Taken to tea

18 09 2009

I THINK I’m moving to the dark side.  For the coffee drinker that I am, this is quite a departure.

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The authentic Japanese green tea they serve at Pepper Lunch.

I’m reminded about this threatening change in me as I write this, as an empty – yet still quite fragrant – sleeve of TWININGS™ OF LONDON Passion Fruit, Mango & Orange flavoured black tea is shoved onto my face.  The arrest of citrusy notes is exactly the calming effect I sorely need right now.


This is the sleeve of the TWININGS™ OF LONDON passion fruit, mango and orange tea I was having and sniffing last night when I was making this post.

My bout with a few days of coughs and colds in the first week of September proved to be the opportune time to rediscover tea.  Everything then was bland to me.  And everytime I would find myself attacked by colonies that would find settlement in my upper respiratory tract – rendering my tonsils closed for days on end – I would be beyond consolable.

But tea leaves proved to be persistent enough to find its way through clogged olfactory filaments.  I love the initial whiff I would get – top notes to perfumes – everytime a tea bag would break the surface of briskly boiling water.  Unlike with the aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans, the gust from steeping tea is subtle with nuances of fruits, herbs and flowers.  And the steam that rises carries with it bigger, bolder, more pronounced scents as the water continues to extract the very essence of the leaves.

I’m loving tea.  But I’m not to even preach about how exactly calming it is, per my claim above.  And come to think of it, my opening line sounds so paradoxical.

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I had these in succession.


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This tea was part of a pasalubong (gift / present from travel).


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I love green tea to go with my Pepper Lunch meals.

And I thought I knew what it meant to be a success

18 09 2009

I KNEW Batman got me in trouble when he decided to gift me with a book.  I cracked it open in the evening and before I knew it, I had finished just when the sun’s rays had pierced through the morning cloud.

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Devoured in one sitting – Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.  The Da Vinci Code.  Star.  The Runaway Jury.  Jurassic Park.  The Third Wave.  Tuesdays with Morrie.  Skipping Christmas.  The King of Torts.  The Alchemist.  The Greatest Salesman in the World.  These are the books I devoured in just one sitting – literally from dusk till dawn.

Oh, and count in all the Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Bobbsey Twins on the shelves of the Mapúa Pre-Engineering Technological High School library.  I read each of those in just one sitting – every single time.

And now, Outliers:  The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, the book that Batman surprised me with when we had our Pepper Lunch dinner last Monday night, is added to this list.

I have to admit that Outliers brought to the surface a lot of my own views about success that have – quite apparently – remained deep-seated in some compartment in my brain…  way at the back where they don’t get called out often enough.

And I thought a lot of one’s success highly depends – hinges – on one’s individual merits.

Oh, I so love the chapter on plane crashes (I’m still so afraid to fly)!  So, to get a good look at what led to actual plane crashes is such an eye-opener.  I cringe and want to go back in time to undo them.

And because of this book, I’m now more convinced about my choice for the 2010 presidential elections.

Thanks, Batman!  I’m so looking forward to the next book you are going to make me read!  But bear in mind, I wouldn’t mind to be surprised too with one of those wristwatches we checked out at Rafael’s.  Hahaha!

More on my current book selections on next posts.