Looking back, I realized how much I love the excitement that setting up an in-store performance brings. I can still remember the first time I saw my Giant Red Cup standing tall and proud at the entrance of Starbucks 6750. Lastly, this is only the time of the year when I would allow myself to indulge in the yummiest Christmas drinks and treats at least every other day! Oh how I miss doing all those things..
However, life dictates us to move on and so I did. This year, I'm back as a loyal customer who, just like the rest of the world, made sure that I drop by my favorite coffee shop on the day that they introduced their holiday drinks namely: Toffee Nut Latte, Praline Mocha and a newcomer by the name of Dark Cherry Mocha. I surveyed the pastry case and drooled at the sight of almost a dozen new food items (the White Chocolate Sans Rival and Spinach Pie looks yummy!).
It was early in the morning and I was surprise to see a line forming inside the store by the counter. Guess I'm not the only fan here. I didn't mind the wait though as I was busy looking at the new merchandises from the sparkling red tumbler to the cute reindeer stuffed toy which I think little Julia will love.
Finally it was my turn, I gave the barista a smile and said:
I'll get a short non-fat toffee nut latte please..She repeated my order, told me the total amount and presented me with the card that marks the start of my caffeine overdose for at least a month.
Five years ago, I was studying for an exam in my favorite Starbucks Coffee branch in Ashcreek when a friendly barista named Jen approached me and told me to come back the following day. Instinctively, I asked why. Just like how a friend would share a secret, she told me in a very quiet voice that they will be launching a really nice planner with tons of surprises inside. I love surprises and so I took her advice and went back the following day.
After buying a tall Toffee Nut Frappuccino, I was presented with a red card with a stickers on it. Jen explained that I have to collect a certain amount of sticker and soon I'll have my planner. I was hesitant at first, thinking I will never be able to complete the card.
Let's just say, I was wrong and that was the start of my Starbucks Planner addiction. Every year for four years, I proudly carry with me the planner that holds my daily schedule and scribbles on random thoughts.
It's that time of the year again, I notice that the 2009 planner sports a different look. It's simple and handy, it also comes in three different colors! I like the red planner the most because it looks very classy and stylish at the same time.
Looks like it will, once again, be a caffeinated Christmas after all!