Quarantine Journal: March 14, 2020

Planned Quarantine

With the announcement of the government mandated 30-day community quarantine last March 12, 2020, I decided to keep an online journal of this unprecedented pandemic that we are all facing.

Like most people, I had been harping that I didn’t have enough time for a great many things.  In my case, that would be writing and regular exercise.

Man, this is a gentle reminder to us all to be careful with what we wish for.

How things are in the South

After from a long overdue assignment in Westgate Alabang Home Depot, my family and I made our way to Festival Mall for lunch followed by a side trip to the grocery for some last minute supplies.  As expected, Shopwise was full of people and we were lucky enough to procure the last remaining box of Libby’s Vienna Sausage.

These are certainly trying times.

For lunch, the restaurants weren’t as crowded and we ended up eating at Kenny Rogers Roasters.  I didn’t think much of it at that time, but it has dawned on me that this could be one of the last restaurants that I’ll be eating in for awhile.  My wife also noticed that it seemed like some patrons were choosing where they were going to eat based on the number of people in the establishment.  If that was indeed the case: Less people in a given restaurant would result in a higher probability that they will eat there.

It is something I hope that isn’t true. Continue reading “Quarantine Journal: March 14, 2020”

The Coffee Master (February 5, 2019)

img_3354So the Starbucks aprons arrived yesterday though the mail but I only got a chance to take a closer look at them this evening.

The Red Apron

I found the red apron–which I assume is the one that the Starbucks Partners use during the Christmas holidays–to be the more functional of the two.  It is equipped with two waist high pockets that are located on each side of the apron.  There is also a pen holster hidden behind the left sleeve of the apron–no doubt meant to host the writing apparatus for those tricky beverage customizations. Continue reading “The Coffee Master (February 5, 2019)”

The Good Samaritan Collection: Starbucks Reserve Philippines Coffee Cards (January 17, 2019)

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What was only meant to be a simple inquiry–well, more of a comment actually–on the Starbucks Reserve Christmas 2018 Coffee Card suddenly took a life of its own when I was handed several by a Good Samaritan.

Nine to be exact.

I have always admired the Coffee Cards from a distance, but never ventured to inquire about them as I immediately assumed that the only way I could get one would be to purchase a bag of coffee beans[i].

So the question now is: Do I actually take the time to find the most “economically viable” way to get the rest of them?

Man, things have just gotten serious. Continue reading “The Good Samaritan Collection: Starbucks Reserve Philippines Coffee Cards (January 17, 2019)”

Starbucks PH Card Collection: Year of the Pig and Valentine’s Day Hearts (January 8, 2019)

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Clockwise: Today’s Starbucks PH Card Haul (with Red 2019 Year of the Pig sleeves) | Coffee Date Anyone? | Damage barrier?

In anticipation of this year’s Spring Festival and Valentines Day, Starbucks Philippines released six new cards in their stores today: Year of the Pig (Lunar New Year Card), Purple Heart (with the inscription, “Coffee Date.”), Red Heart (“Love You Lots”), Pink Heart (“Meant To Be”), Patterns Heart (“You’re Adorable”), and Reverse Triangle Heart (“You’re The Best”).

Heavier on the Wallet

It has been reported for some time that the Valentine’s Day Cards would have an activation cost of P1000 each.  I was ready for that.  What I didn’t expect was for the Year of the Pig cards to have an P500 activation cost[i]. Continue reading “Starbucks PH Card Collection: Year of the Pig and Valentine’s Day Hearts (January 8, 2019)”