Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Recently after Reanne have learn to crawl, her span of interaction have also expanded noticeably at night.....mid-night.

She would be still very alert and on the go even when passed her normal sleeping time. She would roll, babble, crawl, making melodies.... but sleep. Here (the video below), you shall see by yourselves. Video was taken about 12am plus.

P/s: Pardon on the angle of the video. Took with my SE phone but unable to rotate to proper angle. Please do not strain your neck...we shall not be liable for it ;)

Golden corns

There something about the sweet corns we brought back from our trip at Cameron Highland. The kids love it and so are the adults. It's so juicy, sweet and fresh. You normally can't find it at normal market. Simply prepare by just steaming it already made the corns looks so appetizing!

Ivan plucking his 'gold'

Reanne also don't want to miss out the 'gold'

Sleepy child

Children need plenty of sleep to keep them healthy and happy.

Take note of these warning signs that your child may need a daily nap, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:

  • Acting sleepy during the day.
  • Acting cranky or fussy late in the afternoon.
  • Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning.
  • Difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity, impatience or aggression.
  • Problems concentrating on school work or other tasks.

Monday, September 29, 2008

British candy maker Cadbury has recalled 11 types of its Chinese-made chocolate as a precaution, the Hong Kong government said, becoming the latest foreign company affected by China's tainted milk scandal.

Cadbury Asia Pacific told the Hong Kong government's Center for Food Safety the chocolates were made in Cadbury's factory in the Chinese capital Beijing, the Hong Kong government said in a statement. It was not immediately clear if tests found the industrial chemical melamine in the products.

The recalled products included:
Cadbury Dark Chocette 45g
Cadbury Dark Chocette 80g
Cadbury Eclairs 180g
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate 150g Pumpkin
Cadbury Dark Chocolate 40g
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bulk Pack 5kg
Cadbury Dark Chocolate Bulk Pack 5kg
Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut Chocolate Bulk Pack 5kg
Cadbury Dairy Milk Cookies Chocolate Bulk Pack 5kg
Cadbury Hazelnut Praline Chocolate 312g (2008 Chinese New Year)
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate 300g (2008 Chinese New Year)

Click here to see the list of unsatisfactory testing of melamine on milk products released by Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety.

Heinz Recalls One Batch of Baby Food

Heinz is taking the precautionary measure of recalling one batch (270 cases of only one variety) of baby food in Hong Kong because of trace levels (1.6mg/kg) of melamine. This contrasts to levels of 2500mg/kg found in adulterated milk formula products in China. After extensive testing, all other Heinz varieties were found to be melamine free. This recall is being initiated in conjunction with the Hong Kong authorities.

The precautionary action follows new legislation in Hong Kong that sets a limit for Melamine for children under 36 months at 1mg/kg.

All other Heinz varieties were found to be free of melamine following widespread testing. Only one Heinz variety is affected with trace levels and is being recalled as a precautionary measure. This variety represents less than one percent of Heinzs baby food sales in Hong Kong. Heinz is co-operating with the Hong Kong authorities. The product details are:

  • Heinz Intelligence Many Many Vegetable Cereal with Product Bar Code: 6901642888480.

No other Heinz products are affected and Heinz wishes to assure consumers of the safety of its products.

Click here to view Heinz's detail notice

Saturday, September 27, 2008

HONG KONG : The Hong Kong government said on Friday that it has found the toxic chemical melamine in Heinz baby cereal and in rice crackers.

Authorities here said they had ordered a recall of the products and would prosecute the companies involved if there was sufficient evidence. The two products concerned are Heinz DHA+AA Vegetable Formula Cereal and Silang House of Steamed Potato Wasabi Cracker.

The latest test results came after a fifth child fell ill in Hong Kong with kidney stones after drinking tainted Chinese milk.

Click here to have a cross check from Hong Kong Centre of Food Safety's finding.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Yum yum...fishy fishy

Fish in children's diet cuts eczema risk

Swedish researchers said feeding babies as little as one portion of fish before they are nine months old may cut their risk of developing eczema.

Introducing fish of any type into the diet curbed the risk of contracting the skin condition by 25 percent compared with children who never ate it, Bernt Alm, a pediatrician at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and colleagues reported in the British Medical Journal.

"The main finding was that early introduction of fish was beneficial," Alm said in a telephone interview. "There was no link with the amount of fish or type of fish. We think it is more the timing of the introduction."

Eczema is a chronic condition affecting between 10 and 15 percent of children that can cause the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It often affects those prone to allergies.

Latest list of milk products deem safe

Malaysia's Ministry of Health latest update as of 25 Sept on the list of dairy products or products containing dairy ingredients not affected by melamine contamination.

Click here for the details information.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

My colleague sent me this piece of story about mayonnaise jar and coffee. Err....it's not about food per say. I found it very relevant to our life as the principle was profoundly true.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students respon ded with an unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else---the small stuff. 'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

'Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents.. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18.. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.'

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'

List of milk products not affected in Malaysia

Press release by Malaysia Ministry of Health on 24 Sept pertaining to the list of milk products not affected by melamine contamination. The are:

1. Mead Johnson
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia, New Zealand, United States and Europe)
2. Dumex
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia and New Zealand)
3. Nestle
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia, New Zealand, United States and Europe)
4. Fonterra Brands
(Milk ingredient sourced New Zealand)
5. Kilang Makanan Mamee
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia)
6. Dutch Lady
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Netherlands)
7. Ace Canning Corporation
(Milk ingredient sourced from New Zealand)
8. Maestro Swiss Food Sdn Bhd
(Milk ingredient not sourced from China)
9. Wyeth Malaysia
(Milk ingredient not sourced from China)
10. Malaysia Milk Sdn Bhd / Cotra Enterprise Sdn Bhd
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia and New Zealand)
11. GlaxoSmithKline
(Milk ingredient sourced from UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand)

Click here to download the full details.

More milks products found tainted by Singapore

As of 24 September 2008, the AVA has detected melamine in an additional 5 products imported from China. Two are flavoured milk and three are confectioneries containing milk powder as an ingredient. They are :
Dutch Lady Banana Flavoured Milk

Dutch Lady Honeydew Flavoured Milk

Silang - House of Steamed Potato - Potato Cracker

徐 福 记 Puffed Rice Rolls - Butter Corn Flavour

徐 福 记 Puffed Rice Rolls - Cheese Flavour

Click here to download AVA full press release

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mars press release

Mars Incorporated who owned M & M, Snickers, Mars, Dove, Twix and Skittles chocolate candies press release on 23 Sept 2008.


Mars has been following with great concern the latest crisis affecting the dairy industry in China. We offer our sympathies to the individuals and families affected by these unfortunate events.

Mars China is committed to the highest standards of quality and safety and all of its chocolate and confectionery products are manufactured and tested through a series of strict internal processes, based on recognized international standards. In fact, our stringent quality control systems in place in our factories in China are essentially the same as those employed by Mars in any other part of the world.

Mars China does not source any milk powder or other ingredients for any of its products from any company which has been found to be selling melamine-contaminated dairy products. Just last week, AQSIQ (the Chinese food safety watchdog) tested product samples of Mars China’s milk powder suppliers and found them to be free of melamine.

We are confident that none of our chocolate or confectionery products made in China include any dairy ingredients adulterated with melamine.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Yet another contaminated candy

In searching for more info on the on-going milk products food safety, I found another candy contaminated.

The California's Department of Public Health had issued a warning that their recent analysis found the Ego Hao Jin Bang candy to be contaminated with traces of lead. As a precautionary measure, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has instructed the importers and retailers to remove the implicated products from sale immediately.

Affected milk products found tainted in Singapore

The following are the list of milk or milk products from China imported into Singapore that are found to be contaminated with melamine (as at 22 Sep 08) reported by Singapore Agri-Food and Veterinary.

“White Rabbit Creamy Candy” (大白兔奶糖)

“Dutch Lady” brand of strawberry flavoured milk (manufactured in China)

Yili Brand" Choice Dairy Fruit Bar Yogurt Flavoured Ice Confection

Nestle Malaysia Press Release

Nestle Malaysia press release on 22 Sept 2008.


Nestlé Malaysia would like inform the public that the milk powder for all its dairy based products currently manufactured and distributed by the Company are sourced from suppliers from Australia, New Zealand, Europe or the USA.

For all Nestlé milk powders in Malaysia including NAN, LACTOGEN, NESLAC, NESPRAY EVERYDAY and NESTLÉ Omega Plus and dairy-based products such as MILO, NESTLÉ ice cream and NESTLÉ yogurt products, the milk powder used as raw material or ingredient is sourced from Australia, New Zealand, Europe or the USA. Nestlé Malaysia DOES NOT import any milk powders from China.

All milk powders supplied to Nestlé are checked and verified on safety and quality. Nestlé applies very strict quality control measures and risk assessment at all levels of its raw material sourcing and manufacturing processes. We comply with the strictest safety standards and assure consumers and customers that Nestlé products are safe for consumption.

In addition, we have received a safety assurance from our largest milk powder supplier that states, “all products sold and marketed outside China and Taiwan are free of any possibility of contamination with melamine from local Chinese raw milk and adhere to the strictest New Zealand and international standards.”

As further reassurance to local consumers, the Food Safety and Quality Division of the Ministry of Health had issued a statement last week confirming the safety of milk products in the country. Nestlé has also written to the Ministry of Health to confirm the safety of our products in Malaysia.

Following recent press reports claiming that traces of melamine had been found in a Nestlé growing up milk in Hong Kong, the Nestlé Headquarters in Switzerland issued a statement that the Company was confident that none of its products in China is made from milk adulterated with melamine.

The Hong Kong Government's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has just released a report declaring that NESLAC Gold 1+ which was mentioned in the media reports, is safe and that no melamine was detected in the product. NESLAC Gold 1+ was previously tested by government-approved independent laboratories such as the Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre Ltd. (18-20 September) and the Food Industry Research and Development in Taiwan (16 September). Neither test detected melamine in the product. NESLAC Gold 1+ from China is no available in Malaysia.

Dutch Lady Notice

Dutch Lady Press Release on 20 Sept 2008.

Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad is very concerned about the tainted milk problem in China.

Dutch Lady Malaysia wants to assure all its consumers in Malaysia that Dutch Lady¡¯s full range of products for various age groups, ranging from Infant Formula to powders and liquid are safe for consumption and free from melamine contamination.

Milk products from Dutch Lady sold in Malaysia use local fresh milk or milk powder sourced from countries like the Netherlands and New Zealand.

As a precaution, in Singapore and Hong Kong, Dutch Lady affiliate companies have initiated a recall of some milk products that were sourced from China. These products are not for sale in Malaysia.

We wish to emphasize that in Malaysia, no Dutch Lady products are sourced from China, and that all Dutch Lady products are safe for consumption.

China goods ban widens

The Government has widened its ban on dairy products imported from China to include confectionery which contain milk, chocolate (including white chocolate) and other food which contain milk.

The decision was based on the latest information received from Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) which found melamine in “White Rabbit Creamy Candy”, the Health Ministry said in a statement. The others are “Yili Brand Choice Dairy Fruit Bar Yogurt” and “Dutch Lady” strawberry-flavoured milk.

From: thestaronline

Best now is to stay away from all diary and confectioneries that is from China or with milk base from China.

Monday, September 22, 2008

China liquid milk products found with Melamine

Latest news in China on the on-going tainted milk formula crisis reported more than 12,000 infants around the country have been hospitalized which most of them consumed baby formula made by Sanlu. The Ministry of Health says 104 cases are quite serious, but nearly 1,600 other babies have already been cured and left hospital.

China's quality control watchdog says most liquid milk products on the market do not contain melamine. The statement came after a nationwide test for the chemical because it was found in baby formula. The State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine, along with 150 state-level food-testing centers, checked liquid milk products from more than 400 dairy producers. Their tests show that most diary products are safe to drink. No melamine was found in products from 408 producers, including Sanyuan and Nestle.

However, test results show that nearly 10 percent of the sample batches taken from Mengniu and Yili, two major Chinese brands, contained 0.7 to 8.4 milligrams of melamine per kilogram. Meanwhile, over 6 percent of the sample batches from another company, Bright, contained 0.6 to 8.6 milligrams of melamine per kilogram.

Medical experts say such a small amount of the chemical would not cause any illness, such as kidney stones, for an adult who drinks less than 2 liters of such milk everyday.

Nevertheless, the administration is asking the dairy producers to recall ALL contaminated products, locate the source of the contamination, and bring to justice all those responsible for the contamination.

From: CCTV.com

Friday, September 19, 2008

Checkpoints for China diary products

Malaysia has imposed a “level six mechanism” to stop the importation of all Chinese dairy products, which are feared to have been contaminated by melamine.

Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said that through this mechanism, all incoming dairy products from China at six checkpoints throughout Malaysia would be stopped immediately and returned. “In Malaysia we have six entry checkpoints and all these entry points are on high alert ... any product of this nature coming in through these checkpoints will be stopped immediately and be returned -- it is called ‘level six alert’ at these entry points.

“We would like to inform the public that Malaysia only imports dairy products from Australia and New Zealand. We do not import from China.

From: thestaronline

Fonterra Notice

The following is the official notice posted in Anmum's website.

From what I found out at the news Sanlu, a milk powder producer 43 per cent owned by New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, was ordered to halt production last week after investigators found the chemical melamine in its powder was causing kidney stones in infants. Farmers or dealers supplying milk to Sanlu may have diluted it with water and then added melamine, used in plastics, fertilisers and cleaning products, to make the milk's protein level appear higher than it actually was.

Melamine was linked to deaths and illness of thousands of cats and dogs in the United States last year after it was added to pet food components exported from China. Normally inert, it can trigger the formation of kidney stones in the presence of cyanuric acid.

We need to practice caution when purchasing diary products especially from China. Read the labels. Not that I want to boycott but no choice to adhere prevention.

Weekend rekindle

It was a wonderful weekend spent at my mom's hometome Malim Nawar, Perak (along the old way to Ipoh just after Kampar). It was also my childhood hometown. I spent few years here while being baby sit by my grandma. I even attended my kindergarten and Standard One school day here. I got many fond memories for this small little town.

My uncle (mom's brother) operate a bicycle shop here just along the main road. My grandpa pioneered and pass it down to his eldest son. Things are moving quite slow here (small town ma).

the 1 1/2 shop overlook the town main road

my uncle still very skillful in his trade

Reanne is crawling!!!

Yesterday, out of a sudden Reanne demonstrated her new skill of mobility at the floor. She has been practicing on the mattress and our bed lately. Without wasting time, I quickly graped my camera to record this special moment. Very happy for her new breakthrough.

Reanne is very delighted of her new found freedom to move around the living hall. Now we got 2 crawling babies and 1 walking toddler. Our house wouldn't be the same again!

Lanterns on Mongoes tree

Last weekend we were at my uncle (mom's brother) place at Malim Nawar, Perak. We were there to attend my grand uncle big 70th birthday dinner. After the dinner, back at my uncle house we proceed the pre-mid autumn celebration with lanterns and candles lighting.

It was once a year thing. This year is extra special as Ivan old enough to know how to appreciate and enjoy it. We decorated my uncle Mangoes tree with colorful lanterns. We seem to be the only family that putting up lanterns at the neighborhood. Anyhow we enjoy the occasion.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Who insured the insurer?

Tuesday news, US Federal Reserve (Fed) announced it would bail out AIG from financial turmoil by providing a bridging loan of US$85 billion (RM293 billion) for two years.

It is not a very good news as my family hold a medical card policy. AIA chief executive officer Khor Hock Seng said in a statement yesterday has assured policyholders in Malaysia that it is not impacted by the near insolvency of holding company American International Group Inc (AIG). "We are a locally incorporated insurer, with more than 96 per cent of our total assets invested in Malaysia."

Situation was more serious at Singapore as hundreds of customers flocked to the troubled insurer American International Group Inc. (AIG) on Wednesday, many hoping to pull their investments and policies from the company.

I sms my agent this morning. She replied saying she is now at Laos and will call me tomorrow. I do hope what AIA M'sia CEO said carried weight. If not, there goes our money. This proof that even the (big) insurer need to be insured. In this case by the US government.

Fonterra Anmum Malaysia is safe

Baby formula milk sold in the country is safe, Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said. "Parents need not be worried about milk powder contaminated with melamine as is the case in China because Malaysia does not import baby formula milk from China,”

According to reports, three infants have died and more than six thousand have fallen sick after after consuming milk contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastic cups and saucers.

Meanwhile, in Petaling Jaya, Fonterra Brands Malaysia assured customers that its milk products in Malaysia were safe. In a statement, company general manager John McKay said consumers could buy its Anmum, Fernleaf, Anlene, Chesdale and Anchor brands with absolute confidence.

“The issue relating to the safety of China milk powder products is confined to products made from China-sourced raw milk sold by Sanlu in mainland China.” McKay said none of the batch in question was exported out of China, adding that the recall for Anmum Maternan in China only applied to one batch manufactured and distributed only in China. The statement said Fonterra was a minority 43% shareholder in Sanlu and did not export China-made milk products.

Fonterra China recall Anmum Materna

On Sept 16, Fonterra have release statement on their milk formula products at China in the concern of the tainted baby formula scandal. As of today more than 6,200 infants across the country developed kidney stones after drinking Sanlu's baby formula which was tainted by melamine, a chemical believed to help increase the protein content in the milk. Three babies have died. (read previous post: Tainted milk formula at China)

Fonterra China statement.
Fonterra China today announced a voluntary recall of one batch of prenatal milk sold in China under the ANMUM Materna brand name.

This particular batch had been manufactured and distributed under licence by San Lu using what we believe to be contaminated local raw milk. A company spokesman said this issue applies to the one batch of ANMUM Materna which was distributed in China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). None of the batch in question was exported out of China.

All other ANMUM and ANLENE products in the market have been produced using only 100% fully imported milk from New Zealand and are free from any possibility of contamination with melamine from locally sourced milk, and adhere to the strictest New Zealand and international standards. Fonterra China said the stock was being recalled because consumer safety was the company’s utmost concern.

Further detail please read CNN.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Seven and growing

Reanne reached her 7th month just after celebrating the mid-autumn festival. As you can see she remain pretty cool. Quite a tuff job for us to get her to smile in front of the camera. So far I haven't managed to get that 'moment' yet.

Thank God for her steady growth in all aspect and her well being. Look forward to see her starts crawling.........then a new adventure will begins.

Cameron Highlands Photos (Part 3)

Ivan and Reanne just woke up and mummy already taking their photos

Er Ye having colouring time with Ivan
(I wonder walk they talk?)

Photogenic grandpa and Ivan

Cameron Highlands Photos (Part 2)

Photo taking time with Reanne while waiting rain to stop

stop by at two local vege farms to shop......so much green

dinner at a nyoya restaurant, Tanah Rata

Monday, September 15, 2008

Runny Nose, Itchy Eyes? Blame Global Warming

Recent research suggests that global warming will exacerbate respiratory allergies, as higher CO2 concentrations lead to vast increases in ragweed pollen production. "There's no denying there's a change," says Paul Ratner, an immunologist with the American College of Allergies. "It's definitely bad news for people who have allergies.

Asthma and other respiratory ailments are already on the rise in much of the world. The WHO estimates that 300 million people globally have asthma, with 250,000 dying from the disease each year. One clear reason is rising levels of ragweed pollen - which can be connected directly to rising levels of CO2. Researchers have shown repeatedly that elevated levels of CO2 stimulate weeds to produce pollen out of proportion with their growth rates - meaning you get more pollen per plant, which means more allergies. Even worse, it seems that the weediest species seem to thrive disproportionately in high CO2 environments. The wave of urbanization in America and much of the world doesn't help - the urban environment, often hotter and with more CO2 than rural areas, is ragweed heaven. "Urban places, because of the baking effect of that increased concrete, definitely pollinate more," says Ratner. It doesn't help that warming will also increase the production of ground-level ozone, a respiratory irritant that worsens asthma.

I don't know about others, but sure my nose is busy running around not to mention also the watery eyes. Yes, now I gather what affecting my symptoms all this while. Like the finding says, blame it to the plant and global warming. But, who is responsible for the effect of having the global warming at the first place? Besides the bigger issue of global warming (reminded of recent Al Gore campaign), people like me who are sensitive (with running nose and itchy eyes) is now begins to be aware of what causes our problems. The only question left is how to minimize the sneezing? Be a part of the world global warming prevention afford.......which start at our home.

Click here to read more details: Time.com

Tainted baby milk formula at China

As of Saturday night, two babies had died in northwest Gansu province after developing kidney stones from drinking milk powder produced by the Sanlu Group, Xinhua news agency reported.

The number of babies in China sickened after drinking contaminated milk powder has now risen to about 580, state media has also reported, citing a senior official.

Eight-month-old Cheng Aobing, who suffers from kidney stones, receives medical treatment at a hospital in Hefei, Anhui province September 14, 2008

This is utterly unspeakable and totally inhumane act for the sake of fast bucks! To reap monetary gain by victimizing babies life is most unforgivable in any sane mind. I for one (as parents) cannot accept this 'sin'. Those responsible are to be executed if not life imprisonment.

China is overall known for its counterfeiting or producing fake goods but this round those irresponsible group has gone to far endanger life. I lose my trust to China manufactured or product based since the tainted toys discovered last year. Again it is an issue of life! Have China people lose their sense of moral and blinded by the power of money?

Friday, September 12, 2008

She got nightmares

Women 'more prone to nightmares'?

Research suggested women experience significantly more nightmares than men and have more emotional dreams,
In a study of 170 volunteers asked to record their most recent dream, 19% of men reported a nightmare compared with 30% of women. Researcher Dr Jennifer Parker of the University of the West of England said there was no difference in the overall number of dreams reported. Other research has shown women tend to have more disturbed sleep than men. One factor which has been linked to this is changes in a woman's body temperature during her monthly cycle.

After reading this article of finding, I now
might be knowing better why Pei complaint she always have a lot dreams. I often thought that she might have think too much during the day or before sleep. But now it most properly not the case. I don't know how true is this finding which related bad dreams to monthly cycle. Thinking of it, I seldom remember myself having any dreams. Or just maybe too insignificant to remember. Do you have a lot dreams or bad ones?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cameron Highlands Photos (Part 1)

We stop by at a hydroponic farm to buy some fresh vege

A rare family photo together made possible with Soo Mei's help

Ivan and his grandpa fascinating the strawberry fruits

Reanne and grandpa settling down at the rented apartment resort

Coming back strong

Lance Armstrong, the seven-times Tour de France winner is coming out of retirement in 2009 going to try and win an eighth victory to raise awareness about cancer. Armstrong is a cancer survivor, founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).

The Tour de France is the world's best-known bicycle race, is a 23-day, 21-stage road race usually covering more than 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi). The route, which varies from year to year, traces a circuit around most areas of France.

You gotto know a bit about this amazingly strong person (true to his sirname). After winning two TdF, unfortunately on 1996 Armstrong was diagnosed with nonseminomatous testicular cancer. The cancer had already spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. Armstrong, undergo an alternative chemotherapeutic regimen and underwent surgery on his brain tumors, which were found to be necrotic, and an orchiectomy to remove his diseased testicle. Armstrong comeback to TdF in 1998 and later won his next five consecutive TdF titles!

You cannot but to respect this fellow. I personally admire his courage to fight through in his personal live with the treacherous cancer treat and later fight through again and again in the world most difficult cycling events and proven strong. I can't imagine how much pain, suffering, sacrifices he gone through to 'win'. He has proven human spirit can really pull, push and breakthrough all sort of challenges come our way as long as we don't give up. God for one don't give up on us. Therefore we should not give up so easily (I am saying it to myself now).

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dengue on the raise

THE Kajang municipality has been identified as the area with the third highest number of dengue cases in Selangor. Since the start of the year till now, 1,477 dengue cases have been recorded under the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj), ranking it below the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) with 2,266 cases and the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) with 1,537 cases. Until today there were 3 deaths were recorded between Week 1 and 35.

The dengue cases involve both dengue fever and haemorrhagic dengue fever. The hotspot has been identified as Taman Pelangi in Semenyih with 15 cases and a dengue alert has been issued for the area till Sept 10.

Click here to read the Ministry of Health latest press release.

I just got to know today, one of my church brother Philip Ng was admitted to hospital yesterday due to dengue fever. Thank God nothing serious as he will be discharged today as doctor confirmed his blood count is back to normal.

The raising case of dengue fever is picking up and we need to be cautious and take necessary action to prevent it. My main concern is our 2 little kids - Ivan and Reanne.

This is the recommended prevention which all of us can do:
  1. Spend average 10 mins every weekend find, detect and eliminate potential breading ground of Aedes mosquito. Spray repellent at area which could hide mosquito.
  2. Get early treatment immediately if found any symptoms suspected dengue fever
  3. Limit your time at outdoor when Aedes mosquito is most active and feeds during the day
  4. Use mosquito nets to prevent possible entry
Symptoms can be manifested by a sudden onset of with severe headache, muscle and joint pains and rashes. The dengue rash is characteristically bright red petechiae and usually appears first on the lower limbs and the chest; in some patients, it spreads to cover most of the body. There may also be gastritis with some combination of associated abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Other symptoms include

  • fever;
  • chills;
  • constant headaches;
  • bleeding from nose, mouth or gums;
  • severe dizziness; and,
  • loss of appetite

Want to live longer?

Apparently climbing stairs can prolong life.

Taking the stairs instead of the lift at work could save your life, claim Swiss researchers.

Banning the use of lifts and escalators led to better fitness, less body fat, trimmer waistlines and a drop in blood pressure, a study of 69 people found. This translates to a 15% cut in the risk of dying prematurely from any cause, calculate the University of Geneva team.

Over the 12 weeks of the study, the volunteers, who were hospital employees at the university, were asked to use the stairs exclusively at work instead of taking the lift.

On average, the number of flights of stairs - classed as climbing up or down one storey - rose from five per day to 23. After the three months of the trial, tests showed they had better lung capacity, blood pressure and cholesterol measurements. Their weight, body fat and waist measurements also dropped, and their capacity for doing aerobic exercise improved. Taken together, this equates to a 15% reduction in the chances of dying young, say the investigators.

Daily I have been climbing stairs in my present office which occupied a 3-storey shop lot. I needed to climb 2-storey of stairs in order to get into my cubicle. Average a day I will climb minimum 2 times - one in the morning and another when coming back from lunch. I guess I have benefited from this 'inconvenient' stair climbing exercise.

Lost and Found

As I drove up to Penang yesterday in my loooonnggg hour cross states journey, I filled my loneliness with the radio's music. I got a bit of problem though. You see, as you journeyed few states the radio station frequency changes. So I was a bit annoyed la....

But something cheers me up. I stumbled upon a long lost and familiar voice while I searched among the radio frequencies.

Remember Caroline, the ex-DJ voice of Lite FM - Lite Breakfast together with Simon? Caroline now is at Capital FM 88.90 radio station. Co-host the Capital Breakfast program with new partner Richard.

Great to hear her voice again.

Loooooong distance

Yesterday I did an incredible 700 km (roughly) long distance drive to Bukit Tambun, Penang for sit in a meeting with my colleague there. The distance between KL and Bukit Tambun is about 330km not to mention KL to Kajang which about another 26km.

It was my personal record breaking day. I drove a total about 9 hours of steering control experience in a V6 Perdana (company car).

The irony is that my meeting only last about 2 hours. Then off I drove back to KL again that same day.

By the time I reached home is about 8.30pm and I started to feel exhausted.

Nevertheless, it was an interesting experience for me in one day!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

DKSH Stock Clearance

DKSH (Diethelm) is having its stock clearance this 6 & 7 Sept 2008 from 9.30am to 5.00pm at its Petaling Jaya office.

Venue: Lot 74, Jalan University, Petaling Jaya
Items: Housesold appliances, pesticide control products, oral care products, pharmaceutical products, personal care products, musical instruments, cameras, watches & clocks, kitchen use products, toys, shoes (Scholl), carbonated drinks, energy drinks, healthfood drinks, chocolate milkpowders, baby milkpowders, snacks, oats and cereals.

Further info, click here

Friday, September 5, 2008

Eat eat eat at Teluk Gong

Our merdeka final eating marathon reached Teluk Gong, Klang with the full family members on board. None was left out this round. This occasion is specially to celebrate my dad's birthday wish to have seafood at Klang.

All of us were first time here at Teluk Gong. Many have spoke of this seafood 'heaven' only until now we seen and taste it ourselves. Based on my colleague description, we managed to find the place. We arrived about 6pm. But upon arriving, we weren't sure which restaurant to settle in as there is so many of them. The sight of signboards already can confuse you. We finally opt for Restaurant Seafood Teluk Gong Sdn Bhd as advice by my colleague.

As we entered the restaurant, the place quite occupied with costumers. I thought we were early. After ordered our choice dishes, the foods was later delivered out considerably fast. Without wasting time, we commence feasting! By 7pm when we already half way eating, the place was full. The food was quite good and the price also very reasonable bear in mind on peak day. People really travel thus far to this corner of the world to eat. Unbelievable!

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Eat eat eat at Taman Mutiara

Our 2nd eating marathon landed at Taman Mutiara, Cheras (opposite Leisure Mall and next to 1-Station cafe) right after Sunday Service with Philip's, Daniel Seah's and Silas' family for lunch. Why this restaurant? (by the way I forgotten its name) It all started when Daniel Seah (blogger a.k.a Danlion.blogspot.com) posted his food blog at this restaurant and it suddenly create a 'craving' among us (bloggers) to try it out especially Rachel. And so we did.

As commented earlier by Daniel, the food indeed is delicious!

We also celebrated Hannah's birthday (which falls on 1 Sept) on the spot unprepared after highlighted by Marilyn. With no cake, we opt for a Yam Cake instead for Hannah. Blessed Birthday!

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The marathon continues.....

Eat eat eat at Jalan Pudu

I must admit, my family is on the go last few days on eating 'marathon'. With my parents along, we start our first mileage at Jalan Pudu/Jalan Pasar Road night stalls.

26 years ago this spot was our family favorite dinning spot almost every Saturday or Sunday. I was about 9 years old and Silas about 5 years then when my family stayed nearby at Jalan Chan Sow Lin. I still can remember the good feeling of coming out to eat at that spot.

Last Saturday evening, I decided to re-visit this 'old spot'. And yes, we eat a lot of stuffs. We ordered fried 'loh pak', 'chee cheong fun', 'tong sui' dessert i.e. bo bo cha cha and mak jok, fried chicken, 'loh pak ko' and porridge.
Too bad Silas, Rachel and Sarah not around to join us. (I made it up to you guys next round, ok?)

The food was fabulous la! I am very happy to come 'home' again.

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Mountain Break

Great to be back again at near sea level after three days at the mountain - Cameron Highlands. It was pretty cold for me. The rest of my family members did better than me. Even Reanne enjoying herself on her first ever mountain trip. Ivan too was having his good time there given that this was his second time being there.

We went up together with my parents in-law and sister in-law last Monday and stay at Tanah Rata Greenhill Resort. Our entire stay there were greeted with rains. Anyhow it does dampen our plan as our main objective there is to hang loose and relax. Our previous trip (last year actually), we already been to most of the places at Cameron.

The apartment was great with three rooms and readied with cooking facilities. It even has RCI (Resort Condominiums International) status.

We only eat out once at Restoran Ferm Nyonya, Tanah Rata. The rest of the meal was own cook with vegetables bought from the nearby farms. Fresh and great to eat thanks to my father and mother in-law cooking.

It was a refreshing break at the mountain. Fresh air and healthy foods. I will keep this post short and continue later with more photos. So......be patient :)

Tin cow

Only last week I went glossary shopping for Ivan's formula milk powder. Ivan have been consuming formula milk powder since he turned 1 year old. It also that period Ivan was permantly stopped being breastfeed by mummy. Since then Ivan have been drinking Anmum's Essential 1+ (1.8 kg) until now.

During two and half years of faithfully patroning Anmum Essential 1+ has seen tremandous change in the retail price. We first bought it at mere thirty something and now have hike to RM55.50 per tin (hypermarket price is even higher). Hundred over percent of price increase! That's not all, I got to know from the 'tauke' of the regular chinese herbal & minimarket that I patroned Anmum have launched a new packaging. The new packaging biggest range only 1.3 kg but fetch at RM42.90 per box. Average it's about 33 cent per gram. Much expensive than the old packaging (1.8 kg) which average 31 cent per gram (based on RM55.50 per tin). At the surface, the new packaging 1.3 kg looks less expensive and reasonable at RM42.90.

Knowing that, we quickly opt to purchase half a dozen of the old packaging tag at RM55.50 per tin for 'hoarding'. (Not illegal as formula milk powder not under control item). By comparison, we have save about RM23 or 7% from that action. We estimated that it will last Ivan's another 5 months until he turns to 3 years old. Perhaps by than we will opt for another alternative formula milk powder to suit Ivan consumption.

Talk about price increase. Parents nowadays really have to think, plan and act wisely on the aspect of monetary management. Like in this case, be on the know so that can exercise better decision/action on long term basis.