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:

  1. wow! nice collections you got there! :)

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  2. Thank You!!! =)

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  3. 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)

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  4. 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 :) 

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

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  6. 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. =(

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

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  8. 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. =)

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  9. 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. =)

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  10. http://bravethewaves.net/March 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    What a charming idea :)

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  11. 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. =)

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

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

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  14. Start collecting again, Aileen. =)

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  15. hmmn now thinking to do the same

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

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  17. 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...

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

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  19.  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.

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  20. 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..

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

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

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  23. 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. =)

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

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  25. 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

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  26. Go ahead dear! =)

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

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

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

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  30. I'm envious of the collection! Hehehhe!

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  31. 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. =)

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  32. Yes indeed, Cielo. =)

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

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  34. 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. =)

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  35. Ano collection mo, Chan? =)

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

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

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  38. Sweet! Add more, Gagay!!! =)

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

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

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

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

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  43. 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

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  44. 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.

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  45. 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. :)

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  46. 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

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  47. Smells like a giveaway! Kidding. :)

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  48. Sa November meron for sure! :)

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  49. 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. =)

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  50. 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 :) 

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  51. yiiiii! Excited for you Levy! :)

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