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PLDT, ICT Customers Internet Signal Affected

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Due to the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines and Hong Kong, Internet connection provided by PLDT and ICT Solutions will have an affected service in the next several weeks because of several damaged undersea cables that connect customers to service providers for internet connection.

Globe Telecoms on the other hand is not affected for they were able to reroute their services through other submarine cables and assets spread throughout the country.

According to news reports ICT Solutions said that the repair will take about 4 to 6 weeks depending on the success and efficiency of their plans and keep their customers connected.

PROBLEM AT THE CASHIER WITH DEBIT CARDS AND MORE


Using your debit card has never been so uncomfortable especially when you are asked to check the balance of your account.

Why is my complaint a big deal? Because it is persona, it is unsecured, and also it shows distrust by the retailer.
It is personal because any financial balance you have in your debit card that is connected to your bank account that cannot be shown to other strangers and in this case the cashier. It is also unsecured because you have to put in your pin number and anybody can see the pin you are inputting in the payment gateway system.
It shows distrust because the cashier is like saying you do not have the capacity to pay for what you are buying.
I asked for the manager the reason behind the checking of the balance and I was told that their system was not stable and that the double checking would ensure that there will be no double charging from the customer’s bank account, however at any time the system could fail at any points the cashier swipes your card to check the balance or to make the transaction.
Never will there be any problem of double charging if the cashier would not be paying attention to the work at hand and I felt that the reason was wanting.
If the reason is that because the payment gateway that processes the transaction has a weak communication system then the financial institution should address the problem for the benefit of ver vendor and their customers.
This problem should be addressed immediately otherwise we will have a case wherein people would use their debit cards less and less because of the hassle and discomfort the way retailers are engaging their customers.
On the other hand debit cards are the most unsafe methods to be paying your purchases. Why? We will discuss that in the next blogs to come.

Today’s Phones and Plans for Filipinos

Talk is Cheap and I mean that figuratively and literally.

Stay connected all-day  for just 5 pesos with Smart's Piso App
Stay connected all-day for just 5 pesos with Smart’s Piso App

Did you know you can surf the internet now for as low as 1 peso? That’s five hours of web surfing time that translates to PhP5.00 worth of online access per day! That’s what SMART Prepaid is offering and what about Globe Prepaid?  It too has its own special rate for its die-hard followers: PhP50 for one day unlimited internet surfing — even when you’re also on a Postpaid Plan! So why are you still talking on the phone when you can use Viber, WhatsApp, KakaoTalk, WeChat, and Line to do all the for free!

Here are fun things you can do on the web surfing in ‘casual mode’:
1. Check out friends’ status on Facebook
2. Find out the latest NBA or Showbiz news  on Twitter
3. Scan your email inbox for great offers
4. Watch the latest videos on Vimeo and YouTube
5. Take a selfie on your Instagram account

With unlimited access on the web, we haven’t mentioned that it’s a great tool to search for answers on assignments and homeworks you’re finishing while reading up on the latest news on Yahoo! and/or on Inquirer.net.

Quality Smartphones for less than USD172 is something more and more Filipinos are getting into
Quality Smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors (whatever that means!) for less than USD172 is something more and more Filipinos are getting into

Smartphones are more affordable than ever before. We have at least four small Android OS operated phone-players raking it big in the mobile scene with Cherry Mobile picking up huge swaths of the curious market and where Starmobile, O+, and myPhone are all but cashing in to the growing market yearning to be connected on the Internet.

Filipinos are more and more beginning to ask: Why stay offline and miss all the fun? Why pass up the latest buzz and trends on the Internet where people converge from different backgrounds; Where businesses continue to engage customers and build relationships with old and new followers like never before, and where news never gets old and gets re-tweeted, re-posted, and becomes insanely viral creating more memes and other graphic tales so to speak.

http://www.globe.com.ph/surf/plan/supersurf
http://www1.smart.com.ph/Prepaid/offers/data/2014/02/21/piso-app

Jeepney 50-Cent Fare Increase Starts Tomorrow, June 14th

Jeepney Driver’s will ask you an additional 50 cents for your regular Jeep fare tomorrow because the government agency in charge of regulating our public utility vehicles has approved the jeepney drivers’ petition on Friday, 30th June to increase the fare by that much for the first four kilometers. Here’s what will change:

Here's how our Jeepney Fares in Metro Manila, Region 3, and Region 4 will look like starting June 14
Here’s how our Jeepney Fares in Metro Manila, Region 3, and Region 4 will look like starting June 14

The Transport hike, which was approved on May 30th, is in effect in the following regions:

National Capital Region (Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela);
Region 3 (Provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales),
and Region 4A & 4B (Provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena, Quezon, and Rizal;  Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Puerto Princesa, and Romblon)

Note: To take effect, Jeepney Drivers must display Fare Matrix inside their jeep. No Fare Matrix, no right to ask fare increase (photocopy of fare matrix is allowed).

Consumers can report their complaints with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) online or calling their numbers in these offices:

  • Metro Manila Complaints
    +63 (2) 929 6789, +63 (2) 929 7366, +63 (2) 926 6346
  • Region 3
    (045) 961 7046
  • Region IV-A and IV-B
    (043) 756 1520

You can also email them pictures of your complaints to: complaint.ltfrb.gov.ph@gmail.com
Related Articles: LTFRB enforces Discounts
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/05/31/1329326/jeepney-fares-go-50c/june-14-ltfrb
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/222723/news/nation/ltfrb-reminds-puv-drivers-on-fare-discounts-for-students

Image Credit: manilastandard.com

Savings Using Household Vinegar

Most potent Vinegar
Most potent Vinegar

I found this video and since saving money and planet earth is close to our hearts, I want to share this video with you. We’ll be posting more videos like this so you know what kitchen items we can use to save money and does the same work that other costly chemical-based products are doing for us.

Except for the anti-freeze tip, which is irrelevant to our country’s current climate,  enjoy this 9 other uses of Vinegar and share it to your friends who are either pro-environment or pro-money-saving tips. Melissa Maker hosts this video. Enjoy!

So the next time you’re in the Supermarket, you can always be comforted to know that buying a lot of Vinegar is to your advantage because it’s widely used for so many things. We recommend Datu Puti White Vinegar for the purposes she demonstrated here.

Epson Finally Brings Back the Black

I bought two but will there be another ink drought again?
I bought two but will there be another ink drought again?

Finally! Epson made the Black Color 73N Ink Cartridges available for TX110 printer owners like me. We know how most printers work and they won’t produce any output if you lack one cartridge.  The black printer cassettes  were delivered last Saturday (June 7th) but my friends at Silicon Valley at the Forum Robinsons Mall said only 20 were delivered. So after that, no word if it was going to be replenished. I bought two.

Imagine how many printer models will be affected without this cartridges
Imagine how many printer models will be affected without this cartridges

Those should last me about three months of four but as my observations tell me, it won’t last that long because these vials aren’t made like they used to. According to my observations, these ink containers used to last four months of printing black documents but now you’d be lucky to get two months out of these.

If you’re like me and would like to bring this issue up with Epson Philippines, you can contact them here.

Toy Kingdom Branches

Enjoy Toy Kingdom and all the great toys they offer. Make sure though their nasty sales representatives won’t dampen your shopping experience.

Do your own research and shut them up with candid but in a kind manner regarding their treacherous words that can demean the value of your purchase inside this good store.

Toy Kingdom is also found in almost all SM Malls and SM Stores in The Philippines.

METRO MANILA
TOY KINGDOM AURA
3rd Level SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway and C5 Road cor. 26th Ave. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:00pm
Tel. # :  (02) 808-4129

TOY KINGDOM FAIRVIEW
Upper Ground Floor, SM City Fairview, Quirino Highway corner Regalado Avenue, Largo, Quezon City, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(2) 935-0745

TOY KINGDOM LUCKY CHINATOWN MALL
3rd Floor Reina Regente St. Corner Dela Reina St. Brgy. 293 Zone 28, Binondo, Manila
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm

TOY KINGDOM MAKATI ANNEX
3rd Floor, SM Makati Annex Bldg., SM Makati, Ayala Center, Makati City, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(2) 892-0843

TOY KINGDOM MALL OF ASIA
2nd Floor Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Bay Blvd., Brgy. 076, Pasay City, Philippines
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Tel. # : (02) 556-0433

TOY KINGDOM MEGAMALL
Lower Ground Floor Bldg. A, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Phils. (in-front of SM Foodcourt)
Store Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Tel. #: (02) 636-1822

TOY KINGDOM NORTH EDSA
3rd Floor The Block, SM City North Edsa, cor. North Avenue Bagong Pag-Asa, D-1 Quezon City, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Tel. #: (63)(2) 442-0097

TOY KINGDOM THE PODIUM
3rd Floor The Podium, 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Complex, Mandaluyong City, Phils.
Store Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday to Sunday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Tel. #: (63)(2) 637-1880

TOY KINGDOM SOUTHMALL
2nd Level, West Wing, SM Southmall Bldg.,Real St., Almanza I, Las Pinas City (in front of SM Foodcourt)
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. #: (02) 806-6249

TOY KINGDOM V-MALL
2nd Floor, V-Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan, Metro Manila, Phils
Store Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (02) 726-0103

 

LUZON
TOY KINGDOM BACOOR
UGF SM City Bacoor, Aguinaldo Highway, Habay 2, Bacoor, Cavite, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(046) 417-7028

TOY KINGDOM BAGUIO
2nd Floor SM City Baguio, Luneta Hill Upper Session Road, Baguio City, Benguet, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(74) 619-7701

TOY KINGDOM BATANGAS
GF SM Batangas, Pastor Village, Brgy. Pallocan, West, Batangas City, Batangas, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday:10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. #: (043) 724-8843

TOY KINGDOM LUCENA
2nd Floor SM City Lucena, Dalahican Road corner Maharlika Highway, Brgy. Ibabang Dupay, Lucena City, Quezon, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tel. #: (63)(042) 710-4903

TOY KINGDOM MARILAO
2nd Floor SM City Marilao, KM 21 Mc Arthur Highway, Brgy. Ibayo, Marilao, Bulacan, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday-Saturday: 10:00am – 10:00 pm
Tel. # : (63)(044) 933-0126

TOY KINGDOM PAMPANGA
Ground Floor, SM City Pampanga Annex Bldg. 2,Brgy. San Jose, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(045) 961-2537

 

VISAYAS
TOY KINGDOM BACOLOD
GF Bldg B North Wing, SM City Bacolod, Rizal St. Reclamation Area, Bacolod City
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Tel. # : (034) 435-5752

TOY KINGDOM CEBU
3rd Floor, SM City Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, Cebu, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00pm
Tel. #: (63)(032) 232-5732

TOY KINGDOM ILOILO
Lower Ground Floor, SM City Iloilo, Benigno Aquino Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(033) 320-7725

MINDANAO
TOY KINGDOM CAGAYAN DE ORO
2nd Floor SM City Cagayan de Oro, Masterson Avenue corner Gran Via St., Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, Cagayan de Oro, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(088) 859-1399

TOY KINGDOM DAVAO
2nd Floor SM City Davao, Quimpo Blvd. corner Tulip Drive, Ecoland Subdivision, Davao City, Davao, Phils.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Tel. # : (63)(082) 299-1315

TOY KINGDOM GENERAL SANTOS
2nd Floor, San Miguel St., General Santos City, Philippines, General Santos City
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm

TOY KINGDOM LANANG
2nd Floor, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Brgy. Lanang, Davao City.
Store Hours:
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm

For more reference, visit Toy Kingdom’s Store locator here.