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While I look on with great expectations at the trolley laden with bamboo boxes that hold little white bundles of promise, Barry seems almost disappointed that yum cha has now been relegated to a smorgasbord of finger food. As I devour one of those crunchy morsels, he explains that yum cha translated in Cantonese Chinese means drinking tea, along with small servings of baked or fried accompaniments. But now the sacred ritual of tea drinking has been traded off for a tempting variety of bite- sized food. He says the best green tea comes from Longjing. In order to get the best flavours, the tender tea leave shoots are specially plucked before the Ching Ming festival on April 5. Tea has always been a great source of inspiration for poets to wax lyrical on their romance with the aromatic and curative brew. While sharing tea with family and friends is a way of honouring peoples’ presence in your lives, he says that the way to say thank you when someone pours a cuppa is to tap the knuckles or the tips of the first two fingers on the table. The story behind the tradition is equally interesting. Legend has it that emperor Qianlong travelled incognito to South China in order to find out how the rest of the people in the kingdom were doing. In an attempt to maintain anonymity, he poured cups of tea for his coterie of trusted men who couldn’t openly bow down to him in a public area. In a show of respect, they tapped their knuckles on the table which was symbolic of kneeling in his majesty’s presence. While Barry shared anecdotes about the complexity and the different ways of the pouring liquid gold in antique Yixing clay teapots, it struck me that the journey of life is mainly about sharing life’s precious moments. Exchanging nourishing stories steeped in heritage and infused with culture creates long- standing connections. Like tea, it’s warm, stimulating and gives a buzz like nothing else! POINT TO PONDER Chinese tea for the blue blooded only The journey of fine tea from royalty to the more plebeian yum cha FARIDA MASTER COMMENT Tell us stories that you’ve shared over tea? We’d love to hear it: firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/ timesonlinenz text bot (space) your message to 875 They then left, and at 9.52pm Mr Prasad sent his father a text from the Drury area saying he would be home late and was playing pool in Manukau. At 10.33pm, Kumar and Permal were seen at a Mobil petrol station in Papakura where Permal purchased more than 15 litres of petrol in two petrol containers using money stolen from Mr Prasad. They then drove to semi-rural McRobbie Road where they doused Mr Prasad with petrol while he was alive, and set him alight. In the days following, the pair went on a “spending spree” with Mr Prasad’s money, using it on tattoos, shopping, car upgrades, computer hardware, liquor stores and gaming. The day after the murder, Kumar planned to leave the country and tried to buy a flight ticket to South Africa. Crown prosecutor Aaron Perkins said Kumar had a “totally unrealistic assessment of his ability to get away with it”. They have been remanded in custody and are scheduled to reappear for sentencing on May 7. Found guilty of murder From page 1 ➤ PRICE RISE Public transport fare changes in pipeline BETTER alignment of short and long- distance fares are planned in readiness for integrated fares in the SuperCity next year. Auckland Transport says as the pace of transport changes pick up, improving the fare structure with integrated fares will allow the introduction of the New Network including more frequent services on key routes at a minimum average of every 15 minutes from 7am-7pm seven days a week. “ This is along with the introduction of the AT HOP card, electric trains on the rail network, the first step towards the construction of the City Rail Link (CRL) and an investigation into the benefits of light rail,” AT says. This year’s public transport review includes small increases of five-10 cents for short distance (stage one and two trips) for those using the AT HOP card. There will be no increase on longer AT HOP trips on buses and trains, other than for stage five journeys which receive a tertiary concession. Meanwhile Half Moon Bay ferry fares have gone up compared with those for Hobsonville/West Harbour which have gone down. AT says the aim is to more closely align ferry fares across different ferry services with similar lengths so that people travelling similar distances will pay similar fares. The Half Moon Bay cash fare for adults has gone up from $8.30 to $8.60 (AT HOP $6.64 to $6.88); child fare $4.90 to $5.10 (AT HOP $3.92 to $4.08). The Pine Harbour cash fare for adults is up from $12.50 to $12.80 (AT HOP from $10 to $10.20); child fare $7.50 to $.60 (AT HOP $5.05 to $5.16) Also, ferry HOP return fares have been removed because the AT HOP card provides the same price as the return fares did. Return tickets are no longer being sold and will no longer be accepted for travel after May 1. AT and ferry operators are currently working on monthly fares for ferries.
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