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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Where The Fun Is

Here are the places to enjoy live entertainment and dine in style as you get into the festive mood.

Original live music performances, great jokes, cocktails and good food come together at TAB, Singapore new live concert venue with a difference.

Spacious and well equipped, TAB seats 200 to 250 people comfortably or as many as 600 standing.  But unlike huge stadiums or cramped no-frills venues, this cozy night spot keeps customers happily water and fed.

We wanted to create a casual and intimate atmosphere with good drinks and food, which is totally different from the Indoor Stadium or Esplanade theatres, said co-owner Adrian Mah.

The menu swings from cinnamon and sugar coated tortillas to pastas, burgers and fresh tossed salads.

On the ground floor stage, you can choose to sit near the bars, at cozy tables or in your own private booth.

Upstairs, mixologist Zach is the poet behind the bar.  He concocts creative cocktails with names like Charlie Brown, a smooth blend of peanut butter, vanilla and vodka.

The Baibi (the lover) is an exotic mix of vodka, rose, apple and saffron.

Taking inspiration from legendary music venues in New York and London, where many up-and-coming artists get their start, the sleek two-level concert and dining space is a good place to give yourself the gift of music at the holidays.

Singapore has not had a live music venue on our scale, with our polish ever before, said Mr Mah.

Besides a sparkling showcase of up-and-coming Singaporean and International Artist-in-Residence, TAB periodically features ticketed concerts for established artists such as The Album Leaf, Ryan Cabrera, Rox and An Horse.  In the pipeline is a monthly stand-up comedy gig featuring the likes of Jonathan Atherton.

The best part is that TAB is located smack in the centre of town so you can easily stroll along Orchard before or after a great evening of entertainment.

To know more you call: 6493 6952 or website:

To be continued – look up for more at my next blogpost.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Stripping off layer of red tape

Staff attire at the Bikini Bar on Sentosa Island
Cutting through red tape has never been this sexy.  For years, nightlife and entertainment companies like Emerald Hill Group had to work around strict rules on what their staff could wear.

Waitresses and entertainers at establishments such as pubs and bars had to abide by prohibitions on attire set out in public entertainment licence.

For instance, the licence had stated that employees and entertainers could not be “scantily attired or dressed in swimsuit, bikini or bunny costume or any costume which is transparent”.  This archaic rule had prevented theme bars like Bikini Bar on Sentosa Island from flourishing.

The rules were clearly out of date.  Customers were more skimpily clad than the waitresses, and if you walked around Orchard Road, some of the girls were even more scantily clad.

The police in charge of these licences refused to budge and said it was the law.  It was all quite frustrating.
That was in 2004.  But by 2006, the introduction of the Pro-Enterprise Panel (PEP), an official feedback channel for businesses to seek intervention or improvement.

The PEP is a unit under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, chaired by the head of civil service.  Members of the PEP comprise both the civil servants and businessmen.

Within a few months, the PEP worked with the police to review the rules and by 2007, they had been tweaked.  Now waitresses are allowed to wear bikinis although they still cannot wear clothes that are too revealing.

However, the police even provided a drawn illustration in the licence rules of which body parts had to be covered.  Waitresses at the Bikini Bar now wear bikini tops and shorts, fitting theme of the beachfront bar.

I think the rule lift makes all our lives a lot easier.  It is a simple change and our tourism industry benefit as a whole.

Singaporeans rank 7th in the top 10 night owls list

We all know how important a good night’s rest is to our body and mind.  Yet in a recent global study on sleep habits, results showed that 54% of Singaporeans turn in only after midnight, with 27% hitting the sack between midnight and 1.00 am.  The other 27% turned out their lights after 1.00 am.

Many attribute their late sleeping habits to the stresses and strains of our highly pressured society.  Long working hours combined with the lack of physical exercise can lead to a disruptive sleep pattern. 

Many Singaporeans are staying up late to enjoy whatever is left of their time after work with their family and friends, or simply to chill and relax their minds before bed.

In the long run, it is unhealthy to deprive our body of the optimal 8 hours of sleep every night.  Not getting an adequate amount of sleep can lead to cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. 

If you average is less than 6 hours of sleep per night, your resistance to viral infection is lowered by about 50% over those getting 8 or more hours of sleep.

One way to mitigate the lack of sleep hours is to invest in a good mattress that gives you complete and uninterrupted rest, all through your sleeping hours.  Even 6 hours of continuous sleep is more restorative than 8 hours of interrupted sleep. 

A good quality mattress will increase your chances of getting restful sleep all night long, even if your partner tosses and turns.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Three Synthetic Drugs to be banned

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) is taking a pre-emptive strike against three synthetic drugs before their misuse picks up here or leads to a fatality.

From Monday, BZP (1-benzylpiperatzine), TFMPP (1-3 trifluoromethylphenyl piperazine) and mephedrone (4-methyl-methacathinone) which are abused as ecstasy substitutes abroad and have reportedly caused deaths will be banned.

The three drugs which are controlled drugs in some other countries including the United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden and New Zealand are not openly sold here but are known to be brought in while labelled under bath salts and plant fertilisers.

Consumption of the three drugs causes euphoria and heightens alertness when consumed.  However, they could lead to side effects such as seizures, psychosis, heart palptations and nausea.

In some other countries it is sold as plant food.  CNB’s consultants with the Trade and Industry Ministry, Agri-food and Veterinary Authority and the Health Authorities here confirmed that there was no known legitimate use for these drugs in industry, research or medicine.

Media first reported in February that some party goers in Singapore were consuming mephedrone, a controlled drug in countries including Denmark, China, Germany and Sweden.   

Drugs abusers told that they purchased their supplies off the Internet for about $30 a gram.  Mephedrone sellers state on the packaging that chemical is “not for human consumption” although it has no known use as a fertiliser for plants.

According to the CNB, there was no feedback that the abuse of these drugs was on the rise here, BZP and TFMPP come under the piperazines family.   

A separate component within this family which is found in products sold legally in pet shops here to de-worm dogs, will not be categorised as a Class A controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

BZP and TFMPP are sold in the black market in tablet form.  From Monday anyone convicted of using them can be jailed up to 10 years, fined $20,000 or both.  Traffickers can be jailed between 5 and 20 years and given between 5 and 15 strokes of the cane.

So do not try them and think twice on the consequences?  Don’t play play!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Yogyakarta in the line of fire

Death toll mounts, thousands force to flee from hot ash ejected by Central Java’s “Mountain of Fire”.  City faces threat as volcano keeps spewing thick ash and fiery gas; death toll rises to 138.

Mount Merapi threatened the historic city of Yogyakarta yesterday as it continued to rumble and groan, spitting grey clouds of ash and gas 8km into the air, coating windows, windshields and leaves hundreds of kilometres away.

Officials admitted it was difficult to anticipate what next to expect from the killer volcano.  Residents of Yogyakarta said outdoor activities have ground to a halt.  Every inch is covered with a thick layer of ash that has also darkened the sky for days.

If you stay outside for five to ten minutes, it makes your eyes sore and irritates your skin.  Many shops and restaurants have shuttered including those in the shopping area of Jalan Malioboro, as families huddle to discuss whether to stay or to evacuate the city.

On Friday, searing gas surged down Merapi’s sides, torching houses and trees and incinerating villagers caught in its path, many as they tried to flee. 

The number of people who have died as a result of that blast rose to 94 yesterday.  That brought the death to 138 since the latest eruptions began two weeks ago.

Many of those killed on Friday were from Bronggang 15 km from the crater.  The authorities have expanded the mountain’s danger zone to 20 km from 15 km.  Rescuers yesterday picked through the rubble as officials prepared for a mass burial of those killed.

Yogyakarta, a city of 400,000 steeped in Javanese culture and tradition, is 28 km from Merapi’s crater.  The impact of the eruption on the city was unlike anyone had experience before.

Volcanologists said it is unclear what will happen next with the 2,968m tall mountain.  Friday deadly explosion came despite predictions that the volcano would ease up after two weeks of minor eruptions.   
Yogyakarta city is now on the highest alert level.

Since Friday at dawn, residents in the seven sub-districts have been told to be ready to be evacuated at any time.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Where to shop for Sari in Singapore

Labels and stores where you can find traditional costumes and modern Indian flair.

Traditional Indian Costumes:

Pure Earth: 02-48 The Centrepoint
This store stocks a line by Indian desigern Rashmi Gogn called The Goddess.  Designed specially for festivals and traditional occasions, the outfits are made of rick silks in vivid colours and with intricate embroidery.  Prices start from $229 for traditional outfits, while embroidered tops are priced at $79 and printed shift dresses go for $159.

Minora Centre: 202 Serangoon Road
This store offers saris and blouses for the festive season.  If you are looking for something special for parties check out the saris by Indian designer Neeta Lulla, who has designed for Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.  Prices start from $150.

Modern Indian Costumes:

Mantra : 02-29 Mandarin Gallery
You will find cocktail dresses by local designer Sabeena Bani Ahuja with Indian elements such s embellishments, draping and embroidery here that sit will in any contemporary wardrobe.  Bejewelled bibs are priced at $150, short dresses start from $180 and long embellished dresses are available from $350.

Style Mart : 149 Selegie Road
A mix of traditional saris and contemporary cocktail dresses and gowns under local designer Kavita Thulasidas' label, Asian Women.
Traditional costumes also come with contemporary details such as crystals, halter-neck tops and tie-dye effects.  Tops start from $350 and cocktail dresses from $500.  Bangles start from $48 and earrings from $32.

Cot:lour Kraf : Quintessential, 02-01 Pacific Plaza
As its name suggests, the trademark of this Indiqan accessories label is bracelets in kaleidoscope of coloured jewels.  Unique designs include bangles with crystals that are more than double the standard size. Prices start from $29.

Isharya : Quintessential, 02-01 Pacific PlazaThis jewellery label by San Francisco-based Radhika Tandon and her Bombay-based sister-in-law, Gauri Tandon, is a mix of Bollywood glmour and cool Californian style.
Think gleaming yellow gold necklaces and chandelier earrings in vibrant colours like orange, turquoise and gold.  American celebrities Gwen Stefani and Drew Barrymore are among its fans.  An 18k gold-plated necklace with agate stones is priced at $979, while a matching bangle costs $659.

The Dos & Don'ts for Sari

      The most common method of wearing sari is to wrap the cloth around the waist, create pleats in front and drape the final length around the shoulder.
     These days however, many experiment with other looks.  The cloth can be worn over the head, draped over the chest or tucked into the petticoat.
     Tie your drawstring on the petticoat as tightly as possible.  The sari is tucked into it before you drape it, so the underskirt should be tightly secured to keep the outfit in place.
     The choli is supposed to be fitted so that it does not get in the way of the pleated skirt or pallu after the sari is draped.
     White and black are still considered inauspicious colours by the older generation when worn to weddings and religious festivals like Deepavali.
     Do not expose your ankles.  The sari should be long enough to graze the floor but not so long that it will cause you trip.
     If you are a sari novice and are afraid that things might fall apart, reinforce pleats or drapes with discreet safety pins or ornamental brooches.  Also pick a lightly embellished one made of a soft material like chiffon or silk as these materials can be folded and draped with ease.  A sari with lots of embellishment might be harder to drape and secure due to the weight of the beads and crystals.

Dress for Deepavali

     Today as Indians everywhere, even those who do not practice Hinduism still celebrate the festival of lights and sari will be out in all sumptuous colours and patterns.
    But one of the oldest garments in the world it is depicted in artefacts that date back to 100 BC is also inspiring the most current looks in fashion capitals.
     The rise of Indian-inspired fashion can be traced to the success of Indian fashion designers in the global stage.  Both the rise of India as an economic power and the popularity of Bollywood movies have also earned Indian fashion cachet with the designers and celebrities.
     With the influx of Inidan expatriates in recent years, Singapore has also seen more events that offer Indian fashion.  Even non-Indian shoppers now want hints of Indian design on contemporary clothing.
     Sari means strip of cloth in Sanskrik but it also refers to the entire outfit, including the blouse and underskirt.  Strictly speaking the sari is a piece of seamless cloth wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder.
      Saris feature  multitude of decorations: woven, printed, embossed with velvet, embellished with sequins and in Sari (embroidered in gold colour fibre) and Bandhani (tie-dye) designs.
    Choli is a tight-fitting sleeveless or short sleeved blouse that comes in variety of necklines.  It is typically made of cotton or silk and the colour usually matches that of the sari.
     Women who are more conservative usually go for designs that cover their front and back fully.  There are also backless and halter-neck styles.
     Petticoat, this waist to floor cotton or polyester slip-worn under the sari is tied tightly at the waist by a draw-string and holds the sari in place as it has to be tucked into this underskirt.  It should not be visible and should match the base sari colour as closely as possible.
     Pallu is the end portion of the sari which is draped, usually on the left shoulder and falls till about knee level.  It can also be tucked in at the waist or used to cover the head or the neck.  It is often intricately decorated.   

Wish every Hindu a "Happy Deepavali".

Friday, October 29, 2010

Italian town ban mini-skirts

Women planning to visit this small Italian town had better not pack any mini-skirts or low cut tops.

Authorities in Castellammare di Stabia near Naples, have decided to fine women who wear skirts that too short or show too much cleavage up to 600 euros about S$700, the UK's Daily Telegraph reported.

The move against provocative clothing has raise eyebrows in a country which has produced sex symbols like Monica Bellucci and Sophia Loren.

The town council also wants to ban men and women from wearing low-slung jeans as part of a list of 41 new rules that "every good citizen must respect", the report said.

Mayor Lulgi Bobbio said it was all part of an effort to "restore urban decorum and improve coexistence."  The aim was to target people who were "rowdy, unruly or simply badly behaved".

Playing football in parks and gardens and swearing in public will also be banned under the new regulations.

If the new regulations are approved, offenders will face fines of between 25 and 500 euros.

The report said that Italy has become entangled in a web of petty rules and regulations in the last tow years after the government of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi gave councils extra powers to tailor laws to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

So be careful if you happen or going the above mentioned town near Naples in Italy.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

No Short Skirts & Slippers for tertiary Students

The long running debate on what is proper attire for tertiary students flared up again last week, when some Republic Polytechnic students were warned that they could be banned from lectures.

The warning came via an email to students. It said, "Please note that students are not allowed to enter the class if they are found to be improperly attired."

After directing the students to the hand-book on what constituted proper attire, it when on to say, "If you are seen wearing slippers, a stern verbal warning will be issued first by your class facilitator.

"If the warning is note heeded and you return with slippers on the subsequently days, you will be refused student entry to the class and will be marked as absent."

In a footnote, it explained that "slippers are termed as any footwear with straps and exposes parts of the foot example heel and toes.  Hence, the safest footwear to wear would be covered toes shoes.

It is imposed to prepare students for the realities of industrial internships during their education at our polytechnic and for working life after they graduate.  In both private and public sectors, dress codes are part of corporate practice.

It represents one part of Republic Polytechnic efforts to deliver on our promise of holistic education.  Future employers expect that polytechnics act as the final post before they enter working life.

However, the rules have not been strictly implementing these rules in most of the other polytechnics and universities.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bathroom -"Room for Improvement"

Bath time tips:

Surveys have shown the bathroom is one of the most common places where domestic accidents happen.  It is as high as 70 percent of all domestic accidents happen there.  Furthermore, if it is not cleaned regularly, it can be a haven for bacteria and other unpleasant things.

Here are some ways you can make your bathroom a clean and safe place.

 Invest in a good bathroom mat to place outside your bathroom door, by the bathtub or next to the shower area.  Make sure it got a rubber backing so it will not slip and slide on the wet floor.  And they can also add a nice splash of colour.  Do not forget to wash and clean the mat regularly, it is a hot spot for bacteria.

Brushing your teeth in the shower may save you a couple of minutes when you are rushing for work in the morning, but do not keep your toothbrush anywhere near the toilet when your are done.  Scientists have discovered that your brushes can collect more bacteria than there is on the toilet bowl itself!

Make sure locks can be opened from the outside in emergencies.  Millions of people become unwell in their bathrooms every year.  It is important they can be reached quickly if they need help.

Avoid using harsh chemicals products such as chlorine bleach, ammonia, aerosols, formaldehyde and phosphates.  Use eco-friendly products that are environmental friendly to your home, safer for your family and at the same save the earth.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Young and Stress Out

Unlike adults, stressed kids tend to have more physical or somatic complaints.  The child may appear to fall ill more frequently or have declining academic results.

     Eddie was a disruptive ten years old student in class.  Adept at annoying his teachers, he was constantly on detention during lunch time.

     Although he was the clown in class, whose crazy antics tickled his classmates, he did not appear to have many friends in school.  His teacher found him to be hard working but is losing patience with him.

     Without a clearer understanding of him, it is easy to label him as a trouble maker.  However, clinical psychologist Ms Lyn Worsley, a child adolescent and family therapist, advised that such cases are not so straightforward.

     In Eddie case, it was found that his poor behaviour in school was a manifestation of childhood stress.  He was one of the many children with behavioral problems Ms Worsley, director of Alpha Counselling Services sees at her clinic in Sydney.

     Author of The Resilience Doughnut "The Secret of Strong Kids, a resource book that helps young people through stressful times.  She will talk about building resilience in children at a public forum organised by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

     According to her, Eddie's family life appeared to be a difficult one.  His parents worked full time in their own business and this meant that Eddie was left alone most of the time.  He rarely talked to his parents due to their exhaustion and distraction

     "While this appears to be unrelated to Eddie's significant behaviour problems in school, Eddie's stress was evident in his inability to relate with others and express his needs," she said.

"My tummy hurts"
     A child who experiences stress may not behave in the same way a stressed-out adult does.  Younger children tend to have more "masked symptoms", said a senior consultant and chief of the department of child and adolescence psychiatry at IMH.

     "At their young age, they may not have the language skills to describe the stress they are undergoing."
"Unlike adults. stressed out kids tend to have more physical or somatic complaints.  The child may appear to fall ill more frequently or have declining academic results."

     Ms Worsley added that children also have less control over their emotions, and hence react to them in ways that are difficult for adults to understand.

     So while adults may start snapping at people or simply become quiet whenever they are feeling stressed.  A child who feels pressured in his everyday life may interpret stress as irritation in their bodies, resulting in changes in bowel habits and tummy aches, said Ms Worsley.

     She added that they may also become more demanding and revert to earlier developmental behavior like bed-wetting and tantrums in some cases.

     While there are no official statistics to show how stressed out Singaporean kids are, a 2007 local study done by IMH on 2,139 primary school children found that 12.5 percent of them had emotional and behavioural problems.

     Over at IMH's child guidance clinic, which sees children aged six to 19, outpatient cases have risen by 16 percent from 2006 to 2009.  Often many of the cases cite academic stress, peer and family pressure to do well in school as the reasons for their emotional and behavioral problems.

What’s causing your child’s stress?
     Often, Dr Fung said the main source of stress for children comes from environmental changes due to issues such as marital conflict between their parent's.  “Children are still not masters of their own fate.  A child’s stress is often linked to his adult caregivers,” he said.

     Routine and predictability give a child some of control over their lives.  In today’s hurried pace of life, children who has no say in their lives will also experience stress, added Ms Worsley.

     However, Dr Fung said it is important to note that some degree of stress may not be a bad thing, since it drives a person to better himself.  “Stress is only bad when it is chronic, unpredictable and hard to control,” he added.

Enter Resilience Building
     While it may not be possible to change the temperament a person is born with, Ms Worsely said resilience skills can be built to help him cope more efficiently in tough times.

     “Resilience is not a personal trait but rather a process,” she said.  In Ms Worsely’s Resilience Doughnut model, a child’s resilience can be honed by building strong environmental factors around him.  There are seven types of environmental strengths; parents, skills, family, education, peers, community and money or work.

     “From these seven, a child needs only three to work well for him to develop resilience,  It is even better if he has more, but child who has less than three will not have the best environment to build resilience skills,” she explained.

     Ultimately, the onus is on parents to monitor their child’s emotional well-being, said Dr Fung.  “It is not just all about ensuring the child does well in school.  Keep in touch with his or her emotional needs too.  Support them without mollycoddling or over protecting them,” he said.

Articles by Bernard Teo

Black and White Photography

     The fundamental basic of photography actually started with black and white photography and many Professional Photographers and Photo Enthusiasts do enjoy and appreciate Black White Photography.

     Moreover, Black and White photo is long lasting than colour photo which faded after a few years.

     Photographers who had gone through the black and white course and printed their own photos’ will never forget the beauty of black and white photography as a Fine Art-Form

     It is not so much on just shooting but the after process.  One had to develop your own negative and you learned to master the art of printing your own photographs.

     Stepping into the darkroom is most interesting part of Black and White Photography with all the happening.  You begin to see your negative images being projected on the easer one by one; you begin to tell yourself this is not sharp enough, some need to crop away and others composition not good enough……….etc.

     You realized how important to see and compose an image before you click the shuttle.  While doing the printing process you learn to master the art of using your both hand to help do dodging and burning here and there to enhance the images.

     The biggest challenge was while you are developing your own printing in the darkroom, the satisfaction when you see the images appearing on the photo paper after you had immersed into the developer.
     This can be testified by the numbers of black and white enthusiast or course students who had attended the black and white photography course conducted by Photo Clubs or Photographic Societies.
     In colour photography you can play with colour to bring out the subject but black and white photography you must train to look at the fundamentals basic of composition, contrast, textures, lines, shapes, light and shadow, backlighting or highlight to create a more dramatic image.

     Black and white is all about capturing a sense of the dramatic, so if your subject has texture that is naturally dramatic, then you are in the right path toward making a good black and white photo.  With black and white, try to keep some symmetry in your texture.

     It’s easier to create stunning black and white photos when you have symmetry in your texture because it can sometimes be lost in colour.  Symmetrical textures in black and white are consistently beautiful and offer something the eye cannot capture as well when working in colour.   

     To understand and master black and white photography you must understand the concept of grey scale.  You see a piece of black and white photo is not really only black and white but it’s actually lots of different shades and depths of grey.

     The interplay of managed tones found within a photograph becomes a joy to behold and brings great satisfaction to a photographer.

     The use of filters especially the darker-orange filter is a must for general black and white photography.  If you wanted a high contrast or a high key image, a red filter will help to enhance the image to look more dramatic.

     Black and white photography has seen something of a resurgent lately and it’s getting a lot of attention in the digital photography magazines, books, blogs and websites.

     Perhaps it’s about people wanting to get back to basics; or perhaps people are just continuing to fall in love with the mood and atmosphere that black and white images conjure?  Or digital camera owners rediscover the beauty of monochrome images.

     Conclusion, be it Black and White or even Colour Photography the most important quality is “Passion”.  It is passion that drives you to stay up late and wake up early to discover the secrets of Photography.  Passion gives you power and keeps you going while others may have given up long ago
     Secondly, I always believed that one must first understand their equipments well & master the fundamental basics principle of photography.  Many great photographers are those who had learned or mastered the art’s basics and blend that understanding with their personal creativity to produce or capture those beautiful images.

     If we strictly adhere to rules then we are hindering the development of photography and discouraging the artistic and creativity of every individual.   Keep practice and practice till you get it right, there is no other way.

Articles by Bernard Teo

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tea Therapies the Ten Natural Healing Processes

Research shows that drinking tea benefits health. Tea has antioxidants that help fight cancer and helps fight the natural aging process. Some tea contains vitamin C that helps fight illnesses and colds. 
Polyphones found in some tea helps strengthen teeth by reducing plaque. Polyphones also help aid digestion by increasing the flow of digestive juices in the stomach. There are many healing properties of tea.

Try the following ten natural healing processes of tea therapies:

1 Green Tea:
Green tea comes in many different varieties and packs huge nutritional benefits. Green tea varieties, which are the most popular in Asia, include Jasmine Green Tea, Jasmine Dragon Pearl, Green Peony Tea and Roasted Japanese Green Tea. 
All green tea is high in both nutrients and minerals. After green tea is picked, it is dried using hot air. The tea leaves are then pan fried, but not fermented. When tea is not fermented, it helps preserve the nutrients and vitamins found naturally in tea leaves.  
Also, green tea contains vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to naturally boast the immune system and promotes overall good health. Fluoride is also found naturally in green tea. This serves to strengthen bones and prevents dental decay.

2 Oolong Tea:
Oolong tea is known for aiding indigestion and by lowering cholesterol levels in the body. Oolong tea is made from large, mature trees and produces a full-bodied taste. 
The leaves are semi-fermented and after being picked, are left to wither, which removed moisture. Semi-fermentation happens after the leaves are left in the shade. 
Oolong tea has a pleasant aftertaste and a sweet, but fruity aroma. Some varieties of Oolong tea include Jasmine Oolong Tea, Ice Peak Oolong Tea, Hairy Crab Oolong Tea and WUYI Rock Tea.

3 White Tea:
White tea is made by using very young tea leaves that are still covered in down. The leaves are not fermented. Instead, they are steamed and dried in the sun. Because of the lack of fermentation, white tea contains a high concentration of chemical compounds, which are known to help fight cancer. 
Because the leaves are still downy, the brewed tea has a silver-white appearance. It has a sweet aroma and fresh flavor. White tea varieties include Silver Needle, White Peony, and Jasmine Silver Needle.

4 Black Tea:
Black tea blends are most popular in the Western world and are used in English tea blend. After the leaves are picked, the leaves go through full fermentation that makes the leaves darken to almost black. Black tea can taste different, too. It can be flowery, fruity, and spicy or even have a nutty taste. 
Black tea, which contains antioxidants, is known for lowering the risk of stroke and helps reduce clotting of the arteries. Black tea varieties include Black Tea, Rose Black Tea, English Breakfast Black Tea and Earl Grey Black Tea.

5 Chamomile Tea:
Chamomile tea, which is considered a floral tea, has a very aromatic, fruity flavor and is a member of the daisy family. This tea is known for helping aid with toothaches, insomnia, muscle cramps, and can help reduce the swelling of skin irritations.

6 Rosebud Tea:
Rosebud tea is another floral tea. It is made using rosebuds of a rose bush. The tea has a very sweet, floral aroma and a light, sweet taste. Often, rosebud tea is brewed with other types of tea. The essential oils in rosebud tea can help aid circulation.

7 Wild Holy Tea:
Wild Holy tea is has a bitter taste and is often used for medicinal purposes rather that the taste. This type of tea has show to help detoxify the body, aid in blood circulation and digestion and with regular consumption has been show to help control blood pressure and obesity.
8 Milk Tea: 
Milk Tea, and Indian black tea mix with spices, is the most popular tea in India and Sri Lanka. It is usually brewed with milk and spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. Milk tea added with other types of tea, such as green tea helps aid in overall health.

9 Red Tea:
Research has shown that this type of tea, which is grown in Africa, is rich in antioxidants and has a high level of antioxidants. Red Tea is also caffeine-free. This kind of tea has proven to help boost the immune system. Varieties of this tea include Florida Orange Red Tea, Organic Cape Red Tea, Organic Green Red Tea and Organic Green Summer Red Tea.

10 Paraguay Mate:
This type of tea is very popular in South America. The tea is brewed with spices and drinking with a straw from a gourd. The tea is used to aid many health benefits including aiding in depression, aiding digestion, and boosting energy levels.