Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Happy Clean Up the World Weekend!

This year, Clean up The World Weekend is from 19th - 21st September.

Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire and assist communities to "clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment" through carrying out initiatives ranging from waste removal and tree planting to water and energy conservation projects. (Information obtained here)

Although there's a certain period for this purpose, it does not mean we don't clean up other days! Everyday should be a Clean Up Day, Earth Day, World Environment Day! ;-)

Happy International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer!

That was a mouthful, wasn't it? :D

September 16 was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

This designation was made on December 19 1994, in commemoration of the date, in 1987, on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Information obtained from wikipedia.

Obon Stuffs Are Cool!

Have you heard of papers that are made of sugar cane pulp called Bagasse? We can get them right here in KK! :D

I'm talking about O’BON Notebooks. I'm really excited about it. :z I'm also going to get the A4 papers made of bagasse too. :D

Apart from notebooks, O'bon also produces pencils, pens, folders, etc. Our department uses these products as gifts during talks, exhibitions, games, etc. They are the coolest I tell you!

The papers may be more expensive than the conventional ones BUT they are worth it. Sometimes people complain about recycled papers being expensive. For the longest time humans have messed up the Earth! :@ So, it's only fair we pay more for recycled materials.

Note: Photos borrowed from here. Cheers!

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Do You Owe Nature?

Have you ever thought of planting a tree for every book you read or bought? :D

I blogged about this in my other blog a few months ago. I admit I'm one of the guilty ones always buying a book everytime I go out. :$ So what have I done to contribute?

Through Eco-libris, I've started my journey to ‘pay back’ the trees I’ve sacrificed by paying USD1 for each book I've bought. :D So far, I've paid USD10 for 10 books. I’ve received the stickers (made from recycled paper) for every book I balanced out. Pretty cool eh? :z

I know, I owe nature much more than 10 trees but I'll slowly pay back.. :D

Have a nice weekend peeps!!

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

To be Gorgeously Green...

I don't know about you but I must admit I've got quite a number of household chemicals at home that I think are bad for the environment. :-(

I'm doing my best to reduce the use of these chemicals. I've started using ecowash washing powder, those with or without bleach. For the ecowash washing powder with bleach, it contains plant-based ingredients and eco-friendly detergent concentrate. I'm also using the Eco-wash Floor Cleaner.

I'm using EM (effective microorganisms) to clean my sink, toilet bowl, etc from time to time.

My point here is that whatever I do, I'm trying real hard to reduce harmful impacts to the environment. I'm a firm believer on the concept of 3R - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The first thing I focus on is the 'Reduce' bit!

I'm currently reading a book on Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano. My dear friend Jess gave it to me for my convocation.. Cheers, Jess! I love the book! ;-) There are so many tips in there. I know in Malaysia we don't get many eco-friendly products readily available yet but I believe things will improve. I'd want to believe so anyway.. ;-)

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Eco-Bag is the Way For Shoppin'

I feel really bad for not updating my green blog frequently. I should have a little bit more extra time now that finally convo is over. :-)


Just wanna share with you what I purchased recently.

Cool, huh? I bought them from http://miabambina.com/. They can be folded and very handy to bring around. I think I will buy a few more and give my Mummy. ;-)

Quoting envirosax.com, these bags provide an exclusive range of reusable shopping bags, while introducing an exciting new medium for the message of environmental sustainability. Design-led, in-expensive and colourful, Envirosax® environmental eco friendly shopping bags will carry the environmental message to a world ready to embrace a brighter ecological future.

Someone commented our department's effort to use eco-bags recently. He questioned whether the bags were made of RECYCLED materials or not. When I said no (because we did not have any information on where to obtain recycled eco-bags in Malaysia at that time), he said then that's not eco-bag. I beg to differ! For me, eco-bags (whether they are made of recycled materials or not), are good alternatives to using plastics any time. The most important thing is we have initiated efforts to promote REUSABLE eco-bags. One step at a time bah! We are also going towards the use of recycled papers. Sometimes I wonder why people do not appreciate efforts by others... Hmmm..

Note: Pix and background information obtained from here. Cheers!

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Express Ourselves Through Blogging

Blogging has been fun for me, especially when I'm able to share about my thoughts and express myself on the things I love. One of them is the Environment.

Isn't it lovely being able to blog about things we love and make money at the same time? *wink* If you answered yes, why not register with Bloggerwave? *grin*

Friday, 6 June 2008

Happy World Environment Day!

Kick the CO2 Habit - Towards a Low Carbon Economy!

That's the theme of World Environment Day (5 June) this year. Let's do our part as an individual and collectively as a community to reduce pollution and improve environmental conditions, not only for us now, but for our future generations!

We don't own the Earth, we are just borrowing from our future generations.

Some tips-
1. reduce usage of plastics - use ECOBAGS instead!
2. Do composting at home
3. Switch off electric appliances if not used
4. Turn off water tap tightly
5. Use CLOTH DIAPERS for your babies! It's cost effective in the long run. Trust me! *wink*

Let's treat everyday as WED ok!

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Definitely Earth Day on a Wet-Land!

Early morning at the KK Wetland Centre was definitely WET! Around 7ish am, the wind blew and it began to rain heavily! The Mangrove Race participants under the tents had to go into the centre building due to the wind blowing and heavy rain. I thought it was fun! *grin*

Anyway, around 8ish am, we gave the participants a choice on whether they wanted to do the 'race' within the centre (we had alternative no. 2) but most of them were willing to go into the mangrove area, walking on the boardwalk of course! That was exciting! My big boss blew the whistle and the race began.

So, here are some photos during that day. *smiles* It was indeed a lovely celebration of our Earth.

Winners of the Mangrove Race - Jumat, Vitalis and Sabrina - together with our Permanent Secretary, Minister and Director

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Everyday is Earth Day...

On 10 May, our department is organising an environmental education and awareness programme at the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre for staff of agencies under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment. *grin* This is to celebrate Earth Day. Well, better late than never!

It's gonna be really exciting because we are going to have a Mangrove Race for the staff! hehe It's so easy - they (3 participants in a group) just need to look for info (questions will be given on Saturday morning itself) around the KK Wetland Centre. The fastest group with the highest marks will win!

I'm really looking forward to this Race. *wink* Cash money of RM500 awaits the Champions!! Yayy!!

Apart from the race, there will be tree planting by our invited guests.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Happy Earth Day!!

Today is Earth Day.

It started in 1970 when an American Senator Gaylord Nelson called for a national gathering to highlight environmental issues at the national level. The gathering paved the way of the establishment of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the formulation of environmental acts. From then onwards, 22 April is celebrated annually all over the world as a sign of concerted effort to educate the global communities in environmental protection.

On this special day, I’d like to ask you, what are your contributions to protect our Earth? No matter how small it is, it is still a contribution, right? *smile*

There are so many things we can do at home, at work, in schools, and wherever we are.

This year's theme is Call for Climate. We all must do something to tackle the problem of global warming in whatever possible ways. We can conserve energy by switching off what's not needed, and many more.

Have an extra lovely day and remember, Earth Day is every day! *smile*

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Green Homes, Anyone?

When hubby and I get the chance to build a house (one fine day) at our kampung (the countryside), I'd love it to be more green and environmentally-friendly. (o:

I read a very interesting article online about cool, innovative, green homes.

Some come in packages like the Earthships! One of the Earthships that caught my attention is this (hubby, check this out! *wink*):

And you know what? The earthships are can be delivered as a kit anywhere on the planet (coolest! Even to my kampung! hehe), can be adapted to any climate (I like this one), they come in any size, and packaged earthship drawings start at $5,500!!

Take a peek on the inside:

How cool is cool?

*Pictures borrowed from http://www.earthship.net/ (cheers!)

Saturday, 19 April 2008

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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

How Green Is Your Life?

Your Life is 72% Green

You live a very green life, and you're aware of how your actions help the earth.

Of course, it's hard to be totally green. But when you make a tradeoff, you know why you're making it.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

How We Manage Kitchen/Food Waste

We started composting our kitchen/food waste last June. My friend J & H introduced the method to manage kitchen/food waste using a bucket and bokashi. Bokashi is a compost-starter and has EM (effective microorganisms) and the biotechnology comes from Japan. (For more information, please visit sustaining our environment..together ok, so I need not explain so much here.. hehehe)

Some pix to show how we do it at home:

We keep the waste in a container (reduce all moisture as much as possible and cover)

This is the compost bucket (has a special place on a chair in our kitchen! LOL)

Ahh.. the container especially to keep the bokashi. It has to be kept away from direct sunlight.

Mix a layer of bokashi and food waste alternately.. Cover the bucket tightly.

*Shania helping me* (o;

The kitchen bio-juice can be collected everyday or every other day. It can be used to clean the toilet and drains, to get rid of grease in the sink, etc

The bottle must be labelled the date the bio-juice is collected. It can be used after 2-3 days. The solid waste can be transfered to the ground and mixed with soil to become compost. Since we are staying in an apartment, hubby usually sends the solid waste to my brother's house for his plants. *grin*

Again, please visit sustaining our environment...together for more info ya! *wink*

Sunday, 6 April 2008

3R - Focus on Reduce...

I try to reduce the use of plastic bags when I go shopping. Please note the word 'reduce'. At present, perhaps it's not possible (yet) to totally not use plastic bags due to various factors.

So, what are the alternatives?

Cloth/Eco bags and baskets. *wink* I remember when I was small, Mom used to bring baskets to the market or tamu (we can still do so now..). When my parents did groceries, the things were placed in big boxes. These days, we don't really get those boxes when we go to supermarkets, do we? Instead, we get loads of plastic bags, even for the small stuff the cashiers will put in small plastic bags too. My cousin shared her experience buying an eco-bag in one of the big supermarkets. When she paid for the bag and other stuff, she told the cashier she wanted to put her groceries into the eco-bag but the cashier insisted to put the eco-bag in a plastic bag!! Hello??? The staff need environmental awareness! (May be the supermarket management should hire me for that! LOL)

When possible, plastic bags should be reused as storage bags or garbage bags, or recycled. I still feel that we all must try to use heavy duty multiple use bags (such as the cloth/eco bags) often. One of the problems faced in most places is indiscrimate throwing of used bags. Oh so unsightly!

Here are some of the bags I use for shopping. *grin* Need to get more lah.. (There are times I don't have enough to put my groceries so I have to use the plastic bags from the supermarket too. Anyway, I reuse them as storage or garbage bags. Ok also, huh?) When I shop for clothes or shoes, I usually keep those trendy paper or plastic bags so I can use 'em to keep pressies when I attend birthday parties. *grin*

During the Seminar on Environmental Education for Practitioners in Sandakan last year, we gave out this cool eco-bag for the participants. I love it!!

See, you can even fold it like this:

So, what do you think?

Go get the eco-bags lah ok? *wink*

Saturday, 5 April 2008


I was so relieved to hear the news that the State Government decided to scrap the RM1.3 billion coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu.

Thank God for that!

The location is near to the well-known Danum Valley Field Centre, Darvel Bay and Ulu-Segama. These places are a part of our nature's gems.

I've been to Danum Valley twice. It's a refreshing place to be! Waking up early and greeted by the morning dew is really an experience to be remembered. The chirping of birds in the serenity of its surroundings can add years to our exhausted physical and emotional selves.

Try it. *wink*

Thursday, 27 March 2008

River Rangers in Action!

Our field works yesterday went really well. We had fun learning the methods. (o: The facilitators prepared comprehensive kits for us as guidance. Cool!

Some pix taken at Beringgis Beach Resort and during our field works:

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Soon To Be River Rangers

There are about 30 of us attending the River Ranger Training of Trainers in Beringgis Beach Resort, Papar.

This training is part of the activities under the One State One River Programme in Malaysia. We will be trained in the next few days so we are also able to train students in river protection. (o:

The objectives of the River Ranger TOT are:
a. To increase students' awareness and knowledge in managing resources

b. To provide living skills to students for use in local environmental management

c. To coach students on ways to evaluate and audit river basins

d. To develop a data base on local rivers by the schools

e. To motivate students to initiate water/river conservation projects in their school and community

Loads of theories today but tomorrow is a different story! *grin* We are going to one of the rivers in Papar to do investigative works.. Yay!!

(will post some photos later when time permits ok! Toodles...!)

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Blessed Easter to All!

The best mathematical equation I've ever seen:

1 cross + 3 nails = 4GIVENESS

That's how God loves us all!

Blessed Easter to you!

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Happy World Forestry Day!

World Forestry Day is celebrated on 21 March annually. (Oh, this year it falls on Good Friday!)

It has been celebrated around the world for 30 years to remind communities of the importance of forests and the many benefits which we gain from them.

For more info, please visit Dept of Sustainability & Environment Australia.

Let us all do our part to look after our forests in whatever possible ways, ok?

Happy World Forestry Day!

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Starbucks Story

I was at Starbucks City Mall a few days ago. While I was waiting for my old friend, I had a cuppa coffee. Thank goodness WIFI's available so I was juggling between doing some work AND blogging. *wink*


When I took the tissue, I was so impressed that Starbucks' tissues are made of 100% recycled fibres. Coolest! That made me very happy indeed. *grin*

(May be I should frequent Starbucks more than the other coffee place from now on.... hmmm...)

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Who's Responsible?

I received a very interesting question from a fellow blogger akinabalu about who's responsible of the garbage in Sembulan area.

Who is responsible?

Of course, ALL of us! (o: All of us have the responsibility to care for the environment wherever we are.

The Local Authorities are only here to assist us manage our garbage (among other things). At the end of the day, our garbage is our own responsibility. For instance, at home, my family and I practice waste segregation. What we can recycle, we send to the recycling centres. There are a few in KK. We also do kitchen waste composting using a special bucket and a compost starter called bokashi.

Having said that, at the moment, it is fair to acknowledge that there may be limitations in services to collect rubbish or recycling. But I know the efforts are being stepped up to improve the situations.

Thanks akinabalu for your concerns. Really appreciate it. Cheers!

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

My Other Blog

Something is seriously wrong with my other blog - This is My Life.

Since Sunday, I haven't been able to open blog.com or my blog. )o: I hope my colleague will be able to help me tomorrow to sort out this problem.

Fingers crossed..

EE Girls' Birthday Gathering

EE Girls?


We call ourselves EE girls - the Environmental Education girls because of our work and passion!

Six of us celebrate our birthdays in February and March so we decided to have a 6-in-1 birthday dinner! The birthday girls were me, Jocelyn, Rose, Chai, Hui Shim and Cornelea, but Cornelea couldn't make it due to urgent matters. We also missed Jess, Helen and Benn John (they couldn't make it due to other commitments). So, the only un-birthday girl that evening was Benn Joeman!

It was indeed a lovely evening at Fish and Co.

And would you just look at us (and the pressies!) *big grin*

What Planet Are You From?

You Are From Neptune

You are dreamy and mystical, with a natural psychic ability.

You love music, poetry, dance, and (most of all) the open sea.

Your soul is filled with possibilities, and your heart overflows with compassion.

You can be in a room full of friendly people and feel all alone.

If you don't get carried away with one idea, your spiritual nature will see you through anything.

What Colour Green Are You?

You Are Apple Green

You are almost super-humanly upbeat. You have a very positive energy that surrounds you.
And while you are happy go lucky, you're also charmingly assertive.
You get what you want, even if you have to persuade those against you to see things your way.
Reflective and thoughtful, you know yourself well - and you know that you want out of life.