Wednesday, April 29, 2020

A Tale of A Realme Dealer and Merchandizer

Today I filed a complaint against a Realme Dealer via the DTI email:

I want to complain about a Realme Dealer who cancelled my online order simply because I vent out my frustration over a late package for a Cash On Delivery purchase.
Last April 26, 2020 I placed an order online for a Realme i5 cellphone on their Facebook page. It went to a Google Doc and I filled out all the necessary information. I got a confirmation message via SMS that my order will be delivered the same day. However, it didn’t.

Monday, April 27, 2020 I got a message from Tin of Realme asking me to confirm the order. This time I have to fill out another form via SMS. After filling in the form, she confirmed that I will have it delivered same day. The delivery fee is P300. That afternoon, I got a message saying “Nagkaroon daw po problem ang dealer sa pag pick up ng stocks today” that’s why it was not delivered.

The next day, April 28, 2020 I got another message explaining why it can’t be delivered again because of a “1 day total lockdown sa area ng dealer” with a promised “Bukas pa din po maideliver ang order mo po”.

Today, I got another message from her saying that the order is already with the rider. I’ve waited until late this afternoon but the dealer called me instead. Saying that the order was not included in the rider’s itinerary. I vent out my frustration over the phone with the caller (who turns out to be the dealer). He offered to have it delivered tomorrow which I agreed.

A few minutes later, I got a message from Tim of Realme saying that the dealer cancelled my order altogether in spite of the conversation we had a few minutes earlier that I still want the order delivered tomorrow.

This is unacceptable behavior from a business/dealer. The dealer 0998-960-7357 not only lied to me (saying that he’ll deliver the merchandize tomorrow) but cancelled my order without my knowledge.

I hope to hear from you regarding this complaint.

Elmer Domingo

Both the dealer and the merchandizer messaged me via SMS. They showed the two faces of customer service – the uncaring dealer for the brand Realme and the empathetic merchandizer who showed what caring for the brand really is.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Duterte Spreads False Info About #Covid19

Yes, you read that right – no other than President Duterte is spreading false information about the Corona Virus Disease a.k.a. #Covid19

In his late night conference yesterday April 3, 2020 he mentioned that #Covid19 is airborne and that you could die from it within 2 days. Both information from #Duterte have already been debunked by the World Health Organization.

Here’s the transcript of his speech explaining the #Covid19 in Filipino:

Nag-desisyon na kaagad ako kasi pinag-aralan ko na ang Covid. Sinusundan ko na ang Corona Virus d'yan. Because I read. Nagbabasa ako. Hindi ko na sabihin kung anong binabasa ko basta binabasa ko. I keep posted myself. CNN tapos yang about yan. Yang Covid in just a matter of 2 days kasi yung mga pasaherong sumakay ng eroplano umuwi yun. Mga turista umuwi kung saan. Pagdating nun sa kanila, pasa sila, kain, labas. Kaya walang katapusan. Kaya spread. Kaya ganun. Kaya ang pinagbabawal kasi hindi matapos ito. Kaya kung ayaw ninyo kayo na lang ang tapusin ko. Para maprotektahan ko yung mga inosente na ayaw mamatay. 

If you keep on converging na kung saan-saan ka, then you spread the... it's airborne... hangin eh. Pag mag ubo ka dito *cough* Ilang metro yan... dadalhin doon. Mikrobyo yan eh. Part of the hangin. Kasali ng hangin yan...pag meron dung isa... sabi mo wala naman akong nilapitan. Wala nga. But it's deadly. In 2 days ano ba yun namatay in 2 days. May isang prominenteng tao... kausap pa n'ya yung asawa n'ya. Nag-video sila. Buti na lang na save ng ano... 2 days patay. Kaya...(inaudible)
At right at the beginning I must be very frank and very emphatic about it. Not really in strong words, sinabi ko may dadating na sakit. Walang gamot ito. Ang gamot nito ang katawan mo lang. Hindi ito TB. Hindi ito yung nasugatan. Hindi ito yung mabaril na magkaroon ng nana o ano. Antibiotic yan mabubuhay ka. 

Ang veerus katawan mo talaga. Kaya nga tamaan ka ng kung anong sakit chickenpox hindi ka na tatamaan ulit. German measles pag dumaan ka hindi ka na... Kasi ang katawan mo alerted na, may mga sundalo tayo sa katawan... antibodies. Na 'pag may pumasok na mga germs yung ating katawan hindi n'ya kilala eh ung kalaban n'ya. Basta sige lang. Sa loob magmi-mix sila. Maya-maya kinakain na ang katawan natin. At that time ma-weaken ito... ang lungs. In 2 days ubusin kainin talaga ng veerus ung katawan mo. Baga mo. Baga ba yun sa Tagalog? What what's...? Baga rin? Bisaya yan. So ganun.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

An Open Letter to Sec Mark Villar Re: 2,709 Bridges

Honorable Mark Villar
Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH)

Dear Mr Secretary,

This is regarding the recent report of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on the event of the Duterte Legacy Photo Exhibit.

In that infographics, it was mentioned that there were 2,709 bridges project. May I know how many of these are actual bridge construction and how many are merely repairs/rehabilitations?

I've reviewed the DPWH Twitter and Facebook page and I've only counted 146 bridges constructed/repaired. This is very far from the 2,709 bridges project that the PCOO is boasting. Attached is the Excel file I compiled of these projects your office reported on social media.
I believe that the PCOO report is misleading since it didn't provide details on many of these bridges were constructed and how many were mere repairs/rehabilitations.

I'm also requesting a detailed breakdown of these bridges that PCOO mentioned through your office. I also submitted the request via the FOI Portal as well.
If I may suggest, please create a separate Twitter or FB account that will only posts completed bridges/airport projects. It will make it easier for concern citizens like me to track down DPWH projects. Your current Twitter and FB page is cluttered with the following announcements that makes it hard for us to de-clutter:
  • · Lakbay Alalay (Undas)
  • · Road Closure/Clearing Operation
  • · Big One Preparedness Program
  • · Typhoon Updates
  • · Coastal Clean-up
  • · Seminars
  • · Installation of water collectors
Likewise, I'm requesting a breakdown of the 243 seaports that was also mentioned in the infographics. How many of these seaports were constructed from scratch? How many are mere repair/rehabilitation.

Hoping for your immediate action regarding this request,

Elmer Domingo
Blogger and Citizen from Pasig City

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Ragnarok Champions’ League 2019

The Siege of the Year is Here: Ragnarok Champions’ League 2019

It’s the time of the year again for the biggest siege of the Ragnarok Online guilds reigning from Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore: the Ragnarok Champions’ League.

The Ragnarok Champions’ League is all about dominating the War of Emperium 2, a weekly siege where guilds conquer castles. But this year, there will be a twist as the mechanics will be different from last year. The weekly rankings will be unpredictable because guilds will have the chance to lose or steal their hard-earned points from WoE in Fight Night which is going to be a part of the competition.

Starting on October 17, in six weeks, guilds will contend in the guild war (WoE 2) every Thursday to gain points depending on the castles they’ve conquered. Every week, the points for each castle change. Then, they will have to risk gaining or losing their points in Fight Night that will happen every Saturday.

The results determine their rank for the week which will be updated in the event’s scoreboard. When the final battle concludes, the 1st in rankings will receive a cash prize of PHP 100,000 with 12 God item ingredients and 6,000 White Potion Box. There will also be a maximum of PHP 105,000 cash prize for the Fight Night on top of the total cash prize of PHP 180,000 which really gets the gears turning for the guilds to prepare. Aside from getting the cash and in-game items as prizes, the top 6 guilds will also have the chance to participate in a bigger competition.

In the war of conquering and overpowering, how will these guilds try to take the reins? Who will have an aggressive take? Who will use their wits and outsmart their foes? Whose war cry will drown the others and be heard the most? Anticipate as the best of conquerors rise and be the champion of the league. Full details of the competition can be found on the official Ragnarok Online PH website: .

Monday, September 30, 2019

Blogapalooza’s Blogafest 2019

It’s an annual thing that I’ve been attending since 2016. This year, it’s again set to bring bloggers from all around the country to The City of Dreams, Manila for the annual Blogapalooza event. Yesterday it was announced via their Twitter account that it will be held on November 23, 2019 Saturday. They’re also asking bloggers to guess this year’s theme based on the emojis appearing on their tweet.

I’m guessing this year’s theme will be something like “Carnival”. I can’t wait for the event. For those who haven’t attended this massive blogging event, please go to the following Eventbrite link, register and use the password “blogafam” --

This year’s host is Hiyasmin Neri.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

UKEAS Study World Education Fair Returns on October

MANILA, Philippines – The Study World Education Fair is back to provide students in the Philippines with the chance to continue their education overseas on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, at the Shangri-La Makati, from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Students can meet representatives from the world’s leading universities, enjoy workshops, and explore scholarship and visa opportunities.

What is the UKEAS Study World Education Fair?
UKEAS is a global leader in education consultancy. With 36 offices in 6 countries, UKEAS provides free and impartial counselling and application services for students who wish to study in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and Singapore. UKEAS offers professional, comprehensive, and friendly service to students of all academic levels.
The Study World Education Fair brings representatives from the world’s leading universities together to empower students with the information they need to pursue an education abroad. Partner universities include the following, but not limited to:
· INTO – Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom)
· INTO – Manchester (United Kingdom)
· INTO – Marshal University (United States)
· INTO – Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
· INTO – Oregon State University (United States)
· INTO – Queen’s University of Belfast (United Kingdom)
· Istituto Marangoni (United Kingdom)
· Kaplan – International College Glasgow (United Kingdom)
· Kaplan – International College Liverpool (United Kingdom)
· Kaplan – University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
· Kaplan – University of York (United Kingdom)
· Leeds Beckett University (United Kingdom)
· University of Leeds (United Kingdom)
· S P Jain Global School of Global Management (Australia)
· SIM Global Education (Singapore)
· Canadore College (Canada)
· De Montfort University (United Kingdom)
· Goldsmiths University of London (United Kingdom)
· HULT Business School (United States, United Kingdom)
· Mander Portman Woodward – MPW (United Kingdom)
· Oncampus UK (United Kingdom)
· University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom)
· University of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
· University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
· Shorelight Education (United States)
In addition, guests can look forward to a number of workshops:
· How an International Creative Course Jumpstarts Your Career (Goldsmith’s University of London)
· How to Build a Globally Competitive Fashion Portfolio (Instituto Marangoni)
· Alumni Panel (UKEAS Alumni)
· IELTS Writing Tips & Techniques (Rosella Toerrecampo, IELTS Expert)

Why Study Overseas?There are many good reasons to pursue an education overseas. Some of the top benefits one can enjoy are the access to courses not offered in the Philippines while seeing and immersing in new cultures. This is a chance to develop new connections for future networking, explore new interests, improve your career prospects on a global stage, and experience independent living. It’s an exciting and positive chance to earn a brighter future for yourself!
The Time is Now to Study Abroad!
Experience workshops from top-ranking universities and learn about scholarship and student visa opportunities at the UKEAS Study World Education Fair on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, in Makati City, from 12:00 PM – 6:00PM. Register now at to begin your journey to study overseas!
Having 26 years of experience in free international education advisory, UKEAS has helped over 78,000 students achieve their dreams of pursuing courses in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, and Singapore. With more than 600 institution partnerships and 300 professional team members, UKEAS has made itself accessible to individuals by offering free services in 36 offices including Taiwan, Nigeria, Ghana, UK, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Learn more at and become a member of its online community at
For more information, please contact:Danise Flores | Media Relations | Centaur Marketing | +63 917 651 5984

Saturday, September 21, 2019

View of Bridgetowne from Rosario, Pasig

In my almost 3 years working in Bridgetowne Libis, this is the first time that I have taken picture of this place from the other side of the Marikina River. Sharing with you the pictures of Zeta, Exxa and Tera from Rosario, Pasig City. Here’s an info about this place.

Bridgetowne Business Park – is one of Robinsons Land Corporation’s (RLC) 3 IT parks together with CyberGate (Mandaluyong) and Robinson’s CyberGate (Davao). It’s a mixed-use development located along C-5 road, Ugong Norte, Quezon City. The development is located near the Ortigas Central Business District. (1) and is easily accessible to public transportation such as jeepneys, MRT, and shuttle services connecting to major roads such as EDSA, Ortigas Avenue, and E. Rodriguez Jr Avenue. (2)
Bridgetowne is a 30-hectare property that will have a Robinson’s Mall and a hotel (3) and is worth P30-billion (4). It started out as a two-hectare property in Libis acquired by RLC in 2012 from Republic Glass Holdings Inc. Bridgetowne will span both sides of the Pasig River (near Rosario) and is expected to be completed by 2022. (5)
Three buildings are currently situated in Bridgetowne – Tera, Exxa and Zeta. A 4th building called Giga is currently being constructed. All these buildings are PEZA-registered prime office buildings.
Bridgetowne IT park in Quezon City is quickly proving to be a major IT-BPO business hub, with influential IT-BPO industry players established a headquarters in the area already.
Today, there are numerous office spaces for rent in Bridgetowne ranging from private offices to coworking space for companies that want to operate in Quezon City. There are a few key reasons driving Bridgetown as a location of choice for IT BPO players. (6)
In April 2016, the 1,000 square meters Robinson’s Bridgetowne Tent was unveiled (7). In July 2019, RLC teamed up with Hong Kong Land Group to jointly invest around P5.6 billion to develop a residential enclave in Bridgetowne (7).