My shopping trip was highly successful. I found a 150 ml glass gaiwan at the oriental shop in the mall. It was on the shelf being used to show off how some of the loose tea leaves looked. They let me have it for $5 since the guy couldn't find a box and he even kept the display tea in it. So I got a discount and free tea. I also picked up some TQY oolong and some jasmine tea samples there plus a bag of white tea at the organic store.
My first attempt at using the gaiwan with the sample tea was an interesting experience. I have to figure out the correct way to pour without burning my fingers or spilling the tea all over the counter top. For the tea, I rinsed the leaves first then did a 15 second steep just off of boiling. It tasted slightly sweet, but a little bit weak. The next steep was about 30 seconds and tasted a bit better with more flavor. By the third steep, the leaves were completely unfurled. I really can't describe what it tasted like beyond that it was slightly sweet and smooth with little astringency. I like the glass a lot since it is really neat to see the leaves unfurl.