iNcup iPhone

January 17, 2011 at 1:29 am | Posted in Photo, XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

So theres a wordpress app for iPhone …


Now Drinking Pic …

October 9, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Posted in Photo, XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

Keemun Maofeng .ItoEn

Tea At Work

April 23, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Photo, XYZ not T review | Leave a comment


alongside tbags, or bringing in home made tea in a bottle,

i have resorted to a method i find most efficient and still lets me enjoy some nicer tannins/polyphenols on the palate.

cup + leaf (in this case one fo Den’s senchas)
add water (i do around 1/3 cold, 2/3 hot) & allthewhile measure with the finger the water’s hotness – if its too hot for my finger it means its over 50 – 60C(140F).
leave it around hopefully no more than 3 minutes
strain thru teeth
refill water.

Gingko sample C (picture only)

April 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Photo, XYZ not T review | 2 Comments

a Wu Yi Shui Xian oolong, graciously sent by gingko


been busy working not where i’d like to be, but still something…
lost my tea note, that’s why i wasnt doing it on paper to start with πŸ˜›
so, just a picture…

CUCU Ujimatcha Green Tea Candy .UHA

March 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

Found at Sunrise Mart (japanese market) NY, 2.99

Made by UHA (Unique Human Adventure) … (O_O) errr…
well, how about the freaky character

Sweet milky flavor, pretty good, not feeling any powdered-milk nastyness. Some faint matcha flavor while eating the candy. When you get to the middle/crack the candy with your teeth and open the center – you feel sort of a slow infusion of matcha-milkness in your mouth.

Sometimes i cracked it in the right spot and a little amount of powder(matcha) then dissolved in the mouth; package says “green tea powder comes out”… most of the time it does not. As you can see in the pic, there isnt that much matcha in there…
Matcha doesnt feel like “food-grade” (but its being combined with milk and sugar), its not tanninic/astringent/bitter.

Candy is pretty sticky to teeth.

Overall: pretty good, sweet candy.

Sencha with Water comparison Filtered, Tap, Stove boil, Hot Pot boiled.

March 5, 2009 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Tea tools, accessories, Water, Water heating, XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

I just have the time, unfortunately … eeeey ya gotta do somethin to keep from going bonkers…

Tap (NY) -> stove boil [T]

Filtered tap^ -> stove boil [F]

Filtered tap^ -> Electric hot pot^ [FE] water dispenser(it boils then cools down to program temp)

Tea: Premium fukamushi sencha maki .Den’s Tea, 2g

poured about 10oz water in 16oz foam cups (somewhat retain heat), marked bottom as T/F/FE
flipped them around, then marked the top as 1,2,3

Water Temperatures^ 170F

measured 2g tea in dixie cups, lined up in front of foam cups, marked as corresponding position 1,2,3
marked these cups with line for 4oz water level

poured 4oz water into cups with tea.

timed 1 minute.

strained liquor into 3rd set of cups also marked by position 1,2,3.

flipped them around (couldnt see marking),

tasted one cup,
cleaned-swished clean water in mouth, then tasted from the next cup.

did a second infusion, 2 min.

1 man’s Conclusion: i sense no flavor/strength/intensity difference in the tea, no astringency difference/
aside from the unfiltered tap which maintained chlorine flavor…

Playing with Match no chasen (video)

February 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Posted in Green Tea, Photo | Leave a comment

Gaiwan video action test

January 30, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Posted in Photo | 2 Comments

intense 32sec gaiwan pouring >> action >> of 2oz gaoshan/hi mtn oolong


i know ha…

Cleaning your SLR camera & lens, scotch tape version

December 29, 2008 at 10:23 pm | Posted in Photo, XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

GCCE Ghetto Camera Care Experts present:

Cleaning Your (D)SLR camera 101B: put youre Scotch(R,TM, etc) tape to more uses…

tip: dont press tape with finger, just let it float and attach itself to surface.

top row: Lens & back element, will not leave smudges or glue residue 90%

middle row: Mirror box, just be gentle you don’t wanna yank the mirror out, and don’t be jamming your fist in it, its a delicate piece of ‘quipment. (be careful with it, there’s a tiny thingy on the other side of the mirror which lets light into the focusing sensor below the mirror. (I played with the mirror flipping it up and down within its limits but you dont have to, if you dont feel like playing with an expensive & fragile piece of plastic).

bottom row: Focusing Screen: this one is a bugger, 50% may leave glue residue/smudge on this crappy piece of plastic with many ridges that grab glue. … but most bugging is going at it, be careful not to break/tear the mirror slap foam thingy. Cut a thin strip of the tape or fashion it so only the tip is sticky so that it doesnt stick to the foam.

Warning & Disclaimer: do this at your own risk etc i’m not responsible etc, dont seek your lawyers at me. Thanks!

I been cleaning my lenses and cameras like this for >5 years, and aside from microfiber cloth on lens i dont use anything else (qtip on sensor 1 time). Ofcourse its the advice of 1 man. Your experience may differ. Use whatever works for you and you’re comfortable with.

Detach Lens with aperture fixed, for your reverse lens macro pleasures

December 29, 2008 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Photo, XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

this (probably) works on most/all film & digital SLR
if: {
its an electronic lens (manual lens you can control without a camera so this doesnt apply)
the camera has a DOF preview button
} end if πŸ™‚

1. with lens on camera select the aperture you’ll want to use
2. press DOF preview button and hold (aperture blades in the lens will close to the specified size)
3. remove the lens from camera while DOF prev button is being held, or remove the battery (it wont work if you switch the camera off because it will still signal the lens.)

(dont worry it probably wont damage your lens/Warning+Disclaimer: do it at your own risk and I aint responsible for your damaged lens or damaged camera πŸ˜€ ) …. anyway

yes this lens looks weird/is not normal, but i’ll detail it some other time πŸ™‚

reverse lens and enjoy the 0.05 mm greater depth of field for your macro shots.

plain paper with a reversed canon 50mm crop & resized.

add Screw turning to the Gorillapod

December 29, 2008 at 9:25 pm | Posted in Photo, XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

This first post will inaugurate the new XYZ its not tea/ Photo category πŸ™‚
Hopefully it will not show up in the RSS feed, if youre on the Tea Reviews category that is.

the Joby Gorillapod is a portable, small, flexible, useful, cute tripod.
… if you manage to screw it in your camera.

most of the time I dont have coins with me, so I then do not take the joby with me.

to be able to screw the tripod at anytime, there should be something to turn the screw at all times.

I tried 2 dimes taped with 1 layer of masking tape, but doesnt stick in for long.

So here is a solution which worked for me:

glue the 2 dimes with resin to the tripod.

(set the thing in an uneven position overnight… so the coins are mildly tilted to one side, but they are glued on very well, don’t feel any flex or cracking, so i think it will hold for a long time.)

tea emoticons

April 13, 2008 at 4:25 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

tea emoticons…
not sure if they’ve been ‘invented’ already but here’s my tries:

have a cup of tea:Β  |_|<(^_^< )

|_|<( >_< ‘)Β  : eeechhh… thanks? …..

puuuu : (* .* )

c{__}r Β  : yixing

\(>.<)/Β  @#usps$#$*$#tea Β  : where is my $&!% tea you lazy USPS postal workers !!!!!!

My local USPS Post office employees are lazy and [silly-(illy)]+(tupid) motherlovers

October 1, 2007 at 10:55 am | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

1. they deliver 1 of 7 , 50lb packages (each insured to 500$, and tracking#’ed)

2. they update tracking# on a pkg saying on the day i received their unwanted spam trash mail, they aparently ‘ATTEMPTED’ to deliver package (2 of 7)… i was home and i specifically asked the stupid lazy postman ‘DO . YOU. HAVE. ANY PACKAGES FOR ME. I GOT LIKE 6 of THEM.?” he says “uh, no, i just started, today my first day coming here” and later in the day i find their website saying that bullshit of attempted bullshit.

3. they dont update tracking#s 3-7

4. i suspect they’re too lazy to move them so i rent a motherf* car, and drive there in the motherf* rain, between 2 post offices they miraculously ‘find my packages’. which then after 2 hours, i proceed to take 1 by 1 , myself, a delivery which i had paid for, to the stupid rented car.

later in the year,

6. order tea from china, regular mail. 2 months pass…not here. i call postoffice, nooo nothing for my address.

7. i order tea from china again, this time with tracking#, 10 days later… guess what…

Notice Left, September 27, 2007, 2:55 pm, XXXX, NY XXXX


i sign the redelivery slip, and give it to the mail lady who says they’ll redeliver it monday.

monday comes, day’s spam mail comes, but no package!

i call the postoffice and 10 minutes later they discover the package (aparently signing the fukin redelivery slip didnt do shit), and i get the “will there be someone there tomorrow to accept the package?” …

guess what you incompetent lazy shits

youre not getting my packages anymore. (except the ones from china, with tracking).

i got ALL ~ 30 packages UPS/FEDEX no problems. 3/4 USPS packages end up sitting in your gdamn offices.

screw you USPS and you stupid lazy employees. the is coming for you (yeah right).

testing zoundry desktop bloggin

September 25, 2007 at 8:43 am | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

YES MAJOR PROBLEM. as you can see very well messed up… :((

this is zoundry desktop blogger for wordpress free enter blog address, login, passw and it configures automatically gets categories, and downloads previous posts!

  1. interface is kind of clunky, lots of buttons

create link to previous posts>>Green Mountain Ti Kuan Yin .Atlantic Trading didn’t find anything to work with imageshack.

  • images must be uploaded to blog. bullets work

indent works

alternative is to post the imageshack HTML like before. i think it keeps the same wordpress font (other softwares used arial) it displays post properly with images, but not in the way you view it posted on the blog (where the post column is less wide than the screen) , its viewed as wide as the screen window is. theres a WYSIWYG editor and a HTML editor as well just like online. :edit: lets see how it does with re-edit old post… seems to work __ the powered by footer is selectable___

^^after re-edited online the post is seen messed up here offline

problem problem???

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no… tea … in… withdrawal…

September 5, 2007 at 1:32 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

u h g. tea withdrawal . tremors. sweating. hair falling out .but not more than usual.

delivery .not. here. yet. >5weeks . china is real far. or. the postman drank my shit.

f**ck. ill show him some shit and stuff it down his nose. lazy ass NY postalworkers.

Ito En tea and Dr W-e-i-l

August 30, 2007 at 2:38 pm | Posted in Tea and Health, XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

ito en, what can i say… im kind of disappointed, but hey…marketing, money, they want to sell their product

but Dr Andrew W … i mean…maybe you want to help people, thats nice, but being a media whore, selling pots and pans!, vitamins, hemp oils, and now tea. Thats pretty sad, …doctor.

Actually… you make me sick (n/v & diarrhea). Its enough that many doctors have a poor attitude and little care towards their patients, but taking advantage of your title “MD” and exploiting people with your profession that is supposed to make good?

you know, working hard and graduating Harvard… does not make one a better person … and you’re proof.

is this guy even licensed? he is in Arizona, and California, that is if his middle initial is “T”
1 year internship
General practice

I think graduates from those years dont have to maintain their license with any exams or CME. i may be wrong.

i wonder if he ever practiced as a physician…maybe he thought being in general practice he wouldnt have enough money to score the top notch quality ganja (i read it can be quite expensive for those mexican organic hydrophonics)

Thankfully he is on Quackwatch on Dr W-eil and his VitaminAdvisory *BUSTED* πŸ™‚

Coffee made me dizzy

August 30, 2007 at 1:59 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

Due to messed up work schedule
decided to take on some coffee drinking. about 2-3 cups/day mostly in the morning.

In about 2 days, i would wake up so dizzy and feeling like shit, like i was hit in the head with a ton of bricks, like my head was stuffed with flour… after 1 week i gave up on the coffee, reverted to tea(even so, i dont usually drink any black tea in the morning, i wait for my body to wake itself up).

2-3 days, no headache, clear head, no dizzyness, maybe a little tired feeling, but it sure wasnt nasty as during that coffee week.

Devising a New Tea Rating System … the TRS on TGFOP… cryptic enough i think, yah?

August 13, 2007 at 8:48 am | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

most important to me in this tea review notebook “blog” which i did forget:
the still subjective, “good/bad” rating:
YES – NO – MAYBE , meaning…
yes = yes, get this if you run out! quick! withdrawal symptoms!!!
no = no, dont buy this (referring to me… me, dont buy it)
maybe = how confused must i be to decide whether or not to repurchase a product?

the number rating:
I am thrilled to announce our new tea rating system!
oh wait, uhm, not yet in working order

It has donned(is this the right word? never used it) on me that rating a tea is a tough job
and that my current rating system is not,,.. i dont like it, its rather random,
and being based on some memories from long ago- its not accurate
pretty much due to the fact of not tasting tea continuously
, 😦
which sadly is not my job , sniff, sniff

why even rate it with numbers? why not go : good/bad/soso ? … oh wait, i do have something like that
anyway….mmm… must be my undiagnosed OCD… or my like for numbers? i like 7 , 4… 5 ..3, 6 not so much, 1 is nice , 2 not really, 8 is confusing, 9 is chubby… 10 too complex

brainstorming (with halfabrain, otherside is sleeping)

a numbered system by which 7 is max = superb tea

how about starting with the number 3
+1 flavor strength = strong flavor without distortion,
+1 flavor complexity … ?
+1 infusions = preserving of flavor strength, new flavors get good grades, fading is no good
+1 leaf appearance = your chopped up leftover tea is not liked here
-1 liquor appearance eg cloudy, bugs= gets discounted, should be clear for good rating
-1 astringency = that tanninic (not bitter, not sour) black tea specific astringency is not liked gets discounted on rating (if its not the brewing/infusion technique… which could be a point of debate πŸ˜‰
-1 sour, bitter = discount
-1 vitamin c taste
-10 taste of shit tea*/carboard, ass, feet, benzene/gas/chlorophorm/aspirin/yo mamas dirty laundry

*it may happen that my opinion feels a tea is shit, in which case SN’s TGFOP TRS DOES NOT APPLY and the tea gets rated a -10, or if unlucky a -100. and this comes with the do not sue me disclaimer. i plead mental disease your honor, tea bugs ate my brain.

… to be continued when i wake up

Now in NY…

June 15, 2007 at 5:51 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

moved to NY. not fun.

USPS are a bunch of lazy incompetents. Only thing i like is that they put rubber bands on the letters: now i have a collection, and dont need to buy any πŸ™‚ thanks!!!

ABF U-Pack is good. Fedex is good. UPS mostly drops packages without knocking on door.

services in NY are no different than LA. some employees are good, some are bad.


moisture makes hot hotter, cold colder.

NYC subway is a filthy dumpster. hello cockroaches on my seat, hello rats in the station. dirt, smells.

NY chinatown is full of crap. “You want buy Prada bag?”, “I got new movie DVD”…

NY is fun for the ladies… 5$ bags, lots of shopping to do … oy!

driving rental truck thru Jamaica… never seen such horrible roads in a large US city…

traffic sucks, drivers are morons+idiots+assholes here (comparable worse driving in LA ive experienced on the 101 around White Oak, and on the 5, and also around Oakland(SF)).

while that sounds like complaints,… after 2 months … i love NY . There is no city like it in the world (maybe HongKong, i’ve not been there).

Horrid Jasmine Tea !?!!

March 16, 2007 at 11:21 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

I never thought possible, but there it was,
at the Palms thai restaurant on Hollywood blvd,

the worst hot tea ever tasted in a restaurant,
barely any kind of flavor, and poor jasmine was afraid to come out,
couldnt taste almost any of the jasmine flavor,
tea was hot, soΒ  they got that right.

food was ok, and service too.

How to drink tea

March 16, 2007 at 2:05 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

techniques of arranging a meeting of tea liquor and taste buds:

1. sift/strain leaf from liquor – pour liquor in cup, drink from cup. works for any size tea.

2. the gaiwan method separates leaf with its lid – pour liquid in cup, drink from cup. may not work with very small-dust leaves.

3. brew in cup, clamp down top teeth to inside of cup, drink liquor thru the teeth which will separate the leaves and keep them out of your mouth. works with large leaf teas. sometimes pleasant as you get to chew on a couple leaves too.

Crisp Apples List

March 6, 2007 at 9:19 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

ranges: low/medium/high/very

Pacific Rose .Ralphs (4122): very crisp, clear taste, flavor: medium/low, sweet: medium/low.

Gala .Ralphs (4133): high/very crisp, clear taste, flavor: medium, sweet: medium.

Fuji .Ralphs: varied crisp medium/high crispy, flavor: medium/high, sweet: high.

Braeburn, Large .Ralphs: medium/low(mealy) crisp, flavor: medium, sweet: medium/high.

Gala royal .Costco: varied medium crips, flavor medium

Granny smith .ralphs (green apples): varied mostly medium/low crips, flavor medium-low sour green apple, sweet: medium.

should make a table here somehow…

RTD tea market industry CAlifornia market update February 2007

February 17, 2007 at 10:40 am | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

that sounds like an official PR release. but its not.

Mitsuwa Market
many various bottled teas
many tea soft drinks

ItoEn products
Republic of Tea or tea repubic… bottles, small and expensive – just the way i aint buying tea.

lipton crap
some boxed teabags

Trader Joes
some boxed teabags

Whole Foods
has bunch of RTD bottled teas mostly ItoEn products incl large 2L bottle.
some new crap showed up in the fridges: GT’s somekind of a tea mixed with something spanking the monkey of cure-all snakeoil, but it didn’t specify about hemorrhoids – disappointed.

the usual Lipton crap
Fuze (oolong!… sugarized)

if someone has new information where to find RTD teas, whip it out.

Kam Lok Restaurant .San Francisco

January 3, 2007 at 1:14 am | Posted in Pu-Erh, XYZ not T review | Leave a comment


Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usWas accosted by the lunchtime flyer waving woman with low english comprehension
– when asked ” is the restaurant far ? ” she says ” YES ” !…but anyhow i went there,

Meal was ok, the dim sum shrimp was rather tasteless, mongol beef good but lots of onions, wonton soup was ok. Price was low.

Got served tea πŸ™‚ … pu erh tea! ! ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ refreshing change from the same old jasmine crap i always receive in LA.

(flavor was mild, mostly tree bark and sweet, but went good with the food, finished the whole pot).

so here it is, not a tea store of any kind, but acknowledged for serving pu-er. cheers!

Sugar and tea

September 11, 2006 at 7:51 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

i love sugar, when i was young i used to eat it from the bag, or on bread with butter…

now i try to keep a low intake of sugar, hopefully mostly from fruits πŸ˜› (but probably cola)

sugar and tea…

i sometimes put sugar since (i theorize) the tannins bind the sugar so it lowers the bitterness,
but i dont use it much because with sugar it leaves a unpleasant aftertaste.
also some teas lose flavor with sugar.

i did use maple syrup in assam, and hehe, i like it alot.

Tea throwing senator…

September 8, 2006 at 10:20 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

Tea Bags in Hand, Senator Says Coffee Never Flew

“State Senator Ada L. Smith says that she does not even drink much coffee, let alone throw it at members of her staff. ”I usually have tea, with milk and sugar,” she said, reaching into her purse and producing two bags of Earl Grey.”

well, if i had some looseleaf earl grey, i’d certainly throw the filthy coffee on someone’s suit, preferably a white suit… πŸ˜›

USA Tea Market

September 8, 2006 at 10:12 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

just some quick jots on this.

USA is the one of large markets for tea, more than 80% of household consumes tea” ? (i find that doubtful…probably includes bottled tea, and herbal infusions which technically is not tea.)

95% of all tea consumed is black tea”

the US beverage market: Soft drinks 30%, milk 12%, beer 12%, coffee 10% …tea 3.9%” (i think this only refers to ready to drink -bottled drinks)

thanks merrill lynch: RTD tea is at 3.8% of the RTD beverage industry.

hmmm… its pretty hard to find free marketing info, unless you have some $5000 for a friggin copy.

apparently the largest market to exploit is the ‘RTD’ Ready to Drink, aka Snapple, and other bottled crap.

The price is right?

September 8, 2006 at 9:48 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

so i got 2 pounds of delicious fresh chinese food, chicken vegetables, soup. 16$

then i go buy 2oz of tea … 12$ …


maybe i got my priorities confused…

Google pooh

September 6, 2006 at 8:00 pm | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

pooerh (well… that got me on google…somehow)

you can choose between me and pooh!
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…just moving stuff over

May 10, 2006 at 8:00 am | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

very nice, this WordPress.

“brewing” methods

May 10, 2006 at 7:54 am | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

from now on unless noted otherwise

brewing method IHW = in hot water πŸ™‚ (probably Trader Joe’s mountain spring water).

brewing method CBW = cold bottled water (room temperature)(probably Trader Joe’s mountain spring water). no, dont like tap water, here in LA my DWP pumps over some nice full of flavors type of water.

time for some “real tea”

May 10, 2006 at 7:50 am | Posted in XYZ not T review | Leave a comment

Well, i think i’ve had enough supermarket tea for now…so i drove down to the local tea store.

(some good tips Google groups or for your newsreader


May 10, 2006 at 7:01 am | Posted in XYZ not T review | 1 Comment

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