Food waste – are we greedy and guilty Malaysians? 国人日扔930吨食物 9万包10公斤白米不见了  

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What happens to your food waste? (image from USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency)

What happens to your food waste? (image from USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency)

A study has found that Malaysians are throwing away up to 930 tonnes of unconsumed food daily. Ironically, we Malaysians love food so why waste the one thing that we are known to love most? The regular flurry of news reports on food shortages and the global food crisis have failed to alert us on the importance of being thrifty and humble to contribute towards sustaining global food supplies.

The multi-racial of Malaysian food is simply glorious. We are blessed with such diverse food options that spice up our daily food consumption. Perhaps such diversity has led to our insatiable appetite for food at one sitting which eventually leads to a huge costly waste. At any time of the day, any type of food is easily available. We now have more restaurants that serve fusion food, making us more impulsively greedy in making our selections. Go to any of these restaurants and you might have a hard time making up your mind on whether to have a plate of Chinese fried rice or Sizzling Lamb Chop because the striking pictures in the menu send you drooling over them right away. Eventually, you ordered both items. The reality is you can’t clean your plate even before the dessert arrives. Such a waste.

Simplicity and balance are what missing in our meals. A balanced diet for a normal Malay family may consist of a plate of rice, a vegetable dish and a main dish (chicken curry, chili beef etc). Sometimes, when the main dish is dry, soup is served. Dessert is optional. Perhaps a bowl of porridge for lunch with some condiments? A plain sandwich would also suffice for any meal of the day. Why not? Such items are healthy, simple and economical, reducing the amount of leftover which might end up in the garbage bin.

We definitely do not want to pay the price for our own greed and selfishness. It’s time we find ways to reduce food waste in our landfills and become a more conscious food consumers. Malaysia boleh or tak boleh?



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Joshua Bell playing incognito in the subway

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Joshua Bell (photo by Chris Lee)

Joshua Bell (photo by Chris Lee)

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

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Visit to the house of Jeff’s aunt in Heeren Street

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the abandoned living space of the house of Jeff's aunt in Heeren Street

the abandoned living space of the house of Jeff's aunt in Heeren Street

After our job assignment in Melaka Raya last Saturday, my friend, Jeff and i went to visit his aunt’s place in Heeren Street, the old street in the heart of the old city of Melaka. The house is one of the historic buildings and is also the place where Jeff was born at. The settings of the house definitely brought back the nostalgic atmosphere just like my grandma’s house in Bunga Raya.

Jeff’s mom, uncle and auntie were at the house when we arrived. They first introduced the place to me and brought me to tour from the front to the back of the house. Like most of the heritage buildings in this area, front half of the lower floor was used for business, while the rest and upper floor were living spaces. The back part of this house is very much abandoned, such as the old stoves, well drinking and toilet; these however leaving us a trace of the early and mid 20th century.

I would like to thank Jeff for bringing me to the his aunt’ place. I had my camera with me so i took some photos during our visit.

May all beings be happy. Some captures of the day,

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Vivien + Yang = j.u.s.t. m.a.r.r.i.e.d.

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congratulation to Vivien Law and Kuang-Yang!

congratulation to Vivien Law and Kuang-Yang!

Vivien and Yang were married early this month. I get to know both of them from Vivien’s sister, Mivian and they are on the loveliest couples I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Vivien comes from a Baba and Nyonya family. As you will see, I’ve included some pics of the family and friends wearing beautiful Nyonya Kebaya, and a pic of delicious Nyonya Pulut Tekan (glutinous rice in blue and served with Kaya) with Nyonya Kuih Lapis (red layer cake), which normally prepared for Nyonya weddings.

Congratulation and thank you Vivien and Yang for inviting me to be a part of your big day. It was absolutely beautiful with lots of fun and laughter. I wish you both nothing but the best in your journey through marriage and many blessings.

Below are some of my favorite pictures.

May all beings be happy.

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妻患舌癌下顎破洞 夫天天吃泡麵省钱为医病

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“以前很多人说,我选择他是一个错误的选择。现在很多朋友说,他应该是我这一生最正確的选择。”曾佩仪提及丈夫对她的不离不弃时,再也忍不住哭了。 (图:星洲日报)

“以前很多人说,我选择他是一个错误的选择。现在很多朋友说,他应该是我这一生最正確的选择。”曾佩仪提及丈夫对她的不离不弃时,再也忍不住哭了。 (图:星洲日报)






























[source: Sin Chew Daily,]
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