Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

It was our one day tour before we continued to Florence, Pisa isn’t so big – a city in Tuscany but it’s rich in architecture – I just feel so amazed. Well, since this is one of the biggest tourist areas in Italy so we had to spend quite long time for buying the tickets so it will be better if you all buy ticket online then you might be able to save more times to visit other places in this area. Beside this piazza of Miracles, you might also want to visit the botanic garden which is just nearby (if you like).

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The Baptistry

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The Field of Miracles or The Piazza of Miracles

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The Torre Pendente (The Learning Center)

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The Duomo di Pisa (Cathedral of Pisa).

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The statue of San Carlo, Arona, Italy

The liberty statue of San Carlo stands near the town of Arona, close to the southern end of Lake Maggiore. It’s on the hilltop which you can go by walking or car. It’s just around 23km from Milan Malpensa Airport.

The bearing framework is composed of blocks of stones from Angera and rises up to the shoulder height of San Carlo. The steel cage, where the copper plates have been fastened, is then coupled to this support. Absolutely, the statue can be accessed inside by the folding of the rochet and from there through climbing winding stairs and steep vertical stairs up the head, where you can enjoy splendid views on the lake and its surroundings through the eyes of the Saint and the noses. The total height of the statue is 35m.

in front of

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inside

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Bernkastel-Kue, Germany

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The hilltop castle with it’s 25m high, was lived by various family generations in century 12th . The inner ward was surrounded by buildings and walls.

Beside this beautiful castle, this area is also well-known as winegrowing center. The taste of wine is so so good. Don’t forget to taste it if you are there.

In this village, you will find many beds & breakfasts – since here it’s also one of the tourist areas so you will find many interesting things to do and to eat. Just don’t forget the German foods and beer are so good.

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As you can see, along the road is really green.

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Mosel valley, taken from the castle

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Mosel valley, taken from the castle

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Viewed from the hilltop. Here is just a peaceful place. I am sure you will like it. Don’t forget to visit if you are on the way to Cochem.

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Mosel Valley is just along the river

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After the entrance. The ticket is 2.5euros per person.

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In front of the entrance

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The walls look still beautiful even after a big damage and long long time built.

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Viewed from the top

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Me, walking inside the village.

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Just the beautiful restaurant

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Here was the stair for going up and up :)

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Another view from the hilltop

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This one is the chimney.

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Cochem Castle, Germany

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It was a short time for me and my husband to take a very quick visit in this small area but it’s totally amazing. The Cochem castle is surrounded by the Mosel river while the castle itself stands on the tom of the hill which is the perfect place to see all the views around. We do like our short visit!

2 Taken from the bridge!!! Here they have many restaurants along the side.

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Inside the village

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Long time ago, people in this castle believe on this mermaid angel for making a wish by touching on her belly 3 times but the wish must be kept secret if they want to make it become true.

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Behind the castle

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Near the entrance (The ticket was 3 euros per person – they have split the visitors in group with one guide.)

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Viewed from the castle, surrounded by Mosel river

On the way

On the way to Cochem village. I was just so amazed by the view along the road. Yellow flowers were just a long :)

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Just stopped to take some pictures :)

Cochem at nightCochem Village at night

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Cochem castle at night

Greek food The Greek food’s just so good. I do like eating it.

Greek food-liver

Salad

This one is also Greek food – Greek salad :)

German food

I was recommended to take schnitzel, so here it’s German food.

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21st Century, Internet is a FRIEND

Multi Media Communication

Credit to the Owner – Multi Media Communication

Internet affects my life by means of aiding me in my daily tasks and it also helps me preserve mass bodies of knowledge and most of the times, it shares these stored knowledge. In a technologically gratifying era of the 21st century, Internet is something more than a bare necessity. It has spread their wings far and wide to make the world seem a smaller place.

It is very useful now these days because the educational sector, multi communication have recognized a sea change in its functions and procedures with the involvement of Internet. Students prefer to gather data about a particular subject by downloading stuffs from Internet, which is often written by scholars or researchers. Moreover, it can help me in my research, therefore it can make my daily tasks easy which were I can save time.

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My Profile on Twitter

The Internet offers many things such as Online Shopping, Group Discussions, Information, Entertainment and many more. The Internet can be considered as my best friend because it provides me Entertainment if I am lonely, gives me new knowledge and keeps me updated. The Internet has many uses which I can rely on like Google Hangout and also Skype that I can use it for calling or joining a conference call to discuss things. Beside theses, I also use Twitter, World Pulse, Facebook and Linkedin to share and to read the news.

Also, without internet – I might not have been able to Skype with my family neither communicate nor make friends a cross the globe to bring impact to our own selves. With accessing to the internet, I am able to advocate and volunteer for a few organizations to heal the lives of women, girls and poor people through through the world. Especially, with internet – we can get education by Online Course so we can study even we are in our country and far miles a part.

My profile on World Pulse

My Profile on World Pulse

The last with the internet, I can blog my own writing and share to the world. It is a very special tool to bring people look forward into their future. As technology improves, the internet revolution has a quicker and deeper impact on more and more lives.

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Green School Project – Fund Needed

INTRODUCTION

Green School is the newest and calm project in the jungle of remote area of Stung Treng Province. This project is called Education in the Jungle; it is organized by Mr. Long Lypo, a school director and run by Sabay Organization. Having seen the current and the need for the growth of the young generation in this rural village that we found many children who have no school to study and most of them have never learned their own language – our hearts shocked and made us couldn’t stop dreaming a school for them because those lovely children really need help as they really want to be educated. So our team (SABAY) has initiated a fundraising campaign aiming at raising money for a provision of a green school building. The cost of this construction is expected to be approximately US$5,000.00, and all budget raised from donors will be 100% used for the project activities without leaving any allocation for administration cost but might be withdrawn on the occurred expense due to the fact of project run.

Your contribution will make a change in approving education of many children in Cambodia. Education is for all so join hands so that we could reach out to those who cannot afford it with ease.

PROBLEM ANALYSIS

Located around 45 Km from the provincial town of Stung Treng Province, this community has 45 children who cannot be able to travel to school in the town due to the lack of transportation and money. The place is very remote from the next village and the streets are barely accessible. As a result up to 45 children do not have access to education and therefore a promising future.

There is a teacher in the village who teaches the children from time to time. Unfortunately she earns only 20 dollar per month. This salary makes it impossible to live without additional pay check (e.g. field work). As a result the teacher can only teach occasionally. Moreover heavy rain during rain season as well as heat waves makes outdoor teaching difficult.

OUR VISION

Is to build a school and offer a monthly paid work to the teacher which allows the children a consistent education which will serve as a starting point for their future.

short-term goals

A school building:

The wooden school building will be built with three indoor. Thus we have the possibility to divide the children into three different classes.

A monthly salary for the teacher:

The monthly salary of the teacher, we provide a daily lesson. Therefore must not be used on the field and they can concentrate on teaching.

School supplies:

Desks, blackboard, books, pencils, textbooks and school uniforms are essential utensils for a serious lesson.

Tuition:

The children should learn its language (Khmer). We want them to the 33 consonants, 24 vowels and 14 initial vowels written and verbal command.

Long-term goals

English lessons

A second teacher is to teach the children in the morning in English. In Cambodia, it is now important to master the English language.

Medical care

We want the children to ensure that medical care. They should be able to see a doctor in case of illness or the hospital.

NOTE: All children In this remote area will benefit from the project, for the immediate benefit is that those children can access to education. In the future, all those children in this remote village who have never been able to study will have a chance to get education. In a more indirect way, this project promotes a link between local community and the education system in supporting children’s learning. The community participation and contributions seek to create partial local ownership of the school and the as the whole. The parents’ concern related to transportation, money, and school uniform including study material will be reduced and the green school will contribute in giving hope for their children’s future, while the accumulative illiteracy in the community will also be reduced. This Project will not be limited or targeted the duration or age so we will continue to raise fund until the school is completely finished.

Kindly contact to sabay.info@gmail.com for donation!
Sabay – Help the Kids’ Homepage: http://www.sabay.info

Thank you in advance!

Green School first class – It’s still remain too many things more

Green School’s students

Are you happy to see their smile? Thus they are still waiting more study material

Sabay Team is working so hard to raise fund to complete the wall of this class

The School uniform for student age 10 years old and 8 years old

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WHERE the mind is without fear | World Pulse

WHERE the mind is without fear | World Pulse.

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The Power of Soroptimist!

Soroptimist, Soroptimist sisters;
There’s nothing quite like Soroptimist!
You give me hope and let me cope
And offer great remuneration.

Soroptimist, Soroptimist sisters;
The path to many amazing things;
A fancy heart and kind;
A life of power and inspiration.

Soroptimist, Soroptimist sisters;
Provides a firm and strong foundation
For better lives improved by drive,
By effort and by motivation.

Soroptimist, Soroptimist sisters;
Requires a lot of perspiration.
I can bet – a lot of sweet,
And just a pinch of inspiration.

Soroptimist, Soroptimist sisters;
Let me sing from my heart!
For, all sisters who strive and have the drive
May someday I meet and greet!

Soroptimist, Soroptimist sisters;
Sing aloud in exultation!
And that you helped me to finish my Master Class
I’ll always shake your hand in admiration.

Soroptimist, Soroptimist sisters;
Let me say I am grateful and thankful
For all the work you have done
Those are so much called motivation.

Soroptimist, Soroptimist sisters;
Let me put the words into ACTION just because of the Girls and Women
I now just want to say
I feel so powerful and proud to be a Soroptimist!!!

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Flower Power – Strength in Diversity

RT : President Siew Yong’s theme for the new biennium is “Flower Power – Strength in Diversity”. There is a wonderful video, which is a tribute to all the clubs and members of the SWP Federation and is available to view below.

The video is designed to demonstrate the diversity of members of SISWP and encourage our working together to grow Soroptimist International. The video was a wonderful way to complete what had been a friendly, bonding conference.

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SISWP 18th Biennial Conference

Tena Koutou Katoal!

As I landed into Christchurch late that Thursday afternoon on May 03 last month, I forgot how tired I was supposed to be! It had been a long journey, flying two hours to Changi Airport, Singapore. I arrived at 04.00 PM. not to leave upto 07.00pm in the evening for connecting flight to Auckland Airport, NZ at the same day then arrived at 10.00am on another day in the morning with the 10 hours on the plane and arrived at 2.00 PM. The story then started !

We had three Soroptimist members from Cambodia, Bunthary Srun, a President, Sineat Som, a National Representative and I. I traveled alone since I got a visa late, anyways it was such a great journey and honor attending Soroptimist International South West Pacific 18th Biennial Conference of Clubs from May 4th-6th, 2012 in the Theme’s Educate to Lead. I was taken by the Hotel Car and arrived at 2.30pm – I immediately saw many Soroptimist sisters were waiting for the bus city tour and I might be so lucky that I could arrive on time for touring around the Christchurch City. Amazing! Amazing I must say! I do love the city even it was extremely destroyed by earthquake.

The conference was absolutely held at Christchurch but the federation decided to hold the conference at Shanty Town Heritage Park at Greymouth after February earthquake badly damaged the Christchurch. Wonderfully, West Coast was so amazing to be held the conference as well since all the Soroptimist sisters could see the sightseeing on the train from Christchurch to Greymouth, I could really see the Southern Alps along the way.

We all arrived at noon then went direct to Shanty Town where we were being wait to say Hello from the lovely people there – the lovely and friendly students sang and performanced in the traditional maori welcome (Powhiri) at the entrance of Shanty Town. There are more than 300 Soroptimist sisters from all over the world, and a handful of (previleged) men! These women are from the world over, and beauty shows, in their dressing, faces, presentations, enthusiasusm, passion, and love. All the women chit chat. Everybody has something to tell, something to share, something to give, and to receive!

I was so touched to hear many successful works from Immediate Past President, Yvonne Simpson, as well as the new president Siew Young about the Flower Power-Strength in Diversity. Also, the one quote from International President, Alice Wells, “Don’t be AFRAID to DREAM BIG”, and many inspiring ideas of SIGBI, President Maureen Maguire, SI Treasurer Pat Carruthers, SI Procedural Consultant Carwen Wynn-Howells and Montreal Convention Chair, Yvonne Machuk.

Other guest speakers – Peri Drydale, a founder of Snowy Peak Ltd, Helen Clark (on Video), administrative of the UN Development Programme, Julia Bradshaw, the Director of Hokitika Museum, Debra Taylor-Hayhurst, Executive Director of Dress for Success Christchurch Inc, Tony Kokshroom, Mayor of Greymouth, Brittany Packer, a young talented lady involved in youth engagement, climate change and education and Jo Goodhew, a Minister of women’s Affairs.

One of the most current projects of the SISWP’s is Birthing in the Pacific – BIP was established in 2010, focused in Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 – Improve Maternal Heal as SWP believes this project will endeavor to minimize the risk of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality by improving maternity skills of midwives, nurses, birthing attendants through out Papua New Guinea (PNG).

I am also tempted to talk about my heartful thanks, because of the overwhelming sponsorship that I got there! There are Robyn Cain and all sisters from Soroptimist International of Western Australia who tried the best to make a fund-raising to get me in there as well as Lynn and Kathy for helping me to process the visa – I feel so honored I want to cry. Also, I am also thankful to the house owner where we were hosted – they are really friendly, helpful and kind to all of us.  Moreover, sincere thanks to SI Business on Collins, Lynn and Helen for the donation to SI Phnom Penh. The conference was full of wonderful women, world changers! I cannot forget what I have experienced there.

The last, I would like to say congratulations to SISWP new president, president elect, all the winning projects of the 2012 Best Practice Awards, all SWP’s clubs and an individual member for the work well done. I am so proud to be called a Soroptimist sister!

Te Aroha (Love),

Sarvina

SIPP members with President Siew Yong and sisters from SI Western Australia

IPP, Yvonne Simpson, Sue & Richard and SIPP members

National Representatives

SIPP Members with sisters from Australia – Gala Dinner (National Costume)

Bit Flew:) With sisters from Australia and SI President

SIPP Members with Chris Knight

SiPP Members and Margaret Mitchell

Taken at Christchurch

Credit to the owner – Shanty Town, Greymouth, New Zealand

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