Welcoming December also meant making it to my last class day (or last in-campus class day) for the year. Since I am now based in the province and have been taking the bus to the campus, I developed the habit of keeping my bus tickets for keepsake.
That also meant close to finishing the novel The Bastard of Istanbul, a very brilliant novel by Elif Shafak which I read because of my recently-concluded trip to Türkiye. I remember starting to read it in 2021 because Istanbul has always intrigued me as a city, but I never had the chance to push for it until I actually went to visit Istanbul (which is, btw, a beautiful city).
Hotel Room Teas
Summit Hotel Tacloban‘s complimentary room tea is *drum roll* Dilmah! I always make it a point to keep the hotel room teas I did not consume for future spontaneous tea sessions (I just need hot water and my thermoflask, right?).
At the supermarket, I was able to see Clipper Tea (a brand that you will not usually find in Twinings and Lipton-dominated supermarkets in the country, let alone in the province of Leyte). I got one box of Snore & Peace Organic Chamomile Herbal Tea and it was delicious!
Free Cinnamon Bun!
Being based in the province meant less triggers to be tempted to enter a Starbucks store for me. I was actually surprised when I was notified that I am entitled for a free reward via email. I went to one of the Starbucks stores at Taft Avenue to claim my free cinnamon bun. Yay!