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Earlier today, the stickies on my desktop with crossed out tasks meant that I had nothing much to do at work. After some exchange of messages over our internal messaging service, I went to the workstation of one of my closest friends in the office. She didn’t have much to do as well since her superiors were on leave so we ended up chit-chatting for almost an hour.

In between our exchange of updates from our lives inside and outside work, she shared that Starbucks outlets in Manila will be offering their frappes at half the price. I didn’t want to believe it at first but a quick check in Starbucks Philippines’ Facebook page confirmed the promo.

From the Starbucks Philippines Facebook page.

Starting today until the 28th of May, Starbucks will be holding a Frappucino Happy Hour every Monday, from 2PM to 6PM, wherein you’d only pay half for their ice-blended drinks. How generous of Starbucks, I thought. The promo was very timely since it was sizzling hot a while ago and I needed some caffeine to perk me up.

At around 1:50 in the afternoon, I locked my computer and headed straight to Starbucks Eastwood City Walk. The 10 minute walk to the branch was excruciating, by the way. The sun’s blazing heat was almost unbearable. I seriously wanted to sing Alleluia when I got inside Starbucks. Thank you, air-conditioning.

Coffee lovers.

Seems legit. 🙂

To my surprise, there weren’t much people in Starbucks. I guess people weren’t aware of the promo. I glanced at their menu and their new drink caught my attention – Mocha Cookie Crumble.

As always, the glass shelf containing pastries and other goodies were inviting. I wasn’t supposed to order anything other than my frappe but the Whoopie Pie caught my attention. It was one of my favorite Starbucks treats but they removed it from their menu last year. Good thing they brought it back.

When it was my turn to order, I told the cashier that I’d have a Grande Mocha Cookie Crumble. As always, she asked me if I wanted to make it a Venti. Since the difference was less than 10 pesos, I said yes. The Whoopie Pie was difficult to resist and it ended up being ordered.

So how much did my drink cost?

92 pesos for a Venti frappe.

92 PhP.

The Whoopie Pie costs 75 pesos. I couldn’t believe how expensive it is now. It used to be 55 PhP only. The only difference between this one and the one offered last year was the pair of funny looking eyes and chocolate glaze. Still, it was a delightful treat. I like the chewiness of the entire thing.

Whoopie Pie. It's still yummy.

The Mocha Cookie Crumble frappucino was nice. The drink had chocolate chips in it and it was topped with chocolate whipped cream. It’s not the best, but it’s good enough. I still prefer the simple Caramel frappe.

Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappucino.

I sat down and enjoyed my snack as I savored the coolness of the coffee shop. My tablet provided me some entertainment. Halfway through my frappe, I realized that I still had to walk outside under the raging sun. I had to conserve my beverage so that I could drink something cold while walking. I finished my Whoopie Pie and headed back to the office.

For less than the full cost of a Venti frappe, I was able to enjoy a Venti frappe plus a Whoopie Pie. I got back to my desk satisfied and with a smile on my face. 🙂

After almost two years of ordering from that Starbucks branch, they still spell my name incorrectly. Hahaha.

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Apparently, the Starbucks at Eastwood City Walk was spared from coffee addicts wanting to take advantage of the promo. My friends tweeted that there were many people in the Starbucks branches they went to.

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