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Sam Levenson once said,

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.” 

And sharing the magic behind bubble tea is exactly what they did at the Chun Shui Tang Teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan, the home of the first ever, original, bubble tea. The video below, which I happened to curiously stumble upon whilst Googling about the birth of boba, unravels the secrets or the essential ingredients for the ultimate boba experience.

Places to try:

  1. Tea n More  Here, I usually get the Rose Milk Green Tea, which is about $3.25, and a lot cheaper than Tea Station’s. Located in Clairemont, San Diego, CA.
  2. Bobalicious — I have not been here enough to experience other flavors, but I really enjoyed their Green Milk Tea. Extra points for their reasonable pricing. Located in Mira Mesa, CA. 
  3. Bambu — It was my first time coming here, and I had the Grass Jelly Milk Tea. But, this was actually my second time having Grass Jelly Milk Tea, and the first time was at Tea Lane in Rowland Heights, CA. To this day, I’m still clueless about the chemistry of the drink itself–whether or not it contains a secret grass ingredient, but other than that, THUMBS UP. Bambu is located in San Jose, CA.  
  4. Tapioca Express — My pleasant experiences with Tapioca Express are limited, but hope is instilled in me once again, after having their Earl Grey Milk Tea. The place was a hit with a customized menu and happy customers. Located next to Boiling Crab in San Jose, CA



Quick post before I dive into the sea of stress and sorrows before finals week. Feeling parched and baked like no other after hiking Potato Chip Rock yesterday, I had to have my boba fix. We all hear that milk is the ultimate thirst-quencher. As an avid tea drinker I thought, what better way to quench my thirst than with a Rose Milk Green Tea from Tea Station? Selling at $4.50, it’s no lie that their bobez are pricey, but if you have a serious craving for an ice cold, refreshing drink waiting to be satisfied, a mix of green tea, milk, with a hint of rose is the way to go. Personally, I think it’s the perfect blend and am amused at how bobez came with every sip! I also find Tea Station’s tapioca pearls more flavorful and chewy than many other boba places in the San Diego area.

There aren’t many bobez places to explore around here compared to Los Angeles, but I consider Tea Station as one of the better ones. There are two locations in San Diego, many more around Southern California, and one in Las Vegas. Click here for locations. Lesson learned for next time: Order with less ice.

For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to dedicate a part of The Border to my bubble tea escapades, or as I like to call it, “Bobezcapades.” Here, I’ll be sharing my two cents as a bobez fanatic/enthusiast/madwoman/addict (just kidding) and Jireh bobing it with me (click here for her monthly favourites). I’ll be back in mid-September with BOBEZCAPADES 002 as today marks the first day of my month-long quest of clean eating. Until then, keep on bobin’ on!


Idle 86 degree Saturday afternoon stirring up my hunger for the following:

Comme des Garçons Play Knitted Stripe Crew Neck, terrariums, Karen Walker sunglasses, classic Adidas shorts, Casio watch, Moleskine 2012-2013 planner, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, NARS Monoi Body Glow, Tonkin lipstick, and illuminator in Super Orgasm.



For once, after two weeks of summer playing couch potato, I thought it was time to leave my house and take an action-packed trip to San Francisco! While there, I met with two of my good friends from school. Both are SF natives, so for one whoooole Saturday, I trusted them with my life.

We started our day taking the subway, passing through Noe Valley and all the way to Dolores Park. To me, it was like taking the jeepney in the Philippines. Except it was faster and with air-conditioning!


First stop was at the Community Thrift Store on Valencia. From printed sweaters to old records, faux plants to blossoming floral couches, and vintage jewelry to an antique dental chair?! I thought they had a great selection of items.


While walking down Valencia, we discovered Paxton Gate, which is a natural science shop that exhibits a wide range of plants, fossils and lots of creative taxidermy. I pretty much died when I stepped foot in there. They had me at the succulents.


All that walking worked up an appetite, so my friends took me to a Mexican eatery called El Farolito. I had the carne asada super burrito, and that monster kept me full and satisfied for the rest of the day! You definitely can never go wrong with carne asada!


It was a sizzling hot day, and I had no choice but to walk around the city in a sweater and boots, so we decided to freshen up and cool down with some ice cream from Bi-Rite. Feeling bold and adventurous, I went with a scoop of Lavender as well as Salted-Caramel. My sweet-tooth was definitely appeased, and to this day I still wish I had gotten a double scoop instead of a single.


Just one day of gallivanting through the streets of San Francisco with your closest buds is definitely not enough, and surely I will be back again soon, with Jireh this time!

Kudos to my lovely friends for babysitting me that Saturday.


At last! The photos are developed from our Los Angeles trip last September. There aren’t that many, but quality over quantity. Personally, I think these pictures turned out great! All were taken using my Lomo Fisheye No. 2.

LACMA LIGHTS: These babies were eye-candy for Jireh and me. Nothing like we’ve ever seen in Guam. Although, we thought they would be a lot taller.

A lovely breakfast at LEMONADE in BEVERLY with “The Chungster”

Catch up on our LOS ANGELES trip: Part I, Part II, Part III & Part IV