Hello, Yellow Cab & Max’s Group. Will You Ever Reimburse Me?

In two months’ time I will have commemorated my 1 year anniversary of not having been reimbursed by Yellow Cab. Someone once told me no matter how insignificant the amount owed may be, you still have to get back what’s yours.

On August 6, 2016, I ordered via Yellow Cab’s mobile app. An error appeared when I clicked through the payment gateway – it rejected the transaction on the grounds that my card did not have sufficient balance. Well, I checked before I ordered so I was sure I had enough on my reloadable prepaid card (it was the RCBC Mercury Drug MyWallet Visa Card). However, when I checked my balance and transaction history in my RCBC AccessOne mobile app, I saw the amount due for the Yellow Cab order had been deducted.

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I contacted Yellow Cab’s customer support and they sent me a screenshot of their system indicating the transaction I made using the MyWallet Visa card was rejected.

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By September 18, 2016 I had to contact RCBC’s Customer Support because I was still not refunded the amount. October came and RCBC had not replied. If you don’t proactively follow up with them, they’d forget it about it. Out of sight, out of mind.

By October 29, 2016, RCBC’s Customer Support told me that according to their ATM center, they could no longer do a reversal because the amount had already been remitted to the merchant. After that date, all subsequent e-mail exchange had been between Yellow Cab or a representative of the Max’s Group as they are collectively called and I.

On November 1, 2016 I had to send a follow-up e-mail to Max’s Group because my October 29th e-mail was ignored. Jharry from Customer Care replied that they will be coordinating with their merchant bank and that “Rest assured that we are with you in monitoring this concern.”

Silence. On November 17, 2016, I decided to send a follow-up e-mail. No reply. On November 21, 2016, I reiterated my request for an update. NOTHING. On December 2, 2016, I sent an e-mail again. I did get a reply on December 3, 2016 that they have not received a reply from their merchant bank yet. Sure. My December 28, 2016 and January 25, 2017 e-mails were ignored.

Thank you so much, Max’s Group, for ignoring me.

 

 

 

 

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Alex Wallet Purchased From Instagram Seller

We all know not only is Instagram a great place for sharing photos but it has also been a burgeoning marketplace mainly because of its straightforward marketing capabilities, rivaling Facebook at that. I have purchased from Instagram resellers for a few years already and with some of the sellers I’ve done repeat purchases. The purchases I made from Instagram sellers were mainly beauty/hair products, smartphone accessories, food products and wallets. It is for the wallet department that I want to raise awareness about so other Instagram users can be made aware.

Sometime in April this year I made a purchase of the popular Alex wallet. It supposedly holds more cards than the regular wallet I had. I had seen the Alex wallet before from Instagram sellers I have followed and after a year it was still being advertised. Determined to purchase the Alex wallet at the time, I painstakingly looked through my backup OneDrive gallery to look for the screenshot I took of a few Philippine resellers who were advertising it. Browsing through hashtags for Alex wallet PH was easier though because the results gave me the updated resellers.

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Transaction was swift and soon I received the Alex wallet I purchased at PhP400. However, I did not even use it for more than a month when I opened the portions with zippers and found that from the inside the thin brown cloth lining it had been torn.

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I finally decided to purchase the card wallet at Daiso Japan two days ago and it holds the same number of cards as the Alex wallet one. For PhP88 it does seem to hold the promise of being more reliable than the Alex wallet which I purchased for almost 4x its price.

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Cooking Dash Daily Goals Cheat Sheet

When you’ve completed most of the shows in Cooking Dash and just want to earn additional free gold in Daily Goals, it can be cumbersome to do trial and error to finish the required task. Not too long ago I’ve come up with a small cheat sheet for Cooking Dash Daily Goals. These are the most common tasks in Daily Goals that I have repeatedly accomplished. I saved myself the trouble of trial and error by listing some of them. Not a complete list but this will definitely help save you time and supplies.

Grilled Steak in Barnyard BBQ – S1E4

Corn on The Cob in Barnyard BBQ – S2E2

French Fries in Table Steaks – S3E12

Steak in Table Steaks – S1E6

Tuna Roll in Enso Sushi – S1E4

Yellowtail Roll in Enso Sushi – S1E6

Onion Blossom in Medieval Dines – S1E8; S2E12

Dragon Soup in Medieval Dines – S1E4

Vegan Tostada in Taco Train – S1E14

​Steak Taco in Taco Train – S2E10

​​​Banana Crepe in Cat Lady Crepes – S1E5 and S1E6

​​Grilled Salmon Filet in Cat Lady Crepes – S1E2 and S1E3

Chocolate-Dipped Beetle in Adventurous Eats – S1E14; S3E1

Kelp ‘n’ Tentacles Smoothie in Adventurous Eats – S3E1

Boiled Terror Bird Egg in Caveman Paleo – S4E4

​Steamed Crab Legs in Pieces of Ate – S1E4

​Grilled Bread in Metal Chef Italian – S3E14

​​Grilled Okra in Chew Orleans – S4E8

​Garlic Fries in Out ‘n’ Inning – S1E9

Booking.com and Agoda

Lately I have been frequenting Booking.com and Agoda mobile apps because of my upcoming trips. Both mobile apps as well as their web versions are awesome to use. I first started using Booking.com last year but have only thought of considering Agoda lately at the suggestion of a friend. Here’s what I think about Booking.com and Agoda mobile apps:

1 – I like hotel stay prices to be displayed as the final amount I would be paying. In this regard, Booking.com would take the most points. With Agoda, I would only see the partial price and the breakdown of the price would be seen a few pages later.

2 – When it comes to newsletter subscription headings, I noticed I would tend to ignore and delete Booking.com e-mails on hotel deals because they don’t usually come off  as a “call to action” kind of heading. They generally are about the hotel deals of a specific city you were last recorded browsing using your account. Agoda, on the other hand, has headings about a specific discount. I often find myself clicking through the Agoda e-mails because of the tempting deals. The headings draw me in to check out how I can get the 10% discount as promised within a limited time period.

3 – I recently booked via Agoda at one hotel three times within a week and two times out of those I had to do cancellations. Luckily it was the same room and it was still available for the same dates. When I click on Bookings, there isn’t really much you can change from there even though, for example, the special requests drop down menu and the submit button are still active. This seems to me as somewhat rigid. When I initially booked the room, I set it to pay later and had only 1 card saved. When I wanted to change the card under the saved payment method within the booking itself, the system won’t let me do it. Overall, there is not much change you can do within the booking itself. I had to e-mail customer support regarding the availability of changing the payment method once I’ve made my decision to pay for the booking. After almost two days, I got the reply that changing the payment method was not possible and that I had to re-book. How cumbersome. When I cancelled, I received an e-mail confirmation and it had an invitation to take a survey and leave a feedback regarding the said booking. I certainly hope they take my suggestion seriously to be flexible with making changes to a booking within the particular reservation itself.

4 – What really attracted me to Booking.com in the first place was the fact that they enable the “pay at the hotel” feature in most reservations. Although free cancellations can also be found in Agoda reservations, there’s a catch called prepayment. Because things sometimes get shitty between GCash (the main card I use) and PayPal instant withdrawal transfers, I cannot always guarantee I can do an automatic prepayment using my GCash MasterCard when PayPal and GCash delay my funds for all the sluggish reasons just because they can.

5 – Both Booking.com and Agoda mobile apps load pretty quickly.

6 – I use AirAsia and Tiger Air as alternatives to Cebu Pacific. AirAsia and Tiger Air sometimes have special hotel deals when you book with them and I have been able to apply these discounted rates because of their affiliated promos with Booking.com. Agoda offers Point Max where you can choose to earn miles for a particular booking. It’s not retroactive as you would have to determine your rewards program first. Only when you come to the select rooms section will you be able to view deals like how many miles you can earn with your already chosen rewards program if you book a particular room.

 

 

Withdrawing Upwork Funds to GCash via PayPal

As I promised in a previous article, here is the video I made for withdrawing Upwork funds to GCash via PayPal. I  have started using PayPal because Skrill will no longer be supported by Upwork as a withdrawal method by April 24, 2017. Withdrawing funds in Upwork to GCash via PayPal is instant. Do not forget to link your PayPal account first with your GCash account. Only one GCash account can be linked to your PayPal account.

Cambiar El Tamaño de Una Imagen a 1 MB desde Camera Roll en iPhone

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He encontrado una solución para reajustar imágenes dentro del iPhone para ajustarse al límite de tamaño de archivo en BWS. Ayer traté de enviar un artículo en BWS con un archivo adjunto. Sin embargo, el tamaño del archivo excede de 2 MB. El tamaño máximo permitido es de sólo 1 MB por lo que mi artículo se publicó sin una imagen. No tenía acceso a una computadora portátil. Intenté acceder al sitio PicResize.com en mi iPhone, pero me quedé atrapado en la página de la carga de imágenes. Fue frustrante que no podía usar PicResize ni ningún otro editor de fotos en línea.

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Afortunadamente, se me ocurrió una solución más rápida. Lo que resolvió el problema para mí fue los siguientes pasos:

1. Seleccioné la imagen que quería cambiar el tamaño y hice clic en el icono Compartir en la esquina inferior izquierda.

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2. Elegí Correo y la envié a mi propio correo electrónico.

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3. 1MB equivale a 1.024KB. Elegí Medio y la envié a mi correo electrónico.

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Descargé la foto redimensionada al Camera Roll. Volví a BWS para corregir mi artículo y encontré, por fin, la foto recién ajustada a 1MB correctamente.

Este tutorial corto y sencillo funciona si:

– actualmente no tiene acceso a una computadora portátil y sólo tiene un iPhone a mano.

– tu iPhone está en iOS 6.

– la conexión a Internet está muy lenta para acceder a cualquier editor de fotos en línea desde Safari.

SMS Sent to 447786205094

I rarely examine my cellular phone’s monthly statement but two days ago was an exception and I found a PhP180+ worth of sms sent to a UK number, 447786205094.

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I had noticed this before but brushed it off as some of those mobile verification text messages some websites like Yahoo!, GMail and Outlook would usually send. The frequency this time as indicated in the statement suddenly got me curious and it prodded me to look into my Messages app but no existing international sms seem to correspond with the dates the charges were made. When I did a Google search, I learned that all these sms sent to 447786205094 pertain to Facetime activation. I never really thought these popups cost that much.

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It finally dawned on me how I incurred those charges. I do recall there was a period when I would often switch from one sim to the second (exactly why I bought a cheaper Android phone few months ago) and every time I insert a new sim, I would see that popup message and would then click OK.

This happens to other international mobile carriers as well and I have read some have asked for refunds. As for my case, I would be more careful to enable and disable Facetime each and every time I take out and replace my sim card.