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What made me who I am (Warning: it contains sensitive matters)

The following essay is what I produced at the University of Sydney in the Education unit (EDUF 1018), describing my personal experiences of schooling with teachers. I received 92/100 (higher end of High Distinction) for this essay, which captures what made me who I am today and how I construct a thought process. It presents my journey that some might consider “extraordinary”. I have come a long way, beating some obstacles that I’ve encountered. Those challenging moments, however, significantly contributed to strengthening my emotional and psychological stability. Looking back on those moments now, I find them as the inevitable tasks that I had to overcome to find happiness and the purpose/meaning of my life.   Go to to read the article....

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Yugo’s creation as a student at Osaka University Dental Hospital (in 2000)

I am privileged to be able to make a living by helping people to love their smiles. I do this by providing prosthetic teeth for cosmetic purposes, including crowns, bridges and veneers, as well as implant-supported restorations. I am a dental technician and my job title is ‘master ceramist’, a term used for artists specialised in crowns and bridges who reproduce natural aesthetics by mimicking nature with unmatched skills and knowledge. I am often asked why I’ve chosen this career path, and I always state, ‘ I wanted to become a doctor and an artist at the same time since I was a kid, and being what I am now is a fusion of the two with harmony’.   My educational journey...

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Yugo – the man behind Smile Virtuoso: Past – Present – Future

It’s been a while since I disappeared from the forefront of dental education. For the past decade, having a presence in social media has become the norm regardless of who you are. If you are not actively promoting yourself online, then apparently you don’t exist. I’m not on anything –Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok – except LinkedIn. I’m not a follower, and I only act according to my beliefs.   The saying ‘work until you no longer have to introduce yourself’ is something I’ve believed in and kept in mind since the start of my career. The hours I have spent at work as a dental technician/ceramist would easily exceed Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule (i.e., the time required to be decent at...

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