Monday, September 23, 2013

Not All ATMs are Created Equal: Two Things About BPI ATMs that I Find Annoying

I've had a BPI ATM account since 2009. I'm satisfied with the service of BPI overall. The only things that annoy me are both related to their automated teller machines.

  1. BPI ATMs are not as ubiquitous as BDO ATMs. Whenever I need to get money from an ATM, I usually end up using a machine from another bank. I then get charged withdrawal fees.
  2. BPI machines are very sensitive/not sensitive enough. I could not get BPI ATMs to recognize my Globe G-Cash card. BDO ATMs have no problem with the card, though. Worse, the BPI machines accessible to me these days reject my BPI ATM card, stating that the data stripe is invalid. Pfft! The same card works on various BDO and Security Bank ATMs (and even on rare BPI machines, such as the one inside ABS-CBN). This pisses me off because even though there is a BPI ATM available, BPI still finds a way to poke me in the ass with withdrawal fees. By this time, I guess I have no choice but to have my card replaced (also with a fee) or continue paying ATM fees every time I withdraw cash.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Weekend Asian Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall

We were at Lucky Chinatown Mall last Saturday as well as three weeks before that. The mall had a Weekend Asian Street Food Market in the Lucky Chinatown Walk during the weekends of August and this fun little event has been extended until the end of September.

Last Saturday, we noticed that the layout of the food stalls was changed. In our first visit, the middle part was clear and the stalls were in the perimeter of the area and they had their individual tents. In our second visit, the stalls were situated in the center of Lucky Chinatown Walk and the whole area was covered by huge tents. The first setup had a more open air feel but the second one was more convenient and made the food stalls more prominent. The big tents also provided security in case of sudden rain.

Layout in August 10:

Weekend Asian Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo, Manila
Weekend Asian Street Food Market at Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo, Manila

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