Thursday, March 15, 2012

My Starbucks Global Icon Series Mugs Part I.

I started my Starbucks Mug collection back in 2011 after seeing the same collection from a blogger that I used to follow. I was so amazed by her shot-glass-size souvenirs that I promised to get myself the same collectible after every visit to a new foreign country.

My first set was bought in Jeonju, Korea last year. I was also lucky since Jeonju only had one Starbucks shop, which was just a 10-minute walk from our hotel. Now, the shop wasn't selling an actual Jeonju-printed mug. They only had Korea and Seoul available. I guess I could consider Seoul since I had to pass through it on my way to Incheon. =D

Now, my second pair of Starbucks mini-mugs were purchased in Hong Kong. But the mugs that I have now are of Macau's and China's (been to Shenzhen so this counts). But I've been to both places too. I just need to get the ones that has Hong Kong printed on it. I actually had to ask my friend in Hong Kong to buy me the mugs since I kept forgetting during my two previous trips there. 

I've also been to Singapore (twice now) and Thailand (Bangkok & Pattaya). But I didn't get the chance to visit any Starbucks stores then. Thus my still, incomplete collection. But my friend who is based in Bangkok recently updated me about a possible BKK mug sighting. So here's to hoping that I get my third set soon! =)


Ok, so I just read that there are also local icon mugs here in the Philippines (mugs from Baguio, Batangas, Boracay, CDO, Cebu, Manila, Tagaytay, and more!) I'm just not sure if these are still available. But if these babies are still out in the market, then I can't wait to get my hands on them too!

Anyway, what do you collect from your travels? Care to share your precious finds? =)

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

51 comments:

Thepinaysolobackpacker said...

wow! nice collections you got there! :)

budget_biyahera said...

Thank You!!! =)

ThePinayWanderer said...

Korea and China mugs (pink ones) are cute, I like the color, nice collections. I've only been to one country (Thailand) so haven't thought of collecting anything but I do have a collection of small bills/coins from different countries, I ask them as a gift from my friends. :)

~The Pinay Wanderer (thepinaywanderer.blogspot.com)

LEVYousa said...

I am not a traveler so I don't have any collection like yours.. But I hope someday I can visit the places you have mentioned and check out Starbucks store to get my first mug too :) 

Jinkee Umali said...

Nice....Got mugs and other coffee stuffs which I use often with Starbucks because those are really durable even quite pricy...

budget_biyahera said...

I actually bought the tall coffee container.. when I accidentally bumped into it, it slammed on the floor and cracked. Di ko na nagamit after coz it was already leaking. =(

budget_biyahera said...

Awesome idea, Levy! Collect na tayo ng local mugs.. sana meron pa from Starbucks. =)

budget_biyahera said...

ang cool! I also know a few fa's who collects bills from the places that they've been to. =) As for me, may fixation na talaga ako sa mugs na yan. =)

Nagashiko said...

I haven't tried collecting similar things from my travels yet, like mugs for instance. When I go abroad, I spend most of my money on foreign food instead of collectibles. =)

http://bravethewaves.net/ said...

What a charming idea :)

budget_biyahera said...

hello Nagashiko! I actually just love bringing in pieces of the world back to my homeland. It just simply reminds me of all the wonderful places that I've been to. =)

budget_biyahera said...

Hey Mia!!!! Thanks for visiting my site. =) You still owe me updates. *wink wink*

Aileen A. said...

Wow! seeing this, I realized that I stopped collecting 'stuff'. :|

mai_flores said...

Start collecting again, Aileen. =)

air abenes said...

hmmn now thinking to do the same

pinoy tech blog said...

Wow so many countries you have been to. Hopefully I'll be going to these countries to for a trip. :)

Yuuki said...

there's a starbucks (and selling Thailand mugs) at the Thai airport, i wasn't into collecting kaya i passed the chance but i also have Dubai and Batangas (gifts)...i collect these small plates (with the name of the place) and other things of interest...

Blanca said...

wow your starbucks coffee mug collection's great! My friend collects too, she doesn't have Korea yet.:)

Rachelle said...

 My hubby is also collecting mugs of Starbucks such as those though he's not the addicted coffee drinker, I am. He's been traveling for his work and got mugs from various cities. 2 from france, 2 from malaysia and 3 from China. I would have bought one when i was in Amsterdam but it wasn't available and in Hongkong but I've got no more dollars! O well, maybe next time.

Sheng Sheryl Lotilla Apuhin said...

wow!.sosyal starbucks mug talaga eh no..so pricey the coffee..once every quarter lang ata ako makapag starbucks..
ako collection is postcard..key chain na rin..kasi they are cheap lang..

Cielo said...

Wow this is a very nice collector's item specially for travelers like you.

Iam Herbert said...

I have 2 collectibles from starbucks, a ceramic mug and a thermal mug :) Good collection huh :D 

stacy said...

I used to collect items too before I realized how much space they take up.  Now I only collect memories which I keep within my blogposts. =)

Matsumotochan1607 said...

Cool collection! I have a different one since I'm not a coffee-lover, but these are cute!!!

Sumi Go said...

Wow! I have a friend who collects SB mugs too. Would love to follow your footsteps but I don't think I can commit to collecting these. I'm contented with just ogling over others' collections.. XD

Budget_Biyahera said...

Go ahead dear! =)

Budget_Biyahera said...

You will get your chance, if you will it. Why not plan an international trip soon! =)

Budget_Biyahera said...

Cool Yuuki! Actually, my friend is buying na the Bangkok and Pattaya SB mugs, so I'm really excited for those! =)

Budget_Biyahera said...

Maybe it's time for her to visit Korea, para may addition na sa collection niya. =)

Budget_Biyahera said...

I'm envious of the collection! Hehehhe!

Budget_Biyahera said...

Ako talaga kasi, gusto ko not only the mini-mugs, but also the design and name of the country. It's a unique souvenir piece na I feel are worth investing on talaga. =)

Budget_Biyahera said...

Yes indeed, Cielo. =)

Budget_Biyahera said...

Meron din akong SB thermal mug Herbert, kaso nabagsak ko.. basag at wala ng silbi ngayon! =(

Budget_Biyahera said...

Good idea talaga ang blogposts, Gagay. That's why I created this blog din to make a keepsake of my travels, other than these mugs. =)

Budget_Biyahera said...

Ano collection mo, Chan? =)

Budget_Biyahera said...

Hahahahaha.. try to collect something else na lang Sumi? =P

gagay said...

..my mum wanted me to buy all country collections from SB to include them all in my collections too..lol my mom.hehehehe

Budget_Biyahera said...

Sweet! Add more, Gagay!!! =)

Kathy Ngo said...

Hey! I collect too! The local ones are still very much available. :) I collect magnets, keychains for my bro and mugs!

Budget_Biyahera said...

ohhh, that's so nice to hear! I just hope that I remember to buy when I go on vacay again. =P

Sheila A said...

I also collect mugs from places I've been to, but not necessarily from Starbucks.   

Mai_Flores said...

Cool! Have you posted your mug photos online too? :) 

ann-kristin said...

HI There!
I am collecting the mugs, too. I forgot to buy one in Chiang mai during my stay there. Does anyone of you know if I can buy the City mugs of Bangkok and Chiang mai at Bangkok Airport? Would be great if anyone knows that!

Thank you and greetings
AnnKristin

Mai_Flores said...

Hey Ann! :) I'll ask my friends.. one is actually in Chiang Mai now. I didn't buy my BKK mugs kasi when I went there (didn't notice na sa airport), so my friend just got a set for me the last time she visited.

Mai_Flores said...

Hi again! I asked my friend who just got back from Chiang Mai. She didn't notice if there was a Starbucks store at the BKK airport. But she did however, find one from 1 of 3 stores in BKK. :)

Cris | Pinay Thrillseeker said...

Bilang sapat na sapat lang lagi yung budget ko para sa mga activities sa gala, narealize kong wala pala akong specific na kino-collect from travels.:D

ventocoseuss said...

Smells like a giveaway! Kidding. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Sa November meron for sure! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Good idea talaga ang blogposts, Gagay. That's why I created this blog din to make a keepsake of my travels, other than these mugs. =)

LEVYousa said...

I am not a traveler so I don't have any collection like yours.. But I hope someday I can visit the places you have mentioned and check out Starbucks store to get my first mug too :) 

Mai Flores said...

yiiiii! Excited for you Levy! :)

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