Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Have You Ever Tasted Matcha Latte with Soy Milk or Almond Milk?

Matcha Latte

Do you like coffee latte?

How about matcha latte?

Matcha is green tea (Camellia Sinensis) leaves powder. Matcha is from Japanese word that means ground tea because the leaves of green tea have been done by grinding in the stones or granites to produce very fine powdered green tea leaves.

So what's fascinated me about matcha?

The ways how to produce matcha. I just knew that before harvesting, all tea trees have to be covered to block the direct sunlight.

After the tea leaves grow rapidly, in the Spring, about three week before harvest, men in the tea fields prepare the poles and reed woven mats or dried rice stalk woven to shade the tea fields. 

Blocking the sunlight is to block the process of photosynthesis.

Matcha Latte with soy milk.

These fresh green tea leaves must be immediately steamed for about 20 seconds to prevent oxidation so that the green color remains bright, the aroma and nutrients are maintained, then the leaves ready for the next step, drying process.

After drying, the next process is to select and remove fine branches or parts which are not needed, then the leaves are made into powder by using millstone or granite, so that they become very fine powder. 

We do not drink tea leaves, do we? After the tea leaves soaked in water, we get rid off the tea leaves. 

But matcha green tea is in powdered form, so that when we drink matcha means we drink the whole tea leaves. Nothing to discard.

My experience for the first time drink matcha tea seemed like taking herbal medicine. 

Since the some of coffee shops serve matcha in their menu, sometimes I like to have matcha latte, either with soy milk or almod milk.

Have you ever tasted matcha latte with soy milk or almond milk?

Friday, June 14, 2019

Is Oyster Favorite Seafood in Louisiana?

A Louisiana oyster dish

Sea foods, fisheries, and shellfish are important products of my state, Louisiana. The products contributed US$ 1.8 billion in the state economics.

In term of production, Louisiana is second largest after Alaska. Louisiana catches 1.3 billion pounds of marine creatures, while Alaska produced 5.3 billion pounds of seafood.

Oyster is one of my favorite seafood. Louisiana oyster has different taste compared to other oysters.

Louisiana oyster is quite like meat texture with “fresh earth” (earthy) flavor. Just to remind you that Louisiana oysters are harvested from Gulf of Mexico.

Other oysters which live in the ocean let’s say Pacific and Atlantic are different in tastes than Louisiana oyster. The tastes could be saltier and sweeter.

Oysters are harvested from public sea in Louisiana

Prices of Louisiana oyster dishes are range from US$ 9.00 to US$ 12 per six oysters, depend on kinds of restaurants.

I think price for raw oysters is quite cheap, US$ 30 for a 100 pound. It means that US$ 0.3 for 1 pound, contains 2 to 3 oysters per pound.

I often eat oysters in US$ 12 restaurants where I can eat everything available menus: fish, oyster, chicken, noodle, pizza, fruits, cake, ice cream and etcetera.

A fishing boat to harvest oysters

Public may harvest oysters from Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, in certain seasons. Oyster could be found in the areas such as:
- Shallow tidal zones
- Sub tidal zones.
- Estuaries
- Brackish water

Open season started in September and closed in April. Louisiana authority in this case “Wildlife and Fisheries Commission” may decide to close or open the areas based on biological data.

Finally, have you taste an oyster? What do you think about the taste: sweeter, salty or earthy?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Do You Know that Some Musical Instruments Made from Bamboo?

Bamboo trees in the right side of LA Interstate 10

It's said that music is a good therapy for better quality of life.

Sometimes people prefer to the tone and rhythm from a specific musical instrument, and it's happening to one of my friend, Zhao Ya Li. 

She was so excited about this therapy and texted me about it. 

Ya Li is a person with peculiar favorite things. She only enjoy the music whenever the flute is dominant. 

The matter is the flute that she needs is a bamboo flute. She got some of bamboo flute music in her gadgets. But that isn't enough. 

She's missed to play the flute. She ask me join her looking for the flute in Asian Markets.

We could not find one but we got out with an umbrella from the Market. This umbrella looks gorgeous, with ribs, stretchers, caps, springs, and runners made from bamboo. 

Ya Li could not find the flute, but she got an umbrella

Ya Li loves every single thing made out of bamboo. In her kitchen, she has kitchen and table wares from bamboo, and many beautiful bamboo chopsticks.

She was grown in Panda's country. Whenever she introduce herself, proudly she said, “I am from the Kingdom of Bamboo”. 

I understand how her love to bamboo. Especially her lucky bamboo in her antique hand-painted porcelain flower pot that she put among of the bamboo lanterns. 

Now, she just need to release her anxiety by playing bamboo flute. She believes that playing music can relax her mind and energize her body. 

She just texted me that she just placed a classical bamboo flute order by online. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

Can Texting Make You Shopping More and Fat?

Shopping more after texting

Many researchers found that texting while doing activities such as walking or jogging may make people get fatter.

It is because texting make people reduce their steps, slow their movement, thus metabolism slow down, then calories burning less in our body.

Smart phone has similar and even might be better than certain portable computer in term of internet connections and applications.

We can use multiple functions of a smart phone such as sending e-mail, texting few words, making friendly call, searching information through internet, watching video, playing game and many more.

Illustration of a shopping cart

Programs provide watching live events around us, state wide or nationally. We also connecting to social medias include blogger, Facebook, twitter, Instagram and others.

These activities may categorized as “sedentary,” and disturbing exercises of running, jogging and walking just because to check messages, taking photos and sending photos to social medias.

The question then: Can Texting Make You Shopping More and Fat? The simple answer is yes! Why?

It is because texting and internet connecting cell phone prompt people to:
- Deviate from their shopping list.
- Tend to buy hedonistic products that unrelated to lists
- Tend to buy more, and tend to forget from original lists.
- Shopping malls send distract messages to buy their attractive products than your own list.

It is suggested that you executed your plan first, then you may use your mobile phone later on. What do you thinks?

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Can Botulinum Lethal Toxin Turned to be Beneficial Substance?


I'm still excited about botulinum toxin, since I know that botulinum toxin is a potent and deadly substance.

This substance produced by a kind of a rod bacteria that can exist in low or free oxygen, Clostridium botulinum.

Even though this kind of bacteria are very common in sample of water and soil throughout the world, the canned foods and honey also can be contaminated.

It was many years ago, especially in the under developing countries, This toxin was a killer that hard to overcome. Clostridium botulinum release toxin that able to kill human.

The early of symptoms of this toxin are fatigue, weak, blur eyes, and vertigo. 

Following by difficult to swallow and speak, also vomiting and diarrhea or constipation.

Then it can radiant to weakness in the neck and arms, and muscle in lower body.

This toxin can cause seizure and dead because it impacts nervous system. It can cause flaccid paralysis that leads to respiratory failure, because diaphragm muscle, and muscle related to breathing process becomes weak and paralyze.

As we know botulinum toxic have been identified as:
- Foodborne botulism. It occurs by consuming food that contaminate with this kind of bacteria or their spore. The spore can germinate and produce toxin too.

- Wound botulism. It could be caused by the wound infection. The open wound infected by the spores or bacteria.

- Infant botulism. The baby ingest the spore and then in the baby's gut bacteria grow and release toxin. It infect the baby under 6 months.

- Inhalation botulism, when the person inhaled the botulinum concentrate (aerosolized), It intents to biology weapon or bioterrorism.

Why does the toxin lethal and deadly? The toxin can cause the paralysis of peripheral neuromuscular junction, which is the junction between our nerve to the muscle.

The muscle or striated muscle will excited whenever the nerve release chemical substance acetylcholine.

Botulinum then inactive the protein that regulate release of acetylcholine. Because acetylcholine releasing is prevented by toxin, the muscle cannot excite anymore and becomes paralyze.

Good news that engineers turned this lethal toxin to beneficial substance. The purified protein of botulinum toxin when administered by injection into the muscle, it can cause local paralyze.

Based on the concepts, this toxin is used in pharmacology for certain disorders, and also for specifically anti-wrinkle.

Now, I understand that botulinum toxin can be used to cure and heal some diseases beside for cosmetic such as face rejuvenation.

Friday, May 31, 2019

What is Knockout Animals and Purpose do They Serve?

Knockout mice, credit to National Human Genome Research Institute.
Knockout is insertion of modified DNA at a specific homologous site in the animal genome. It is interesting to discuss about knockout term furthermore in this term paper.
In addition, knockout is the word commonly used to inactive an exist of specific gene in particular organism.
The way to knocked out is by replacing or disrupting the target gene with an artificial piece of DNA.
This is a genetic technique by using homologous recombination to change an endogenous gene. Then, targeted gene could be permanent or conditional inactive or knockout.
Knockout could cause alter phenotype of organisms. The changes might include behavior, appearance (observable physical) and biochemical characteristics of organisms.
Then, knockout organisms are used in learning about a gene that has been sequenced, which incompletely known function.
North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (2016) reported that knockout technique by inactivated specific gene is one example of using biotechnologies in modern era.
Inactivated specific genes is the biochemical and pathological basis that might be used to understand human diseases. For these purposes the scientists produced a knockout mouse.
NIH (2015) informed that human share many genes with mice. Thus, observing knockout mice gives information that can be used to better understand how a similar gene may cause or contribute to disease in humans.
So far, knockout mice have been used to understand many diseases, including cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, substance abuse, anxiety, aging and Parkinson disease.

NIH (National Human Genome Research Institute). 2015. Knockout Mice.
Retrieved from https://www.genome.gov/12514551/
North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research. 2016. Animal
Biotechnology. Retrieved from http://www.aboutbioscience.org/topics/animalbiotechnology

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

When should I get the Botox Cosmetic?

Botox Cosmetic Injections (Credit: Noravector/123rf.com)

Every time I get out from my house, I always pass the nice building with big signs of the professional names in the medical fields, the services, and the treatments. The building is located at the intersect of a quite drive and a busy traffics with 5 traffic lines.

The nice building looks not so busy among the restaurants, bakery, and sandwich fast food, because the parking lot is in rear of the building. Clients get in and out with the good manners through the quite drive.

There is a Cosmetic Center that serves vary of treatments, including cosmetic surgeries, hair loss replacement, and medical spa. The services are all what we need to treat and fix in our hair, eyes, face, body, breast, and skin.

The building is okay, nothing wrong. The led signs are still blinking with the facilities and services. I knew that this Cosmetic Center is the first Botox Cosmetic in my state.

Lately, I just have an imagination about one of their services, Botox, and the smile of camels.

The smile of camels (Credit: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Sounds good to me, Botox Cosmetic for the human beauty. I just wondered about the beauty of camel last year. How come camels got Botox Cosmetic and had a negative reputations.

Do you think someone has bad reputation or cheat on you whenever she get Botox injection in her forehead or her face?

Finally I found it out. It was said, “If Botox purpose to get $55 million dollar contest the most beauty camel in King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, forget it!!!” The Botox injection into camels like a cheat in this contest.

I'm not going to cheat anyone, even with my face. I'm thinking about a prevention, before the frown lines or “eleven” lines between my eyebrows are exist in my forehead, so that I will not look angry, tired, or unhappy.

One of medical practitioners said that if you think that you have inherit the early frown lines or wrinkles, do not wait the wrinkle create the lines. So in this case, Botox treatment is the best under 30 year old, because Botox is not a filler. Botox works to paralyze muscles and need to be repeated.

What do you think, do you think in age before 30 year-old is too early to get Botox Cosmetic? Or just wait until the lines between the eyebrows and forehead are appearing? 

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