Garden Clay Pots on Hyperinflation

I’m quite baffled. What used to cost PH₱45.00 back in June 2020 for each of these 9″-size garden clay pots now cost PH₱120.00 each. Five months in and we’re looking at 167% increase in price.

Is it only our imagination, or are we seriously experiencing upsurge in the number of plantitos and plantitas in this pandemic season?

Looking Back at 14 Years of Deuts.NET

I’ve just finished migrating my blog from WordPress.com to Google Cloud Platform. Along this process, I needed to do some housekeeping, and check for broken links. Thus, the Broken Link Checker plugin.

I was particularly interested in intra-site links especially images that might have been broken through the years. But I was greeted as well by broken external links, hundreds of them:

Websites, blogs, and pages that are relevant at that time, but eventually faded into obscurity. Those are the websites that Deuts.NET survived. If you look at the sidebar, you’ll see the long list of archive links. That makes up 14 and a half years of Deuts.NET. Looking forward to 14 more years to come.

Sometimes it pays to keep Index and Match to yourself

To me, Index and Match functions combined is so much better than VLookUp. But sometimes, that fact is better kept to myself rather than trying to convert others. Saves me a lot of headache.

Please, don’t get me started on XLOOKUP. Compatibility issues is a serious concern.

So, are you Team Index and Match or Team VLookUp?

Doing Business with BPI Credit Cards

I used to promote BPI Credit Cards to friends for the ease of doing business with them, especially when it comes to requesting for waiver of the annual fees. Well, at least, that’s how it used to be.

Recently, I haven’t had much transactions using my BPI credit card, thus I decided to have the card cancelled already. I have had enough already with too much trouble in calling their hotline yearly just to have to make wait for 10, 20 minutes or so, for the next available customer service representative. Add that to the fact that their cancellation process is more troublesome — you have to send them a written request. Who does that nowadays? In 2018?

Thus, from now on, I’m done talking to BPI Credit Cards. They’re not worth any business from me. More importantly, from now on, I’m not using any credit card that don’t have waived annual fees for life.

If Metrobank can offer “no annual fee for life”, why can’t others do too?

To credit card companies: I’m bringing you business, you shouldn’t bring me further trouble.