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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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There’s one thing that made me look forward to the long weekend. It’s this Grand opening of Nature Republic, a popular Korean beauty shop at the 4th level of SM North The Block last November 4. It was a week of anticipation since I saw this wall picture of Nature Republic Philippines at Facebook.

It was a long Friday for me at work but the excitement kept me focused to finish my deliverables that day.  A Korean fangirl would not want to miss this event so I hurriedly get off from my workdesk around 7pm to catch at least the last couple of hours of the shop’s debut.  Luckily I managed to arrive there still fresh and full of energy.  It just made my day upon seeing the signage and of course the huge posters and standee of its Korean Hallyu star endorser, the pretty boy Jang Geun Suk.  Sukkie (as he fondly called by fans) became famous in the Philippines for You’re/He’s Beautiful and Marry Me Mary Korean dramas.

I really looked crazy as I take pictures without even stepping inside the store.   I was just mesmerized just from the outside.  No wonder when I get in I can’t stop from smiling.   The store is really full of JGS’s handsome face.

I was surprised that even at around 9pm customers are still flocking the store eager to try on anything. The saleslady who assisted me mentioned that in the morning the store was really full of customers, mostly were students.  Personally I got curious to try on this product, don’t ask why. 🙂

Exclusively for the opening day the store has a lot of promotions for the shoppers.  For a purchase of 3 bottles of nail polish (regular at 65 pesos each and their premium line at around 300) you get this cute clear pouch with Jang Geon Suk’s startling face.  As a nail polish lover and a Jang Geun Suk fan I grabbed this promo.

For the first 200 customers with a purchase of at least Php 500 one gets a choice of BB cream, facial wash a JGS standee or a poster.  Hmm, it’s hard to choose right; the freebies are all enticing to the senses.

Just recently I became a fan of facial masks so this one gets me knocked down – Free JGS facial mask for a purchase of a bottle of clay mask.

Nature Republic boosts of its cosmetics and skincare products made from nature and I  must say that the store ambiance is really greeny fresh.

After literaly touring the store, its time to finalize items to buy.  I’m a known fickle minded when it comes to choosing and its really hard since I want to try everything I see.  Finally I head into the counter and this is what I saw. OMO!  A blown up poster of Sukkie.

I can’t help it and blurted “Ang gwapo”.  I then asked them if it’s near possible now that he will visit Philippines soon since he’s their product endorser.  The promo ladies at the cashier booth asked me if I’m a fan.  Obviously I said yes and here’s what they buzzed me, Jang Geun Suk is coming here in April 2012, OMG! They are not just sure of the details if it’s a concert or just a tour to promote Nature Republic here in the Philippines.  All they say is that more or less 99% Sukkie is flying here next year.  Happiness much!

To complete my day and surely all fanatics will envy me.   Here’s my Sukkie experience, hahaha, pseudo of course with this giant poster and standee.  Enjoy girls.  Super thank you for the saleslady who volunteered taking my picture without even asking her. 🙂

I clearly remember doing this thing when I visited Korea last year the time when Rain is still the product endorser.  I crazily pose in front of the Nature Republic store in Myeongdong Seoul.  They are really fond of having this giant sized poster.

It’s no doubt I enjoyed this store Grand Opening day.  In my delight I asked a store assistant to pose for a shot as a way of showing my appreciation.  She gladly did with a smile and take note the mirror reflects JGS smile too.  Heaven.

Here’s what I brought home, aside from a happy heart – a limited edition JGS paper bag full of natural products to try on.  As one of the last few customers of the day I feel lucky enough to have not one, but three freebies:  a facial wash, the JGS clear pouch and of course a poster!  I even signed on a membership card that’s free for a purchase of at least 1000 pesos.  It gives an instant 10% discount on my purchase and a lot of exclusive perks for Nature Republic patrons.

I think I will love this store in the next few months not just because of its endorser but mostly of their organic products for a reasonable price and a very good customer service.  Another brand addition to my Korean kikay kit.  Friends don’t be surprised if my Christmas gifts will mostly come from this shop.  Nature Republic can also be found at Festival Mall Alabang, their first store here in the Philippines.  Soon to open in SM Fairview on Nov 11.  So girls and ladies rush to the shop near you.  I’m sure they will extend the store promotions mentioned (while stocks last) and even have new ones as they promote this new Korean beauty brand in the Philippines.

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