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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.

It seems to me that it was just a few months ago that I was making New Year resolutions for 2017. And yet, here we are nearing the end of it. This year was an overwhelming one – we’ve had everything from controversial elections to royal wedding bells. But we’ve all made it to our favourite part of the year – the end. If you, like me, think the year passed way too quickly for comfort and want to let loose a little before greeting the brand new year 2018, here are 5 events happening around Singapore where you can let your hair down.

1. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown

 

If you think New Year’s Eve is all about fireworks, then Marina Bay Singapore Countdown is where you should be at. But there aren’t just fireworks this year – you can expect carnival rides and games, a charity trail, fringe events and projection mapping displays. There are events happening all around the Marina Bay and Civic Districts so there would not be any chance of you getting bored sitting in one place.
Where: Marina Bay and Civic Districts; closest MRT is Promenade
Entry fees: Free entry

2. Haji Lane NYE 2018

 

Fireworks aren’t your thing? Perhaps you want to go back to the carefree days of the 80s and 90s and groove to the smooth beat of some RnB and Hip hop. If so, then head on over to the Haji Lane Street Party: NYE 2018. Hosted by Piedra Negra and Blu Jaz Cafe, with beats by DJ Jag and DJ Gravity, this is a party where you can dance your heart out.
Where: 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753; closest MRT is Bugis
Entry Fees: Free

3. Silent Disco Asia

 

The thought of dancing appeals to you and your friends but everyone wants different music. Well, you can dance to your own beat at Silent Disco Asia happening at the ArtScience Museum. You’ll be spoilt for music choice as you can dance to the tunes of three DJs spinning at the same time. Plus, being at the ArtScience Museum guarantees a spot to see the fantastic fireworks as well.
Where: ArtScience Museum; closest MRT is Bayfront
Entry Fees: Tickets cost $60. You can book here.

4. Super Night New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Ritz Carlton

 

Wouldn’t a sumptuous and extravagant dinner be a great way to wrap up the year and ready yourself for the new one? Not only would you be able to relish a great buffet dinner, there are unlimited pours of champagne and wine. Additionally, if you want to continue to party in style, there is live entertainment at the dance floor at Chihuly Lounge.
Where: The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore; closest MRT is Bayfront.
Entry Fees: Reservations required. From SGD 388 per adult. From SGD 194 per child (12 years and below)

5. A Wander Soirée: Countdown by The Quay

 

At A Wander Soirée, not only will you be entertained by our very own 987FM DJs – Sonia Chew, Joakim Gomez, Charmian Tan & Gerald Koh, you can also be pumped up by sets from a local band, Shirlyn & The UnXpected. With street drummers, Poi dancers and The Mirror Man, you can be sure to enjoy the festivities. If all that gets too boring for you, you can also party it up at the clubs nearby like Attica Singapore, f.Club Singapore, Get Juiced, Level Up and Zouk Singapore or grab a bite to eat at the myriad of restaurants and bars.
Where: Clarke Quay Fountain Square; closest MRT is Clarke Quay
Entry Fee: Free
So there you have it, a list of places you could go to usher in the New Year. No matter how you choose to spend New Year’s Eve – dancing at a party surrounded by friends, sipping champagne at a classy dinner or even at home with a glass of wine and fuzzy slippers on – you should relax and bask in the jubilation for all that you have done for the year. Now, onward to the next!
Happy New Year!

Written by Annmaria Patteri

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