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- The governments of developed and developing countries should spearhead this initiative and they are best placed to do so because carbon tax may increase the country’s treasury income and encourage their citizens to be more energy conscious. Although the carbon tax would increase the cost of doing business for the whole industries, the benefits of education and environment conservation are priceless especially when we are potentially facing the treat of non-reversible climate change due to GHG emission.
- The target audience would be the global citizens. Participants are recruited by propaganda and social media.
- I will partner with NGO, countries’ Ministry of Environmental and United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change.
- Using blog and social media to reach my objectives because social media ride on internet without borders or at least less barrier than other means of tools such as regional press, paid mass media and etc.
- My chosen tools enable me to use free internet and website to address my view and opinions as well as gather public’s views and comment to my initiatives.
- A good initiative that has real benefit to the public and our beloved earth will eventually grow into a rolling snowball that will actually pushing the governments to take into consideration of the people’s voices.
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Monday, November 25, 2013
The current version of Lonely Planet (2013) for Myanmar is out of date. The book advised travelers not to change at the airport exchange booth as the official rate is less than a tenth of the black-market rate.
However, this is no longer the case. Now, you can change not only USD, but also Singapore Dollars, Euro, and Japanese Yen at the airport exchange booth with good rates. One thing remain is that your USD bills must be in crunchy or new without folds. USD 100 bill will get a better exchange rates than smaller bills. To-date as in November 2013, USD $1 = Kyat 969 ; SGD $1 = Kyat 774.
I have tried the Myanmar food at good restaurant as well as roadside stalls. Hygiene is an issue here as most of the roadside stalls do not have direct clean water supply but they take it from somewhere else. Thus, the food seller would minimize the water usage and wash the cups and plate in the same container repeatedly. So far, i have only experienced once in which i had one whole day diarrhea after consuming a plate of noodles at a food stall next to a cinema near Park Royal, Yangon.
Looks nice? It caused me farted the whole night and went to toilet first time at 3am in the morning and 2nd at 4am, 3rd at 430am and subsequently the next whole day.
These 3 photos above were taken at Feel Restaurant near Pyidaungzu Yeiktha Street.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Volunteering that Makes Us Smile
It is said that taking care of teeth from your childhood is very important. A recent study shows that taking proper care of teeth prevents the heart disease. The basic is to brush teeth in a proper way and scale teeth on a regular basis. But there are many people who cannot afford it. A charity group has been doing a service for those since long ago.
The joy in Volunteer Work
< Annual meeting for better volunteering> (Source: Yollin Dental Society)
Yollin Dental Society was established in 1999 to volunteer for poor neighbors. It is blowing a fresh breeze into many dentist groups in Korea. The targets are those who abandoned, seniors who live alone, and Korean-Chinese. Well, the Yollin Dental Society is busy enough to go to different places everyday that needs their help.
Then, how do they volunteer? Once the dentist license holder becomes a member of Yollin Dental Society, he gets a volunteer-schedule on a regular basis. Considering his/her schedule, the next step is to apply in advance. It is also good for building friendship among volunteers.
Kim Seong Moon, the newly elected president of Yollin Dental Society, said that the progress of the volunteer group cannot be made by just one or two persons’ efforts. He emphasized that passion and devotion from each person are the keys to achieve the progress and strengthen the friendship among members.
Yeolin dentist group went abroad for a volunteer work for the first time this year. Kim prepared for international volunteer with passion. The original plan was to set up clinics abroad in order to provide Korean medical services for people in developing countries. They are planning another overseas volunteering project on a regular basis in the near future.
The first destination was Indonesia. As it is a first international project, they already conducted a field trip, and did a lot of research. Finally, 25 dentists flew to Indonesia for a volunteer work from 29th of July to the 3rd of August. They treated factory workers and neighbors at factory of Dada Korea in Laya 76 km away from Jakarta. 309 patients were treated through the volunteer work.
Arrived very late, the dentist group set up the equipments until dawn and started to treat patients from the next morning. The situation was not so good. Mostly, they extracted and scaled teeth for local people, which continued for six days. In addition, they did a skin care and nail care for female workers and opened flee market with Korean items they brought from Korea. Of course, it was very popular.
The president of the group said, “More than 700 people wanted to be treated but only 300 people had opportunities due to the schedule. But I’m very glad to get things done without any accident.”
Yollin Dental Society marked 11th anniversary. Two hundred volunteers have treated seven thousand people so far. They have grown up as one of the most famous volunteer groups with six clinics in Korea.
Dental care is very important but it costs a lot of money. Until now, dental care was not affordable to low income class. However, we have Yollin Dental Society, and it seems that they will be the strong supporters.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Starting from the North to the South, whole place is changing its color as it gets closer to the end of autumn. Autumn leaves turn red when the weather gets cold, so mountainous Gangwon-do become the first place of autumn leaves. When you look down from the sky, leaves descend to the South and finally stop at Jeju island.
Shall we move on to the South?
Foliage Trip to Mt.Palgong
Mt.Palgong, which is located in Daegu, is always popular among many people. You don’t need to spend much time and money to enjoy the autumn leaves. The mountain is said to be the most beautiful in late October.
Trip to autumn leaves starts at the entry to the Mt.Palgong. 1,300 gingko trees are lined up along six kilometer long road between Gongsan tunnel and School, which is very popular car driving course. Going down the road after tunnel, you will be amazed at gingko trees. It is fantastic to see golden wave of gingko trees.
When you turn to Dongwha temple at Baekan intersection, you’ll meet the line of gingko trees. After passing by school, you’ll meet maple trees. It is simply beautiful.
Plus, Mt.Palgong belt way is very popular among drivers for the beauty of its maple trees. The whole mountain is full of red color when the fall reaches its peak. You’ll definitely be amazed.
Hiking is the best way to enjoy the autumn of Mt.Palgong. There are many hike ways in the mountain such as Buin temple road, Gatbawi road and Dongwha temple road. Some buddhists pray toward Buddha statue at Gatbawi. This buddha statue was made in Shilla dynasty and became known as praying site for education, health, occupation, and baby boys. Many people come to this site to pray for their own wish every day.
Trekking to the Autumn of Mt.Jiri
Mt.Jiri is the second highest after Mt.Halla of Jeju island. This mountain is huge. There are so many famous and beautiful sites in the mountain. Autumn leaves of this mountain are as beautiful as other mountains.
Foliage of Mt.Jiri will start in 5th of October at Cheonwang peak, about 15th at main line, between 20th and 25th at Pia valley and three or four days later than Pia valley at Baemsa valley. If you want to get the most beautiful scenery, you should go up to Cheonwang peak. The most beautiful hike way is between Sesok and Chunwang Peak.
Foliage in Baemsa valley is as beautiful as Pia valley. Pia valley is famous for foliage whereas Baemsa valley is famous for valley itself. Baemsa valley is nine kilometer long and colorful leaves harmonize with that valley. Foliage spreading from Banseon complex to Ganjangso is regarded as the most beautiful scenery in Baemsa valley.
There are some other foliage sites to see in Mt.Jiri. Various hike ways have been developed since long time ago. Shall we take a trip to Mt.Jiri?
Mt.Dyuryun, the Harmony of a thousand years history and the beauty of the Mountain
Duryun mountain is well known for camelia and foliage. The valley is two kilometers long from the group facilities complex to the temple. The latest foliage, regarded as one of the most beautiful autumn scenery, can be seen there.
The best scenery of this mountain is a maple tree forest of the way to Daehung temple. Take a walk through the temple gate. You’ll refresh yourself. Maple forests and camellia can be seen. Trees are like tunnel. When you cross a bridge, there is tunnel of maple trees.
Let’s walk through the yellow and red gingko trees and maple forest and keep going up along the car road. Mountain is covered up with yellow and red wave. Crossing valley and bridge, you’ll meet Youseondang and backdrop of foliage which are the highlight of the journey. The last of the journey is the road up to Daehung temple.
Maple Leaves of Mt.Halla, the Southernmost of Korea
Foliage of Mt.Halla in Jeju island is not as well known as other sites. The famous sites are Wanggwanneung, Mansae hill, road between Youngsil rest area and Byeongpung rock area, road 1100 and 516. In particular, uniquely shaped 500 rock pillars stand at Youngsil rest area and Byeongpung rock area. The area is probably the most beautiful site.
Youngsil of Mt.Hallan is easy to access for all walks of life. Youngsil course starts at pavilion. Road to Youngsil is flat, however, the pine trees and maple forests along the road will lead you to the unique landscape. Walking a little further up, you can have good scenery of foliage. Maple forest starting under the Byeongpung rocks continues to gate of the hike way. It is magnificent.
Another joy of Jeju trip. If you have a plan to go to Mt.Halla, do not miss autumn foliage in Youngsil.
How was the journey? Autumn is right at the corner. Shall we take a walk and breathe in the forest of autumn foliage?