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Watch Out Apple!

Apple Map Includes the Diaoyu Islands-The Diaoyu Islands Belongs to Okinawa Under a Fallen Apple

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With the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands, the increasingly tense Sino-Japanese relations, the Japanese right-wing anti-China demonstrations held today. Middle of Sino-Japanese relations on the occasion of the Diaoyu Islands warming, Apple’s latest mobile phones in Japan iPhone5 Today on sale the iPhone5 for the Japanese market is no longer used previously the iPhone4s equipped with the Google Maps, choose to use the map developed by Apple, iPhone5 comes The map will be marked Diaoyu Islands with the Japanese name “Senkaku Islands” and address marked as “the city of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Prior to this, when the input “Senkaku Islands” (i.e. Japan called “Senkaku Islands”), for sale in the United States iPhone5 own map services only display their latitude and longitude, did not show the specific name and attribution information. This kind of thing seriously stimulate the hearts of the Chinese people. If this is really the case, then the face of the Chinese people around the world, perhaps not anyone buy an Apple phone, and as the world’s largest mobile phone market, not China, to the end of Apple’s future. Fallen more than Japan, as well as Apple.
When asked about this issue with Apple phone customer service staff, the Apple customer service given answer is: “For the time being unclear.”In the iPhone5 own map search box, enter “Diaoyu Islands” and “Senkaku Islands”, can retrieve the location of Diaoyu Islands, but the text marked a significant difference. Input “Diaoyu Islands” search, maps marked only the latitude and longitude of the Diaoyu Islands, the location and orientation information, without any specific name further tap into the detailed description, nor any name and address of the display. Search input “Senkaku Islands”, the corresponding position shows “Senkaku Islands” words, that Japan Click to enter a detailed description of the general term of the Diaoyu Islands, more specific labeling of the Diaoyu Islands where the address of the “city of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.The Apple Map Diaoyu Islands allocated to the rumors of Japanese netizens message expressed anger and said that if the rumors are true, will resist using iPhone5. “If they are, then I put all Apple products at home sealed, the future no longer buy Apple products.” Friends “Dragonfly” message. “Apple is a move tantamount to abandoning the entire Chinese market!” Netizen “the Dazhi sister” said. “I upgraded the first thing is to check over the Diaoyu Islands belong to go, see China relieved.” Friends, “his brother wanted to fly,” said. Pay attention to you, I’ve tried the map where the Diaoyu Islands in China, rest assured. “Netizens” Little Lamb “message. But users have posted screenshots, said that the the Apple Maps will be sold in Japan on the Diaoyu Islands vesting is “not marked”.

The face of the divergent views of users, the Apple map in the Chinese market high-Tak Holdings staff, said yesterday: “map with all mobile phones in the domestic market are needed before the approval of the Ministry of Industry and listed, and the Diaoyu Islands in China, so there is no iPhone5 map division of the Diaoyu Islands to Japan this statement, please rest assured that the use of the staff of the Ministry of Industry and responded, phone approval, there is no such problem in China’s listed. But for the friends said Apple phone overseas version Sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands is not marked “Apple customer service given answer is:” we do not know, but the Diaoyu Islands are China’s. ”

In fact, faced with such a situation occur, more or less be some impact of the Chinese people, and the impact of the larger Apple. Diaoyu Islands are China’s inherent sovereign Apple map, allocated to the Diaoyu Islands to Japan, then I am afraid that the Chinese mobile phone users began to boycott Apple as the world’s largest mobile phone consumer countries, the Chinese market, the future of Apple also dim.

The real secret of staying married

I dunno….I doubt it would be for me but maybe for others… Love, Roz x0x00x0x

The real secret of staying married

September 27 2012 at 06:00pm
By Joanna Moorhead
London – Five years ago my friend (let’s call her Jane) discovered her husband (let’s call him Steve) was having an affair with a colleague.

For a few weeks, their marriage teetered on the brink. Jane was shocked at Steve’s “betrayal”, uncertain whether she could ever trust him again. Everything – including the future for the couple’s two children – hung in the balance.

This week I met Jane for lunch… and what a difference five years has made. She’s happy, fulfilled, forging ahead with an important work project.

She and Steve have just had a holiday à deux and their marriage seems unshakeable.

But Steve still sometimes sees his other lover. And what’s more, Jane now has an extramarital love interest, too. “We’ve got a new arrangement,” is how Jane explains it. “Sometimes I think it’s complicated – at other times, it seems ridiculously easy. Basically, we sat down and worked out that we’re really happy with what we’ve got together – a lovely home, gorgeous kids, fulfilling jobs. But we’ve been honest about the fact that we sometimes need a bit more.”

Rewriting the rules around marriage, as Steve and Jane have done, is catching on, and there’s a spate of new books and movies out to prove it: books that aim to unpick why we can’t be more imaginative in the ways we live out our long-term relationships and films such as Hope Springs that seek to remind us that a long-term relationship doesn’t have to dissolve into a stale and lonely old age.

Psychologist and relationship therapist Meg Barker is the author of Rewriting The Rules (Routledge), out this month. She says there are several differences in today’s long-term committed relationships that underpin the need for change. “Number one is that people are living to be a lot older – so a long-term relationship is a much longer deal,” she says. “And another thing that’s changed is expectations: we require so much more from a relationship than people did in the past.

“There’s been a huge growth in the recent past of this idea that you need one perfect relationship; that you will get everything from it – romance and children and financial stability and friendship and a great sex life. No other generation had such huge hopes invested in just one relationship and it is an enormous ask.”

An enormous ask that, more and more, is prompting people to wonder if the time has come to dismantle the scaffolding that holds marriage together and to look at whether it couldn’t be constructed in another way. Because perhaps the over-expectations we’ve come to invest in marriage have made the scaffolding too shaky: maybe the time has inevitably come to realise that, as a society, we’ve been piling too much weight onto just one frame.

That’s certainly how social scientist Catherine Hakim sees it: and her take is that it’s Anglo-Saxons who are worst at loading the weights on to marriage and then watching as it wobbles under the strain. No surprise, she argues in her new book The New Rules: Internet Dating, Playfairs And Erotic Power (Gibson Square Books), that it’s Britons and Americans who have the highest divorce rates on the planet – because these nations are also the ones whose citizens have the highest (and, she would argue, the most unrealistic) expectations of the institution itself.

More than 90 percent of Americans and 80 percent of Britons condemn extramarital affairs as wrong, compared with just two in five people in Italy and France.

And guess what, says Hakim: in Italy and France, divorce is far less common. “There is no assumption [in these countries] that spouses must fulfil all of each other’s needs, all of the time, exclusively,” she explains.

Hakim’s take is that affairs happen – and when they do, couples (especially in Britain and America) are using sledgehammers to crack nuts. That’s what, she would say, a couple like Jane and Steve would have done if they’d ended their marriage five years ago.

At root, their relationship is fine: not perfect (but who, and what, is?), but happy enough, and friendly enough, and even sexy enough, and certainly functional enough to make a safe home for their children to grow up in. How tragic it would have been, Hakim would say, if a couple like Jane and Steve had chosen to unravel all that in the midst of what was, all said and done, a difficult chapter in their relationship – but one which, with some straight talking and broad thinking, they were able to work through.

The French perspective on affairs is very different: the attitude there is more philosophical and more tolerant.

“Affairs are not actively recommended, but they are not prohibited either,” says Hakim in her book. Contrast the UK, where (despite the fact that affairs are very common), the language around them is loaded with negativity (think “cheating”, “dishonesty”, “love rat”).

When Jane heard of Steve’s extramarital relationship, she felt “betrayed”: but why, exactly, did it have to be a betrayal? Relationship psychotherapist Paula Hall of Relate agrees with much of the logic of Hakim and Barker. Her line is that if anyone thinks there’s a safe place in a marriage, they’re kidding themselves: marriage, like everything else in life, is risky.

“Monogamy has its risks – boredom being the main one – and an open marriage has its risks, too, in the form of jealousy, feelings of rejection and so on,” she says.

“But there are real differences in the landscape of a marriage these days and they’re about the internet and opportunities for meeting people as well as in how great our individual expectations are. So we are the generation that can move the boundaries here and look again at how to draw up what a marriage is about,” she says.

It’s even possible, she ventures, that monogamy has played out its usefulness to humankind. “Some experts argue that, from an evolutionary perspective, we simply don’t need monogamy as much as human beings did in the past,” she says.

The key thread that runs through Barker’s book and Hakim’s, through Hall’s words of wisdom and through Hope Springs, is that flexibility – always an important component of a long-term marriage – is even more essential today than in the past.

Marriage – certainly where children are concerned – is well worth fighting for: but to win the war, tactics and manoeuvres that once would have been out of the question could need to be deployed. – The Independent

Wealth shrinks for China’s richest

The number of super-rich in China has fallen over the past year, with fewer US dollar-denominated billionaires for the first time in seven years, Financial Times reported. In the Hurun Rich List’s annual report released Monday, the number of billionaires fell from 271 to 251. During the past year, 37 out of the 1,000 richest saw a 50% drop in their wealth. Half of the 1,000 saw a fall in their wealth, and overall average wealth fell 9% to US$860 million. While the figures appear poor, Hurun Report Chairman and Chief Researcher Rupert Hoogewerf said that “entrepreneurs are still up 40% on two years ago and almost 10 times 10 years ago.” In 2006, there were only 15 billionaires in China. At the top of the rich list stands Zong Qinhou of Wahaha, a beverage company, with wealth of US$12.6 billion.

Nigella launches new book and new look

One lovely woman and a wonderful chef! Check her out,

Middle age starts at 55

Good news for those of us who consider ourselves young at heart – ’cause we are!


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More About the Local Wet Market

My local wet market is a convenient distance from my apartment, about 2 city blocks. A few times a week, I walk over to see the freshest and newest veggies and fruit of the season. Over the years I’ve learned that one should follow what the locals are eating. In that way I eat fresh and high quality produce. Locals go to the market for their food supplies each day. But early morning isn’t usually the best time to get fresh things. It’s widely known that this produce is left overs from the day before, so later in the day is a good time to shop.

Vegetables at local wet market in China

Skins of pomello are taken off the fruit by making regular cuts into the skin and then removing the fruit all in one go!

Pomello skins at Local Wet Market

When I first began living in China the wet market was a scary place for me. The strange smells, so many completely foreign products and produce, different methods of doing daily business with no prices marked and the almost complete lack of cleanliness were overwhelming to me. Stacks of eggs of all kinds, shapes and sizes like small quail eggs, preserved duck eggs, and large ostrich eggs were daunting. I didn’t like buying eggs that weren’t refrigerated, or meat that was left out in the open, covered with flies, not to mention the animal parts hanging from hooks. Quite strange to me were the meats cut on chopping boards made from slices of tree trunks with a metal ring and two handles attached around the outside. But now it seems perfectly normal to me, maybe better than those plastic cutting boards we are all using these days!

Cleaver and Tree Trunk Cutting Board at Local Wet Market

Squabs or quails are cooked in turning roasting ovens and sold whole. The smells are enticing.

Roasted Squab For Sale at Local Wet Market

Getting used to the units of measurements was a bit difficult at first, but quickly I got to know the measures. Chinese foods are sold by the ‘jin’ which is 500 grams or a little over one pound and vendors will usually quote the price per jin. Smaller measures are ‘ke’ which is a gram, and ‘liang’, a tenth of a jin or 50 grams. And purchasing from the same vendors is to your benefit, building a relationship of trust and friendliness.

You won’t find fresh herbs at the local wet market; the closest thing you will find is cilantro and now in this southern climate I can buy fresh mint. I’ve got a new recipe for mint and green onion that I am looking forward to preparing, so that will likely be my next post. Cilantro is plentiful and a fantastic herb to use in dressings, sauces, soups and is added to all main dishes both for colour and splendid taste. Multiple varieties of garlic, ginger, and green onions also make cooking a real treat.

As time has gone on, I grown to love my trips to the market, even regularly trying new things that I’ve never eaten before. This local cake is sold by vendors on street corners. I’ve wanted to try it but felt I’d be getting too heavy a dose of dirt along with the cake so I never did. But the man sells his cake covered well and therefore the hygiene seemed better. The cake is sprinkled with sesame seeds…I love sesame seeds… and has the taste of a ginger/honey cake. A little on the dry side but nice just the same.

Yunnan Spice Cake Sold at Local Wet Market

Yunnan Spice Cake Sold at Local Wet Market

Now shopping at the local “wet” markets is always extremely rewarding. Not only are the financial rewards great, with the costs being low for locals, but it helps keep plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in my diet. Shopping in the local wet market made me become aware of the economy and resources around me.

I’ve been told that there is a Kunming market that sells Gan Ba Jun or Dried Beef Mushrooms that have already been cleaned and sell for a very healthy sum. One day when I am really in ‘desperate need’ of the scrumptious taste, I’ll figure out where to go to get them, but buying that without being cleaned is not is the cards. I had bought one and half pounds of them for a party a while back and it took three of us 5 hours to clean them. So that’s not the kind of fun activity for me!

As promised, my recipe for Gan Ba Jun Wild Mushrooms:

Gan Ba Jun Mushrooms, Yunnan Style

Gan Ba Jun Mushrooms, Yunnan Style

Serves 4

½ cup oil (for some good reason, the Chinese insist on using a lot of oil for cooking wild mushrooms – I have yet to learn why)

8-10 long green chillies, sliced

1 pound gan ba jun wild mushroom pieces

½ teaspoon salt

Heat the wok, add the oil and heat the oil. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the chillies.

Add the mushrooms and cook over a medium to medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes, or until well cooked. Add the salt.

Dish up on a serving platter and eat with rice.

A Trip to the Countryside Outside Kunming

A Trip to the Countryside Outside Kunming

Being a teacher, I was invited to join my friends with their children who were off to celebrate Teacher’s Day. The skies were blue and the weather was end-of-summer-like. A perfect day to go to the farm and pick our own vegetables.

In Canada, when you say you are going to the farm, you picture a huge, flat piece of rolling land out in the country. A farm in Yunnan is a very different picture. Yunnan’s mountainous terrain makes it almost impossible to find flat land.  This farm was nestled in the valley of rolling land and the plots of vegetables are interspersed with handmade rivulets of fresh water from the fish pod at the center of the valley. We picked corn, potatoes, romaine lettuce, squash, eggplant hot chilli peppers, cabbage, green onions, cilantro, mint, runner beans, and radishes. Sitting by the first rivulet, we spent more than an hour chatting in the sun, diligently cleaning the fresh produce with fresh clean water by the stream while the children ran up and down the hills, trying to catch fish, and feeding and chasing the donkeys.  

The women are afraid of the UV rays of the sun, since Yunnan is in a high altitude plain…almost 2000 meters high…so we are closer to the sun and therefore the harmful effects. I took the job of shelling the beans.

We barbecued the corn in their husks and potatoes in their skins on an open fire.

The kitchen, no running water, hundreds of flies, a huge wok built into the counter with a wood-burning fire underneath, concrete floor…the farmer’s kitchen. All the women joined in the cooking, each one doing a different dish. I watched and took notes – more fodder for my next cookbook, Secrets of Yunnan Cuisine.

I was impressed to see an entire little plot of mint growing, I never did see mint in Beijing or in Qingdao, so this was a treat. When I mentioned this to QiuPing, the fact that also loved the taste of mint and now use it in many of my dishes, she said she would make me a special dish. Yes, she was right, it was special. The mint dish is in the bottom left hand corner.

We all joined in a wonderful vegetable lunch served outside under the canopy of the pine trees and beside the open fire pit.

Yunnan Mint and Green Onion

Serves 4


3 tablespoons oil

2 – 3 cups chopped fresh mint, leaves and stems

2 – 3 cups chopped green onion, white and green parts

1 teaspoon Chinese chicken bouillion granules*

1-2 teaspoons soy sauce


Heat the wok, add the oil, and wait for the oil to heat up again. Add the mint and the green onion in equal proportions and stir-fry for one to two minutes or until the greens are almost cooked, but still brightly green in colour.


Ass the remaining seasonings and mix thoroughly, continuing to cook for an additional minute.


Serve hot with other dishes and steamed rice.

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