Peach and Blueberry Pound Cake

Yesterday, I baked Donal Skehan’s Peach and Blueberry Pound Cake! This will be the last cake I bake at this flat, so I wanted to bake something special. The reason why I chose this cake was that by chance I found some ripe peaches at a supermarket. It’s always a success when I decide on […]

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Week 113: Milestone – Analytical Framework

I am writing this post on my new MacBook Air! Very light to carry, and typing feels good. 🙂   There are lots of milestones in the process of writing a PhD thesis. In Week 113, it feels like I’ve finally got to the stage that I’ve struggled to reach for the past nine months. […]

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Worth to try – When I applied for a teaching position

I just want to share some positive thoughts about job applications! In December 2018, I applied for my current teaching position in London. When I read an article to recruit a teaching staff at a university, the application deadline was already two weeks passed. But it still had a direct email address and a name […]

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‘Easy Japanese’ as a common language with foreigners in Japan

I could not agree more with the idea of ‘easy Japanese’ as a common language between native and non-native speakers in Japan. In Tokyo, the Mainichi Newspapers Co. will host a symposium on this topic in March. The focus will be the acceptance of foreign workers and language in the context of Japan’s employment situation […]

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Week 112: Promotion

Luca has received a job promotion to a management role in the public sector he works for! I am more than happy to know that his hard work was finally acknowledged and that it paid off. Over the past year, he has had a very tough time at work, physically and mentally, in providing a […]

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Notes on Open-mindedness

Since posting on Trust and Communication Skills last time, I’ve had some responses to the post, with people around me saying ‘I love it!’ It was also nice that some old friends messaged me after seeing my post on Facebook and we rebuilt a connection. When blogging, I sometimes worry about how my readers feel […]

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