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Saturday, April 14, 2012

US VISA NEW APPLICATION FEES


Geez, a not so good news for Pinoys who will be traveling to the US of A. The US Embassy raised US Visa fees yesterday (Friday the 13th of April 2012) for non-immigrant visas, including visas for tourists, business travelers and students.

That means starting yesterday, Filipinos applying for tourist, business, crew member, student and journalist visas will now have to pay an additional $20, from the old visa fee of $140. For a new US Visa Application Fee of $160.
Fees that increase (only non-immigrant fees) if you paid your visa fee before April 13, 2012, you do not have to pay the difference between the new and old fee amounts as long as your visa interview is on or before July 12, 2012. Starting July 13, 2012, you will be required to pay the difference between the old and new fee amounts – no exceptions. 

According to a statement posted on the embassy’s website the US embassies must collect higher fees for tourist and other types of non-immigrant visas because US law requires the Department of State to recover the costs of processing those types of visas. 

A US government study completed last December, determined the new fees that more accurately reflect the costs of visa processing services.

On the other hand, the US Embassy lowered the fees for all immigrant visas, as well as those for fiancĂ©/ fiancĂ©e visas and trader/investor visas. 

Fees that will decrease are not refundable - If you paid a visa fee before April 13, 2012 and that fee decreased, the US Embasy cannot give you a refund.

For visa categories that have lower fees starting April 13, applicants who have already paid will get no refunds. Unfair it may seem but that's their call. 

The reduction in immigrant visa fees has become possible because a new US law allows the Department of State to seek reimbursement from other federal agencies such as the US Citizenship and Immigration Service.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Spyder Philippines Assist Program Charge Your Summer


Hola, mi amigos y amigas! Buenos Dias! Good news to all biking and motorcycle enthusiasts!  Spyder Philippines has launched Spyder Assist Program at Festival Mall in Alabang last March 30, 2012. 
 
Spyder is a top brand known for its high performance multi-sport motorcycle and bicycle helmets and gears in the Philippines and abroad.
 
Spyder-Charge Your Summer is a mall-based activity where Spyder displayed its impressive line of products.
Sports enthusiasts and hobbyists like Uncle Sam,Danny Boy and the rest of Davao City's on any Sunday Rider Club and those who were introduced to the discipline of multi-sport like Ralph will all love Spyder offering of high quality products such as helmets, shades, eye wear and other protective gears and accessories.
Not only that! Spyder Assist,  in cooperation with Standard Insurance, gives motorcycle enthusiasts and hobbyists an adventure beyond limits.
 Spyder Assist gives not just one but two main benefits.
 
For every purchase of any Spyder motorcycle helmet, customers will now have the chance to enroll themselves under Spyder Assist Program. They only have to pay 150 pesos to enjoy full insurance protection under the program. The coverage is good for one year starting with the purchase date indicated on the official receipt.
Spyder Assist offers a Personal Accident insurance coverage of up to P100,000 that protects its policy holder against injuries, including those arising from motor-related incidents, disability and even loss of life.
 
It entitles the policy holder a medical reimbursement benefit of up to 5,000 pesos for accident related injuries, and other motor-related accidents. 
 
Aside from these benefits, Spyder Assist assures motorcyle owners an automatic 30% discount as crash replacement benefit on the purchase of their next helmet in the event of an accident or crash.
 



 
Customers who avail of the Spyder Assist Card are encouraged to register their Spyder Assist card online right away for easy facilitation of insurance-related claims and concerns. To register the coverage, one has to simply scratch the code on the Spyder Assist card that will be given upon purchase. Log on to www.teamspyder.com/spyderassist and complete the registration details there. A copy of the policy will be sent via email.
With Spyder Assist, Spyder has proven that it has its clients’ best interests at heart. If you are a motorcycle rider who values your own safety and protection, all you have to do is pay Php150 pesos for a full coverage and for your own peace of mind. Spyder Assist is something that you wouldn’t think twice of grabbing. With the many road hazards that you are exposed to everyday, it is wise to equip yourself not only with the right gears and accessories but with an insurance policy that can take care of all your needs in the event of an accident, injury, or disablement.
Spyder Philippines is clearly changing the landscape of how sports houses extend after sales service to its customers, expect more high quality products and road safety innovations and protection such as the Spyder Assist Program from this company who promises to do nothing but provide you peace of mind as you travel the off-beaten path. 
It was a well attended event. Congrats Jeman of OrangeTVmagazine.
When I attended the event they gave me a pouch made by Spyder.

The pouch is durable and has an excellent design.  I wish to have a spyder eye wear in the near future.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How to get your PhilHealth number


                              
Individuals who had worked in the Philippines either in a public or private company and whose employer has deducted PhilHealth contribution from their salary, is possibly already a PhilHealth member and have their own membership number.

This Philhealth number will be your lifetime number even if your membership category has changed.

This Philhealth number shall be permanent and must be used in all your transactions with Philhealth.

For you to know your PhilHealth number, you need to inform Philhealth of your complete name as in your first name, middle name, last name and date of birth through telephone number (632) 6373754 or text to 0918-9635396 or e-mail to owp@philhealth.gov.ph for proper verification of your record.

Another method is for you to visit any PhilHealth offices nationwide and ask them directly what your PhilHealth number is. 

Good luck! Happy day everyone!


HOW TO COMMUTE FROM LEGAZPI AIRPORT TO LEGAZPI CITY PROPER


Upon arrival @ Legazpi Airport, you have three options to reach Legazpi City proper:
  • Hire a Van- This is quite expensive because they tend to overprice both the tourists and locals alike but sometimes if they don't get passengers you could ask them to bring you to the central bus terminal in Legazpi for only twenty pesos (Php20).
  • Tricycle- Inside the compound of the airport they charge Php50.00 per trike (regardless of number of passengers). I suggest that you walk just outside the gate of the airport (which is very near) and you could get it as low as Php 25.00 depending on your bargaining skills. One tricycle is good up to 5 persons.
  • Walk towards the main road (Washington Drive) and ride a jeepney bound to Legazpi City proper. A good ten minutes walk (around 500 meters). So if you have a lot of luggage, just take the trike. But if you want some exercise after sitting inside the plane for almost an hour then take a walk.  Turn left when you reach the gate of the airport compound then walk straight ahead then turn right towards Washington Drive where you can hail a jeepney going to Legazpi City proper. Its on your left side if you are facing the road. Fare = Php 8.00 per passenger.


Monday, April 9, 2012

SALUBONG AT CAGSAWA RUINS


  

Bicol, Philippines - Since I was a child, I always look forward to the "Salubong" tradition every Easter Sunday. But my kuya and I were surprised to see the practice for the "Salubong" @ Cagsawa Ruins. As everybody knows, what is left of the church at Cagsawa is only the bell tower when Mayon Volcano erupted in 1814 and spewed lava that covered Cagsawa church and the surrounding areas.
The traditional Salubong is a popular event on Easter Sunday. It is a pre-dawn ritual that re-enacts the Risen Christ's meeting with His mother. It is performed within the churchyard under a specially prepared arch where the veiled image of the Virgin Mary is placed. As soon as the procession nears the church, the bells rang deliriously with joy, announcing the glorious resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ!   
       
Then the encounter of the Risen Lord and His Blessed Mother will take place. This is dramatized by the SALUBONG. Little children dressed as angels are slowly lowered by ropes from a high platform and they lift the mourning veil from the grieving Mother Dolorosa and announced to her the resurrection of her dearly beloved Son. The Virgin Mary would then be "Ang Birheng Nagagalak". In other parishes, the angel releases trained doves to snatch away the veil of the Virgin while in others, the angel attaches the veil of the Virgin to balloons to take it far up into the air.
           
While the Regina Coeli is being sung, the little angels scatter flowers and petals to the images of the Mother and Son. The people would then scramble to get the petals as a memento of the event. Farmers would often place these petals in their farm bed for good harvest.
             

The participants in the procession are segregated by gender. The men and boys follow the image of Jesus Christ, while women and girls follow the image of the Virgin Mary. The procession ends with the two groups meeting in the church, where Mass is said.

             
The "Salubong" is an authentic manifestation of Filipino piety and religiosity. Do you know of any counterpart or similar practice in other countries of the "Salubong"?
After every spectacular Easter Sunday Salubong and the solemn Mass, my cousins and I would proceed to our lola's house for an early breakfast of Cacao hot chocolate, suman ( rice cake wrapped in banana leaves and steamed to a sticky consistency) and bihon. Then, we would go to our respective rooms for a much deserved sleep.


EASY SOLUTION TO MAKE THE MISSING WIDGETS APPEAR




As bloggers, we do blog walking once in a while. Sometimes we even exchange G+, FB Likes, Tweets etc. but some of the blogs that we visited have templates that don't show the G+, FB like, twitter widgets. Worry no more! There's a very easy solution on how to make them appear.

If the blog has heavy images, or does not show the widgets you can simply do this:

  • Press Control  -  ( Ctrl -) to make the blog smaller 
What I do if the blog has heavy images and doesn't load fast: I keep on pressing ctfl - until everything appears, I then press
  • Press Control +  ( Ctrl+) to make the blog bigger
When you zoom out the blog post the widgets load more easily.  No need for you to refresh the page over and over again.


After the widget appears you can now zoom in the blog post so you can click on the widget.


Try this! Happy Blogging! I hope I was able to help.


FREE CALL


Free Call on your Vodafone from 12 midnight up to 6 a.m. for only QR 15 good for thirty (30) days with Swalif Al-Lay.  Just dial *200*215# Offer is good for the first fifty thousand (50 k) customers only:-)

LIBRENG tawag sa Vodafone mula hating gabi hanggang sais ng umaga sa halagang QR15 sa loob ng tatlumpong araw (30 days) with Swalif Al-Layl, I-dial ang *200*215# sa unang 50,000 customers lamang!

Para sa ibang inpormasyon magsadya lamang sa http://www.vodafone.qa/

Source:Makatang Kiko


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Zest Air Sale Period from April 8 to 10, 2012


Zest Air
Sale Period: April 8 to 10, 2012
Purchase online or call their hotline at 855-3333 (7:00am to 11:00pm) or beyond 11:00pm at 852-4313 or 851-3302.

Details
  • Inclusive of Fare and Taxes.
  • Exclusive of ASF and Fuel Surcharge and 12% VAT.
  • Limited seats only.
  • FREE Baggage Allowance of 10 Kilos for MA60 Flights.
  • FREE Baggage Allowance of 15 Kilos for A320 and A319 Flights.
  • For phone booking and more information, please call 855-3333 or visit your favorite travel agent.
Domestic DestinationsOne-Way Fare
Manila to Kalibo, Busuanga, Legazpi, Marinduque, Masbate, Virac or Iloilo P300
Manila to Bacolod, Catarman, Virac, Iloilo, Calbayog, San Jose, Mindoro, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban or Tagbilaran P300
Manila to Davao or Cagayan De Oro P500
Travel Period: June 1 to October 15, 2012


Air Phil Express Sale Period from April 8 to 10, 2012


Air Phil Express
Sale Period: April 8 to 10, 2012
Travel Period: July 1 to September 30, 2012 and February 1 to 28, 2013
* 10 kilos free baggage

Details
  • Quoted fares for Domestic and International Flights are for one-way only.
  • Fares are with 15 kilos Free Baggage Allowance.
  • Philippine Goverment Tax not included.
  • Fare is not guaranteed until the final purchase.
  • Priced from Origin to Destination or Vice Versa.
  • Subject to rules and conditions, please review carefully.


Domestic DestinationsOne-Way Fare
ALL DOMESTIC DESTINATIONS P 0


Cebu Pacific Sale Period from April 8 to 9, 2012


Cebu Pacific
Sale Period: April 8 to 9, 2012

Details
  • Quoted fares are one-way and have limited availability.
  • Fare are exclusive of government fees and taxes.
  • International fares are exclusive of fuel surcharges.
  • Fares are non-refundable.
  • Flight changes must be made more than 24 hours before scheduled time of departure.
  • CAB approved terms and conditions of carriage apply.
Domestic Flights Go Lite Fare
ALL DOMESTIC DESTINATIONS
P0
Travel Period: November 1 to December 15, 2012
International Flights Go Lite Fare
Clark to Bangkok
P899
Clark to Macau
P999
Clark to Bangkok
P1,299
Manila to Kota Kinabalu
P1,499
Clark to Singapore
P1,599
Manila to Singapore
P1,699
Manila to Guangzhou or Taipei
P1,899
Cebu to Hong Kong or Singapore
P1,899
Manila to Brunei
P2,099
Manila to Ho Chi Ming, Hong Kong, Macau, Hanoi or Xiamen
P2,499
Kalibo to Hong Kong
P2,499
Manila to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Siem Reap
P3,499
Manila to Beijing, Busan, Incheon, Jakarta or Shanghai
P3,999
Cebu to Busan or Incheon
P3,999
Manila to Osaka
P5,999
Travel Period: November 1 to December 15, 2012


CHICKEN DELI


CHICKEN DELI
CHICKEN DELI
David invited www.yummy-tales.blogspot.com and I to try Chicken Deli in SM North Edsa Annex, Quezon City for Alodia's birthday bash.

It is kind of "bitin" for me and Php97.00 cost higher than Jollibee's Php75 price tag for one (1) piece Fried chicken. 

You could try Chicken Deli's chicken inasal meal for Php 97.00. 

Pop na pop for the lasa but bitin for the portion that they served us. It is so small I don't know if they have a bigger size. I hope they improve their portion size.

Verdict: 2 fingers
 
Chicken Deli is located at the 3rd floor of SM City North Edsa Annex. The place is spacious. I particularly like the ceiling lights.
CHICKEN DELI



Friday, April 6, 2012

Derek Ramsay moving to TV5


                                           
Oh la la! My favorite actor Derek Ramsay is indeed moving to TV5 according to Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications. Bong confirmed that Derek Ramsay has decided to transfer to TV5.

It is said that TV5 offered Derek Ramsay an amount that was difficult for him to refuse. For months, ABS-CBN has exerted efforts to make him stay as a Kapamilya.  

Derek Ramsay’s contract with ABS-CBN expired at the end of February 2012.

Just two weeks ago, Ramsay confirmed that ABS-CBN offered to renew his contract as a Kapamilya. “Nakita na namin ‘yung offer. I think they’re exchanging e-mails now. My parents, my dad just sent an e-mail to Sir Gabby (Lopez), and nag-uusap usap na,” Ramsay said at that time. “Yung mga little details, sila nag-aayos eh, so I’m just waiting for that phone call na.”

Speculations about Ramsay’s transfer to TV5 have been reported in media for months, and the actor repeatedly denied that money is behind his decision to switch networks.

Ramsay is the latest ABS-CBN star to move to the No. 3 network. Last year, actress-singer Sharon Cuneta announced her transfer to the Manuel Pangilinan-led media company after signing a reported P1-billion contract for five years. Other ABS-CBN celebrities who have moved to TV5 include Willie Revillame, Mariel Rodriguez and Aga Muhlach.

Stars who have opted to stay and renew their contracts with ABS-CBN include Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes and Toni Gonzaga. ABS-CBN was also able to sign-up stars from other networks, including Iza Calzado, Janice de Belen, Richard Gomez and Carmina Villaroel.

Still with Star Cinema?

Ramsay’s transfer to TV5 was first reported by columnist Shirley Matias-Pizarro and published at the Manila Bulletin on Sunday.

Quoting unnamed sources, Pizarro said Ramsay will maintain his contract with Star Cinema to do movies this year and the next, although ABS-CBN's statement did not mention this.

Ramsay’s latest movie, the digital film “Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang,” was a surprise hit and is now on its third week of theatrical release. He also starred in two of the biggest movies last year – “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin” with Vice Ganda and “No Other Woman” with Anne Curtis and Cristine Reyes. Ramsay joined the Star Magic concert in Hawaii last Saturday.

Break in Australia

On Monday, Ramsay said on his official Twitter account that he is taking a one-week break in Australia. “Be safe, babe! Gonna miss you,” he told girlfriend, ABS-CBN actress Angelica Panganiban, via Twitter.

As of posting, Ramsay has not mentioned anything about his transfer to TV5 on his Twitter account.

Source: ABS-CBN News


PIZZA HUT DELIVERY AT YOUR SERVICE


Wondering where you can have a food delivery on a Good Friday? Worry no more! Dial Pizza Hut 911-1111 and order your favorite pizza!

Delivery Schedule: 

April 3 - 5, 2012 (Tuesday to Thursday): 10am – 12pm
April 6 & 7, 2012 (Friday and Saturday): 10am – 11pm
April 8, 2012 (Sunday): 10am – 1pm 
April 9, 2012 (Monday): 10am – 12pm 

Happy Holy Week!


MRT 3 and LRT Lines 1 & 2 resume on Monday April 9



MRT 3 and LRT Lines 1 & 2

No operations from April 5 (Holy Thursday) to April 8 (Easter Sunday).
  
LRT's last trip last Holy Wednesday  was at 8:00 p.m. for Line 1's Baclaran and Roosevelt stations and Line 2's Santolan and Recto stations. 

MRT's last trip last Holy Wednesday was at 10:00 pm from North Ave. station, and 10:30 from Taft Ave. station.

MRT 3 and LRT Lines 1 & 2  lines will resume operation at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan.


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