First of all, happy new year! It is good to be back here in the blog world. I have been busy with lots of stuff and is still busy at the moment because my partner and I are packing our stuff and renovating the flat because we are soon moving out from here. The pressure is on as we have to sell this flat as soon as possible. However, I am glad because things are falling into place and I cannot wait to move into a bigger place. A bigger place means that I can have my family and friends over for a night or two and we can finally host a big dinner party finally! 🙂
Let me introduce Molly. A Norwegian forest cat from Odda Norway. My sister adopted her a couple of months ago. She’s a very shy cat and cautious at first, but once she sees that you’re not a threat, she’ll try her best to catch your attention. 🙂
Even though I am on a holiday vacation, I still feel a bit guilty of staying up this late. I guess it is because that I am a time freak now. Yes, adulthood. You got it right.
I cannot sleep for this reason, a t.v. program about polar bears in Svalbard is bothering me. I forgot the name of the program but I feel bad about the fate of the polar bears not only because they are endangered species but because of the hard life that they have to go through because of our negligence and greed. I cannot also believe how can people actually think that climate change is unreal and not happening despite the evidences. In my opinion, you do not have to be a scientist to notice the changes in our environment and climate. The extreme storms in the north/west, tsunami in Asia and extreme drought in Africa- these are just some examples of the effects of climate change.
Christmas feels is here! I’m so happy to have finally visited the Christmas Market in Bergen. It’s very beautiful because of the lights, decors and the people who are having a good time at the market with their love ones. This Christmas market is not that big compared to other Christmas markets in other parts of Europe (or the world) but you can find good stuff and good food here. There are also tivoli rides for the young ones and for the young at hearts.
And because I got busy with food, I only took few shots.
Today’s tea is Harrods’ Anniversary. I bought a canister of this tea at Heathrow before my flight back to Bergen earlier this year. London is a big city and a long weekend is not enough to fully explore the city. As I’ve said in my London post, I travelled with a friend. I had to adjust my personal plans so my friend would also enjoy her stay in London as well. One of my plans is to visit Harrods to experience tea time and buy Harrods’ tea in London, but because of limited time and our joint plans, it didn’t happen. Fortunately there is Harrods at the airport. I went directly to their tea section and got stuck there for a while. I was contemplating what tea I should buy. There are lots of tea to choose from. I wanted to buy 5 different kind of teas but my budget won’t allow me. So one tea it is then!
Behold, Harrolds Anniversary.
Here’s the description (or should I say, their expectation) on the back of the canister:
“An earthy green tea combined with astringent ginger, peppermint and zesty lemon aroma. Part of an imaginative range of infusions, this tea provokes the senses and allows you to enjoy a special moment with every sip.”
The sweet scent of mango and lemon welcomed me when I opened the lid. The sweet mango scent is in my opinion a bit too much, but I won’t let it ruin the first impression! After all, this is supposedly a celebration of love. So that’s probably the reason why it smells so sweet, well, because love is sweet! What do you think?
Brewing time for a cup is from 2 to 3 minutes. A bit longer than the usual brewing time for a regular green tea which is max 60 seconds. It is because the fruits in the tea that needs more infusion time.
So, going back to Harrods’ expectation, did it meet mine? I’ve been drinking this quite often after I bought it and I can say that this is one of the teas that I would share with my friends who aren’t into much tea drinking as I am. In my opinion, Harrods Anniversary tea is a good quality tea. If you think green tea alone is boring, then this tea is probably for you. For me, I love the subtle sweetness taste of mango bits, the tingling taste of ginger and the freshness of lemon and bergamot (though it’s just flavoring).
This is an update on my post about the exam that I had on drug dosage calculation. Since this is just an exam, we are allowed to try again if we fail to get a score of 100% . I failed on my first attempt because I have an error on the last part of the exam which was to find the initial dosage of the concentrate. That task is an easy one compared to the other ones. I was actually surprised when I found out that my calculations on the hardest part of the exam is flawless and I failed on an easy one. I got frustrated because of that small error.
Fortunately, the patient is just an exam. However, I really felt bad for the failure not because I had to retake the exam again but because I was thinking what if this exam was a real person.
So what did I learn from the exam? Well, I learned how to keep my head cool under time pressure. Yes, pressure and stress can arise but it should not let it affect my task because we all know that working in the health sector can be very busy. In the exam, we’re given 2 hours and we had to solve for 6 exercises. 6 doesn’t sound a lot but the cases are long, therefore it needs time. Second, read the exercises/tasks twice (or more if needed!). Know what it is asking for. Is it asking for the volume or the dosage? Third, don’t use a scratch paper. Because it is time consuming. And lastly, treat your exam as a patient. Be serious and sincere in solving the cases because once you’re done with the studies, you’ll be dealing with real people who would be needing your services. Their lives is in your hands.
When my partner’s dad saw my FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 camera, he went to his office and came back with a Polaroid EE44 camera. He said that I can use it because no one is using it anymore. I felt like I won the lottery or an auction because I love vintage stuff especially vintage gadgets/technologies.
Polaroid EE44 is an instant analog camera. The concept is simple. You take a photo, then the camera develops the photo right away. I’ve tried to “Google” this camera and I found out that there ain’t much information about it. I found out though that EE44 is from 1976.
Since this is an old camera, I had to study the controls first. The problem is no one has the instruction manual anymore so again I turned to the internet. Fortunately, I found some videos and more information about this analog camera. However, Polaroid has discontinued the production of the type 80 films (which I think is sad). But it’s not the end for the EE44. There are lots of tutorials online on how to use other films (like for instance Fujifilm 100) instead.
There was only one shot left in the camera so after learning the controls, I aimed at a beautiful scenery and pressed the button and hoped that I’d get a good picture. Then I waited for a couple of minutes and I pulled out the film. Unfortunately, there was no picture on the paper but only the chemicals from the paper. Then it occurred to me that I forgot to check the batteries! But even though I remember the batteries, I still won’t be able to change the batteries because that would mean opening the camera and exposing the remaining film.
I got disappointed because I lost my only shot but as I’ve said earlier, it’s not the end of the EE44. There are endless possibilities here, we just have to be creative and be patient with troubleshooting.