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In the “Herb Tea Meeting: The 3rd Party” that was held in September, Nilufer Tea met with many people who were anticipating the lovely event during the relaxing Saturday. The theme of this event is “Mindfulness”. Participants get to design their Porsellatz, which is a method of transferring beautiful images (usually of delicate flowers) on porcelain or glass cups. Furthermore, everyone gets to enjoy quality herbal tea to calm their minds and soothe their soul. After all, this is what mindfulness is all about!

What is mindfulness?

 

Mindfulness is the act of fostering the ability to notice and be aware of your mental and emotional state. ‘What are you feeling?’ and ‘What is my body currently seeking?’ are usually questions that bring oneself into the state of mindfulness. This allows your heart and body to heal from the daily stress of life and allow yourself to concentrate on yourself. Self-love.

There are many activities to ignite mindfulness. Zazen meditation – in fact, almost all forms of meditation! – is only one of them. You get to focus on yourself and reset your life. Getting into the state of mindfulness is a new technique of self-care that helps to reduce stress. It is no wonder that big companies such as Google and Goldman Sachs are trying to incorporate them for their employees.

 

Mindfulness and Herbs

Close your eyes for 5 minutes and imagine herbs and flowers surrounding you. Breathe in the scents deeply and then look at their gentle colours around you. The aroma and colour guide you to a state of relaxation. Isn’t that wonderful?

Therefore, the event was created. It is meant to allow everyone to relax and destress using herbs and flowers that can be brew into a soothing tea in a beautiful glass cup. Such a feast to the eyes, nose and mouth!

Psychology and Colours

Colours can affect one’s psychology greatly. They have a large influence on people, even if you don’t realise it. Based on the colours that surround you, you inevitably feel them and the moods that they represent and embody. That is why colours are often associated with various positive traits and good vibes:

Red Energy, Survival
pink Tenderness, calm love, awakening
orange Kindness, association, together
yellow Laugh, Courage, Positive
Green Caring, care, growth, harmony
light blue Self love, freedom
Blue Independence, independence, seeing the truth
White Purity, purification
tea Confidence, effort, peace

Making Porsellatz

  1. Choose a flower or a design that you love.
  2. Cut the transfer paper.
  3. Wet the paper with water and paste it on the preferred part of the glass cup.
  4. Heat the glass. The yellow part of the paper will burn away to reveal a lovely design.
  5. Enjoy drinking tea from your beautiful cup.

The herb and flower design on the cup makes drinking herbal tea even more elegant and more enjoyable!

The 4th Workshop

In the next workshop, you will learn how to move your pelvic floor muscles to manage menstrual pain and postpartum problems. Herbal teas will be introduced, especially those which can help to warm your body.

Menstrual pain and postpartum problems come about when the pelvic floor muscles become harder and more immobile. These exercises help to improve the following conditions:

Even if you don’t have the above condition, you can come join us and learn how to improve your pelvic muscles for better mobility.

Below are the details of the workshop:

Date: 9 October 2018 (Tue), 10:30 ~ 12:00

This date is subject to changes so check out our FB page for updates! We look forward to meeting you and spending a wonderful time with you.

Yoga PrakRti, Aramsa The Garden Spa and Nilufer Tea came together on 15 November 2017 to prepare a special event for 10 special VIP guests. They were treated to a wonderful Yoga session and a spa session, but that wasn’t all; they were treated to beautiful organic tea blends by Nilufer Tea to end the event on a light and beautiful note.

Despite the recent rainy spells, the weather on this Wednesday was fine and sunny. It seems to be a great blessing from the skies!

To start off the event, the VIP guests were chauffeured by a limousine from Newton MRT to Yoga Seeds and Aramsa The Garden Spa, both of which are located at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is one of the largest urban park developed by the National Parks. The vast greenery of the park can also be reflected on the calming and naturalised surroundings at Yoga Seeds and Aramsa The Garden Spa. With a forest-like atmosphere, it is certainly a break from the common concrete jungle you see in Singapore.

Stretching it out with yoga session by Misato

The yoga session takes place in a clean and whitewashed building. Upon entering, a fragrant floral scent hits your nose and relaxes your mind. Although the studio is big, the atmosphere is a cosy one and there was more than enough space for our 10 special guests. This is a great setting for the guests’ yoga session.

A minimalistic design of the area when you first enter the Green Room


 

A big space for the guests to comfortably experience yoga

Despite her busy schedule, Ms Jazreel Low, the founder of Aramsa The Garden Spa, greeted everyone before the start of the yoga session. A former television star, Jazreel has turned into a successful businesswoman with multiple businesses from F&B to spa services. In fact, her spas have done so well that she has also opened branches overseas, such as Bintan and Batam. To add on to her list of accolades, those branches are also featured in ClubMed which is a reputable site for holiday packages. She also shared that a Japanese restaurant will be opening Jan 2018 next to Yoga Seeds and Aramsa The Garden Spa, allowing future visitors to get their fill of Japanese delicacies after a yoga session or a spa session, or both.

The yoga session commenced shortly after Jazreel’s introduction and it was led by Misato-san from Yoga PrakRti. She has done yoga for many years and have taught yoga professionally for 8 years.

Misato started the yoga session by emphasising on the importance of breathing properly

With the many years of experience under her belt, she guided the guests in a relaxing session of yoga that focused on breathing techniques, balance, as well as stretching.

Everyone stretching in a simple yoga pose


 

Misato helping a guest to better the position for maximum stretch


 

It's actually more difficult than it looks. Misato giving a helpful lift for the guest


 

One of the final stretches before the session ends

At the end of the session, the guests were relaxed with smiles and joy shining from their faces.

A group shot of happy ladies who are uplifted after the yoga

Yoga can be an intense form of exercise for some people. Thus, after the yoga, the guests were treated to a spa session that would help soothe their body.

Getting relaxed and revitalised with Aramsa The Garden Spa

The spa session started with the guests changing into Japanese-styled Yukata, and then they were led to the waiting lounge. It is a beautiful room with a refreshing scent from the essential oils, and there were biscuits and a pot of delicious ginger lemongrass tea for them to enjoy. While waiting for their own personal masseuses to arrive, the guests chatted and interacted with each other, filling the room with laughs and liveliness.

Misato interacting with a guest as everyone relaxed and waited for the spa session


 

Everyone helping themselves to the ginger and lemongrass tea, and also the biscuits

When the masseuses arrive, each guest was paired with one of them. With a 1-to-1 ratio, every guest is paired with a specific masseuse to ensure a high level of personal touch and special attention.

Warming the body with herbal Nilufer Tea

After the relaxing massages, the guests were brimming with warm smiles on their faces and their bodies were rejuvenated. But what better than a warm beverage after the spa session? The guests were presented with their choice of organic & non-pesticide herbal tea from Nilufer Tea. There were 5 selections of the herbal tea they could choose from, and everyone managed to find their own preferred flavour to enjoy.

A display of a beautiful selection of organic herbal teas by Nilufer Tea


 

Cups of tea waiting for the guests to enjoy after their spa session

As Nilufer Tea uses a blend of only the finest ingredients, the teas were beautifully coloured and exuded a relaxing fragrance as the tea bags steeped in the hot water. The guests were also given a piece of dried pineapple to pair with their teas, and they were pleased with the small snack as it was unique, and the sweetness was light and not too overwhelming. As the guests sipped on their teas with a sense of satisfaction and happiness, Leah Yo, founder of Nilufer Tea, explained about the philosophy behind Nilufer Tea, and the flavourful and beneficial qualities of the herbal beverage.

The guests introduced themselves and expressed their thanks for the event. In fact, after a session of story-sharing, some of them even realised that they had been in the same school. Talk about coincidence and a small world! They were also greatly enthusiastic in commemorating the joyous event by taking many photos, and by then, we were sure that new friendships and partnerships have been forged.

Guests sharing their feelings on the event experience


 

A commemorative photo with our VIP guests, Misato and Leah

To end the event on a luxurious note, the guests were brought home in style in the limousine that was specially organized for them. And even though the event has ended, the memories created from this beautiful day would be hard to forget.

Feel free to contact us for:
Event organising services
Herbal Tea workshops
Giveaway sponsorship
Japanese, English and Chinese content writing
 

Nilufer tea information

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Aramsa The Garden Spa

Address: 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569931
http://aramsaspas.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AramsaTheGardenSpa/?ref=br_rs
https://www.instagram.com/aramsaspas/

 

Misato-sensei

https://www.instagram.com/misatoyoga/

 

Yoga x Luxury Spa x Organic Herbal Tea

Invitation Only Event for 10 VIPs
November 15th 2017 (Wednesday: 11:00 - 15: 00)


Program

11: 00 - 12: 00 :  Yoga
12: 15 - 13: 15   :  Spa
13: 30 - 14: 00 :  Organic Herbal Tea

In gratitude for our loyal customers, we are inviting our VIP customers to indulge themselves with our amazing spa offer, completely free with our compliments together with Yoga.We can also indulge your senses with 100% organic cheerful teas (Nilufer Teas) after Spa. Embrace the unique bliss to be found within this enchanting space combined with our premium service.

Venue

Located in Bishan Park 2, a glass-enclosed studio resembling a forest, "Yoga Seeds " led by Misato from Yoga PrakRti with the Theme of Beauty and Health. Following Yoga, you can enjoy a 1 hour massage at the Aramsa Garden Spa, which has won numerous best spa awards in Singapore finishing with 100% organic artisan teas - Nilufer Tea.

Lucky Winner to be Invited

Thanks to Aramsa Garden Spa, Ms. Jazreel Low has offered us a great opportunity to organize this wonderful event (yoga x spa x tea). This may be the first and last time such an offering is made available, so grab this opportunity of a lifetime. Two lucky winners will be decided by way of a lottery amongst all those who applied.

Our preferences will be:
○    Those who can make a public release via their own website or FB with full Review
The application page can be found here
http://bit.ly/yogaspatea

Aramsa Spa Review

After receiving a massage in the indulgent Aramsa Garden Spa (Aramsa, The Garden Spa) I would like to tell you about it. Inspired by Bali, here there are spacious grounds surrounded by lush greenery which I never imagined could exist in Singapore. With healing spaces where you can forget all about the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s not an exaggeration to say this spa is almost like a resort hotel. From the plants in the courtyard to the delightful fish swimming in the pond, everything seems so inviting, as if saying "Welcome to our spa".

Firstly, I’ll talk a little about the reception; you’ll be guided to the dressing room and given a gown to change into. From there, you’ll be taken to the waiting area where you can indulge yourself a little with some tea and cookies. Then, your personal masseuse will be introduced to you.

According to the spa owner, the masseuse working at the spa are only those who have at least 5 years of experience and have also passed this spa’s own strict test. By the way, the spa’s owner is none other than former model and Singaporean celebrity Jazreel Low. As a former model, she has a particular interest in beauty and health matters. She’s a super business woman, beautiful, with charming smile which attracts people instantly.

Walking from the waiting room to the massage room, seeing the size of the entire spa facilities again can feel a little overwhelming. There seems to be about 20 massage rooms in all, but you can see at a glance that each was designed with more than enough space.

When entering the room, one becomes enveloped in the scent of gentle aromas. Each room has a courtyard where you can enjoy your own little garden. The attention to detail can be seen in everything from the interior, lighting, sheets and towels right down to the aromas floating in the air.

To begin with, sitting in a chair with my feet dipped in a warm water basin, the masseuse carefully washes my feet. Following that, she presents me with a choice of three oils to use in my massage. I decide upon the lavender one, known for its relaxing effect.

Thanks to the pre-massage consultation, the massage I’m given is thoroughly satisfying. Having received massages in salons and hotels, not only in Singapore but all over the world, I can say that the treatment received here from her is very professional.

From the time I entered the reception to when I left the spa, I was met with consistent "hospitality", with the massage along right body meridian.  It was truly relaxing and altogether a wonderful experience. There’s no doubt that it must be Singapore's top aesthetic salon in terms of atmosphere, customer service and of course treatment. It was such a relaxing experience that it could even be described as unforgettable.

 

Review Hospitality  ★★★★★
Massage Skill  ★★★★★
Atmosphere and Hygiene ★★★★★

My Comments

It’s rare in Singapore to find an salon with such thorough hospitality. Receiving a massage in such a spacious area, surrounded by such lush greenery makes me feel very exclusive. I found this is the best place for couple spa with your husband, mom, sister or besties. Here you can find great service and wonderful atmosphere with such capable masseuse - and yet it’s still affordable. I think I would like to go to their nail salon and their hair salon attached to this spa. Access isn’t too difficult, about $10 dollars by taxi from Orchard. There’s also a bus stop located just out in front.

By Bus
Ang Mo Kio Bus interchange(136, 133 or 262)
Bus Stop B54089
Access by MRT from Ang Mo Kio, Bishan or Serangoon

 


About Misato (Yoga Teacher from Yoga PrakRti)
https://www.instagram.com/misatoyoga/

 

About Nilufer Tea

It’s also beneficial for your body, delicious to drink, just simply looking at it will make you feel better, thanks to the concept that herbal tea can be enjoyed by each of your five senses; not to mention the herbs are carefully packed, allowing you to make use of their natural shape.
As our closest collaborations are mainly with the farmers of Setouchi, we use only carefully selected pesticide-free organic herbs.

Through herbal tea, we provide not only the health and beauty benefits they bring but also deliver to the world a product which can tell both stories of local challenges (such as local unemployment and rural depopulation) together with stories of the blissfulness of Setouchi.
The concept is that of a small bouquet.
On pouring hot water into a glass pot, it appears as if the herbs are playfully dancing. We wish to convey our feeling of "delivering little surprises and happiness in regular daily life". Now, whose cheery face would you like to see? May our herbal tea make you and those dearest to you smile. We hope you will consider it a gift for true friends and loved ones or as a treat for yourself, all while spreading word of the charms of Setouchi.

Starting October 17, 2017, we offer tea produced by Nilufer Tea, served on the small luxury liner 'Ganzu', which can be enjoyed from a price of 400,000 to 1,000,000 yen per room per night, all while taking in views of the Seto Inland Sea.
Contact at  leah.y (at) dymarketing.sg for any event arrangement

We would like to thank Cherilyn from All things Vegan sg  for allowing us to steal her wonderful sweet treat recipes to share will all our Nilufer Tea Blog readers!  Cherilyn is a vegan living in Singapore and is very passionate about veganism and would like to share the love with everyone ?
Check out her blog to learn more about the Vegan lifestyle and learn more about how Vegans in Singapore are doing it!
 

 Healthy and delicious Vegan Unicorn Cupcakes and Pancakes Recipes

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So lately I've been seeing so many unicorn cupcakes on social media and I decided to try making some hella cute cupcakes as well. Click on to view how to make these little unicorn ?  cupcakes!

Unicorn Cupcakes ?

Prep time: 1hour       Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Ingredients:
Vanilla Sprinkled Cupcakes

Frosting

Decorations:
View Cupcake Jemma's video here.
Instructions:
For the cupcakes:
1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees celsius.
2. Add the apple cider vinegar to the non-dairy milk. leave it to curdle.
3. Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and cream with a mixer. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until combined and fluffy.
4. Sift over the butter and sugar mixture alternating with the milk mixture. Blend until no lumps are present.
5. Add sprinkles and use a wooden spoon to carefully mix the sprinkles into the batter. OR use a spatula to fold it in.
6. Place the batter into 15 cupcake holders.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
For the frosting:
1. Cream the butter until creamy and light in colour.
2. Sift in the icing sugar and add in the vanilla extract.
3. Divide the batter into 4 separate bowls and add in food gel. ( each colour for each bowl )
4. Use a cling wrap and lay it out.
5. Place strips of the different coloured icing onto the cling wrap and roll it up.
Refer to cupcake Jemma's youtube video on unicorn cupcakes to learn how to do the icing and the decorations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW6nIhcNDbs
Photos:
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WHOLEWHEAT BANANA PANCAKES

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This recipe for pancakes is absolutely amazing. They make the perfect breakfast if you are craving for something warm and sweet. It is simple and very yummy. It can be made really quickly so time isn't a problem at all! I personally love these pancakes as they are super easy to make and satisfies my taste buds. So here they are!
Remember, if you do make them, please tag me on Instagram@cherealkiller! I would love to see those delicious pancakes that you have made. I have a video posted on youtube here.
Prep time: 15 mins          Cooking time: 10 mins
Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Warm 60ml of soya milk in the microwave or in a small pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the flax meal in a bowl, add the warmed milk, stir well, and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the apple cider vinegar into the remaining soya milk and set aside to thicken and curdle.
  4. In another small bowl, mash the banana with the brown sugar, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  5. Whisk in the flax mixture, curdled soya milk into the banana mixture and blend well.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wholemeal flour, buckwheat flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in the wet ingredients until just combined and fold in the nuts (optional). The mixture should have a thick consistency.
  7. Heat a frying pan or a cast iron griddle over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles and evaporates immediately.
  8. Lightly oil the griddle and drop scoops of batter to your liking. Cook until bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes. Carefully flip the pancakes and cook further for about 1.5 mins. Grease the pan a little between each batch to prevent sticking.
  9. Serve the pancakes with maple syrup and berries (optional)

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Nilufer Tea has been on the hunt for collaborations with vegan bloggers and instagrammers in Singapore and we are elated to be able to receive such positive and wonderful feedback about our tea from these influencers who share the same ethical visions as we do. In the weeks to come, we will be featuring numerous influencers on our blog and sharing a little bit about them so our readers and Nilu-fans can get a little inspiration to stay fit and get motivation to go on a healthier diet. We are also doing a little tea giveaway on a few of their accounts, so stay tuned for more information and tag your friends and family!

This week's influencer is @THRIVEORIGIN

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These were beary nice 🤤

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I get asked alot why I'm always laughing or smiling and just appear so carefree these days. Well, we all have our own problems but it is how we choose to react to it that makes us who we are. And let's be honest, happiness is not given. I choose to be happy because life's too short to mull over things that won't matter in the end. To be able to wake up each day and see my loved ones makes me happy. So does having enough food and a shelter over my head. It's not how much we have but how much we enjoy that makes us happy.

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Also known as Cheryl, is a vegan blogger, vlogger and instagrammer from Singapore. If you are looking for some inspiration for breakfast bowl recipes, how to take very aesthetically pleasing photos of your food as well as food recommendations in Singapore for vegans, her account is the place to gain some inspiration. Find out how she avoids non-vegan foods and how she goes about her daily life as a vegan in Singapore. Her photos have a real rustic and vintage effect to them which I really like personally.

And we got featured several times on her account as well. Thank you for choosing to collaborate with us, Cheryl!

Are you a health/ fitness blogger who is keen to collaborate with us? We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to collaborate with.

Sounds like you?  Do pop us a mail at info@nilufertea.com.

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