Trout Lake Farm

Written by Cliff on Saturday 18 August 2012 at 7:10 pm

While on leave, my wife and I visited Trout Lake Farm, a modern marvel of carbon-negative sustainable organic farming. Hopefully someday, I will get to work with the crops and the people here. The soil comes from prehistoric glacial mudflows and on-site compost and the water comes from the snowmelt of Mount Adams – rich in minerals and essential nutrients that plants need to grow strong and healthy.

If you still think farms are boring, think again.

Trout Lake Farm (Echinacea field)

Needles

Written by Cliff on Monday 30 May 2011 at 2:18 pm

[graphic – image – needles – microscopic analysis]
Please tell your ‘brothaas’ and ‘sistaas’ not to reuse needles, as doing so will increase the chance of infection due to unclean lacerations and body fluid transfer.

How to get on headline news

Written by Cliff on Thursday 3 March 2011 at 5:38 pm

for donating $6,000, you get publicity!

Stone Beef

Written by Cliff on Thursday 3 February 2011 at 4:30 pm

No its not beef that’s hard as stone. Its a fine cut of beef, salted and placed under a rock for a fine number of hours. The sinews and tendons are crushed and the fibres refined. The beef is then slow-cooked while the fibres regain their original shape, taking in moisture and becoming springy. The result is a rustic tenderloin that is surprisingly juicy, flavourful and so beautifully textured that it must be eaten in thick, countryside chunks; with hands.

Happy Halloween!

Written by Cliff on Sunday 31 October 2010 at 12:01 am

when hanging around can be fatal…

A Refreshing Experience

Written by Cliff on Tuesday 6 July 2010 at 2:03 pm

Several weeks ago, I was invited by one of Amway’s business groups to take photographs at one of their major events held in the name of one Enosh Tse. They had booked the community hall of the Baptist University and had decked the place out with flowers, receptionists and there there must have been over at thousand five hundred people milling around the carpark, most in formal wear.

Amway is a gargantuan multi-national company with over US$8.4b in revenues and, together with its affiliates, owns Fulton Innovation as well as Metagenics. I was truly honoured to be part of its team that day.

Enosh arrived in a black limo amidst great fanfare and I held my breath to stabilise my camera as people crowded in front of the car to shake His hand. I ran up the steps leading to the double doors to catch him walking up the stairs from the limo. The ushers had a terrible time sorting the tickets and the line simply grew longer and longer. I took a moment to talk with some of the audience in the front rows.

I learnt that the event was hosted specifically for Enosh as he had, well below the age of 30, helped over 6 people obtain a stable income of over 12,000 a month. It wasn’t just the charity of doling out funds, as most charities do, but he took an active part in helping others achieve more than they could on their own. Consequently, he had improved their quality of life, confidence and had lifted their hopes. And business was getting better.

Amway is in the business of selling relatively high quality products such as organic nutritional supplements and skincare products, and together with a distribution model that benefitted ordinary people, it had taken off in places such as China, Russia, India and Malaysia, places where opportunities were rarer and people more willing to spend time sculpting their future.

Enosh’s team went up on stage to tell their tales of working together and with him. There were merchandisers, investment bankers, dentists, students, personal assistants… generally all sorts of young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. They had lent their experience to the group and together, they had started to help many more people around them achieve or start to achieve a second source of income derived from depriving long-standing supermarkets of their monopolised revenue. In a city where an extra income is always welcome, Enosh’s team is doing well.


Ha, not yet but soon!

Written by Cliff on Saturday 6 February 2010 at 1:47 am

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Climbing the corporate ladder?

Written by Cliff on Tuesday 10 November 2009 at 12:25 am

think again…

think again…

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On a light note

Written by Cliff on Wednesday 14 October 2009 at 11:20 am

shopping becomes less of a chore

shopping becomes less of a chore

Relaxing

Written by Cliff on Friday 7 August 2009 at 7:43 pm

fishing by the lake

fishing by the lake

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