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Coffee, Tea Or….Nah…You Can Just Forget About Me.


And the idea of

Just wandering off to a cafe

With a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for a while

Is just bliss

~ J. K. Rowling

The most common English spelling, café, is the French, Portuguese and Spanish spelling, and was adopted by English-speaking countries in the late 19th century. The Italian spelling, caffè, is also sometimes used in English.

In the 17th century, coffee appeared for the first time in Europe outside the Ottoman Empire, and coffeehouses were established and quickly became popular.

When coffee was first introduced into England in the late 1600s, it was largely drunk by men only, and in coffeehouses rather than at home.

The banning of women from coffeehouses was not universal, but does appear to have been common in Europe. In Germany women frequented them, but in England and France they were banned.

In 1674 a group of London women put out “The Women’s Petition Against Coffee.” This group of London women suggested that, by spending too much time in coffeehouses, men were becoming, in a word, effeminate. As these women so eloquently put it, “never did Men wear greater breeches, or carry less in them.”

Cafes may have an outdoor section (terrace, pavement or sidewalk cafe) with seats, tables and parasols. This is especially the case with European cafes.

Cafes offer a more open public space compared to many of the traditional pubs they have replaced, which were more male dominated with a focus on drinking alcohol.

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What A Coffee Lover Would Say…

Ethiopian ancestors of today’s Oromo people were believed to have been the first to recognize the energizing effect of the coffee plant.

Though no direct evidence has been found indicating where in Africa coffee grew or who among the natives might have used it as a stimulant or even known about it, earlier than the 17th century.

The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.

The first coffee smuggled out of the Middle East was by Sufi Baba Budan from Yemen to India in 1670.The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore.

It was in Arabia that coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, in a similar way to how it is now prepared.

In 1583, Leonhard Rauwolf, a German physician, gave this description of coffee after returning from a ten-year trip to the Near East:

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Coffee became more widely accepted after it was deemed a Christian beverage by Pope Clement VIII in 1600, despite appeals to ban the “Muslim drink.” The first European coffee house opened in Italy in 1645.

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What A Tea Lover Would Say…

Tea is the most popular manufactured drink in the world in terms of consumption. Its consumption equals all other manufactured drinks in the world – including coffee, chocolate, soft drinks, and alcohol – put together.

Although there are tales of tea’s first use as a beverage, no one is sure of its exact origins. The first recorded drinking of tea is in China, with the earliest records of tea consumption dating to the 10th century BC.

Tea likely originated in China during the Shang Dynasty as a medicinal drink and was already a common drink during the Qin Dynasty (third century BC). It became widely popular during the Tang Dynasty, when it was spread to Korea, Japan and Vietnam.

Tea was first introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in China during the 16th century, at which time it was termed chá.

Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II, took the tea habit to Great Britain around 1660, but tea was not widely consumed in Britain until the 19th century.

In Ireland, tea had become an everyday beverage for all levels of society by the late 19th century, but it was first consumed as a luxury item on special occasions, such as religious festivals, wakes, and domestic work gatherings such as quilting.

The addition of milk to tea in Europe was first mentioned in 1680 by the epistolist Madame de Sévigné.

Many teas are traditionally drunk with milk in cultures where dairy products are consumed but a 2007 study published in the European Heart Journal found certain beneficial effects of tea may be lost through the addition of milk

Many flavourings are added to varieties of tea during processing. Among the best known are Chinese jasmine tea, with jasmine oil or flowers, the spices in Indian masala chai, and Earl Grey tea, which contains oil of bergamot.

The flavour of the tea can also be altered by pouring it from different heights, resulting in varying degrees of aeration.

The art of high-altitude pouring is used principally by people in Northern Africa but also in West Africa and can positively alter the flavour of the tea, but it is more likely a technique to cool the beverage destined to be consumed immediately

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In Southeast Asia, particularly in Singapore and Malaysia, the practice of pouring tea from a height has been refined further using black tea to which condensed milk is added, poured from a height from one cup to another several times in alternating fashion and in quick succession, to create a tea with entrapped air bubbles creating a frothy “head” in the cup.

This beverage, teh tarik, literally, “pulled tea” (which has its origin as a hot Indian tea beverage), has a creamier taste than flat milk tea and is extremely popular in the region.

Tea pouring in Malaysia has been further developed into an art form in which a dance is done by people pouring tea from one container to another, which in any case takes skill and precision.

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I’ve yet taken my dose of coffee for today and so, off to water boiling once I hit the ‘publish’ button.

Are you a coffee or tea lover?

Why not share with us your love by leaving us a lovely comment?

Till then,

Have a great day ahead, always!

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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I Believe

The above twit was up on the day I received a shocking news that the bulk order for the school fund raising was cancelled due to some unforeseen circumstances.

Just a week before the news, I was given instructions about the packing of the items.

Was I disappointed with the news?

I am not a saint, of course I was.

Wondering how something that seems so affirm at first can just collapse without any warning?

Alas…isn’t that what life is all about?

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” 
― Dr. Seuss

  Though I may not have received any monetary gain from this cancelled order…

At the end of the day, I realized that I’ve gained much more.

Those constructive feedback  received whenever I’ve had my items sent to them for evaluation have really helped me a lot.

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.

Without the boost of motivation from this bulk order…

I wouldn’t be able to create all these and they are now available at our online store.

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Without the boost of motivation from this bulk order…

I would not have sold out the following items…

Without the boost of motivation from this bulk order…

I wouldn’t have created the following items which will be listed  in our online store very soon.

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 You build on failure.

You use it as a stepping stone.

Close the door on the past.

You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it.

You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.

~ Johnny Cash 

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Last but not least,

Without the big boost of motivation from all you lovely souls out there…

Clouds N Cups’ Beads N Pieces would not have existed!

Do you believe everything happens for reason?


Have a great day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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I Can See Clearly Now…

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Yep, this is my mini workstation

Spending countless hours behind it

With more dismantling done than creating


Many beads and findings scattering all around me

My blank mind needed more than one cup of coffee

But noticing my slightly bulging tummy

Maybe one BIG cup will do just fine

 Laughing at my silly self

Wondering if I am really on the correct path

Chatting with a furry cutie was therapeutic

Even though the only voice I heard was mine

Taking another good look at the messy table

Heaving a few more deep deep sighs

A clicking sound was heard

The table did not seem to be as messy as before

 Those beads began telling me different beautiful stories with them inside


With a little more persistence

I can see clearly now

With a little more effort

And what seemed hopeless failure

Might just turn out to be fine anyway

( ^_^)o自自o(^_^ ) CHEERS ( ^_^)o自自o(^_^ )

This is what I’ve learnt from my past two weeks.

I do hope I am able to see clearly with or without the rains!

Do have a bright sunshiny day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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Once In A Red Moon…

Today is the 15th day of the Lunar 8th Month.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on this day (a full-moon night) and celebrates three fundamental concepts which are closely tied to one another:

  • gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops
  • thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
  • praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future)

The Government of the People’s Republic of China listed the festival as an “intangible cultural heritage” in 2006, and it was made a Chinese public holiday in 2008.

It is also a public holiday in Taiwan. Among the Vietnamese, it is considered the second most important holiday tradition.


Anyway, do free feel to click HERE to read more about this lovely festival.

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This picture is the RED MOON that occurred a few years ago and I captured it using my mobile phone.

Although it is not very clear, I am quite happy to be able to capture and share with you lovely souls this blushing moment of a beautiful full moon…


…awww…the beauty of the moon…

So, do we have the honour to fly with you lovely souls to the moon?

So that we can play among the stars on this beautiful day.

If yes,

Have fun flying to the moon with us!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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Be Loved…

This lovely award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. 

Although the stats indicated that we’ve almost 3000 lovely souls following us at this moment,

We’re pretty sure the actual and more realistic figure would still be under 200.

Therefore, we are still feeling very much loved to be able to receive this award nomination.

As according to the rules, there are questions to be answered but since we’ve received five nominations for this award, we will choose a question (if any) to answer from their addressing posts.

Liebster =  Beloved

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Liebster Blog Award

We are very thankful to receive this award nomination from Yoshiko @ YOSHIKO

The question that we’ve picked from her addressing post is

“How do you find my site?”

Yoshiko has a very lovely blog where she can share with us by expressing out all the ups and downs in life via her poetry. So, a big thumb up for her lovely site/blog. You can also visit her other blog @ Daylight Tune MinistriesAnother lovely blog for us to ponder about ourselves via her poetry. 

Liebster =  Sweetest

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We are very thankful to receive this award nomination from J25code2 @ YOUR LOVE PILLS

The question that we’ve picked from their addressing post is

“Tell me one moment when you were the best version of you?”

Whenever tears start rolling down uncontrollably while I am watching/reading/listening to something that has touched my heart (not necessarily a sad story/event), I guess it might not have been the best version of myself, but at least I knew it would be the truest version of myself.

Liebster =  Kindest

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We are very thankful to receive this award nomination from Ajaytao @ AJAYTAO 2010

The question that we’ve picked from his addressing post is

“Have you ever taken a long distance train trip?”

(⇀‸↼‶) No….have not even taken a train before…(⇀‸↼‶)

Liebster =  Valued

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We are very thankful to receive this award nomination from Vijay Shah @ HALF EATEN MIND

The question that we’ve picked from his addressing post is

 “What was your first job?”

As I was about to type out the job that I’ve taken while waiting for my GCE ‘O’ LEVEL result, I remembered that my actual first job was being a door-to-door salesperson selling some kind of beverage at the age of six.

ヽ(´▽`)/ Awww…my first $5 earned!! ヽ(´▽`)/


Liebster =  Lovely

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We are very thankful to receive this award nomination from Nelay @ THE WORLD OF NELAYISH

The question that we’ve picked from her addressing post is

“Define your fashion style.” 

ヽ(´ー`)ノ …SIMPLE & COMFY… ヽ(´ー`)ノ


This post is supposed to be the fourth part of “Things I’ve Written Back Then” but since there is still a list of nominations that we’ve not yet to address, we’ve decided to to start the week with this addressing post.

Last but not least, we would like to dedicate this post to all the lovely souls who have helped with the voting/re-voting for the ‘Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center’ because you lovely souls are







Do be their angels…simply by voting and re-voting….

Have a great Monday ahead!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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Things I’ve Written Back Then (Part 3)


It’s always good to hear good news about other people because I prefer to laugh along rather than to cry along with them.

Why did I say that?

Well, you may just say that I am someone who is generous when comes to emotion… 😛


Whenever I hear of my loved ones (i.e. people related to me), friends or even those people whom I really hate or don’t wish to speak to, telling me how wonderful their current lives are, I would feel 10 times happier than them to know that they are now living wonderfully and I would even smile stupidly to myself.

On the contrast, if something had happened to the above-group of people (yep, even those whom I hate or don’t wish to speak to), I would feel 10 times miserable than them.


Don’t really mind people not remembering me when they are living happily, but I would really mind if people I know of, especially my loved ones, don’t even bother to tell me when they are being bothered by something that they have no solution for.

So, my dear brother and baby sis, if you two happened to read this entry,

I just wanted to let you know how much you two are meant to me and how much I love you two

although I may be a little ‘violent’ sometimes…erhhmmm…you two know what right? Hehhee…


I might not be rich enough to settle monetary problems, but at the bottom line, I am able to lend them my ear.

But, I would also lecture them if I were to know the reason of their miseries could be avoided if they had bothered to find a friend (not necessarily me) to speak to.

I would feel very frustrated because it was already too late for me to help.

Not trying to be a saint here, just wanting to express my inner feeling instead of bottling them up.


JUNE, 2005

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.

Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster,

and do it with no thought of any reward.

Your life will never be the same again.

~ Og Mandino 

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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Things I’ve Written Back Then (Part 2)

*** BLAH… ***

“Hope is a dangerous thing to lose.”

This is the phrase I’ve heard from one of the character saying in ‘LOST’ during last night.

He’s right.

(Or should I say the script writer is right instead?)

In one of the CSI-New York episodes, one character was relating how he was coping with the lost of his wife, who died in the 911-incident.

In order to move on with his life, he threw everything that belonged to his wife away, everything except for a self-inflated beach ball.

It was a beach ball inflated by his wife when she was still alive. 

Why a beach ball, you may wonder.

Why did he keep it when he was already determined to move on with his life?

He said, 

“I couldn’t throw it away because part of her is still inside.” 

I almost cried and I would like to give my praise to the script-writer of that particular episode.

JUNE, 2005

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are

something to do,

something to love,

and something to hope for.

~ Joseph Addison 


Hmm…I am still not sure why I’ve named the title of that post “Blah…”?

I guess it must be one of those random ramblings I would blog during lunch time at work….LOL!

If you are wondering which CSI-New York episode I was referring to, it is the first episode of the first season.

As for the quote mentioned in LOST…oops…memory lost in transit…LOL…sorry!!

Have a great Monday ahead!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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