# Thursday, 13 August 2009

I blogged about UMF+ Manuka honey in June and it was quite a frequently hit entry, it seems that many people are interested in the power of honey, at today's Food Expo, I visited Comvita's booth and found out that they are offering a good deal package:


4 bottle of 250g Comvita UMF 10+ Manuka honey + a bottle of UMF20+ Huni Skin whitening product for HKD 669.

And the nice staffs there even waive my entrance ticket (HKD 25) by deducting it from the sales total, I also got a book on honey's healing power, as well as a HKD 50 coupon (applied only on regular price product and only for net purchases of HKD 500), please note the expiration date of this batch of products though, which is Nov 2010.

If you are trying to find out where to buy Comvita Manuka honey in Hong Kong, please check out Comvita's outlet at Hong Kong here: http://www.comvita.com/wheretobuyhk_2.html#1657

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Thursday, 13 August 2009 20:55:44 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 08 August 2009

The Hong Kong weather in recent weeks are really bad, having hot temperature is common in many parts of the world, but at the same time having polluted misty air and being trapped amidst a cement forest as dense as those in this city should be something unique to Hong Kong. Well, the recent passing by of typhoon is also a factor though, but it is well known that the humid hot Hong Kong weather during this season is really uncomfortable.

Although there are government and civilian measures to help fight pollution, but there are fundamental issues that make me feel that the problem cannot easily go away, limited by the size of the city with a dense population, and being affected by the manufacturing facilities in surrounding regions, there is a price to pay for living here to enjoy the good things that Hong Kong can offer.

There has been a study saying that indoor air quality can be better than those of outdoor if you have a air purifier, I have installed two of these at home, and I tend to believe that it is true, the indicator on the air purifier may show poor condition when I open all windows, but end up ok when the room is air-conditioned. If you tell the old folks that outdoor air is worse than indoor air, they must think you are crazy, but unfortunately, I am afraid that it can be true at some moment of the year.

On Air purifier, I am relying heavily on a Panasonic model, which works very well for years, the other one is Sharp, which unfortunately always emit a strange odor (I believe that it is carbon) and is rarely used (unless under conditions which I must use both for powerful and quick air clean up), I suspect that the strange odor is caused by the humidity, which may have affected the filter, and this humidity problem can also be attributed to the Hong Kong weather. I think I should avoid opening windows immediately after turning off air conditioner, as we all know, this will draw water vapors attached to cold surfaces, I think this is bad for air filters as wet carbon may produce odors as I read.

Saturday, 08 August 2009 10:58:36 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 20 June 2009

With more than 200 confirmed cases and growing at fast rate, it seems that the government may adopt a new policy in treating the H1N1 virus patients to reduce the pressure on medical systems in public hospitals, I heard that patients with mild condition may be treated at home instead.

This is a big shift from the high profile isolation of people at a hotel in Wanchai weeks ago when the first cases hit Hong Kong, but the government may have done right at that time, as any delay in the spread of the virus will buy us time for the medical system to get ready, as well as for the development of vaccines. 

The low mortality rate makes people feel easy on this virus, but I would still be very careful, it is good that there are many places which are not overcrowded and safe to go, yeah, tomorrow is Father's day.

 

Saturday, 20 June 2009 17:55:51 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 18 June 2009

If you are looking for something to eat that will help to improve our body's defense against sickness, I would definitely recommend honey, as a testimonial, my kid have started taking a tea spoon of it everyday for around two months, and since then she have not had running nose which was happening quite often before, and for a short week she did not take them, the running nose happened once again. Although this is only a short period of observation, it seems to be helping.

Besides, honey tastes great, especially when mixed with lemom juice. But for the kids, it is recommended that we pursuade them to consume the honey by swallowing direct from the tea spoon (without mixing water), so the honey stays in the mouth and stomach longer.

My personal preference is Comvita UMF+ Manuka Honey, I am not sure about the Active UMF content that they claim to be a health promoting factor, but being a New Zealand product I do have strong confidence in them, and they taste good too. Two Years ago I had also used the UMF+20 hoeny to try to fix my stomach problem, though I don't have a way to prove that it works.

For more information, please check out Comvita web site:

http://www.comvita.com/manuka-honey.html

There are many options differ by UMF rating, and the price difference is quite big, for prevention of flu for kids I think UMF 10+ is the best buy, the higher end ones such as 15+ or 20+ are usually for medication of stomach problems and are quite expensive. I remember they once offer a 35+ product but not seeing them anymore. The highest UMF+ product I have tried is UMF 20+.

There are many outlets in Hong Kong that has Comvita counter, I purchased at Sogo primarily.

Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:17:41 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 17 June 2009

During a time when there is a possible pandemic, it is important to eat well, actually, we should eat well and eat healthy all the time, but at such situation, I think more people will pay more attention on what to eat to help protecting the body.

Traditionally, chicken soup has been seen as something with good nutritional value, but for commercial reason most chicken are raised with the help of Hormone, and there are fear that such hormone will be passed to the human through food consumption. Besides, the bird flu issue also would cause concern over quality and safety of chicken sold in the market.

I learnt about the Kamei chicken (嘉美雞) years ago, it is a breed produced through scientfic work involving commerical and academic effort, personally the safety of a locally raised chicken merits the higher prices, and I feel that the soup indeed was better with less oily fat (you can remove the skin to further reduce them), and the new (improved) Honbo Chicken (康保雞) is said to be best used for cooking chicken soup as they have even thinner skin than Kamei chicken. 

Because of bird flu, the government is discouraging chicken raising locally, today I think there are less places where you can buy this special brand of chicken, I used to buy them at North Point, and now at Tin Hau, here is a list of outlets for your references: 

http://www.kameihonbochicken.com.hk/stores_hk.html

And you can also check out their web site (which is in Chinese though)

http://www.kameihonbochicken.com.hk/aboutus_how_kamei_comes.html

I would highly recommend this breed of chicken and it would be a pity if the production would be gone for some reason in the future. While Bresse from France may be known as the World's Best Chicken, Kamei (honbo) chicken are the great research work achieved by local Hong Kong breeders which may not have a chance to be truly evaluated by the world.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009 18:32:43 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 11 June 2009

A High School student suspected with H1N1 Virus infection has brought alert to local community, today, that school is confirmed to have 12 identified cases, and because of such development, Elementary school and Kindergarten will start a 14 days class suspension starting tomorrow. That means, my kid will stay at home for the next 2 weeks.

http://www.dh.gov.hk/english/press/2009/090610-2.html

The community still appears to be calm, probably because the fatality rate do not seem to be alarming, but the funniest thing is, upon the announcement of class suspension, Disneyland comes up with a promotion which drives government officials to say something about it. I am not sure if the promotion is just a "coincidence", but I think kids should really stay at home instead of taking advantage of the no-class suspension for fun outside.

Under such situation, it is safer to eat at places with less people, in an environment that is properly spaced. Restaurants such as Shark's Fin City Restaurant, Golden Bauhinia and Regal Palace are better choices. Fu Sing and Tai Woo is more crowded, and may be temporarily avoided along with the smaller eateries.

Thursday, 11 June 2009 19:34:07 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 02 May 2009

I went out today and found out that people are generally calm about the H1N1 virus case found in Hong Kong. The shops and restaurants are still full of people and only few are wearing face masks, while I feel that we should remain alert and keep good hygiene, there is no need to panic indeed.

By the way, Vitamin C is important for health, I bought some juicy and truly sweet oranges today, these PureSpect oranges are said to have guaranteed sweetness of 12 degree by the local supermart (though I am not sure about how sweetness is measured), but I have not found any info at their web site about sweetness measurement, though there are quite a lot of information and I learnt that the fruits are selected through near-infrared devices. I feel that these oranges are quite good and taste fresh, compared to the sunkist oranges that we usually eat, they contain relatively more juice, so I am not disappointed. Sold at HKD $18 (USD $2.3) for 4 pcs, I think it is reasonably priced.

Saturday, 02 May 2009 14:55:13 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)