Category Archives: Green Minded Me

Your Meralco bill is your cue to go green

I’m sure everyone is shocked by their latest electricity bill and if you haven’t received them yet, I bet your anxious to know how much the damage is.

And it couldn’t have come at a worse time when summer temperatures are searing and power outages are being rotated.

I know I’ve posted some tips before on little things we can do to be green for Earth Day 2007.

But while waiting for Meralco to do something about their oppresive rates, might as well focus on things you have control over.

So I’m reposting the the tips that can save on energy ergo your electricity bill too: Continue reading Your Meralco bill is your cue to go green

Cloth Diapers for my green conscience

I’ve always been conscious of the environment.  I’ve made it a point to live as green as possible as long as it’s within a reasonable budget and it’s not too inconvenient.  My criteria may sound limiting but there’s actually a lot a person can do.   You don’t have to be a hippie tree hugger to save the environment. 

One of the things I do to contribute is to use reusable cloth diapers for my baby.  I’ve read that in the US alone 570 disposable diapers are thrown every second which amounts to 49 million a day, 18 Billion diapers a year.  Disposable diapers take forever to break down.  Some would argue that cloth diapers consume more water and energy because of the additional laundry load but I think the additional consumption in water and energy is better than tons of diapers in landfills.  Plus you can save energy if you air dry instead of using a dryer.

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Zookeeper for a day

My zookeeper attachment at the Singapore Zoo – It was more work than I expected but it was a lot of fun. Zookeeping is not a glamorous job at all and entails a lot of hard work so my hats off to the zookeepers. They really know a lot about the animals they take care of – and they are very well taken care of. Each animal has a name and even though they all look the same to me, the zookeepers know who’s who.

Pics after the jump. Continue reading Zookeeper for a day

I joined the Zoo

Yes, I did! My mother hates it.  But I haven’t been this excited about anything for a long time.  No. I don’t get paid.  It’s actually serious volunteer work and I had to go through a screening process and I’m midway through the 3 month training.  It’s kinda nerdy geeky in a way but I’m surprised most of the volunteers are relatively normal people (like me!).  Most are professionals – which is pretty admirable coz had I been working I think this zoo thingy would be heavy on the commitment side.

On training days, I have to wake up at 6 am to get to the zoo at 9 am, and anyone who knows me knows I’m NOT a morning person.  So yeah the first few training days, I was mostly disoriented and kept forgetting stuff.

And I can imagine people thinking something to the tune of – “Huh??? Zoo?? Uh-why??”  First, let me emphasize Continue reading I joined the Zoo

For the love of my dying plants

I spent the whole day walking around the whole area of Marina Square and Suntec City Mall trying to find a hardware store where I’ve seen this gadget that water’s your plants automatically.

I couldn’t remeber what the name of the hardware store was, where exactly it was located, or if I was even looking in the correct malls.
I was so exhausted I gobbled down 2 bratwurst with a side of bread and boiled potatoes in gravy and tomato soup.
Thank God I found it eventually. Turns out the hardware store’s name was Home-Fix and it was in that part of Marina Square that I don’t ever go to except for that one time when I saw the Water me. I’m just so happy and relieved that I found it coz I’ve been thinking about it for the past few days and I kept trying to remember where I saw it.

I’m coming home for Christmas and at the state my plants are in, I’m not sure I’m gonna find them alive when I come back if I don’t get this water me. I really hope it works coz I’m going to be upset with myself if I can’t even keep my plants alive.

Giving back

P450/month is something most of us can spare. If you charge it on your credit card, you probably won’t even notice it. It would equate to more or less one night out with friends on food and booze but for the same amount you can also get to send a Filipino kid to school and give him a chance to get out of poverty and maybe even support his family, and, if we lived in an ideal world, maybe also give back to society.
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