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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.

Here you go. Enjoy!

 

Anniversary Tea

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.”

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I love the tea canister!

Ingredients: Green tea 63%, Ginger root 19%, Mango cubes, Peppermint 4%, Flavouring (mango, bergamot, lemon).

 

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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).

 

 

 

 

 

I Killed my Patient

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.