Leaving the Rat Race for the Farm
When Life gives you steep slopes, you make friends with Gravity.Read More
Malaysia's Most Extreme Rural Microfarm
Discover the journey of monetizing a homesteading experience under the most challenging circumstances.Read More
Food Security: Is Your Food Really “Organic” and Sustainable?
Making sense of food security & sustainability begins with a good understanding of excellent waste management.Read More
How to Setup a Small Permaculture Farm Without Being a Rich Dude
When the odds are stacked against you on all fronts, it seems you’re downright doomed from the start. Or maybe not.Read More
Staying Strong in Farming Amidst the Pandemic
Financially-challenged with a small boy in tow; living off the land proves to be harder than you think.Read More
WHAT IS "MY KAMPUNG LIFE"?
I'm Melvin Tong, a confused city guy who feels totally out of place living in an urban environment. A determined passion for rural living and growing my own food eventually snowballs into an experiment to determine how far can a cash-strapped urbanite and "kampung" boy-wannabe go to achieve the dream of living a rural life. Curiously, I attempt to explore this question at a 2-acre permaculture farm in Lenggeng, Negeri Sembilan. Juggling between an urban day job and wearing a would-be farmer's hat, I chronicle my transitional journey and farming experiences in this blog in hopes of offering an honest view of the challenges faced in achieving a sustainable lifestyle. More importantly, this blog invites one to consider building a life off the beaten path of the mainstream economy.
AGAINST THE ODDS
A not-so-simple journey towards living a simpler life.
CAN WE LIVE OFF THE LAND?
That's the million-dollar question that I'm still struggling to make sense off. What does it take for a regular thirty something, cash-strapped guy to lead a sustainable life on a permaculture farm without compromising on financial commitments? Or is it a myth that only the rich and elderly are able to achieve? Find out how I tackle this question.
WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO
A series of posts from problems, small fixes and random thoughts about farming to negotiating the path of permaculture living and major milestones achieved at the farm. Regardless, they all contribute to the betterment of "My Kampung Life".
Recalculating Route: A Reflection of Resilience in Difficult Times
A biodiverse ecosystem is a resilient system to combat adversity. Given proper care, it is a regenerative system that produces net benefit for our heath, wellbeing and environment. It appears I have been that biodiverse ecosystem all these years.Read More
Vermicomposting Flush Toilet: The first in Malaysia?
Finally, the much awaited and highly anticipated vermicomposting flush toilet is nearing its completion. It would be interesting to see how the design holds up.Read More
Free Range & Pasture-Raised Kampung Chicken Meat for Sale
After almost 9 months, the organically reared, pasture-raised and free range ayam kampung asli chickens are ready to be culled for meat. Just in time for Chinese New Year.Read More