Win an 8GB iPod Nano from Geeky Gadgets – Ends 10/03

Win an 8GB iPod Nano from Geeky Gadgets!

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MECHANICS:

  1. The contest will close on Sunday 3rd October, at 6PM (UK Time).
  2. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments on the contest page.
  3. This contest is open to Geeky Gadgets readers worldwide.
  4. Please make sure you put a valid address in the email field.
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  6. The winner will be contacted by email by Monday 4th October 2010.
  7. Only one entry per person is allowed, any multiple entries using the same email address and IP address will automatically be disqualified.
  8. Winners must respond to email notification within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen at random.
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  12. Please state which color iPod Nano you would like in your comment.
  13. If you live outside the UK we will offer to send you an Apple voucher or Amazon voucher to purchase the iPod, including shipping and taxes in your country (You can choose for us to send you the prize, this will take around 14 days).
  14. The winner has now been announced, full details at the link below.

CONTEST END DATE: October 3, 2010

New Taxi Cabs Modus Operandi here in the Philippines

I have yet to share with you my most recent bad experiences with taxi cabs here in the Philippines. But, thank goodness I’ve never experienced anything close to this story shared by Filipina Mom Blogger.

Her daughter was almost a victim to the latest modus operandi of a group of men who hold up people through their taxi cab. Good thing her daughter read a Facebook note about this modus operandi so she was able to get out just in time.

Here’s the Facebook note that was shared by Noemi of Filipina Mom Blogger:

From:mary ruth causing [mailto:causingmaryruth@ …]
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2008 10:59 PM
To: mary ruth causing
Subject: Warning of a Modus Operandi

Dear friends,

I’d like to share a story of what happened to me last Monday, October 6, which appears to be a modus operandi done by people with criminal intentions. My purpose for sharing this with you is to forewarn you of such incidents so that you may keep yourselves safe.

At about a quarter to 7 in the evening, last Monday, I left the office and walked out of Tektite building towards San Miguel Avenue , Ortigas, to ride a cab. It was just right after a brief drizzle, so the roads were almost empty of cars and people, although it was still a bit early. I’m accustomed to going home by myself if I feel like it, and riding cabs without any problems for the longest time.

I was walking along Exchange Road in front of our building, and have already crossed Pearl Drive , when I saw a cab slowly cruising along Exchange Road from San Miguel Avenue . It was an old, a bit dilapidated, white (seemingly) Toyota Corolla, with a yellow-lighted "taxi" on the roof, with black scrawl of the taxi’s "name" on the side (I didn’t notice the name written there). It didn’t have any passengers on board and I thought it a bit odd that a passenger-less cab would be coming from San Miguel Avenue towards Tektite at a time when taxis are supposedly full. I was more accustomed to seeing taxis with no passengers coming from Pearl Drive towards Tektite on its way out back towards EDSA or in the oppositedirection of C-5. But it didn’t quite get to me. I was tired and needed to go home to rest. I just thought that the driver was trying to get passengers.

I flagged down the slow moving taxi and got in. I said I was going towards EDSA, so the cab went its usual familiar route of rounding the one-way Exchange Road , out to San Miguel Avenue , left to Megamall, and right towards EDSA. I normally would text Tony of the plate number of the taxi, but at that time, I didn’t. I normally would check the locks of the car doors, but this time, I only locked the ones on the front and back passenger seats (right side, because I saw that the left side door was locked). Everything was normal, except that
it was still going its slow pace. The driver was a slim-built, middle-aged man, with balding head (some hairs on the side), wore a baseball cap and a worn-out but decent white polo jacket.

Near the foot of the flyover towards Ortigas Avenue and EDSA, he requested me in a kindly manner to please move to the other end of the passenger seat because "ma-fla-flat na po yung gulong ko. Spare lang yan e." where I was sitting. I was sitting at the right side of the passenger seat at the back, and promptly moved to the left side. I was even able to converse with him, saying "a ganun ba? Hindi ba delikado yun na tumatakbo tayo sa EDSA na pa-flat na gulong n’yo?" "Hindi po, malapit lang naman po kayo, di ba? Kaya pa po yun," he smilingly said. And, all along, we were slowly moving across the flyover at EDSA. After the flyover, he slowly veered towards the inner side of the yellow lane, but I thought it was because "inaalalayan niya yung sasakyan."

When the taxi crossed the gate of Corinthian Gardens , it further slowed down, and I saw from afar two men seemingly waiting for a bus. When the taxi neared the two men, they gestured towards the taxi, and it suddenly dawned on me that this could be a hold-up. I initially tried getting the lock of the door to my side open, and was stricken by horror that it didn’t budge. It seemed to be jammed (or perhaps child-locked, on hindsight). And the horror of horrors happened. The taxi stopped by the two men, and the driver announced, "’wag ka gagawa ng iskandalo, hold-up ‘to," and promptly opened the locked doors on the right side doors of the front and back passenger seats. Everything went fast.

The two men briskly went in, one at the front passenger seat, the other beside me on my right. I thought in horror "this can’t be happening to me!" All I can scream was "ay! ay! Diyos ko! Diyos ko!" The driver said to the two men, "wag n’yong sasaktan ‘yan, mabait si ma’am." And, to me, "pera lang ang kailangan namin. Hindi ka masasaktan kung susundin mo kami." One of the two men was also middle-aged, slim-built, with balding hair. The other was younger, about in his mid- to late-twenties, gaunt-looking, with high cheek bones, with a thick head of hair. He struck me as someone who was taking drugs.

The next two hours were a gruelling ordeal. They rummaged through my bag and got my money, ATM and credit cards, cellphones, and my jewelry, including my wedding ring. They gave back my bag and wallet, though, but without the money and the cards. We spent the hours going around EDSA from Kamuning to Quezon Avenue , stopping at banks where one of the men went to the ATM machines to try and get cash from my savings ATM and credit cards. They didn’t let me out of the taxi to do the transactions. While one man did the transactions at the ATMs, the taxi kept going round and round the Kamuning and Quezon Avenue u-turns. They took away my glasses so that I can’t see where we’re going. But I was familiar with the places we passed – Timog Avenue , Agham Road , near the Napocor area, and back again to EDSA to go to the ATMs for transactions. They pressed me for the PIN of the credit cards, but I didn’t memorize them, but gave them some numbers that I’m not even sure of.

Towards the end, they were pissed off because they couldn’t get through the credit cards, and I was afraid that they’d do me in. But, in the end, they let me go, the driver warning me sternly, "wag kang lilingon sa kaliwa o kanan. Dire-direcho lang, kung hindi, babarilin talaga kita." They gave a 100 peso bill "pamasahe para makauwi." They dropped me off at Agham Road , near the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (formerly Lungsod ng Kabataan) at about 9:30 p.m. There was no one in sight, another light drizzle has already passed.
One of the men accompanied me out of the taxi, pushed me forward, and ran back to the taxi. That’s when I ran and ran towards Quezon Avenue until I boarded a jeepney at a stop light. The kindly jeepney driver motioned me to a mobile police patrol when we passed by one, and I finally came to the police precinct at Kamuning EDSA to tell my tale. I didn’t even get to see the taxi’s plate number.

They informed me there that that has been a modus operandi of these criminal elements, plying the route of Quezon Avenue , Timog, Agham, even Kamuning areas. They also would give some money for "pamasahe." They would say it’s for a sick wife, etc.

I have talked to some employees of a company in the Ortigas area who fell victim to the same modus operandi. Same taxi, same description of the driver, same alibi about a flat tire, requesting the passenger to move to the left side of the passenger seat, where the door’s lock is jammed. Same giving of the 100 peso bill at the end of the hold-up. Last December, an employee rode the dubious taxi at SM Megamall at about 9 p.m. and the hold-up was announced when some men boarded the taxi at Star Mall. The person was held-up until 11 p.m. The other, with the person’s 6-year old child, boarded the taxi at the Robinson’s Galleria and was also held-up by men who went inside the taxi. I myself, boarded the taxi near where I work, imagine that. And, the security guards were just a few meters away.

Please be forewarned of this modus operandi. We’re facing harder times, and December is nearing. Take extra care, friends. As for me, I believe it was the prayers that helped me. All throughout the ordeal, my Savior was there, guiding me in what to say or do so as not to aggravate the situation until freedom came. They didn’t touch or harm me. Praise God!

God bless us,
Ruth

If you want to read more about Noemi’s daughter story, click here.

I’ve always believed in those notes or emails forwarded to me about traumatic experiences of people while taking a cab, or getting held up by these evil men. I guess that’s why I’m a bit paranoid when it comes to things like this. I’m so thankful that I haven’t experienced anything as bad as getting held up and stolen from. I hope and pray I won’t get to experience that at all.

But, just a word of warning, please, be careful out there. If you need to report abusive taxi drivers, you can contact LTFRB Hotline 0921-448-7777 or the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Hotline 7890.

If you want me to share your story or bad experience here on my blog, please, fill up the Report a Taxi form.

Heaven on Earth – Win Php 25,000 Gift Certificates to Zara from Heaven Ice Cream

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Be one of the 3 winners of Php 25,000 worth shopping spree from Zara in Heaven Ice Cream‘s Heaven on Earth photo contest.

MECHANICS:

A. How to Join:

  1. Promotion period is from 10 September 2010 until 15 October 2010.
  2. The promotion is open to all Filipino citizens or Philippine residents at least 18 years of age at the time of joining. If female, she must not be pregnant at the time of joining.
  3. To participate in the promotion, interested and qualified persons hereinafter referred to as “contestant” can submit to heaven_on_earth_2010@yahoo.com a photograph of him or with her with Nestlé HEAVEN Ice Cream and his or her answer to complete the sentence:
    This is my heaven on earth! I enjoy having HEAVEN ice cream…
  4. All entries will be subjected to pre-qualification based on the following criteria:
    Creative Writing – 40%
    Creative Shot – 40%
    Compliance with the Mechanics – 20%
    Total – 100%
  5. A contestant may submit as many entries as he or she can but the deadline for submission of entries is on 08 October 2010. However, he or she can win under this promotion only once.
  6. During the duration and at any stage of the promotion, Nestlé Philippines, Inc. and Yehey Corporation (“organizers of the promotion”) reserve the right to disqualify participants who fail to qualify under these mechanics. The decision of the organizers of the promotion on this matter is final and they may or may or not, at their discretion, engage into any dialogue with any person regarding such decision.
  7. By participating in this promotion, contestant confirms that he or she has read the full mechanics of the promotion and agrees to abide by the terms and conditions of the same.

B. How to Register and Participate

  1. To submit their entries, contestants must email their entries as well as the following information to heaven_on_earth_2010@yahoo.com:
    • Full name of the contestant;
    • Date of birth;
    • Complete home address, which must be in the Philippines and not be a P.O. Box, and contact number(s);
    • Valid e-mail address;
    • Facebook Profile URL Link;
    • Whether or not contestant has read or has not read the full mechanics of the promotion;
    • Whether or not contestant agrees to abide by the terms and conditions set forth in the mechanics of the promotion.    
  2. The entries must meet all of the following minimum requirements:
  3. Phrases to the sentence “This is my heaven on earth! I enjoy having HEAVEN ice cream…” must not exceed 100 words and written in English or Filipino;

    *Sample entry: “This is my heaven on earth! I enjoy having HEAVEN ice cream to reward myself after a hard day’s work.”

  4. The language should not be offensive, disparaging or discriminatory to any person or entity, whether living or already deceased and not mention any food or beverage product except Nestlé HEAVEN Ice Cream.
  5. The photograph must be a single capture (no inserting of product through photo editing) of not more than three (3) persons, one of whom must be the contestant joining this promotion, with Nestlé HEAVEN Ice Cream and must not exceed 2MB in file size;
  6. Except for Nestlé HEAVEN Ice Cream, no other food or beverage product is displayed or featured in the photograph;
  7. No infant formula or breast milk substitutes, including bottle-fed complementary foods, as well as teats and other commodities which intend to replace or substitute, in whole or in part, breast milk and breastfeeding is shown;
  8. No sip cup or milk-feeding bottle is featured; and
  9. The photos should be clear and contain wholesome images.
  10. The organizers of the promotion reserve the right to disqualify a contestant, refuse the publication of and/or remove his or her entry(s) from the Facebook page of Nestlé HEAVEN Ice Cream as they deem fit. Their decision on this matter is final and they may or may or not, at their discretion, engage into any dialogue with any person regarding such decision.
  11. The entries shall be posted in a photo album found in the Facebook page of Nestlé HEAVEN Ice Cream.
  12. Contestants with qualified entries can “share” their submission through Facebook as soon as the same are uploaded in the Facebook page of Nestlé HEAVEN Ice Cream.

C. How to Win:

  1. From the entries, the top three (3) highest scorers based on the following criteria and in the presence of an FDA representative shall be declared winners of this promotion:
    • Creative Writing – 50%
    • Writing Concept – 50%
    • Total: 100
  2. Contestants must expressly agree that they are allowing themselves to be subject matters of varying comments, views and opinions of people, which may be expressed or relayed not just in the fan page of the Facebook page of Nestlé HEAVEN Ice Cream but in other ways and medium, including but not limited to blogs. Accordingly, they undertake not to hold responsible the organizers of the promotion and independent contractors running this promotion for the same.
  3. Winners will be notified by email through the email address they supplied in their registration details on how they can claim their prizes. A person can only win once. Their names will also be announced at the Facebook page of Nestlé HEAVEN Ice Cream on 15 October 2010, 10:00 am server time.
  4. The three (3) winners will each win a twenty-five thousand pesos worth of gift certificate from ZARA (PHP 25,000 WORTH OF PURPLE CARDS), the use of which is subject to the terms and conditions set forth by ZARA.
  5. As regards the prizes, organizers of the promotion rely on representations and information provided by ZARA. Shopping privileges included in the gift certificates are subject to the terms and conditions and restrictions set forth by ZARA for the use of the same. Winners should direct their inquiries to ZARA with regard to said terms and conditions.
  6. In claiming their prizes, winners must present at least two (2) valid identification cards and a print out of the email notification. Prizes can be claimed personally by the winners at the office of Yehey Corporation located at 38th Floor Discovery Center, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center. NPI is not responsible for accommodations, travel expenses or other expenses of winners when claiming prizes.
  7. If the winners do not personally claim their prizes within sixty (60) days from the announcement of winners in the Facebook page of Nestlé HEAVEN Ice Cream, the prize shall be forfeited in favor of NPI, upon approval of DOH-FDA.  The decision of NPI on this regard is final.
  8. All prizes are non-transferable, not convertible to cash and awarded tax-free.

For more details, please go to the contest page on Heaven Ice Cream’s Facebook Fan Page.

 PRIZES:

3 winners will receive Php 25,000 worth of gift certificates from ZARA (Php 25,000 worth of Purple cards).

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CONTEST END DATE: October 15, 2010