Coffee jelly

My social life outside of family has become almost non-existent. As any Gen-Xer would tell you (add being a mother to that), priorities change. Maybe personalities also change. I could definitely say that myself. Before changing nappies, juggling a budget, keeping a household in a surviving condition took over, I was a young girl once who gloried in the company of, not only close friends, but a gregarious extended social group. Now I am reduced to children’s parties, weddings, quiet dinners and once in a blue moon coffee sessions that happen after official events. I don’t know if because I have no choice, or these are the only choices I have. Long gone are my cigarette- and alcohol-toting days. Now I’m lucky to get to know my younger colleagues over a glass of coffee jelly.

Coffee Table

One quiet afternoon in Naga City, I took my girls out for meryenda. We ventured into a place called Coffee Table in the lifestyle center of the city. It was nice haunt for meetings and quiet conversations. Located in the same building as a hotel, it fairly attracts students, professionals and anyone in the neighborhood looking for a place to unwind.

I was actually gunning for their specialty Bicol Express Pasta, but too bad that it was not available. So I settled for the seafood pasta and the super hot sili affogato. I almost didn’t make it the next day. lol. It was soooo spicy! I must have drunk 2 gallons of water in one sitting.

Sili Affogato

Matcha green tea

Seafood Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes

Tuna pasta

Cookies and cream crepe

Cheesecake Fairy

Coffee is a always a good, especially when you’re with family on a perfect afternoon, and drinking it over cheesecake.

OMG, I totally dig those cups actually more than the coffee. Hehe. They’re so Martha Stewart or Cath Kidston. I also love the feminine interiors with the chic couches of the Cheesecake Fairy. But the Vietnamese latte and the Nutella cheesecake are really to die for. And chocolate ice cream is always a winner with the big little girl. The cafe, located at the Evia Lifestyle Center, is a perfect spot to wind down after going around the mall. It gives one the opportunity to catch his breath after moving about.

I love lazy afternoons like these.

Here I go again

I don’t know why I do this year in, year out. I’m just a weirdo that way. I promised myself that I wouldn’t do it this year, but a treat from a friend who didn’t to collect stickers and THE planner, accidentally started me again on this coffee madness. And after getting phones with wonderful schedule applications, I haven’t figured out what I will actually do with it in case I get one this year.

By the way, I got these last year, the year before that, and the year before that.

2011 Starbucks Planner

Ever since I became a mommy, I get behind many of the things that I am usually on top of. Hehe. So despite the annual quest to complete stickers for the Starbucks planner starting in early November, it is only recently that I managed to buy my first cup so I could start filling my own card. As always, I am excited by the designs Starbucks is offering. For 2011, one can choose from among a velvety red; a clean, stainless silver; and a woody brown, planner. I want the brown!

Last year, I got this, which I am still using right now. Super love it!


after drowning myself in dark cherry and peppermint mochas for the last couple of weeks and dragging hubby to regular trips to starbucks, finally got myself the starbucks 2010 planner! twas kinda difficult to choose from the three designs because i love ’em all but finally settled on the roast design. i liked the rough velvety feel of the cover.

i think that starbucks outdid itself this year with all the planners it came out with. although i was a bit young to remember earlier editions, or maybe i just wasn’t interested early on because it would seriously put a dent on my student allowance. think i got my first one in ’06, and this is my favorite one so far. this year’s concept revolves around the coffee-making process–from the beans to roasting to brewing. a little bit of history of how starbucks came about, especially putting up the first store in the philippines, are found on its pages.

it has great pictures in between its pages.

and what’s really great about it is the coffee bean bookmark.

and of course, how can they forget the freebie coupons. you get to have free espress shots, discounts on tumblers, upgrades, etc. how good is that eh?

i got so excited as soon as the lady at the counter handed me the box. i couldn’t wait to rip the packaging off right then and there but had to restrain myself because we were rushing home to get to baby. i almost clapped with glee the moment the thin paper fell off. it was great! i love the clean, uniform look of each page, and i thought it was swell of them to use columns for the days this time instead of the usual landscape look. i wanted to write entry after entry, and fill its wonderful pages. i love how the pen glides smoothly as i wrote down on some of the dates i can have records of this early.

i felt a little forlorn when i had to stop writing. any more events? birthdays? important milestones?

coffee christmas

it’s the time of the year again. once again, i’m going to gorge myself up with peppermint mochas and mocha frappes at starbucks just so i could get their yearly planner. the promo has actually started round the first week of november but only got to visit a store recently for my first stickers. you know i’ve been always so antsy to get home to my baby that i rather neglect some of the stuff that has made my world go round. i reminisce now about the countless times i, and best buds rino, cheng, bel and the rest of the gang are almost permanent fixtures at the famous cafe’s tables. how i miss them and the hours talking about nothing and everything! somehow friends, coffee and a pack of cigarettes go very well together.

anyhow, got to finally drag hubby by his heels and got ourselves our first stickers. i’m really excited for this year’s planner since i didn’t get to do this last year because i’ve been sort of banned from coffee because of my pregnancy, and now i’m gonna make up for lost time. i also love their new dark cherry mocha. yey, more trips to starbucks then!

this year's card

got 3 stickies so far