Art Of Chinese Tea (Part 2 of 2): Chinese Tea Ceremony – The Process

| December 3, 2012

  The Process Below are the steps in a typical Gongfu tea ceremony. Each step has a traditional four character name. *Take note that the teapot’s spout should not be pointing at anyone at all times as this is considered rude.   1. 温壶烫杯 (wēn hú tàng bēi) – “warm the pot and heat the cups” Boiling [...]

Art Of Chinese Tea (Part 1 of 2): Chinese Tea Ceremony

| December 3, 2012

  A brief introduction The ancient art of the Chinese tea ceremony is known to be a ceremony of the highest esteem that a host can offer a guest. While the Chinese tea ceremony is remarkably simpler compared to the Japanese version, (the Japanese version tends to be more rigid and pays a lot of [...]

South East Asia Cottage Industries (Part 5 of 5): Indonesia

| December 3, 2012

Batik and natural dyes In Indonesia, the cottage industry and handicrafts started all the way back during Dutch colonization, although it was not as advanced as that of India at that time. Just like any other village industries, people in the rural areas have turned from agrarian society to crafting entrepreneurs. Through thick and thin, [...]

South East Asia Cottage Industries (Part 4 of 5) : Philippines

| December 3, 2012

  A Good Start The Philippines is a country in the Far East blessed with tropical wonders such as blissful beaches and gorgeous greeneries. Like many big Southeast Asian countries, the types of people range from cosmopolitan city dwellers on one end and humble villagers on the other. People who have been living close to [...]

South East Asia Cottage Industries (Part 3 of 5) : Thailand

| December 3, 2012

  Treasures in the north Traditional handicrafts, unlike many other things nowadays, are a mean to make a living inherited from ancient generations. Crafts are vitally important for Thai economy as means of preserving the traditional value of community life and protecting the environment in Thailand. The art and craft business greatly reflect the basic [...]

South East Asia Cottage Industries (Part 2 of 5): Malaysia

| December 3, 2012

  The people in the North East Cottage industries in Malaysia contribute key economic revenues for the village population. The incomes derived from the industries contribute the main part of total rural household income (Redzuan and Aref, 2009). The village people in north-eastern coasts of Malay Peninsula are largely accountable for passing the centuries-old tradition [...]

South East Asia Cottage Industries (Part 1 of 5): The Villages & The People

| December 3, 2012

 The Cottage Industry Other than its spellbinding nature, these aforementioned South East Asian countries win tourists with the same nature/culture-based tourism[1] charms: Fantastic handicrafts labored from cottage industry. Cottage industry is a term originally coined for manufacturing business that consists of a group of villagers – males and females – working “part-time” from home. Most of [...]