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The Coffee Master (February 5, 2019)

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img_3354So the Starbucks aprons arrived yesterday though the mail but I only got a chance to take a closer look at them this evening.

The Red Apron

I found the red apron–which I assume is the one that the Starbucks Partners use during the Christmas holidays–to be the more functional of the two.  It is equipped with two waist high pockets that are located on each side of the apron.  There is also a pen holster hidden behind the left sleeve of the apron–no doubt meant to host the writing apparatus for those tricky beverage customizations. Read more…

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The Good Samaritan Collection: Starbucks Reserve Philippines Coffee Cards (January 17, 2019)

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The Collection that was never meant to beimg_6029

What was only meant to be a simple inquiry–well, more of a comment actually–on the Starbucks Reserve Christmas 2018 Coffee Card suddenly took a life of its own when I was handed several by a Good Samaritan.

Nine to be exact.

I have always admired the Coffee Cards from a distance, but never ventured to inquire about them as I immediately assumed that the only way I could get one would be to purchase a bag of coffee beans[i].

So the question now is: Do I actually take the time to find the most “economically viable” way to get the rest of them?

Man, things have just gotten serious. Read more…

Hardbound Starbucks Philippines Gift Cards Checklist (January 16, 2019)

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img_6021While riding the wave of inspiration that suddenly hit me this evening, I decided to put some work into my latest acquisition, and turn the first few pages of the secret compartment book into a complete checklist of all the Starbucks Philippines gift cards that have been released since August 2013. Read more…

Starbucks PH Card Collection: Year of the Pig and Valentine’s Day Hearts (January 8, 2019)

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Clockwise: Today’s Starbucks PH Card Haul (with Red 2019 Year of the Pig sleeves) | Coffee Date Anyone? | Damage barrier?

In anticipation of this year’s Spring Festival and Valentines Day, Starbucks Philippines released six new cards in their stores today: Year of the Pig (Lunar New Year Card), Purple Heart (with the inscription, “Coffee Date.”), Red Heart (“Love You Lots”), Pink Heart (“Meant To Be”), Patterns Heart (“You’re Adorable”), and Reverse Triangle Heart (“You’re The Best”).

Heavier on the Wallet

It has been reported for some time that the Valentine’s Day Cards would have an activation cost of P1000 each.  I was ready for that.  What I didn’t expect was for the Year of the Pig cards to have an P500 activation cost[i]. Read more…

Starting your Starbucks Card Collection [Yoda Style Jedi Training] (December 31, 2017)

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Clockwise: Just some of 30+ cards that I have in my personal collection. | My last Frap for the year…and until November 2018 for that matter.  They got the spelling of my name wrong but it’s all good.

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.

2013

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]. Read more…

That Steady Starbucks Diet: Procuring that 2018 Starbucks Planner (December 10, 2017)

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2018 Starbucks Planner

Ready for 2018: Pictured are large and pocket-sized 2018 Starbucks Planners and their Special Edition debt cards. They are housed in the brown pouches that came with the 2017 Starbucks Planner.

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.

The thing is, as much as I like the annual planners, I know that this cannot go on forever.  There is only so much joy (and calories) that a watered down Green Tea Frappuccino and Roasted Chicken Pesto and Shitake Mushroom sandwich[i] can bring. Factoring in the financial cost, it makes it just that more difficult to sustain indefinitely. Read more…