Last week all of Singapore was enveloped in a really nasty haze, which originated from forest fires that took place in a neighboring country. It was indeed pretty bad and something which I’d never seen or experienced before. Snowstorms and heatwaves, yes – been there, done that. But the experience of being unable to breathe clean air, no. The first two days were a-okay for me, but as the haze rapidly worsened it was getting difficult to breathe, I felt my chest was congested and my eyes were getting irritated from the smoke. Thankfully the worst is finally over and we have clear blue skies again. *PHEW* And I take comfort in soothing my respiratory system by drinking quality bird’s nest.
While we’re on the topic of bird’s nest… the original discovery of this as a culinary treat is unknown. Honestly, I want to know who had randomly decided to boil the nest of a bird that was found in some dark mountain cave to make soup!? Historic Chinese people… tsk tsk tsk. They amuse me with their curiosity and ingenuity. Anyhoo, bird’s nest has been considered part of Chinese culture for over 1,500 years and it used to be enjoyed by royalty only. The bird’s nest is applauded for its medicinal properties: helps to cleanse the lungs, regulates respiratory system and strengthens the immune system. Furthermore, I’m sure many of you have heard this before, it makes skin soft and beautiful.
I love the gelatinous bits.
Brand’s Bird’s Nest with Rock Sugar contains the exquisite goodness of premium quality bird’s nest and rock sugar. It is an all-natural, preservative-free supplement with zero artificial flavoring. Even though I find this brand of bird’s nest a tad overly sweet for my palate, I’m totally spoiling myself with it at the moment as I’ve been getting bouts of cold recently (twice in a month, WTH!). Bird’s nest is traditionally believed to be able to cleanse the blood and purify the respiratory organs. Regular consumption also ensures good health, wards off influenza and the common cold. If I appear kinda blegh and tired in the photos you see here, why that’s because I AM tired and feeling blegh!!! Recovering from a cold, in fact. So yeah, I can definitely use a lot more bird’s nest on top of all the supplements and medication that I’m taking. That coupled with alone time, lots and lots of alone time (translation: let me sleep).
From what I’ve heard, the haze is an annual occurrence in Singapore. Ugh! I certainly hope there’s long-term preventative measures being put in place, but in the meantime what we can all do is look after ourselves as best we can and be prepared for the next occurrence.