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Youth Climate Action Conference – MYDxLCOY

Youth Climate Action Conference – MYDxLCOY

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One fine weekend, I had the opportunity to participate a Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) – Youth Climate Action Conference hosted by Malaysian Youth Delegation #MYD and Power Shift Malaysia. It was held on Saturday to Sunday (10th – 11 Nov), at Oasis Village with about 50 youths from all over Malaysia.

I went with an intention to find out what I can do for climate action, a baby step before creating eco-villages around Asia. When I read the purpose of the conference “is to act as a capacity building platform for the youths to share our experience, skills, insights and environmental solutions, coupled with practical workshops and presentations”, this was how I spend my weekend!

 

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Plus, I am interested to find out the principle of Talanoa Dialogue which is used to stimulate dialogue to provide structured and action-oriented input. We used Talanoa dialogue to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good.

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The Fijian word ‘Talanoa’ refers to an inclusive process of dialogue where all participants, regardless of power or influence, are peers. The Talanoa Dialogue provides a new framework in which parties but also non-state actors can contribute to accelerate climate action.

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Line up of interesting informational speakers like Mazlina from WWF Malaysia, Shaqib, Lhavanyah, and Syaqil from Malaysian Youth Delegation (MYD), Siva Prakesh from Tengah Island Conservation, Zan Azlee from Fatbidin.com, Shazni Bai from KUASA, Francis Tan from Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia, Heng Kiah Chun from Greenpeace, Lastrina from Singapore Youth Climate Action.

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These are the Highlights From the 2-Day Session:

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  1. We started with interesting “Vale Lailai” Agreement where Vale Lailai means toilet in Fijian word. Question: There is an apartment which stays 2 groups of people – Annexe 1 and non-Annexe. For the first time the one and only toilet in the apartment breakdown, (divide into group of Annexe 1 & non-annexe) what will you do to save the toilet?46064030_1915068502122163_7084410042056704000_o
  2. For Talanoa dialogue, I chose the topic of “Sustainable Cities” out of “Green Economic”, “Food Security”, “Renewable Energy”, “Biodiversity”, as it is most related to Eco-villages, just that this is in the city. We uses Talanoa dialogue structure guided by Emily and Mike from MYD (where are we now, where do we want to go, how do we go there) then ended with a group presentation.  46468137_1917520848543595_5143726475198857216_o
  3. IMG_1119One of the most pro-founding presentation is from Mr. Francis Tan from Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia about co-exist with Mother Earth where he uses real life demonstration with our plastic usage. He shared with his magic trick, we used 6 plastics for our takeaway breakfast including straw, plastic bags, plastic Tupperware etc. He showed us this powerful video of Midway Bird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I7on22jA48. 46380379_1917522231876790_209995334946914304_o
  4. Artivist network – Artivism with Eline and Angus as founding members. An autonomous nomadic EarthCitizens group who set up community hubs and Artspaces as creative resistence to defend nature. These community+Artspace are known as Jungle Houses across three continents and multiple United Nations convergences and conferences. I enjoyed the Money Making Workshop and sticker printing! It is very liberating and inspiring to know they are playing such a role to spread awareness about environment. Eline has been printing recycled T-Shirts. 

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  5. Playing Reef Stakes game, an educational role playing game as stakeholder in determining the future of coral reef ecosystem and understanding the challenges faces today. It was an informative session where my partner and I chose a “Fisherman” card where we have to protect our marine, there are other parties like developer and businessman who are more into building assets. 

 

And, I love that our lunch during Youth Climate Action Conference – MYDxLCOY was vegetarian food prepared by The Picha Project The Picha Project is a Impact Driven Enterprise that empowers marginalized groups in Malaysia through a sustainable food delivery and catering business.

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In the end, we did reached a goal to build empathy, trust, and cooperation. I felt a strong need to play my part for climate change starting with zero usage of plastics and minimise food waste. Thank you MYD team (Emily, Thomas, Mike, Aaliyah, Joe, Syaqib, and a few more)  for the effort, it feels good to know there is a group of passionate youth working for a better world!

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Together, we can do so much more!

Love,

Vic Qi

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3 Ways To Sleep Better

Is sleeping an issue to you? 

I love sleeping, I love the idea having time to rest, just laying down and entering into my dreamland with limitless possibilities. But, with working arrangements and something that bothers me I would find it hard to sleep. I would glue my eyes to the screens, juicing out any idea I could to solve the problems.

Then, I have an issue with sleeping. I went on researching what causes my bad relationship with sleeping. Beside some necessary stress, I believe it has something to do with the screen time and food or drink we had.

When trying to sleep is as hard as trying to wake up in the morning.

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Why do find it hard to sleep?

  1. Screen time
  2. Stressing about future
  3. Overeat & Caffeine drinks before bed

 

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(1) Screen Time: Do you face screens the hour before bed? Whether it’s watching TV, surfing the internet, playing video games or texting. I do. Watching entertaining video or TV keep me up much longer. It is said that people who text before bed were less likely to get a good night’s sleep, more likely to wake up tired as sleepy, and more likely to drive drowsily.

Okay, it sounds relatable here.

 

It is hard to sleep when your heart is at war with your mind. – R.h.Sin.

 

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(2) Stressing about future: Well this is linked to the screen time I had before bed. Because there are many problems to solve, I felt overwhelm, so I ‘numb’ my feelings by watching screens’ entertainment, this put my mind on ‘off’ mode from overthinking.  Then, when my eyes are tired, I would turn the screen off to sleep. This way, I tend to bring some of my worries to my dreamland. Waking up with the same worries plus tiredness of the eyes.

 

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(3) Overeat & Drink Caffeine beverages: Yes, I find myself hard to sleep if I eat a LOT for dinner. Bloated with gas and feeling uncomfortable with it. I don’t drink coffee or caffeine beverages much, but this could be a factor.

“Caffeine reaches a peak level in your blood within 30 to 60 minutes. It has a half-life of 3 to 5 hours. The half-life is the time it takes for your body to eliminate half of the drug. The remaining caffeine can stay in your body for a long time.” – Sleep Education.

How to sleep easily?

There are many solutions suggested but let’s focus on the 3 points above.

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(1) Screen Time: What I could do is to not touch my phone or watch TV an hour before I sleep. This is my top wish, I tell you. Being able to put my phone out of the room is my dream. If not, maybe try a more passive approach, listening to music than playing games which is less engaging. Let’s invite our loved ones to do it too, as this will replace our habit faster if we do it together.

One tips, get a proper alarm clock. 

 

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(2) Stressing about future: Well, taking time off the screen for ourselves before bed could help us to stay grounded. It works for me when I wrote my worries or rather ‘to-do-list’ down before I sleep, it is a temporary offloading worries which we could not control and allow our mind to rest. Counting blessings also helps too, feeling good for what we have.

One tips, surrender to what is happening, knowing you have done your best and let go of controlling the outcome. All is well. =) 

 

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(3) Overeat & Drink Caffeine beverages: Haha- simply do not overeat. But, I still do it at times when I am ‘stress’ about future. Linking to number 2, I was not in the present moment. Well, I wouldn’t comment much on this as I support the word ‘do what you feel like’. For drinks, drinking caffeine free tea helps me, like Holistic Gaharu tea (Agarwood tea) which support deep sleep, reduce insomnia with the natural calming effect that reduces symptoms of stress from the aroma produced from the tea.

One tips, if you are feeling anxious, a cup of coffee is the last thing you need and may result in you becoming more anxious. Consider a healthy, relaxing alternative instead.

It’s time to redirect our focus to our body and mind. Listen to what it needs and honour that. If our body needed time to rest, give permission to yourself to rest. If our body needs a break from the screen, take a break, maybe go within. =)

May you do your best to sleep well tonight.

Love,

Vic Qi

 

 

Day 16 in Leh

We officially ended the Ladakh retreat and expedition today with our last yoga practice with Jason and Melody this morning.

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Jason shared how to develop self practise at home for about an hour plus then we went off to decide what’s next. A huge appreciation for Jason to always give 1001% to share his experience and knowledge, and to Melody who always their to help is correct our posture and giving tips for QiGong exercises.

Leo, Angela, Cindy, Chloe and I went out for lunch at The Blue Lotus of Leh central. They tried out different food of green curry chicken, masala chicken and some appetisers. Green curry is nice but it’s more sour compared to what we usually have.

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We walked around the market for a couple of hours and I got myself two Tibetan modern language book with a strong determination to learn and master Tibetan. I do feel like I am apart of Tibetan. A strange familiarity, longing to go home.

When we returned to KangXing hotel, which is 15 minutes walk to the Leh Market. I am thankful for Melody’s sharing about Yoni eggs. It’s also an interest of mine to explore more about feminity with Tantra.


And guess what, we (exclude Leo, include Melody) went for a walk to the market again, we were looking at different shops for Kurta, Pashmina and some cute souvenirs. A couple of hours later we had a late dinner at Gesmo German Bakery, I ordered a Veggie burger as I have not had burger for a long time. Many cookies are available too!

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A good meal with fellow familia, a good time shopping with girls and ended with a good laugh with the rest of us here. Miho went back to Japan, Grit went to hiking, Gurmet went back to his house and Jason + Melody are leaving us tomorrow morning.

So, I will be spending good time with 5 more wonderful people (4 Malaysians) in the coming days before my turn to fly. I’m grateful to have companions at the same time preparing for unknown soon.

All is well 🙂 Super grateful to daddy who help me bought flight ticket to Delhi today!

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Goodnight all, l love you!

Hugs,
VicQi

Day 15 in Leh

Our Last day with the team of 12 in Ladakh. It was a celebration before we parted our own ways. I was yearning for more sleeping hours thus this would be a short note with more pictures.

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Anyhow, it was a day to remember.

Highlights:

1. Outdoor Yoga ended with hugs and tears.

2. Attending Save Himalayas Conference

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3. Shopping for Kurtha with Leo bargain skills


3. Jason sharing Bryon Katie’s Loving What is

4. Last Family gathering with gifts

 

Goodnight all 💖

 

Love,

VicQi

Day 14 in Leh

It’s day 14! Our second last day of the retreat and expedition organised by Vira Life Academy.

Awaken from the tent, we had a Lovely sunrise in Pangong Lake.

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Today would be the coldest yoga session ever, thankfully Jason started with sun salutation to warm the body. As we were yoga-ing, the sun is slowly rising up, honouring the sun light as we were doing sun salutations.

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I love how we interact as a group, given the free time to spend time in nature, we had a wonderful memories together, joking, laughing and just staying side by side. This will never happen again.

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We say goodbye to Norboo and Galaxy Camp, down down here we go to Leh. It is more than four hours journey in the car with astounding views of mountains.

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We stopped at Tsoltak’s Amchi Restaurant to have our lunch and took a ‘duckling’ boat ride. Yummy lunch pack:

 

 

A group of cyclists stopped by to camp:

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Then we stop by Shey Monestry at Choglamsar for a short visit. Full of history with old Buddha paintings and where the royals used to stay with perfect view.

Our kind and generous hearted Kunzang brought us to her cousin brother’s Vajra Villa to serve us good “tea”, turning out it’s our dinner (some).

Thank You Kunzang mum, cousin brothers and aunty for the good food! Beyond words for such Ladakhi treatment. :)) If you are looking for a room in Leh, look for Vajra Villa!

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And here we are checked-in KangXin Hotel. Pretty spacious room and bathroom. It’s first online connection to my parents and loved ones, I got pretty excited to talk to them and also having to watch tv for the first time. Kunzang showed me different Bollywood reality show and we have seen many different repetition ads.

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Coming down to Leh, the city Center from nature Pangong Lake showed a big contrast. But yea, I am embracing both sides, to ensure there is balance in life. Super excited for what’s to come as this is about to end. What’s next is really uncertainty.

Hope for the best and whatever it is, we can handle it. Yours too.

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Much love and blessings,
VicQi

Day 13 in Pangong Lake

Pretty much towards the end of this retreat, we all could felt it but it is a very happy day for us as we spend the day at Pangong Lake! A free and easy day.

We took an hour journey from the hotel by our beloved Norboo. He got us snacks for the journey, very kind of him. Thank You Norboo!

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Behold the Beauty of Pangong lake:

Pangong Tso, Tibetan for “high grassland lake”, also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m. It is 134 km long and extends from India to China. – Wikipedia

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So we arrived Pangong about noon time and check in to Galaxy Camp, right in front of the lake with build in toilet. Just look at the blue lake and sky, that’s enough.

Pangong lake is famous after Three Idiots movie came out about 6 years ago. Many camps and tents are available to stay while you could still bring your own tent to sleep, just take note of the different sizes of rocks on the ground. The lake is so huge where India only owns 30% of it, the rest falls into China.

We are just 40 km away from the border to China.

Grateful to have free time during afternoon so we took a good dip in the lake. It’s my first time dipping in ice cold lake water in cold weather, it’s about 15 degree in the afternoon. I felt my frozen legs after a few seconds and went straight in to swim a bit before coming out.

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Super refreshing and rejuvenating as it’s of salt water plus glacier water. Happy to have them to do this together! :))

Then we have a girls’ makeup session with our Japanese teacher Miho. She teaches us the steps, starting from Kunzang, Angela, Chloe and I. Fun session with girls focusing on grooming and pampering ourselves. Thank You Miho!

Angela and I went for a good walk further away by the lake side. Observing how the sun rays changed the lake colours from light blue to deep blue. Observing how bikers stopped by to pee and take photos. Observing how busses of children passes by and say hi to us. Observing other foreigners like us took a long walk and smile to us. Observing beautiful build stupas and building one for ourselves. We shared our stories while embracing the strong chilly wind.

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Thank You Angela for the lovely walk. 🙂

And then I went back to the tent to read “The Journey Across Tibet”. I read how this lady persists in her vision no matter what happens to her. Very inspiring I must say, I felt her pain and joy. Cindy and Grit and Angela joined us later in the tent for a chat and half way through I felt asleep. Good to take a nap. Drooling.

About 7:30pm, it’s dinner time. All gathered at the dining space for a yummy food. It feels good to have everyone in a long dining table. For now, I really appreciate every time we have together. Had a good chat with the lovelies on makeup.

Finally agenda we have Jason for an hour or philosophy lesson about the science of mind on concentration and meditation. It is a blessing to received such information and learnings from Jason. It works for me so far. But most importantly is to practise and walk the talk.

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Be a practitioner.

And the day ended with a good night chat with Kunzang. This might be the last night we are sharing a space. Really good to have her around! Much love to you Kunzang!

That’s for today, sleeping at 11:35pm.

I love you!

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Cheers,
VicQi

Day 12 in Panggong

I think yoga + being with beautiful souls + staying in Ladakh have been opening my heart and subsequent chakras. As I am really present in every moment with all the activities planned and people around. So much laughter and hugs.

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Thank you Vira Life Academy (Facebook) who brought all of us here!

Today is really something as we traveled an hour to reach Satto Village to serve the villages along with two AMCHIs. And, in the afternoon, we get to interact with nomads’ kids in School of Kargam, 82 of them. Then ended the night with good companions. 🙂


Community Service at Satto Village

The beautiful scenery towards the villagers.

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It was a bumpy journey but our ride was fun with driver Nobu plus riders Cindy and Kunzang. Kunzang is always doing what she can to share us more about Ladakh culture and stories. We passed by her village, just super grateful to have her side by side most of the time. Thank You love 💖.

Norboo is our hotel’s heir who has been driving us around these three days, he has been very helpful to share us stories and whatever he could. Our Dear Cindy has also been a wonderful companion along this journey, very authentic and a good listener.

I found many good listeners here ! This is a rare skill I must say but I can say most of us here are all good listeners who knows how to hold space for each other. Grateful.

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Back to the Satto Village, when we arrived we were served with tea and biscuits, then we divided into two teams- senior AMCHI and junior AMCHI. I am at the senior AMCHI team where I am responsible to write “Morning”,”afternoon”,”evening” in Tibetan. After a night of practise Cindy and I are pretty good at it. AMCHI said for kids it needed three months to do so. Proud VicQi.

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AMCHI would diagnose the villagers one by one and he would let us know how many spoons to pack and when to consume. Then we each have roles to play, packing, labelling and distributing. I am pretty happy with my role.

I am blessed with healthy body as I witnessed the villagers conditions. I learned to be really content with what I have now. And super touched with AMCHIs spirit to help without expectations, this has been passed on generation by generation. Junior AMCHI said this journey is not a road towards wealth but a guaranteed fulfilment in helping others. That’s what keeps him going.

 

Interacting with Nomads Children

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IMG_5512 (1)IMG_5513 (1)In the afternoon we went to a residential school named Kargam school. It is specifically for nomadic children where they stay and receive education while their parents are out to take care of sheeps and yaks.

Also served with biscuits and tea, we introduced ourselves like how the press conference is done. Super cool! It was previously a mobile school but now taken care by the government where government would send teachers to teach here for about two years before relocation.

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We have 82 students with us about two hours. They had 2 mothers and 2 people who cook for all of them. All of their parents would need to contribute 40k Rupees per month to cover their living cost in total meanwhile government is supporting their food cost with 50rupees Per children for a day.

After listening to these figures, our Leo showed up to donate an amount to cover their cost. This condition is very different from the children of Mahatbodhi Center, where basic needs are yet to be covered.

The school is in need of volunteers to stay longer with them to help with young kids or to teach children in English. They had their first two volunteers covered with accommodation and a kitchen for them to cook. If you are looking to volunteer in Ladakh, I highly suggest to give a helping hand to the children here.

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Oh yeah, so we did separate interaction with junior and senior children. For junior we played chasing games as for senior we taught 9 different languages of greetings. Jin and Jason showed yoga and martial arts movements. While the rest spilt into smaller groups to interact. They are obedient and eager to learn. When we ask where do they want to travel, they mentioned Canada as they have Canadians who came here during winter to play ice hockey.

So I do think for any children, it is best to expose them with more possibilities for growth. They loved it when we used drone to shoot, a new technology and countless possibilities after learning about it.

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Night time Conversations

I had a great laughed these days, pretty much thanks to all around me and I believed my heart chakra is open somehow. Super blessed with all given opportunities to learn and laugh.

I do miss my family, loved ones, and friends. I am thankful for all who gave The opportunity and space for me to grow. Every second you all are deep inside my heart, I wish to share you more. By first taking good care of myself so I could take good care of you.

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Hugs!

Much love,
VicQi