My friend Ginggay has a very interesting iPhone case called the knucklecase.
Made of aluminum, it comes in many colors.
But don’t ever think of taking it to Hong Kong.
Ginggay was recently there en route to London. As her bag went through the airport’s transit security X-ray, Ginggay found herself being stopped when they saw something suspicious in her bag.
Upon inspection, they found the iPhone and knucklecase.
Ginggay was asked to step aside into the security desk. They took photos of the knucklecase, measured it and called the local police from the city. Within 15 minutes, six cops arrived.
Upon getting Ginggay’s info, the Chinese officials made calls to check if she had any criminal records in Hong Kong, which of course she didn’t. They did make a file on her.
When asked her why she was carrying a weapon, Ginggay said, “No, it’s a phone case. They asked me where I bought it and all, so I showed them the website on my Phone.”
“After some time chatting amongst themselves in Chinese, the pinaka boss of the police went up to me and said they didn’t find anything suspicious and handed the knucklecase to airport security,” she said.
Basically they were letting her go, but it was up to airport security to decide if she can take the knucklecase inside the plane.
Airport security said no. They took the knucklecase and gave Ginggay a receipt. They told her to proceed to the Cathay Pacific Service Desk and get instructions how to claim it on her trip back.
But Cathay said they didn’t know what to do in this case.
Meanwhile, 45 minutes had passed and Ginggay’s flight to London was already boarding. She told them to just forget about claiming it.
All this time, her husband Noel calmly looked over and didn’t interrupt. (Guys, take note.)
“He got kinda scared when the battalion of police came, but he kept out of it. He wanted to joke about it, but then you never joke around airport security, especially on foreign soil. It might make things worse, so he just stood there, looking on from a distance,” Ginggay said.
P.S. Knucklecases are on sale now on Fab.com for a limited time only.
I think it’s amazing how Filipinos seem to have changed Multiply from a social networking to a leading e-commerce site in Southeast Asia. Well, at least I think the Filipinos did it.
Today, Multiply has over 5.5 million users. It’s where Filipinos feel comfortable buying and selling online—from fashion to gadgets and even food items—from over 130,000 merchants.
Multiply provides a venue for entrepreneurs, big and small, to compete in the online market without the shouldering big overhead expenses.
Multiply’s Origination Awards seeks to acknowledge the creativity and ingenuity of these Filipino entrepreneurs.
Recently, three local merchants were adjudged winners of the first Multiply Origination Awards.
For their excellence and creativity, the three merchants each received an online business package worth Php 200,000!
Mommy Patch’s handy and all-natural insect repellant Mommy Patch Anti-Mosquito Rescue Stick was awarded Most Original Mommy Management Idea.
Multiply Origination Awards also singled out outstanding merchants for special awards.
The Smart Money Innovation Award went to Soak Swimwear for the innovative development and marketing of its figure-friendly swimwear Cabo Feather Maillot.
Retailer Honey Baby, which sells infant headwear Hoot Hats, meanwhile, was given the Sulit.com.ph People’s Choice Award for taking a photo studio accessory and transforming it into quirky and practical infant hats.
The winners of the Multiply Origination Awards were chosen by a panel of judges comprising experts in both entrepreneurship and e-commerce, including Go Negosyo Founder and RFM President and CEO Joey Concepcion, Sulit.com.ph Co-Founder and Managing Director RJ David, SAVP for BDO’s E-Commerce Consumer Lending Group Cofa Gutierrez, Multiply Philippines Country Manager Jack Madrid, and Cecile Van Straten of Chuvaness.com
To know more about Multiply Origination and its winners, go to http://origination.multiply.com.
One good sign of an improving economy is a robust real estate industry. And contributing to this boom is the newest landmark to rise in the Ortigas-Pasig block—Privato Tower by Green Asia Real Estate.
To be professionally managed by Enderun Hospitality, Privato is a hotel where investors can purchase a unit and be part of the rental revenue’s profit.
“Whether it is your specific unit that was occupied or not, you will still receive 70% of the hotel’s generated income. No monthly dues. No repair or maintenance concerns. Plus free renovation every five years,” promises Green Asia’s President & CEO Gab Perez.
“In short, it’s not just a condo unit you’re buying but a hassle-free, self-liquidating rental asset.”
It is strategically located along Pasig City’s Shaw Boulevard, by the main Shaw rotunda and across the Ynares Sports Center.
Interiors are designed by London-trained Architect Juan Carlo Calma, including a rooftop bar with a sweeping view of the metropolis.
Amenities include two ballrooms, six function rooms, a gym, rooftop swimming pool, coffee lounge, and all-day dining.
Architect J. Antonio Mendoza, who did People’s Palace, Sala Bistro, and Aria, gives his signature crisp and clean design to Privato’s all-day dining area.
Privato’s Banquets and Cafe will be operated by the Romulo Group, which is also behind the Romulo Café and Cerchio chain of restaurants.
“With Privato, we try to revolutionize not just the standards of construction but also the multi-faceted qualities of a sound and savvy investment. By having a self-paying asset, all you will have to do is wait for your dividends without having to lift a finger,” said Perez.
I used to wonder why God gave me three sons instead of a daughter who could go shopping with me.
I still remember my ultrasound tests where they tell you the sex of your baby.
As soon as I heard the word “scrotum” I started bawling.
I tried to think of other moms who had all boys: Princess Diana, Victoria Beckham, Patrice Ramos Diaz, my Lola Paying.
Patrice, mother of three sons, assured me: “Boys are so much fun. And they will adore you.”
Eleven years later, I realized why God gave me three boys.
Boys basically take care of themselves, so this neurotic mom can take care of herself.
That said, I consider myself a “sige mom.”
I don’t mind if the boys come home dirty, with various cuts and scrapes from playing outside. How I wish they would do that more often, now that they’re addicted to Minecraft. Though part of the Minecraft deal is they have to take a break to either swim or play basketball outdoors, which they love.
Now I wouldn’t trade them for a girl.
“My twins are very active. I want them to have the kind of childhood I had. Laking kalye ako, hindi lang halata,” Carmina beams. “I let them do what they want—play with their friends, ride a bike, go swimming, play badminton. They even play with our dogs.
“Of course there was a time I didn’t allow them to go outdoors when they were little. Like typical moms I would say, ‘Wag kasi madumi,’ but after a while I let them be. They also need to experience na madapa o masugatan because that’s how they learn,” Carminda adds.
With these technological advancements in a laundry detergent, moms can now let their kids enjoy life to the fullest through their experiential activities.
The business of dealing with tough stains is now a thing of the past. Just like Dawn, Sen. Pia, Tessa and Carmina, they can all say Sige sa Mantsa! by simply welcoming Breeze into their homes.