During the latter part of 2017, I noticed that I’ve slowly amassed a stack of Philippine issued Starbucks Cards. It was never my intention to collect them–it just happened. But I am getting ahead of myself; for you guys to understand the genesis of this collection, we need to go back to the beginning.
Four years ago, I purchased the first two local card designs released in the country with the intention of maximizing their new My Starbucks Rewards Program. The rewards program offered a number of enticing incentives such as a free drink–of the patron’s choice-when they registered their Starbucks Card over at www.starbuckscard.ph; a free Grande drink for every accumulated twelve (12) Beverage Stars; the option of pooling all of your future Starbucks Cards into a single account; and a free slice of cake during the registered card holder’s birthday[i]. Continue reading “Starting your Starbucks Card Collection [Yoda Style Jedi Training] (December 31, 2017)”
Disclaimer: If you haven’t watched Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, don’t read any further.
Are you sure you want to know what I think?
Well, you have been warned.
The Internal Debate
Before I begin, I just wanted to say that this was probably one of the most difficult posts that I’ve ever written to date. Largely in part to the fact that I’ve broken the first rule in blogging—I stopped writing solely for myself and have taken into account what others may feel about my opinions on the film.
So…what ever happened to moving onto Uncharted: Among Thieves (2009)?
Well, life happened.
Outside of a few games of NBA 2K18 with my uncle, my PS4 had sadly gone into semi-retirement.
That is until our US vacation last November wherein I had some downtime and was able to try out a few levels of PS4’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016). Needless to say, I was quite impressed with the little that I saw: Improved gameplay (e.g., For instance, Nathan Drake can now use a grappling hook and (as the game progresses) a piton to scale those hard-to-reach places); seamless transition between the aforementioned gameplay and motion-captured dialogue scenes; and—what was probably the highlight for me—top notched writing[i]. Continue reading “Review: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (December 12, 2017)”
As I write this entry, I am immediately reminded of Michael Coreleone’s (Al Pacino) famous line from Godfather III,
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.
Granted, Coreleone was referring to his waning attempt towards legitimize his business and professional affairs, but I have always felt that my annual quest to procure yet another Starbucks Planner (or two) resonates just as loudly.
Every year it is the same story and—for better or for worse—it usually results in the same outcome…with just a different year on the cover.