Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

A better moleskine

I don’t mind parting with money to pay for great products that look, feel and smell like they were created with love and passion; but when it comes to paper my environmentalist conscience kicks in. So instead of buying a notepad like a Moleskine, here’s what I’ve been doing for the past two years:

  1. Take 8 used A4-size sheets
  2. Fold them twice to make crease marks
  3. Tear or cut them along those marks to get 4 A6 sheets from each A4
  4. Stack all 32 A6 sheets together, blank side up. Wow, 32 sheets! Are you excited?
  5. Staple them two or three times along the top or sides depending how you like your sketchpads; using a size 23 stapler (the big kind)

Yes, Moleskine has some sort of social responsibility program but no amount of reprocessing, recycling and acid-free whatever beats reusing. My DIY notepad also has many advantages over a Moleskine and other notepads:

  • I can vary the thickness. I use only 8 sheets because I like them thin. I hate it when bulky stuff.
  • I’m not afraid of losing my notepad – I tear and throw away sheets as I use them. Sketches or notes? I usually just scan/digitize them.
  • Can easily tear off a sheet if people around me need paper to write on in meetings
  • It’s better for this planet!
  • It’s fun if you mix in coloured paper!
  • Except for the stapler (around RM12?), it’s FREE and takes less than a minute to make!

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Drupal 7 Release Party, George Town!

Happy New Year, everyone!

All around the world today, people are celebrating the long-awaited release of Drupal 7. Kedai Runcit has been using Drupal (mainly version 6) to develop websites ranging from small arts-related ones to bigger ones, mainly for non-profits. Our latest work in Drupal are the websites for the Penang Heritage Trust and a search directory for the RSPCA UK’s Simply Ask campaign.

We’re organizing a Drupal 7 Release Party in George Town so please come and join us! More info here.

Also on Facebook.

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Wikileaks Saga: The Malaysian chapter

To leak or not to leak. Or in local parlance, Cablegate: Potong / X Nak Potong.

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is hosting a public forum on the impact of WikiLeaks on the media, politics, secrecy and the human rights landscape in Malaysia. The forum kicks off with a panel discussion featuring human rights lawyer Edmund Bon, information activist and CIJ director Sonia Randhawa and feminist activist/writer/tech advocate Jac sm Kee.

Time : Monday, December 20, 8 to 10pm
Location :  The Annexe Gallery, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

For more information, please contact CIJ at 03.4023.0772.


The Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia (CIJ) is a non-profit organisation that aspires for a society that is democratic, just and free, where all peoples will enjoy free media and the freedom to express, seek and impart information. Find out more here:

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Kebun Runcit

Kebun Runcit

Kedai Runcit is going organic. We’re shovelling, hoe-ing and planting all kinds of good things to eat.
Come and check us out @ Rumah MERAH.

Week 01 – 19th September
Cleaning and weeding.

Week 02 – 27th September
Plowing and sowing of seeds.

  • Cauliflower – estimate germination 4 to 10 days
  • Chilli – 7 to 14 days
  • Sunflower (border) – 7 – 10 days
  • Parsley – estimate germination 2 to 3 weeks
  • Kacang Botol (Four angled beans) – estimate germination 14 days
  • Eggplant (donation from our neighbourhood nursery)

Kebun Runcit is located at Rumah MERAH at 44, Jalan 17/4 Petaling Jaya, 46400.

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