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Kayaking to glory – cleaving through the Barrier Reef

Kayaking to glory – cleaving through the Barrier Reef

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On his desert island, Robinson Crusoe had made a Kayak (the English call it canoe) so big that he couldn’t pull it to the sea. Thankfully, today we have lighter versions made of fiberglass, polyethylene, Kevlar, carbon fibre, Royalex or hand-built systems like the ‘skin-on-frame’ varieties. Today, kayaking is an immensely popular sporting and entertainment activity, and is catching up fast around the world. And Great Barrier Reef allows one of the most exotic and fantastic kayaking trips in the whole world.

The world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2000 kilometers, hugging the Queensland coast of Australia throughout. It is so big that it is even visible from space! Called the largest living animal, the coral reef and the coral islands are actually the living bodies and dead shells and deposits of billions of corals – in the whole Great Barrier system, there are 900 islands and 3000 coral reefs. While the Europeans first came to know of the Reef as late as 1770 when Captain Cook ran aground it, Indigenous Australians knew about it from the beginning.

The corals of the reefs provide a huge natural breakwater, making sure the water is rather calmer that it would have been before the birth of the reef. This has been a godsend for kayaking. While whitewater kayaking is much more tumultuous, most of the tourists trying their hands at sea kayaking at the Reef are either new to it, or only modestly experienced. Therefore, the relatively placid water makes for easier kayaking and fewer capsizing (and less disturbing of corals). The waters allow the kayaks to be relatively more flat bottomed, allowing for better floatation stability. But even if you tumble, don’t worry, don’t worry even if you don’t know the ‘eskimo roll’. The kayak would stay afloat. Besides the guides and helpers from the kayak company would be nearby.

The kayaking opportunities are many around the Cairns, Palm Cove area. From Palm Cove, one can paddle around the resort Island of Double Island. One can also take a walk on the private beaches, provided the touring company has asked permission for this. A holiday destination for the rich and the famous, Double Island has better attractions in the form of dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and other marine life. Other parts of the island include beautiful tropical gardens, where you can have a relish of delightful tropical fruits, or have a nice cup of coffee or tea. One can get stunning views of the coast, Cape Tribulation and Daintree from this location.

But perhaps the greatest charm of kayaking on the Great Barrier Reef is the close proximity with the corals. The millions shades of colors, the bewildering shapes, the swaying tips of live corals and the surprising encounters with flighty fish shoals (with god knows how many millions fishes in them!) are unique experiences. As you sink in a pleasant sunset from the water, you might feel like never returning. Some try a compromise – there are some liveaboards where you can stay for a few days if you don’t feel like leaving!
The Great Barrier Reef is a fragile environment, and is heavily regulated. One must make sure that the ecological balance and the sanctity of the reef is maintained so that you and I may enjoy this heavenly gift for all time to come.

The reef is a huge stretch of wonder and can be accessed from anywhere. But the best access point is probably from Cairns area, another charming place around 25 minutes from Palm Cove that can keep you busy with sights, sounds and activities for a fortnight. And visitors to Double Island can stay at the Sanctuary Palm Cove which is situated just across a narrow channel of the Great Barrier Reef which provides luxurious accommodation facilities to add comfort to the trip.

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Lecithin China

Lecithin China

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With over 5,000 years of soybean cultivation, China is widely considered as the home of the oil crop. And as an important derivative of soybean, lecithin production also forms a significant percentage of China’s industry.

Lecithin China is a phospholipid that is derived chiefly from soybean. It is comprised mainly of neutral and polar lipids, glycerol, a phosphate group, and choline. Although lecithin may also be extracted from egg yolk, majority of the commercial lecithin available in the market today come from soybean.

Lecithin China varies in color from light tan to dark reddish brown. In terms of consistency, it also varies from fluid to a plastic solid. During soybean processing, a thick gummy material is usually produced as a by product of the crude soybean oil. This gummy material is where you can find lecithin China.

How Lecithin China is Produced

Lecithin China is one of the most important derivatives of soybean processing. The crude soy oil contains an average of 1.8% hydratable compounds, primarily lecithin phosphatides. Through a process called “degumming,” the sludge (the gummy material) is separated from the crude soy oil by the use of a centrifuge.

The result is a lecithin China and water emulsion containing 25-50% water, which may be bleached typically with hydrogen peroxide in order to reduce its color from brown or beige to light yellow. Some manufacturers add fluidizing additives such as soy oil, fatty acids, or calcium chloride to the product in order to reduce the viscosity to that of honey and prevent it, on cooling, from becoming a highly plastic solid. Lastly, the lecithin China product is film or batch dried to reduce the moisture to as little as 1%.


Since its discovery in the 1930s, lecithin China is ubiquitous in the processed food supply. As an emulsifier, it is often used in margarine, peanut butter, chocolate candies, ice cream, coffee creamers, and infant formulas. In addition, because of its keeping abilities, lecithin China also helps prevent product spoilage, extending shelf life in the marketplace.

Lecithin China is also handy around the industry kitchens where it is utilized in improving mixing and speed crystallization. As one of the few emulsifiers in the market considered by the US Food and Drug Administration as Generally Regarded As Safe for use, lecithin China is also used to prevent “weeping,” stop spattering, and lumping and sticking during cooking.

Besides the commercial food industry, many industries also benefit from lecithin China. For instance, it is used in cosmetics as a product that could soften the skin and help other ingredients penetrate the skin barrier.

Health Benefits

Lecithin China has been used for many years as a treatment for a variety of illnesses. It has been said to remedy conditions, such as atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, liver cirrhosis, gall stones, psoriasis, eczema, scleroderma, anxiety, tremors and brain aging.

A leading purveyor of lecithin China since the 1920s, Dr. A. A. Horvath claims that the compound may be used as a “nerve tonic” or to help alcoholics reduce the effects of intoxication and withdrawal. There was also an article entitled “A Comfortable and Spontaneous Cure for the Opium Habit by Means of Lecithin” was written by Chinese researchers.

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Holiday Events At Southern California Beaches

Holiday Events At Southern California Beaches

There are plenty of reasons to head to the beach this December. Luckily, the weather in Southern California is pretty nice in the winter compared to most parts of the country. The following Christmas and holiday events should help get you in the spirit of the season, Southern California style.
San Diego
On the first weekend in December, Balboa Park in San Diego celebrates the holidays with an annual event called December Nights.
You can sample foods from around the world at the International Cottage Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages. In the Spanish Village, you can watch artisans work on their craft and find one of a kind Christmas gifts.
Several museums in the park will be open with no admission fee from 5-9 p.m. both nights. At the Spreckels Organ Pavilion Stage, you can enjoy holiday music, dance and theater performances.
A carnival will entertain the kids on the Palisades Midway. In addition, there will be a holiday marketplace and the Cabrillo Bridge Food Tasting.
December Nights goes from 5-10 p.m. on Friday December 2 and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday December 3, 2005. For more information, call the Balboa Park Visitors Center at 619-239-0512.
Laguna Beach
The Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach presents an annual winter’s version called Winter Fantasy. This year, the arts and crafts festival will be held over four weekends from November 19 to December 11, 2005 on Saturdays and Sundays only.
The fine artists and artisans come from far and wide. Not only is it a unique place to do your Christmas shopping, but the kids will have fun too. There will be children’s art activities, a snow play area and Santa.
Live music and festive decorations will add to the holiday experience. Food and drink will also be available.
Admission fees are $5 for adults and $2 for kids age six to twelve. The Sawdust’s Winter Fantasy will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival grounds are located on Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. For more information, call 949 494-3030.
Newport Beach
The annual Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade happens this year from December 14 to 18, 2005. Boating enthusiasts go all out decorating their watercraft, from rowboats to magnificent yachts.
The more than 200 boat-long parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 and sails around the bay on a 14 mile route, returning to the starting point around 8:30 or 9 p.m. Carolers and projected music accompany many of the boats as they cruise along.
This has been going on for 95 years and draws quite a crowd. Some of the places you can best view the boat parade include the Balboa Island beaches or boardwalks, the waterfront restaurants, or on a boat charter.
There is also aRing of Lights contest in which waterfront homes and businesses pull out all the stops to compete for prizes for the best decorations.
For more information on the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade, call 949-729-4400.
Huntington Beach
In Huntington Beach, you can enjoy the annual Cruise of Lights Boat Tour from December 14 to December 23, 2005.
For between $8 and $14, you can take the Huntington Harbor Philharmonic Committee’s narrated boat tour throughout the festively lit Huntington Harbor. While cruising along, you can view the myriad of colored lights and decorations, which bedeck the waterfront homes, docks and boats.
The tours will leave at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Call 714-840-7542 for more information.
Up in Ventura County, Channel Islands Harbor will be holding its annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 10, 2005. The colorfully lit parade of boats starts around 7 p.m. You can view the parade form the harbor view restaurants, along Peninsula Park or at Hobie Beach.
If you come during the day, you can also enjoy the festival at the Channel Islands Harbor. Next to the Marine Emporium Landing at Harbor view Park there will be 25 tons of snow for kids to play in. Also there will be kid’s rides and games, horse drawn carriage rides, an arts & crafts boutique, carolers and water taxi boat rides.
Word has it that Santa Claus and his reindeer will fly across the sky in full view. For more information about the event, call the Channel Islands Harbor Visitors Center at 805-985-4852.
Santa Barbara
On Sunday December 11, from 3 to 7:30, the Santa Barbara waterfront will be celebrating the holidays with their own annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights.
About 30 decorated boats will be on parade around the harbor. It should be starting around 5:30. You can view it from Stearns’ Wharf or at the breakwater in the harbor.
There will be a Santa’s Village with 12 tons of snow for children to frolic in. Carolers will grace the crowd with musical cheer. The festival will culminate in a fireworks display. For more information, call 805-897-1962.
These festive events will help light up the holidays.
Who needs snow when you’ve got the Southern California beaches?

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Recipe: green chile quiche

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Green Chile Quiche
Olive oil cooking spray
5 thin 10-inch flour tortillas
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup sour cream, light or regular
2 extra-large eggs
1 (7 ounce) can green chiles, drained and rinsed
1 jalapeño chile, seeded and minced (optional)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced cilantro
1 1/2 cups grated Monterey jack cheese
Chile powder or paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mist a 13 x 9-inch baking dish or other shallow ovenproof dish with the olive oil spray.

If the tortillas are cold and stiff, warm them in the microwave to make them more pliable. Fit them into the baking dish, overlapping and with at least 2 inches of the edges sticking up out of the dish. When all the tortillas are fitted into the dish, mist them with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with the Parmesan cheese and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven but leave the oven on.

Put the sour cream, eggs, 2 of the green chiles, the jalapeño, onion and cilantro into the bowl of a food processor. Process until well blended. Pour into the pre-baked tortilla shell. Layer the Monterey jack cheese over the filling and then sprinkle with a little red chile powder or paprika.

Bake for 18 minutes, or until the filling is set. Remove and cool for at least 15 minutes. Use a wide spatula to help slide the tortilla quiche out of the dish, and cut into small pieces.

Serves 6 as part of a brunch buffet.

Per serving: 323 calories, 16 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 17 g fat (9 g saturated), 108 mg cholesterol, 457 mg sodium, 1 g fiber

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Why You Need China Manufacturer Data Base?

Why You Need China Manufacturer Data Base?

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You’ve probably already noticed that many of the products we use today are manufactured in China. China is one of the best places to source your wholesale products from, mainly because of its low costs in labor and manufacturing. When you do business directly with China, these low costs carry over to become extra savings and profits for you.

If you’re already selling products online or elsewhere, then you’re one step ahead of the game. The China Manufacturers Directory will put you in contact with the manufacturers you need to expand your product line. You’ll be able to use our directory to cut-out middlemen and wholesalers who charge high wholesale prices on products you spend the time to sell.

The China Manufacturers directory will give you all the pertient details you need to make direct contact any of the manufacturers on our list. Just a couple of the industry our extensive database covers: Consumer electronics (cellphones, PDAs, computers..), Handbags and Fashion Accessories, Automotive Parts, Home Decor, Sports goods, and more. There’s no limit to the products that China manufactures, you can really find anything you’re looking for in China.

For example, in the electronics and computers category, we supply you with the details of more than 55,000 companies that will be able to meet your needs. All companies in China are more than willing to start profitable business relationships with anyone who’s willing to buy their products. When it comes to shipping, most companies will be more than happy to help you out with that as well. You don’t need any special certification or credentials, either. As long as you can pay for it, the products are all yours!

So what are you waiting for? Doing business with China is a smart and profitable opportunity, don’t let it pass you by!