China in your hand…

I have always been telling people that even if I had the money, I would not go to China. There are a whole lot of things that I can touch on, but I think I will just concentrate on those of immediate concern.

My missus would not eat any canned meat from China for a long time now, but I just went on enjoying all that tickled my fancy until I read in somebody’s blog about the anitibiotics content in the very popular Ma Ling luncheon meat. I have not been eating that for a long time now as there have been a lot of imitations and they taste awful. But I don’t know if the other brands are any safer so I guess it would be better just to opt for the more expensive Plumrose brand or SPAM.

Then came the melamine scandal which in a way, is good because it triggered an alarm worldwide and now we know that even right here in our midst, they have been putting that in our favourite biscuits, ice cream and so on.

Then I saw this headline in a local daily…

BP headline - China's eggs

What about those salted and century eggs? Do ours still come from China like they used to? I remember at one time, there was a ban in the country on Chinese sausages owing to its content of some dangerous preservative but now they’re easily available everywhere in the shops.

Well, the Chinese have always been notorious for consuming all kinds of exotic meats. Somebody was saying, “If it walks, they will eat it,” so much so that they were pinpointing that as the cause of the SARS outbreak not too long ago. I don’t know if that was ever confirmed or whether they actually found the cause of the pandemic.

In my younger days, I would listen in horror to the descriptions of how they would tie a monkey under a table with its head protruding through a hole in the middle and then they would slice off the top part of the cranium, pour wine on the brain and scoop it out with a spoon to eat the cerebral mush. I guess there is some truth in that to some extent but this next disgusting thing is definitely true. I saw it with my very own eyes in a documentary on TV. The chef wrapped the head of the live fish in ice and deep-fried it and when it was served to the diners, the head was still alive and the diners feasted on the cooked part of its body. You can click on this link to watch the youtube video that shows something similar…

Anyway, to move away from the topic of food, once somebody was telling me that rejected tiles were used in the construction of Kuching International Airport. He or she claimed that they were made from radioactive clay, but since there was nothing in black and white on that, I did not take heed of the warning. However, wasn’t it not very long ago that all the made-in-China toys were recalled owing to the dangerous paint used in the making?

Well, the other day, I got this email from someone about flip-flops or what we usually call Japanese slippers that are made in China…

Made-in-China flip flops
Image source unknown

…which led to this effect on somebody’s feet and it is claimed that it was caused by the paint/colouring used in the manufacture of those slippers…

Effect of made-in-China flip flops
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Actually, I happened to see some nice and cheap porcelain/ceramic crockery here the other day and was contemplating on buying but now I am having second thoughts about it and have changed my mind considering the fact that they were…made in China!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

19 thoughts on “China in your hand…”

  1. Me too. I always have doubt with “made in China” products, especially electrical items. From experience, they’re more like a disposable item, use once –> spoil –> discard. I think it’s better to spend a little bit more to ensure safety! =.=”

    Somehow it’s a little bit difficult not-to-buy China products, since the labour cost is cheaper, hence its products are widely distributed! Just, be careful when buying. Always know where the products come from. ^^

    When you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. My friend had a factory in the suburbs of China manufacturing shoes, bags and suitcases and he said that if he put up a sign saying there was ONE vacancy in the factory, the next day there would be a queue outside one mile long – all applying for that job. He loved the night clubs though – new girls every trip!…..

  2. Now, now, now, nothing is safe to eat, it seems. Even if we cook at home – we still need those ingredients. Just bought some potatoes this morning and thought of stocking up some potatoes pies for the children when I go travelling next week. Now, where do these potatoes come from, huh?

    I had a post on this sometime in May – https://suituapui.wordpress.com/?s=Do+you+know+where+you%27re+going+to… about how we are so out of touch of things around us even though we are in the INFORMATION technology age. Only 5 comments though; just about show people do not like long intellectual posts! LOL!!

  3. 😯 at da last pic!

    That’s why I posted medium-size pics. When I got them via email, I found them really nauseating…!!! The sender sent more than one!

  4. …and the lists go on. The Disposable Chopsticks. Toothpicks…try testing them for harmful chemicals!!!! Even the cute ladies hairbands are made from trash, used condoms as the elastic.
    I only know of one race who add 3years to the age of the dead… Yes even after death cheat 3yrs again

    LOL!!! I find that last bit amusing…

  5. These China Businessman really screw themselves up this time. It will take a very long time for them to restore customer confidence on anything that is produced in China. Wonder if there are any China Dolls in Lisa De Inn? Ha Ha, don’t get too excited STP, just joking lah!

    I should be asking you that since you frequent that area of PJ. LOL!! There was a joke circulating that those China dolls ought to be avoided owing to the high melamine content in the milk. Hahahahahahaha!!!! Those must be the rejects from the nightclubs there since according to my friend, each trip he went, they had new girls. So what we get here would be the used but still in good condition ones. ;D

  6. What about the article in the newspaper this morning that says it is not healthy to dip the plastic spoons and chopsticks in hot water. That is a very common practice in Sibu. Not so much here.

    That was the requirement set by the town council during the SARS outbreak to ensure cleanliness in the eateries. If it’s the heat, what about the hot food on the plastic plates especially the ones with gravy? Haiz!!! Like I said in my kway teow post, since so expensive and so little (and though the price of petrol keeps going down, no indication that those people will review the prices at all!!), might as well cook our own and eat at home!

  7. Haiyo.. now everything chop with China Made has to be very careful. I am ashamed to say that for Chinese, they usually care about earning more money and never care much about hygiene and people health.

    All because of money!…I guess they have this peverted principle that money = success = happiness. Very sad, these people. “What good does it do a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul.”

  8. omg.. even the slipper also that bad.. hmph!
    But now everything also made in China.. Very difficult to boycott their products ley 😦

    Well, the choice is in your hands. They keep doing things like this because they only care about money…and there are people out there who will buy as the things are so cheap!…Just wait a few more years till the furore over melamine has died down and you can bet they”ll do it all over again!!!

  9. Most of the thing that we have here are make in China… Even my laptop also make in China…*sigh* Hope it will not produce radioactive emission…

    Apalah u! Not made in China also got radioactive emissions lah…ur TV, ur hp!!! So use sparingly…and keep ur distance if u know what’s good for u!

  10. Well, I hate to said this but I just found out that chinese ppl are the most disgusting ppl ever even I’m a chinese. Of coz here I means the china one.

    Yesterday, I received an email from my friend and when I opened it. I got the shock of my life. I just cant believe it.

    I wanted to blog about it and out of the respect I refrain myself from doing so. It just so freaking disgusting.

    You know what they eat? They eat babies. Yes, human babies. Newly, born.

    When, I look at the photo I almost vomitted. They braised the baby with some herb and claimed that it can help those ppl with erectile-dyfuntional.

    Can you believe that! To hell they go!

    I didn’t get that one…and I don’t think I wanna see the pics either. So disgusting.

  11. Well, I hate to said this but I just found out that chinese ppl are the most disgusting ppl ever even I’m a chinese. Of coz here I means the china one.
    Yesterday, I received an email from my friend and when I opened it. I got the shock of my life. I just cant believe it.

    I wanted to blog about it and out of the respect I refrain myself from doing so. It just so freaking disgusting.

    You know what they eat? They eat babies. Yes, human babies. Newly, born.

    When, I look at the photo I almost vomitted. They braised the baby with some herb and claimed that it can help those ppl with erectile-dyfuntional.

    Can you believe that! To hell they go!

    *On second thought, I’m going to blog about it. To tell the world how sickening they are. Come to my blog and look for yourself.

  12. I just saw a china girl buying Khong Guan biscuits (which is reported to contain melamine)in 7/11 yesterday. Guess they must be used to eating all those stuff. hehe

    And how did you know she was a China girl? Ummm…? Ummm…? Ok! Spill it all out! What mischief have you been up to? Hahahahahahaha!!!!

    P.S.: Why are the biscuits still on the shelves? Gee! Kuching like that one kah? LOL!!

  13. Many apologies, Pacik, but I’m very saddened by the Chinese/China bashing in this post. C’mon pple, many of the stuff u get in chain emls may be hoaxes. Like the eating of babies; even the the toxic flip-flops. Yes, China has gotten a bad press because of melamine but then again, why is it so deeply embedded in the food chain? U mean it was the Chinese scientists who found what a wonderful substitute for protein (or at least fake protein) melamine is? Where do you think your coffee creamer comes from?Or margarine for that matter?
    As “Hua Cheow” or overseas Chinese we shld seek to have more concrete evidence first, be4 condemning. And don’t let us all turn away from China during this “down time” for our ancestral land while all the Caucasians, Africans, Sth Americans, make even bigger inroads in the Middle Kingdom than they’ve already done. Thank you!

    Well, for one thing,I did say there are many other things other than what I mentioned…and for another, I did state that unless it is in black and white, I will not bother e.g. the use of radioactive clay to make tiles.

    The recalling of the toys because of hazardous paint is a fact, the cooking of the fish is a fact too, and it was a fact too that they were pinpointing something exotic that they ate as the root cause of the devastating SARS…and I did say that I am thankful the melanine scandal cropped up or we would not know they have melamine in our local-made biscuits and would go on consuming them happily day by day. Khong Guan and Julie are the more popular brands and kids love those little ice cream cones from Walls.

    And I did not post on the eating of babies…and yes, somebody emailed me about the slippers. Now, for one thing, based on the scandal regarding the toys, the possibility is there and for another, I did not mention those flips flops are slippery and very dangerous. I had a fall once and was hospitalised…and the last straw was when I fell again and broke my arm and that took three months PLUS surgery to rectify. Since then, no more flip-flops…made in China or Malaysia or anywhere else in the world.

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