28 Days in China – Hubei Provincial Museum

I was going through the pictures in my camera and came across stills of my visit to the Hubei Provincial Museum located in Wuhan, China.

It was a very educational visit and I must recommend it as a stop for anyone travelling through Wuhan.

Here is a slideshow of some of the artifacts on display. I hope you like it.

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A Month of Interviews

These last three weeks have been hectic for me. I’ve travelled to the Highlands and New Guinea Islands regions as part of the TVETSSP (technical and vocational education scholarship) interview panel team to screen shortlisted applicants for Certificate I and II to TAFE Queensland.

The scholarship is a project funded by the national government in an effort to up-skill and improve the level of tradesmen in the country. It came about a survey was conducted on the labor market which found a deficiency in the skilled local labor in country.

This has resulted in companies and organizations continually employing overseas labor.

A welcoming sight at the resort bungalow.

So we spent a couple of days in Beautiful Kavieng. We stayed at the Kavieng Village Resort (KVR) and interviewed the applicants there. Although I loved the scenery and breathe of fresh air, I believe our logistics personnel should have organized for a stay closer to town – a central location easily accessible by everyone.

My team to Kavieng; Gideon, Hancy and our team leader Stella-Marie at KVR’s reception.

KVR is about 15 – 20 minute drive from Kavieng town and is an ideal spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban living. It has a total of ten bungalows that come self-contained with a gas stove, fridge, running water and even basic cooking utensils and cutlery.

The bungalows have running water, a gas stove, bar fridge, cooking utensils and cutlery.

At nights, it is quiet and the only noise you hear is the soothing sound of the ocean waves breaking onto the reefs.

The deck gives a beautiful view of the sunset and ocean.

Then we travelled to Kokopo and interviewed a number of shortlisted candidates. We stay at the department’s favourite spot, Kokopo Beach Bungalows. This was a good choice considering it was situated in the town. I have had the privilege of staying here a few time before, one of which I posted a couple of years ago.

After three days of interviews there, we returned to base and prepared for the next trip, to Kol Peles Goroka.

The food, especially the fruits, is excellent.

In Goroka, we stayed and conducted interviews at the Bird of Paradise Hotel in town. It was ideally located for what we were there to do. However, I have a bone of contention to pick with the management regarding their facilities.

This TV needs to be replaced. It also doesn’t have a remote control.

The service was excellent but I can’t say the same for the facilities. My room had an old tube (television set) that did not have a remote control and the air vent above the shower looked like it had not been cleaned in the last five years (maybe ten). Even the towels provided looked they had been reused for the last decade or so.

This air vent looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in years.

This week, the final week, we are conducting the interviews at Jubilee College in Gerehu suburb (opposite Rainbow service station, beside Port Moresby National High School) and it is probably the most demanding because of the sheer number of applicants here.

There are over 700 applicants shortlisted and more than half are in Port Moresby. Unfortunately, only 200 will make it through, the rest will either wait for next year or find other alternatives.

As the interviews draw closer to the end, I’m beginning to have that deep feeling of despair – that so many will not be given the opportunity.

Almost everyone who has come to the interviews should be commended for making an effort. Unfortunately, there are so many factors that need to be considered when deciding who goes and who doesn’t and it doesn’t always mean the most deserving go.

If I had the opportunity, I would probably sponsor every applicant who came and showed genuine interest. Unfortunately, not everyone shortlisted truly deserves a scholarship.

To those who came to the interviews, I wish you all the best.

To those who will be fortunate to be accepted, I wish you the best as well and pray you don’t take this opportunity for granted.

And to those who were unfortunate, this is not the end, life is full of mystery, and tomorrow could bring something better and brighter

PNG to Host 2017 Rugby World Cup

Papua New Guinea will be hosting the 2017 Rugby World Cup in Port Moresby. The announcement was made by Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko on his Facebook page today.

Tkatchenkto and Pakop Allianz

Congratulations Papua New Guinea we are Hosting the Rugby League World Cup in Port Moresby 2017 . Officially Announced today in Sydney Australia Allianz Stadium.

Posted by Hon Justin Tkatchenko MP on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The announcement is a milestone in the country’s sporting history and I’m sure my rugby crazed wantoks will be over the moon.

It will be a collaborative effort with Australia and New Zealand, and although it might not be fully hosted by us, it is a sign that we are getting recognition as a leader in the Pacific.

A big thank you to Governor Powes Parkop for co funding and being the host city for the Rugby League World Cup for 2017.

Posted by Hon Justin Tkatchenko MP on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Congratulations to NCD Governor and the Sport Minister on your successful bid.

30 Day – 30 Posts

Okay, I’ve completed the 30 Day – 30 Post Challenge I set myself. When I started writing a few posts for my tech blog Bernardo’s Bag of Beans I decided to put 1 post up every day until the end of the month. I did not make it public because I had doubts if I could achieve it but I did.

It was a bit hectic and I did get help along the way. I re-posted from AtContent; a content sharing website I’m a member of to fill in the gaps and I also double posted on certain days. However, this has finally ended with a total of more than 30 posts. The last one will be published tomorrow.

In an effort to make my blog richer, I’ve decided to publish at least once a week from now on. This will enable me to research more into content that interests me and I’m sure would be education for my readers and followers.

My last post for this month will be a review of a Pisen power bank I purchased in Wuhan a few months ago.

Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read my posts and please ask me a question or comment on the blog if there’s anything you want to know.

Unity Anthem – Steven M & the PNGSIWA [Music Video]

I usually don’t critique music videos (not on the blog anyway) but when I visited China last month, I had the opportunity to meet Papua New Guinean students studying in Wuhan city, Hubei province.

They had just formed an association and were in the process of getting it registered. In a show of unity, the students decided to record a song called ‘Unity Anthem’.

The song is basically summarizes what their newly formed association is about and yesterday, music producer Steven M, who is one of the founding members of the association, uploaded the music video on Youtube.

The video features students from the association and members of Steven’s family; his wife Esther and their beautiful daughter Nini. Unfortunately, son TK was not featured, but you know how boys are.

The video showcases the title theme of unity as a country of diverse cultures and incorporated into the introduction is the lowering of the Australian flag, and hoisting of our national colours. It signifies our independence, our birth as a nation, but is also gives us a perspective – to look back and re-evaluate our progress as a nation.

Another significant thing about the video is that was recorded in China and whilst the singers seem happy to be together, you can feel that deep yearning in their voices for their homeland. You can feel it in the song.

As we are nearing our 40th anniversary, the song’s lyrics should transcend beyond the borders of Wuhan and into the hearts of fellow Papua New Guineans all over the world and especially in our beautiful country.

I hope you find the song as unifying as I have.

God bless Papua New Guinea.

28 Days in China – PNG Students in Wuhan

During my trip to China, I spent most of my time in Wuhan where I also met a large number of Papua New Guinea students attending various institutes of higher learning there. This is largely thanks to my colleague Steven Matainaho who received his Master’s degree there a few days before my arrival.

There are more PNG students in Wuhan than any other city in China and it was only appropriate that they form an association; PNG Students in Wuhan Association (PNGSIWA).

One of the first things that they did was to write and record a song, Unity Anthem, to capture the goals of their association – and bring them closer together.

According to Steven, it is a powerful song written by the association’s founding President, Daniel Kereka:

This is a powerful song of unity for Papua New Guinea. It was written primarily for the PNG Students in Wuhan, China (PNGSIWA) with an objective to strengthen the sense of nationalism amongst its members so that upon returning home, they will have a sense of pride and responsibility to our Country. This song also recognizes that with PNG being the most diverse country in the world, it faces unique development challenges – and thus (political) unity is the way forward.

This song is 100% original. It was written by the founding President of the PNGSIWA Daniel Kereka. It was co-written by Steven Matainaho, and Dr. Fifaia Matainaho. The tune and arrangements is all original.

Other then Steven M, there are almost 40 voices recorded representing a good percentage of Papua New Guineans in China. All four regions of PNG are represented. This song was done For our people By our people!

There will also be another version where we hope to feature one of the 2015 Vocal Fusion finalists (fingers crossed).

This song maintains a Pop Ballad style which has a simple melody and meaningful but yet simple lyrics so at the end of the day it is simple for any PNGean to sing along too…after all that is what an Anthem is all about.

This song was conceptualized primarily for the PNGSIWA but has a broader goal of promoting unity in diversity. It is not in anyway an official Pacific games song, etc…therefore it is titled ‘Unity Anthem – PNG’ and not ‘PNG Unity Anthem’.

Steven recorded the song and edited a video (which should be online soon). The song is shared on SoundCloud. However, I have 4 CD Baby download codes to give away to the first four people to subscribe to this blog.

You can use the code to download the song for free at www.cdbaby.com/redeem