Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Oooh, I want to extract this out of the article. It' s a very interesting piece of research "Car culture hurts mental health as well. Research by behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman and his team shows that out of a number of daily activities, commuting has the most negative effect on people’s moods. And economists Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer have found that commuters who live an hour away from work would need to earn 40% more money than they currently do to be as satisfied with their lives as noncommuters."
The point is, is that we shouldn't be taking away public transport when we are trying to encourage more people to take it. Doesn't Singapore's Land Transport Authority state in their Land Transport Master Plan that one of the strategic thrusts is to "Make Public Transport a Choice Mode"?
Monday, April 26, 2010
On arrival at the airport, the customs and immigration were really friendly. We had a nice taxi driver and we were at our hotel within 20 minutes. We were greeted with blue skies and lots of greenery, but a lot of freeways though. I spoke to a lot of people and they were really passionate about the environment, even the policeman who sat next to me during a dinner. He knew about energy efficiency and saving water. I wonder how many policemen in Singapore has this knowledge?
During my trip in Melbourne I was given a this from the people I met:
It's a timer to get people to stop taking long showers. Apparently, even though many pple install water saving devices at home, they still take long showers thus defeating the purpose of having water saving devices at home.
I was also given the coffee cup on the left. Take it with you to a cafe and order your coffee or tea. It comes with a cover and it is BPA free. The item on the right was bought in Southgate and is to replace the stainless steel water bottle that I had bought last year, and lost :-( This one is made of aluminium and lighter!
While buying the water bottle, I came across these...... they're glass milk feeding bottles with a plastic cover to prevent them from breaking. Why didn't I think of that?
Recycling bin with pictures of what you can or can't throw in the recycling bin. Well, this one is for co-mingled recyclables.
This is the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. It has a 6 star green star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. But I'm wondering why it's so brightly lit up!!