Gender Equality: Inherently Mongolian

DSC00073.JPG

Gender equality is the idea where male and female are given equal opportunity within a social, educational and workplace setting. In a perfect world, this idea of equality would work seamlessly and it is only fair, right? However, we live in an imperfect world where the chips don’t always fall into place. Achieving this ideal is rather difficult as it requires control of the mentioned institutions and maintenance of policies which ensure gender equality.  According to the United Nations, Mongolia has achieved a medium level of gender equality.  Supposedly, some of the issues that the Australian society has, such as the gendered wage gap and the glass ceiling has not risen in Mongolian society. Continue reading “Gender Equality: Inherently Mongolian”

On the Weekend: Lake Khovsgol

 

DSC00264
The blue-green gradient of the beautiful Lake Khovsgol

Originally posted on the 14th August 2017 on The Mongol Messenger 

Let me ask you a frank question: Would you be bothered sitting in the car for 12 hours, cruising along the strenuous rocky roads of the countryside, the barbaric Mongolian music splitting from the sides, just to see a lake which happens to border Russia?

It’s a crazy proposition. It’s alright I lived through it so, you won’t have to experience it.

Our destination was Khosovgol Nuur which is located on the northwest border between Mongolia and Russia and is situated in the base level of the eastern Sayan Mountains. It’s 1 645 metres long and 262 metres deep. It’s known to the second freshwater lake in Asia, and it has 70% of Mongolian’s fresh water. There is an abundance of medical remedies in forms of water plants, shrubs and all kinds of plankton. Certainly, a phenomenon out of a high fantasy novel! Continue reading “On the Weekend: Lake Khovsgol”

On The Weekend: Chinggis Khan and Turtle Rock

DSC00113
The beauty of this picture is that I was supposed to have an uncanny resemblance to the statute. Imitation is the greatest flattery!

There is a particular fascination when it comes to Mongolia—as there is a perfect blend of old country and new country. It’s probably the unique mountainous aesthetic that drew me to the Mongolian’s version of the Wild, Wild West. I made it my mission to take as many photos as I wanted to challenge the pre-conceived notions of Mongolia as it has been called a harsh, inhospitable wasteland. With my writing pad on the one hand and my Sony Alpha 6000 camera in the other, I set out to uncover this mysterious “wasteland.” Continue reading “On The Weekend: Chinggis Khan and Turtle Rock”

Elements of Suprises in Mongolia

 

DSC00192.JPG
Did you know that horses are the Mongolia’s national animal?

 

Published in the Mongol Messenger on 4th August 2017.  

Mongolia, although perceived by the rest of the world to be a land that exudes enigma, there is no denying that there is an unprecedented curiosity amongst foreigners to explore its rocky terrains.  As I fully immerse myself in the culture during my first week in Mongolia and I have noticed that the “going with the flow” attitude, works seamlessly. This country literally throws you lemons (in my case, ice cream) and you might have to catch and turn it into lemon juice. Continue reading “Elements of Suprises in Mongolia”

Australia: A Smooth Mongolian Transition

Interview with Temuge Namjilsuren (Founder of Content Craft and HSC HERO)  

1014850_10200562258392258_81819786_o

Originally published in the Mongol Messenger on July 28th

Aside from being known as the country with cute yet scary animals, shrimp prawns on the barbie, and supposed wasteland, Australia is known is known as the lucky country. From its astute economy,  right down to the aromatic of foodie culture, there is a particular sense curiosity within the Land Down Under. Australia has an array of benefits (i.e. education, freedom of work, healthcare entitlement and high wages), and it is a nurturing hub for those who want to venture out and start their own businesses. Continue reading “Australia: A Smooth Mongolian Transition”