Wednesday 20 November 2013


When you were a kid, simplest things delight you. Marshmallows, rainbows, plastic balloons. As we grow older, our bucket list tend to get complex and we lose sight of life's simple joys. We need to go back to that. Don't you think? :) Speaking of delight, having 2014 planners are one of my recent happy thoughts. Browsing them, flipping the pages through and fro, reading small nuggets in between is a bliss for me. Weird, perhaps. ☺

I decided to get a CBTL 2014 Planner because of 2 things: First is that with or without sticker, I am a regular at CBTL. Favorite CBTL hubs include BGC, Greenbelt and Robinsons Manila. Second, I need an official office notebook, on my Belle de Jour planner (Review HERE) - I often write  ultra-personal details, and I don't want to risk divulging such if I'll bring them all over the place. Ergo, another (cute) planner is the next best thing.

Light Inspirational Tidbits
I've heard they tapped some of our country's most sought-after motivational speakers to write in between our planner pages. Bo Sanchez, Joey Bonifacio and Randell Tiongson are one of the few. Write ups vary from spiritual to inspirational to personal finance. I never get tired of reading short articles specially in the morning. It kinda preps me up during the day.

Month in a Glance View
This is one of my non-negotiables in planners. Majority have this though. It's my favorite part too because this gives you an idea what will your next 4-weeks be like. Good to mention that the size is relatively small. Perfect for girls' ever changing bag sizes. 

Picturesque pictures
Theirs have a different feel. It looks to me that all pictures are well crafted and made with much effort. They also have a behind the scene footage so rest assured that these creations are not mere copy-pasted ones. PS: Available colors are black, white and purple.

Scribble Doodle
I like that their grids are translucent. Only downside is that the writing space are too small. However, I don't want to go over analyzing things again. So I'll just worry about that once I ran out of pages. For now, let's scribble doodle skipaboodle all we want!

What's a planner without coupons?
And coupons they have! They have catches though. First, you need to avail a specific coupon for a given month. Say, one coupon is redeemable from January 1-31, 2014. Otherwise, the offer will lapse. Second, coupons are not so many. I'm estimating 12 of them. One for each month.

Planner. With a Heart ♥
The Giving Journal has its name with a purpose. Proceeds are used to finance the study of some Filipino youth. The mere fact that we're giving hope to those who need one is sufficient enough to patronize CBTL. More power CBTL team!

Let's make planning exciting by getting a planner that's close to our heart. -CMK

How to Get (Mechanics)
This is lifted from their website

• A minimum single-receipt purchase of a regular or large sized Original Ice Blended®, Coffee-based, or Tea-based Beverage, Frozen Swirl or CBTL™ capsules qualifies a customer to get a stamp card.

• Each card consists of 12 circles with corresponding purchased drink/item assignments. These are as follows:
a. (1) Original Ice Blended® (any flavor, regular or large)
b. (1) Tea Latte (any flavor, regular or large)
c. (1) Espresso-based Beverage (any flavor, regular or large)
d. (1) Holiday Featured Beverage (Winter Dream Tea Latte or Red Velvet, regular or large)
e. Any (8) Original Ice Blended®, Coffee-based or Tea-based Beverages, or Frozen Swirl (any flavor, regular or large)

• Stamp card must always be presented UPON PURCHASE so that a circle may be stamped whenever its corresponding product assignment is purchased.

• Once all 12 circles are stamped and completed IN ONE STAMP CARD, customer will be able to claim The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® 2014 Giving Journal at any The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® branch. Combining of stamps cards is not allowed.

• The completed stamp card should be presented and surrendered to the branch where The Giving Journal will be claimed. The cashier will punch the stamp card to prevent reuse. Promo period is from October 28, 2013 to January 12, 2014.

• Giving Journals may be claimed beginning November 4, 2013 until 60 days after the promo has ended.



  1. I remember getting the cbtl 2013 planner but i haven't used it that much... boo! :( but hey at least i enjoyed my cbtl coffee along the way. haha ;)

  2. What planner do you like best?

    1. Hello :) I'd say it's different planners for different purpose. It's my first time to try the CBTL one this 2014. While I've been a Belle De Jour Planner bella since 2009.

      How about you? Merry Christmas! :-)

    2. Merry Christmas too! I love filed doodle planner. Check them out here:

      Their planners are pretty cool. I just love them.

  3. I can't wait to complete my stamps and get my 2014 planner! :)

    1. Hi Rowjie - Yey! Let me know what color did you pick :D

  4. Which color is better in your opinion for guys? Brown or white?

    1. I think the brown (or black) one is better :) Have you got yours na? Share! :D

  5. So how much will it cost to get the planner? Can you please do the math for stingy pips like me? Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  6. Does this have a weekly view too? :D

  7. Anyone here who will not use their CBTL Planner 2014? Need one here. Pleaaaaase... :(

  8. thaaaanks for this!! this just made me decide to get myself a planner. i'm loving cbtl too! <3 aaaand i'm a bdj kid as well :p


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