Sunday, March 24, 2013

Yummi House -- Beware

If anyone should recommend you honey from Yummi House, take some time to read this post before you decide to spend hundreds of dollars on their so-called 100% unprocessed honey.

Firstly, this link is about lab tests done on yummi house honey and results pointing that it fails to meet international standards of pure honey regarding HMF levels.

Secondly, I have tried some of their honey as well (my mother being a victim of their really good sales pitch). I only had a small spoon of it mixed with water, next day I developed a sore throat. At first I thought it was something else that caused my sore throat, so I tried the honey again when my sore throat went down. Again, I got a bad sore throat the following day.

Thirdly, you probably should know that yummi house was reported in the papers due to complains from consumers, and they were fined by AVA for misleading consumers with their claims. Which means that all their claims of better health and everything is not necessarily true.

I recently listened to their sales pitch for their new product-- bird's nest. I must admit, they are very good salesmen. They make their product sound like the best in the world and worth every penny of its exorbitant price. However, when you consider established brands with over 30 years of history also selling bird's nest, on what grounds does yummi house have to say that their product is superior to all others? 

Furthermore, they marketed this bird's nest as being harvested from sea swallows, so the nests are exposed to the good of the natural weather. Personally, I find this to be bullshit. I went to google their so called sea swallow, or 海燕 in chinese, the animal that came out was nothing close to a swallow. Neither could I find any breed of swallow that lived near the sea.

I once watched a documentary about bird's nest harvesting in Indonesia. Yummi house did mention that their product is from Indonesia. What I have learnt from the documentary is that the harvesters build large shelters and attract swallows to nest there. When the swallows leave, their nests are then collected and cleaned. So which part of it is exposed to the sea? Just take a while to think of their claims and you would realise that they are actually full of loopholes.

I have seen many elderly aged people buying bulks of honey from them, mainly because of their membership and discount requirements, eg. you have to purchase a certain amount to get 20% discount and lifetime silver class member. I understand that the elderly will never google online for information but I hope that by word of mouth, less people would fall into the trap. With the amount of money spent at their shops, you could easily buy many other things that are truly beneficial to health. You may not develop any problems from eating their products now but who knows what effects might surface 5 or 10 years later. I would rather put my faith in established brands which are not as expensive as yummi house.

I won't really call yummi house a conman, because they are so good at persuading people to buy their products willingly. Still, it's always good to think twice before you believe in their sweet talk.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The last time I said I would come back with good news. Here's a piece of it -- I got into Lucasfilm's Jedi Master Program (JuMP for short). At least that puts an end to me not knowing what to do with my life. It's a six months apprenticeship. As for what will happen after six months, who knows? The future is unpredictable. For all you know, the end of the world might come again.