A Little Dose of Reality

So here I am sitting in a coffee shop. O drank coffee to wake me up from the fantasy world I am living in. 

I have to be up and about on the reality that another Korean trip has come to an end.

Until the next time we meet. It won’t be long.

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Coffee, anyone?

One of the things I like in Korea are the number of choices you have. It takes away the monotony of your everyday routine.

Now in the massive Seoul Station to take a Mugunghwa to Suwon. 

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Taken at: Gozum Residence in Marikina City, Philippines

Being at home during the day makes you do stuff you don’t normally do – like cleaning. Then, I discovered this dirty coffee maker.

There is already a culture of bacteria growing in the leftover coffee. It’s beautiful and gross at the same time.

Coffee: Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks

It’s Christmas time again and it also means that the hunt for them Starbucks stickers are on. I really like their planner this year so I am going to join the bandwagon.

The Starbucks stickers promo requires you to drink 9 of their regularly prepared handcrafted beverages and 9 beverages that they only offer during the Christmas season. This year, they are offering the Toffee Nut Latte, Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread Latte. Of the three, I haven’t tried the Gingerbread Latte.

Gingerbread Latte

I tried it for the sake of knowing what it tastes like and I was overwhelmed.

It had a strong taste of ginger and cinnamon. I thought that the coffee could keep me awake for the afternoon but the head ache it brought about could mean that I was in for a very long second half of the work day.

I didn’t really enjoy it. The first sip alone could leave you dumbfounded because of the strong flavor. I could not appreciate it even if I was halfway through my cup. That happened to me with Peppermint Mocha. I thought that maybe I would have a better understanding of the taste as I finish the drink. That didn’t come though.

Maybe, if you were a fan of things that are unique and weird, it will be a drink for you. For me, I’d stick to the originals and the more staple Toffee Nut Latte.

Coffee Shop: Figaro at Brickroad

Yesterday, a friend asked me to go with him to a coffee shop for him to finish his thesis. He must have needed moral support because of the stress graduating form a master’s degree might entail. I was there for support and if he needed to sort things out in his mind, I was there too. What is also important is I was there to experience Figaro for the first time.

It was my first time to be in Figaro at Brickroad. Brickroad is a collection of food establishments at the back of Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall in Cainta, Rizal. It’s my first time to be in the area, actually. The building looks like a very old looking cabin house. The inside is very homey. It’s like someone’s home. I like their smoking area (not that I smoke) because it’s air-conditioned. What I don’t like is that the signal inside the establishment is a bit weak.

Butterscotch Vanilla Latte

I ordered a hot drink because it was raining. And, I am very vulnerable to the cold. I liked this beverage. It was happiness in a cup. The fun thing about it is it has an after-taste. It was so strong that you’d wait for minutes before you take another sip. It was nice thought that you don’t have to finish your cup so easily. I just wished there was more of it.

Blue Velvet Cake

I am a big fan of the Red Velvet Cake. So, that is what I’d naturally look for first. There was none that time. But, here lies a relative – the Blue Velvet Cake. There wasn’t much difference except for the color and the blueberry stuff on it. It was a combination of the sweetness of the cake and sour taste brought about by the blueberry. It was heavenly. I only wished for more of the cream cheese because theirs is delicious. Also, the cake doesn’t crumble easily. That way it was easier to eat it.

I also ordered their house iced tea. It tasted like tea with ice and not the commercial ones. It was very delicious too.

Figaro is nice but I still have loyalty to the other coffee house.