Archives For Mainland China

These are our adventures to Mainland China

Ang Filipino community sa Hong Kong ay pinapayuhan na maglaan ng karagdagang pag-iingat upang maiwasan ang kakaibang antibitiotic-resistant bacteria na muling natagpuan sa Hong Kong.

Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, nalaman ng Microbiology Laboratory ng Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) ang dalawang uri ng Klebsiella pneumoniae na pumapaloob nagbibigay ng hudyat sa KPC carbapenemase.

Ang kaparehong carbapenem-resistant bacteria na tulad ng mga nagkakanlong sa IMP gene ay natagpuan na noonsa Hong Kong.

Ang tagapag-salita ng Center for Health Protection (CHP) ng Department of Health ay nagsabi na ang malawak na gene na kontra sa grupo carbapenem antibiotic ay ginagamit na  pangalawang kinatawanan.

Ang pagkakatuklas sa magkahiwalay na dalawang pasyente sa mga pampublikong pagamutan ay isinangguni sa PHLSB.

Ang pasyente sa Queen Mary Hospital ay isang 66-taong gulang na lalake na nagpakonsulta na sa Tsina noong Oktubre 2010. Ang kanyang ispesimen na kinuha sa puwit ay positibo na  mga kauring KPC Klebsiella pneumoniae. Siya ay nagnegatibo sa impekyon ngunit nagtataglay ng grupo ng mga ganitong uri.  Ang pasyente ay nasaTung Wah Hospital at nasa matatag na kundisyon.  Bilang pag-iingat, siya ay inihiwalay sa karamihan ng mga pasyente.

Ang isa pang pasyente ay isang 24-taong gulang na lalake at tinanggap sa United Christian Hospital. Ang kanyang ihi ay nagtataglay ng organismo, at ito ay nakuha sa isang masusing pagsusuri dahil sa sakit ng tiyan.  Ang resulta sa laboratoryo ay nagsasabi na walang siyang impeksiyon sa daanan ng ihi.  Ang mga sintomas ay bumaba dahil sa konserbatibong pangangalaga na hindi ginagamitan ng antibiotics.  Ang mga organismo na nakita sa pasyente ay sensitibo sa antibiotic na gentamicin.

Sinabi rin ng tagapagsalita na ang mga organismo na napapaloob sa KPC ay napabalita na sa iba’t-ibang parte ng mundo lalo na sa Estados Unidos ganun na rin sa mga bansa sa Europa at Tsina.  Ang pagsulpot-sulpot ng ganitong mga kaso ay inaasahan sa Hong Kong dahil sa globalization.  Ang CHP ay naglagay ng isang sistema na magbabantay sa antinbiotic-resistant bacteria. Ang dalawang kaso ay magkahiwalay at walang relasyon sa isa’t-isa.

Ang walang tuos na paggamit ng antibiotics ay nagpapalala upang hindi tablan ng antibiotics ang isang pasyente, ayon sa tagapagsalita.

Dahil sa madalas na paggamit ng mga Pilipino ng mga antibiotics, mas mataas ang pagkakataon na mahawa ang mga Pilipino ng bacteria na ito.

Ang publiko ay pinapayuhan na huwag gumamit ng antibiotic na walang payo ng isang propesyonal na manggagamot .  Kung ito ay may payo ng manggagamot , ito ay kailangan ayon sa preskripsiyon at dosage na ibinigay.

Ang mga mamamayan ay dapat maging malinis kasama na ang palagiang paghuhugas ng kamay gamit ang sabon.  Sila ay dapat umiwas na maghiraman ng di nalalabhang tuwalya, damit, uniporme at pang-ahit. Ang sugat ay dapat laging linisin at takpan.

Para sa karagdagang kaalaman, bisitahin lamang ang Web site ng CHP  sa http://www..chp.gov.hk o tumawag sa ATN section ng Konsulado sa telephono bilang 28238506 at 2823-8512 o sa Hotline bilang 9155-4023.

23 November 2010

 

Glorious Guangzhou!

May 29, 2010 — 2 Comments

Our room at Chime Long Hotel

Upon the mention of Guangzhou, what first comes to my mind is affordable fashion, electronics, DVD’s, games, etc.  I wouldn’t have thought that Guangzhou would have a great hotel, theme park, and attractions.  Since I usually go to Guangzhou to attend the Canton Fair, all I see is the Canton Fair area, my hotel, restaurant, and nothing else.  We were introduced to this theme park, by Ocean Park Hong Kong.  Ocean Park Hong Kong, helped developed this marvelous theme park.

Chime Long Hotel Entrance

We took the inter-city through train from Hung Hom, which is located in the Kowloon Peninsula of Hong Kong, to Guangzhou, China.  We took the 10:42 am train, which would be arriving at the Guangzhou East station at around 12:30, which was exact timing, as our hotel reservation would be available by 2:00 pm.  We made a reservation at the Chime Long Hotel, which was according to their website, their premium hotel.  We also found out that the hotel had a complimentary shuttle service, from the

The Lobby of Chime Long Hotel

train station to the hotel, and back.  When we saw the hotel, we thought that we were transported to an exclusive South African hotel.  That was our initial thought as the hotel was made to appear like an exclusive Safari hotel.  The lobby was as grand as the exterior, there were no fancy chandeliers, but what replaced it was a huge pillar of rock, etched with animal like sculptures, which was incidentally the check in counter.  The hotel was so big, it had two wings, the old wing and the new wing, but as massive as the other.  We were assigned into the new wing, where you have to walk a bit to reach your wing, passing a mini waterfalls.  We didn’t expect that the rooms would be uber spacious.  In the middle of the room was the “Queen,” a queen size bed, that seems to look like 2 queen size bed, in which it could sleep 4 people.  While on the side of the room was a double deck bed, impeccably decorated with animal patterns, which was to sleep at least 3 children, as the lower bed would be able to sleep 2, and the upper bed 1.  The bathroom and wardrobe area, was equally spacious.  And there was a huge window, in which you could view almost the entire hotel complex.

Watch out for the Camels!

What we first visited, as suggested by the ticket counter lady at the hotel, was the Xiangjiang Safari Park.  Xiangjiang Safari Park is considered the largest animal park in Asia.  This park features animals in an open area setting, and features different animals, from all parts of the world.  There are Giraffes, Deers, Antelopes, Camels, Pandas, Wolves, Tiger, Lions, Elephants, and a lot more.  Besides the open area, the park offers an area wherein the dangerous animals are kept in enclosures for the safety

Feeding a White Tiger Cub.

of the public.  The park also offers the public, to have interactions with the animals, wherein the public can feed the animals with a minimal fee, such as Giraffes, Tiger Cubs, Lion Cubs, Parrots, etc.  My son could not resist his excitement, that he asked me kindly pay for him, so he could feed a White Tiger cub.  Besides the Safari, and the zoo, the park also offers shows such as the epic story Journey to the West, featuring the Monkey King, Tripitaka, Sandy, and Pigsy.  They also have an Elephant show, wherein the Pachyderms performed various tricks.

What a ride!

We visited Chime Long Paradise, the next day.  It is a theme park dedicated to wild rides, with one even included in the Guinness Book of World Records for it’s 10 loops; shows, and kid’s amusement.  There are 8 different zones inside the theme park, offering everyone a different thrilling experience.  Among the areas we visited were the Action Arena, which featured a live, heart pounding, action blazing show, in where you seem to be experiencing a live action movie recording, with matching

Chime Long International Circus

explosions, and searing fire; Happy Kingdom, which is basically rides for kids and adults, wherein we tried the Sky Bike, in which you pedal to make the Sky Bike move, while hanging in mid air; Performance Centre Plaza, where the White Tiger Show was held; and a lot more.  We were suggested to go back to the hotel and have our dinner first, then attend the Chime Long International Circus during the evening.  Chime Long International Circus, has a variety of shows, with a variety of different performers, coming form all parts of the world.  There were also animal performers such as Black Bears, Hippopotamus, Chimpanzees, Orangutans, Pigs, Goats, and a lot more.

A Baby Crocodile!

On our third day we visited the Guangzhou Crocodile Park, which features as the name imply, a large number of crocodiles.  These crocodiles are commercially farmed, for their meat, teeth, skin, and other organs, that can be used, either as medicine or ornaments.  We saw houses upon houses, teeming with different sized crocodiles, from juvenile to adult.  Plus they had a section where in crocodile eggs were incubated, until they hatched into baby crocodiles.  We also saw how they butchered the crocodiles, and take whatever they can from it.  It also features shows, such as the Sea Lion Show, and the Crocodile Show.  Plus there are parts of the park, wherein you can get photo opportunities.

First Snow

We decided at the spur of the moment to take a New Years vacation to Beijing.  All was done in quick succession.  Before we knew it, we were in Beijing City International Airport.  We were billeted at the Novotel Peace Beijing.  When we arrived at our hotel, we were a bit astonished, as the amenities and facilities were great.  There was a free internet station at the lobby for guest, featuring the latest Apple iMac Desktops.  And the room was spacious, everything that you could ever want in a hotel room was there.  The bonus fact, was we were close to the Wangfujing Street, which is where all the shopping malls are located.  What we first did was coordinate with the concierge, we asked where all the supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, and shopping malls were located.  Upon buying all the necessities, we rested for the night.

The Forbidden Palace

When we woke up the next morning, while having breakfast, we saw snow outside the windows.  We asked the staff at the restaurant, as to when it snowed.  We were informed that while we were sleeping it snowed in the wee hours of the morning.  After breakfast, we got ready for the day, and proceeded to the nearest tourist attraction from our hotel, which was The Forbidden Palace.  Upon arriving there, we saw a lot of people, from tourist, locals from other parts of China, students, etc.  The exterior of the place was already a sight to see, but when we entered, the interior was awe inspiring.  It was so huge.  It’s really something to be an Emperor or a King.  There were courtyards after courtyards.  We did the rounds, and when we finished we headed for the exit.  Upon reaching the exit, we learned that the famous Tienanmen Square was mere minutes away.  We proceeded there, and was greeted by an inspection team at the entrance.  They were checking the bags, for items such as explosives, guns, knives, etc.  When we entered we saw the statues, depicting the the massacre that took place here.  As it was getting dark, we proceeded back to the hotel to have our dinner, and rest for the next day.

Great Wall of China

The next day, we prepared ourselves for a long trek, as we planned to go to Badaling Section of The Great Wall of China.  We hired a van for the day, as it was more convenient for us, as we were a group of 6.  So we proceed to Badaling Section of The Great Wall, upon reaching it, we saw a white wall, as The Great Wall was covered in snow.  It was huge, we could not finish the wall tour, as it was slippery as well, due to the snow.  After The Great Wall, we proceeded to the Ming Tombs, after that we headed to the Olympic Village, where the famous Bird’s Nest, and The Beijing Water Cube is located.  Then back again to the hotel for the night.  The next day, we were on our way back home.