Starbucks Planner 2015 will be Available in the Philippines on November 3

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Starbucks Philippines revealed on their Facebook page that their limited edition Starbucks Coffee Planner for 2015 will be available starting November 3,2014. The available colors and mechanics on how to get one can be found below.
starbucks planner 2015

Popular coffee company in the Philippines is giving away a limited edition Starbucks Planners this 2015. Every year fans of the said coffee shop become excited for this event and are willing to obtain total of 18 stickers to collect their coveted planners.

For this year, fans can collect four planners that comes in four different colors; brown, red, black, and green. The front of each planner is embossed with the coffee shop’s iconic logo – twin-tailed Mermaid, or a Siren. The colors are inspired by the former’s apron colors and recycled materials. It also comes with a clip bookmark that represents different coffee variants offered by the coffeehouse.

How to get Starbucks Planner for 2015

Avid customers of Starbucks can get the planner starting November 3,2014 until January 8,2015.
The first time they will buy coffee on Starbucks, the barista will give them a Christmas Tradition card with one sticker. From then on, every time they will buy any handcrafted beverage, they would present the card to get 1 sticker.

Customers have to accumulate 18 stickers to get one limited edition Starbucks Coffee planner for 2015. They should purchase any of 9 holiday featured beverages; Toffee Nut Latte, Christmas Cookie Latte, or Peppermint Mocha. They can have theses beverages hot, Iced, or Frappuccino blended. The remaining 9 stickers can be obtained by purchasing any core beverage of choice excluding bottled beverages.

The fastest way to collect the Starbucks Planner for 2015 is to purchase products from the store equivalent to P7000. It should be single receipt to be valid. Terms and conditions apply to this promo.
starbucks 2015 planner philippines

Customers can get their limited edition Starbucks Planner starting November 3,2014 until March 8,2015 in stores in the Philippines.

*Photos are property of Starbucks Philippines

Malacañang: Half Day Work in Government Offices on October 31 2014

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Malacanang announced on Thursday that October 31, 2014 is Half-Day work in government offices except those those agencies that provide vital services.

Malacanang declared on Thursday October 30,2014 that some government offices will only have to work until 12nn on October 31,2014. This is in observance of November 1 All Saints Day and November 2 All Souls Day.

half day work on October 31 2014

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa however told that agencies that provides services sush as basic and health services, preparedness and response to disasters and calamities, and other vital public services will not be included in the said half-day work implementation.

Malacanang tweeted earlier via @govph that the number coding will be lifted in Metro Manila including Makati and Las Pinas on October 31,2014.

October 31,2014 is not a Holiday in the Philippines

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October 31,2014 Friday, is not a Special non-working holiday in the Philippines. It is not included in the released list of National Holidays for 2014. Read on in case you want to know the details proving the said date is not a holiday.
october 31, 2014 holiday

The public journal and main publication of the Philippine Government, Official Gazette (@govph) tweeted on October 27,2014 that October 31,2014 is not a holiday. It also requested the public to view the remaining holidays for 2014.

Apparently, on October 2014 there is only one listed holiday which is the Eidul Adha that falls on Monday (October 6,2014). For November, the listed holidays are November 1 (All Saints Day) which falls on Saturday and November 30, 2014 (Bonifacio Day) which falls on Sunday. See the photo below.
philippine holidays 2014

Due to this matter, working professionals who will be going home to different provinces to celebrate ‘All Saints Day’ have to make the necessary adjustments.

Despite the said announcement, Official Gazette tweeted that the number coding will be lifted in Metro Manila, which includes Makati and Las Pinas on October 31,2014. This is perhaps in preparation for November 1,2014.

Those who will be working on November 1,2014 (Saturday) which is a Special (non-working) holiday will received compensation equivalent to [(8 hour rate x 1.5) + COLA] for that day. Visit DOLE.gov.ph for the complete list of pay rules.
november 1,2014 pay rules

The remaining holidays for 2014 are as follows:

November 30 Sunday – Bonifacio Day
December 24 Wednesday – Additional special non-working day
December 25 Thursday – Christmas Day
December 26 Friday – Additional special non-working day
December 30 Tuesday – Rizal Day
December 31 Wednesday – Last day of the year

Meanwhile, some Facebook users are sharing a news article with title ‘Palace declares Oct. 31 a holiday.’ However, if will only give false hope to the readers as the article was published on October 11,2011.

For this year, Malacanang did not declare October 31,2014 as holiday but lifted the number coding in Metro Manila.

Takashimaya Brands Sale October 22 to November 9, 2014, Brands List

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Popular department store, Takashimaya is holding a Brands Sale starting October 22 (Wednesday) until November 9,2014 (Sunday). I have listed below the list of brands participating during the event.

Takashima is having a 19 day long sale from October 22 up to November 9,2014 perhaps as part of the store’s 21st anniversary celebration in Singapore. Popular brands such as Bering, Kipling, United Colors of Benetton, Timberland, Nike, Lacoste, Nautica, Elizabeth Arden, and a lot more are offering their products at huge discount.

During the sale, Bering fashion watch priced at $389 can be bought for only $156. United Colors of Benetton ladies cardigan can be purchased for $60 (original price is $170). Nike Rosherun NM Footwear can be purchased at $95.40 from the original price of $159.

takashimaya brands sale november 2014

Photo was taken during our visit to the place

Brands for Men’s Wear and Accessories

Wear – Nautica, Perry Ellist, Sisley, Lacoste, Timberland
Wears available staring October 31 (Friday) onwards – Crocodile, Daniel Hetcher, Goldlion, Montagut, Pierre Cardin

Shoes – Dr. Martens, Geox, Hush Puppines, Lacoste, Rockport, Timberland
Shoes available starting October 31 (Friday) onwards – Larrie, Rad Russel

Brands for Childrens Wear and Shoes

Wear – Addidas kids, Bennetton kids, Bulb, Gingersnaps, Guess kids, Joules Kids, Little Wardrobe, Nautica, Neck & Neck, and Puma Kids

Shoes – Clarks , Guess, Polo Ralph, Syunsoku

Sports Wear and Accessories – Billabong, Callawa, FBT, Nike, and Vans

Brands for Ladies Wear, Shoes and Handbags

Ladies Wear – Desigual, Hush Puppies, United Colors of Benetton, Version
Available staring October 31 (Friday) onwards – Surfers Paradise, The Arithalia, US Polo Assn

Shoes – Aerosoles, Bruno Magli, Clarks, Everbest, Flatss & Heelss, Geos, Holster, Hush Puppines, Itti & Otto, Kiki, Klas & Sylph, Lucieno, Mezzymay, Nine West, Pansy, Spur

Handbags – Beside U, Braun Buffel, Carlo Rino, Comoditee, Elle, Fion, Guess, Guy Laroche, Hedgren, Jane Shilton, Kipling, Lacoste, Laurige, Picard, Pierre Cardin, Renoma, Sabrina Scala, Santa Barbara, Sembonia, Sequoia, Sisley, Stef & Co., Toscano, Unipel, United Colors of Benetton, Valentino Rudy.

Watches and Accessories – Alessi, Amanda, Arbutus, Automa Poletto, BCBG, Bering, Cerruti 1881, Calude Bernard, Columbia, DeFimox, Designer Eyewears, Elle Girl, Elle Time, Esprit Collection, Evita Peroni, Finesse, Givanni, GL, Glam Rock, Guy Laroche, Kenzo, Marshal, Metalli, Muchas, Nina Ricci, Police, Puma, Q and Q, Sezen, Smoothie, Swiss Army, Timberland, TokyoBay

Cosmetics and Fragrances – Biotherm, Elizabeth Arden, Designer Fragrances

Takashimaya is located at 391 Orchard Road Singapore. The store’s business hours is 10:00am to 9:30pm. The sale is at Takashimaya Square B2.

For more details simply visit Takashimaya Singapore official website.

Cherry Mobile Granite Price P2699, TV Phone, Unboxing Video

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Cherry Mobile Granite is an android Jellybean smartphone with mobile TV functionality. It is priced only at P2699. Watch here the unboxing video of this TV phone from CM.
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Granite is the newest android TV phone from the local mobile phone distributor. The device sports a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display. It runs on android 4.2 Jellybean OS backed with a 1GHz dual-core processor and a Mali-400MP GPU. This device is a dual camera; its rear is 5MP without flash and its front-facing is a 2MP. It has a huge 2500mAh removable battery that can perhaps last for days with occasional web browsing and checking emails.

Cherry Mobile Granite has a mobile TV functionality that allows the owner to watch local TV shows anywhere and anytime of the day. According to reports online devices with similar display size can last for 9 hours of continuous video playback.
cherry mobile granite unboxing

Cherry Mobile Granite Specifications

Android 4.2 Jellybean OS
4-inch capacitive touchscreen display
1GHz Mediatek Dual-core processor
Mali-400MP GPU
4GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card)
512MB internal memory
5MP autofocus main camera
2MP front facing camera
Dual SIM / dual standby
FM Radio
WiFi / Bluetooth / GPS / micro USB 2.0 / HSPA+
2500mAh Li-ion battery capacity (removable)
Price – P2699 (with free screen protector)

Watch the unboxing video below:

When you buy Granite, you would also receive user manual, USB data cord, 3.5mm in-ear headset, and wall charger. Cherry Mobile Granite is now available in leading CM stores kiosks nationwide.

Davao Taxi Driver: I don’t need your MyPhone, I have an iPhone 4 (Viral Story)

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The story of a Davao Taxi Driver response to his previous passenger who left her phone inside the cab is becoming viral in social sharing site Facebook. I saw this article in my timeline and somehow I became curious about it.

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Image credits to davaoinfosite.com

As narrated by passenger Maria Irene, the previous passenger has left her smartphone inside the cab of a taxi driver in Davao. Maria was riding the said cab when the phone rang, she then picked it up and gave it to the driver and requested him to answer it. The honest driver agreed to return the smartphone by meeting the previous female passenger in a mall. However, the latter keeps ringing her phone. According to Maria the driver seemed pissed to the previous passenger until such time he told that he doesn’t need her myphone because he have an iPhone 4 given by his son. Read the whole story below.

davao taxi driver iphone 4

Taray Davao taxi driver incident earlier today: So apparently the previous passenger left her phone in the cab. Phone rang, I gave it to the driver, told him to answer it. Female voice on the other end. Driver agreed to return it but said that he still had a passenger (me) and that we were on our way to the airport. End of phone call. Ten seconds later, phone rang. Driver reiterated that he will return phone to Robinson’s, where he dropped the passenger off. End of phone call. Fiver seconds later, phone rang. Driver didn’t pick up. It rang again and again… and again. Driver seemed to be pissed at this point. When it rang again, driver answered and said in vernacular: Madam, Davao taxi drivers are honest. When I said I will return it, I will. Just don’t pester me right now because I have a passenger and I don’t want to appear unprofessional. Besides, I don’t need your Myphone, I have an iPhone 4 given to me by my son who’s a seaman and another phone from GrabTaxi!

The story was shared by Facebook user NeFoi NeFarious NeFrology on Inday Sara Duterte Facebook page on October 25,2014. The story is now viral as the post already has 8000 likes, 2500 shares, and 600 plus comments in favor of the Davao taxi driver and of the city goverment.

According to Wikipedia, Davao City is the fourth populous city in the Philippines and the first in Mindanao. Yet, Davao City is listed as the fourth safest city in the world.