Starbucks introduces two indulgent beverages this February 2017

The Heart Month of February will see two indulgent beverages from Starbucks, the return of the Starbucks Tribute Blend, and more.

Starting February 21, enjoy the flavors of the Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato and Valencia Orange Cocoa Cappuccino.

Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato offers a twist on the classic pairing of vanilla and coffee. Its floral aroma and mild sweetness pairs perfectly with the roasty coffee and complemented by a layer of velvety steamed milk. It is then topped with Starbucks signature espresso and finished with vanilla bean specks and vanilla drizzle in the classic double crosshatch pattern.

Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato
Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato (Short, PhP 155; Tall, PhP 165; Grande PhP 180; Venti, PhP 195)

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The first international leadership summit aims for inclusive education

From February 22-24, 2017, the First International Leadership Summit and Seminar in Inclusive Education will happen at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia (MOA), Pasay City.

 

International Leadership Summit in Inclusive Education

This international leadership summit, organized by the social enterprise, The Teacher’s Gallery, is spearheading a movement advocating the right of the individual with a disability to be educated in a regular classroom. Their call? #YesToInclusion

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Starbucks 2017 kickstarters: new Starbucks cards, food, beverages, and more

2017 is starting out with a bang. The Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day are not far away. Starbucks kicks off  the year with its Starbucks 2017 kickstarters —  eye candy items like new Starbucks cards, merchandise, and delectable new food creations as well as beverages. Read till the end because there is a Valentine’s promo as well.

Starbucks Reserve Card

The very first Starbucks Reserve card to be offered in the Philippines is coming out on January 9 and will be available ONLY at Reserve stores for an initial load of just PhP 300. The card features the Starbucks Reserve logo and wordmark against a sleek black background. CLASSIC! And a sure collectible too!

Visit this link to see the list of Reserve stores: http://www.starbucks.ph/promo/reserve-store

 

Starbucks Reserve card

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AirAsia’s #ThankYou campaign launches with a blog writing contest and a Grab promo

Air Asia Philippines is  celebrating its 15th anniversary and in the season of Christmas, they are also launching a #ThankYou campaign – their way of saying thank you for all the years of memorable journeys and great relationships with its loyal passengers.

 

AirAsia Christmas

David Viray, Philippines AirAsia Brand Manager, told us during the launch with bloggers that this Christmas, they wanted to show their thanks to all their customers and promise to do even better in the coming years by exceeding guest expectations, providing first class service, and all without the first class price tag.

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WWF-Philippines celebrated 20 years of environmental solutions

It was a night of celebration as WWF-Philippines celebrated 20 years of environmental solutions in the Philippines with its Partners’ Night. I am a supporter of environment care, ecotourism, renewable energy and the like. My good friend from decades back, Vince Perez,  was WWF-Philippines’ Chairman for several years and is currently Chair of the WWF-Philippines National Advisory Council.
20 years of transforming lives
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Holiday shopping with the Healthy Options gift boxes

My favorite health store has come up with items you can give for Christmas that are both healthy and natural – Healthy Options gift boxes!!!

Healthy Options stained glass gift boxes
Stained glass-themed gift boxes at Healthy Options

 

I’m always at Healthy Options, being a Gold cardholder. We get our supplements from there as well as our regular supply of oats, nuts, superfoods like chia and quinoa, and even snacks sometimes. But recently, I was invited back to be part of a small group of bloggers who got an early look at their different holiday gift boxes. Set in one of their larger branches at Glorietta 2, we spent several hours taste testing some of the items that came with the gift boxes and had a sumptuous and very yummy lunch as well, courtesy of The Sexy Chef.

Each gift box is themed after one of the holiday’s most popular and meaningful customs that have become symbolic of Christmas. For people who hate shopping and just want to go into a store and pick out a gift box that is already prepared, decorated and wrapped, this collection of gift boxes will be perfect.

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Support the UPSTART board game for entrepreneurs

If there’s one Kickstarter project that deserves funding, it’s the UPSTART board game for entrepreneurs. Created by Richard “D-cal” Dacalos and Ina Flores, UPSTART is “a board game that simulates the ups and downs of starting and sustaining a business”.

Upstart box contents
Upstart box contents

 

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Enjoy Christmas 2016 with Starbucks holiday food and beverage items

It’s my favorite time of the year again — Christmas time! Starbucks holiday food and beverage items are here once more to put us in that Christmas spirit as early as now. Going by the Christmas theme: “Crafted by Hand and Heart“, Starbucks’ food and beverage choices indeed celebrate the treasure of creating by hand and from the heart.

Let’s start with the holiday beverages! There’s a new variant this year, making it three (3) holiday beverages in all.

HOLIDAY BEVERAGES  (from November 2, 2016 to January 8, 2017)

Santa Hat Dark Mocha Frappuccino

Santa Hat Dark Mocha Frappuccino
Santa Hat Dark Mocha Frappuccino (Blended Beverage)

 

Santa Hat Dark Mocha (Hot)
Santa Hat Dark Mocha (Hot)

This is the NEW holiday beverage – Looking like Santa’s hat, this frappe is made from dark mocha topped with classic and strawberry whipped cream, strawberry drizzle and a dollop of snowy white whipped cream on top. I love the strawberry flavor so sipping this one was a delight and a strong contender against my holiday favorite — the next beverage I’ll talk about.

The Santa Hat Dark Mocha is available in hot, iced and blended variants. Tall – PhP 170; Grande PhP 185; Venti– PhP 200.

 

 

 

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Get yourself checked for breast health at Health Cube (plus a blog giveaway!)

Are we taking good care of our breast health? We should. In my case, close family members have passed away due to breast cancer. One is still fighting it now. And just in the last couple of years, at least two good blogger friends also crossed over due to breast cancer.  October was Breast Cancer Awareness month and so I readily agreed to attend Health Cube‘s event to  find out what technology is now out there to increase the chances of maintaining good breast health and address breast cancer more effectively.

Health Cube’s Advanced Medical Imaging Unit is situated inside a “green-certified” building along Ortigas Avenue – BTTC Centre. Actually I am already familiar with Health Cube as I used to see it along Wilson Street in San Juan whenever I would pass the building and buy my organic food from a store on the ground floor. As they grew bigger, it was just a matter of time before they moved out of Wilson Street and into  Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, where they have complete laboratory testing services. Discovering there was a Health Cube inside BTTC Centre, specifically focused on medical imaging, was a pleasant surprise! The Advanced Medical Imaging Unit of Health Cube boasts of some of the most modern technology to check on women’s breast health (and much more).

 

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