Sunday, May 29, 2005

Car, please!

Long time no blog. OK so now every car I see drives me to the point of feverish, mouth-watering, car-less maniac that I am. I want a car but unfortunately cannot afford one. I've called up some ads, emailed further queries to a few more, visited the showrooms just to drive myself more into the insane car-craving mad-woman that I am at this point in time of my life. Car me!

This blog serves as a plea to all you friends and associates of old and recent encounters to please - phu....leez! the operative word being: read between the lines! come up with some sort of financial scheme to get me car-ized and driving! I have three second hand yet not too old vacuum cleaners. What if I made out raffle tickets towards those? Do you think someone would be witless enough or ehem COMPASSIONATE enough to purchase a few stubs? All for a good cause mind you...I can give you a lift anywhere else in Al Ain you'd like to go - and on weekends, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah can be included in the itinerary. Of course for those of you who aren't in the UAE, you can send money order or checques to my office address...hehehehe. Email me and let's coordinate :-)

Since, if I had a car, I'd be one of the many who helps pollute our environment and cause global warming, you can then dump some of the world's pollution problems on me. Fair enough trade off don't you think?

Oh that depressingly pathetic song comes to mind again: "I'm not an actor, I'm not a star...and I don't even have my own car..." Jeez!

Monday, May 02, 2005

New Tarrif and Customs Quota for NAIA

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport has passed a new Tarrif and Customs law effective 1st May to mee the new quota for the income of the airport which is Php 1,000,000/- per day. According to an article from the Manila Bulletin sometime in April, anyone arriving into Manila will be stringently checked to ensure that taxes can be charged onto incoming products brought home by either "balikbayans" or tourists. The new code includes clothing, jewellery and personal effects, electronics, etc...practically everything that you bring will be subject to tax. The alarming thing is why the need to reach a quota, even why set a quota at all? As if sending money home each month isn't enough, Filipinos going home will have to shell out dosh as soon as they land on the homeland's airport.

Somehow the cost of going home each year (or bi-annually) is getting steeper and steeper. Perhaps some if not more will soon opt not to go home at all. Sadly we are losing so many of our very own because of money-making schemes like this.