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30 Aug 2010 Nutritional benefits of kiwi fruit

Although it grows well in warm and gentle climates, kiwi, the fuzzy, green, exotic and tasty New Zealand fruit actually originated in China, where it was regarded as a delicacy and called the Chinese Gooseberry or Yang Tao.

The fruit itself was exported from China to New Zealand only relatively recently, at the turn of the 20th century, when a New Zealand native, Isabel Fraser, took kiwi seeds home with her from China and planted them in New Zealand.

After the fruit’s exportation, its name naturally then changed from Gooseberry to kiwi, after the national bird of New Zealand, the Kiwi. The fuzzy texture of the kiwi fruit is thought to resemble the national bird’s sparse coat of hair.


The kiwi fruit is synonymous with summer and fruity cocktails and concoctions, and is nutritionally dense, packed with vitamin C. The green fruit as well as its black seeds contain protein, vitamins C and E, potassium, calcium, iron as well as soluble dietary fiber. Kiwi is also sodium-free, and is a dieter’s dream food, since it not only offer tons of vitamins and nutrients, but is tasty and nutritious.


Medical studies indicate that eating kiwi regularly not only supplies the body with vital vitamins and minerals, but can help prevent or treat various ailments.


*Eat kiwi to repair damanged DNA and reduce the likelihood of blood clots.

Studies from AUT Universitt in Auckland, New Zealand reported that cancer patients who ate two or three kiwi fruits a day kept spreading cancers in check, as the fruit played a significant role in repairing damaged DNA. The same clinical participants who consumed 2 to 3 kiwi fruits a day reported less incidences of blood clotting. Properties in kiwi protect DNA in the cell’s nucleus from oxygen-related damage. The possible link between kiwi and reduced incidences of heart disease and stroke is also currently being studied.

*Eat kiwi to help improve sleep and alleviate constipation.

Taiwan Medical University revealed that kiwi helps stimulate intestinal movement, thus relieving constipation. Likewise, the School of Nutrition and Health Science at Taipei Medical University also documented a noticeable increase in sleep quality, by as much as 40%, in participants who regularly ate two pieces of kiwi for five months before bedtime.

*Eat kiwi to lessen wheezing and asthmatic symptoms.

An Italian study that followed over 18,000 children

23 Aug 2010 Bistro Tables: Style Icons, Not Just Furniture

Bistro tables and chairs are without a doubt the most popular restaurant dining furniture in the world today. The global accessibility to information provided by the Internet means that people anywhere can tune in and turn onto cultural and design innovations and trends from all over the world.

Like Toadstools

Although bistro tables and dining furniture have been around for well over a hundred years, they are like all evergreen design classics. They find new audiences all over the urbane and not so urbane world. In fact, bistro tables are wherever restaurant dining is to be found – from Paris, France to London, England; from Bangkok, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and from Sydney Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. Bistro tables have been popping up for years on sidewalks and street corners everywhere. They pop up so frequently and commonly, in fact, they are like mushrooms in the rain.

The original bistro tables could be folded up and stacked beside each other along a wall. The popularity of the bistro table isn’t only due to its efficient use of space and its portability. The bistro table is highly in demand also because of its versatility and economic good looks. In fact, probably the only countries in the world where you won’t see the coffee hounds strategically sitting by their bistro tables placed on the sidewalks are Japan, Korea, and China. It’s just too damned crowded there, too damned busy, and unless you want a face-full of carbon monoxide with your latte, then it’s not a very good idea.

A Titan of a Table

A bistro table is versatile. Okay, so you’re thinking…versatility? How versatile can a bistro table possibly be? I mean, you use it for putting your food and drink, and then what? Do you use it for a miniature helicopter landing pad? Does it double as a radar dish? Of course not! Bistro tables are versatile in such a way that not only can you use it as a surface to display your steaming cup of java while you try to look intellectual, you can also use it for a score of different – albeit unconventional – purposes. Bistro tables have been habitually used as substitutes for magazine racks and have played hosts to many a poker game. Bistro tables have endured bottles being slammed on its surface in bachelor parties, stilettos scraping its glossy veneer as a woman dances atop it in the same bachelor parties, and the occasional spray of the contents of somebody’s stomach. Bistro tables have played Prometheus countless of times with the world literally on its shoulders – or in this case, table top.

The Princess Diana of Furniture

Bistro tables enjoy longer lives than the average furniture, thanks in part to the fact that owners of bistro tables appreciate what they have. Indeed, they know that they have a gem in their hands, or wherever it is that they keep their bistro table. Bistro tables have been known to undergo drastic changes in their looks, from drab to fab, tacky to classy, and dazzling to nondescript, while still maintaining a quiet elegance and sophistication that only a confident piece of furniture can pull off.

Wouldn’t you love to have one sitting in your kitchen as well?

31 Jul 2010 Memoirs: Your earliest memory
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My earliest memory was when I had an major accident. It was so severe I had to be flowed to the Auckland hospital,for major head surgery. Doctors at the hospital were speaking to my families, explaining how serious my injuries were. I had a fracture skull untold seizes and I may not pull through. They were also told I have only two weeks to live, my family refuse to listen. The doctor’s gave them time to discuss what option they will take, turn the machine off or leave it on until the two weeks is up. My daughter said to leave the machine on.

In between the two weeks I started to show signs my eye’s were blinking, movement with my hands and I can hear people talking, my daughter started to cry, and said mum going to pull through. During the last few days I woke up, I was like a vegetable not my normal self, I was to be transfer to Bennett, again my daughter said no, she said only zombies go there, my mother is not mad we are taking her home. She dress me up wheel me down to the truck and drove us home.

Within the second week I was home something amazing happen to me I was walking, eating, talking to my family as if nothing happen to me. Everyone were amaze at my sudden recovery. Then my daughter said to me, mum someone (up there) is looking after you I started to cry and said it’s not my time or I have a mission to do from God and Jesus.

My mission was to help my family to get out off those evil thought from their minds also to help my parents who were being treated badly from my nephew.I couldn’t help them because no one would listen to me.They said to me, look after your self you are not well, I was furious at them for saying that,then I storm out of the house and stay away for while. After a few weeks went by mum came to see me and said she wasn’t feeling well. I told mum she has to stop looking after her daughters and grandchildren or you will get sick and may not pull through. Mum told my sisters what I said, they got angry, and said “don’t believe a word she says” she thinks she no everything, well a few weeks after that discussion my mum die. From that moment even today we still can’t communicate like ordinary family.

As for myself I still have bad headache tired eyes sore legs other then that I’m coping well, doing little things like washing dishes, making beds, vacuum the floor and help with the laundry.

I’m getting tired it’s time for me to rest.

This story is about myself. It’s the truth.

I Believe in the Ten Commandment our created and Jesus.

25 Jul 2010 Is cruising the right choice of holiday for you

Cruising is an ideal vacation. There is a world of variety available. It is important to do a bit of research in order to choose the right ship, the right destination, the right mix of passengers for your needs.

If you’ve never cruised before, I would suggest you start out with one of the three or four day itineraries to the Bahamas or Baha Mexico to whet your whistle. The ships in those markets are not the mega-size but will give you a good taste of what

cruising is like. They are still very nice ships with all the excitement and

amenities cruising offers and you can see if you enjoy ship life, being waited on

by extremely attentive staff, having nonstop activities of every kind. Rarely, do

passengers not become cruising enthusiasts.

Next, explore the different cruise lines and ask questions of your family and friends who have cruised. There are also very good cruise websites such as www.cruisecritic.com where you can communicate with frequent cruisers and get feedback on particular ships, what to pack, even which staterooms are best. If you’re young singles, you would definitely not want to cruise on a ship that caters mainly to seniors! Itineraries are very important as well. Initially, I wanted to go to Caribbean destinations and I had to be in port every day or I was psychotic. As I grew older, I found I liked to have a day at sea in between a port – and I wanted to travel other places. I love Mediterranean cruising and the capitals of

Scandinavia and St. Petersburg, Russia was one of the most beautiful cruises I

ever did – as was one from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. Now, I

even enjoy the transatlantic crossing with six days at sea – and they can be a

real bargain!

Ships range from small to mega vessels holding over 3500 passengers. Choose accordingly. Most are elegant, some with priceless art collections, beautiful atriums, lovely showrooms, spas to rival those on land, indoor swimming pools,

gorgeous dining rooms. Cabins, unless you can afford the large suites, are not

huge – but most of your time is usually spent out and about on the ship. Regular

cabins are intimate, to say the least and the bathrooms are tiny – again, if you

have money to burn ( I usually prefer to spend mine on another cruise! ), larger

cabins have larger bathrooms.

Most cruise lines don’t have classes ( other than on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and other

ships of that company ) so all passengers eat in the same dining rooms

20 Jul 2010 Reflections: The future

There are somethings everyone knows about The Future. There will be flying cars, Aliens will ATTACK the earth, people will have pet robot dogs. The moon will be colonized.

I’ve just realized you can already get pet robot dogs. Does that mean it’s the future now? If so…. *hushed whisper* where IS my flying car?

I predict, that in ten years time (whether it be “The Future” then, or not), most countries will have introduced the death penalty for spamming, because it’s soooo blooooody ANNOYING! And I personally will own one of those guns that allows you to shoot loathsomely irritating people in advertisements through your TV screen! The one I have at the moment tends to just shower my living room with broken glass as my TV implodes, causing no harm to the TV advertisement people at all. This isn’t good enough. Something must be done.

In ten years time, I will be 34. Or dead. From a (flying?) car crash, or smoking related illness, or stress related illness caused by my son (who will then be 15) learning to drive (a flying car?). If I’m not dead, and in fact am 34, I hope I will be financially stable-ish, and good at mornings. Because at the moment I’m not. And it’s annoying me very very much.

Thank you for reading about the future of doom. If you would like to buy a flying car, send large amounts of cash to:

The Invisible Non-Existent Flying Car Company

c/o Kristie

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15 Jul 2010 Baby Teething

When your baby’s first tooth appears it’s a big milestone. But teething can also be a painful and frustrating time for many babies, as well as their parents! Knowing what to anticipate when your child is teething, and what you can do to help, can make the process a little easier for both of you.

Each baby reacts to teething differently. Some experience a painless process with little discomfort. Their teeth just spring up without any problems. The first that you know of them is when they smile or when you hear them clink on a spoon. Others find teething painful and upsetting, making them grumpy for weeks and unsettling their sleeping and feeding habits.

Symptoms your baby may be teething

* swollen ridges on gums for some time before teeth actually arrive.

* irritable or fretful

* dribbling and dribble rashes

* chewing and biting on everything, putting his hands in his mouth

* red cheeks or ears

* some babies may nurse more for comfort, others may refuse to feed

* out bowel motions (not diarrhoea), which may cause nappy rash

* your once ideal sleeper may wake often during peak teething times and be hard to resettle

Babies often get sick with coughs and colds or diarrhoea during their first few years of life. Although they might happen at the same time as teeth coming through, they’re not caused by teething. If you’re worried about your child’s health, take your baby to see a doctor.

Then the First Tooth Becomes Visible

Your child’s baby teeth will start popping through the gums as early as three months. In rare cases, babies are even born with teeth.

The teeth usually come through in upper and lower pairs, often starting with the two bottom front teeth (central incisors), but the order may vary. The four upper teeth (central and lateral incisors) then the bottom lateral incisors usually follow. The first molars, or back teeth, come next, then the pointy top eye teeth. Most children will have all their 20 deciduous teeth by the time they’re three.

Auckland paediatric dentist Nina Vasan says you can start looking after your baby’s pearly whites before the first tooth shows up by wiping his gums daily with a clean, damp washcloth or gauze. Once teeth spring up, clean them with a smear of junior toothpaste on a damp cloth.

At around one, move on to a toothbrush with a small head, soft bristles and a handle that’s easy to hold. Don’t worry if your baby just sucks on the paste or chews on the brush to begin with as it will get him used to having a toothbrush in his mouth.

Nina Vasan says the easiest way to brush your child’s teeth is to get him to sit on your lap or a chair and brush from behind or get him to lie down on the floor or couch. Have him spit the toothpaste out and don’t rinse afterwards. Don’t let your child swallow or eat toothpaste as too much fluoride can be dangerous. Always store the toothpaste out of reach. As soon as a couple of teeth touch together, try to floss your child’s teeth. Get him to lie down while you do it.

By the time all your child’s teeth are through, you should be brushing them at least twice a day, and especially after meals. You can expect your toddler to brush his own teeth from the age of three, but you must continue to supervise children until they’re around eight. Enrol your child by age one with a school dental clinic.

14 Jul 2010 Gardening tips

Vegetable gardening can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Eating your own fresh vegetables picked straight off the plant or fresh from the ground with the real taste still intact beats store brought produce every time.

I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and gardening on the slopes of One Tree Hill, an extinct volcano, with perfect dark volcanic soil, it was merely a matter of chucking some seeds onto the ground, raking it over with soil and coming back and harvesting the bounty. With very regular rainfall there was little need to irrigate, a bit of pest control to keep down the snails and abit of weeding was about it.

What a shock to come to the Gold Coast, Queensland and attempt to create a vegetable garden here. The soil is poor and solid clay with a rock not far below with little or no top soil.

Clay is one of the most difficult mediums to grow plants in. The particular mix is so fine that oxygen and water have a hard time getting to the roots of any plant. Hard as concrete in the dry and waterlogged in the rainy season. Without special preparation you will be lucky to even get weeds to grow.

As you can see in the picture above success can be achieved but work is required.

To prepare the garden a maddock was used to break up the clay into smaller pieces. It is actually better to do this when the clay is dry, rather than waterlogged. Its just heavier when wet and sticks to the maddock. This is time consuming back breaking work. But take a small patch at a time and come back after a rest. Take several days to complete the vegetable patch, gardening is to help build the muscles, not destroy them. Whilst doing this task many times rock was hit, however most rock on the Gold Coast shatters when hit and breaks into smaller pieces. While many of these were removed pieces smaller than half the size of your fist were left in on the advice of garden manuals. Why? It is said that small rocks help drainage and add minerals to the soil over time. So long as the don’t make up more than 5%-10% of the soil, leave them in. Eventually a base of the patch was layered out.

To further soften and break up the clay store brought clay breakers were added. Easily available at your gardening or hardware store they are added to water and sprayed on the garden though they work best over a period of time.

Next Gypsum was added. This comes in large bags and is easy to spread out by hand, mix in with the clay and it too will further help ‘relax’ the

11 Jul 2010 Aotea Square Markets-open Air Shopping and Entertainment

Aotea Square is the center of the Auckland City and is the principal site where take place open-air concerts and social gatherings. It was opened by Sir Dove-Myer Robinson in 1979 with its name “Aotea” derived from “Motu Aotea” which gives the meaning of “Great Barrier Island”. The area s redesigned in 2000 by Ted Smythe which gives it the current outlook of a perfect arena of musical concerts as well as political rallies.


Aotea Square Market is held every Fri days and Saturdays at “THE EDGE” of Aotea Square and it displays the latest designer fashions, Pacifica arts and crafts, traditional food and many items that relate to the culture of the region. Also the Aotea Square Markets brings every time some exciting live band shows where people enjoy Rock and classical music. It is a great opportunity for new fashion designer to show up their talents and to present their creative designs. And many people who are new to textile trade come to the Aotea Square Markets in order to put their items on sale and the place holds a good reputation in buying items at much lower cost than in the high street stores.


Another main feature of the market is its food stalls where one can taste both traditional and funky food items in each stall. Apart from the food items from the native areas, the food items that are sold at t he best rates are considered to be American, and Indian food. Some other major features of the market can be mentioned as Pacific arts and crafts that attract a large number of people who are interested in handicrafts and other hand-made artistic articles along with traditional Maori carvings.


The main feature relevant to Aotea Square, “THE EDGE” comprises with three main structures as The Civic, Aotea Centre and Auckland Town Hall and it is the main facilitator for performing arts, public conventions and also for entertainment events in the area. THE EDGE®” is being administered by The Aotea Centre Board of Management which is responsible for every event that takes place in Aotea Square and in the entire city.


Apart from that, the city holds a good reputation for its high-class hospitality services along with outstanding hotels in Auckland which exemplifies the most prominent and leading hotels in Auckland.

11 Jul 2010 Video Conferencing Public Rooms: Go Public, Go Practical

Your business is going global. You’ve got people working for you in Bangkok, Auckland, Florence, and Paris. Thankfully for you and the people who work for you, gone are the days of waiting for telegrams to arrive. Nor is there any need for you to yell in competition with inaudible static just to get your message across. In this day and age, modern technology has made it possible for you to connect with real people in real time. Thanks to a wondrous little innovation called video conferencing, you can connect to your liaisons officer in Zimbabwe and talk to him almost as if he were in the same room with you.

Video, What?

Video conferencing technology allows you to utilize the Internet to send or receive audio files and images to any or all of your business associates around the world and vice versa. The quality of the sound and images you send and receive is dependent on the speed of your Internet service provider, so if you don’t want your image frozen in mid-blink with half-closed eyelids, high-speed is the way to go.

Can You Afford It?

Video conferencing equipment is usually set up in conference or board rooms. Video conferencing equipment does not come cheap, however. High-tech video conferencing equipment includes LCD screens and projectors, routers, and speaker phones, and would eat up a hefty chunk of last year’s profits. If your company can afford it, though, then by all means, purchase all the equipment you need. If you’re still cutting corners or just breaking even, however, purchasing video conferencing equipment would not be a good idea.

Make It Public!

Who’s to say you can’t use video conferencing technology? Even if your resources are not as bottomless as your ambitions, you can still use video conferencing technology. How? By utilizing video conferencing public rooms! Video conferencing public rooms are conference rooms with the necessary state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment you need. They may be rented or leased.

The good thing about video conferencing public rooms is that you can use one for a very small fee. This makes it the cost-efficient alternative to having to set up your own video conferencing room. In video conferencing public rooms, you simply inform operators know what you need, how long you need it for, and when you need it. These operators will take care of everything for you, from the conference set-up to equipment maintenance. Undoubtedly, video conferencing public rooms will save your company not just money but also time and manpower.

Going Public

So, now the next concern is finding the best among the multitude of video conferencing public rooms available. One of the more popular video conferencing public rooms is FedEx’s Kinko’s. Kinko’s boasts of 120 locations worldwide and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It provides the latest video conferencing equipment. You even have the option of having your meeting videotaped, so you can review the proceedings at your leisure or monitor which of your executives slept while you talked.

Proximity also offers video conferencing public rooms in 3,500 locations worldwide. They can organize video conferencing involving as few as two to as many as 5,000 participants. All you have to do is show up. You don’t need to worry about a thing.

Video conferencing public rooms are sprouting like mushrooms everywhere, from shopping malls to hotels and even subway stations. Pluck the right mushroom and you’ll be guaranteed seamless and convenient video conferencing no matter where in the world you might be.

06 Jul 2010 There’s Something for Everyone in New Zealand North Island; Part 1

Are you thinking about your next vacation? Fancy going somewhere exotic? You need look no further than New Zealand. Perhaps you enjoy dining out, maybe you love hiking, perhaps you are an adventure junkie or maybe you just like to laze around on the beach. New Zealand has it all.

The North Island has 2 major cities, Auckland which is the largest city in New Zealand by far with a population of 1.2 million people. Still not that large a city by most countries standards but it is very spread out land wise. Auckland is located in the northern part of the North Island and is the main gateway for travellers coming in to the country. The other major city is Wellington which is located at the southern tip of the North Island. Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and there is an efficient ferry service providing the connection between the North and South Island.

Bay of Islands




Hawkes Bay



Look out for Part 2 of this article covering the South Island coming soon.