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".
The hairy and highly under rated local fruit: rambutan, is as delicious as it is nutritious, especially all the more so when it's organically and naturally grown. Come savour these premium heavenly-tasting sweetness from the farm!Read More
It has been an arduous and bitter journey indeed to sweet success eventually, with this proud first test harvest of premium bitter gourds. Once this IPM-enabled vege patch of bitter gourd is proven, I can begin to scale it elsewhere at the farm.Read More
It's time to relocate a colony of Asian honey bees (Apis cerana) in the run up to launching the camp site. While the process may not be so straightforward, the resulting experience, knowledge and harvested honey is truly sweet and enriching.Read More