One of the series of reviews that I am planning for a very long time. Actually a long overdue concept that I have – look here. I’ve been a milk tea fanboy even before it became a craze. However, it has been in the business for quite some time – dating back to 90′s where in they only have Easy Way kiosks and take-out counters and, I’m not sure, Quickly, and even way more back in other Asian countries like Taiwan, Singapore, and Thailand.
But milk tea has evolved into somewhat a lifestyle now. Today, we have milk tea cafes – complete with couches, music, and magazines in store. Kiosks and take-out counters are still there, but the realization that milk tea can be more enjoyable in a another setting definitely raised the bar for current and new players.
According to one of my friends (who is a marketing manager for a milk tea brand) today, it still matters that your tea tastes good, but what matters really now is the experience – the lifestyle. How would one offer milk tea that it provides not only an extravaganza for the taste buds, but an experience for all of the senses as well.
There goes myself again being so romantic about milk tea. Anyway. I really don’t want to be so formal and scientific but I came up with these parameters to somehow measure (OO NA ANG GEEKY!) the overall milk tea experience:
- Basic milk tea (termed Milk Tea, Royal Milk Tea, Pearl Milk Tea, etc.) For the sake of the majority, I’m doing pearls.
- Extent of menu.
- Location and setup.
- Ambiance and crowd.
I have special categories in which I also feature my favorite drink, and a guest favorite. These reviews, however I tried to be objective, will be completely reliable on my taste and opinion. So feel free to share your thoughts in the upcoming posts.
I’m more than stoked to start this project!
In between searching Lourd de Veyra‘s book signing in a wrong date (read story here) and desperation over dirt cheap good books, my friend Pat and I rushed over Teacher’s Village with hopes that Bookay-ukay is open on a Sunday.
And it was! Good thing, because I was really meaning to review this place. One, it’s a thrift bookstore, and two it’s in Maginhawa. I need no other reasons.
Drowning in an ocean of cheap, albeit very good, books.
Toys are around as well.
You can never miss this from the shelf.
Pink on pink.
Awesome wall! I like this on my room!
Yeah. For PhP 10 each.
Struggling book (shelf) model.
And look who we’ve found. Bookay-ukay owners AND apparently Tunay Na Lalake (TNL) moderators. Pat was a huge fan! Eh di mega tumbling lang si Ate Patring ng bonggels!!!
Yeah baby! RAKENROL!!!
Memories of a good Sunday.
Meet my current hairstyle. Lakas maka-high school!!!
The Womenagerie (Jessica Zafra) book came with a note for its first owner. Was stupefied when I saw it.
My second helping for the day already. Can’t help to stop.
Wasn’t a milk tea virgin anymore. Actually. PEACE PAT! :P
55 Maginhawa street
Teacher’s Village, Diliman, QC
(+63) 905 428 3125
Probably one of those nights when you planned a lot of things, but then nothing pushed through and yer pissed, but you enjoyed afterwards nonetheless.
Always start with milk tea.
Hello Escy! We called her up when everyone bailed on us. Straight from werq!
Was forced to have pearls because of my milk tea project. Coming soon…
Escy doesn’t like milk tea. Oh but she will >:)
Took a stroll.
Ate dinner. Actually, just Escy.
Why is it taking so loooooooong?! *tummy grumble*
Went to Timezone to exchange Lizzy’s tickets.
And there was so much! Got pencils to donate somewhere.
We actually planned to watch Urbandub that night but because we’re tired and we’re just really up for some couch crashing, we just watched some movies at Hanna’s pad. Escy started to crash. I followed suit. The drunk ban was on our face but we were like drunk out of sleep deprivation. Planned to go home by 5am, but then we crashed at the same time. Woke up at 8am, Tita Heidi was laughing ’cause apparently I was planking in her couch. Ate at Mcdo for late breakfast, talked about long weekend plans, went home, and then went to Eiga Sai.
Do it all again.