The endless notebook, how wellness is taking over the travel industry and Japan's remarkable lost and found.
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TUESDAY 25 FEB 2020 | EDITION 55
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THING OF THE WEEK
ROCKETBOOK

ROCKETBOOK

An endlessly reusable notebook

Handwriting notes can help you retain information better than typing, but few people ever go back and look at notes they’ve written. This smart notebook fixes that by making it super simple to scan your scribbles and upload them to platforms like Evernote or Google Drive. The pages even look and feel like paper, but they can be wiped clean and reused as many times as you like.

YOUR WEEKLY PRESCRIPTION
THE WELLNESS INDUSTRY IS TAKING OVER TRAVEL

THE WELLNESS INDUSTRY IS TAKING OVER TRAVEL

10-minute read | BBC

The global wellness industry is estimated to be worth $4.2 trillion and is quickly expanding into the tourism market. Big brands like Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP are beginning to offer their own luxury retreats, but is it really necessary to travel to remote island resorts to find your zen and improve your wellbeing?

WHY JAPAN’S LOST-AND-FOUND SYSTEM IS INSANELY GOOD

WHY JAPAN’S LOST-AND-FOUND SYSTEM IS INSANELY GOOD

5-minute read | CityLab

Ever left your bag in the back of an Uber? It turns out people in Japan hate losing their stuff so much that they’ve designed the world’s most effective lost-and-found system to return things back to their rightful owners. The question is: Why isn’t the rest of the world doing this?

MEET THE COMMUNITY
Each week, we profile a Zoku community member - hit reply if you'd like to be featured!
Dr. Elijah Mwaura
Dr. Elijah Mwaura is a surgeon from Kenya in East Africa, who was recently a long-stay resident at Zoku while in Amsterdam to take part in a programme at the Amsterdam Skill Center where he is learning Minimal Invasive Surgery to enhance his skills and be able to share his knowledge back home. Dr. Mwaura is the first global surgeon to train at the ASC, kickstarting a great initiative from the Center to train health care professionals in low and middle income countries on minimally invasive surgeries using modern technology, so the trainees such as Dr. Mwaura are able to go back and teach their fellow doctors or surgeons, with the result of safer and cheaper health care.
What path has your career taken?
I was fascinated by medicine from a young age. I often wondered how doctors figure out what problem a patient has considering often you cannot directly look at the problem. I then read the story of Dr. Ben Carson in Gifted Hands which impacted me profoundly and from thence I knew that is what I would pursue. When I graduated as a doctor I had many choices, I had several specialties to choose from. I picked surgery since I enjoyed doing things with my hands from a young age. Furthermore, I had once witnessed a guy bleed terribly after an assault when I was in high school and the helplessness I felt pushed me to be able to take care of such injuries and more.

What brought you to Amsterdam?
To gain a special skill in surgery-minimal access surgery. I am refining my skills, to be able to use the most modern techniques for my patients back home.

How long have you stayed at Zoku Amsterdam and what were your thoughts?
I was a long stay resident for 5 weeks at Zoku Amsterdam. I thought it was a homely place with unique rooms and lovely staff.

What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
Life is not a rehearsal, don’t take it lightly, neither is it permanent, don’t take it too seriously. Breathe, don’t sigh!, as Zoku puts it.

What’s your current/newly discovered go-to product, service or app you would recommend to others?
The Google translate app. I was once in China where English is not widespread and it opened doors for me.

Which book/product have you gifted the most?
Hand written cards, You can personalise your feelings and create music with words.

If you could pick one project to work on for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would pick the conservation of nature. Nature is beautiful, and people need to see animals in their natural habitat to appreciate their beauty. I suggest a trip to Maasai Mara game park in Kenya.

What does home mean to you?
Home is where the heart is. People get homesick because their heart is elsewhere.

What is one piece of advice or tip in your field of work that you want to give to people?
Good health is a gift, treasure it. And take care of those with poor health.

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