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Loose-leaf Ye Sheng Wild White Tea (left) and Silver Needle White Tea (Right)When the roses of a wild rose bush, (Dog Rose) end their flowering, the fruit that grows on the rose bush is a lovely bright red ball. Some wild roses bushes have more red fruits than others, some have more one year and less the next, but wild roses all produce these beautiful ripe fruits – called hips.
We have the most beautiful wild dog rose growing in our garden and this year it produced hundreds of lovely hips. An Eastern European guest that was staying with us told me how her mother always made tea from the rose hips growing around the countryside where she grew up – as she plucked a dried one off the bush and removed its seeds.
“You pick them, dry them, take out their seeds and there you are”.It couldn’t be simpler.
Pick your rose hips off the bush when they are red. Some may have already turned dark. It’s fine to pick both the red and the darker ones. My rose hips, which come from a Dog Rose bush, which flowered late May, (see above picture) are ready at the end of September.
They look too dark by the end of the first week of October. You can tell when the bush begins to look tired, the leaves begin to tinge, the hips turn darker one by one.Put the hips on some clean card in a dry place, such as a barn, store room or garden shed.
They don’t need sunlight to dry, so best to keep them in a darkish place.
I don’t think a garage is ideal because of the poisonous fumes from a car!
After about a week when you shake the hips, you should hear the seeds inside and this means that they have dried and are ready to be de-seeded.
De-seeding is the laborious task. You split the hip open with your fingers and remove all the seeds, leaving the hip clear of everything. Those hips have an indigestible itchy hair attached to them.
Discard the damaged looking hips.
Itching powder is made from the itchy seeds!To make a vitamin C rich cup of wild rose hip tea using cold water:
Put one heaped tablespoon of dried rose hips in a pot or mug.
Add a cup of cold water.
Steep and strain
If you prefer a hot wild hip tea, then simply
Nearly boil a cup of water
Pour it over a tablespoon of dried wild rose hips
Leave to stand about five minutes
Strain and enjoy
Rose hips are one of the highest Vitamin C plants available; so they are an effective prevention against colds and flu. They also contain Vitamin A and B.
A study of the strong antioxidant properties (lycopene) of the rose hips claims that the anti inflammatory properties and the anti-oxidants of a preparation made from the hips are beneficial to patients suffering rheumatoid arthritis.
Apart from the findings above and on a personal note, it makes such a refreshing drink, hot or cold and it feels so comforting to know where the rose hips come from that it makes you feel that it’s very, very good for you! And that must count for something, mustn’t it?
I particularly love my rose hips because they come from a bush I planted when my father died. I planted two bushes in his loving memory- one for each of my sons.
One bush has always produced fabulous red roses while my Dog Rose has given me hips.
Laden with significance, meaning and connection to me is that this September I had a bumper crop of rose hips from the rose hips bush that belongs to the son who has just had a second baby.
There is a lot more happiness involved in sipping a cup of wild rose hip tea made from home grown roses hips, with so much story in them! Mmmmmmm.White tea may not be a time machine, and you certainly won’t wake up as a toddler tomorrow morning, but it has been shown scientifically to reverse some of the negative effects that aging, lifestyle and environmental pollutants and toxins have on our bodies and minds. Drinking four to six cups a day of this seemingly magical brew every day will make you look and feel younger, and as a bonus is will ward off chronic disease and may help to protect you from cancer. It won’t work miracles, and you may have to rely on make-up this Saturday. Most of the research has shown that tangible, noticeable benefits take about 3 months – but after this, if you continue to drink white tea every day, things will just get better and better. The improving effects will continue to build up for as long as you continue to drink it. But you will notice some small effects in as little as a few weeks after you start to drink it.No, it won’t. White tea helps your body to repair damage, and your body will still need time to do this. What you can do to speed up the process a bit is to stop new toxins entering your system – cut down or cut out smoking and alcohol, eat less fatty food and more fruit and vegetables, and go for a walk for half an hour a day. Whilst it is not fully understood yet why white tea has such marvellous effects, it contains dozens of substances that are extremely good at keeping your body healthy and in balance. It contains huge amounts of antioxidants, which protect you from some of the unavoidable stresses and toxins of everyday life; it has theanine, which has a calming effect to stop tension building up; a small amount of caffeine to keep you alert; and an impressive array of catechins – some of which help your immune system fight off infections. Both green and white teas are amazing for health, and for the maximum benefits (and enjoyment!) you might want to drink some of both types. But white tea does have the edge in some ways. All tea – green, white, yellow, black and puerh come from the same plant: Camellia Sinensis, although there are lots of different varieties within this. White tea is tea that has the least processing – so it retains all of ‘the good stuff’.
Although there are hundreds of research studies on tea, we are only learning about the plant quite slowly, because research tends to focus on marketable and saleable products – big companies won’t invest millions of pounds in research on something that they can’t patent, and they can’t patent something that grows naturally. But the minimal processing of white tea suggests that it may contain higher amounts of health-giving substances and properties – the things that in the right amounts can make you look and feel younger, healthier and more beautiful.
So what will white tea do for me? What can I expect from white tea? Wrinkles, spots, dullness and many other skin problems are caused by toxins and bacteria, and also by the body’s inability to repair damage if it is overwhelmed by these.
White tea works in several ways to combat these things. It protects your liver and kidneys, making them more able to target and flush out toxins so that they don’t build up to cause havoc in your system (and another ‘break-out’ on your chin!). Because white tea is also mostly water, it keeps you hydrated and aids this ‘flushing’ effect.
But there is ongoing research that shows (but doesn’t yet fully understand why) that white tea’s benefit on the skin goes deeper than this, and actually aids and improves the repair process, so that little wrinkles and lines may begin to recede and disappear, and your skin retain – and even regain – youthful firmness and elasticity. Your hair is kept in good condition by the same mechanisms as your skin. Whilst white tea will not repair split ends, which is a job for your hairdresser, it can help to prevent these happening in the future, and it will help improve the condition of your hair in the same way that it improves the condition of your skin – by helping to get rid of toxins before they can wreak havoc on your natural beauty and charm. Yes, almost certainly. There are three common reasons for dark circles and bags under your eyes, and white tea has different ways in which it helps to combat these problems:
1. Stress. If stress and worry is your problem, white tea will help because it contains theanine, which calms frayed nerves and gives you a relaxed feeling, without making you drowsy or dull. It’s best not to drink tea at night because it contains some caffeine and it can keep you awake, but the effects of theanine last for many hours, so drinking white tea morning and afternoon will help you maintain a contant happy and relaxed mood.
2. Toxins. If your liver is overwhelmed by toxins, this can show in your eyes by giving you dark circles and bags. White tea helps your body get rid of toxins, and will help your liver and kidneys to work better, so drinking white tea will, over time, start to reduce those frustrating marks.
3. Lack of sleep. Don’t drink white tea, or any other tea, before you go to bed, because as I’ve said, the caffeine will stop you from being able to sleep, but lack of sleep is often caused by a racing mind that just won’t quit, which the theanine will help to keep under control, and therefore help you to drop off to sleep more easily at night.Actually, yes, this is one of the areas that white tea excels at, because it ‘fixes’ you in lots of small ways that all work together to bring one huge improvement.
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The term ‘sisig’ refers to the spicy and fatty – but oh-so popular – meat dish all over the Philippines. It is considered a specialty food because the long and arduous preparation of ‘sisig’ is really a ‘labor of love.’ But after hours of cooking, the aroma alone can make anyone hungry.‘Sisig’ is best served with a mug of ice-cold beer. It is currently the unofficial national dish for the Filipino beer-drinkers because ‘sisig’ has a unique blend of spiciness of chili peppers, sour taste of vinegar and calamansi juice, and the saltiness of salt and soy sauce. Other herbs like garlic, red onion, white onion, ginger, black pepper, green bell pepper, celery, green onion leaves, kinchai, and kuchai have added to the rich bouquet of aromatic flavor of ‘sisig.’‘Sisig’ is also considered as a special viand these days and often served with steamy rice for lunch or dinner at home. Well-known Filipino restaurants have concocted different cooking methods for the popular ‘sisig’ and yet the dish always end up spicy, sizzling, and delicious.Spicy pork ‘sisig’ has also become popular toppings on pizza. Hot sauce lovers will surely love the ‘sizzling sisig’ pizzas!The common — and original — ingredients for ‘sisig’ are parts of pig’s head (snout, cheeks, and ears of pig), chicken liver and heart, and pork skin crisp. The dish is typically served on a sizzling plate, thus the term ‘sizzling sisig,’ a whole raw egg is placed on top as the main garnishing.Today, the ultra-versatile ‘sisig’ has adapted different varieties of main ingredients that include: beef head, chicken, tuna, bangus (milkfish), pork with tofu, pork with mussels, mixed seafoods, ostrich meat, python, frog meat, and many more.In mid-1974, Lucia Cunanan, a lady restaurateur in Angeles, has invented the original pork ‘sisig’ dish. The pig ears and cheeks were boiled until tender; and chopped them into small cubes. The meat was generously seasoned with vinegar and calamansi juice; then served with chopped onions, chopped grilled chicken liver — on sizzling plates.Aling Lucing, Ms. Cunanan’s nickname, has been acknowledged by the Philippine Department of Tourism as the ‘Sisig’ Queen when her restaurant had established the City of Angeles in Pampanga as the ‘Sisig Capital of the Philippines.’ The term ‘sisig’ is a word that originated from Pampanga (a province in the island of Luzon, Philippines), which means ‘to snack on something sour.’ ‘Something sour’ usually refers to unripe or semi-ripe fruits that are sour to taste (such as mango) and eaten with salt and vinegar dip.The word ‘sisig’ is also used to describe a method of food preparation that marinates fish and meat (particularly pork) in sour concoction – lemon juice or vinegar – and seasoned with pepper, salt, and other desired spices (such as garlic or green onion leaves).These days, the only ‘sisig’ that Filipinos (from other parts of the Philippines) know, is the unforgettable ‘sizzling sisig.’ Before ‘sisig’ was invented and popularized, pig’s heads were cheaply priced because they were not often used in preparing meals for the family. People who usually bought pig’s heads simply boil the ears and jowl until tender; then chopped them and marinate with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and ground black pepper.Whole beef heads were priced higher because they are used in another popular Filipino dish – ‘Gotong Batangas.’ This is a hot soup that contains chunks of assorted beef internal organs and deboned beef head, boiled until cooked in ginger and different spices. Recently, beef heads are also prepared as beef ‘sisig.’ The 3 Stages of ‘Sisig’ Preparation The popular ‘sisig’ dish is characterized by the small bits of all ingredients included. Everything seemed chopped – meat, garlic, onions, chili pepper, chicken liver, and any additional spices; except the raw egg and the calamansi, of course.As if chopping everything is not enough work, the preliminary preparation of ‘sisig’ requires 3 types of cooking: boiling, grilling (or broiling), and frying of the pig’s head (deboned with only the snout, cheeks, and ears included).Boil – to tenderize the pig’s head so that deboning and cutting into smaller parts will be easyGrill/Broil/Barbecue – to remove the hair from the pig’s head and to give the authentic smoky tasteFry/Sauté – to crisp the meat and to sauté with garlic, onions, and other desired spices‘Sisig’ has always been served in sizzling hot plates but many variations had been introduced by adding any of the following:Raw eggChicharon (pork or chicken crisp/cracklings, or beef rind)Liver (pork or chicken)MayonnaiseBrain (pork or ox)Since not all people like to eat fatty and oily dishes, local chefs have concocted different versions of ‘sisig,’ using other ingredients such as: chicken, tuna, bangus, squid, and tofu. Chicken ‘sisig’ must be the easiest to prepare among the rest of ‘sisig’ variations – just buy the roasted chicken, jumbo-sized. Remove the bones and cut the chicken flesh into small cubes. Blend in a tablespoon of seedless calamansi juice and set aside.Chop 3 medium red onions, 3 medium white onions, 3 long green peppers, 1 red chili pepper, 1 big red bell pepper, and a palm-sized ginger.No need to sauté. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and heat in the microwave oven for 3 to 5 minutes. Without microwave oven, heat the chicken ‘sisig’ in non-stick pan while stirring constantly.Serve hot as toppings on steamed rice or cooked pasta.Tuna ‘sisig’ is also very easy to prepare. Buy a large piece of fresh tuna steak. Wash and drain. Drizzle with vinegar or calamansi juice and grill over hot coals until cooked. With a fork, flake the tuna flesh and set aside. In a non-stick pan, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Sauté one whole garlic head (peeled and minced) until golden. Add chopped 1 big red onion, 1 long green pepper, 1 red chili pepper, and 1 tablespoon of ginger juice. Stir in flaked tuna and blend well over low-medium heat. Add one whole egg, if desired.Serve hot on sizzling plate. Provide calamansi, soy sauce, and chili pepper in a separate dip dish.Note: Canned tuna chunks can also be used. Choose the variant in vegetable oil. Use the oil from the can in sautéing. Bangus, or milkfish, is a little tricky to prepare because the fish has more than a hundred tiny and needle-thin ‘bones’ to remove. Use a pair of tweezers to ‘pluck’ out the fish bones. Clean, wash, and cut a large-sized whole milkfish into 4 parts. Boil in salted water for 15 minutes and drain. Remove the head and tail. Using a fork and knife, flake the flesh and carefully separate all fish bones. You may include the fish skin (without scale), if desired. Marinate in vinegar and soy sauce for 10 minutes. Heat a small amount of oil in a non-stick pan. Over medium heat, sauté 5 cloves of minced garlic, 1 chopped green bell pepper, and 1 tablespoon minced ginger. Add ‘bangus’ flakes and cook while stirring occasionally. Add 1 large chopped white onion and remove from heat. Serve hot on sizzling plate. Garnish with sliced calamansi fruit and red chili pepper. Squid ‘sisig’ is somewhat chewy because the stringy flesh is not finely chopped. Squid rings are used as garnishing.Clean 2 pounds of fresh large squids. Remove the round bulge inside the squid’s mouth, the transparent backbone, and the innards. Wash thoroughly and drain. Marinate in calamansi juice and salt for 15 minutes; then boil for 5 minutes. Remove the skin and drain very well.Chop the heads and tails. Cut the body into rings but use only small-sized ones as garnishing; so chop the bigger rings into bits. Set aside to drain.Mince 1 large garlic head and a thumb-sized ginger. Chop 1 large onion, 3 long green peppers, 2 red chili peppers, and 1 large red bell pepper.In a small amount of hot oil, sauté garlic, onion, ginger, and all peppers. Add the chopped squids. Stir to avoid sticking. Sprinkle salt and ground black pepper. Drizzle a half cup of vinegar and leave to boil without stirring. Add a dash of soy sauce – just enough to add color. Let simmer for 15 minutes over very low heat. Prolong cooking time to remove excess sauce. Serve hot. Tofu ‘sisig’ is a bit oily because the tofu cubes have to be fried first. Use vegetable oil or olive oil in frying. Brown the tofu cubes to have slightly chewy tofu ‘sisig’.Wash and drain 1 large block of firm tofu. Cut into cubes and deep-fry in very hot oil. Place on strainer to remove excess oil.Sauté a half cup of chopped red onions and one-fourth cup of sliced long green peppers in small amount of hot oil. Stir in fried tofu cubes.Add 3 tablespoon vinegar and let boil. Add salt and ground black pepper to season. 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Kielbasa sausage recipes are all over the place. Kielbasa sausage (kielbasa means sausage in Polish) is originally from Poland but its become popular in the United States. It is also popular in other countries such as Lithuania. Its a spicy sausage made of pork and spices. It can be boiled, broiled, barbecued or baked. Actually kielbasa is only one type of Polish sausage though in America we mostly think of it as just kielbasa and when you buy it under that label it is pretty much the same.
According to http://komenskyskielbasi.com/kielbasi-history.html:
In Poland, kielbasa can be served with fried onions, and—in the form of small pieces, Kielbasa can be served hot, boiled, baked or grilled. It can be cooked in soups (such as biały barszcz , kapuśniak, or grochówka), baked or cooked with sauerkraut , or added to bean dishes, stews (notably bigos , the Polish national dish), and casseroles . Kielbasa is also very popular served cold as a coldcut on a platter, usually as an appetizer for traditional Polish parties.Okay so now you know about kielbasa but that’s not why you came to read this hub. You came to find the kielbasa cooked in beer recipe and so you shall. This is an easy recipe to prepare and total cook time is about one hour. Since I copied this recipe from the Internet long ago I’m not sure of the exact time…I use my own judgment and as you read the recipe you’ll see why and how.
Delicious, premium cuts of pork are combined with Johnsonville’s blend of garlic and black pepper that is sure to make your traditional family favorite recipe even better!
For freshness, keep refrigerated and use by the date stamped on the package. Opened packages should be consumed within 7 days, or freeze no longer than 30 days.
Kielbasa is dairy free
Kielbasa is made with gluten free products
Pan frying kielbasa: Cut sausage into 1/2 inch slices and add to non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook 6-9 minutes, turning frequently.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and it’s delicious results. Since I began preparing kielbasa this way my family won’t eat it any other way. You can serve it over rice or potatoes or come up with your own combination!
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Thanks for reading, I hope you found this hub useful and that you enjoy the recipe!Ah, autumn. Crisp blue skies, the crunch of leaves, cozy wool sweaters, a bowl of hot, hearty soup. The shorter days and cooler air means it’s time to bring out the soup pot. And there is perhaps no soup that better evokes the flavors and feel of fall than creamy beer cheese soup.
The bold flavors of this recipe are not for the timid. Use a quality, aged sharp Cheddar and a dark beer, like an amber or brown ale, for a deeper, richer taste. Serve the soup with crusty bread and sweet pickles. Pair it, of course, with a pint of beer. The dark-roasted malt flavor of Guinness Extra Stout is a good match for the tangy Cheddar cheese.
If desired, garnish with red pepper flakes, crumbled bacon bits, croutons, or sliced jalapeño peppers.
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Never heard of it before? Not so sure what it is? Or you just want to know more about it? Good. Whatever the reason is, you just came to the right place to be educated. Today I am going to teach you everything which you should know of Beer Pong. So… Fasten your seat belts and get ready to ride with me!Beer pong, which is also famous as Beirut, is a kind of a Drinking Game. Players participating in this game have to throw a ping-pong ball across a table (known as the ‘Beer Pong Table’), trying to land the ball into a cup of beer, which is place on the other end of the table.
This game is usually played between two teams (or two players), each team with set of 10 cups placed in a triangle formation on each side of the table. One after the other, the teams attempt to shoot ping pong balls into the opponent’s beer cups. If the ping pong ball lands in a cup (which is considered as a ‘make’), the content in that cup should be consumed by the other team and remove it from the table. Like so, this continues until one team eliminates all of the opponent’s cups and that team (whose cups are still on the table) is considered as the Winner.
Now I think you have a general idea about this game. So like for any game, Beer Pong should also have some set of rules so that there will be a proper disciplined way of playing it. And this brings us to our main topic, which I will be digging into deeper details through this hub.
If you visited this hub, hoping to find an answer for the question “What are Official Beer Pong Rules” , I am truly sorry to disappointing you with my response, which would be – There are no such rules at all ! The rules which are followed during this game are the same as any other drinking game’s rules, which you must have already known by now ( No worries if you don’t. You will surely learn them all by the time you finish reading this hub)
Beer Pong Rules were – are – and always will be a debatable topic within the Beer Pong Community for a long time. But that unfinished argument hasn’t affected or stopped plenty of people from asserting that they play by the “correct” rules. It is because that, unintentionally, the Beer Pong community has eventually developed a set of basic rules describing how to play the game correctly. When things were happening like that, many organizations tried get involved in this “Rule Making Process” and standardize the game and minimize the arguments which were happening often, wherever and whenever the game is played. But non of them succeeded in doing that and the community decided to stick with the basic and make their own “house rules” by the time they play.I want you to know that, with this hub, I have NO Intention of making you believe that the rules mentioned here are MUST Follow Rules when playing Beer Pong. Because, setting up your own house rules for the game is also an important part when playing Beer Pong. Here I’m just trying to establish some guidelines and introduce them to you, so you will have a better idea on how to maximize the fun and excitement, without leaving the game to go in wild!OK… Let’s get started. Now I will show you all the basic Beer Pong Rules which you should follow, starting from the very beginning. Please note that, I will be considering a ‘Two on Two’ game for this discussion and use Images whenever possible, so it will be easy for you to understand what I say.Since the Whole Beer Pong Game is base on throwing a ping-pong ball, first you’ll need to find at least 2 ping-pong balls. (Having an extra one is for your best since you can replace any broken or a lost one with it)

Then grab some Beers to use for the Game. You would need around 4-6 beer bottles per game, which can be divided 2-3 bottles per one site. If you use less than 2 bottles per side, its probably not going to fill the cups to a enough highest, which will probably make them fall over when the ball hits. So as a Beer Pong Rule, try to stick with at least 3 beers per side.
When choosing Beer Pong Table, always find a Flat Surface to play. If the table you choose has the same size and height of a typical Ping Pong table, which is around 9 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 2.5 feet above the ground, it would be even better. This is also a crucial Beer Pong Rule you should follow since all your Beer Cups would be placed on this table, means the Beer Pong game will completely depend on your table choice. So try to stick to with this rule and find the best one.

If you cannot find a ping pong table, Beer Pong indoor play is usually conducted on a an old Oak Dining table or Kitchen table. Moreover, you can also try the method of using a pair of end tables placed about 9 feet apart to act as a two island tables separated according to the proper distance of a typical Ping Pong table.

The Beer Pong Rules only advises you regarding the size and the measurements for your table choice. So you are allowed to go with any creative table design (such as shown here), but assuring it meets the qualities which I have described above.When selecting cups, it is recommended to use Standard 16 Ounce Red Solo Cups (as seen on picture) for your Beer Pong Game. If you don’t have them, any cup with similar shape and capacity can be used for the game.

And you would have to choose a total of 22 cups, which is equally shared between two teams. Among those 11 cups that each side gets, one is to be filled with water and the rest (10 cups) are to be filled with beer.

Two teams stand next to each other across the Beer Pong table, facing their opposing team during the game play.

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Are Fizzy Drinks Good Or Bad For Your Body?

What do you think about when you hear the word Happiness. Do you think about your children, your bank account, your marriage, friends, adventures? What if I say these are a key of happiness, but they are not the source? Would you believe me, or would you look at me like I’ve lost my mind?
A long time ago, I used to believe that other people made me happy, therefor I had expectations, and when they weren’t met, I would feel heart break, anger and the famous question that we have all asked at some point, Why cant they make me happy? The truth is, the only person that can make you happy is you. That simple. If you are happy with yourself, then you really don’t expect it to come from an outside source, that way nothing can take your happiness away.
I learned this after a period where I started to meditate, because everyday life started getting to me. I work with stress, I like stress to a certain point, but at that time of my life, I felt it making me bitter, I noticed a change in me. Instead of smiling at strangers, and not caring if they smiled back, I became the opposite. I would wait until someone smiled, and then I would smile. And if someone stared me down, I would do the same, and so on. I realized that wasn’t who I was. I wasn’t the one to care if someone smiled back, I wasn’t the one to get worked up if someone gave me a dirty look, I wasn’t the one with that negative energy.
So I stopped myself. I began to search deeper. On what really mattered, and my answers were so simple, yet so important. What really mattered to me was that I was alive, that I was healthy, that even though I didn’t have all I wanted, I had what I needed. Then I told myself, I will let that be my happiness. That I was alive. Because as long as you have life, then you have the power to make it the best life possible.
I stopped expecting others to make me happy. For example, I love my husband, but I have no expectations of him to make me happy, because the happiness I feel with him comes from within me. My kids are my all. But I know that my happiness of having them in my life comes straight from my soul, and nothing they ever do can take that away from me, because they are like a tattoo in my soul.
I realized once I stopped expecting happiness from others, and my surroundings, my life became less heavy, it became more at ease. It was a beautiful realization, It took time, but everyday I would learn something new. I would smile at strangers, and even to those with no smile, and I started to realize how most of them would smile back, and something to simple as a smile made my day. So go ahead, smile at a stranger, and charge your life with positive vibes all around you.Several years back , there were just a few of these fizzy drinks in the market. Today, there are a plethora of brands each having a number of varieties of these beverages which are drunk chilled. These varieties of carbonated drinks like the colas, sodas and juices made of artificial flavors and essences etc have become a fad amongst us and the youth of today.
As these beverages are chilled before consumption they no doubt give us a feeling of instant cooling but are harmful to the body in the long term. These soft drinks do not contain nutrients. Instead they just provide empty calories. Many types of artificial colors, essences and sugar have been added to make it attractive and palatable. These chemical additives give rise to disorders of the stomach and liver when used over a long period of time.
Read on to find why fizzy drinks are bad for you.
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These drinks cause a number of health problems. Some of them are given below.
In Fizzy Drinks
Cola drinks are known to weaken bones due to leaching out of the calcium by the carbonated drinks. Apparently they seem to give relief from gas but in reality they cause hyperacidity.
In Juices
It is not healthy to drink a lot of these juices. They contain excessive amount of sugar which is not only harmful for the teeth but is the cause of obesity in children and adolescents.The high content of sugar in reality causes dehydration by removing water from the tissues. Thus they increase thirst instead of quenching it.
In Energy Drinks
The craze for reaching out for energy drinks is on the rise. Even young children can be seen getting addicted to them. The moment one feels a bit run down or tired, these drinks immediately come to mind. You can find new brands of these drinks springing up all over regularly. Though these drinks claim to remove fatigue & tiredness and make one fit they instead cause increased excitability. In fact no amount of chemical additives can make one fit.Though they do make you alert, invigorated and reduce sleepiness their use has resulted in more harm than good.
Energy drinks are a mix of caffeine, the Vitamins B Complex, sugar and some herbs like gaurana, ginseng etc. The main ingredient and the one that causes the boost of energy is caffeine. Though up to 200 mg of caffeine is considered as safe to consume daily these drinks can contain more than this amount of caffeine in just one serving.Not only this, some herbs like guarana and yerba mate that are included, contain caffeine themselves. As is known, excess caffeine consumption can make one jittery cause sleeplessness, palpitations, high BP, rise in heart beat rate etc. Also, caffeine causes dehydration since it also has a diuretic action.Though excess of B Complex intake is normally excreted as it is a water soluble, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B6 if consumed in excess, can cause nervous symptoms, numbness, flushing of the skin, inflammation of liver, vision problems etc.Guarana seed has double the amount of caffeine in a cofee bean and thus has a lot of detrimental effect due to the higher caffeine levels.Ginseng levels are way too low to be effective. At the same time ginseng has been reported to react detrimentally with blood thinning drugs.As for sugar,the maximum daily allowance of sugar, as per the American Heart Association guidelines, which are :For WomenMaximum of 100 calories per day or 6 teaspoons or 24 grams.For Men Maximum of 150 calories per day or 9 teaspoons or 36 grams.
Most energy drinks contain about 13 -15 grams of sugar per 100 ml. Consumption of just 1 can of 250 ml gives you more than the daily allowance of sugar.
The excess sugar gives an instant energy boost, but it drops as suddenly as it shoots up, giving again a feeling of being low down. Also, the excess sugar comes with a unwelcome weight tag – OBESITY.
Now you know why fizzy drinks are bad for you, it is time to give some serious thought to its consumption.Click the link below for some absolutely startling information. I bet you will think twice before you go for these beverages again.What Are The Options
Give preference to traditional drinks. Some options are :
Fresh lime juice to which water is added and sweetened with honey. Add ginger, black salt, mint or roasted and powdered cumin seeds for variety in taste and health benefit too.
Mango Panna – Video Recipe given below.
Buttermilk, sweet or salted lassi (made of dairy yogurt).
Fresh coconut water or Green mango Panna, both of which are excellent thirst quenching rehydration drinks and also cool the body.
Some other alternative options, not really natural , are :
Cold tea.
Cold coffee, but in moderation, as excess caffeine will cause the side effects as already outlined.
Though all these options are good, there is nothing to beat the good old pure water. It is thus best to give preference to pure drinking water over everything else if it is available. The other options given here thus become secondary.
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A Kentucky FavoriteThe Beer Bar appears to be unique to Thailand and can be found almost exclusively in major cities and tourist resorts. The Beer Bar is an extension of an already established and sensible design which works well in a hot tropical climate. This is simply build a roof and leave the four sides open. That way you get shade and a breeze from whatever direction the wind blows. This has been used for restaurants all over Asia and is still in use today.
The Beer Bar simply uses this space to erect a bar, or several bars. Here they get protection from the sun and the rain.
One of the oddest features of the Beer Bar is the name. More often than not the Beer Bar will actually be called the Bar Beer. This purely because that is the way it would be said in the Thai Language.
Pattaya in Thailand probably has the greatest number of Bar Beer in the world.Most beer bars will be square or oblong in shape. The central area is usually for the Bar Girls. Sometimes, if the Bar Beer is large there may be customer seating in the middle and even a pool table. This tends to be the exception rather than the rule.
Normally the customers will sit around the four sides of the bar. The bar top is of very sturdy construction and is normally concrete. There is good reason for this as sometimes the girls will dance on the bar and/or on the equally strong inner shelf.Every Beer Bar has a bell. In the UK bars had bells in times gone by. This was rang as the pub was closing for the night with the call “Time, Gentlemen please!”
The Beer Bar bell is somewhat different. Anyone ringing that bell is expected to buy a round of drinks for everyone in the bar. The rules change slightly with the establishment. Sometimes it is just the girls in the bar you are buying drinks for. In others there is actually a limit on your money but unless this is on a sign somewhere it is drinks for everyone. There are no excuses and you will be walked to your ATM if you don’t have the cash. Don’t play with the bell unless you mean it.Not every BarBeer has Ping Pong Balls but they are becoming increasingly popular. The balls are kept in small baskets located around the bar top. A basket is typically priced at 400 Thai Baht. Customers can throw the balls one at a time for the girls to catch or throw the entire contents into the well of the bar and watch the girls compete to collect the most balls. Each ball they collect is money for them. It may seem a bit coarse but it is all money. Not every Bar Girlwill be bar fined every night. Neither will every girl be bought a ladies drink so any opportunity for a bit of extra cash is appreciated.The Ping Pong concept has moved over from the Go Go Bars where it is more common. Half or wholly naked girls scrabbling around for balls was always thought fun.Fans are an essential within the Beer Bar to keep the air moving. Even with the open side construction the air can become very stuffy quickly. The fans are also very important to the girls as they can work up quite a sweat dancing on the bar. Or should that be work up quite a glow?
‘Horses sweat, men perspire but ladies only glow’
Beer Bar girls certainly glow, they even shine brightly.Not every Beer Bar will have a pole, but most do and some have two or three. Pole dancing can be as simple as one girl with the pole as a partner to quite dramatic feats. Certain songs or tunes really get the girls up and dancing, sometimes alone but as threes and fours is not unusual.
The poles are normally located on plinthes within the bar rather than on the bar tops. It is then possible to have pole dancing going on whilst other girls dance on the bar tops.
It is not unusual for inebriated male customers in various stages of undress to dance with the pole. On occassion I have seen some Western women put on incredible impromptu performances.There would be no Beer Bar without Bar Girls. The Girls maketh the Bar. The friendliness and professionalism are what really determine a Beer Bars success. Location helps, but without the Girls there is no guarantee of success.
Although some girls are employed by a Beer Bar not all of them are. Some Girls like to stay in one ‘home’ bar whilst other like to move on.
One Beer Bar I visit will have two to six new girls practically every night of the week. They move on because they like it that way. They have no contract and so they can go when they want.
Don’t ever be fooled into thinking that the girls do not like doing what they are doing. They like the cameradrie, the fun and the anticipation of not knowing will happen next. Wages will vary nightly dependent on the tips. There are good nights and bad nights and tomorrow could always be better.
The Bar Girls will vary in ages from late teens up till mid fifties. There are older of course. Not all will be real girls either. The Kathoey are sometimes mixed in amongst them and whereas some are clearly what they are, some could fool a doctor.Just about every Beer Bar today has a large screen TV. Most of these will be showing a Football game live. It makes sense. A large proportion of men whould not go out at all if they were going to miss the football. So here is the bait to catch the prey.
I find it highly amusing to see a lot of Western men glued to the TV screen whilst a ravishingly beautiful Bar Girl pole dances just inches away and unnoticed. Somewhere hidden away is a genius who mixes the music for Beer Bars. The wanting to get up and dance figures highly among the tracks. Then there is the sing along type and those which conjure up memories. There will be new tracks too which will firmly implant the Bar Beer in your mind.Apart from pool which is really an aside from the Beer Bar there are three main games played.
Connect Four is very popular. Unless you have played this game every day of your life there is no way that you will ever beat a bar girl. She will let you win sometimes and express shock or delight. She is there to keep you happy. The longer you play with her the more drinks you will buy. The more inebriated you become the more likely of the Beer Goggle Effect. More likely she will be your companion for the evening or a short time.
The Tipsy Tower, Tumbling Tower, Booze Tower, Stacker, Jenga is made up of a series of equally shaped wooden blocks. They are stacked in a pile on the bar and then blocks are slid out one by one and added to the top of the pile in an overlap. Great fun when sober but a laughter making challenge when just a little drunk.
Flippet, Shut the Box or Jackpot Dice is a small open topped box containing nine numbered pivoted wedges. A pair of dice are rolled within the box and an appropriate numbered wedge flipped over. The person who flips them all is the winner. It may at first seem quite a simple game. Luck definitely places a part but there is some skill involved as well.
There are others but they are the most popular.Most Bar Beers will have a Mamasan who watches over all the activity in the bar. She will also act as the cashier. Sometimes the Mamasan will actually own the bar or just be the representative of the string of girls.
If you want to have a good time in a Beer Bar always buy the girl who serves you a drink and buy the Mamasan one too. You don’t have to do it every time. By doing so once you have signed the guest book and been approved. As the name suggest Beer is the main item of sale in a Beer Bar but a range of spirits and cocktails are always available too. It is surprising the number of customers who just drink water or soft drinks. There are not always balloons in a Beer Bar but balloons represent a party and any excuse for a party is grabbed at. It could be the bosses birthday, the anniversary of the bar opening, a regular customers birthday, one of the girls birthdays. Just about every Beer Bar will have a party ever six weeks or so.
The party atmosphere is infectious and it is very easy to have a good time. Often there is free food available too.Many Bar Beers will have flags of all nations suspended around. This indicates a welcome to all. It does not necessarily mean they speak all the languages of the nations which the flags represent, but you may be surprised.
Bar Girls in their mid thirties may have had several long term relationships. Some have even married and gone to live in Italy, Scandinavia, England, Germany or other places and returned to bar life. They speak the language. English though is the all time favourite to get by on.Every Beer Bar will have at least one small shrine or inner spirit house. It is here that the spirits live. If kept happy they will bring luck and prosperity to the bar. Although many believe that these are Shrines to Buddha this is only half true. These type of shrines pre-date Buddha and are Animist in nature. It is a belief that a spirit (pixie, fairy, elf, leprachaun or whatever) lives in that area. Sprits live in stones, water, trees and everywhere so undoubtedly they live in Beer Bars.
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The Sinclair Method is a unique treatment for problem drinking. It does not rely on enforced abstinence maintained by willpower, 12-step programs, aversion therapy with Antabuse and/or behavioral therapy. It does not involve a period of detox and there are no withdrawal symptoms. The Sinclair Method is also not a method to achieve controlled drinking through willpower. It uses a drug called naltrexone, which is used to treat other forms of addiction. Naltrexone cancels out the patterns established in the brain of an alcoholic by an extended period of alcohol abuse. These patterns are responsible for the cravings that are experienced and provide positive reinforcement each time alcohol is consumed. When naltrexone is used, with time, the desire to drink excessively becomes extinguished. Some people who succeed with the Sinclair Method ultimately decide to become abstinent. Others continue to drink alcohol periodically, but remain within the generally accepted safe limits for drinking.
Conventional alcohol treatment programs and their results are described below. This is followed by an account of different approach taken by the Sinclair Method and the advantages this brings. Finally, possible reasons why the Sinclair Method has not become more widely accepted are discussed.Mainstream alcohol dependency treatment takes the following course. The alcoholic is asked to stop drinking immediately and abruptly. This is the period of “drying-out” (detoxification), during which alcohol is eliminated from the body. Many people experience unpleasant and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms during the detox phase, which may last for up to two weeks. Patients frequently stay in detox centers during this first phase. They are monitored and, if necessary, are given barbiturates, benzodiazepines or both types of drugs together to help them through the process.
After this, the person is told to remain abstinent for the rest of his or her life. Cognitive behavioral interventions or other psychosocial support, such as the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous is used to support abstinence. Medication is frequently prescribed as well.The three main types of medication, which can be used to assist abstinence, either alone or in combination, are:
Disulfiram (Antabuse) is taken for its deterrent effect. Alcohol is metabolized to acetaldehyde. A liver enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase breaks down the acetaldehyde further so that it can be excreted from the body. Disulfiram works by inhibiting the activity of aldehyde dehydrogenase. As a result, high levels of acetaldehyde accumulate in the blood. The acetaldehyde dilates the blood vessels and acts on heart, which leads to a number of unpleasant symptoms. The person becomes flushed and nauseous, feels his heart race, experiences dizziness, headache, palpitations and shortness of breath. A severe reaction may include vomiting and even unconsciousness and can be life-threatening.
Acamprosate (Campral) is used to relieve withdrawal symptoms and craving. Alcohol increases the action of a neurotransmitter in the brain called GABA and decreases the effects of excitatory amino acids such as glutamate. The net result is a depressant effect. Over time, the body adapts by increasing the activity of the glutamate system and decreasing that of the GABA-ergic system. When alcohol is withdrawn, the depressant effect stops, but the neurons keep on being hyperexcitable. On its own, the brain needs many months to readapt. Acamprosate helps to restore the activity of these two systems to normal levels.
Naltrexone is used in the treatment of drug addiction as well as alcoholism. It blocks opioid receptors in the brain, but its mechanism of action has not yet been fully clarified. It is thought that naltrexone decreases the reward effect felt after consuming alcohol.There is certainly no doubt that the strategies involved above can be successful in some cases. However, the level of success is fairly limited.
Success rates for the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous are hotly disputed. Critics estimate that as few as 5% of all people starting with AA achieve long-term abstinence. What is evident from personal testimonies on the Internet is that while many are strong supporters, the structure of the organization does not appeal to all, with some considering it to resemble a cult.
The drastic effects provoked by drinking while on disulfiram result in a high drop-out rate. Some alcoholics, under pressure from medical professionals or families to take the medication, resort to elaborate measures of deception to avoid swallowing the tablets while feigning to do so.
Acamprosate and naltrexone produce a modest level of success when abstinence is used as the criterion of success.
A meta-analysis by Srisurapanont and Jarusuraisin comparing the results of 24 studies on a total of 2861 subjects showed that in the short-term, naltrexone gave a 36% decrease in the relapse rate. After 12 weeks, naltrexone was superior to placebo only in the time to the first drink and intensity of craving. Furthermore, 36% of subjects stopped taking the drug in the first 12 weeks. All subjects were also receiving some form of psychosocial support during the studies.
A meta-analysis by Rösner and colleagues compared the effect of acamprosate with that of naltrexone. The authors concluded that while acamprosate was better in preventing a lapse (having a first drink), naltrexone was better in preventing a lapse from turning into full relapse (resumption of the drinking habit).
Kiefer and colleagues found that the rate of success in maintaining abstinence was slightly increased in subjects who received combined therapy with acamprosate and naltrexone.The Sinclair Method is fully described in a book by Dr Roy Eskapa, The Cure for Alcoholism.
David Sinclair developed his method following observations that when rats with experimentally-induced alcoholism were given opioid antagonists together with alcohol, they showed a progressive decrease in alcohol consumption. Giving an opioid antagonist during enforced abstinence not only did not reduce subsequent drinking but tended to increase it. He hypothesized that drinking alcohol at the same time as taking an opioid antagonist will block the reinforcement that a drinker gets from alcohol. This reinforcement is something that has been learned over a prolonged period of alcohol abuse (no one becomes addicted to alcohol after a single drink). Over time, both drinking and the craving for drink will become extinguished and the pattern of excess drinking will be unlearned.
The Sinclair method is based on the subject taking naltrexone only on days when he or she intends to drink. One tablet is taken approximately one hour before drinking. In this way, an alcoholic can be helped to regain sufficient control to continue drinking within safe limits, even if he or she does not choose to move to full abstinence.
Sinclair is currently claiming that the results of 76 studies have shown a 78% success rate over 3-4 months. One extended study gave a 50% success rate after 3 years. Success is defined as a subject reaching a level of controlled drinking within safe limits or choosing to progress to full abstinence.
Sinclair is adamant that continued success of the method is dependent on naltrexone being taken each time the subject wishes to drink, no matter how infrequently this might occur. Drinking without naltrexone would result in an even greater level of reinforcement than previously experienced and restore the previous pattern of alcohol abuse and dependence. Drinking is not stopped abruptly. The gradual decrease in drinking that sets in as a result of the extinction process means that subjects do not experience withdrawal symptoms. Costly stays in detox centers are therefore avoided. In addition, there is no requirement for supportive treatment with barbiturates and benzodiazepines, which can themselves cause addiction.
Sinclair believes the method may possibly succeed without reliance on psychosocial interventions. Some practitioners still choose to use them, however the cost of rehab treatment may potentially also be avoided. The reason for this is that the method does not rely on forced conscious changes in behavior, but on pharmacologically-driven unlearning of behaviour at the same physiological level where the pattern of alcohol abuse was established.
Naltrexone is no longer under patent protection. Cheaper generic formulations are available. With time, many people find that they no longer with to drink daily. Since naltrexone is only taken on drinking days, this further reduces the cost of their medication.The subject alone decides if and when to drink. No compulsion is exerted at any stage and abstinence is seen as a matter of free choice. Autonomy and dignity are therefore supported by the Sinclair method. People are finding it possible to drink socially in a controlled manner. One participant on an Timeflies Tuesday: Alcohol
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Are Fizzy Drinks Good Or Bad For Your Body?

What do you think about when you hear the word Happiness. Do you think about your children, your bank account, your marriage, friends, adventures? What if I say these are a key of happiness, but they are not the source? Would you believe me, or would you look at me like I’ve lost my mind?
A long time ago, I used to believe that other people made me happy, therefor I had expectations, and when they weren’t met, I would feel heart break, anger and the famous question that we have all asked at some point, Why cant they make me happy? The truth is, the only person that can make you happy is you. That simple. If you are happy with yourself, then you really don’t expect it to come from an outside source, that way nothing can take your happiness away.
I learned this after a period where I started to meditate, because everyday life started getting to me. I work with stress, I like stress to a certain point, but at that time of my life, I felt it making me bitter, I noticed a change in me. Instead of smiling at strangers, and not caring if they smiled back, I became the opposite. I would wait until someone smiled, and then I would smile. And if someone stared me down, I would do the same, and so on. I realized that wasn’t who I was. I wasn’t the one to care if someone smiled back, I wasn’t the one to get worked up if someone gave me a dirty look, I wasn’t the one with that negative energy.
So I stopped myself. I began to search deeper. On what really mattered, and my answers were so simple, yet so important. What really mattered to me was that I was alive, that I was healthy, that even though I didn’t have all I wanted, I had what I needed. Then I told myself, I will let that be my happiness. That I was alive. Because as long as you have life, then you have the power to make it the best life possible.
I stopped expecting others to make me happy. For example, I love my husband, but I have no expectations of him to make me happy, because the happiness I feel with him comes from within me. My kids are my all. But I know that my happiness of having them in my life comes straight from my soul, and nothing they ever do can take that away from me, because they are like a tattoo in my soul.
I realized once I stopped expecting happiness from others, and my surroundings, my life became less heavy, it became more at ease. It was a beautiful realization, It took time, but everyday I would learn something new. I would smile at strangers, and even to those with no smile, and I started to realize how most of them would smile back, and something to simple as a smile made my day. So go ahead, smile at a stranger, and charge your life with positive vibes all around you.Several years back , there were just a few of these fizzy drinks in the market. Today, there are a plethora of brands each having a number of varieties of these beverages which are drunk chilled. These varieties of carbonated drinks like the colas, sodas and juices made of artificial flavors and essences etc have become a fad amongst us and the youth of today.
As these beverages are chilled before consumption they no doubt give us a feeling of instant cooling but are harmful to the body in the long term. These soft drinks do not contain nutrients. Instead they just provide empty calories. Many types of artificial colors, essences and sugar have been added to make it attractive and palatable. These chemical additives give rise to disorders of the stomach and liver when used over a long period of time.
Read on to find why fizzy drinks are bad for you.
© Copyright 2012 Rajan Jolly. All Rights Reserved.

These drinks cause a number of health problems. Some of them are given below.
In Fizzy Drinks
Cola drinks are known to weaken bones due to leaching out of the calcium by the carbonated drinks. Apparently they seem to give relief from gas but in reality they cause hyperacidity.
In Juices
It is not healthy to drink a lot of these juices. They contain excessive amount of sugar which is not only harmful for the teeth but is the cause of obesity in children and adolescents.The high content of sugar in reality causes dehydration by removing water from the tissues. Thus they increase thirst instead of quenching it.
In Energy Drinks
The craze for reaching out for energy drinks is on the rise. Even young children can be seen getting addicted to them. The moment one feels a bit run down or tired, these drinks immediately come to mind. You can find new brands of these drinks springing up all over regularly. Though these drinks claim to remove fatigue & tiredness and make one fit they instead cause increased excitability. In fact no amount of chemical additives can make one fit.Though they do make you alert, invigorated and reduce sleepiness their use has resulted in more harm than good.
Energy drinks are a mix of caffeine, the Vitamins B Complex, sugar and some herbs like gaurana, ginseng etc. The main ingredient and the one that causes the boost of energy is caffeine. Though up to 200 mg of caffeine is considered as safe to consume daily these drinks can contain more than this amount of caffeine in just one serving.Not only this, some herbs like guarana and yerba mate that are included, contain caffeine themselves. As is known, excess caffeine consumption can make one jittery cause sleeplessness, palpitations, high BP, rise in heart beat rate etc. Also, caffeine causes dehydration since it also has a diuretic action.Though excess of B Complex intake is normally excreted as it is a water soluble, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B6 if consumed in excess, can cause nervous symptoms, numbness, flushing of the skin, inflammation of liver, vision problems etc.Guarana seed has double the amount of caffeine in a cofee bean and thus has a lot of detrimental effect due to the higher caffeine levels.Ginseng levels are way too low to be effective. At the same time ginseng has been reported to react detrimentally with blood thinning drugs.As for sugar,the maximum daily allowance of sugar, as per the American Heart Association guidelines, which are :For WomenMaximum of 100 calories per day or 6 teaspoons or 24 grams.For Men Maximum of 150 calories per day or 9 teaspoons or 36 grams.
Most energy drinks contain about 13 -15 grams of sugar per 100 ml. Consumption of just 1 can of 250 ml gives you more than the daily allowance of sugar.
The excess sugar gives an instant energy boost, but it drops as suddenly as it shoots up, giving again a feeling of being low down. Also, the excess sugar comes with a unwelcome weight tag – OBESITY.
Now you know why fizzy drinks are bad for you, it is time to give some serious thought to its consumption.Click the link below for some absolutely startling information. I bet you will think twice before you go for these beverages again.What Are The Options
Give preference to traditional drinks. Some options are :
Fresh lime juice to which water is added and sweetened with honey. Add ginger, black salt, mint or roasted and powdered cumin seeds for variety in taste and health benefit too.
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Buttermilk, sweet or salted lassi (made of dairy yogurt).
Fresh coconut water or Green mango Panna, both of which are excellent thirst quenching rehydration drinks and also cool the body.
Some other alternative options, not really natural , are :
Cold tea.
Cold coffee, but in moderation, as excess caffeine will cause the side effects as already outlined.
Though all these options are good, there is nothing to beat the good old pure water. It is thus best to give preference to pure drinking water over everything else if it is available. The other options given here thus become secondary.
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Cameron Highlands is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Malaysia. It has an unusual climate compared to the rest of Malaysia, with lower temperatures, cooler air and more rainfall. This makes it an ideal location for Malaysian agriculture as well as being a naturally beautiful tourist drawcard.
Attractions in the Cameron Highlands include visits to hydroponic strawberry farms, tea plantations, flower gardens and nurseries, honey bee farms and local markets selling local produce on the side of the road.
Upon my arrival in Tanah Rata (the main town of the Cameron Highlands) I found a multitude of tours available and decided to take the most comprehensive one which included everything (about 8 attractions) for the amazingly low price of AU$15. Well, the “Cameron Highlands Countryside Leisure Tour” by Cameron Secrets turned out to be my favourite tour package in Malaysia – definitely great value for money, with brief, interesting commentary and amazing scenery.Be prepared to get out the camera for the landscaped gardens of the Rose Centre! Set into the side of a hill in terraced levels, the Rose Centre has literally thousands of species of roses and cacti growing in gardens and a wholesale plant nursery. The good news is that while you can buy the plants, it is not a commercially advertised nursery which means you can enjoy the scenery without any interruption whatsoever.
Climb up many terrace steps to the top and you are faced with a plateau with more steps. Finally, puffing and panting (and with a few rests upon the way) you reach a cute shoe house set up for the kids, which looks like something out of a fairytale.
Sweat your way up yet even more steps to the summit, where you will find a viewing platform with panoramic views of the nearby mountains and tea plantations.
The Rose Centre offers great photo opportunities as well as lots of exercise. Climb up literally hundreds of steps in landscaped gardens and you will be well rewarded with breathtaking views, beautiful flowers and a nursery that you wish they’d copy back home.The Secrets Package Tour includes a visit to a hydroponic strawberry farm, where strawberries are grown off the ground to prevent the need for pesticides and weeding. Our guide was full of information on hydroponic growing and how-to methods (and he made it sound really easy, using basic materials to hand) making me feel like going home and having a go in my backyard. It fascinating to hear about the methods used.
After the tour, you are invited to taste test the strawberries in a café at the base of the farm. Strawberry milkshakes, strawberry yogurt, strawberry icecream and strawberry jam are all on offer at reasonable prices. I sampled a strawberry milkshake and found it to be much sweeter in taste than the strawberry milkshakes I am used too. I wasn’t sure if extra sugar was the answer or not, so, after sampling local strawberries from the market later on, I was able to confirm my thoughts that the strawberries grown in Cameron Highlands are definitely sweeter and taste better.
Strawberry farms employ lots of local people and are huge in size and production capacity, as strawberries are marketed to tourists as one of the main attractions in the Cameron Highlands.
You can find lots of shops selling strawberry souvenirs around Tanah Rata and other towns in the area. For some reason, these shops are heavily stocked with umbrellas. I found the locals around Tanah Rata to be very adamant about carrying umbrellas around in case of rain and many people voiced concern when I let a few raindrops fall on my head – not sure why?There are lots of butterfly gardens all around Malaysia, showing off native Malaysia wildlife and landscaped
gardens. The Butterfly
Garden on the Secrets
tour had a mini insect and reptile zoo attached, but in contrast to many of
these types of zoos, the animals looked well cared for in small environments
simulated to be as natural as possible.

Included in the tour of the Butterfly Garden
is a short commentary on the insects and reptiles and a chance for tourists to
hold and touch some of the unusual creatures. Australians who are not scared of
handling giant dung beetles, lizards and scorpions will garner admiring gasps
from the crowd.

The Butterfly
Garden will set you back
about AU$4 for entry but the reptile and insect commentary is lots of fun and
seeing the large sized insects close up is great.The Boh tea plantation is the country’s largest producer of
premium black teas and the countryside tour package offered a comprehensive
tour of the plantations, the factory and a café/shop.

It was fascinating to hear about the impact of modern
methods and equipment for tea harvesting and also to learn about the
traditional tea harvesting methods (which sound like they’d amount to a very
tough day job indeed). Originally the tea was planted, maintained and harvested
by hand – no mean feat when you consider the hundreds of acres of tea in the
Boh plantation. Our guide also offered some interesting information on the
owner of plantation, which I shall not divulge here.

I saw the worker’s village at the back of the main complex
and learnt about the processing stages of the black tea in the factory.
Afterwards, I enjoyed a nice Devonshire tea of
scones with local strawberry jam and black tea in the Boh café.Next on our journey was a visit to the Honey Bee Farm, which
supports a cottage industry in honey throughout the Cameron Highlands.
Set on a large property with lots of landscaped gardens and hundreds of
beehives, the apiary is lovely to visit and the honey tastes pretty good too.

The gardens supply a large assortment of flowers for the
bees to gather nectar from, hence the lush surroundings are not only for the
tourists! A short commentary on honey extraction using traditional methods from
the beehive boxes was helpful.

It’s not every day that I visit an apiary and I particularly
liked this Honey Bee Farm as it tried to do everything – produce local honey,
attract tourists with the gardens, preserve traditional methods of beekeeping
and cater for children with cute bee statues. I thought the locals were quite
innovative with it and that it would be a useful attraction for the Highlands in years to come. Entry is free.As we travelled around in our tour van, our guide answered
questions about local vegetable production and we stopped for a quick visit to
a roadside market selling local produce. While it’s pretty easy to find fruits
and vegetables around Tanah Rata, the place where we stopped on the tour supported
more needy locals whose stalls were a distance away from the nearest town. I
bought some (more) strawberries and chatted to stall owners about the vegetables
they were selling and how you cook them. They were very helpful with
instructions and the produce was very cheap.A short but interesting addition to the Countryside tour was
a visit to the Sam Poh Buddhist temple. After entering the massive gates, we
admired the golden lion statues and took our shoes off to enter.

Inside the temple were ornate golden Buddha statues with
alters containing fruit and flower offerings. It was certainly a peaceful place
with incense in the air and a quiet chiming in the background. Upon entering
the last room of the temple, you can see hundreds of handpainted tiles of
Buddha decorating the walls. The artists who painted them would have taken
years to complete them as the detailing of the work was amazingly intricate and
well done.

While considered a small temple, the Sam Poh Buddhist Temple
was worth a look and with free entry (but with the option to give a donation) I
felt it was a pleasant and quiet temple to visit, free from crowds of tourists.I hope you enjoyed my blog about the Countryside tour around Cameron Highlands and I look forward to reading your comments!
Note: The entry fees to the Butterfly Garden and the Rose Centre are not included in the tour and need to be paid separately (upon entrance). However, these are good value entry prices at around AU$2 – AU$5 and shouldn’t cause concern for tourists.
All photos contained herein are copyright © 2010 Suzanne Day.
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It is important to plan for moving major appliances like refrigerators, stoves, washers, and dryers.  Moving heavy appliances can result in damage to the appliance, surroundings and injury.A large heavy appliance can fall, scrape, scratch, tumble, and create mayhem if it is not done properly.Your number one priority should be safety.  How can this job be done safely?  It is important to have the correct tools for the job, enough extra help, and a plan for making the move.  Other important information is needed regarding the appliance being moved, distance of the move, and time in storage or transit where the appliance is not in use.An appliance can weigh up to several hundred pounds.  That falling on a person can have dire consequences.  You will need help to move most refrigerators and washing machines.If a refrigerator falls on you, you will sustain some injury.Safety considerations:Is there a clear path for the appliance to move along?Do you have enough help?Do you have to go up or down stairs or steps?If you have to maneuver stairs or steps, is there an adequate landing on both the top and bottom of the steps?Do you know how to use an appliance dolly or hand truck?  Do you have adequate tools:  tape, straps, protective covers, stabilization materials?Do you have gloves, are you able bodied, do you have able bodied helpers?   You and your helpers may need to lift a lot of weight.Do you have a plan to instruct and prepare your helpers for each person’s role?Have you considered that the job might be too much for you and that you need professional moving assistance?One of the most common causes of floor damage is moving appliances improperly leaving scuffs and scratches that are difficult or impossible to repair.   Prepare for the move by planning for floor surfaces that need to be crossed.  Although floor surfaces are generally tough and can take some wear and tear, a sharp edged appliance can gouge out pieces of vinyl, plow a row through wood, and crack or split tile.  Protect floor surfaces with pieces of carpet, cardboard, moving pads, etc.   This extra precaution will potentially save the mover time and money.Have a spotter work with you to keep the appliance from running into walls and furniture.Check the hand truck wheels, carefully inspect the wheels for small embedded gravel or debris that can potentially damage a floor.  Check the door way for adequate clearance.   Do not try to move a 30 inch appliance through a 28 inch door.  Check the height as well.Move furniture and other objects to clear an adequate path. Plan difficult maneuvers, like turning at the end of a hall, or moving into a hall with little or no room to turn or follow with the appliance hand truck.  Protect carpet from dirt and oil with coverings such as moving paper, plastic covers, tarps, etc.Above all else, do not be in a hurry.   Take your time, make it a thoughtful, planned  move.Appliance Moving Tools:Hand Truck also called an appliance truck, appliance dolly, two wheeler, etc. They are available in various configurations and price ranges. Appliance trucks are specially designed to hold heavy loads at the proper angle for optimum balance and they generally have a built it stair glide that is helpful on stairs. There are basically three problems with these appliance trucks, they weigh a lot and so you might be lifting more weight than necessary, they are more difficult to maneuver, and they are expensive. If you choose to use this type of truck, a local tool rental company will have them. Other hand trucks are adequate for most jobs if you have a good quality hand truck and plenty of help. Moving straps. Moving straps can be used to connect the appliance to a hand truck (dolly) etc. Straps can also be used to hold the doors closed on a refrigerator. Shrink Wrap is great for securing loose parts, doors, drawers, etc.  This stuff is available from rental moving companies.   It is a little like plastic wrap but it is much wider, and has stretchy properties and when pulled tight is very secure.Moving systems that use straps for two person lifts can be substituted for an appliance truck. It is a neat invention that distributes the weight to the arms and shoulders of the lifters while keeping the center of gravity low and balanced between the two movers. The system uses straps strategically placed to lift load efficiently and safely. Movers use thse systems all the time. Tape of various types should be used to keep doors and lids from opening unexpectedly. Moving pads are used to protect the appliances being moved. These pads keep the appliances from being scratched and from scratching obstacles.Packing and immobilization materials. Some appliances have moving parts or loose parts that should be padded or stabilized before a move.Protect yourself with the following protective clothing:If you have them, steel toed shoes. Steel toed shoes could protect you from accidental appliance drops onto your foot. Gloves will protect your hands from sharp appliance edges, accidental lids closing, pinched fingers in close quarters, etc. Gloves should be chosen for their gripping ability. Gloves come with gripping pads, dots, or bands and will help when the appliance may be wet. Back supporter or back belt will help protect your back from heavy lifting. All the appliance professional movers wear back support, you should, too. Wear long sleeves and long pants for extra protection. Use knee pads if you expect to be on your knees. Use other supports and braces if needed. If you have a weak ankle or wrist, wear a brace or wrap in elastic bandage.Over the last ten plus years, the appliance industry has moved towards a more cost effective digital way of manufacturing the controlling systems of household appliances. A decade ago, you would rotate a dial on your dishwasher to a desired setting such as “normal wash”, or “heavy wash”. Then you might have moved a fairly large latch from left to right, locking the door shut, and the unit would start the washing process. That rotating dial, that you would move to “normal wash” is considered a mechanical timer. Mechanical timers were and still are fairly void of high failure rates. It was surely not the most high tech, or quiet and easy way to start a home appliance, but it served the industry well to utilize the mechanical timer since the earliest years of the household appliance itself.
Now fast forward to today where a change has been culminating for the last decade. Electronic timing has almost completely pushed the mechanical age out of the picture all together. I’ll bet if you went to your dishwasher right now (or your refrigerator, washer, or even your dryer for that matter) you would find green or blue lights and buttons you push to choose that same “normal wash” or “heavy wash” cycle. You’re probably…thinking “of course I have buttons, we don’t live in the 80′s anymore, my stuff is the newest, latest and greatest.” I would not argue that the newest is far more appealing to the eye and who doesn’t want flashing blue or green lights? I do. The issue lies in the phrase I used earlier in this article: The failure rate.With an electronic timing device you normally have two components. A main control board and some sort of touch pad that speaks to the main control board via cables, or a ribbon (a ribbon is a super fine set of wires about as thin as a credit card meant to minimize space usage). Today’s most common failure is unequivocally the touch pad; which is where you actually would find that “normal wash” button. Eventually you push the “start” button too many times and the contacts inside stop working. All of a sudden you have a dishwasher that does not respond, but for what reason? You probably would not know and so you call for service.
The second most common failure is that main control board we talked about and it too can give the same symptoms. Again, the dishwasher just doesn’t seem to respond. Now there are a host of reasons an appliance might not respond such as a tripped circuit breaker (house breaker). The main point is the rate of failure for the electronic control and or touch pad is leagues higher than that old mechanical timer mechanism we all used to have. I can remember doing work for a particular manufacturer (who shall remain nameless) where I would replace a touch pad on a dishwasher at least one a day and sometimes three a day. These appliances weren’t even a year old yet so the manufacturer was footing the bill. I can count on one hand, however, how many mechanical timers I have replaced in the last ten years.What does all this mean to you and I you ask? Well, it means things are being made to last a much shorter life; often requiring a repair and/or a replacement. Is this intentional? I don’t think its 100% intentional. No business model could survive a downright decision to make junk or a product that has a fraction of the life your past produFurniture and Appliances- English Language


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