Friday, October 28, 2011

Mad Glutton on the Loose with Dear Darla Pizza

I must have gone mad last night. I know for sure a soul who is a glutton in his past life had possessed my body.  Up to now, I can't believe I did what I did. =P

Yesterday, our company gave out our 13th month bonus.  Finally some extra cash!  And so before going home, I thought of buying myself a decent dinner.  I want to treat myself.  After all the saving mechanisms and stingy extraordinaire activities I have been doing, it is about time to get myself some tasty food.  I was at Berkeley Square in Tandang Sora so my choices are limited.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

CBTL's White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Kat and I met up at Trinoma yesterday to plan on our still disarrayed IT.  We chose Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf hoping to have free internet access in exchange of dining at their place.

Because seats are always occupied at CBTL and more guests are on the lookout for vacated seats, it was Kat who ordered at the counter while I was looking out for our table and our things. 

She got Three Decker Cheesecake with Coffee while I got a White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake and Morrocan Mint Tea.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, Php 145

The Kitchen Musical

I just love TKM's Unwell.  Well done Karyll and Art Acuña!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Travel Companion #1: Adapter

One tip when going out of the country is to check, and buy if necessary, the required electrical plug used in the country of destination.  We must admit, our best travel buddy are our gadgets like celphone, camera, laptop/pc tablets, or mp3 players. Some bring PSP. As all these gadgets run on electricity, it is a must that we have a universal adaptor to have them full charged.

To prepare for our trip to South Korea, Kat and I dropped by at Handyman to look for an Adapter suitable for the country's outlets, Type C plugs.

Type C Plug and Socket

I was meaning to get a simple plug adaptor but the Handyman staff showed me a universal travel adaptor with 3 plug types.



It is suitable for future travels. Too many plugs would just be a mess at the house and eventually be misplaced.  But this plugs could be reassembled to make it compact for travelling.

So I think this is very good buy.

Friday, October 21, 2011

November 7 is a Holiday!!!!

Eid'l Adha will be celebrated on November 7.  Malacañang has just declared November 7 (Monday) a holiday because of this Muslim celebration.  Eid'l Adha celebrates the "worldwide sacrifice"or "Greater Eid" to commemorate Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael!

Two consecutive weekends to be enjoyed, let's not put it to waste.  =)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On the Budget 101

I am a traveler who is very conscious with my spending so as to not leave me poor or gone mad with debts. My salary is not high, there are bills to pay, there is a future I need to save money for, and there are day to day expenses that seem endless. So even if I travel, I make sure that everything is taken cared of. I see to it that my savings is fat and my investments are not sacrificed because of my trips.

I’m preparing for my South Korean vacation. My target allowance, excluding the terminal fee and the travel tax, is Php 20,000. I’m almost there. How do I do it? Below are some tips on how to save up for your next adventure.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ace Coffee Lounge

After the massage from the pools, Kat and I continued off to try the food from Ace Coffee Lounge. It is a small restaurant just beside the counter. Because there is dinner at home, I ordered merienda to make room for home cooking later in the evening.

Monday, October 17, 2011

De – stress and Pool time at the Ace Water Spa

Ace Water spa has been in my To Do while in Manila list, but I think it is pricey for a relaxation. Good thing there were group deals available and Kat and I were lucky enough to snug one from Cash Cash Pinoy. It was a great deal. We spent only Php 299 for a 4 hour massage and therapy which is originally priced at Php 550.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Obtaining a South Korean Visa

PhotobucketA few months ago, I was able to score very cheap tickets to South Korea.  After so many texts invites to friends and relatives, it was only Kat and my brother replied a whopping yes so I booked us tickets to Incheon.

Fast forward to September.  Because South Korea is not an ASEAN nation, any Filipino with a Philippine Passport is required of a visa to enter so Kat and I went to the South Korean Embassy in Taguig, 2nd week of September, to apply for our visas.

There are different requirements depending on the purpose of your entry.  Because we will enter SoKor as tourists, I would detail the how tos for a tourist visa.

The required documents are the following:
1)  Passport
2)  Photocopy of the first page of the passport
3)  Application form.   You may download from the Korean Embassy Website
4)  One Passport size photo
5)  Bank Certificate
6)  Certificate of Employment (for those employed)
7)  Income Tax Return

Kat who has an expired visa to the US attached the photocopy of the visa which also expidited her application. My brother on the other hand who handles the family business is required of the  Business registration either from Securities and Exchange Commission SEC or Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Filing of application for visa is during Mondays- Fridays from 9-11AM except on holidays.  Application is first come first serve and they don't do appointments.  A stub with your number will be given to you.  Be keen with the number being served as you might miss your turn or you might get a reprimand from the staff.  Food and drinks, Celphones and Photos are not allowed inside. 

Kat and I applied to separate windows.  Because she has a US visa she was served at Window 3 while those with no visas to the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand applies at Window 1 and 2.  When it was my turn to give the documents, the consul looked for my brother's ITR, which was missing.  So everything was returned including my application.  So it is very important to have complete documents especially those that could support your economic ties with your country and how you will finance your trip. 

I returned to the embassy a week after, with my complete requirements.  I arrived early at 7:45AM and there was a long queue outside the embassy even at that early hour. We were eventually led in at around 8AM.  And window 1 started serving at 8:30AM.  After scrutinizing my documents, I was given a claiming stub.  It says Passports will be released after 7 working days.   Filipinos are not charged for visa application in the Philippines which is a good thing.

Yesterday I came back from the South Korean Embassy with my passport, in it is my Korean visa.  My brother got denied.  He has to wait for another 6 months to reapply.  They don't however divulge the reason why visas got denied.  The validity of the visa is good for a year.  So I'm thinking, should we apply for a visa first and then go for the tickets or what we did was just right just in case we can't find a cheap air fare?  I really don't know.  As for my brother, there is always a next time.  Kat and I are now planning our trip, excited of Palaces and Kimchi.

How to commute to the South Korean Embassy:
1)  Take MRT and get off at the Guadalupe Station. 
2)  Take a jeep with AFP Housing signboards.  They pass by McKinley Hills.
3)  Get off at Mckinley Hills.  This is right beside the Philippine Army Camp in Fort Bonifacio.
4)  There are free shuttle buses around McKinley Hills.  Ride one and get off to South Korean Embassy.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 31 is Declared a Special Non Working Holiday

Finally! Some good news for travel freaks and non-workaholics like me.  October 31, which falls on a Monday, was declared by Malacañang  a special non-worling holiday.

Proclamation 265, signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr, gives the opportunity for Filipinos to observe Todos Los Santos, which for some requires thme to go home to thier hometown provinces.

Below is a video I got from confirming Proclamation 265.

For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bacolod’s Fine Steaks from Lord Byron’s

I finally got the chance to eat the famous Lord Byron’s baby back ribs.  I have been hearing raves about it since highschool ( about 11 years ago!!) but only got the chance to eat its famous steaks after so many attempts.  Oftentimes, we go to the place for an order yet we find it close at an early hour because it is either sold out or they are not in operation.
Lord Byron's Logo

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Dulaang UP’s Titus Andronicus: Ang Tinarantadong Asintado

Titus Andronicus: Ang Tinarantadong Asintado is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Titus Andronicus by Layeta Bucoy in the direction of Tuxqs Rutaquio.  The Roman Tyranny in Shakespeare’s first tragedy is transformed into the drama of the Philippine elections.

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