9.15.2011

Gong Cha : Tea Fit For Loyalty?

My sister Addie knows that I am already an avid fan of Cha Time Milk Tea. Since it opened a few months ago, my husband and I became loyal customers. I think we were able to fill up almost 4 loyalty cards already -- a card which you stamp every time you buy a drink and once you fill up all the spaces, you will be rewarded with a free drink of your choice! We were in MOA (Mall of Asia) yesterday and Addie suggested Gong Cha - this new tea place which she discovered recently. She said that I should give it a shot. I readily agreed and was eager to find out how it would compare to Cha Time.

They have an interesting tagline Tea Fit For Loyalty. Hmm, I was about to find out if this was true. Addie recommended their House Special Green Milk Tea. Since she already tried it before and was satisfied, I took her advise and got one myself...with added pearls/tapioca/sago ofcourse! I think that's the FUN part of drinking milk tea... the gnawing of the sticky, gooey and chewy (say that thrice! like a tongue-twister!) sweet things.

There is, as they say, a proper way of enjoying their house special;

1. Taste the Special Cream - Open the lid and drink, feeling the tea pass through the foamy layer.
2. Sip the freshly brewed tea.
3. Mix the two for that PERFECT Gong Cha experience. Use the straw to stir and savor the splendid texture of the mixture.


I think the preparation and presentation of the tea sets Gong Cha apart from the rest. With Cha Time, the milk is already mixed with the tea when served while with Gong Cha, you have to mix it yourself using the straw. And as seen above, the first step is to open the lid and taste the foam with tea powder to stimulate your palate. Pretty interesting. This is similar to the way you drink the Green Tea with Rock Salt and Cheese of Happy Lemon. :) 

In terms of taste and flavor, Gong Cha's tea is stronger . Cha time's Green Tea with Milk is more milky and the tea taste is a little watered down. What do I like better? Hmmm... now it's hard to say. Gong Cha is a real contender. I'm excited to try out the other flavors. I just don't know when I'll be able to visit next since they don't have a branch yet in my area. 




My verdict : Fit for Loyalty (tagline) = Fit for ME!

- from a self-proclaimed Milk Tea Queen :)


Gong Cha SM Mall of Asia Branch
1st Floor, Entertainment Center (near Timezone)
SM Mall of Asia
Pasay City, Philippines

OTHER BRANCHES 

SM North Edsa
2nd floor Skygarden (across Starbucks)
SM North Edsa
Quezon City, Philippines


Glorietta 4
3rd floor Food Choices
Glorietta 4 Mall
Makati City, Philippines








9.08.2011

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Date

It was a unique kind of "date"...nothing fancy, no candlelights, flowers, good food... just pistols and bullets! What? Yes, you read it right! We attended this special class yesterday and I handled a firearm for the first time EVER.

It was a promo that my hubby Joel found in Ensogo (group-buying website). They sold coupons for a discounted class at the StrongHand Shooting Range. He grabbed the opportunity and bought us 2 slots. I'm not exactly sure why (because I am so not the type!)  but he did. He said that he wanted me to learn the basics of handling a gun in case of emergency. Ok, fair enough.

It was a special 3-hour course named "The Proper & Practical Pistol". The first half was an informative lecture on basic Gun Safety, How to Handle a Pistol, How to Clear a Pistol and How to Shoot a Target. And then we were ready to go the range and do some target shooting.


My "toolbox" with my 9MM 

Joel excited for the practical/actual part of the class


I seem like an expert on this pic but I was faaar from that. I was shaky, nervous and outright awkward in every possible way. I couldn't seem to apply all the things that were discussed in the classroom because I was just so tensed. The first time I pulled the trigger, my bullet went berserk. Instead of hitting the A-Alpha area where the target is, it ended up if the C-Charlie area. The range officer said that I have to really focus and do it slowly. It took me a couple of tries before I finally got the hang of it. Phew! I must say, it was tiring....emotionally and physically! 



Meanwhile my "date" turned out to be a fast learner and a real natural. Joel's first shot was right on the blue dot...bull's eye baby! I was impressed! 

Thanks to Joel, I was able to tick off "Firing a Gun" from the list of things I want to try :) It was actually pretty awesome! I got to touch on my masculine/tigas side (which happens once in  a blue moon!). 

Until the next BANG!