Month: August 2013

Free food forest in Penang – August 2013 update

You may remember guerilla gardening from a few years ago.  The purpose being to utilise unused land to grow something. Maybe to beautify, maybe to eat, or perhaps both.

Then there is a village in the UK where they grow food on unused land in the village, mostly, but not always, with permission. Before long the village will be self-sufficient in food.

Someone in Ireland had the idea of having a walking route across the country where free food was growing along the route.

Older locals say that’s the way it used to be in Penang – you didn’t ever pay for rambutans or other common fruit – they were just there for the picking.

And why do we have to pay to be alive? We need air, water, food, and shelter. They are making us pay for all but air – but a carbon tax will mean even air is also taxed, as they will tell you a human emits a certain amount of CO2 by breathing, and thus you are causing global warming, and as you know, the solution to global warming is to tax you even more. Australia is the first with a carbon tax. But leaving the global warming fraud aside for the moment…

In Penang water can be collected fairly easily as it rains a lot.  It’s warm, so rudimentary shelter is sufficient.  At present, one can still breath air freely. So it’s food that is hardest to come by.  Some temples here provide free food, although I am not aware of the details as I have never tried to obtain it. But it would be nice if food was available everywhere, freely. As it used to be.

I don’t actually have any land, but near the house there are various small strips or patches of land that MPPP (local council) comes along to mow very few weeks.  I have four papaya trees growing on a strip of land in the back lane, and they certainly beautify it. I chose papaya trees because they are maybe the easiest and fastest plant to grow, and they are tough too – two have already been hit hard twice by careless lorry drivers, and they still survive.

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the papaya trees beautify the lane, but admittedly don’t look so great at the moment as they are recovering from attack by careless lorry drivers

Right now I am germinating papaya seeds so I can plant about 15 trees.  They seem to grow faster in a pot than in the ground to a certain height, so it might be a little while until I plant them.  There are also less likely to be carelessly damaged by anyone once they are bigger.

papaya seeds germinate very easily

papaya seeds germinate very easily

Of course, papaya have male and female trees, and basically you need only one male, but if you plant enough trees you will have one, and the flowers will be pollinated.

There is a big old mango tree in the street in front, and when there are mangos some people come along to pick them – but I think they sell them. This is not what I had in mind.

Once the papaya are fruiting I will put up a sign saying,  “Free papaya – one per family, please” or something like that.


August 2013 update

Lorry drivers have killed two trees through careless driving, but I replaced them.  Still, they are not growing as fast as I would have thought.

August 28th, 2013

August 28th, 2013

Several trees died from the heat in this area, as there is no shade all day for these ones, so I planted some more today in a clump (in photo below), hoping some will survive this time.

newly planted today - on left

newly planted today – on left

I have planted some more in a clump on some other unused land – it is reasonably shady, so easier for them to survive. A banana tree is behind – this one planted by a neighbour three years ago.

planted on some other unused land

planted on some other unused land

Gespräche mit J.C. auf Deutsch 30: 30. August

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Jede Woche treffe ich mit meinem Freund JC, mit wem ich Deutsch lerne. Unser Zweck ist Deutsch zu üben und wir besprechen immer verschiedene Themen. Diese Blog handelt von unserer Gespräche. Bevor jedes Gespräch bereiten wir jetzt ein bisschen.  Wir gebrauchen ein Buch, dass kategorisiert Worten nach Thema, aber wenn wir ein Wort nicht kennen, benutzen wir auch ein Wörterbuch.


Ach, wird diese Besprechung schwieriger und schwieriger. Heute fangen wir von an.

„Informelle Logik (auch Informale Logik in Anlehnung an den Englischen Begriff Informal logic) ist ein Teilgebiet der Argumentationstheorie.

Informelle Logiken zielen darauf ab, normalsprachliche Argumente mit logischen Methoden zu analysieren und zu bewerten. Dabei wird dem Umstand, dass Logik hierbei auf nicht-formale Phänomene wie Alltagsargumention, Massenmedien oder nicht-formalen wissenschaftlichen Argumentationsstrukturen angewendet wird, Rechnung getragen. Einerseits wird der Argumentbegriff massiv ausgeweitet um z.B. bildliche Darstellung theoretisch mit argumentationstheretischen Methoden untersuchen zu können, andererseits sind die Resultate, die in der Disziplin erarbeitet werden, nicht zwingend. Informal-logische Schlussfolgerungen können sich – anders als formal-logische Schlüsse – nicht auf deduktiv-notwendige Strukturen stützen und daher fehlt informellen Schlüssen die logische Notwendigkeit.

Der Begriff Informal logic etablierte sich im angelsächsischen Raum in den 1970er Jahren und wird inhaltlich in der Regel auf die post-logizistischen Vorarbeiten von Stephen Toulmin und Chaim Perelman in den späten 1950ern zurückgeführt.[1] Ansätze wie die Pragma-Dialektik werden häufig dem Feld zugerechnet.“

Wir haben dieses Thema diskutiert. Wir sprachen über Ockhams Rassiermesser (Occam’s Razor), Ursache und Wirkung, die Wechselbeziehung zwischen Ursache und Wirkung, Beweis,  usw. Und wenn ein Argument bei alles geglaubt worden ist, wer profitiert? Es ist zu schwierig für mich zu schreiben.
Dann stellten wir mit anderen Themen fort.  Die Glashauswirkung, die Erdewärmung wurde, die später Klimaveränderung wurde. Natürlich glaube JC und Ich den Gegensatz.
Wird die Erde wärmer? Ist die Erde wärmer? Würde die Erde einmal wärmer, und jetzt kuhler wird? Sind die Menschen die Ursache. oder nicht? Wer messen die Temperatur? Können wir ihnen vertrauen? Sind sie ehrlich? Was ist die Wahrheit? Natürlich wird das Klima selbst verändern, aber ist die Wirkung der Menschen gross oder unwichtig?  Es gibt viel zu überlegen.
Neue Wörter für mich:
in Anlehnung an = with reference to
der Umstand = the fact
anwenden = to apply to
Rechnung tragen = to take into account
ausweiten = to expand
die Darstellung = representation
erarbeiten = to develop
zwingend = mandatory
die Schlussforgerung = conclusion
die Notwendigkeit = necessity
stützen = to support
zurechnen = to attribute
zurückführen = to lead back.
Ockhams Rassiermesser = Occam’s Razor
die Ursache = cause
die Wirkung = effect
der Beweis = proof
die Wechselbeziehung = correlation
die Glashauswirkung = greenhouse effect

Salsas restaurant in Gurney Paragon

It's kind of on the outer edge of Paragon

It’s kind of on the outer edge of Paragon

Last night we ate dinner in Salsas In Gurney Paragon.  Then we came home and had dinner.

sorry for the blurry photo - must be the haze

sorry for the blurry photo – must be the haze

Now, I had had lunch about 1PM, so I wasn’t particularly hungry, but nevertheless, the dish was too small to satisfy my hunger.

decor is nice

decor is nice

We’d bought a deal, no longer available, and had Lasagne Al Forno (Oven-baked pasta and minced beef with cheese) with1/2 Pint Hoegaarden.



The lasagne was nice, and served in a timely manner, but it was too sweet for my taste. Perhaps the sweetness is suitable for Malaysians, though.  The real problem was the volume was too small. Fine for an entrée, but I think I would need about double as a main dish.

1/2 pint included as part of the deal

1/2 pint included as part of the deal

So, the service was fine, the staff friendly enough, the decor nice and modern.  We’ll go back for coffee sometime and see how that goes. I like the atmosphere there.

Level 2-18 (Facing Kelawei Road),
Gurney Paragon, Georgetown, 10250
04-218 9010

Condominiums and land subsidence in Penang

I know almost nothing about this, but have heard that some new condominium buildings in Penang have been affected by subsidence, but this has been kept quiet for obvious reasons.

All I want to say is that if you are looking to buy a condominium then this is one matter you should research.  Find out also who would be responsible for making good should this happen, and if they would be able to escape financial responsibility by declaring bankruptcy.

Don’t just trust your conveyancing solicitor to do proper due diligence.

With regards to many matters many developers do not live up to their promises, and then many court cases ensue. This is one of the risks of buying a condo.