The 2011 Peace Ambassadors

Congratulations on being selected to represent your country as the Peace Ambassadors for the 23rd APCC!

  1. Ms. Emily Ballantyne-Brodie (Australia)
  2. Mr. Syed Tousif Ahmed (Bangladesh)
  3. Ms. Jahan Ara Farook Moli (Bangladesh)
  4. Mr. Ugyen Penjor (Bhutan)
  5. Ms. Tshering Lhamo (Bhutan)
  6. Ms. Ashna Anuragni Murti (Fiji)
  7. Ms. Kara Katsumi Tsuzaki (Hawaii)
  8. Mr. Jacob Wilson Saiki (Hawaii)
  9. Ms. Charlene Yu  (Hong Kong)
  10. Ms. Wai Tsun Law (Hong Kong)
  11. Ms. Nidhi Parekh (India)
  12. Ms. Bhavneet Kaur Meuta Viada Hafid (India)
  13. Ms. Meuta Viada Hafid (Indonesia)
  14. Mr. S.j. Gatra Parahita (Indonesia)
  15. Ms. Juria Jimi (Japan)
  16. Ms. Somvang Vilaysouk (Laos)
  17. Ms. Soulinda Thammavongxay (Laos)
  18. Ms. Nurainaa BT Kabilmiharbi Ainaa (Malaysia)
  19. Mr. Mohammad Faiz Mohamad Noor (Malaysia)
  20. Ms. Mariyam Miusa (Maldives)
  21. Ms. Faiha ibrahim (Maldives)
  22. Ms. Nafisa Rijal (Nepal)
  23. Ms. Manjula Pandey (Nepal)
  24. Mr. Nicholas Short (New Zealand)
  25. Mr. Kamran Sabir (Pakistan)
  26. Ms. Noor Al Ain Azam (Pakistan)
  27. Ms. Monique Rose Caparros (Philippines)
  28. Ms. Lindsay Fernandez Garcia (Philippines)
  29. Ms. Lyubov Aleksandrovna Kapustina Lyuba (Russia)
  30. Ms. Htut Myatnoe Aung (Singapore)
  31. Mr. Tharindu Lakmal Muthugama (Sri Lanka)
  32. Mr. Dilshan Jayatilake (Sri Lanka)
  33. Mr. Ching Lun Lin Eric (Taiwan)
  34. Ms. Thanpicha Laotananukul (Thailand)
  35. Mr. Nattajak Chodrapeephan (Thailand)
  36. Mr. Lionel Victor Tavunwo Li (Vanuatu)
  37. Ms. Tram Bao Ho (Vietnam)
  38. Mr. Le Trung Thanh (Vietnam)
  39. Ms. Undram Battogtokh (Mongolia)
  40. Ms. Stephanie Kah-sin Tan (Atlanta, USA)
  41. Mr. Yvon Teraitua (Tahiti)
  42. Ms. Nan Myintzu Khaing (Myanmar)
  43. Mr. Hang Za Dal (Myanmar)
  44. Ms. Leonnie Paranda Leo (Papua New Guinea)
  45. Mr. Arunvichet Roth (Cambodia)
  46. Ms. Mareta Katu (Cook Island)
  47. Mr. Wenzhou Wei (Dalian, China)
We are looking forward to seeing you all in July!
-G
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Third Week at Work

Wow.  It’s Friday already? This week went by so fast.  Let me do quick a recap of the notable things that took place before I head home for the weekend.

On Monday there was an APCC Leader’s Meeting.  It was conducted entirely in Japanese so I couldn’t really understand everything.  I introduced myself in Japanese, with a little help from my friends.

Not-so lost in translation

Not-so lost in translation

On Wednesday, we had our BCIO Monthly Meeting, which was in English so I had no problems understanding what everyone was saying.  We fixed things pertaining to the PA Camp.  The next BCIO meeting will be on June 14.

Post-meeting shot

Post-meeting shot

Today we fixed up some handouts for the Japanese JA training on Sunday.  Also finalized and sent the PA Guidebook to the 2011 PAs.

Some of the APCC coordinators

Some of the APCC coordinators

Papers, papers, papers

Papers, papers, papers

Time to go.  おつかれさま! ^_^

-G

First Weeks in the Office

I’ve been helping out in the APCC Office for 2 weeks now.  I expected a lot of paperwork, but I never really knew the definition of “a lot” until I handled these documents.  I’m handling the documents of the JAs, PAs, and chaperons.

Everything in Japan is, of course, in Japanese.  I’m having some difficulty reading the Kanji characters, but people here, especially the APCC Coordinators, have been really nice and understanding, helping me find which folder a certain file is in, or which button to press to scan documents.

Just a taste of the 23rd APCC paperwork

Just a taste of the 23rd APCC paperwork

Last Friday, we had a party to bid Mayumi-san, former APCC Coordinator, goodbye as she leaves for Shanghai, China.  I met a lot of important people that night.  Here’s a group photo:

Group Photo

Group Photo

This afternoon, I had a video conference with the BCIO HO members and Erin using Ooovoo.  We discussed things for the PA Camp.  Here’s a screenshot:

Oovoo!

Oovoo!

I am really excited for this year’s APCC.  This year’s PAs have great ideas and we have a great batch of leaders in on this team.  This might be the best PA Camp ever. 🙂

-G

Greetings from Gel!

Ⅰ arrived in Fukuoka yesterday。I am really happy to be here in Japan right now, not only because it’s 7 degrees Celsius cooler here (it’s 32 C in Manila right now), but because I am excited to work with the APCC again.

At the airport with Kanu-san, Karuna, and Muta-san

At the airport with Kanu-san, Karuna, and Muta-san

Let me introduce myself.  I’m Gel (that’s short for Angela) and I’m from the Philippines.  I was a JA in 2002, a PA in 2009, and a BCIO Head Office Member in 2010.  I just graduated from college last March so the APCC has my full commitment now.

I had an orientation session a while back with Mr. Kurisu san, the APCC’s Senior Executive Director, Mr. Kenny Kurishige san, the BCIO Head Office’s Assistant Managing Director, Ms. Kanae Kimoto san, the APCC’s Secretary-General, Ms. Kanu Oishi san, in-charge of BCIO this year, and Salman and Karuna, the APCC interns last year.

With Kenny-san, Kurisu-san, and Kanae-san

With Kenny-san, Kurisu-san, and Kanae-san

I look forward to making history and working behind the scenes of the APCC.  I will do my best to be an awesome intern together with Erin Maitland.  She’s coming here some time in June.  Can’t wait to see her again after almost a year.

My work station

My work station

That’s all for now! I’ll update again next week! 🙂

-G