Well that was an eye opener. So im trying to sell my units to dealerships here and it turns out my laptops we’re too expensive for them to sell. with big dealerships pala they have to out at least a 20% mark up to their goods. Meaning their buyers are paying 20% to the store lang. That’s way too much, and that’s why laptops are so fucking expensive locally. Well i get it of course, i’m sure they have higher overhead that’s why they have to mark it up so high.

So what that this mean for me. It means i’ll have to sell these laptops myself. Heck i’ll go retail no problem. I mean i’m moving these babys through internet lang and word of mouth so far. Perhaps i could set up shop soon, as soon as i get capital that is. Then i could pass on the savings to the buyers. Because i get my shit direct, no need for the middle man. Well that’s the plan at least:)

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December 20, 2007

Laptop Import Pricelist for January 200860 day Sea shipment is freeFor 10 working day air shipments just add 1200Php


All with 1 year international warranties and is honoured in the PhilippinesContact Shred Santiago for inquiries and orders (pls include the unit code)0919 4555 939/ 473 94 84/ shred_santi@yahoo.com 


Code: B-3 Brand: HPModel: Presario v6430Processor: Intel core duo 1.86Ghz T2130Hard disk: 120GBMemory: 1GB DDR II RAMDisplay: 15.4” Bright ViewStorage: DVD Super Multi Dual LayerVideo Ram: 224 MB Networking: WIFIOS: Vista BasicExtras: TV outSelling Price: 35,500Php 
Code: B-1 Brand: AcerModel: AS4710Processor: Intel core2 duo 1.73Ghz T2080Hard disk: 120GBMemory: 1GB DDR II RAMDisplay: 14.1” Crystal BrightStorage: DVD Super MultiVideo Ram: 64 MBNetworking: Bluetooth. WIFIOS: Vista PremiumExtras: Built in Webcam                Card Reader                TV outSelling Price: 38,500Php 
Code: B-2 Brand: AcerModel: AS5710-101216MIProcessor: Intel core2 duo 1.66Ghz T5500Hard disk: 120GBMemory: 1GB DDR II RAMDisplay: 15.4” Crystal BrightStorage: DVD Super MultiVideo Ram: 224 MB UptaNetworking: Bluetooth. WIFIOS: Vista PremiumExtras: Built in Webcam                Card Reader                TV outSelling Price: 39,500Php
      Code: B-4 Brand: TOSHIBAModel: sat u300 13jProcessor: Intel core 2 duo 1.60Ghz T2330Hard disk: 160GBMemory: 1GB DDR II RAMDisplay: 13.3” True BrightStorage: DVD Super Multi Double LayerVideo Ram: 358 MB Up toNetworking: Bluetooth, WIFIOS: Vista PremiumExtras: TV out                Built in webcam                Card readerSelling Price: 48,900Php 
Code: B-5 Brand: ACERModel: as4220 -100508MIProcessor: AMD Turion 64 MK 38 Hard disk: 80GBMemory: 1GB DDR II RAMDisplay: 14.1” Crystal BrightStorage: DVD Super Multi Video Ram: 383 MB Up toNetworking: WIFIOS: Vista BasicExtras: TV out                Card readerSelling Price: 33,200Php  
Code: B-6 Brand: TOSHIBAModel: Sat u300- 130Processor: Intel core 2 Duo                2.20Ghz T7500 Hard disk: 200GBMemory: 2GB DDR II RAMDisplay: 13.3” Tru BrightStorage: DVD Super Multi                Double Layer Video Ram: 383 MB Up toNetworking: WIFI, BluetoothOS: Vista PremiumExtras: TV out                Built in webcam                Card readerSelling Price: 78,500Php


Hey guys i have new laptops again straight from the middle east. dead cheap prices all at free shipping (35 days). If you want them faster your gonna have to ad 1000Php for air shipment which could land in manila in 7 days. check em out, compare and email me at shred_santi@yahoo.com to inquire:)  

 

 

Code:              AC1A

Brand:             Acer

Model:             AS5573ZNWLMI

Processor:        1.7 Ghz Intel core duo

HD Drive:       120GB

RAM:              1GB

Screen:            14.1inch

OS:                  Linux

Wifi

Bluetooth

DVD Multi

Price:               36,499Php

 

 

 

Code:              AC2A

Brand:             Acer

Model:             AS5052ANWXMI

Processor:        2.2 Ghz AMD

HD Drive:       80GB

RAM:              512MB

Screen:            14.1inch

OS:                  Linux

Wifi

Bluetooth

Price:               Php 34,999Php

 

 

 

Code:              FS2A

Brand:             Fujitsu Siemens

Model:             V3515-T2080

Processor:        1.73 Ghz Intel core duo

HD Drive:       80GB

RAM:              512MB

Screen:            15.4 inch

OS:                  Linux

Wifi

Bluetooth

DVD Multi

Price:               Php 33,499Php * I saw the same laptop with a weaker processor but a better RAM (1GB) in a philippine website priced 64K! Yup almost double the difference. Sheeesh.

 

 

 

Code:              TO1A

Brand:             Toshiba

Model:             satellite a200 1m4

Processor:        1.86 Ghz Intel core duo

HD Drive:       120GB

RAM:              1GB

Screen:            15.4 inch

OS:                  Windows Vista

Wifi

Bluetooth

DVD Multi

Price:               Php 43,499Php

 

 

Code:              HP1A

Brand:             HP Compaq

Model:             530

Processor:        1.66 Ghz Intel core duo

HD Drive:       80GB

RAM:              512GB

Screen:            15.4 inch

OS:                  Linux

Wifi

DVD Multi

Laptop Bag

External Bluetooth

Price:               Php 32,499Php ** The same model is priced at 44k from another popular local website. Note here:) 

 

Code:              HPA mine

Brand:             HP Compaq

Model:             c500

Processor:        1.73 Ghz Intel core duo

HD Drive:       120GB

RAM:              1GB

Screen:            15.4 inch

OS:                  Windows Vista Basic

Wifi

DVD Multi

Laptop Bag

External Bluetooth

External Camera

Price:               Php 39,899Php

     

HP NX6310 pavillion

April 9, 2007

intel core 2 duo 1.66Ghz

Memory 512MB

Hard disk: 60Gb/ 120Gb

CD Drive: Multidrie

VGA: 120MB

Display: 15″ XGA

Price is 41,000Php for the 60GB hard disk and 45,000 for the 120GB

Macbooks also available. See below:)

The Pakistani Meal

October 26, 2006

LAPTOPS anyone?

October 14, 2006

Hey im importing laptops straight from the middle east. the reason why they’re so friggn cheap is that there’s NO TAX here. Anyway prices include shipping and u pay cash only upon delivery. Practicaly risk free my friends:) They are all brand new, all with international warranties and all with their original recepits. I’ve got more BTW makes and models by the way. These are just the mediuim range laptops. If u want a particular model just let me know and i’ll hook up with my dealer.

  

Email me at shred_santi@yahoo.com if you want to inquire or make an order. Feel free to comment on this page. My international number is +96560660107. Go ahead compare them:)

 

Code: A-D

Brand: ACER

Model:AS 1642NCLI

Prcoessor: Intel Pentium 1.71Ghz

Memory: 256Mb 60GB COMBO

Operating System: Linux OS

Monitor:15.1” TFT Crystal display

Price: 41,400php

Code: B-2pic

Brand: 

Model: AMILO V2065

Processor: Intel Centrino 1.9Ghz

Memory: 1gb DDR RAM;  60GB COMBO

Operating System: Linux

Monitor:16” TFT Crystal display

Model: 64kbps v80

DVD dual double layer

Price: 40,300

Code: C-A

Brand: IBM Lenovo

Model: C100-D4G

Processor: Intel Centrino 1.7ghz

Memory: 256mb 40gb

Modem: 56k

Connectivity: Lan, wi-fi, bluetooth

Monitor: 15.1” SVGA

42,500php

Code: D-A

Brand: ACER

Model: AS-5101

Processor: 2.0 Ghz AMD

Memory: 512Mb 60GB

Modem: 56k

DVD-RW

Connectivity: Lan, Wi-fi, Bluetooth

Monitor: 15.1”

OS: Linux

45,800sr

Code: E-B

Brand: ACER

Model: AS-3624 nwxmi

Processor: Intel Celeron 1.66 Ghz 

Memory: 256mb ddr ram 40GB

Modem: 56k

DVD-RW

Connectivity: Lan, Wi-fi, Bluetooth

Monitor: 14.1”
Crystal LCD

OS: Linux

37,700php

Code: F-A

Brand: ACER

Model: AS2414 NWXCI

Processor: Intel Celeron 1.6 ghz

Memory: 256mb 40gb

Modem: 56k

Connectivity: Lan, wi-fi,

Monitor: 15.1” TFT

34,500php

Code: G-Pic

Brand: HP

Model: NX6110

Processor: Intel centrino 1.7 ghz

Memory: 256mb ddr 2 ram 60gb

DVD-RW

Monitor: 15”

Modem: 56k fax

Connectivity: Lan, wi-fi, Bluetooth

OS: DOS

44,300php

Code: H-

Brand: Acer

Model:

Processor: 1.66ghz intel celeron

Memory: 256mb 20gb

Monitor: 15.4” TFT

DVD-COMBO

Connectivity: LAN, WI-FI  

34,000php

Code: I-A

Brand: DELL

Mdel: Inspiron 6400

Processor: 1.66ghz Intel duo Centrino

Memory: 512mb 60 GB

DVD_RW

Connectivity: LAN, Wi-fi, Bluetooth

Monitor: 15.4”

OS: Win XP

DVD-RW

Free card fuckin reader

58,500php

Code: J-B

Brand: ACER

Model: Aspire 5612 NWLMI

Prcessr: 1.66 Intel Duo Core

Memory: 512 mb ddr ram hdd 60gb

Monitor: 15” crystal LCD

Connectivity: LAN, wi-fi, Bluetooth

DVD-RW

49,500php

Code: K-B

Brand: ACER

Model: Aspire 5601 ANWLMI (T2050)

Prcessr: 1.66 Intel Duo Core (w/ intel graphics media accelerator)

Memory: 512 mb ddr2 ram hdd 80gb

Monitor: 15.4” wxga (crystal brite)

Connectivity: LAN, wi-fi, Bluetooth

OS: DOS

DVD super multi drive

Integrated cam 1.3mg

55,500php

Code: L-pic

Brand: Toshiba

Model: Satellite M70-430

Processor: Intel cetrino 1.66ghz

Memory: 512mbddr2 ram, 60GB

Monitor: 15.4” tru-brite screen

OS: winXP home

Connectivity: Wireless LAN

Free usb 2.0 card reader

49,000php

Code: M-1

Brand: dell

Model: Inspiron 1300

Processor: Intel celeron 1.6ghz

Memory: 256 MB RAM 60 GB HDD

Monitor: 15.4 WXGA LCD

Connectivity: LAN

DVD/CD-RW combo

32,800php

Code:N

 Brand: dell

Model: Inspiron 1300

Processor: Intel celeron 1.6ghz

Memory: 512 MB RAM 60 GB HDD

Monitor: 15.4 WXGA LCD

Connectivity: LAN

DVD mulitdrive

34,500php

Im a twenty something city dweller from Manila, Philippines. Now im working in Saudi Arabia as a store manager in one of the localcoffee shops.   

It’s my first time to be out of the country man. And of all places i could have gone to I had to end up in this place. It’s one of those accidents that hurts like a mother. I applied for the position not knowing its an overseas job. (The ad was misleading) It was on the final interview,when the head honcho asked me “what makes you think you could adjust to Riyadh culture?” that i finally realized where the job would take me. My eyes widened, as if a cars’ headlights was going straight at me. And in the middle of this episode i still managed to BS a good answer. Good enough to get hired.

Why did i have to be such a why not person? So now im here. Logging in the hours, trying to get a semblance of a life in a place that couldn’t get anymore foreign than if it was from another planet. Saudi Arabia -sheesh. 

Im such an expat. This sacrifice has got to pay of. Im missing my family, my friends for this. I knew going here that it was going to be tough. But not this tough dude. The loneliness and the routine can really get to you. The dessert is such perfect imagery for the emptiness you feel when you’re here. Don’t believe it when they say the dessert is beautiful. Its huge and its barren. Its just plain space. I feel like im crossing a dessert, as i move through the hours and days and months till the end of my contract. Such a long journey. How could i, knowing my tendencies, could possibly survive this hell?

But the thought that im not alone in this journey gives me a little bit of condolence. Millions are crossing the same dessert of expatriate life. Heck my old man once did it. And if they did it then so could i. All i need to do… all i need to do is…

 Make it interesting;)  

I was WRONG

August 12, 2006

Of course I had an idea of what im getting into. But man was i wrong on a couple of things about saudi.

#1 I have yet too see much less ride a friggin camel. I got to admit i was looking forward to seeing that ugly horse thing. I imagined there’d be a couple of camel riding dudes along the dessert. With the caravans and shit. Speaking of dessert…

#2  I’ve only seen the dessert once and it wasn’t that huge. I’ve seen more sand in beaches really. And its not plain at all. There were rocks and bushes. There weren’t sand dunes or anything. No cactuses ( or is it cacti?) either. I packed band aids for that. I always taught whenever i looked out a window i’d gaze at a wide expanse of dessert. All I see outside is a friggin wall. Its because im in the heart of the city i guess.

#3 You do not get raped everytime you go outside alone. Most saudis are pretty decent people. Sure when you try to hail a taxi maybe one or two private cars will stop and try to pick you up but hey. If you give them the angry face and say no, they always leave you alone. It can get pretty fuckin annoying also. but i’ll tell you about that some other time.

#4 90% of Saudis speak English. That’s what they said in the orientation in manila. Hell no. its more like 90% DON’T speak english. And arabic is such a hard language to understand. its very fast and has a lot of throat articulations. But its fun also that they don’t know the language. You can ask a customer “sir, you want me to add piss on your coffee?”. “Aiwa! (yes)” he’ll always answer. That’s because…

#5 Saudis are pretty stupid people. Most of them anyway. The educated ones are ok but the rest, man i swear, are dumb shits. There was this one guy who ordered an extra tea bag for his cappuccino. what can i say, he wanted to taste it all. Young people here get poisoned for drinking perfumes. Why? Because the perfume bottles say it has an alcohol content and the idiots want to get drunk. Also their speed limit is 120kph all around, even it the streets man. that’s why they hold the world record every year for car accidents. ok here’s another one. their stock markets fluctuate very sharply everyday because all of them play the stock market without understanding it. its like gambling for them. Its in the international newspapers man. So what happened. the thing just crashed really badly. i’ve got 3 saudi staff that lost quite a bit of money in the crash. He didn’t even know what the stock market is. he described it as bank transactions when your money goes up or down. And he was part of the educated folk. sheesh.

#6 There are no oil wells in every home. The government owns it all. That’s why their so goddamn rich. Especially nowadays when the price of oil is sky rocketing. So what does the government do with all that money? A lot of pretty creative things man. Liket paying each student 1500sr (roughly 18,000php) every month just to go to school. They say it’s allowance. I say it’s bribery.

#7 A liter of petrol costs 8php here (converted of course). I knew it was cheap, but not THAT cheap. Bottled water is more expensive than oil.

#8 there IS booze here. the black market sells em really expensive though. also people brew their own shit. its no johnny black but hell i’ll take it

#9 Dude saudi girls are one of the hottest women on earth. underneath their black veils are volumptious, perfect assed, fair skinned, model material drop dead gorgeous women. I kid you not. that’s why they wear the abayas. Because their husbands and families know how hot their women are. they don’t want people staring at them like that. First saudi girl I ever saw.. i swear she was a better version of bianca araneta. if you could imagine that, that was her. and girls like that are normal here.

#10 Saudis do not stink by having terrible BO. They stink by covering it all up with strong perfumes and musks. Also the general stench is caused by the Bangalis (bangladeshis), idians, and most of the black people here in general. I hate to say it but it’s true. You know the smell is worse in the winter than in the summer. Because in the winter it’s too godamn cold for them to take showers. Sometimes it’s so bad… my eyes tear up. Its painful man.

Only pinoys smell good here consistently. Thats why Pinoys are the ones getting raped all the time. The stinky non deodorant wearing nationalities, they don’t touch. Because they think good hygiene makes you gay thus qualifying you for a good ass pumping…See i told you they were stupid.

Boy Expat

August 12, 2006

ok it has finally sunk in. im stuck in the middle east for 2 years. I don’t know it seemed exciting at first. The thought of leaving it all and establishing yourself in another land completely on your own. I’ve been aching for a chance to do that my whole goddamn life. but now that its here i find out its not all what it’s cracked up to be.

I blame this country for that. Saudi Arabia. Sheesh what a boring place. Really you have to bend over backwards to get some kicks here. Imagine no bars, no clubs, no booze, no sex. Translation: no life. That’s not even a tiny bit of what’s illegal here. Its absurd man.

Really, i feel like im back to the spanish era. Here we’ve got moral police who makes sure everyone’s being properly moral. You talk to a girl a you’re not married to, you’re dead. You take someone’s picture without consent, you’re fucked. i mean literally you will get fucked. They fuck grown men in their asses in prison. That’s what they tell me at least. I don’t want to find out myself. Anyway these guys are like friars man. They are the law. THey confiscate stuff. Mobile phones particularly. they can inspect your phone anytime. if it has a pic of a girl with just her shoulder showing , good bye nokia. just like that. They’re very mean and scary looking. Plus they’re rich and have numerous wives. No wonder people hate em. and its not just the expats. even the saudis hate them. cause nobody likes a killjoy nor a bully (especially assfucking bullies- a very dangerous combination). i mean i get the no alcohol policy but no talking to members of the opposite sex? that’s just plain stupid. its ironic how modern this place is and how barbaric their laws are.

BUT

its just like me to bitch about all the wrong things. there are some good things in this place. The work is good, challenging to say the least. the money’s not too shabby either.Can’t complain much about that.

Bottom line. i went here for the work and nothing else. And while its true that there are ways of going around a few rules, it really isn’t worth it to break em in this place. the risks are just way too high. not unless you’re gay (which means you don’t mind getting fucked in the ass). But im not, so really i better follow the rules for once. ive got something good going for me here. its not much but its something.

And im too old to screw this up.

well that’s it for me. ciao.

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