I have traveled a bit in Asia. I have seen some amazing things, eaten some amazing food, met some amazingly kind and generous people, grown in many ways, and learned a lot about the world.
One interesting thing I have learned, and that I am going to share with you, is that in Asia most of the things that are considered good for one’s health have either a heinous smell or taste, and sometimes even both. Things that come to mind are natto (fermented soy beans from Japan) and stinky tofu, which I tried in Taiwan. Both of these things items have …. unique tastes. Upon eating them, or being offered them, I have been constantly reassured that they were “good for your health.” I used to think that was where the whole, “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” thing came from.
You’re probably wondering where I am going with this.
Today my student presented me with some special medicine. I was looking a bit haggard because I had been out with my friends and only slept a few hours. He said it would give me energy. He also mentioned how good it was–my suspicions were aroused.
He also explained that it was quite expensive. Seeing as it came wrapped in gold flake–which I was expected to eat as well, and came in an individual bottle, I had no doubt he was correct.
I do not know exactly where this medicine comes from. My student is Korean, but I am pretty sure he said something about China.
The smell was not unpleasant, but rather overpowering. The taste….it definitely had a natural taste. Another student familiar with the product described it as tasting like a tree. Not having had too many trees, I cannot confirm that. It was a taste I had never encountered before–that I am sure of.
Did it work? I have to admit that I felt a little better and was able to get through my day without a coffee IV.
Today’s Perfect Moment is the student’s generosity. The product itself is more of a curiosity than perfection.
If anyone of my readers is familiar with this, or has taken it, I would love to hear from you.