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The much awaited annual Starbucks Christmas tradition in the Philippines has already started this November 2 but I’ve got the chance to experience it days earlier. Last Oct 29, 2016 my Starbucks addict self excitedly dressed up to attend the 2016 Starbucks Christmas Grand Launch at the Grand Atrium of Shangri-la Plaza Mall.

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The launch event was held for two days, Oct 29 and 30 free of charge to the public. Attendees just have to show a screenshot of their My Starbucks Rewards account page to enter and be given a Cheer Passport.

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I have no idea of what’s in store for me there aside from seeing first hand and having a chance of winning the 2017 planners but since Starbucks equates to Goodvibes for me I immediately ticked “Going” at the official FB event page and saved the log-in screenshot before heading there.

I was not able to enter last year’s launch since I came in too late from work and the program is about to end. So literally it’s my first time. In my excitement I accidentally erased the photo while lining up hahaha, and so i went to a wifi ready place just to resave, lol. 😛

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As I line up again that was the time I noticed a lot of booths and baristas were all around the venue, hmmmm…I smell something thrilling fun right there and then.

When the Cheer Passport and Starbucks Promo card were given to me the barista in the registration booth explained that I need to complete a total of 5 stamps by doing the activities/challenges in each of the 5 Cheer Stations inside to get a Special Gift. Ok, lets do this. And so I entered and to my surprise this greeted me: Cheer Station 1 – Christmas Selfie Challenge. I picked from a bowl of paper slips what I needed to do and tada, the challenge for me is “Take a selfie with a Starbucks Barista” and upload it on your social media account.

Hihihi, OMG, Kilig much, Im game!

(I said while smiling ear to ear, hahaha) ♡♥♡

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The kilig turned into a different kind of cloud nine. It feels overwhelmingly heaven seeing everything Starbucks and Christmas and baristas so I decided to save the best for last and just go on the next 4 Cheer Stations before scoring that “selfie“.

Oh well the real reason is that I just wanted to look around for the most charming one and find the guts too. It’s harder in real life than what my imagination depicted, hahaha. 😛

Let’s get it on with the next Cheer Stations’ activities. Cheer Station 2 is the “Sips of Cheer” where you are asked to try on the new Christmas beverage Santa Hat Dark Mocha Frappuccino. Isn’t it so great, a free taste and you got a stamp.

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This new beverage is the perfect Christmas frappe for me. Its bittersweet mix of Dark mocha, strawberry and java chips is just right and the coffee is not too strong yet it can perk you up. Finally my acidic stomach found a match and I can complete the right side of the planner promo card faster. Thank you Starbucks for this. ♡♥♡

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Cheer Station 3: Flavors of Christmas is some kind of a memory game wherein you need to get 2 matches by flipping the cards of Starbucks flavors. I didn’t get a match here yet there is a prize item win or loose and a stamp of course for trying.

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Cheer Station 4: Celebrate our Beloved Christmas Blend is a free taste station that comes with a lecture from the charming baristas of the choiced Christmas blend beans and how the normal brew and “siphoning” produces different levels of taste and coffee aroma. Yes I can be a Starbucks barista now hahaha. 😛

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The last is probably the hardest for me. Cheer Station 5: Crafted by Hand and Heart needs the artist in you by designing a blank Starbucks Christmas greeting card.

I have no sense of the visual arts and its my hatest subject in school yet I have no choice but to draw and play with the gliterry and metallic pens/markers provided. Here are some of the finished product of others, nevermind mine hahaha.

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So where is the Starbucks Barista selfie? Ok here it is, I can’t do it with the one I find the most charming but definitely it was one kilig flattering moment hihi. ♡♥♡

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Lol! Its not just a selfie right. Caption it for yourselves hahaha. They even let me be a barista for a day in the next photo. ☆♡★

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Before claiming the gift item its now time to get a first hand look at the colorful 2017 Starbucks Planner designs.

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This year it comes in two hip and classy designs: the Blue Siren and Coffee Stains and it comes with an erasable pen, magnetic bookmark and a pouch to keep it neat. Nicee right! ★☆★

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The Christmas tumblers are so eyecandy too as well as the new Starbucks card designs. Cant resist to touch and took photos.

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I really did enjoy the event. So much goodvibes all around. ♡♥♡

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Here are some more photos of the crowd and inside the event.

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Here’s my completed Cheer Passport and my take home items and happy heart inside ♡★♡

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Here’s one more takeaway~ I didn’t get a selfie but at least a photo with the most charming barista of the day (left), hahahaha. ♥♡♥

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Thank you so much and Congratulations Starbucks Philippines for a very creative, interactive and enjoyable launch full of Starbucks Christmas spirit and goodvibes. Will forever be a Starbucks baby.

Even if I was not able to wait for the planner raffle draw it’s all worth it that I came here. Indeed an event worth blogging. ★☆★

Love,
Pinkyreg ♡♥♡

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Last September 7, 2015 the giant international coffee brand Starbucks finally opened its doors in my very hometown Angono, Rizal.  As a coffee shop lover and certified Starbucks addict I’m the happiest kid ever on this day that I did all I could to finish my Monday tasks at work the fastest (even had a working lunch) just to get home early and experience its first day high myself. #Priorities 🙂

Starbucks Angono on its opening day

Starbucks Angono on its opening day

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Happy “First Day High” smile at Starbucks Angono 😀

On a more serious note, I knew all my kababayan from Angono were just as excited.  Dubbed as the Art Capital of the Philippines and not far away from Manila we are unfortunately tagged as an outskirt place without Starbucks by Ms. Ruffa Gutierrez in one of her lines in the 2010 film Working Girls when she was told a property was left to her located in Angono and her verbatim response was “May Starbucks ba dun?”  (See video clip post below for reference, credits to Rizal News Online FB page) Oh well its true, then but now fret no more and we are thankful that this remark might have helped that we are now enjoying Starbucks birth in our artistic town, hahaha.

Starbucks Angono is located at the G/F of SM Center Angono along Manila East Road.  After almost a year since the opening of this very first major mall in our town (SM Center Angono opened in Nov 2014) then comes this Starbucks place. As much as one would say (from a traditionalist point of view) that our town is slowly being modernized away from its rich culture I think having a Starbucks nook would even enhance the inherent talents fellow Angono townspeople have.  It’s a place where we can tap our creative juices on music, visual arts and writing as we sit and sip some coffee and ambiance here, away from our usual corner in our room or galleries.  Personally as a blogger coffee shops especially Starbucks (and I don’t know why hahaha) gives me a magical inspiration that ideas are just pouring as long as I enter one.  Of course we can proudly say that we now have a new meeting place or tambayan aside from Jollibee, Chowking or Infinitea and the infamous Don Antonio’s now have its major rival aside from the new coffee shops at San Roque’s Music Wizard (and I don’t know the name hahaha).  Isn’t it so great great!

enjoying sips :)

enjoying sips 🙂

So much of the seriousness, here comes my Starbucks addiction moments.  I just can’t contain the happiness and kilig as I made it to the last couple of hours of its store opening after being stucked in traffic jam for more than 2 hours, and that includes the less than 6 hours of sleep the night before and after seeing this post, LOLz! (Credits to SM Center Angono FB page)

Starbucks Angono Opening soon post

Starbucks Angono Opening soon post

Just like what my friend mentioned: Iba ang feeling ng first day high (It’s a different feeling when you’re here on its first day high).  True enough that my energy levels at around 8:30 pm is like I’m in a beach vacation or in Korea, hence the crazy photo ops inside the store. ❤

while in line at the counter

while in line at the counter :)

while in line at the counter 🙂

The ambiance and interiors 🙂

At the counter

woody coffee

woody coffee

the crowd at 9pm

the crowd at 9pm

the busy counter

the busy counter

And more of me the counter hahaha 🙂

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But of course in any Starbucks or coffee shops I have a favorite spot and I think I know where I would love to sit here as long as it’s available.  Look for my watermark. ❤

pinkyreg's spot

pinkyreg’s spot

pinkyreg's spot

pinkyreg’s spot

Starbucks SM Center Angono is open from 9-am-10pm Sun-Thrs and on an extended weekend store hours of 9am-11pm on Fri-Sat.  And so if I do not reply to text, pm or in my Facebook account you know where to find me, or at least the Starbucks branches I maybe in hahaha.  See yah!  By the way I can’t wait to see some baristas in uniform on the nearing Angono Town Fiesta parade or Pagoda, hihihi 😉

feeling Starbucks Ambassador <3

feeling Starbucks Ambassador ❤

the outside logo at night

the outside logo at night

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An addition to the Korean craze just hit Manila. Last November 29 Caffe Bene, the biggest coffee chain in the land of Korean dramas held its grand opening in Eastwood City Walk 2.  From Seoul Caffe Bene has finally arrived in the Philippines, Yey!

Caffe Bene on it's grand opening at Eastwood

Caffe Bene on it’s grand opening at Eastwood

A lil bit of facts: Caffe Bene was established in April 2008 and now they have more than 800 stores all over Korea (beating the giant Starbucks).  It became a Korean sensation due to its key product offerings of: excellent medium roast coffee; their signature freshly made Liege waffles which are richer, denser, sweeter and chewier than traditional waffles; and authentic Italian gelatos that’s good on its own or better enjoyed if paired with coffee or waffles.  Aren’t those sounding mouth-watering already? Here’s a peek.

a peek on Caffe Bene menu

a peek on Caffe Bene menu

For Korean drama addicts, you may probably recognize it as the coffee shop of that infamous coffee “Crème Kiss” from the hit Secret Garden.  Yes, that super kilig romantic act of Hyun Bin kissing the cappuccino foam off Ha Ji Won’s lip was shot inside a Caffe Bene shop.

kilig scene from Secret Garden -- cr to http://nabilaraisyasays.blogspot.com

kilig scene from Secret Garden

cr to http://nabilaraisyasays.blogspot.com

On with the event proper, the grand opening program kicked-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Mr. Desmond Chua, President of Caffe Bene Philippines (leftmost in the picture below) and Ms. Diane Chua, Head of Operations (2nd from left).  The grand opening program was hosted by Korean expat and now a local Philippine personality, Sam Oh.

ribbon-cutting ceremony

ribbon-cutting ceremony

Ms. Sam Oh hosting the Caffe Bene grand opening in Eastwood

Ms. Sam Oh hosting the Caffe Bene grand opening in Eastwood

It was followed by a dedication and prayer by a pastor family friend of the Chuas.

Dedication

Dedication

The welcome speech by Mr. Desmond Chua came next and was full of emotions telling their journey towards opening of this Korean coffee chain in the Philippines.  Quoting some of his words “in this market full of established names we will strive and hope to make a niche”.  A loud applause logically came after a nice speech.

welcome speech by franchisee Pres. Desmond Chua

welcome speech by franchisee Pres. Desmond Chua

a loud applause after the welcome speech

a loud applause after the welcome speech

A toast followed and that gave us a first taste of their signature medium-roast coffee which is less bitter than other brands.  You have to try it for yourself and as for me who prefers a decaf version of coffee most of the time this one is worth it.  The less bitter taste makes a difference and just provides light acidity in the tummy.  I love it.

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The “Toast”

Caffe Bene medium roast blend espresso for The Toast

Caffe Bene medium roast blend espresso for The Toast

As this new hang-out place was born and added to the huge Korean craze in Manila, I am dearly privileged as a certified K-addict to be invited to its grand opening.  The fruits of blogging led me to be part of this event (see my earlier post about Caffe Bene).  Dubbed as “my very first full event cover” of a Korean invasion and so that explains how my heart is smiling and hyperacidity attacks again in excitement on the day, hahaha.

Yey, I was there! :)

Yey, I was there! 🙂

And my dress did blend well with Caffe Bene earth and woody colors, wink, wink!

while waiting for the program to start

while waiting for the program to start

To complete the program the Director of Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, Mr. Seong Un Hwang also made his presence with a speech gearing towards a continuous good connection of Korea and the Philippines and welcoming the birth of Caffe Bene in our country.

Director of the Korean Cultural Center in Ph Mr. Mr. Seong Un Hwang

As we witness Caffe Bene being launched sumptuous cocktails are served to us guests.  I have barely eaten before the event (in excitement) so it’s like a feast. The iced tea given to each table is a luscious unique blend that tastes more of a mango juice to me and I think I had three glasses of it.  Apparently it was a Caffe Bene blend. 🙂

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Family and friends of the Chua’s were present and it was well attended too by famous media personalities such as Tim Yap, Claudine Trillo and Franco Mabanta among others.

Claudine Trillo, Franco Mabanta and Sam Oh

Claudine Trillo, Franco Mabanta and Sam Oh

Tim Yap and Sam Oh

Tim Yap and Sam Oh

The cocktails part is just an appetizer.  The most fun part of the event is that the guests (and that includes me) were given the first taste of Caffe Bene’s famous coffees, gelatos and Liege waffles while enjoying the caffe concert of the Philippines’ only electronic rock band, Turbo Goth.  It’s a cozy party time!  Thrilled for the food tasting?  Details in the next few paragraphs. 🙂

Cocktails and and cozy Party time

Cocktails and and cozy Party time

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the classy yet hip electronic rock band, Turbo Goth

the classy yet hip electronic rock band, Turbo Goth

With Jef of Marketing, my bridge and contact into dealings with Caffe Bene Ph. Thanks Sir.

With Jef of Marketing, my bridge/contact into dealings with Caffe Bene Ph. Thanks Sir!

Let me take you now to some behind the scenes part.  Before the program started I was given a tour of the shop including its menu by no less than Mr. Derrick Chua, Head of Marketing of Caffe Bene Philippines.

with Mr. Derrick Chua, Citicup Corp Marketing Director

I can’t help but wear a big smile as I stepped inside.  It really has this cozy feel looking at its spacious woody designs.

entrance carpet view at the door woody insides the signature clock

The two-floor coffee shop boasts a vintage Europen design with cute Korean accents.  Feels like I’m in a Korean drama setting, hahaha.  It has this unique 2nd floor that features a free library for those who wants to study, have alone time and relax or just hang-out with friends over a great coffee.  If I’m not mistaken this part is called “book-caffe”.  Just a tip: bring your favorite jacket or cardigan with you here as it is a bit cold ala-autumn or pre-winter feel in Seoul . 🙂

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And now let me share you the most exciting part, the menu. I’m on a high here guys. It’s a VIP mode-like feeling as I take my first look at the counter.  It’s not that pricey as I initially thought of.   Their coffee is at around 100-150 bucks just like the established names in the coffee shop market.  As I have mentioned their signature medium-roast blend makes a difference because it’s less bitter and leaves no much after-effect in the tummy for acidic person like me.

at the counter

at the counter

Caffe Bene Coffee Menu

Caffe Bene Coffee Menu

They have this specialty grain-based latte called “Misugaru” which is a healthier alternative to their espresso-based drinks.  As told by Mr. Derrick Chua this has became a favorite and bestseller at their New York City branch.  I have tried the hot version and it tastes goody healthy.  After all it is packed with fiber and anti-oxidants.

Misugaru Latte menu

More on their signature favorites. Their freshly made Liege waffle is a must try. You can have it plain or with gelato and various toppings.  I like the Blue Berry Cream Cheese, more than the best-seller Red Bean and Green Tea.  Other choices are Honey Nut, Strawberry Cream and Caramel Banana Cream.  Price ranges from 135-165 pesos for those with toppings, not bad to try and taste the difference.

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Speaking of gelato, another favorite is their authentic Italian Gelatos that feels light but full of flavor (available in around 10 varieties).  Bestsellers are the chocolate and cream cheese though I keep coming back for the strawberry. 🙂

the many flavors of their Italian Gelato

the many flavors of their Italian Gelato

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trying the strawberry Gelato, Yummy!

trying the strawberry Gelato, Yummy!

And the last (but not the least) that I got to taste is the new to my ears “Bingsu”.  It’s a Korean Ice Parfait or simply Korean “halo-halo” in our native language.  This so far is the most priced in their menu starting at 165 pesos.  Its available in Large and the Huge size that’s meant for sharing.  I ordered the Huge one and its literally HUGE, hahaha.  This time I love the Red Bean flavor though I haven’t tried the Coffee and Strawberry.

Bingsu

trying on the Red Bean Bingsu

trying on the Red Bean Bingsu

After this I’m really so happily stuffed.  All those are for free-tasting at least before they opened to public at around 9pm. The only thing I paid for is the Bingsu but I used the GCs that they gave to me earlier so technically its free, paying only around 30 bucks. It’s really fun at this Caffe Bene grand opening right? 🙂  By the way they still have a lot of other offerings like Signature Mocktails, Honey Bread, Yogurt smoothies, teas and cakes..can’t taste them all at the same time hahaha.

waiting for our FREE orders to come

waiting for our FREE orders to come

Ok, it’s time for the blogger mode to be switched off.  Fangirl mode on!  You really thought I forgot this part? Of course, not! In fact I tag along a fellow fangirl friend as my companion for this event. And most of the pictures I credit to her, thanks super Digi Arlene.  So aside from Caffe Bene being a Korean coffee shop what really made me aware of them is the fact that the Korean star and Asia Prince Jang Keun Suk is their current ambassador. I am a super fan of him since the 2009 hit k-drama You’re Beautiful days where he played the main role Taekyung.

Jang Keun Suk for Caffe Bene (credits to owner)

Jang Keun Suk for Caffe Bene (credits to owner)

My friends from Eels Philippines (a Jang Keun Suk fan club) swarmed the shop as long as it was opened to public.  We may be a bit disappointed that no single poster or tarp of Jang Keun Suk appeared in the shop but we are still there to support nevertheless.  JKS is still there for us, and literally he is there as we never fail to bring a picture of him along.  See evidences below. 🙂

me as a JKS fan JKS and Caffe Bene the Eels Philippines gang 2

the Eels Philippines gang

the Eels Philippines gang

Eels PH gang again

We have endlessly asked every barista and even Mr. Desmond and Derrick Chua when would the JKS items be available.  We are kinda “makulit” already but they gladly answered our queries and told us that they are very much aware of the fans’ countless request for those mugs and other souvenir JKS items.  They are still discussing it among themselves and coordinating with Korea on this matter as of my latest knowing.  So for the mean time let us just wait, patience is a virtue. 🙂  Anyway some Caffe Bene cups and tumblers are now available on sale.

espresso cup set cappuccino cup set

tumblers, cups and coffee beans for sale

tumblers, cups and coffee beans for sale

And last but not the least I wouldn’t miss the chance to pose along-side with the media personalites present and the people behind Caffe Bene Philippines.

with Mr. Desmond Chua, President of Caffe Bene Philippines

with Mr. Desmond Chua, President of Caffe Bene Philippines

with Ms. Sam Oh, the host of the event

with Ms. Sam Oh, the host of the event

with Tim Yap (he is so nice pala in person)

with Tim Yap (he is so nice pala in person)

with Mr. Seong Un Hwang, Korean Cultural Center Ph Director

with Mr. Seong Un Hwang, Korean Cultural Center Ph Director

with Jef of Marketing, Ms. Jenny (Caffe Bene Korea rep) and my fellow fangirl friend Arlene

with Jef of Marketing, Ms. Jenny (Caffe Bene Korea representative) and my fellow fangirl friend Arlene

The event launch was really a successful one, Congrats to Caffe Bene.  I went home not just with a box of freebies but an experience.  Thanks again for the invite.

photo booth souvenir pic

photo booth souvenir pic

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box of freebies

box of freebies

I have tasted the Bene Difference and now it’s time for you to try it for yourselves.  Korean fanatics and coffee-lovers come and visit them at the G/F of Eastwood Citywalk 2. Store hours are from 7am-1am Mon-Th, 7am-3:30am during Fri-Sat and at 10am-1am on Sundays.  Free wifi access is available.  After this grand opening night I have visited the shop for a couple of times more and they have pretty much a lot of customers already, both Korean and Filipino. Good luck Caffe Bene and again Kamsahamnida! 🙂

Caffe Bene Now Open at Eastwood

Taste the Bene Difference

Taste the Bene Difference

For more info check them out on their website at www.caffebene.com.ph, like them on Facebook caffebeneph or follow them on twitter @CaffeBenePH.

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I am just so delighted to answer this survey for Starbucks Matalino.  After almost a year of frequenting and loving this nook at Matalino St., finally I got that random survey coupon attached to my receipt.  This is it, time to give back and complement their great customer service by high praises.  As a Statistics graduate I know how important my voice would be for their branch and overall Starbucks in the Philippines.  As my token of my appreciation to Matalino baristas’ undying assistance to me, of course my answers are all Highly Satisfied, I need not think twice.

doing the survey for Starbucks Matalino

Love you all guys.  This is what I wrote in the comment box which asks “Explain in detail what you liked in this particular Starbucks store”.  Everyone would agree that the space provided is not enough and I would need a full blog to explain it.  Nevertheless I summarized it in few words.  Here’s a salute to all your hard work, friendliest customer service and charming acts not only to me but I think to every person who steps inside this Matalino St. Starbucks corner.

“This is the first Starbucks branch where I am greeted and called by my name upon entering the door on my mere second visit.  That was a wow experience! The barista’s memory is so sharp.  Since then I return almost every other day to this place, making it my favorite Starbucks branch.  This store makes me feel I am home and part of the family every time I’m there, making me forget all the stress of my day.  I love how all the baristas treat and engage me in a personal conversation each and every time and I think they know me well inside out already.  They are all charming.”

I remember what my friends told me when I got them to accompany me and have our Starbucks night at Matalino.  From entering the door, finding us a seat, calling me by my nickname, and assisting me every inch of the way of our stay, one thing is just missing. “Kulang na lang ipaglatag ka ng red carpet ng mga barista” (baristas to roll a red carpet for me).  That brought us a loud laughter.  But no kidding, its the best customer service I witnessed in my life.    Oh I forgot to mention that I got a free Signature Hot Chocolate as a birthday gift from them just last May.  I was not expecting that but yes it happened!

Till my next Starbucks Matalino visit and blog post.   Thanks again my friendly baristas, you’re all epic! –—- From a banker, blogger and Starbucks Matalino loyal customer Ms. Reg (or Dr. Reg as almost all the baristas thought I am a doctor hahaha).

a Happy Bday treat from Starbucks Matalino

Some trivia:  the barista with the very keen memory is no other than the charming one below! 🙂

Starbucks night with my friends – w/our barista for the night John Carlo 🙂

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I always have a soft spot for coffee shops.  It’s not so much of the coffee but the cozy ambiance is the one inviting me to sit, order a drink and stay for a long while.  I usually spend an hour or more just mumbling and pouring out my thoughts on the keyboard or a plain paper, the charming baristas of course add more flavor on my stay.  Aside from this guilty pleasure the other thing that keeps me alive is all about Korean stuff:  from Korean dramas, Korean heartthrobs, Kpop music, Korean make-up, soju, Melona ice cream or just plain seeing a Korean on the street makes my day.  Now put these two together, a Korean coffee shop soon to open in the Philippines by the name of Caffe Bene. OMG!

Caffe Bene…sounds familiar?  I have never heard of this Korean coffee franchise before, more so here in the Philippines.  I went to Seoul, Korea last 2010 but all I know then is the famous The First Shop of Coffee Prince plus the international US brand favourite Starbucks and the Dunkin Donuts in Myeondong which has a posh ambiance there (unlike here).  It’s just last month that I learned of this coffee house because it’s now endorsed by the Korean pretty boy Jang Geun Suk that I heart so much.  Of course I become curious when I saw the video of his TVC for Caffe Bene in Youtube.

Now you know why. 🙂 The news that it’s brewing soon here made me more engrossed.  I almost jump out of my bed while I’m online the other night when I found out where the coffee shop will be.   Of all places, it’s in Eastwood, just a 5-minute walk from my workplace.  So I decided to look and go around and see it for myself immediately the next day.  Good thing it’s a Friday so I have the luxury to stay out longer for lunch.  Literally and figuratively I’m excited much! When I saw the big tarp teaser I can’t help but to take photos.  Here are some of my proof. 🙂

Caffe Bene brewing soon in Eastwood teaser 🙂

Caffe Bene Eastwood Teaser – big cup

Caffe Bene Eastwood Teaser small cute cup

So what is Caffe Bene all about?  Apparently (upon research) Caffe Bene is not so new in Korea.  This Seoul-based coffee chain was founded in May 2008 by Sun-Kwon Kim, its current CEO.  It is now the largest coffee house in South Korea in terms of number of stores, more than 700 as of April 2012.  It even has branches outside Korea like New York and China (and soon here in the Philippines).  Caffe Bene is gaining much more popularity these days in Korean TV dramas, the most famous of which is the coffee “Crème Kiss” in the hit Secret Garden.  Yes, that playful and romantic act of Hyun Bin kissing the cappuccino foam off Ha Ji Won’s lip was shot inside a Caffe Bene shop. Thrilled with that trivia?  What more to be thrilled about than its new ambassador.  I bet its presence will even be higher not only in Korea but also in Asia with their very charming new face of Jang Keun Suk.

Jang Keun Suk for Caffe Bene (credits to JKSForever)

At this point I think Starbucks Matalino has found its rival in my heart.   I wish there will be Korean baristas to serve that looks equally charming with my Starbucks Matalino crush, hahaha.  Or maybe and just maybe the Asia Prince Jang Keun Suk himself will show up one day, serving like a barista.  OMO, OMO!  I will die for sure from his melting pretty smile.  I’m already dreaming guys just like all the Eels PH out there, right? I guess it would really be a “feels like I’m in the heart of Seoul” when I step inside its premises at the opening day.

Jang Keun Suk in barista uniform for Caffe Bene (credits to JKSForever)

Caffe Bene will be located at the Ground floor of Eastwood City Walk 2, beside Coffee Bean and just near Starbucks.  As of writing no exact opening date yet but I already signed myself in to be there at the opening day and blog about it.  Talk about Korean-addict I got a tweet reply from @CaffeBenePH that says they will update me once the date is set.  For now what can I do is pass by Eastwood City Walk more often hoping to get some buzz.  And just last Monday I happened to see some developments.  The tarp teaser is half way wrapped up and I can see the insides being constructed.  From the looks of it probably a month or so before it opens.  Oh I can’t wait!!

JKS for Caffe Bene (credits to JKSForever)

Just like other coffee shops Caffe Bene serves hot and cold coffee and non-coffee beverages and pastries plus its signature Belgium waffle and gelato.   As mentioned it will be sitting beside two established coffee shops but I think what would differentiate it from the rest is its Korean flavour and ambiance.  In addition, Caffe Bene features Misugaru drink, which “consists black sesame seeds, black bean, black and brown rice and barley” a healthy treat that makes it more different from the established Starbucks and Coffee Bean. I bet both the Korean fanatics and the plain coffee enthusiasts will try out and love to sip and eat here. For more information visit their official website at www.caffebene.co.kr 

Caffe Bene website cover

Caffe Bene in Seoul interior (credits to visitkorea website)

Just before I end, of course I wouldn’t miss taking a selca on this Korean spot, so what more if the coffee shop finally opens.  Just wait for my blog post.  Hope to see you all at Caffe Bene opening day soon. 🙂

the blogger and Korean addict onsite Caffe Bene Eastwood teser 🙂

Anyeonghaseyo!!  🙂

JKS for Caffe Bene (credits to JKSForever)

Thanks and credits to the following links and websites used as references to this blog post. 🙂

1.  Caffe Bene official website

www.caffebene.co.kr 

2.  VisitKorea – Official Site of  Korea Tourism Org

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1356206

3.  Wall Street Journal Asia Caffe Bene article

http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2011/04/19/the-man-behind-the-fast-rise-of-caffe-bene/

4.  Wikipedia – Caffe Bene

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffe_Bene

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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.

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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!

my ever reliable writing notebook and pens =)

cozy and so conducive to writing corner

Regie’s Hot Chocolatey – Iced version =p

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