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A Love Affair With Tea – Delightful Cuppa

Most teas hail from the hills of Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India or China. Fragrant and chokeful of anti-oxidants (not to mention caffeine), it is my refreshing cuppa in mornings or in the day as afternoon tea brew.

My love affair with tea must have started in Hong Kong whenever I “yum cha” with colleagues over dim sum lunch.

Chinese teas packed a whallop in caffeine and I would lie starry eyed on ceiling boards if I drank it in evening dinners – eyes all agog as if wearing permanent open eye goggles 🙂

Oolong or Pu Erh teas are smoky in flavourings whilst Hainan’s infamous Ku ting Cha is bitter and yet refreshing. By now you must be wondering what on earth I am describing!

English teas for eg Earl Grey, English Breakfast or the simple Lipton or Boh tea makes me happy. In bags, sold in 25s, 50s or 100s, it makes a refreshing iced lemon tea brew during the summers in Oregon where I studied.

I did not realise my love affair to teas till people whom I sat and ate with often remarked that I should be getting my cuppa from Yakun or Toast Box! You see in our little red dot Singapore, we too have our equivalent Starbucks or Spinellis minus the jazz or free wifi and comfy sofa seats with a range of freezes or frappuccinos to boast. AHA! We have our own Kopi Peng or Teh Peng ( ice coffee or ice tea in Hokkien).

There is also our infamous Milo Dinosaur (our version of chocolate milk shake minus the cream) served thick on ice with generous dribbles of Milo!!

As for the likes of muffins or croissants, we have the kaya toast and two half boiled eggs to boast.

Kaya toast is thinly sliced liked wafer. Crunchy toasted with butter and coconut jam.

I am Asian and proudly Singaporean…but with a strange yearning for teas which people of my genre cannot fathom why! Let’s keeping them guessing 🙂

Potato ( pronounced Poh Tae Toe or Por Ta To) it is just a name serving different people of different walks of life!

Enjoy your brew!


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Deepest Condolences To The Bereaved Family Of Mr Kind On Passing Of His Mother

About more than a week ago, Mr Kind texted me to share that his mum had a bad cold and fever.

Tests later showed that her lungs were fluid filled and that she was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer.

Whilst the fluids could be drained, it kept his mum very unwell.

Sadly, this afternoon, his mum passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones.

Mr Kind is a filial son and as the eldest son, he takes on the role of cooking for his parents and siblings on weekends.

Besides being a successful business man, he balances his own famiy’s needs, extended family’s needs and helping people.

I am one friend whom he checks in daily with and this recent hospitalization of mine, I fully understood that his hands were full attending to his late mum’s needs.

I am really sad for Mr Kind as it is hard to lose a family member. But I comforted Mr Kind by explaining that his mum did not suffer from the ravages of lung cancer. I shared with him how my good friend, Ms Holy Holy’s mum suffered a long drawn death before succumbing to lung cancer years later.

In Mr Kind’s case, his mum did not die from lung cancer per se but due to fluid filled lungs.

She did not suffer much but has been treated for dementia, which made her sometimes, aggressive.

Based on local tradition, wakes are held for 1, 3, 5 or 7 days.

Mr Kind is now busy with funeral arrangements and I hope he will not fall ill himself post funeral from all the stress he went through and will go through till the completion of funeral rites.

A rose for Mr Kind’s Late Mum, honoring her life and giving life to Mr Kind.

Tonight’s Wisdom & Laughs

I especially love this one….

Oh yes, definitely for my next life..

Yes, tell the kids.

Now let’s laugh…

Confessional for dogs too! Awesome!

A conundrum that can we live with?

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‘Make Up’ Flowers?!


Literally …..

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