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

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Grab vs Uber in Thailand

I have only ever used the Uber mobile app for the first time when I arrived here in Bangkok a week ago. I had Uber downloaded on my phone about a year ago but could only use GrabTaxi in my hometown.

Upon clearing immigration at the Don Mueang International Airport, I opened Maps to ask for directions from the airport to the place I was staying. Under Ride, UberX mainly comes up along with the fare information. I paid ฿300 for the 20-minute UberX ride. I didn’t even think of comparing the fare with the Grab mobile app as I was in a hurry to leave there. The fact that Uber was integrated within the Maps app is an advantage for Uber.

Seven days, 2 Grab rides and 7 UberX rides later, I can say I’ve mostly had a more pleasant experience with Grab than Uber. Don’t let the quantity fool you. I’d had to raise the issue to Support about being prompted to pay ฿300 again for that first UberX ride. As explained in their Help section, I was apparently overcharged because of a technical issue:

For compensation, we’ve added THB 300 Uber credit to your account to reflect the difference in the amount you paid and what the trip fare should have been. Please note this Uber credit will automatically apply to your next trip fare.
However, In order to make an adjustment for a cash fare, we need you to first settle this outstanding balance. Please note that you will be unable to request rides until this balance is paid.
To pay your account balance, please sign in to your account. You can use a payment method on your account to pay your balance before you request your next trip. Here’s how it works:
1. When you try to request a trip, your app will notify you that your account is in arrears.
2. You’ll be prompted to add a credit or debit card to your Uber account.
3. After you’ve added a card, you can select it as your payment method to pay your arrears in full.

It makes sense to use up my Uber credits than to use Grab more.

What I don’t like about the Uber mobile app, though, is the inability to change my cellular number on file. When I tried to change it, it prompted me to make another account which is totally unnecessary. I don’t know why it would not recognise my Thailand cellular number, even if it’s just a traveler’s sim card. With Grab, I could switch my number on file to the Thai number, despite the latter being a traveler’s sim. Just had to emphasize that.

I also notice way too many glitches with the Uber mobile app. This resulted in so many cancellations by Uber drivers. For a 10-minute walk back to the hotel, it would take me an hour or so to successfully get an Uber ride. I could walk the way back, if only I weren’t carrying some groceries.

How To Send Uncropped Images Via Instagram Direct Message

When I first started sending out group direct messages to my friends on Instagram, I didn’t mind that the images sent via direct messages are partially cut off. That is, until I started to send more images or photos with text on them and the obsessive-compulsive personality in me inwardly protested. I found a workaround for it and it does solve the partially cut off dilemma in most images.

 

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Right within the DM feature when you select a photo, an arrow up button sends the photo. From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 

 

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From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 
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Instead of uploading the image directly within the DM platform, an alternative would be to go to the photo feed or the home menu of Instagram and click on the Plus button which serves the same function of uploading photos. 
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After clicking on upload photo, this is what you would then see on the screen. On the left side is the adjust image button. Just click on it to retain the original size of the photo. 
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A look at the adjusted photo just before clicking on Next
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After clicking Next, you’ll see Filter options
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Don’t forget to click on Direct. 
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Compare the uploaded photos. 

 

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.

 

 

Instant Withdrawal Services – GCash and PayMaya

I am currently using PayPal to GCash instant withdrawal service but experiencing delays two times within a month has made me reconsider. On Wednesday, April 26th, I attempted an initial PayPal to GCash cash-in of $5 to check if the withdrawal would go through instantly. Having dealt with the unpleasant consequences of experiencing the delay on April 5th, I decided to do a small GCash cash-in and if it goes through instantly, I could then continue with transferring a larger amount. This time, though, the second PayPal to GCash cash-in in a larger amount did not go through; only the first small transfer did. So much for being cautious.

The new information I would like to share about this delay in PayPal to GCash cash-in is the text notification I received regarding the transaction.

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This text notification came even when PayPal already e-mailed me the confirmation that the funds have already been transferred successfully to my GCash account. What gives? When I contacted PayPal about it, I was told that the transfer went through and GCash should be able to refund me the amount.

At this juncture of doubting which platform really works or if I should switch from GCash to PayMaya (PayMaya also offers the same instant withdrawal service), I decided to do some research on reviews about PayMaya’s instant withdrawal service as well. Most of the reviews I read were not so encouraging as with PayMaya’s instant withdrawal from PayPal service was also met with negative comments from 2-day delays up to even a week.

These instant withdrawal services getting delayed led me to wonder about what makes mobile wallets susceptible to serious timing errors. I tried Skrill’s mobile wallet feature in the past for a long time before I switched to GCash and I did experience delays not amounting to five attempts. The redeemable point about Skrill’s instant withdrawal service via mobile wallet was that Skrill will send an e-mail that your transfer was declined by your chosen network so no dispute and claim would have to be filed because your balance would be instantly reverted to your account.

Instant withdrawal services do come with a caveat – expect network glitches and delays on some days, be it via GCash or PayMaya or Skrill. The word instant does not guarantee immediacy most times.

How To Enable GCash Tab in RCBC Online Banking

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For some time now, RCBC AccessOne has been called RCBC Online Banking and RCBC has reflected this change on the url as well. A few changes are apparent:

  • the GCASH tab is no longer automatically displayed on the RCBC Online Banking dashboard
  • some RCBC and GCash users have reported not being able to link their GCash to their RCBC MyWallet accounts

The GCash option is still available and you can still manually add it to your Dashboard by doing the following:

However, as RCBC’s Customer Care has informed me, the feature to link RCBC MyWallet to your GCash or registering for RCBC Mobile Banking with your MyWallet is currently not available. I have attempted to link my new RCBC MyWallet to my GCash account and only got the error message that GCash could not be linked to my RCBC MyWallet.

Delays in PayPal to GCash Instant Withdrawal

Nine out of ten times I have had successful PayPal to GCash instant withdrawals via the GCash mobile app. This month, though, I experienced the first setback in transacting with this kind of platform. Here are the steps I took when I did not see my PayPal to GCash cash-in immediately reflected:

1 – PATIENCE. Patience is not one of my main virtues. There are things in life I would patiently wait for but I do not have tolerance for customer service issues especially when you don’t get a response within 24 hours from customer support. My impatience is probably the number one stressor in my life and during this setback, I was in a bad mood for 5 days. Yes, 5 days, because I only learned to let go of my anger and frustration for that long. Plus, the fact that customer service cannot exactly give you a concrete reason why their system had gone bonkers only exacerbates the problem.

2 – CONTACT GCASH. I contacted GCash Support via e-mail, which I usually do when I have GCash concerns or inquiries. GCash customer support agents do reply within 12 hours but don’t expect them to give more answers than they are giving you because the technical problem is above their pay grade.

In my case, PayPal sent a confirmation e-mail that the funds have already been transferred to my GCash account. The error and delay was on GCash’s end. I was told by customer service that they had forwarded the concern to their Treasury Department.

3 – FILE A DISPUTE ON THE PAYPAL PLATFORM. Since I did not get any reply after a day of filing a dispute via the PayPal platform, I sent a message via the Message Center. In two days without any reply, PayPal deemed it fit to escalate it to a claim. I did not hear back from GCash and when I followed up with them, I was told they are still waiting for an update from their Treasury Department.

By the 6th day, I was surprised to see my funds returned by GCash to my PayPal account. Cautiously, I tried doing a PayPal to GCash cash-in of PhP20 to see if their cash-in capabilities is running smoothly again. Not surprisingly, the small cash-in went through instantly and I decided to proceed with the remaining amount in my PayPal balance and this went successfully as well.

4 – THANK GCASH SUPPORT AND CANCEL THE PAYPAL DISPUTE CLAIM. When I got my PayPal funds returned, I thanked GCash customer service via the existing thread and informed them that the issue has been resolved. I canceled the dispute claim via the PayPal platform which automatically indicates to PayPal that the dispute has reached a resolution.

It took 6 days to be resolved. During that period, I did also find out that GCash outlets could not successfully transact GCash cash-in’s.

UPDATE: MAY 13, 2017

Other than the obvious glitch in the system, PayPal to GCash instant withdrawals may be delayed because you have exceeded the cash-in limit for your GCash account, usually capped at PhP50,000 per month per account. In that case, you would get a text notification about it:

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You can request your transaction history within the GCash mobile app to be sent to your e-mail address.

Other text notifications come in like this:

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Despite that text warning, the system doesn’t behave on the contrary. Your funds will be deducted nonetheless and as a result PayPal treats the transaction as completed, that is why you would get the automated transaction completed e-mail from PayPal. That is why you need to file a dispute with PayPal after contacting GCash.

I have experienced file disputes regarding the PayPal to GCash cash-in delays thrice and 2 out of 3 were resolved in 6 days. Just hang in there.