| the realist |

- n; a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.

Birch Coffee

I decided to begin my first IBM competition meeting with a think tank group I personally assembled recently. I thought:

"Hey, why not try a new cafe location."

And BAM. Birch Coffee café came up as one of a good NYC study joint in a website review; I forget the name but I took on it.

 

With the meeting confirmed and four days passing, I finally began to take a long trek from Kew Gardens on the E all the way to 23rd St. on the 6.

 

Flatiron District

 

It felt very professional. I mean the environment, of course. Business men and women scurrying from all four ends of the sidewalk.

I actually had a hard time looking for this location. Mostly because I read the street wrong while walking; mistaking the address: 28th street with 27th street. And there was no sign on the side walk or storetop like Starbucks or any mainstream cafe would have.

Once I found this place, I was a bit astonished. As soon as I took a seat and ordered, these were a couple of things I picked up:

 

Iced Coffee:

 

Price:

$2.75 for Small

$3.75 for Large

Pretty pricey, but.

Quality:

Pretty dark.

Watery at first, but the taste and the effect kicks in as you sip through it.

I didn’t like the fact that it didn’t hit me immediately, but I got what I wanted; energy and the stim for my thinking processes.

 

Repetition/ Loyalty Perks:

Purchase 10 beverages, get one free. Hey, it’s than some café that don’t have anything at all!

The Environment:

It was crowed because the cafe, itself, was small. Not much of a cafe meant to daze or daydream in.

The WIFI was not available. Not until 5PM, which is their Happy Hour. They serve alcohol and i suppose it was a pseudo bar. It wasn’t bad mix, but two things came to mind:

  1. Good for social events and “first dates/getting-to-know-someone”
  2. Good for studying if your a nerdy alcoholic like me.

The fact there was no WIFI during non-Happy Hours does help productivity with assignments or task that does not require internet. It eliminates the urge to:

  • check Facebook to see how your crush is doing.
  • sift through SoundCloud and waste time looking for music to stimulate your focusing mojo.

The atmosphere was very loud when it got closer to 3PM. Everyone around us were having discussions, whether you sat down or stood up. This was great since my team and I were loud ourselves, brainstorming ideas for our IBM competition.

The plus was that there were no old people. I have been in many cafés (especially Starbucks) and many elders have an infamous reputation to rant about the typical:

  • "There are no seats here. Why aren’t there any?"
  • If they sit, they just sit there; half the time not even purchasing anything from the cafe their in. Just plain loitering.
  • If they are sitting and the atmosphere is loud or someone is talking loud, they will most of the time, if not always, complain to someone next to them or themselves, or even directly tell the loud person to stop being loud.

Everyone was productive though:

  • Analyzing a newspaper for finance/political agendas.
  • Reading a thick ass novel.
  • Computing mathematical problems.
  • Talking about radical ideas or gossip.

At least they were not idle or just staring into space. 

 

 

 

At the end of my visit and meeting, I give Birch Coffee the overall rate for the following:

Iced Coffee: 4.5/5

Atmosphere: 5/5

Student Friendly: 3.5/5

Technology Accessible: 0/5

Afterthoughts:

  • Not meant for students or people who need internet access to get work done.
  • Great place to get reading material done.

 

 

 

Overall: 3.5/5

I’d come back though for a social group studying event or something or the sort for sure.

Day Three: Angenehm

Day Three.

Where could you be

I was just talking to you happily.

And now, I’m stuck here lonely.

-

Every since you introduced me to Devil Maker,

I’ve been hooked on it on how similar it is to Ayakashi

My interest in Ayakashi became to waiver;

But I play both not because I want to, but because I want to impress thee.

-

Talk about evolution of devils

Talking about ratios and the upcoming Tower event.

No matter what game I pay with you.

I will be by your side wherever you went.

-

Even if I’m in college now

And I barely have for myself.

To talk with you always is my vow

For you are my cure, right? It’s only good for health

Armin van Buuren

highclassl0wlife:

Won’t Let You Go (Tritonal Remix) -Armin van Buuren ft. Aruna

thekawaii-otaku:

Anime: Yahari ore no seishun love come wa machigatteiru

thekawaii-otaku:

Anime: Yahari ore no seishun love come wa machigatteiru

(Source: )

People fail because they don’t understand the hard work necessary to be successful.

| Yukinoshita Yukino

iambossasian:

Day 7 Anime Quote:

People who don’t work hard don’t have the right to be envious of the people with talent. People fail because they don’t understand the hard work necessary to be successful.
         - Yukino Yukinoshita (Oregairu) 

iambossasian:

Day 7 Anime Quote:

People who don’t work hard don’t have the right to be envious of the people with talent. People fail because they don’t understand the hard work necessary to be successful.

         - Yukino Yukinoshita (Oregairu) 

If you have the will to stick by your feelings, then the results will come later on.

|  Shirai Kuroko

"No matter how fast we go, or no matter how many hits we take, I will never spill my tea."

"No matter how fast we go, or no matter how many hits we take, I will never spill my tea."

(Source: stickwarrior)