Five Widely-Read Bloggers Tour Israel and Plant Trees

The eleven days that five bloggers from around the world spent touring Israel are probably going to offer over 1 million blog readers a perspective of Israel that they do not often encounter in their local media.

KKL_260911_A (photo credit: KKL-JNF)
KKL_260911_A
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The eleven days that five bloggers from around the world spent touring Israel are probably going to offer over 1 million blog readers a perspective of Israel that they do not often encounter in their local media. That’s the impression gained from a discussion with the five during a tree-planting ceremony that KKL-JNF held for them at Aminadav, near Jerusalem. Each one of them said, in their own fashion, that Israel was “an amazing country, amazing people”.
In the modern era of computerized communication, the five visiting bloggers- KKLKaustabh Katdare (29), from India; Eunice Khong (33), from Singapore; Joyce Feng Yimeng (25) from China; Chris Richardson (29) from Australia; and Marcello Arrambide (27) from Venezuela – serve as the eyes and ears for a total of some 1,700,000 a month, who regularly check out their blogs to find out what is happening in the bloggers’ lives.  Their popular on-line diaries are what made them guests of the Technion University's Once in a Lifetime program, an information/advocacy project that is part of Haifa University’s StandWithUs leadership program.  These five bloggers were selected out of many in all corners of the world. They all unhesitatingly accepted their personal invitations to visit Israel and become acquainted with the country's historical sites, enterprises and people. 
We met them on the eighth day of their intensive tour of the country, after their very emotional visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and just before their long trip south to Eilat.  Eunice Khong from Singapore, who blogs under the title “Traveler Folio”, was busy photographing the flags fluttering in honor of the group at the Aminadav Forest in the Judean Mountains.  “This is simply an amazing country and very different from what I thought,” she said with a wide smile.  “In Singapore I have to rely on the media, the only sources of information about Israel that are available.  In truth, I didn’t really know anything about Israeli culture, Israelis and Jews.  When I got the invitation to join the tour, I couldn’t believe it at first, but I was thrilled.  I think that I’ll be writing for ages in my blog about my experiences here, and I’ll definitely want to come back again for a more in-depth visit.”  Her impressions, ideas and thoughts will be mostly likely shared with the 200,000 devoted readers of her blog every month.