Category archive: Lifestyle

Season end

 

2019 was a bumper snow season and the second year of great snowfalls. With record snowfalls, increased visitor numbers and an extended season, it is no surprise that resort workers have also welcomed its end.  

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Take a leap of faith and mind the gap

Photo credit: Blake Cheek via unsplash.com

Photo credit: Blake Cheek via unsplash.com

Do you like getting out of your comfort zone? Or, do you prefer to stay with your familiar, well known routines? Would you take a leap of faith across a gap in your experience and learning or stay put and consider the chasm as an onlooker? How do you mind the gap?

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The three Rs of healthy aging …

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Photo credit: Helena Lopes via pexels.com

Nobody seems to want to get old … yet it is inevitable. Time slips by …  like sand through the hourglass. Human life expectancy is increasing, so we better get used to getting older for longer and to maintaining our health. A Harvard study gives some useful insights.

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The place we call home

Photo credit: https://www.qualityneedlecraft.co.uk/

Photo credit: https://www.qualityneedlecraft.co.uk

Working overseas opens you up to change. You see new ways of doing things. You experience a new culture. You try a new language. For the time we are there, we call it home. That is, until we move to the next one. In this flexible lifestyle, what do we call home?

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Life as a series of endings and beginnings

Photo by ZHU GUOYONG on Unsplash.com

Photo by ZHU GUOYONG on Unsplash.com

The snow in Hirafu is melting. Green is peeping through the spongey, sodden earth. There are signs of bamboo shoots, dripping roofs and new birds in the trees. It is spring and these are the signs of another ski season ending. Not all endings are so obvious.

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Friday food treat: Shabu shabu

Source: https://hubjapan.io/articles/top-10-tokyo-shabu-shabu-shops-that-make-you-want-more

Source: https://hubjapan.io/articles/top-10-tokyo-shabu-shabu-shops-that-make-you-want-more

Shabu shabu is Japanese hotpot. “Shabu shabu” or “swish swish” is the sound you hear as the meat in this dish is cooked in a boiling pot of broth. 

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Friday food treat: Onigiri

Onigiri

Onigiri is a rice snack available in convenience and other food stores in Japan. It goes by other names as well – o-musubi, nigirimeshi and rice ball. It is a simple but surprisingly tasty thing to eat.

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Friday food treat: Matcha

Source: https://tropeaka.com.au/products/matcha-tea

Source: https://tropeaka.com.au/

Matcha is a form of green tea with a difference. It is a “green tea” flavour that finds its way into tea, ice-cream, cakes and confectionery.

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The first step …

Out of bounds

Out of the structure of organisational life and into the “bubble” of living and working in a ski resort … on the way to having a different and more flexible lifestyle. That was my first step in this endeavour.

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