Missing Shark’s Fin Soup

21 04 2009

Have you ever tasted Shark’s Fin soup? I have been lucky enough to have tasted the real deal when I was a teenager and in my early 20’s. My late father was a real fan of  Shark’s Fin soup. I still remember being served the delicacy where the waiter broke a fresh egg into the steaming bowl of soup. That was one of the best ones I had ever tasted. Then it became way too expensive to have the real one served to you, so most of the Shark’s Fin Soup you get  were artificial or at best had very little Shark’s Fin (and a lot of crabmeat thrown in). These days it is no more in vogue to order the soup. Some species of sharks have been hunted to near extinction in certain parts of the world merely for thier fin’s. On top of that, upon catching a shark, the fishermen remove their dorsal fins and release the shark’s back into the sea, which amounts to a slow and horrendous death for them. For you see, Shark’s cannot “breathe” if they are stationary. They need forward motion to force oxygen rich water into those famous looking gills.

sharks-gillsWith thiers fins removed,  this sleek and elegant looking creature can no more swim and merely sinks to the seabed where it slowly drowns! Yes, they actually drown for lack of oxygen rushing thru their gills. So the next time you have a craving for Shark’s Fin Soup, imagine how it would feel to die of drowning. That is why a lot of restaurant’s nowadays do not serve this delicacy anymore. But I guess there are some people who miss it so much that they would go to any lengths to get some.

Yes, I will admit the taste of Shark’s Fin Soup is very very good but I would not anymore have it, not the real stuff anyway. And tho throw such a tantrum in public for a bowl of soup? Hmmmmm.

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Sixth Sense?

6 04 2009

Maybe not but once this technology is perfected it would launch us into well and truly into the informational age. The I-Phone would be blase, something to be relegated to the history books of technology. Just imagine information literally at your fingertips but I suspect the processing and transmission speeds of most networks would be the limiting factor to such a device. I guess the idea has been mooted before seeing it being applied is really mind blowing.

Personally I am not ready for such a great leap in technology. My some of you would PREFER having your name and other personal details flashed on your Tee’s whenever someone passes by and glances at you but I for one would not. Current technology such as email and short messaging service or SMS have managed to create a generation of young people who are shying away from the spoken word. They would rather sms someone rather than call and make conversation! What would this new technology sow? As cool as it might look, I would rather have my information packaged in a small computer which I can switch off and leave at home and carry on with life sinfully feeding my other 5 senses.