Friday, April 9, 2010

ASEAN Currency (Part 2)

Myanmar
Currency : Kyat

Singapore
Currency : Singapore Dollar

Thailand
Currency : Baht

Vietnam
Currency : Dong

ASEAN Currency (Part 1)

Brunei Darussalam
Currency : Brunei Dollars

Cambodia
Currency : Riel

Indonesia
Currency : Rupiah

Laos
Currency : Kip

Malaysia
Currency : Ringgit

Maps of Member States of ASEAN (Part 2)

A Map of Myanmar
FACTS AND FIGURES
Official Name : The Union of Myanmar
Capital : Yangon (Rangoon)
Area : About 676 578 square kilometres
Population : About 50, 020 000 (in 2009)
Official Religion : Buddhists
Official Language : Burmese
Location : In Southeast Asia, lies between Bangladesh to its west, India and China to the north and Laos and Thailand to the East
Climate : Tropical climate with three seasons; rainy, cool and hot season
System of Government : Military junta (de facto Military Dictatorship)

A Map of The Philippines
FACTS AND FIGURES
Official Name : The Republic of the Philippines
Capital City : Manila
Area : About 299 764 square kilometres
Population : About 91, 983 000 (in 2009)
Official Religion : Christians
Official Language : Filipino Tagalog and English
Location : In Southeast Asia and in the western Pacific Ocean
Climate : Tropical Climate with rainy season
System of Government : Unitary Presedential Constitutional Republic

A Map of Singapore
FACTS AND FIGURES
Official Name : The Republic of Singapore
Capital : Singapore
Area : About 710.2 square kilometres
Population : About 4,608 167 (in 2008)
Official Religion : Mixed races and therefore there it has a number of religions;Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism etc.
Official Language : Malay, Mandarin, English and Tamil
Location : In the southern tip off the Malay Peninsula
Climate : Equatorial climate, mostly hot and humid and also wet.
System of Government : Parliamentary Republic

A Map of Thailand
FACTS AND FIGURES
Official Name : The Kingdom of Thailand
Capital : Bangkok
Area : About 513 120 square kilometres
Population : About 63, 525 062 (in 2010)
Official Religion : Buddhists
Official Language : Thai
Location : In Southeast Asia, bordered by Cambodia and Laos tothe East, Burma and Laos tothe north, Malaysia to the south and by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma to the west.
Climate : Tropical climate with dry and wet season
System of Government : Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy

A Map of Vietnam
FACTS AND FIGURES
Official Name : The Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Capital : Hanoi
Area : About 331 690 square kilometres
Population : About 88, 576 760 (in 2009)
Official Religion : Buddhists
Official Language : Viatnamese
Location : Easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia
Climate : Varies from north to south
System of Government : People's Republic, Communist Single Party State

Maps of Member States of ASEAN (Part1)

A Map of Brunei Darussalam
FACTS AND FIGURES
Official Name : Negara Brunei Darussalam (Abode of Peace)
Capital : Bandar Seri Begawan
Area : 5,765 square kilometres
Population : About 388 190 (in 2009)
Official Religion : Islam
Official Language : Malay (but English is also widely spoken)
Location : In Southeast Asia on the northern coast of Borneo
Climate : Tropical Climate, generally hot, humid and rainy
System of Government : Constitutional Monarchy (Sultanate)

A Map of Cambodia
FACTS AND FIGURES
Official Name : The Kingdom of Cambodia
Capital : Phnom Penh
Area : 181 035 square kilometres
Population : about 14, 241 640 (in 2008)
Official Religion : Buddhists
Official Language : Khmer
Location : In Southeast Asia, on the Indochinese Peninsula, bordered on the northwest by Thailand.
Climate : Tropical Humid Climate, rainy and dry season
System of Government : Multiparty Liberal democracy under monarchy

A Map of Indonesia
FACTS AND FIGURES
Official Name : The Republic Of Indonesia
Capital : Jakarta
Area : About 7.9 million square kilometres
Population : About 237, 512 352 (in 2008)
Official Religion : Islam
Official Language : Bahasa Indonesia
Location : In Southeast Asia between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean
Climate : Almost entirely tropical climate (hot and humid all year round, but cooler inland than along the coastal regions)
System of Government : A Republic with a Presidential System

A Map of Laos
FACTS AND FIGURES
Official Name : Lao People's Democratic Republic
Capital : Vientiane
Area : About 236 800 square kilometres
Population : About 6, 667 534 (in 2008)
Official Religion : Buddhist
Official Language : Lao
Location : in Southeast Asia bordered by Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, China and Vietnam.
Climate : Tropical Monsoon Climate (rainy season and dry season)
System of Government : Socialist Republic, Communist Single Party State

A Map of Malaysia
FACTS AND FIGURES
Official Name : Malaysia
Capital : Kuala Lumpur
Area : About 329 845 square kilometres
Population : About 28, 310 000 (in 2009)
Official Religion : Islam
Official Language : Bahasa Melayu
Location : In Southeast Asia, consists of the Malaysian Peninsula and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo
Climate : Tropical, humid climate
System of Government : Federal Constitutional Elective Monarchy and Parliamentary Democracy

"Let Us Move Ahead" Song

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Song Title : Let Us Move Ahead

Composed by : Candra Darusman (Indonesia)

Lyrics by : Rizali Indrakesuma (Indonesia)

Arrangement : Erwin Gutawa (Indonesia)

Another ASEAN song. Let's spread the feeling of unity among us. Have a listen to the lyrics of this song, and it'll definitely uplift your spirit to strive upon the vision of ASEAN for an establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015. Most of you might not have heard of this song yet. So, with this song posted in this blog, it is hope that you will share the song with others and make this song well-known not just in ASEAN but also in other parts of the world.

Lyrics of the song :

Throughout these years

We have resolved working hard together,

For a true community,

The beauty of diversity,

Bridging all the differences,

A sense of unity.

(Chorus)

Let us move ahead,

Hand in hand as one,

Let ourvirtue stand,

And face the challanges of time,

Let us move ahead,

Integrate as one,

To an ASEAN community,

Prosperity, peace and harmony.

The future is ours,

We have the strength,

We shall find the peace,

Within ourselves and with the world,

And as we strive in our resolve,

Sharing this one vision of a true community,

*Repeat Chorus

Throughout these years,

We have resolved working hard together,

For a true community,

The beauty of diversity,

A sense of unity.

*Repeat Chorus 2x.

ASEAN Community by 2015

Eventhough it still seems so far reaching to establish ASEAN Community by 2015 (that's another five years to go), we should try our best to make it a reality. It is of course a complex matter, since there are some obstacles, besides a whole lot of differences in terms of culture and religious matters of its member countries.

It is hope that by watching this video, you will understand and be more conscious of your obligations in building the ASEAN Community.

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ASEAN National Flowers (Part 2)

Myanmar
'The Paduak' (Pterocarpus Indicus)
Features:
*The people of Myanmar regard this flower as a symbol of strengh and durability.
*As beautiful as it is, it also suggests youth, love and romance.
* It plays important roles both in religious and traditional occassions.
*Can be seen everywhere in Myanmar.
*The wood of this plant is used to make furnitures.

The Philippines
'The Sampaguita Jasmine' (Arabian Jasmine)
Features:
* Adopted officially as the National flower of the Philippines in 1934.
*It blooms for the full year.
*It is a star-shaped white flower.
*It has a sweet and unique smell and at night the flowers open.
*The flowers can wilt in a day.
* The flower represent the Filipino people as purity, simplicity, humility and strength.

Singapore
'Vanda Miss Joaquin'
Features:
*Singapore has adopted this flower as its National Flower in 1981.
* The most common type of flowers planted in Singapore.
*It is a mixture of one flower with another (hybrid)
*It is named after its breeder.
The flowers are purple and they bloom throughout the year.

Thailand
'The Ratchaphruek' (Cassia Fistula Linn)
Features:
* It is a well-known flower in Thailand.
*It is cluster-shaped.
*The colour of the flower, which is yellow is regarded as the colour of Buddhism and glory.
*The flower also represent unity and harmony of the Thai people.
*When blossoming, the leaves will shed off from the tree, while the beautiful yello flowers would hang on its branches.
*Can be found everywhere in Thailand.

Vietnam
'The Lotus'
Features:
*Also known as the 'Flower of the Dawn'.
*Can be found in the lakes and ponds.
*It symbolises the purity, commitment and optimism for tomorrow.
*The beauty of this flower is often mentioned in the Viatnamese folk songs and poems.

ASEAN National Flowers (Part 1)

Brunei Darussalam
'The Simpur' (Dillenia Suffroticosa)
Features :
*It has five, yellow and large petals.
*The leaves arelarge.
* When blossom, it spread out like an umbrella.
* The picture of this simpur can be seen in the Brunei dollar bank note.
* It can usually be seen in the art and design for traditional handicrafts.
*Can also be of medicinal used.

Cambodia
'The Rumdul' (Mitrella Mesnyi)
Features :
*The colour of this small flower is yellowish white.
* It has a nice smell especially in the evening.
*This flower used to be compared to the women of Cambodia in the past.
*Can be seen everywhere in the country.

Indonesia
'The Moon Orchid' or 'Anggerek Bulan' (Phalaenopsis Amabilis)
Features:
*Indonesia has three National Flowers and this is one of them.
*Jasminum Sombac (Melati) and Rafflesia Arnoldii are the other two flowers.
*The Moon Orchid usually blooms in the moist area, and therefor this plant can usually be found in the lowland parts of Indonesia.

Laos
'The Dok Champa' (Plumeria)
Features:
*The flower has a sweet scent.
*It comes in many different colours; red, yellow, pink and multiple pastels.
* It blooms everyday and can last for a long time.
* The people of Lao represents this plant as sincerity and joy of life.
* The flower is usually used in a celebrations for decorations and can be made as a garland to welcome the guests.

Malaysia
'Bunga Raya' (Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis)
Features:
*Bunga Raya is officially adopted as Malaysia National Flower since 1960.
*The flower has five petals and this is referred as the 'Five Principles of Nationhood'.
* The flower is red in colour and this shows courage.
*It can be found almost everywhere in Malaysia.
*The plants can be make use for comestic as well as medicines.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

National Flowers

The tradition of having to own National flower is not just applied by the ASEAN member states but also other countries. Nation chose their flowers according to some important criterias. It may be rooted from the historical background of the country or from the cultural and religious beliefs.

Some countries may have one national flower, however, other countries like Indonesia and Vietnam have more than one national flowers.

It is important to point out that not all national flowers are officially adopted as the nation's national flower.

The chosen national flower or flowers is/are then used to represent the country.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Head of State and Head of Government of the Member States of ASEAN (Part 2)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Head of State and Head of Government of the Member States of ASEAN (Part 1)