Posted March 31st, 2011 in Ume's Interests | No Comments »
There’s a shocking news about two vegan parents in France : their 11-month-old daughter died for being fed only breast milk. They are now facing up to 30 years in prison.
An autopsy showed that the baby was suffering from a vitamin A and B12 deficiency, which experts say increases a child’s sensitivity to infections. The baby was underweight and deathly pale according to French media.
I don’t know why the parents didn’t notice the baby wasn’t gaining sufficient weight over the last 11 months, and didn’t consult with doctor or anyone for an advice. And, why they fed only breast milk for 11 months? They didn’t introduce any solid foods to supplement nutritions to the baby?
Anyway, it’s a devastating news,, but I was surprised to hear the “30 years in prison” part. And, the fact that the ambulance workers called the polices instead of
consoling the parents, when they arrived and found the baby dead, because the parents were vegans.
I actually have a French friend who is vegan, but I didn’t know that it is not easy being vegetarian in France. That’s why the parents are facing the 30 years in prison? Ummm… now I understand what my vegan friend was talking about – her father was really upset when she decided to be a vegan. Besides, her father is a butcher! (maybe that’s the reason why she became a vegan?)
Anyway, giving enough nutritions is the most important thing when rising a baby, and I think I should try to have more balanced diet.
Posted March 29th, 2011 in Ume's Interests | 2 Comments »
It was such a beautiful morning! I mean, I was awake from 3am trying to put Hiro to sleep, and after the sunrise I stepped outside to hang laundry then I noticed the air was pretty cold and the sky was blue. I love this moment! I’m excited to know that autumn is just around the corner (Or maybe it will be hot again during the day?)
Yesterday evening my friend called me and we chatted for about 1 hour on the phone. She was asking me how the things were, and talking about her workplace etc. Then we started talking about Japan as she is flying back there next month for holiday for 3 weeks. She said that she may spend lots of money in Japan, as usual… Going out with friends, going shopping, eating out, travelling to sister’s house by shinkansen… I know what it is, because I’m like her. We don’t spend much money in Perth (no shopping, not much eat-out), so when we go back to Japan we spend a lot.
I told her I’m thinking to have my hair cut sometime soon, and still can’t decide if I should get hair permed only, or get coloured too. Then, she told me about “hair-clouring shampoo”.
There seems to be few brands of “colouring shampoo” sold in Japan that colour your hair as you wash… Is there anything Japan doesn’t have? There is a colouring shampoo for pets as well (*_*)
Posted March 28th, 2011 in Eat out in Perth | No Comments »
D has been having such a big craving for a sweet bun with icing… He loves sweets, especially sugary ones and buttery ones. I really think he should cut down his sugar intake! I can’t believe his favourite flavour of ice cream is cotton candy. The vivid colour (blue? pink? purple??) really turns me off…
Anyway, the other day he wanted to grab some icing buns from somewhere. It was mid afternoon and Hiro was awake but quiet, so we decided to go out to get some fresh air and buy some buns. Somehow, we headed to Miami Bakery in Melville. (I wrote about this place before here)
To be honest, I don’t really like their pastries… they look great, but are not to my taste. Pies are nice though, they have a variety of flavours. The pie of this month “chicken green curry” was tempting.
….. I did it again. I thought “hey this apple turnover looks nice” and ordered one. The pastry was too dry and hard (I think it was more than 2 days old…), and the cream was tasteless. I think I had this experience here before, and I totally forgot about it. I should not order anything with cream here…
I thought D was going to have something with icing, but he ordered chocolate croissant instead.
They do hight tea now. (only at Mandurah and Melville shop) It’s $27 per head, and includes warm savoury pastries, finger sandwiches, scone with jam & cream, and a selection of desserts and cakes. Ummm, if you chose a right dessert/cake, I think it’s a good deal.
* Miami Hight Tea $27.00 per person
* Sparkling High Tea (with a glass of sparkling wine) $33.00 per person (only at Mandurah)
Mandurah Foreshore: Saturdays & Sundays from 2PM (08 9581 3000)
Melville: Sundays from 2 PM (08 9319 3555)
Posted March 27th, 2011 in Ume's Thought | No Comments »
Today is my dad’s 61st birthday I just sent an email saying “happy birthday” and told him to eat something special tonight followed by a big birthday cake. I was in Japan on dad’s birthday last year and remember eating cake with family. I can’t believe it was just 1 year ago! I feel like I haven’t been to Japan for a long time.
Things are still the same around me… Still bit depressed by the news from Japan, and wearing PJ all day at home. I really need to refresh up! I don’t normally spend lots of money on clothes and bags, but I feel like doing it right now. I want to wear nice clothes and make-up, and go shopping and eat something nice! I also want to have my hair cut too. Should I keep it long or make it short?
It should be autumn by now, and according to the news, Eastern states are much cooler than Perth (around 22 degrees?) Yet, it was another hot day with strong sunlight yesterday. The iPad2 was released on Friday at 5PM, and D headed to the nearest JB HiFi to get few (for his dad, himself and friends), but there’s so many people queueing by the time we arrived and he couldn’t get what he wanted. I overheard that there’re 1000′s people at the apple store in the city at that time. 1000′s…
Now, I’m spending the most of my free time thinking and planning what to do and where to go in Japan in autumn (autumn in Japan – around Sep ~ Nov). Planning a trip is the most fun part, isn’t it. We probably won’t be able to go out much as Hiro will be there too, but I think we’re going to stay with my family (mostly with my grandparents) as much as we can. One of my grandma can’t hear me every time I call her, so we need to be there to talk to her. We’re also going to eat lots of autumn foods, such as matsutake!
Posted March 25th, 2011 in Japan | 2 Comments »
Did you know that there were 50 people left at the Fukushima nuclear plant who have battled to cool down the overheating reactors since the disaster on March 11? They are a band of lower and mid-level managers at the plant, and they were, of course, aware of the danger and the outcome of being exposed to radiation – death.
Although the heat from the damaged reactors were sweltering, they had to wear protective bodysuits to protect their skin from the poisonous radioactive particles – … but radiation seeped into the atmosphere minute by minute. They did this, sacrificing themselves, because someone had to. They left families behind… telling them that they won’t be home for a while. One girl tweeted in a message translated by ABC: “My dad went to the nuclear plant, I’ve never seen my mother cry so hard. People at the plant are struggling, sacrificing themselves to protect you. Please dad come back alive.”
Later, 150 colleagues joined the original 50 and rotated in teams to limit their exposure to the radiation. But by now, 5 out of 50 are believed to have already died and 15 are injured while others have said they know the radiation will kill them.
Tokyo Water Bureau officials said levels of radioactive iodine in some city tap water contained two times the recommended limit for infants, and the government have issued a warning to all mothers urging them not to let babies drink the tap water. The U.S. have halted all dairy imports from Japan and will screen all other foods before allowing entry.