Music Mondays: I Can (Donna Cruz, Regine Velasquez, and Mikee Cojuanco)

I have the capacity to say, “I can do this”.
~ 2016 Belle de Jour Power Planner, Affirmation of the Week

Most of the time we tend to settle and grow comfortable of what we already have and we stop dreaming for more. Overtime, this turns into a feeling of fear—fear of losing what we have, afraid that it is all that we have and will ever have. When we stop dreaming, we end up believing that our current situation is reality and the only reality that we will ever have. What we forget is our capacity to change ourselves, our surroundings, and our own situation.

“We are not meant to settle. We are created to soar.”

The reason we dream is because our hearts know that there is always something better. I’m not saying that what we currently have is bad, only that we can always make better the good that we already have. We are meant to grow and evolve. That is why we dream, to counter our tendency to become too comfortable and settle.

Great Things Comfort Zones

So with gratitude, I’m happy to be blessed with the abundance of dreams and am proud to be called a dreamer. At the beginning of this year, 2016—a LEAP year—let me share with you a song that is homegrown and that which reminds us of the things that we are actually capable of doing, I Can, by Donna Cruz, Regine Velasquez, and Mikee Conjuanco.

I can by Donna Cruz, Regine Velasquez, and Mikee Cojuanco

The above video is a lyric video for those who like to read the lyrics while listening to the music. But if you wish to see the original of this as it was sung in the memorable 1996 movie, you can find it here:

I still get goosebumps every time I hear this song.

#PerksOfABella: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf—or what is more commonly known as CBTL—has been one of my go to coffee shops when I was still in law school. The ambiance is nice and relatively quieter, their tea line is to die for, and they provide free WiFi to their Swirl card holders. To me—then a law student needing a caffeine fix, a quite place to study and to freely access the internet to read/download cases online—these things highlight my experience with CBTL.

Years later, CBTL still provides the same experience. But now, it’s a place to meet and catch up with friends over tea/coffee (sometimes with a cake slice or some food), to meet potential clients, and to unwind. And the experience is all the more worthwhile when you have added perks and discounts c/o Belle De Jour (BDJ) Power Planner.

Perks: CBTL


Ever since I started using BDJ Power Planner in 2010, the CBTL coupons have always been the first to be used up. Perks include a Buy 1 Take 1 Tea Latte of choice, a free iced tea per purchase of a salad, and so forth. But the best perk for me is that the BDJ-CBTL coupons allow me to share the experience with friends, family, and colleagues.

A few months ago I shared one coupon with my friend at CTBL Trinoma. She ordered a Spicy Tuna Linguine Pasta while I ordered a large Mocha Latte and Chef’s Tuna sandwich. With her pasta, my friend got a free chocolate chip cookie (worth Php 55) while I got a free Chicago Cheesecake slice (worth Php 125) from my sandwich.

Unfortunately, there’s no coupon for the large Mocha Latte but I used my BDJ Power Planner Lifestyle Card (BDJ card), instead, to get a free upsize (worth Php 15). The BDJ card has other uses but that’s a topic for another blog post.

All in all, my friend and I received Php 195 (around $4.30) worth of perks. Plus, I got to bond with her longer because we had more to eat. 😉

Chef's Tuna sandwich

Chef’s Tuna sandwich

There’s also a Buy 2 Get 1 free Ice Blended Drink among the BDJ-CBTL coupons. This one I shared with a colleague at CBTL, Greenbelt 5. It’s too bad that there were only 2 of us, I ended up drinking the free drink. It’s a good thing that CBTL has non-fat milk and sugar options to keep the calories and other unwanted stuff at a minimum. At least I got to try 2 different drinks that day—my favorite Mocha Latte and the other was an amazing flavor, Creme Brulee.

It goes without saying that the cheapest ice blended drink would be the one made free. This was the Mocha Latte worth Php 185 (around $4.11) while the others cost Php 195 each. The added perk was I got to know this colleague better over that (large) cup of latte. That goes a long way.

Buy 2 Get 1 Free Ice Blended Drink

L: Creme Brulee | R: Mocha Latte


You may say I could’ve had these experiences even without the added perks. Sure! But I never would have tried the chocolate chip cookie, never would have ordered that slice of Chicago Cheesecake on top of ordering a filling sandwich, and never would have tasted that intriguing Creme Brulee ice blended drink. So I’m thankful I get to enjoy these little things.

CBTL

PS: The Chicago Cheesecake was served later on but we forgot to take a picture of it before gobbling it up. 😉