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The Amazing Race in the Philippines
Aug 6th, 2010 by niceyfemme

I know…. This is very old but I haven’t seen this. I tried searching for this online many times but I thought there is none uploaded. Finally, I found them! One of the most exciting season for me and I might be a little biased here hehehhe….

I hope they do go back though and show the world that the image of Manila is not the totality of the Philippines. Philippines is a gorgeous country with all the islands we have (the 7, 100+) and every foreigner who’s able to see Philippines and not only Manila really do say that it is gorgeous and SO UNDERRATED. Blame all the bad press I say. Abu Sayyaff has made us popular in a bad way.

Mommy, Bee and I want to travel all around the Philippines first, with all the gorgeous places to find why go else where first? Maybe after we’re done with the Philippines then we’ll go around the world. All these after we HIT JACKPOT in superlotto or Toto hehehe…

So for those who wasn’t able to catch it years and years ago, well here it is. I love Amazing Race! They rock.

First part, Philippine leg. Getting a flight out of New Zealand to Manila, Philippines.

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Passport Releasing
Jul 23rd, 2010 by niceyfemme

Woke up early this morning as we headed to DFA in Aseana Business Park. Two weeks ago, I was in DFA to renew my passport but I had a minor problem with the original release date of my passport that’s why I was told to come back today. I was advised to come early (the officer even told me to come as early as 7 a.m.) so Mommy and I went early. Then turned out the Director’s Office (D.O.) is not open until 8 a.m so I had to wait there in D.O. while Mommy headed to her office in Makati.

After a few minutes Mommy came back. She forgot to give me the parking ticket so she asked the taxi to come back. The guards made it difficult for her to go in again and hand over the ticket to me. I told them they should be flexible! She cannot wait until I’m finished with whatever business I need to do inside. We have no problem following regulations, we were just asking for a little flexibility as they are SERVING the public who are HUMANS. They cannot just simply follow the freaking rule to the letter.

I also need to mention that I hate the arrogance of DFA people. Hello. Let me remind you people that YOU ARE SERVING THE PEOPLE, not the other way around. So many are complaining (and out loud at that) about how things are done there. Good thing I’m not alarmed by arrogance, I can handle myself. 🙂 I hope this ugly culture will change, PRETTY SOON. Hate it. Hate it!

So going back, from 7:10 a.m, I sat inside the Director’s Office where it was freezing cold. While I was freezing, I got to stare at just about anything inside that office.

The nasty chubby guard who seemed to get to everyone’s nerves (there were three people who got annoyed with him and his tone the time I was there), the nice clean surroundings with nice office furnitures and the unfriendly faces of the officers. It’s fascinating how hard it is for them to give a smile. Tsk tsk.

I got to talk to the same officer who told me to come back today. He just took the receipt and told me to wait again, this was around 8:15 a.m. Then I waited and waited and waited while freezing in that walk in freezer. I thought it’s funny how I was freezing there while I see the hot sun outside. Sayang ang kuryente I thought. It was so cold I was reminded of the first hotel I worked for where the cold temperature reaches the bone. So I waited until 10 a.m. Can you believe that passport releasing took 3 hours?

Wow. Unbelievable.

I’m just glad it’s just over now and I don’t have to go back in the place with awkward silence and frowning people. I really hope this changes. It’s not the essence of the job. I hope they are reminded of this.

It should be, “Service to the Filipino People.”

Passport Renewal
Jul 12th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Ok. I just got back from Department of Foreign Affairs in Aseana Business Park in Macapagal Blvd.

Nakakaloka!

I had an appointment today at 10:30 this morning after I went through the DFA Passport Appointment System online. DFA advised everyone to be there 30 minutes before your appointment time. I wonder why that is at first. Then I knew why. It’s because you have to line up outside before they let you in for processing. It was fun observing. Different kinds of attitude, different personalities. Interesting fashion sense for some. I saw someone who looked like she was from Manga comics. She was wearing two overlapping corsets over a long dark skirt and long sleeved shirt. With our weather I wonder how she was able to stand that. Lined up for more than thirty minutes and it was so annoying when some offsprings of the Gods cut the line. That really made me want to shout at them for having no discipline.

Then once I got in, the Information Counter gave a number. I made friends with people around me who kept me company during the three long hours I waited there. There are 23 processing windows but not all of them are open. My number was 1661. It was only 1420 when I got in so before my number was called 3 hours already passed. I was starving but got nothing to do but wait.

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Arggghhhhh!
Jun 25th, 2010 by niceyfemme

I totally need a vacation! I need to escape from all the thinking. I need to escape from myself. I’m tired and exhausted. What to do what to do? I hope there’s  a legal drug to cure specific problems. 🙁

Photo: Dgrin.com

I can go somewhere to unwind but I know better. I know this is not the time to spend on vacations no matter how well deserved they may be. If I can splurge I want to Palawan– in Coron. I’ve been to Boracay many times already and even though it’s paradise I want to see another paradise in the Philippines. We are soooo lucky to have been blessed with natural wonders and it’s a pity the world is not aware of this thanks to our reputation. Noynoy Aquino hopefully can do better than the last presidents before him. Or poor Kris.

If I hit the jackpot I’d go to the Caribbean. Just to see how it fares to ours hehehe…

Also, I am the type to go to provinces. I like having a feel of the rural areas. So this Branson vacation packages would be ideal for me to try. We always hear things about LA and New York– of course I want to see them too but I like suburban areas better. Wisteria lane? Yup. Life is going to be fun if you have neighbors like them.

NoyBi
May 12th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Even though the final results of the recent Philippine Election is not in yet, unofficial numbers are released by Comelec from time to time and it looks like Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III has won for the Presidential seat and Jejomar Binay for Vice President.

Noynoy Aquino for president is somewhat expected already as he always topped the reliable surveys ever since. But Jejomar Binay? He really came out as the dark horse. I thought Mar Roxas will win, like most Filipinos assumed. But then the official tally is not in yet and the numbers are neck and neck so Mar Roxas could still regain the advantage over Binay.

The release of tally results is very slow. Yes, automated election they say, which cost the Filipino people how many millions of pesos? If I know it’s just another “project” of theirs so they could have their own project. I heard one where they ordered 1.815 million of “secrecy” folders that cost the huge amount of Php 380 each when the real cost is only Php 3.80. For sure they didn’t have any problems with office supplies as they will surely think of other items to buy so they can do this type of scam too.

Politics is real dirty.  Hate it.

Oh and I’m a late supporter of Gibo Teodoro. I could have voted for him. But then I think this is not his time yet. Maybe in the future. I never thought I could see myself wanting to vote. Gibo Teodoro made me want to. But then he lost already.

Noynoy Aquino, I hope you make a difference in all our lives. If not, have pity on your sister Kris, all the blame will be shouldered by her. Unfortunately.

Gusto kong maging Senador!
Jan 28th, 2010 by niceyfemme

ANG SARAP MAGING SENADOR!

Miriam Defensor Santiago was featured in Correspondents last week.

Maganda rin naman ang naidudulot ng pagiging prangka ni Senador Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Ayon kay Santiago , marami ang tumatak-bong Senador dahil sa laki ng budget na ibinibigay sa kanila kada buwan.

Lumalabas na P35,000 suweldo nila kada buwan ay pakitang-tao lang sa milyun-milyong budget ng bawat senador… Kada buwan ay may Fixed Monthly Budget ang bawat Senador ng humigit-kumulang P2 Milyon.

Sa opisina pa lang nila ay humigit-kumulang P500,000 ang budget nila sa Maintenance and Operating Expenses (Rental, Utilities, Supplies at Domestic Travels) at P500,000 para sa Staff at Personal expenses. Kaya para makatipid ang ibang Senador, kaunti lang ang staff na kinukuha nila. Nagtataka ka pa kung bakit mayroong mga Ghost Employee?

Bukod diyan, may P760,000 allowance pa sila kada buwan para naman sa Foreign Travel. At ang masakit pa nito, hindi na kailangan i-liquidate ang mga resibo ng mga gastusin ‘yan kundi Certification lang ang Requirement.

Heto pa, lahat sila ay Chairman ng mg Komite sa Senado. Ang Committee Chairman ay tumatanggap din ng budget na sinlaki ng tinatanggap ng mga Senador na humigit-kumulang P1 Milyon din! Hindi sila mawawalan ng Komite dahil 24 lang ang ating mga Senador at 37 naman ang Committee sa Senado. There’s food for everybody ‘ika nga! Lumalabas na doble ang kanilang benepesiyo at kita kapag sila ay nabiyayaan ng Committee Chairmanship.

Sa P200 milyon na Budget para sa Pork Barrel ng mga Senador bawat taon, awtomatikong may 10% na S.O.P. o kita ng Senador na P20 milyon< /B>. Ito ang porsiyento na ibinibigay ng mga kontratista sa mga Senador na nagbibigay sa kanila ng mga Infrastructure at Livelihood Project.

Bago matapos ang termino ng isang Senador, kumita na siya ng P100 milyon sa Pork Barrel pa lang. Yung ibang Senador mas gahaman, hindi lang 10% kundi 20 – 30% ang komisyon hinihingi sa mga kontratista.

Pansinin niyo na lang ang pagbabago ng buhay ng ilan sa ating mga Senador simula nang manungkulan sa puwesto. Kung dati ay simple lang ang kanilang pamumuhay ngayon ay nakatira na sila sa mga eksklusibong subdivision, maraming bahay sa Pilipinas at abroad at mahigit lima ang sasakyan.

Ngayon nagtataka ka pa ba kung bakit gumagastos ng daan-daang milyong piso ang mga Senador sa kampanya para sa isang posisyon na P35,000 lang ang suweldo kada buwan? Bawing-bawi pala ang gastos kapag naupo na!

ANG SARAP MAGING SENADOR! ! !

PLEASE FORWARD TO AS MANY OF YOUR FRIENDS AND LET THE WHOLE COUNTRY KNOW THAT ELECTION IS MORE OF PUTTING AMBITIOUS PEOPLE IN POSITION WHO ARE GREEDY IN POWER, WEALTH & PRESTIGE THAN OF PUBLIC SERVICE… ANG MASAKIT PA PERA NG BAYAN PARIN GAGAMITIN SA ELEKSYON MALUKLOK LANG SILA SA PWESTO!!

Sky Cable Select, a go?
Nov 4th, 2009 by niceyfemme

I’m thinking of subscribing to Sky Cable’s Select Plan… If you’re budget conscious as I am, then this is the best plan….

I checked their channel line up and I’m interested with their Starter Plan…

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I’m after Asian Food Channel, so nice that it’s included in the package…. But Discovery Travel and Living is not included…. This can be added at additional charge….
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I like Discovery Travel & Living so additional Php 20. So total of Php 300.00? Wow!

I wonder what’s the catch?

I’m just a little skeptical about having something installed again as I had disasters with them before. Also customer service hell. I don’t want to be kept on hold and be told “Your call is very important to us, we will attend to you shortly.” Twenty minutes later I was still on hold. Opps this example happened in Singapore hehehhe.. from Starhub… the latest customer service hell I’ve gone through… Though I experienced much worst from SmartBro when I still had their USB modem…. I so hate that one.

Also, I hope installation fee ain’t expensive and it won’t take them 48 years to install it. Hmmmn lets see. 🙂

*I have the smiley face here. Hopefully, I could keep the smile the whole process. 😉

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