The first time I heard (read, rather) about Icelavie was a little over than a year ago. My friends from my former workplace promised ourselves we were going to treat ourselves to the giant cup of icy-cool goodness. Our schedules and frequent need to travel out of town made us forget about that plan.
Thanks to Facebook’s “On This Day” feature, we got reminded by that plan. Mark tagged us all in the post that started it all. I told them to push for it the following day. Unfortunately, when you raise ideas like that, you get teased to treat everyone else. Since I missed them so much and since we got informed that there’s a buy 1 get 1 promo in Booky Prime, I figured it wouldn’t hurt my wallet so much. So finally, we were getting those drinks. I made sure to download Booky Prime, or Booky for short, to be able to claim that promo. I also told my friends to make sure at least one of them downloads the app too so that we could get four drinks and pay for just two.
What is Booky Prime, then? Its website says it’s a membership program allowing a member access to buy 1 get 1 coupons monthly. It also allows them to get unlimited bookings to partner restaurants with up to Php 500 bill discount on top. When you sign-up for a free trial, you initially get Php 1,000 worth of savings that may be in the form of coupons to be claimed. Booky Prime’s app is available on the App Store and on Google Play.
Don’t be too excited! There’s a catch. When you claim coupons on the app, you only have 10 minutes to present it to the partner establishment you’re going for. Otherwise, you will have to claim a new coupon, the saved amount value of which shall be deducted again from your initial balance. So, make sure you swipe claim when you’re at the counter already.
Going back to Icelavie, it turns out to be a Malaysian brand that’s famous for their huge drinks. They currently have four branches in the Philippines: Circuit Mall (Makati), The Paseo Center (Makati), Glorietta 4 Cinema (Makati), and U.N. Square Mall (Manila).
We went to the Paseo Center branch and opted to get 2 orders of Tropicana and 2 orders of Fruit Paradise. For myself, I got the Fruit Paradise which is a fruit juice mix with a splash of milk. Thanks to Booky, I only paid Php 198 for all four drinks!
What makes Icelavie special? Well, aside from its really huge size, it boasts of its special kind of ice that does not melt easily. It comes with a cup holder with a string attachment so you can carry it like a mini gift package instead of holding that giant cup in your hands. If you got tiny hands like I do, the cup holder will be very, very helpful.
Look at how big it is! I could not wrap my hands around most cup!
I also cannot believe it was only Php 99 for that huge cup! The drink was very refreshing and was not too sweet. True to its word, the ice cubes they use do not melt easily. It took me four hours to finish my whole cup and there were still a couple of ice left! This is coming from someone who finishes a half liter of drink in 3 minutes!
Just when I thought great things were over, I found out that I can claim another coupon from Booky to use in the same establishment! I initially thought that I could only claim it once from Pase Center and that I would need to visit other branches should I want to claim the promo again. Amazing!
So what happens once you’ve consumed all your Php 1,000 free trial savings? You’ll have to subscribe monthly for Php 199. This will give you access to more than 16,000 new Buy One Get One coupons every month, up to P500 off your bill every time you book a table, and a free dessert every time you submit a feedback form. Plus, you get to sponsor at least three school lunches to a child every month through its partners, ARK and Gawad Kalinga.
If you’re a foodie and would like to get discounts from around 1,063 partner restaurants, Php 199 per month is already a great deal! Plus, you get to help put a stop to hunger where it matters most.
By the way, I got to try the Tropicana variant too the other day. It tasted like apples and lime. So delish!