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

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. Continue reading “That Steady Starbucks Diet: Procuring that 2018 Starbucks Planner (December 10, 2017)”

The limited edition Starbucks Reusable Cup promo (July 31 – August 13, 2017)

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You have 14 days to collect all of them.  Will you do it?

Went back to Starbucks earlier this evening with plans of putting the finishing touches on a book that I am currently doing with the immensely talented Randy Valiente.

Then this caught my eye on top of the counter.

The Starbucks Reusable Cup Promo!

The Mechanics

The latest Starbucks promo involves a two-step process wherein patrons who purchase any Starbucks product amounting to P250 or more will be entitled to one (1) coupon. Continue reading “The limited edition Starbucks Reusable Cup promo (July 31 – August 13, 2017)”

Toy Review: Disney Pixar Cars 3 Die-Cast Mini Racers [Series 1] and my initial foray into the world of Podcasting (July 23, 2017)

Audio 001 – Toy Review: Disney Pixar Cars 3 Die-Cast Mini Racers [Series 1]

Last July 17, 2017, the family and I caught a late afternoon showing of Cars 3[i] before proceeding to a nearby department store in order to check out some of their Disney Pixar Cars 3 merchandise on display.

Strategically displayed by the escalator, there was a host of Cars 3 eye candy.  But the one that caught my eye was the Series 1 Disney Pixar Cars 3 Die-Cast Mini Racers.  These blind bag items retailed for about P149.50 so I decided to pick up a couple of bags for this review.[ii]

Here is my YouTube channel video review:[iii] Continue reading “Toy Review: Disney Pixar Cars 3 Die-Cast Mini Racers [Series 1] and my initial foray into the world of Podcasting (July 23, 2017)”

Review: The Saturday Group’s 49th Anniversary Exhibit – Chair: A Send-Off for Malang. (July 22, 2017)

 Just some of the wonderful visuals at The Saturday Group’s 49th Anniversary Exhibit.

Yesterday afternoon, I had the privilege of attending the opening of The Saturday Group’s 49th Anniversary Exhibit entitled, “Chair: A Send-Off for Malang.”

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Clockwise: The Saturday Group Gallery in Shangri-La Plaza Mall. | Painting of Franklin Cana Valencia. | Butterflies! | Cana’s first chair sculpture. | Group photo opportunity. | Pose with Franklin Cana Valencia and his masterpiece: Father and Son @5.

The annual event showcased the sculptural and painting talents of Lydia Velasco, Franklin Cana Valencia, and other gifted members that make up The Saturday Group[i].

You can find their gallery-aptly called The Saturday Group Gallery–at the 4/L, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City.

The Exhibit will run from July 22-31, 2017.

Addendum: Guys, if you like the video, please take time out to also subscribe to my YouTube channel.  Thank you!

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[i] Established almost half a century ago, The Saturday Group convenes bi-monthly for painting sessions, art talks, and fellowship.

 

LlaoLlao: My new go-to frozen yogurt (July 16, 2017)

 

Our LlaoLlao frozen yogurt run the day before[i] was so amazing that my Mom and I decided to go for an encore today–this time at their Megamall branch.

An added incentive for going back was LlaoLlao’s signature green spoons which I plan on collecting and reusing. Continue reading “LlaoLlao: My new go-to frozen yogurt (July 16, 2017)”

Review: ToyCon 2017 (June 30, 2017)

     Hopefully the first of many videos:  Just wanted to give you guys a peek of our Day 1 ToyCon 2017 experience.

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Clockwise: Up on stage. | Posing in front of an Endor AT-ST. | Photo opportunity with Street Fighter’s Ryu and Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man. | Godzilla was certainly well represented in this convention. | Some memorabilia of famed Darna creator Mars Ravelo. | A locally produced Darna statue–It looked stunning!

ToyCon 2017.

I’ll try to be kind.

However, my thoughts on its point pricing and space allotment haven’t changed much since my review last year.

The saving grace though was having a photo with the larger-than-life sized Larry Joe Bird[i] COOLRAIN MINDstyle VINYL figure that stood outside the SMX Convention Center’s main concourse.  Goosebumps!  Now, I’ll add that snapshot to the COOLRAIN MINDstyle Russell Westbrook photo I took in ToyCon 2016.

Was it worth it?

Man, at least last year for the same point price we HAD an event program.  This year, we weren’t given one.  Did we have to buy one?  How come I didn’t see any being sold?

Anyway,  as you guys can probably surmise from the video, the place was somewhat packed–even on a Friday.  I can only imagine what the congestion is going to be like in Day 2 and Day 3. Continue reading “Review: ToyCon 2017 (June 30, 2017)”

A Dying Medium: Compact Discs [Part 3] (June 11, 2017)

I almost forgot. In addition to the two Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection Grendizer UFO Gashapons that I lucked out in getting yesterday, I also picked up a couple of used discs: Hall & Oates’ Rock n’ Soul Part 1[i] and Spyro Gyra’s first live album entitled, Access All Areas. These albums were without […]

Previously…

Back in the early 90’s, Compact Discs (CD) were the thing!  A literal upgrade in quality from the bulky Vinyl, 8-track, and cassette tapes.  It was the only way to get music back then as digital downloads were still in its infancy.  CD’s also had a long lifespan–unless you left them under direct sunlight–and were reported to be good for a couple of thousand plays before encountering any problems.

Here is the latest batch of discs that I picked up:

Outside: From the Redwoods (1993)

The second live album by Kenny Loggins.  Originally recorded in a 1992 concert held “outside” a venue located within a stand of giant redwood trees. Loggins released it the following year.

I actually had this in cassette!  Favorites include Conviction of the Heart and the Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald duet What a Fool Believes.

Track List:

  1. Conviction of the Heart – 5:36
  2. What a Fool Believes (Duet with Michael McDonald) – 4:12
  3. Your Mama Don’t Dance – 4:13
  4. I Would Do Anything (Duet with Shanice) – 7:36
  5. Now and Then – 3:31
  6. Angry Eyes – 4:48
  7. If You Believe – 6:04
  8. Celebrate Me Home – 8:02
  9. Love Will Follow (Duet with Shanice) – 5:53
  10. Leap of Faith – 6:54
  11. This Is It – 4:18
  12. Footlose – 4:03
  13. I’m Alright – 8:48

Continue reading “A Dying Medium: Compact Discs [Part 3] (June 11, 2017)”