The new designs of the Starbucks Card for Christmas 2014

One of the much-awaited merchandise of Starbucks Philippines is the Starbucks Card for Christmas 2014. Check out the designs for this year:

The Starbucks Christmas 2014 Card

The Starbucks Christmas 2014 Cards: Holiday Tree and Snowman designs

Starbucks Christmas 2014 Mini-Card

And there’s also a mini-card!

Yes, there are 3 designs all in all: the regular-sized cards that have a Holiday Tree and Snowman artwork, and the cute little mini-card. The Holiday Tree and Snowman designs can be activated with an initial PHP 300 load. The mini-card, on the other hand, requires an initial load of PHP 500.

And for those who are thinking of giving away Starbucks Cards to their loved ones this Christmas, you can take advantage of this limited offer: the Starbucks Card Gift Pack.

Starbucks Card Gift Pack

The Starbucks Card Gift Pack comes with 6 cards: Holiday Tree Card, Snowman Card, Philippine Eagle Card, Cold Cups Card, and 2 Coffee Cups Card

There are 6 cards in the pack that can be loaded initially with PHP 300. But if you get the pack, you only get to shell out PHP 1,500 instead of PHP 1,800. Cool, right? But this gift pack comes in limited quantities and is available from December 1 to 3, 2014 so you better get yours the soonest.

Of course, with the launch of the Starbucks Christmas 2014 Cards come these related activities and promos:

Pre-Selling Event: Select Christmas merchandise will be displayed in stores until November 2, 2014. Customers who purchase any of the Starbucks Christmas merchandise using their card (whether existing/old or an activated Christmas Card) get 15% discount.

Starbucks Christmas Merchandise

Christmas mugs, tumblers, or beanie bears — get them at 15% off when you purchase these with your Starbucks Card

Starbucks Card Activation Promo: From November 3 to 5, 2014, those who activate a new Starbucks Card (any design, including the mini-card) with at least PHP 1,500 will get an additional PHP 300 load. There is no limit to the number of cards that can be activated, but the complimentary PHP 300 will be loaded on the same Starbucks Card you just activated. Customers, however, cannot use a Starbucks Card or Gift Certificate to activate a Starbucks Card.

To know more about the Starbucks Card and its upcoming promotions, just approach a Starbucks barista at a branch near you.

Oh, and by the way, the Starbucks Christmas 2014 Cards are only available for a limited time, so better drop by Starbucks to get yours.

Presenting the Starbucks Christmas Beverages for 2014

When you talk about Christmas at Starbucks, you’re always bound to wonder what the holiday beverages would be. Well, you won’t have to wait long to get to know — and order — them because come November 3, 2014, the Starbucks Christmas Beverages will be arriving in stores!

Two will be making a comeback: the ever-favorites Toffee Nut Latte and Peppermint Mocha. Joining them is a new flavor, the Christmas Cookie Latte.

Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte

Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte

The Toffee Nut Latte still has that rich, buttery taste of toffee and toffee nuts combined with the smooth espresso and steamed milk. This year, however, it is given a twist with the new espresso caramel whipped cream and toffee sprinkles.

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha

The Starbucks Peppermint Mocha has that bittersweet chocolate taste with peppermint, sweet espresso, and steamed milk mixed with it. It is topped with whipped cream, mocha drizzle, and peppermint-flavored candy bits.

Starbucks Christmas Cookie Latte

Starbucks Christmas Cookie Latte

The new Starbucks Christmas Cookie Latte is a buttery creamy latte infused with a unique shortbread cookie sauce, and topped with whipped cream, shortbread cookie drizzle, and butter cookie crumbles.

Starbucks Christmas Beverages 2014

We were given a chance to taste this year’s Christmas beverages during the Starbucks Christmas Campaign launch. Unfortunately, I am preggers, so… hubby did the taste-testing. Of course he’s biased to the Peppermint Mocha, hehe!

These 3 Christmas beverages are available hot or iced, or as a frappuccino blended beverage. Price starts at PHP 150 (hot or iced) and PHP 170 for the frap. These are available until January 8, 2015, so you have the whole Yuletide season (and even earlier) to enjoy them.

And if you’re collecting stickers for the Starbucks Planner 2015, you need to buy 9 of these to complete the first half of your promo card.

Visit a Starbucks store near you come November 3 and make your days more merry and bright!

Here they are: the Starbucks Planners 2015

Starbucks Planner 2015

The 12th edition of the Starbucks Planner

And the tradition continues. The much-awaited Starbucks Planner 2015 has been unveiled during a special blogger and media event last October 30 feted by Starbucks Philippines. This is the 12th edition of the Starbucks Planner. I gotta say, from the packaging to the inside pages, these limited-edition planners are sure worth getting.

Starbucks Planner 2015

Instead of the usual box, Starbucks utilized a bag that’s similar to the ones that hold the whole bean coffees. The bag is also reusable.

Starbucks Planner 2015

The cover of the planners are made from water-resistant apron cloth.

The planners come in 4 colors: green, red, black, and brown. The design of the first 3 colors is based on the Starbucks barista’s apron: green for the regular apron, red for the Christmas apron, and black for the Reserve.

Starbucks Planner 2015

The brown planner has a design that’s different from the 3, though. It features a different take on the mermaid, which is the logo of Starbucks.

Starbucks Planner 2015

A peek at what’s inside.

Starbucks Planner 2015

The weekly view.

Starbucks Planner 2015

The coupons are now part of the planner’s pages, found at the back.

The planners come with 15 treat coupons, a name tag bookmark, a coffee pin bookmark that’s unique to each planner, and a chalk pen that you can use to write on the name tag bookmark. The pen actually has 2 ends, one with the chalk and the other a highlighter that smells like coffee.

Just like the previous years, the Starbucks Planner 2015 can be yours by getting 18 stickers on your Starbucks Christmas Traditions promo card. That’s 9 Christmas beverages (more on that in the succeeding posts) and 9 core handcrafted beverages (bottled drinks aren’t qualified for a sticker). You can combine 2 promo cards to redeem the planner as long as you complete the 9/9 combo. Sticker collecting starts on November 3, 2014 and ends January 8, 2015, but you can redeem the planner until March 8.

By the way, drink purchases via cash or the Starbucks Card entitles you to a sticker.

There’s also another way to get the Starbucks Planner 2015: make a single-receipt bulk purchase of food items, whole bean coffee, Starbucks VIA, and other merchandise (tumblers, mugs, beanie bears, etc.) amounting to PHP 7,000 and you get a planner of your choice. A caveat: bulk purchases of gift certificates or activation/reloading of the Starbucks Card of at least PHP ,7000 will not entitle the customer of a planner.

If you’ve been collecting Starbucks Planners for years now, this is one edition you should not miss! So visit a Starbucks store near you on November 3 to start collecting stickers for your very own Starbucks Planner 2015.

P.S.: If you’re lucky to be among the first 200 customers on November 3, you get a free sticker on your promo card. :)

Congratulations: “Be Happily Healthy with Goody Gulp” Winners!

Last August, I ran my first-ever blog giveaway, the Just Chill, Shake, and Gulp! Be Happily Healthy with Goody Gulp! And as promised, I’m drawing the winners today.

But first of all, I’d like to thank everyone for joining this contest. 18 entries for a first-time giveaway… not bad at all. :)

So anyhoo, I collated all the entrants’ names on Random.org:

Goody Gulp Blog Giveaway Entries

Drumroll, please…

And now, here are the winners of the limited-edition SpongeBob Mini-speaker and Goody Gulp gift packs:

Goody Gulp Blog Giveaway Winners

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Roschi Dayrit for winning the mini-speakers, and to Mae Cacanindin and Ma. Christie Calata for each winning a Goody Gulp gift pack. I’ll be contacting you soon to ask for your shipping addresses and phone numbers. Prizes will be sent to you directly by Goody Gulp.

Again, thanks to all who joined! :)

BrainFit Studio Philippines: Giving children the learning advantage with fit brains

During my experience at the recent Blogapalooza, my friend I had a chance to drop by at the booth of BrainFit Studio Philippines. We instantly got interested with BrainFit because we’re moms of kids aged 10 and below, and what BrainFit offers can supplement our kids’ educational needs.

BrainFit Studio Philippines

BrainFit Studio Philippines

BrainFit’s mission is to accelerate the child’s learning through brain fitness. This is done via its programs that enhances the child’s learning capacity by addressing various areas. BrainFit focuses on building each of the child’s Brain Pillars, namely (1) sensory motor coordination, (2) auditory and language processing, (3) visual and spatial processing, (4) attention and memory, and (5) social-emotional self-regulation. These comprise the key cognitive abilities that form the foundations for learning. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of these 5 Pillars help understand your child’s brain health.

So how does BrainFit therefore address your child’s learning needs based on these 5 Brain Pillars? Through its programs that are run according to the SMART Protocol:

  • Set personal objectives by understanding the child’s needs and setting desired outcomes with the parents;
  • Measure with CognitiveMAP, a profiling tool that tells which brain fitness program meets the child’s needs;
  • Adapt activities to abilities, at the same time monitor progress and adjust the cognitive exercises accordingly throughout the duration of the program;
  • Re-wire through focused practice, as training frequency and intensity are vital for maximum results; and
  • Transform brain for total performance, helping the child learn better, think faster, focus longer, and remember more, and at the same time re-evaluating him or her to measure gains.

The SMART Programs, which are based on key neuroscientific principles, are as follows:

  • SMART Moves – to strengthen the Sensory-Motor Brain Pillar
  • SMART Listening – targets rapid improvements in listening and language skills
  • SMART Vision – uses proven and personalized gym-based programs and table-top visual activities to improve the Visual Brain Pillar
  • SMART Focus – retrains the brain to think more clearly and attentively, and with razor-sharp focus
  • SMART Emotions – includes activities that help children regulate their feelings, develop social and relational skills, and build a confident outlook in life

BrainFit has programs for children aged 4 to 18, but according to their website at http://brainfitstudio.com, they also have Baby Programs for toddlers (from 3 months to 3 years old).

Free trial classes are given at BrainFit’s stand-alone studios located in Greenhills (call 725-8500 or 0917-5991992) and Binondo (call 554-0381 or 0917-7761689). BrainFit also has in-school studios at Makati (at Playworks, formerly Toddlers Teachers, in Salcedo Village) and BGC (Active Fun). For more information on BrainFit Studio, visit their website at http://brainfitstudio.com or check out their Facebook page, BrainFit Studio Philippines.