Thursday, July 21, 2011 are still being watched.

I have uploaded the latest piece of news for the benefit of all motorists who did not come across the article in The Star.  The cameras are there and seriously, it is not easy to slow down (suddenly) if you are driving on the inner lane. It is actually dangerous to do so due to the fast speed.  I experienced that so do take note of the places where the cameras are.

PETALING JAYA: There are adequate signs to warn motorists of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras at 14 locations nationwide, said Road Transport Department (JPJ) deputy director-general Datuk Ismail Ahmad.
In refuting motorists' claims of inadequate signs leading up to the speed cameras, he said they were prominently displayed.
“The signboards are located between 2km and 3km from the cameras that capture images of speeding vehicles.
“For cameras that record motorists running red lights, the signs are located between 50m and 500m from the traffic lights,” he said.
He added that the signs could be seen clearly even at night. 

Ismail reiterated that the AES was not aimed at issuing summonses, but to reduce speeding and jumping a red light.
The AES went online on Sept 23, with 14 cameras installed in Perak, Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur.
Ten of the cameras are aimed at nabbing those who break the speed limit while the other four will catch motorists who jump the red light.
In just two days, 2,952 offenders were caught on camera 809 for speeding and 2,143 for beating the red light.
More cameras will be installed at 817 blackspots nationwide next year.
To check the AES camera locations, log on to

**The below post does not apply now with the new AES system.

Please note these types of speed-trap camera are installed by JPJ along North South Highway and some other highways in the Klang Valley. So watch your speed when you next drive along North-South Highway and many of the highways in the Klang Valley. These newly installed speed trap cameras were the reason behind police's announcement that they would stop their operation of having their traffic police hiding in trenches behind the bushes or along the overhead bridge or overhead highway. Now the police officer just issue the offender with 'saman' backed up by the picture.
**Gosh..Omigosh, I have been driving way past the speed limit up and down the highway!! After the announcement that is.  How darn ignorant can anyone be! Hopefully, 'kena no saman!' (no speeding tickets) :o(

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Your urine stinks...It is Good!

Source from Wikipidia -Parkia speciosa (petai, bitter bean, Thai: sataw (สะตอ), twisted cluster bean, yongchaa, yongchaak or kampai, zawngtah or stink bean) is a plant of the genus Parkia in the family Fabaceae. It bears long, flat edible beans with bright green seeds the size and shape of plump almonds which have a rather peculiar smell, characterised by some as being similar to methane gas.
Petai contains three natural sugars -sucrose, fructose and glucose. Combined with fiber, petai gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proved that just two servings of petai provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.. No wonder petai is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way petai can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND among people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating petai. This is because petai contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
Forget the pills - eat petai. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.


High in iron, petai can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.
Blood Pressure

This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the petai industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power 

200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating petai at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Understand that bananas contain lot of potassium too so eat more banana... Just look at those monkeys, they are really active, alert, smart and cunning too!

Constipation High in fiber, including petai in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a petai milkshake, sweetened with honey. The petai calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Petai has a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating petai for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness

Snacking on petai between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of the petai skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Petai is high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Petai is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft
texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control 

Many other cultures see petai as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Holland , for example, pregnant women eat petai to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affecti ve Disorder (SAD)

Petai can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.

Petai can also help people trying to give up smoking.. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium petai snack.

According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine" eating petai as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%".

Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of petai and place it on the wart.. Carefully hold the petai in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, as you can see, petai really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals... It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A Petai a day keeps the doctor away".

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Dried Meat you EAT!

I received these pictures through email this morning.  Oh my goodness, then tears welled up.  I hope these pictures are superimposed ones.  In simple words, I pray they are not true.  Apologies if these pictures are too graphic. I wanted to puke when I think back.  I have visited China many times and I have eaten almost anything served on the table without any questions. It had never crossed my mind (then) to ask except this question.  Is it beef? Now I am asking myself "What meat have I consumed?" Look at how the man (in the picture) killed the puppy.  It is so brutal. Ewee...yuks...urghhh!

A friend told me that dog meat is known as 'fragrant meat' in mainland China. I do not think I will touch meat (any kind) when I next visit China.