Friday, November 28, 2008

Are you renewing your Philippine Passport?

Then read on. I just got home from the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) office in Pasay City, Philippines to renew my passport. Before I went there, I've heard how tedious and time consuming a passport renewal would be from a friend who went to the DFA office as early as 6am to fall in line and meet the cut off for the passport renewal because only a certain number of applicants can be entertained in a day. It took her four hours just to accomplish a seemingly daunting task. WTF?!!! There's no way I'm gonna wake up early just to fall in line for a passport renewal. So I thought of googling my way out of this burden... and I did. Passport applicants can now enjoy a convenient way of getting their new passports through Pilipinas Teleserv. I was glad to know that the service includes document pick up. A representative from their courier went to my home last Wednesday to pick up all my requirements- old passport, 3 passport pictures, photocopies of my passport and the 1,300 Php fee. Then they scheduled me for a DFA appointment this morning. I arrived at 10:30am and I saw a representative on the Evangelista gate of the DFA with a Teleserv signage and approached him. I didnt even have to fall in line at the main gate. The representative, whose name skipped my mind, told me to go directly to their booth inside. When I got there, I was escorted to one of their special window where I signed the application form, which they have filled up for me, and affixed my thumb mark and was told the process was over and I should just wait for the passport to be delivered. It took me less than 10minutes. Whew!!! Regular processing would take about 8 working days to get their new passport, with Teleserv it takes 10 working days and it will be delivered to your home. It's a few days longer but it saves me the burden of going back to the DFA office. I was so pleased with their service and their representatives were very courteous. I just hope the passport would be delivered on schedule.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Life Lessons

I received this email from my aunt. I thought it was a good read so I want to share it. Enjoy.

I dreamed I had an interview with God.

“Come in,” God said. “So, you would like to interview me?”

“If you have the time,” I said.

God smiled and said: “My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; what questions do you have in mind to ask me?”

“What surprises you most about mankind?”

God answered:
“That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor for the future. That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they have never lived…”

God’s hand took mine and we were silent for a while and then I asked… “ As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”

God replied with a smile:
“To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they can do is to let themselves be loved. To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives. To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually to their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis. To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least. To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them. To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness. To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings. To learn that money can buy everything but happiness. To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally different. To learn that a true is someone who knows everything about them… and likes them anyway. To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but they have to forgive themselves.”

I sat there for a while enjoying the moment, I thanked Him for His time and for all that He has done for me and my family, and He replied, “Anytime. I’m here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for Me, and I’ll answer.”

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I'm too old for that!!!

I never thought I would be saying this but I think I'm getting old.., ouch!!! I've always thought that age is just a number, and the best age to be in is always what my age is.., hehehe. But what scared me was when a friend invited me out to go clubbing. I politely declined and answered "I'm too old for that." WTF?!!! I cant believe it myself.

Yes I'm getting old, I'm not saying it with disgust, but with surreal acceptance.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Going gaga over Survivor Philippines

I've always been a fan of reality game shows but never have i been so engrossed in it until now. Survivor Philippines has been part of my nightly rituals since it started airing back in September. I try not to miss it, and if i do, thanks to youtube I can catch up on the episodes. Last night's episode was particularly interesting because we see an alliance being torn as Cris and Kaye suddenly felt abandoned by their former tribe mates from Jarakay. I guess Marlon's plan of destroying the jarakay's alliance is working. I cant help but feel disturbed for him. People seem to hate Marlon because of his manipulation. Good thing it's only a game. Hope he's not the same guy outside Survivor. The only thing I find weird about the show is that it was shot in Koh Tarutao National Park, Thailand. It's a great place but the Philippines has a lot of beaches they could have shot the show. Tonight's episode will show them in an immunity challenge. Who will win immunity? Who will be voted out? It just gets better every episode.