Well, hello! Welcome to Oh, How Civilized.

About Jee

Hey! I’m Jee and welcome to my blog. As you can guess, I really like tea. Afternoon tea, tea pairings with food, tea tastings, tea retreats (one day I’ll actually work to make this a reality, dammit)… I think you get where this is going.

It all started with my obsession with afternoon tea. I grew up in New York and would go for afternoon tea with friends at fancy hotels. I loved everything about it and I was hooked. Like any addict, I couldn’t stop after the first. I went often enough, trying out different hotels, that people would ask me for recommendations. The name, “Oh, How Civilized” came from me uttering those exact words (in a terrible, terrible British accent) after each and every time I went for tea.

About Oh, How Civilized

I started the blog in 2012 around the time I started freelancing. I’m a digital designer and worked many years in publishing for brands like People, InStyle, Real Simple, and Time specializing in UX (User Experience) and design strategy. I love making design tweaks to make a site a whole lot better.

After my last job as Creative Director, I decided to take the big jump to freelance. It was tough at first getting clients and I had a lot of free time on my hands so I decided I needed a little project to keep me busy and lo and behold, Oh, How Civilized was born.

Some popular posts:
Complete List of Afternoon Tea in New York City
How to Eat a Scone Properly
Matchamisu (a matcha tiramisu recipe)
Matcha (Green Tea) Banana “Ice Cream”
BLT Tea Sandwich recipe

The blog first started out on Squarespace since I knew I could get it up and running in less than a day. I customized it a bit, went through a couple of redesigns, wrote a lot of posts, and after three years, decided to move it to WordPress (hosted by Siteground) where I would be able to get complete control and customize as much as I wanted.

At first, my posts were eh. The photos weren’t great, the topics were all over the place, but over time, I got better at it. Looking back at older posts, I can see how much my photography has improved. Photos before, and photos now. Right?!

I use a Sony RX1 (since 03/2014) to take all my photos. Before that, I used a Canon T3i with the kit lens and a 50mm 1.8. Before that, a Sony RX100 (10/2013 – 03/2014). Tip: When purchasing your first DSLR, get a used camera since after you learn how to use it on manual, you’ll most likely want to upgrade.

About Tea

Through drinking a crapload of tea, I became a tea snob. I’m big on learning the basics through foundation courses so once I knew I wanted to learn more about tea, I became a student at ITEI, a tea school in Canada where I’m in the Tea Sommelier program. I’m learning a ton and sheesh, there’s so much I don’t know.

Special Thanks to…

Queenie Fok is my baking guru. We collaborate to create tea-based recipes. She develops the recipe, I eat the finished products.

A big thanks to contributing copyeditor Michele Perez, who catches and corrects all my grammar and spelling mistakes so things I write make sense.

Where to Find Me

You can find me between posts on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

I would love to hear from you! If you have questions, inquires or just want to say hello, send me an email: jee@ohhowcivilized.com


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