Melamine Contamination and List of Not Affected Milk (Food) Products by MOH Malaysia

The recent melamine tainted milk crisis has definitely up the consumers fear about milk in particular and food from China in general. Most would be cautious about consuming melamine tainted milk and milk derivative food products. Definitely tales and misinformation would be floating around, like the recent scare of eating from plastic utensils which contain melamine.

I would encourage you to search around and armed yourself with accurate information about this issue. This would avoid unnecessary worries and headache.

I found Malaysiakini reported some great information about melamine contamination. It also said that consumers are advised to read the food label carefully prior to any food purchase in commercial market.

For Malaysians who are still in doubts about the milk or its related products that are contaminated by melamine, you may ring Food Safety and Quality Division,  Ministry of Health Malaysia via the following telephone numbers: +60-3-88 83 36 55, 88 83 35 03, 88 83 36 52 and 88 83 35 00. These lines can be reached during office hours from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm of local time including public holidays and on the coming Hari Raya festive holidays as mentioned in Malaysiakini.

For further information or latest update on milk products tainted with melamine issue, please access Food Safety and Quality Division website under Ministry of Health Malaysia. Alternatively, please visit WHO website to better understand about melamine contamination.

To obtain the updated list of milk products that are not affected by melamine contamination by Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia, please click on the updated list via here.

To all Muslim readers, ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri’.
To all Malaysians (residing in Malaysia), Happy Holidays!

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Melamine Tainted Milk (Related) Products from China and Banned/Recalled Food List

Milk BanIt is very depressing to hear that human is taking advantage (making money) at the expenses of others’ life. Where is our humanity and conscience? Sichuan’s earthquake has awakened millions of people in the world that human is kind, compassionate and helpful! During the catastrophic, not only cash was pouring in including from the hands of street beggars, volunteers and missionary activists were also physically there to save as many human lives as possible in the shortest period.

Nevertheless, China Milk Scandal reported recently tainted with melamine extremely disappoint us. Where is our lesson learned when melamine were already reported in pet food imported from China in 2007? What happen to our ethic and integrity? Shall the life of these infants be penalized and at stake due to your greed of achieving higher protein level in your products? This torture to the innocent ones is the cruelest crime to human race!

Melamine or its IUPAC name 1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine, is an organic base with chemical formula C3H6N6. Since it is only slightly soluble in water, when it is illegally used in milk industry, melamine will be dissolved in formaldehyde (carcinogenic/cancer causing) or other organic solvents before mixing into the milk!

Melamine is sometimes illegally added to food products in order to increase the apparent protein content. Standard tests such as the Kjeldahl and Dumas tests estimate protein levels by measuring the nitrogen content, so they can be misled by adding nitrogen-rich compounds such as melamine.
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Bangkok Chatuchak (JJ) Weekend Market

Getting off at Kamphaeng Phet
If you love shopping for books, clothes, shoes, handicrafts, fish, flower, furniture or even antiques, Bangkok Chatuchak Weekend Market is the place to be. We were lucky that our one week stay in Bangkok conincided with a weekend. The Thais called it Talaat JJ (‘talaat’ in Thai means market).

I heard that JJ Market is a gathering areana for most traders from all or other provinces of Thailand. Here, you can see almost everything that is available in every Thai market or even more. This is the reason why Chatuchak Market is so special.  If you ever go to Bangkok, do not miss it. A must visit place though you are not planning to buy anything. You could be stunned by the Thai’s innovation and creativity. Open market officially runs from 9am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Within the vicinity, there is JJ Mall – an air-conditioned shopping place that have a bit of everything though not all and the price is higher than the open market.

To get there, hop on a BTS Skytrain and get down at Mo Chit station. Alternatively, board on MRT subway and get off at Kampheng Phet station.

Some tips for shopping at Chatuchak Market:
1. If possible, get a good map of Chatuchak Market. Nancy Chandlers’s Map of Bangkok offers great tips to explore it.
2. Allocate at least 5-6 hours or a full day for this visit. Even a local told me that they could hardly finish strolling the whole JJ Market in a weekend. Perhaps will take 4-6 weekends.
3. Once you have reached, identify the entrance or meeting point as this market is really huge – trust me, the stalls and corners look exactly the same. The only different is to look up for the Gate number plate. That will save you!
See 25 on top right corner - remember the 'magic' number!
4. If you see something you love, just bargain and buy as you may not be coming back or seeing it again.
5. For bargain hunters or if you are worried to be slaughtered, aim for the price tagged shops/stalls. You could be shocked with the price offered (though not all)!
6. Keep yourself hydrated. Put on hat and sun-block. It is really hot especially in the afternoon.
7. If you are cautious about food, please go to JJ Mall. Food court is available at level 2F and it opens daily from 9am-5pm. And at the same time, enjoying the cooler environment inside.

Happy hunting and Happy shopping!

PS: If a day of shopping isn’t enough :p (and it never is enough!) and you want to stay in Bangkok for a while, this site may provide some Bangkok Hotel selection.

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Ancient Ayutthaya Adventure – Buddha Head at Wat Mahathat (Part 5)

Does this Buddha image below look familiar to you? If you are looking for a postcard of Ayutthaya, you will never miss this picture – The famous head of sandstone Buddha image entangled with figs. Impressive!!!Head of Buddha under a Bodhi tree

Though the body is gone, the sandstone head is entrapped in the roots and lies beneath a Bodhi (Banyan) tree in the vicinity of Wat Mahathat. This piece of ancient antique is definitely too precious to let it just stay under a tree, hence there is a designated security personnel sitting nearby to watch us while we were busy taking photos. Well guarded!CoolCool
Under a big shady tree lies a Buddha head
The construction of Wat Mahathat begun during the reign of King Borommarachathirat I in 1374 A.D. but completed during the reign of King Ramesuan (1388-1395 A.D.).An old signboard of Wat Mahathat
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My Floral Arrangement Part 2 – The Wedding Couple

Love is a game that two can play and both win by loosing their heart ~ Eva Gabor

A lovely couple
In the auspicious months of Chinese Lunar calendar like 8th month, it is common to hear the wedding bell rings! If you are lucky, you will be booked for every weekend. If not, it is still never too early to be disappointed, there are more to come especially towards the end of the year! For Malaysian Chinese, we usually give red packet (angpow) instead of gifts. This month, we were invited for a buffet wedding dinner and my significant other suggested giving a bouquet of flower instead. I was pretty excited and couldn’t wait to have fun again!

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Thailand Kanchanaburi: War Cemetery and Death Railway Museum

The words say it all
Visiting Death Railway Museum definitely gave me clearer picture of what happen during World War II in particular during the period of Death Railway construction. Facts are put up and props/visual aids are leveraged on, making the history lesson pretty interesting. However, no photograph or any other visual recording is allowed in the museum. So it was a great time to pick up my history lesson!

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Bangkok Chinatown/Yaowarat – A Little China in Thailand

The best means to explore Bangkok Chinatown or the busy Yaowarat Road is on foot. When we arrived there around noon, there were people and people at everywhere and every single corner. Plenty of food stalls as well!
Have you seen this before?
Visiting Chinatown was never in our itinerary but since this tour was a bonus to us, we made it a memorable discovery! Busy Yaowarat

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Ancient Ayutthaya Adventure – DeliciousThai Cuisine (Part 4)

Chao Phraya River contributing to water transportation
As promised, I am coming back to share some delicious dishes of Thai cuisine or Thai food. Thanks to Odd for bringing us to this restaurant. We forgot to get the ‘name card’. Neither could I recall the restaurant name. If I remember correctly, it is located beside the Chao Phraya river as our lunch was served by the above great river view.

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How to Choose a Laptop or Notebook Computer: Tips and Hints and What to Look For

LaptopMy friend asked me the other day on what she should look for in choosing a new laptop. Naturally I asked her the question “What are you gonna be using the laptop for?” She gave a shrug and said, “Oh, you know some normal stuff, like surfing the web, a little word processing and spreadsheet work, maybe some minor photo touchup, emails, some multimedia and you know, all that sort of stuff.”

Oh my, nowadays there are simply lots of different notebooks that can do all “that sort of stuff”. So how do you go about narrowing down your choices? Off course, if you are going for a particular kind of looks and style then basically you have narrowed it down a lot.

But style aside, here is what I think you need to have in a modern notebook to do all “that kind of normal stuff”:

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Ancient Ayutthaya Adventure – Royal Palace and Wat Phra Si Sanphet (Part 3)

Referring to Ayutthaya Tourist Map in Part 1, Wat Phra Si Sanphet is only a stone throw from Phra Mongkhon Bophit Temple, also located in Ayutthya Historical Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Three chedis or stupas - landmark of Wat Phra Si Sanphet
Admission fees of 30 Baht is compulsory for each foreigner while the local Thai has to pay 10 Baht each.

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