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4 Countries To Visit If You’re In Asia

4 Countries To Visit If You’re In Asia

Being on a plane or on a train, they will always bring upon new memories and interesting adventures. For a traveler it feels like being on a constant treasure hunt. Despite the mainstream reasons of self-discovery and liberation, travelling encompasses even more.

Being half Asian and half African gave me a chance to enjoy various cultures plus growing up in Malaysia, I was in the center point for all Asian countries. From a very young age I was constantly exposed to travelling and different cultures hence change never surprised me.

However, I recently realized the difference in opinions and skepticism regarding travelling to other continents. It was surprising hence I thought I would shed some light to one of my favorite continents regarding a few countries one should visit.

Its summer and if you’re looking for a cheap getaway then this is it.

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1.Japan- Land of Food, Culture and Nature.

Japan has been a country famous for its outrageous style, beautiful nature, freshest of fish and anime’s. That nation has been an example for hard work, perseverance and success throughout history. Tokyo, the capital of this wonderland is the home for the new generation of fashion and style while also becoming the nation’s capital for food and culture.

Fugu one of the most delicate cuisine is served by the highly qualified chefs of Japan. These Chefs are from the highest class and belong to the 35% of those who passed. Fugu being the most dangerous yet sought after dish in the world is among the arrays of Japanese cuisine and fishes. If you’re a fan of fish, food and people this is one place to visit and if you happen to pass by the Harajuku train station make sure to visit the Michelin Star sushi restaurant, even if you don’t get to enjoy the meal at least you can watch him preparing one.

Sakura’s or Cherry Blossoms have been the highlight of Japanese culture for years, we see them in brochures, advertisements, movies and anime’s. It’s been embedded in our souls that Japanese is surrounded by this beautiful romantic flowers and this has aided to the large Japanese wedding industry.  Every Spring has become an attraction for people from all around the world to have their dream kimono wedding beneath the sea of Sakura’s. Hence, even if it’s too late to watch the Sakura’s be sure to catch the beautiful view from Mount Fuji and all the scenic nature.

So if you’re planning to head to Japan this year, make sure to enjoy your adventures with a fine glass of Sake.

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2.Taiwan – The Bridge Between Wild Night and Wild Life.

Individuality depends on one’s perspective, it defines us and defines our principals, likes and dislikes. This same concept defines our preferred vacation and what we would like to see. When you speak of Asia, you’ll find a huge bridge between the young and the old. You’ll notice the wild souls of the young doesn’t match the calm and centered souls of the old.

In a world where taboos are the dividend within culture, Taiwan has surpassed all the odds and bridged both the old and new together. Taipei the nation’s capital has become the hub spot of the latest night life and entertainment. It allows the young to enjoy a cultural form of night life and fun. Therefore, becoming the colorful neon city we have all known it for.

On the other side, for those nature enthusiasts there are amazing rainforest and beautiful mountains to take upon a hiking challenge. Among the countries national treasures are its amazing flora and fauna as well as its beautiful temples. For many this temple becomes a meditation spot and a place of self-discovery.

Therefore, if you’re heading to Taiwan make sure to indulge in the street cuisine before heading for a wild adventure.

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3.India – An Alice in Wonderland.

Alice’s Wonderland is the perfect description for India. For those who are planning to travel to India, then the time between April till the end of August is a terrible idea for a visit.as the heat and humidity will make your travel a nightmare. So always plan your trip to India a year ahead.

However, despite the heat and humidity and its imperfections, India has one of the most welcoming population in the world. From its Kumbha Mela in Varanasi where you get to see all form of holy processions till it’s beautiful mountain tops, India will definitely guarantee you an adventure. However, one must always remember India offers different experience in each state, the states in the North offer a more quiet, mature and historic experience while the states in the South from Kerala to Chennai offer a variety of colors, music, spiciness and intuitive adventure.

You’ll find women tying sari’s cook the most divine food and street cuisine as equivalent as a 5 Star meal. Hence if you’re heading to India, make sure to enjoy the spicy food as much as you enjoy an adventure. As you reach the end of your trip, you might have just been part of a whole new wonderland.

4.Bhutan- Being Calm Is a Way of Life.

Our lives are filled with hassle and stress, despite various articles suggesting otherwise, the truth is we are all stressed to a certain extent. We all want to achieve certain things in life and motivational quotes makes us push harder and faster. We never stop to catch a breath until we are absolutely forced to take one.

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If that’s the case, then Bhutan is the place to be. Bhutan is a land locked country with around 700000 to 800000 inhabitants. It’s a country is small in size but huge in character and beliefs towards calmness and balance of the universe. Interestingly, they are also the biggest followers of the Phallic religion, which features the male genitalia. It represents fertility, growth and prosperity hence if you’re lucky you might catch the once in a life time parade.

Apart from that, you’ll also be able to enjoy beautiful nature and interesting cuisines, that represent their culture and heritage. However, do keep in mind to always respect their traditions and beliefs as it’s the core of their lives.

Asia is an amazing continent, full of surprises, good food and various culture hence this places are a handful of names from my experience. However, if you would prefer to visit other parts of Asia there are various channels that could offer you great help.

Travelling is an amazing feeling, do experience it to the fullest.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

“We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

1. Take a step back and evaluate

When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
  3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
  4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
  5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

4. Process your thoughts/emotions

Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

  1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
  2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
  3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
  4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

5. Acknowledge your thoughts

Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

6. Give yourself a break

If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

As Helen Keller once said,

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

  1. What’s the situation?
  2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
  3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
  4. Take action on your next steps!

After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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