As the modern convenient way of life was brought to us by the sophisticated developed world, so was plastics. This durable material with a promise of convenience is omnipresent in all society: our supermarkets and refrigerators are filled with single-use plastic packaging. Tribal communities in the most remote fishing villages where stories of how older generations fished with spider web lines now even have access to cheap and ever-enduring nylon. Plastics now lie in the deepest oceans and carry on in forms of big floating garbage patches or microscopic molecules within living beings from plankton, fish, to the bloodstreams of us, human.

Having traveled in lots of underdeveloped countries in South East Asia, I knew very well of the smell of toxic smoke coming out of a burning pile of plastic by the roadside. You can’t really blame the locals. For centuries people were used to getting rid of their (organic) waste by a simple toss to the bush, where everything is returned back to earth. But cheap fast moving consumer goods can now be easily obtained even at local mom-and-pop shops, where habitats are un-equipped with the awareness and ability to properly deal with the leftover packaging these products come in.

In a bigger sense, humans invented and populated an unleashed demon which they don’t know how to tame. I often think the plastic crisis will end up to be the very downfall of our species.

The easy solution – burning – could have the potential to be the “cleanest” way to dispose of large amounts of waste – through high tech incineration. We might all know its shining example in Sweden:

This is a very insightful investigation into one of the best examples in the world of waste processing. In Singapore where I live, it is also one of the most effective ways to get rid of garbage. In a cold climate country like Sweden, incinerators can be a very efficient solution compared to a lot of countries who just dump their waste into the ocean and burn dirty coal for winter heating. It seems like a win-win answer to a combination of problems.

But what this video found out eventually, is that these incineration plants come quite expensive and is inefficient at least half of the year. At its core is a “burning question” and it arrived at a thought-provoking answer I very much agree with: shouldn’t we put our major resources and investments into recycling and reducing waste at its source?

An example of recycling’s future we could look deeper into:

Recycling is the medicine we can take for our early on-set chronic disease of plastic pollution that treats only the symptoms. To tackle the cause of the disease and stop it from its origin, a radical lifestyle change – reducing waste is the only solution and happens to be something everyone can participate.

In Switzerland, I came across a very good example. Swiss household garbage is collected in special disposal bags which residents acquire by paying a substantial fee. Offenders who don’t use these bags or doesn’t follow the rules won’t get their garbage picked up and may result in getting fined. This is the only way to throw away garbage and it comes at a price (like a garbage tax based on volume). This resulted in every single person starts to put their effort and awareness into avoiding waste in the first place. The recycling rate in Switzerland ended up high and organic waste was mostly composted. For those who don’t bother, pay up for the eventual cost of disposal/recycling.

While I should say Bravo to policies like this, there is a long way to go for the rest of the world. I definitely believe it is the governments’ responsibility to ban single-use plastics, which could open up new markets and sparkle new inventions and even brand new industries to fuel the economy.

Western consumerism and mass consumption for fueling the ever-growing economy is done by raping nature, and is sadly now a standard model for the whole humanity and tHis collective disaster has resulted in a global ecological collapse. Nature doesn’t have boarders, so is our own waste and pollution that now chokes the entire earth. Plastics, apart from greenhouse gasses and other toxic waste, is a major end product that will stay around for hundreds and thousands of years. Those who act upon it will be remembered by our children’s children.

In an ideal world in my mind, a punitive tax should be created based on both consumption and waste. People should be taxed for existing on this earth to simply put, because all resources on our planet – land, water, clean air, and clear blue sky, is valuable.

  • Eat well: a whole food, plant-based diet and avoid processed foods
  • Love: the healing process of communication, staying true and connected to all close relationships
  • Power of the Mind: unleash the spiritual potential
  • Move: exercising more

2018 had proven to be maybe the most important year of my life. In this year I: learned to freedive, discovered the power of mind, and started the discovery and journey inwards; went plant-based (aka dietary vegan), exercised more and became even more conscious and informed on well-being; had amazing explorations and expeditions, saw magnificent gentle giants and wonderful tiny critters of the ocean; stayed more in tune with nature, started a brand new cause; asked and reflected more of the ultimate questions: purpose of life and how to find fulfilment; spent more time loving and being loved; stayed true to myself instead of seeking external validations.

In 2019 I hope I continue to get inspired, challenged, and grow; stay nourished by nature and live more consciously, sustainably: uphold a high standard and do better work; find my drive, my purpose, my fulfillment.

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“All men must step into the unknown. There, only there, in the annihilation of hate and anger, and ego, is our salvation.”

“The music is not in the notes,
but in the silence between.”
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.”
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“When I am ….. completely myself, entirely alone… or during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how these ideas come I know not nor can I force them.”
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.”
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.”
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Just watched this new released documentary from Netflix called Chasing Coral. It’s about how a group of filmmakers and scientists try to capture the global coral bleaching on cameras. It also tells your a lot about the coral and the whole ocean/ planetary eco system. In the end it’s nothing most of us divers don’t already know, but I think it’s important for people who don’t dive or know much about the ocean to see. And I think that should be EVERYONE. The corals and reefs really come to life and it’s so awesome and moving. This is what I want to do as well as a cause, to call for action and help chip in to turn the tide around in terms of saving our ocean. I completely related to all the people in the film, and can’t help but cried through the whole 2nd half. 😭😭😭

They also have very well thought-out call-to-action on the film website where you can pass the message around. You can also encourage the people around you to watch it as well.

The fight is down to us now. The diving we love, the food we eat, the life we are living, it all depends on you and me. And the corals – they don’t have much time left.

So while I was researching diving places I found this photo of the world’s deepest blue hole in South China Sea, and I was shocked that they put a sign directly on the corals, just to claim ownership. (The sign reads: “Blue hole of SanSha city” I made a comment on Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter) saying “Only a ignorant foolish country would put ownership sign onto a beautiful natural wonder.” A few days later I found out that it got 15k views and I was viciously attacked by Read more