Update: Instead of what I originally posted about the planner being on sale only for a week, the Starbucks x Moleskine 2016 Planner (Singapore) is still available at all Starbucks outlets, as far as I know. It should be available at least till the end of the year or while stocks last, is my best guess. I apologize for my initial mistake.
Some of you out there (I hope) might be waiting for the third part of my Planning for 2016 series, but there’s a slight glitch in programming today. I have been under the weather since last Thursday all through the weekend. I usually take photos and write posts on weekend mornings, and with a queasy stomach I just could not deal with working through the whole lot of planing and trackers I had for the post.
So my sincere apologies to the one or two people waiting for the post! Pleeease come back next week when regular programming resumes!
In the meantime, since we are talking about planners, I have some pretty images to share with you. I know I just did an unboxing on Sunday, but hey, 2016 is getting closer, and my planners need to be unboxed and (shown off) and put to use.
Presenting the Starbucks x Moleskine 2016 Starbucks Planner (Singapore Exclusive)!
On the outside, it is the standard black Moleskine planner, large size (13 x 21 cm or 5 x 8.25 inches).and with a hard cover. Being a Starbucks x Moleskine special edition, it also comes with a Starbucks card ($0 value though).
The elastic band is nice and tight, which ensure that any loose papers or inserts will stay in there safely.
I apologise for the terribly out of focus images, but I was just sick enough that I could not be bothered to use the better lens on my camera.
The front of the cover has the Starbucks logo and *2016* embossed on it.
The back cover is completely blank except for the words “Starbucks x Moleskine” embossed right at the bottom.
The product band that comes with every Moleskine product serves double duty, with the months printed on the inside.
The inside of the front cover has the Moleskine logo printed on, and the Starbucks logo(?) pattern printed across the bottom of both pages, which is a nice change. There is the usual If lost, please return to form on the right.
On the inside of back cover is the usual pocket, and it contains the Starbucks card and the usual piece of Moleskine literature.
You get the 2016 and 2017 calendars at a glance, with Singapore public holidays for 2016 printed across the bottom of the page.
Then comes the main part of the planner, which shows the calendar month layout. Each month takes up a spread (2 facing pages) so there is quite a bit of space to do basic planning in. The months run from December 2015 to December 2016.
After the months end, there are some more photos. Then you get a bunch of lined (or ruled) pages (84 pages), blank pages (48 pages) and grid pages (46 pages). The 84 ruled pages divide nicely into 7 pages of planning or journaling space per month. The lines of the ruled pages go all the way, meaning there is no annoying empty space at the top and bottom of each page. *thumbs up*
The paper used in this planner is nothing to shout about. I have not written in them yet, but they are very thin and don’t feel like they can live up to any form of fountain pen ink. Gel ink pens and ballpoint pens should not pose any problem.
I am not into the monthly calendar layout (as some of you may have already read a thousand times), but there is plenty of space in this one, so I will give it a try this year. There is a good amount of blank pages which is much appreciated. I especially like the grid pages, because I find grid notebooks a fairly difficult product to procure.
The Starbucks x Moleskine 2016 Monthly planner is marked as *Exclusively for Singapore*, but I think it’s more of a Singapore ‘edition’, because only Singapore public holidays are printed in it. It’s not quite as *exclusive* as you might think it is.
Which means the cost of S$38.90 is rather prohibitive, because it is quite a bit mroe than the standard Moleskine Monthly Notebook (~$27 online). You could also top up your existing Starbucks card with $50, and then buy the planner for $28.90. But I got a friend to buy it for me, and she didn’t have my card, so I asked her to just buy it at retail price.
The planner was apparently only sold for a week here in Singapore, which is rather odd. Is it really that exclusive? Another friend has been buying the Starbucks planner for a few years, and she reported back that the planner never gets sold out anyway.
I’m curious which other countries Starbucks released a Moleskine planner in. If you managed to buy one, please let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter @scribsnstat.