Wednesday 21 March 2007
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National Harmony Day
Today is National Harmony Day in Australia. Araw ng Pagkakasundo in Tagalog.

Harmony Day is an initiative of the Commonwealth Government to encourage people to say no to racism, reaffirm our shared values as a community and celebrate Australia's advancements as a multicultural society.

The main objectives of Harmony Day are to promote:

  • inclusiveness - to ensure that Australians understand that multiculturalism is relevant to all Australians
  • productivity diversity - to ensure that Australians act to maximise the social, economic and cultural dividends of our diversity and to promote the benefits
  • community harmony - to ensure that Australians acknowledge Australia's success as a harmonious and culturally diverse nation and work to bolster community harmony.

The theme for Harmony Day is You Me AUStralia.

Harmony Day was originally developed in Western Australia in 1998 to promote community harmony and address racism in Western Australia.

Due to the success of Harmony Day in Western Australia, the Commonwealth Government adopted the concept and since 1999 it has been celebrated nationally on 21 March each year. This date coincides with the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an important community awareness-raising day that focuses on the need to eliminate racism in all its forms.

Harmony Day, on the other hand, is the ‘celebration’ of cultural diversity, with events on this day often taking the form of activities related to song, dance and food. These types of activities can undermine the anti-racism message.

Harmony Day events are organised in every State and Territory by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.

Australia's first National Harmony Day was held on 21 March 1999 to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. National Harmony Day promotes the social, cultural and economic benefits provided by Australia's rich cultural and linguistic diversity. It is a simple and powerful way of expressing that there is no place in our community for racial intolerance or disharmony. It also encourages a sense of citizenship and pride in our nation and local community.

The Living in Harmony Initiative is designed to highlight cultural issues for all Australian citizens, and give all Australian's collective goals to reduce racism within Australia, such as:

· Take a stand against racism, prejudice and intolerance;

· Help build a peaceful and productive future for our children by setting an example of how to live in harmony, making the most of racial, cultural, social and religious diversity;

· Put into practice the best of traditional Australian values - justice, equality, fairness and friendship.

· Celebrate Australia's many successes as a diverse and harmonious multicultural society;

· Re-commit to common values of respect and goodwill towards our fellow Australian's of all backgrounds;

· Say 'NO' to racism.

Australia is one of the world’s most multicultural nations and is made up of many indigenous, immigrant and refugee cultures. For the past 200 years immigrants have helped change and shape Australia’s national identity by sharing their rich cultural experiences, histories and traditions.

Australia recognises that Aboriginal peoples are the First Australians and that the population is drawn from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. People of more than 200 different nationalities Australia, speak over 200 languages (including 45 Indigenous languages) and practise over 100 religious faiths. One in every two Australians has a strong connection with another country and culture.

People from diverse backgrounds have made and continue to make significant contributions both to the economic development of Australia and to shaping the political, social, religious, sporting and cultural life of the nation.

Multiculturalism has helped Australia to develop a dynamic, colourful and vibrant society. Cultural diversity is one of our most valuable assets, enriching the nation’s social fabric and bringing with it a variety of cultural and economic benefits.


Friday 16 March 2007
I'm back and voting for Fruityoaty for the Filipino Blog of the Week!
Its good to be back. Now I can be all over the internet again.

For over two weeks I was assigned on site assisting the project manager in Telstra’s Jersey project. This is the upgrade of 9,000 base stations Australia wide, for the Telstra 3G mobile network.

The site is in Broadmeadows and I’m from Dingley Village. To those not in the know, Broadmeadows is in the north of Melbourne while Dingley is in the southeast. Given that, it would take at least a good hour’s drive each way without traffic and between 1.5- 2hrs with moderate traffic. Sobrang nakakapagod pag inaraw-araw ang pagpaparoo’t parito.

I didn’t have internet access on the site so I missed out on the happenings in the blog world. I’m too exhausted to even bother sitting in front of a computer when I get home.

I just learned two days ago that Massa P’s Fruityoaty and GJ and Raquel’s Palabok are both nominated in the 2007 Philippine Blog Awards in the Personal category. I lurk in their blogs regularly. While I haven’t met Massa P (as she is in Canada), GJ and Raquel are friends here in Melbourne. (Hey Massa, how about taking holidays here in Oz, would gladly take you around. ("_").

Also, The Composed Gentleman added fruityoaty in the weekly poll for The Filipino Blog of the Week. As of this writing, fruity is in the second spot trailing by over 30 votes to gwapasila. I have yet to visit gwapasila but will do soon once I’m done with all other blogs I follow.

In another story, while I am happily blogging my day at work, I can hear noises of the race cars at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. The venue, Albert Park is not too far from the office. Today is Day 2, qualifying session for the Australian Celebrities Challenge will be on and F1 drivers will have practice sessions.

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Friday 23 February 2007
Good Move
The move of the Australian government to replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent lamps/bulbs is very laudable. Hooray, Johnny!

Within three years, the incandescent lamps or the globes, as they are popularly known among Aussies, would be phased out. Flourescent lamps would soon rule every Aussie home. The warm light would b replaced by cold light. Isn’t that cool.

I have always been for fluorescent lamps (this is also called daylight lamps in the Philippines). I like the sunlight-like glow of these lamps compared to the warm yellow glow of the globes. Globes emit more heat too.

The flouro lamp may cost more than the globe but this is its only disadvantage. The initial cost will be offset by the long-term savings benefited from less energy consumption and longer life of the lamp. Normally, flouros last ten times longer than the bulb. A flouro will only use 5% of the electricity that a globe will consume to give the same illumination.

This is a wise move to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse emissions.

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Wednesday 14 February 2007

Googe? Is this deliberate or an honest mistake?