After a long while I entered this famous coffee shop again at Matalino St. Since I used to frequent this nook I instantly noticed this Mr. Newbie barista right in front of me. He let me spell my three-letter name and gave that cutie smile (is this a dejavu?) after saying it loud. Is this sounding like a Koreanovela already? Oh well maybe since this Starbucks franchise is located at the heart of the Korean district here in Quezon City. Let me continue. I gave him my credit card for payment. The POS terminal seems to help prolong our moment as it dials so slowly. Mr. Cutie asked me then if I can let him hold my card first until the sale is printed. I give him a nod (without thinking of a possible fraud activity) and waited patiently for my drink.
As soon as I my usual drink is prepared I quietly sit on my lucky table. I opened my netbook and do my usual craft, to finish my long standing blog drafts. Without a hint he approached my table asking for my signature. I gave it to finish the sale and he smiled again. After a fruitful hour in the shop I prepared to go home. To my surprise his shift has just ended and we almost walk to the door side by side.
A night after, I found myself opening the same door I left. It is a very rainy Wednesday night. With a wet hair look carrying 2 bags on my shoulder I felt I looked like a worn-out umbrella. As I am busy looking for a quiet table with the shop so crowded with final exam and paper-cramming students I heard a familiar voice, “Good evening Ms. Reg.” OMG, it’s him and his perky smile. How on earth did he remember my name? He even apologized, with his eyes rolling in cuteness, not being able to accommodate me tonight. Oh well its ok, I know I’ll be back tomorrow.
Good thing I wear my lipstick and my blush on at the moment as I start another story within this coffee shop corner. It’s the same place that inspired me to write the poem below early this year. But take note the barista tonight is not the same barista mentioned. Though they have a thing in common, I failed to get their names. I know now what to do next. 🙂 Enjoy reading again guys. I might compose another one soon.
A Spontaneous Day
Originally posted in Facebook: April 28, 2011
[ I decided to take a time off from work one fine day of March. Nothing fancy, I just want to give time to myself and to my writing craft….Here’s a glimpse of how my day turned out, unexpectedly! 🙂 ]
While looking for a place to eat one Wednesday noon
I found myself inside a lunch nook so well-known
A 41-peso Beach House barbeque and rice meal with a soup add-on
just like the good old UP days made my tummy happy.
And a bonus treat for a facebook bee
is a free Wi-Fi around the campus, even under a tree
Surfing while leaves are falling down on me
seems like a wonderful scene in the romantic Seoul streets.
It’s probably the day I’m the luckiest
as I step on a new found corner at Matalino St.
the charming barista poked me his smile so sweet
and by now he knows my favorite drink and calls it Regie’s Hot Chocolatey.
Now I have to get back to why I’m here
hoping to put a dot on my long overdue poem draft
but it turns out I scribbled a new one in an instant.
Oh well, I tell you that today is a blast!