Monthly Archives: October 2010

Yatanarpon Web Portal is Officially Launched!

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The express bus started to run on the wavy mountain road. The environment is green, fresh, and beautiful and it was really amazing to see the sight over the mountain road. Yeah we were on the Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin high way road. Actually, I have to go Yatanarpon Cyber City and Pyin Oo Lwin once a year in December since 2008 for work. But now, the happening of Yatanarpon National Web Portal Grand Launch made me to travel earlier. Before writing about my trip, let me say something about Yatanarpon National Web Portal and how it concerns with me.

Yatanarpon National Web Portal has been developed by Yatanarpon Teleport Co., Ltd in cooperation with many other local and international IT companies. For its contents, YTP portal invited many local news agencies and more than 30 local media are now providing the news for the portal. My parent company Inforithm-Maze was entitled to develop some parts of the portal (I don’t know exactly which one: D) and to make awareness campaign for the portal. As a person doing PR job at Inforithm –Maze, I have to take the responsibility for portal awareness campaign like setting Billboards, advertising at print, brocast and online media, etc. Now the portal is officially launched and launching ceremony was held on 17 Oct at Yatanarpon Cyber City.

Let me get back to my trip. We got Mya Nandaw Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin around 8:30 am. The opening ceremony would start at 11:00 am and we were supposed to be at Yatanarpon Cyber City around 10:00 am. We didn’t have much time. So, I asked all media (content providers of the portal) that I took along with me to be ready to go at 9:00 am. It takes about half an hour to get Yatanarpon Cyber City from Pyin Oo Lwin. Ah, you know, some media guys are really sucks. I have to blog about this next time. By the way, the trip was so tiresome as we had to spent two night travelling in a bus.
As a national level ceremony, Prime Minister Mr. Thein Sein also attended and opened the ceremony. The opening ceremony was really grand and amazing, but to be honest, I didn’t feel “Proud” like the other people saying “Oh I feel so proud to attend that national level ceremony”. Ha Ha! But I have got new experiences seeing such as wonderful event and appreciate those who created and managed it. I hope to create like that (may be better) in our events if we can spend large budget amount.

By the way, the development cost of Yatanarpon National portal is around 2 million dollars. Is it worth to develop such a costly portal in Myanmar where internet penetration is very low? Which is more important; having accessible internet and low cost internet or having national portal? And what’s the unique point of that portal? Local media are now providing their contents as YTP news. Other features like social networking, ymail, ytalk, photo, video, etc may not have better quality as facebook, gmail, gtalk and other platforms. Oh.. I don’t know what it will offer better services later.

Oh.. I’m talking too much. Pls access this link to Yatanarpon National Web Portal.

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Did you work for Number 350?

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What does the number 350 means to you? Do you think that 350 is just a mere number? And do you want to ask me back that why we must work for number 350? If you are environmental activist or you aware the environmental issues, you’ll definitely know what 350 means.

When talking about the climate change,  Green House Gas including carbon dioxide  plays in the critical role.  When we look back to the history, carbon dioxide ration in the atmosphere has been increased since the beginning of the industrial revolution. The level of carbon dioxide during pre-industrial  time was around 280 ppm (Parts per million)  and the world had very moderate climate. Now the carbon dioxide level reach 388.5 ppm that is a very dangerous number for the whole world harming it with many kinds of disaster around. That’s why I asked you working for 350.

So what is 350?

350 is the most important number in the world—it’s what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Three years ago, after leading climatologists observed rapid ice melt in the Arctic and other frightening signs of climate change, they issued a series of studies showing that the planet faced both human and natural disaster if atmospheric concentrations of CO2 remained above 350 parts per million.

Everyone from Al Gore to the U.N.’s top climate scientist has now embraced this goal as necessary for stabilizing the planet and preventing complete disaster. Now the trick is getting our leaders to pay attention and craft policies that will put the world on track to get to 350.

Oh! I’m talking too much. In this year, many countries around the world are participating 350 campaigns on 10 Oct 2010 (10.10.10) with the purpose of reducing the CO2 level to 350. According to the registration at 350.0rg, there are 188 countries campaigning over 7,000 events for climate justices. I also worked on that day by planting 350 trees.

I believe that trees are the best thing that can reduce the carbon dioxide as it inhale CO2 for its survival. So, I decided to plant trees on 10.10.10. So, together with members from our organization, Myanmar Youths in Action, I joined Symbolic 350 Trees Planting Party mainly organized by Spectrum (Sustainable Development Group), WRTC, Emerald Green, Global Green and AGMP (Action Group of Myanmar Poet). My special thanks goes to all organizers that allow us to join that event. If not, I’m not sure that MYIA alone could plant that number of trees.

Early in the morning on that day, we left to Lay Dount Kan where our planted area Shwe Bon Oo monastery is located. There were around 100 participants including young and adult environmental activists. Emerald Green donated 350 plants of 14 species for our event. I feel so happy seeing such a great number of participants for 350 campaign. I’m sure that the other environmental activist would definitely worked for 350 on the same day around Myanmar. Yes! Myanmar is also a active country working for environmental protection.

Venerable Sayadaw (Head Monk) from Shwe Bon Oo monastery is kindhearted, virtue, generous and provided us everything we needed. Sayadaw also served us lunch and snacks and said thanks to us for plaiting in his monastery compound. Environmentalist, Sayama Devi Thant Sin, shared their valuable knowledge and encouraged young people to actively participate in saving our earth. Famous Myanmar poet Maung Lynn Yeik from AGMP (Action Group of Myanmar Poet) also recited a verse of Salae U Pon Nya to honor the tree planting event. The verse is what we call Taw – Lar (composition of the beauty and advantage of forests) in Myanmar Literature.

Lay-men from the monastery helped us in digging the hole for planting. I could also see that Unity is Strength, team work can get successful results. See, within one day, we could plant all 350 plants.

Youths in Action

People working for number 350

Tree planter

Youths and Adults together

C’mon guys, let’s work together to save our earth.

Let’s work together to reduce the carbon dioxide level to 350.

 

Crowded Hleedan.

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Hleedan is one of the busiest places in Yangon with many road side shops, tuition classes, shopping places, variety of food stalls, main bus stops and many other training schools and hostels. Yeah, you may think that you will have fun staying or visiting Hleedan cos you can get everything at Hleedan. Hleedan has been the most busiest place since  the time of Yangon University opened in the year 1920. Since that time,  many students stayed at boarders making Hleedan as the hub of tuition schools, hostels and shops. All Burmese people know that Yangon University was closed by ruling authorities after 1996 student uprising in Myanmar. But, nothing couldn’t change Hleedan’s identity.

Oh! you may think that I’m going to write about the fun I find in Hleedan. No, I’m about to complain how Hleedan is miserable and annoying. Just look at the photo below.

People at street food shop

It is the picture of a street shop selling roasted fish in Hleedan. Nowdays, those street shops are making Hleedan more popular and crowded than before. There are many shops like that on the pavement of the road remaining no place for walking for the pedestrians. CD stalls selling illegal copies of international movies and songs make worse taking the whole pavement area.

Imagine! where are the pedestrians walking?  Yes, on the road, so carefully shunning the running cars including buses. The sound of horn from the vehicles and the shout of the bus conductors warning the people of hitting the car are making  nosier and upset. Just spend a minute walking along the road of Hleedan, I’m sure that you’ll be so upset hitting against the other walking people. Who to blame? Why does YCDC allow those undisciplined shops?

CD shops selling illegal copies

Shops selling and roasting the fish

Another thing that is bothering at night time is the smell of grilled fish. Yes, it usually makes our mouth watering to the grilled fish at some time. But, if you get it daily, I’m sure you’ll hate it and you’ll also blame that it is polluting the air.  Another worst thing is having a heap of rubbish on the road. At night, YCDC allows people  to throw away the rubbish from their houses at a fixed place on the road and staffs clean it at midnight. But having such a rubbish heap make the environment ugly.

Actually, Hleedan is quite a good place for living excepting from the facts I mentioned above. You can do shopping, eat delicious food, attend many tuition for studying and it is also a good place for friend gathering and also a hub of city transportation. But there are pros and cons in every situation. However good Hleedan is at day time, it is one of the most annoying places in Yangon at night.

A building in Hleedan full of tuition schools