highlight of today was to visit Gala Aoiumi to see a demonstration of
how sea salt was obtained. Attachd to the site was the visitors' centre
where again lots of gift items were on offer - bags and bottles of sea
salt. Tucked away in a corner was a snow scene with snowmen made of
As I was touring, the story of Shakespeare's King Lear came into my
mind. The plot was based on an old English fairy tale.
An elderly rich
man wanted to divide his property among his three daughters based on
their responses to his question of to what extent they loved him. While
the elder two sisters flattered the father to please him, the youngest
said simply "I love you as fresh meat loves salt." The father was
infuriated by her reply as salt was not something precious and so he
Before the invention of refrigeration, salt was
extremely important as it was the main ingredient to preserve meat.
Though in recent years, salt has been blamed as the culprit of high
blood pressure, a reasnable intake of salt is important to our good
health. It helps our hydration, muscle contraction and digestion.
Important as it is, salt is inexpensive though of course, sea salt is
not as cheap.
Living in this highly materialistic city of Hong Kong, we
tend to assume that money is of paramount importance to good living. It
certainly is but then we have to remind ourselves that many good things
in life are inexpensive or even free!
Have a walk in the countryside and
breathe in the fresh fragrant air. That's free!
Quit soft drinks and
energy drinks. Boil some water, pour it into a big jug, cool it down,
drop several slices of lemon and some mint into the water before
freezing it. This water can definitely quench your thirst faster than
any commercial soft drink. And it doesn't cost much! Be creative! Add
slices of different fruits like green apples or strawberries to freshen
your taste buds!