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Kyushu holiday – part one

It's been more than three years since I'd been to Japan, and was pretty excited about visiting Kyushu for a week with my parents for a much needed holiday. I have been watching the NHK World channel on cable tv (148 on Starhub; 656 on Foxtel) in the evenings for the last year or so, and had been craving an onsen (hot spring) holiday. I am partial to warm weather, and useless in the cold. I'm writing this post from a very wintery Australian rainforest, in front of a fireplace, reminiscing this lovely past holiday, and missing summer weather. Our first stop was Fukuoka, quite a busy city, but not without nature features throughout this built up environment. Indoors or out, Japanese...

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Can you grow kale in Singapore?

Yes, you certainly can! Here's my Tuscan Kale plant, grown from organic seed around a year ago. I put this under my stone table for partial shade, so it gets some afternoon sun but not too much. It's very healthy, as you can tell, but it would be much bigger if it were planted in the ground. If you're juicing with kale every day, you'll probably need around 3 plants. The leaves grow pretty quick, just make sure that the plant is well watered. And if you're wondering where to get Tuscan Kale seeds, you can buy them through my Carousell page, while The Seeds Master retails Curly Kale seeds. It's not too difficult to grow, so please try your hand at it if you love kale! ...

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A very green Brunei

I was recently in Brunei to give a talk on ways we can move beyond recycling, and with the remaining time, I was given a tour around the country by a lovely young lady, Nazurah, a volunteer with non-profit environmental NGO, Green Brunei. Places I visited included two mosques, a mangrove, and a park with a waterfall. Brunei has so much greenery, and they intend to keep it that way. Pictured above and below are the grounds of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, it's very beautiful inside and out, and the property has a well kept garden. There's also an incredible boat located beside the mosque. Another mosque I visited which also has a well-manicured garden is the Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque. Like the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque,...

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Growing oyster mushrooms in Singapore

Around a week ago, I caught up with Balan, a keen gardener and one who hates seeing things go to waste. He handed me some oyster mushroom kits to try, plus extra to share with friends,  and also gave me a Cuban Oregano seedling. I was so excited, I’ve always wanted to grow mushrooms, but it all seemed a bit complicated.

Grown on a substrate of spent coffee grounds, the mushroom spawn come prepared in paper cups, and all you’ll need to do is add water. It’s all grown naturally, so it’s safe for consumption. When it is launched in the near future, the kits will come in reused paper cups, and he hopes to make it as eco as possible. I’ll announce that when it happens, because I think many people will be keen to try it out! This is what it looks like when I received them.

After 2 days or so…