It’s that time of the year again! As you all know, I am a HUGE fan of Starbucks’ Sakura series. It’s the start of my yearly tradition again: collecting tumblers! This year, Sakura series is set to be released on February 15th, just like last year’s. I am here to show you a preview of some of Japan’s merchandise, inluding cards and beverages.
The 2014 Sakura series tumbler and mugs are in brighter colors, reminiscent of cherry blossoms in full bloom. This year’s motif seems to be of mosaics and petals. Here’s a closer look of some:
Sakura 2014 Tumbler 350mL/240mL (¥1,600/¥1,500)
Sakura 2014 Mosaic Tumbler 350mL (¥1,500)
Sakura 2014 Mug 270mL/390mL (¥1,200/¥1,300)
Also, check this out. The petals in the glass turn pink when you pour in cold water. I’ll get a couple of these. They’re really pretty.
Sakura 2014 Glass 350mL (¥1,000)
The Beverage Card and Starbucks Card’s designs also consist of mosaics and petals in shades of vibrant red and hot pink.
Sakura 2014 Beverage Card/Starbucks Card
Lastly, the featured drinks for this year are called “Sakura Chocolate Latte” and “Sakura Chocolate Frappucino.” These beverages are topped with strawberry-flavored shavings, still resembling petals.
I’m really stoked ’cause I will be in Japan later this month! I do have a faint idea what cherry blossom flavor tastes like but I really want to try it in a drink.
The Starbucks card was introduced only last year here in the Philippines. With its success, we’ve seen limited edition Christmas designs. Starting January 12th to February 24th, the Lunar New Year and the Valentine’s Day cards will be available for the usual 300-peso initial consumable credits. This is the second set of Starbucks card special designs. Of course, being the pink-lover that I am, I got the Valentine’s Day card.
The Valentine’s Day Starbucks card has various shades of pink, maroon and purple adorned with hearts. The perfect gift for ladies out there, I think. I do not adore the “Happy Valentine’s Day” print but I’d still use it at any time of the year.
The backside is hot pink, which is a perfect match to the Valentines tumbler I got almost a week ago.
16oz V-DAY Embossed Heart Tumbler (P1,095)
Did you know that this tumbler design also came in a white variant and was released last year as part of Japan’s valentines merchandise? It would have been a pity if I ordered one for a ridiculously marked-up price online, only to find the same one a year later, here in my own neighborhood. Anyway, this tumbler sold out pretty fast in the branch I frequent. When I came back today, they were all gone from the shelves.
Have you ever had the dilemma of having low battery in times of need? Mobile data eats up a lot battery, especially in heavy smartphone users. Or sometimes we simply just forget to recharge our phones. I myself always run out of battery in the middle of the day because I always have mobile data turned on.
I have been meaning to buy a powerbank (even before it started to get mainstreamed) but I abandoned my search when all I could find were cheap, plastic ones. I started looking for one again a few months back and I found this one and really liked it. But (surprise, surprise) it was not available here, until I recently tried my luck again and found out that we already have distributors here so I got myself one the other day, of course, in pink.
Probox Sanyo Powerbank in Pearl Pink (P3,799)
There are actually a lot of other lovely colors like blues and neutrals, just to name a few. I liked the baby blue and the purple too. The box includes 5 connectors and a matching suede pouch freebie.
Not all power banks have an indicator. Luckily, this has one. I am not sure though as to how many charge cycles can 7800 mAh do, but I’m hoping I could get a 2 or 3 for my phone, or even just enough to re-charge both my phone and iPods for the day.
Take a closer look. I think the metallic finish is an eye candy
How about you? Do you often run out of battery in the middle of the day? Do you own a powerbank? Do you find it really useful?