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Roundabout to save water

“Water is the driver of nature” (Leonardo da Vinci)

Dear friends

Have you ever been to Blue Mountain Sydney? You must have seen this roundabout. But you may have missed this information.

If you did see the roundabout, you may not think that it is actually a water tank down below. It collects rain water flowing on the near by street. In other words, it is a rain water harvesting system. The collected water then is filtered and disinfected before distributed to toilet flushing facilities. Neat huh.


This the roundabout 


This is the info board, explaining the system

Now since I am a proud Bandung citizen. Let’s count how many roundabouts in Bandung. This is an example of roundabout. You know perfectly where it is right, and you must aware of how fast the run off flows around it at rainy days.


Let’s count how many of them we have in Bandung and count how much rain water and groundwater we can save.

You also must aware that water management is clearly described in Al Quran (Quran 16:65). See point no 4 at this website (theecomuslim.com).

So it’s doable.

#sydney: Darling Harbour Playground

(a sketch of part of the playgound)

On 4 May 1988, HRH Queen Elizabeth II formally opened Darling Harbour. Sydney Aquarium was the first attraction to open and was soon followed by a host of museums, shops, restaurants, hotels and bars, as the precinct became a different kind of heartbeat for Sydney.

There should be many people in the sketch, believe me. I am jut not keen enough to learn to draw human object :-).

It was a sunday afternoon at the Darling Harbour playground with #Billa.

One of the interesting thing about this playground is it has a miniature of child-friendly irrigation system, where you can play with the water, store it in a reservoir, you can pump it, make it to move a water mill. All in mini size.

But #Billa by the way, was more interested to play in the sand pit :-).


#sydney: new friends

It’s been two months since we arrived in Sydney.

We met many new friends:

  • Peppa Pig and her friends (it’s a she not a he right?), who likes to jump on mud a lot. (note: even a pig has an official website)
  • Charlie and Lola (siblings who live upstairs)
  • Ben and Holly (and story about little people in the near by Little Kingdom)
  • Octonauts (stories about a pack of cats? Exploring deep sea in an advanced-under water vehicle called Octopod. They even have gone to Mariana Trench. Imagine that).
  • Koika or is it Kioka? Didn’t quite catch her name the first time we met. She likes to wear thick winter coat.
  • Next door Playschool
  • there’s always Elmo from Sesame Street (just a few blocks from where we live)
  • Bee Hive on a cypress tree near our playground

Can you imagine how to remember them all. 🙂