Currently in: Manila, PH
21 / student doctor / foodie / artsy some times / traveler at heart
Some things are just not meant to last.
My parents were strict while I was growing up. I wasn’t allowed to go out on weekends (except if it was school-related). I wasn’t allowed to go to the mall after school (except when I was with my parents). I wasn’t allowed to go to parties. I wasn’t allowed to drink. It was understandable because I was still a minor then. However, even after I turned 18, there was this unwritten and unspoken rule that I was still not allowed to drink.
But that slowly changed with Hardys! For those who don’t know about Hardys, it’s the best tasting wine ever. Flashback: I found a bottle of red wine at home and asked my dad how it tasted like. I grabbed a wine glass and poured myself some. I immediately fell in love with it. I just couldn’t explain it. As to what happened with my dad and I, stay tuned at the end of this post..
Thomas Hardy, I say this guy’s a genius, pioneered in 1853 what would soon be an empire in the wine industry. That’s 160 years of wine-making expertise for you. He also became one of the first Australian exporters of wine. (That’s another plus point because I love Australia!) Hardys wines are of exceptional quality. It made history by being the first Australian wine to win two gold medals at an international wine show. Its rich heritage paved way for the brand to win over 3000 awards in the last decade. This just means that the family has been consistent in producing high quality wines. Up to this day, Bill Hardy, 5th-generation Hardy, continues the vision crafted by Thomas Hardy 160 years ago.
I think that having Hardys in a family occasion or even in a casual day will surely make the event more special and more memorable. With Hardys, the unwritten and unspoken rule I talked about earlier was slowly lifted. My dad and I would drink it even if there’s no occasion and we’d talk for hours about school and things happening around. And it gets better every time. Not to mention I try to teach him how to properly hold a wine glass and pour a bottle and tell him a lot of trivia about wine production and food in general, being a food technologist myself.
Coming from a country wherein most people usually drink beer or rum, drinking wine might seem a luxury; it, being reserved for the socialites. That should change now. More people should be aware of this nectar of the gods. Plus, there are a lot of choices to choose from. Ergo, a wide range of taste for your palate. It will suddenly turn a boring day into an interesting one.
I, myself, being not a beer-drinker prefer wine. There’s something exquisite about it. Also, it’s a good ice-breaker when things get too tense. I can’t say that I have tasted all the wines in the world but I have to say that among those I’ve tasted, Hardys gets five stars and is among the best. :)
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A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon this online essay contest on Why Do You Love Starbucks. To kill time, I decided to put up a 100-word essay on why I love Starbucks. And I do love Starbucks. It’s not just for show. Sometimes, I go to Seattle’s Best but I always end up going back to Starbucks.
I love Starbucks because it’s the place where my mom and I talk. It’s our bonding place. We’d always order a corned beef pandesal. I’d go for an iced white chocolate mocha while she goes for a mocha frappe. This is not what I exactly sent. It’s just to give you an idea.
I received an e-mail from Starbucks that something good is coming my way. The e-mail wasn’t loading so I just shrugged it off. I thought it might be just about the planner and I can just use my Starbucks Card to collect the stickers. Well anyway, it wasn’t until two days ago that I actually learned I won the said essay contest! I was one of the winners, at least. Winners will get a P500 Starbucks card, 2 P300 Starbucks cards, and a limited edition leather card carrier (which you can only get if you load P1500 in your account). Not bad, right? The other two cards, I can share with friends. But I’m sharing it with my family since that was what my essay was about. And so the awaited things came in the mail today! I was so excited! The note that came with it even has my name on it! I feel special. Haha
Thank you again Starbucks for sending me these! :)