Tea Time: Hyunmi Green Tea Jakseol

Hey guys :)

Welcome to Tea Time! This column will be where I talk about some of the teas I drink, and a little chat on a book I've been reading.

I'm sometimes envious of people who are so into coffee. I can't drink too much of it as my heart suffers from it, and if I drink it too late in the afternoon, I can't sleep. Perhaps it's the whole coffee-is-cool culture surrounding it. I've always wanted to walk down purposefully down a New York Street, with a coffee in my hand. It's such an iconic scene, isn't it?

Well anyway, while I can't appreciate coffee as much as I would like to,  the good news is that I enjoy tea! I love tea so much, and yes I need to talk about it. Haha :)

Hyunmi Green Tea Jakseol

A little story behind this tea:
I was travelling in Korea with my friend Eli. I have a habit of drinking hot tea in the morning and it was rather strange for me not to do so. I just felt really wonky. Haha. I guess now I understand why my dad brings his own coffee when he travels overseas. It's just super comforting to start the day with something you love.

So we went to a supermart and I found this tea! I was rather hoping it would be something like the barley teas served in Korean restaurants. I love my green teas so I purchased this. I had no idea what Jakseol meant. It seems to be an umbrella term for green tea in Korea.

Taste: Initially I was a little disappointed by this tea. It came across as kinda oily, and had a very mild flavour. It had the comforting 'barley' fragrance though!

Now, however, I rather do enjoy it. With my $6.90 Miniso teapot, I pop in two tea bags for a stronger taste. The tea is wonderful chilled too. Unfortunately, I'm down to my last few packets. Well, it's okay because we have a kitchen cupboard well stocked with tea.

Tea time is slow time for me. I love that it warms my belly and throat. And I absolutely love reading and drinking tea. (Someone once remarked how I am like an old granny. It's true actually. I like leading the slow life. Plus I would actually pick up knitting but it just seems rather complicated at the moment.)

I'm just about done with this book, Never Too Late To Be Great by Tom Butler-Bowdon.
It's a non-fiction, self-help book, meant to encourage people to strive to be their best, even if they think they are old.

There are plenty of case studies, such as Howard Schultz (Starbucks), KFC 'Colonel' Sanders, MacDonalds, Mother Theresa, Dan Brown (author of The Da Vinci Code) etc. Did you know Dan Brown used to be a singer?! He even released an album called Angels and Demons before he became a writer. Sometimes the amount of case studies causes the book to feel a little fluffy, but I guess it's nice to know all these successful people actually arrived at a late age.

TLDR: Basically even if you're in your 40s or 50s, it's never too late to change your career or try to achieve something remarkable. If anything, it seems that the older you are, the more remarkable your work can be. This is part due to the life experiences that help mould your thinking or your techniques.

I think it's unhealthy to compare yourself to the teen stars of today. The media often reports on talented young children/teens in the music industry, or highlight successful entrepreneurs in their twenties taking the world by storm.

Meanwhile, you feel like a stagnant old person whose 'golden age' has passed. In fact, you have barely scratched the surface of your own potential, really.

We actually have so much of our productive lives to live (say we live to 80), so we have not actually missed the proverbial boat. If you're about 25 now, you have about 55 more productive years to go!

So if you're feeling down and unaccomplished, don't be discouraged! It's ok to bide your time.

Leaving you with a quote from the book.

May you never lose the spark.

Till next time,