Monday, 26 October 2009

TEA : Serving the people

Dear my loving visitors,

The above bamboo slip, prefaced of the four Chinese Characters, of which I bought it at Jiangsu Water-town Zhouzhuang. The above Chinese calligraphy means "serving the people". The simple yet rich in content was advocated by Mr. Sun Yat-sen. I must admit that I have indebted to him because he had an great and significant impact on my life. I also strongly believe that lots of people have been inspiring by him as well. He is also one of key figures who had contributed significantly in bringing back to China its former glory.

This piece will be added to my future tea corner.

I find the above bamboo slip has a very meaningful and close relationship with this blog. This is because tea is well fitted into this context. Tea has a great impact on people's lives and bring lots of benefits to the people through its multi-function roles in the world. It has been serving people for more than 5,000 years, in the form of beverage, currency, herb, medical, art and culture.

Through tea, it also helps to cement relationship amongst the human beings.
In this connection, its indirect function as preserving peace and harmony cannot be ignored. Therefore, we can not ignore its social status as peace keeper. As such, i do hope you will continuously giving your support to this blog so as to educate people to cultivate this healthy hobby at the same time promote peace through it.

You can be rest assured that it will also enriching our life through an healthy hobby as the same time promote the spirit sharing spirit as a way to maintain peace and harmony to human mankind.

Through this healthy hobby, one learn to be clam and patient. By doing so, a lots of dispute can be settled through tea rather bullets and bombs.

By now, Trust you will be able to see these intangible benefits that brought through tea and give it a recognition as its well deserved.

Thanks for your time and look forward to hearing from you again,

James Oh

Friday, 16 October 2009

Another piece for my tea corner from my recent trip in China

Dear my loving readers and visitors,

The above framed black and white hand painting which I bought from my recent trip in China and I find it meaningful and very pleasing to my eyes. Hope it does so to you as well.

The literary meaning of its Chinese Character is "happiness". I find it has a very significant meaning in everyone of our lives. Success without happiness is a failure. I bought this piece is for my future tea corner and I hope that I can hang it at the wall of my tea corner so as to remind my guests and I to seek happiness from our precious lives especially when we have our good tea times drinking our tea at that corner. Let tea be the tool to bridge us to the path of happiness through closer relationship with each others. Through tea, we also can cultivate good and healthy spirit of caring and loving each others. Trust it will also cement relationship through tea, which it has been done in the past.

The other mandarin characters of phrases also stipulated that happiness can cure aging, and prolong life. Now, you can see the great work done by this artist, who has well expressed his wisdom through every piece of his work, which I am greatly appreciated very much. He has been playing a great significant impact on human beings. His humble nature is well respected and your great support is greatly appreciated.

I strongly urge more people will have such a wisdom to create happiness for human beings so that everyone of us can contribute significantly towards healthy living for the real betterment of life.

Apart from the above significant function, this hand painting also can make a uniquely culture statement for my home.

Below are the photo taken with the artist at the front of his shop at the old town in Shanghai. His contact number and his business card are also attached for your reference.

I do wish his dream of traveling to other parts of the world materialize in the near future. He told me can only do so after he obtain the proceed from the sale of all of his paintings and artworks that are still remained at his shop.

I have the honor to have taken photos with him and our handshake symbolize our friendship and happy conclusion of our deal.

The reason I share with you is that how wonderful life would be if we all are always seeking for real happiness at whatever we do. Live meaningful and respect others view - let this be the corner stone of our living principle.

Trust our future world will be much better of.

James Oh

Sunday, 4 October 2009


Dear my loving readers and visitors,

The above photo was taken at the Old Town, Shanghai. Both of us are teenage friends and we know each other since we were 11 years old. We went to the same primary and secondary school.

I chose this ancient shop because it is very meaningful to me. The mandarin character means "tea shop for famous people". It reminded me that tea was considered as luxury item in the past, the rich and famous people are able to access to it.

Thereafter, it has been planted and produce in mass scale that allow all walks of people to access to it. So, thanks to those who have initiated such a noble idea to spread the tea to more people. Similarly, this concept was later applied in automobile by Mr Ford, who had brought down the price of the car so as majority of people can afford to own it. This noble idea and action bring better life to more people. As such, we should do the same for the next generations of people the same
way we have been benefited from this planet.

Trust this inspire you and look forward to hearing from you,

James Oh