These days, I only go to two coffee shops: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or Starbucks. See, I don’t go to expensive shops to drink brewed coffee or sample their pastry selections. I go to have their specialty drinks. I only have one single rule that must be met: what I drink must be sugar-free.
Ever since I discovered that CBTL gave its customers the option of using No Sugar Added vanilla and chocolate powders to flavor their drinks, I have been an avid fan of their Ice Blended drinks, particularly the Pure Chocolate and Pure Vanilla Ice Blended. Recently I added the Hot Chocolate to my repertoire for days when I’m not feeling particularly in need of a cool drink.
Starbucks came out with the Frappuccino Light series this year, and I thought the Frapp Light drinks also used sugar-free ingredients. At least, that was what I was led to believe when I first bought one. After what happened today, I’m not sure I’ll be going to Starbucks again in the near future (tampo ako).
Today was the last day of Starbucks’s Halloween treat: a free upsize on all drinks. I had decided to order a grande Caramel Frappuccino Light, which would be upsized to Venti. They handed the mixed drink to me without the whipped cream, so I requested some. Unfortunately, they also drizzled caramel syrup over the whipped cream, which led me to ask some questions.
Me: Is this caramel syrup sugar-free?
Barista: Uh, no, Ma’am.
Me: Oh. So what makes it Light?
Barista: It has 60% less calories than regular Frapps, and we usually serve them without whipped cream.
Me: But it’s not sugar-free.
Barista: No, Ma’am.
Me: (looks at the drink) I can’t drink this.
The barista offered to help me change my drink, but she kept showing me options I wasn’t familiar with–and frankly I had my heart set on a Frapp. Confused and a little bit cranky, I just asked her to give me the drink anyway. I didn’t want her to go to any more trouble when it was my fault.
As I left the Starbucks, though, I started steaming. Now that I knew my Frapp Light wasn’t sugar-free, what was I to do with the drink I held in my hand? It was Venti size, too…
I ended up giving the drink to the housekeeper when I got home. I hope she enjoyed it; I spent a third of my weekly allowance on that drink and got nary a taste of it. Oh, well. I think I’ll go make a late-night run to CBTL and get myself a nice Ice Blended. Na-udlot kasi eh.
Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that rain always falls on Metro Manila on All Hallows Eve? Ü It’s strange that a predominantly Catholic country has taken to celebrating this pagan holiday (Samhain, according to the Celts) by dressing their children up as ghouls and goblins, devils and demons. About two years ago I was getting the distinct feeling that Halloween was beginning to rival Christmas in festivities.
That, of course, makes me sad.
This meme was nabbed from Ganns and slightly modified because MusicOutfitters.com, the site he recommended for getting the list of songs, doesn’t go beyond 2001.
- Enter the year you graduated from college and search for the top 100 songs of that year.
- If you like the song, put it in boldface.
- If you hate the song,
strike it out.
- If you don’t care about the song, leave it alone.
Top 100 Songs of 2002
- Complicated – Avril Lavigne
- A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
- Love At First Sight – Kylie Minogue
- All You Wanted – Michelle Branch
- Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue
- The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
Don’t Let Me Get Me – Pink
Just Like A Pill – Pink
Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
- Whenever, Wherever – Shakira
Hands Clean, Alanis Morissette
- Dilemma – Nelly f/ Kelly Rowland
- Without Me – Eminem
- Hella Good – No Doubt
- Hero – Chad Kroeger
- In The End – Linkin Park
- Blurry – Puddle Of Mudd
- Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
- Heaven – DJ Sammy & Yanou f/ Do
- Ain’t It Funny – Jennifer Lopez
- Underneath Your Clothes – Shakira
- Hey Baby – No Doubt
- Get The Party Started – Pink
- No Such Thing – John Mayer
By The Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Hot In Herre – Nelly
- How You Remind Me – Nickelback
Escape – Enrique Iglesias
- In My Place – Coldplay
- Foolish – Ashanti
- A New Day Has Come – Celine Dion
- Wrong Impression – Natalie Imbruglia
- One Last Breath – Creed
- Gangsta Lovin’ – Eve f/ Alicia Keys
- Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
Standing Still – Jewel
- Underneath It All – No Doubt f/ Lady Saw
- Too Bad – Nickelback
- More Than A Woman – Aaliyah
- My Sacrifice – Creed
- What’s Luv? – Fat Joe f/ Ashanti
- No More Drama – Mary J. Blige
- Goodbye To You – Michelle Branch
- Somewhere Out There – Our Lady Peace
- Ordinary Day – Vanessa Carlton
- Objection (Tango) – Shakira
- Here Is Gone – Goo Goo Dolls
I’m Gonna Be Alright – Jennifer Lopez
- Wasting My Time – Default
- Girlfriend – ‘N Sync
Gotta Get Through This – Daniel Bedingfield
What About Us? – Brandy
- Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World
- Always On Time – Ja Rule f/ Ashanti
- Youth Of The Nation – P.O.D.
- Days Go By – Dirty Vegas
- One Day In Your Life – Anastacia
Overprotected – Britney Spears
- In Your Eyes – Kylie Minogue
- Running Away – Hoobastank
- We Are All Made Of Stars – Moby
I’m Alive – Celine Dion
- Seein’ Red – Unwritten Law
Cleanin’ Out My Closet – Eminem
- Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
- Just A Little – Liberty X
- Little Less Conversation – Elvis vs. JXL
- A Woman’s Worth – Alicia Keys
- Spin – Lifehouse
Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman – Britney Spears
- I Need A Girl (Part One) – P. Diddy
- Full Moon – Brandy
Oops (Oh My) – Tweet
- Rapture – Iio
- Can’t Fight The Moonlight – LeAnn Rimes
Hero – Enrique Iglesias
- Happy – Ashanti
- Boys – Britney Spears
- U Don’t Have To Call – Usher
- U Got It Bad – Usher
- 7 Days – Craig David
- Out Of My Heart (Into Your Head) – BBMak
- (This Is A) Song For The Lonely – Cher
Insatiable – Darren Hayes
- Precious Illusions – Alanis Morissette
- Get Over You – Sophie Ellis-Bextor
- Your Body Is A Wonderland – John Mayer
Round Round – Sugababes
Caught In The Middle – A1
- Where Are You Going – Dave Matthews Band
- Don’t Say Goodbye – Paulina Rubio
Starry Eyed Surprise – Paul Oakenfold
- Addictive – Truth Hurts
- Rock The Boat -Aaliyah
- Walking Away – Craig David
- Toxicity – System Of A Down
- Rainy Dayz – Mary J. Blige
- The Whole World -Outkast
…On The Radio (Remember The Days) – Nelly Furtado
- Family Affair – Mary J. Blige
I was driving to the gym at 5:45am yesterday with my sister. Now, since the sun was still hiding under the horizon, it was dark on the roads. I was trying to merge into the inner lane as the road climbed over a small hill, but a Gasat Lines bus just accelerated on my left side, and I was stuck in my lane. At the same time, a jeepney pinned me on my right side. I stepped on the brake to slow down a bit.
And then, at the crest of the hill, I saw it. A huge gaping round “O” in the road right in front of me. AN OPEN MANHOLE!
With the bus bearing down on my left side and the jeepney swerving in on my right side, I couldn’t swerve either way to avoid the hole. I stomped on the brake as the bus and jeepney zoomed past, and as soon as the bus had cleared me I swung my steering wheel sharply to the left.
BAM! went my front right wheel, into the manhole as I screeched to a halt. When I say I screeced, I mean the car’s wheels screeched, and so did I. A flood of thoughts flashed in my head. “Did I break an axle? Is the front of my car crumpled in? Am I wearing good underwear in case I have to be brought to the hospital?”
I revved the car and got my front right wheel out of the manhole, then drove slowly to the shoulder of the road. With legs still shaky, I got out and checked the front and right side of my car. NOT A SCRATCH ON IT.
As I got back in the car, my sister asked me, “Did you really have to scream?”
I absolutely despise buses and jeepneys, but I wish those people who steal manhole covers could be hung by their feet over those manholes they leave open with their pilfering.
Well, actually, that’s a little bit harsh. I do wish I knew whether those who steal equipment from public roads (manhole covers, drain grates, signs, and the like) are ever apprehended and punished.
It’s always easy to say “I’m sorry.” What’s hard is what comes after. If a person really mean the apology, it means they’re going to make the effort to restore what has been lost.
Healing hurts, whether we’re talking about the body knitting back together a physical wound or the mind and heart trying to seal an emotional wound. Sometimes a physical injury is so severe it needs surgery, which would be painful if not for anesthesia and painkillers afterwards. Emotional injury? There isn’t an anesthetic in the world to stop the pain while the healing process starts. All one can do is pray to God and ask Him to help them through this.