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Friday, August 12, 2005

The iBook has landed!

My ex-online friend, Nocs (no longer just an online friend), asked me to buy an iBook for him. We got a good deal in Singapore. But we got crap when we reached Customs at Clark International Airport.

We were being unexpectedly charged 10% VAT for the brand-new iBook. This despite Nocs’ past experiences of having two hand-carried laptops brought into the country without tax. All the excitement of delivering his baby lappy top was doused when I had to leave baby iBook in the hands (in the holding room, actually) of the customs officials.

I’m crossing my fingers that Nocs gets his baby lappy top without problems today.

8 Comments:

  • At 1:04 am, Blogger Jepoy said…

    akala ko pa naman may pasalubong na akong iBook... :D

     
  • At 11:43 am, Blogger Ver said…

    BTW, magkano ba iBook duon?

     
  • At 12:32 pm, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    Jepoy,
    may pasalubong ako para sa iyo: kwento! ;-p

    Ver,
    Php55k (prior to 10% phil customs tax) for a 12" iBook that costs Php75ish here in the Philippines.

    ka edong

     
  • At 12:22 pm, Anonymous Paul said…

    I hope nakuha ninyo yung 5% GST refund sa airport.

    Anong airline ang sinakyan ninyo, and how was the trip?

     
  • At 6:15 pm, Anonymous ka edong said…

    Hi Paul!

    Yup, we were able to get the 5%GST refund.

    We took Tiger Airways from Clark. It cost us around P14k (2 pax, 2 way). The plane was fine, clean. Meals served upon order and payment.

    The tour was magnificent! Ang saya! dami ko pang i-ku-kwento.

    Re: WiFi, we got to hook up to some of the open WiFi hotspots around the malls. SingTel's welcome message also included instructions on how to get username and password for SingTel's wifi hotspots. But we didn't have much time to go hotspot hunting. We were busy touring and enjoying the place.

    Hawker foooooooodddd!

    ka edong

     
  • At 6:16 pm, Anonymous ka edong said…

    Update nga pala,

    Nocs got his iBook na! Wahoooo!

    ka edong

     
  • At 10:03 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    is there only one applecentre @ orchard road? how come you got it for only 55K??? i asked around and they sell it for S$1788 which is about 59K php.

    cheers!

     
  • At 10:47 am, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    hi Anonymous,

    Yes, I believe there's only one applecenter at orchard, it's at ... (sounds like) warwick mall.

    Price S$ 1,702.86
    GST + S$ 85.14
    Subtotal S$ 1,788.00

    Janrius YVEN
    Mac Evangelist
    AppleCentre @ Orchard Road
    m: 9119 3235

    we have the same price. Except that I was able to get a refund on the GST. read up more on GST, you might be able to get a refund too.

    Try also:

    SGL MARKETING Authorised Apple Reseller
    sglmk@singnet.com.sg
    1 Rochor Canel Road • Sim Lim Square • Singapore 188504
    Tel: 65-6337 9070 • Fax: 65-6337 6621

    goodluck!
    edwin

     

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