Monday, January 26, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
My friend Rick sends this postcard from Taiwan: ...
"While sitting around drinking tea with my new Taiwanese friends I was thinking of you! Yepper, I'm in Taipei now. I arrived Thursday and will head back to Thailand Tuesday. Just a short emergency business trip at the last minute.
The days have been busy and long but today (Sat) I was able to play tourist a little. I went downtown and to the top of the 101. While walking around the shops I came across a nice tea shop and snapped a pic for you. Well, it's a little past midnight and I need to hit the sack. I hope all is well with you and your family.
I hope you enjoyed the Christmas and New Year holidays. I took 2 weeks off, the family and I went to the in-laws as well as our place in Surin providence. I took many pics and will update my daughter's blog soon. I'll let you know when that occurs as she being almost 3 now has an understanding of Christmas, 'Santa brings big toys!'... haha"
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
A comment (and response) to a fellow Blogger .. brings to mind these quotes:
"England and America are two countries separated by a common language." --George Bernard Shaw.
Wilde wrote: "We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language"
NB: Bertrand Russell and Dylan Thomas have similarly opined.
And Winston Churchill said, "Our two countries were divided by a common language"
Being a Scot, English (at least spoken) is not recognized as a native language, so I'm off to a bad start plus many years of: Sing-lish, Chin-lish etc, I often make a communications faux pas
Monday, January 12, 2009
The first a beautiful deep rich red:..
The second: a variegated, lighter red and white:...
Monday, January 05, 2009
So when I reached the office it was a Shu Pu-erh I reached for.
Produced in 2003, by: Meng Hai Li Ming Factory in; Xishuangbanna. Kong Que Zhi Xi Ang Qi Zi Bing Cha.
357gm cake for; 175 RMB, in Dongguan, Feb 2008.Strong rich tea .. In the past year the cakes have improved over my initial encounter. A true daily tea.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Are there differences between a Gaiwan “Drinking” cup and a Gaiwan Brewing” cup ?
My personal experience and observations lead me to conclude: “Yes Virginia, there is a difference” The variations that demonstrate (to me) that distinction.
The Drinking Cup: Used as a personal: covered (with the lid) drinking vessel, that also contains a share of tea leaves.
The Brewing Cup: Used to contain a share of tea that will be infused, and decanted into either a drinking cup or a Common Pouring Jug. Serving a similar purpose as a: Tea Pot.
Both Gaiwan types are made of three parts: Base, Body, and Lid. The: Base and Body serve similar functions in both applications.
The Base provides: Aesthetics, Thermal insulation when held in the hand. Most often this is not used in commercial tea houses. Body: Contain Leaves and Water .. The subtle shape of the top third and interaction with the lid that separates the functions (Drinking vs. Brewing Gaiwan)
The Lid is where I see the first distinctive difference, a second a major functional difference is in the interplay between Lid and Body mouth.
The Drinking Cup Lid: function is to filter/ hold back the leaves when in use, and to cover the tea and maintain heat when temporally set aside. First visual difference is: a small vent hole. (see above) As the drinking cup lid will cover the hot liquid for some time, this vent purpose is self evident.
The Brewing Cup Lid: may or may not have a vent hole, by function it is not required. The interplay between the Lid and Body Opening is where I see the greater distinction of uses.When buying a Gaiwan as a Brewing Cup it is imperative you test its function in the shop. This is easy in China/HK/Taiwan .. so good luck in your particular local ..What is required in the Brewing cup is: Lid/Body combinations that provide a nice opening to dispense tea without having a large opening in the rear that can let HOT vapors caress your unsuspecting palm, when dispensing into the pouring jug.
Mrs Yang at work:You can see in the 2nd video the large gap in back of the Gaiwan, and poses no threat to the experienced server.
In this day and age I see the use of a Gaiwan as a drinking cup, relegated to scenes in period movies, however one style can provide the services of the other