Sunday, June 26, 2016

Climate Reality: First Act of Leadership

It's been a long while! I've been very busy with my job that I haven't had the time to blog in ages, but here we are again, yay!
For the last 1.5 years, I've been teaching engineering subjects in college, and it's the perfect opportunity to share my passion - environment-hugging. 

Last Feb 2016, I attended VP Al Gore's Climate reality here in the Philippines, and it was an exhilarating experience. 
After the seminar, we were required to have 10 Acts of Leadership, and I was very happy to do my first act so I shared my new earned knowledge to my students (6 sections, about 40 students each), as I was teaching Environmental Engineering.
The most important part of the lecture I gave them is the effects of CO2 to our climate, and what we can do to avoid them. It's especially relatable because during that time, we were experiencing El Nino. Included in the lecture were some of the ways we can do to reduce carbon emission. 

So one of their final requirements in class was to reduce 50kg of carbon emission per group (with 3 members). I taught them calculations and directed them to some sites where carbon emissions can be computed so that they would know if their activities can reduce 50gk CO2 or if they need to do more activities.

Most groups did what I included in the lectures as examples. They changed their diet from eating beef to having a vegetarian diet. Some switched their lights and other appliances off when not in use.

One example of their activities

Moreover, I was surprised and awed by their creativity. One group amazed me because instead of personally reducing their carbon emissions, they wrote a letter of request to their dean for the whole building to participate. It was requested to switch off air conditioners and lights after 5pm, because most classes are until 5pm only. 
Another group went house to house to introduce their neighborhood to carbon emission reduction, and they made them pledge to reduce the usage of their lights and electricity.

Of course, while they were doing those carbon reduction activities, I also did my part. I use organic detergents, shampoo and conditioner, unplug unused appliances, and make sure to reduce the use of plastics.

Overall, I hope I made them realize what they can do to prevent climate change, and that they will reduce cabon emission even if they were not required.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

JENESYS Japan: Day 1

Day 1: September 29, 2014
Upon arriving at Narita Airport and after fixing problems regarding immigration, we were fetched by Mr. Kei Nakayama, our Japanese coordinator. While some of my co-delegates were exchanging pesos to yen, I observed the airport.
Chiba mascot welcoming us to Chiba, Japan.

My first time to see trash cans with good segregation.

We went to APA Hotel in Chiba by bus. Upon arriving at the hotel, room assignments were distributed and the dinner place and time was announced.
During the dinner, Mrs. Hitomi Yamada was introduced to us as our interpreter. Then, after the dinner, we discussed about our cultural presentation.

After a number of suggestions by my active co-delegates, it was decided that we group ourselves into the three main islands, Luzon (my group), Visayas and Mindanao. We were given limited time to discuss, so the Luzon group had a finalized the idea to perform a Panagbenga dance.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Between Lenses Bloghop: Reflection

This month's theme: Reflection. This bloghop is initiated by Tara Victoria and of trees and hues.
For this month's Between Lenses, I need to reflect on my ways on reflecting.

I realize that because I am now without a prayer every night, I gave too little time to reflect on life in general. That's why every time I spent on that task is very fruitful, indeed. There were times when reflecting is necessary because they are turning points of life, like during birthdays and December 31. Also, there are times that there's no way that I could not reflect on life and how beautiful it is to live, e.g. when I'm in museums and art galleries, whenever I hear a song that pierces my heart with its lyrics and melody (witnessing art), when I'm swimming at a beach, or when I see a huge, glorious tree (with nature).

This photo, taken from Gulugod Baboy, Batangas, Philippines, is one of the examples where I felt that I can truly be alone with my thoughts and just enjoy life as it is. Being with the greenery definitely calms my soul down. Moreover, living near a beach when I was younger, bodies of water feel like home to me. Adding them up, it's the best place for me to reflect on my journey as a human being.

P.S. This bloghop reminds me to take note on how I live my life everyday. Thank you for a wonderful theme, Tara Victoria and of trees and hues. :D

Friday, November 28, 2014

Introduction: JENESYS 2.0: Disaster Prevention Course

One of the most sought for travel destinations today is Japan. Many travellers want to experience the rich historic culture as seen in their festivals, temples and pagodas, traditional wear and of course, traditional Japanese food. Moreover, some enthusiasts want to buy merchandise from their favorite anime, manga, or Jpop, and thus the reason to go to this country.

Last September 29 - October 7, I was privileged to be one of the delegates who passed the application to JENESYS Program.
(From over 300 applications, my 34 co-delegates and I made it to the cut.)

Japan-East Asia Network of Students and Youth Program 2.0 (JENESYS 2.0: Disaster Prevention Course) was  initiated Japan Overseas Cooperative Agency (JOCA) and the Japan Information Cultural Center (JICC) of the Japanese Embassy, in partnership with National Youth Commission (NYC), having these objectives:
 (1) to disseminate knowledge regarding disaster prevention and risk mitigation actions in which Japan operates since Japan is one of the countries that is most hit by calamities, and
(2) to deepen the delegates’ knowledge and interest in Japan and its culture and traditions through the COOL Japan brand.

To sum up, here's what we've done:
We visited Tokyo to observe the cutting-edge technology that the Panasonic Center caters, to visit Honjo Life Safety Learning Center to experience calamity simulations, and to experience Japanese culture in Asakusa and Akihabara. Then, on the third day, delegates went to Shizuoka Prefecture to visit some of the infrastructures built or being built after they were hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. We went to Hamamatsu City Coastal Levee, tsunami evacuation tower, and in The Forest of Hope. Also, for cultural experience and exchange, we went to Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, Toumon Homeland, Green Tea Field and Factory and undergone homestay program for 3 nights and 2 days.

And because we had a packed schedule from Day 1 to Day 9, I will blog the detailed version of this unforgettable journey. Stay tuned!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Batangas Foodtrip: Barako (Coffee) Jelly

Original post at Batangas Foodtrip: Barako (Coffee) JellyIt's Christmas season once again! Christmas parties will start filling up our schedules, and food will overflow like crazy! Good thing I have something new for you on your Christmas party menu! 

Try my very own barako-coffee jelly! 
Yummy dessert! Wine glasses for pictorial purposes only XD

The darkness of barako coffee mixed with choco chips and creamy milk is so good, one serving will not be enough. :) [I used black gulaman here, thus the darker-colored milk.]

Aside from being delicious, it's cheap too! Only 35php per 250ml! How cool is that?

Contact me at 0922-24-25-334 for orders. 

Hope to turn your party one level higher with these yummy desserts! :D