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I pondered a bit today on my heritage.  I realized something natural to me do not necessary be natural to others, to some extent, it can be even strange.  So I decided to create this blog.  

Here we go, Part 1:

The Tea Pot  

If you ever go for a Chinese meal with a Chinese (say me), you soon realize we always order a pot of tea.  The server will give all of us a tiny tea cups.  

Naturally, I will take up the tea pot, start pouring tea into your cup first, then next, and next.  I will pour mine the last.

Then I will place the tea pot by me.  Once you sip a little, I will quickly fill your cup up *without asking*.  We will be talking, carrying on an conversation, yet you will notice I keep doing this over and over again to everyone on the table.

Why

Guarding the teapot means I am hosting.  It does not mean I will pay the bills (maybe if you are lucky).  It means my hospitality.

Keep filling your cup up because Chinese like the concept of fullness and no emptiness.  Even a little sip, we need to fill you up.  So avoid going to bathroom too often during the Chinese meal, do not drink your tea and thus I would not fill that up.  However, I still need to place a drop in your cup as a kind gesture.

Also, if the tea pot is emptied.  I remove the lid and still sit that on top of the pot.  It is a silent indicator to the server that we need a refill.  

More custom to come on daily basis. Stay tune.



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