WARNING: Cat lovers, walk away right now…you may not like this post. You have been warned!
(Cats are evil indeed – something in the their eyes when they stare at you when you trying to chase it away from your home. Image source: http://www.debate.org)
One of the joy of moving a new house many years ago was the chance to do up a garden.
It was a joy because we used to stay in apartments which does not enough space for a garden (I mean a proper garden where we can dig in and plant things). So when I had the chance to buy a house of my own, I had great ideas on what I wanted to do with my garden, starting with beautiful carpet grass.
And when my dad retired and looking for a hobby to spend his time at home, he took up gardening. And he was good at it too – a mango tree at the front, several types of flowering plants and he would spend hours running through the carpet grass to look for weeds. At one point, carpet grass was clean and trimmed and was wonderful to walk on.
I am not sure which is more intense in recent days? The warm weather or the last minute Chinese New Year shopping (simple shopping in Tesco is big nightmare).
The heat wave has hit Malaysia a few weeks ago and I guess it has just gotten worse in the last 2 days or so. Some of the plants in my garden are dying out and is in constant need of watering. The Government even asked the people to start conserving water. Almost everyone in the family been drinking plenty of water and it is still not enough. Taking afternoon showers and sitting under the fan helps a bit but only for a while – it gets hot after 5 minutes. I guess it is the normal thing to do when things gets too warm.
The thing that I found to be irony is the part where the good old Government is asking the people to start conserving water.
Don’t you think it is useless kind of advice? More heat and sweat means more water is going to be used. Fine, even if we are going reduce the usage of water by doing less washing of our cars or turning down that small fountain in our garden. The question is how much more you can expect to reduce? What else can be done to conserve water at home? Taking fewer showers? Doing less washing of clothes and household items? Or worse, drinking less water? How practical it is going to be? Yes, there can be minor saving of water but as far as that is concern, it is only helpful in the short run. Perhaps until we weather out the expected drought. I am not sure how much factories and commercial businesses can do save water. I don’t think there is much to save unless it means reducing their production or overhaul the production process. So, is the blame to wasteful water falls back on the end users?
How about this for a change?
How about if the government starts worrying more on getting the old pipes changed to minimize the leakage of water in the system? How about building up new water pump and treatment station? Or being one step ahead – how about getting the developments on the hillside and water catchments to be stopped. Khir Toyo who was good enough to be advising the people to conserve water seems did not act that “concern” when reports of development in Bukit Cahaya were reported. For him, it was “semuanya OK” (means everything is all right) until the PM decides to see for himself and only then Khir became very active in taking the necessary steps to curtail the development. But whether the right follow ups were made is yet to be satisfied. So, now that the State is experiencing the effect of mismanagement of its water catchment area, instead getting the right action in, all he did was to give cheap advice.
What about getting new water supply from the sea?
Malaysia is surrounded by sea and it seems only practical to start looking into harvesting this source into drinkable water. We laughed at Singapore’s New Water but we being blessed with enough land and resources did not bother to work on new sources of water. We might learn something there from those Singaporeans – after all, aren’t we pro Singaporean these days? What is needed for the some bureaucrats in the Government to wake up and start working? As the head of OIC, I am sure Malaysia will not have any problem in getting the know-hows from its friends in the Middle East. The technology and the cost to build desalination plants& to maintaining them may be high but I am sure that if the Government spends less for “leasing” new jets, for the political party’s wasteful projects, collecting unpaid tax from tax evadersand many more, we can get the funds right and managed it well.
It is warm now and everyone is feeling the heat. The question is whether the Government is feeling it too to start acting for a long term solution.
I recently added a yellow rose to my collection of roses in my small garden and it has been refreshing to wake up in the morning and to head straight to the garden and smell the fresh perfume fragrance of the rose.
I have a couple of roses in my garden – white with red edges, a full red and a full flame color (a mixture of red and orange) but none of the them have a strong rosy fragrance. So, I hop to my usual neighborhood nursery to look for a strong fragrance rose plant. When we reached the place, we noted that there was no one around at the nursery. A look at my watch revealed that it was already 11.00 am (not too early, not too late), so I walked around and saw the owner of the nursery in the office on the phone. I walked in and told him that I wanted to buy some rose plants. He walked out and he looked around for something. Apparently he was looking for his Indonesian workers – whom were missing at that moment.
He gave a couple of shouts and turned around and said that he does not have any strong fragrance rose plants for sale. He said he has normal rose plants (similar to the ones I already have in my garden). I turned down his offer and proceeded to look at some pots for my garden. Just then, one of his Indonesian workers came to our place and the owner started to scold the guy for missing from workplace. Leaving them aside, I started to pick the pots for the garden. The Indonesian worker came to where I was and helped me to pack the pots. The owner went back to his office, so I asked the worker whether they have any strong fragrance rose plants and immediately the answer I got was an affirmative yes.
Both of us headed to the back of the nursery where there were several pots of roses planted. The worker was not sure which of it has strong fragrance, so both of us proceeded to smell each of the flowers to pick the right one. We must have smelled at least 15 roses before found one. Apparently there were only left one plant left in the whole nursery and it was a good one too – the plant with bright yellow roses. I quickly got the worker to pack it up and place it in my car together with the pots that has been picked earlier. The rose plant cost me RM6.00 but it was worth it. It is not that often we get yellow roses.
My next target for the garden is to get red roses (with strong fragrance of course) and I have short listed couple of nurseries to check. The more roses I have, the fresher the morning will be – when I wake up and smell the roses.
More angle of the rose at BJ Photos – click here(there were 2 but I have cut one off for the altar)