Monday, October 3, 2011

Tight Schedule and Greening Cities.

Tight Schedule

I have not been updating the blog for almost a month now. I am on a tight schedule these few weeks, up and down,  in and out.The laptop was having tantrums and had to be reformatted. Meanwhile the broadband is sluggish again and again. These add to the problem.

Luckily the automatic watering system is doing fine...., bottle feeding plants 5 times a day. There are 90 chili plants in white polibags around the house right now. Kakdah seems to enjoy picking the ripe ones everyday.  All are giveaways for now.

Recently, we took 3 kilogram of chili centil to Kota Kinabalu Sabah, packed in 100g packets. We still have friends over there in Sabah, so most got their share........ We spent 3 days breathing the air of Sabah, in conjunction  with the 58th birthday of Yang DiPertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.  I was there as a recipient of State's Award.

Greening Cities

After going through some promotional blitz with rooftop gardening adventure...., through media on third week of July,  International Greentech and Eco-Product Exhibition Malaysia 7 - 10 September 2011, and the recent Farmer's Day Kelantan held over a week, ending yesterday....., the team is ready to take on a new adventure.... that is greening cities.

There had been requests from many quarters, seeking technical support to do rooftop gardening all over the country. One is as far as Miri Sarawak, another in Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan etc.  We will help each of them.

Today "Four Polluted Towns; Shah Alam, Putrajaya, Nilai and Tanjung Malim" is at the front page of local newspaper Utusan Malaysia. Pollutions due to car's exhaust changed used-to-be-safe-for living towns into polluted towns. Research done by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia also indicated worrying conditions in Seberang Perai and Johor Bahru.

We thought, rooftop gardening is an adventure worth implementing with multi-pronged purposes to deal with rising pollution in towns and cities. Rooftop gardening is a pure commercial adventure with cleaner air as by products!... How sweet. And the team is negotiating with TV1 and TV3 for a short exposure in November.

Tomorrow I will head towards Kuala Lumpur, a long journey for a short half an hour important meeting. In the meantime I will squeeze in updates to keep "my little vegetable garden" alive, whenever I can.

bangchik and kakdah


  1. Congratulations on the award Bangchik, should we still be calling you Banbchik? Roof gardening sounds exciting, and we need all the green we can get and if we can eat it too that is greater than great. We do miss you but good to hear that you are busy with awards and endeavours.

  2. Congratulation on the state award! I was waiting for you post!
    90 chili plants. Kak dah must be very busy plucking the chilies! Have a great day !

  3. Congratulations Bangchik, when you were out i thought you and Kakdah are on vacation. You are now very famous! But you are doing very good for our planet, i sometimes see trees miniaturely growing in rooftops here! Maybe the One-Utama rooftop should have more replicates in KL and suburbs. It is good that you have more rooftops there which are concrete and level, unlike here where they are usually inclined!

  4. Oceangirl...
    It's still the same bangchik, Dato is rightfully for my grandchildren.. aha. It would be fun to see green rooftops, capturing sunlight and rain, with money and cleaner air as byproducts. Commercial rooftop gardening/farming needs some momentum and drive to roll. I heard you have a factory... keen to turn it green?

    She complained, picking chilies is too time consuming, but she agrees that the whole activity is very absorbing and satisfying... Thanks.

    Thanks, I am going through rough rides now... haha. Rooftop gardening is beneficial in many ways. But to be economically viable, the space should be around 10,000sq ft minimum.
    Just asking, can you suggest one or two areas in your place, very successful with small scale vegetable farming... I may pay a visit.

  5. Bangchik, you should email me personally so i can talk with you privately. You don't have an email add here in your site, i have mine.

  6. wow Bangchik - your famous! Wow, congratulations xxx
    I love your greening up the cities project, superb, I wish you every success xxxxxxxx

  7. Andrea...
    Thanks. Email is up there, a little bit hidden though.
    I will write to you soon. It's about comparative study , learn from neighbours, bench marking...

    Greening cities is a noble effort. Social, economical, environmental all in ONE.

    Far from being famous Carrie.. Bangchik remains a keen gardener, willing to share to the masses.

  8. Thank you for greening our cities and inspiring us to green our homes, Bangchik! :)

  9. Wandernut.....
    - If blogging about gardening inspires readers like you, I am glad. I don't have millions to donate, I can only share enthusiasm in ways that I can...


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