To the Special Woman and Not-So-Special Man

It's Easter Sunday. It's time for new beginnings. Earlier this afternoon, I got a visit from a good friend of mine. From our conversation, I learned that she got her heart broken again. To ease her pain, I decided to write two open letters for her and the guy who broke his promises. May these pieces allow her to completely let go of the past and to face the future full of courage. Sometimes, new beginnings are disguised as painful endings.


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To the special woman who got her heart broken, this is for you. Please remember that I love you. There are many people in this world who deeply and sincerely care for you. Never forget that others are willing to give up everything they have just to see you smile. As what I always say, you deserve nothing but the best in this world. Do not let anyone or anything bring you down.

May 2013 Birthday Giveaway Prizes


There are many things in my life that I am truly grateful of. Good things are coming my way and I want to share some of my blessings to others. I always believe that sharing is the best way to continue receiving greater gifts in life. 

In line with the celebration of my birthday on May 2013, I am planning to host a giveaway on my main blog - The Coffee Chic. It will be cross promoted at I Heart Giveaways. It will start on April 30, 2013, so make sure to visit my sites one month from now. Meanwhile, I'm listing all the prizes to be given away for my Birthday Bash below. 

Note: The number of winners and items to be given away are not yet final. I will add more prizes soon! Some of the prizes are sponsored while others came from my own pocket. If you are interested in sponsoring, you can send me a message at algene@iamthecoffeechic.com.


Leggings Collection - Worth $150 or Php6,000
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Composed of:
5 Pairs of Leggings valued at $29.99 each
(Winner's Choice)


Accessories Set - Worth $25 or Php1,000
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Composed of:
1 Big Multiple Color Triangle Pendant Bib Necklace
1 Metal Glossy Circle Alloy Hair Ties Hair Accessories
1 Printed Silk Material Light Fashion Personality Scarf
1 Bowknot Cocktail Ring
2 C Leather Cord Bracelet Fashion (The Couple Personalized Woven Bracelet)
1  Retro Colorful Rhinestone Stars Lovely Earrings

Sponsored by: Dual Shine

Why We Broke Up: An Inspiration to Move On

The first book I've read for this year is Daniel Handler's Why We Broke Up. This novel is all about  Min Green and Ed Slaterton who broke up when they least expected it. After they parted ways, Min sent a box to her ex-boyfriend containing all the things they collected during the course of their relationship. Together with the old stuff was a letter explaining the different reasons why they broke up. Each item inside the box has its own story of love, happiness and pain. Basically, the whole book revolved around how they both shared great days together and how those happy days ended.


To be honest, the book was boring. I was expecting more from it especially when I learned that it became one of the bestselling novel last year. I'm not saying that it is bad. In fact, I would recommend this novel to every girl who is currently in the process of healing her broken heart. The letter of Min will remind you to let go of the past and to continue moving on with your life. Min will encourage you not to depend on other man for your happiness. She will inspire you to gather all the strength left in your system after the break up. 

A Coffee Addict’s Tour of Rome

Rome has been on my bucket list for some time now, so when the opportunity arises to meet a friend in the Eternal City, I’m on the plane before you can say ciao! And, as a city famous for its coffee culture, our sightseeing is broken up. 

Starting my coffee marathon in front of the Colosseum

I call Paolo and we decide to meet in the morning in front of the Colosseum. I reach the metro station and follow the directions to the exit. But while going out, I freeze in a moment of amazement.

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Lakas Atenista Transcriptions



Remedial Law Transcriptions of LAKAS ATENISTA from the lectures of the late Dean Hildegardo F. Iñigo of Ateneo de Davao University College of Law.
  • Civil Procedure (2 vols)
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Provisional Remedies and Special Civil Actions
  • Special Proceedings

Online Shopping Basics

With all my hectic schedule at school and events, I barely have enough time to visit the mall and shop for the items I want. Believe it or not, my new dresses and accessories were all purchased online. In fact, I have already created a list of my favorite online shops which provide all the things I need at highly affordable prices. These online shops also provide great convenience for a busy person like me.

BlackBerry Z10 Keeps You Moving

With the coming of smartphones in the industry, the lives of many people are made easier and more convenient. This latest technology allows different individuals from all over the world to do everything they want by simply using the smartphones of their choice. One single phone contains messaging and calling facilities, applications for office workers or even for students, educational games for the children, simulation games for the adults, emails for the always-on-the-go persons and many more. With all these, there is no question why people are starting to get their own smartphones. 

To keep up with the market and respond to the needs of their consumers, BlackBerry launched the all new BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone. Just recently, the BlackBerry team Philippines organized their caravan in the country and traveled to Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in order to get the word out about the latest innovation of the Z10.

The team reached Davao city last week. They organized a media and bloggers launching event at Marco Polo where they introduced the many things to love about the newest Z10.

 photo f6_zpsf840a9bb.jpgBlackBerry's Country Director of the Philippines, Cameron Vernest, presented the two colors available for the Z10. During his talk, he informed everyone that the BlackBerry Z10 will be available in the country on March 19, 2013. To those who are excited to own the latest technology of BB, you can make your reservations now. Simply visit www.buybb10.com and select the nearest authorized dealers in your area. He also announced a great news to everyone! The Z10 will also be available at Globe, Sun and Smart.   

5 Top Hairstyles Ideas to Rock N Roll

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Whether you’re going to your first rock concert, trying to find a hairstyle for a party theme or Halloween costume or if you’re just looking to add a new look to represent your attitude, there are dozens of rock n roll hairstyles to choose from.  The key is finding one that not only fits your look, but more importantly, your attitude.  Rock n roll is more of a lifestyle and mindset than a fashion statement, but you’ll be sure to take the first step towards that attitude with one of these top 5 hairstyle ideas to rock n roll with.



The Five Most Awesome Rock N Roll Hairstyles of All Time

For the most part, you can rock any one of these hairstyles with just the things you have around the house and the hair on your head, but some of them might involve growing your hair out or a trip to the stylist.  Also, keep in mind that you can fully customize any of these hairdos with just a little bit of color—let your inner rock n roll child scream out with red highlights or go all blond or black.  Whatever you choose to do with your hair, make sure it’s tons of fun and speaks to your personality.

Nescafe Gold Picks!


There is something about coffee that makes me feel happy in an instant. Whenever I have a long tiring day, the first thing I do is to get myself a cup of coffee and think of everything that happened. Then, suddenly, just like magic, I feel at ease and comfortable. Having a cup of my favorite drink is also great during my study sessions. It is such a relief to have a good beverage to enjoy as I read my books, scan the cases, and research for my lessons. Most importantly, coffee helps me in blogging. It allows me to be relaxed which in turn, helps me think better and write my posts. 

My love for coffee is, I must say, intense. In fact, I would prefer it over a cup of tea or soda. Over the years, I have learned how to identify a great coffee drink from a poor one. I have set my own standards in choosing the right cup of coffee for me. The truth is, when it comes to coffee beverages, I don’t settle for anything less. I always want the best for I know I deserve better. 

Just recently, I discovered the newest Nescafe Gold 3in1. This premium coffee is what I really need to make me feel happy. The aroma of the Nescafe Gold is irresistible! If only I can have more than one cup of coffee a day, I’d surely choose Nescafe Gold 3in1 every time.   

What Starbucks Taught Me Today

One of the coffee shops that I keep coming back in the city is Starbucks SM Annex. It is my most favorite store in Davao because of everything inside the said branch. First of all, I enjoy the White Chocolate Mocha they serve for me. Whenever I enter Starbucks, I no longer need to tell them my order because they already know what I want. During the days when I feel like getting another type of beverage, I make sure to inform them ahead of time. Second, I love the whole SB crew. They are sweet and nice, not only to regular customers like me, but also to their first time visitors. Their friendliness is overwhelming. Third, I like the long table where I always sit when I'm at the said branch. It's the most comfortable seat for me! I feel like I can do anything when I'm seated on my favorite place. Lastly, their Wifi connection is amazing. Thus, I can work online and post updates on my blog easily. They also have outlets everywhere. For someone like me who brings my gadgets all the time, finding outlets easily is heaven.

Last week, Ms. Julie of Starbucks invited me to attend the Starbucks Coffee Seminar Series. Without hesitations, I said yes. After all, I am The Coffee Chic and I'm interested to learn more about coffee.

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Love in the Digital Age

People spend more time caressing keyboards, stroking touchscreens and gazing into gleaming pixels than they do engaging with the people around them, so it's no major revelation that one in five relationships has its origins online, and that this number grows by the day. It’s more convenient and practical to use the internet for browsing groceries, books and shoes, so why not use it to browse for a potential partner? The increasing number of free online dating websites means there are no barriers to giving cyber-courtship a spin. If you’re considering finding your next partner online, ponder the following top tips before you go live.

What I Love About A Moment in Time (Movie Review with Quotes)

Since law school is very demanding, I and my classmates were not able to watch the movies we've been wanting to see since last week. We were preoccupied with the exams and recitations for our classes. However, this afternoon, we finally found some time to treat ourselves. After our jaw-breaking and mind-cracking examination in Obligations and Contracts, we directly headed to SM Annex for our lunch. Then, we waited for 2:30PM so we can see one of the latest films produced by Star Cinema - A Moment in Time.

Coco Martin and Julia Montes are the main stars for this romantic movie. The story is about a young couple who fell in love at the right time but hatred brought them apart. They were happy until they discovered a secret which destroyed their relationship. It was really sad to see them part ways especially when they had a perfect love for each other. But towards the end of the movie, they were reunited. It must be fate that brought them back together.

What I love about this film is its moral story about love and hatred. It teaches everyone to leave all the negative things in the past and embrace the new ones in the present and those to come in the future. The movie reminds us of how hatred can make us greatly unhappy and how it can make us feel great when we let them go. Sometimes, we are placed in a situation where choosing hatred is so much better than choosing love. In times like these, we must give ourselves some time to think well of what to do. We may be hurt from our past experiences but that doesn't mean that we can let hatred make us unhappy for the rest of our lives. For me, choosing love over hatred, is always the right thing to do.

Ensure Your Writing Is Seen By Publishers With These Tips

A lot of us love to write. But the idea of getting our novel published can feel impossible. For one thing, we are one small fish in the big sea of amazing writers. And even getting our work to be seen by agents and publishers can feel like an impossible dream. But in the modern world, there are some new ways to get our work in the view of top publishers. In fact, here are some tips to ensure your writing is seen by publishers.      

The Physical and Emotional State of the Female Libido


Sex drive is something that can definitely make or break a relationship. No matter how much two people love each other emotionally, that love will fade without physical intimacy. Men typically have a higher sex drive as a result of higher testosterone levels. On the other hand, women of all ages tend to have a very unpredictable sex drive. If you want to revive your sex life and remind your man why he's still with you, find out which factors can affect the female sex drive and how to keep it at an all-time high.

Monet Eyeshadow from EF

Summer is just around the corner and I'm excited to officially declare that law school classes are over. I already made plans on how I'm going to spend the vacation with my friends, families and loved ones. I'm looking forward for more trips and adventures. Since I haven't tried traveling alone, I might do it on my birth month. I believe that it's time for me to step out of my comfort zone and let go of everything that's holding me back from trying new things.

Speaking of my birthday... I will be having some giveaways to everyone especially to those who never got tired of supporting my blog. I have already made some arrangements with the sponsors. I also started buying great things for my readers. So, watch out for the month of May!

More Polo Shirt For Your Money

Looking for a great quality polo shirt but don’t want to spend a fortune? Whilst street wear and designer brands offer a range of polo shirts for the truly fashion-conscious, there are lots of retailers offering great-looking 100% cotton polo shirts for men available online from cotton traders that are affordable and perfect for the warm weather.

So, how do you find polo shirts that give you real value for money? The first thing to do is to decide how much you are prepared to spend. Do a bit of research online to see what the average price is for a non-designer label polo shirt. Decide what you’re looking for in terms of style and quality so that you can match your needs with your budget. Many men only want 100% cotton because it’s breathable, comfortable to wear and easy to look after. Polo shirts that are made from blended fabric may be cheaper, but not last as long.

Daddy's Little Girl

This is a sweet note for my dad who is celebrating his 50th birthday today!


Meet my first love. He is the reason why I'm hopeful about life. I grew up seeing his positive outlook in everything. Whenever I complain that I couldn't do it, he reminds me to believe in myself. In times of failures, he tells me to get up and give it another try. Even if I don't get to see him everyday, I can feel that he's near me.. It's really sweet when he makes long distance calls just to ask us how our days went. I know it was not easy for him to work abroad but still, he did for the sake of our family. 

I appreciate every single thing about my dad! Yes, I am a daddy's girl and I'm proud of it. 

Happy birthday to the most important man in my life. 


I love you so much, Papa! I miss you. I can't wait to see you this summer. Let's spend more happy days together. One day, you will be proud of me.

I love you! I love you! I will always be your little princess.

Coach Holidays Are Perfect For All Kinds Of Getaways

There comes a time when you just need to get away from the humdrum of life and do something new, exciting and different. Be it for a full vacation, or a quick excursion, coach holidays are an ideal way to get away without having to worry about dealing with a great many details. Coach holidays are all inclusive tour packages that allow you and your traveling companions the enjoy all the excitement of travel in a relaxed and hassle-free environment. The Convenient And Comfortable Way To Travel Traveling by coach affords you the chance not only to enjoy the sights and experiences of the destination that you have in mind, but also to enjoy the scenic beauty of the UK between stops on your itinerary. Traveling by coach is more comfortable and less expensive than flying and much more convenient than traveling by train. With lots of leg room, interesting wayside stops and the ability to absorb more of the local culture. There are so many reasons why traveling by coach has been the preferred choice for holiday packages for more than 100 years in the UK.

See The World With Coloured Lenses

Eye, one of the most vital organs, is a window to the world. A scintillating eye adds more to the beauty of a woman. Specially in women, big eyes blazes the deepest emotions. Eyes reflect your personality, it shows how confident an individual is. While communicating the first thing that the other person notices is the eyes. A confident looking eye can enhance your position among your friends or colleagues at the same time a shabby look can demean your image in a new place. Not everyone is blessed with brilliant eyes. Though, this is no more a problem, one can transform an ordinary eye into an extra ordinary one. Coloured lenses helps in doing so, it amplifies the beauty of an ordinary eye. A wide range of colors in contact lenses are available to give you a fashionable look.

You Can Find Authentic Coach Bags Online

Coach is a brand geared towards luxury. It is famous for its expensive handbags, which are of very high quality, features amazing style and design, and its signature looks make Coach to "it" bag to have. The high popularity and prices of Coach bags have caused the making of many knock-off Coach bags, and unfortunately that hurts both the Coach company as well as the consumer. Knock-off Coach bags look genuine at first look, but there are quite a few differences between the real Coach bags and fake Coach bags, and there are many ways to tell the difference.

How Music Takes Stress Away

There are days when I want to take a break from everything that I do daily. There are times when I want to press the "pause" button and take some time to relax. You know, things can get stressing at home and at school that is why I seldom wish to run away from all these. Wouldn't it be nice to freeze everything and bring yourself into a completely new dimension?

Whenever I'm not in the mood for work or school, the first thing I do is check my iPhone and look for interesting applications or games. For the past years, the music apps on my phone are really of big help for me. To brighten up my mood, I open my favorite music app and select a playlist. Then, in an instant, I feel like I'm being brought to another world - a new world where everything is relaxing and stress-free. It's amazing how music can bring life to dull moments.