Update as of January 20, 2012: A separate page is created especially for my collection, for fellow collectors and would-be-traders. Check it out here.
Traveling is one of my passion. How I wish we had more money to spend on it. Back when I still working, I had the opportunity to visit several countries in North America and Southeast Asia. Of course, I'd want something to remember the country so I would buy those little souvenir item from each country. From paperweight to miniature stuff, I thought collecting magnets would be better as I would see them all in our refrigerator. Eventually, I got tired of the refrigerator magnets. They all look out of place.
Last year, I saw a couple of friends' album in Facebook of the Starbucks City Mug they collected from all over the world. And then it hit me, "Why didn't I think of that?' The answer is the Starbucks City Mug Global series is not available until 2008. They weren't available the time I was traveling.
Now, I've decided to start collecting them so I started off with Cebu before we moved here.
As we go around Thailand, I have several additions - Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya
Jed traveled to Australia so he got me - Sydney and Melbourne
I visited Bali in 2005. My best friend made a trip there recently so she got me a city mug of Bali.
Just when I stopped frequenting Starbucks coffee, it's when I have this desire to collect their City Mug 2008 Global Icon Series. The Philippines alone has 10 city mugs.
They look so pretty together.
I particularly like the overall mug design with the name of the city and an icon of what the city is famous for. Let's take Bangkok as an example and look at the details of the mug.
Left is the back portion of the mug which shows Bangkok skyscrapers. Right is the front of the mug where you will find the city name and the famous icon which is a tuktuk.
My two guidelines in collecting are:
- For uniformity's sake, I only collect Starbucks City Mugs 200s Global Icon series.
- I only collect from cities (NOT country mugs) which I or Jed had actually visited.
- Cagayan de Oro
- Hong Kong
- Kuala Lumpur
- Niagara Falls
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
If you can help me in anyway, please get in touch with me by leaving me a comment or sending me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if any of you are collecting these city mugs, I can help you with the Thailand part of the series. Leave me a comment or send me a message.
My biggest thanks!