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April 1, 2015


It’s holy week and I am blessed with the BEST cousin ever from the land down under. He was just here visiting us this past weekend, but when my mom was in Sydney last year to visit her sister, who just passed away in recently,  her amazing son, bought me all the mugs and tumblers that Australia has to offer.   These are the most expensive mugs that I own. It’s twice as much as the USA mugs and my mom had to pay extra luggage fees just to get it all back to me. My mom is very frugal but she knows how much I love these mugs.  Shockingly, there was no lecture on the drama and the cost of bringing it back to America.


Australia group picture

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I always value ‘family’. Family consist of many concepts. There are the ones you are born into, the ones you find and that you call family. I am fortunate to have one of each. My family was separated after the Vietnam war and we were finally united 10 years after. It was a miracle that we all are together and none of us has perish trying to escape Vietnam. I learned from my good Afghanistan friend that she too had to escape Afghanistan back in the 80s just like me. Every time I heard something about ISIS on the news, it just get really emotional and feel so bad for all the victims. Terrorists truly beats all the evil that lurk in this world put together. Every time I go to church, I pray for an end to organized terrorist in the world and right now. I love my country. We are always trying to do the right thing because humanity exists in this country and we are very patriot. You can not try to destroy our humanity by your feeble attempt to blow up buildings or crowded public places. It only unite us more and brings more strength to our country.  We are called United States of America for a very good reason. My country is one big family and like all families, we have issues and disagreement but in the end, we will stand UNITED and we will fight UNITED as one family and we will prevail.


God blessed this country always, from how this country was found and how it will continue to have strength from our belief of ‘ONE NATION, UNDER GOD. God is love, God is kind and God is forgiving. If everyone in the world would develop a passion for these mugs and start to trade, I think the world would be a very peaceful place. From my trading experiences, I learn about the culture of the country from the trader, I learn how kind and giving some traders are when they send treats with their mugs and how thoughtful they are when they have new mugs in their country and would ask if I wanted to trade or buy from them at cost.


Starbucks city mugs collectors are like one big family. Maintaining 2 blogs and the Facebook page is very time consuming but when I see traders post their trades and how happy they are to receive, not just mugs, but sometimes a friend along the way, it makes me feel that all of my efforts are worth while. It’s also nice to get post or comments once in the while that the collector is not the only obsessed person but there are many obsessed Starbucks collectors out there. We don’t feel that we are different or odd and so much share the same passion all over the world. It’s our Starbucks mugs family and we are just growing by the day. It’s ironic that one mug can bring all people from all walks of the world together and the joy from getting a mug from someone can bring that much excitement.


Maybe it’s not really the superficiality of the mug itself but the story behind how the mug found its way ‘HOME’.   

Blue is the Warmest Color

November 24, 2013


I’ve been obsessing over the movie ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ so I decided to blog about the color blue. I’ve mentioned a few times that the Skyline Series was my favorite series and it was the series that came out out when I started to pay attention to Starbucks city mugs and wanted to collect them. SKYLINE IS ALL BLUE EXCEPT FOR LAS VEGAS, DC and SEATTLE. This addiction to this movie, obsessing over it, is like how I was when I first wanted to seriously collect mugs back in 2008. I would go online and research endlessly for mugs and groups which I successfully found, the Yahoo group that traded mugs. I had no idea this concept existed!! MY FIRST TRADE WAS THE BLUE SACRAMENTO MUG!

A few months in the process,  I stumbled up a blog from someone from WordPress so that’s how I ended up with my own blog in WordPress. I’ve been online reading every interview of this movie, saw every Youtube videos I can find about the success, controversies, and drama with this movie, its actors and director.  It brought me back to 2008 when I first started after my trip from Nappa Valley and learned that I am not the only crazy, obsessive person with mugs. Now I am wondering if I the only person obsessing with this movie. When I first saw it in the theater 2 weeks ago, I wasn’t sure how I feel about the movie. I am a huge fan of foreign and independent movies. I love the arts and really appreciate it. This movie just crept up on me, sort of like mugs do, after 8 yrs later and now, I have a 2 blogs, FB page and Pinterest. Just like this movie about first love, being in love that anyone can relate too, I am  hoping all of my efforts to keep up with all the social media sources will help muggers find each other because we all share the same common obsession, our beloved Starbucks city mugs.


This movie won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Steven Spielberg and the rest of the jury voted to give the award not only to the directors but it’s brave actresses as well. This may not be a movie for everyone, like collecting mugs are but once you are in your mindset, you will understand and appreciate the passion and all the hard work that entails. The result should be just as magnificent as winning the Palme d’Or.



April 19, 2013

boston blog

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Boston Tumbler

Boston Tumbler

I was devastated when I first heard that the Icons were being phased out. I was even more horrified to see images of this new YOU ARE HERE series. For many reasons, I haven’t finished collecting the Icon series which means I have NO COMPLETED series of any kind. So how would this end for me? It doesn’t! The passion continues!!

The enlightenment came when Miel posted a picture of the mug with a blurb saying that these are really pretty in person.  So when I received my first YAH mug, Florida, from a dear friend, who went to several Starbucks to look for ICON city mugs but found YAH mugs instead!  So it was meant to be!

I am hoping to get all Canada and USA YAH this time around. That’s 57 mugs so far. I am not going to take it for granted that they will be around for years like the older series.

Just to emphasize how much these mugs are, there is a petition going around to ask them to bring the Icons back.  I never thought the day when people are more into collecting mugs than they are drinking the coffee there. I really don’t drink their coffee, but maybe a frappuccino and latte when I am desperate for a caffeine fix.

I purposely wrote this post as a pick-me-up to the Boston bombing. I was in Boston for the second time again last November. It’s one of the most beloved cities for me. Right, it’s in the previous post if you scroll down. A friend of mine moved there and I was thrilled to know she’s ok, she didn’t go to work that day and work from home instead. Her work is right near where the bomb exploded and she would have watched the marathon like everyone else and who knows what would have happened. I would be watching it too, and I still would if I am there.  This won’t put the fear in me like they hope it would.

I never understood the logic behind these terrorist attacks in America. All it does is united Americans and we prevailed even more, with more strength and determination.

This post is dedicated to all the Bostonians. You aren’t the only ones affected by this. We all are heart broken but our hearts will mend and justice will be served.


March 7, 2013

Osaka duo

So I’ve been very busy, but more so LAZY to blog. I am not claiming to be a writer but you’ve just got to be motivated (frankly, in the mood) to do it.

 Miel, although it was this blog that inspired you to collect and now, it’s you that’s inspired this blog!

If people really pay attention, half of the pictures are from Miel!! You are a perfectionist and I love you for that. What is more appealing is your generosity and how you think of me. The mugs says it all!!

Maybe I am just really LUCKY? 🙂

You’ve completely spoiled me, with mugs yes, but definitely with your friendship more so than anything.  I’ve always been a UK fan since I was little but really, UK is blessed to have you, almost as much as I am having known you for the past year or so. If people were to listen in on our conversations, they may have mistaken 1 yr to be maybe TEN years??

I adored the many mugs you’ve sent, but more so than the mug is the little BFF doll! I bet if you were living in the WashingtonDC area, we would do many meetups and talk about many things in life.  The conversation would be endless and so many laughters. My jaw and stomach muscles would get a great workout.

I finally got to hear your voice, thanks to SKYPE. Our first conversation went on for merely 5 hrs. What could we possibly talk about? Ah, that is something only BFFs would know!!

This long distance relationship is making me anxious. I’ve never had a long distance relationship that feels so much like home.

It’s Lent, my favorite time as a Catholic. I just became and auntie again and will be one again in 2 more weeks. I am so blessed in so many ways. Heaven is on earth when you are surrounded by such wonderful friends and family.

 Until our next Skype..xoxo mug sistah! 

HAPPY 2013!!

January 14, 2013

Hong's bday

Happy 2013!!

Last year was pretty amazing, on an emotional and self-fulfilling way.  My birthday is towards the end of the year so it ended with a nice birthday with many precious memories with a month celebration with friends and family. Turning 40 was a remarkable milestone in my life. I went to see a movie and it said that ages 40-60  is the best years of your life. This seems to make sense to me. At 40, your life is pretty stable and you still have your health to enjoy it. So I planned on enjoying the beginning of the best years of my life to come.

Happiness always leads back to collecting mugs and newcomers. Many are finding the this blog again and now are going to the Facebook page to meet other collectors to learn, trade and or just something to do since we all are addicted to the internet. Our network and support has started to grow and multiplying by the day. Some Icon mugs are discontinued with rumors of a new series coming out. If that’s the case, that’s really excited for us muggers.

Yes, we complain how much time and costly it is to collect mugs. However, is there such an addiction that doesn’t consume your time and money? 🙂 🙂 🙂

TO A WONDERFUL 2013!! Thank you visiting and commenting! 

Hong's bday

Montreal- St. Joseph Oratory

September 8, 2012

The first time I came to Montreal was over 25 years ago. All I can remember about Montreal was this beautiful, gigantic church that was up a hill and that people would pray for some sort of healing miracle.  The ironic thing is that the person who told me about the miracle of this church was Budhist. They went to pray because a member of the family was sick and their prayers came true. Today, with great determination, I went to the 730PM mass.  As we were near the church, there was a bright spot in the sky peaking out in the darkness of the grey cloud that was in the sky. It seemed as if God had peaked out, to remind me that He is always watching over us.

My friend who came along with me, never understood this obsession with Starbucks City mugs. On the way there, we kept stopping to look for mugs. Half way to Montreal, she started to point out every Starbucks store on the road we would pass by and even made a detour to see if they were carrying any city mugs!! Once we were in Montreal, she kept noticing every Starbucks we passed and insisted for me to stop by to get my mugs! I was really hoping for a Montreal tumbler but no luck.  She said she’s never been into Starbucks this many times in the whole year altogether!

She has no idea what she has gotten herself into!




August 25, 2012

I thought I would just start collecting the current series, the Global Icon series. As I snooped around the internet, I realized I was 13 years behind with all the older series. Then I stumbled upon TUMBLERS and thought I would just grab whatever I saw as I traveled here and there. So I tumbled upon Dan’s blog and realized that there are around 200 tumblers. Then Kristin found the Facebook page and was reaching out to trade cards. Starbucks gift cards. I just happened to pick up a few when I went to NYC and saw some here in Washington DC so I thought I just send it to her. It only cost around 70 cents so that’s nothing and I know the feeling of receiving mugs so she might feel the same way about receiving gift cards. This is the result as I came home last night from my friend’s bbq.

Here is the start of another adventure, the Starbucks gift cards. I have seen collectors posting pictures all over but have yet to really made the leap to start collecting them. Kristin, thank you for reaching out and inspire me to take on another meaningful journey in my life as I attempt to get all of these cities/country gift cards!

Texas Gift card


I was thrilled to find this amazing deal because I was searching for the 94 Valentine series! Turns out, I bought from this seller before. I am paranoid about buying mugs off Ebay with the fear that they might not be authentic but these I am sure are! Thank you Jeff!!

Ebay Purchase June 6, 2012

Hi Starbucks Collectors…and FRIENDS & FAMILY!!!

USA Mug collection!

I just started my Starbucks City Mug collection. This blog is to help me to keep track of all the mugs and I have all the ones I am aiming to get.

I do find it fun and challenging. My first mugs were bought about 8 years ago and I can’t remember how it all got started.

I found a site that has collectors like myself. That’s when I found out that there are about 300 mugs out there.

I am getting emails from my posting from other collectors. I am looking forward to sharing a meaningful experience along my way of attaining them all.

Thanks to all the friends and relatives who have carried the mugs around the world, across the country and around town back to me!

June 12, 2010

I am coming up on my ONE YEAR Anniversary of this blog. My collection is growing so I either have to buy another cabinet to put them in or be creative somehow. THANK YOU again for all my friends and customers, coworkers who brought me back a mug or 3!! Your efforts are UNMEASURABLE! I know it may seem simple but to bring it back from wherever you went, is still A LOT of work!


August 4, 2011—I’ve been busy being auntie! So many kids are born this year and last year. It’s wonderful being an auntie. I am very close to completing my USA MUG collection and I am happy with people finding my blog and commenting on it. I really didn’t think any one would find it but since I did find someone with a Starbucks Mug blog on here, I supposed it’s just a matter of time! I welcome all comments and would love to help anyone who has the same hobby as me.

My dream is still have to have the money and time around the world to actually go and collect all of these mugs! I wonder if Starbucks mugs will still be around when I am retired and have nothing to do and hopefully the fund to travel.?? I am not much of a traveler but if there is push or purpose, then my mind will mentally get me there!!

Thanks for all that have visited my blog lately and of course many thanks to those that keeps thinking of me when you are on your next adventure in the world.

FEB 28, 2012

I think Rosa has it right, this blog is my escape from life’s STRESS!! I have been helping BPSOS with this huge campaign on March 5 &6  so it’s been extremely stressful to schedule and meet with 100 Senators in a week’s time frame! I am not actually the one calling or emailing but I am the one that is coordinating and making sure it gets done! Mind you, none of us know what to do at first! I don’t even know what a senator is or how many we have. BUT now, I do and that’s about it. SOOO, I just need a little break so I took some pictures of my USA mugs. Thank you Rosa for bringing me 4 yesterday! Rosa is like the sister I wish  I have. Asians are like that.  When we like someone, we call them like a relative, older sister, younger sister, older brother, younger brother, aunt, uncle, grandpa, grandma, niece, nephew. We just don’t call mom or dad but apparently, we use all the family terms!

So I have a bit of OCD. You will see from the pictures below. I am missing 3 more USA mugs and Rosa thinks she can get me 2 of them. The Seattle I is discontinued so I might just give up on that one. I am NOT that OCD! Well, I don’t want it to ruin me and think about that ONE mug I can’t get!

Turquoise USA Mugs

Red USA Mugs

Light Green USA Mugs

Dark Green USA Mugs

Dark Blue USA Mugs

Brown USA Mugs

Blue USA Mugs