What first comes into your mind when you heard the word Thailand? To me, I immediately imagine myself lying on my back in a calm beach, all alone in a secluded island with crashing waves and birds chirping through the morning. Yes, it's no longer a secret that Thailand is widely known for its gorgeous beaches evenly spread throughout the country's coastline, making it one of the main attraction for travelers all over the world.
Who would have thought that one can find Grand Canyon in the little semi-county of Taiwan? Dubbed as the Taiwanese Grand Canyon, Taroko Gorge National Park is one of Taiwan's most beautiful sightings.
Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka -- the path that everyone follows when having a trip to Japan. Those cities are basically proof of how beautiful Japan is as a country of travel destination, feeding you with a glimpse of how perfectly-blended Japan is in terms of modernity and cultural richness. But what if I tell you that there's a lot more to the country than just the trinity? In the corners of Japan, you can find cities with breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Within the center region of Japan, you can find Winter Wonderland and tall, high shrines you can't possibly find elsewhere. And even a lot more. I'm here to share with you the places you need to visit in order to have a well-rounded trip to the Land of Rising Sun.
Planning a trip to The Holy Grail of Asia? Great, you couldn't have made a better decision! Japan is by far the best Asian country I have ever traveled to. The country is basically a well-blended mix of gorgeous sightings, tasty authentic food, diverse form of natural beauty and exceptionally unique but warm culture and social norms. Located in East Asia, Japan sits in the Pacific Ocean, which contributes to its marvelous beauty of every season. However, travelling to Japan during each of the four seasons will need different kind of preparation. Regardless of that, I'm here to share with you the basic tips that you need to be aware of as a traveler, to ensure that you will have a pleasant trip to the number one must-visit country in Asia.
The question I would like to discuss with you today is “Is it okay if I'm not interested in dating?" A question that haunts the single population of the world. In general, there are two types of single people. The first type consists of people who are single because they haven’t found a good match yet, while the second type consists of people who are single because they are not looking. Now, if you have ever wondered why you don’t have any interest in dating as much as everybody else, then you probably belong to the second group. And while initially it doesn’t seem like a problem for you, doubts start to rise as you get older and your friends are slowly moving to a new phase of life, where they are finally ready for commitment in a long term relationship. One by one, your friends are getting married. All of a sudden, people start asking you annoying questions like “Why are you still single?” or “By when do you plan to be married?” or even something like “Hey, I know someone who might be good for you. You want me to set you up?” And just like that, those family events, work parties and social gatherings suddenly don’t feel as interesting anymore.
The question I would like to discuss with you today is “What is the right way to read food packaging?”. This one might not be one of the most popular questions out there, but it sure is a good thing to know to help us be more mindful of what we eat and ensure a great diet. My whole life, I have been very passionate about food. Well, not in the “I can eat anything” kind of way, although, sometimes it is. But, more in the “I want to understand how food is made and the impact towards human nutrition” kind of way. However, most people haven't realized that food literacy and safety measures are not just for the passionate ones like me. It is for everyone.
The question I would like to discuss with you today is “Am I too independent?”. Yes, we’ve all been there. We all have probably questioned our dependency towards other people. Am I too independent, or am I too dependent? We are social creatures. We rely on interaction with other people, in fact, our lives actually depend on it. But just like any other manners, there are two possible extremities that come with it: whether it's too much, or it's too little. Along with advancement of technology and resources available to everyone, the society is now inclining towards a higher appreciation towards people who have the capability to independently achieve their goals. To us, it shows strength.
The question I would like to discuss with you today is “How can I be more optimistic?”. One of the ultimate questions out there. As we are all aware, everything in this world has its pros and cons. It is not a perfect world after all. We call someone an optimist, if their default way of thinking makes them see every situation or event for the pros before the cons. While for pessimists, it is simply the opposite. There is this long held belief in the society that puts optimists as better than pessimists, primarily because they are strongly associated with contentment and gratefulness considering they tend to focus more on the good side of things. However, before asking yourself how to be more optimistic, I want you to firstly make sure that you are not actually buying this belief, and trying to change yourself to be more optimistic just because of this.
The question I would like to discuss with you today is “Is clean eating important for our health?”. As we move rapidly into a new era where digital literacy and fluency grows exponentially, humans are given the easy access to a plethora of information from all over the world. All accessible in just one click. So far, we have been reaping a lot of benefits that come with this wonderful advancement, one that is characterized by the development of “smart” society with strong consciousness about life. And sure enough, without us noticing, it is impacting multiple aspects of human life. Health is one of them.
The question I would like to discuss with you today is “Why is it impossible to break the ice with him?”. It’s safe to say that all of us might have experienced a situation of social awkwardness. Whether it was at a friend’s work party with no one we know, or a baby shower with plenty of new parents except you, we have been in a situation where we just simply feel that we don’t belong. It’s not like we didn’t try - we tried to start up a conversation and perhaps try to make some friends, but somehow we can barely get past the awkwardness, let alone breaking the ice. It just didn’t click. And then, we ended up hiding in the corner while eagerly looking forward to the end of the party. Well, in this episode, let’s figure out how we can tackle this kind of situation and prevent it from going the same way as how it used to go.
The question I would like to discuss with you today is “How much money should I spare for shopping?”. A pretty unique topic, huh? I do understand that not everyone is keen in answering this, simply because not all people like shopping. But just like any other activity, shopping can be a priority for some people, and barely a thing for some. Today’s episode is specifically made to help you who belong to the former type.
The question I would like to discuss with you today is “Why do they get offended with my jokes?”. Well, if you have a similar sense of humor as me, this question has probably popped in your mind several times now. At first, I thought it was because of my sarcasm. We can’t deny the fact that sarcasm is not well received by all people, and some even dislike hanging out with sarcastic people. But what I actually found is that when we are talking about sarcasm, we are talking about something that is more than just a habit; it is a character. And just like any other human character, eventually people get used to it, assuming that the relationship with that particular person gets stronger and deeper over time.
The question I would like to discuss with you today is “Why is there a person as mean as him?”. This one is a tough one to answer, since as we all probably know, it is pretty difficult to isolate a single factor that causes the development of a spiteful behavior towards other people. In other words, answering this question is a bit like digging up a time capsule that has been hidden from decades ago in the ground. You have to do it one scoop at a time consistently to unveil every layer beneath it. Here are the multiple layers that you need to unveil, to finally discover the reason why someone acts in a certain behavior. And after that, perhaps, make some changes.
The question I would like to discuss with you today is “Is the act of giving that important?”. Well, by this point, I think all of us have witnessed how the act of giving comes naturally to a certain group of people. Basically, they like giving. However, it might not come as naturally to some people. Those who belong to the latter probably ask this question more often than the others. I am here to tell you that it is perfectly normal to ask this question to yourself. People come in different shapes and sizes, not just from the outside but also from the inside. So, not everyone is a natural philanthropist like some of our friends or family. And you know what? Me neither.