Rekindle the Joy: For the love of Starbucks

Finally, the day that most coffee aficionados — particularly Starbucks fans – have been waiting for, have arrived. It’s that time of the year again where people flock over to Starbucks to lust over these planners and shell bucks upon bucks of hard earned money for….for what, exactly?? November 3, 2012 marks the day the Starbucks planner 2013 is released.

Are you excited?

So am I!!

As much as I love spontaneity and change, I also do value traditions. There are just some things in life that are best left untouched. These are the ones that you can always count on to happen at the exact same time of the year, every single year. Readers of the blog must have noticed what a big Starbucks Coffee fan I am. This began way before I actually became a Starbucks partner myself. I’ve have been a frequent visitor most especially during my university years. 

Christmas at Starbucks always begin in November! This year’s planner has the theme “Moments of Connection”. I’m sure you and I will agree that we each have our own special memories of connecting with our friends, our loved ones and even that special someone over our favorite cup of coffee or even an ice-cold Frappuccino blended beverage.

I must admit I love Starbucks coffee. This is a love affair that will never let die! But really it’s nice to wake up in the morning in a nice mood and know that soon, I’ll have my grande of frappe in my hand to get through the rest of my day. Yes, you can save money by not going to Starbucks, but you will probably end up spending the money you save on something else. This is my little treat much like a vacation, manicure, techies or a new book. Kanya kanya lang yan! :)

For one, past couple of days I meet up with my long time friends for our bonding and catching up. We decided to go and stay at Starbucks for a while for a little chitchat about anything under the sun. Of course, one day wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t order our own favorite frappucinos. :) These are just a few examples and I’m pretty sure you all have your own connection stories to tell too!!

My besties: Bern & Sha
With Michael

This year theme “Moments of Connection” will be highlighted throughout the planner. Starbucks believe that a shared moment of genuine connection over coffee is a simple act that helps provide an uplifting part of someone’s day.

As I opened the planner, I noticed that the cover has a magnetic “tab”. There’s also a magnetic bookmark to help you mark the page that you want to refer back to. It looks very modern yet just like a Starbucks store, it will give you a homey feeling perfect for the holiday season. I also noticed that the planner starts in January 2013 as opposed to the planners before that starts in December.

What a Starbucks planner without more treats and surprises?? The Limited Edition Starbucks Philippines 2013 Planner will be available in three (3) leather covers (White, Green and Black). What’s your pick?! This year they have thirteen (13) “Kindness Cards” with different Starbucks treats that can be shared with family, friends and loved ones and you can avail on the specified month. There are also three coupons that you can use or share with others for the entire year. That’s sharing the Starbucks cheer for yah!! :D 

Look! Look! at these goooooooorgeous planners, so sleek and elegant and so damn worth your every chug of coffee. YEAH RIGHT!!!

What can I say?? Who’s joining in the hype? Will you? will I? Well, despite all the sarcasm, I MOST PROBABLY WILL succumb, yet again, to this mysterious force calling me to be part of the bandwagon of people wanting to fit in the fad, be one with the crowd, and yeah…..LOL. Huwhaaaat!!

Well personally, I am a fan of Starbucks. With their coffee and the brand itself. I don’t frequently visit lately but I do have a favorite: Hot chocolate, Chocolate Creme Chip, Coffee jelly, Toffee nut Latte one of the frappucinos you’d earn a sticker for. Hehe I love Starbucks, the coffee, the products, the store, the people and the brand! And for the comfort and that good aura together with smell of coffee it gives, who cares about the price. Hahaha

I’m even a planner person and I’ll get that BLACK STARBUCKS PLANNER!!! My planner is one of the most exhausted things in my room. Its silent witness to my aggression towards the things that happened in my daily life, things I love doing, my passion, my personal thoughts. It contains my plans a year from now, even has a snapshot of stuff I want to accomplish in the following years from now. That means you would normally see my drawer containing old pieces of papers, letters, notebooks and planners — I keep them because I written important things on them. They are my hidden personal treasures. 

How to redeem?? You know the drill, to avail any of limited edition Starbucks 2013 planner; all you have to do is to purchase a total of seventeen (17) drinks; Nine (9) Christmas beverages + Ten (10) core beverages.  This year, they have three Christmas beverages that you can try. There’s the Toffee Nut Latte, Peppermint Mocha and the Dark Cherry Mocha.

Personally, I love the Toffee Nut Latte and I normally would order this for all the 9 Christmas beverages stickers needed. I just can’t have enough of the buttery caramel flavor of sweet toffee combined with toasted nuts, espresso, milk, and topped with more toffee flavored sprinkles! Yummy! :)

The Dark Cherry Mocha reminds me of the taste of the Black Forest Cake. Bittersweet chocolate mixed with sweet cherry syrup, espresso shot and milk. 

Meanwhile, the Peppermint Mocha is one of the most-sought-after drinks every Starbucks Christmas season. Sadly, it’s not something that I really like as I am not a fan of anything minty but if you love the combination of chocolate and mint then this is the perfect drink for you!

And well you know it all boils down to being a “luho”. Everything about Starbucks is hardly a necessity, yet for the awesome feeling it gives…..money is just money, baby!! 

With this, I officially start my Toffee nut X stickers journey. 2013 Starbucks planner, Thou shalt be mine!! 1 down to go, 16 more to go. READY. GET SET. COLLECT!! Leggggoooo!!! :))

But best of all, with every redeemed of Limited edition Starbucks Philippines 2013 planner comes a donation for the children of Sparks Hope, a childhood care and development program in partnership with UNICEF. Support the cause, Buy a drink, Collect stickers, and own a 10th Limited edition 2013 planner!! 

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