Monday, July 14, 2014

Super Moon...


When I overheard the new about the super moon recently, I wanted to make snap of it. Unfortunately for me, Sky on the day (July 12) was full of clouds here in Taipei. However, I managed to capture a decent view of it on the day after. 

According to NASA, "perigee moon" is the scientific term for a super moon. It means the moon is at the point in its orbit that brings it closer to Earth. The result is that the world’s closest neighbor appears larger and brighter than usual – with breath-taking results.

Day after a Super Moon - 2014/07/13

I still have two more chances for this year, two other supermoons will appear later this summer on 10 August and 9 September. Let’s see how that goes.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Colombo to Taipei...

I just wanted to see the distance from Colombo to Taipei, the two capital cities of Sri Lanka and Taiwan respectively. I'm originally from Sri Lanka now in Taiwan, though I've been here for almost three years now didn't actually wanted to see how far actually I am away from my home. I had a rough figure around 3000kms and that seems to be a bad estimation, as it turned out to be actually around  ~4800 km. The circumference of Earth at the equator is about 40,075 km. Well with compared to that, this is just 1/10 of it... 

Colombo to Taipei

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sunsets to Nangang...

It was a beautiful view of the sunsets from my office room at the 11th floor at Academia Sinica over the Nangang Mountains. Reminds me of the panoramic sunsets that I used to have from my office at the Chinese Culture University in Yangmingshan.

Sunsets to Nangang Mountains

Saturday, February 1, 2014

"Long live our wetlands"...!!


A comic that came out for the upcoming world's wetland day - Feb 02 from "ramsar"

However, the bitter truth is we are not ready to do this calculation before it is too late. In many cases, it is always after doing something irreversible that you realize that it could be avoided. So consider all the stakeholders and give proper weight to the ecological functions when you balance the sheet.

"Long live our wetlands"...!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year ... 祝您新年快樂。

It has been no so good year in terms of the blog, but was a breakthrough and successful year in other terms. Anyway, here we are stepping in to the new Chinese New year 2014. 

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, this year will be the year of horse. It great that the Chinese people have an animal dedicated for each year. There is this mythical story about a race of these animals and the years were dedicated according to the winners list. Mouse comes first in the list (though this mouse did some cheating in the race, where he travel on the horns of the ox and jumped in to the winning line at the very end, to become the first) and the ox second and so on. The Dragon is to be the most preferred animal among the dozen of them in the Chinese community. Is so famous, where it leads even to a extend resulting, higher birth rates in a dragon year with compared to the rest of the years, everyone wants to have a dragon baby!

© Internet 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Conservation Vs Development


The Environmental issues with regards to the natural forest degradation of Sri Lanka is on the rise. The main reason is the so called development activities after the liberation of the country from a 30 year war. We need the development but at what cost? If the authorities developing a car park for "Deyata Kirula" so called Development exhibition within a scantuary which is covered by a elecric fens, I guess they’re gone insane. Here is a good Interview done by the Young Asia Television’s Narada Bakmeewewa with Mr. Sajeewa Chamikara, the Director of the Environment Conservation Trust, Sri Lanka. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

World Water Day | March 22




World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.


Year 2013 is also the International Year of Water Cooperation. They declared this in view of the organization’s multi-dimensional mandate in the realm of natural and social sciences, culture, Education and communication, and its significant and long-standing contribution to the management of the world’s freshwater resources.

There were a couple of activities in Sri Lanka and Taiwan on water conservation. Taiwan at the moment is facing a bit of water scarcity due to the lack of rainfall. Although the winter here in Taiwan, especially northern part is wet, but we are experiencing rather a dry Winter this time. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka experienced some extreme rainfall events  in last few months. All  these events evidence the climate change impacts. So it's a high time to act, but not just celebrating the day.