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With just a blink of an eye, a year has past since GeorgeTown & Malacca was listed UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. How time flys ……. There’s a celebration to commemorate the 1st anniversary. The highlight is this weekend 25 – 26 July (Sat & Sun). If you are free make a trip there and enjoy the cultural heritage celebration.

There will be stage performances, arts and crafts; the streets and historical monument will be the theatre sets. The idea is to encourage visitors to walk about the city from one performance to another. Admission is FREE to almost all the performances and venues.

Below is the schedule for the 2 days event.

25-7-2009 • Sabtu / Saturday

9.00am – 2.00pm Free Boat Ride – Lim Jetty, Weld Quay

9.00am – 11.30am “Street of Harmony” Heritage Walk “Street of Harmony” – Meet at Town Hall, Jalan Padang Kota Lama

9.00am – 5.00pm Penang Heritage Exhibition – INTI International College Penang, 1Z Jalan Bukit Jambul

10.00am – 5.00pm Food, Craft, Art & Music Festival – Dewan Sri Pinang, Lebuh Light

10.00am – 10.00pm Art International Festival (Art workshop, art forums & drama performance) – Town Hall & Wawasan Open University

11.00am – 7.00pm Exhibition on the Acheen Street Mosque History and Islamic Traditional Culture – Acheen Street Mosque, Lebuh Acheh

3.00pm – 5.00pm Gostan Forward a solo performance lecture by Marion D’Cruz – Penang Heritage Trust, 26 Lebuh Gereja

5.00pm – 10.00pm Food Stalls and Craft Demonstration – Islamic Museum Park, Lebuh Acheh

5.00pm – 7.00pm “Street of Harmony-Heritage Zone”

5.00pm – 9.00pm Hokkien Puppet Theatre – Cheah Kongsi, 8 Lebuh Armenian (Open House, 9.00am)

5.30pm – 9.30pm Teochew Opera – In front of Goddess of Mercy Temple, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling

5.00pm – 10.00pm Islamic Musical Performance – Acheen Street Mosque & 35 Lebuh Queen

5.00pm – 10.00pm Little Penang Street Market Craft and Food Corner of Little Penang Street Market – Lebuh Armenian

6.00pm – 10.00pm Open House – Meng Eng Soo Temple, Jalan Pintal Tali

6.30pm – 10.30pm Showcase of Teochew & Chinese Culture (Dragon Dance, 24 Seasonal Drum, Teochew Opera,Traditional Games, Chinese Dance & Teochew Delicacies) – Inside & in front of Teochew Association, 127 Lebuh Chulia

7.00pm – 10.00pm Indian Dance and Classical Music – Next to Kuil Arulmigu Mahamariamman, Lebuh Queen

8.00pm – 10.00pm Multi ethnic street performance – “Street of Harmony – Heritage Zone”

8.00pm – 10.30pm “Road to Dawn” Film Screening “Road to Dawn” – Penang Chinese Town Hall, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling

9.00pm – 10.30pm George Town Sebagai Tapak Warisan Dunia UNESCO Closing Ceremony of The 1st Anniversary George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site Celebration – Khoo Kongsi, Lebuh Cannon

gtherimapSource: UNESCO Heritage Brochure

26-7-2009 • Sunday

8.30am – 11.00am Chingay Competition – Jalan Padang Kota Lama

10.00am – 5.00pm Food, Craft, Art & Music Festival – Dewan Sri Pinang, Lebuh Light

10.00am – 10.00pm Art International Festival (Art workshop, art forums & art auction dinner) – Town Hall & E & O Hotel

10:00 am – 5:00pm Little Penang Street Market – Upper Penang Road
www.littlepenang.com.my

This will be our third anniversary and also part of Penang’s celebrations of the first anniversary of the World Heritage Site listing for Georgetown. So lots will be happening, including the usual fabulous range of more than 60 stalls showcasing all sorts of wonderful things, plus live performances and gallery presentations. There will be an emphasis on “Our Heritage, Our Future”, so part of our programme will see various children’s groups performing traditional and contemporary pieces.

10.30am Malay and Indian traditional dancing
11.30am A medley of Chin Woo and other dances
12.00pm Children from Sungai Pinang perform drama, dance and music
12.20pm Children from Kumpulan Warisan Jemari present a medley of Malay performances
12.30pm Children from YWCA presenting a medley of heritage dances
1.00pm Rozz and the Frequency
2.30pm Wayang Kulit at 2.30pm presented by the Bayu group
3.00pm Gostan Forward a solo performance lecture by Marion D’Cruz – Panggung Sasaran, USM

Below are some links for those of you who would like to more about GeorgeTown.

http://igeorgetownpenang.com/

www.lestariheritage.net/penang/index.html

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1223

and get the UNESCO Heritage Brochure here.

HAPPY 1ST ANNIVERSARY GEORGETOWN & MALACCA.

green witch;)

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bottle rubbish

Today, every which way you turn, you will be aware of the many usage of plastic in our life. Just about everything we use has plastic in them. They are also the many source of problems that are plaguing the environment nowadays. When Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite in 1909, he could not have realized what a profound effect this and other plastics were going to have on the future of earth. The very virtues that make plastics so useful (strength and durability), are also the what make them such appalling problem. The problem is that we use plastics (long-lasting materials) to make objects which we promptly throw away. E.g. take-away carrier bag ~material used can last for centuries but we discard it right after we reach home. We have many plastics objects that have useful lives that are measured not in hours but in minutes or even seconds(foam polystyrene). Although all plastic is similar, chemically they may be as different from me and you. So….what is plastic ?

Here’s a quick breakdown of plastic resin types:

plastic symbols

#1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) = Product examples: Disposable soft drink and water bottles, cough-syrup bottles

#2 high density polyethylene (HDPE) = Product examples: Milk jugs, toys, liquid detergent bottles, shampoo bottles

#3 polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC) = Product examples: Meat wrap, cooking oil bottles, plumbing pipes

#4 low density polyethylene (LDPE) = Product examples: Cling wrap, grocery bags, sandwich bags

#5 polypropylene (PP) = Product examples: Syrup bottles, yogurt cups/tubs, diapers

#6 polystyrene (PS) = Product examples: Disposable coffee cups, clam-shell take-out containers

#7 other (misc.; usually polycarbonate, or PC, but also polylactide, or PLA, plastics made from renewable resources) = Product examples: Baby bottles, some reusable water bottles, stain-resistant food-storage containers, medical storage containers

Safer Plastics = #2HDPE, #4LDPE and #5PP

These three types of plastic are the healthiest. They transmit no known chemicals into your food and they’re generally recyclable; #2 is very commonly accepted by municipal recycling programs, but you may have a more difficult time finding someone to recycle your #4 and #5 containers.

#1 PET

#1 bottles and containers are fine for single use and are widely accepted by municipal recyclers. You won’t find many reusable containers made from #1, but they do exist. It’s also best to avoid reusing #1 plastic bottles; water and soda bottles in particular are hard to clean, and because plastic is porous, these bottles absorb flavors and bacteria that you can’t get rid of.

PLA

PLA (polylactide) plastics are made from renewable resources such as corn, potatoes and sugar cane and anything else with a high starch content. The starch is converted into polylactide acid (PLA). Although you can’t recycle these plant-based plastics, you can compost them in a municipal composter or in your backyard compost heap. Most decompose in about twelve days unlike conventional plastic, which can take up to 100 years.

Plastics to Avoid

#3 PVC

#3 polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is often used frequently in cling wraps for meat. However, PVC contains softeners called phthalates that interfere with hormonal development, and its manufacture and incineration release dioxin, a potent carcinogen and hormone disruptor. Vinyl chloride, the primary building block of PVC, is a known human carcinogen that also poses a threat to workers during manufacture.

#6 PS

Extruded polystyrene (#6 PS; commonly known as Styrofoam) is used in take-out containers and cups, and non-extruded PS is used in clear disposable takeout containers, disposable plastic cutlery and cups. Both forms of PS can leach styrene into food; styrene is considered a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It may also disrupt hormones or affect reproduction.

#7 PC

#7 Polycarbonate (PC) is found in baby bottles, 5-gallon water bottles, water-cooler bottles and the epoxy linings of tin food cans. PC is composed of a hormone-disrupting chemical called bisphenol A, which has been linked to a wide variety of problems such as cancer and obesity.

Source : National Geographic ‘s The Green Guide

What prompted me into writing this article is the many messages I’ve gotten regarding cancer and also melamine. The term “melamine” may also be used to refer to the plastic melamine resin. The recent milk scare and just about everything that contain milk has gotten alot of people work up. Women are advice not to leave their water bottle in car under the sun because according to singer “Sheryl Crow” she got cancer by drinking water from plastic container that she left in her car. Then the scare of “BPA” especially used to make drinking containers and also milk bottles. Hence, the research on explaining the difference types of plastics. Is plastic a good invention ? I believe the answer is “YES” but the reason for it’s bad reputation to the environment is because human did not think of the consequences when they used the substance to create other objects like plastic bottles, bags etc.

plastic bottles

Some fast facts about water bottles

  1. 1.5 million barrels of oil are used every year to make plastic water bottles for bottled water. This is enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars for a year.

  2. 36 billion bottles are sold each year, only 7 billion make it to recycling. The other 29 billion bottles end up in landfills, incinerators, litter in streams, oceans and rivers.”

When you throw away your plastic product, those that are buried which contain cadmium as pigment will get wash away by rain water into groundwater that may end up in the public water supply. Even in our homes, building materials do contain plastic like PVC that gives off vinyl chloride gas that are found to cause liver cancer. Rubbish burning or some that catch fire can sometime burn for weeks aspecially if PVC and polystyrene foams are involved. Anyone who has breathed the smoke from this 2 substances knows how acrid it is (hydrogen fluoride), very poisonous and contributes to acid rain. Getting rid of plastics is not so easy. As long as we use petrol in our cars, plastics will be with us. The sooner we learn to reduce or refuse, reuse then more prudently and find some way of re-using(re-purpose) them, the better our life will be.

POSITIVE ACTION : How to cut down on waste plastic

  • Don’t buy fresh food pre-packed in plastic

  • Refuse plastic containers for takeaway food

  • Choose natural materials in clothing

  • Avoid disposable plastic in the kitchen

  • Ask for biodegradable packaging

Doing research for this post was really an eye-opener for me in term of the devastation of plastics to the environment. Education is key. Teach the young about the pros and cons of plastic products so that they may in future think before they create a short-life product using plastics.

Bottomline : as long as there is demand, there will be supply. greed will destroy this planet.

” THE WORLD CAN FEED EVERYONES NEED, BUT NOT EVERYONES GREED.” `~ GANDHI

green witch 😉

Below are some photos of plastic products being reuse or repurposed.

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mini-pots

I use my plastic waste mostly in the garden.

plasticbag ball

Plastic bag turn into a ball.

bottle-repurposePlastic_Bottles_Sparking_Stars

Below are more professional looking products by designers and artists who embrace the RE-CREATE, RE-DESIGN, RE-PURPOSE and incorporate them in their work. Enjoy.

1. http://www.ryterdesign.ch/recycline/frame.htm

recyline

2.http://miwa.metm.org/PET_project/
platic-bottle-repurpose

3.http:// http://www.michellebrand.co.uk
michellebrand-portfolio

4. Studio Verissimo
spoonlamp2

5. http://www.dezeen.com/2007/12/12/drop-chandelier-by-stuart-haygarth/

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Reuse, Recreate & Repurpose!

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g8 2009

What is G8 ? Which country is in G8 ?

The G8’s membership comprises the main industrialised countries. It is not an international organisation, nor does it have an administrative staff with a permanent secretariat; it is rather a process that culminates in an annual Summit at which the Heads of State and Government of the member countries hold talks with a view to finding solutions to the main world issues, which are summed up in the “Final Statement.”

The G8’s members are Canada,FranceGermanyItalyJapanRussia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Commission attends as well.

The 2009 G8 Summit was held in Italy, in the city of L’Aquila. From 8 to 10 July.

To read more here.

WWF website had a campaign about facing the G8. Create a poster and make your stand. Wanted to post this earlier but as usual my internet line was down. Even through the summit has concluded, you can still go to here. Make a decision of what you believe to be good for earth for yourself, your children, your children’s children. Make a stand now. What we do today will determine our tomorrow.

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Read  ” G8 and MEF climate talks: It’s progress but still not fair”

This world has never been fair. Oppression and discrimination. Money talk!!!!! Most cannot see beyond the $$$ sign. They are selling out earth and all we can do is watch earth losing it glitter. All the talk in the world don’t mean a thing if no one move forward to take action. Remember – Action speaks louder than words. Sad but lets hope and pray for a better earth for our children.

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While writing this piece I remember the song by Michael Jackson titled “Heal the World”. I pray that we still have time to heal our world. Global warming is a real thing and not make believe as some might want us to believe. Observe the change in our weather daily. It is not a joke. Come together as ONE and try to HEAL our world/Earth.

Thank you MJ for a beautiful song and message.

green bitch

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For the past 2 weeks, we’ve been seeing all sort of reports and stories after the death of Michael Jackson the Entertainer, King of Pop at the age of 50. I grew up listening to his songs. I cannot say that I’m a hardcore fan but I must admit that I do like a few of his songs and the message in those songs. Whatever he was during his lifetime, he was a true entertainer and that is one thing that no one can dispute. To me, he was a grown kid who likes to play and thus the reference to Peter Pan and Neverland. We laugh at all  jokes about him and the weirdness but I think weird is only a word that means DIFFERENT. People are always fearful of difference or not norm. Love him or hate him, I’m glad that he has gone to a better place where none will judge him for being weird or different. May you find peace now, when it eluded you when you were still alive. RIP Michael Jackson.

Thank you for all the songs and the messages you try to give to earth but sorry that earthling refuse to listen.

Enjoy Earth Song.

green bitch

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