Tip on Getting More From Your Starbucks Card

I got into collecting Starbucks mugs when the global coffee giant started operating in Manila way back in the 1990s. This interest soon fizzled out because, let’s face it, Starbucks mugs aren’t that cheap; not to mention that I stayed away from coffee because of my gastro issues.

Lately, however, I have rediscovered my taste for coffee, particularly the Starbucks’ fraps. A fascination with its Cards — with all the interesting designs and “limited edition” marketing kinda fueled my Saturday-after-school-let-me-have-my-venti-frap habit.

So I have been collecting the Cards and to preserve their “collectible” conditions, I transfer the loads to just one card, which gets swiped, scratched and, generally, battered.  However, doing so, have made me lose out on having the complimentary grande drink which comes with every Starbucks Card purchase. After doing this for some time, I realized it isn’t that smart. Consumer-wise, of course.

So what I do is buy a new card and register it to https://starbuckscard.ph/sbcard/index.php?/start/register using my legit email addresses as well as those of my husband’s. I wonder what I’ll do when I run out of email addresses. Suggestions?

The catch, however, is that I have to use the Card when I redeem my complimentary drink. It breaks my heart when the cashier swipes it instead of taps it. But then again, a small scratch versus a complimentary drink. Hhhmmm. As a consumer, that’s hardly a toss up. If someone knows that collectible cards are raking in so much, please let me know so it would be easier to forego the drink.

Note:  Starbucks markets the Card with a COMPLIMENTARY DRINK. What is my beef with this? I’ve grown knowing that FREE is a great word. But NO, Starbucks opts to use COMPLIMENTARY when saying FREE would essentially mean the same — read: yeah,  no cash out. People love the word FREE as much as they love the word SALE. But, Starbucks appeal to lifestyle and to the “soshal”/ “konyo” mentality in people that saying something is for FREE would make us look “trying hard” and not just quite “in”. To most consumers, using COMPLIMENTARY is appealing not just on the financial level (Yay, it is free. No cash out.) but also on the self-esteem level (Hey look, I am carrying a Starbucks drink. I can effin afford.)  In general, COMPLIMENTARY has a nicer and more sophisticated ring to it.

Just my opinion. 🙂

Level 110 Candy Crush

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Level 110 is one of those levels that appears easy but actually is not. The objective is to score 150,000 pts in just 40 moves. The level, thankfully, has no chocolates. Instead, it has the ticking bomb. So, it is not just achieving the points, you have to make sure no bomb goes off.

I received 1 star for this level and that means…I barely made it. However, I can share some tips.

1. Do not be tempted to waste your moves in crushing 3 candies. That would be one move with minimum results.

2. Aim to form the special striped, pillow and choco studded candies.

3. Be patient in using your candies, best combo: choco studded + choco studded, choco studded + striped candy.

4. If for instance you intend to switch a choco studded candy and a red striped candy, make sure that there are other red candies on the board for more points.

5. Address ticking bombs immediately. I mean, immediately cause you’ll either forget it or fail to crush it.

6. Prepare to sacrifice. This would be applicable for ticking bombs especially. Sometimes, the bomb is so isolated from its kind where your only option is to use the precious choco studded candy, if you luckily have it on stand by, and switch it with the same type as that of the bomb. Otherwise, prepare to end the game.

7. When you are down to the last few moves and you have a bomb, you can totally ignore the bomb if your total remaining moves is equal or less than the number of time in the bomb. Use your move to score and leave the bomb be cause the result would just be one of this 2: you run put of moves before you heat the score or you finish the level. T

Hope this helps.

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The Deal with Rabies

I want to write something on rabies especially with the summer just around the corner. It would seem that there are more scratch/bite cases during summer than any other season. I don’t really know the logic behind this but maybe because kids are home and are inclined to play with their pets or animals in the streets. Hence, more susceptible to bites or scratches.

When I was younger animal bites (not the big ones) or scratches were treated by rubbing on them some garlic (minced). But, at this day and age, with the known irreversible damages of rabies, one cannot rely on garlic. This is my personal opinion…when you get scratched — no matter how small, for as long as it bleeds … go have an anti-rabies shot. More so, if you got bitten.

Some tips when you get scratched or bit:

1. Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap — preferably the anti-bacterial kind like safeguard.
2. Go to a hospital for the 1st shot of anti-rabies and anti-tetanus.
3. Strictly follow the timing of the next 4 shots of anti-rabies vaccines. These shots are spaced strategically. For instance, when I got bit on April 17. The schedule of my anti-rabies shots were:

Day ——— Date
0 ——— 04/17
3 ——— 04/20
7 ——— 04/24
14 ——— 05/01
28 ——— 05/15

The anti-rabies vaccine is administered on the right or left deltoid (or the upper arm where we get the usual vaccine shots). If you got your shot on your right deltoid on Day 0, the next shot would be on the left deltoid, then back on your right and so on.

For the first shot, you’ll get 2 shots right away, one for anti-rabies and one for anti-tetanus. The rest of the shots are anti-rabies.

4. Don’t fail to take your antibiotics (should be given one) as directed. This is usually 1 capsule taken 4x a day for 5 days.

5. Get a booster shot every year or on the anniversary of your 1st shot. In case you got scratched or bitten again, you won’t have to go through the whole routine of having 5 shots.

The anti-rabies vaccine costs around P2,700 at drug stores. There is a fee for the administration of the shots by a doctor.

RMEMBER: ANIMAL BITES OR SCRATCHES ARE NOT TO BE IGNORED BECAUSE THE CONSEQUENCES OF RABIES ARE FATAL.