Archive for July, 2012

July 24, 2012

Singapore National Day

Singapore National Day is celebrated every year on 9 August (independence on 1965). During this period, the neighbourhood will be decorated with Singapore National Flag and other colourful flags.

Since the beginning of July, few flags (including our National Flag) have been persistently knocked down (even with wooden pole broken into pieces) and dumped on the ground. Some citizens here will pick up and look for a pillar nearby to lend our National Symbol a shoulder to lean on. I have also put on extra green support (green plastic bag tied around the base) for our National Flag.

When the sky gets darker, a particular decoration will be overshadowed by surrounding tall trees, blocking the moonlight/ starlight and street lights. In contrast, another decoration (at a road junction further down the road) becomes excessively bright, making glaring difference with moonlight/ starlight/ street lights/ 3 spot lights and additional colourful party lights hanging around.

The climax of National Day is the fireworks display at National Day Parade. I could still vividly remember the last NDP I attended few years ago. My first and unforgettable fireworks display was at the Marina South open field area many years back. With excessive fireworks display on other occasions and even at neighbourhood area (mostly block by high-rise HDB), the fireworks display has become nothing special to many people nowadays.

Best wishes to all on our National Day. Count on (not just me) every passionate Singaporean to bring back the green Lion City with true Singapore Spirit.

Hands-On Green Matters

[ Photos taken by Nokia X3-02 Phone, M1 $0 Phone Deal ]

July 17, 2012

Beyond Earth Hour 2012

Earth Hour 2012 was officially held around the world on 31 Mar 2012 (last Saturday of March). Come every year, the event will be highly commercialized on that day to celebrate the dark moment (this year at Orchard Road). As for me, the message of switching off non-essential lights is already deep-rooted in my daily life.

My Beyond Earth Hour Challenge finally ended on 3 Jul 2012 (from mid May 2012), accumulating more than 500 hrs savings of electricity (12 hrs every night from about 6.45pm to 6.45am). The corridor light (just outside my family unit) comes back to life after 40-50 days, and once again brings back that nice and warm feeling outside the front gate. All is not gone yet, as the clock is still counting for few broken down lights at lift lobby and rubbish chute.

Under normal circumstances, any out-of-order light will be replaced within 3 days, as any dark spot will be too difficult to be missed for too long. However, having light down may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. When a staircase light is down, there will be less rubbish/ cigarette ash/ butt/ box around the dark area, as the happy goers look for brighter spot elsewhere.

The next concerns the lights for the rubbish chute, being the popular playground for cockroaches/ lizards and other disgusting stuff. The residents have ample time of 4-5 hrs (before 12 midnight) to dispose their rubbish every night, or not mind holding on to some rubbish at home till morning. Any taker, if technically feasible, bother to make a small difference by switching off the unnecessary rubbish chute lights (after 12 midnight)?

Hands-On Green Matters

[ Photos taken by Nokia X3-02 Phone, M1 $0 Phone Deal ]