Tuesday, February 23, 2010


This is a 90k pesos watch.. I would love to have this and call it mine. But even if I had the money for this, I may just not be that kind of person who would buy such an expensive body decor. For a watch, my max is maybe 20k. That is if I had like a million pesos in my account. Minimum. Good morning everyone!
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Passport Renewal: DONE

Almost 6 hours in line. That's not very efficient at all.
Good thing this is what I last saw in the last waiting area where we again waited for almost an hour. Taken using my Nokia 6303's 3.2 megapixel camera.

The passport renewal steps:
1. Initial verification - it took us 1 and 1/2 hours to even get to this step. And what happened during this step? Two guys stamping, one, a number to each application forms, and the other, a "DFA received" mark with date. If you ask me, this does not at all make any matter. And the stamping guys seems like they have been practicing, they stamp so fast! Yet, we had to wait so long for that less than 30 second moment on this table...

2. Second Verification - it took us another hour to get to this step. Where everyone will choose a line from the 4 or more windows open. A personnel reviews the docs, type something in the computer, signs the docs, then done. The whole thing took only less than a minute, but getting there is like forever.

3. Personal Appearance - this is when the line started to crumple. I think this is where we lost our "real" line. We were in line for more than an hour, but this step is the real thing. When the personnel will check every attached requirement and will even pop some questions from the docs you submitted. The personnel who handled my application, JOHNE, asked me when we got married.

4. Payment - this was the shortest line in all the steps. 500 pesos for those not very in a hurry, they get the passport 14 days later, or to make it get to your in 7 days, you pay addtional 250pesos.

5. Computerization - the maze going to the "Auditorium", I found it fun. Inside my head, I was trying on how the directional signages installed will accurately bring me to my destination. And after several lefts and rights, I finally got to the auditorium where Jay saved me a seat. One hour in line and I was finally called to my last station. Sadly, the lady rejected my photo and I had to have my picture taken. Another 150 pesos damage for that 6pcs of new passport pictures taken and printed right on the spot. But if this will finish the job, then I would even pay even double that.

5. Fingerprinting - the last freaking step. And the dirtiest of all.

We went out of DFA by 1220pm. Whew!

Bonus: Jay left the headlights on, so after almost 6 hours of waiting in line, no food at all, and in the middle of the day with the sun so up, I had to help push the discharged van.

Passpor renewal: time check no. 1

2 and 1/2 hours after, and we're still in line for step 3. How many steps is this again? 4 or 5? This may actually take longer than I thought. My being just late to filing a half day leave instead. Not good.

I'm not yet hungry though. Just a bit thirsty. My gum's been in my mouth for 3 and 1/2 hours already.

My inspiration to keep that positive attitude: my dad went thru this same process, so I this should not be that hard. I can do this!

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Passport renewal

After months of planning on renewing my passport, I finally had the chance to do it today. An officemate of mine, Jay, needed to have his passport renewed for a scheduled business trip sometime early March. I dragged along, why?1) convenience of having picked up, since he also lived in the south, 2) it really way past due and (fingers crossed) any emergency business trip would just be a bliss with a ready passport. 3) the super early morning trip would save me from filing a full day leave, that is, if things go as planned, we'll be in the office latest 10am.

I could have opted to do the online application, which I have been recommending to everyone I know who needed a passport, but this time, I wanted to see how efficient is the "efficiency" that DFA has been bragging about in the passport issuance department. So together with Jay, we patiently waited, and still waiting, in line to get this thing done. So far, we have been here for 36mins now and so far, we are still outside the processing area, with almost 300 people in front of us. If we get this done within 2 hours, I guess that would be acceptable. Let's wait and see

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

An Education

After some months of ultra-depressing entries, i think i should rather focus on the nice things i experience in this world.

Like this move, "AN EDUCATION". Thanks to Mo Twister for the suggestion and for saving me time from waiting for it to download, he gave me a copy. No we are not really close friends, just friends. We dropped by their station the other day to promote on some of our products. I must say, he's really nice. Very far from what kind of person thought he was.

Anyway, the movie. Here are some fun stuffs i gathered from IMDB.

  • Made Variety's 2007 list of best unproduced British screenplays.

  • Director Lone Scherfig says she experimented with giving the actors options during scenes. For instance, she told Peter Sarsgaard that if he felt like it he could start a conversation with an extra playing a doorman in one scene despite there not being any written dialogue.

  • Carey Mulligan mentioned in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival that some of the most enjoyable moments of filming where when there were actors who only came in for a day or so, like Sally Hawkins and Emma Thompson, and she particularly enjoyed the four scenes she shot with the latter, whom she described as being "amazing", and called her acting "brilliant".

  • The author of the original account, Lynn Barber stipulated in her contract that she would be allowed to see and comment (but not alter) every draft written by the screenwriter, Nick Hornby. She mentioned that she was happy with most of the changes, but her one regret was that Hornby changed the name of her lover, Simon, to David, which was her real husband's name. She stated that "I wish in retrospect I'd put up a fight".

  • Whilst the screenplay was being written, the producers were looking for directors; Beeban Kidron was on board for a year and half, and helped develop the script. She was forced to pull out because of a commitment to Hippi Hippie Shake.

  • The creative team were initially worried about casting the 22 year old Carey Mulligan in the role of a 16 year old, but were convinced by her screen test. Rosamund Pike reportedly really wanted the small part of Helen, because "no one ever lets me be funny".

  • Orlando Bloom dropped out a week before filming began; Dominic Cooper, who had previously been in talks, replaced him.

Reminded me of the stupid things we do or did for love.