I know, I know. Again, it’s been three months since we’ve posted anything new. Well, Joseph and I tied the knot in early June (YES!), in which we only had 6 short months to prepare. We decided to get married only in December last year – not exactly the best choice if you prefer to go slow and easy, but definitely an exciting one! 😉
After that, we went for our honeymoon, which turned out to be exceptionally adventurous! I can still remember how it felt like to be sitting precariously in a small speedboat in the midst of a terrible storm, where waves crashed about, bringing us to heights and depths of 5 meters each.
Miraculously, our hearts never pounded and we just felt so privileged to truly experience how it feels like to know for real that we’re well protected by our heavenly Father, whilst other passengers on board were either gripped with fear or seasickness. I even took a short video of us smiling in our saltwater-stained sunglasses and drenched clothes, our hair stuck to our faces like wet glue. Ohh, it was amazing.
When we got back, we rested a bit more, and started to ramp up our engines for work. This brought us back to business once more, where things began chugging along at a comfortable pace.
Other than that, we’ve been mindfully planning for a family, but realised we’re severely unprepared, just like how any aspiring parent would feel. So I’m currently babysitting part-time to enjoy some first hand experience with lovely adorable children. Ironically, this fuels the desire to have one of our own rather impatiently. Hehe.
It’s amazing how married life changes our worldview once again. We thought being university graduates, and then doing a job we love, would be the ‘be all and end all’. We’re glad to be proven wrong.
As Joseph and I proceed to various stages of our life together, we can’t help but to thank God for His wisdom and favour upon us. We’re happy to say that we’ve been blessed every single step of the way! 🙂
Here’s a wedding photo which is being featured on our photographers’ Facebook page:
And now for composting updates many people have been eagerly asking for:
As some of you may know, my dad started vermicomposting (worm composting) as a hobby since January this year. So it’s been about 6 months since we bought our first small batch of worms.
It is general knowledge for several vermicomposters that composting worms double in population every three months. That did not happen for us, as our worms started dying out overtime. Being first timers in this, we unknowingly made the worms feel either too warm, or too dry. More will be explained below.
The first morning, my mom woke up and walked into the kitchen. She was shocked, silenced and stunned by a “scary” sight, she said. The worms were all over the kitchen – on the walls, on the ground, in the corners, several had even reached the living room. They were just everywhere. They were also stretched out very thinly because the surfaces beyond the box were (naturally) dry, and worms only live in moist conditions. Now this is very scary for a lady – in fact, possibly any lady – living in the city.
So my dad was quickly woken up by her, walked out into the kitchen, and hurriedly picked up the worms one by one to place back into the worm bin. Unfortunately, quite a good number of them had dehydrated and died. This probably halved the entire worm population altogether.
The above happened during the same night when the worms arrived at our place. This was possibly due to a change in surrounding conditions that could have made the worms uncomfortable.
Another reason I could think of was probably the lack of oxygen and a less than ideal room temperature; I noted that the worm bin had been covered with a loose and non-drilled lid almost entirely through the night, along with a fresh batch of shredded newspaper to be composted. These probably raised the temperature in the bin, while depleting the oxygen level – both very dismal factors for composting worms.
Next, my dad transported the compost from our DIY composting bins and dumped them into the worm bin. This would seem logical and ideal, since both uncomposted and composted material (from the DIY composting bins) could be further refined by the worms into higher-grade fertiliser. However, we forgot that the DIY composting bins (that were left partially outdoors) would have organisms such as ants, caterpillars etc living in them.
These organisms then formed a disturbing and stressful environment for the worms. Note that composting worms are quite peaceable, and only eat rotting stuff. Organisms such as centipedes can be a huge bane to composting worms, and can play a big part in reducing their population by attacking them. We found at least one in the worm bin. Stressed worms equate to dying worms.
Last but not least, an overly dry condition. This was, in essence, my fault: I bought a new paper shredder for work, shredded up lots and lots of office paper and newspapers, and dumped them all into the worm bin. Spritzing on aged water from a spray bottle, I thought the worms would be thankful for this huge mound of material to feed on.
However, this resulted in an overly dry condition, even though we sprayed water several times. But because the bin was left open most of the time (after learning from our first horrific overnight experience), the spritzed water evaporated very quickly. The worms found themselves trying very hard to weave in and out of dry newspapers, and eventually became incredibly thin and sickly-looking.
These worms then died, contributing to the bin as material to be composted.
Another lesson? Soak your shredded newspapers in aged water first. Water evaporates quickly in a warm climate like Singapore.
So… now we are left with only one healthy adult-sized composting worm, and a couple of small (but thinly) sized composting worms. We believe the latter could be due to the original batch of worms reproducing without our knowledge.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for this new generation of worms.
It helps to always remember that composting worms are like pets! Don’t take their growth and survival for granted. They need a considerable amount of care and maintenance if you want them to work well for you.
We hope our learning lessons prove useful to you! Feel free to comment, and let us know if we might be mistaken on any part.
Finally, we’d like to thank viewers who have come forth with very helpful comments and inquiries over the past months. We’re sorry to be taking so long to reply them! (Reasons stated at the start of this entry.) Please continue to be patient with us, we promise to get back to you as soon as possible. 🙂