April 28, 2008
Last week was the most spectacular week for Maryland gardeners. I say it with confidence because I experienced it (with some of my lucky friends) from my own backyard's flower show. The abundant camellia blossoms on the tall bush next to its protective myrtle tree, the happy tulips lining along the pathway, the petite pale pink plum flowers dotted amidst the budding leaves by the gazebo, the light blue ground covering violets........ Well, the show has to end somehow and the spring rain today brought down Kwansan cherry's petals like a fluffy snow shower--another type of beauty in my eyes.
Spring shower brings May flowers. I shall reveal another flower show next month.
March 23, 2008
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February 4, 2008
January 25, 2008
Besides my father, the most influential person who plays a part in turning me into a tea enthusiast is my friend Liz. As a Chinese saying goes, she is the "honorable person" bestowed in my life through God's grace. In the past three years, she has been the advocate for my tea knowledge and encouraged me to share this traditional Chinese culture with the local community. My participations would then bring forth new acquaintances and invitations. Since most events are requests for my tea talks or demos, the invitations make me feel like a voluntary Chinese tea ambassador!
January 23, 2008
January 17, 2008
January 15, 2008
Here is an easy way to carry out your New Year resolution for 2008: Drink more tea and be healthy. The January issue of World Tea News has an article on good tea habit to improve your health. Here are my tips to ensure your resolution success.
January 12, 2008
During my younger years, I thought that Lungjing was the tea per se. After I discovered the mellow Oolong teas on my own, my interest for teas took off ever since. Looking back, my father's immense influence on me about the life's "little delights" started with his love of tea.
January 9, 2008
The website I frequent the most and educates me daily is Answers.com . Let me count the "why"s:
--When I encounter a puzzled word during my online reading, it gives me the correct pronunciation right away plus translations in various languages.
--The translation into Chinese is especially useful. I can cross-reference the meaning since I relate to my native language better.
--The site gathers different editions of encyclopedia for the searched word in one place.
Now, prepare a pot of tea and see it for youself. Search the word "tea" at the site. When you are at the tea (tree) page, first take a quick glance of the page from top to the bottom before reading any part of it. See how much knowledge it contains? Enjoy and explore. :))
January 7, 2008
(above watercolor painting by Carol Gillott)
One of my favorite blog posting is http://www.parisbreakfasts.blogspot.com/ by Carol Gillott, an artist who writes about Paris/NY and all things that make the cities magical . Her short whimsical writings intermingled with adorable drawings are so fun to read and it always starts my day with smiles.
January 5, 2008
January 3, 2008
*my comment: Catechins are also present in oolong teas (my favorite) which are green teas oxidized in various degrees during tea production.
I happen to have few resarch articles relating to Catechins in tea. For the past two hours I detoured myself from reading daily news to updating my http://www.joysoftea.com/ website's reference section.
Now it's your turn to detour.:)) Prepare yourself with a pot of good tea, and start to peruse those articles at your own leisure--all for better physical and mental health!