Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sixty One

This just baffles me.  What is "Jointly of 61th Moment"?  Is it Modern English or was the writer thinking in some other language when constructing the sentence?

This post is not to belittle anyone.  The banner has a captivating design but if sentences like this gets put out there and if it gets put out there too often, eventually, it is going to get accepted as something that's right.  And those who say 61st may appear as the wierdo who got it wrong.

It's also going to discourage learners from wanting to have a better command of the English language.  They may just say anything goes nowadays, as long as people understand you.

Although English is not the official language in Malaysia, it is the most commonly used language in 53 countries and for 400 million people.

Is it important to get it right or anything also can, as long as people understand?  I'm just curious to know what you think.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Growing Fun

By Gladys Tay

Guest Blogger

Last August, I decided to work on a project on my bucket list, which is to have an edible garden of my own. Since our dear friend here is also dreaming of becoming a farmerette, I thought perhaps I could share some of my experiences here on the topic.

Hi! I'm Gladys, and I've known Bee Kim since 2007.  On my blog I write more on activities for children since I am a stay at home mom.

For my edible garden, so far I have learnt to let nature take care of my plants, and all will be well. I noticed that if I take care of them like how I would a newborn baby, they will die on me very soon. On top of that, most of the plants that bore fruits in my garden are those that sprouted out of my compost pots. 

Let's take a look what failed and what succeeded in my garden. 

The failed ones: 
1. Sweet corn (corn kernels) - leaves turned yellowish before bearing fruits 
2. Beetroot and carrots (kitchen scrape) - turned soft due to too much water)
3. Capsicum, chillies and gojiberry (using seeds from the kitchen) growth stagnant at seedling stage 
4. Garlic (from the kitchen) - the leaves were beautiful but they withered after 3-4 months 
5. Sweet basil and mint ( from cuttings) - perhaps to much sunlight at initial stage and ants attack 
6. Coriander (from seeds) - from seed to flowers but the plant was not fertile at all. Very thin stems, small leaves and tiny flowers 

The successful ones (all from the kitchen)
1. Bentong Ginger 
2. Spring onions 
3. Tomato
4. Mung beans 
5. Thai basil
6. Regrowing leek (but it was much smaller in diameter) 
7. Peanuts 
8. Thyme (exception: bought a small pot from a grocer and replanted it in a bigger pot) 

I was too ambitious when I first started. Now, I have decided to focus on one or two types of veggies, herbs or spices at one time. Exceptions will be given to those that sprout from the compost pots. And on another note, those that grow from the compost pots are obviously healthier. 

So, currently, I have four pots of okra (my first), a pot of tomato and yam (from the compost pots) and two pots of Bentong ginger (second generation). 

It has been a delightful journey for me and nothing beats the satisfaction of harvesting and eating the fruits of your own labour.  And, it is fun to watch them grow too!

Bentong Ginger.  The most successful one so far.  Harvested at 8 months

Regrowing leek in water.  Considered successful.  It was 30cm long when I harvested it.

Tomato: The not so successful but it bore fruits 

Thai Basil: Another successful one

Coriander: The leaves turned yellowish too soon but I was happy to see the tiny flowers. A not so successful one.

That's all for now.  Cheers!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Farmeress Wannabe

Or is it farmerette ...?

On this gorgeous plot of land I am going to have my very own edible garden.  It'll also feature sunflowers, lavender and roses.  But before growing anything, I would need to nourish the soil with egg shells and banana peel which will provide nutrients.

When I want to cook, I'll just go and pick something from the garden.

Currently this is all just a pipe dream.  I've never grown any veggie or flower before.  I've attempted to grow some plants in the past but they died at infancy.  I know, it's quite pathetic.

Just gonna have to try and try again till my dream manifests.  Need to plant the seed in my subconscious mind first, and then the harvest will appear in my reality.  😁

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Present

Either you accept it, or you leave it
Mindfully savour life's little moments
Connect with divine intelligence  
Finding joy in every circumstance
Giving thanks in the midst of trials
Fear and anxiety dissipates when you live in the present moment.

One Night With Jen

My travel companion, the LENOVA ideapad 710S:  

I didn't choose the seaview rooms.  That would be nice if  I were on a real holiday.

My one night in Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour Johor recently was just a flash getaway, an escapade.

The room was comfortable, compact and clean. Had some night snacks, watched some cartoons and dozed off. 

The breakfast spread that greeted me in the morning wasn't that enticing though, nothing to shout about.  The room rate was not inclusive of breakfast.

Another grouse would be the car park.

Situated in Puteri Harbour Waterfront in Iskandar Puteri, there are several restaurants in the vicinity. There is also free shuttle service to Legoland.

The hotel has 283 rooms and is a brand of  the Shangri-La Group.

See you again, Jen.

one night with Jen

Monday, June 4, 2018

Recovery of Merambong Shoal


GELANG PATAH – The Merambong shoal, which was damaged by land reclamation in 2014, is on its way to regaining its original size of 26.3 hectares in an assisted recovery programme between a local developer and a public university.

A 5-year agreement inked between Country Garden Pacificview (CGPV) Sdn Bhd and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) on the 1st of March, 2015, is yielding results.

The agreement marked a collaboration between the two parties to conserve and rehabilitate  seagrass by monitoring various species and their adaptability to stressors.

The collaboration also includes the transplanting of seagrass seedlings, re-stocking when the seagrass has depleted and ensuring sustainable management as well as assisted recovery, among others.

In a recent transplanting exercise at the seagrass site in Sungai Pulai, a group of volunteers comprising CGPV employees and scientists as well as researchers from UPM, ventured to the meadow which is a home to a myriad of marine and seagrass species.

The exercise was part of an assisted recovery programme to transplant some of the seagrass species in the Merambong shoal.

A total of 12 species of seagrass species, namely, the Halophila spinulosa, Halodule pinifolia, H. ovalis, H. uninervis, Thalassia hemprichii, Halophila decipiens, H. beccarii, H. major, Cymodocea serrulate, Enhalus acoroides, Syringodium isotifolium and H spinulosa were found on the Merambong shoal.

The marine species found there included sea urchins, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, star fishes, among others.

Prof Dr Japar Sidik Bujang, Head of Biology Department, assisted by Prof Dr Muta Harah Zakaria, Head of Aquaculture Department, lead the transplanting exercise held at the Merambong shoal on April 21 which saw the team transplanting seedlings which have undergone germination for 1 to 3 months in a laboratory, before the seedlings were planted.

“We will monitor the seedlings monthly.  The seedlings that we have transplanted in 2016 are growing well,” said Japar Sidik, adding that seagrass meadows have to be protected as they support a healthy coastal environment and are important in maintaining recreational and commercial fisheries.

According to studies carried out in 2017, it was revealed that since May last year, the spoon seagrass, Halophila species and Halodule species were found to be the fast growing seagrasses that have colonized the bare areas.

Japar Sidik said that the seagrass ecosystem provides multiple benefits to the local fishermen and contributes to water purification and waste treatment.

On April 23, a ceremony was held at the CGPV Sales Gallery  to mark the success of the three-year collaboration.  During the event, UPM lauded Forest City’s dedication toward the collaborative effort and presented a certificate of recognition to the developer.

CGPV director of strategy Ng Zhu Hann said in his speech that CGPV views environmental issues as a serious matter, especially when it is happening in its own backyard.

“Environmental awareness is one of the core focus of CGPV’s corporate social responsibility programmes. This collaboration came with a research grant of RM2.5 million awarded to UPM,” he said.

Ng also said that CGPV was keen to work with UPM on future collaborations in various aspects, ranging from green and sustainable projects to landscaping, research and development as well as enhancing opportunities for graduates.

Prof Datin Paduka Dr Aini Ideris, vice-chancellor of UPM, echoed the same sentiment in getting CGPV to be the university’s close industrial partner as there could be a mutual enrichment of educational and research learning experience from such a collaboration.

“We could harness a pool of experts in various disciplines of science and technology, environment and socio-economics, to form a formidable synergistic team,” Aini said.

“The research findings, so far, have allowed CGPV to gain valuable information on the conservation and rehabilitation of the seagrass flora and fauna in the Merambong shoal,” said Aini, adding that this complemented the environmental protection initiative amid ongoing development activities.

Aini also said that the findings have gained substantial results that could be beneficial to mitigate the negative assumptions of seagrass health in the systematic development of coastal areas.

“In addition, the collaboration has also managed to engage several postgraduate students, and this would ultimately contribute to the capacity building and human resource development for the country,” she said.

“We are thankful for being given funding and the opportunity to observe, research and learn as we conduct the project, basically gaining new insights into the responses of seagrasses and their associated flora and fauna to land reclamation.

“The collaboration is in line with the approval of the DEIA (Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment for Forest City.

“So far there have been no mass seagrass mortality or species loss during the ongoing land reclamation activities and coastal development,” she added.

Meanwhile, Johor Department of Environment (DOE) director Datuk Dr Mohammad Ezanni Mat Salleh commended the initiative, calling it the best collaboration so far.

“Studies and research carried out showed that the water quality is good and there is a host of marine life, including seahorses, which means the environment here has a healthy marine ecosystem,” Mohammad Ezanni said.

He also said that he hopes the collaboration will be long-term, which is for UPM to help CGPV in the monitoring of the overall environment.

Kelab Alami, a non-governmental organisation supported by CGPV since 2015, have been jointly carrying out studies, gathering information and documenting findings with UPM since the collaboration.

Also present were UPM scientists and researchers Prof Dr Aziz Arshad, Japar Sidik and Muta Harah and Kelab Alami co-founder Dr Serina Rahman.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Look the other way

The scale and beauty of the project was astounding, but I couldn't help feeling a little overwhelmed as I ventured into the site.

The heartache will heal and so will the eco-system but it will take time.

Sixty One

This just baffles me.  What is "Jointly of 61th Moment"?  Is it Modern English or was the writer thinking in some other languag...