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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas - 2 x

Christmas is celebrated by christians world over on Dec 25. It is a time of great rejoicing to remember to coming of Jesus Christ and to celebrate good will among all people.

As a Chinese descend, we celebrate Christmas twice. A few days prior to the Dec 25 - around Dec 21, we also celebrate Chinese Christmas (also known as Winter Solstice). To celebrate this festival, we typically will make Tangyuan. However, it has been several years since we actually made it ourselves. The preparation is very tedious since we have to grind the rice etc. Nowadays we will buy the dough from the market, we just make it into circle and cook it in sugar syrup.

In Hockien language, we call it Ee (or circle - literal translation). It usually comes in multicolor. This year, we bought ones with crushed peanuts and sugar in them. My children call them "Ta Bah Kuih" which is another type of pastry that they are used to eat.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A matter of balance

As part of my fastestman training, I have been reading a couple of books. In the book Run Fast: How to Beat Your Best Time--- Every Time, it mentions that we have slow twitching muscles and fast twitching muscles.

It got me into thinking, why that is the case then I thought about another book - A mind at a time I read about how our brain consist of short term memory and long term memory. Then I think about how our muscles and bone structure is put together, look at your hand and legs, upper part of the leg is shorter and the lower part is much longer. Same with the arms.

Nature is designed that way, and it seems to be the most efficient way for our body to work. So I am surprise that whenever we look at others, we expect others to be the same as us so we judge them by our own standard. Maybe we should stop that, others are there to create a balance. Look at them as pieces that will make our world whole.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Good or Bad - Hard to say!

I received the following stories from two colleagues and thought I would share it here:



First story

Once upon a time, an old man lost his horse, his neighbor consoled him.
The old man said : Good or bad, hard to say.

After a while, the male horse bring back a group of horses from the jungle. His neighbor congratulate him.

Old man said : Good or bad, hard to say.

The old man's son upon getting so many horses, rode on the wild horse and fell down, with a broken leg.

His neighbor consoled him.

Old man said : Good or bad, hard to say.

Then comes the recruitment for rookie/soldiers as it was war against the neighboring country,
the old man's son was not called upon due to his broken legs, so the old man can have his son
live together with him, while his neighbors' sons, most of them died in the battle.




Second Story


Once upon a time, there was a king. The king liked one of his followers very
much because he was very wise and always gave very useful advice. Therefore the
king took him along wherever he went.

One day, the king was bitten by a dog, the finger was injured and the wound was
getting worse. He asked the follower if that was a bad sign. The follower said,
Good or bad, hard to say'. In the end, the finger of the king was too bad that
had to be cut. The king asked the follower again if that was a bad sign. Again,
the follower gave the same answer, 'Good or bad, hard to say'. The king became
very angry and sent the follower to prison.

One day, the king went hunting in the jungle. He got excited when he was on the
chase of a deer. Deeper and deeper he went inside the jungle. In the end he
found himself lost in the jungle. To make thing worse, he got captured by the
native people lived inside the jungle.

They wanted to sacrifice him to their god. But when they noticed that the king
had one finger short, they released him immediately as he was not a perfect man
anymore and not suitable for sacrifice. The king managed to get back to his
palace after all. And he finally understood the follower's wise quote, 'Good or
bad, hard to say'. If he hadn't lost one finger,he could have been killed by
the native people.

He ordered to release the follower, and apologized to him. But to the king
amaze, the follower was not mad at him at all. Instead, the follower said, 'It
wasn't a bad thing that you locked me up.'

Why?

Because if the king hadn't locked the follower up, he would have brought the follower along to the jungle.

If the native found that the king was not suitable, they would have used the follower. Again, the quote 'Good or bad, hard to say' stands.

The moral of the story:
Everything that happens in this world, there is no absolute good or bad.
Sometimes good things turned out to be bad things eventually, while bad things
become a gain.

Whatever good things that happen to you, enjoy it, but don't have to hold too
tight to it, treat it as a surprise in your life.Whatever bad things that
happen to you, don't have to feel too sad or despair, in the end, it might not
be a total bad thing after all.

If one can understand this, he or she will find life much easier.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Careful when buying Oranges this New Year

Not sure how true this is, just received it from a colleague.

Do not the recent Chi Jiezi ah!
Sichuan this year, the Orange suffered a disaster of the parasite, called Orange maggots and parasites visible to the naked eye. Far from clearing the light orange skin can not see, it is necessary that each of the orange outside of the skin layer is also Bodiao can see!
It is said that the Government catty to a few cents of the purchase price of orange fruit in the hands of the disease and then buried, but there is still secretly Caimixinqiao fruit of the disease out of the wholesale orange!
So now the market's orange-chuan to be careful! Huaxi Dushi Bao is said to have written this, does not know the truth, but we still pay attention to what you

"I Changzhemeda, has not seen in the orange of the flap of meat hidden in so many maggot Yazi, really strange ... ..." 3 pm, the Jiachuan in the town of Guangyuan Wang Cangxian cock of the mountain orchards, Dan Qiaocun Six groups of 67-year-old Chen Yang significant
For the elderly since
Being buried at the foot of their own for dealing with more than 5000 kilograms of citrus is a very emotion. In the hillside behind the elderly, 200
More labor and strong as he is being de l'Orangerie, the last pick of the fruit, and then focus on piling up, most of them digging deep disinfection
Fanzhuoqingguang also a few fruits.

¦ orange flesh torn up to two maggots

Orchard Hill crow is a well-known in Guangyuan City of citrus orchards. Chen Yang significantly to the elderly to a reporter just finished harvesting the fruits of the Orangerie, the trees have been empty, leaving a fruit. In a piece? Ditch teach myself Yun Mu Yin Jian
The Magic Sui ??
Wide, 5 meters long, "Orange funeral" pits have been dug, the outer edge of the pit densely stacked with thousands of kilograms of oranges, is awaiting the delivery of lime to disinfect can begin to deal with. In half of the green half of the yellow pile of oranges, Chen Hin
Yang picked up three
Only the orange, looks good, there is no gap and no hole, a shell of a separate, rough-looking, and there is no strange, but when he chose a torn orange orange-crimson meat, reporters immediately see more than two
White long grain of rice
The white maggots crawling out ... ...

Chen said Yang Hin, and its own people in the village on September 27 were told to pick up citrus fruit, "without leaving a tree, all the Government can buy. Optical pick, burying light and kill."

¦ up to a "buried" 320,000 yuan

"Message maggots school by the name of Hendel large, commonly known as the Orange maggots." Deal with the fruits of plant diseases and insect pests of agricultural town Jiachuan service station high-Sheng-ming to answer a reporter's suspicions.

Gao Sheng-ming said: "The maggots as a mandarin orchards in the survival of the parasite is not surprising, but this year, such as large-scale outbreak, have catastrophic consequences for rare." According to Gao Ming-sheng, the first of the maggots found in Citrus Adjacent is still
Wu town. With the
After the county government immediately organized experts to the neighboring township to start investigation soon, the army near the town of 4 found a large area of the township of Orange maggots. September 27, the county government's large citrus fruit epidemic prevention and control issued a notice,
According to the Office of disposal
France, the trees will have to mature and immature fruit picking all down 0.30 yuan per kilogram in accordance with the standards by the reunification of the acquisition, and then buried, pollution-free treatment for disinfection.

Shan Jia Chuan cock is merging the town's largest orchards, more than 200 people after 7 days of hard work, as at 3 pm, has been picked to deal with the 250,000 kg.

¦ Chang Chong of the citrus fruit will be buried

There is expected to nearly 30,000 kilograms of fruit need to pick processing. "We have to deal with the town's fruit up to a buried need 100,000 kg of citrus fruit, according to the market last year, the lowest estimate, the loss will be more than 320,000 yuan, the head
The former is still doing
??. "

¦ 1000 Citrus million kilograms were buried

Wang Cangxian deputy magistrate in charge of agriculture Yin Fu-chung told reporters that at present the county need to be addressed in citrus fruit more than 10,000,000 kg, the government will come up with 3,000,000 yuan of funds for the unified purchase of pollution-free deal.

Yin Fu-chung said that in order to control the epidemic to prevent the spread of Wang Cangxian assigned to the industrial, commercial and Drug Administration, agriculture, forestry and other departments sent specialized personnel to all of the county's farm market, individual stalls selling citrus fruit to implement martial law
Grid monitoring
And quarantine, the maggot is strictly prohibited mandarin traded, and deal severely with maggots mandarin sales.

¦ According to the "Huaxi Dushi Bao"

Wangcang citrus orchards why large-scale outbreak of major diseases and insect pests fly? The incorrect use of the "Orange maggot" will not harm the body? Yesterday, for readers concerned about the issue, an interview with reporters on the staff of specialized agencies.

Sloppy management of outbreaks of pests and diseases is an important reason

Wang Cangxian?????agriculture bureau chief, said all summer, according to the records, the mid-1990s there were three Wangcang Township plant diseases and insect pests have emerged, as the group of experts organized by provinces and municipalities have taken strict measures to prevent and control, cut
Find out pests
Black township of all citrus trees, after a fairly long period of time Orangerie is "clean."

According to Xia Jun-ming, the large-scale outbreak of the "big fruit pests and diseases" in recent years with the owners and contractors to relax on the management of the orchard, where not a lot of soil, winter pruning, such as clearance of the park, not in place, such as pesticide spraying
Leading to diseases and insect pests
The outbreak of the important reasons.


In order to prevent the spread plant diseases and insect pests? Ying Wang Yun Yao much prized acres population induced a burning dragonfly? to the town of White as first-line areas, is strictly prohibited in the region citrus fruits and nursery stock sale, tune out
Transportation; especially in the East and West at both ends and the other counties
Zone at the junction of Whitewater, the two become timber checkpoint set up "checkpoints" by the agriculture, forestry and public security departments to send special inspection; assigned to the industrial, commercial and Drug Administration, agriculture, forestry and other departments sent staff to all of the county farm City
Market, individual stalls
Sales of citrus fruit to implement strict monitoring and quarantine.

This year the tube to live, how do the year after next, how to achieve "long-term stability"? It has been said all summer, according to the provinces and cities have the experience and conclusions of the meeting of experts in plant protection, the best approach is to create spaces for tree felling to be low after the graft,
In addition to that plant
Other economic trees. If you choose to graft low, we must strengthen management throughout the year, according to the soil in different seasons, pruning, fertilizing, spreading drugs, for 3-5 years in order to guarantee the basic big fly "disappeared."

The incorrect use of the "Orange maggots," the human body will not be affected much

According to the Agriculture Bureau in Guangyuan City?????related to staff, the citrus fruit fly is a parasite, has a strong hidden. Only a torn orange indeed in all aspects of meat, rice grains can be found in the length of the maggots and white, orange
Citrus can be easily
The incorrect use.

The incorrect use of the "Orange maggot" will not cause harm to the human body? CDC deputy director of the physicians in Guangyuan City, said Sun Wenming, a small amount of the incorrect use of maggots Orange will not have any problems at present there is no medical report of the disease. Customer
Purchase in citrus
Fruit, to be more careful, do not eat as much as possible, "Orange maggot", if the body does not immediately seek medical treatment.

The original message is as follows:

最近不要吃桔子了啊!
今年四川的桔子遭受了一种寄生虫的灾害,叫柑蛆而且是肉眼能够看得见的寄生虫。光拨开橘子皮还不能看见,要把每个桔子外边的那层皮也拨掉才能看见!
据说政府以每斤几毛钱的价格收购果农手里染病的桔子然后深埋,但还是有财迷心窍的果农偷偷把染病的桔子批发出去了!
所以说现在市场上的川桔要小心!据说华西都市报写了这件事,虽不知道真假,但大家还是注意一下吧

"我长这么大,还没有见过在橘子瓣的肉里隐藏那么多的蛆伢子,真是稀奇……"3日下午,在广元旺苍县嘉川镇鸡鸣山上的果园里,石桥村六组67岁的陈显阳老人对自
己脚下正在作深埋处理的5000多公斤柑橘很是感慨。在老人身后的山坡上,200
多壮劳力和他一样,正在橘园里采摘最后的果实,然后集中堆放,挖坑消毒深埋这些大多
数还泛着青光的果实。

■撕开橘肉两条蛆虫冒出来

鸡鸣山果园是广元市有名的柑橘园。陈显阳老人把记者带到了一个刚刚采摘完果实的橘园,树上已空空荡荡,不留一枚果实。在一块? 喽云教沟牡胤剑��幻咨睢⑷��?
宽、五米长的"葬橘"坑已经挖好,坑的外沿密密麻麻堆放着几千公斤橘子,正在等待运送来消毒的石灰就可以开始处理。在一半青一半黄的橘子堆上,陈显阳随手捡起三
只橘子,外表好好的,没有裂口也没有孔眼,一个一个分开外壳后,粗略一看,也没有什么异样,但当他选择一瓣橘子撕开绯红的橘肉,记者立即看到两条比米粒长的白
白的蛆虫爬了出来……

陈显阳说,自己和村里人是9月27日被通知上山采摘柑橘果实的,"树上一个不留,统统由政府收购。摘光、埋光、杀光。"

■最多一户"埋掉"32万元

"白白的蛆虫学名叫大实蝇,俗称柑蛆。"负责处理病虫害果实的嘉川镇农业服务站站长高鸣胜解答了记者的疑惑。

高鸣胜说:"柑蛆作为一种寄生虫在果园生存并不奇怪,但像今年这样大面积暴发,产生灾难性的后果实属罕见。"据高鸣胜讲,最先发现柑蛆的是相邻的尚武镇。随
后县政府立即组织有关专家到相邻乡镇展开排查,很快,毗邻尚武镇的4个乡镇发现了较大面积的柑蛆。9月27日,县政府的柑橘大实蝇疫情防控通告发布,根据处置办
法,先要将树上成熟、未成熟的果实全部采摘下来,按照每公斤0.30元的标准由政府统一收购,然后深埋、消毒作无公害化处理。

鸡鸣山是嘉川镇上最大的连片果园,经过200多人7天的辛劳,截至3日下午,已经采摘处理了25万公斤。

■果农将长虫的柑橘深埋

预计还有近3万公斤的果实需要采摘处理。"我们镇上处理果品最多的一户需要埋掉10万公斤柑橘果实,根据去年最低的市价估算,损失将在32万元以上,目前还在做
工作。"

■1000万公斤柑橘被深埋

旺苍县分管农业的副县长殷扶炯告诉记者,目前全县需要处理的柑橘类果品超过1000 万公斤,政府将拿出300万元资金进行统一收购作无公害化处理。

殷扶炯说,为了防治疫情,杜绝蔓延,旺苍县指派工商、药监、农业、林业等部门派出专门的人员对全县所有的农贸市场、个体摊点销售的柑橘类果品实行严格监测
和检疫,严禁蛆柑上市交易,并严肃查处销售蛆柑的行为。

■据《华西都市报》

旺苍柑橘园为什么会大面积暴发大实蝇病虫害?误食了"柑蛆"会不会危害身体?昨日,针对读者关心的问题,记者采访了有关专门机构工作人员。

暴发病虫害管理马虎是重要原因

旺苍县农业局植保植检站站长夏均明说,根据记载,上世纪九十年代中期旺苍曾有三个乡镇出现过病虫害,由于省市组织的专家组采取了严密的防控措施,砍掉发现病虫
害的乡镇所有柑橘树,此后相当长一段时间橘园非常"清净"。

据夏均明分析,这次大面积暴发"大实蝇病虫害"与近年来业主和承包人放松对果园管理有关,不少地方不搞翻土、修枝等冬季清园了,农药喷洒也不到位等是导致病虫害
暴发的重要原因。


为了防止病虫害蔓? 樱�旺�韵亟��爻撬��诘亩��诱蜓厥〉?线到白水镇一线划为疫区,严禁该区域柑橘类果实和苗木上市销售、向外调运;特别在东、西两端与其他县
区交界的白水、竟成两个木材检查站设立"哨卡",由农业、林业、公安等部门派专人检查;指派工商、药监、农业、林业等部门派出专人对全县所有农贸市场、个体摊点
销售的柑橘类果品实行严格监测和检疫。

今年管住了,明后年怎么办,如何做到"长治久安"?据夏均明说,根据已有经验和省市植保专家的会商结论,最好的办法是砍树,砍树后要进行低位嫁接,另外就是改栽
其他经济林木。如果选择低位嫁接,必须一年四季加强管理,根据不同季节翻土、修枝、施肥、撒药,连续3到5年,才能基本保证大实蝇"销声匿迹"。

误食"柑蛆"人体不会有大碍

据广元市农业局植保植检站有关工作人员介绍,大实蝇属柑橘果品寄生虫,具有很强隐蔽性。只有一瓣瓣撕开橘肉,才能发现米粒长短的白色蛆虫,因此,橘柑很容易被
误食。

误食了"柑蛆"会不会对人体造成危害?广元市疾控中心副主任医师孙文明表示,少量误食柑蛆不会产生什么问题,目前也没有导致疾病的医学报告。消费者在选购柑橘类
果品时,要多加小心,尽量不要食用"蛆柑",如有身体不适,应立即就医。