Sunday, December 25, 2011

Nike Air Jordan Shoes 2011 for Sale?

Just recently, Nike released a new retro version of the hugely popular Air Jordan sneakers, first released in 1984 and was very popular during the time of the reign of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

the recent release of the new version in the US reulted in early dawn vigils at US stores selling the basketball shoes with shoppers turning to violence, shoving and pushing just to get it. Some even went to jail in their violent attempt.

Now, where can i buy the Nike AiJordan shoes 2011 edition online or anywhwere in the Philippines? how much is it here? Any price update for Air Jordan shoes?

Monday, November 14, 2011

How To Recover Stolen Items in Pawshops: Police, Anti-Fencing, Papel de Agencia

I know someone whose precious wedding rings and engagement ring were stolen by a brother deeply mired in gambling vice, then pawned the items at nearby pawnshops.

He did this years ago but my friend was able to recover the items from the pawnshop when an errand boy, who went to the pawnshop in behalf of the "prodigal" brother tipped her off of the caper and was able to get the pawn ticket (papel de agencia) and redeemed the stolen items.

Now the prodigal brother is again at it but this time no papel de agencia can be found nor an admission from the unrepentant brother.

The most logical thing is to look for them, again, at nearby pawshops. But having no experience at this, I have these questions.

1. Is it possible to ask the pawnshop for the items then have them sold to her without the papel de agencia?

2. Would asking the police for help really help? This is fearsome as many policemen only milk the complainants for "gas money and snacks" but produce no results.

3. Do you what Lhuiller does with unclaimed pawned jewellery? They melt it to create new jewelleries.

4. Can my friend ever recover her rings in case she finds it in pawnshops?

5. Can you invoke the anti-fencing law against the pawnshop accepting stolen items?

6. What's the best course of action to take?

To be updated once some of these steps are taken :(

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Toyota Innova Fuel Consumption Gas vs Diesel D4D vs VVTI

With my Toyota Innova E 2.5 DSL 2011 A/T 2006 with me for almost 2 months already, here're are my usual computations on Toyota Vios Fuel Consumption

for city driving in Metro Manila, horrible stop and go traffic even on EDSA Toyota Innova' fuel consumption is around 8 kilometers per liter, with my relaxed driving style and easy on the gas, stay on my lane but my Innova is realy new thus still under "break in period."

My recent trip to Pangasinan via NLEX, SCTEX and the zigzag going to Bolinao gave me 11 kms/L.

I wonde how it would be like if i use it on the expressway with constant speed of, say, 80 kms/hr?

I will wait for the mileage to rise around 5000 kilometers and check again. with the prices of diesel and unleaded gasoline kept about P10 apart, and my Innova gaining ground to give me that reported 11 km/L fuel consumption.

I heard stories from other drivers about almost same results for their manual cars but mine's an automatic. Is it due to my driving style or just that the rumor that manual vs automatic in terms of fuel consumption is not that big difference?

Toyota Innova J
Toyota Innova E
Toyota Innova G
Toyota Innova E

Toyota Kijang

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Toyota Vios Fuel Consumption Gas 1NZ-FE / 2NZ-FE

With my Toyota Vios 1.5G 2006 A/T 2006 with me for almost 4 years already, here're are my usual computations on Toyota Vios Fuel Consumption

for city driving in Metro Manila, horrible stop and go traffic even on EDSA Toyota Vios' fuel consumption is around 10.5 kilometers per liter, with my relaxed driving style and easy on the gas, stay on my lane.

My recent trip to Bataan via NLEX, SCTEX and the zigzag going to Bagac gave me 14 kms/L.

I wonde how it would be like if i use it on the expressway with constant speed of, say, 80 kms/hr?

I heard stories from other drivers about almost same results for their manual cars but mine's an automatic. Is it due to my driving style or just that the rumor that manual vs automatic in terms of fuel consumption is not that big difference?

Toyota Vios 1.3J 2NZ-FE
Toyota Vios 1.3E 2NZ-FE
Toyota Vios 1.5G 1NZ-FE

Toyota Avanza 1.3J 2NZ-FE
Toyota Avanza 1.5G 1NZ-FE

Toyota Yaris

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Lytro Light Field Camera Prices, Specifications

I signed up for advance notice from Lytro, the maker of the first ever light field camera, months ago. This time, they sent me an invite to be one of the first "photographers" wishing to get their hands on the new cutting-edge camera.

Lytro camera price: $499 for 16GB, $399 for 8GB
Lytro camera lens aperture: f/2

Lytro camera price philippines? probably around P25k :(

But my usual problem is how to ship the camera to the Philippines without getting too much customs charges, I'm willing to pay duties but not outrageous ones earlier charged on a trial shipment to myself.

I imagine how much would the Lytro camera price be in Hidalgo, Quiapo, Manila should it ever find itself there.

Hope to get a lytro camera next year so I can get sample images and pictures using the cute device.

Imagine how it would revolutionize photography that can make Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Kodak and other camera makers take notice :P

Monday, October 31, 2011

Murder of Ram Revilla by His OWn Brother Due to Envy?

How could a half-brother plan the murder of his own blood?

That was the alledged motive behind the murder of Ram Revilla, half-brother of Se. Ramon Rveilla, son of former Senator Bong Revilla Sr. with the arrest of the actor Ram's alleged killer and mastermind

just let the wheels of justice turn and may innocent people be spared

just stray tuned for the latest news on ram revilla murder

Sunday, September 18, 2011

LTO No Plate No Travel Policy: New Cars MMDA/Makati

I'm now an owner of shiny new Toyota Innova E 2.g DSL since last week. And since it's new, still has no plate numbers but was able to get home to Quezon City and Makati via San Juan and Mandaluyong, not via EDSA nor C5.

For now, I'm using Toyota Pasong Tamo's delivery receipt valid for 7 days that I need to show to traffic enforces (MMDA or MAPA/MAPSA in makati) or the Land Transportation Office (LTO) or PNP TMG (traffic management group) manning checkpoints.

Note that the seven days validity of conduction sticker is legal only for delivery of your new vehicle from the dealer to your office or residence but due to either laziness of the CASA or the usually slow LTO release of license plates, plate numbers will be released after about 3 to 4 weeks. (conduction sticker can be removed from your car once you have your plate numbers, number coding in makati uses the last digit of your conduction sticker too, i think same in Las Pinas but not sure in Pasig. MMDA tolerates it but also attracts carnappers and carjackers of which QC has lots of)

I've yet to mark the first week of my car's life outside, odometer reading's still around 64 kilometers. I have several post-dated delivery receipts to use after seven days to renew my seven days grace period of "exemption" from the no plate, no travel policy. But i think as long as it's taking a long time, a smart police or traffic enforcer can ask your odometer reading to know if your car's really fresh from the CASA.

I intend to take my Innova to Bolinao, pangasinan next month, I hope to receive my plate number by then so that I don't have to be nervous to pass by NLEX and SCTEX or even SLEX and Startoll.

Violations and fines for new cars without license plates apply plus possible impounding of your new car until you show the LTO registration OR/CR or license plate with stickers.

This No Plate No Travel policy is stupid for the government makes it hard for citizens to use their new cars caused by the inefficiency of the LTO in the quick release of license plates.

Friday, September 16, 2011

MMDA Number Coding Suspended: Transport Strike on September 19

MMDA recently announced that it will suspend the implementation of number coding on Monday, September 19 to enable vehicle owners to use their cars during the planned transport strike.

Note that number coding in Makati is not suspended. There's always no color coding suspension in the Republic of Makati, don't press your luck.

latest news on MMDA Number coding

Sunday, September 11, 2011

LBC Bank Bankruptcy, Under PDIC Receivership

A few months ago there was the "subok na matibay, subok na matatag" in Banco Filipino who closed shop and put under receivership by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), now here's LBC Bank.

I received the latest news of LBC Bank bankrupt and placed under PDIC receivership from trusted contacts in the banking industry. LBC Bank shutdown their system yesterday.

Question: how can LBC bank clients and depositors get their money back?
Answer: Just wait for announcements from PDIC or posted on your LBC Bank branch for announcements. You can get your money back PhP500,000.00/accound holder (not per account) but in excess of 500k, you need to wait and cross your fingers if LBC still has funds left to pay you as the maximum insurance is really PhP500k/depositor.

stay tuned for other LBC Bank news later

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Makati Traffic Violation Ticket Fines

pasaway na drivers beware in the republic of Makati with the new ordinance to take effect on September 16, 2011.

you want exemption? there's the Eagles of Makati stickers for sale bu i don't recommend it, just follow the law :P

makati traffic violations fines charges and citations from Philippine Daily Inquirer article:


driving motor vehicles under the influence of liquor or drugs, in addition to the P2,500 fine and/or imprisonment prescribed by the 2003 Traffic Code for the first offense.

The city will also recommend to the Land Transportation Organization (LTO) the suspension or revocation of the drunk driver’s license.

ban on tricycles on national roads in the city, including all roads within the central business district. The penalty for violators was also raised to P1,000 from P500, in addition to impounding of the tricycle.

Tdriving over a yellow box—the portion of the intersection marked with yellow lines that should be kept clear of all vehicles at all times—was also increased to P1,000 from P500 for the first offense.

Disobedience to traffic control signals, on the other hand, will entail a fine of P2,500 and/or suspension of driver’s license and, for a public utility vehicle, suspension of Certificate of Public Convenience.

business establishments will also be required to refrain from serving liquors or intoxicating beverages to customers driving a vehicle. They are also required to post reminders against drunk driving in conspicuous areas in their place of business.
Establishments that fail to comply with this provision will be slapped with a P2,500 fine and suspension of business permit for the first offense.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sat2PC is Not Scam, Fraud or Cable TV Piracy? Free Downloads

Saw on eBay several postings on Sat2PC claiming thousands of cable tv channels without paying a single penny just by using a software.

I don't know how it works but i guess it's an Internet TV channel aggregator but the channels, some of them probably premium channels.

Sat2PC requirements? i guess an Internet connection since it doesn't have a satellite antenna and hardware to receive tv signals.

I didn't try to downloads it but i think it can be downloaded for free.

I think Sat2PC is not a hoax and a scam but there's one thing I'm sure of:

Sat2PC is Piracy, however you call it :(

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2 Grand Finals Results: The Judges !hould be Fired

My toddle's nanny is watching Pilipinas Got Talent on ABS-CBN since last night and I can't help but comment on the judges' ineptitude who seemed to trivialize the talent show to a showbiz talk show

I don't know about the third judge, but Kris Aquino and Ai-ai delas Alas don't deserve to be judges of the talent show, thinking people will notice.

How's being "gwapo" enough to win a talent show, such comment from a judge

Puso or awa, called "argumentum ad misericordiam" in logic got to do with talent? if you get swayed by awa for a contestant due to the contestant's pitiful background, you're not really a good judge

No premium on originality, i saw a boy trying hard to mimic Bruno Mars got high marks...for a show really looking for talent, a premium should be paid for originality, nothing "plakado" or just gaya-gaya, puto maya. you're looking for great talents, not "secong rate trying hard, copycats"

i might be harsh but it's the truth :(

I abhor non-original Filipino Music trying hard to call themselves OPM...sorry but that just don't cut it...

enough rant...who cares if it's the number one trend on twitter trending. IMHO, TV5's Talentadong Pinoy's cast are more talented bunch than Kapamilya's Pilipinas Got Talent

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tale: Tokyo Mater Theme Song/MP3 Downloads

My son had just dumped Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine and Dora the Explorer for the latest DVD I bought for him: Cars Toon Mater's Tall Tales by Pixar

The DVD has an catchy theme song particularly the closing scene of Tokyo Mater where Mater became the Drift King.

I can't find the song/soundtrack on torrent and information on Pixar's official blog is sketchy. I found the song on YouTube and just converted the sound on it using an online TouTube to MP3 converter.

Now my son's dancing to the music from my mobile phone.

I thing I noticed is that the song's not kind of japanese, I can't understand a word despite knowing a few Nihingo words (studied it in college) so i think it's Korean (korean song for a japan setting of Cars?)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rough Idle Toyota Vios: Vacuum Leak, ISCV, Throttle Body Cleaning, Oxygen Sensor or Brake Booster?

My dear toyota vios 1.5g, codename Sakura, is acting up lately wherever I apply the brakes until I shift to neutral

This only began last month when RPM on my tachometer drops to around 500 from the usual 700 RPM, engine shivers and the hood vibrates to the point of stalling but the RPM immediately recovers to 700.

I thought it's a leaking brake booster at first due to a Google search of symptoms and solutions but ruled it out since it's an intermittent problem not related to the brakes, even the air-conditioning unit is suspect.

First, I'll try a DIY throttle body cleaning using carburator cleaner (i'll have to buy one) then observe then also clean the ISCV (idle speed control valve, or IACV idle air control valve in some systems, servo for others), then have all hoses, valves and gaskets checked for leaks.

It's quite scary at times since I dread the day i stall in the middle of EDSA to be towed by MMDA and get a PhP1500 fine besides the scary "wrecker" experience.

Symptoms and solutions to follow once I solve it. :P

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Adobe Flash Cause of Firefox Crash/Hang-up Problem

I'm an active OpenStreetMap volunteer mapper using Potlatch 2 online editor. What I noticed beginning from Firefox 3.6 was that my browser will always go slow, hang or crash for a few weeks already.

What I did was update my Firefox to the latest version even all Firefox add-ons and extensions but still the Firefox crash persisted.

I disabled all add-ons and extensions and now it's ok but I can't use Adobe Flash Player that I need to edit OSM Potlatch 2

Using the latest version of Firefox 4 and yet the problem returned after a few days of stable operation.

Solution? Fire up Google Chrome browser and no crashes. Even Internet Explorer 9 can do but don't recommend it from Microsoft.

I use Firefox for Blogger, IE9 for OpenStreetmap and Blog Facebook and Google Chrome for this.

My other other add-ons for Firefox that are currently enabled: SearchStatus, NoScript, Adblock, and DownThemAll

Thursday, May 19, 2011

JDM Japan Surplus Car Parts (Jay N Jer Ortigas)

If any of you is looking for genuine JDM car parts from Japan, there's a car parts shop specializing in this area. They import their products directly from Japan and now doing the same for Korea (Hyundai and Kia surplus) in addition to their usual Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi cars.

They import them in bulk with whole engines and shipped in containers, pass by customs (yes, they're legit and legal, unlike others whose products provenance come from carnapped vehicles. If it's ok for you to buy stolen stuff just to save money, may the fate of the carnap victims not befall on you too).

anyway, i used to have their contact numbers to call but lost them. will just visit them again on Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City right after going down Rosario Bridge (or is it Ortigas Bridge? from Robinsons Galleria)

Will update this post once I get the telephone number and some sample prices. I'm gonna get me a Toyota purge valve solenoid for my Toyota vios (part number 90910-12202) that's turned on my yellow check engine light on my dashboard.

I might also look for JDM mods (modifications) for my almost 100% stock Sakura auto :P

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Toyota Charcoal Canister or EVAP Purge Valve Solenoid Problem with Error Code P0443?

While idling for quite some time on Trinoma access road, my yellow check engine light came on. Since I have my own OBD II diagnostic scanning tool, i immediately checked it out and came with P0443 error code that points to the evaporative purge solenoid circuit.

I'm already familiar with the evaporative component of modern carsas it's responsible for storing gas vapors from the gas tank in the charcoal canister then the purge solenoid supplies the gas vpsors to the throttle body to be used as fuel, therefore maximizing use of fuel and eliminating emissions.

toyota evap purge valve solenoidToyota Vios evap purge valve solenoid, also for Yaris and other car models running on 1NZ-FE engines. the valve is located on the air filter compartment with two hoses, one from the evap charcoal canister and the other goes to the throttle body

I reset the code and it disappers, only to re-appear after a few minutes of driving.

I thought of replacing the purge valve solenoid with a little help from a friend selling surplus car parts from Japan who I may be able to replace it just to try then return the part if it's not really at fault. My paranois is due to Internet reports of defective evap canisters of Toyota discussed in several Toyota forums with the charcoal canister as culprit acording to the car diagnostic scanner and yet the error code and CEL light returned even after the evap canister was replaced (toyota charcoal canister price is about PhP8000.00 according to a mechanic friend of mine)

Yesterday, after doing a DIY interior detailing jpb on my car, I opened up the hood, yanked the two hoses from the purge valve solenoid, sprayed generous amounts of WD40, let it dry then reinstalled it then restarted my Toyota Vios. Voltage tests and continuity checks of the solenoid coil turned ok.

I used my Toyota Vios but dreaded yellow CEL came back after three trips on my dashboard/instrument cluster did not return so far. (I've read Toyota ECU lights the engine CEL after three run cycles thus the 3 trips)

Just when I decided to bring the purge valve to Jay N Jer for replacement (with guarantee to return if it's not the real culprit since I know the owners), I noticed the one of the wire connectors to the valve is open, with the rubber insulation hiding it. I just cut the wire and made a direct connection to the valve connectors.

Been 4 days and yet the malfunction indication light didn't return, electrical open and not actual valve failure.

Hope it stays that way. Just another accomplishment of my DIY OBDII scanner and some minor car repair knowledge saving me money :P

Friday, May 06, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Dead Pictures/Photo/Video, Where are They?

So Osama Bin Laden is dead already as reported by Obama, but most skeptics will likely ask where to download top secret photos of the corpse of the dead Osama Bin Laden

If Osama Bin laden's corpse was thrown to the sea, I can still be recovered but only for a few days after the burial, something not really required by Islam since Islam, AFAIK, required an earth burial.

anyway, conspiracy theories will still ask for Osama Bin Laden's corpse pictures and videos but they'nre not to be released by Obasa, CIA and NSA

...nope i'm just experimenting on the keyword and how i far i can do it via this pathetic blog :P

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Banco de Oro (BDO) Holy Week 2011 Downtime/Offline due to Systems Upgrade

BDO, the Philippines' largest bank in terms of assets will be temporarily offline on Good Friday till early Black Saturday for a planned systems upgrade.

BDO's official email announcement:

" The use of BDO ATM cards will not be available in all ATM machines and payment terminals in retail stores from 11PM of April 22 (Friday) to 7AM of April 23 (Saturday). For BDO Dollar Account Holders, the use of ATM cards will not be available from 11PM of April 22 (Friday) to 6PM of April 23 (Saturday).
Bills payment using ATM, Internet, Mobile Internet, Mobile and Phone Banking will not be available from 11PM of April 20 (Wednesday) to 11:59PM of April 23 (Saturday).
Other transactions using Internet, Mobile Internet, Mobile and Phone Banking will not be available from 10PM of April 22 (Friday) to 6PM of April 23 (Saturday).

Clients are encouraged to schedule their transactions prior to the commencement of the systems upgrade to avoid any incovenience.

For any inquiries regarding this upgrade, clients can contact BDO thru the following:

Customer Contact Center: (+632) 631-8000, [email protected]
Domestic Toll-Free Nos.: 1-800-10-6318000 and 1-800-3-6318000(Digitel)
International Toll-Free No.: (Intl. Access Code) + 800-8-6318000

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Aowa Appliances Scam at MC Home Depot, Ortigas: Calling DTI

This is a much delayed post just to warn other people of the unscrupulous modus operandi of Aowa Electronics at MC Home depot on Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City

Wifey went to Petron Car Care Ortigas (near The Medical City) to have a tune up of our Sakura, our Toyota Vios when we decided to visit the nearby MC Home Depot just walking distance.

It's inside that a man offered something to my wife who came to see what the offer was. The Aowa sales man was too inquisitive and too eager and asked me personal questions but I merely deflected to wifey.

Then when wifey seemed too interested in the Aowa induction cooker, another man brought up his cellphone then called up his boss who shouted "talaga ma'am?" and announced my wife just won a promo only for the day and began surrounding wifey with freebies that we can buy for P40,000.00 including the induction cooker, air purifier, electric kettle, aircon, ionizer and other electric appliances.

My usual cynical self came into play when I noticed the man who called his boss lacked the usual reaction of surprise, "kulang sa acting skills, ika nga." Even hinting that we can store the appliances to be used next year so we can avail at a very great dsicount.

As I was trying to deflect their insistence on us buying all the items for "cheap" P40k, wifey almost gave her credit card just to have a balance inquiry when I said "No."

I simply made an excuse to all the sales people surrounding us that even if what they're selling are checp, it's still expensive to me for I don't need them.

We left the store and thank goodness, my wifey survived the test that made me shiver at the thought of buying Aowa appliances where I don't even know if they're reliable and if Aowa Service centers really exists in case of repairs.

Anyway, their style is typical of misleading campaigns that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should look into, but knowing how lazy government workers are, I doubt it seriously.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Does Blogbank Still Pay or had a "Bank Run"?

Traffic to my main blog just skyrocketed as it's summer nearing Holy Week coupled with the upgrade to PR5 by BFF Google.

As I checked out the earnings for my blog advertising besides Google Adsense (that I check daily) e.g. Infolinks, Nuffnang and, Blogbank has not been giving updates on their website and blog...

I have unpaid earnings running to P8k and probably higher but no sign, not even a word from the owners (JV Fernandez?) on the latest news and updates on Blogbank...

What gives? Do I have to get rid of the blogbank code on my main blog and write off my "lost income" like what I did with other scam ads site?

Blogbank is not a scam nor a hoax, I actually got paid years ago...or sometime early last year but late last news on blogbank but i have to guess it's another blogbank run? :(

Friday, April 01, 2011

Blogger Publish Button Doesn't Work in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)

it's frustrating or do i have a bad setting but I still can't publish blog posts on Classic blogger using Internet Explorer 9 :(

don't know the problem and solution but my workaround is to use Google Chrome for my Mozilla Firefox is reserved for my main blogger account.

Canon 1100D Price Hidalgo, Quiapo, Manila?

The recently released brother of canon 1000D can be found in Hidalgo at an introductory price of...

Canon EOS-1100D cost in Hidalgo, Quiapo: PhP 29,000.00 only

for prices of other stuff in hidaldo, click this post on
Canon Price List Hidalgo
Nikon Price List Hidalgo

Monday, March 21, 2011

Manila Earthquake March 21, 2011 Latest News and Tsunami Warning

As I'm writing this blog post, I'm feeling a bit dizzy up here at the 19th floor of our building in Makati

An unspecified magnitude earthquake felt in Makati and Quezon City, probably Metro Manila but not felt in Laguna.

I've yet to know the magnitude from Philvocs and USGS and the epicenter, not too strong actually for a tsunami unless it's really strong.

Be safe everyone...Hope there's no damage to an already struggling country afraid of the magnitude of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. from a country in the pacific ring of fire and many fault lines like the enarby marikina fault line (west valley)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

IE9 Bug or Error: Cannot Publish Blogger Post Using Internet Explorer 9

I recently updated my notebook's Internet explorer to version 9 and now using it with ease but when I was posting the blog entry prior to this, I can't seem to publish my post for unknown reasons on Blogger platform but the Save button is ok

I saved the draft post, closed my IE9 window then fired up Google Chrome, logged in and open up the draft post on the Edit tab of Blogger, it's not published.

Is this an IE9 bug or error onn No problem using Google Chrome and Firefox as I'm using it to update my main blog (using different browsers just to simultaneously log in)

hope it's just an IE9 hiccup!

BSP, Banco Filipino Bank Run, Bankruptcy or Bank Holiday?

Last Tuesday, Banco Filipino depositors, clients and account holders were surprised to see all banco Filipno branches closed and only security guards at the baking premises to tell irate people to go back when Banco Filipino will open again.

TV news of Banco Filipino and BSP now feature Perfecto Yasay, Banco Filipino's vice-chair, blames BSP for Banco Filipino's "bankruptcy"...

Want to know the truth about Banco Filipino and other latest news? Well it's such a complicated and long history behind the battle between the bank and the bank regulator.

The rift between Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Banco Filipino dates back to the time when BSP (thru the former central bank of the Philippines) ordered BF closed but later re-opened. The Supreme Court already ruled the BSP closing of Banco Filipino was arbitratry.

Banco Filipino has a pending case against BSP because of this asking for compensation while it is also BSP job to help banks asking for assistance, part of their job as regulators.

Will Banco Filipino re-open and not close temporarily and not permanently? I think so. They have been closed before and will be able to do it again. They've been through tough times and also did you notice the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) did not step in?

Banco Filipino is not really bankrupt, they still have PhP18,000,000,000.00++ in equity but they got an overdraft last weekend and so wanted to borrow P3B from the BSP that BSP didn't provide. Banco Filipino decided the next day to temporarily close their bank.

I suggest in the best interest of Banco Filipino clients and the banking industry in general, BSP and banco Filipino iron our their differences to help Banco Filipino out of the current mess. Enough of the bickering on national TV.


I'm from the banking industry, but not a Banco Filipino insider. I learned about Banco Filipino early this week but didn't disclose them in this pathetic blog (that nobody reads anyway, unlike my main travel blog), due to sensitivity of the Banco Filipino news (but i'm privileged enough to be aware of some of the real scoop). The information has been made public already with Banco Filipino and BSP people, lawayers, trading barbs with Banco Filipino claiming it's BSP's fault and the source of the smear campaign against Banco Filipino. As of now, Banco Filipino branches are closed and ATMs offline to stave off mass withdrawals of depositors and avert a bank run.

Latest News Banco Filipino Bank Run, Banco Filipino Bank Holiday, Banco Filipino Bankruptcy, Banco Filipino Bankcrupt. How to withdraw your money deposits from Banco Filipino

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hoax: Acid Rain from Japan Nuclear Power Plant Explosion

Several text messages from wifey that warns me not to go out due to meltdown of a nuclear power plant whose cooling system was damaged by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake last friday.

“PAALALA: 4:30 in the afternoon sumabog ung isang nuclear power plant sa Fukumi (sic). Kapag umulan daw mamaya at bukas, wala daw lalabas. Kung kung lalabas kayo,siguraduhin nyong nkakapote o nkapayong kayo dhl kpag naulanan kayo, delikado daw, may tendency na masunog balat nyo, mkalbo o mgka cancer. Pls pass"

REMINDER: 4:30 in the afternoon, a nuclear power plant exploded in Fukumi. Do not go out if it rains later and tomorrow. If you are going out, wear a raincoat or use an umbrella because if you get rained on it’s said to be dangerous. There is tendency that your skin will be burned, you will go bald or will get cancer. ”

The truth: radioactive gases don't react with water to form acid rain. it also doesn't react with water since it's metallic. gaseous substances and pollution in the air like sulphur and nitrogen react with the clouds form acid rain.

The Philippines is too far away from Japan to be affected by the nuclear problem and is really still normal radiation levels.

The sender of the text message may mean well but is really creating panic and false information

Friday, February 25, 2011

Globe Billing Charges iPhone 3G/3GS/4 Problem and Solution

I have an iPhone 3G and now a new iPhone 4 that I rarely use for Internet broswsing since I only love the camera, particularly of the iPhone 4 with vastly improved features. I got billed for about P3k when I did a jailbrek for my iPhone 3G but after that I learned how to avoid it.

One time I visited Globe business center in Trinoma and found an irate globe subscriber complaining about Globe overbilling iPhone postpaid account for accumulating thousands of pesos but really using it.

it turned out the settings of her iPhone is not tweaked to disallow instant connection to the Internet when it requires a connection, something most iPhone users are unaware.

I dont' know what happened to the complaint, as far as i know, being ignorant of the fact that the iPhone connects to the Internet and Globe will wither charge you PhP0.12/kB or PhP5/15 minutes (for time based). Leaving your iPhone in default settings can really jack up your monthly bill even you don't actually use.

It's just a case of RTFM, know your new iPhone so you won't get in the same boat as those other people.

How to avoid Globe Overbilling iPhone?
Turn off Cellular data (Settings > General > Network). It should be grayed out (Off)

another iPhone Tip, much better than the first one is to edit the APN entry so as to avoid accidental activaation of Globe cellular data:

Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network >

edit the APN by adding anything you may desire like OFF then deleting the OFF when you need to connect

this is an effective way to avoid Globe overbilling iPhone.

another trick I use at home is to use my laptop, connected to the Internet via Sun Broadband or Globe Tatoo, then configure my laptop as a wifi Internet router with Internet connection sharing where my iPhone can connect.

It's easy and does not need another hardware to do. More on this next time :P

Note: this can also happen even if you're using Smart or Sun Cellular. If you're a prepaid subscriber, you'll use up your load in no time. A similar situation for Blackberry phone users and also for Apple iPad 3G even if it's turned off.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

DIY PDR (Paintless Dent Repair) Guide, Anyone?

Sakura, my Toyota Vios 2006 has a small dent, actually a ding or dimple on the left side front door caused probably by children playing near my car one time when I parked it on the street.

A few days ago, I noticed three new dings on my car hood that's very noticeable even wifey readily noticed it so I figured I can try my hand at DIY (do it yourself) paintless dent repair to remove the dents, dings and dimples on my car if it's easy.

I've already done research for PDR services cost about P300/dent depends on size of the dent but I'm challenged that I can do itmyself not just to save on costs but probably a future "racket" or business.

To those who've experienced paintless dent repairs (PDR) what did you noticed?

did the pop-a-dent or other PDR tools effeective?
is the heat gun blow dryer method required to heat the paint to avoid damaging it needed?
does using a spoon to massage a dent effective and not worsen the dent?
does the ice cube method of heating and freezing a dent work?

is there a tutorial for paintless dent repair? how to do paintless dent repair? methods, tips and tricks of the trade?

I probably hire a home service PDR guy to do it for me and observe first before doing it. It's such a small price to pay for a small dent but i'll learn from it. An officemates' honda civic got cheap PDR service recently for P400 at honda casa :P

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

How to Replace Brake Lights (Toyota Vios)

I recently noticed the third brake light of Sakura, my Toyota Vios' name, is not working since the red light reflects on the car's rear window

When I asked someone to verify while I apply the brakes, the left "stop light" also is intermittent. When I opened the hood and checked the wiring (Toyota vios wiring diagram is pretty straightforward) the light went on and I simply returned the wiring harness back.

The next day, I checked the third brake light by removing the light assembly by simply pulling towards me then lifting it up to reveal the busted light bulb.

I again checked the tail light assembly and this time I discovered the second brake light is also busted-- I was driving with just one brake light on, such a dangerous one but glad I'm just on slow moving traffic.

I simply bought the two busted brake lamps at the nearby auto supply shop near Munoz, Quezon City for just P35.00 and installed them.

Now I'm back to the safe side, three brake lights working. Park lights and head lights and fog lamps, hazard and turn lights all confirmed working.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Canon 60D Price in Hidalgo, Quiapo, Manila

With my impending replacement of my aging Nikon D80, I'm also mulling a return to the Canon world again with the reccently released Canon 60D to replace the Canon 50D.

How much does the canon 60D costs in Hidalgo, Quiapo, Manila? How will Canon 60D vs Nikon D90 and Nikon D700?

Canon 60D sells somewhere in the P51k price range in Hidalgo (body only, no kit lens). I wanted the BG-E9 battery grip to come with it too plus a backup battery

A trip to downtown Manila along with my other favorite haunt, Raon for electronics, is in the offing :P

Canon Prices Hidalgo
Nikon Prices Hidalgo

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Tamron Lens Price, Hidalgo, Quiapo, Manila

For people like me looking for the latest price list of tamron lenses in hidalgo, the photographers haven in Quiapo, Manila. I'm hoping to buy the tamron 17-50 2.8 at the cheapest possible price without sacrificing warranty and quiality.

Tamron Price List in Hidalgo 2011:

Tamron 70-300
AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 P8,500.00

Tamron 18-270
AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) P23,000.00

Tamron 11-18
SP AF11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) P31,000.00

Tamron 17-35
SP AF17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF) P29,000.00

Tamron 17-50 2.8
SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) P18,500.00

Tamron 17-50 2.8 VC
SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) P22,500.00

Tamron 28-75
SP AF28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) P18,000.00

Tamron 90 2.8 Macro
SP AF90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro P22,500.00

Tamron 70-300 4-5.6 VC
SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD P24,800.00

Note: prices quoted from Henry's camera. You can call other hidalgo
shops to haggle cheaper prices if you can at Avenue, Mayer's (if mang
ramon is in a good mood), Watson's et al

Tip: Prices of Camera, Lenses and other photography stuff in Hidalgo
is cheaper if you buy in cash. ATMs nearby include BDO (inside SM), BPI
and Citystate Savings (BancNet)

Some stores carry in-store warranty thus the lower prices

advantages and disadvantages of tamron lenses:

Advantage versus Nikon and Sigma: Cheap and sharp (tamron 17-50 vs
nikkor 18-55 vs sigma 18-50)

available in Canon-mount or nikon mount

Disadvanctage: there's no such thing as Tamron Service center
Philippines. There are many lens repair shops in Hidalgo who can repair
your lenses though.

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