Author: charizairamanio

Local, Travel

Cebuhol


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Section 1.10.32 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum”, written by Cicero in 45 BC


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Product Review, Product/Service Reviews

Whoosh! – Screen cleaner for Macbook


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My MacBook Air is not just a tool for me to get the job done for THE MARKETING ARROWS. It is an investment, more likely a business partner I guess, that’s how important it is to me. That’s why I make sure it is always on its best condition.

So I used this usual lens cleaner and maaaaan! My screen didn’t look good! So here I am, searching for the right screen cleaner for my MacBook. My instinct was to check the Mac – Apple store first and yes they have what I was looking for!

Its called Whoosh! and it costs PHP790, that’s approximately $15 USD.

Watch my complete review on the video below.

And here’s the package, it includes:

  • Cloth and
  • Spray

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Hope this helps!

What do you use to clean your MacBook screen? Share it on the comments below.

Lifestyle

How to apply for a US Visa [Plus Firsthand Tips!]


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What is your purpose for your USA trip? Your visa application will revolve around this question so be sure this is crystal clear to you. I tried my best to keep this article short but the tips I want to share with you won’t let me do that. Trying to be a good Samaritan here.

Read till the end of this article to learn firsthand tips. I am not assuring that you will get your visa, but these tips will help you get a closer chance for that approved US visa.

Before going to first step, I believe you already have decided what type of visa you are applying for:

Here’s a list of visa types:

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Source: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-visafeeinfo.asp

 

Step 1 : Complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application Form

Note: Save your Application Number. You will need this when editing your application. You can find this on the top right corner of your application.

 

Step 2: Pay the Visa Fee

  • Instruction on how to pay in BPI is explained at the bottom of your Bank Copy.
  • After payment, keep the receipt.

More instructions on how to pay and other payment options http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-paymentinfo.asp#feepaymentoptions

 

Step 3:  Schedule an Interview

 

Step 4: Complete the requirements

Visa Requirements depend on what type of visa you are applying for. Go to this link to see what requirements are needed for your visa type http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-typeb1b2.asp

For tourist visa applicants, if someone from USA will sponsor you, here are the requirements they need to provide for you http://www.immihelp.com/visitor-visa/sponsor-documents.html

I’ve had experience organising requirements for the visa types below, read on for first hand tips:

  • Tourist Visa:
    • Provide documents that will serve as proof that you have strong ties. Such ties include professional, social, work, family, or school.
      • Documents that can prove you have strong ties here in the Philippines are your assets like; If you own a company/business, property, car, investment etc.
      • Your Job Title
      • Your Salary
    • Consul officer (this is the person that who will interview you) usually asks for an Invite letter, so make sure you can pull this document when asked.
  • Business Visa
    • Be clear on the purpose of your trip. If it’s a conference, the consul may ask what is this conference about and what can your company benefit for this.

Please take note, the consul officer might not ask for any documents but it’s good that you are ready to show any proof that supports your application for a US Visa.

 

On your interview

  1. Come 1hr before your interview.
  2. Do not bring these items inside the embassy:
    1. battery-operated or electronic devices such as mobile phones,
    2.  digital diaries,
    3. digital watches,
    4. pagers,
    5. cameras,
    6. audio/video cassettes,
    7. compact discs,
    8. MP3s,
    9. floppy disks,
    10. laptops, or portable music players
    11. More Lists here http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-securityinfo.asp
  1. If you accidentally bring them, there are people outside the embassy who can secure your items. 1 item costs 100 each. For example, 1 cell phone costs 100 pesos, 1 power bank costs 100, 1 pocket wifi costs 100, etc.
  2. Pray, Be honest, Keep Calm and Relax

 

If your Visa is approve

If your relatives will claim your visa, make sure to give them an authorization letter, and a photocopy of your government id’s and their Id.

The Authorization letter should include the following:

  • Your fullname
  • Fullname of the person receiving your visa
  • MRV Receipt Number

Here’s a sample of an Authorization letter

[DATE]

To whom it may concern,

I, [YOUR COMPLETE NAME] with Receipt Number: #########, authorized my [YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE RECEIVER] [FULLNAME OF THE RECEIVER] to receive my passport and my Non Immigrant US Visa.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

[YOUR COMPLETE NAME]

PASSPORT AND VISA HOLDER

Note: You do not have to pay any fee to the courier. The delivery fee was already included in your Visa fee.

How’s my experience getting a Visa?

I got denied twice! First was a Tourist Visa, second was a Business Visa. Both application happened on the 3rd quarter of 2016.

On the third time, I applied for a Business Visa and was approved January 24, 2017. My Passport with the US Visa was delivered at home 3 days after my interview. Quite fast hey!

My Final Tip

Schedule your interview from January to May. I highly recommend getting a visa on the first quarter of the year. Email me to know why.

You’re welcome!

P.S. How was your experience acquiring a US Visa? Share yours on the comments below. Love to hear your thoughts about this article too.

Inspiration, Product/Service Reviews, Technology

4-Steps to Terminate your PLDT Line (BONUS: MONEY SAVING TIPS!)


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Everyone has their own reasons why they want to terminate their PLDT line. Charges may apply if you didn’t finish your 2-year contract.

If you have completed your 2 –year contract (like in my case), remember that you can terminate your account anytime without paying additional charges. If you have pending bills, you have to settle your account first before PLDT can process the termination.

On this service review blog, I will share the 4- STEPS when terminating your account. PLUS tips on how to avail the most affordable, reliable and the fastest PLDT line available in your area.

Account Termination after Completing Your 2-Year Contract

Step 1: Call PLDT’s hotline 171

Customer service will give you an idea of your pending bills so you can settle your account and proceed with your termination.

Step 2: Prepare a Letter of Termination

The letter must include the following details:

  1. date
  2. account subscriber name,
  3.  account number,
  4. landline number, and
  5.  reason for termination.

Step 3: Go to PLDT office with cash

  1. Search for the nearest PLDT office in your area. The customer service/cashier will give you a computation of your pending bills to settle your account. Make sure you are bringing enough cash so you won’t need to come back in PLDT office.
  2. Don’t forget to bring 1 valid ID.

If you cannot go to the PLDT branch yourself, you can send a representative instead. Your representative should bring the following requirements:

  1.  letter of request,
  2.  your valid I.D.
  3. plus an authorization letter and
  4. your representative’s valid I.D.

Step 4: Wait for 2-3 weeks

Customer Service will give you a call to confirm the termination. They will ask you a few questions if you are sure about the termination.

Expect the Termination to happen  1-3 days after you received the call from PLDT.

If there are more tips or news you want to add for this topic, feel free to share your thoughts on the comments below.

I won’t keep you waiting for the BONUS SMART-MONEY TIP before subscribing to any 2-year internet contract, so read on.

BONUS: What is the most affordable, reliable and the fastest PLDT internet subscription in your area?

After I terminated my PLDT line, I spent time searching for other internet providers. Unfortunately, I was shocked how the price went up after 2 years! I’ve been comparing SUN, SMART, GLOBE and PLDT internet products and I could boldly say that PLDT is the most reliable. Please don’t get me wrong I am talking about a specific product here because some PLDT products, like their DSL get a lot of bad customer feedbacks.

Let me reveal this reliable product I’ve been bragging – PLDT’s Fibr product, costs PHP 1,299 per month, unlimited internet with landline (free PLDT NDD calls nationwide). This is the exact product I’ve been using for more than 2 years and never had I encountered any issues. Fast speed internet and can connect up to 6 gadgets.

This is the most affordable product PLDT has to offer! I purchased this product more than 2 years ago – the reason I decided to terminate is because I’m not using it too often. I don’t want my money being wasted on things I don’t use.

PLDT Fibr Plan 1299 is not advertised on their website so I called their customer service hotline, they confirmed that this product is still available. These are the only FIBR plans on their website http://pldthome.com/fibr quite costly hey.

3- quick steps below to avail this smart-money offer!

1. Check the availability

First thing you need to do to avail this product is to check if PLDT Fibr is available in your area. Go to this link to check https://shop.pldthome.com/Home/AreaCoverage?planId=1569

2. Prepare the requirements

You will need the requirements below to process your application.

    1. Application Form
    2. 2 Valid ID
    3. Proof of Billing

3. Go to the nearest PLDT office with your requirements

    1. Give your requirements to the customer service and tell them you are applying for PLDT Fibr Plan 1299
    2. They will give you time and date when the technical team can install PLDT Fibr in your house.

Bear in mind that PLDT Fibr Plan 1299 has a 2-year locked in contract.

Hope I was able to help you with your internet frustrations as I was in the same shoes 2 years ago.

How about you, how’s your experience with other internet service providers?

Share your experience on the comments below. Together, let’s live smart.

*Featured Image Source: pixabay.com
Product/Service Reviews, Technology

“MACHINE UNAVAILABLE” popped when card was removed after I deposit cash at BPI ATM Machine!


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Hey guys! I’ve been a loyal BPI Account holder for years and it’s my first time to experience this inconvenience. BPI for me has the best customer service when it comes to face-to-face conversations. They are just a bit slack and probably not yet too organised with regards to their online customer support.

Read till the end of this article so you know how to handle this kind of frustration because of a sudden inconvenience.

My experience

I deposit this certain amount using the Deposit ATM Machine. After my transaction, the machine removed my card along with the notice on the screen MACHINE UNAVAILABLE! I waited for a minute to check if the machine will get my cash out of the machine, but it didn’t so I left.

At home, using the BPI App, I quickly checked if the cash I deposit came through my account, as we all know BPI does real-time account updates. To my surprise, the money I deposit didn’t came through! I called my cousin Sai who’s familiar with these instances so she advised me to report it ASAP. Which I did!

2 Failed Attempts

First, I tried to call their hotline (number provided below) but I was waiting for an agent to pick up my call yet  nobody’s picking up! So I just ended up leaving a message and asked them to call me back on my mobile number. Next day, no call from BPI.

Secondly, I sent a complaint email to expressonline@bpi.com.ph The Customer service was able to respond promptly via email and promised that a customer service agent will call me. Still, no call from BPI.

How to resolve this?

Here’s the big question, “What exactly you MUST do and How can you reach BPI Customer Service via phone call to get this sorted out ASAP?”

I won’t keep you waiting, read the quick steps below to get your money to your account ASAP.

Step 1: Do NOT leave the machine and get the 4-digits Terminal ID

The 4-digits Terminal ID is required to process your complaint and get your money to your account.

You can get the Terminal ID in two ways:

  1. The Terminal ID can be found in the deposit Machine where you did your transaction, look at the top of the screen that reads TID XXXX (4-digit numbers). Save the 4-digit Terminal ID on your phone or write it on a piece of paper. The customer service will need the 4-digits from you to process your complaint.
  2. INQUIRE BALANCE in the deposit Machine where you did your transaction and PRINT THE RECEIPT. On your receipt, find the LOCATION, below it, you will find 9000XXXX (4-digit numbers). Keep the receipt on your wallet and get it ready when the customer service asks for the 4-digits Terminal ID.

 

Step 2: Remember the Time, Date, and BPI Branch

Take note what time, date and branch where you did your transaction. These information will be asked by the customer service agent to help you resolve this case.

 

Step 3: Call BPI Customer Service

Get your landline phone and contact BPI’s 24/7 customer service hotline. Just be patient waiting for a customer service agent to pick up your call. It took me 20 minutes. Yeah frustrating hey!

Get your Account number ready. The customer service agent will also ask you a few questions to verify that it is your account.

  1. For provincial PLDT subscribers dial 1-800-188-89100 (toll-free calls)
  2. 89-100 for Metro Manila

The customer service agent will tell you that they will investigate your complaint and you have to wait 3 banking days to get this resolved.

IMPORTANT: Make sure to save the REFERENCE NUMBER provided by your agent. If this is not provided, you need to ask for it, remind the agent. You will need the Reference number in step 4.

Step 4: Follow Up

Call the hotline provided in Step 3 to follow up your case, get your reference number ready and tell it to the customer service agent.

I suggest calling BPI Customer Service everyday to speed it up.

Step 5: Check your account

After 3 banking days check your account if the cash you deposit came through. If your money didn’t appear on your account yet, repeat Step 4.

Hope I was able to help you handle this kind of frustrating situation. Share your experience on the comments below. 🙂

Food Reviews, Local Food Trips

Velvet Ganache Boulangerie and Patisserie


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My brother will go for a 42k run the next day so he’s on for a “carbo loading”. As her obedient little sis, it’s my duty to go with him (which I love because this means …   free dinner! haha)

Note: Apologies  for the amateur photos. My photographer is currently in USA so it’s a one-man-team for a short while. Bear with me please, I’d rather use my photos than use others. Showcasing inner talents as they say.

So here goes my review…

Place

They have my favorite room theme! Shabby Chic details!  Also felt I was in Santorini because of the  white walls and artificial white flowers hanged on top of the windows.

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Photo by Velvet Ganache

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Photo by Velvet Ganache

Pasta

  • Jackie Chan Pasta at P199.00

I’m not a fan of pasta’s until I tried this one! Tasty and I love the idea of putting shiitake mushrooms.

Quesadilla

  • Smoked Salmon Cheese Quesadilla at P199.00

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Not your ordinary thin crust quesadilla. They serve 5 variations of Quesadilla, so we picked the smoked salmon that compliments with the cheese and perfect for a quick dip to their salsa.

Cakes

  • Red Velvet with Chocolate Ganache Torte at P99.00

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We tried their sophisticated Red Velvet Cake. The first bite amazed my sweeth tooth, perfect after  a tasty meal. After 2 or more bites it turns out to be too sweet because the layers of the bread and cream are the equal. Cakes I admire are those that are not too sweet , just the right combination of bread and cream (self- confessed cake addict here and a frustrated patisserie). So if they will just  reduce the cream on their red velvet cake, more cake lovers will go back for more!

  • Strawberry Marble Cream Pave at P99.00

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Take-out

They forgot the salsa and mayo on our Smoked Salmon Quesadilla. A bit disappointed because I personally love their salsa ! Too bad I wasn’t able to check it first before we leave. So yes, please do check your take out bags just to make sure your salsa or anything alike are present on your take-out bag .

Customer Service

4/5 Stars

The crew noticed my water is empty so without asking he refilled it. They also noticed our table ran out of tissue so they gave us another batch too. Small things affect the customers big time. Tissue and water are essentials for a best dining experience !

Menu

Click each photo below for larger view

Contact

Address:  Greenfields Square, Sindalan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga

Facebook: facebook.com/velvetganache

Instagram: @velvetganache

Have you tried dining at Velvet Ganache? Do you agree or disagree with my reviews above? Happy to know your thoughts on the comments below.

To Velvet Ganache, if you wish to see more reviews of your sumptuous masterpiece here on my website, please send me an email at casmanio@yahoo.com so I can get in touch with you.

Inspiration, Local, Travel

Sunny, Sandy, Windy Sandbox | Alviera Pampanga, Philippines


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It is usual in a Filipino Family migrating to other countries for a better future.

In our family, on the father side, most of my relatives are now living in USA and Australia. They do visit us here in the Philippines from time to time. So when they do, we sit down and plan our next adventure!

This time, my gorgeous cousin, Hazel from Australia will be spending time with us for like 2 days. First on our list is Sandbox.

What’s interesting about Sandbox?

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SandBox at Alviera is a unique getaway for families that redefines outdoor adventure and fun. It features a full stretch of exciting attractions that will surely make everyone appreciate the outdoors. Everyone in the family has something to do here from playground for the toddlers to Mini Golf for the grandparents! With a mountain range along the horizon and the surrounding wide plains, SandBox is definitely the place for family outdoor fun! Read More

What to bring

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Wet tissue
  • Handy Camera
  • USB (trust me, you need this)
  • Bag

What to wear

  • Comfy Top
  • Leggings (F) Short (M)
  • Rubber shoes
  • Sunnies
  • Cap

 

DirectionsManio Cousins

We live in Angeles City Pampanga, 2 hours away from Manila. From Angeles City, we hit the road at around 9:00am. It took us 30 minutes (no traffic) drive to Sandbox. Honestly, we have no idea how to get there,so asking our beloved townspeople is definitely a big help.

 

Onsite

Sandbox AlvieraParking is Free.

At the Entrance, you can start selecting your extreme challenge from their list of attractions and packages. It is up to you if you are fearless and extreme at heart to try all the attractions, choose 1 package to save costs. But if you have a huge fear of heights and a cry baby like your blogger right now, I recommend you choose 2-3 attractions. (See the full list of attractions below)  I actually chose the custom picks, I tried the Aerial walk (for me this is the most extreme one! You will definitely reach your limits!) , Rappeling (I thought it was easy but I was wrong) and Wall climbing (I thought it was easy because I already tried it before but again I was wrong).

Sign the waiver to proceed. Keep your tickets because those are required on each attraction.

 

Attractions

My tip: Each challenge requires your full strength! After each challenge, you will surely lose a lot of your energy. It is recommended to take 15-25 minutes break after each challenge for you to be ready on your next.

At the Aerial Walk they do not allow cellphones. Staff are taking photos of you so you can check them later and if you like to get a copy of your photos they give it for 250.00 (approximately $5USD) They have a photo booth on each attraction sites so it’s up to you if you want a printed copy of your extremely wacky photo.

Aerial Walk Sandbox Pampanga

It is imperative that you listen carefully to the staff because they will tell you how to use the self-service safety gear. The staff won’t be by your side, it is all up to you once you started. You need to ensure that you lock the harness before you proceed on each rope stage.

Aerial Walk

 

Giant Swing

Just scream as loud as you can!

Roller Coaster Zipline

Adventure Tower

Rappelling and Wall Climbing

Don’t look down!

Rappeling

 

Other Fun Stuff

Excellent Customer Service

Sanbox Staff

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Costs

Attractions Price
Giant Swing 100
Aerial Walk 200
Adventure Tower
Free Fall 100
Rappel Wall 70
Wall Climbing 70
Roller Coaster Zipline 150
Outdoor Archery (30 mins) 2,500
ATV Rental (1 hour) 3,000
Entrance Fee 80

They also offer packages from PHP400 – PHP 650 (around $8 – $14 USD), see full list of package here http://www.alviera.ph/packages/

For more information, contact Sandbox below:

Email Address: info.alviera@gmail.com

Mobile: 0917-803-3099

Landline: (045) 432-0014 Monday – Friday 8am-12nn, 1pm-5pm

Website: http://www.alviera.ph/sandbox/

Local, Travel

Parola Island | White Castle Island| Subic, Philippines


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May 3, 2014– One sweet Saturday morning, an unforgettable journey going to an unexpected paradise in the heart of Zambales, Philippines.

From Angeles City Pampanga, we traveled less than two hours (thanks to the brilliant minds who made SCTEX happen though!).

SCTEX
SCTEX

Me, my boyfriend with our dear friends were finally heading to a fascinating trip. Because of the beauty we discovered in that place, I voluntarily disobeyed the advise of my doctor! Right, let me spill it out, I have an ear infection  I got from a contaminated/polluted/dirty water in a pool (that was in a big island resort in Bulacan). That experience was really horrifying! Can’t sleep because of too much pain! That was traumatic to the point that I don’t want to swim again! But not this time.. A paradise made me conquer that fear.. Read on..

 

Ocean View Hotel and Beach Resort, Zambales, Philippines

Affordable rooms. Accommodating staff. Easy to book online.

The whole story was, we were suppose to check in other beach resort but because it was a peak season something went wrong. The beach resort suggested we can check in Ocean View Beach Resort since it was their sister company.

We said yes because we don’t have other choice! Almost all beach resorts are fully booked! And we can’t wait any longer! We need to see the beach! You know what I mean right?

Piece of advice: Book 2 months before, specially if you’re planning on a peak season.

Go to their website for more details http://www.oceanviewresortsubic.com/

Hotel at Ocean View Beach Resort
Hotel at Ocean View Beach Resort

View from our (obviously) window
View from our (obviously) window. At the 3rd floor.

 

Squid

Look at these tasty looking squid family! 😀

The driver of our sailboat offered this squid 1 kg. for only PHP150.00 (approximately $4) and he offered to grill this for free! How cool was that! (but because we’re so busy with our thing, we failed to follow-up, so Zel Manalang did the job. Many thanks kuya Zel!)

I bought 2 kg. as a surprise treat (pasalubong) for family!

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The tourists (busy buying some squid for snack)
The tourists (busy buying some squid for snack)

 

Kayak

Photo from www.nassauparadiseisland.com
Photo from www.nassauparadiseisland.com

Witnessed a beautiful and very calm sunset while dancing with the waves. That was our unforgettable kayak experience.

The instruction was, do not stay too close with people near the shore so we really have to row the kayak really far, about 20 to 40 feet.

It was my first time to try kayak. At first (the whole time actually) I was freaking out! And shaking!

Poor us. Wasn’t able to take at least 1 photo of our kayak adventure! Will surely have one very soon 😉

The cost for Kayak rental with life vest was worth less than PHP3oo.00 (approximately $7 only) for an hour.

Piece of advice: Please wear the right kayak/swimming shoes (or any shoes that fits your foot that surely won’t slip) Never leave your sandals/shoes on the kayak booth, someone might fall in love with it and won’t give it back 😉 Based from real experience. lol.

Island Hopping

Let the photos guide you on this fascinating island hopping..

Timecheck: 7:00AM The view before leaving this beach resort and while looking for our sailboat. Breathtaking.
Timecheck: 7:00AM The view before leaving this beach resort and while looking for our sailboat. Breathtaking.

Ocean View Beach Resort: The Shore
Ocean View Beach Resort: The Shore

Hello Sunshine! Seashore at Ocean View Beach Resort
Hello Sunshine!
Seashore at Ocean View Beach Resort

Our company. Charm and Pol walking under this beautiful Sunshine :)
Our company. Charm and Pol walking under this beautiful Sunshine 🙂

Saw that big boat (can carry for about 30 people or less) while preparing for sailing. Notice the sky, it was a stunning and so calm!
Saw that big boat (can carry for about 30 people or less) while preparing for sailing. Notice the sky, it was so stunning and calm!

Our sailboat!
Our sailboat!

Just arrive in Parola Island Photo by: Ralp Raezel Umali
Just arrived in Parola Island
Photo by: Ralp Raezel Umali

What a groupie! Photo by the man in the Island who happen to volunteer to take this shot.
What a groupie!
Photo by the man in the Island who happen to volunteer to take this shot.

Captivating view from Parola Island
Captivating view from Parola Island

Lot's of rocks in Parola Island. Ideal for Pre nup photo shoots.
Lot’s of rocks in Parola Island. Ideal for Pre nup photo shoots.

 

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Photo credits to: A not so popular kid

The island hopping package was worth PHP 1,200.00 to see 2 dazzling small islands.

We didn’t went to the second island because it looks so lame at first glance, but we are so wrong!

White Castle Island.  Photo credits to Zel Manalang
White Castle Island.
Photo credits to Zel Manalang

White castle island has crystal clear water! Check out A not so popular kid  blog to see photos.

I suggest you start Island hopping before 7am. We arrive at Parola Island, around 7:20am and it was perfect! Very few people on the island. It was is indeed a paradise because of its natural crystal clear water. Come early because if its crowded, ummm.. that’s a different story.  You won’t quite enjoy the beautiful island because it’s small.

Zel Manalang- the man behind some superb photos on this blog
Zel Manalang- the man behind some superb photos on this blog

Photo by: Ralp Razel Umali

Snorkeling

Before we dive and swim with the fishes and octopus! (seriously) Photo credits to Zel Manalang
Before we dive and swim with the fishes and octopus! (seriously)
Photo credits to Zel Manalang

Swimming with the fish was an experience one can't resist! Photo credits to Zel Manalang
Swimming with the fish was an experience one can’t resist!
Photo credits to Zel Manalang

Ralp (boyfriend) and I. Snapshot before snorkeling :D Photo Credits to Zel Manalang
Ralp (boyfriend) and I. Snapshot before snorkeling 😀 Photo Credits to Zel Manalang

Instant fish spa with my better half.
Instant fish spa with my better half.

View from the crystal clear water of Parola Island
View from the crystal clear water of Parola Island

Have you been in this magical place (a piece of heaven)?  Can you share a one time big time adventure with us? Share yours  on comments below!

 

Photo Credits to: Ralp Raezel Tinio , Zel Manalang and myself.

P.S. Feel free to contact Ralp Raezel Tinio for photo shoot bookings; specially for corporate video and photo shoots, Pre nuptial, birthdays, debuts, all kinds of occasion.

Inspiration, Spotlight

Papa


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Papa on board Going back to KSA
Papa on board
Going back to KSA

Since birth, I was never with my Papa (Father) for more than two months. He’s an Overseas Filipino Worker based in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He usually goes back in the Philippines every after 2 years and stays with us for just  60 days, that’s about 2 months.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

He needed to work far from us to support our education and our basic needs. There are times that he wanted to quit working overseas because of homesick, culture shock and more challenges he has to face everyday  but my mama (mother) always tell him not to.

My Graduation Day, 2012

My Graduation Day, 2012

Going back with every struggle we face to the day me and my brother finished our studies, I saw my papa with a big smile on his face. That’s what he wanted, he even always tell us that education is the only thing that we can inherit from him. I think he is wrong, yes education is important, but that is not the only thing we can inherit from papa. His unconditional love, his sacrifice, his patience, his courage, his strength, an ultimate responsible papa and all his good traits, too many to mention, those are what we learn from him.

Today me and my brother graduated and both of us are working in an international company.  And as I always say, its payback time! My prayer is that papa will stop working overseas, we’re still telling him not to go back. Hopefully this is his last. We are looking forward to be with him not just for 2 months but more than 2 months, more than 5 months, more than 8 months, more than a year and more than decades. Can’t wait for that time to come. Though we always argue when he is here, it’s all good. He is my Papa and I love him the way he is.

Our latest photo, January 2014
Our latest photo, January 2014

Hope you can read this papa. We love you and please take good care of yourself. We may not be there to take care of you but you are in our hearts and prayers. Most of all, remember that God is with you always at the end of age.

For all the children out there, who have the same experience as ours. Those who have parents working overseas, we will never feel the exact pain that they feel every time we say goodbye when they need to go back in other country to work for a living. What we can do is give time talking to them, yes we’re so busy with our lives in our country and sometimes fail to ask them if they are okay. Please, never forget to say Hi and ask them if they are eating 3 times a day, how’s their day, what are they thinking, how’s work or any question that you can ask thinking that they are just near.

Let’s be more patient to them because some  OFW’s are sensitive and sometimes stubborn. My papa is like that but I’m not saying all OFW.

Take an extra mile to show OFW’s how much we love and appreciate what they are doing for us.

How about you, how is your relationship with your Father or Mother who works overseas? What’s in your thoughts now?

Leave your comment below. Would really love to hear from you.

Inspiration

Woman: Noble Character


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A woman of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her  and lacks nothing of value.  She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax  and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.  She considers a field and buys it;  out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31:10-31

And I want women to be modest in their appearance.They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes.  For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. 1 Timothy 2:9-10

This year 2014, lets focus on what is inside us than what others can see physically. I’m not saying we stop dressing up to look presentable. Its more on being presentable outside assuring that your inside look is presentable as well. Specially when others don’t see what we do. Let’s continue to be honest with ourselves. I think that’s what matters most. Honesty to thyself  and others will help us be the most beautiful human being we can be. All for the glory of our Maker, God.