Pokemon GO! Pros & Cons of this Addiction Candy

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We’ve all heard about the latest Pokemon GO! that’s raging around the whole world.

There are two types of people in this world:

  1. Who play Pokemon GO! and love it to death;
  2. Who don’t play Pokemon GO! and despise it to death.

Why do people love it so much?

I had to admit – I’m addicted too. That’s why I want to talk about it! Why is this rage so real and surreal at the same time.

  1. It’s a virtual reality game – Pokémon GO is built on Niantic’s ‘Real World Gaming Platform’. So it syncs the virtual reality world with real locations, to encourage players to ‘search far and wide’ in the real world to discover Pokemon to catch them.
  2. In case you don’t know how it works, you see a map of you, with your profile.Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 2.11.40 PM.png
  3. It’s a virtual reality game where people become ‘Pokemon trainers’ and catch ‘Pokemon’ – about #135 types now, that show up on your phone screen.

PROS

  1. It’s been a good excuse for couples or groups to go out on “Pokemon hunting dates”
  2. People who were home-bound with autism were starting to walk out of their homes (Autism Speaks article “Pokémon GO is giving young adults with ASD their own unique reason to leave the house, albeit if it is to catch pocket monsters”)
  3.  People had been doing more exercise! In order to hatch ‘eggs’ people have caught along the way, you have to walk a certain number of kilometers 2km, 5km or 10km in order for the egg to mature and ‘hatch’. pgo_eggs

Despite all the advantages you saw of Pokemon (also it is cheap and a real good time-killer!), we should look how to craze is going. Now that Pokémon is such a big viral thing right now – you see people playing it literally EVERYWHERE. I live in Hong Kong where the craze is almost abnormal – in the dense and packed city of Hong Kong, people gather around

Public parks…


(Victoria Park at 1am after midnight on Friday night)

Trams…

Hospitals…

The CONS is that people had been walking without looking, walking into rivers, walking into people in the street, lower working efficiency, stuffing trams with people who don’t get off, going into police stations, hospitals or trespassing just to catch a rare Pokemon – the addiction is unstoppable.

But just some interesting ideas.

Pokemon Go is owned by Niantic, Inc, which’s CEO is John Hanke. John Hanke is also the CEO of the CIA-funded firm called Keyhole, Inc, therefore there had been conspiracies with the privacy problems. “Keyhole, Inc” is a pioneering software development company specializing in geospatial data visualization applications, funded by In-Q-Tel to aid CIA. The name “Keyhole” is a homage to the KH reconnaissance satellites, the original eye-in-the-sky military reconnaissance system now some 50 years old. In the way, the theory believes that Pokemon Go is a way by the US New World Government to control people around the world – their locations, gender, google account, what do they see in their camera, and that places in Pokestops are lures for Niantic, Inc to analyze locations worth spying on.

See this video to learn more about these theories:

If this is really true, Pokemon Go just means a total lack of real privacy.

As I had analyzed Niantic, Inc’s Pokemon Go Terms and Conditions, I had highlighted a particular point:

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According to the Terms & Conditions, Information CollectedNiantic, Inc will collect certain information…e.g. Google account…so we will collect PII (such as your Google email address,…and/or your Facebook registered email address) that our privacy settings with Google, PTC or Facebook permit us to access.

Technically according to the terms and conditions shown, as ‘Pokemon Trainers’, if we had used our real Google or Facebook account, certain location that could be to used to identify you may be collected – including emails or passwords.
Note: PLEASE be notified and check up on your passwords and change them regularly, in particular for bank accounts and other personal information. Cyber hacking for passwords is certainly not rare anymore with the increase in technological advances through out these years.

Please give comments (if you have any)!

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What is a blog?

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What is a blog? A blog is a frequently updated online personal journey or diary. It’s a place to express yourself to the world. Whether or not to expect people to read it or not, it’s a place to share your thoughts, feelings, and passion. I think a blog is anything anyone would want it to be. You could make a blog for every different purpose. A blog is like a website, and whatever you want to show to the world, the playground is yours.

According to Howtostartablogonline.net, every day, 172,800 blogs are being created; every 2 seconds, a blog is being made. Let’s categorize the main reasons why people want to share on their blog:

  1. THOUGHTS. Sharing your thoughts in a blog is like writing a diary – what you think throughout the day, what did you see that sparked inspiration in your mind, who did you meet and what they talked about that influenced you and gave you insight.
  2. FEELINGS. On a spiritual sense, expressing your feelings in a blog is important too – may it be your social interactions with friends, family members, lovers or even colleagues. Or any talk you’ve listened to and FELT humane. If a part of you is growing, it’s good to write it in your blog – you monitor the difference in you throughout time.
  3. PASSION. What are you truly passionate about? This defines who you are. What you want for your future, or the world’s future. It is definitely different for everyone. May you be a general lifestyle blogger (who blogs about “quality of life” – eating good food, going to interesting places, playing different activities every day), or sports blogger, or food blogger, or anything – as long as there’s a field or category for your blog, you’re up! The way to write a blog is to believe that you’re the expert in your field – even if that field may just be yourself. No one will know you better than yourself anyway!

 

What is a blog?” is a question I kept asking myself today. Today, someone had questioned me. An acquaintance had informed me that she would start a blog, so I told her I had this blog (that usually is for information and my environmental opinions). Immediately, she expressed laughter that my blog is in Chinese and that my blog content is educational, which I don’t understand why. I believe that my acquaintance uses a blog to promote herself, however each blog has a different purpose: Even up until this day I would still believe that this blog had helped myself monitor the strength of my opinions and environmental ideas, and still very proud to be passionate about what I believe is right – building a sustainability society for the future.

As a social media frequent user who was also a food blogger, in the recent months, I started to feel that the idea of having a perfect Instagramable lifestyle was not at all flattering (see Essena O’Neil quitting Instagram). My aim is not to build an image of perfect life, it’s to express my opinions. As I grow older, I find entertainment less important than education. Lifelong learning to me beats the idea of temporary happiness resulted from entertainment. When I learn something, the ideas stay in my mind, but on the other hand, ‘entertainment‘ is a short-lived feeling of happiness. I would never say entertainment is unnecessary, however, I believe that our purpose of life should not be solely based on it.

My blog lets myself express what I am passionate and truly feel for. I hope that by expressing my opinions with backed up information, I hope to persuade others to also think about the environmental problems we are causing and hope my thoughts reach to someone, some day.I believe that if I could affect some people – every small step counts! Thank you 🙂 I will update more from now on. Stay tuned!

 

Hong Kong: King of Wastage

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How much waste are you producing everyday? Yes, we all know there’s environmental problems to care about. But how much action have we put into it to solve the problem?

I live in Hong Kong, one of the most wasteful cities in the world. In 2010, we were coined the most wasteful city in the world.

This graph below shows the total amount of waste disposed in landfills daily by year. From the graph, despite the environmental policies the government had implemented throughout this decade, the rate at which solid waste was disposed at Hong Kong landfills had not decreased (and only increased).

Basically, just more and more waste is generated in Hong Kong.

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Source: Monitoring of Solid Waste in HK: Waste Statistics for 2014

Imagine all that waste we are creating each day. In Hong Kong, in 2014 alone, almost 15000 tonnes of waste were disposed each day. Imagine that number multiplied 365 days in a year.

Almost 10000 tonnes were created by Domestic, Commercial and Industrial Waste. This means the trash from our households, offices and factories. This is waste we can save!

As a normal Hong Kong citizen, I didn’t know until this moment that the Environmental Bureau of the Hong Kong Government had built up a plan “Plan E” (I guess E for Environmental) to change our city to become environmentally friendly. This table is a summary of the goals:

http://www.enb.gov.hk/en/files/WastePlan-E.pdf

Source: Hong Kong Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013-2022

Plan E

The Vision of this Plan E (I think E for Environmental) is “To instill environmental-sustainable culture in Hong Kong people’s daily life“. The target, “to reduce Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) by 40%  on a per capita basis by 2022, will specifically aim to reduce the current per capita MSW disposal of 1.27 kg per day to 0.8 kg per day by 2022“.

As ideal as this scheme sounds to everyone, had it not occurred that the disposal of MSW in Hong Kong had just been kept at around the same level in the past decade?

I had been particularly concerned with policy direction #2

“Make all out efforts to mobilize the community to participate”

The reason why I’m so surprised, is that I sent the image above (in green) to about 10 of my closest friends and family (all Hong Kong local residents), and literally none of them realized that the government had such great environmental goals for Hong Kong.

How could these goals be succeeded if the community of Hong Kong don’t even know about the plans of the government?

At least, the government needs to educate the citizens and make them voluntary participate.

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When comparing Hong Kong to other Asian countries, the daily domestic waste generation rate per capita is 1.36kg, significant more than Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo.

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This bar chart above shows the proportion of waste in which it is waste is managed.

Hong Kong, already with the highest generation of waste (from Figure 2), has the most inefficient waste management structure.

HK’s waste is 52% in landfill and 48% in recycling. 

Whilst other larger developed Asian cities have moved to incineration or other waste-to-energy processing technology and almost no landfill, Hong Kong’s main waste processing method remains as LANDFILL, 52%. Japan literally has no landfills, Singapore and Taiwan are at a mere 1and 2%, with South Korea at 19% but working on it to reduce their waste with great waste managing technology.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong says that its recycling 48% of its waste. I am wondering how trustworthy is the source of the information that had came from the official government documents. A few days ago, an article by South China Morning Post mentioned that only 17% of water bottles are successfully recovered for recycling, whilst the world international average was 37%.

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Pie chart showing the compositions of different MSW in Hong Kong.

In a typical rubbish bin, there may be a lot of food and leftovers of bones (40%), as well as other things. Putrescibles are actually organic, and when other in the countryside, it can be just thrown away as it is bio-degradable.

This is what we can do first – we can sort by sorting out our rubbish! In each household, we should put a small big that contains things we can bring to the recycle bin.

If you would like to know more about the nearest recycle bin by GPS:

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Watch more about FOOD WASTE. A whooping 1/3 of the waste in Hong Kong comes from leftover food. When you order too much and leave food…think about where the waste goes in Hong Kong. Landfills only. Let’s not compromise our future generations…

Please watch this TED Talk: Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

Sources: 

Hong Kong Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013-2022 (2014). Retrieved May 31, 2016 from The Government of Hong Kong, Environment Bureau Web site: http://www.enb.gov.hk/en/files/WastePlan-E.pdf

Monitoring of Solid Waste in Hong Kong – Waste Statistics for 2014 (2015). Retrieved May 31, 2016 from Government of Hong Kong, Environmental Protection Department Web site: https://www.wastereduction.gov.hk/sites/default/files/msw2014.pdf

 

 

 

Peace and Politics…does it exist?

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Taking a rare stance for a change. I have no stand in Politics, but between Peace and Politics, really, won’t everyone choose Peace? That’s what I hoped for. World Peace. Peace around the world. In that the world a better place to live in.

I’m usually not a person with any political stand. I stay neutral on all political terms. I don’t think there’s any point debating whoever is right or whoever is wrong, if both sides have supporters, maybe both sides have their advantages and disadvantages. So I won’t take a stand until I understand both sides enough. It may be heartless and immature to say so, but I am unbeknownst of political views.

I just stand on the side of Peace. I don’t care what is happening with politics, as long as there’s peace. I don’t understand how the world can be so imbalanced, don’t comprehend why wars between countries can exist. How come mere difference of beliefs or cultures can drive countries ahead with so much anger.

Today I’ve been looking at the news and feeling a bit disappointed in international politics. As you all know, today, EgyptAir flight MS804, that was supposed to go from Paris to Cairo, was missing from the radar since GMT 2:30am on Thursday (19 May 2016); it disappeared off the air traffic control centres. It had just entered the Egyptian international waters. Apparently, it mysteriously made a sharp 90 degree turn before dropping down into the Mediterranean Sea. Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 6.53.00 PM.pngAs of this moment, no one knows what really happened to the plane, however the wreckage was found with no survivors – all 66 passengers on board presumed to have died in this incident. Read this for more information.

This just suddenly reminds everyone of the mysterious plane crashes that seem to happen every so often in this year, such as the incident with the Malaysian Airlines. To remind, just on Halloween of last year, 31 October 2015, a preceding airplane crash incident had occurred within Egyptian territory. Russian chartered passenger flight Metrojet Flight 9268 with 224 passengers on board, was planned to fly from Egypt to Russia. It had been planted with a bomb that exploded the plane about 23 minutes after its departure from one of the airports in Egypt.

Again, these two aircrafts were from the Airbus A320 family. For the incident that occurred in October last year, the Egyptian president had recently admitted that the aircraft crash incident was caused by terrorism (see this). So is this terrorism again? Terrorism, the use of violence and threats to intimate or coerce for political purposes. Is this what politics is for? This is my opinion, but I don’t understand how Terrorism uses Politics to go against Peace. Why can’t the world be at Peace together? Is death to innocent people the solution to whatever their problem is? Is War able to force Peace out? Isn’t the world better if everyone can just be happy with their own lives, and let others live their own? Who ever gets to decide who lives and who dies?

I just read this article from The Times of Israel:
Kerry in Cairo for talks on Egypt’s politics, Mideast peace“.

  • On Tuesday 18 May:
    • Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi initiated revival of peace talks with Israel.
    • Sissi offered support for a French initiative and suggested to be a mediator
    • Idea was to hold a Mideast peace conference (however this idea was rejected by Israel previously).
    • Sissi mentioned that the relations between Israel and Egypt could only be ‘warmer’ since the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace treaty signed between Egyptian then-president Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menacham Begin (under supervision of US President Jimmy Carter). These efforts for this treaty had led Sawat to be awarded with the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize. However a few years later Sadat had been assassinated by the Islamic extremists the Egyptian Islamic Jihad group (see wiki).
    • Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu liked the suggestion of a Palestinian-Israel deal that gave ‘safety and stability’ for both sides; supported the idea to advance and invest in efforts to advance peace and security and represented Israel to be ‘ready’ to join Egypt and other Arab states in “advancing the peace process and stability in the region“.

Though I don’t know much, from what I know, it appears this aircraft incident is extremely complicated and controversial.

Back in 1979, the Egypt-Israel peace treaty that had been signed between Sadat and Begin was quite controversial enough – Arab states regarded Egypt as ‘back-stabbing’, to be the first Arab state to accept Israel.

Now in 2016, having Sissi and Netanyahu seemingly insistent of the possibility of hosting a Mideast peace conference, it is possibly that some parties that are against this political ‘peace’ move had taken action to show their dislike in this political move…

Politics is too complicated. I wish World Peace was as easily achievable and simple as it is often said.