Pictures from Starbucks Japan

I am a big fan of Starbucks Japan — specifically, its Twitter page (@Starbucks_J). Sometimes I go there just to look at the pictures and sigh over the strategically arranged food and wares. For some reason, this seems to make me feel better equipped to face the rest of my chaotic day.

Now, I know that Starbucks is generally good at selling/promoting its brand, as there is a plethora of Starbucks-related material (images, promos, links, etc.) littering the Web these days, enthusiastically proliferated by customers, bloggers, and coffee fans, but its Japanese arm is really taking things to a higher level. Those guys really know how to highlight their message with a deft mixture of colors, lighting, and props. They certainly know what it takes to achieve more with less fuss and clutter.

Below are a few examples:

So, when I see a nice picture that I particularly like, I can’t help but save a copy of it in my local directory — with some vague plans of writing a post about it later.

Well, I guess this is it. 🙂

 

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cafe for Sailor Moon Fans

For those who grew up loving Sailor Moon (anime, manga) and her fellow Senshis and have somewhat reluctantly moved on to other things — college, careers, and coffee houses — well, there’s no need to fret. You don’t necessarily have to leave those days behind. You can pursue your other interests and still have time to indulge your childhood fantasies.

Cheer up, because there are several Sailor Moon-themed cafes in Tokyo and in other locations in Japan (see one below).

Sailor Moon cafe

And man, the food they serve in these joints will send you drooling: they’re colorful, creative, and eye-catching – also a bit calorie-heavy, but hey, who’s counting right?

I’m not a big fan of Sailor Moon, but her chibi form is always guaranteed to send me smiling.

UCC 3rd Wave Clockwork (Blue Bay, Macapagal Ave.)

UCC Cafe

I finally had the chance to check out UCC 3rd Wave Clockwork about a week ago. It wasn’t exactly a planned move, although I got curious about this newly opened place when I passed by its doors a few days earlier. It’s just that Starbucks (Bluebay Walk) at that time was rather full and I still had not eaten any lunch, so I retraced my steps and entered UCC Clockwork.

Upon entering its doors, it soon hits you that this place ain’t no regular coffeehouse for the pedestrian shopper (it is one of those places that, unless you have well-lined pockets, prompts you to check your wallet before entering) — it is spacious and the store layout is pleasing after the heat outside — in short, this cafe is consciously designed to impress and appeal to the burgis coffee-guzzling crowd.

Oh well, not that I ever really cared for any of that. All I wanted was a place where I could eat, drink coffee, work undisturbed for a couple of hours at least, and with a good wi-fi service and lots and lots of convenience outlets (please!). And what do you know, UCC Clockwork has all of that (4 check marks out of 5 would have been good enough for me).

Meanwhile, here are a few more snaps of the place.

UCC 2nd FLUCC Function Rm 1 view from the balcony view from upstairs

Based on some press work from the UCC management, UCC Clockwork is the company’s centerpiece (they have several stores scattered around the metro) for their current approach on third wave coffee. The logic of it escapes me, but you’re into a more detailed explanation of this newfangled concept, here is a good place for that.

Sorry, I only managed to take a few pictures. I didn’t want to attract too much attention lest they mark me as an undesirable busybody and refuse me entry next time hahaha. As you can surmise, I was at the second floor at that time, so I was not able to get a good look at the ground floor.

And here’s a sight to warm the cockles of a freelancer’s heart:
electrical outlet

Why yes, that’s a convenience outlet right there. And what’s more, they are scattered all over the place (practically under every table in the second floor), so there’s no need to worry about losing steam while you’re in the middle of your work.

Here Comes October

october

I had intended to post at least one more entry for September but events caught up with me, and so now I have to face the fact that it is October but I am nowhere near where I had hoped to be.

As things go during this time of the year, we get more rains (which is a good thing for me because it means lower temperatures) and the occasional flash floods. It has become noticeably cooler around dawn, and already we are beginning to hear more Christmas songs being aired in malls and radio stations. I also know of some people who are already starting to draw up (and buying items in) their Christmas list *ahem*. I suppose this makes sense for those who like to plan ahead and who typically have tons of things to buy and organize during the holidays.

So what makes October different from all the other months of the year?

For some reason, the word Oktoberfest looms largely in my mind. Whenever I hear somebody mention Oktoberfest, I have this mental picture of huge tables full of carousing beer drinkers in German costume (men in lederhosen and women in dirndls). And then there’s Halloween — which falls on October 31, a Friday! — always a splendid excuse for kids to dress up and go trick-or-treating, and for grown-ups to hold Halloween-themed parties and wear outlandish costumes without having to justify their wardrobe choices.

oktoberfest 2014

cupcakes in halloween

Other notable things about October. Those born from Sept. 23 to Oct. 22 fall under the zodiac sign of Libra, and those born from Oct. 23 and onward belong to Scorpio. Birthstones for this month are opal and tourmaline. The birth flower for October is calendula.

And here’s another fun fact — apparently, October is the national pizza month in the US and Canada (wow, pizza has its own month?).