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