What does Central Station smell like? It definitely cannot be good for you!

An hour in Central station. It’s scent looks like this:

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better picture to follow…lost my USB :/


A little Nara(tive)

Nara (tive)

Nara (tive)

A tranquil moment, a place frozen in time where nature has been left alone for some time. Dry pebbles surround my feet and slowly crumble disturbing the sleeping pond as I step back. A deer has taken himself from his friends as he stands guarding his Ishidoro that remains unlit. As if protecting the stone feature, he is also protected by the enchanted land that surrounds him.

Looking up, a red temple hides behind the layers of deciduous forest that spreads into the far distance. Up close it changed. Wooden blocks and beams signify the structures strong presence and present the hard craftsmanship from the past. An elegance had been created as the temple stood in contrast with its grand forest all around.

Upon reaching the street, crowds walked upward towards me and the sacred land. Following the grey cobbled path flat white walls appeared on either side of me, reconstructed wood. black beams and small windows and cables that were left in sight as I peeked down one narrow street I passed.

A town had been built here. I was in it. And the aesthetic of a small Japanese village stood out stronger than ever. A reserved respected land.

Jinsop Lee short review

This afternoon I watched Jinsop Lee’s Ted talk on ‘Design for all 5 senses’. He took memorable experiences from his life where different senses fluctuated depending on the experience itself. It may be impossible to design a 10/10 for each sense when designing but I feel it is important as designers to get as close as possible in touch,hear,smell,see and taste to create a great product or experience. I really like his thinking…

Now I know why I love snowboarding so much: you see the mountain around you, hear the wind blow, feel the cold, smell the fresh mountain air, and taste the French baguette for lunch!



Verbal components of communication:


Eye Contact: Always maintain eye contact with your audience. However, a person must ensure that he / she should not fix his gaze at one person for more than 5 seconds. Too much fluttering of eyes could indicate lack of confidence. Staring at a person could be daunting and hence is not such a good idea.

Hand Shake: While shaking hands especially in a professional environment, the hand shake should be firm and not loose. An iron handshake [very strong handshake] can indicate that a person is trying to dominate.

Crossing your Arms: Crossing your arms could imply that a person is not open to new ideas / opinion especially in case of giving a presentation. However, in a one-on-one interview if the interviewer has his / her arms crossed, the candidate could do the same.

Sitting Posture: Leaning on a chair is not a good idea. One must sit upright though in a relaxed position. Sitting back in your chair implies lack of interest or rejection.

Gesture: Gesture refers to a type of non verbal communication which uses a part of the body with or without verbal communication. Gestures include facial expressions, nods [which is a sign of approval in most cultures], head bobbling / shaking.

Facial Expression: The face is a best reflection of what a person feels. More often than not it is easy to recognize if a person is happy, sad, anxious, irritated, or excited. It is very important that in a professional scenario a person must control his / her facial expressions. For e.g. If a presenter gets a feel that his presentation is not going on very well, he / she should not show the sign of losing of hope and instead try for a greater involvement from the participants.



The Famous Durian Smell

The durian fruit’s astonishing smell has been described in hundreds of ways – none of them pleasant. Rotten onions, roadkill, dirty feet, vomit, sewage – people associate the unique smell to previous olfactory experiences. Love it or hate it, durian fruit is surprisingly pungent. Animals, particularly orangutans, are lured by the smell of durian fruit from over half a mile away. The smell of durian fruit is distinctive, lingering, and persistent; the odor penetrates into fabric and remains on your hands after eating. Many hotels, subways, and public spaces in Southeast Asia advertise a no-durian-fruit policy with signs of the spiky fruit crossed out in red.

The bubble that surrounds you

This is really interesting. The bubble that surrounds people marking their personal space can be violated in so many ways that are not thought of by others because they are more bothered about their own personal space. Not meant obviously, just naturally and in someones subconscious.

virtual environments may be another platform to study physical social interaction. It specifically found that the unwritten rules of personal space are so powerful, people even impose them on their cyber selves.

this shows that peoples personal space is important to them. You can have a website or a Facebook profile knowing that you are sharing yourself with others virtually. You can control who can come into your personal space. Therefore this statement emphasises  how people are protective about the bubble that surrounds them both physically and mentally.

According to scientists, personal space involves not only the invisible bubble around the body, but all the senses. People may feel their space is being violated when they experience an unwelcome sound, scent or stare: the woman on the bus squawking into her cellphone, the co-worker in the adjacent cubicle dabbing on cologne, or the man in the sandwich shop leering at you over his panini.

Personally, I have been in situations as the ones above.

1.working with somebody with body odour.

Having a great day at work and everything is smooth. Suddenly someone comes into a close proximity of yours and doesn’t smell fresh. Instantly I turn defensive and don’t want to be in that persons area and don’t want them to come into my personal space. My personal space would increase/decrease depending on how close/far away from me the person was.

2.someone staring at you.

Standing outside at a bus stop and people stand opposite. Someone stares at you for whatever reason and there is nothing you can do but notice that they are still staring. Instantly your personal space is becoming suffocated because you cannot leave because you are waiting for your bus. However this may be uncomfortable but it is something you can learn to overcome perhaps using a magazine or mobile phone.

3.eating in public.

I have noticed a few friends will buy a packet of sandwiches and eat them. I like to eat my sandwich whole but others break it up inside he box and eat it in small pieces. This is because eating smaller bites may seem more accepted so you are not seen as greedy or so hungry. Again if someone stares at you eating however way you eat they are coming into your comfort zone making you aware.