Promo: Starbucks 2017 Planner

It has been a tradition to most of us to collect Starbucks stickers to get that “Starbucks Planner”.   I particularly can’t get rid of this tradition even if I  am not that much of a coffee drinker.

Check Starbucks.ph to read on the full mechanics on how to get this planner.

Simply put though, to get the Starbucks Planner, one has to purchase 9 cups of Starbucks’ core beverages and 9 cups of Starbucks’ Holiday beverages.  Every purchase entitles you to a corresponding sticker.  When you complete the 18 stickers, then you can redeem a 2017 Starbucks Planner in any branch.

The promo will run from November 2, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

Here is my cup by cup journey in getting that planner.

I  am so grateful for friends who donated their stickers to me.  Technically, I only have to purchase 8 cups on my own.  

I can’t wait to get my 2017 Starbucks Planner!  Update soon!

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Family Mode: Moon Cake Dice Game (How to Play)

I have a previous post on our Prizes for our annual Mooncake Dice Game.  And I am sure some of you might want to know how to play this game.

This game has been here for ages and we have been playing it for some time now.  It is fun and easy.  You only need 6 pcs of dice, a bowl, prizes and lots of luck!  It is, after all, a game of chance!

How to play?

1) Prepare the prizes.  Allocate a budget per level of prizes.  For our family, we collect a certain amount per player and get the budget of the prizes from that money.

2) Arrange the players to whom starts rolling first.  You can do this by drawing lots.

3) Throw the dice and have fun!  Make sure you get the right combination of dice to take home the Grand Prize.

Check out the illustration below for the combinations:

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This is an easy roll.  The 6th prize is the consolation prize.

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The Prizes get more expensive and bigger as the levels rise.  So try to dice the harder combinations to get the higher prizes.

From 2nd Prize to 6th Prize, once you get the right combination, you can choose among the prizes per level what you want.  The game continues as long as there are prizes.

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For the Grand Prize, any player who roll these combinations is already a winner, but a revocable one.  Revocable because another player might be able to steal it from him. 

For example, Player 1 rolled four FOURs and two FIVEs.  His combination should be listed as four FOURs and 10.  When Player 2 rolls four FOURs and two SIXES, his combination is higher than of Player 1.  So he will be the one to take the Grand Prize when the game ends.  Unless there’s someone who rolls the Ultimate Dice Roll.

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This is irrevocable and whoever rolls this combination can take all the Prizes home.  Yes, as in EVERYTHING! ✩

Game is finished.

So there, start playing now!

SassyBiatcheMom

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Family Mode: Mid-Autumn Festival

Aside from the Chinese New Year, there is this one occasion that we look forward to.  So many festivities going around this month. 

But before we get busy with the festivities, let’s go back to basics.  Why do we really celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival?

Mid-Autumn Festival ( 中秋節) is celebrated during the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese Calendar.  It usually falls on end of September or early October of the Gregorian Calendar.  For this year, the date is September 27. 

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It is called Mid-Autumn because the 8th month is the second month of Autumn ( with the year divided into 4 seasons)  and being the 15th day, it’s basically the middle of the Autumn season.

In some parts of China, it’s called Moon Festival, being that the moon is full and worshipping and gazing at the moon while eating mooncake is the tradition.

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Sometimes, it is called Mooncake Festival because of the tradition of eating Mooncake Pastries during this time.  The cake symbolizes the togetherness and the unity of a family, so it’s tradition that a mooncake is divided and shared with equal number of family members.

That’s what’s practiced here in the Philippines.  Aside from sharing and eating moon cake within the family, we also give to relatives, friends and colleagues.  We also celebrate it with a Moon cake Dice Game.  This has become a reunion of some sort within families and friends.  We usually buy prizes of different variety and play a game to promote camaraderie between each other.  It’s always fun so I can’t wait for our family’s annual dice game and our office’s dice game and our friends’ dice games and our daughter’s class’ dice games and so on…  

SassyBiatcheMom

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