Argument: Why Work in Japan vs. Why Not?

Nov 8th, 2016 Articles

This article is based on my talk with my friend, who was about to graduate at the time, about him working in Japan after graduation. I gave a lot of good explanation about the merits and demerits for both working in Japan or not. This blog post is specific to people who studied in Japanese universities and speak Japanese (to an extent). For us, international…

How to cool down and understand negative feelings

Feb 12th, 2016 Articles

Did it ever occur to you why people get angry? frustrated? feel helpless and all these other negative emotions? It is mostly because of certain factors, at that time, that invoked those emotions. We all understand that, but most commonly people get trapped in those emotions that result in negative situations, and thus a negative life. I’ll try to explain how to deal with such…

Accelerate your learning for new languages

Feb 5th, 2016 Articles

Disclaimer Nothing is scientifically approved here (or I didn’t research it to be specific). This is my own experience and it worked with me and many of my friends.   This article is rather a maniac one. I completely improvised and used this technique on myself long time ago to accelerate my learning of Japanese. To get to the point: the fastest way to learn how…

Things you want to observe and learn as a foreign new grad in a Japanese company

Jan 29th, 2016 Articles

One of my dear friends in Japan is graduating this April, and is seeking some advice on what to do and what to learn after entering the company he’ll work for after his graduation. My general advice is to observe, engage, and learn. We can separate the learning process into two categories; tangibles and non-tangibles. Hence, what this article is about. (with a couple of extra…

Why I won the speech contest

Jan 15th, 2016 Articles

“次はアーリフ・ムタズさんです。「名前珍しいですね!」というタイトルです” (Next up is Mutaz Arif, the title is “your name is pretty rare!”) The hall went silent. More than 100 pair of eyes are starring at me as I steadily walk toward the podium. I momentarily give no shit about the audience and setup my iPad and the mic so I can have a smooth speech. I decided I should go army style so I…

Thoughts about the get better mindset – My experience in High School in the US

Jan 8th, 2016 Articles

I wrote this article after I just got off watching this great and important video for Heidi Grant Halvorson in 99u. (that was back in March 2015) Heidi Grant Halvorson: The Incredible Benefits of a “Get Better” Mindset She was talking about “be good mindsets” and “get better mindset”. Summarizing those will be as follow: – be good mindset is all about only looking at the final goal,…

The Difference Between Western and Japanese Email

Dec 30th, 2015 Articles

One of my Senpais (Senpai [先輩]: Senior), just out of the blue the other day showed me this image and asked me what would be my explanation. My answer is as below. I’ll try to be unbiased in explaining this.   The short answer There is a social template that the Japanese cannot defy due to some cultural and mental restrictions. Whilst the Singaporean email…

Haroo !

May 10th, 2015 Articles

Hello world ! Finally decided to write a blog. There are just too many thoughts and observations that are not shared, and I think the best place to share those are in this blog. This place will just be an extension of my mind. A lot of things will go here, nothing to categorize yet. But please enjoy the site!