Food, Gathered Thoughts

Care for Some MORE (Milk) Tea… And Other Drinks?

More than a year ago, I wrote the “prequel” to this blog entry.  But you know, once a milk tea drinker, always a milk tea drinker (except of course if you’re lactose intolerant, but you get what I mean!).  So here I am, more than a year after, sharing with you the milk tea places and other drinks I’ve tried that I haven’t included in the prequel (which by the way, you can read by clicking HERE).

I do have a disclaimer, though.  The pictures I used in this entry are entirely borrowed from Google, so I don’t take any credit for “taking” them (no pun intended).  After all, I just wanted to show you the brands’ trademarked cups or whatever.  What I do take credit for is my recommended drinks.  I can assure you that EVERY DRINK I mention here has been tried and tested by moi. 🙂  So let’s make this short and simple again, shall we?  Here are my recommendations:

1. Bubbatealicious
Try their Royal Milk Tea

2. Bubble Tea
Try their Strawberry Milk Tea

3. Cebu Pacific’s In-flight Milk Tea
You can only choose from two flavors, original or taro,
but both taste good!

4. Jamba Juice
Try their Strawberries Wild

5. Gong Cha
Try their Earl Grey Milk Tea

6. Happy Lemon
Try their Matcha with Adzuki Bean Mousse Spin

7. Moon Leaf
Try their Wintermelon Milk Tea

8. Pao Pao Xiao Chi
Try their Green Tea with Rock Salt and Cheese

9. Tea Farm
Try their Caramel Milk Tea

Homemade Milk Tea!!!

I usually use Twinings‘ English Breakfast Tea (which is the exact same tea that Queen Elizabeth II drinks, by the way — so this is definitely recommended!  Haha!), any fresh milk available in our fridge, plus some sugar and ice.

Those are basically my “ingredients” and the “recipe” would actually depend on YOUR taste, so you can just adjust it to your liking.  But here’s mine:

Step 1: I add hot water in my mug (which is about 16 fl oz) until it looks already half full.

This is the mug I use. So if you have the same one, then my recipe will be more accurate for you! Hahaha!

Step 2: I then leave 1 tea bag of Twinings‘ English Breakfast Tea in my mug to steep.  Wait for around 2-5 minutes, depending on how strong you want the tea flavor to be.

Step 3: Of course I remove the tea bag from the mug!  But if you’ve already done that, add 5 tablespoons of milk or depending on how creamy you want your milk tea to taste.  Stir.

Step 4: Now this is the tricky part — the sugar level.  I usually put 2 teaspoons of sugar, but this will again depend on your preferred sweetness level.  More stirring.

Step 5: I put lots and lots of ice!  Hey, I just happen to love iced milk tea!  But this is entirely OPTIONAL — you can always have hot/warm milk tea! 😉

The last step: KEEP CALM and DRINK UP!!!

And that’s it!  But just remember, TO EACH HIS OWN.  So please don’t blame me if you don’t like the things I mentioned in this post!  Okay?  Great! 😀


If you have other milk tea recommendations,
don’t hesitate to sound off in the comments section below!

Down Memory Lane, Food, Marked on the Calendar, Mi Familia y Mi Amigos

Family Night

February 18, 2012.  My family and I attended a thanksgiving dinner for our grandparents’ joint death anniversary.

We love you Lolo Joe and Lola Vic! Rest assured, you’ll forever be in our hearts!!! ♥

It started with a Mass…  then dinner…  and of course, ENTERTAINMENT courtesy of The Executives Band! 😀

My Tito Hector and cousin Julius Sanvictores are actually part of the aforementioned band, as well as one of my favorite bloggers, Cara Manglapus — who also happens to be the only girl member-slash-vocalist of the said group.

The Executives Band

The Executives Band’s Cara Manglapus

That night, I was also lucky enough to have finally met her.  (Thanks to my cousin Julius for introducing us!  Haha!)

another “fangirl moment” for me! =))

Check out Cara‘s blog HERE.

And of course, who can forget our much needed “cousin bonding!”  One just tied the knot, the other WILL also tie the knot within the year, and then another one just got engaged too!  Sooo, hindi naman ako masyado na-prepressure ng mga pinsan ko noh?!  Oh well.  HA HA HA

Anyway, meet my beautiful and handsome cousins!  And along the way, guess who’s who! 😛

Couples’ Corner ♥♥♥

After our thanksgiving dinner, we made the most of our “bonding time” by deciding to go to a spa across the street.  Spontaneous Moment #1.

at Babaylan Spa

Babaylan Spa‘s second branch is located at Scout Tuazon, Quezon City.  You can avail of their full-body massage for only Php450.  But if you prefer a quicker way to relax, you can opt for a foot massage (Php300) or foot spa (Php350).  Aside from the fact that it’s open from 9-2am (yes, 2AM!!!), I love Babaylan Spa for its location.  Let’s just say that its location is where I had most of my childhood memories, and THAT place will forever hold a special place in my heart JUST BECAUSE. 🙂

And if that wasn’t enough, we all decided to drink MILK TEA in the wee hours of the night (read: 2am)!  We went to four different milk tea places along Tomas Morato but unfortunately, the first three milk tea places we went to were already closed.  Luckily, we found SerendipiTea!!!

(photo courtesy of My SerendipiTea)

My SerendipiTea = milk tea fix at 2am!

Visit My SerendipiTea‘s Facebook page here.

And that was our Spontaneous Moment #2. 😉  Ah, one of the good things about spending time with my cousins: SPONTANEITY.  We may not have the chance to meet as often as we want to but when we do, it’s something I always look forward to!  So there.  See you next time!  (And I do hope it’s SOON, too!!!)

The Lady is now out!
😀 😀 😀

Gathered Thoughts, Mi Familia y Mi Amigos, Reviews

Care for Some (Milk) Tea?

Milk tea is all the rage in the metro right now!!!  So as a self-proclaimed milk tea addict, I just want to share with you my current favorite milk tea places (and corresponding drinks).  I’ll make this short and simple for my only goal with this entry is to “suggest” or to some extent, “promote” my favorites! 😉  So let’s start:

1. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
Try their (Iced or Hot) Double Vanilla Tea Latte

Iced Double Vanilla Tea Latte, please! ♥

2. Chatime
Try their Pearl Milk Tea

3. Serenitea
Try their Wintermelon Milk Tea
(preferably with pearls and egg pudding)

4. Starbucks
Try their (Iced or Hot) English Breakfast Tea Latte

5. Tea Central
Try their Mint Milk Tea

6. Zen Tea
Try their Carnival Milk Tea (Caramel flavor)

7. 7Eleven
Grab a bottle of UniPresident’s MineShine Milk Tea

There you go, short and simple!  Of course there are still other variants and milk tea places I still have yet to try such as Bubble Tea and Happy Lemon (please open branches in “Manila” kasi! :P) and the local Gong Cha branch (yes, no need to go to Hong Kong or Singapore, they’ve finally opened one in MOA!)  but overall, the aforementioned brands would suffice and curb my milk tea “withdrawal symptoms” FOR NOW!  HA HA HA 😉

Cheers fellow milk tea drinkers!!!  Keep calm and drink up ♥