CHAPTER 2 – PART 3 – LEFT,OVER. CONCEPT

Finally, it is the time for me to explain the big idea behind this project. But I don’t have millionaires as investors or billions of followers on my social media network. All I got is the people who actually cares about the earth and who is willing to use their limited power to contribute to this world. Now, let me walk you through the idea.

Let’s start with the name. Why LEFT,OVER. ?  It started from the leftover issue of our life. For some reasons, we started to create more and more leftovers. I don’t need to look into the big data or figures found by the scientists or other organisations, but just by looking around myself, all the supermarkets, restaurants, colleagues, friends and families, their leftovers can probably buy me a fancy beach house or more. So that day, my friends V and I were driving back to her place. We were brainstorming some ideas for my business. We talked from toilet paper to high-end restaurant, from Airbnb to villa hotels. “There is nothing we can do anymore, everything we need is there. We don’t even get a chance to create things nice. The world is perfect” V said. But I disagreed because I know our world is far from perfect. So I said what about all the leftovers? Does anyone really care about it? I know there are many people have been working on it, but why it is still a big problem in my eyes and why the people around me are still creating more and more leftovers. So I said we should do something with it! “Let’s give it a name to make people remember it easily!” I said. We came up with hundreds names that night in the car. “Wait a second. Just call it LEFT,OVER. With a comma after left and a period after over. So the word gives people actions when they see it and our goal is to make the left over! And it has to be a period at the end because the left must be an end!” I said. This is how the name of this project is created – the brainstorming of two girls in a car on the way back home.

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What’s the point of this project? what is the goal? The mission of LEFT,OVER. is simple – To make the left over!  There is no financial eagle in this project but just a nice gesture from myself. People have been working on it and talking about it for a long time regarding food waste. On some level, it is not just about food waste anymore. Because of our crazy consumptions for food and brilliant capitalists, more and more trees were cut down, more and more houses were built up,  more and more restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets were followed up, more and more food were made and consumed, more and more waste we created and more and more pollutions we made. Can’t  you see it?  The problem is getting severe and our world is getting worse and worse because of us. Saving the world is easy to say than do. If we really care , then we should take some actions now. LEFT,OVER. project is created based on true stories of mine. By sharing people with my experience, saving the world is not so difficult at all. I have been doing it for years and now it just became a habit. I am encouraging more and more people to join me and take some actions. We probably can not stop the rich people to cut down more and more trees and create more and more unnecessary things on this earth, but at least there is something you can do – Start from yourself. To make the left over.

Follow the blogs and interact with people through this project. If you have any good ideas or you know something useful to help us waste less food, please share it and invite your friends and families to join this project, showing some nice gestures and taking some good actions as well! I believe with our efforts, we can change something and make a big difference!

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CHAPTER 2 – PART 2 -BONITA’S STORIES – 20 € per week in Paris.

In the first part of this chapter, I mentioned some horrible facts around the world in terms of our waste of food. The enormous numbers are shocking for me. But I did  not start to have the LEFT, OVER. habit after I started this project. Actually, I have been doing it for a long time and I realized no matter where I am, I should always keep doing the same – Save food as much as I can; No waste of food or anything else as much as I can. However, no matter is for me or for anyone, it always takes time for us to get on the right track of doing the right things. Sometimes we need to learn it in the hard way, sometimes we don’t have to if there is a person who can kindly guide you through.

In my grandparents and parents’ ages, they learned in a hard way how to appreciate food because they never had enough before. They know the feelings of starving and hanger. You might want to ask me: did they change because of the better conditions of living in China. I will answer you that only my mum is spoiled so far. She has been always the spoiled on since she was the kid. I tried to convince her by showing her the different me after four years college. I completely amazed her by finishing up  every single plates left on the table a year ago when I visited her in China. She thought I was crazily starving or never had enough food in The Netherlands.”You are gonna throw them away anyway, but I can still have more, so we don’t have to waste it” I said to her. Then I start to tell her all my stories about saving food, make a better planet,etc.

All I have been doing is very simple – Less and less waste, less and less, and better no waste! In 2014, I went to New Zealand, started my exploring trips from this amazing country and with some awesome friends! I was working in a hostel as an intern and living together with other interns from the same hostel in a dorm room. No matter how tired I was, I was always into cooking nice food for everyone, so as other people. We shared food together and we try to eat out the best we can with our little money. I still remember we kept out food bags on the shelf, in a small fridge, and some in the bigger common fridge in the canteen. Every week, when I about to see the bottom  of the food bag, then I know I need some food. Sometime people forgot their stuff in the fridge, we will eat it if it is good but no one claims it. We did not get paid so well as an intern, so saving some money from food did us a big favor. If I cook a big meal for everyone. At the end, I only asked for around 2 NZD each person. You can’t never have a nice meal with 2NZD in Auckland. Even the horrible Kabab next to the hostel was 5 NZD. Most of the time, I cooked for my friends because I love it. By doing so, everybody else saved a lot of time for cooking, saved a lot of money on dinners, and we never waste food because we will finish our left over the next day if there is any. I lived like that for 5 months and I really missed it. The most important thing I learned is sharing food is so wonderful! When I finished my internship, I went Paris for exchange study.

Paris, we all know how crazily expensive it is. I was already unhappy about spending too much money on the accommodations, so I was so nervous before I arrived there. Surprisingly, I found out that I can still manage my grocery expense quite reasonable without wasting any food. My budget for a week was 20 Euros. Every week, more or less it was around that number. You want to know the secret? I ate a lot of homemade crepes! That’s not true! The secret I managed my money is all about balancing. My body consumes a lot of food or you can say I have a huge stomach. If I don’t know how to balance what I need and what I don’t, I will not able to live with 20 euros per week. Sometimes I even share some food with my host families.

After France, I got back to The Netherlands. I raised up my weekly budget to 25 euros since I realized that it was more expensive to live in The Netherlands. Until now, I start to work full-time, my budget raised up to 30 euros because of the extra energy I needed for my work. My closet and fridge shelf will be mostly empty after 5 or 6 days, then I will purchase another grocery round. And on and on, like this. It has been more than two years living with certain grocery budget.

The reasons that why I am doing this is not because I was/am poor. In my eyes, it is a matter of how I discipline myself about food. I do not like to waste food, not even the bread drops or source on my plate. I swipe off the plate until it is all clean. Saved a lot of water to wash it. On some level, I know that I am a tiny person on this earth and I have limited power to influence on the change of the earth. There are many grand projects or big organisations have been encouraging people to do the right thing and help create less waste and pollutions to the earth. I don’t have the power for that. However, what I do know is if I don’t start from myself, no one is going to believe in me. Saving planet is not mission impossible. It should starts from small things, from ourselves, such as wasting no food, no water,and so on.

Whoever reads my blogs or supports the project, please spread the idea of  mine to your friends and families if you think I am doing the right thing. I hope there will be more and more people to participate into this project,start from yourself and start from today.

Today, maybe start with empty your plates and finish the leftover first. You can eat whatever you want, but don’t treat food like junks. Remember food is gold, food is treasure!

Next part, I will be bringing up the concept of the project and the general idea. So you will know how to participate into this project. Again, I appreciate your support and am grateful for your efforts.

We are small, but we can make a big difference together! 

 

CHAPTER 2 – PART 1 HORRIBLE FACTS

LEFT,OVER. received a lot of positive reactions since its launching. As I mentioned in the Chapter 1, there will be more information about this project coming up. Before I completely bringing out the idea of the project, I would like to start with some background explanation. So you will understand the reasons why I wanted to start this project so badly. Even if that means I earns no money out of it, but spending a lot of my personal time to help other people waste less food, save more money, and save earth. I am too tiny on this giant world, so I will be more than happy to do something useful like this. Hence, if you would join me and contribute some of you efforts to the project, it  will pay off my efforts of doing this whole project.

Now, let’s take a quick look what has been happening around us. Do you know how much food we waste every day, every month, or every year? In some specific developed countries, the number is ridiculous enough to feed other developing countries. It is not just a matter of wasting food, but it is matter of creating more pollutions for earth as well. So I took some examples from the internet and you will be surprised!

“According to a recent report by UNEP and the World Resources Institute (WRI), about one-third of all food produced worldwide, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems. Every year, consumers in industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (222 million vs. 230 million tons). In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month” – UNEP

“Over 97% of food waste generated ends up in the landfill. And Food waste that goes to the landfill breaks down anaerobically and produces methane; methane is 21 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. (Environmental Protection Agency) Food loss costs a family of four at least $589.76 annually. University of Arizona” – endfoodwastenow.org

“In Ireland there is over one million tonnes of food waste disposed of each year. Around 1/3 of this comes from households and means that, at home, each person is throwing out about 80kg of food waste each year.” – stopwastefood.ie.

“Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, andmore than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten. If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.”- lovefoodhatewaste.com

Another brilliant organisation is called endhunger, they have massive information with facts and grand projects they have achieved in helping waste less food.

I am surprised there are so many great organisations and people have been putting efforts to make our planet a better place to live. I know this makes my idea of LEFT,OVER. project less creative or special. What I want to say is I never want to earn a cent out of this project. The big organisations can make laws and create big campaigns to generate bigger effects than me. I don’t mind the effect of the project will be very small, but I do want to use my personal stories and experience to show my friends and other people that it is possible to live healthily without wasting that much food.

There is too much information for us to process regarding food waste, environment pollutions. So All I want from my supporters is to start from yourself. Every single individual has the power to make a big difference. I don’t want  any of you to put so much efforts or money in this project. However, If at the end, you can make the left over, then you are the best supporter for my project. Follow my blogs, I will gradually show you how easy it can be done.

The PART 2 will come up soon, which is my personal stories about saving food.

You can find more facts from the Sources: 

By United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office of North America. (n.d.). Food Waste: The Facts. Retrieved September 16, 2016, from http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/food_waste_the_facts

Hatz, D. (n.d.). Facts. Retrieved September 16, 2016, from http://www.endfoodwastenow.org/index.php/resources/facts

How much food do we waste? – Stop Food Waste. (n.d.). Retrieved September 16, 2016, from http://www.stopfoodwaste.ie/food-we-waste/how-much-we-waste/
The facts about food waste. (n.d.). Retrieved September 16, 2016, from http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/node/2472

Bobo’s recipe -FRIED RICE WITH COURGETTE AND EGGS

Two days ago, I launched my first non-profitable project in this blog, which is called  LEFT,OVER. and you can read more about it by clicking on the underlined name.

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I appreciate all the supports from my lovely friends. Because of your support, the project has been undertaking and will be slowly presented to you in my blogs and my other social media links. All my supporters and participates are the savers for mother earth and I sincerely want to thank everyone who has been participating or will join this program and contribute some efforts to it. As  a fresh graduate, I have no big financial investors in this project. Therefore, the only thing I can offer to my dearly friends are my recipes. Some of them are from my grandma’s traditional recipes (Sichuan food.), and some of them are from my personal creation.

A lot of my friends ask me how do I keep fit but eating so much. Honestly, I do have my own secrets to control my weight and eat healthy. LEFT,OVER . project is  also aiming at helping you  have better control of  what you eat and how much you eat. My recipes are easy to cook and various. In each recipe, I will provide personal advice how to eat it, when to eat it, and other relevant helpful information.

So today, I will present Fried rice with courgette and eggs which is my own creation. This is a quite heavy meal which gives you a lot of energy, so try to avoid eating too  much at dinner. But for lunch, it is pretty good because it will give you enough energy and last until the end of the day.  This dish doesn’t contain a lot of oil, so it is relevantly a light meal. And it is also vegetarian meal. So all my vegetarian friends will have a lovely new choice!

Preparation: It is very simple.

  • A bowl of rice (depends on how many people you are cooking for, the following amount is for two people. )
  • One courgette (Normal size one. If it is a big one, just half will be enough.)
  • Two medium size eggs (Whisk the eggs with some salt)
  • A clove of garlic
  • A small onion
  • A cup of boiled water
  • Some lemon skin
  • 25ml olive oil (I don’t like to cook with too much oil in this meal, but it can little more if you prefer greasy food.)
  • Some salt
  • Some black pepper
  • some Chilli powder if you would like to have spicy taste in it.R1-STEP 1.png

Now it is time to cook!

First, heat up the pan and add 15ml olive oil in the pan. When the pan is pretty hot(you can feel it by putting your hand on top of the pain. BE CAREFUL!), add the whisked eggs and you should see the eggs raises up very quickly. Break it down to small pieces and put into the bowl. Keep it aside for later on. (Don’t make the scrambled eggs, because it is a completely different thing. The one I am talking about here is really spongy.)

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Then you add 10 ml olive oil and  add chopped garlic and onions. Cook for a while until you start to smell the nice smell. Then add some lemon skins. (Use cheese grater here) After that, add your courgette, some salt, some pepper, some chilli (optional), and half cup of the boiled water.

Until the courgette turns into darker color and becomes soft, add the pre-cooked eggs and the rest of the water. Add some salt here if you think it is not salty enough for you. (TASTE IT BEFORE YOU ADD ANYTHING! – useful tip!)

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Now, until the water is almost boiled off and the sauce starts to become creamier, add the rice. (warmed one or fresh cooked one) Use low heat to cook. So you can mix the rice with the dish properly without burning it. If it is too dry, you can add some olive oil to ease it up and it will taste better.

Now, it is the time to serve the meal! Bon Appétit!

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I wish you good luck making this simple and healthy meal! If you have any advice, comments, or questions, please don’t be afraid to ask me.

I will be working hard on the LEFT,OVER. project and hopefully will present you the Chapter 2 soon.

Thank you for supporting Bonita! Share it if you like it!

LEFT,OVER. PROJECT CHAPTER 1

My dearly friends, I have had this idea for years but never had time to write it down and make an actual plan to do it. Recently, I had some inspiring talks with my friend Veerle . I noticed that there is an app and foundation has been established, which might be similar with my idea in some people’s eyes. It is called Wastenofood, is an idea from a 7th grade boy in california and later on supported by ebay. I am glad that The father of Veerle mentioned this to me while I was explaining our ideas to him. Luckily, our idea has a different purpose and it will influence on our life in a different way.

Today is just an introduction chapter for the project. Later on, I would like to explain more about what is our mission, vision, concept and how can we help people achieve the final goals. Anyone can participate in this project, and the more people joining us, the better contribution we can do for the earth.

To end this introduction, I would like to mention one of the greatest woman in my life who had so much impact in my life. I will always respect and love her – My grandmother. She passed a year ago. This project partly was meant for her. She was such a saver and always always tried not to waste anything. A woman was born and grew up during the war, married a guy who is 12 years old than her when she was 16, became a widow with 6 children when she was 38 years old. life told her a great lesson I remember she sometimes said it me “Food is gold. When we didn’t have it, we were desperate to have it. Now, we have so many options, but we treat food as junk. No matter is the way we produce it or use it. God will punish you if don’t finish rice in your bowl!”

Feel free to follow my blog, and I will present you more about the project. You can contribute your power by sharing and encouraging the people around you. Let’s make the Left over!

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Daydream No.5 Be an artist

Everyone was born like a diamond in rough. We all have our talents. That’s what school for, right? A lot of talent shows every year and our parents are always happy to see how talented we are on the stage. Some of us eventually fought the way through and become an artist, but some of us just disappeared in that zone. Talents remind, passions are gone. You know what, I feel sad that my parents never came to one show of mine and never gave a compliment to any of my creative work. However, I feel glad that I remind my passion towards arts until now. It is just in my blood, which can never be erased.

So my daydream today is to become an artist. I wish I don’t need to worry about living, food, or anything else, but 100% concentrate on what I like, such as dancing, singing, painting, acting, etc. I miss the old times as always. No internet, no high-tech products. For many times, I threw away my works or stop dancing because I want to stop doing it for good. And the reason for that is always study or work. But I picked it up again and again. It is like I am addicted in it. I feel good while I am doing it and I don’t feel like to enter the rehab center.

I might not be able to become an artist for my life, but I still have the power to make people impressed about my talents. I remember how shocked my mother was when she heard me singing for the first time when I was 23 years old. She felt regretted that she has been neglecting my talents for years and always pushed me towards to boring industry, such as business, lawyers, etc. Money doesn’t make me happy all the time, but arts, always do. I love to be drowned in it, and it is much better than falling in love.

Now I have problems. I have some nice paintings but no one to share to. Want to have a look of some? Here you are:

Ps: the color is supposed to be golden. Due to the light and the bad quality of my phone camera, it looks a little bit grey and dark.

My paintings reflect my minds in an amazing way. it is another form for me to write my diary. Not in text but in shapes and colors.

Sometimes, I just hope there will be a brilliant agent coming to me and make me into a famous star. But I am happy just being an ordinary girl who has so many hobbies to enjoy. I thought love was everything for me, because I was crazy about this Spanish guy. Now, I say arts is still the best for me. I belong to arts.

Now, I have to wake up, because I need to make  money!

Good night, all my daydreamers! xoxo