Monday, April 14, 2008

Don't bring dry ice in your car without opening the window

My friend bought four pack of ice cream and to prevent it from melting,
the seller put the dry ice amongst the ice cream. My friend put it at
the back seat (not the back of the car) and he started to drive with the
windows closed and the aircon on (as what we all do). Soon after that,
he had difficulty to breath and it was getting worser by minutes.
Luckily, he was in a traffic jam and when he almost fainted, beside him
was an ambulance. He dragged himself to the ambulance and got the oxygen
treatment. He was getting better on the way to the hospital.

The ambulance officer drove his car to the hospital and he had the same
experience. However, before his condition worsen, he opened up the
window and he can breathe easily. Only later, when my friend has
returned to office and told his colleagues about his story, they pointed
to him that the dry ice was the problem. WHY?

Dry ice was made of CO2 and when it "melts", it becomes CO2 gas straight
away without leaving any wet mark (that is why it is called dry ice).
CO2 is easier to be tied up in our blood and thus, when the dry ice
sublimes into CO2 gas, it fills the car room with it along with the air
con circulation and caused CO2 poisoning. So, dont put the dry ice
inside your car if you are using aircon with fully closed windows. You
must leave the windows open for such situation.

Hope this will help to prevent any fatality just from a small negligence
like this. Imagine if you have your children inside, they might be the
first victim.

Mini Lobsters- DON'T EAT (Health Hazard)

Do not eat these mini lobsters.
These mini crustaceans are literally the garbage cleaners in the sewage
treatment plants.
The 'dirtier' the water, the fatter these mini lobsters
Their lungs are full of worms and their flesh saturated with poisonous
Unscrupulous merchants somehow found a way to get these marketed to
Do not order this dish. Pass this to those friends who may want to try
these mini 'lobsters'.

Hybrid - Guava/Green Apple Con (Malaysia)

Me and my husband was at Kepong's Sri Sinar ( Kuala Lumpur ) pasar malam
last Saturday, saw this stall selling a "hybrid fruit" of guava & green
apple. The seller (an innocent looking auntie) was also kind enough to
let us sample the fruit. The fruit are sold in two types of packing,
pack of 2 or pack of 3. The pack of 2 wa sold at RM6, while pack of 3 at
RM7. The packaging is printed in foreign language (I believe is Thai)
with a few graphical image on some fruits. After tasting the sample
(which is actually quite tasty, just like guava), we decided to buy 2 x
pack of 3 at RM13.
we got home, to our surprise, the fruit is actually peeled guava (the
type) shaped to resemble an apple and coated with green colouring. See
attached pics. Some of colouring came off after being washed. Not
knowing what kind of colouring they use, we didn't dare to eat it even
tho the colour only soaked through the outer layer. My brother (who
didn't go to the pasar malam with me) told me that he saw this article
on a local Chinese newspaper and apparently knew about this trick. He
also indicated that these conman has been setting up stalls along
highway, targeting at tourists. I hope this message can reach as many
people as possible, money is not a big issue here but what if the
colouring is poisonous? Especially with so many contaminated foods sold
around Asia recently, I think we, as a consumer should be doubly beware
on what we buy, let alone eat!!! Spread the message across.
Take care!

Petai for Health!


Little did you know ...... after reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at petai in the same way again!

Petai contains three natural sugars -sucrose, fructose and glucose. Combined with fiber, petai gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proved that just two servings of petai provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute wor kout. No wonder petai is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way petai can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND among people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating petai. This is because petai contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS(premenstrual syndrome):
Forget the pills - eat petai. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anaemi a:
High in iron, petai can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the petai industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power :
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating petai at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipatio n:
High in fiber, including petai in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a petai milkshake, sweetened with honey. The petai calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Petai has a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating petai for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness :
Snacking on petai between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito b ites :
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of the petai skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Petai is high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report c oncluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Petai is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control :
Many other cultures see petai as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In hoiland, for example, pregnant women eat petai to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affecti ve Disorder (SAD) :
Petai can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.

Petai can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium petai snack.

According to research in "The New Engla nd Journal of Medicine, " eating petai as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%".

Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of petai and place it on the wart. Carefully hold the petai in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, as you can see, petai really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A Petai a day keeps the doctor away".

Unbelievable Criminal Tactic Again! (Malaysia)

If you meet a guy who rides a motorbike with
bloody hand knocking your window demand you to stop and asking for
tissue paper to clean the blood when you are driving a car, remember
DO NOT stop the car at all. Even how he damages your car or holds the
side mirrors tightly also DO NOT stop the car but directly drive to
the nearest police station. This kind of criminal tactic had been
reported about 40 cases in Seremban police station (actually around
the whole country also happen). The guy is mainly Indian, he was dare
to commit this criminal even in the crowded area whereby no body will
dare to stop the car to help you. The main purpose of this dirty
tactic is to rob you and even commit rape if you are female.