Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Education aka Brainwashing

I wrote this piece last year in Feb 5. I have loads of notes on my facebook and there people have started encouraging me to blog. I thought you all would like to take look at it and judge as you please ;)

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What's education? Is it the standards we should all follow? Should we all be educated? Or is it just to fit in our society? What's education? Why some people leave or drop out of school? Are they all dumb? Why did Bill Gates drop out? Have you ever wondered why we should go to school? I sometimes think i shouldn't go there. The school is in reality a place where we get BRAINWASHED. Our government or our kings/queens are scared of loosing their control over us, therefore they make this schooling system where we all have to get through. And we all follow it, and we even send our own kids to get brainwashed the same.

What do we become when we graduate? We will know what's fiscal policy, the political organizations, the definitions or many other professional words; but in reality, our diploma just represents or says "this lady/guy has been brainwashed VERY GOOD", nothing more. We shouldn't be brainwashed like this, but instead, what we have to do is to keep yourself YOURSELF. You're unique, and you're one and only in your own way; you shouldn't loose that. I'm the person who learns thoroughly, but I refuse to believe every single words my teachers say. That's just his/her thought, and we don't have to follow his every single statement. It is YOU who have to make what is what, not somebody else telling you THIS IS THIS.

Our world is destroying our uniqueness. We call some people NORMAL, and others CRAZY. Why? Just because they have a different way of thinking or viewing things? Where did the freedom of thought or speech go? We don't have to be ROBOTS or be NORMAL. We don't have to get "educated", it is our choice, our thought, our views, and our life. Don't let any government or people brainwash you!

HAVE YOUR OWN THOUGHTS!

Peace,
Batzul

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Writers Block

Hey everyone,

Sorry that i haven't written anything for two months, I'm simply in writers block. A lot is going in my mind.

However, I hope you all had a joyful merry Xmas, whether you celebrate or not, hope you had a pleasant holiday with your family!

I shall of course start writing immediately, once I'm out of the writers block.

Till then enjoy the holiday! And I really appreciate your feedbacks on my blog! I welcome both the positive and negative comments with open arms!

Love,
B

Monday, October 25, 2010

Do you know this Girl?

What's more curious than knowing yourself?
What's more pleasing than accepting who you are?
But WHO are you?
So many famous intelligent philosophers say that
We can know what a world is
ONLY if we can know who WE are.

But do we know this world? - NO.
So, does it mean that we don't know ourselves? - Probably.

There's nothing more important than understanding ourselves.
There's nothing sadder than DENYing ourselves.
And there's nothing more entertaining than being YOURSELF...
...Now, do we know ourselves?...

Do i know myself? I have to know.

...by BATZUL
December 19, 2008

I wrote this poem about two years ago, when i was in deep thoughts of whom i should become, which career i should pursue, which direction i should go to and simply just asking myself WHO I AM TO MYSELF. It is amazing how i still question these questions.

People change (ofcourse we do) and i have changed too. Everyone and everything changes! Nothing stays the same. Things and people get old. Some age wiser and some not so much. But one thing is same for all - time. Whatever your belief is, whether you believe there's an afterlife or there is not, live your life to the fullest. Be the best person you can be to your family, friends, love, and most important of all, to yourself. Do not let yourself regret when you get 60 (or 80 and above if you're lucky) and torture yourself for being such a unproductive, lazy and lame person. Be the best person you can be. Do not fight with others, but fight with yourself, because no one is your biggest enemy, but yourself. It is you, yourself, who decide what to do and what to think.

Last, but not least, know yourself before getting to know anything else. Ask yourself, who you are, what you like, what you hate, what to expect from life and from love and friendship or even tragedy. Improve yourself, whatever you're good at, specialize in it. Do not let other people make your decision for you. You are your one and only own master, always remember that; and it is your choice to either be a good master to yourself, or be a bad lazy one. Never forget that you make your own destiny and your own future, NOT god and no one else.

We are all changing and adapting people - so change well and age well. i hope you're all having a great day and night!

With lots of hugs and thoughts,
B.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

ZEITGEIST - MOVIES

Wikipedia explained the sequel very short and clear below. Please, take your time to watch these 2 full movies and 1 trailer below. It's not a blockbuster or typical love movies, but rather a rational one - disturbing movies. It will take you approx 4 hours to finish them all. Watch one per day, and think about it. There has been a huge debate and criticism following these movies and we all should watch it if you're interested in world affairs and critical issues. Special thanks to Dolgion who recommended this movie for me. It made me think and THINK, and i hope you'll share your thoughts in return!

Zeitgeist: the Movie is a 2007 documentary film by Peter Joseph that asserts a number of ideas, including an artificial, mythological origin of Christianity, alternate theories for the parties responsible for the September 11th attacks, and finally, that a cabal of international bankers have been manipulating the international monetary system and the media in order to consolidate power under a unified world government.

The film was officially released online on June 18, 2007 on zeitgeistmovie.com. In addition to attracting significant public interest, it has been criticized for reported factual inaccuracies, and the quality of its arguments.

ZEITGEIST: THE MOVIE



A sequel, Zeitgeist: Addendum, focuses further on the monetary system and advocates a resource-based social system influenced by the ideas of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project. Following Zeitgeist: Addendum, Peter Joseph created an organization called The Zeitgeist Movement to promote the ideas of Fresco's Venus Project.

ZEITGEIST: ADDENDUM



A third film called Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is scheduled to be released in January 2011. Peter Joseph has stated that its topics will focus on human behavior, technology, and rationality.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Mongolian President in Denmark

Our President of Mongolia, Ts. Elbegdorj is in Copenhagen! Unfortunately i had no chance of meeting him - he's paying a very short visit to Denmark, and last time i saw him at COP15 in December, no one had opportunity to talk to him anyway. All the cameras, reporters and flow of people having pictures taken with him, there was no way of asking questions and talking to him, sadly. But his official visit will be like this below:

* Thursday evening, 7 October is the Mongolian president Ts. Elbegdorj official visit to Denmark.

* Friday, 8 he stands at the head of a delegation of Mongolian businessmen, who will meet with Danish colleagues in Copenhagen. * There will also be time for a lunch with Queen Margrethe.
* In the evening the distribution of medals at Asia House in Copenhagen Freeport.

* The visit ends Saturday.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS IN MONGOLIAN, visit president.mn! Crown Prince Fredirik looks so bored, lmao, look at the slide shows on the website!

Hope Our President's Visit has been efficient and productive!

Til next time,
Yours sincerely,
B.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

FAQs regarding my English.

I have had people asking me why i blog in English, why not in Mongolian? Can't you speak Mongolian? You should blog in Mongolian!...etc. Well, ofcourse i do and can speak my mother tongue, and ofcourse can definitely write and blog in Mongolian, but unfortunately that will limit my blog only to my Mongolian friends. I thought it was best to blog in English, so that EVERYONE can understand it. So, i shall keep blogging in English!

HOBBY SCHOOL

Thanks to the people who has complemented my English skills. I thought i should clarify that there is no big science behind learning ANY LANGUAGE - you just have to practice it regularly! My mother has invested in my education from a very young age, so I have learnt English since 3rd grade, and have entered in numerous English contests and olimpiads; and now i speak and write as good as my Mongolian. I have graduated from HOBBY SCHOOL, where they teach everything in English AND Mongolian (for instance, i would learn math in english and math in mongolian as well), so a good school has helped me a lot. At Hobby High School, all kids speak in English, even during breaks, because that's how they practice their English and learn to speak and write in English like a native English person.

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

For people who want to learn English, it is very important that you surround yourself with English environment, where you HAVE to speak English. Going to the land of English people, like Great Britain, USA and Australia can be a great opportunity to learn English very fast, because you'll be in mid of English people straight away and you'll hear it constantly, making your ears learn to catch and understand words more efficiently. There are many au pair girls, who go abroad to learn a language and their culture; but some people will ofcourse dislike babysitting another family's children all day, weeks and months long. I just took it as an example.

But you don't HAVE to go abroad to learn English!

I, myself, have never lived in States or England or whatever. I have learnt English in Mongolia! i simply had friends who were really willing to learn English, so we talked and practiced English daily on the phone, during breaks, at cafes...EVERYWHERE! It is just very important that you PRACTICE it.

BOOKS, MOVIES, SONGS & TV SHOWS, like MTV

I'm sure you've heard it a lot, but you only heard it a lot, because it is a great way to learn English! I, myself, have learnt English via HARRY POTTER! When i was young, I watched the movie first, and as soon as i found out that there's a book, i bought it straight away and read the whole Philosophers Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince & Deathly Hallows, the whole series including the extra books called Quidditch through the Ages, Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them and the Tales of Beedle the Bard. Well, my point is, books help you a lot! And more importantly if you re-read the books you have read, then it's even better, because you learn lots of new vocabularies without even noticing it. I, myself, have read Harry Potter books 5 times! :D

Plus, watch movies and shows with SUBTITLES, sing a long by looking at the LYRICS, watch English shows like MTV, where you can break the ice between your ears and daily English. Whatever works for you, do it, and remember that it is very IMPORTANT that you practice it.

And it's fun! There's absolutely no big science behind it, just have fun and keep talking with the funny accents till it becomes really good, and you'll ace TOEFL & SAT in no time :D Just be brave, NEVER BE SHY when you're learning a language, just do it!

That's all i can give and think at the moment - JUST PRACTICE IT!

And meantime for those people who thought this blog was crap, pls, enjoy this beautiful song instead :P



Best,
B

Thursday, September 23, 2010

University Post: 2nd Article

My University of Copenhagen has closed down the international degree program for Economics, leaving me and my fellow Danish and International friends disappointed. I interviewed the Head of Studies, Peter Erling Nielsen, for questions regarding why so.

Here you can read my second article on University Post, but yet the very first official article as a reporter! It's official - I'm a reporter :D

http://universitypost.dk/article/english-language-economics-degree-slashed

Another Danish site, Altandetlige.dk has also published my article!

http://www.altandetlige.dk/studiet/no-more-bachelor-of-economics-english-463

Monday, September 13, 2010

BOOKS I'm Digging to Read



* ACCIDENTAL GUERILLA by David Kilcullen on War on Afghan
* WHY WE DISAGREE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE by Mike Hume on COP 15
* ULTIMATUM by Mathew Glass
* TOO BIG TO FAIL by Andres Ross Sorkin on Financial Crisis
* HOW MARKET FAIL by John Cassidy
* STORM OF WAR by Andrew Roberts on WWII
* WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel


RELATED TO SCHOOL

* THE RETURN OF DEPRESSION ECONOMICS (Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1999) by Paul Krugman on Asian Crisis
* GLOBALIZATION AND HISTORY: THE EVOLUTION OF A NINETEENTH CENTURY ATLANTIC ECONOMY by K.H. O'Rourke & J.G.Williamson
* A PRIMER IN GAME THEORY (Prentice Hall 1992) by Robert Gibbons
* AN INTRODUCTION TO GAME THEORY (Oxford University Press, 2004) by Martin J. Osborne
* A GUIDE TO MODERN ECONOMETRICS (Wiley, 4edition) by Marko Verbeek

!!!

* ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE by Nick Hanley, Jason F. Shogren & Ben White
* ADVANCED MACROECONOMICS by David Romer
* POLITICAL ECONOMICS, Explaining Economic Policy by Torsten Persson & Guido Tabellini
* A FAREWELL TO ALMS, A Brief Economic History of the World by Gregory Clark

MEMOIRS

* DREAMS ABOUT MY FATHER by Barack Obama
* MY LIFE by Bill Clinton
* LIVING HISTORY by Hillary Clinton (Half read it, want to continue...hehe)
* PRISON DIARY 1&2 by Jeffrey Archer
* THE LONG WALK TO FREEDOM by Nelson Mandela
* THE BLAIR YEARS by Ali Campbell

Monday, September 06, 2010

Pictures

Pictures can make you smile, make you laugh, make you think, make you regret, surprise you, make you sad, make you cry and make you feel all the feelings you can imagine. It frames the past, shows how you were in the past or capture you in present for the future. It's nice to take photos, but at the same time it can be dangerous too for those who mustn't see. Pictures can make people do crazy things out of happiness or vice versa, jealousy or sadness.

Also pictures may become the only thing left for those people who have lost their loved ones - grandma, grandpa, dad, mom, sisters, brothers, friends or love. People live their lives and pass away - that's life. Some in a very unfortunate accidents or some from old age or incurable disease and sickness.

I think people who die, they are somewhat lucky, because the people who are left behind alive become the most unluckiest and miserable people ever. To feel someone to be missing from your life forever is a feeling that can't be cured. Time will heal, people say, but it really doesn't. Families and friends who are left on Earth always get hurt and emotionally or psychology damaged, because a single picture from the past can make them cry and ruin their whole day or weeks. It is not about been weak or not strong, but it's simply a broken love - a love that can't be expressed to the deceased but crying after them. It is very sad, yes. But that's life.

For those people who are damaged by loss, i write this to you, because it's a feeling that we all share - emptiness. When you miss someone, nothing can make you feel better. You'll always miss him or her - because they can't come back from dead. Chocolate and sweets, which usually cheer me up from anything when i was a kid, no longer does the trick. A hug from a relative, friends and family makes it even worse, because you cry even more. People say cry it all out, and i did, but it never finishes, tears never finish! Tears can come out on and on and on and on. It's amazing. It will come out as long as you're breathing! Psychiatrists say share how you feel to your family and friends, but really?

Everyone wonders, what's the point of living if you just die anyway? You eat, drink, pee, poop, sleep, shower, go to school, go to work, get a family and get old with her or him, and die from age if you're lucky and healthy. So, is it love? To love and be loved is the point of living? What's your point of living? To have a successful career? To be respected by all? Get wealthy? Find a true love? So 6.8 billion people on earth are just looking for love, good job and career, and why so many single, lonely people all around the world? Why so many unemployed sad people on the street? Why so many divorced, drunk and suicidal people who has work? How can we satisfy 6.8 billion people? You simply can't. You may make a world a better place, maybe, but it's impossible to satisfy all. Because some things that makes people happy, always makes another mad and sad. There's always a two sides of the story.

It's just that why people are so horrible and mean to one another? They smile to their face, but badmouth them on their back. Where did the trust one another and i can't find the word, oh, morality go? Waiters and waitresses cheating one another with tips or fighting over tips (it's just a money!) or people fighting for a queue or children stealing and wasting or partying with their parents savings. I'm not trying to be Dalai Lama, but seriously, just be nice to a person passing by. Say sorry if you bump into their shoulders and just wave atleast. Be nice. There's no point of making other people's lives horrible, just because yours is not perfect. Accept what you've got and accept who you are, and be happy with what you've got or try to improve yourselves, instead of dragging down another person who is succeeding a little. Support one another, and support comes back to you. A single, horrible move of you represents WHO. YOU. ARE. Remember that. So think before you say anything 'small' or do anything mean to someone. That just shows how small you are, how little your world is and how little your future becomes. Stand tall and be tall (it's a metaphor, you don't have to be tall to stand tall, if you're short, you still can stand the tallest you can atleast :P)

I'm just writing for the sake of people who are sick and tired of being nice to annoying people. Don't change who you are. Don't be horrible, just because others are horrible to you. Just walk away.

And once again, pictures can remind you of people whom you've disliked and loved, but capture them nevertheless because that's all you get, pictures and memories, when you get old.

I've lived with my grandparents my whole childhood and grew up playing cards with grandmas and chess with grandpas, so i sometimes think like one. It's crazy.

Anyways, hope you all have a nice day.

You've just be batzuled.
Cheers,
B.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

MOVIES

FREAKONOMICS have become a movie!



INSIDE JOB on Financial Crisis of 2008



FAIR GAME on Misleading Nuclear Weapons



WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

September 1, 2010

Or should i say Happy 30th of August? It was very refreshing and nice to see all my classmates, new classmates, my old school, its garden and all the other familiar polit faces. I'm at my 4th semester (last semester of my second year), and i felt old looking at the freshmen beside me who were so excited and buying books also on the first floor. It made me think, omg, i'm half way through my bachelors! It also made me think what i did and ACCOMPLISH since i became a freshman at my university. Some memories made me smile and some made me regret; and here i decided to share some of my pasts at school.

BEING A TUTOR



Here is one of the best funny/cool/stupid videos Tutors make to welcome the new comers.

I remember the first day at school as a freshman clearly. It was winter, Jan 2009, where i had to come to the first introductory days and presentations. Looking back at my clothes, i was very neat and so young [not that i'm very dirty or old now, but you know what i mean, right? - younger]. I was a baby, who came straight from parents caring home and so it was thrilling to be at different country away from family support and most importantly, it was a very independent step. Nevertheless, back to the point: what is tutoring? That's what i first thought too. At first i didn't know what a tutor was, and so i assumed they were young teachers welcoming freshmen to school, but instead they were simply elder students welcoming us with warm hearts and crazy parties to help breaking the ice. They are usually 10-11 tutors for 100 students in summer, but for us, the internationals, we had 11 tutors for 19 of us, so we had one tutor each (almost). Although it was so few of us, we got to know one another very well, and what's more, i wanted to be a tutor too. It was very stupid initiative, since i was not a Dane and most importantly couldn't understand Danish....how on earth can i tutor others? Nevertheless, i applied to be a tutor - and shockingly i got chosen! i gave it a shot and surprisingly RUKO thought why not have a one international tutor. But i didn't know what i got myself into, because it became a rollercoaster life all of a sudden.

I had to attend classes at school, first, and i also had my danish class afterwards, plus i had a part-time job....so tutoring or should i say partying really changed my grade scale completely. Be careful what you wish for! My first semester grades were excellent, but after tutoring they were close to passing grades and it made me really sad, because it was really hard to fail on a grade. Basically, i have learnt to fail and fail better simply. It may sound pathetic, but i realized grades were simply interpretation of another person judging you. What is really important is ofcourse your life experience, friendship and happiness. I was drunk with this thought for awhile and now i'm thinking again differently: i can do better grade than that.

I maybe making no sense, but basically what i'm trying to say is, it really showed me how choices can change your lifestyle and how it can lead you to different directions. Planning your study time, working time, partying time and ofcourse your own relaxing time is crucial. Which one you weigh more is your choice of lifestyle; and so this year on my second year, i chose not to tutor. it WAS an awesome trip, tutoring, and it WAS a great experience, but i wanted to do more. School was getting tougher and life busier! And hence with this experience, i'd recommend freshmen to tutor on their first year only (from my perspective atleast)

CONFERENCES & CURRENT BRAZILIAN WATER PROJECT

I have studied International Relations for 2 years at my National University of Mongolia, so i have a deep interest in world affairs and latest events. Even in Mongolia, i had attended a lot of international or Asia-Pacific conferences regarding various issues, and when i came to Copenhagen, COP15 preparation was already on, and i couldn't help but thinking - this is AMAZING! Luckily, besides my tutoring, schooling and working, i had managed to attend pretty much most of the climate conferences in Denmark, sitting next to mayors, learning about new innovations, meeting great minds and other volunteers from various backgrounds. It assured me that i was at the right place and i had made the right choice to come to Denmark. But after the COP15 wave, life in Denmark were getting back to normal slowly. However, friends i've made at conferences now still write once in awhile and give a heads up on new projects or even ask for help. Currently, i'm helping my friend hook Brasilian mayors with Danish Water Companies to help Brazilian citizens get a cleaner and fresher underground water, and i hope it succeeds! It's a great project and it would make a lot of people's life a lot easier and healthier if Danish Companies can work with this Brazilian mayors who are willing to invest greatly.

BEING A MENTOR

Like i said, i've decided to keep a low profile and focus on my self and study more, but my heart couldn't help but beating to make me do something else instead: mentoring. Mentoring is different from tutoring. Mentors pick you up from the airport, help you find your apartment in Copenhagen, help you get registered in the system and help you if you get lost or give heads up on where to buy cheap books [economic books are crazy expensive!] Anyways, i've got a German mentee who doesn't need my help at all, and so we have simply become nice friends instead. There's no 5 days of drunk trip or days of introductory presentations, instead you meet your mentee at a cafe or have a beer in the garden and just talk and share your thoughts and ask about the first days in copenhagen. it's very cute :D

RE-EXAMINATION

I proudly admit that i have failed exam. But i've promised myself that i'll never fail an exam again, because the re-examinations were even more harder as if it was made to punish you for partying too much and failing to pass. It was annoying to prepare for an exam in wonderful sunny summer holiday and it was stupid of me to fail or submit my exam blank. Don't repeat my misstep, lads!

TAKING A BREAK

In order to take a break from school, i was considering, you need to have 60 points, which means you must have completed all your first year's courses and have passed your exams. check. on top of that, you needed to leave denmark, for those who are not danish, as soon as you stop studying, so you needed to report to the school and immigration office when you're leaving and show them your plane ticket. What's even worse, if your visa gets expired during your break, you can't longen your visa, instead you have to take a whole new visa, same procedure all over again. So i'm glad i didn't take a break.

NO MORE ENGLISH BACHELORS FOR ECONOMIC STUDENTS

Thanks to recession, Danish GDP fell, as well as the percentage of GDP amount that goes to education, so Uni. Copenhagen had to cut some costs, and that was unfortunately the international line. But i will finish my degree here in University of Copenhagen. I will finish it with a great ups and downs and great accomplishments and great failures as well. But what i get in total is a great EXPERIENCE.

I hope you all choose your ways wisely,
Never stop thinking or asking, and never be afraid to express yourself and let me know if my blogging rocks or sucks!

See you again folks,
Sincerely
Batzul

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Embarrassing Confession

DANISH HUMOUR

Sarcasm is essential in Denmark. Don’t think the Danish bartender is weird or believe him if he says there is NO beer when you ask for one, because what he’s actually saying is ‘ofcourse there’s a beer here’. He or she may be flirting with you or maybe he or she can be just sarcastic, it’s tricky, but you just have to play along in this game. Danes take sarcasm to a whole another level than the ordinary daily comments like ‘what a great weather’ when it’s raining, wet and cold. There’s also the dirty ones like ‘gruppe seks’ for group six in danish, which sounds like group sex, etc. This danish sarcasm and humor were at first very annoying and hard for me to understand, because i tended to take things very seriously or take it as it is or understand it as it is told.

Still i don’t understand some jokes my friends say after 1 and 7 months in Denmark. i would be the only expressionless and not-laughing person in the group, because i’m always the only international most of the time [why??? i don’t know]. They would look at me and clearly see that i didn’t get the joke, and so they try to explain why it’s funny, but then even if i understand it, it’s no longer funny anymore. So, yeah, that’s why it sucks for you if you don’t have a sense of humour. Yes, it’s just sad, but when you get a grip of it, these danish stupid and most ridiculous jokes start to make sense and you’ll understand the logic eventually.

There were times i fake laughed at a joke i didn’t understand, the way i was fake laughing was so stupid that i laughed really hard at myself, and it pulled off very well. The way i was fake laughing was just unbelievably funny to me, so i laughed at myself, yes. I can’t believe i’m confessing myself, but well, these were times when i just came to Denmark; now i make my own jokes and laugh really from my heart; so why not share my most embarrassing moments with you all.

BLUSHING MOMENTS


The first day i arrived in Copenhagen was unbelievably ‘Hogwarts’. All the buildings somehow looked very castle-like and very ancient, so i asked a family: so you all almost live in castle, huh? But that’s not my most embarrassing moments. I go into the wild and very far away from the city to see swans and ducks in Mongolia. And the first time i saw swan and duck in Copenhagen, i literally jumped up and down pointing, ‘Look sister, there’s swan in the lake!’ People passing by looked at me, and were smiling and shaking heads. i would shake my head and smile too at someone who’s so happy to see swans now.
Also, there was a girl on a bike turning right and her right hands were up, and it looked like she was enjoying the wind [again, there's no biking and biking roads or rules in Mongolia!], so i literally told my sister ‘Oh, she’s feeling the wind!’ and my sister laughed, and said shortly ‘no, she’s turning right, you should stretch your hand when you turn’,


DRINKING Youth Lifestyle

Anyone coming to Denmark would think these Danes are all alcoholic. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you would see so many people with beers in hand in the metro, or with hangover, old make-ups, and pained expressions in the morning. There are housewarming parties, or just house parties, dorm parties and school parties every friday almost. This was not normal for me. In Mongolia, we would live with our parents till we get married, some even stay with their parents till they die [sorry, but seriously], so there’s absolutely no house parties in Mongolia, only going out to drink in bars and night clubs. But here, people would start living separately as soon as they graduate highschool and if their parents are rich, they would buy them an apartment or else he or she would get a place in a dorm or rent a big apartment with friends, sharing. Danes rather live in a single tiny room with no own toilets and kitchen rather than staying with their parents and being a baby still.

Anyways, back to the drinking - omg! [still after 1,6 years later]. Danes would get from tipsy to drunk, buzzed, wasted, hammered, trashed or even hiiiiiiiiiiiiigh, and the next morning they would update their facebook with ‘hangoverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr’. it’s so funny. Did i mention Danes are one of the highest facebook using population in the world? From a 10 year old boy to 85 year old grandmothers, well everybody, you, me, him and her, moms, dads, aunts and uncles and cousins, aaaand the prime minister, parliament members...... ALL USE FACEBOOK. Job application process now includes facebook. I mean, when you apply for a job, the company will facebook you immediately and see your profile and judge you from there. it’s bit scary. So beware.

Anyways, back to the drinking: it’s very normal to get drunk all fridays and party whenever it’s possible. But it’s NOT normal [abnormal] if you DO NOT party or DO NOT drink a beer. They would look at you like you’re the weirdest person in the world and say ‘you don’t DRINK??!]

CONCLUSION

i think i'm funny.

see you later again, folks,
Hugs,
B.

Friday, July 30, 2010

'Less is more' Copenhagen

It still amazes me how spacious other cities are compared to Copenhagen. In Copenhagen, the less is more.

DANISH DESIGN & FURNITURES

Denmark itself is a small-sized country with its 5.5 million population, it's like a singe province [aimag] of Mongolia! And so its apartments in the big cities are small, like really small - the toilets are amazingly tiny sometimes [some take a shower on their toilet!], i thought it was only dormitories, but no, some apartments at Vesterbro have the tinniest restroom ever, so a big bathroom is a complete luxury. i have seldom found a bathtub in the apartments, only at houses sometimes. Well, my point is, Danish homes are very small. But ofcourse Danes like space, so they tend to buy less furnitures for a great amount of price [for its quality that are completely worth though]. Danish design is simple, but amazingly friendly and comfortable to human body and very simple and very very very simple - I LOVE IT! and never let sizes and quantity fool you! Quality > Quantity [always!]



Well known designers are Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl, Hans J. Wegner, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher, Poul Henningsen (aka PH-lamp guy), Poul Kjærholm, Verner Panton, etc. Prices are crazy: The Wishbone Chair of Hans J. Wegner for instance cost approx 3500kr (620$). You may see their masterpieces on this website (very simple aren't they?):

http://www.danish-furniture.com/designers/arne-jacobsen/

DANISH ARCHITECTURE

First days i was here in Copenhagen, the curtain-less apartments shocked me a lot. I was on the penthouse, so i could basically see everything my neighbors were doing! My room also didn't have a curtain, so sometimes me and my neighbors would wave to one another. it was bit uncomfortable at first, but i got used to it. Denmark is very sun-less, dark and gloomy, so i understood they want as much natural light in as possible.

Copenhagen has many ancient buildings, my university's main building itself goes back to 1479! So basically most buildings look like castles, and harry potter reader, myself, once thought i was finally in my own Hogwarts! :D But you must have seen from the video above that modern buildings are just amazingly good with good district heating and cooling, CO2 reduction and with amazing view, bringing people close to nature and greenness as much as possible. I really wish UB stop building awful-cheap-unsafe buildings on tinniest children's playground! UB should learn and keep the tradition of keeping the city view, height level and walking roads, and and and and elder's and children's playground/parks! It's very important to be environmentally friendly and healthy for people to live, especially for the next generations to boom! It's very sad and unfortunate UB is on fast-track of buildings, because the more 'crap' we build, the harder it will be to fix them.

Moving our capital to Khar Khorin sounds amazingly miraculous - our generation will not live to see that project, but i DO believe we DO need another new and fresh city. i hope we'll plan the new city properly and friendly to people and environment! There are amazing technologies [affordable] we can use to build our new apartments!

DANISH HOLIDAY

I had an opportunity to go to other islands in Denmark thanks to my mother's wonderful danish friends this summer. I had a pleasure to sail and swim in the most beautiful ocean and sea, and tan in the white sand beaches, just like in this beautiful video made below. It was so nice to see the most oldest city (Ribe) to 100% wind-powered Langeland (they produce more electricity than they can consume, so they sell it to other cities!), to a world famous LEGOland, to a Givskud zoo and safari where you can drive next to the giraffes and lions, to Fano where the sea is drawn back so that you can collect sea-shelves, and Tonder near the German border. Danish old houses were really adorable. Danes often have their summer houses on these different islands, and they cost approx 2-3 million kr. and i must say the souther i went, the strawberries were getting more delicious and yummier, and so was the Danish accent. It is very nice to come here for a holiday, whether in the city or the wild - it's your choice!



Although i'm not an expert at interior designs or furniture designs i happened to know a lot, thanks to Copenhagen's moving life, where i have become a real nomad, moving from apartment to apartment and see various kind of furnitures on the way. i moved 5 times since i came to Denmark! Amazing experience, i almost became an expert at moving. But i had to share the Danish design, furnitures and architecture on my blog, because they are world-famous and very high-class, and completely worth it if you can afford them. Scandinavian designs have and are inspiring the world and me more and more.

Well, see you again folks! Let me know if you liked the post!
Best,
B.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

First Mongolian Cashmere Shop in Copenhagen















"Life is too short not to wear [Mongolian] cashmere". I think Coco Chanel forgot to say Mongolian, so i decided to put it midst her quote. The reason why i'm citing is: cashmere is one of the Mongolian three main exports; and it is soft, beautiful, warm, yet light, easily wearable and viewed as the best and most valuable cashmere in the World (google and check if you don't believe, we are very famous for it); and/but most importantly i have come across to a Mongolian Cashmere Shop in the hearts of Copenhagen! Right next to a Nyhavn street, at Store Strandstraede 7, DK - 1255, KBH K, where i work - a very famous touristic-hell-of-a-good-location! When i first saw it, i stood outside with wide eyes for some time in disbelief, thinking: is it Goyo, Gobi and Buyan or something? I was so excited, kind of literally ran like a freak to the shop. It was two floored place, full of cashmere, Mongolian paintings and clothes. But it wasn't Goyo or Gobi, instead it was called MONGOL TEXTILE [operating since 1934!]. When i first walked in, an old shop woman stared at me and said instantly: Are you Mongolian? and ofcourse i said yes (Mongolians can tell whether someone is Mongolian or not) - my cheeks are very Mongolian :)

She and her designer daughter supposedly ran the place, and we talked, talked and talked. There were customers, but we continued talking. I told her how smart is to open a shop, selling a cashmere top for 900-2000kr (180-400$)! It seemed like she doubled the price and added the transportation cost, and i mean she has to, with that location, i thought she must have been paying a big amount of rent and tax. She toured me around her clothes and said she'd give me a discount if i buy something, and although she said that to every customer, i thought it was very sweet. But nevertheless, when she started asking about my life and where i used to study at high school, she ended up becoming my friend, S.Tengis' grandmother. I laughed really hard and she gave a hug instantly and invited me for dinner sometime. Small world!



Anyways i was very proud to see that shop in Copenhagen and i hope it would thrive and succeed! Although it was open, it will officially open in November, inviting the President of Mongolia (i'm not sure Mr. Elbegdorj is coming though, although she said they're good friends), Mongolian Honorary Ambassadors from Germany and Sweden (the only Mongolian embassy in Scandinavia and Nordic countries. If i have to renew my passport i have to go to either Berlin or Stockholm!), etc. I happened to get invited as well, and i'm very much looking forward to it.

It is always so refreshing and delightful to see Mongolians succeeding abroad. I hope we'll keep up a good reputation and eventually bloom and boom economically even further!

I have added photos of the shop! They kindly asked me to model for their winter 2010 collection and here they are. While photoshooting, Mongolian Ensemble Khan Bogd came to Denmark to perform, and they've played a little part of their album for us.



Please, don't laugh, but big congrats to the Cashmere Shop in Copenhagen!

Best,
Batzul

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Study Opportunity, Scholarship and Advice on Universities of Copenhagen

Back in Ulaanbaatar, when i first found out that i've been accepted to the University of Copenhagen (although it wasn't MIT or Oxford, it was 48th best university in the world when i got in), the first thing i wanted to do was to reach out to my younger students at my Hobby High School and show them that it IS possible for Mongolian students to study and learn at the top universities in the world, and i remember giving a speech and advice to them on SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, application/essay, and looking for the right university for you, etc, with a help of A. Dulguun (University of Tokyo) and G. Badruun's (Stanford University). It was very nice to see positive reactions and some even contacted further for more personal advices.


 (Picture: One of four beautiful lakes near my campus)


MASTER DEGREE
Here, I have decided to continue advising on further studies here in Copenhagen, Denmark, to those who are already doing bachelor degrees. In Copenhagen, there are two great universities (in my opinion): University of Copenhagen and its former branch, the new Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Please, take your time and go through its various departments and decide which degree you'd like to pursue for your master (there are various degrees you can choose from - we even have a Degree on HIV!).

There are no scholarships for bachelor degrees in Denmark, but there ARE some for master degrees. So be sure to do your research thoroughly! Scholarship (stipend), for instance, at my department is a coverage of your tuition fee of 10,000EUR per year, plus a monthly amount of DKK 7569 pr month (about 1000 €) for a period of 22 months.

My sister is on a master's scholarship at Roskilde University, in Roskilde city, and so yes, it is possible.

PH.D
It gets even better - you get paid to do a research! Vacant PhD scholarships in at my department of Economics are announced twice a year, with application deadlines at around May 1 and November 1. Currently, there is a Mongolian professor, U. Otgonbayar, who teaches mathematics at University of Copenhagen, and hence it is not impossible to get here, really.

PhD Scholarships are offered at each of these departments:
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Anthropology
Employment is to begin on February 1, 2012
Current Deadline: November 1, 2011

Apply ASAP. (click here for further information regarding how to reply, requirements, etc.)

WORKING OPPORTUNITY
Denmark has one of the highest wages in the world. There are great graduate programs in great international companies like Novo Nordisk or Mærsk, but the competition is high and although they say Danish is not required, it's a bonus for your application, so yes, I would say it is not easy to work here. But ofcourse you can find easy part-time waitressing jobs. But do you need to work in such places when you're getting that much financial support on your masters? Think about it.

I am the only Mongolian at my university, and everywhere there are group of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese students sitting together, and i wonder, what would it be like to have some fellow Mongolian students here! This thought has provoked me into writing this. But don't think I'm lonely and miserable, there's always two sides for a story: 'thanks' to the absent Mongolians, luckily and unluckily i have made friends with many wonderful Danes and shockingly many Faroese and Icelandic people. It would just hurt to say goodbye to them when i leave to Mongolia! I don't even want to think about it.

Nevertheless, please grab this opportunity and never underestimate yourself thinking you're not good enough for Uni. Copenhagen, Harvard, Oxford, Hong Kong or whatever. If you're good, then you are good, period. Studying abroad is not easy, yes, you have to work and study twice as hard as the local people, and even more if the language is not English. So think twice before living abroad.

BACHELOR
I don't recommend you to come for bachelor here in Copenhagen, because there are no scholarships and Copenhagen is a very expensive place to live. I have come across to many foreign students who went back home, because they couldn't afford living here. So if your parents are middle class, don't play with their savings, be smart and apply somewhere else with scholarships, like the States, Japan, etc. But if you can afford living so, then of course you should apply wherever you wish.

CONCLUSION
Do yourself a favor and apply to these wonderful scholarships, grants and working possibilities, and come if you're accepted; if not, well at least you've tried! You would be foolish not to give it a try! Me and my sister are the living examples here, and I would be delighted to see my fellow Mongolians doing well as well!

Meanwhile, when you're in deep thoughts (hopefully) for many days, take a look at one of my university's Faculty of Science's 100% CO2-free GREEN building!!!!



Well see you next time! I'll keep on blogging, if you keep on giving me your piece of mind as well! Ask questions, and i'll answer them as best as i can.

Best,
B

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The World Economy in a Nutshell



Video of the day for me: How can broke economies lend money to other broke economies who haven't got any money? LOL!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hesitation

I'm an idiot. Most of the foreigners here in Copenhagen are learning Danish thoroughly to make friends with Danes, marrying a Dane, working the exact hours as stated in law, and learning its history and culture to have a Danish citizenship and benefit from the great economic advantages Danish Government gives for its citizens; I, on the other hand, pay 10,000 euro/year and cover my living expense without any scholarships, and yes, with no thought of becoming a Dane. Here the education, nursery and health-care system (except Dentist) is free for Danes [Obama just made USA follow the same system], and every student gets paid to study (called SU): 5,000 kr/month, which is approx equivalent to 1,000USD a month [which is enough to cover your 2,500kr room rent and rest for food]; elders get their pensions happily, and the unemployed and homeless people also get free money as well. Everybody's 'happy' drinking Carlsberg/Tuborg and living here - in fact, Denmark is known as the happiest nation in the whole world!

Yes, how is this possible? Well, these crazy Danes pay almost half of its income to a tax, because they (well, most of them) believe it's completely worth it and they believe they get a lot out of it. Amazingly, i think the same now. At first i thought: whoa how did the Danish Government manage to brainwash the whole nation and make them pay these huge amount of tax! Well, here in Denmark, people are in love with the tax, and vice versa. Tax is the reason there is a free edu, health care (if you get cancer, all your surgery and pills will be free!), SU, unemployment and homeless insurances. Plus every year, people get a holiday money from the tax amount they've paid, and everybody likes to travel abroad and get out of this tiny peninsula once in a while and when they have the time. Danes travel a lot. I would say Danes are very nomadic. And btw, I just got my own holiday money as well, because yes, i pay tax too.

Tax was one of the big cultural shocks i faced. Biking was another for a taxi lover like me. In Mongolia, i used to bike at my summer house for fun. But here, businessmen, housewives, teachers, students, old grandparents and well everybody bikes daily in the city. It is without a doubt, the reason most of the population are very fit and healthy, besides the healthy food and cigaret bans [Danes are obsessed with organic products]: you would see a lot of people running near the parks and avenues, and most good dormitories have gym, etc. Plus, having a car is a complete luxury, since the petroleum is expensive and it is so hard to find a parking space in Copenhagen. Students rarely have their own car, if they do, well then it's likely to be family shared or he/she is ridiculously rich.

But being rich is no big deal in Denmark, people actually PREFER to be average and humble, surprisingly humble, and very un-American. Majority of the people are middle class, so the gap between the rich and poor are small, compared to the other unequal developing nations. I really feel like in the 1900s Mongolia wanted to build this kind of society through socialism, but sadly we failed. Anyways, i am really enjoying living in Denmark, even if it rains every 2 days and yes it's always windy, because there are no mountains! i feel it's a very safe place to be, even though i lived in a street for a half year where several shootings and bombs took place. Ofcourse it can never be PERFECT: The "cartoon drama", "failed COP15" and "war in Iraq" etc darkens the Danish image and reputation on the world stage.

However, Denmark is a very green country, and i mean very green. There are grass, trees and so many parks every where. People live happily next to the cemetery, because its gardens are very beautiful, and I was once very shocked to see people have a lunch and 'picnic' there. Anyways, technologically it's very green too, like the Netherlands, they have offshore and onshore windmills producing electricity, district heating homes and buildings efficiently, but a bit petroleum too, they own a bit of oil in the North Sea, besides the Norway [Danes joke and say that Denmark only gave away its oil in the North Sea to Norway, because the Prime Minister at that time was drunk when signing the deal]. But people really prefer biking, because they love everything environment-friendly (cars pollute the air, remember?) and they even worry about cows polluting the air! Let the cows poop and fart, you climate freaks!

Being a foreigner is an experience you shouldn't miss. Everybody's blond and blue-eyed, but i, on the other hand, have a black hair and yes very Asian face. People would ask me whether i'm Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Thai,etc and say Nihao and Konichiwa! Some even ask: what on Earth are you doing in Denmark from Mongolia? How come you don't have no accent?Your English is so good! Did you live at states or something? Do you ride horse? Wow you're the first Mongolian person i've ever met! etc. I once promised myself i would hug and kiss anybody who says SAIN BAINA UU? But sadly, that time might only come to my kids generation, maybe even my grandchildren's era, where Mongolia may get developed and be in the same stage with other developed nations.

I'm a very patriotic girl, it's in my blood and family. My grandfather fought in the WWII and Khalkh Goliin Battle for his homeland; and my mother is an idiot too, she came back to Mongolia, although she could have stayed in Germany and work, but she chose her homeland over her lust in wealth [money is only paper, dear, she says to me] and now she has developed the first micro-financed saving credit union, which benefits many of its members still after the saving credit unions' crisis.

I never understood really why we failed to employ our own people in Mongolia till i came here and worked. There are so many young people who are willing to develop and see Mongolia succeed no matter what - so patriotic that sometimes, they are bit scary and stupid. Well, there ARE great minds being educated in and abroad Mongolia. Brain drain and brain gain is a major issues right now, yes, but we need to see actions; empty words and talks are not enough to attract back the educated people abroad. But now i understand. Who would go back to Mongolia and get paid approx 25$/day, when abroad we can earn 25$/hour at least?! This hesitation is scaring me. I would feel very sad to receive such a low value for myself and my work; and i believe this is a great cause of brain drain, besides the working environment, corruption, pollution, etc.

I don't want to hesitate going back home. and i believe the only way Mongolia can shine and develop is through the individual success. First educate myself, then my family, then my bigger family and friends, and then help the governance. I do not wish to enter politics. it's dirty. it's too dirty for person like me. I see so many of my respected politicians threatened or killed, it's scary. I believe there is another way for a clean pure hearted students like us: help our nation economically, socially and educationally!

See you next time, and i'm looking forward to see feedbacks and i'm looking forward to read interesting blogs too. Suggestions, very welcome, thank you!

Best,
B

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Losing Hopenhagen


My article has been published by my university on their newspaper website regarding my thoughts on COP15 and climate issues. You can click on the link below and see the feedbacks, and i hope you'll enjoy it as my very first blogging as well!

http://universitypost.dk/article/comment-losing-hopenhagen


The voices of the developing countries are unheard at COP 15, writes Mongolian University of Copenhagen student, Batzul Gerelsaikhan, in a letter to the University Post

I came here in Copenhagen all the way from Mongolia in January for my Bachelor's degree in Economics at the University of Copenhagen, so I had the privilege to volunteer and attend as many conferences and events as I can handle until this moment – IARU Int. Scientific Congress on Climate Change in March, Local Government Climate Change Leadership Summit in June, and Bright Green Expo during the COP15 this December to name the biggest.

Hence, I was looking forward to COP15 for a long time with a hope of seeing a 'sharing' mutual understanding between the developed and the developing countries, but to much disappointment, the gap between the two remained the same; and I have seen and heard only the voices of the developed countries, where they explained what they will do in the future and which new technology they will be using for themselves.

Climate refugees

No comments on how the developing countries are suffering from the developed countries’ 'mistakes' were said. Only China, India and Brazil were mentioned a bit, but surely they are not the only developing countries out there.

There are many developing countries like theTulun islands, for instance, where the people don’t even use cars, not even electricity, are facing the sea level rise, and they are estimated to be drowned down in 10 years, leaving its people to become refugees along with many other climate refugees in the world.

These developing countries are indeed the most innocent victims of climate change, and people are giving little (almost no) attention to these vulnerable countries.

The same mistakes again

So far, I have heard three Nobel Peace Prize winners, many royalty, PMs, MPs, ministers, governors and researchers speak of the dangers of climate change in the future; but why don’t they understand that the developing countries will be repeating the exact same mistakes they have taken, to become like them?

All this new technology and renewable energies are economically very expensive, for some countries too expensive, or more like impossible to get; hence we’ll keep using the old technologies with not much choice, unless the developed countries are willing to give a hand and help us jump the polluting steps of becoming a developed nation (and no, we are not talking about “$10 billion to Africa” kind of aid, we know you spend trillions for your defense, when you’re not at a war!).

So the question is: how willing are the developed countries to help tackling this climate issue they’ve created and how willing are they to help others who are suffering from their mistakes?

Mere talk is not enough

I’m surprised to see that people find it so shocking that G77 and China leave the conference in midst of it; that protestors stand outside Bella Center in this freezing weather,and that Obama chooses to get his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo rather than coming to Copenhagen immediately to help solve this issue.

Those people want an immediate action and not mere talk – since time is running out. Also, it is becoming clear that COP15 is most likely to fail like Kyoto protocol, because like mentioned above there are no mutual bindings between the developed and developing countries.

Whether it’s 2 degrees, or 1.5 degrees, it is important that countries should have a differentiated responsibility for each of their actions, since it is not fair for the developing countries to pay a tax for the C02 they haven’t created.

Hopenhagener

Hopenhageners like me, however, are still hoping that politicians can break the wall between the rich and poor like Germans did to its Berlin Wall. After all, we are all the same and everybody will be affected more or less on this one planet by this climate change.

It is only matter of time when we will all finally realize that sharing is the best solution now. If we fail to do so, it will be even more expensive and more impossible to reach any goal we’ll set in the future.

Batzul Gerelsaikhan, Mongolia
Dec 16, 2009