Double The Joy Mission: Bring Joy to Your Loved One and St Nicholas' Home, Penang

Few months back, I had this opportunity to represent an NGO and shared about it’s story with St. Nicholas' Home,Penang (founded in 1926).  At that time, I got to know more about St. Nicholas' Home, how they operate and learned that what St Nicholas' Home is doing is very meaningful and impactful. St Nicholas' Home mission is to provide education, training and employment opportunities within a caring environment, thus empowering blind and visually impaired persons to fully participate in society while helping to promote the prevention of blindness.

Here a short video about St. Nicholas' Home, Penang



By chance, by luck, a few weeks back, Moku-moku received an order from St. Nicholas as they like the idea of Moku-moku DIY Mushroom Box and enjoyed the experience of growing their own mushroom.

We would like to create an unusual Christmas experience for them this year, with the support from you! We are planning to build them a mini mushroom farm in their Home, the mushrooms grown can be part of their diet and hopefully they can be sold the surplus and get some income to support the high daily operation cost of the Home.

We called this mission as  "Double The Joy". And how it works is that for each Moku-moku Box purchased during Christmas season, we will give one mushroom growing kit to them, so the joy you shared is DOUBLED!



Cheers,

Coming to Japan has made me lazy!!

Coming to Japan has made me lazy!!
Knowing that a lot of packaging will be sorted out and recycled, I've opt out of environmental consciousness and opt in to convenience.

Like Japanese folks, I do separate my wastes. PET bottles into yellow bins, paper waste into red bins, empty cans into blue bins. But come to think of it, the amount of waste I generated a week is as much as this Taiwanese dude here.

I stumbled on his video on facebook a few weeks ago. Didn't really bother. But until I saw his 2nd video today, I realized I was making a terrible mistake. I put my reusable chopsticks (from TzuChi) and bento boxes to dust. Felt so shameful that I have to write this blogpost to remind myself how ignorant I was. Check out his video below of a week living consciously and deliberately trying to reduce his waste. It might cost him some inconvenience but looking at the result he made, it is mind blowing! KO! Mervin! 


Well I'm not here to convince you to be like him. Taking 50% of his effort would be very helpful for our mother Earth. I think I can make less trash. Would you like to join me?

Mervin
Co-founder, Moku-moku.

p/s: Penang Green Carnival is here. It will be held on 23th and 24th of July in Sunway Carnival Convention Centre, Penang. If you are around, come and join us. We are giving out 100 Moku Boxes via lucky draws, food art competition, and waste to food quizzes. Don't miss it.
http://pgigc.com.my/2016/


Big mushroom


It's huge!! Thanks to our customer for the post.

And yes, with some luck, occasionally you will get to grow mushroom like this. All nutrient concentrated in one mushroom. 
 #mokumushroom #bigmushroom

Get yours today @
Mokumoku.my 

Ramadan Special Twin Pack Combo Moku-moku Box


In conjunction with the holy month of Ramadan, 15% of Twin Pack Sales will be donated to the NGO Dapur Jalanan.

Peace be upon you
May the festival of lights be the harbinger of joy and prosperity. As the holy occasion of
Ramadan is here and the atmosphere is filled with the spirit of mirth and love,
here is hoping this festival of beauty brings your way, bright sparkles of contentment, that stay with you through the days ahead.

In conjunction with the holy month of Ramadan, 15% of Twin Pack Sales will be donated to the NGO Dapur Jalanan. Dapur Jalanan is a charity organization inspired from  Food Not Bombs movement, collecting discarded vegetables, cook and feed the community for free. Now besides giving free food, they create activities to educate children, create laughter and bonding. A true rukun tetangga. #RamadanCharity #SharingCaring

Moku-moku Box, How it is made.

I was at the cardboard factory to collect our newly printed Moku-moku DIY Box. I was curious on how the box was done and the boss is kind enough to show me how it is made :)


In order to turn a one piece of cardboard into the Moku Box, they create a cutting mold. It is made of hard wood with blades attached on the edges of the shape of Moku Box.



The backside of the wooden mold 

This is the front side of the wooden mold

 The sharp blade is in between the white sponge. It ensures the smooth cutting of the cardboard. 

Closer look at the Bookmark Panel
The bookmark panel part of the mold. Some parts of the blade is not sharp as some edges are meant to fold instead of a clear cut.
Moku-moku DIY Mushroom Box Wooden Cutting Mold

The Wooden Mold is inserted into the cutting machine then pre-printed (with Moku-moku colourful designs) cardboard is fed into the cutting machine. The cutting machine pressed the cardboard into the cutting mold, and Moku-moku DIY Mushroom Box is created. 

Click below if you are interested on our previous post:

- Sean -

Lingzhi Mushroom

Greetings mushroomers,

Month after making the pink mushroom infograph, I'm back to work on Lingzhi mushroom and turning it into an info-graph. It's a rather simple one. Here you will see how interesting Lingzhi can grow. But there is a catch! It takes at least 2-3 months to grow one so patience is required if you want to try growing Lingzhi (for shortcuts, you can try grey oyster mushrooms).

If you successful grow some of them, but first you will need to buy some here.
Feel free to tag us on facebook, or comment below.
Looking forward to seeing your very own Lingzhi Bonzai.

Mervin

Beautiful Food





Another usual morning Mushroom harvesting. It feels great to see all mushrooms flushes at the same time!

Do you know that the average days for mushroom to grow? It is around 5 days! From nothing to fully grown mushroom ready to harvest.

I’m grateful to our mother earth to be able for us to grow such a beautiful and delicious food.






Improving our visual instruction.


Every time we order new printing for Moku Box, we will go through a process of improving the visual and the artwork. This round, we focused on improving our instruction on the box. Only slight changes here but it is a crucial one. Can you notice it?

Before                                        Improving                                Passed QC checked.


Yes, you might have realized it by now, there are two changes highlighted here. There are two instructional image here, top and bottom one.
1) The top one showing watering day and night time is not obvious. Well you can water it more than 2 times. The objective here is to keep the box moist at all times.
2) To keep it moist, the opening shouldn't be large. Just a cut across the soilbag (again refer to top one), without opening the plastic. Mushroom will push themselves out of the plastic. It is that simple!

We had customers opening up the cross wide open and eventually the mushroom wasn't able to grow because it has dried up. It's sad not able to see them grow. We would like to prevent it!

Lastly, here are some recent testimonial posted on our facebook page from our dearest customers.

Photos credit to: Melody
Photos credit to: Siew Fung

To get your very own mushroom box. Check out our website at

Growing Moku mushroom in Japan!

Thank you Nakabaru-San for sharing her Moku experience in Japan. She got her box around October last year, and grew her very own Moku-moku grey oyster mushroom in her research room in December. I thought the mushroom wouldn't have made it because of winter but it bloomed like a miracle! 
Arigatougozaimashita!! 

#mokumushroom #miracle 

MaGIC: Stanford Go2 Market Program. Inspiring Entrepreneurship Learning and Encounter




So excited to wake up early morning at 6am on a Sunday and took bus all the way from Penang to Putrajaya Sentral and public to MaGIC.
Welcomed by the great MaGIC people and got to chat with a few first met entrepreneurs during the welcoming lunch.

The 1st day was awesome with activities and discussions that triggered me to re-think and re-design my own business model through the Design Thinking process and the Business Model Canvas. The day ended with Alumni that shared their journey after program till now (after 1 year) which achieved great growth in their venture.





I felt so delighted when I knew I was being selected based on criteria and being 1 of the 50 ( there are 200+ applicants) to be part of the program.

That made me woke up early and be the first to reach MaGIC before dawn and be the first participants at there. And true enough, today was overwhelmed with new insights, great sharing from entrepreneurs likebloomthis.com, honestbee.com, AirAsia.com's People Department Manager and etc.
Besides, one surprise and touching scene of the day is that one of the participant's wife came and throw a surprise birthday celebration to him and he cried. So sweet.


18 March marked the final day and the end of the Stanford Go 2 Market program 2016 organized by MaGIC after pitched to the judges/panels. The program was really impactful as being coached by great Profs and the team from Stanford.


Besides, even greater is that, I able to met with real exciting and passionate entrepreneurs with great start-ups. The interaction, sharing, discussion and relationship will definitely being cherished.
Let's keep fighting and Go2Market, together!

By,

Jian Ming
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)










Recycle gardening

Here's a collection of interesting recycle gardening ideas. Which one do you like the most? Try one today.


















Alternatively if you want to decorate your home or your office with some unusual mushrooms, try growing Lingzhi!! 

 Well, this one is awkward. You will find better Lingzhi photos on our website, 
www.mokumoku.my