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When you actually hear the term “East Asia,” usually people will only talk about China, Japan, and Korea. Oh, wait. There’s also this country that is really big—way bigger than Japan and Korea in terms of landmass. Yes, that is where the so-called “Yellow race” originate—and that is where the term “Mongoloid” comes from—the country of Genghis Khan: MONGOLIA.
Unlike Chinese, Japanese, and Korean races where you could distinguish which is which and who is who, in Mongolia, you could only distinguish one according to their size. THAT’S RIGHT. Mongolians are the stoutest East Asians you’ll ever meet—unlike their other, more well-known East Asian counterparts (who happen to be slim and slender people).
Mongolia is the only East Asian country that does not use its indigenous alphabet (the traditional Mongolian script). Instead, they use the Cyrillic script like most countries in Central Asia and Northeastern Europe.
It is called “Outer Mongolia,” since there’s Inner Mongolia, which is under the Chinese regime.
Mongolia is really exotic—in terms of geography. What makes it so unique from the rest of East Asia?
1.) It’s an elevated, landlocked country in the middle of Northern China and Southern Russia. Elevated? No kidding! In fact, its capital Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world due to three factors: Landlocked, elevated, and yes, the cold and notorious harsh Siberian winter (well, you could experience the harsh chills even in Seoul, South Korea due to its mountainous nature).
2.) It is the least vegan-friendly country in East Asia — Think about its cuisine. Yes, they eat all sorts of meat, even horse meat. Also, their national drink is airag—or fermented mare’s milk (yes, a female horse’s milk!). Reason: Most of its land is barren—not conducive for vegetation.
3.) Its culture is more technically conservative—compared to Japan or even the Koreas — Many Mongolians still love living inside the ger (yurt is the international term—more like a cylinder + cone-shaped tent with good insulation), even when living in UB (what they call their capital city). In fact, nomadic ways of life is still observed—esp. in the outskirts of the city.
4.) It’s capital city Ulaanbaatar/Ulan Bator (UB) used to be a nomadic city!
5.) There are Mongols (Mongolians who basically dwell outside Outer and Inner Mongolia) who live in Russia—there’s Buryatia, home of the Buryat Mongols (Siberia), and there’s this so-called “Asia in Europe,” which is Kalmykia—known for being the Buddhist capital of Europe. Kalmykia is called “Asia in Europe” is because, the people who live there are not Slavs or Turkic people, but Mongols.
6.) It is the only country that has revived Daylight Savings Time (DST) — Since 2015! The government said that it’ll be beneficial to the Mongolian economy.
7.) Mongolian looks are so far the most facially-diverse—as compared to China, Japan, and Korea, where most of their people are indentifiable and distinguishable. You could really tell who is Chinese, Japanese, or Korean—but Mongolian? Well, admit it or not, you’ll only know if the person’s a Mongolian based on their size.
8.) Mongolia started to transition to the modern world—VERY LATE. In fact, the first university in Mongolia was established in the 1940s. Pretty strange, huh?
9.) Aside from South Korea and Hong Kong, Mongolians could visit Russia without a visa.
10.) It is the only country in East Asia that does not use its native alphabet. Mongolia has adopted Cyrillic since the 1940s. It’s only Inner Mongolia in the People’s Republic of China that still uses the traditional Mongolian script—technically speaking, the traditional Mongolian script was only used for religious purposes in monasteries, and education in Mongolia before the 1940s were only accessed by a privileged few.
FACTS about MONGOLIA
Endonym/Official Name: Mongol Uls
Capital: Ulaanbaatar (alternatively Ulan Bator, and its often called by locals as UB)
Demonym: Mongolian, Mongol
Religion: Buddhism (predominant)
Currency: Mongolian Tugrik/Togrog (MNT/₮)
AC Outlet: Type-C (Europlug/Schuko)
TV system: SECAM
Language: Mongolian (Note: They use the Cyrillic alphabet)
Traffic Handedness: Right-hand traffic (though there are right-hand drive vehicles in Mongolia)
Timezone: GMT +8.00 (UB); GMT +7.00 (Westernmost Mongolia, esp. Khovd)
Abbreviations: MGL, .mn
Daylight Savings Time (DST): Yes
Biometric Passport: No
Type of government: Parliamentary
Dual citizenship: Not allowed
Divorce Law: Yes
[Note: If ever there are disputes in this blog post, kindly correct me for this matter! Bayarlalaa!]
I am now starting to boycott Apple products due to its poor battery performance.
WTF!? My mid-2010 MBP and my two phones before, the iPhone 4S and 5 didn’t have battery drain issues at all. WTF has happened to Apple!?
Thank goodness I might switch to a more powerful Windows laptop. I still don’t have enough funds to obtain one, yet I would rather use a Windows laptop instead if ever I will edit photos and send it through E-Mail.
Some pointers: I think Apple started to deteriorate after being dragged into hot issues such as its lawsuits against Korean electronics giant firm Samsung and Philippine mobile phone firm myPhone.
What has happened to premium brands with prestigious reputations!?
Sony and Apple are no longer prestigious (as compared to mid 2000s), though the former has always been a leading brand for innovation in Japan–and the rest of the world.
What are now the most prestigious brands in the world?
Cameras and imaging – Fujifilm, Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Sony
Laptops – Lenovo, HP, Asus, MSI
Mobile phones – Asus, LG, Samsung, HTC
I could no longer see the prestige of Apple anymore. Speaking of Apple, I am quite disgruntled towards battery issues, esp. that MBP mid-2012 has horrible battery issues as opposed to the mid-2010 MBP, which has a consistent 3-hour battery life. The mid-2012 MBP drains faster from a decent 6 hours towards the agitating 2-3 hours.
And speaking of iPhones, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 drains slower than the iPhone 6 Plus. WTF is this hulabaloo!? I don’t see anymore the prestige of owning an iPhone, or a/n MBP. I might switch to Samsung or Sony Xperia in the near future–prolly an M4 or the higher-end Z collection.
Owning an Apple product before was actually a privilege, but right now it’s a liability. I view Android phones as user-friendlier ever since I used a Samsung Galaxy Grand. I’m also thinkingnof getting a Galaxy Note Pro if I don’t feel like bringing my laptop to work, or a netbook.
And speaking of Apple products, I still have nothing against them; the issue here is the rightful Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who should take the place of the late Steve Jobs. Sad to say, the wrong person was chosen.
I am not ashamed to show to the world that I’m proud to be part of history.
This is how ROCKSTAR Ka BongBong is. Fondly called as BBM in social media, he is the only hope for the Philippines as vice president. The Philippines needs a leader like him.
People, I am not ashamed of showing my admiration towards the Marcos political family. I believe that political dynasties should be regulated, NOT eradicated.
Before, I was against the concept of political dynasties in the Philippines. However, as time passed by, there are only a few ones who are good in governing the country. We only fail to be part of “that” community is because of that old-school tradition that we should be safe at all times, and our parents value our security and safety more than our freedom to take risks and discover the road less travelled.
Indeed, if you live in Metro Manila.
We need to be part of the solution. We should not let ourselves be affected by the elitists who impose our social norms. We, the common good should challenge the status quo. Now, that’s REAL change.
I believe in BBM’s platform. We simply need to be part of that community, a community that will build a better Philippines.
…and YES to federalism.
Imagine still living under the roof with your parents. It means, you’re still living under their rules. Now here’s the question: What if you’re really sick and tired of living in a life wherein they will still decide for you, if you only ask for their initial guidance and advice?
People make stupid decisions. That’s life. After all, people learn from their stupidity. Being locked in the house means that they don’t trust you at all.
I think being an overprotective parent is simply a sign of insecurity. While I have made stupid decisions in the past, I made sure that things will never go wrong. Seriously, those who DO NOT understand my situation (yet have the nerve to be self-righteous) should better shut the fuck up and leave me be.
I don’t have any grudges against them. And no, I am not going to be rebellious. I just want to take things step-by-step.
#RealTalk: If they really love me, then they should stop being egocentric. Dati pa ‘yan, they would impose to me things I do not like. Tapos they only let me go later on… (haha, the power of being pasaway!).
I don’t want to live under their rules anymore. I know they’re busy, but can’t they just respect my decisions instead of insisting on theirs? If they still care about their ego than me, then I’d rather leave the house for good, or leave the Philippines for good and instead, look for a job in Japan (of course, if I pass JLPT–but first, I have to enrol in NCF once more).
I could simply live on my own, eh. If I could find a job, then I’ll do it. Kahit rejected pa ako, I will look for another one. To be honest, I’d rather leave the house and ask a friend about looking for a job related to my interests.
Another #RealTalk: I don’t want to be in a corporate/office job setting.
That’s the problem with Asian parents, esp. in the Philippines (paraphrasing queenroxilla). As much as I love my parents, I can’t help but to tell them that I should prove to them that I could be on my own. Remember, I’m a loner, and I did pay the tuition fee and dealt with a lot of irate desk consultants myself. But did I ever complain? No.
Even though the bosses and/or desk consultants are irate and/or snobbish, I would still deal with them without complaining, for as long as I finish my transaction. Period. I don’t care if some office people will not like me, because I don’t think about that. Basta ang mahalaga, mababait ang mga bossing ko.
Another reason why I want to leave the house for good is because I don’t want to deal with self-important people who simply think about themselves over others’ priorities. Look what happened to me–castigated for being late. Yes, my fault to be honest, but that’s because I was fucking trapped with a self-important person who imposes something I am not really interested at the first place.
Speaking of which, I shall leave the house for good. No more parents who will speak against my life decisions. No more fucking rules that will limit me to get out and explore the outside world. And lastly, I’m my own boss. Nothing more, nothing less. No more exposure towards the elitist world.
Well, I may have never done a BTS before (dudes and dudettes, I was too lazy doing those things LOL), but this is my first time doing it.
The model, Allen Sales, is excellent in her job. Her poses are very graceful, at least for someone who is a newbie in the modelling industry (well, I’ll post photos of her here… but I won’t for now because I have technical issues! LOL). We just tell her what she should do, and she follows. YES folks, you’ll really be satisfied with all your shots if I recommend her to you. I ain’t kidding, kahit anong damit ang ipasuot mo sa kanya, the shots will turn out to be good.
I just shot many of the scenes using the Canon EOS 60D, of course! I know, I suck in recording videos, but to the elitist negachey haters, you cannot even do this to save yer lives! Take note of that! (LOL)
PHOTOS WILL BE COMING SOON! JUST WAIT!
Rest in Peace, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew
Singapore will never be what it is today, if you weren’t the one who created Singapore as what it is today.
Singapore is a Chinese country located in Southeast Asia, the only Sinosphere that’s in the said region. Now that’s the reason why Malaysia wanted it OUT of their territory–Singapore is mostly Chinese, not Malays. It’s a good thing that Lee Kuan Yew made Singapore have its own identity–from a small port village into one of the wealthiest city-states in the world.
He may have been critical towards Marcos, but he also idolized him at the same time. LKY emulated Marcos’s leadership–only that he has his own, and he knew better.
LKY imposed discipline to the oligarchs–well, to all the elites of Singapore during his time. It’s a good thing that Singapore became progressive simply because the oligarchs and elites bowed down to him and followed his lead. I bet, Marcos did the same, but he exploited the oligarchs who are greedy, therefore the People Power Revolution.
Well, RIP LKY. Totemo Xie Xie for making Singapore my other second home. It was great to visit Singapore, though I never had plans of living there.