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For the Love of Coffee

The horrible traffic jams in the metro has unsweetened the commute for us lowly taxpayers and it takes more than sunshine-y disposition to win in this losing battle every single day. Well, traffic jam is one equalizer and seeing an annoyed guy driving a luxury car stuck beside the van I’m in made me a little thankful that I can doze off whenever I want while he sits there hopelessly fuming behind the wheel.

But I didn’t doze off. My mind wandered off to punchlines, comebacks, coffee and how relative it is to love and attraction. 😉

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I’ve always thought that waiting for my colossal cup of brew is worth the wait. I rather wait for a fresh brew than settle for what’s left on the coffee pot. Never settle. I cannot stress that enough.

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I like how being with you perks me up like a good cup of coffee in the morning.

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Oh, you like it black?  How fitting for your  personality.

Bitter and dark.

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I like my coffee hot and strong. Like you.

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This iced coffee reminds me so much of you. Cold.

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Cold nights. Hot coffee. Warm hugs.

Just perfect.

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Stale coffee is thrown away because it leaves a bad taste in the mouth;

As you should to those toxic and negative people around you.

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Enjoy the last few hours before the daily grind begins. Cheers to a new week! 🙂

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Why We Deserve to Receive Our Exact Change (or at Least Close to it)

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It is loose change; and pretty much dispensable to most but I will always argue that it is money. It is legal tender.

And one sure way to tick my sense of right and wrong is to give me a change that is less than what I should receive, with an extra shot of attitude from the cashier.

Receiving a change that is 40 cents short, it is just unacceptable. And doubly irritating when this cashier gave me the attitude that I was being deliberately difficult because of a measly 40 cents. It is not about the money. It is a simple form of integrity.

I do not get why these stores do not have loose change or these cashiers do not understand the concept of rounding off. I understand if they are one or four cents short, even  ten. Just give the customer a sort of heads up that you can’t give the exact change for whatever reason. And say it nicely.

Just imagine how much extra loose change they will accumulate if they do that on a daily basis to all their customers. How are they going to account for it? And if I pay less than 40 cents for my purchases, will they allow it?

It is unlawful and unfair practice to give inexact change or candies in place of loose change.  It says so in the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

Why I got peeved? Here’s our exchange:

Me: Miss, kulang yung change ko ng 40 cents. Kung singko o diyes, ok lang eh. Pero 40?!

Cashier: *Looking annoyed and tells her fellow cashier,* Pahingi nga ng 25cents.

Me: If you don’t have 40, you should give me 50. This is not the first time this store did this.

 Cashier: Pahingi ng piso, bigyan kita ng 50.

Me: Iyo na.”

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Stained and Disappointed

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I went with a yeti on election day! \m/_(◠‿◠)_\m/

Ever since I’ve had the right to vote, I never failed to exercise that right. Because I believe it’s a step towards change.

Every election, I am hopeful. And every single damned time, I am disappointed.

I don’t get how the government can make someone eligible for a position when that person clearly has no sufficient experience. I mean, in the companies I’ve worked for, I was grilled during the interview and the years of experience in the capacity that I’m applying for has bearing if I will be hired or not.

As I’ve tweeted, if companies have stringent requirements for their applicants, why is the government so lenient with those running for office?

Companies often require us to submit Certificate of Good Moral Character and NBI Clearance. So now, how can an ex-president and  convicted plunderer even run for president in 2010 and for mayor in 2013?! It’s like giving him the license to rob all of us again.  Thank goodness this congressman/rapist was barred from running for office!

Am I dumb that I cannot grasp why this is allowed in this country? If companies have stricter hiring / screening process, why is the government so lenient?

In another perspective, while the government can allow even those unfit to run for office, it is ultimately the voters who have the upperhand. Kung walang boboto sa kanila, hindi naman sila mananalo. Sadly, that is not the case. People continue to vote those whose surnames they are familiar with regardless of their track record. Pag sikat, iboto na yan! Anak yan nung mabait na action star, iboto natin yan.

As dismayed and disappointed I am of how this election turned out, I will still vote on 2016. I cannot lose hope. I just cannot. This country is too beautiful to give up on.

Congratulations to those who won and to those deemed undeserving of that win, please prove us wrong. I don’t care about your skin color; I care about what you can do. So go prove us wrong. This is one instance when I would love to be proven wrong.

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Love Notes

In the age where people hardly ever write on real paper, last Valentine’s Day, the love wall at Serendra, Bonifacio High Street was filled with love notes that border on cheesy, hilarious and desperate. 🙂

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Well, even beeotches celebrate the luvvv day :D

Well, even beeotches celebrate the luvvv day 😀

Cute na sana... wrong spelling naman! That's "Ingrown" dude. *toinks!* hehehe

Jhon and Jimmy’s bromance is cute… except for the wrong spelling. “Ingrown” naman kasi! hehehe

This note almost have that incestuous feel to it... Bakit kasi may "po"???!

This note almost have that incestuous feel to it… Bakit kasi may “po”???!

Kahit pwede ka, kung ayaw niya sa'yo....  talagang patulan?!  hahaha

Kahit pwede ka, kung ayaw niya sa’yo…. talagang patulan?! hahaha

I remember friends saying that when praying for a soulmate, one must be SPECIFIC. I never thought someone will take it this far. :P

I remember friends saying that when praying for a soulmate, one must be SPECIFIC. I never thought someone will take it this far. 😛

And there's Korean too!

And there’s Korean too!

You had me at "Bitch please"... hahaha

You had me at “Bitch please”… hahaha

Bitchy side remarks... :D

Bitchy side remarks… 😀

Desperate times call for desperate moves?

Hey Mark Zuckerberg, this guy wants you to add him!

Nakaka-migraine ka. (-_-)

Nakaka-migraine ka. (-_-)

It would've been sweet if it had been "You're"...

It would’ve been sweet if it had been “You’re”…

Might as well add... the right guy is not (always) the one who's left. Don't settle. ;)

Might as well add… the right guy is not (always) the one who’s left. Don’t settle. 😉

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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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