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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Where to report police brutality in the Philippines

Posted On Sunday, July 14, 2024 by Food Blogger 0 comments

Here are some resources for reporting police brutality in the Philippines:

  • Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service (IAS): You can file a complaint directly with the PNP's unit dedicated to investigating police misconduct. This can be done in person at their headquarters or through their online portal (https://pais.pnp.gov.ph/).
  • Commission on Human Rights (CHR): The CHR is an independent body that investigates human rights abuses by state actors, including police brutality. You can file a complaint online (https://chr.gov.ph/) or visit their nearest regional office.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs): Several NGOs in the Philippines work on police accountability issues. Here are a couple of prominent ones:

Additionally:

  • Document the incident: If possible, try to gather evidence of the police brutality, such as photos, videos, or witness testimonies.
  • Seek legal counsel: Consider getting help from a lawyer specializing in human rights or police misconduct cases.

Remember, it's important to report these incidents to hold officers accountable and work towards a more just system.


Thursday, June 13, 2024

Breville taps Pinay barista champ as brand ambassadress

Posted On Thursday, June 13, 2024 by Food Blogger 1 comments

While the Philippines actually falls under the “Bean Belt”—an equatorial zone of the biggest coffee-growing countries in the world—it still lags behind the emergence of a revolutionary movement that reshapes the peoples’ connection to a cup of Joe.
(L-R) Breville Philippines Food and Beverage (F&B) Business Unit Manager Elijah Marie Cortez-Flores, Breville Philippines Ambassadress Vanessa Maclang Caceres, and IAJWC President Ma. Cristina S. Llamo

Nevertheless, it’s not too late for this nation to firmly establish its own coffee culture, wherein majority, if not the entire populace, have a general knowledge and appreciation of this well-loved drink, coupled with their strong familiarity, exposure and use of available technologies in the market to make a cuppa.

With this in mind, IAJ Wellness Corporation (IAJWC), the exclusive distributor of Breville in the Philippines, has officially signed up multi-awarded barista and famed content creator Vanessa Maclang Caceres as the country’s ambassadress of the leading small kitchen appliances brand from Australia.

Impressed by the rich and mature coffee culture of various countries, IAJWC President Cris Llamo dreams of replicating such trends locally, where Filipinos do not merely drink coffee but dive deep into the art and appreciation of its unique flavors and origins.

“Hence, our partnership is aimed at raising more awareness on coffee culture and appreciation in the country,” she said during their contract signing held recently in Makati City.

“We want to be in the forefront of educating the people about Third Wave Coffee. That’s why we really want Vanessa to become our ambassadress because her vast knowledge of the industry will be of big help to elevate the peoples’ understanding of specialty coffee,” added Elijah Marie Cortez-Flores, Food & Beverage (F&B) Business Unit Manager at Breville Philippines.

Being an ambassadress, Ms. V (her online monicker) or Mamita (as fondly called by her colleagues) will mainly help promote the brand’s coffee category, plus other kitchen appliances through her social media contents. With her new role, she will also work closely with the brand in equipping the frontliners, which include promo merchandisers, with the most up-to-date knowledge about specialty coffee in order for them to effectively sell Breville products to customers.

“Transfer of knowledge should not go wrong. We want to make sure that our people who interact with the customers are saying the right things about coffee and how best to enjoy it using Breville products. So it’s important to have somebody like Ms. Vanessa, who's been in the industry for a long time—19 years to be exact. There's a wealth of information and experience that we can learn from her,” Llamo said.

“Through her hands-on training, we also believe that we will be able to foster a deeper appreciation for Breville products, especially the espresso machine category,” Flores added.

Elated by their confidence, Caceres is very thankful of their partnership. She quipped: “I’m happy that they trust me with this partnership. I’m really grateful to train their frontliners and share my knowledge on Third Wave Coffee to other people.”

(L-R) Breville Philippines' PR Agency Partner CatPR Head Nadine Tan, Breville Philippines Food and Beverage (F&B) Business Unit Manager Elijah Marie Cortez-Flores, Breville Philippines Ambassadress Vanessa Maclang Caceres, and IAJWC President Ma. Cristina S. Llamo

Breville Philippines started to tap her in March 2023 for Women’s Month using the Breville Bambino Plus. Little did she know that her first encounter with this small espresso machine would make her a firm believer and, eventually, ambassadress of the brand. She said: “It’s not like other similar products, wherein everyone can pull a shot of espresso. No one can do steamed milk that is much better than Breville.”

What Caceres loves about the brand is its innovative wide array of products that do not only address the complications of coffee-making processes, but the whole kitchen concerns as well. Their designs go hand-in-hand with functionalities, befitting the requirement of each client.

Although Breville is positioned as a premium brand, it’s worth the investment given the endless possibilities it can do for the buyers. No wonder it's now Vanessa’s constant kitchen companion.

“It’s really a part of my daily life. Once you have it in your kitchen, you cannot stop using it. That’s why you really get your money’s worth,” she stressed.


ABOUT BREVILLE

Founded in Sydney in 1932, Breville has become an iconic global brand that enhances people’s lives through thoughtful design and brilliant innovation, delivering kitchen products to more than 70 countries around the globe. Breville is the kitchen appliance brand that delivers innovation based on consumer insights, empowering people’s potential to do things more impressively or easily than they’d thought possible in their own kitchen.

The brand was introduced in the Philippines in 2010. Under the exclusive distribution of IAJ Wellness Corporation, select Breville products are available in over 100 retail stores across the nation.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

HOW TO APPLY FOR A TIN ID

Posted On Tuesday, June 11, 2024 by Food Blogger 0 comments

There are two ways to obtain a TIN ID card in the Philippines:

In-person application:

  1. Visit your nearest Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) branch. You can find the address of your nearest branch using the BIR RDO Finder .
  2. Get a queuing number and wait for your turn.
  3. Fill out BIR Form 1904 for new applicants.
  4. Submit the completed form along with the required documents, which typically include a valid government ID and a recent 1x1 picture.
  5. Pay the processing fee (if any).
  6. The BIR officer will process your application and print your TIN card. You may need to attach your photo and sign the card on the spot.

Online application:

  1. Visit the BIR website  and go to the eServices section.
  2. Look for the ORUS icon and click on it.
  3. Complete the online application form.
  4. Upload scanned copies of your documentary requirements, such as a valid government ID and a recent 1x1 picture.
  5. Submit the online application.
  6. The BIR will process your application and send you your digital TIN ID via email within three working days. The digital TIN ID is valid and can be used for most transactions.

Important notes:

  • You can only apply for a TIN ID in person if you are registering for an individual TIN with the "00000" branch code.
  • The BIR advises against availing of services from online sellers who claim to assist with TIN ID applications. These services may be scams and could result in you getting a fake TIN ID.
  • For more information on applying for a TIN ID, you can visit the BIR website  or contact the BIR hotline at 8538-3200.


Monday, June 10, 2024

How to obtain Philippine Passport

Posted On Monday, June 10, 2024 by Food Blogger 0 comments



Hey everyone! So, you're finally planning that dream trip abroad? You've got your itinerary all set, but there's one crucial step before you can jet off: securing that Philippine passport!

Fear not, fellow travel newbie! This blog is here to be your guide.

Step 1: Schedule Your Appointment Online

Gone are the days of lining up at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) super early. The DFA now requires online appointments for both passport applications and renewals. Head over to their website ([DFA OCA Appointment]) and secure a slot.

Step 2: Gather Your Documents

While waiting for your appointment, get your documents in order. The requirements can vary depending on your age and situation, but here are the essentials for new adult applicants like me:
  • Confirmed Online Appointment (proof you booked a slot)
  • Original and photocopy of PSA-authenticated Birth Certificate (make sure it's on security paper!)
  • Accomplished Application Form (downloadable from the DFA website)
  • Valid Government ID (check the DFA website for the complete list of acceptable IDs)
  • One (1) Photocopy of your ID

Step 3: Prepare for Your Appointment

Double-check that you have all the required documents. Dress appropriately (think formal attire) and be prepared for a security check.

Step 4: Application Process at the DFA

On your appointment date, arrive early and follow the instructions. The staff will typically guide you through the process, which includes:

  • Verification of documents
  • Fingerprint scanning and photo capture
  • Payment of processing fee (choose between regular or expedited processing)

Step 5: Claiming Your Passport

After processing, you'll be informed on how to claim your brand new passport. This usually takes around a week for regular processing and a few days for expedited.

Bonus Tips:

  • Check the DFA website ([DFA Passport Requirements]) for the complete and updated list of requirements based on your specific situation (minor applicant, lost passport, etc.)
  • Be patient and polite during the application process.
  • For inquiries, you can contact the DFA through their email address (consular.dfa.gov.ph) or their official Facebook page.

There you have it! Getting a Philippine passport may seem daunting at first, but with proper preparation and this guide, you'll be well on your way to your next adventure.

So, what are you waiting for? Book that flight and get ready to explore the world!


Sunday, June 9, 2024

Getting Your Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) at SSS: A Step-by-Step Guide

Posted On Sunday, June 09, 2024 by Food Blogger 1 comments

The Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) card is a very important document for us Filipinos. It streamlines transactions across various government agencies, making your life a bit easier.

If you haven't gotten yours yet, don't worry! This guide will walk you through the application process at the Social Security System (SSS).

Check the Deadline: As of November 2023, SSS has stopped accepting applications for regular UMID cards. They are now offering the UMID ATM Pay Card which requires either an existing UMID card or a pending application.

Things to Prepare:
  • Original and photocopy of a valid ID: This could be your passport, driver's license, or any government-issued ID with your photo.
  • One Other Valid ID: In case your primary ID doesn't have both photo and signature, bring another valid ID that does.
  • Photocopy of IDs: Make sure the photocopies are clear and complete.
  • Accomplished UMID Card Application Form: You can download the form from the SSS website or get a copy from your nearest SSS branch.
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN): While not mandatory, having your TIN can help expedite the process.

Two Ways to Apply:

1. Walk-in:
  • SSS Branch: This is the traditional route. Find a branch accepting UMID applications based on your SSS number coding. Take note of their operating hours.
  • Fill out the UMID application form. Be sure to write neatly and provide accurate information.
  • Submit the form along with your IDs and photocopies.
  • Have your biometrics captured. This includes your photo, fingerprints, and signature.
  • Receive an acknowledgment stub. This contains your reference number for tracking your application.

2. Online Appointment:
  • Head on at My SSS Online please log in to your account or create one if you're a new member.
  • Navigate to the "Appointment System" section and choose "UMID Card Application" as the purpose.
  • Schedule an appointment for biometric capture. Choose a branch and date/time that works for you.
  • On your appointment day, go to the chosen SSS branch. Bring a valid ID and a printed confirmation email from My SSS.
  • Have your biometrics captured.
  • You'll be notified when your UMID card is ready for pickup.
After Applying:

  • Track the status of your application. You can do this through My SSS online or by calling the SSS hotline.
  • Claim your UMID card. Once notified, proceed to the branch where you applied and present your valid ID to claim your card. There are specific timelines for claiming, so be sure to take note of the deadlines.

Additional Tips:

  • Dress appropriately. SSS branches have a dress code, so avoid sleeveless shirts, shorts, and slippers.
  • Bring a pen. You'll need it to fill out the application form.
  • Prepare for a wait. Applying during peak hours can mean longer queues. If you can, schedule your appointment or visit during less busy days.

With these steps and a little preparation, getting your SSS UMID ID should be a breeze. Soon, you'll be enjoying the benefits of this handy card!


Saturday, June 8, 2024

How to Obtain Voters ID in Comelec

Posted On Saturday, June 08, 2024 by Food Blogger 0 comments

As of June 8, 2024, the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is currently not prioritizing the issuance of voter IDs. However, there are alternative solutions for now:

1. Check Voter Registration Status:

-You can verify if you're already registered to vote online through COMELEC's website (https://comelec.gov.ph/?r=VoterRegistration/HowtoRegister).

2. Obtain Voter's Certification:

If you're registered, you can get a Voter's Certification from your local COMELEC office. This certification serves as proof of registration and holds the same validity as a voter ID for most purposes.

Here's how to get a Voter's Certification:

Requirements:

Valid ID (e.g., passport, driver's license)

Accomplished application form (usually available at the COMELEC office)

Minimum fee (amount may vary)

Process:

Visit your local COMELEC office.

Secure and fill out the application form.

Submit the application form, valid ID, and fee.

Pay the processing fee.

Wait for your Voter's Certification to be released (processing time may vary).

3. Stay Updated on Voter ID Issuance:

COMELEC is considering resuming the issuance of voter IDs. You can monitor their website (https://comelec.gov.ph/?r=VoterRegistration/HowtoRegister) or news outlets for announcements regarding the resumption of voter ID applications.




Thursday, June 6, 2024

JAPAN: Best Keep Secret Pass

Posted On Thursday, June 06, 2024 by Food Blogger 0 comments

Hey there, fellow budget traveler! Japan offers an awesome way to experience Japan on a shoestring. Using this limited pass you can journey from Tokyo to Osaka via a classic route.

The Seishun 18 Kippu (青春18きっぷ, Seishun Jūhachi Kippu), literally translating to "Youthful 18 Ticket" or more poetically "Springtime of Life Ticket", is a special discount ticket issued in Japan. It allows travelers unlimited rides on local JR trains (Japan Railways Group) for a set period of five non-consecutive days within a designated seasonal period.

Here's a breakdown of the key points about the Seishun 18 Kippu:

Validity: 5 non-consecutive days within a designated seasonal period

Price: 12,050 yen (around $110 USD) (as of June 2024)

Availability: Sold during specific periods throughout the year that coincide with school breaks in Japan (Spring, Summer, and Winter)

Where to buy: Midori no Madoguchi (みどりの窓口) ticket offices at JR stations, authorized ticketing agents, and some convenience stores (limited)

What it covers: Unlimited rides on local JR trains (not bullet trains) throughout Japan during the validity period

Pros:

Very affordable way to travel long distances on JR line

Great way to see the Japanese countryside and experience local train travel.

Cons:

Limited to local JR trains (not bullet trains) so travel times can be long.

Tickets sell out quickly especially during peak travel times.

Requires careful planning as you need to factor in longer travel times on local trains and plan your itinerary around the 5 non-consecutive day validity period.

Additional things to consider:

Time vs Cost: The Seishun 18 Kippu is a very affordable option, but be prepared to spend significantly more time traveling because you'll be on local trains. Bullet trains can cover the distance between Tokyo and Osaka in about 2.5 hours, while local trains can take up to 12 hours or more.

Flexibility: The Seishun 18 Kippu requires more planning and flexibility since it's valid for non-consecutive days and doesn't allow for stopovers.

Accommodation: Since travel time is longer on local trains, you might need to factor in the cost of accommodation along the way depending on your itinerary.

Overall, the Seishun 18 Kippu is a great option for budget-minded travelers, especially students, who have plenty of time to explore Japan during their school breaks. However, keep in mind the limitations on travel speed and flexibility compared to using bullet trains.


Wednesday, June 5, 2024

TAIWAN: Still No Visa Until 2025

Posted On Wednesday, June 05, 2024 by Food Blogger 0 comments

Calling All Barkadas! Taiwan Trip Anyone? 🇹🇼 Still no Visa Needed for Filipino Passport holders until next year!


Hey everyone!

So, have you been itching to get out of the country for a bit? Maybe you're craving some bubble tea, night market eats, or a hike up some beautiful mountains? Well, I have some fantastic news for all my fellow Philippine passport holders! Taiwan is waiving visa requirements for us until July 31, 2025!

That's right, folks! This is our chance to explore this amazing country without the hassle of visa applications and extra fees. So, pack your bags (and your appetite!), because Taiwan is calling!

Why Taiwan?

Taiwan is a beautiful island nation with a rich culture, stunning scenery, and of course, some of the best food in Asia. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or an adventurer, there's something for everyone in Taiwan.

Here are just a few things to add to your itinerary:

Taipei: The capital city is a bustling metropolis with world-class museums, delicious street food, and stunning views from the top of Taipei 101.

Tainan: This historic city is known for its ancient temples, delicious food scene, and laid-back atmosphere.

Kaohsiung: Taiwan's second-largest city has a beautiful harbor, a vibrant nightlife scene, and plenty of historical sites to explore.

Sun Moon Lake: This stunning lake is a popular spot for hiking, biking, and boating.

Taroko National Park: This park is home to dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, and marble caves.

Planning Your Trip

So, how do you start planning your visa-free Taiwan adventure? Here are a few tips:

Book your flights and accommodation: With the visa waiver in place, expect a surge in tourism. Book your flights and hotels well in advance, especially if you're planning to travel during peak season.

Research things to do: Taiwan has so much to offer, so it's important to do your research and figure out what interests you most. There are tons of travel blogs and websites out there that can help you plan your trip. Consider if you want to focus on the bustling city life or the serene beauty of nature.

Learn some basic Mandarin: While English is spoken in some tourist areas, knowing a few basic Mandarin phrases will go a long way. There are many apps and resources available to help you learn some basic phrases before your trip.

Pack for all weather: Taiwan has a subtropical climate, so be prepared for hot and humid summers and mild winters. Depending on where you go and what you plan to do, you might also need to pack for rain or hiking.

Let's Go!

This visa waiver is an incredible opportunity to explore Taiwan without the added hassle of a visa application. So, grab your barkada, start planning your itinerary, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

Do you have any questions about planning a trip to Taiwan? Leave a comment below and let's chat.

P.S. Don't forget to check the latest travel advisories before your trip. Just to be safe! Enjoy!


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