Batik the Monkey Weekend!

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A weekend of Batik Painting with Lusy Koror – Artist & Creative Facilitator in support of Langur Project Penang!

It is a FREE batik painting workshop for all ages 8 and above! At the same time, 50% of all garden entrace ticket sales for both days will be donated to Langur Project Penang if you join a guided tour!

Date: 9th & 10th July 2016
Time: 10AM – 5PM

*Just look for us at the Pavilion!
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/578529542320039/

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Langur Project Penang is a research project on the activity pattern, habitat use and diet of Langurs a.k.a. Dusky Leaf Monkeys (Trachypithecus obscurus) in Penang, Malaysia; endorsed by Universiti Sains Malaysia and Malaysian Primatological Society. Check out and follow their FB for updates!

TSG -Cooking School Open Day

Tropical Spice Garden’s much acclaimed Cooking School is now having an Open Day, filled with fun activities for both adults and children! Delicious cooking classes and tantalising cooking demos to excite a foodie’s tastebuds! Food vendors galore to whet your appetite 😀

Please register for the cooking classes as spaces are limited: only 10 personal cooking stations so hurry up!

More details here: TSG COOKING SCHOOL OPEN DAY

Registration/Enquiries:
E: michelle@tropicalspicegarden.com
T: 04-8811797 | 012-4865795

 

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Home-style Health: A series of Traditional Medicine Methods

As an unofficial representative of Generation Y, I can safely say that we grew up having our parents and grandparents brewing all sorts of soups and tonics for us to swallow when we feel a little under the weather. Much to our dismay, of course, as we rather much prefer the quick fixes that the little pills provide. Besides, the soups and tonics don’t always taste very nice!

What we don’t realise is that these drugs only treat the symptoms but not the disease or actual ailment. Painkillers may dull our migraines and that little twinge in our knees but continuous intake causes a buildup of the drug in our bodies that may last up to several years! I used to take an alarming amount of painkillers every month for my severe period cramps until I realised that my dosages will keep on increasing over the years unless I do something about it. From exercising to limiting my intake of cold drinks, from swallowing peppercorns whole to heat pads, nothing seemed to stop me from feeling like I’m on the brink of death every month.

Add in the fact that I always roll my eyes at my grandmother’s pantang larang such as don’t wash your hair during the first day of your period (or for a whole month during confinement after childbirth), or eat more ginger because your body is ‘cold’. I didn’t understand these taboos and refused to believe or acknowledge any well-meaning advice if it isn’t explained scientifically.

 

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Traditional medicine is the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness -WHO

If you are just as cynical as I am, or have an interest in traditional medicine and want to know more, or are just confused over various versions of old wives’ tales, do join in this series of workshops where you’ll find answers to those questions. Enjoy a special flat rate of RM90/pax when you sign up for all three sessions and if you’re bringing a child below twelve years old, they’ll enjoy the kids’ rate of RM15/pax.

Each workshop will focus on methods employed by three different cultures so it’ll be an intriguing affair to compare the differences and similarities in Chinese, Indian, and Malay traditional medicine. These workshops will be quite hands-on where we’ll make some herbal bath sachets, get some tips (maybe secret recipes?) for treating anything from acne to rheumatism, learn the history and reasons behind the taboos, and how to maintain good health in various environments – from struggling under a heavy workload, to understanding the regulations during childbirth confinement, to rushing during festive seasons…everything-lah!


 

Enquiry/Registration:

Jocelyn

T: 04-8811797 (ext 311) | 012-4988797

E: education@tropicalspicegarden.com

Being Vegan : Saving The Planet One Bite At A Time

This wasn’t the first time the gallant Pamela took the mic and stir the wondering minds of her audience. As a vegan and an true animal lover, Pamela shined light on many concealed issues in relation to the impact food industries have on sentient beings and people in general. In addition, she enlightened many of us on how vegan is the right way to go to save our companion animals, our health and our planet. Her authentic approach to presenting the truth is both refreshing and soul piercing.

Although the talk was more of a discussion this time round, Pamela managed to captivate each and every one of them with inspiring and informative story of what’s really happening on this planet. Her skills and enthusiasm in drawing the pictures of tortured animals and fallen lands is just sensational every time she speaks. She is undoubtedly a reliable source to guide anyone who wishes to lead a more blissful and cruelty free life.

The discussion could never be carried out so successfully without the aid of Tropical Spice Garden (Paul & Michelle). The cosy and aspirational environment along with the healthy organic delicacy simply made everything else jive and harmonious. I really appreciate the support and contribution from the audience, especially from our vegan friend, Mariano Sosa, who selflessly volunteered to give us a sneak peak of the real world through his laptop. Overall, it was one of the best holistic motivational talks I’ve ever been. – Tan Seoh Chen

 

Speaker : Pamela Nowicka

Speaker : Pamela Nowicka

 

Part of the participants having a discussion

Part of the participants having a discussion

 

Snacks by Zenxin Organic Food Penang @ Prima Tanjung

Snacks by Zenxin Organic Food Penang @ Prima Tanjung

 

The fist talk that was held on 26th September 2015 @ TSG – In The City was great and the upcoming talk by Pamela Nowicka will be held on 10th October 2015, 3pm @ TSG – In The City as well with the title Being Vegan: Saving The Planet One Habit At A Time.

Call us for enquiries and bookings!

T: +6012 498 8797  |  +604 881 1797

E: education@tropicalspicegarden.com

 

SPICE WARS!

I had a major craving for Indian food last weekend so I had briyani on Saturday and ‘tosai’ on Sunday – both with incredibly explosive combinations of spices in each dish that left my tummy rumbling quite happily.

Many of us may take spices for granted now since it’s readily available at every wet market and even have their own aisle in supermarkets. We hear right, left, and centre on their uses and benefits – whether to flavour foods, as a form of therapy and medicine. When faced with such an amazing array of varieties, do you ever stop to wonder where these spices come from? Why certain spices are more prominently used in Chinese/Malay/Indian cuisine and traditional medicine?

The spice trade is pretty old and back then, they weren’t as accessible as they are now. The history behind the spice trade is fascinating and inspiring in how they shaped the world – our world and our nation.

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In the next couple of months, we bring you the experts on our local spice history.

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Attend both talks and the special garden tour for RM110 which includes a Spice Friends membership!

Enquiries & Bookings:

E: education@tropicalspicegarden.com

T: +604 8811 797  |  +6012 4988 797

FB Event Page: Spice Wars

 

 

SPICING UP THE GREEN LIFE!

Going ‘green’ seem to be a fast-growing trend in the light of current environmental issues but are you as confused over the variety of areas and options and ways as we are? Fear not, for the next month or so we are here to help!

 

Pamela Nowicka, a staunch supporter of environmental friendly pursuits, will be holding a couple of talks at our town shop: TSG In The City, 29 China St.

  1. Being Vegan: Saving The Planet One Bite At A Time
  2. Going Green: Saving The Planet One Habit At A Time

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Being Vegan: Saving The Planet One Bite At A Time

Veganism sounds like daunting lifestyle for those of us who grew up loving our pork knuckles, beef rendang, and mutton curry. Author and journalist, Pamela Nowicka, will be introducing the vegan concept – what it is and what it isn’t. Pamela became a vegan in 2013 for personal health reasons and after experiencing the life-changing benefits, she embarked on a mission to debunk myths and false assumptions about veganism.

In this talk, she will be  comparing the implications between a non-vegan and a vegan lifestyle for the environment, water, animals, health, climate change.

If you are curious about the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle or apprehensive about potential challenges of going vegan, bring those questions to the talk!

 

 

Going Green: Saving The Planet One Habit At A Time

Modern life leaves a lot to be desired on the sustainability front. With ever decreasing resources like water, topsoil and biodiversity, what can the ordinary person do to make a difference?

Pamela will be outlining the above issues and explore the challenges in changing our lifestyle to be more environmental friendly – does living in high-rise buildings mean we can’t do much? What can we actually do?

 

 


 

Complementary to these talks, we have a vegan cooking demo and a gardening workshop which relates back to the talks and for you to follow up with ready-made, pro-active solutions.

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Keen to start a greener lifestyle with us? Come spice it up with our promotional package!!
Attend both talks, the cooking demo and gardening workshop for RM180 which includes a Spice Friends membership and save up to RM60!

Enquiries & Bookings:

E: education@tropicalspicegarden.com

T: +604 8811 797  |  +6012 4988 797

FB Event Page: Spicing Up The Green Life

Garden to Kitchen : a hands-on gardening workshop

Garden to Kitchen Workshop

A hands-on gardening workshop to promote indoor gardening.

Using a selection of popular herbs and spices, you will learn from Daniel Ng, also known as Mr. Ang the proper gardening techniques to grow seeds and cuttings.

~*Did you know, Ang was the head gardener for Penang Botanical Gardens for 38 years?!*~

Not only you will be able to bring home the materials from the workshop, grab this opportunity to receive a 15% discount off seedboxes available at our Gift Shop to kickstart your kitchen garden!

Now anyone can have a green thumb 😉

**LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE**
Quickly register now to secure your spot!


Enquiries & Bookings:

E: education@tropicalspicegarden.com

T: +604 8811 797  |  +6012 4988 797

FB Event Page: Garden to Kitchen

Garden Crafters | 07-06-2015

The Nature Education team from Tropical Spice Garden held their third overnight camp in the garden grounds on 6th – 7th June 2015. Being a different type of experience from the daytime tours and workshops, this two day, one night camp was a hit with a boisterous bunch of 15 participants ranging from six to ten years old.

Titled ‘Garden Crafters’, the camp aimed to encourage the children to combine their creativity skills with some newfound gardening knowledge and gain some environmental awareness as well.

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Upon arrival, the children were gathered at our newly erected Guides’ shelter that sits over a small stream. It was the perfect place to start introductions; a cool and comfortable place for the new faces to relax and integrate with those who are more at ease, having participated in previous workshops and camps. Most of them were already friends and to make more is always a bonus!

After a little ice-breaking session, the first order of the day would be setting up the tents!

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As they say, ‘best to make hay while the sun still shines’ so we took the opportunity of clear, bright skies to set up our sleeping tents. This way, we avoid fumbling in the dark and risking mosquitoes and other insects flying into the tent. It was a great moment when the children started to help each other, regardless of whether it was their own tent or not. As the tents started to take form, the growing excitement was heart-warming as they started to pick their sleeping spots and made pacts with each other to stay up as late as possible!

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The next activity was the main event: getting their hands dirty! The children were taught some gardening basics: what is the use of soil and the importance of proper combination of soil types, and how to plant from cuttings by using our popular Cat’s Whiskers plant.

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How cute is my pot?

By teaching the children how to make mini planter pots from plastic bottles, we not only create awareness on the importance of recycling but show resourceful ways of reusing items. Creativity skills were put to the test when decorating their pots.

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As darkness fell, it was time for the much anticipated Night Walk! Armed with a torch, the children traipsed through the Gardens with Joleen at the front, looking for creepy crawlies and experiencing firsthand the night time characteristics of some plants and animals – some go to sleep, and some wake up.

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The night didn’t end after the Night Walk. We had Movie Time where we screened ‘Rio 2’ and enjoyed some mango pudding and other tidbits while watching the movie. It was past midnight when heavy eyelids got the children crawling back into their tents. With the bright, full moon watching over them, everyone slept well to the soothing orchestra of frog and cricket songs.

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The next morning, we got up bright and early at 7am to have breakfast at the Bamboo Garden. After a quick shower and change, it was time for the next event: art in nature where we explored the creativity of Mother Nature.

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This activity was to inspire creativity and learn to appreciate the natural colours and textures in our environment. We made up some stories and drew them out on large pieces of tracing paper where we used leaf and bark rubbings. Such interesting and rib-tickling ideas were created that morning!

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All too soon it was time to say goodbye, but not before the prize-giving session! We awarded the Best Leader, Best Group, Best Female and Male Participants in order to recognise and encourage the effort in team work and leadership skills, and eagerness in participating and learning.

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The last picture as a group!

Hopefully we will all get to see each other again for another adventure in nature education at Tropical Spice Garden!

‘Birding In Your Neighbourhood’ with Kanda Kumar!

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Are you a bird enthusiast, love bird watching, a beginner in birding world and would love to learn more about the local birdies around Penang?

If yes, come join us for this unique birding workshop as Mr Kanda Kumar of Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) will be teaching us on the basic identification & sketching techniques on some beautiful Penang birds!

Kanda will also be bringing us around the garden for a short bird watching session, looking for Yellow-vented Bulbuls, Black-naped Oriole, Racket-tailed Drongo and many more! 😀

Bring along your kids, family and friends together-gather for this educational event!

 

For registrations & enquiry, please contact:

Ms Jocelyn Goon
T: +604 8811 797 | M: +6012 4988 797
E: education@tropicalspciegarden.com

Spaces are limited, register in advance with us to avoid disappointment!

2D1N Garden Crafters Kids Camp!

Kids Overnight Camp-June

Introducing to you.. The GARDEN CRAFTERS 2D1N Kids Camp!

This is the third overnight camp that will be organised by the Nature Education team of TSG and we love to bring the kids back to nature!

To be held on 6th – 7th June 2015, the camp aims to combine the elements of arts with gardening by making customised planter posts from recycled materials, and of course other activities including overnight in the camp that they will need to set up by their own, picnic by the beach and also night walk session in a complete different-from-daytime garden.

Come join us in exploring the natural textures and colours of the rainforest and enjoy getting your hands dirty while bringing out the creativity within you!

*Early bird registration closes 24th May 2015. Grab the deal!

For enquiries please contact:

Jocelyn

+604 8811 797/ +6012 4988797

education@tropicalspicegarden.com