Starbucks Teavana Handcrafted Beverages

As a fan of all things caffeinated, I love Starbucks and their many coffee and tea drinks. I am especially excited whenever they have something new in their menu. The teasers about Teavana on social media made me so excited like a kid. After seeing the teasers, I am super happy that the Starbucks Teavana Handcrafted Beverages and Starbucks Teavana Full Leaf Tea Sachets are now available from all Starbucks Philippines stores. More important to note is that these are now part of Starbucks core menu all over China and the Asia Pacific Region.

So yey! New, better, and more tea options for us from Starbucks.

Iced Shaken Starbucks Teavana Handcrafted Beverages

It’s been a hot and not so rainy season in Davao, so I was interested in trying the Iced Shaken Starbucks Teavana Handcrafted Beverages. Plus, the fruity flavors it comes in are flavors I already love. Who doesn’t like delightfully bitter grapefruit and tarty pomegranate, after all?

My friend Mae agreed to try out one flavor while I tried another. Thanks, Mae! Note that even if we both vowed to avoid ordering Venti drinks, we both did. And we both did not regret it at all.

We both like the Starbucks Iced Shaken Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit and Honey.

Starbucks Teavana Handcrafted Beverages: Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit & Honey
Starbucks Iced Shaken Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit & Honey

It is refreshing, sweet with just the right amount of bitterness and a hint of sour. The taste is subtle, not overwhelming at all. The tea taste is obvious but not too much. This is something that even those who are not so much into tea would appreciate. This is an iced black tea that anybody can appreciate. Starbucks should definitely have this in their menu FOREVER.

I also like the Starbucks Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls.

Starbucks Teavana Handcrafted Beverages: Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls
Starbucks Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls

The hibiscus tea is fragrantly delicious. However, the pomegranate pearls might be off putting for some. Mae doesn’t like chewing on stuff while drinking tea so she didn’t like this one. I did. The pomegranate pearls is a pop of nice tarty surprise which blended with the subtle hibiscus tea flavor. This is something I will order again. Writing about it actually makes me crave for it.
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Life On the Go with the MySmart App

I’m traveling again in a few weeks and life is about to get very busy. So it is always great news for me to learn about and use practical apps that make life easier. One of these apps that make me more productive while on the go is the MySmart App.

Checking my Prepaid Load and Credits with the MySmart App
Checking my Prepaid Load and Credits with the MySmart App. Photo by Miel.

I currently maintain 4 Smart Prepaid accounts, one for my iPhone, two for my 2 Pocket Wifi units, and one for my Asus ZenFone Max. (Don’t ask why. Just accept the fact that this is true. Haha!) Keeping track of the prepaid load, credits, and packages subscribed on these units can be so confusing. Now, I can easily check, update, and even reload all my accounts with just one app.

MySmart App Smart Prepaid Transactions

The MySmart App allows SMART Prepaid users to do several transactions in just a few minutes, with just a few taps.

MySmart App, the SMART Way to manage your mobile life
MySmart App, the SMART Way to manage your mobile life

Here are the transactions you can accomplish with the app:

  • Check Balance and Usage
  • Check Add-Ons Expiry
  • Avail/Buy Add-Ons
  • Buy eLoad
  • File a Help Ticket
  • Register to Rewards
  • Activate International Roaming
  • PUK Code Retrieval
  • Check Call and Text Card Status
  • File a Prepaid Complaint
  • Bills Payment for other accounts
  • View and Redeem Perks

These are all you and I need to keep my prepaid SMART accounts organized and updated.

On the Go with MySmart App

So while I’ll be busy with my work/org/recreation trip in a few weeks, I don’t have to worry about loading my accounts, memorizing keywords and access numbers, and keeping track of balances and subscriptions.
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McMcMcChicken with Dong and Yan

If there’s one thing I love about McDonald’s it is their 24 hours delivery service. With no minimum order required. I’m matakaw. You are free to judge me. 😛

So when stuff like this…

McMcMcChicken with Dong and Yan
McMcMcChicken with Dong and Yan

…and this…

…pop up on my newsfeed, I can get my McMcMcChicken fix right away.

There are three ways I order from the McDonald’s 24 hour delivery service.

  • Dial +6382-228-MCDO (6236) for Davao residents.
  • Use the McDonald’s App.
  • Or go to www.mcdelivery.com.ph.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know I literally live one block away from a McDonald’s Branch that’s open 24/7 and I do buy from the store sometimes but McDelivery is just much more convenient for me, especially when my McMcMcChicken cravings come at past 10 pm.

Like Dong and Yan and I (yes, ka-level ko sila), you can order to satisfy your McMcMcChicken cravings any time of the day, any day of the week. Just dial, use the app, or visit the site.