Some things are so common here in the Philippines that you quickly forget that it was different where you came from. As I was told today that the brewed coffee I was ordering at one of my favorite coffee shops was “not available, sir”, I realized that I wasn’t surprised. No, quite the opposite. I no longer expected a coffee shop to have brewed coffee, and quickly ordered something else.

There was once a time I would have questioned how a coffee shop that prominently displayed “brewed coffee” on their menu, and which I’d ordered many times before, could not have it available. No more. You see, I am adapting.