Category Archives: Culture

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon- The Tea House Booboo

I just watched Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon. Quite entertaining for what it is- Tsui Hark’s stylish action sequence, a charismatic as always Feng Shaofeng, Angelababy who is always pleasing on the eyes plus Chen Kun’s quirky … Continue reading

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Today in Tea News

Most people stop blogging because i) lack of time ii) lack of inspiration iii) lack of interest Can’t help you with the first and third one but sometimes local news provides ample fodder. Take today’s tea related news for instance: … Continue reading

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On Being a Chinese Tea Drinker

Sometimes I ask folks if I am who they envisage a typical Chinese tea drinker to be. Not that I am some insecure narcissist who craves validation but I often find some of the statements hilarious: “Which part of China … Continue reading

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Dealing with the Singapore Haze

Last week, things have been hazy here in Singapore, literally. For a country that has been given the moniker of “Garden City”, haze (at those levels we should call it smog) is not something we are accustomed to. Courtesy of … Continue reading

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On names and translations

Translation is tough work, as someone who has translated from Mandarin to English and English to Mandarin for both work and personal purposes, I can attest as much. As any assiduous student of a translated text- from Sun Zi’s Art … Continue reading

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Uniquely Singaporean (and Malaysian) tea culture- Pork Ribs Tea

Bak Kut Teh or literally Pork Ribs Tea has achieved such ubiquity in Singapore and Malaysia during my formative years that it was only recently that I realized it was in fact unique to this part of the world. In … Continue reading

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The Chinese Art of Tea

The art of tea or 茶道 in Chinese would be more accurately translated as the ‘Way of Tea’; a philosophy, a way of life as opposed to a technique or a methodology. Considering how deeply ingrained tea is in Chinese … Continue reading

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Dispelling Some Myths About Chinese Tea

Chinese tea has been an integral part of the Chinese way of life for thousands of years. Whenever you talk about ‘Chinese culture’, you won’t get very far without bringing it up. Yet Chinese tea is often misunderstood by not … Continue reading

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Enhancing Your Tea Experience- Nurturing a Tea Pet

Chinese tea is a multi-faceted experience and rewards the loyal. Previously I blogged about nurturing a Zisha pot. For many tea lovers in China especially, nurturing a tea pet is also part of the territory. A tea pet is simply … Continue reading

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Mt Wuyi- Probably the Greatest Tea Producing Area

If you have any interest in Chinese tea, very soon you will come across the word ‘Wuyi’ or ‘Mt Wuyi’ or ‘Wuyi tea’. Where is this Mt Wuyi? Location of Mt Wuyi Mt Wuyi or Wuyishan district is located in … Continue reading

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