GIN BLOSSOMS in Manila! November 2010!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Here's a screen grab from their site:

Sched is:

November 19 - Cebu, Waterfront Hotel & Casino!
November 20 - Araneta Coliseum!


Pedicure: CAN!

Singlish?  Well, I translated it literally from:  Pedicure? Pwede!

I have friends who have warned me againsts having my pedis done.  They say that there might be chemicals that can be harmful to the baby.  To be honest, I was sad - because, I hate cutting my toe nails!  It's my every two week 'me-time' when I go to my suking nail salon.

Lo and behold!

I got this in my email!!

I am thrilled!!


Forever21's Maternity Line

And it gets better!

Forever21 now has a maternity line!

I just hope that they have it here too!!

I actually found the article quite funny - as they were able to analyze that the Maternity line will be sold in states with a high number of teenage pregnancy!!  Tsk.. Tsk..

Being pregnant, one should still be fashionable! 

Article from Time Newsfeeds

I miss the shower..

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

We're currently experiencing water shortage.

It's been three days - Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

I have a confession to make - I miss using the shower.

Photo credited to THIS site

I've been using the old fashioned tabo and balde.

But you know what I figured out? I can use LESS water with using the balde & tabo as compared to using the shower!

I wonder, how much water do I use up when I use the shower?  Because with the balde & tabo - I just consume one (1) whole balde!

That's one for me and one for my Panget!


As much as I'd like to conserve water, I hope that we can fashion a device that will ease and utilize the use of the balde & tabo method.

What do you think?

Any suggestions??

Maynilad Water Problems..

Monday, July 19, 2010

We've actually had water problems since February - March this year. 

It was such a hassle because we had no idea on when the water supply will be up and about.  So our helpers and my mom was on-guard, checking every how many hours.  One of our neighbors even gave up sleep of a night so as to find out when she will have water!!

It's such a hassle.

But last May to June, the water supply was back to normal.

Last week, I've been reading complaints on Facebook - well because the water crisis is there again!  Apparantly, Angat dam's water level is low so they've switched off supplying them to Maynilad.


Last Friday, Maynilad issued a 'schedule' for the water interruption.  We downloaded a copy and read it so that we'll be somehow in the know.

But guess what, the schedule? NOT ACCURATE AT ALL!!

The schedule for the INTERRUPTION was supposed to be at 4PM till 11PM but our water supply was already gone 5AM Friday!!  We had water just yesterday at 4:30PM!!

And this morning at 6AM - the water supply was gone.. and until now.


It's such a hassle!!!!!!!!

I'm SURE - I'm NOT the only one having the same problem!!!!!!!

How are you when you're HUNGRY?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Some people are irritable, while some are just normal.  Some become braindead and are lost, while some say they experience feeling their brains full of air.

Me?  Well, I just realized that I am masungit when I am hungry.

You see, this past week - I've been feeling hungry more often.  Maybe because I am six weeks on the way.  I do not usually feel the hunger perse, I mean - I know its time to eat - thus I eat, but lately - I've been having these sudden hunger pains, considering that I eat a light breakfast nowadays before I take my daily dose of folic acid.  I feel hungry more often, and when I look at the clock - its barely been two hours!!

Is this normal?

 Okay - so how did I realize that I am masungit?  Well, during this evening's dinner - while waiting for our table, I suddenly felt really hungry, as in really really hungry.  (I wondered because at about 3:30 in the afternoon, I was snacking on toasted bread!  But then being six weeks on the way - I thought, that might have been the reason why I was hungry)  I was irritated, because we were still waiting for our table right?  I wanted to order, but couldn't!  And so I had to wait - I told my Panget that I was hungry (which I never am!) and he said that he felt just the same.  I reiterated to him that I was hungry, as in really hungry and I needed food fast, or else I think I'd faint!  Good thing - right after that, we got our table!

It took another 10 minutes before our food arrived, and when it did - I immediately said that I would eat first because I was sooooo hungry.  And after that first bite - everything was normal.

I was happy and in a normal mood again!!

Now, I understand it when they say that when you're expecting - you get hungry, as in really hungry.

I will now learn to bring crackers with me, so that when I get hungry - I can munch on something! :)

This is the start of my journey, wish me luck!! :)

Smart WRONG KEYWORD charging!

Friday, July 16, 2010

I looked at my rewards points and saw that i had about 44,000 points.

 I attached a photo that I copied from the Smart Web Connect site - it said text REDEEM to 9800

And so I did - and when I did, I received an automated reply that said:

Now, why the HELL am I being charged for a wrong keyword that I just COPIED & FOLLOWED from the Smart Webconnect site??


Had the instructions said to text REDEMPTION instead of REDEEM - I wouldn't have been charge P1.00 for the wrong keyword!!


Smart Buddy: AND it happens YET AGAIN!!

This is the exact email that I sent to Smart's customer care email, MVP's email and Inquirer's The Consumer:

Service Request # 315892069

And it happens YET again.

I just lost 500+ text messages today, it happens YET again!!

Yesterday - July 15, 2010 at 11:08am - I checked my balance and it read:
Load: P353.00
Free texts to all networks: 851

I checked it again - July 15, 2010 at 19:33pm it read:
Load: P353.00
Free texts to all networks: 375

I check it again - July 15, 2010 at 22:07pm it read:
Load: P323.00
Free text to all networks: 375

I check it again - July 15, 2010 at 23:33pm it read:
Load: P323.00
Free text to all networks: 375

I then called the CS hotline - the call was received by Ms. Flor Palileo, I asked her to check my account details and she confirmed to me the following:
a) My FREE texts to all networks amounted to 683 (composed of 83 free texts from the 500 e-load, 44 free text messages from my call & text card, 83 free texts from the 500 e-load, and 473 free texts that were returned to me)

b) That I sent 3 local text messages and 2 international text messages (which amounted to P30.00 and was deducted accordingly to my balance)

1. Why the inconsistency in the data? The text message I got from Buddy Balance said that I had only 375 free text messages to all networks? While the date of the CSR was that I had 683 free texts to all networks!

2) Since the CSR confirmed that I sent out only THREE (3) local text messages, why was the balance of the free text to all networks not subtracted accordingly and correctly? 851 - 3 = 848? (If you count it properly - the balance was 851 subtract the 3 local text messages you'll get the figure 848 free text messages, am I right?) I was also told my that there is NO EXPIRY for free text messages to all networks! I just loaded my mobile number yesterday with P500.00 and now - I am missing 473 free text messages!!

3) I've complained about this before - and was told that the CSRs can only see as far back as 7 days. I am writing to you now because I do not want those 7 days to lapse again and be given the reason that 'the system cannot see more than 7 days prior to the complaint'


Please respond accordingly - because this is UNFAIR!!

Please resolve this as this is very unfair! We pay for the load that we use up and expect to use them up COMPLETELY without anything missing.

Put yourself in my shoes - tell me if you'll take this lightly or not.


This is the most recent balance inquiry that I did through their webconnect:


GIN BLOSSOMS in Manila!! This is IT!!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Just got this from Gin Blossom's fan page in Facebook:

It's confirmed then!!!!


Smart's 1time goodwill appeasement..

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Last weekend, I got a direct message from SmartCares:
(Read from the bottom post up as the first message is at the bottom)

Okay - to be honest, I was insulted.  Why?  Because to appease me, they're just throwing in 500 free global texts!  I mean, the reason why I'm complaining is not about getting a 'freebie' out of them, but to get to the truth of where my missing 570+ free text messages were!

At first, I thought of accepting it and forgetting the whole thing, but then I realized - when I accept this, it will mean that all my complaining will be for nothing!  I mean, for sure they will just stop and deem the complaint as 'closed' and 'resolved' because I accepted their offer, right?  And I do not want that!  I want justice!  I want them to investigate where in hell are my missing 570+ free text messages!

I've asked a lot of people on their opinion on this and they told me just to accept it, because - I got what I wanted.  But you see, this is NOT what I wanted.  What I wanted was a PROPER investigation on where my 570+ missing FREE text messages were!  You can read in one of their messages that indeed, I was right - FREE TEXT TO ALL NETWORKS HAS NO EXPIRY!  So where did my 570+ free texts go?  Why did it just disappear??

I wrote them another letter relaying my reluctance to accept.  I mean, I do value good customer service - but not this way.  No shortcuts just to appease me.

Some may say that I'm making a big deal out of this but - yes, I truly am - because 570+ free text messages is not something you can just throw away - in reality, it's almost as if  570+ pesos was suddenly missing from your wallet?  Say on June 20 you had about 913pesos, then on June 30 - you checked and saw that you only had 316pesos left!  Won't you wonder what happened?  Won't you trace back to June 20 and check out your expenses one by one just to make sure that every peso was accounted for?  You will right?  And that is exactly what I am doing now.

I just hope that Smart can investigate on this, I hope this can be resolved in the correct way - no shortcuts.

Me thinks - if I was given this one time goodwill appeasement, should ALL those who have complained (previously and currently) be given the same kind treatment?

Esep... Esep!

One of my FAVORITE drinks in the world...

Monday, July 05, 2010



I'm sure a lot of people will raise an eyebrow - but I am one who appreciates and loves drinking Milk!!

Loooooove Milk!!

Just discovered recently that Parmalat now owns St. Paul's!  Goodie!!!

Team Carnival's My FAVORITE FRIENDS episodes..

I thought this topic would be easy but it isn't!

I mean to pick just 5 episodes out of the 10 seasons?


So how about this - my favorite episodes in random order.

1)  The One with the Emryos
This has got to be one of my favorites.  I loved the competition between the girls and the guys, what I loved more were the questions formulated by Ross!  You know, watching this episode over and over again - makes me wonder, since there were questions in all catergories that were not picked - what questions were they??!!

My favorite question was 'What is Chandler Bing's job?'  Hahahaha!!

2) The One with the Proposal
I never thought that Chandler would ever want to get married, and so this is one of my favorites because it made me cry!  Monica proposed to Chandler!

This episode made me cry and laugh at the same time.

3)  The One that could have been
What really could have been?  I immensely enjoyed this episode because it shows that whatever they do - they will still end up together!

I especially like this episode because of the 'fat' Monica

4) The one where Monica gets a roomate
 The episode that started it all!  It was a great 10 years with you guys!!  Thank you Martha Kaufman, David Crane and Kevin Bright!!

If not for this episode, no FRIENDS to write about!
Also - Joey wasn't as 'cutely dumb' as he is now!!

5)  The One with the Halloween Party
Everyone was in a costume!!

My favorite was seeing Gunther dress up ast Charlie Brown!

This hosting has made me think of another topic - Who was your favorite GUEST STAR on Friends!

Here's what my two other Team Carnival friends said about their FAVORITE Friends episodes:

Mindy shared five of her favorite episodes and one of them had the line when 'the Messers become the Messe's'

Sheila shared two that involved questions being answered and of the answers were 'Paper! Snow! A Ghost!'

Come and join us in Team Carnival, I promise - its FUN!

Missing 500+ FREE text from Smart Buddy!!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Here's the deal - last June 20, 2010 I checked my Smart Buddy's balance - it said that I had load credits amounting to P2.31 with 913 FREE text messages to ALL networks.

Last June 30, 2010 out of curiousity, I checked my balance - the load credit was still the same at P2.31 while the FREE text messages to ALL networks was depleted to only 316.  This got me irritated, I immediately called the Smart hotline - to which my call was REJECTED because I had insufficient load to make the call!  I then used a landline, and was once again rejected because of the same reason.  I had to punch in a friend's number just to get through and these are what transpired:

June 30, 2010 about 5 in the afternoon:
I was able to speak to a CSR names Keanz Quintana.
-  I waited for the call back of Mr. Jasper Salapare (supervisor) because Keanz assured me that her supervisor will give me a call within the day
-  I never got a call back

July 1, 2010 at about 9 in the morning:
-  I called again and was able to speak to Virgie (?)
-  She then assured me that she will do the follow-up herself
-  I waited and never got a call back

July 2, 2010 at about 8 in the morning:
-  I called again and spoke to Chanelle Sison
-  She told me that as of 9:00pm on July 1, 2010 my free text messages to all networks is 166
-  I check my balance right there and then, the result was 307 FREE text messages to all networks
-  I asked how come there's a discrepancy with the information, she didn't know what to answer and instead told me to try checking my balance through 'WebConnect'
-  I got confused and asked her why I should check my balance through 'WebConnect' if I can check my balance on my mobile phone, does that mean that the balance I get on my mobile phone is not accurate?  She said 'Its accurate ma'am'
-  I then asked to speak to a supervisor and while waiting, the conversation was cut off
-  I called once again and was able to speak to CSR Eldrol Lumayag
-  I asked her to look for Chanelle Sison because our conversation was cut off - she then told me that they're thousands and she won't be able to locate Chanelle Sison.  I asked her to check my records to see if Chanelle left any remarks - and Chanelle did - she endorsed me to a TL Olga.
-  I then asked to speak to a supervisor and STILL CRS Eldrol Lumayag REFUSED to transfer the call, saying that 'Our supervisor is willing to give you a call naman talaga'  I know they're willing but the call is just NOT happening!
-  I am on the phone still with Eldrol and she said that the issue has been resolved - HOW THE HELL WAS IT RESOLVED??  I do not have ANY feedback whatsoever from them!

Can someone help me?  I am so FRUSTRATED already!!