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By now, you have heard all sides of the Boyet Fajardo case. People involved have made their comments (and apologies), support groups have launched their causes, media had a blast in their ratings, and the Internet world is filled with related blogs.
Now that the controversy has died down, are there money lessons that we can learn from this?
1. Sign your credit card.
This is where the controversy began when the Duty Free cashier saw that Boyet Fajardo’s credit card is not signed. It’s common sense, really. When you receive your credit card, sign it IMMEDIATELY. This is to protect you from unscrupulous people who may want to use your identity and purchase a lot of items that you will be paying for.
2. Bring IDs.
This is also basic. I don’t know about you but my parents have always taught me to bring identification cards in my wallet. In case of an accident that I’m not able to speak, people can easily identify me and track my family. When traveling abroad, an ID (especially a passport) is very important to ensure that I don’t get picked up by the police for suspicion of being an illegal alien.
An ID is also very handy if you need to present your credit card. Because of the increasing incidence of identity theft, more and more malls in the country are requiring credit card holders to present at least one ID before you charge anything to your card.
3. Be courteous.
Okay, this is not a money lesson, but this is also a basic value. Wherever you are in the world, whoever you’re talking to, please be courteous. Your fame, high education, wealth or background are insignificant if you don’t know how to respect people.
Because my rhinitis acts up when I get exposed to smoke, hubby and I decided to spend New Year’s Eve in Sulo Hotel in Quezon City.
A 20-minute drive from home, we chose Sulo Hotel primarily because we thought it offered free Internet connection. Unfortunately, and much to my chagrin, the hotel charges a ridiculous PhP300 per hour for its Wi-Fi connection. What a ripoff!
We paid PhP4,500 for a Deluxe room, a 26.5-square meter bedroom that can hold up to three people. Another disappointment came when I surfed the Internet (using my personal SMART Bro) and checked Sulo Hotel’s website. The website revealed that the hotel has an ongoing promo wherein a triple occupancy bedroom only costs PhP2,009. The promo is in effect if you book from Dec. 15 onwards. When did I book our room? Dec. 1, thinking that the hotel would be sold out if we booked a little bit later.
Room 127 is okay. I don’t think that this was worth PhP4,500 though. One, there was only one toothbrush when we arrived and I had to call housekeeping to request for one more. There was also only one bottle of water (complimentary drinks) but I just didn’t bother with getting the second bottle.
Two, the hotel is quite old and anyone can tell that, judging by the chipped-off bathroom sink.
Three, the fridge is also in need of replacement. The inside door lacked a grill that would keep water from falling.
Fourth, there was no New Year’s activity but hubby said I shouldn’t expect much from a three (or four) star hotel.
The only redeeming value of the hotel is the bed, which was quite comfortable. We also maximized the money we paid for by charging all our mobile phones and using our laptop for several hours. Hah!
And of course, it provided me with protection from the smoke and dust from firecrackers.
Come Dec. 31, 2009, we will definitely not go back to Sulo Hotel to spend New Year’s Eve. I’m hoping hubby and I can spend it in a much better hotel, where the money we will shell out would be worth it. I also had to keep in mind that I’m spending time with my husband, which is what’s important.
Happy New Year to all!