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LOOK: The 2023 Starbucks Traditions is here!

Celebrating Starbucks’ silver anniversary

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It’s that time of the year, folks!

The highly-anticipated Starbucks Traditions collection is back, coinciding with Starbucks 25th year celebration in the Philippines.

The 2023 Starbucks Traditions collection showcases a refined look to give homage to the famous Siren, crafted with intricate details to celebrate the brand’s silver anniversary.

Customers will have their choice among two (2) limited-edition planners with organizer options, a classic cold cup, and a durable stainless-steel tumbler.

Starbucks Traditions Planner with Organizer

The 2023 Starbucks Traditions Planner comes in a premium ring binder notebook format with a matching pen and cover. It’s quite different from the previous planners, but it looks regal in its new iteration.

It features a sleek Siren tail design, available in two sophisticated colors — Champagne and Black.

Meanwhile, the leather cover features both a pocket and pouch to store your files and even your Starbucks cards. The plush material is accentuated with gold hardware, while the ring bind style allows for the Planner with Organizer to be used even after 2023.

Inside, you can find beautifully illustrated pages featuring monthly special artworks with inspiring quotes to get you by every month.

Reusable vessels are back

Following the success of 2022 Starbucks Traditions, Starbucks is bringing multiple options for those who want reusable vessels for their beverages.

The 2023 Starbucks Traditions offer a 15 oz. Steel Tumbler and a 22 oz. Cold Cup with the same Siren design as the planners.

’tis the season for stickers and gifts

Starting on November 2, 2022 until January 2, 2023, customers will earn a sticker for every purchase of a Tall, Grande, or Venti handcrafted beverage.

One (1) reward voucher can be automatically redeemed for every eighteen (18) stickers collected. For easy tracking of stickers, opt-in through the Starbucks App and join using an e-Promo card.

On another note, registered Starbucks Rewards member with a linked Lazada Philippines account will automatically earn one (1) Reward Voucher on the Starbucks PH app e-Promo card for every P5,000 purchase in a single receipt after 7 days from successful delivery. ​

#FillItForward this Holiday

Starbucks, in time for its silver anniversary, released a series of videos based on real life anecdotes through Starbucks Philippines’ official social media channels.

Stories from Mark, a collector of Starbucks planners for almost a decade; Annika Yanez, a coffee-loving filmmaker and director who understands the role of using reusable tumblers; and Dianne, a 6-year Starbucks partner who believes being a barista is more than just making the perfect cup of coffee.

“The holidays are an exciting time for us all at Starbucks, and for our customers who celebrate with us,” shared Jamie Silva, Senior Manager for Marketing, Digital Customer Experience & Loyalty at Starbucks Philippines.

“For our 25th year celebrations, we pay homage to our partners (employees) and customers who have grown with us and have opened up opportunities to touch the lives of local communities.”

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Zalora launches pop-up store Z-Train

All aboard the Z-Train

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Z-Train

Shopping app ZALORA is getting a mobile pop-up store. ZALORA Philippines has opened the Z-Train pop-up concept at the Uptown Mall Curbside Corner in BGC, Taguig.

The Z-Train has a sleek black exterior which replicates a train coach. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until December 15.

Inside are a selection of the best fashion haul from ZALORA’s top brands, including Nike and Trendyol.

ZALORA has also partnered with GCash, offering customers up to a PhP 500 cashback when they choose the pay later option (GGives).

Nike Dunk Daily Giveaways

When you shop at the Z-Train, you also get an entry for a chance to win in the Nike Dunk Daily Giveaways.

The best way is to shop on December 12 during ZALORA’s 12.12 Christmas Sale kickoff, where you can use special 12.12 Nike Dunk Codes to enjoy 30% off (PhP 5,000 minimum spend) and get a guaranteed slot to purchase Nike Dunks.

ZALORA will also be giving away 14 Nike Dunk pairs – one per day until December 15. Participants simply have to post a photo of themselves on the Z-Train, tagging @zaloraph and using the hashtag #ZTrain.

One post is equivalent to one entry, so make sure to post on Instagram, Facebook, and Tiktok.

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Netflix Southeast Asia movies to watch

Homegrown Southeast Asian titles for your holiday must-watch

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Netflix Southeast Asia

Looking for Netflix shows to binge-watch throughout the holidays? The streaming app features a rich collection of localized content across all genres for viewers to give a try.

Here are some of the best titles from Southeast Asia and beyond for subscribers to enjoy.

The Lost Lotteries (Thailand)

This comedy features five unlucky strangers meeting each other for a common goal of fighting a mafia boss who have stolen their winning lottery tickets worth millions.

Hurts Like Hell (Thailand)

World-renowned sport Muay Thai traces its roots to Thailand, and this mini-series will give fans an even more in-depth look into this industry.

The Trapped 13: How We Survived The Thai Cave, Thai Cave Rescue (Thailand)

If you’re interested in real-life stories, then these documentaries are for you. Both feature the 12 young Thai footballers who were trapped in a flooded cave complex for 17 days back in 2018.

The Trapped 13: How We Survived The Thai Cave in particular reflects the perspectives of the survivors while showcasing the intricate details of the dangerous rescue mission and how they managed to survive the event.

Thai Cave Rescue, on the other hand, is a drama series which took real-life elements from the boys’ stories.

The Big 4 (Indonesia)

Abimana Aryasatya, Putri Marino, Arie Kriting, Lutesha, and Kristo Immanuel star in a mix of action and comedy from Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto. The Big 4 sees four retired assassins joining forces to track down an elusive murderer.

A Perfect Fit (Indonesia)

What if fate comes a little too late? In this whirlwind romance, an already engaged fashion blogger finds herself going down an unexpected path during a life-changing trip to Bali, where she meets a gifted shoemaker.

Doll House (Philippines)

Meanwhile, the Philippines’ very own Baron Geisler stars in Doll House, which is ought to give viewers a good cry.

The heart-warming tale portrays the complexities of father-daughter relationships. It comes with a sentimental plot toward the end that will touch the hearts of everyone.

Chinese language picks

Warriors of Future (Hong Kong)

A suicide squad is assigned to save humanity from the threat of extinction after a meteor carrying a destructive plant hit the world. In the process, they will have to defeat alien creatures in a post-apocalyptic setting to succeed.

Shards of Her (Taiwan)

This Taiwanese mystery thriller stars Hsu Wei-Ning, Toby Lee and Wen Chen-Ling. After a coma leaves her with amnesia, an accomplished career woman finds herself navigating a warped reality where she is forced to revisit her painful past.

Mom, Don’t Do That! (Taiwan)

When a 60-year-old widow decides to fall in love again, her two daughters get both happy and annoyed. This Taiwanese drama-comedy that is filled with hilarious moments will teach everyone heartfelt lessons too.

Do you have your own Southeast Asia movies or TV shows recommendations?

SEE ALSO: Inside Netflix’s dubbing process

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Make moments tangible with Instax Square Link

Time to print those core memories!

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instax square link

Life looks pretty in squares — that’s how Instagram shaped our favorite moments in the past decade.

With every core memory uploaded in our social media feed for the world to see, there’s still something poignant about keeping a hard copy of your favorite moments. It feels nostalgic to be reminded of the good things in your life.

That’s what the Instax Square Link delivers. The newest instant printer comes in square, as compared to its previous siblings in the instax link lineup.

The sweet spot

The previous instant printers come in the usual mini film prints, and a wide, rectangular one. Having a square format provides a sweet spot for instant prints since it’s neither too big nor small.

Even the design of the device itself looks almost square, albeit taller. It sports the usual big button in its center that powers up the device, while there’s a smaller circle on its top-left part for linking the device to your smartphone.

It’s still as straightforward as it gets, whether you’re already familiar with previous instax printers or not. You simply click the big button until it lights up, link it to your smartphone and confirm the serial number found on the bottom side of the device, and do all the magic inside the app — which you can download via App Store or Play Store.

instax square link

New device, new features

The instax Square Link carries all the good things from the previous instax printers through its dedicated app.

You can still make personalized stickers, continuously print your best moments with just a press of a button, and collage and edit your photos in frames. They’re pretty much the same features you can find on the instax Link WIDE and instax mini Link 2.

instax square link

However, instax introduced new features that make printing more exciting. Now, instax takes AR to a new level by allowing users to print with personalized AR effects, accessible using a QR code.

It also included a feature where you can chat with a friend or loved one and have the conversation printed as text bubbles to add a more personal touch for those who are in long-distance relationships.

Printing your favorite moments

instax square link

While the new features are a much-welcome addition, I still stick to what Instax is good about. At its core, it’s still printing your favorite moments and of course, sharing them with the people you love.

Back then, I would print my photos and keep them to myself — inside photobooks and boxes that would never see the light of day unless I’m feeling nostalgic.

Being surrounded by new people encouraged me to be more giving, rather than just being selfish with my memories. And instead of constantly seeking validation and sharing my favorite moments with the world, I now love the idea of being intimate and sharing my core memories with only a handful of people.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

instax square link

The Instax Square Link is still an instant printer like its siblings. If square formats are your thing, this is easily your GadgetMatch. For wide, rectangular prints, there’s the instax Link WIDE.

And if the original, mini-sized film prints are what you’re after, you can never go wrong with the instax mini Link 2. Whatever formats you want, there’s an instax for you.

The instax Square Link comes in Ash White and Midnight Green. It’s available in all authorized Fujifilm instax dealers nationwide and Fujifilm’s online flagship stores.

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