Free Twinings of London!

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The Tea Package, nice!

Hello there!
Its been quite some time really since my last time writing a blog. and I just want to share with you that last week I went to UK education exhibition and got some free stuffs there including Twinings tea 🙂
Well, i would say that I am not a regular consumer of tea (especially high tea) but i do enjoy it rather than coffee (I know it sounds weird but whenever I go Starbucks, I always order tea).
This time i got a chance to proof my ability of recognizing the types of tea with my smelling senses. They put 4 jar of dried tea buds and 4 box of different Twinings tea (Jasmine green tea, white tea, earl grey tea and peppermint) then i have to guess which jar match with each of those boxes.
Peppermint is an easy one, but the rest is quite challenging. For Earl grey tea I can recognize it by the bargamot distinctive smells, but when it comes between Jasmine green tea and white tea I hardly distinguished them. I have never drink twining’s Jasmine green tea before,but we have our local’s jasmine tea here with a very strong Jasmine aroma, however in twining’s I almost didn’t recognized any jasmine fragrant there, maybe they use a different types of Jasmine so it becomes very subtle compare to the local varieties. Finally I got wrong between those two haha..though i didn’t win the planner book but at least they gave me a pack of 5 different twinning bags, each individual has different brewing method (can’t wait to try!). Here they are:

  • Classic earl grey (black tea)
  • Peach tea (black tea with peach sweet aroma)
  • Four red fruits tea (black tea with the juicy flavours of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and redcurrant)
  • Green tea and lemon
  • White tea
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The tea bags inside with 5 different flavours

They also put some information about their products. Basically they sell five different groups of products:

  • Black tea (including earl grey, lady grey, darjeeling and english breakfast)
  • Flavoured black tea (a blend of black tea and scented fruits and plants such as blackcurrant, peach, and vanilla)
  • Green tea (including earl grey green tea and jasmine green tea)
  • Infusions (not a tea based drink but an infusions of fruits and herbs which is caffeine free such as chamomile, lemon & ginger, peppermint infusions)
  • White tea (as far as I know white tea is highest quality among other kind of tea because its carefully selected from unopened buds) 

I also just know that Twinings is a merchant company based in London which appointed by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II (as written in their packaging) and they don’t produce the tea by themselves (they import it), now I become curious where on earth they’ve got these all high quality tea (its quite possible that its produced in developing country-India or Nepal maybe) that must be cheaper because Twinings in my country is a very expensive one (#sad). Until I found out more about my favorite tea….that’s all from my blog today and Enjoy your tea! 😉

Cheers

That Kind of Sweet Things

That kind of sweet things won’t give me anything,

Neither warmth nor cold,

Neither strength nor weakness,

Neither sad nor happiness.

 

That kind of sweet things won’t brought me anywhere,

Neither left nor right,

Neither up nor down,

Neither here nor there.

 

That kind of sweet things won’t set me back,

That kind of sweet things won’t burn me out,

That kind of sweet things won’t put any harm on me,

Because with it or without it,

That kind of sweet things will only remain as my past.

 

If you take from me that kind of sweet things,

I will neither moan nor cry,

I will just stand by here and say,

Life must go on, baby!  Yes, Life must go on!

Even if I no longer have your kind of sweet things.

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Wonosari Tea Plantation in Malang, East Java (Wisata Kebun Teh Malang)

I’ve just had an opportunity to visit one of the most popular tourism destinations in my town. Actually I’ve been planning to visit that place since long time ago when I was at senior high school, unfortunately all the plan remain as a plan until last week.

I’ve visited this place with my family in Malang, my lovely hometown. Malang is quite small town but it has nice view because it is located in a highland surrounded by mountainous slopes. The main occupation of people here is farming, we can find lots of fresh fruits and vegetable everywhere (one of my favorite, pick up fresh fruits from the trees and eat it directly is so yummy 🙂 –of course don’t forget to wash it first).

Malang is also famous with its tourism objects because it has breezy air, mild climate and beautiful natural scenery, the most popular places to visit are waterfalls, botanic garden, farm, hot spring, hills, mountains, forests, resort villas and park with integrated swimming pools (well, swimming pools is quite popular attraction for the locals).

The tourism place that I’ve visit last time was Wonosari Tea Plantation Malang. This area is located on the slopes of Arjuna Mountain, East Java Indonesia.ImageImage

Well, as a tourism object i must admit that the facilities and infrastructure to reach the area is still lacking and limited. The main road for example, it has lots of bumpy and hole everywhere which really inconvenient for people who ride a bike or bring their own car. The information guide to reach the area is also still limited; we have to ask here and there several times until we reach the exact location.

There are lots of things which need improvement in terms of tourism matters in Indonesia. My concern is there are lack of integration and cooperation between governmental office such as department of tourism board with department of transportation and infrastructure. I believe that Indonesia has huge potential to be improved, but now what i currently observed is the government only focus on marketing campaign and promotion (sadly, its only promote instead of giving useful and sufficient information about the objects and its also does not concern about improving the real condition of the tourism objects.

If compare it to the nearby countries they are more concerned on their tourism objects, they provide nice supporting facilities and preserved the objects very well. Their government invests lots of money to buy infrastructure and other supporting facilities, which make visitor able to reach the objects conveniently and easily. If we want to compare, actually the tourism object of the nearby countries are not as various as what we have here (we have great ancient cultures with all of the heritage, artifacts, museums, natural beautiful scenery, volcanic mountains, beautiful beaches, underwater park, various flora and faunas), but here in Indonesia we don’t preserve and maintain it well, almost all of the objects are ruined and dirty so many people prefer to go to our neighbor than us.

Some suggestions which I think can help are within these key areas:

  • Main infrastructure to reach the area are still limited
  • Direction and information are hard to get
  • Transportation (very difficult unless we have our own vehicle or rent tourism agent service) the area cannot be reached by public transportation
  • English speaking ability *sigh (this picture shows banner in that area which does not well translated and lead to wrong meaning)
  • Improvement of service and tourism facility, park design, facilities (integrated resort, tea house in the center of  the garden area with more variety of the menu and better quality), cleanliness, maintenance (last time I want to ride train to go around the tea plantation as one of the service offered in that area, but the train was break down, there are no apologize from the officer, how embarrassing, I found that the foreign tourists also seem disappointed with this facts, seems like they did not do any maintenance for the facilities there
  • More INNOVATION is needed. (the animal in the zoo are still few, less energetic and sick; the menu does not have variation; the train was old and rusty; the service was not pleasant; the tea product is still general and nothing much special about it; the supermarket is not convenient and not various things to sell-i think they can create unique souvenirs like potpourris, aromatherapy tea candle etc.)
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  • This is the picture of dirty pond inside the place, green because of the moss 😦
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  • The Map of the Wonosari Tea Plantation (quite potential & huge areas actually) but not giving much information for the tourist.
  • So sad to see the facts that we are so ungrateful of what we’ve had since most of the people don’t know and don’t want to preserve it L. The government also seems does not really care about it, they only do campaign yet lack of improving the condition. How ungrateful it is!

    I hope someday Indonesia can concern and care more about their huge potential tourism object in this country. This industry could be alternative for alleviate poverty and provide jobs for many people as well.

    Anyway, u can still enjoy Indonesia, apart from the inconveniences, yet some places like Bali and Lombok are well aware of this, and they are quite pleasant enough. There are also still lots of natural and “untouched reserved” area, which very magnificent for tourism purposes!

    Have a nice holiday!

The Novice Bakers: Steamed Cheese Cake

Woohoo..I’ve just made a steamed cheese cake with my mother. Why it should be steamed? Because as typical Asian culinary, all of foods, pastries, cakes and cookies (not sure whether there are cookies or not) almost every kind of “kueh” are steamed. Including this dessert. Well, definitely the texture of this cake are different with western cake. Asian or maybe South East Asian cakes are mostly sticky, sweet and creamy as it usually contains coconut milk. But this steamed cake does not contain any coconut ingredient, well, i can say its a fusion between western and eastern culinary :).

Anyway, just forget about my nonsense (i love talking much recently :P) i just want to share my cooking experience. Its very easy and also a favorite for cheese lovers! Yummy 😀

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Here’s the recipe. I got this recipe from the internet blog. There are various recipes of it, but i found this one is pretty easy and the ingredients are quite easy to find especially in my hometown. Check it out! 😉

Ingredients A:

3 Eggs

Sugar 100 gram

SP or TBM half spoon

Ingredients B:

Wheat flour 60 gr

Maize. Corn flour 20 gr

Salt 1 tea spoonful

Milk Powder full cream 40 gr

Ingredients C:

Cream Cheese 250 gr

Ingredients D:

Butter 100 gr, steam until it melts.

Steps:

Mix: Ingredients A until the color change into white using mixer

Add Ingredients B, mix well. No more mixer

Use mixer to mix ingredients C

Add to the batter and finally add the melted butter, mix well.

Steamed for about 20 minutes.

I just copy and translate it for my blog. ;P

FYI,I used the danish cream cheese (there are not so many choice in my hometown, i bought it in a local supermarket. The brand is “ala Biko” i want to use Kraft brand cream cheese, unfortunately it wasn’t available in that supermarket. And the cream cheese is pretty expensive 😥 but okay as long as it worth for the taste, I got my payback :D! For the butter I use “Elle Vire” french unsalted butter.

Some important things to notice, if you want to make kind of dough batter like this.Make sure that  all of the ingredients’  are on the room temperature. So if you got the ingredients from chiller, just leave it for a while until the temperature are same with the room temperature (please be noted that i live in the tropical country J). Also do not mix the dough batter too hard as it will make ur cake does not puff up well.

Different countries means different learning experiences

Dear my journal,
I would like to share with you some of my wondeful experiences in my life.
I have just come back from overseas and i have many stories to tell you.
Here is just one of them:

I was given n opportunity to join executive education program and from those i met many people around the world.
Most of them are from japan.
There are so many things i learnt from this program such as increasing my cultural awareness, cooperating with different personalities, time management and many more.

Its just a very short time program but it gaves me much knowledge even more than a year learning in my home countries.

The professor is very expert yet friendly and open for any ideas or suggestion. Hee to mention some of their names, one of them is actually my lecturer in my mba class, he is expertise in management and organizations subject. The other is Dr. Konno Phd researcher from Japan, Dr. Arnold Wasserman, Mr. Takaaki Oiwa, and one expertise in innovation in Singapore. Prof. Poh Kam

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INTJ (Strategist) Personality Type

 

About the INTJ
Expert Quotes & Links

 

“…approach reality as they would a giant chess board, always seeking strategies that have a high payoff, and always devisingcontingency plans in case of error or adversity.”

“…observer, values solitude, perfectionist, detached, private… does not talk about feelings, hard to impress, analytical, likes esoteric things…”

– Jung Type Descriptions (INTJ) (similarminds.com)

“To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of “definiteness”, of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise — and INTJs can have several — they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how.”

– INTJ Profile (TypeLogic)
“At work, INTJs use their conceptual strengths to analyze situations and then develop models to understand and anticipate through relentlessly to reach their goals. They will continue on with their plans, even in the face of adversity and data that might suggest to other more practical types that their goals are no longer feasible. By nature, INTJs are independentindividualists.”

– INTJ – The Free-Thinker (Lifexplore)

“INTJs are natural leaders, although they usually choose to remain in the background until they see a real need to take over the lead. When they are in leadership roles, they are quite effective, because they are able to objectively see the reality of a situation, and are adaptable enough to change things which aren’t working well. They are the supreme strategists – always scanning available ideas and concepts and weighing them against their current strategy, to plan for every conceivable contingency. ”

– Portrait of an INTJ (The Personality Page)