Goodbye Texas Very early in the morning on May 3rd my supervisor kindly picked me up from my place and we made the trip north to George W. Bush International Airport. Low on sleep and high on caffeine, I turn to see this astronaut bovine planting the Lone Star Flag in what I presume to … Continue reading The Fella in Manila
One of the activities in our schedule last week was participating in the PREP workshop. PREP (Plan for Readiness and Emergency Preparedness) program has been conducted by Neighborhood Affairs for the last three years. The program includes the series of workshops to help residents and communities to prepare for hurricane season. The events are also … Continue reading How Tallahassee Prepare for Disaster
Among 24 fellows who have joined YSEALI Professional Fellow Program this spring, I and Jerico Roy from Philippines have been hosted by a same city government - City of Tallahassee, Florida, as we share the same community challenge on disaster management. It has been a week since the first day we arrived in Florida. Tallahassee … Continue reading Warm Welcome from Sunshine State
This journey is one of my longest trip. Not only because the distance between two countries, but also because the transit point of the flight. In total, I have to take 4 flight and 3 transit. Start from my hometown in Bali, stay a night at Jakarta, then continue to Narita for 7 hours, confusing … Continue reading Indonesia-US: more than 24 hours journey, impress me more!
Setting the Scene According to the World Risk Report of 2018, the Philippines is the third most vulnerable country to disasters. The country lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire where 80% of earthquakes occur. Around 20-25 typhoons ravage the country every year, leading to the loss of lives and millions of damages to infrastructure and … Continue reading The Spirit of Bayanihan
Despite the bad news happened in the 2nd week of October, here in Florida, I found that my first week in Tallahassee was fun. Before I arrived for my fellowship, I realized the possibility of having all the schedule that prepared for me to go with the wind is huge, due to the Hurricane Michael. … Continue reading Hot and Fun, it’s Florida 🌤
May 23, 2018, I had an opportunity to attend a workshop organized by the Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) of Department for Environmental Protection (DEP), Kentucky. The workshop provided brief introductory workshop on waste management and compliances to help participants understand new amendments of regulations governing hazardous waste, and how to comply with them. Participants … Continue reading Waste Management Introduction & Compliance Workshop at Kentucky EPA: A Brief History of Waste Regulations in the United States 1965 – 2002
After completing orientation in Washington D.C., I traveled to Dubuque, Iowa where is the place that I come here for learning and gaining fantastic experiences. When I arrived in the city, I obtained a warm welcome from host community representatives, Mrs. Phyllis lee and Mrs.Cori Burbach. So, this is a good start to live with … Continue reading Sustainable breath in the sustainable Dubuque, Iowa
Life is a lot of surprises and good luck. I have received an excellent chance to make the American dream come true. I had accepted an offer from a YSEALI - ICMA and went to the United States with being a part of the 2018 Spring Professional Fellow Program. It is Happier and happier because … Continue reading SPRING CHALLENGE has come!!
Personally, I called my wife back home to say Hello and told her that I have arrived the U.S. with safe and sound after such a long trip from Cambodia with passengers more than 700 people on the board. She stays home alone with a 12 weeks pregnancy. She worries about me. And I worry … Continue reading First thing to do after landing!