amazing Aussie filet. They also have a great lunch salad and chicken over rice (not chinese style).  They are also very friendly…

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Malaysia: Penang, Malacca, and Georgetown

Most meaningful experience: Learning about the diverse history of Malacca and Georgetown. Cooking Class in Penang! Eating, eating and eating – the hawker stalls in Malacca and Georgetown are sensational! Top tips: – Get lost in the bustling streets of Malacca’s Chinatown and admire the diverse architecture along Harmony Street. – Learn about Penang’s unique…

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Sweet Potato Truck

Sweet Potato Truck They drive around time in the winter selling sweet potatoes. Catch them if you can! Click to rate this post! [Total: 0 Average: 0]

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Lunch Time: 京王駅弁大会ーLunch Box Competition

Lunch Time Lunch Box Competition 先週末京王百貨店で第51回お弁当大会がおこなわれています。全国から上手いお弁当作れる人がそこに来て、美味しいものを競争していました。去年の一位は北陸新幹線駅から高級魚のどぐろと、かに、といくらです。今年の一番は北海道から大玉ほたてたっぷりうにです。あまりに美味しくて手に負けなくて5代もお弁当を食べました。ローストビーフすしや、ステーキとご飯やかにめしも食べました。大好物はスモークさばでご飯と魚が詰め込んであります、つまり押し寿司である。最後はデザートです。二層で分けたクリームパステルを食べて、一つは牛乳クリーム、もう一つは卵クリーム。その混ぜたものが超美味しかったです。ぜひぜひ時間があれば行ってください。 Last weekend, my friends an I went to the Train Station Lunchbox Competition. Obento shops from all around Japan came to join the competition. My favorite was the smoked salmon and the uni, scallop, ikura bowl. If you get the chance, please go. 味しかったです。ぜひぜひ時間があれば行ってください。   Click to rate this…

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#1 Curry and Japanese Curry History: もうやんカレーと日本カレーの歴史

#1 Curry and Japanese Curry History もうやんカレーと日本カレーの歴史 僕が東京の中で一番好きなカレーはもうやんカレーです。四種類の味から選べるカレーの食べ放題です。1。豚 2。辛い豚 3。牛肉 4。激辛のトッピング。食べ放題には野菜、鶏肉、サラダがあります。カレーが好きなら、ぜひ行ってみてください。 明治時代にイギリス人からカレーが紹介されました。そのあいだに英国はインドを占領している。当時はイギリス人シェフがイギリスの鍋物と香辛料とインドのカレーを混ぜて洋風のカレーを発明しました。日本海軍が英国海軍よりカレーを採用しました。時間の経過とともに徐々に流行っていき。60年代に本当に人気になりました。いまではカレーは伝統的な和食と言われています。 http://s.tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1303/A130301/13090209/ Mouyan Curry is our favorite curry in Tokyo so far.  It is a very simple, all you can eat buffet with four types of curry: 1. Pork 2. Spicy Pork 3. Beef 4. Spicy .  You can also pick different types of vegetables and salad.…

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Myanmar’s Magic

Most meaningful experience: Taking a long train ride – just once – gave me a chance to see the countryside of Myanmar and appreciate the bullet trains of Asia. Watching people live on Inle Lake was magestic. Developing a new relationship with Wayne and Amber was special. Top tips:     •    Explore the…

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Re-Visiting Vietnam: 15 Years Later

Visiting Vietnam 15 Years Later Vietnam is an exciting country in terms of economic development and food Most meaningful experience: I visited Vietnam again in November, 2015 – more than 10 years after my last trip. Seeing the economic growth and the potential for more excited me. Spending time with new and old friends. Sleeping…

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My Day At Wimbledon 2010

I started my day off at 5AM to get the tube to Wimbledon but the tube didn’t open till 6AM. So I killed an hour with work. After alighting at the tube stop, I caught a bus as instructed. The bus’s 2nd stop was Wimbledon Stadium. I was watching everyone on the bus but no…

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Reunion at Davidson +15

Paul’s blog post inspired me to write a quick note about my thoughts of our reunion weekend and reflections of Davidson College. I do agree with Paul that I wish we were able to find a way to keep in touch more regularly with Davidson friends and acquaintances. Even with increasing communication mediums like Skype,…

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Religion, Business, and History in Egypt

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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Dobré Ráno Prague – October 5-7, 2014

The way Dobré Ráno rolls off your tongue sounds very Spanish. Prague had a bit of romanticism that I did not expect from the Bohemian City. Interspersed in the old architecture were gardens, fountains, and nice restaurants. On my flight to Moscow, the Russian sitting next to me described Prague as an entire city that…

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Trip to Buda-pessht – October 3rd, 2014

Buda-Pessht (BP) or Pessht – Buda One side of the Danube is Buda and the other is Pessht. The Pesst side call itself Pessht-Buda and the Buda side calls itself, Buda-Pessht. Buda has the history and magnificence while Pessht has the future and the day to day. That difference conveys how I felt about my…

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24 Hrs in Bratislava – October 4-5, 2014

Most meaningful experience: Meeting some young startup guys at a bar talking about mobile startups. Top tips: Wander through the historic old town and soak up the views from the Bratislava Castle Check out the “Man at work” bronze statue of a sewer worker emerging from the pavement Sample the local craft beers, including the…

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Siargao Island, Undiscovered Philippines During New Years

Undiscovered Siargao Island – Surf, Singing, and Scary Typhoon 2014 Siargao (Shar Gaw) Island is a beautiful destination for tourists who like to go out of the way, explore remote places, and enjoy surfing / kitesurfing South East Asia is an incredibly popular tourist destination, and I often hear from people about their beach party…

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Denmark: Daintiness, Designs, and Delectables

Denmark is a city for people with tastes of delectable design and dainty appetites. In only two days, i had a wonderful experience traversing through the city, peeping in small shops, and experiencing the cities first snowfall – which was strange since it was the last week of January. Again, just another example of the…

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Israel: From Jaffa to Jerusalem

Traveling Through Israel:Jaffa to Jerusalem Visiting Israel is an exciting religious, cultural, and overall powerful experience Most Meaningful Experience: Meeting new friends and getting to know the Israel scene Most meaningful experience: The tour of Jerusalem showed me that people are very passionate about their beliefs but its possible to exist together. The city is…

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How to Make Homemade Okonomiyaki

How To Make Homemade Okonomiyaki A Japanese Recipe from my friend, Itoh-san Itoh-san is my friend of over 15 years when we met in Osaka. He has always been the Okonimyaki cooking master and last week we had Okonomiyaki cooking day.  It was better than its ever been. Ingredients: Eggs Okonomiyaki powder mix (flour and…

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Reunion at Davidson +15

Paul’s blog post inspired me to write a quick note about my thoughts of our reunion weekend and reflections of Davidson College. I do agree with Paul that I wish we were able to find a way to keep in touch more regularly with Davidson friends and acquaintances. Even with increasing communication mediums like Skype,…

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Seasonal Change of the Fish – Sashimi

Seasonal Change of the Fish – Sashimi One thing you may notice when living in Japan is the seasonal chang of types of sushi or sashimi. This is best exemplified by the Edo Period “Hatsumono” Fish Calendar to demonstrate how food changes every season in Japan.  Before you go, make sure to check out which…

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How to Make Mochi

How To Make Mochi Step By Step How to make Mochi: 餅の作り方 Last week, I learned how to make Mochi. Across Japan at festivals, there is often a mochi-making session. Try to search this down and participate. Step 1: Get mochi rice and add a bit of water Step 2: Beat it with a big mallet…

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Asian Mobile Game Developers Coming to the West in 2015

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 + 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

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

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

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 in Japan

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

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

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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Part I: Six Reasons Startups Should Invest in Japan

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 Arabia — A Secret Mecca for Consumer Technology Companies

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

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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What I learned Taking German Colleagues to a Golden State Warriors Game

What I Learned Taking German Colleagues to a Basketball Game  Sport can bridge the differences in working with different cultures  Most Meaningful Experience: Everyone loves Stephen Curry The Warriors are in the middle of an amazing run, and I was lucky enough to host some of my German colleagues at against the Memphis Grizzlies last…

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Skiing and Snowboarding in Japan – Outside Hokkaido

Skiing and Snowboarding In Japan – Outside Hokkaido After numerous trips to Japan to go skiing, I often get asked about the places to go. So I thought I’d put together a short guide on my top picks for Japanese ski resorts. Aside from Niseko in Hokkaido (which offers some of the best skiing in…

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Learnings from RURU — Mobile Payments in Russia

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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