Friday, May 3, 2013

Is triclosan safe?

Triclosan is the anti-baterial ingredient in a number products ranging from soaps to toothpaste.  But recent studies seems to show that the risks may outweigh the benefits.

Read the full article from Yahoo Health.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

QC Regulates Use of Plastic Bags

The Quezon City Government has enacted Ordinance #2140 otherwise known as the "Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance" .  Instead of outright banning the use of plastic bags, the government has implemented a scheme that will reduce the use of plastic bags in the city.  The plan is to change the mindset of the consumers to bring their own reusable bags when they make their purchases in all  shops including supermarkets, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacy, department stores as well as the wet markets. 
The aim of the government is to reduce the trash being thrown into the landfill. As cited in the Ordinance, the city produces some 700  cu. m. or about forty five 10-wheeler truck load of plastic bags alone which are being dumped in the Payatas landfill per day.

Monday, April 14, 2008

A Pastor and a problem Globe Callcard

Yesterday, a pastor who lives in the other barangay near our store came to purchase a Globe callcard.  He came back after a while and complained that the PIN numbers cannot be read and that we have to replace it.  Seems that he had scratched the card a bit too hard.

We explained to him that we cannot replace the card and advised him to visit the nearest Globe center.  He was adamant that because he purchased the card from us, we have to replace it.  We told him we'll call Globe right there and then, and he replied that he is not Globe!  He even said that he has taken up law and also threatened to report us to the barangay.

If a customer has problems with the products they purchase from us, we extend any help every way we can, within reason.  We are a neighborhood store and we do our share for the community.  But we cannot discount those to try to take advantage of us.  We have had our share of scoundrels who will purchase a card, use the PIN and load their cellphones, then scratch the card some more and attempt to return the card.  

We called up a cousin who we thought knows this pastor, since he was the attending pastor during the christening of their child.  But our probing resulted in that they do not really know the pastor that well.  They just see him in the church and asked him to officiate the christening. 

Seems that being a pastor on the outside does not change the character inside.  Its people like that that give the ministry a bad name.

If you look at most prepaid cards, you can read the back that says, "lightly scratch".  Some people seems to be too eager and doesn't really read the instructions.  Also, you can note that disclaimer on the card that it is "not replaceable and not refundable".  

We called up Globe support and inquired about having an unreadable scratch problem.  We were advised to bring the card to them and they will be just too happy assist.

** This post was originally posted on Multiply but was moved here due to the closing of the social networking element of the site.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Hanger for Tidal Water Cooled Fans


This video shows the hanger being passed off by Grepac Contructors for their Tundra brand of water-cooled fan to be used in the store. The base is made of 2" angular bars and being hold up by 8 pieces of threaded bars bolted to the ceiling using expansion bolts. Even without any load, the whole structure is already swinging given just a slight push. Will this hold up for the weight of the cooling fans that weighs 152kg plus another 60kg of water? Will the hanger hold up to the constant vibration when the 2200watt motor of the fan is turned on?

The contractor said that the threaded bars can hold up to 50kg each! Maybe true but how about the capacity of the expansion bolts?

video

** This article was originally posted to Multiply and moved here due to the closing of the social networking aspect of the site.