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First of, let me just say …..

Happy Heritage Day 2011.

Tin Mining in Malaysia 1800-2000: The Osborne & Chappel Story. Written by David Palmer and Michael Joll.

Yesterday I was in Gopeng for the launching of David Palmer’s book titled Tin Mining in Malaysia 1800-2000: The Osborne & Chappel Story. Have been working on the book for the past few months and am very glad to see it published and launched. The book is published by Muzium Gopeng who are also offically opening their “Heritage House”. The event was officiated by the Minister of Tourism YB Dato’ Sri Ng Yen Yen.

Dato Ng Yen Yen holding the book with the author David Palmer on the left.

Hard covered, 352 pages, and featuring a wealth of original illustrations, maps, tables and never before seen photographs. Priced at RM100 / GBP20 (excluding packing and postage). You can order by email from Mrs Mai Palmer – mataniph@yahoo.com . Or just go over to http://www.osbornechappelstory99.wordpress.com

Heritage House in Gopeng

The Heritage House is located at 6, Jalan Sungai Itek, 31600 Gopeng. Tel : 05-3597828. “It is the latest building in Gopeng to be restored with the aim of transporting visitors back in time to have a glimpse of how life was when the Kinta Valley had the richest tin mines in the world.” – source Foong Thim Leng ~ Starmetro. Visit to Heritage House is by appointment only and there’s also a “homestay programme”. Beside the Opening of Heritage House and the launching of “Tin Mining in Malaysia 1800-2000: The Osborne & Chappel Story”, Muzium Gopeng is also celebrating their 2nd Anniversary as well as World Heritage Day. The town that once was the base for “Sup Yee Kongsi” (Osborne & Chappel) is moving towards Heritage Eco-Tourism. Well done Gopeng. To all, cheers. HAPPY HERITAGE DAY 2011. “It is not the HONOR that you take with you but the HERITAGE you leave behind.” – Branch Rickey greenbitch/witch

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GONG SEE FATT CHAI

In less than 2 weeks time chinese the world over will be ushering in the new lunar year. This year is the year of the rabbit. I’m taking this opportunity to wish everyone who will be celebrating this festival a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. May your life be blessed.

While all of us are enjoying ourselves, let’s not forget to do 3R. Re-use previous year decorations and if possible use “angpow” to create your own chinese new year decoration. To get started on your own DIY deco, click here.

green bitch/witch  

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MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL

Tomorrow is 22nd September and chinese the world over will be celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival or better known to most as Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival to the younger generation;  (traditional Chinese: 中秋節), is a popular harvest festival celebrated not only by Chinese but Korean, and Vietnamese people.

Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated every year on the 15th day on the 8th month of the lunar calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest.This year happened to fall on the 22nd September, Wednesday. To many, this is the day the family gather to eat mooncakes and kids will play with lantern. I’m not too crazy about eating mooncakes because they are so very sweet. There are many variety offered to cater to every taste. Mocha flavor, green tea, durian etc. You name it, they’ll create it. How did this festival comes about ?

During the early years of the Qin rule, chinese people practice praying to the sun in spring and moon in autumn. The Mid-Autumn Festival derived from the tradition of worshipping the moon. The forefathers believed that the harvest depended on the Moon Goddess. Without her showers of rain and constant changes to reflect the season s, it would be impossible to have a bumper harvest. The rites and rituals for moon worship were usually done on a grand scale.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the others being Chinese New Year and Winter Solstice, and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as  putting pomelo rinds on one’s head ; carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns ; burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang’e (Chinese: 嫦娥 ); planting Mid-Autumn trees; collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members and etc.

The ancient believed that the sun was yang and the moon was yin. Hence, the deity that lived in the moon had to be a female fairy. Every culture all over the world have their own myth and legend regarding the moon. For the chinese it’s the tale of Chang-e flying to the moon that has been circulated since the Han Dynasty and she has been associated with the moon ever since. Below is a concise version.

The Legend of Chang-e

Once there appears to have 10 suns in the sky causing people to suffer. The divine archer Hou Yi shot down 9 of them and was banished to earth with his wife Chang-e to live as mortals. Later, Hou Yi acquired an elixir of immortality, but as he had changed for the worse after living on earth, Chang-e drank the potion and flew to the moon alone.

For a more on the legend read here.

So how did mooncake becomes part of the celebration ?

Legend has it that it originated towards the end of the Song Dynasty when the Mongols invaded China. The common folk suffered under their rule and hence planned to revolt. To keep their plans from being discovered, the hid messages in round cakes which were sent to every family. On the 15th night of the 8th month, the people rose up in revolt and killed the Mopngol invaders as they slept. Mooncakes are eaten on this day every year to commemorate this event. The round mooncakes of the past have since evolved into the present-day mooncakes with fillings. Mooncakes are round, symbolising reunion and completeness. Therefore, eating mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival represents the family’s togetherness and living in sweet harmony.

As to how lantern are associated with Mid-Autumn Festival, I am still not sure. Since I can’t find any reference to it accept that it’s part of the custom or ritual to light lantern and float sky lanterns. Normally, children are the one most happy, parading their lanterns.

Whatever the case, enjoy your mooncake. Psss…. try not to buy mooncakes that overdo on packaging. As we enjoy this day, please remember that reducing our over indulgence on unneccesary packaging can slowdown the process of turning our earth into a garbage minefield. Go for minimalist packaging and you can still enjoy the festival. Whatever the day, festival it maybe, practice your 3R – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.

HAVE A WONDERFUL MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.

green bitch/witch


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June 5 is World Environmental Day. This year 2010, the theme is Many Species. One Planet. One Future. Apparently, everyone is into the word ONE. In Malaysia, we are into the slogan One Malaysia and everything else nowadays will be tag One ……

It’s interesting to see we have finally willing to acknowledge that we all are ONE. All sharing ONE planet and trying our best now to move together to save this planet in 0rder to have ONE future.

The United Nation Enviromental Programme has a series that explain clearly on how we all as ONE can work towards ONE future.

Celebrate nature’s genius! Don’t that says everything. Open your eyes PLEASE!!!! See the beauty and diversity around you and imagine if suddenly they are no more there and your children’s children will never be able to see and experience all these. This planet is for all, past present and future. Do something now before you take away the future that wasn’t even yours to take/destroy. To read and be more pro-active go here.

To get the info material you see here and more go the the UN website. There you can also download template to create a t-shirt.

HAPPY WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY 2010. AS ONE WE MOVE FORWARD. CHEERS

Green witch/bitch 😉

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Green is a color I really need to stare at now cause staring too much at the monitar is not good. Staring at green is supposed to be good for the eye. How much is that true ? I don’t know. Anyway, speaking or typing about Green reminded me of the event I’ve  circled on my calendar and would like to share with you all. It’s not always that you get events happening anywhere near or around Ipoh. Well…. good news… Project Revive will be having their Green Living Activities at Teluk Batik Lumut.

PROJECT REVIVE TELUK BATIK LUMUT, 2010

Date :  11th and 12th June, 2010

Day :  Friday and Saturday

Time :  8am to 9pm

Activities :  Beach Clean Up, Throwing in Mudballs, Plant A Tree Campaingn, Dive & Clean,  Painting selected items, etc, we will be ending up with a “Thank You”” party with food, music, games, karaoke, lucky draws and maybe even live music.

You can read about their programmes here.

For those of you who’s free and would like to give back something to mother Earth, get your green tee on and start out to Lumut. as they always say….the MORE the MERRIER. Keep the date free and bring your family and drag all you friends there. Have a fun &  green day.

BE GREEN. LIVE GREEN. EAT GREENS. HELP GREEN THE EARTH.

Green BITCH/WITCH 😉

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again where everyone is reminded to switch off the light for 1 hour. I blog about it last year and it seems more are jumping on the bandwagon this year. For the year 2010, 60 EARTH HOUR will be on the 27th March (Saturday) starting 8.30pm.

For those of you who have no idea what the hell is Earth Hour and what the heck is everyone so into switching of the light for an hour, go to here.

Most of you may think that just an hour of switching off the light might not make a difference but if many more are to take part, than it is the first step in making earthling coming together and working together for a better Earth. Before we can do GREAT things for mother Earth, we must first come together. Take baby steps.

Happy Earth Hour to all. Do your part. Remember Earth is your only home if you don’t take care of it, who will ?

signing out GREEN BITCH/WITCH 🙂

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At the stroke of midnight of February 14, to many it’s Valentine’s Day but for this year 2010, it’s the start of the Chinese Lunar Calendar of the TIGER. The Chinese mark the year by the 10 Heavenly stems and 12 Earthy Branches (match 12 animals) and are arranged in order : Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. This year mark as the Year of the Metal Tiger. In order to enjoy and keep this beautiful and graceful beast to continue to roam on earth, let us all make a pledge to not buy any products that encourages the killing/ poaching of this feline.

In the spirit of Roaring year of the Tiger, I wish everyone will join me in doing our best in preventing the extermination of the tigers. As of date, the are roughly about 300 tigers in the wild and everyday their numbers are decreasing. Make this year a GREAT one by joining WWF : Tx2 Tiger Campaign.

From February 14th to 21st, WWF-Malaysia will be launching our “Tx2” tiger conservation campaign and  invite members of the public to join us for fun activities at FGS Dong Zen Temple. WWF-Malaysia is working with other WWF offices in countries that are home to tigers on this campaign, which aims to double the number of tigers in the world by the next Year of the Tiger, 2022.

Come visit WWF-Malaysia’s booth, as we will be providing educational information about tigers and promoting our “symbolic tiger adoption”. You can purchase a pair of special edition tiger plush toys (the first day of Chinese New Year this year falls on Valentine’s Day) and the proceeds will be channelled to our conservation work.

WWF-Malaysia Booth
When?     14th to 21st February 2010
Where?     FGS Dong Zen Temple in Jenjarom, Selangor

In addition to visiting our booth, you can also enjoy participating in the following exciting activities at Dong Zen Temple:

Making the tiger mark
Get down and dirty as WWF-Malaysia’s field biologists teach you how to make your own tiger pugmark plaster cast and bring it back as a souvenir!
When?     16th February 2010
Time?        First session starts at 11.00am; last session is at 5.00pm

Face-painting:
Be part of history as WWF-Malaysia attempts to paint 1000 faces to symbolise the target of achieving 1000 wild tigers in Malaysia by the next Year of the Tiger in 2022.
When?      20th February 2010
Time?       Session 1: 10.00am to 1.30pm
Session 2: 3.00pm to 6.30pm

Tiger trail:
Go on a tiger trail around the temple grounds, earn stamps and bring home a gift.
When?     21st February 2010

To find out more about the tiger-themed event at the temple in Jenjarom, Selangor, log on to: http://www.fgs.org.my

To everyone who will be ushering in the year of the Tiger this coming February 14, here’s wishing you and your love ones a happy prosperous, healthy and fantastic year ahead.

GONG XI FATT CHAI

As you and your family enjoy the festivities, do remember “REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE”.

Cheers

green witch/bitch

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