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CHINESE VALENTINE DAY 2010

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

SAVE OUR RAINFOREST

SAVE OUR
RAINFOREST

I’m sure many of you have heard this plead and cry many times before. To some it’s like a constant nagging and to most just another campaign or whatever that does not affect you. WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

The destruction of  the rainforest affects ALL of us. Unless you are not living on this planet or you have a spaceship that can wiz you off somewhere else. Why? you ask. By destroying the rainforest we are actually destroying the habitat of the many species that works together with ecosystem to make mother earth works better for all. In simple word, it prevented flooding and other environmental disaster.

Don’t believe me, turn on the tube and watch the news of all the natural disaster happening around the world. Why should you care? BECAUSE you are living on earth and it’s your HOME, do your part support and demand that all destructive activities be stop and also Temengor Forest is only in our backyard. Belum-Temengor Forest is the largest remaining forest in Peninsular Malaysia. As some of us start our Puasa month, think about all the other gods’ creature that are being put out of their living environment by logging activities and possible conversion to plantation. Don’t all of us deserve a place under the sun ?

To read more go here.

To make a stand and be the CHANGE you want to see in this world, you can donate at least 500 Bonuslink points that will be channeled towards Malaysian Nature Society’s “Save the Temengor Forest” conservation program. To donate go here.

Go sign petition here.

Whatever you decide, it’s in your hand. The future of the rainforest depends on you. I do not wish to one day wake up and only see trees in a museum.

I would like to share with you the lyric of “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell.

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away the D.D.T. now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard my screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

I said don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

You can watch the music video of this song performed by Counting Crow at youtube


I’ve my say and I wish and pray that every of you will do your bit to make this world a better place. Have a fantastic day. Go hug a tree today.

green bitch/witch

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 😉

GREENBITCH IS 2!@#$%^&*

Source : Fotosearch

Another year has passes and Green Witch/Bitch is 2 today. I started this blog as an experimentation and a learning process for myself to find out more about blog and wordpress as a blogging tool. What you know, I’m still around and enjoying myself . Thank you to all who visited this blog and hope that it has inspired some of you out there to be more environmental conscious.

Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be.
Each of us has the power to give life meaning,
to make our time and our bodies and our words
into instruments of love and hope.

~ Tom Head

With that quote, here’s to many more good years. So what are you waiting for, you have the POWER to change your surrounding. BE GREEN, STAY GREEN. LIVE GREEN AND PROSPEROUS.

green witch/bitch

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 😉

It’s the end of the month again. How time flies. And what do you know ? Today is Arbor Day.

What is Arbor Day ? Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska. By the 1920s, each state in the United States had passed public laws that stipulated a certain day to be Arbor Day or Arbor and Bird Day observance.

The national holiday is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April; in Nebraska, it is a civic holiday. Each state celebrates its own state holiday. The customary observance is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted.

Eventhough Arbor Day is a national day in Nebraska, I think everyone should celebrate Arbor Day. Send everyone of your contact a Arbor Day e-card. We should be treehugging rather than tree chopping. At the home front, there’s Tree planting at Bukit Kinding Resort, Chemor tomorrow (1st May 2010). Check more at Star Ipoh Diary.

HAPPY ARBOR DAY AND HAPPY LABOUR DAY.

Let’s go tree planting and tree hugging.

signing off ~ green bitch/witch    B)

This year, Earth Day will coincide with the World People’s Conference on Climate Change, to be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and with the International Year of Biodiversity.

The World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, better known by its Spanish acroynm CMPCC, is a conference organized by the Bolivian government to be held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, April 19-22, 2010. The event will also be webcast online byOneClimate and the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA). Many believe that the conference is a response to what some termed failed climate talks  in Copenhagen during the United Nations Conference of Parties climate meetings in December 2009.

One of the Cochabamba conference’s stated objectives is to provide an alternative platform for civil society and governments to discuss climate change issues, and specifically to produce proposals for new commitments to the Kyoto Protocol and projects in the lead-up to the next UN climate negotiations scheduled during the COP 16 meeting in Mexico in December 2010.

Other objectives of the conference in Cochabamba include the drafting of a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, the organization of a People’s World Referendum on Climate Change, and planning the establishment of a Climate Justice Tribunal.

The International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) is a year-long celebration of biological diversity and its value for life on Earth, taking place around the world in 2010. Coinciding with the date of the2010 Biodiversity Target, the year was declared by the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2006.

The International Year of Biodiversity is meant to help raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity through activities and events in many countries.

This means, as well, to influence decision makers, and “to elevate biological diversity nearer to the top of the political agenda.

Whatever the reason, political or not, I believe everyone who calls themselves citizen of  earth should make a pledge to do better for Mother Earth. Small gesture of planting trees might just be a step closer to bringing everyone together. All the talk about climate change and global warming etc etc. At times, many people just cannot understand all this terms and it just turn them off. Earth Day should be a day where everyone should spend with their family or love ones outdoor. Appreciate what mother nature has to offer. Wake up early and watch the sunrise together. Get out of the house, don’t drive or even take a vehicle that consumes petrol. Instead, ride a bicycle or even use your leg to walk. That way you can cut down on your carbon emission for the day. As for me, I’ve decided to go tandeming with my hubby and enjoy Mother Nature. At the rate things are going what with so many earthquakes happening non-stop recently, we both feel that we should spend more time outdoor. cycling and exploring our town and looking up difference species of plants. I’ve been collecting seed of all the medicinal local plants. It’s another one of my hobbies.

The Theme for this year Earth Day is THE GREEN GENERATION. And their core principles are

  • A carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal.
  • An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption.
  • Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one

No matter where you are on Earth, take a moment to celebrate this day. Lift up your glass and give thanks for Mother Earth. Earth is our only Home. And remember….. There’s no place like HOME.

For those of you who wants to know more regarding climate change, there’s a good article about the latest news of  volcano in Iceland go here.

green bitch/witch 🙂