Monday, April 21, 2008

The Wonder of Bird Nests

Birds' nest have been used for a long time in traditional Chinese medicine. It is classified as a cold food or ying according to the Chinese food concept. Birds' nest has been recommended for use in the curing or strengthening of the body in diseases related to weak blood or body overheat, cold, influenza, cough, asthma, and other bronchio ailments. Consumption of birds' nest is also recommended to complement other treatments to combat degenerative diseases such as cancer and also for convalescence or to recover health after illness or surgery.

It is also claimed that consuming birds' nests regularly can give a person exuberant physical and mental strength as well as to restore the fine and fair complexion of one's youthfulness. It is also mentioned that an expectant mother consuming birds' nests would have a baby with fine and smooth complexion. Chinese concept of food and medicine is a conspicuous part of the Chinese culture and birds' nest is one of the food items highly valued and often prescribed for use in the treatment of various body ailments.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Swiftlets’ Delights

Set up your birdhouse where AF swiftlets abound
Soon your financial position will be sound
Consult a good sifu, to be smart
Someone with good moral value is a good start

Knowledge with capability means superiority
Honesty with integrity is the priority
Success depends on how well you plan
You must do it to the best you can

Mangrove swamps, plantations, rivers and the like
Are what the swiftlets delight
‘Cos there, insects are aplenty
Satisfying their hunger is a necessity

The flying path of the birds must be ascertained
The proper entrance window must be maintained
To and flo, to enter and to exit
An easy access is what they need

Inside the birdhouse
The smell, the sound, the light, the weather and the humidity
Must all be right
If you fail to do it correctly, the birds will not stay overnight

Beware of pests
Beware of the cockroaches and the rats
These you must get rid off
For the birdhouse to be at its best

Swiftlets are not polygamous
At maturity they pair off for life
They are loyal and faithful together
If one dies, ( I wonder) what happen to the other?

What is the life span of a swiftlet?
Twelve to fourteen years, I gather
Anyone who has the answer
Please share it with other bloggers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Viva Swiftlets

Swiftlets Swiftlets flying high and low
In the morning and evening sky, they glow
Twisting and turning, up and down they fly
Searching for insects,they try and try

Far and wide though they may roam
At every sunset, they come home
They brave the storms, the wind and the shine
To be home to rest, so as to be fine

They mate in the clouds
Sometimes they sleep while flying about
In total darkness, they can still locate their own nests
Using echolocation, they are as good as the bats

Man have identified them as good profitable partners
They build them safe homes to shelter them from cold
They help them to grow and multiply in numbers
In return, the swiftlets leave them their pure white gold

Swiflets swiftlets; together we shall prosper
You in your population and me in gold
For those who wish to know more
Ask CKSOON and Harry, they are the ones who know.

(To know about swiftlet farming click here: )

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Through a Rapist's Eyes

CG, one of my blog readers, sent this information to me. It is useful, so please read on.
> *This is important information for females of ALL ages.
> *When this was sent to me, I was told to forward it to my lady friends,
> but I forwarded it to most everyone in my address book.
> My men friends have female friends and this information is too important to miss someone.
> **
> **Please pass it along**
> *A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they
> look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:
> *1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They
> are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other
> hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a
> woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.
> *2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women
> whose clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around
> specifically to cut clothing.
> *3) They also look for women on their cell phone,searching through their
> purse, or doing other activities while walking because they are off-guard
> and can be easily overpowered.
> *4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5:00
> a.m. and 8:30 a.m.**
> *5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store
> parking lots . Number two: Are office parking lots/garages. Number three:
> Are public restrooms.
> *6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and
> quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worry about
> getting caught. **
> *7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year
> sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.
> *8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because
> it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn't
> worth it because it will be time-consuming.
> *9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other
> similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.
> *Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the
> attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys
> you're not worth it.
> *10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following
> behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or
> stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is
> it, or make general small talk: 'I can't believe it is so cold out here,'
> 'we're in for a bad winter.' Now you've seen their face and could identify
> them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.
> *11) If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you
> and yell STOP or STAY BACK! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they'd
> leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to
> fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.
> *12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it
> and carries it with him wherever he goes), yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding
> it out will be a deterrent.
> *13) If someone grabs you, you can't beat them with strength but you
> can by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from
> behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm (between the elbow and armpit)
> OR in the upper innerthigh VERY VERY HARD.
> One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch
> on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through
> the skin and tore out muscle strands - the guy needed stitches. Try
> pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it - it hurts **.
> *14)** After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN**.** I know from a
> particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's parts it is
> extremely painful . You might think that you'll anger the guy and make him
> want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is
> that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing
> trouble and he's out of there. **
> *15) When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and
> bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them
> as possible . The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I
> ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.
> *16) Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of
> your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and **if you see any odd
> behavior,** **don't dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!
> *You may feel a little silly at the time, but you'd feel much worse if the
> guy really was trouble.
> *
> *1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If
> you are close enough to use it, do!
> *2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans . If a robber asks for
> your wallet and/or purse,** DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM**. Toss it away from
> you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse
> than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. **RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER
> *3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail
> lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The
> driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
> *4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating,
> working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.)
> **DON'T DO THIS!** The predator will be watching you, and this is the
> perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to
> your head, and tell you where to go. ** AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR,
> *a. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF,
> repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything,
> wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back
> seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and
> run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
> *5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:
> *A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side
> floor, and in the back seat.
> *B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger
> door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their
> vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
> *C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the
> passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you
> may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to
> walk you back out.
> *IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
> *6.** ALWAYS** take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are
> horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially
> true at NIGHT!)
> *7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, **ALWAYS
> RUN!** The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times.
> And even then, it most likely **WILL NOT** be a vital organ.** RUN,
> preferably in a zigzag pattern!
> *8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: **STOP!** It may get
> you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking,
> well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting
> women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his
> vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
> *9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a
> crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police
> because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her
> **'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.'
> *The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window,
> and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The
> policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT
> open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry
> recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone
> dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several
> calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when
> they're home alone at night.
> *Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby ----This
> **should be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on
> America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial
> killer in Louisiana.
> *I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life.
> A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this
> to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters,
> daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well. *