Sandakan (The Little HongKong)

July 30, 2012

What is a Forest?

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 11:58 am

What is a forest?

  • The cardle of human civilization (Anthropologist)
  • The symbol of rise and fall in history (Historian)
  • A green gold store (Economist)
  • A biological oxygen-making machine (Biologist)
  • A storage medium for solar energy (Physicist)
  • An instrument for soil conservation (Soil Scientist)
  • A natural water reservoir (Hydrologist)
  • A lungs of the earth (Earth Scientist)
  • The silent contributor to climate stabilization, wind protection and sand dune stabilization (Climatologist)
  • An agent for cleaning pullutants and beautification of environment (Ecologist)
  • The origin of fossil fuels and the source of rivers (Energy expert)
  • A huge gene bank (Geneticist)

Conclusion: Forest is the pillar of ecological equilibrium and the guardian for mankind’s survival.

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September 3, 2011

Eagle Story -Truly Motivational.

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 11:27 am

The Story of the eagle…

The eagle has the longest life-span among birds. It can live up to 70 years, but to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision. In its 40, its’ long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its’ long and sharp beak become bent. Its’ old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its’ chest and make it difficult to fly.

Then, the eagle is left with only two options; die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its’ nest. There the eagle knocks its’ beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its’ talons. When its’ new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its’ old-aged feathers. And after 150 days, the eagle takes its’ famous flight of rebirth and lives for … 30 more years.

Why is change needed?

1.) Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process.

2.) We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions.

3.) Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present.

Our lives are not determined by what happends to us but by how we react to what happens. Not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. Let’s change to make a change~!

When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the cloud. … 

Thanks, Cedric

July 31, 2011

Monitor Lizard

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 10:55 am

Water monitors are large

In Sabah, there are 3 species of monitor lizards, the largest and most numerous being the Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus Salvator). It grows up to 3m long and 25 kg in weight. It is the second largest monitor lizard after the Komodo Dragon (Varanus Komodoensis), found in the island of Komodo in Indonesia.

Adult water monitors are light to dark brown to almost black in color. Juveniles often have a distinctive pattern of light yellow spots.

Monitor lizard facts

~ The other 2 species of monitor lizards in Sabah are Dumeril’s Monitor (Varanus Dumerilii) and the rough-neck monitor (Varanus Rudicollis),

~ Adult monitors dig burrows to use as sleeping dens,

~ Monitors lizards are famous for raiding poultry farms for live chickens and eggs. They are also Monitors also excavate turtle and crocodile nests for eggs.

~ Female monitors lay about 20 eggs at a time in burrows near riverbanks.

There are 61 species

Yes, there are about 61 species of monitor lizards around the world. All belong to the family Varanidae with one genus Varanus.

Water monitors are perhaps the most common species of monitor lizards in Asia. They can found from Sri Lanka, India, Indochina, Southeast Asia to the various islands of Indonesia.

They don’t chew their food!

Water monitors are carnivorous and hunt for live prey such as crabs, insects, birds, fishes, amphibians and rodents. Although they all have sharp teeth, water monitors don’t chew their food: they swallow their prey whole!

They can run fast & climb trees too!

Water monitor lizards are highly mobile. They swim well and have even been seen swimming far out at sea. They can remain underwater for up to half an hour!

They run fast for their size as they have powerful leg muscles. In fact, they are faster than most of us can run!

They also climb well, to search for food as well as to escape predators, using their strong curved claws. The young usually stay in trees for safety. If comered up a tree, they will jump into the safety of a stream or river.

May 9, 2011

Swiftlets

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 1:06 pm

These birds’ nests are edible!

Swiftlets are best known to Sabahans as the birds whose edible nests are the source of brids’ nest soup.

Although Sabah has 4 species of swiftlets that build nests on limestone and sandstone cave walls, only 2 species produce to commercially valuable birds’ nests. They are the white-nest swiftlet (Aerodramus fuciphagus) and the black-nest swiftlet (Aerodramus maximus). It is easier to tell them apart by the type of nests they build than when they are flying.

World’s most expensive soup?

The price of unprocessed nests is about RM1,000/kg of black nests and RM5,000/kg for white nests! In Hong Kong, processed black and white nests can fetch up to US$2,000/kg and US$4,000/kg respectively. A bowl of authentic bird’s nest soup there can cost US$60 (RM220) or more!

The best and most expensive birds’ nests are the white nests. It is made solely from saliva cement mixed with very few feathers. The black-nest swiftlet builds its nest out of saliva cement mixed with many feathers.

Bird’s nest is a multi-million dollar business in Asia. Each year, Indonesia exports 80-100 tonnes of these nests to Hong Kong while Malaysia export 10 tonnes of its finest nests. Chinese communities in North America eat more than 30 tonnes annually.

Cave swiftlets are like bats.

Like bats, Aerodramus cave swiftlet use echolocation to search for food and to fly in dark caves.  Echolocation (biosoner) is way to ‘see’ by hearing. A swiftlet makes clicking noises and listens to the echoes returning at different times and loudness levels. These differences are used by the swiftlet to ‘see’ its surroundings.

Unlike a bat’s echolocation, the clicking noises made by Aerodramus swiftlets are within the human range of hearing  (3-10 kHz).

Swiftlet facts

~ Aerodramus swiftlets weigh about 14 grams and are 10 cm long. They can live for 15-20 yrs,

~ The best quality processed black nest is “taohu yen”after the town of Tawau in Sabah where birds’ nests are actively traded.

~ You can witness the harvesting of black birds’ nest in the Gomantong Caves in the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain in March or April, and then in August or September. It is estimated that there are about one million swiftlets in the Gomantong caves!

January 2, 2011

2010 in review

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 2:32 pm

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 50 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 63 posts. There were 367 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 373mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was October 22nd with 106 views. The most popular post that day was Note 2210~.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, sdkfood.blogspot.com, mail.yahoo.com, and google.com.my.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for sandakan food blog, sandakan food, batu sapi, sandakan, and food in sandakan.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Note 2210~ October 2010
3 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

Sandakan’s Attractions October 2009
21 comments

3

Food in Sandakan – Part 1 December 2009

4

Sandakan Food~ March 2010
5 comments

5

More Sandakan Photos November 2009
9 comments

September 7, 2010

Management Lessons by Humour~

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 1:32 am

Hi Readers & Friends,

Just for fun to update some joke of the day and hope you will enjoy reading it. I personally like Lesson 3 😉 what about you? Have a good day~  

 

Lesson 1: Lion, the Manager
One day a Lion was sitting outside his cave, lying lazily in the sun. Along comes a fox, out on a walk.
Fox: “Do you know the time, because my watch is broken”
Lion: “Oh, I can easily fix the watch for you”
Fox: “Hmm… But it’s a very complicated mechanism, and your big claws will only destroy it even more”
Lion: “Oh no, give it to me, and it will be fixed”
Fox: “That’s ridiculous! Any fool knows that lazy lions with great claws cannot fix complicated watches”
Lion: “Sure they do, give it to me and it will be fixed”
The lion disappears into his cave, and after a while he comes back with the watch which is running perfectly. The fox is impressed, and the lion continues to lie lazily in the sun, looking very pleased with himself.
Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the lazy lion in the sun.
Wolf: “Can I come and watch TV tonight with you, because mine is broken”
Lion: “Oh, I can easily fix your TV for you”
Wolf: “You don’t expect me to believe such rubbish, do you? There is no way that a lazy lion with big claws can fix a complicated TV”
Lion: “No problem. Do you want to try it?”
The lion goes into his cave, and after a while comes back with a perfectly fixed TV. The wolf goes away happily and amazed.
Inside the Cave:
In one corner are half a dozen small and intelligent looking rabbits who are busily doing very complicated work with very detailed instruments. In the other corner lies a huge lion looking very pleased with himself.
 
Moral:
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY A MANAGER IS FAMOUS, LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY SOMEONE UNDESERVED IS PROMOTED; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES. 
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Lesson 2: Who is your Boss?
 
One day rabbit was sitting outside his burrow,typing something in a typewriter. Along came a fox.
 
Fox: “What are you working on?” 
Rabbit: “My thesis.” 
Fox: “Hmm… What is it about?” 
Rabbit: “Oh, I’m writing about how rabbits eat foxes.” 
Fox: “That’s ridiculous ! Any fool knows that rabbits don’t eat foxes! 
Rabbit: “Come with me and I’ll show you!”
 
They both disappear into the rabbit’s burrow. After few minutes, gnawing on a fox bone, the rabbit returns to his typewriter and resumes typing.
 
Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking rabbit.
 
Wolf: “What’s that you are writing?” 
Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves.” 
Wolf:”That’s ridiculous ! Any fool knows that rabbits don’t eat wolves!” 
Rabbit: “No problem. Do you want to see how?” 
The rabbit and the wolf go into the burrow and again the rabbit returns by himself, after a few minutes, and goes back to typing. 
Finally a bear comes along and asks, “What are you doing? 
Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat bears.” 
Bear: “That’s ridiculous ! Any fool knows that rabbits don’t eat bears!” 
Rabbit: “Come into my home and I’ll show you”
 
 
Inside the Burrow :
 
As they enter the burrow, the rabbit introduces the bear to the lion.
 
Moral:
IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW SILLY YOUR THESIS TOPIC IS; WHAT MATTERS IS WHOM YOU HAVE AS A SUPERVISOR.

IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW BAD YOUR PERFORMANCE IS; WHAT MATTERS IS WHETHER YOUR BOSS LIKES YOU OR NOT
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Lesson 3: Cat and bird
A bird was flying south to escape the cold.
On the way It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field .
While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it .
The dung was warm and the bird lay there all warm and happy started to sing aloud..
A cat heard the bird singing and following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung


Moral:


1) Not everyone who drops shit on you is your enemy.
2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
3) And when you’re in deep shit, keep your mouth shut!

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Lesson 4 : Ass is the Boss
When the body was first made, all the parts wanted to become the Boss.
The Brain said, “I should be Boss because I control the whole body’s responses and functions.”
The feet said, “We should be Boss as we carry the brain about and get him to where he wants to go.”
And so it went on and on with the heart, the lungs and the eyes until finally the asshole spoke up.
All the parts laughed at the idea of the asshole being the Boss. So the asshole went on strike, blocked itself up and refused to work.
Within a short time the eyes became crossed, the hands clenched, the Feet twitched, the heart and lungs began to panic and the brain fevered.
Eventually they all decided that asshole should be the Boss, so the motion was passed.
All the other parts did all the work while the Boss just sat and passed out the shit!
 
Moral:

YOU DON’T NEED BRAINS TO BE A BOSS – ANY ASSHOLE WILL DO.
 
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Lesson 5: Lady with a Bath Towel
Thrisha just finished her shower and her husband entered the bath room. Door bell rings.
Thrisha quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.
When she opens the door, there stands Bob,the next door neighbor.
Bob asked “Where is your hubby?” She told “He is taking bath”.
Bob says, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.” After thinking for a moment, Thrisha drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.
After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. Thrisha wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.
When her husband comes out of bathroom, he asked, “Who was that?” “It was Bob the next door neighbor,” Trisha replies. “Great!”the husband says, “Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?”
 
Moral:
YOU CAN PREVENT CERTAIN AVOIDABLE EXPOSURE, IF YOU SHARE CRITICAL INFORMATION PERTAINING TO CREDIT AND RISK IN TIME WITH YOUR STAKEHOLDERS, 
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Lesson 6: Priest and a Nun
 
A priest was driving along and saw a nun on the side of the road. He stopped and offered her a lift, which she accepted. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to open and reveal a lovely leg. The priest got excited and he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun looked at him and said, “Remember Psalm 129?” The priest removed his hand and apologized profusely.

On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to retrieve a bible and looked up Psalm 129. It Said, “Go forth and seek further up, you will find glory.”
 
Moral:
ALWAYS BE WELL INFORMED IN YOUR JOB, OR YOU MIGHT MISS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

August 13, 2010

A glass of wine…

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 7:06 am

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine…
And those who don’t and are always
seen with a bottle of water in their hand.

As Ben Franklin said:
In wine there is wisdom,
In beer there is freedom,
In water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials,
Scientists have demonstrated that if we drink
1 litre of water each day,
At the end of the year we would have absorbed
More than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. Coli) – bacteria  
Found in feces.
In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop..

However,
We do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer
(or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor)
Because alcohol has to go through a purification process
Of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.
             
Remember:
Water = Poop,
Wine = Health..

Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid,
Than to drink water and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information:
I’m doing it as a public service!

January 11, 2010

Never thought that CUCUMBER can do so much!

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 1:42 am

Hi Readers,

For you guys information and no harm trying 🙂

The Amazing Cucumber

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their “Spotlight on the Home” series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems. 

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminium to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibr ium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

8. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

9. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

10. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

11. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

12. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

>> Hope you will get more information that you don’t know in the past.

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