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TWG Tea Boutique on the Bridge @ Singapore

20 Jun

B2-89/89A,2Bayfront Avenue,Singapore 018972
Tel: +65 6535 1837  Fax: +65 6221 1837

Open daily 10 am – 11 pm and until 12 midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and on the eve of public holidays

I love their TWG Chamomile Tea, can’t resist myself for not drinking it every night throughout my stay in Singapore which I’m lucky to say, the hotel which I’ve stayed actually served TWG teabags. LOL!

The TWG boutique café is located at Marina Bay Sands Shopping Mall, Singapore. And on my first visit there, I had even bought 3 pieces of Macaroons at SGD2.00 each. For it’s my first time ever tasted Macaroon, I would say it was absolutely fantastic. 🙂


Travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka

25 Feb

In Jan 2011, I travelled to Sri Lanka on business trip. To my surprise, it was truly an experience and I had so much fun discovering their culture. Let me share with you, some of my experiences when I was in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Colombo is divided into 25 districts and every district has various forms of discoveries. I was told if I would plan for a personal trip, “Kandy”, which is an “Uphill Capital” is a place I should not miss visiting, it also is known as Central Province. The other places will be “Ratnapura – The City of Gem; Trincomalee – famous for beaches, hot spring and Swami Rock; Anuradhapura” – The sacred city; etc.

Most of the flights to Sri Lanka are night flights except Sri Lankan Air. My advise, it’s either you take Malaysian Airlines or Singapore Airlines. The standard time zone is UTC/GMT +5.30 hours. The duration of flight is usually 4 hours. It is advisable to arrange for airport transfer as “The Bandaranaike International Airportis at Katunayake“, it will take you about an hour just to get to Colombo. Most Sri Lankans drive with a stint of excessive aggression, hence, don’t be surprise if they kept honking, flashing lights and hard braking, as this is their usual scene on the road. LOL! More transport tips for you, it is not advisable to take “Tutu” (3 wheels vehicle) instead, if you need to commute, try calling for cab service, you may contact these cab service company: Kangroo cab or Silvercab and their charges would be less than LKR100. When I went in Jan 2011, the exchange rate for LKR18,000 is equivalent to RM630.

Sri Lankans are warm and friendly. The main language used is Sinhala, Tamil and second language is English. In fact, mostly they can speak fluent English. I was told that their syllabus in school were taught in English. Every year, government will accept only 20 students from each district to join University of Colombo new intakes yearly. For those who are not selected will need to take courses from institutions, colleges or online courses offered from overseas. There are two Sinhala greeting words which I learned during the trip are “Bohome Isstuti” (Thank you very much) and “Ayubowan” (Good Bye).

The major religion is Buddhism and others will be Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. In Colombo, you will be able to see many Buddhist statue and temples along the roads as your travel. Don’t be surprise when you see an elephant in a Buddhist temple. A friend, who goes to temple few times a week to feed his pet and his pet, is an elephant. And I asked him, what do you feed it? He replied, in the morning I will go to morning market to buy 15 cabbages, sugar canes and a bunch of bananas. Then, he will bring it to temple to feed him. One day, the elephant had waited impatiently for my friend to untie the plastic bag; it actually grabbed a banana and throws it at my friend. I can imagine how cunning the elephant is. LOL!

As for sport, Cricket is the most popular sport in most of the cities as well as the rest of the country, and is usually played on the grounds around the city followed by Football (Soccer) and Rugby Union. Sri Lanka is one of the top ten nations that take part in test cricket and one of the five nations that have won a cricket world cup. Cricket is played at professional, semi-professional and recreational levels in the country and international cricket matches are watched with interest by a large proportion of the population.

The only retail outlet store which I shopped in Colombo is ODEL. I bought a scarf and the many flavours of Dilmah Tea available. They come with nice packaging and excellent quality as well. I enjoyed the Dilmah tea for my daily breakfast buffet at Colombo Hilton Hotel. I have taken some pictures of teas that I’d tried. Also, there’s the Sri Lanka tea or better known as “Ceylon Tea“. Can you believe it? There are in total SIX main tea-producing regions. The teas produced in different region and have their own individual characteristics of flavor, aroma, and color. Besides tea, Cashew nuts in Sri Lanka are also a controlled item by the Government, as it was produce by locals. When I bought some, it wasn’t cheap as the demand is high, the cashew nut supply are usually scarce. Therefore, high demand vs low supply, they increases the price but I never regret buying them, as even the spicy cashew nuts is good.

Sri Lanka Village named “Nugagama” by Grand Cinnamon Hotel

Village feels; water from “The Well”

Sri Lankan cuisine are mainly consists of boiled or steamed rice served with curry dishes. Curries in Sri Lanka are not just limited to meat or fish-based dishes, there are also vegetable and even fruit curries. The cuisines in Sri Lanka shares similarities with the cuisines of South India. Not to forget, my favourite food is “Hoppers”. Hoppers are made from a fermented batter of rice flour, coconut milk and a dash of palm toddy, which lends a sour flavor and fermentation ability. If toddy is not available, yeast is often used. The batter is left to rise, then cooked in a hemispherical wok-like pan. How many types of vegetarian group which you have heard before? Vegetarian includes eggs but not dairy products or vegetarian includes dairy products but not eggs. I think this is the most common. In Sri Lanka, it’s also common to have vegans who don’t consume 2-legged animals, 4-legged animals or non-legged animals, etc.

Papayas is something anyone shouldn’t miss when in Sri Lanka and noticed there is two colour types of papayas and the taste is good, it is juicy and sweet. I had a lot nevertheless. Breakfast in hotel is fantastic, everyday they will serve papaya juice and pineapple juice along with other juices. Yes, it’s interesting isn’t it? The papaya juice is something one least expected as fruit juices.

LOL! Last but not least, Sri Lankans all time favorite dessert after a normal meal is Buffalo Curd with Palm Sugar. Most of the Sri Lankans loves tea time by enjoying a cup of Hot Ceylon Tea or a cup of Hot Ginger Tea with a bite of palm sugar each time before they sip in some tea.

Raspberry Leaf Tea

3 Dec

Recently, a friend who returned from her vacation in New Zealand, bought me a pack of “Raspberry Leaf Tea”, let me emphasize this word, it’s “leaf tea”, not those fruit tea you usually see. I was curious about the smell and taste of the tea. Frankly speaking, when you first saw the tea packaging, which wasn’t really that  attractive (let’s just say, I wouldn’t buy it, upon the first look).

Anyway, I read the ‘synopsis’-like label of the Raspberry Leaf Tea‘s packaging and guess what? It’s actually also a special herbal tonic for women.

Now, are you curious? How does it helps?

Here’s the story: In the last century, herbalists helped ease the discomfort of menstruation by giving women raspberry leaves steeped in hot water. They also served the tea to women during the middle to latter stages of pregnancy to help tone the uterus ready for labour. The tea may also be use as a digestive tonic for men and women. To add on, its also naturally caffeine free.

Important Note: Please consult doctor for more information. This post is just for sharing purposes.

The tea leaves contain several high concentrations of vitamins and minerals because of the plant’s secondary compounds.

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A intake in the form of the carotenoids of red raspberry leaf  which can aid the women’s immune system as well as facilitate healthy skin and bone development for the baby.
  • Vitamin B-Complex.
  • Vitamin E promotes better circulation in the mother who is dramatically increasing her blood volume during pregnancy.
  • PhosphorusPotassium,
  • Calcium is able to increase the availability in controlling nerve response to pain during childbirth and in aiding bone development in the fetus.
  • Fragrine is an alkaloid which help tone the muscles of the pelvic region including the uterus. This allows the uterus to contract more powerfully and effectively during labor.

The benefits are as follow:

  • The leaves of red raspberry plant has astringent properties, for which it can constrict the intestinal tissues to provide relief in diarrhea and soothe inflammation of the intestine.
  • The astringent properties of the leaves also makes them ideal for treating skin irritation and improve skin firmness.
  • Red raspberry leaf tea can be an effective herbal remedy for sore throat, irritation of the oral cavity and gum diseases.
  • It can also help to prevent dehydration, and lower the level of blood sugar in diabetic patients.
  • Apart from these, red raspberry leaf tea can be used to treat flu, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, fever and rubella.

(Source of information)

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