Mga Imbak na Marka: LRT

john irving watch and jewelry service center experience

ok, so you’ve read how i was raving about my new watch. well, apparently, i’ve been neglecting it by not letting its battery charge under the sun. i was more concerned how to keep my other watch running continuously (and because A gave it to me). so now, even if it’s solar-charged, it won’t hold enough juice to operate normally. 😦

i left it by the window for a weekend to hopefully charge. unfortunately, it still kept blinking its lights and kept shutting down. i finally gave up and thought of bringing it to a service center.

i’m not really that obsessed about the watch but i just didn’t like having it not functioning properly.

once you get off the LRT train station in cubao, a row of stores, including John Irving Watch and Jewelry Service Center would immediately greet you. i asked how much a battery replacement would cost for my watch and quoted me P500, with a 2-year warranty. (FYI: officially, only Time Depot is authorized to service Casio G-Shocks. however, i wasn’t that OC and i didn’t think i have the budget for it). “Jay” said I had to leave it, though for them to “observe” if its battery indeed needed replacing. slightly pressed for time, i semi-reluctantly left it with them and they told me to come get it the next day around lunch time.

today, i came back for it and they were still working at it, making the “auto-light” work. they said that it was the only problem left to troubleshoot. while looking the work area, seeing opened battery packs and scattered screws, i tried to piece together what was happening. and it only affirmed what i was afraid of: they had no clue how to the watch works.

when i told them it was ok if the “auto-light” doesn’t work, they handed me my watch back and since they said they replaced the battery with a 2-year warranty, i asked for my original battery. they gave me a Maxell CR1616 3V battery. at this point, it was clear to me that they were not experienced and knowledgeable in what they were doing.

  1. Solar watches from Casio use CTL1616, NOT CR1616. One is a rechargeable battery, the other one is a disposable/regular battery. also, rechargeable batteries are usually lower in voltage compared to regular batteries. AFAIK, CTL1616s are <3V.
  2. suppose the original seller did have a CR1616 inside the watch, if the shop was knowledgeable enough, they should’ve told me that 1. the battery wasn’t original, and 2. they should’ve replaced it with the correct battery.
  3. “fixing” the “auto-light” was a hilarious thing to watch: the technician was absolutely clueless how it worked on my watch. the requirements according to the manual for it to activate are: 1. angle change of about 40 degrees from horizontal (not just flicking it like a mercury thermometer) and 2. dark environment/low ambient light. the technician was fixing something that didn’t need fixing because he was ignorant how it worked! *deep sigh*

the question now is: will this “repair” last? i’m hopeful that i didn’t spend P500 on ignorant technicians and a P70 battery i can’t use. i hope they cleaned it inside, though. even with a 2-year warranty, seeing how bad they were at handling my watch, i’m not sure i’ll be back for any service or repairs with them. probably next time, Time Depot will need a visit from me.

John Irving Watch & Jewelry Service Center
3/F Gateway Tower Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Smart: 09217415269; Globe: 09162878990


beep(TM) me aboard!

dati, sabi ni GMA, magiging 1 na lang ticketing system ng LRT and MRT. if i remember correctly, “Strong Republic Transit” ang tinawag niya sa sistema na pag-iisahin ang mga mass transit systems at kasama ang ticketing system dun. natanggal na siya’t patapos na ang term ng bagong presidente, ngayon palang nagkakatotoo yung pangako na ‘to.

well, better late than never i guess.

ang convenient kasi ng iisa lang ang hawak mong card/ticket for your travels. hong kong and singapore had these way ahead of us. ngayon, sa bansang 3rd world, nagiging semi-standard na siya sa modern modes of transportation — GreenFrog, COMET — and even fastfood with the HappyPlus Card of Jollibee.

nagkaroon na rin naman ng tap-and-go system sponsored by Globe and KitKat but they never sustained it. di ko alam bakit. maybe dahil sa MRT lang siya? maybe dahil ganoon din naman ang haba ng pila sa turnstile — walang special lane like ECtag sa NLEX? ewan ko. it didn’t fly.

finally, the single ticketing system is on its way in the metro. and i’m one of the early adopters just because i believe in the system, despite its kinks. this is a step in the ways forward, IMO.


yes, i keep my card in a coin purse. seems durable enough. actually, di yun ang unang concern ko eh. i was thinking the metal in the coins might interfere with the tap system when i use it. apparently even with a lot of coins, the turnstile can read the card inside the coin purse with the coins inside. cool!

commuter ka din ba kagaya ko? kamusta ang beep experience?

i spy with my little eye

funny things happened this morning on my way to work.

i take 2 trains going to work: MRT3 and LRT2, Blue and Purple lines respectively. rides on the train are pretty much uneventful, always packed with commuters in the morning rush hours but nothing really noteworthy happens during my commute. and today was my ‘lucky’ day, i guess. 😀

apparently, there was a pickpocket on the train. and it was on our coach! one passenger called attention to himself by holding the doors of the coach and security guards immediately came. i was seated while all this happened so i didn’t see who the passenger was. but i heard their conversations when i put down my headphones. (i listen to the radio while commuting)

“ituro mo kung sino.” said one. “ituro mo na. nakaka-abala ka sa ibang pasahero eh.” said another. i wasn’t sure if it was the guard or another passenger who said those things. some other passengers chimed in and said, “oo nga. natatagalan ang biyahe.” with a hint of irritation. Magpatuloy magbasa i spy with my little eye

because i’m just too evil to let it pass

sige na, sige… nobody’s perfect. ako din, i make spelling errors very often. minsan nga yung THEIR and THEY’RE napag-papalit ko pa ng gamit eh. pero i just couldn’t help it…

was on my way to meet A in Boni so from Katipunan, i take the LRT going to Cubao then take the MRT from there to Boni station. and i usually pass by some tech shops along the way inside Farmer’s cubao. syempre, kaka-silip, kaka-window shopping, nakita ko to. and i knew i had to share it.


Magpatuloy magbasa because i’m just too evil to let it pass