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

Daydream No.4 Travel around the world!

What will you do if you win the lottery? I am glad lots of my friends actually put traveling around world on their lists. Of course, because of the modern communication development, we are not only able to access information from TV,radios or newspapers, but also internet, mobile phones etc. The more we see, the more we want to see. Especially all those stunning places, beautiful people, and delicious food. Sometimes, I really feel just about satisfied by looking at the food from my hometown, Sichuan, China.

Why traveling is so popular? We have to thank for the convenient transportation, many traveling bloggers, agencies, airline companies, and governments. Those are part of the factors made out traveling dream possible or let’s say easier to do. However, I think mind-set is the main factor which has been driving our traveling dreams.

“You only live once.”

“You never know what is going to happen tomorrow.”

“Tomorrow, you might be in heaven.”

“Don’t leave any regret in your life.”

“If you are not gonna do it, you are gonna regret about it.”

“YOU NEED TO SEE THE WORLD!”

“life is short.”

“……”

Luckily, we always have so many good friends who helped us build up the traveling dreams. In my case, they somehow made me much close to my traveling dream, because they are everywhere around the world.

I have been to so nice places so far and I share some of my experience on my other social media account such as Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Place 1. New Zealand – Like a heaven for me. I have never been to heaven but I wish heaven will be like that.

Place 2. Spain – I just love the people, the food, the music, the language, and everything. A place full of surprise and always amazed me.

Place 3, France – where I always  respect and adore the elegance and I find myself in an art world.

Place 4, Monaco- Small but full of its attractions. I don’t feel the luxury but the ridiculously expensiveness.

Place 5, China – Where I am from.  It is big and I am planning to nail it slowly.

In the end, when I look at those pictures and remembering how much fun I had while traveling and living in different countries. I completely get  it why people love traveling. We have to be so kind to support the traveling business by paying almost more than 50% of our life savings on that. It seems like we are not smart enough. But actually what we gain from those experience is priceless.

Traveling added more elements to my life and made my life better, especially traveling with mi amor. So I will dedicate my life to complete my traveling dream and see as much the world as I can.

Enjoy your trips if you are traveling,

Enjoy your life if you love traveling,

Enjoy your time daydreaming.

 

Daydream No.3 Language master

I wish I can become a language master for all languages on this earth!

Language barrier is one of the worst thing on this earth for human being. How many people can not go the place they want to simply because they can’t speak the language? How many people can not understand the beautiful culture of a new nation because they don’t understand the language? How many people are tricked by the agencies or tour guide because they don’t understand the local language.

For me, I love to learn different languages and different cultures, but I can’t spend my whole life on it. I also need to enjoy my life. So a lot times, every time I want to study a new language, I always drop it because something I have to do in my life. I always admire the people who can speak so many languages and they can know so much difference things than others. Their life becomes more colorful and exciting in my eyes. For a late starter like me, even I spend my whole life on learning different languages on this earth, I won’t be able to speak them all.

What is scientist can create something to help u learn more languages faster? Then everybody can become a language master. From the bight side. It will be much easier to communicate for the people who come from different places.  However, for some idiots might think “Now we can not keep the secrets among our people, because more and more people will understand us. We can not gossip the stupid foreigners front of their face any more.”  For those kind of people, I think they are stupid is because they are humiliating their own cultures by do  that. People are equal from anywhere on this planet. There should not be any boundaries to divide us into different people. Sometimes I just enjoy seeing when a group of people were talking bad things front of foreigners and thought they don’t understand “their language”. I still remember once a Dutch customer came to reception and throughout my colleague who was on the shift don’t speak Dutch, and said something rude. My colleague just replied him with a beautiful and native Dutch accent. She said it was so hilarious to see his awkward face.

That is one advantage of knowing a lot of languages, so at least in nowadays, you will have less chance to be bullied by some foreigners. For me, I think someday I will put my efforts on learning the languages I like. I might become a language master. If you are a language master, feel free to share some tips with us how to learn a specific language better. Don’t just tell us the common things like Practice, Practice and Practice. I learned that when I was 3.

So that’s for today’s daydreaming. I am going to learn some new words now.

Ciao!

Daydream No.2 Employee market

As we all know, right now it is the Employer market, meaning the employers are having more control in the labor market. However, the employees will be like the goods on the shelf and waiting to be selected. I have been through the tough time looking for my internship and thesis companies and right now I am facing unemployment problems soon after I graduate from my university. I wish someday the labor market can turn into Employee market. Why it is not happening. Have a look yourself, then you will feel how ridiculous our employers are.

Traditional capitalism drives people crazy and lose their true values. The economy is controlled by human beings not some machines or unknown aliens. No matter is old companies or new start-up ones, they are all trying to find the niche in the market, using all kind of strategies to get the money from the customers’ pocket in a fast pace and in a long-term way. They don’t care about how many young and creative people are freshly educated and ready to contribute to the society. They only care about who can make their system run as soon as possible so they will not waste any cent on waiting for someone to learn! So normally the HR people will make it really difficult for the future candidates. I have been scanned through thousands of job descriptions. The requirements are fascinating. No offence to HR people, but sometimes they work too hard on how to filter out  a lot young but creative people.

  • Job description: a long long stories that makes you understand what is about.
  • About the company: a long long stories to tell you how good they are.
  • Job requirements: a long long list for candidate to figure it out the information above is useless, because I don’t speak more than two languages,; I am not native english speakers, I don’t have more than 3/5/8 years experience in the relevant industry; I am only have bachelor degree; I don’t have a work permit yet.and etc
  • Job benefits: we offer you all the untouchable things, average salaries, and 20 days for yearly holiday.

The management team should really look at all their job descriptions and they will realize how ridiculous it is. Why? Because no one just graduated from university has many years of experience in a specific business or industry. Young people need to have the chance to earn the experience, then when they are 30 years old, they can achieve something they want. How many people have been doing works which are not related to their studies? Until 30 years old, how many of them can actually earn as much as they want. It is the problem everywhere on this earth! Young people have smaller and smaller chance to express themselves to the employers and do what they really want to do. I don’t blame some of the 30ish people who are still miserable and staying with their parents. Some people choose to bend themselves for the employers, but some of them would rather to be wasted. Is that the reasons why all the government try to make people have higher education? The so-called higher education has no value at all.

Unemployment is not caused by economy, but human beings. People start to be spiders and hang on the web all the time. Communicate and judge each other by online media or whatever is on the web. How many people can actually get through the horrible hiring procedures and enter the interview stage? Only few of them. If all the companies are only focusing on earning tons of profit then they are pathetic. Because taking social responsibilities is for show, it should be serious. 21st century capitalism should reflect themselves.  What is the difference between being the best and being the right. The whole society should be connected with each other and care about each other. Be fair! How many crimes the unemployment can cause on this earth. How many people are living a stressful life because of the economic pressure?

Why an employer think they have a higher right to select what they want? Because they are the one who will pay those people. Employers and employees are both human beings. Why would we want to make  our own species to live such a hard life. Back to the old-time, people can get the job with what they learned in the school. Right now what people really need is a chance. A chance to start their career, a chance to learn, a chance to payback what they have sacrificed for the education. In the past, people are more grateful. An employer hired someone knows nothing about the job, but give him/her a chance to learn and after many years, this person contributed great values and had nice working relationship with the employers. This kind of thing won’t happen nowadays. People are driven by the economy. Once they stepped into the capitalism pool, they will lose themselves in most of the cases and can never get out easily.  My family is the live example for me. My aunts, my uncles, my mum, they will never get out of that pool as long as their business ar running.

I am happy I realize some better values in my life rather than focusing on money. Love and friendships are beautiful, families are equally important. I just hope someday employees can have the chance to choose what they really want to do. Or many start from choosing universities. Students don’t have to choose what the economy needs, or the society needs, but what they really like and what they are really born for.

A very nice book to recommend is  Capital in the Twenty-first century from Thomas Piketty. It was recommended by my teacher when I was studying in France. I would say this book give any solutions for the problem the author mentioned, but it makes people to think differently with the Capital situation for nowadays. It is a giant project if we want to reach the best balance in our economy. However, there is something we can start right away. A more creative, various, fair, open-minded way of hiring people; a better company value, a better employment situation can already make a big difference to our society.

As a communication professional, I will must have to  serve for some employers for their greedy needs until I can finally work under my own ethical codes. I don’t want to manipulate people’s mind, but I want to communication with them. I recommend reasonable shopping, but not blind following trends. There are more important messages we should communicate with the customers and the whole public, why choose the ones that has the least value.

I daydream about it all the time, but I don’t know when will it come true. Before that happen, I would like to stick with my own principles and do what I can do and believe in what I believe – Money is not everything!