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Good news everyone, the web site and blog integration has been completed.

From now on, please go over to our web site at www.starbamboo.com instead. Remember to update your bookmarks. Don’t worry about your feeds, they have already been adjusted. 🙂

Please continue to participate and discuss. If you have any comments or suggestions about the new site, do let me know.

OK, see you at www.starbamboo.com!

Sorry there won’t be new posts for the next few days. I’m in the process of integrating this blog with the Star Bamboo web site.

It’s been almost 3 months since we set up the blog hosted on wordpress.com. Took the time to understand the interface, and learn to host our copy of WordPress on our server. That offers far more flexibility and control – I like it!

So bear with us while we get the new blog-site up and running. 🙂

Hello everyone,

I’ve just received the programme schedule from SEC for the Singapore leg of the Live Earth event this Saturday. It’s just 4 days away!

Because of the time zone difference, the programme is spread out over 7 and 8 July. So there’s your entire weekend all planned out for you.

The Live Earth, ahem, live screening is interspersed with local performances and talks. Click on the thumbnails below to see the timings, so you can catch the items you want.

Hope to see you there!

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Question: What is 07.07.07?

Answer: The perfect wedding date.

Just kidding. It’s also the date of Live Earth, a series of live concerts around the world to raise awareness of global warming.

It’s like Live Aid’s younger brother.

It’s also Al Gore’s latest project. Formerly known as the person who lost a US Presidential Election, he is now the face of the crusade against global warming:

Environmental activist and former U.S. vice-president Al Gore announced the Live Earth concert series in February.

The “7” in the dates also stands for the 7 continents where the various concerts will be held. Isn’t that cool? 😀

As Star Bamboo is a Green Label recipient, I got an email on what’s happening in Singapore from our friends over at Singapore Environment Council (SEC):

Dear Green Label members and SEC Friends

On 7th July Saturday at Merlion Park One Fullerton, there will be a LIVE EARTH Satellite Concert Screening. (http://www.liveearth.org)

The screening will kick off in the morning (as Australia Sydney will be the first to start the ball rolling). We are pleased to have a big screen at One Fullerton to bring you the best from all over 7 continents. It is Free Admission.

The concert is set to feature over 100 headlining music acts, across all seven continents. Artists such as Madonna, Alicia Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, Snow Patrol and Jennifer Lopez are among the big names who will grace the show.

If you are attending, as a please bring your own tupperware for drinks and food, as concert shows always produces a lot of trash.

Reduce Waste First, followed by Recycling.

The Singapore Environmental Council will also be there.


Singapore Environment Council
Website: www.sec.org.sg

So do mark down the date in your diaries/PDAs. Enjoy the free concert and make merry, hopefully we’ll remember the real message after the hangover wears off.

Hello! Thanks for dropping by.

This morning, a kind soul recommended this blog to StumbleUpon.com and we have been experiencing a flood of hits since then.

It is really astonishing to see the blog stats go crazy. I thought my eyes were bluffing me, but we were indeed getting 10 times our previous record high. It made our traffic graph look like a flat line with a sharp spike at the end.

So thanks very much, I really appreciate it. Hope you will stick around and check out the older (but still relevant) posts. Don’t forget to add our RSS feed to your favourite reader or join our email subscription. 🙂

I’ve heard others talk about the Digg effect, where a web site featured prominently on Digg.com can experience a surge in traffic. But experiencing it today really made me aware of how powerful the Internet is. In our own way, everyone has the power to influence opinions and decision.

So I’ve added Digg buttons to some of the more important (and hopefully better written) articles (such as this one), please do click on them to vote so that others may read them too.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement!

Hello everyone, I’m back from army reservist training. After two weeks in the sun, I’m as brown as our Carbonised bamboo flooring. 🙂

First, a quick apology to those who have emailed or called me.

My computer got infected with a particularly stubborn strain of virus, which in turn opened the gate for at least another 10 viruses/spyware/Trojan Horses/worms. It was a real nightmare, as they kept resurrecting after apparently being disinfected. It took many hours and 6 different anti-virus programmes, but it’s finally gotten a clean bill of health.

Then my Treo 750v succumbed to mysterious software bugs, and many calls and SMSes were either lost or disconnected. So if I didn’t respond to an email or SMS you sent, please do re-send them. Sorry for the trouble.

OK, in case you’re still wondering, 5 June was Eco Action Day 2007. This was organised by SEC and Ricoh Asia Pacific to commemorate the World Environment Day.

Since Star Bamboo is participating, I eagerly flipped through the papers to see how it went.

In the end, only 30 companies participated, falling far short of the modest target of 100 companies. What a disappointment.

So what went wrong?

The Today newspaper cited reasons such as private initiatives and first-time jitters for the poor showing.

On closer scrutiny of the article, one thing stood out:

For photocopier vendor Ricoh Asia Pacific, a co-organiser of the programme, all 60 or so staff members will leave work three hours earlier today, when all office lights and electrical appliances will be turned off. This will save about 100 kilowatt-hours, the average amount of energy in a month consumed by a one-room HDB flat.

I was surprised by how Ricoh appeared to have misunderstood the campaign.

The spirit of Eco Action Day is to raise awareness of how much energy we are wasting and encourage companies to adopt more efficient practices at work. It’s about maintaining productivity while reducing energy consumption.

It defeats the purpose if staff are getting off work early, just so they could save electricity. Wouldn’t they save more energy then by shutting down for the entire day?

For Eco Action Day 2008, I have a suggestion for participating companies: Make it measurable. Whatever is measured gets done.

That is why schools focus on exam rankings and listed companies obsess with share prices. I once drove a car which has a needle gauge monitoring the fuel consumption. Needless to say, I spent the entire journey trying to keep it as low as possible. Indeed, I spent more time looking at it than at the road situation!

If you wish to encourage your staff to save electricity, then let them know how much they are using. Better still, make it into a game.

  1. First, establish a bench mark by averaging the electricity costs for the past 6 months.
  2. Tell them the figure, and suggest ways in which they could conserve electricity.
  3. Start one month before Eco Action Day, and challenge them to save, say 25%, for that month.
  4. If they meet the target, then a portion of the cost savings goes back to them, perhaps in the form of a coffee-maker or whatever. As long as they get to choose their own prize.

The company saves money, the staff are happy, and less energy is consumed. Everyone is a winner.

Hi everyone, I will be going for reservist training in the Army for the next 2 weeks. So no updates for the time being (I promise to squeeze in short updates whenever possible).

So why not take this chance to go through some of the previous articles that you might have missed out? 🙂

I’ll be back!

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