7/18/2008

Sickness and ...


I've been pretty much afflicted with sub-par housing environments for much of my life. My current housing situation sees me sharing a house with 5 other people who work night shifts. No good for me in a 'regular' 9-5 job when I expect to sleep at night but when 5 people go crashing around the house at various nocturnal intervals. More than 4 hours sleep has been a luxury for the past year or so, and thus I am rather run down at this point, even though mentally, I am still remaining strong. As a result of prolonged exhaustion, I am often afflicted with fever and sore throat. For anyone else who is struggling with similar symptoms, I have recently discovered Ho Yan Hor herbal tea. I swear that it mitigates high body temperature. It's truly amazing. You can obtain this tea over the internet or probably in any fair-sized Chinese supermarket.

The second remedy that was presented to me today by the waiter in a Chinese restaurant after he ironically 'overheard' that I had lost my voice. It is depicted in the pictures above. You will never guess what it is, so I will tell you that it is a TWENTY YEAR OLD LEMON...

I can tell you that it reminds me of the fermented pig rotting in the glass tank at the Seven Star Crags park in Zhaoqing, China. It's all brown and yukky looking, and you wonder why mankind enjoys watching things ferment in see-through containers.

Anyway, Mr A's 20-year-old lemon is a tradition of his mother's. Every week, his mother prepares a lemon for fermentation and week by week, she adds the lemon to her collection. The idea is that you put the lemon in a cup of hot water and add some honey.

So far, the 20-year-old lemon is still sitting on the desk of my workplace, and I'm not sure how I can return the vessel so that it looks like I have actually consumed some of it in order not to offend Mr A.

Thank you for a twenty-year-old lemon...

1 comment:

Martial Arts Mom said...

eeeewwwweeee...Can't you pour just a little of the liquid out (assuming there is liquid)??? Did I already say, "Eeeeewwweee"???