Hi guys! I’m still here! I’m just in the process of moving my blog to my own site as I’m getting sick and tired of the GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA.

In any case, I’ll be moving my blog to http://clompy.com. Catch the latest happenings there! I’m also planning to create a sub-domain for my travels and latest starbucks news.

On other news.. I’m quite happy with Danny Gokey out of the running on American Idol.  He’s becoming boring and doesn’t leave a lasting impression.   It will be very difficult to choose between the two finalists.  I look forward to next week’s performance.  I’m rooting for the underdog.. Kris Allen!

Hello everyone!  I’m here at an internet cafe, relaxing and waiting for my friend to come back from his date.  In any case, Korea is pretty nice.  Well, I haven’t been to all places yet.  We went to Dongdaemun twice already and spent a lot of money.  I’m quite happy with the pieces I’ve bought and I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing it for quite some time.  It’s not really cheap if you compare it to China but the quality and the design is much better. 

Our hotel is located at Itaewon which is a tourist district with a lot of foreigners.  Just outside the hotel, we have Coldstone Creamery!  Sweet!  It’s even cheaper than in the US.  We also have two Starbucks coffee shop (Don & Gold got your Seoul & Korea Tumblers!), KFC, Mcdonalds, shopping area and bars.  We’re in a pretty good location as both the airport bus and subway stop is just in front of the hotel.  I haven’t seen any stars yet but we haven’t been to their Rodeo Drive.

We didn’t go to Lotte World yet as it’s quite far and pretty pricey.  Also, we need the whole day there which we don’t have as we prefer to shop.  Tomorrow, we’ll be going to Myaeong-dong, a palace, Seoul Tower and a Korean village.  We haven’t had the chance to eat at a good Korean place so it’s a shame.    Well.. I’m off for now.   I’ll be writing from Beijing next time.

A friend of mine was sent to Sydney for training last January and as a fairy godmother to a small community of Starbucks collectors in the Philippines, I asked her to purchase some merchandise for me.

I told her to get me two Sydney tumblers and a Sydney and Melbourne mug.  When she came back, she brought one Sydney tumbler and and Australian mug.  *sigh*  She mistakenly ordered the Hangzhou tumblers as well which I’m currently selling to interested buyers.

In any case, here are the pictures of the tumbler and mug she bought for educational purposes. 😛

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starbucks-clearStarbucks is gaining popularity in Asia and one of the things my cousins await are their new releases of city tumblers/mugs or unique and beautiful merchandise.  In my previous posts, I mentioned that one of my cousins collect tumblers while the other collect mugs.  Through the power of google, the list of people who I know and collects tumblers and mugs have increased.  When I went to Europe, I dragged along two Czech Republic tumblers for my cousin and Don and a mug from Frankfurt and Vienna to Alvin.

So, when I had time to kill during my layover in Hong Kong.  I made a beeline straight to the Starbucks shop at the transfer area of HK airport.  Lo and behold, they have the elusive Starbucks clear tumbler which was already sold out in Beijing and Manila.  They had several more of it and I grabbed two because Don and Gold wanted them.  The good thing about it, it’s on sale for HK$68.  When I went back after my stay in the Philippines a week later, it’s no longer available and it’s a shame as Gold wanted two more.

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Goodbye Paris, Hello Frankfurt!  That’s right!  There was a change in plans as there are no trains to Munich!!! Arrghhh.. no more Oktoberfest.. 😦   Just checking in very quick as using the internet cost 2 euros an hour! 

Starbucks lovers.. they don’t have tumblers in Paris and Frankfurt..  I was only able to find 1 starbucks in Paris and that’s in the Louvre.   No tumblers, only mugs.  I checked out 3 starbucks in Frankfurt to no avail as well.  Alvin, I got your Frankfurt mug.  It’s within your budget.  Gold, I got the pumpkin bearista magnet.  It’s cheaper here!  3.9 euros only compared to RMB 68 in Beijing.  hehehe..  They have a different tumbler flowery with a mix of metallic and plain paper (picture on the right).  Made in China.. two colors (red and blue) .. 11.50 euros.   I was planning to buy a red one for you but they don’t have it at the train station area.  😦

Well.. that’s it for now.. I’m having a hard time writing this with a different keyboard.  My legs are hurting but I’m glad of a respite today.  Cheers!