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Tea Drinking and Benefits

I have been drinking tea since I was a young kid. At that time, my parents drink chinese tea daily and I picked up this habit by following their leads. There was a large Chinese teapot filled with hot chinese tea on the table which I regularly drank it whenever I am thirsty. At that time, I had also tried drinking coffee with sugar, coffee with sugar and milk and just plain black coffee; but somehow I do not find drinking coffee enjoyable. Up to now, I hardly drink coffee – at most one cup per month, just to taste it.


There are 3 main types of tea that I drink daily. In the morning it would be English tea, followed by Jasmine, Iron Buddha or Oolong and Korean Red Ginseng tea. On a single day, I would have consumed spprox 7 teabags of tea and one sachet of Korean Red Ginseng tea. Is it too excessive? Some of my friends think so. Some people tells me that drinking too much tea will make your legs become soft ( weak ) as tea is supposed to be cooling in nature. So far my legs are as strong as ever. At my age, I can still jog 2.4km in approx 14 minutes. There are others who claimed that drinking tea can caused insomnia because of caffeine contents found in tea. But caffeine in tea is much less that than of coffee. I have no problem sleeping in the day or night. Perhaps those who are suffering from insomnia should take up an activity such as walking, jogging or cycling, etc. The tea that I would recommend to those who can’t sleep is Korean Red Ginseng tea. I find this tea has the effect of calming the body.

There are many benefits to drinking tea daily. If you do a search on google, there are many sites which will explain these benefits. Examples are – it reduces the risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol levels, reduce weight, it contains plently of antioxidants which helps to fight cancer and so on. I do not know whether these claims are true; but I know that drinking tea has kept me healthy and strong for years.  I do not have overweight problems like some of my friends. Obesity, high cholesterol level, high blood pressure and heart disease are common health problems that affect many people. So far I am free from all health problems and my weight maintains at 65 kg for so many years now. Oh yes, if you are eating a lot of fried food, drinking chinese tea helps in reducing the oily effect that you may feel around your throat and stomach.

I like to add 2 more tips on tea. First, are you suffering from smelly feet when you take off your shoes? Washing it with normal soap or lotion may not eradicate the smell. Try soaking your feet with chinese tea such as Jasmine or Oolong tea. You may need to use about 4 teabags for this therapy. Brew the tea as per normal and pour it into the basin and when tea is warm, just soak your feet in it. Another tip – if your drawers or wardrobes have the smell of mildew or unpleasant odour, use a few of new chinese teabags and just placed it in the drawer or wardrobe. That will reduce the unpleasant odour. Change the teabags every month for best effect.  Drinking tea has become a daily routine for me and it has help me to sustain good health. I hope that many more people will become more aware of the benefits of tea drinking and start drinking it as well, cheers!

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A & W Root Beer & Restaurant in Singapore

I wonder whether people in Singapore still remember that the A & W Restaurant once operated in Singapore. In fact it is the first fast food restaurant in this country. The first store was opened in 1966 – that was a long time ago. In those good old days, long before MacDonald, KFC and Burger King came into the picture, it is the most favorite restaurant among the teens. It was cool to be hanging out in A & W restaurant, having your favorite frosted root beer and a burger.  Unfortunately the A & W restaurant closed its operation in Singapore in the year 2003.  That was sad because it spell the end of  a historical fast food restaurant and good frosted root beer.


I love the A & W root beer. It is really my favorite beverage. You can drink it in its original form or you can add the extra punch with the topping of your favorite ice-cream.  Every time when I am in Indonesia or Malaysia, I will make a point to go down to a A & W restaurant to enjoy the cold root beer. In Indonesia, you can find A & W restaurants almost in all major malls. I guess this restaurant is very popular among the Indonesians.  In some malls, you can see the mascot of A & W restaurant – which is the famous Root Beer Bear sitting prominently outside the entrance of a mall. This is a good marketing tactic, for it means that this restaurant is just nearby. Also in Indonesia, the A & W restaurant serve rice as part of its menu. You can take it with the fried chicken which is very crispy. I guess the reason why the restaurant serve rice is because rice is a staple food in Indonesia.  Don’t worry if you do not like rice, because they do have their regular burgers as well.


I wish that A & W restaurant can open up its restaurants in Singapore again. I am sure that there many pople in Singapore will love to see it come back. Perhaps the operator could follow the success plans and operations of their counterpart in Indonesia. Perhaps they can also try serving rice with fried chicken which is a core menu in the restaurant.  But I do know one thing is for sure, if they do open up a A & W restaurant in Singapore, I will be there – for the original best root beer.

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