Archive for April 2012

How To Apply For Student Driver's Permit at Talisay City

Talisay LTO
Finally James and I found the time to apply for our student driver's licenses today. In Cebu, you have the option to either get your license in different Land Transportation Offices (LTO) may it be in downtown city or in the neighboring cities like Mandaue or Talisay. Though we are near the cebu city LTO, we opt to apply at Talisay instead since we had already anticipated the number of applicants in cebu city. Talisay is a 10 to 15 minute ride from Cebu though and has less traffic. The Talisay LTO office is located up behind Robinsons Tabunok.

Make sure to bring your NSO authenticated birth certificate and a photocopy of it as well. Other identification documents might be needed, I suggest you bring some Government issued IDs.

Here's how to apply for student permit:

1. Accomplish and submit ADL and supporting documents.
Approach the Public assistance and complaint desk (CSR), present your birth certificate and they will provide you the Application for driver's license form. Fill out the form and submit it back to the csr/evaluator together with required supporting documents ( E.i, photo copy of your birth certificate, government ID).

Reminder: print data legibly in capital letters.

Wait for your name to be called. A priority number will be given onced called by CSR and pass the documents to window 4.

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Support Bayan Sliced Bread

In a video by a tourist titled 20 things I love about the Philippines, he first starred the bakeshops available in every street in the country; he even explained that the bread being sold is tasty and affordable at the same time, and I agree.

There are so many bakeshops available in the Philippines and there’s one that has been much known to most Filipinos. You can see them anywhere and most of us prefer to buy from them. I bet you had eaten Julie’s bread already and had even tasted their coffee too! I am just saying because I recently bought a pack of sliced bread from them and was surprised with the prices. Before I purchased one, I looked on the price list, there’s one for Php 38, then another for Php 40 and Php 42. I wondered if the packaging was the reason of their price difference. I soon realized that the said bakeshop has a program and the special sliced bread worth Php 42 tells it all. On the packaging, it says Bayan Sliced bread and reading on the label, it states:

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Alumni Homecoming: I Must Come

Question, what is this tradition of welcoming back alumni of a school? Lols, of course it’s Alumni Homecoming! And my high school alma mater will be hosting a grand alumni homecoming next week! 
This excites me a lot because I will be seeing my old buddies from secondary years. I have wanted to pull up an event like this but for certain reasons, things turn down so I am pretty sure that by next week, I’ll get to see my ex-school mates.

I should say that my high school years will never be that enjoying nor happy if these people whom I will be spending weekends soon were not present. Yes, anyone who had experience high school will state that high school indeed is the best part of our schooling days. (Insert Sharon Cuneta’s High school life song here) The first love and the all other firsts are here and of course no one will ever forget their JS Proms. I am glad we were able to experience two JS Proms during our years. I could never forget it because I had represented the alma mater that time.

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Ruvi Cave Resort : A Cave With A Pool

ruvi cave resort minglanilla cebu


One of the reasons why it's good to go out and spend your weekends at the beach or the pool is because of the heat brought by summer, this season is not about staying at home.. For most Filipinos, summer is never complete without going to one of the thousand resorts in the country and getting our skin tanned or worse sun burned. I had my first get away for this year's summer in Bantayan Island. And the second was just last weekend at Ruvi Cave Resort. Of course, the team was also present! My colleagues and friends went there too!

Ruvi Cave Resort is a 15-20 minute drive from Cebu City located in Tungkop, Minglanilla.

Here's how to get there...

From Cebu City you can get to Minglanilla proper with any of the following:

  • KMK bus for Php 25
  • Jeepney route code 10H or 10F going to Pardo then from Pardo to Minglanilla with route code 43. You can easily find the route codes on the front, generally on the roof side and behind part of the vehicle. Current minimum jeepney fare is Php 8.
  • Mini bus from South Bus Terminal for Php 11-15.

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Bantayan's Sts. Peter and Paul Church

On our search for Bantayan's famous buwad or the dried fish, we had the chance to visit Bantayan's historical church, Sts. Peter and Paul Church or locally known as Bantayan Church. It is one of the first and oldest parish established in Cebu, built in the 15th century. The walls of the said church is built of coral stones and the roof is made of Tisa Clay before it broke and now is made of stainless steel instead. Some of us went inside and prayed too!

An old tricycle carried all the ten of us in front of the old church. It took us approximately 15 minutes to reach the heart of Bantayan municipality from Budyong beach. In front of the church is the town park where some statues are also situated. The park has two basketball courts and a small playground. We took some time to take photos of the area.

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Where to Dine in Bantayan

Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island has a lot of food houses; they vary from continental, American, Brazilian & Australian Steaks, Fresh Seafood, Pastas & Swedish Favorites or Filipino cuisines and are just a few walks away from your resort. You can easily find them as they are just located in the heart of the Sta. Fe and are lined up so on a few steps you can get to the next resto. Some of them are the following:
bantayan restaurant
CouCou Bar & Restaurant 
Contact numbers: 
Landline: +63-32-438-9385   
Mobile: 0918-454-1960 (+63-918-454-1960)

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How to get to Bantayan Island

Since my colleagues and the rest of the team went to Bantayan two weeks ago, I want to share how to get to the island from Cebu City proper. This might be helpful to those who are planning their summer get away this month or the next one. 

To North Bus Terminal.
From downtown Cebu, one can take a jeep with route code O1K to North Bus Terminal or take a taxi for your convenience. Jeep fare costs you Php 8 per person while a metered taxi will get you over the terminal at approximately Php 70-90 but in a shorter time. 

To Hagnaya Port.
From North Bus Terminal, one can take any bus which will get you to Hagnaya port in approximately three hours. For bus schedules, there are two bus lines that have routes to Hagnaya, the trip starts at two in the early morning with an interval of 20 minutes. There are no air conditioned buses in the early morning schedule, last trip at two in the afternoon.

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Halo Halo Fever

When it is summer and the heat is up to the fullest, all everyone want to get into our tastebuds are those ice cold drinks, punch, shakes, softdrinks and etc. In the Philippines, there's this dessert which had been the hit when this season comes. James and I, both of us are fans of this ice treat and so here it is:
ice castle halo halo
Oh yeah baby, this is what we call as Halo-halo, mix in english and this dessert is a mixture of shaved ice and some milk added with a variety of some fruits and other desserts like icecream and lecheflan too. 

So the first halo-halo James and I ate this summer is from Le Petit Bonheur of Sta. Fe Bantayan when we visited the island for a team building. We stayed in Budyong beach and is just near those food houses. Second was in Mang Inasal in Shopwise Basak Branch, they offer a simple halo halo dessert with a wafer stick on it. The wafer stick was really good and their mix as well at the same time but there were only a few ingredients on it though. 

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Farewell Palm Centro, Hello Pre Plus

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For more than two years, I had felt secured and contented with the using a Smartphone from Palm, the red Centro. I received it as an incentive prize and from then on, I had never used any other phone. I received another Centro, a white one a year ago for another incentive program, I gave it to my father. Today, I will bid good bye to my buddy, I never really named her but today, I want to call her buddy because she has been the phone I never ever left behind, I bring her with me at home, in the office and where ever I go. However, change is the only constant thing in this world. Last Saturday, I received my first webos device, a Palm Pre Plus as a token from our client, HP-Palm. The support for these Palm devices had gone after eight long years; I spent two years, ten months and twenty days helping our customers resolve their issues with the webos devices. It was indeed a pleasure to serve them and to be working with my colleagues whom I became friends as well; we will be seeing each others around. And so, Buddy will need to bid goodbye to me, soon the parents will be using the same phone models!

And before I switch to my new phone, I would like to sight six points which made me love my Red Centro Smartphone.

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Unboxing Jessie

Received my new Palm Pre Plus last Saturday as a token from our client, HP-PALM. Thank you so much for this gift. I received three devices from Palm, a red Palm Centro which I received during my first year in the account, another Palm Centro, white this time during my second year and a Palm Pre Plus on my third year. It was a pleasure working for Palm.

Here's my unboxing experience with my new Palm Pre Plus on WebOs. 

Note: Photo overload!
unboxing palm pre plus

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