A Total TaiTai Tale

Tale of a Total TaiTai who was in Beijing & Beyond and is now in Singapore & Surroundings!

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Another safety check for the family back home 😂

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Because we are too cute not to share 😉

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We had great weather and it was a great way to spend a morning exploring the extensive tea estate

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White tea, green tea and black tea all come from the same plants… it’s just a matter of leaves and the process.

White tea is minimally processed and not oxidized (it retains the natural antioxidants), it but does not develop as much flavor, color, or caffeine.

Green tea has a minimal amount of oxidation, halted by additional pan-frying (Chinese teas) or steaming (Japanese) steps. The additional processing brings out more flavor, and allows for caffeine to develop, at the cost of a reduction in antioxidants.

Black tea is fully fermented, which blackens the leaves and causes the formation of caffeine and tannins. It generally possesses the most robust flavor and highest level of caffeine, but the least antioxidants.

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This is not a job I would like to do.

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Most of the tea pickers are Tamils women.
Their wages are very low, only around SLR600 (about 3&euro) each day. They are expected to harvest a minimum of 20 kg of leaves per day and per person!!

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The tea plantation is a city within the city… with several ”villages” across the estate, ranging from 15 families to 45 families.
We saw a maternity ward, a crèche, a school, a church, a few temples….
While the women traditionally are the one harvesting the tea, the men harvest vegetables that they sell at the market (or small stalls along the roads).

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Dambatenne is the second largest tea plantation in Sri Lanka covering over 4000 acres and employing 1500 people.

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Dambatenne is the second largest tea plantation in Sri Lanka covering over 4000 acres and employing 1500 people.

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Today was all about tea plantation exploration in Haputale

And what a ride it was.
About 2-3 hours in a tuktuk, going up and down steep hills

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