Daily Archives: August 29, 2011

The Milk Tea Project

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:

  1. Basic milk tea (termed Milk Tea, Royal Milk Tea, Pearl Milk Tea, etc.) For the sake of the majority, I’m doing pearls.
  2. Extent of menu.
  3. Location and setup.
  4. 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!
J

Bookay-ukay + TNL Moment

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.

DSC_1247And 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.

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DSC_1250Drowning in an ocean of cheap, albeit very good, books.

DSC_1251Toys are around as well. 

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You can never miss this from the shelf.

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Pink on pink.

DSC_1254Awesome wall! I like this on my room!

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Appropriate.

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DSC_1259Oh love.

DSC_1255Yeah. For PhP 10 each.

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Struggling book (shelf) model.

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DSC_1267And 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!!!

DSC_1269Yeah baby! RAKENROL!!!

DSC_1270Memories of a good Sunday.

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Meet my current hairstyle. Lakas maka-high school!!!

DSC_1280The Womenagerie (Jessica Zafra) book came with a note for its first owner. Was stupefied when I saw it.

DSC_1282My second helping for the day already. Can’t help to stop.

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Wasn’t a milk tea virgin anymore. Actually. PEACE PAT! :P

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Bookay-ukay
55 Maginhawa street
Teacher’s Village, Diliman, QC
(+63) 905 428 3125

Last (last) Friday Night

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.

DSC_1218Always start with milk tea.

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DSC_1221Hello Escy! We called her up when everyone bailed on us. Straight from werq!

DSC_1235Was forced to have pearls because of my milk tea project. Coming soon…

DSC_1236Escy doesn’t like milk tea. Oh but she will >:)

DSC_1237Happy campers!

DSC_1239Took a stroll.

DSC_1242Ate dinner. Actually, just Escy.

DSC_1243Why is it taking so loooooooong?! *tummy grumble*

DSC_1244Went to Timezone to exchange Lizzy’s tickets.

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DSC_1246And 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.