Monthly Archives: January 2012

Featured Product: Te Da Jou

Te Da Jou is an herbal liniment used for bruises, inflammation and other minor injuries. The herbs are usually soaked in rice wine for many years before use. Literal translation of “Tea Da Jou” is “Steel Hit Wine” and commonly used among traditional Chinese martial artist to help recover from bruises and injuries. One of the jars of Tea Da Jou we made in the past is more than 30 years old.

Most of the products we carry, except for an herb package prescribed by Juli, are available for purchase online without consulting. Just go to Teas and other herbal products are also available now.
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Interesting Fact About Pleasure

Pleasures cause the limbs to increase in size, and accompanying a physical change is a feeling of expansiveness, which serves to heighten the pleasure. With pain the limbs shrivel in size, and this is accompanied by the feeling of depression. So stay away from things that cause negative emotion and find a pleasure in everything you do.

Happy New Year from Juli!

The year of the Dragon holds a special significance for the Chinese. Dragons are powerful and wise.
Make this coming year one to fulfill and achieve your goals. We can set goals for ourselves, our business and our surroundings (environment).  Setting goals of one month, three months, and for the entire year are good time lines. You have the strength, and need discipline to do it. Start wherever you are, and empower yourself with small achievements, then bigger, always building yourself up. I look forward to each of my accomplishments, and for 2011 I met them.
In memory of my Father, and mostly for me, I have accomplished one year of power hot yoga and I am strong.  Before my Father’s passing, he told me, “Be a tree that is strong and flexible to flow with the wind and not a tree that is brittle and weak, which will break with the first strong wind.”   I wish you all to learn as I have from his words.
My New Year greeting to you in Mandarin: “Gong Xi Fa Cai” and “Hong Bao Na Lai,” meaning, “Wishing you a prosperous year” “May I have the red envelope, please!”

Goals and Achievement: Lessons from Bruce Lee

1.    “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.“ Make sure your goal is something you really want, not just something that sounds good. Say you set out to become a next American Idol, because it looks good and everyone thinks you have talent. But if your heart is not there, you will never be happy or successful. When setting goal, it is very important that your goal must be consistent with your values.
2.     “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” The same rules above apply here. Your parents may want you to become lawyer or doctor because of financial stability in those professions. But if you have no interest or passion for it, you are guaranteed to be miserable. So, make sure to set your own expectation (Goal), not somebody else’s.
3.    “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” Once you know what you want and set a goal, you have to take an action to achieve your goal. All the positive thinking and attitude will not help you get what you want if you just sit around and wait for it. Here is another one of Bruce’s quotes, “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you will never get it done.”
4.    “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else; it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” In order to grow and achieve more, you must always accept new challenges in your life.
5.    “Don’t fear failure — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” When you set a big goal, you may feel like you may never get there, and failure is inevitable. But in an attempt to reach bigger goal, you wil learn and accomplish much more than you would otherwise with a small goal.
6.    “Make at least one definite move daily toward you goal.” You must do at least one thing every day that will get you closer to achieving your goal.
7.    “Faith makes it possible to achieve that which man’s mind can conceive and believe.”  Hard work is often required to reach a goal, and belief feuls the hope that helps you keep going.

About The Chinese New Year

The Chinese value the New Year as one of the most important cultural celebrations. It is a time to prepare and celebrate a fresh start. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. It is the only mythical animal associated with the Lunar Calendar. It is the strongest one, symbolizing power and good luck.

As we enter the New Year, let’s remember the core meaning of the Chinese Traditions for celebrating. It is a time to clean, to be prepared for a New Year and reunite the family. The Elders have a chance to see the youth and reward them with a red envelope.  It is given to those unmarried, usually children as a reward for being good and helping the family. It is recognition of growth and a gesture more than a monetary value.
The New Year is traditionally celebrated for 15 days.  Modern Chinese recognize the tradition in various ways still going to work, but likely having a reunion family dinner and exchanging red envelopes. We can all be inspired by the tradition to clean out the house and reunite with family.
In Seattle, you can attend the Chinatown Celebration on January 28th from 11am-4pm, more info here: to see some traditional dress and dance. And, perhaps, you can greet loved ones with a traditional phrase, “Wishing you a prosperous year!”