May, 2013, Propolis Bee Farm in Penang Botanical Garden
The propolis bee farm at the Penang Botanical Garden was open to the public since 2009, but it is news to me as we just stumbled upon it and discovered it! And it will be inside my bucket of to-visit-places!
Visitors can learn how the tiny, black stingless bees (Trigona bees) there are bred and how they collect propolis, a resinous mixture known for its potent antibiotic propoerties, from the surrounding botanical plants, as well as how they extract nectar from the garden's floral sources to produce honey. It is said that the bees there produce as much as 500kg of raw medicinal honey every month for commercial purposes. That means visitors can purchase and bring some honey and propolis back from the garden!
Address: Kuarters D, Mukim 18, Taman Botani, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350, Georgetown, Penang
March, 2013, Honey, Are You Real? LaunchedRuth Tan published her third book in Amazon - Honey, Are You Real? Too many consumers have fuzzy ideas about honey in different forms and often wonder which honey is more superior (we are not referring to the thousands of different floral varietals worldwide). Other than claiming their honey to be pure, most honey suppliers do not explain very much about their honey. For instance, those who have been eating cream honey tend to question the quality of liquid honey when they see it for the first time, and similarly, those who encounter cream honey for the first time assume it is of a more superior quality than the liquid honey they are familiar with. This book gets to the bottom of the terms used in the honey world - such as raw, pasteurized, creamed, liquid, filtered, pure, crystallization, monofloral, multifloral, etc. It is specially written to help those who are curious about honey and would like to learn how to choose a bottle of honey from the shelves more intelligently. Get more details in: Honey Are You For Real?
October, 2012, Colorful HoneyThe waste-processing plant for M&M's bite-sized chocolate candies has been identified as the cause of the production of unnatural shades of blue and green honey by the bees from the northeastern France apiaries. The honey is unsellable because it does not meet France's standards of honey production, resulting in a major set-back for the affected beekeepers who are already struggling with high bee mortality rates.
May, 2012, Mysteries of Honey
Taken from the beautiful documentary "Queen Of The Sun":
July, 2011, Queen of the Bees Movie
Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? is Taggart Siegela's profound look at the global bee crisis. A remarkable film not to be missed. Here's the trailer.
May, 2011, Beware of Fake Honey
April, 2011, Bee Pictures from Public Domain
Need I say more...enter gallery to view them!
December, 2010, Who's After My Honey
Little Black Rain Cloud
July, 2010, Bee Sightings Set Neighbourhoods Abuzz
Recent media reports of several beehives encounters in the neighbourhoods of Singapore have caught my attention. If you find it intriguing that these incidents are treated as news-worthy and are even reported by national media, you are probably not a local. Yes, by head-knowledge, the people here do know that bees are a vital part of the eco system, but in day to day living here, they are considered rare and dangerous, a menace.
You have to understand that in a setting imbued with city ways and highly encroached by science, technology, and innovation, the bees and the creatures from the nature are not top of mind for the urban populace. In fact, when beehives are ever sighted, they cause a stir and commotion, and are immediately reported, destroyed, and removed by the pest controllers.
Hold on a second, this is bizarre, did you say "pest controllers"? Bees are feared?
Yes, I did, but not erroneously. Hey, were you thinking of "beekeepers" instead?...Well, I'm afraid they don't exist here.
May, 2010, Honey Remedies Book"How to Effectively Use Honey as Medicine: What Doctors Don't Tell You" is now in Amazon! Have a peek at the synopsis of this remedies journal by a honey frenetic from Singapore.
April, 2010, Elephants are Afraid of Bees!Despite their massive size, elephants are afraid of being stung by bees. Strangely comforting, isn't it. Read BBC's news: Elephants make alarm calls to warn of approaching bees
January, 2010, Explosives at Airport Turned Out to be HoneyIn a false alarm, a California airport was shut down and evacuated after bottles of "a suspicious-looking liquid" in a passenger's luggage were tested positive for explosives, only to conclude later that they were actually honey. Even more incredibly, when the bottles were opened, two of the screeners reported of a strong chemical smell, complained of nausea and were rushed to the hospital. Questions remained as to how the honey was determined to be explosives by the detectors and had made the screeners so ill.
November 2009, Adopt a Beehive and Enjoy Your Own HoneyYou can now own your personal beehive or colony in New Zealand from any part of this world and have your Manuka honey delivered to your doorstep. An enterprising New Zealand start-up offers this unique service via the internet. Owners receive photographs and videos updates about their beehives throughout the season. At the end of the day, it's all about having a one-of-its-kind product to share with family and friends!
May 2009, Growing Bee NumbersOn 7 May, the Straits Times reported that the number of domesticated bees was on the rise worldwide despite the many reports on the colony collapse disorder in the United States and Europe and world pollination crisis.
Researchers found that commercial domesticated bee hives had increased 45 percent in the past 50 years, to match growing demand for honey among a growing human population.
March 2009, The Secret Life of BeesCatch the buzz on the big screen created by Sue Monk Kidd's best-selling novel The Secret Life of Bees.
View the trailer, watch the movie online for free, and get the book or DVD at Amazon - all at:
The Secret Life of Bees.
February 2009, Honey Revolution Book - New!News!
Mike McInnes, author of The Hibernation Diet, has joined hands with Dr Ron Fessenden to publish his second book on honey called "The Honey Revolution: Restoring the Health of Future Generations".
Gist of its content:
- "Learn why honey is the sweetener of choice for diabetics
- Discover how honey can help you sleep better and wake up more refreshed
- Understand how honey will help you lose weight and reduce body fat
- Find out how honey reduces metabolic stress and lowers the risk for insulin resistance, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension
- Get the facts on sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and artificial sweeteners"
The book is now available in AMAZON.
January 2009, The "Secret Language Codes" Used by Doctors and Drug Companies to Manipulate PatientsThis article is startling. So, put on your critical thinking hat.
"Doctors carry a form of infectious disease in their use of language. Technically, it could be called a "virus of the mind," and this virus is dangerously infectious. It can be so easily passed from one person to another that a single visit to the doctor causes most health consumers to catch this virus and suffer an infection of their own minds, language and thought processes.
Symptoms of infection include the shift of language patterns towards a victimization posture, surrendering to the medical advice of doctors, and abandoning all hope for self determination. In other words, people exposed to this virus of the mind become hopeless victims who verbally recycle medical babble while believing disease is a matter of fate or luck, not a result of causative actions."
October 2008, Bees Can Count!We all know bees are special. Now we have one more reason to set them apart from other insects -- they've been discovered to do something really unexpected -- count!
Posted Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:30am AEDT
An Australian and a Swedish researcher say they have proved honey bees are more intelligent than previously thought.
Professor Mandyam Srinivasan from Queensland University and Dr Marie Dacke trained honey bees to count by placing food at different markers.
Professor Srinivasan says he has also found bees can learn colours and smells and be trained to fly through complicated mazes.
"The more we look at these creatures that have a brain the size of a sesame seed, the more astonished we are," he said. "They really have a lot of the capacities that we so-called higher human beings possess."
The scientists also say they have proved honey bees can count to four.
The put five markers inside a tunnel and placed nectar at one of them.
When honey bees were put in the tunnel, they flew to the marker with the food.
Professor Srinivasan says when the experiment was repeated without nectar the bees still flew to the marker that had contained the food.
"We find that if you train them to the third stripe, they will look subsequently in the third stripe," he said.
'If you train them to the fourth stripe, they will look in the fourth stripe and so on.
"But their ability to count seems to go only up to four. They can't count beyond four."
May 2008, Nagging Service for DietersI am not sure how pragmatic or popular this new service by WeightNags will be, but at least it's an interesting (almost bizzare) concept -- pay USD 4.95 per month to be nagged at relentlessly and mercilessly on the phone until you get some exercise.
March 2008, Getting Out of the Sticky BusinessYou know about liquid honey, cream honey and how messy it can get when dropping them into our tea and coffee, don't you. Ha, interestingly, there is now a new honey product by Island Abbey Foods that you can hold in your hands! Definitely looks like a premium and healthier alternative to sugar cubes to me.
December 2007, Honey is Better than Cough SyrupThe following article suggests that there is a natural and better way of curing children's cough. Have you tried it?
The Times, December 4, 2007
Natural honey is a more effective remedy for children's coughs than over-the-counter medicines, researchers say. A dose of buckwheat honey before bedtime easily outperformed a cough suppressant in a US study.
Honey did a better job of reducing the severity and frequency of night-time coughs. It also improved sleep quality for children and their parents.
Dextromethorphan (DM), the active ingredient in many cough mixtures sold in chemists and supermarkets, had no significant impact on symptoms. Honey has been used in medicine for centuries, not only to treat coughs and bronchitis but also to assist the healing of wounds. For coughs it is often mixed with lemon, ginger or brandy.
Ian Paul, who led the researchers from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, said: "We hope that medical professionals will consider the positive potential of honey as a treatment, given the lack of proven efficacy, expense, and potential for adverse effects associated with the use of DM." DM can cause severe involuntary muscle contractions and spasms, the researchers said. Cases of teenagers using the drug to get "high" were also common, they said.
Dr Paul's team observed 105 children and teenagers with respiratory tract infections. The study ran over two nights. On the first, none of the participants was given any treatment. On the second, they were divided into groups who received either honey, an artificial honey-flavoured DM medicine or no treatment, about half an hour before bedtime.
Parents answered questions about their child's symptoms and sleep quality, as well as their own ability to sleep. They rated honey as significantly better for the relief of symptoms. The findings are reported today in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
The Food Standards Agency says that honey should not be fed to children under the age of 1 due to the risk of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.
September 2007, Honey's New Snobmoddity StatusWow, awe-inspiring. Now there is this word called snobmoddity to describe a mundane commodity that's been transformed into luxury item to offer consumers a bewildering number of varieties of what was once an invisible part of our daily life, for instance, rice, corn, chocolate, coffee, and bread. And some honey suppliers are painstakingly packaging, marketing, and selling their products in an unconventional way by presenting the liquid gold in test-tubes, hand-sealing bottles with beeswax, and emphasizing the unique flavours of different varieties to give a honey's new star status just like premium coffee, tea and wines.
Ref: Sweet Snobmoddity
May 2007, Bees' Mysterious Disappearing ActIn 24 states of America, beekeepers were shocked to find their bees missing, threatening not only their livelihoods but also the production of numerous crops. And the strangest thing is nobody knows why. Speculations of the cause included the unusual hot-cold weather fluctuations due to global warming and the increasing use of chemical pesticides. Many started to question about the lessons humans can learn from this and if Albert Einstein had ever predicted: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live"?
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