That Despicable Coffee Shop Culture

The coffee shop is the new place to hangout; whether with friends or family. Or the perfect place to meet  an acquaintance since it’s a fairly neutral ground.  Or the place to cure that hangover after an alcohol-infused dinner of seafood sisig (oh days of yore!). 😉

Several years ago, you can escape to a coffee shop for some needed me time; to read a book, compose a blog post, do some people-watching or just simply chat with friends.

The Highlands Coffee Shop hasn’t been discovered yet by the caffeine addicts so enjoy this place while you still can.

Now, that is just wishful thinking when you’re out looking for a table for even two people during those peak hours (and by that I mean Friday, weekend and payday nights). Wending your way through the café requires a steady heart rate and a cool head because these supposedly decent people frequenting the place have lost a fair amount of sensitivity and consideration for others on their way to the coffee shop.

It has now transformed into the new library where lone students, especially those taking up post-graduate degrees, occupy a table that’s meant to sit four people. I can understand occupying two seats, but four?! Really?!! Because the laptop, books, notebooks, pens, pencils,  highlighters, sticky notes, and of course the trusty iPod are all on blatant display for everyone to see and realize that, “You have to understand me. I’m busy studying Law and I need this whole stretch of gorgeous wooden table to my just as gorgeous, studious self.”

On those not-so-busy hours, maybe you can have that luxury but when people starts pouring in, at least have the civility to gather your stuff on one side and let the others have that nifty little space. You are all customers and you all have a right to the table. So quit hoarding  that space to yourself like you owned the place.

If you want to enjoy your coffee, this is NOT the place to go, especially on those Friday nights.

What makes the coffee shop scene odder these days is the presence of kids. I love kids but unruly kids left unfettered by their parents or guardians because they are busy chatting with their friends or reading the paper really peeves me. I’m not saying that you do not bring your kids; we bring my niblings along because they love the chocolate drinks. But is it really too much to ask to rein in your kids when they start getting restless and their antics aren’t cute anymore? Our kids know that if they start that attitude, we will leave whether they like it or not.

And when you do discipline your kids, please do not yell at them. It doesn’t make you look any good that you’re disciplining your kid; it makes you look obtuse on parenthood.

I love this cozy cafe in Saigon that we stumbled upon during our vacation in 2009.

While coffee shops  may entice customers with wi-fi access for your purchase, it does not translate to you actually living there for the day, mooching off their internet connection for as long as your shamelessness will allow. But should you ever have to do this out of sheer necessity, at least drop a nice tip in their tip jar as a token for allowing a leech like you stay at the comfiest couch in the coffee shop.

Funny that with all those observations, I still trod down to a coffee shop whenever I need to feel recharged or just enjoy some quiet time by myself. The thing is, hunt down those coffee shop branches that are not easily accessible or go there on off-peak hours so you can live on that couch and not feel guilty that you’re hogging it to yourself. 🙂



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7 responses to “That Despicable Coffee Shop Culture

  1. Ivy

    May pinaghuhugutan talaga ito. Lol! But I would have to agree with you on this.

    You forget to mention, nagiging hangout spot na din ng jologs and jejemons ang coffee shop.

    Am gonna repost this. Am sure my balikbayan cousin will love you for writing this. Haha!

    By the way about the angel picture, di naman kasama ang sumbrero dun huh? 😛

  2. Another coffee shop staple, jejemons with DSLRs taking close-up shots of their coffee. Although their number have dwindled and has started to flock milk tea places, preferably Happy Lemon. (mas mahal daw kasi dun) 🙂

    • Ivy

      Oh no! Not Happy Lemon? Baka next time pati Serenitea invaded!!

    • Ouch! hahaha! 😀 Pa’no un lang camera ko? hahaha
      But for me, what makes the people with DSLRs annoying is the attitude that goes with carrying it around. Come to think of it, you just gave me an idea for a post. hehehe 😀

      I would so love for them to flock there and leave the coffee shops in peace. hehehe

      • Hindi ka naman jejemon, kaya safe ka hahaha

        Characteristic ng Jejemon sa coffee shop:
        – naka backward cap
        -dslr sa leeg at palaging nakahawak sa rim ng lens
        -buys one coffee (the smallest, tall ba yun?) pero hati silang 3 or 4
        -asks for an empty cup, but fills it with milk from the counter and sprinkles it with cinnamon or choco powder

        If ever mapunta na sila sa Serentea, they might have a hard time figuring out what to do with the black circular thingimajig that the staff gives them, and starts taking “close up” pictures of it when it starts to light up and vibrates. hahaha 🙂

        • Such graphic description. Medyo nadama ko lang ng onting-onti ung asar mo. hahaha 😀 Pero parang naawa lang ako dun sa hahatiin sa 3 or 4 un tall drink. hehehe

          Sana lang di maihagis sa gulat. hahaha. Mean! hahaha 😀

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