Saturday, July 30, 2016

Happy 4th year Anniversary Happy Stripes

My baby is now on its fourth year of existence.

Admittedly, the previous year was not as exciting compared to Happy Stripes’ earlier years. No sales blitz, promo, bazaar or whatever since my daughter has entered Med school. She was too pre-occupied with her studies; just imagine the adjustment needed to undergo by a Business Administration graduate entering a medical school. It was obviously an arduous task to cope-up with your studies while managing an online shop.

Anyhow, shedding her old skin was over and her effort paid well. My daughter completed her freshman year with flying colors. She’s now enjoying her vacation and will return back to school in a few weeks thus, Happy Stripes is actively kicking this month which is coincidentally its 4th year anniversary.

Sales started to peak again while “Likes” and “Followers” have increased dramatically as well.

Cheers Happy Stripes!

We celebrated HS 4th year anniversary in Bangkok. We have hundreds of new stocks waiting to be uploaded on our FB and Instagram account.

Sticking to our motto, we don’t purchase an item in large quantity so any item you have bought from Happy Stripes can be considered limited edition in Philippines. Aside from that, our pricing remains competitive especially that the US dollar is up in the ceiling. Unlike other online shops which need to exchange currency thus losing money in the process and recover their loss through price increase, we have our own source of USD; my salary, LOL. We know too where we can have the best exchange rate in Bangkok.

So girls, keep monitoring our FB and Instagram accounts for our upcoming collections; it will always be first come first serve basis. Trust me; we have turned down plenty of inquiries because we have run out of stock. We even turned down some offers from re-sellers due to same reason.

This coming year, though I don’t expect it to be pretty exciting for HS due to my daughter’s toxic schedule, we promise that we will continue providing trendy, good quality and affordable ladies apparel that can be delivered right at your doorstep.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dad's Review - Park 'N Fly

If you are a car owner and want to avoid the hassle of commuting to and fro the airport but you don’t have any idea where to leave your precious “baby” safely then fret no more. You can leave your car at Park ‘N Fly.


I used to leave my car at terminal 3 multi-level parking for several days but due to increase on parking rate to 320 pesos per day (this is not yet confirmed) and some complains on the net about missing spare tires, battery getting discharge and people ready to jump start your battery for a fee, etc. I have decided to avail the services of Park ‘N Fly. I am not saying that terminal 3 multi-level parking building is not a secured place; I just wanted a private firm to take care my newly bought SUV.

Hence, on our recent business trip to Bangkok, we left our family car on July 10 and claimed it on July 14. The entire procedure was pretty simple.

1. Drive your car and park it outside the Park N' Fly office at the corner of PTT gas station. You’ll be assisted by their security guard.

2. For first time client, submit a copy of your OR/CR with your driver’s license at the departure desk. The documents will be scanned for their record and return back to you. If you’re a returning client then just mention your name. At this point, they’ll also ask for your return date and request your car key.

3. After encoding your data, the departure staff will give you a claim stub with stamped time and date at the back with verbal instruction regarding the arrival procedure. Don’t lose your claim stub otherwise you have to provide sufficient proof that you own the car you are trying to claim.

4. One of their coordinators will inspect your car and fill-up a form indicating the fuel level, spare tire, km reading, etc. You’ll be asked to sign the form. Eventually, your car will be driven by one of their drivers inside the secured parking building.

5. Wait for the shuttle van. In our case, in less than 10 minutes the shuttle van arrived. Another family was also going to terminal 3; no worries since the van can accommodate up to 10 passengers.

6. Park N Fly van will drop you at the departure area.

Returning back:

1. Upon collecting your check-in luggage you may now contact the telephone numbers indicated on your claim stub. If you don’t have check-in luggage then you may contact them immediately after deplaning. We sent text messages informing them that we have arrived; I indicated my name and my car’s plate number. After a few minutes I received a call from Park ‘N Fly staff instructing me to go to Bay 7 (outer lane) and wait for their shuttle bus.

2. Within 15 minutes the van arrived; we travelled back to their office together with another client who arrived at the same time at terminal 3.

3. Upon reaching their office I queued at the arrival desk, surrendered my claim stub, paid the parking fee and signed the received document.

4. We waited for our car to be driven out of their parking area.

5. For some reasons, it took around 20 minutes for our car to be driven out of their parking building.

Be aware of the following when availing the Park ‘N Fly services.


· For terminal 3, the waiting area is Bay 7, outer lane. For terminal 1, you need to go down the arrival ramp and wait in front of XYZ arrival gate. I have no idea regarding the waiting areas for terminal 2 and 4.

· In case your flight has been cancelled and you have already checked-in your car at Park ‘N Fly then you need to contact them so they can send their shuttle van back to fetch you. However, you have to pay one day rate regardless of the time you have availed their services. I experienced this when the runway of NAIA was abruptly closed on 18th of July for emergency repair job. Upon reaching terminal 1, the check-in counter staff informed me that my flight has been cancelled. I had no choice but to go back to Park ‘N Fly; claim my car then drive home. They sent their van to fetch me and returned back my car key after I paid 381 pesos.

· There is a 10 pesos toilet fee inside the convenience store beside Park N Fly office. Don’t expect any free toilet in this area. You’ve been forewarned.

· You can pay your parking fee by credit card.

· Let their staff carry your luggage. Don’t worry, your luggage is in good hand and the service is included on your parking fee.

· Park ‘N Fly also owns the 9 storey parking building at the other side of the road.

See my review: The new multi-level parking of NAIA Terminal 3

The wife and daughter - while waiting for our car
Presently, I am back at my work in Africa. I left my car at Park ‘N Fly on 19th of July and will claim it after 31 days. My car is eligible for complimentary body wash and 10% discount since I have availed their services for more than 30 days.

I am sure that my car would be more secured and well taken care of by Park ‘N Fly. I am crossing my finger actually. If everything turns out fine then I’ll leave my car again for a month on my next trip to Africa.





Update:


On 17th of August, coming back from work, I claimed my car from Park N' Fly. My car was waiting for me outside their office; it was newly washed as agreed. I paid the bill, less the 10% discount, and drove my car to our home. Everything was at their exact position when I left, radio channel, seat position, fuel level, spare coins, etc. I checked the odometer reading too and noticed that one kilometer was added to the trip which was understandable since their parking building was massive. Actually, I took a photo of my car's dashboard before I left it.

I am planning to leave my car again when I go back to my work a couple of weeks from now.


2nd update


I left my car again at Park N' Fly two weeks back and will claim it after three weeks. I am sure that my car is in good hands.

Fast Forward:

I claimed my car after 33 days. Sadly, my baby was full of dust. The gasoline boy even used a squeegee to clean my windshield so I can drive home safely. I don't know whether they have really washed my car as stated on the form I signed when I arrived.

This time Park "N" Fly failed me.

We'll be leaving for one week for Singapore during our yearly Christmas holiday; planning to leave my car back at multi-level parking at Terminal 3.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dad's Review - Keeping It Together (KIT) Electronic Pouch

While strolling inside the newly opened UP Town Center along Katipunan Avenue I chanced upon a KIT kiosk. I have noticed this brand at SM North EDSA along the center bridge connecting the parking building and the mall itself. I thought that this product caters mainly to ladies who wanted their cosmetics and other beauty paraphernalia organized while travelling since I have seen how my wife and daughter laboriously pack their beauty and personal things into several small plastics and bags.

To satisfy my curiosity I checked their products and found a gadget organizer or an electronic pouch.

Being a frequent traveler between the Philippines and to my jobsite in Africa, I need to bring several electronics items and cables with me. Oftentimes I misplaced some of them and thought that I lost them only to find out later that they were hidden underneath my backpack; sometimes I need to search all the pockets of my backpack just to locate a charging cable.

To give you an idea on what kind of gadgets I need to bring with me while traveling you must be aware that I am using two mobile phones, a smart type for my personal use and Jurassic type for my job so I always carry two different types of chargers. In addition, I have a small portable and re-chargeable speaker which I use while watching movie on my tablet. Not to be outdone is my active noise-cancelling SONY Walkman. To be able to charge my “toys” I need to have a universal power adaptor with me and in case all my toys have run out of their battery juices then a 10,000 maH battery bank never fails me. I also use a 3 meter charging cable so I can still play my favorite phone game while lying on my bed. Finally, I have a cheap digital watch which I use while on work and a cleaning brush for my electric shaver.



Surprisingly, all of my “essentials” can be accommodated inside my KIT electronic pouch. Not only that, I found a great way to store my daily meds and comb as well.

Aside from being handy, its transparent cover has served me well. Why? In the country where I am presently working, the security staff always inspect our belongings before we are allowed to board the plane; we are talking here of two connecting flights. And when I say inspect, expect that your bag will be searched thoroughly. Having the KIT electronic pouch, the security staff merely take a look at it and return it back to my backpack thus saving me time during the inspection.

I bought before a small gadget organizer from Daiso Japan for 85 pesos. After a single use, its zipper got damaged. I got my money’s worth. For my KIT, I paid 295 pesos and extremely satisfied with its quality.

When I go for vacation after a few weeks,  I am planning to buy a another KIT organizer for my toiletries.



Update as of November 2016:

KIT's branch at SM North EDSA center bridge has been closed for some time.