Daily Cup (Mug) of Joe


“COFFEE is the MAGIC liquid that turns terrible days to bearable days.”

How apt for what I have been going through these past months. A turmoil of all sorts. However, despite all that, I still wake up every morning and go on with my day knowing that I have the responsibility (my son) to tend for. I make sure I do at least one thing that will make me happy no matter how short lived it may be. Like most, I presume, start their day with a good cup of hot coffee savoring the aroma and taste after each sip.

More than a month ago, I was informed that my one and only French Press was hit by a huge pot by the sink and the glass broke. I had to go down to the kitchen and see it for myself. My heart skipped a beat. It was worst than having my heart broken. Shattered into smithereens. That coffee press had sentimental value because it was something I shared with my Pappy. I was so affected, that even the Vietnamese Coffee Stainer was neglected. It simply didn’t match what I was looking for. I had to replace the coffee press. I looked on-line for deals and actually found a 50% off Bodum Chambord but I saw that there were at least 15 sets still available. That could wait for a bit, as earlier mentioned, I had other things on my mind. I succumbed to Kopiko 3-in-1 and the Vietnamese stainer using barako coffee. Don’t get me wrong, Kopiko is really good and strong. It’s the best 3-in-1 in the market if you ask me.

After a much needed, wonderful and relaxing weekend in Tagaytay with the Marcelos, I come home to a birthday package and boy oh boy did it make my day! I was grinning from ear to ear. Thank you so much dear. How sweet of you. Exactly what I needed and the perfect size. Hmm, was that why I was holding off purchasing the Bodum? Hehehe. What was funny was the dedication on the card “Especially for you…and your yayas so they don’t break it…”. Haha! I immediately knew what it was.

Thank you dear Juan. Thank you. It says good for three cups but it’s actually just good for my personal mug. Just the right and exact amount I need. Perfect indeed. It’s been a couple of weeks since and believe it or not, I’m still awed of how to the last drop of coffee is just the perfect amount. Just as any thing, the coffee press has it’s quirks. For the first week, it would make this funny sound as you press the contraption slowly down. Like it needed to be oiled type of thing. But now, it was smooth as silk. I guess just like every thing else, it needs to broken in. Coffee cheers everyone. Looking forward to better days ahead.


Artisan Chocolates Proudly Philippine Made

I’ve been coming across these artisan chocolates by THEO & PHILO through the blogs I skim through but never actually got a hold of them. Names like Dark Chocolate with Siling Labuyo or Dark Chocolate with Calamansi and what really got my attention, was Dark Chocolate with Green Mango & Sea Salt. I was salivating just reading them out loud. I immediately placed an order through ECHOStore and thank God they would deliver. Thank you Ms. Chit & Ms. Rowena. I ordered the following: One of each and the rest to share. =)

1. 70% Dark Chocolate (2) – my son’s favorite
2. Barako (2)
3. Labuyo (2)
4. Calamansi (2)
5. Green Mango & Salt (2)

My favorites are the Dark Chocolate with Calamansi & Green Mango & Salt. The Labuyo was good but a bit too spicy for me. I like spice but it was a bit too much for chocolate. I still have to try the Milk Chocolate and Pili & Pinipig. Heard that there is a new flavor.

I was eager to share my new discovery with my mom but she isn’t too adventurous with these themed named chocolates. I think she will stick to her Hershey’s Kisses and Valor Sugar Free stash. My son gobbles his share in a jiffy asking for more. He really loves Dark Chocolate. Just with everything else, consume in moderation. Enjoy and savor each bite. Simply indulge and once in a while, give in.

Do VISIT the THEO & PHILO website. Read their story. Better yet visit their stores or where they are available and grab a bar or two or all!

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G/F Serendra Piazza
McKinley Parkway,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Tel: 901.3485