Veggie Pasta

Lazy man’s Christmas Pasta?

Swamped by research work and caring for an infant, I decided to give my wife some respite and make a quickfire veggie pasta, which ended up tasting really good. It’s just a sauce and herb inspired twist on the regular pasta. Anyhow, here’s what went in.

  • Half a carrot: julienned.
  • 1 medium onion.
  • Half a yellow bell pepper (capsicum)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, very thinly sliced
  • Half a teaspoon of ginger, crushed
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • Herbs: coriander, mint, oregano.
  • Sauce: alfredo and mint sauce (for extra kick)
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • And boiled pasta (of course)
  • 1 Tsp canola oil

First, in a heated+oiled pan, saute the onions with garlic and ginger. Don’t let the onions brown too much–unless that’s how you like it. I like mine a bit on the raw side. In 2 minutes throw in the carrots. Let it sweat for a minute and then add tomatoes and bell pepper. Once the carrots soften, pour in cooked pasta along with the starchy liquid. Then add the alfredo and mint sauce. Coat the pasta generously with the sauce and let it seep in the flavors. Lastly, garnish with the three herbs.

Here’s how it turned out.


Innovation in Classroom as a Means to Inspire Innovation in Society: The Case for Project Based Learning

Title of Project

Innovation in Classroom as a Means to Inspire Innovation in Society: The Case for Project Based Learning


Tanzima Sultana & Imtiaz Sifat

Name of Event

International Conference on Social Innovation 2016


ISM (Institut Sosial Malaysia)


Project Based Learning—learning by experience and doing—emerged as an experimental alternative to the conventional teaching methods in order to improve cognitive and meta-cognitive abilities of the students. Rote learning, which has long been the mainstay of orthodox educational system, stresses inordinately on the final result and has been linked with stifling creativity, innovation, and enterprise. Conversely, Project Based Learning adopts a unique approach by emphasizing the journey of learning rather than its destination. In other words, it is more a process than a product, which aims to incorporate higher order thinking skills and instill virtues of creativity, imagination, and innovation in students’ repertoire. In this paper we advocate embracing this method of pedagogy into the central curriculum and argue for its potency in fostering innovation and thus bringing a wave of change into the social structure as its implementation promises to nurture a group of skilled, creative, and productive citizens for the global community.


Factors Inhibiting Adoption of Green Investment: Evidence from Malaysia


Despite the surge of ethical and ecologically tenable green investing and banking alternatives worldwide, such options are yet to proliferate in frontier markets such as Asia. This green industry—if it can be called one—is still in an embryonic stage. Though prominent financial institutions like merchant banks and mutual funds have pledged to operate and invest in a green environment, the adoption rate is still painfully slow. Like most nascent products, the green investment industry still confronts challenges to generate enough interest to grow and stay competitive to the conventional counterparts. This study attempts to investigate the constraining factors which stifle the growth of the green investment industry from a Malaysian perspective. In addition, this study attempts to find ways on how they can increase their market share locally. To attain this objective primary data was collected through survey method in Selangor region. Upon analysis, we found that product awareness is positive and significantly determined the selection of green banking and investment products while rate of return negatively determined the customers’ selection. Hence, customers need to be made more aware of the existence and the philosophy behind such investment products before they choose to opt for it. In addition, rate of return appears to have a weak connection to customers’ preference towards green investment products. It is expected that this study would furnish ideas to the proponents of green philosophy and campaigners of sustainable practices on how to generate more interest in investing in sustainable and earth-friendly economic practitioners.