Friday, July 25, 2014

FSO: Landmarks One tree hill.
 One tree hill monument.

The obelix monument is on top of One Tree Hill extinct volcano. The cloud looks like smoke come out of the monument,,_New_Zealand

The monument and the one tree were one of Auckland's most obvious landmark. However, the One tree Hill has become None tree Hill. Tourists often ask this question ,"Why is it called One Tree Hill, when there is no tree?"

Until 2000, a radiata pine tree stood next to the obelisk. This tree (one of two pines) had been planted to replace a sacred Māori Totara tree, the tree which had given Maungakiekie its English name. This totara had been cut down by a white settler in 1852 for firewood.

However, in the early 1960s during a jamboree, a group of overseas Boy Scouts cut down one of the two newer pines. The remaining tree was later attacked twice with chainsaws by Māori protesters (partly because it was not a native New Zealand species and thus considered an insult). The first attack happened on 28 October 1994, the anniversary of the 1835 Declaration of Independence.[2] A second attack on the 5th of October 2000[3] left the tree unable to recover and so it was removed due to the risk of it dying and falling down.

Landmarks of my Town [Friday My Town Shoot Out] [Link-Up]

A landmark is a recognizable natural or man-made feature used for navigation, a feature that stands out from its near environment and is often visible from long distances. In modern use, the term can also be applied to smaller structures or features, that have become local or national symbols.
What is your region known for? From cultural or historic land

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Probiotics in pregnancy

Improving health during pregnancy & preventing infant eczema and allergy

What is the study about?

We want to find out if by giving pregnant women a specific probiotic we can:
  • Stop infants developing eczema and allergy
  • Help pregnant women’s health by preventing:
    • Some vaginal infections
    • A type of diabetes that occurs only in pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are helpful microbes that occur naturally in many foods such as yoghurt. They provide health benefits.

Who can take part in this study?

Women taking part in the study need to:
1. Be less than 16 weeks pregnant
2. Either they (the pregnant woman) or the biological father of the unborn child must have had eczema, asthma or hay fever that was treated by a doctor at some time in the past

I wish this study was conducted when I had my babies.

Alphabe-Thursday letter I for icing

The cute wool on the sheep's back are actually Icing.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday: Letter H for habanero chilli

 Habanerowas once the hottest chilli in the world but been dethroned. I don't want to eat any chilli that is hotter than my beloved habanero.

Habanero is really a fiendish chilli. Beer or bread necessary to take down the burn!

In Singapore, I was given this habanero chilli, I ate the chilli and germinated the seeds. I got hundreds of chillis from my two plants. My friends were "burnt" by this very hot chilli from Mexico. Even my Indian friend's husband who could eat very hot food had to surrender to this little thing. All of us had great laughter when we tried the chilli.

The plant is gone but I have the photos. The original chilli came from Mexico, courtesy from my friend W. on his tours.

I also learnt that to beat this fireball, sip slowly milk, giving yourself a milky mustache, or take some yoghurt. This is from my research. It works like magic.

Habanero Hot Pepper (Red Savina™) PVP - Guinness WorldRecord HP426-10

Capsicum chinense. Plant produces good yields of 2" long by 1 ½" wide wrinkled hot peppers. Peppers are extremely hot and turn from green to shiny red when mature. Plant has green stems, green leaves, and white flowers. The Red Savina™ is protected by the Plant Variety Protection Act, #9200255. United States Department of Agriculture, PI 562384 PVPO. A variety developed in California, USA. pk/10

Height: 42"

Sunlight: Full Sun

HPLC Test Results: Guinness Records *

Guinness World Record Holder

* In 1994, the Red Savina was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the hottest spices. It is recorded as the hottest pepper at 577,000 Scoville units.

***In Auckland, my friend C gave me some Malaysian Chilli plants, and they were very spicy. i kept the seeds to grow for this year. Sadly, I got only a few plants. C. went to the Avondale and bought me 6 Thai Chilli plants. My Hong Kong friend Mrs. T gave me another type of Mexican chilli. I am waiting to see they will grow to give me some chillis as spicy hot as my habanero***


Friday, July 4, 2014

Photo hunt/FSO: Sun Set 

Alphabe-Thursday: G for grass

This grass is called Sabah Snake grass . People claim that it cures cancer. When people are frustrated with the hopelessness of medicine, they go for traditional medicine. 

This reminds me of my Dad warning my Mum, "don't anyhow introduce people to take herbal medicine, when some one dies, then there will be big trouble

Photo: My cousin Lee Lee 's grass."Photo: What can I do with this ? Any ideas this plant is for what medicine ?