Business & Creativity, Jibber Jabber

Burning Plastic

Just read “Is burning plastic waste a good idea?” from National Geographic.

This article has a Western view and opinions on the matter. From that perspective, the pros-and-cons as regards to plastic incineration is discussed with a slight bias against burning. I say it boils down to the question of, ‘who will be the ones burning the plastic?’. Because there is a huge difference in technology and environmental standards on how plastic waste is dealt with in a West European country compared to a third world country in Asia.

When I think in terms of the city I am living in right now, then it should be a good idea. The incineration of plastic which formed part of the city’s waste will turn into energy that is fed into the warmtenet, providing heating to schools, the a youth center, the fire brigade and several residential apartments. Better that than having wind-blown plastic bags hanging from the tree branches in the Gavers or floating down the river Leie. And let us all hope that the scrubbers and filters will always work effectively at the Imog.

Flashbacks, Jibber Jabber

Stormy Saturday

It has been really windy this entire Saturday. Fallen autumn leaves are flying around like crazy.

The branches of the plum tree look like they will be able to withstand this stormy condition better than during the spring time. Being almost leafless and not bearing any weight from fruits, the branches are at low risk of breaking off this time.

Since it is too windy, too wet and too cold to be doing any outside chores, I kept myself occupied by doing indoor housekeeping as I usually do on Saturdays. I also found time to make some candied walnuts, following a recipe which I found recently. In my opinion, the oven-roasted honey cinnamon version is still the best.

It is cold out… stay in, stay warm, and stay safe.

Belgium, Events, Jibber Jabber

A Chilly Halloween

Temperature had dropped to the single digit since yesterday. It will be quite a chilly trick-or-treating for the kids this evening. Fortunately for the children of our neighbourhood, one smart couple had organized a Halloween get-together last Saturday. Max temperature then was at a comfortable 20°C!

D and I have candies ready… I wonder if anyone is going to show up at our front door this evening?

Belgium, Flashbacks, Jibber Jabber

Fall Back, Spring Forward

Today in Belgium, we switched to winter time. Since my days living in Michigan and learning the words “Fall back, spring forward”, I have had no issues with daylight saving.

The media kept mentioning one good thing which is the extra hour sleep everyone is getting today. Not in my case though… I woke up when my body refused to sleep anymore, and that is usually when daylight starts seeping through these very thin eyelids of mine!

Jibber Jabber, Numbers

One Third

We have 24 hours a day… that is, as long as one is still breathing. One third of that time is spent in rest and unconsciousness. We have no choice here, for sleep is a necessity. Another third of the day is for food, play, social, learning etc. That leaves us with eight hours. We only have a third of our lives to build our worldly empires.

Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

Sweet Thoughts

At around two o’clock this afternoon, D and I biked to a kinderboerderij not too far from home. There were a lot of farm animals to go nuts about, but the ones which stole our hearts were the donkeys. They were simply irresistible…

And guess what? On our bike ride back through the lake area De Gavers, we saw another four donkeys in a field. What could one do but to stop, pet the adorable and friendly creatures, and feed them some grass out of our hands.

My dear grandma passed away four years ago today. In remembrance of her, I have challenged myself to live an atypical day this 13th of October. What a day it has been, filled with sweet thoughts and joyful memories!

Jibber Jabber, Simplify

A Productive Thursday

The rain took a break today. So in the afternoon when the ground has dried up a bit, D went on to mow the lawn while I tidied up the front and back yards.

We then proceed to bring the yard clippings to the recycling park. It boggles the mind that these yard waste will turn into compost in a few short months!

After the recycling park, we went to Colruyt to do our monthly bulk grocery shopping. Then it was off to the mall for a new pair of reading glasses. After I got what I needed, we decided to roam about to do some window shopping. Lo and behold, D spotted a pair of pants he had been looking for for months. Good fortune shining on the soon-to-be birthday boy, I guess.

Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Autumn Rain

It has been raining since yesterday evening. It did not bother me at all that I was getting rained on while D and I were running our errands this afternoon. Autumn rain, especially after such a dry spell, is absolutely necessary and wonderful!

Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Wear It Once A Year

I find shopping, especially clothes shopping, rather tiresome. Despite my self-imposed boundary in this worldly activity, I still find myself possessing too many clothing items! My non-minimalist wardrobe is the result of free second-hand clothing pieces and necessary pieces I bought at sales.

To justify keeping all these items which are hanging or folded in my wardrobe, I try to wear everything at least once a year. Pieces that I have not worn for five years or more go to the mother-in-law’s rommelmarkt pile. Some of these items I collect in a luggage bag intended for the local charity store or to be taken along with me the next time I go back to Malaysia.

So once a year, I will be wearing some weird and colourful blouses, t-shirts that are either too big or too small, and goofy pieces I dug up from the back of my wardrobe.