BOYCOTTING THE STEAL TRADE
Last Saturday, I went to visit my brother-in-law’s mom at the Philippine Heart Center. She had total hip replacement surgery. Her femoral head and neck were fractured from a fall, causing her so much pain and limiting her to a chair for weeks. Finally, the surgery was done, and now she is recuperating. (Get well, Mama A! May you be up and tinkering about in your garden soon. Hugs!)
Anyway, I parked my trusty ol’ car outside the hospital premises, seeing that there was construction going on where the carpark used to be and thinking that parking inside may be limited. Silly me, there was a huge parking area at the back of the hospital. Sillier me, I did not think of transferring my car there. To cut it short, my side mirrors – just the mirrors, but both of them – were stolen.
Most Manila folks know where these stolen side mirrors end up – in Banawe Street, the place to go for all things that have to do with automobiles. Though the automobile industry along Banawe Street are mainly composed of legit businesses, peddlers and hawkers have claimed their share of the thriving motorist market. Stolen mirrors are among the many items openly peddled by bystanders who could be the thieves themselves. Because it is often difficult to find legit car shops that would sell just the mirror (not including the whole assembly, which costs at least Php3,000 [about USD65] apiece for my old car model), victims find themselves buying from the “steal trade”. Double-victims – they may have bought what actually belonged to them. Triple-victims if they don’t have good haggling skills.
Though it would have been cheaper to buy from the peddlers, Hubby and I firmly resolved to boycott the steal trade. Our resolve paid… for, lucky us, we found a car shop that sold brand-new side mirrors. Hubbs did not buy the original branded version- that would have cost him an arm (exaggerated!). He just bought an imitation version – at least it’s not stolen! – for only Php350/pair (about USD7.00). The quality is not that good, but it works. Besides, they’re good thief-deterrents (having low resale value). So why settle for the steal trade when there are brand new ones legitly available?
My appeal to motorists: Please do not support the steal trade. To borrow from ACAP/WildAid‘s slogan: When the buying stops, the stealing can too. The next victim could be you. (And they rhyme too! 😛 )
THE GIFT GOES ON
I found this while rummaging for items to give away to my younger sister Shiraz who’s due to give birth to her second child (a boy at last!) in a month or so. Since we are a huge family of 6 girls (yes, six!), we’ve made it a point to save baby/pregnancy items for whoever might be next in line. And what a long line it has been!
This bottle was given to me by my older sister DaVinci shortly after she gave birth to Jilli, and before I gave birth to Magnate. DaVinci received it from Ravioli, who got it from the hospital when she gave birth to Honky Tonk. Now I shall bequeath its lasting legacy of relief and comfort to Shiraz.
Can you guess what the bottle is for?
Nope, it’s not for ketchup! Not for mayo either. Definitely not for toyo or patis!
Sirit na? It’s a squirt bottle for washing during those tender first few days after delivery. Any mom who has given birth knows what I am talking about. Everything is tender and swollen, and washing becomes torturous. So some inventive mind (a mom I bet!) came up with the squirt bottle. It has a special snout that gives a wonderful bidet-effect of refreshing water. Its body is so soft and easy to squeeze, so the “spray strength” can be manipulated. I would mix in some Lactacyd with the water for the extra-refreshing feel.
May Shiraz find great relief in it as Rav, DaV and I did. 😉
Happy Mother’s Day to all wonderful moms!
Side mirror photo from Stockxpert.