How Globe Telecom is prolonging my agony for an HTC One


On the third Monday of June 2013, I called the sales hotline of Globe Telecom to ask if the HTC One (the flagship smartphone of HTC, pictured above) is available for postpaid, because I got confusing statements from their stores in malls (Shangrila and Megamall are clueless of this new unit, while SM Aura has display unit). But since I don’t frequent SM Aura (I live in Mandaluyong), I decided to call their sales hotline instead.

The customer service rep said that it is available, and they are entertaining applications. So, to cut the story short, I did apply for Plan 1799 for a silver HTC One. After I submitted the necessary requirements, I was informed that my application has been approved. But the bad news is, the unit is currently out of stock. 😦

After three days, I got a call from Globe asking me if I want to switch unit. I said no, I really want HTC One. When I ask her if she knows when it will be available, she cannot tell a definitely date.

It has been two weeks.

But I know from online social sites and HTC stores itself that HTC One is out of stock. Maybe there really is great demand for a limited supply of a unit. If that’s the case, then, HTC should look into its inventory allotment to the Philippines.

It is an amazing phone, and honestly, way better than Samsung S4. But problems like this keeps this promising phone sidelined, which is bad for its fans (like me).

Hoping against hope that tomorrow, somebody from Globe will call me that it is now available, and would just ask me where to deliver the unit—home or office? I want to keep this hope dear in my heart, because I know that the universe conspire to make this happen.

Gag Post: When To Use Taser Gun In The Office


I was talking to my colleagues the past few days, and blurted out the weird (albeit in a funny way) idea to use taser guns to those delinquent employees, the kind that feels like a zombie, you know, the walking undead.

These are office scenarios that you just love to use taser guns:

1. Habitual tardy employees. The kind who doesn’t care about deductions in his/her payslip for the accumulated tardiness that he/she incurred.

2. Employees who are absent due to LBM (loose bowel movement). It is as if they thought of their managers as unaware of the fact that LBM is manageable through medication.

3. The “not feeling well” absent excuse. Come on, how vague can one gets?

4. When you ask an employee why he/she is late, and the reply is “trapik eh” as if it was the first time we encounter that excuse. It’s crazy.

5. Sore eyes, but reports for work after one day without a hint of reddish marks in the concerned body organ. Lying to his/her teeth.

6. Employees who don’t want to admit mistake, even if it’s obvious.

7. Slow comprehension.

8. Noisy employees, the kind whose mouths would like to compete with 7-Eleven—open 24/7.

9. Employees with a “no” attitude, the kind who always say no to every invitation or request that you ask them.

10. Lazy and slow employees. A taser might perk them up a bit.

World War Ramen

Manila has been in the middle of ramen war, with all this ramen joints sprouting left and right. Not to mention long queue from rabid Pinoys who wants their hot bowl fix. I am also a fan of this sinful soup. I have been to Kichitora of Tokyo in SM Megamall, and trust me, the ramen there is really good.


When I went to Hong Kong last February 2013 for the Standard Chartered Marathon, I got the chance to eat in Ajisen Ramen inside the HK airport. Really, really good also. I heard they have a branch somewhere in Greenhills.


One of these days, I want to try Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen in Shangrila Mall and Ukokkei Ramen Ron in Arnaiz, Makati. I heard of good stuffs about these ramen houses, so it’s worth checking.

Ramen is a comfort food this rainy season.

My TV pre-occupations this month

I just finish the latest season of Game of Thrones. It was sad, and open ended, knowing that Season 4 will just be a continuation of the last season. The story came from Book 3. They cannot compile it in one season only; HBO split it into two seasons.

Aside from reading books, my main pre-occupation is watching TV shows. Sorry, no local shows for me. In fact, I don’t have cable TV at home, because shows are not my type anyway so why bother paying. Instead, I watch what TV shows I want, and they are in DVD format. They are usually US shows, although I watch British, too. Think, Downton Abbey. 🙂

I am currently watching House of Cards, a Netflix show, starring Kevin Spacey. It is like Count of Monte Cristo in the US Capitol setting.

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From the first scene where Kevin Spacey went out of the house to check on a dog that was hit and run by a speeding car, and what he did with it, I know that I will like it.

Also, I have been hearing good reviews about another show on BBC America titled “Orphan Black.” It is about cloning. I saw the trailer, and it looks really good, too.

So maybe after I’m done with Kevin Spacey, I will watch it.

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