Letting go

she asked me to forgive her– but there was nothing to forgive –

Poem by Sylvia at Spanishwoods: Letting go


Dilemmas in life

We all face dilemmas in life, and sooner or later we choose. Our choice is what build us up, regardless of failures or successes. This is the gist behind The Thought Collective’s journey, and I had the honour to hear a personal, heartfelt and intimate open-sharing by it founder, Tong Yee.

What IS Good for humanity IS Good for business. 

Here is a business that focuses at transformational & sustainable social enterprising. Community and grassroot matters, and if properly integrated with people and government – it empowers, serves and sustains any city or village alike.

What happens when a business, after learning from all the pitfalls, has perhaps reached its capacity/ potential and sustainable improvements is better than greed-driven expansion? The fifth arm of The Thought Collective, Common Ground, is looking to support other social enterprises and help others grow. This is perhaps a “pay-it-forward” paradigm shift in the business strategies of The Thought Collective, after having established itself in Education, Publishing, Food & Beverage (or Food Space & Culture), and Experiential Learning. Find out more about this unique collective who managed to read into and rise above the market forces of Singapore island at www.thethoughtcollective.com.sg.

What IS Good for humanity IS Good for government.

Incidentally, I learned about the good works of The Thought Collective in October 2014, same month as the Occupy Hong Kong event. All lands are homes to people residing in it, on it and occupying it, and home is where the heart is. The “business” of The Thought Collective is focused on social and emotional intelligence of the people they serve – and may its good works “occupy” the hearts of people and governments alike in Singapore and beyond.

Back to basics (take in the sights, sounds and smells of mother earth)

“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” Robert M. Hutchins

Life’s learning journey never really stops. You can learn to the day you draw in your last breath, and give back to mother earth what she has so generously provided for us for our stay on earth. Green School in Bali Indonesia hosts one of the most intriguing schools on earth offering curriculum such Green Studies. Focused on empowering global citizens and green innovators with practical skills, this resort looking school that is set in sustainable Bamboo architecture and furnishings, is an education paradise inspiring earthlings to take responsibility for the sustainability of our home – Earth!  Bamboo classrooms embraced by the lush tropical island greens and amazing teachers from around the world, Green School welcomes adults and children to attend their classes with a learning by doing approach.

<3 to <3


“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. #Plato” –http://twitter.com/bebejoanne/status/113825133323489280

Green efforts comes in waves

In UK, studies show one in four men are less enthusiastic about the eco wave as compared to one in six women.

Has green fatigue really kicked in or has being green become instilled as a way or life? Read http://www.bemoreeco.com/2010/10/18/green-fatigue-hits-campaign-to-reduce-carbon-footprint/

Turn off computers and peripherals when you leave your office

Turn it off: Use a large power strip for your computer, broadband modem, scanner, printer, monitor and speakers. Switch it off when equipment is not in use. This is a practical way to cut 200 kWh per year. Make sure computers are switched off at night.

Can recycle or not ???

“Can Recycle?“ initiative by ZeroWasteSG has checked with NEA and compiled a list of 70 common waste items that can or cannot be recycled!! VERY USEFUL! You can recycle plastic bags apparently. So let’s stop incinerating toxic plastics waste into the atmosphere!

In Singapore, recycling efforts for paper, glass, plastic, metal, old clothes and toys is supposed to be sorted by households into one big recycling bag or one big recycling bins. Households are either given big green plastic bags to collect recyclable trash and place it outside their doors on designated days, or big green recycling bins are placed in designated locations in the neighbourhoods. Locations of bins are listed in a spreadsheet on NEA, or alternatively use the interactive map provided by ZeroWasteSG to find your nearest recycling bin.

Paper, glass, plastic and metals can be converted to a resource for re-use as raw materials. Old clothes and toys will be shipped to Third World countries to be re-used. See the video by Semcorp to find out how they use manual labour to do sorting to gain insight about what goes on behind the scene.

A brief summary of what Singapore recycles/ not recycles is listed below, but the best listing is found on Can Recycle? with a photo-listing of 70 common trash items :

What is currently acceptable for recycling?

* Paper and cardboard (e.g. newspapers, magazines, junk mail, receipts, envelopes, paper packagings etc)
* Hard Plastics (e.g. bottles, detergent/ shampoo containers, take-away food packagings, biscuit casings)
* Soft Plastics (e.g. NTUC plastic bags, all plastic bags that are stained with food scraps or oil, clean/ dry straws, clear plastic wrappings for clothings, files etc)
* Metal (e.g. tins, cans, bottle caps, coils, springs, empty aerosol containers etc). NOTE: All and any small bits of metallic trash can be picked up for recycling using magnets.
* Glass bottles and jars (and also their metal caps/ lids)
* Glassware that are chipped but still whole or unbroken/ unshattered (e.g. water glass, wine glass etc.)
* Paper Cartons/ Boxes(e.g. tissue box, shoe box, moving cartons
* Clothing, Stuffed Toys. NOTE: Consider giving these items away for free if they are in usable condition via the global Freecycling network by simply joining the Yahoo Group Freecycling Singapore and posting an email Re: Offer: 5 pairs of Ladies Shoes size 6 or Re: Offer: Baby Pram/ Stroller.

What is NOT currently acceptable for recycling?

* Styrofoam (polystyrene)
* Broken glass, window glass, light bulb and mirror
* Ceramics, porcelain or stoneware
* Used tissue/ toilet paper
* Single batteries e.g. AA or AAA (can be disposed in common trash for incineration since most batteries in Singapore bears no mercury or low-mercury)
* Mobile phones and phone batteries can usually be recycled via the manufacturers e.g Nokia etc)
* Spectacles (some NLB National Libraries, e.g. Woodlands, have a collection box for old spectacles, including sunglasses, to be donated to third world countries)