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Think small. Every year groups of people tried to organized to get as many people as possible to switched off their light for ONE hour. That’s 60 minutes. So you will be in the dark for an hour, put on candle light and create a romantic atmosphere with family and friends. Sweat for an hour, no entertainment like tv or radio, so sing to each other. I know that it says switch off your light for an hour, but wouldn’t be more to not switched on other appliances ? Just a thought on my part. Cause I usually tried not to switched ON the other appliances. Hope you will be joining me today.

Date : 31st March 2012
Time : 8.30pm to 9.30pm

Remember an hour in darkness may bring more prospective than a day in the light.
Happy Earth Hour.

Green bitch/witch

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Tomorrow is 22nd April 2011 and it is Earth Day. Since it was first introduced in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson, but only after several years in the planning. This year, Earth Day 2011 is being organized around the theme of A Billion Acts of Green®, which encourages individuals, corporations and non-corporate organizations to “live and act sustainably.”

What does “live and act sustainably” actually mean?
Every year, there’s a theme for earth day and everyone will harp about it and later forget about it.  If everyone only do certain things on Earth day, what about the rest of the days in a year ? Like the theme this year, we are encourage to live our life according to what we pledge on earth day. Not only for 1 day but through out the rest of the year. I have not been writing for the past few months because I am busy. Is that a good excuse, to some it’s not a excuse at all. Earth Day maybe just a day every year that we celebrate our home EARTH but we must keep her in our everyday life and to do all that is neccesary to maintain her well being because if she is SICK, than we are in big trouble.

Everyone can do their part. Some decide to green their area, educate more people about climate change and green economy. That is very good. But most importantly, everyone must do their part. Earthling MUST love EARTH. If you don’t, than everyone is DOOM. I am not trying to hamper or bring gloom and doom but sustaining earth is everyone’s responsibility and not just a few. ” Human are like virus” – a quote from Matrix the movie. I agree with that phrase because we move from place to place, we multiple, use up the resources and move on. If we continue to keep wasting resources and torturing mother Earth, we are in for very serious consequences. Climate change, global warming to name a few. Everyday in the news we hear and read about melting glazier, earthquakes, tsunami etc.

The latest incident in Japan in a very sad. After being strike by a 9.0 earthquake that trigger a massive tsunami, they had to deal with damage nuclear reactors. Yes, everyone said that nuclear power is clean energy. Is it really clean ? Does Japan think it is clean after what happened ? Is having nuclear power so important that we are willing to risk our future generation. The last I read, they are pumping seawater into the reactor and later the seawater are being push back into the ocean. I’m no scientist but I don’t like the idea that radioactive waste(not sure of the term) being thrown into our ocean. Will this effect out ocean ? Fishes, seaweed, food supplies. Some of the radioactive waste are also leaking into the ground. What will be the outcome of all this ?

I live in a country that does not use nuclear power yet. There are talk of building a nuclear power plant. Should we or shouldn’t we ? No doubt, having a nuclear power plant will enable the country to generate more electricity but are we prepare for the backslash ? Yes, many of you will say that, if we built it, it’ll be the latest technology and not like the one in Japan. Mind you, Japan’s was the latest when it was built too. They never forseen that they are gonna be hit by a giant tsunami. What happen in Japan can happen elsewhere. So ask yourself, if what happen in Japan were to happen to you, what than. Prevention is better than cure. Say “NO” to nuclear plant ? Or allow nuclear plant to sprout like mushroom all over earth and pass on this legacy to the next generation, along with mutated fishes, radioactive soil that bear food that feed the farm animals that everyone consume. THINK! Every parent tries to leave something behind for their children. In their will, properties, money, valuable etc. All these things are useless if EARTH that is our HOME is pump with radioactive waste.

” We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.”

~ Native Indian proverb 

As I mention above I live in a country that does not have a nuclear plant but that does not mean  we do not have radioactive waste. This incident happened before I move to Ipoh and apparently, there are still radioactive waste. “…. Experts visited the Papan dumpsite and declared it unsafe with radiation up to 800 times the accepted level.”  The latest news is there are plan to build a processing plant in Gerbang, near Kuantan(my hometown) that will refine slightly radioactive ore from Australia. Read more here.

As we countdown to EARTH DAY, ponder and think, what have I done to mother earth. Do I want to go down in history as one of the virus that infected mother earth ? Or is it too late to stop the destruction. Will my children’s children curse me for leaving them a home that is not even liveable. You decide.

HAVE A GREEN EARTH DAY.
Green bitch/witch

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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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I never heard of Chinese Valentine Day until I was way pass my puberty. Eventhough I’m from a chinese family, I’m english-educated and so do not follow too much the stories, legends or customs of old. My family celebrated the basic festivals like Chinese New Year, Mooncake/Mid-Autumn Festival, Qing Ming Festival, Lantern Festival and Dumpling Festival are being observed.

I fully understand about it after watching a tvb drama (accidentally because I don’t normally watch chinese drama) called “The Legend of Love”.  The drama tells of a very tragic yet magnificient love story ala ‘Romeo & Juliet’. In this case, she is a weaving maid from heaven and he is a cowherd. Force to be separated and only to met once a year (on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month). This day is also known as the Weaving Maid Festival. Known as many name such as Qixi Festival (Chinese: 七夕節; pinyin: qī xī jié; literally “The Night of Sevens”), also known as Magpie Festival.  It also inspired Tanabata (aka. Shichiseki [七夕]) in Japan, Chilseok (칠석) inKorea, and vi:Thất Tịch in Vietnam. Only in recent decade it’s been call The Chinese Valentine’s Day.

On the eve of the seventh day of the seventh month, the Cowherd Star (Altair~ s the brightest star in theconstellation Aquila and the twelfth brightest star in the night sky) would be seen in the northeastern region in the sky, and opposite in the northwest would be the Weaving Maid Star (Vega~brightest star in the constellation Lyra, the fifth brightest star in the night sky and the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere). This year 2010, it falls on the 16th August.

The story or legend of this pair goes something like this (very concise version) ~ The Weaving Maid was the Queen Mother’s daughter. She came to earth one day and met the cowherd. The fell in love and were married, and had a son and a daughter. When the Queen mother took the Weaving Maid back to heaven, the cowherd give chase but was stopped by the milky way. The magpies in the sky then formed a bridge for them. The Queen Mother finally agreed to let them meet each other on the eve of the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Magpie Bridge.

On this night, young ladies would pray to the Weaving Maid and Cowherd. The Womenfolk in the ancient time would thread a seven-holed needle. Being able to accomplish it quickly meant that one had  skillful hands. They would also capture spiders and place inside a box. They would open the box the nest day, if the cobwebs inside were dense, means that they had gained in dexterity.

To all lovers out there, whether you’re chinese or not, may this Chinese Valentine Day bring you closer together. Be thankful for the person next to you every second of your life.

MAKE LOVE NOT WAR. REMEMBER THAT ‘LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND’

green witch/bitch

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UN World Water Day 2010 Poster.

Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.
— Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Last year I blog about it and it seems everyone of us did take for granted that water is there for us everytime we needed it. Sure water is relatively affordable in this country. Most household get their water from the tap. Lately, with the hot weather, dams are drying up and several states are asking people to be more prudent when using water.

It is very interesting to see people not caring about water and only make noise when they cannot get any. Human nature. There are still alot of people who do not get source to clean water everyday around the world. Read more here.

The reality is that an estimated 1.1 billion people rely on unsafe drinking-water sources. Therefore the theme of World Water Day 2010 is focusing on raising awareness of water quality under the theme ” Clean Water for a Healthy World“.

Let us all raise our glass of water to celebrate on this World Water Day 2010 in praying and be thankful for the blessing each of us received in having water to drink. May everyone of you see a glass of water as a GIFT from above.  Salute…, Kampai….

Drink up. Who knows when you might get another glass of clean water again. The climate change has also effected our water supply. Remember WATER IS LIFE. Without water there is NO LIFE.

Cheers
Green BITCH 😉

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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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