Day 98 – Writing Mode in Starbucks

By Ann Kristine A. Peñaredondo | Life and Marketing Lessons

May 26
Writing mode starts now.

Writing mode starts now.


I’m not a coffee drinker.

I had a bad experience on drinking a strong coffee after class back in college that I ended up having palpitations and super energized until 3AM. I thought it was the end of my life.

But I survived. I lived to tell the tale.

Now, I’m in a Starbucks branch writing stories.

Let me say a disclaimer as early as now: I have not rekindled my relationship with coffee. In fact, I ordered what they call Banana Mango beverage. I specifically asked for non-caffeine drink from the woman in the counter.


So as you may have known by now, I don’t frequent coffee shops.

So why am I here?
Number 1 reason: I need to write. I got a lot of stories to tell that I feel my brain is fully loaded. I’m afraid my brains will break my skull if I don’t write. I miss writing.

Number 2 reason: I could not write in the house. The bed is there. I had a long day yesterday – hearing Mass and doing confession in Baclaran Church then headed to the Cash Flow Game Session to volunteer (see the story here). The bed is saying I can sleep the day away and feel guilty waking up because I lost hours of better things to do.

Number 3 reason: I could not write in the house. The computer with awesome Wi-Fi connection is there. I look at them as work. If I turn them on, I will see myself checking on my work email and Basecamp, and… yeah, I might end up working.

Therefore, I’m here in Starbucks, with the aircon about to make me shiver and the Banana Apple beverage half-full. The music is good and there are few people here.

It’s just a Mac, my brains, and me.


I was able to write 7 posts for this blog, thanks to these. :)

I was able to write 7 posts for this blog, thanks to these. 🙂


I’m writing the next funny (or ridiculous) blog posts.

Hopefully in the next weeks, I would be able to refine my book that I wrote last year (it has been stored in my thumb drive for a year!). And yes, wear better clothes to fight the cold.

Let it be known that I spent Day 98 as a VA by preventing my brains to rebel.

But still not drinking coffee.

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About the Author

Ann Kristine A. Peñaredondo is a Facebook Marketing Strategist who has managed and grew Facebook Pages of top shopping malls, lingerie, and dairy brands, as well as authors and experts in business, food, health, and education. Ann's podcast show, Pin To Top, is listed in Growth Mentor and Feedspot as one of the top podcasts for Facebook and marketing for 2020. Ann is also one of the Manila Workshop’s resident speakers and facilitators. She’s been featured in Jomar Hilario’s Online Show and book Virtual Careers, Wazzup Pilipinas, Astig.PH, Prime Influencers, Marketing in Asia, Thrive Global, and The Manila Times. Email her at