They have been very popular over the years; these Starbucks planners.
(The red planner from the 17 stickers)
And every year, before I fly home to the Philippines, I try to complete the 17-sticker requirement for my niece. Last year, I wasn't able to complete it as my visits to Starbucks was limited.
(Another red planner from a friend)
This year, however, I had help. A lot of help!
Although the 'Starbucks planner event' ends on December 31, I was flying out of Seoul on the third week. So, on the beginning of the second week, I asked friends if they have Starbucks stickers to spare. Of the 17 cups, you need to purchase at least three special Christmas coffee flavors. And lucky for me, Rio and some friends gave me their electronic stickers, which I then incorporated into my Starbucks card, and voila! They totaled 17! As the red colored planner was very popular, I wasn't able to claim it as the Starbucks coffee shop at Yongsan Station, which was the nearest one to my office. I had to claim it from the one next to the Soonchunhyang Hospital in Hannam-dong in Yongsan-gu.
And while I already secured one for my niece, Priscila, another friend gave me another planner! A Korean friend who used to manage a Starbucks coffee shop in Yongsan-gu gave me another planner. On the second week of December, I also told her that I was running out of time and was worried that I wouldn't be able to complete the 17 stickers. And a few days before I flew out of Seoul, she said she was giving me another one! How generous of her! Now, my other niece, Toni, was getting one, too!
So, in 2013, my annual quest for a Starbucks planner was doubly successful. I can now relax. Ha-ha-ha!
How about you? Have you been able to get yours, too?