Tips to protect home from intruders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2019   •   1305

People plan an out of town vacation to remove stress, whether it is from work or other things. But if they’re stressing about their home being robbed, what’s the point?

The Philippine National Police (PNP) released its guidelines to assure the public that this year’s summer vacation is peaceful and secured.

Here are a few more reminders to ensure that your home will be safe from intruders.

  • Make sure all the doors and windows are locked
  • Leave old slippers or shoes outside your door to make it seem like someone’s at home
  • Ask neighbors if they are willing to check on your house every now and then
  • Leave a light on outside your house
  • It is advisable to install a burglar alarm
  • If it still fits your budget, purchase CCTV cameras with motion detectors
  • Make sure to put all your valuables in a safe place

For other emergencies, the PNP encourages the public “to provide the police with relevant and timely information through social media (Twitter @pnppio and @pnphotline or PNP official Facebook page) and Isumbong Mo Kay OCA text line at 0917-8475757”—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

Victim: My credit card was used to buy movie tickets

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 5, 2019

Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay

Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Jayson Cabuslay had an outstanding balance of over P40,000.

“Isang lang naalala, ko isang beses ko siya ginamit nagpa-gas kami, nakalimutan ko iyong place basta diyan lang sa may San Juan. Iyon lang, isang beses ko lang siya ginamit sa gas station (One thing I can remember is, I used it to pay for gas. I forgot where but it is around San Juan. I only used it once to pay for gas),” he said.

He was still in Saudi Arabia at that time when he received a text message informing him that his card was being used.

Jayson was in shock upon knowing that most of the transactions are for paying movie tickets at Robinsons Movie World in Ugong Norte, Quezon City.

The bank also reported all the movie tickets were purchased in one day.

He also cannot understand how the One-Time-Password (OTP) —that only he can access — had been breached.

“Since OTP iyon, OTP message iyon kampante ako na hindi nila magagamit kasi nasa akin iyong code pero lahat ng OTP na iyon lahat ng online transaction na iyon may OTP nag-proceed. Hindi ko alam kung bakit, (Since it’s an OTP, I was confident that they wouldn’t be able to use the code because only I have the access to it. But all the OTPs and transactions went through. I don’t know why),” he said.

Another victim, Amalynn Hadap also had the similar experience. Her credit card was also used to purchase movie tickets in the same area in Valenzuela.

Jayson also found out that there was a Facebook post selling discounted Robinson’s movie tickets amounting to P150.

How to prevent credit card fraud?

According to the National Privacy Commission (NPC), syndicates for credit card fraud have accomplices at gasoline station and malls.

These syndicates will attempt to get credit card information including:

  • Card number
  • Name
  • Expiry Date
  • CCV number (three digits at the back of the credit card)

When doing transactions, the NPC advises the public to:

  • Monitor the cashier when your credit card is being swiped.
  • Use complicated passwords for your internet accounts.
  • Don’t dump your account details in your computer or on the internet to prevent hacking.
  • Only give your personal details to trusted websites with ‘https’ on the address bar. Website address with only ‘http’ are not reliable.
  • Be careful in clicking links from suspicious emails because they can take you to ‘phishing’ websites.

Jayson will file a credit report dispute letter to question the unauthorized transactions.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

Popcorn cooled by liquid nitrogen gains popularity in Japan in hot summer

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2019

Popcorn cooled by liquid nitrogen, an innovative street food, has gained popularity in Osaka, Japan as high temperatures continue to scorch many areas in hot summer.

A creative cold drink store in Osaka recently launched a new product, called “frozen popcorn”. The shop assistant makes creamy popcorn with sweet corn from Tokachi area of Hokkaido Prefecture as raw material, mixes the popcorn with liquid nitrogen at around 200 degrees Celsius below zero in a pot and pours them into a cup.

A large amount of heat is carried away during the vaporization of liquid nitrogen, which makes the popcorn cool and crisp.

“It gives me a cool feeling in mouth. Then it seems that the popcorn has melted in my mouth. It’s very tasty,” said a customer.

According to the store manager, the small store has gone viral on social media, and attracted many customers to come every day to take photos.

Each cup of frozen popcorn sells for 600 yen (about 5.52 U.S. dollars). The store sells up to 400 cups a day.

“Currently, we have an average of 150 customers a day, with daily turnover of 100,000 yen (about 920.17 U.S. dollars),” said Jinno Kazuki, a shop assistant. (REUTERS)

First aid tips when travelling

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 17, 2019

Be prepared for any emergencies when traveling this long vacation.

UNTV’s News and Rescue team shared first aid tips for safe travels.

Heat exhaustion/ heat stroke

  • Take them to a nearest shade
  • Lie them down and elevate their foot for blood circulation
  • If able to drink, give them cool water
  • Apply cool water to the skin or ice packs on
    armpits, wrists, ankles & groin
  • Bring the patient to the nearest hospital

Sunburn

  • Place under running water for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Don’t apply any ointment

Drowning

  • Immediately call a lifeguard or trained rescuer
  • Throw a life vest or any floating item available.
  • It is not advisable to interfere if untrained

Cuts and bruises

  • Clean the wound using Povidone Iodine
  • Cover the wound with a gauze pad
  • Immediately call for assistance for severe injuries

Assistant training officer of UNTV News and Rescue Angelo Dela Paz advise to carefully plan vacations by bringing a first aid kit.

Individuals should also know the necessary emergency contact numbers as well as the location of the nearest hospital.

“Iyong mga major injuries, pinaka-the best doon would be tumawag na sa mga emergency hotline na malapit sa ating lugar. (For major injuries it is best to call emergency hotlines near the area)” he said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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