There I said it. I’m burned out.
I thought this pandemic will end in two months tops. Boy, was I wrong!
Since distance teaching started around March 2020, I had unending tasks piled on top of the other. Deadlines after deadlines. I’m exhausted.
Other countries are slowly adapting to face-to-face classes already which is great, but from where I am, it’s not yet ideal. *sigh*
I can’t differentiate work and rest anymore. Send help.
On a positive note, we are about to end this school year and finally be able to have our vacation. Please hurry!
Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and the school I’m working for. I’m just having a hard time adjusting with this set-up. It’s just not for me. I’m just not my best anymore.
Thinking about it, I should have cherished the times when my class was noisier and messier than usual. I miss those times.
I despise you, COVID.
Milk Tea Rating: 3.9/5
When I see milk tea, I try to buy it!
When I saw Kaya & Chanom’s big sign from the moment I looked up from the ground floor of Ayala Malls Central Bloc, I couldn’t help but visit it right away.
“What are they selling? Are they a coffee shop? A milk tea shop? Or both?”
I just have to find out!
First sip thoughts?
It’s less sweet than what I’m used to which might work for others. In my opinion, it’s almost leaning towards watery, but it’s still refreshing nevertheless.
Sadly though, they only have Thai Milk Tea (Php 109) for their milk tea at the time of my visit (March 2020), but they still have other drinks and snacks for us to check. Might visit again and try another drink from them once mall operation is back or avail it through their online delivery!
See you in my next post! ♡
Facebook: Kaya & Chanom Cebu
Coffee Rating: 4.5/5
I’ve been eyeing this place for the longest time and finally I’m here!
Located at the back of Mango Square Mall (near the parking area), this place, I noticed, is the go-to for people who wants a safe and quiet place to study, read a book or just enjoy their cup of coffee in peace.
They have an open kitchen/bar which is a plus when it comes to sanitary–we can see how our food and drinks are made.
You can also borrow books while you’re there!
And a big YES for stainless straws and mason jars! ♡ #SaveTheEarth
Okay, now back to my review on the drinks. I ordered the Iced Hazelnut Latte and my friend ordered Iced Matcha.
For my drink, I was happy. It was not too sweet and not too watery considering there was ice on it for some time already. However, for the Iced Matcha, my friend said it was a bit watery, thus the 4.5 rating.
For sure I’ll be coming back for their other drinks next time and hopefully, I’ll be able to update my rating! ♡
Milk Tea Rating: 5/5
If you are craving for milk tea, then you will do whatever it takes to get one.. Right?!
Well, a long queue is an exception for me though (aka lazy, but working on it!) that’s why I never get the chance to try some of the new hyped drinks unless they are not anymore, well, hyped. LOL. Am I the only one?!
Fat Fook is a Taiwanese restaurant serving authentic Taiwanese food. Fat Fook literally means Fat (in English) = Big | Fook (in Cantonese) = Good Fortune / Happiness.
It had a long queue, but luckily they had a separate booth solely for their drinks/desserts which was very convenient for people like me.
I ordered their Wintermelon Milk Tea priced at Php 100 + Php 20 for the pearls.
I love the taste! I guess you can say you can never go wrong with Wintermelon Milk Tea–for Fat Fook it definitely applies!
I totally recommend! ♡
Facebook: Fat Fook Manila
My Rating: 5/5
I am obsessed with The Lemon Co’s Lemonade with Yakult! ♡
I’ve been ordering it for a straight week now. It’s cheaper than milk tea (price and size fixed at medium and Php 69 respectively) + it’s healthier (freshly squeezed lemon and Yakult) so it’s a win. LOL.
If you are a Yakult lover then this should be on your must-try list.
Steffi Tip: You can order this with 50% – 75% brown sugar. The sweetness will not be overpowering the drink and brown sugar, in my opinion, tastes yummier.
If you tried it already, tell me what you think! ♡
You see it happening right in front of your eyes.
You hear it being said to you over and over again.
You feel your heart break into million pieces while your throat tightens into an impossible knot.
You can even taste your own tears running down your face now.
Yet you still listen to that tiny crack of voice inside your head that ever so softly whispers,
“It’s not true–it can’t be true.. Right?”
My Milk Tea Rating: 5/5
I discovered this drink by chance when I was walking along the streets during Sinulog Festival in Cebu last January 20, 2019. It means that this post is long overdue. Apologies.
The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival which is held on the 3rd Sunday of January in Cebu City, and is the centre of the Santo Niño Catholic celebrations in the Philippines. (via Wikipedia)
Going back, I saw a girl holding a bottle of water on one hand and a bottle of this milk tea on the other. I was skeptical because as per previous experience with bottled milk teas, the taste is just average, if not below, but I still gave it a try because.. Milk tea! LOL.
Mind blown! ♡
This to-go milk tea is super yummy, creamy and not watery whatsoever + you can definitely taste the tea!
This was priced at Php 80 for 300 ml which was acceptable considering it was during the festival.
While writing this post, I searched if Siao Tea has a physical shop that I can get more of their drinks from, but unfortunately it’s just via online to date.
Regardless, it still had great reviews in their Facebook and Instagram page + I saw they have different flavors as well! I’m assuming what I bought was their Classic flavor.
I’ll probably order soon and so should you! ♡
Facebook: Siao Tea
My Coffee Rating: 5/5
Bastap is a localized term for “bus stop” or you could say that’s just how Cebuanos fondly pronounce it.
The café is literally at the bus stop / bus station where people can grab food, chill for a bit, maybe pee and then go. Funny that they didn’t think too far when they were naming the place.
It’s located in Carmen, Cebu which is an hour or so away from the bustling Cebu City.
While we were there for a quick caffeine break, I ordered their Iced Caramel Macchiato which was priced at Php 140. A reasonable price I must say.
At first sip, it was just too sweet for me, but when I mixed it all together, it toned down to perfection and my coffee-loving self is satisfied once again.
Photo dump ahead! Photos are all mine ♡
100% would recommend!
See you on my next post! ♡
Facebook: The Bastap