10 Things that make me happy

10 Things that make me happy

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PHOTO CREDITS to the owner. Got it from one of the members of DIY Travel Philippines Facebook Group. Please PM me if your the one so I could give you a backlink 🙂 Thank you!

This post is another series of my TGIT – Thank God, It’s Thursday, #CountedBlessings series where I am enumerating ten (10) things (people/event) that make me happy! I know, I know – that it’s not Thursday but somehow, I feel the need to actually write this post because I feel I am blessed amidst the challenge that I am going through right now.

So, let’s jump right into it and let me write those things real quick.

  1. Family & Loved ones – ones that never fades

  2. The smell of rain – I know, but it rarely rains in Abu Dhabi –though rain sometimes makes me melancholic but it brings memories of home (PH)

  3. Coffee & green tea (mint) aroma – need not to elaborate right?

  4. Catching up with old friends. Or even with new friends – that truely love, care and understand.

  5. Books, inspirational books or any thing paper, pens, pouch, colors etc, pretty much define #nationalbookstore!

  6. When my recipes at #KusinaNiKayne is approved by the hubby! (heheh wala cyay choice! ) ^^

  7. When someone I know tells me they read my blog! ^^ (Thankie so much!)

  8. Flowers! Simply knowing that these came from the people who cares!

  9. Waking up late because of weekend! Who wont be happy with that?

  10. Holding on to the truth that God provides. Yes he does!

How about you, comment your 10 things below! 🙂

 

God bless!!!


 

In-TEA-resting

Glenloch Tea Factory. See my short review of this place on Trip Advisor.
Glenloch – Tea Farm/Estate & Factory
Address: Nuwara Eliya Katukithula, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 094 052 225 9646 
www.glentea.com
 
As I have mentioned on my SL Day 1 blog, this “in-TEA-resting” visit is worth a separate blog. So here it goes!
Among the five (5) sites we visited for our first day (14 Sept 2016) tour is Glenloch Tea Factory.  I was happy to learn about something about TEA. I love drinking tea and it helps to actually understand and know about how it is being processed and prepared. 
It took us around 1 hour plus to reach this site (from Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth) – – – going up to the hills, the way is like that of Baguio/Osmena Peak in Cebu. You will see a sea of tea plants from different factories or they call it tea estate and a line up of pine trees that make the atmosphere really cold. When we arrived our driver – Amila asked someone to tour us around and there we met a young Tamil lady named Susini. Friendly and informative, she toured us around the factory – explained the process, answered our clarifications and allows us to take videos and photos. (uploading a short clip soon.) We noticed that almost all workers are female, so to our curiosity we asked Susini, at first she gestured a showing off her arms that connotes to a “strong woman” and when we laughed, she explains further that it is because of of the soft touch a woman has when it comes to picking/plucking the tea leaves and doing all other processes . . . and so all we said was – –  “ahhhhhh ~~~ okay”.

The process of tea making are : Plucking (picking the right leaves), Withering (drying), Rolling & Crushing (makes it release the enzymes that promotes oxidation), Fermenting (applicable for black teas), Drying/Firing (further drying…), Sorting (separating leaves according to its grades such as BOP, BOPF,Orange Pekoe, Pekoe etc.) and finally Packing – part of the sorting process whether to make it as lose tea or into the tea bags.

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Over-all for me this tour is a must-visit when you happen to be in Ceylon.

A recommended one! At the end of the tour, Susina brought us to their overlooking cafe where they served us a free cup of tea! Indeed as Kokobear +ellejulie0116 quoted on his Facebook “Tea is great at the source!” 

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