teapasar Reads: Our book recommendation to keep you WOKE

Today, it’s difficult to go through a day without reading about political stressors, social rights injustices, humanitarian crises, and of course – the pandemic. Whatever your stance may be, the following books highlight various perspectives of important discourses, in an easily digestible manner so we’re not lost after the first page. Here are just a handful of our favourites, and remember to put that water to a boil for the perfect afternoon me-time with your favourite tea. Share your favourites with us, and we’d be happy to include it in this list! The Trial Author: Franz Kafka Summary: Josef K., a dignified bank officer, wakes up on the morning of his thirtieth birthday to find himself arrested for no reasonable cause. Through the use of seductive storytelling, Kafka leads K. into an endless maze of dead-ends as he struggles to reach out to the invisible yet ever-present authority for a chance of closure. Why read it: Admittedly, ‘The Trial; is

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TEA-RAPY READ: A Guide On How To Socialise again

For the introvert who requires a lot of time alone to regain energy, the previous months of limited social interaction during the early circuit breaker has been like a respite of sorts, ridding us of the awkwardness of desynchronized face-to-face conversations and the attendant withering regret that will haunt us before we go to bed. Alas, as we begin to enter the third week of phase two, more of us will eventually be going back to familiar social spheres — family dinners, business meetings, date nights, etc. This feeling of seeing people in the flesh is undeniably a welcome relief from zoom fatigue and extended on-screen time, especially so for most of our extroverted friends who have been counting down since phase one. However, for those who enjoy the sweetness of solitude or lost touch with in-person communication, as the end of the social restrictions looms near, they are – unfortunately – besieged by the pressure of relearning how to

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TEA IS FOR TRAVEL: platform.

WHERE: platform., Singapore Sometimes a new experience can be just a stone’s throw away. Sequestered in the bustle of Singapore’s CBD, platform. – a drink studio – is a comforting pocket of quietude for the souls who enjoy the sweetness of solitude and a fine brew. In the day, the cream white of platform.‘s interior is illuminated by natural light flooding in, providing the perfect backdrop for your #aesthetic snap. By night, the space transforms and gives off a different kind of energy that makes you want to hit pause on life and linger there with its soft ambient lighting and the buzz from their delicious concoctions. Nothing about the place is an afterthought: from the distinctly minimalist furnishing to the carefully curated menu of cocktails and light bites. Recognized as one of the top new bars in 2019, platform. serves up enticing cocktails that combine the layered flavor of tea and the intoxicating allure of alcohol in innovative ways

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TEA-RAPY READ: How to find your Ikigai and navigate through life

5 MINUTES READ Aren’t we all glad to finally see the light at the end of the circuit breaker? Some of us came out as newly-minted masterchefs, or at least with a fresh new outlook on life. But for some of us who could not adjust to the disrupted life rhythm on top of being socially marooned from friends, we struggle to feel motivated. Well, we can relate. During the course of the circuit breaker, the teapasar team learned to take stock about life through “ikigai” (pronounced Ick-ee-guy). In Japan, millions of people practice this time-honoured concept – it is the philosophical battery powering them through their daily grind to find fulfilment between the cross-section of their values, things they like to do, what they can get paid for, and things they are good at. Those are the questions worth ruminating while sipping a good cup of sencha. Shop: Organic Sencha Green Tea (80g loose leaf), Chill Tea Tokyo, $57.80

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TEA IS FOR TRAVEL: Mixology Salon

WHERE: Mixology Salon, Tokyo In a city where the traditional converges with the avant-garde, Mixology Salon sits at the center and offers newfangled cocktail creations infused with a curated collection of premium teas leaves. Their star mixologist Shuzo Nagumo introduced “teatail”, which became the ne plus ultra of their menu. Using Gyokuro – regarded as the highest quality of green tea in Japan – a cocktail course is charged with three different levels of infusion so you can savor the nuance between each tea strength. As a coda, you will be served with a smoked oyster soy sauce finished with the residual Gyokuro tea leaves. If you hit the bar during the right time of the year, you might get to try their other seasonal brews such as Pear and Taiwan Oolong Cocktail. To create these innovative mixes, Mixology Salon uses a sleight of hand that is a centrifuge machine and a sous-vide technique to distill their liquor under reduced

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