Monday, May 30, 2011


台灣食品添加物「起雲劑」含有懷疑致癌塑化劑. 台灣當局下令大規模回收高風險飲料.
Taiwan authorities ordered a massive recall of high-risk beverage and food products suspected of being tainted with DEHP, or di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate.

塑化劑 = DEHP (Di-Ethyl Hexyl Phthalate)

What is DEHP?


DEHP, one of six phthalates and part of a family of chemicals known to cause reproductive harm and considered a possible human carcinogen, is banned in children’s toys in Canada and elsewhere.
It is also strictly prohibited to use the plasticizer in food and beverages, but Taiwan authorities suspect at least one food manufacturer added the banned industrial plasticizer to an emulsifier as a cheap substitute for the more expensive palm oil.

Impacted Food Categories:
fruit juices, sports drinks, tea beverages, fruit jams and preserves, food powders, syrup,  jams, and food or food supplement tablets.

What happen in Canada?

I don't know about other places... but both Toronto and Vancouver have a lot of Taiwan imported drinks.

On Saturday (May 28), the CFIA issued an “individual recall” on six fruit juices and jams under the brand names Possmei and Trojan, which had been distributed by the Kuo Hua Trading Company Ltd. to retail outlets, hotels and restaurants in British Columbia.

I haven't seen any recalls in Toronto yet.

Studies have found that 90% of HK people already have this DEHP toxic in their blood.   Scary!
I wonder whether I have this in my blood or not...  :(

That following food had been tested with DEHP and you should avoid:
  • 台式飲料店「日出茶太」的百香果汁 (Taiwanese bubble tea store 「日出茶太」's passion fruit juice)
  • 台灣盛香珍生產的35克蘆薈小果凍、25克芋頭小果凍及35克蘋果小果凍 (Aloe Vera Flavor Fruit Jelly, Taro Fruit Jelly, and Apple Fruit Jelly from Triko Foods Co. Ltd.)
  • 白蘭氏「超能金剛成長鈣片」 (Brand's Alpha Tank Chewable Tablets)
  • 動力運動飲料,及動力運動飲品檸檬味 (TaiwanYes Sport Drinks)
  • 動能1000運動飲料
  • 悅氏柳橙汁12%
  • SunKist粒粒檸檬果汁飲 (SunKist Lemon Juice with pulps)
  • 兒童藥水 (Children medicine syrup from Taiwan) 
  • 芒果汁  (Mango Juice), 荔枝汁 (Lychee Juice), 楊桃汁 (StarFruit Juice)
  • 統一蘆筍汁 (Uni-President Asparagus Juice)
  • 百香綠茶 (Passion Fruit green tea)
  • many more...
From the Taiwan Department of Health, you can get a list of affected food.
Here is the direct link:
List of products with cloudy agents contaminated by plasticizer ( date05.31.2011)
Chinese searchable version of the list

There is also a facebook page on this topic.

[Last updated: June 3, 2011]

Ottawa looks for contaminated food, drink from Taiwan
Food, beverages imported from Taiwan may contain toxic chemical: CFIA
FOOD SCARE WIDENS: Government mandates DEHP testing
疑致癌台果凍飲品 港人難辨
台藥用糖漿含塑化劑 港藥劑師會促追查

Thursday, May 26, 2011

兩道選擇題 , 做完之後是沉默

I got this from friend's email...












人一生的椅子 .....
Chairs of one's life...

唉 ~ 沒有人能例外,爭什麼 ?
Nobody can be exempted, so why fight for money & power, etc.?


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day Trip to Prince Edward County

May 21, 2011 is a beautiful day to go on a day trip...
After approx. 2 hr of driving, we arrived at the tourism office in Picton. 

First Stop - Main St., Picton
We walked around Main St... saw the Regent Theatre, the Shine Hall, the Crystal Palace, and the Picton Harbour.  There were some nice houses in that area.

Second Stop - Bird House City
I heard a lot of birds singing, but I hardly saw any birds.  I guess all the birds are hiding in the bird houses.  The Bird House City is not very well maintained.  A lot of posts are missing bird houses. 
I did discover a McDonald for birds... hahahaha... :D   It's probably selling MacWorms... worms burgers... hahahaha....

Third Stop - Glenora Ferry
It's basically a part of the Loyalist Parkway. The ferry will take cars across the Picton Bay. According to the guy at tourism office, the ride is approx. 7 mins. Since there was a line up of cars and ferry frequency is every 30 mins, we decided not to go.

Fourth Stop - Lake on the Mountain
This is exactly what the name implies... A lake up on the mountain...
I think this is the most beautiful place in Prince Edward County.
There is a restaurant there.  If I go to Prince Edward County again, I would try this restaurant since it has nice view.

Fifth Stop - Millennium Lookout
We could see the whole town and Picton Bay from this location.
This place is not very well maintained. It could be skipped if someone is planning for a visit.

Sixth Stop - Sandbanks Provincial Park
The map that we got is kind of confusing.  Overall, it's a nice Provincial Park.  I think it'll be better in the summer time when there are more greens and more flowers.
We went to Cedar Sands Nature Trail first... lots of leaves-less branches on the way.  The trail was kind of brown in colour.
Then, we went to Dunes Beach and Dunes Nature Trail.  This trail was more difficult to walk than the Cedar Sands Trail because a lot of the trail areas were sands.  This trail was kind of grey in colour. We saw the sand dunes.
Since this provincial park is called Sandbanks Provincial Park, we have to visit Sandbanks Beach.  The beach is nice, but the water seemed dirty.  I guess Lake Ontario is polluted.  Comparing to Dunes Beach, I would rather swim there even though the water is not that clean. 

Seventh Stop - Huff Estates Winery & Inn
Two wine tasting for $1.
I ended up trying 4 wines.
Their red wines are more acidic.  It's good but not really my taste.
I did buy a bottle of first frost.  It's a fruity and playful wine.  ;)

After a long day, we decided to head home...

Click here for my photos on the day trip.

Map of Prince Edward County

Thursday, May 19, 2011

How to install East Asian language in Windows XP SP3 without CD

 After searching web, here is the method that works when you don't have the CD with you:

  1. Download Windows XP SP3 patch from The Software Patch
  2. Open the downloaded exe file using winRAR and extract the files to a local folder (folderX)
  3. Download East Asian Language pack and extract files to a local folder (folderY). Someone has posted a link at youtube  [updated with new link. 10/2012]
  4. Go to Start menu
  5. Click Run
  6. Type"intl.cpl" and click OK
  7. Go to Languages tab
  8. Put a check mark beside "Install files for East Asian languages" and click OK
  9. If prompt for "cplexe.ex_" or "cplexe.exe" file, use the browse button to find it in [folderX]/i386/lang/cplexe.ex_
  10. If prompt for other files,  use the browse button to find it in [folderY]
  11. Reboot your computer

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Michelangelo's Pizzas

Some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) dedicated fans prepared Michelangelo’s favorite pizza recipes.
I admired their courage to try those pizzas.

Video link

Michelangelo’s pizza recipes includes the following pizzas:
- tuna fish, peanut butter, grape jelly
- peanut butter, clam
- peanut butter, avocado, extra pickles
- marshmallow, pepperoni
- marshmallow, asparagus
- marshmallow, guacamole
- butterscotch, onion, anchovy
- tea, toast
- chocolate sprinkles, clam sauce
- chocolate chip cookies
- chocolate fudge, garlic
- chocolate fudge, sardine, chili peppers, plenty of whipped cream
- anchovy, hot fudge
- pepperoni, hot fudge
- pepperoni, pickles
- jelly beans, sausage
- salami, double yogurt
- coconut, sweet pickles
- strawberry, anchovy
- hot oakmeal
- popcorn
- anchovy, banana
- granola, liquorice

Anyone wants to try?  \


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

How to install IIS on Windows XP SP3 without installation CD

I have the installation discs, but they are somewhere at home and it'll probably take me long time to find them.
After searching in the web, this is the method that I use to install IIS on Win XP SP3:
  1. Download Windows XP SP3 patch from The Software Patch
  2. Open the downloaded exe file using winRAR and extract the files to a local folder (folderX)
  3. Download the IIS 5.1 required files from AP Dubey tech corner and extract the files to a local folder (folderY)  [I guess I could've used all files from this site, but since this site is for Win XP SP2, I've decided to use SP3 patch files if the file exists in SP3 patch.]
  4. Go to Control Panel from Start menu in your computer 
  5. Double click Add or Remove Programs
  6. Select Add/Remove Windows Components on the left
  7. In the Windows Components wizard window, put a check mark beside IIS and click Next.
  8. When prompt for "staxmem.dl_" file, use the browse button to find it in [folderX]\i386\staxmem.dl_
  9. When prompt for "adsutil.vbs" file, use the browse button to find it in [folderX]\i386\ip\adsutil.vb_
  10. When prompt for other files, you'll find them in

After installation is completed, you can open IIS by:
  1. Go to Control Panel from Start menu
  2. Double click Administrative Tools
  3. Double click Internet Information Services

The default web publishing directory for IIS is:

Copy your personal web pages to this folder.

IIS will search for the default page in the following sequence by default:
You can change the name and sequence of default document.

If all setup is completed, you should see your site using following URL in your browser.

Sakura @ High Park

I went to High Park to see Sakura past Sunday.
The flowers are very beautiful.
However, they lack the supporting garden design beside them.
In Canada, they are just like any flower trees in a park.
They are much more beautiful in Japan because those trees are surrounded by other garden design.
Ok Ok.... I actually haven't personally seen sakura in Japan... All I've seen are photos of them in Japan...

I took tons of photos... Here are some:
Sakura@High Park

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


I saw a cute photo of 林峯 in news today...


Yahoo News