2010年2月19日 星期五

高中生代表台灣參加國際會議 - 卡達 MUN


2010 年卡達 MUN 大會
依照字母順序,台灣排在泰國的後面
開幕典禮流程
當地報紙大篇幅報導

2010 年,美國哈佛大學和台大合辦的 MUN 大會 - Model United Nations , 曾經引起媒體的一陣關注.台灣不能正式加入聯合國,但是在台北舉辦的 MUN 大會, 來自世界各地的學生代表齊聚一堂,沒有那麼多的政治敏感,就像聯合國真正開大會一樣,各國學生參與討論不同的議題和委員會,體驗這個或許沒什麼實際功能,但卻是全世界最重要的國際組織.

除了大學之外,高中也有這個社團,像我的女兒就讀的高雄美國學校, MUN 就是很受重視的社團.每周課後活動,就事先設定的議題加以討論,社團幹部設計各種有趣的活動,讓團員熟悉聯合國的歷史,憲章,議事規則....等等.目前每年一度的 TAIMUN, 是由台中美國學校主辦,會前各國代表的分配和討論主題的設定,都需要花很多精神準備,才能讓會議圓滿進行.

BEIMUN 則是由中國每年在北京舉行的 MUN 會議,參加的國家來自世界各地. 2009 年,我的女兒代表學校參與這個盛會,她被分配到擔任國際法庭的法官,模擬審判引起全世界高度關注,被關在 Guantanamo Bay detention center 裡面,年紀只有 15 歲,史上最年輕的戰犯 - Omar Khadr ,雖然只是模擬國際法庭的審判,但是會前她做了不少資料的搜集和研讀,會後她更了解國際事務的高度複雜性,並從中獲益良多.

今年年初設於首都杜哈的美國喬治城大學卡達分校,也舉辦一場 MUN 盛會,一共有四十個國家,六十八所學校出席,台灣則由高雄美國學校獲邀參加,我的女兒也在其中.對於卡達這個阿拉伯國家,令人印象最深刻的,就是 2006 年所舉辦的第十五屆杜哈亞運,透過電視畫面的轉播,讓全世界看到這個華麗壯觀的開幕大典,讓人對這個富有的中東小國刮目相看.

我的女兒今年選擇參加 MUN 大會新聞委員會的工作,她捨棄英國 BBC 和美國 CNN 兩大強勢媒體,而是加入代表阿拉伯國家發聲的 Al Jazeera International, 也就是伊拉克戰爭之後特別受到世界矚目的半島電視台,她還獲邀參觀該電視台的實際作業情形,真是千載難逢的機會,當地的報紙也用顯著的篇幅,報導這場雖然只是學生模擬的聯合國大會.

我邀請她在我的部落格寫下這次與會的心得,對台灣人而言,阿拉伯世界遙遠又神秘.這幾年雖然流行去杜拜旅遊,或僅只是在阿布達比轉機去歐洲,我想對於正值高中的女兒來說,這是一個難得的機會,我自己也很想透過她的眼睛,看看這個國民所得超高的國家,想知道那裡的年輕女孩,是不是也都要把全身包起來只能露出眼睛?逛不逛街?買不買名牌?到處是不是一片黃沙滾滾?

讀完了她的文章以後,我發現好像和既有的印象差別很大,真的是行萬里路勝過讀萬卷書.不過最重要的是,臺灣和中國以及其它數十個國家的學生一樣,帶著國旗,代表國家參與會議,我們特地準備了鳳梨酥和烏龍茶,在文化之夜招待各國代表,讓他們品嘗來自寶島的美味和盛情.

2010年2月18日 星期四

Scoop! Scoop! Tell Me All About It!

One of the perks of being an executive in MUN is being able to choose what assignment (delegation) first. I chose Press because I aspire to have a career in a journalism related field, not because this assignment required no opening speech or position paper : D


Press & ECOSOC (my roomie, Jenny)

I was awed by how organized the Conference was, and most of all, how tech-embracing the Press Committee was. Our "publication" was in fact a blog and each team received a Flip Video to record every moment of the conference.


Hard at work

The Press Committee was divided into three teams- CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera International. I was part of Al Jazeera International, and I couldn't have been more glad. This gave me the opportunity to explore unknown horizons, as Al Jazeera is the most influential Middle Eastern publication.


Ece, our editor-in-chief

Hilda, public relations staff

Because of my status as Press, I was allowed to roam freely throughout the many committees of the conference. I interviewed delegates, wrote stories, edited articles, and posted Tweets on Twitter. I found all this work to be very fulfilling, and once again, I realized my passion for journalism and marketing.


Security Council

Cute chair and a friend from Brunei (:

Two of the highlights of my experience in Press was attending a real press conference and visiting the Al Jazeera headquarters. The press conference invited real journalists from various new publications, including Al Jazeera.


The newsroom

3,2,1 and we're on air!

We visited both the Al Jazeera International headquarters and the Al Jazeera Arabic headquarters. I had never been inside a real television and news station before, so I was awed by the intricate workings of a broadcasting center. We saw the editing room, the news room, and the broadcasting studio. This tour was really an eye-opener. This experience made me realize that the future of journalism lies in the Internet and I want to be part of that future!


Getting a tour

Original cameras from 1996

Al Jazeera- Arabic Channel

From conferencing to getting to know all about Arabic culture, this trip to Qatar was worth every penny. I will never forget my weekend in Doha!


Goodbye Qatar!

VISIT: http://aljazeeramun.blogspot.com

The Qat's Meow

Although Qatar is very much Westernized, traces of Arabic culture can be seen everywhere. On our first day in Qatar, we visited the Museum of Islamic Art. Not only does it have a very large collection of Islamic Art, but the building itself is spectacular. Designed by architect I.M. Pei, the museum draws inspiration from traditional Islamic architecture but adds many twists.


Museum of Islamic Art

Intricate ceiling designs

Gorgeous floor length window !

Two kings and a queen : D

I must admit, I'm not that big of a fan of Islamic Art. They all look pretty much the same to me, but the museum itself was gorgeous. The museum lies on the edge of Doha harbor at the south end of Doha Bay. We (the 6 KASMUNers) had a lot of fun sitting by the edge of the crystal clear water, feeling the cool breeze on our faces.


Boo

Roomies forever!!

On the second day of the trip, we visited Education City, which houses several very prominent universities from the US including Northwestern University, Georgetown University, and Cornell University. I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by a Cornell physics professor, Dr. Marco Ameduri. I HATE physics, but he made physics almost interesting. This lecture was almost like listening to a real life Sheldon Cooper! I guess this is the biggest difference between a great school and an ok school- the quality of teaching.


Georgetown University SFS-Qatar

Dr. Marco Ameduri

On the third day, we visited Souq Waqif, which was packed with shops selling traditional garments, accessories, handicrafts, and spices. This souq is at least a hundred years old, but has been restored. When I first went into the Souq, I didn't think much of it, but now as I think back, the Souq was filled with a certain mysterious Arabic charm.


The crew

Patriotism much?

Salad with goat cheese

Arabian Nights

Finally, the highlight of the trip was CULTURE NIGHT!! Each school prepared a booth representing their own country. We brought fish candy, plums, tofu, and pineapple cakes, while schools from Greece brought olive oil soap, Turkish schools brought Turkish delights, and local Qatari schools brought boxes of dates. It was very fun to watch the schools parading in their traditional clothing. It's a shame we didn't have anything cool to wear : (


Culture Night!

Bulgarian national dress

Fashion show

Yalla Habibi


Qatar Airways : D

Now I know how to put on a lifejacket (:

Dawn

SG's bright orange suitcase, among a sea of black

In early September 2009, I was already aware of a very important upcoming trip. I was going to visit Qatar, a tiny sliver of a country bordered by Saudi Arabia to the South, for the 2010 Model United Nations at Georgetown University SFS (School of Foreign Service)-Qatar. Although only 11,586 square km, Qatar has the highest GDP per capita in the world. Impressive!


Baby blue taxis!

View from our room- Doha Marriot's pool

Before I realized it, January had rolled around, and I was on a journey of a lifetime. I was excited and apprehensive. I had no idea what to expect! Our advisor, Sr. Graña, who had taught in the Middle East previously, gave us some "helpful" advice. No skirts above the knees, keep your arms and neck hidden, and wear nothing that accentuates curves!

He was wrong. When the first day of touring began and we saw the other schools, girls were wearing mini skirts, tank tops, hip-hugging jeans etc. Qatar seemed extremely westernized, to my surprise. I had imagined deserts rampant with camels and cacti, but Qatar looked like any other city in the world, with a beautiful downtown skyline, reminiscent of Hong Kong.


City skyline

On the first day, we visited Villagio Shopping Mall located on the west end of Doha. Not only did this mall contain many shops including Zara, H&M, and Sephora (Taiwan has none of these!!), but the name of the mall was particularly significant. Coincidentally, our English teacher's last name is Villagio as well.


Enough said...

ice rink in Villagio Mall

Krispy Kreme!!

The streets of Doha were impeccably clean and lined with BMWs and Hummers, the sky was blue, and the ocean was a deep turquoise. It is easy to see that this country is among the richest nations in the Middle East.


Palm trees edged against clear blue sky


Sitting by Al Corniche

2010年2月7日 星期日

KiKi vs Dean & Deluca


明星開的川菜餐廳

簡潔清爽的內裝

腐乳空心菜

五更腸旺

紅椒豆干肉絲
乾煸四季豆

父親生前特別喜歡吃中正紀念堂附近 - 小魏川菜的荷葉排骨,豆瓣鯉魚,乾煸四季豆,宮保雞丁,這些都是比較費事的菜.在家裡,他也可以自己做幾樣家常菜,好比回鍋肉,魚香肉絲,麻婆豆腐,但是他老是嫌花椒不夠香麻,就是沒有四川老家的夠味.隨著年紀愈大,他的味蕾漸漸遲鈍,下手也愈來愈重,家人都不讓他吃那麼鹹的菜,後來幾年,好像什麼東西他都覺得沒什麼味道,不好吃了,所以請他出去吃飯,成了件傷惱筋的事.

我記得以前川菜館子隨處可見,下飯又實惠,可以說是國民美食,這些年,泰國菜似乎取代了川菜的地位,現在如果想吃一頓充滿鍋鑊香氣的川菜,我們就會選 KiKi 餐廳.捷運忠孝復興站下車,往微風廣場的方向走一會兒,過馬路就到了,雖然是明星開的店,幾年下來,每一次吃都不會失望,品質始終如一,價格也很適中,簡單清爽的內裝,沒有老舊餐廳的油膩氣味,連我的女兒也喜歡.

因為吃完飯還要去微風廣場逛逛,所以今天就不點水煮牛,因為每次點這道菜一定吃不完,打包帶回家,隔天加些黃豆芽,豆腐,豆皮下去燉煮,又成了一道下飯的菜.這幾年我自己吃辣的功力大大地退步,女兒也只能吃微辣而已,所以點的都是些保守的川菜.空心菜雖然季節不對,但是腐乳的品質不錯,每次必點的乾煸四季豆,仍然保留豆子的水份和甜味,沒有炸得太乾.很家常的紅椒豆干豬肉絲,香氣十足,家裡就是炒不出這種味道來.今天比較差一點的就是五更腸旺,問題還是出在花椒,我想台灣潮溼的天氣,讓花椒都啞了!

吃完飯,女兒提議去微風廣場的 Dean & Deluca 喝東西,這家來自美國紐約的 gourmet store, 就是電影 " 美味關係 " 裡, Julie 去買菜的地方,白色的紙袋,大大的店名,看起來像是對食材有點堅持的人才會去的頂級超市.有人將它稱為超市界的 LV, 一定是崇洋的日本人封的.

微風店並沒有供應生鮮食材,我覺得其實也有沒那麼頂級,一罐進口的有機果醬要價六百多塊,實在沒必要,台灣一年四季生產特色水果,用點巧思,做成果醬,絕對不輸舶來品,像是在地品牌 " 在欉紅 ", 或是 " Lola " 的果醬,品質味道都很棒!倒是這裡的 expresso bar, 酷酷的帥哥調製的 chai latte 非常好喝,我喜歡肉桂的香味,給人一種溫暖幸福的感覺.坐下來歇歇腳,看看人,和老媽,女兒祖孫三代,過個悠閒的下午.


來自美國的 gourmet store
烘焙區
熱食區
頂級食材
女兒的生日禮物