Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jollibee Party Package Brochures

Is the birthday of your child near? Do you want your child to celebrate his birthday in Jollibee? If your answer is “yes” then I believe that it is time for you to know more about Jollibee Party Package for the Jollibee Kiddie Party.

I have already posted two posts regarding Jollibee party package. One post is about the available themes for Jollibee kiddie parties. Another is about the Jollibee party package or packages that you can choose from. Of course, you can always visit the Jollibee Kids Party website for more info about Jollibee party package.

Jollibee also hands out brochure to those who are planning for a Jollibee kiddie party. If you visit Jollibee to inquire about Jollibee party package, it is likely that they will give you this brochure:
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Jollibee party package brochure front
Front of Jollibee Kids Party brochure.
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Jollibee Party package brochure back
Back panel of Jollibee Kids Party brochure.
The brochure contains step-by-step instructions on how to create a Jollibee kids party. Here are the zoomed-in views of the Jollibee kids party brochure:
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Jollibee Party package - step 1
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Jollibee Party package - step 2

Step 3 in the Jollibee brochure is about choosing the party theme. See my blog post “Jollibee Party Package Themes” for information about Jollibee kiddie party themes. Step 4 is about choosing the mascot that will accompany Jollibee during the birthday party. You can choose from Hetty, Popo, Yum and Twirlie.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Nokia C3-01

When my Nokia 5130 Expressmusic cellphone finally conked out, my beloved decided to give a Nokia C3-01 as her birthday present for me. I have a hint what her gift would be days prior to my birthday because she is asking the specs of the cellphone that I want (I answered “any cellphone as long as it has good camera”). What surprised me is that her gift is a silver Nokia C3-01.

Nokia C3-01 Specs

I wanted a cellphone that has a camera that I can use to capture photos for my blogs. My Nokia C3-01 has a 5 Megapixel camera with integrated flash. Nokia C3-01's camera can also take photos at 3.2 megapixels and 2 megapixels. The camera can also take photos in sepia tone or grayscale. C3-01's camera can also be used in taking videos.
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Sample photo taken by Nokia C3-01's camera.

Nokia C3-01 has a metal casing that can protect the cellphone's sensitive parts from a nasty fall. My C3-01 once fell at a height of about a meter but it still works fine thanks to its metal casing. Battery life of this cellphone can last for more than a day if you just use it for typing and sending text messages. Battery will not last a day if you are using it as an mp3 player or if you are making calls continuously.

Nokia C3-01 has 2.4” touch screen. I had a hard time using the touch screen at first because it is too sensitive to my fingers. This touch screen became a convenient way of navigating my cellphone after I got used to using it.
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Nokia C3-01

Connectivity with Nokia C3-01


Nokia C3-01 has two modes that can be used to connect with other devices. This cellphone can also connect to the Internet through the “wireless local area network” (WLAN).

What I like about my Nokia C3-01 is that is can easily be accessed by the computer. It doesn't require special software like my old Nokia 5130 Expressmusic just to access the files stored inside the phone and the microSD. I can easily transfer picture and music files between my Nokia C3-01 and a computer using USB cable connection. The USB cable can also be used to transfer files between Nokia C3-01 and a USB memory stick or flash drive.

Nokia Ovi Suite software can also be used to access the files stored in Nokia C3-01 from your computer. Unfortunately, the installation CD for Nokia Ovi Suite is not included when you buy the Nokia C3-01.

Another way to connect Nokia C3-01 with other devices is through Bluetooh. This mode allows the wireless connection of Nokia C3-01 with computers, headsets, car kits and other cellphone.

I experienced using C3-01's WLAN functionality while I was inside an SM mall. SM Foodcourt has free WiFi, which I used to test my cellphone's WLAN. Nokia C3-01 uses Opera Mini as its browser. Surfing the net in Nokia C3-01 is easy as long as the WiFi connection is reliable.

Other Features of Nokia C3-01

Other useful features inside Nokia C3-01 are the Calendar and the Media Player. Calendar allows me to remember birthdays and special occasions. I also used this to remind me of my appointments and tasks that I need to do.

Nokia C3-01's media player can be used to play mp3 music files. This cellphone can also be used to listen to FM radio stations.

Other features available in Nokia C3-01 are the voice recorder that can also be used to record phone conversations. Games are also available in Nokia C3-01 and new games can be downloaded from Nokia Ovi Store.

My beloved gave me a good gift for my birthday. Nokia C3-01 has the camera that I need. It is lighter and more durable as compared to my old Nokia 5130 Expressmusic. All in all, Nokia C3-01 is a good phone for me.

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New Cebu Pacific Promo Fares

Cebu Pacific recently released their latest promo for the coming Summer Season this 2012.  The Cebu Pacific promo fares are for selected local and international destinations. These Cebu Pacific promo fares are available until December 7, 2011 or until promo are available.

Avail of the 88 pesos Cebu Pacific promo fares for the following routes:

*Manila to Coron (Busuanga)
*Cagayan de Oro to Iloilo
*Zamboanga to Tawi-Tawi

388 pesos Cebu Pacific promo fares are available for flights from Manila to Calbayog or Virac. 688 pesos Cebu Pacific promo fares are available for flights from Manila to Bacolod or Butuan.

Cebu Pacific promo fares for international flights are as follows:

*888 pesos promo fare for flights from Manila to Kota Kinabalu.
*888 pesos promo fare for flights from Clark to Bangkok.
*1,488 pesos promo fare for flights from Manila to Bangkok or Brunei.
*1,988 pesos promo fare for flights from Manila to Jakarta.
*1,988 pesos promo fare for flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur.

These Cebu Pacific promo fares cover flight durations from February 1 to March 15, 2012 for local flights and January 1 to April 30, 2012 for international flights.

Read some tips on how to avail Cebu Pacific promo fares. Visit Cebu Pacific website for bookings.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Expensive LBC Padala

My beloved was furious the other day when she sent the ticket print-out for her parents’ flight from Iloilo to Davao. She said that LBC (touted as Hari ng Padala) ripped her of money. She went to a LBC branch in Laguna to have the two pages of ticket print-out be sent to Iloilo. My beloved was forced to send the print-out through LBC Padala because Cebu Pacific doesn’t allow its passengers to board the airplane if they don’t have a print-out of their ticket.

The LBC Padala clerk gave her the regular price for sending documents to the Visayas. According to the LBC Padala website, the regular price for the regular sized documents is just 95 pesos. The price suddenly went up to 165 pesos when the LBC clerk saw that she is sending a Cebu Pacific ticket print-out.  The clerk insisted that the ticket print-out is “very” important document that’s why the price for an LBC Padala was increased. My beloved insisted that the ticket is just simple print-out.
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LBC Padala rate calculator
LBC Padala Rate Calculator. It seems like the assessment of the LBC clerk
for the print-out is high.
I am a suki (regular customer) of LBC. I have been using LBC Padala whenever I am sending something to the provinces. I believe that 165 pesos price for a simple print-out is too much. This incident made me wonder if LBC Padala is the best and cheapest courier in the country today. I guess it is time to check the other courier companies like the JRS Express AND Air21.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

The Problem with AirPhilippines

“You need a credit card to avail of our promo fare.” - this is the explanation of the AirPhilippines call center representative when I asked them why I can't book for their 888-peso promo flight. This answer made me feel frustrated and caused me to book online at Cebu Pacific airline.

My beloved ask me to help her book a flight from Iloilo to Davao last month. She specifically told me that I book the cheapest flight that I could find because her budget is limited. The flight is for her parents (and my future in laws), who are now going home for their short vacation from Iloilo. Following her instructions strictly, I searched for cheap flights from all the budget airlines in the Philippines. I am fortunate to find an 888-peso promo fare from AirPhilippines, which prompted me to book through the AirPhilippines website. Everything is OK until I reached the “Payment Options” page where I discovered that the only available payment option is through credit card. The bad thing is that I don't have a credit card because I avoid having one.
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AirPhilippines logo

I called the AirPhilippines hotline to book the 888-peso promo flight. The call center representative told me that I am not allowed to reserve for 888-peso promo fare. Only the regular (and more expensive) fares are the only available ones available for those who doesn't have credit cards.

AirPhilippines promo fares are not open for the general public. I believe that this is the reason why AirPhilippines lags behind Cebu Pacific. AirPhilippines promo fares are only available to credit card users while Cebu Pacific promo fares can be availed by anyone. Cebu Pacific allows anyone to book their cheapest fares and still give them the chance to pay through credit card or payment centers like LBC and Banco de Oro.

It is understandable that AirPhilippines is reducing the risk of unpaid booking reservations for its promo fares. This is the possible reason why they only allow credit card users to avail the AirPhilippines promo fares. This is good protection for the airline but it causes frustrated clients like me to book flights in Cebu Pacific.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Mother from Bulacan is the first PPUR Millionaire

It was blessed day for a mother of three when she received the news that she won 1 million pesos from the “Pera sa Kweba” text raffle. Marites Balagtas, who is the text raffle’s first millionaire, was awarded the facsimile of 1 million cheque by the Task Force PPUR at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City. 

The “Pera sa Kweba” text raffle was initiated by the private sector to promote the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan. The three telecom giants in the Philippines; namely Globe, Sun and Smart; gave 25 million pesos in prizes for the PPUR text raffle. PPUR was recently included in the provisional list of New7Wonders Foundation.

The 1 million-peso prize came at the right time for Marites as her son was stricken with dengue. Her husband, who is a pedicab driver, is ill for several days. Their house was also flooded during the onslaught of Typhoon Pedring. Marites said that she will invest her 1 million-pesos prize for the education of her children and for the building of a small house.
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PPUR text raffle poster

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje said that the text raffle for the PPUR is extended until December 30, 2011. The grand prize is 25 million pesos that is why he urged the public to continue texting. Aside from the grand prize, there are still five 1 million pesos consolation prizes that are at stake for the PPUR text raffle.

Anyone can join the PPUR text raffle by typing the word PPUR then send to 2861 for all network. Each text costs 2.50 pesos.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Latest PUPCET Schedules

The day for PUPCET is getting nearer and those who will be taking this entrance are now studying or processing their PUPCET application. Previously, I placed the PUPCET schedules for the Santa Mesa, Manila campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). The PUP Admin uploaded new PUPCET schedules and campuses that already have schedules include PUP Santa Mesa, PUP San Juan City, PUP Taguig City, PUP Commonwealth Avenue campus in Quezon City, PUP Santa Maria campus in Bulacan, PUP Santo Tomas in Batangas, and PUP Lopez in Quezon.

Here are the PUPCET schedules for each campus:

1. PUP Santa Mesa, Manila

Date of Online Application: September 1 to December 4, 2011
Start of Issuance of PUPCET permit: September 12, 2011
Deadline of Payment: December 5, 2011 3:00 PM
Last Day of Issuance of PUPCET permit: December 8, 2011
Test Schedule: January 29, 2012

2. PUP San Juan City

Date of Online Application: September 2011 to February 8, 2012
Start of Issuance of PUPCET permit: September 2011
Deadline of Payment: February 8, 2012
Last Day of Issuance of PUPCET permit: February 10, 2012
Test Schedule: February 12, 2012

3. PUP Taguig City

Date of Online Application: September 1, 2011 to February 24, 2012
Start of Issuance of PUPCET permit: October 10, 2011
Deadline of Payment: February 24, 2012
Last Day of Issuance of PUPCET permit: February 29, 2012
Test Schedule: March 4, 2012

4. PUP Commonwealth, Quezon City

Date of Online Application: September 1, 2011 to March 25, 2012
Start of Issuance of PUPCET permit: September 1, 2011
Deadline of Payment: March 25, 2012
Last Day of Issuance of PUPCET permit: March 30, 2012
Test Schedule: April 8, 2012

5. PUP Santa Maria, Bulacan

Date of Online Application: October 10, 2011 to March 7, 2012
Start of Issuance of PUPCET permit: November 10, 2011
Deadline of Payment: March 7, 2012
Last Day of Issuance of PUPCET permit: March 12, 2012
Test Schedule: March 17, 2012

6. PUP Santo Tomas, Batangas

Date of Online Application: October 10 to December 9, 2011
Start of Issuance of PUPCET permit: October 10, 2011
Deadline of Payment: December 14, 2011
Last Day of Issuance of PUPCET permit: December 15, 2011
Test Schedule: March 18, 2011

7. PUP Lopez, Quezon

Date of Online Application: October 10, 2011 to April 11, 2012
Start of Issuance of PUPCET permit: October 10, 2011
Deadline of Payment: April 9, 2012
Last Day of Issuance of PUPCET permit: April 11, 2012
Test Schedule: April 15, 2012

PUPCET schedules for other campus is yet to be uploaded. So stay tuned. Are you applying for PUPCET? Visit my post about the requirements for PUPCET application.

Taking the PUPCET? Read my tips when taking the PUPCET.

Visit the PUP website for more information.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

50% Off Cebu Pacific Promo Fares

Cebu Pacific just announced its latest promo fares. Avail of the Cebu Pacific promo fares for selected destinations. Routes that are included in this Cebu Pacific promo fares are Zamboanga to Tawi-Tawi route, Cagayan de Oro to Davao route, Manila to Butuan route, Manila to Cotabato route, Cebu to Clark route, Cebu to Ozamiz route, and Davao to Iloilo route. The latest Cebu Pacific promo fares cover travel period from January 1, 2012 to March 21, 2012. Sale period is until November 24, 2011 or until available seats last.

Cebu Pacific also offers promo fares for its international routes. Fly from Manila to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh for 888 pesos. Go to Guangzhou or Taipei from Manila for 1,688 pesos. Flight from Manila to Jakarta is 1,988 pesos. Cebu Pacific promo fares for flights from Manila to Beijing and Manila to Shanghai is 2,488 pesos. Travel period for the international Cebu Pacific promo fares cover travel periods from February 1, 2012 to May 31, 2012.

The Manila to Hanoi route is the newest route of Cebu Pacific. Flights on this route start on March 17, 2012.

So, what are you waiting for? Visit Cebu Pacific website now and avail of their promo fares. Read some tips on how to avail Cebu Pacific promo fares.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jollibee Menu: Grilled Pork Tenders

My stomach grumbled while I was waiting for the start of the movie, There be Dragons. So, I decided to have a dinner just to silence my tummy. I was in Trinoma and I decided to visit the Jollibee branch located on the ground floor of the mall. 

I have visited Jollibee a lot of times and I already tasted the regular items on the Jollibee menu. I already tasted their chicken (two-piece or one-piece), burger yum, Jollibee spaghetti, and that macaroni soup. I even tried a breakfast item on Jollibee menu, which is the Chicken Sausage with Pancake.

That night, I saw a meal item on the Jollibee menu that I haven’t tasted yet. That item is Jollibee’s Grilled Pork Tenders.
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Jollibee menu - Grilled Pork Tenders
Grilled Pork Tenders of Jollibee.

I chose Grilled Pork Tenders as my dinner. It costs almost the same as the other regular meal item on the Jollibee menu.

Grilled Pork Tenders lived up to its name. It is tender, which is perfect for senior citizens who already have weak set of teeth. Grilled Pork Tenders tastes sweet and peppery. Grilled Pork Tenders has a toyomansi (soy sauce with calamansi) dip but you can opt not to use the dip because the pork tastes well even without it.

Grille Pork Tenders is another good addition to the Jollibee menu. I believe, however, that its taste is just a notch higher than your home-cooked grilled pork.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Good News: PPUR Among the 7 New Wonders

The online and TV campaigns done by the Philippine government paid off as the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) was included in the provisional list of the New7Wonders Foundation. Other nature spots included in the New7Wonders provisional list are the Amazon Rainforest, Halong Bay (Vietnam), Iguazu Falls (Argentina), Jeju Island (South Korea), Table Mountain (South Africa).

New7Wonders foundation cited that the given list is provisional. Voting calculation is still being checked and the final list will be announced in 2012 during the Official Inauguration ceremonies. This announcement made by the New7Wonders foundation still places the PPUR and other nature spots in uncertain position because it is not known how the voting calculation will affect the results.

The New7Wonders Foundation is a Swiss foundation founded in 2001 by the filmmaker Bernard Zurich. New7Wonders was inspired by the “7 Wonders of the Ancient World” attributed to Philon of Byzantium.
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PPUR - Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR).

The New7Wonders list started with 440 nature spots located in about 220 countries. The list was trimmed to 77 then to 28 by a panel of experts. Worldwide poll was then opened for the shortlist of 28 nature spots.  Anyone in the world was allowed to vote via telephone, text messaging and online social networks.

The Philippine government and the City Government of Puerto Princesa had been campaigning vigorously for PPUR in the past months. The aim is to boost the tourism industry in Palawan and give more exposure to PPUR.

The Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other national government agencies participated in promoting the PPUR for the New7Wonders list. Three telecommunication companies; Globe, Smart, and Sun; showed their support by offering 25 million pesos prize in the grand raffle draw for those who will vote PPUR via text.

Puerto Princesa mayor Ed Hagedorn is confident that PPUR will be included in the New7Wonders list days before the provisional was revealed. He said that other contenders doesn't have text messaging campaigns unlike the one in PPUR. He believes that this is the advantage of PPUR over other contenders in the New7Wonders.

Well, it seems like being the texting capital of the world has an advantage after all.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Confirmed! Lolong is the World's Longest Croc

BREAKING NEWS: Guiness Book of World Record declared Lolong as the largest crocodile in captivity. Read more about this news here.

The people of Bunawan had finally received the good news. Lolong is now considered as the longest saltwater crocodile in the whole world. He dethroned the Australian crocodile, Cassius, from the top 1 of the “longest crocodile” list.

The confirmation was made last week when the Australian zoologist and croc expert Dr. Adam Britton measured Lolong inside his pen in the town of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. Dr. Britton lead the team from National Geographic that are shooting a documentary about Lolong.

The measurement of Lolong is 21 feet and one inch, while Cassius measures just 18 feet long. Lolong weighs 1,075 kilograms according to Dr. Britton.

Lolong was captured last September after it was suspected that a crocodile ate a fisherman and a schoolgirl. The saltwater crocodile was named after Ernesto “Lolong” Coñate, who died before his the saltwater crocodile was captured in the Agusan Marsh.
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Lolong the giant buwaya (crocodile).
Lolong as he was captured last September.

Lolong to be Published in Guinness

The National Geographic team will send their official measurements to the Guinness Book of World records. However, Lolong has to wait for six months before he can be published in Guinness. That is the Guinness rules according to Britton.

The mayor of Bunawan is expecting that Lolong’s publication in Guinness Book of World Records will boost the tourism industry in the municipality. According to the mayor, Lolong already earned around 500 million pesos from donations and entrance and parking fees at the Bunawan Eco-Park and Research Center.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pacquiao vs Marques Boxing Stats

Many people say the Manny Pacquiao will emerge as the victor in the upcoming Pacquiao vs Marques fight in November 12. Few people, however, are still rooting for Juan Miguel “Dinamita” Marques and they claim that Pacquiao will be stunned by the punches coming from the Mexican boxer.

So what is the real deal? I believe that we should look at the stats of Pacquiao and Marques to see who is at the advantage. Here is their “stats” or their “Tale of the Tape.”
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Pacquiao vs Marques boxing stats
(Source: Fight Saga)

As we can see, the stats between the boxers almost matched. However, Manny Pacquiao is younger than Marques. The Mexican boxer, on the other hand, is taller by an inch than Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is faster and can throw a flurry of punches. Marques, on the other hand, is said to be more experienced than the two.

So, who will win this fight this time? Well, I guess must wait for the conclusion of the Pacquiao vs Marques fight this weekend to know who is greater between the boxers.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pacquiao vs Marques

The excitement is increasing exponentially as the most awaited day of Pacquiao vs Marques fight gets nearer and nearer. The Filipinos, Mexicans and all the boxing fans around the world are all prepared to see how Manny Pacquiao and Juan Miguel Marquez will slug it all out this Saturday, November 12 at Las Vegas.

This Pacquiao vs Marques fight is now the third encounter between “Pacman” and “Dinamita.” Many people are hoping that this third fight will reveal the true winner once and for all. The first two fights is somewhat “inconclusive” for some boxing fans and some say that Marques actually defeated Pacquiao.

The first Pacquiao vs Marques fight in 2004 ended into a draw. The second fight in 2008 ended by split decision in favor of Manny Pacquiao. Juan Marques had been yapping ever since the second fight and he keep on claiming that he is the true winner. Pacquiao’s coach, Freddie Roach, is irritated with Marques and hope that the Filipino boxers will emerge victorious by knocking Marques out. Roach believes that knock-out victory is necessary to remove the doubts about Pacquiao’s victory.
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Pacquiao vs Marques poster 2

So, who will emerge victorious in the third Pacquiao vs Marques fight? Opinions vary but majority of boxing fans, sports writers and boxing analysts are saying that Manny Pacquiao will win. The number of celebrities visiting Manny Pacquiao shows that opinion is in favor of a Pacquiao victory.

I, for one, is hoping for Manny Pacquiao to win against Marques. But the truth is we can never be sure until the third Pacquiao vs Marques fight is over and see by our own eyes who is the last person standing.
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Pacquiao vs Marques poster
(Source: Pacquiao vs Marquez)

Watch the Pacquiao vs Marques fight and let us see Las Vegas shake with their heavy punches. The fight is this Saturday (November 12 at 9 PM ET). They will be fighting in Welterweight Division for 12 rounds.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Helpful Tax Consultants from Mönchengladbach

Looking for a tax consultant is like looking for a good friend. Like a good friend, a tax consultant that you will hire should be worthy of your trust. He should be dependable and competent, especially during hard times. This is the reason why looking for good tax consultant is not that easy.

Fortunately, for those who are live in the German City of Moenchengladbach, dependable and competent tax consultant is easy to find. Good tax consultants can be found using the online listing steuerberater moenchengladbach. This online listing shows the details of tax consultants that you can hire. It lists the name, address and contact information of the tax consultants.

So, if you are looking for a dependable and competent tax consultant, then you can try contacting the people listed on steuerberater moenchengladbach. Maybe you can find on that online listing the trustworthy tax consultant that you are looking for.

Steuerberater Mönchengladbach

Do you live in Germany, specifically in Moenchengladbach? Are you looking for good tax consultants? Then you are lucky because the City of Moenchengladbach has plenty of accountants that will help you in dealing with your concerns on tax and related problems. There is an online list for steuerberater moenchengladbach (tax consultants in Moenchengladbach) that will surely help you find the tax consultant that you need.

Dealing with taxes is not that easy because you have to read volumes and volumes of tax laws and government tax policies. That is why it will be easier if you give your trust concerns to an expert. Tax consultants are persons that focus their day to day activities dealing with taxation. They studied tax laws and tax policies that is why they are dependable on those things.

So, if you live in Moenchengladbach and are looking for an accountant or a tax consultant then you can use the online listing for steuerberater moenchengladbach to ease your tax concerns.

Monday, October 10, 2011

New on Jollibee Menu: University Floats

The UAAP fever for this year is already over but Jollibee is not yet done with it. My beloved and I visited a Jollibee branch for some refreshments and we saw the University Floats on the Jollibee menu. Since my beloved is somewhat addicted to floats, we decided to order two of Jollibee’s University Floats.

My beloved chose Green Apple float while I chose the Blue Bubblegum. Other University Floats on the Jollibee menu are Red Watermelon and Yellow Dalandan. I know that University Floats are just Sprite soft drinks that were mixed with flavoring and a sundae on top.

Here is our Blue Bubblegum and Green Apple floats:
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Jollibee menu: University Floats
Green Apple and Blue Bubblegum floats.

We rated both flavors of the University Floats as “OK.” This is means that they are not bad but not excellent either. Well, it is good that Jollibee keep on placing new items on the Jollibee menu. Personally, I believe that the Green Apple tastes better than the Blue Bubblegum.

We will try the Red Watermelon and the Yellow Dalandan the next time that we visit Jollibee. However, the University Floats may be gone on the Jollibee menu soon since this year’s UAAP is over. If that happens then we will wait until next year for the next batch of University Floats.

If there are no University Floats, then there will always be the regular Jollibee float.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fasting of Lolong is Finally Over

BREAKING NEWS: Guiness Book of World Record declared Lolong as the largest crocodile in captivity. Read more about this news here.

After about one month of not eating, Lolong, the giant buwaya, finally ate the food that is being given to him by his caretakers. The giant buwaya was caught last month in the Agusan Marsh by crocodile hunters in the belief that the buwaya is responsible for the death of a fisherman and a grade school student. Lolong Buwaya was placed inside an 800 square meter pen and is visited by many people from the areas around the municipality of Bunawan. International groups were also interested with Lolong because of its immense size.

Lolong refused to eat in the past month and doctors said that the buwaya is stressed because of the situation that he is in. Because of this, Bunawan mayor Edwin Elorde decided to limit the visitors of Lolong to reduce the stress on the buwaya.
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Lolong the giant buwaya
(Source: Inquirer online)

It was reported that at 10 in the morning, Monday (October 5), Lolong ate 7 kilograms of raw pork. Officials of the Bunawan Municipal Government saw this as a sign that the buwaya’s condition is improving. It was said that Lolong Buwaya was given raw pork and dressed chicken alternately.

On the other note, Mayor Elorde believes that there are buwaya that are larger than Lolong that still roams freely in Agusan Marsh.

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Jollitown Games

Jollitown is Jollibee’s online game website that is especially made for Jollibee kids who are fans of the children show, Jollitown. Favorite Jollibee mascots like Jollibee, Hetty, Twirlie, Mr. Yum and Popo are all featured in Jollitown.

Jollitown is all about playing games and having fun with Jollibee and friends. Because of this, Jollibee set different games that will be enjoyed by all Jollibee kids. Here are the games or mini-games that can be played in Jollitown.

Jollitown Game #1: Fun Tram

Jollitown Games- Fun Tram
Jollibee is on a fun tram in outer space.
The goal of this Jollitown game is to make Jollibee reach the finish line. Players should avoid obstacles or the side of the road. Jollitown points can be collected along the way. Players can choose from three available racetracks; which are Beach, Metropolis and Outer Space.

Jollitown Game #2: Aqua Quest

Jollitown Games - Aqua Quest

Popo is looking a strong swimmer for his team. Aqua Quest is a game where players can show Popo that they are good swimmers. The goal of this game is for the player’s avatar to reach the end of this side-scrolling game. Each avatar has an allotted life meter, which will go down whenever the avatar hit sea creatures. Life meter will go up whenever the avatar swims to the surface or get oxygen tanks. This Jollitown game will be over if the life meter becomes empty. Treasure chests in the game give players bonus points.

Jollitown Game #3: Pompom Pow

Jollitown Games - Pompom Pow

This Jollitown game is similar with the Popcap game, Bounce Out. In Pompom Pow, players should line at least 3 pompoms of the same color in a row. Players have a time limit of 5 seconds in finding new pompom rows. The game ends after the player failed for 5 times to create a row within the time limit.

Jollitown Game #4: Robot Lab

Jollitown games - Robot Lab

This Jollitown game challenges the memory of players. In Robot Lab, players are required to “build” a robot from scratch. The player will choose from different Mr. Yum’s different robots. After that, the player should memorize how the robot looks. The game can be finished by joining the robot parts exactly the way it was shown previously. The game is over if the robot was not built within the time limit.

Jollitown Game #5: Dance Mix

Dance Mix is similar to the Dance Revolution games that are available at the arcade. In this Jollitown game, players should create good dance moves by hitting the correct arrow key as they come down the screen. The songs that are used for this game are Try New Things, Jollitown Theme Song and Ilabas ang Saya.

So, these are the five games available in Jollitown. They are simple games and that the kids will surely love. Hope that you enjoy playing these games.

Play these Jollitown games in Jollitown.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

How to Enroll at BPIExpressOnline

BPIExpressOnline, or BPI Express Online, is the online service of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) that allows depositors to access their accounts 24/7. With BPIExpressOnline, depositors can check balance of their BPI accounts, pay bills, transfer funds and more.

If you are a BPI depositor, then it is highly recommended that you enroll your account in BPIExpressOnline. Here is a step-by-step procedure for enrolling your BPI account at BPIExpressOnline.

Please note that this procedure is only for those who already have Deposit Account or Credit Card account with BPI.
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BPIExpressOnline homepage

1. Go to the BPIExpressOnline website and click on the "Enroll Now!" located on the right side of the screen.

2. Select the "Not yet enrolled..." radio button. A window will pop out. Just click on "Continue."
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BPIExpressOnline

3. Choose your account that you will enroll for BPIExpressOnline. There are four options depending on the BPI accounts; which are ATM-based BPI deposit accounts, Passbook-based BPI deposit account, BPI Europe account and BPI Credit Card Account. Click on "Continue" after selecting your BPI account.

4. Select your place of residence. If you are living within the Philippines, you are required to visit any BPI Express Teller ATM (for ATM-based accounts) or any BPI branch (for Passbook-based accounts) within 20 banking days to activate the BPIExpressOnline enrollment. Those who are residing outside of the Philippines are required to print, sign and mail the duly accomplished form available from the BPIExpressOnline website. Click on "Continue" after selecting the correct option.

5. Read the "Internet Banking Service Agreement" and click "I Agree" at the bottom of the page to continue.

6. Fill out information regarding your account like the Account Number and type of your BPI account. Click "Submit" to continue.

7. Fill out the BPIExpressOnline registration form. Click "Submit" after you are done filling out the form.

8. The last window shows your BPIExpressOnline confirmation number. All you need to do now is to activate you BPIExpressOnline enrollment. ATM card holder can activate their enrollment through any BPI ATM. To activate, insert the ATM card of your enrolled account and enter the PIN. Select: Special Services, then Activate Enrollments, then Express Online. 

Note that the activation of BPIExpressOnline enrollment for ATM-based accounts has cut-off time until 10 pm (Manila local time) during banking days. If you activated your account before 10 PM, you can access your BPIExpressOnline account the following day. If you activated after 10 pm or during weekends or holidays, then you can access your BPIExpressOnline account 2 days after the day of activation.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cebu Pacific Promo Fares this October

The month of October has just begun and Cebu Pacific announced its latest promo fares for this month.

The travel period that is covered by the recent Cebu Pacific promo fares are those travels from November 1, 2011 to January 13, 2012. The seat sale period is up to October 3, 2011 or until seats last.

Fly to Davao, Dipolog, General Santos, Ozamiz, Pagadian or Surigao from Cebu for as low as 488 pesos.

888 pesos Cebu Pacific promo fares are available for those traveling from Manila to Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Surigao, General Santos, Ozamiz or Pagadian.

Cebu Pacific promo fares are also available for international destinations. Travel from Clark to Hongkong, Macau or Singapore for as low as 688 pesos. Flights from Clark to Bangkok can be as low as 888 pesos. Cebu Pacific promo fares from Manila to Brunei are 1,488 pesos.

So, are you traveling around the Philippines or Southeast Asia? Try Cebu Pacific promo fares now! Go to Cebu Pacific website for online booking.


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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Lolong Buwaya: A Worlwide "Celebrity"

BREAKING NEWS: Guiness Book of World Record declared Lolong as the largest crocodile in captivity. Read more about this news here.

Is Lolong the largest buwaya (crocodile) alive? Many people agree that Lolong is the largest buwaya in the Agusan Marsh. With the length of 6.4 meters or 21 feet, who wouldn't say that Lolong is the largest of all the buwaya in the Philippines. The Mayor of Bunawan thinks otherwise. Mayor Edwin Elorde of Bunawan said crocodile hunters saw a crocodile that is larger than Lolong. The said crocodile has a larger head and wider back as compared to Lolong.

Even if there is a possibility that Lolong is not the largest buwaya in Agusan Marsh, many international groups were interested with the giant salt-water crocodile. Last month, Time Magazine included Lolong in its list of Top 10 real life monsters. Guinness World Records and National Geographic Society were also interested with Lolong and planned to send teams to check on Lolong Buwaya.
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Lolong Buwaya inside the pen.
(Source: Inquirer.net)
Guinness is interested in Lolong because the buwaya is a contender in dethroning the longest salt-water crocodile in its list. The current record for longest salt-water crocodile is being hold by the 17 feet and 11.75 inches long crocodile caught in Australia. At a length of about 21 feet, Lolong Buwaya can easily remove the Australian crocodile from the Guinness Book of World Records.

The animal “rights” group, PETA, also weighed in the popularity of Lolong. They demand Lolong to be freed to the wild despite the fact the buwaya is suspected of killing to people and may cause hazard to citizens of Bunawan. The group also accused the mayor of Bunawan of using the captivity of Lolong as a money-making scheme. Members of PETA issued the demand without visiting the area and considering the risk posed to people. Lolong is currently placed inside a 800 square meter pen.
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Lolong Buwaya caricature
(Source: Pilipino Star Ngayon)
Lolong Buwaya is now a famous crocodile. It is possible that it will be included in the list of Guiness Book of World Records.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tips on Renewing Your Professional License at PRC

If you are an engineer, a doctor, a nurse or a professional in the Philippines; then I am sure that you visited the office of Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to to renew your registration. Renewing your professional license can be an inconvenience, especially if you have to file a leave of absence just to renew. Going to the PRC can be less of a bother if you know what to expect when you are renewing  your professional license.

For those who are renewing their professional license, please read the regular procedures for professional license renewal. If you in the rush of renewing your license, please read the procedures in applying for Express ID. Before going to the PRC, decide which procedure you want to use because each procedures caters for different needs of professionals.
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PRC License ID back

If you are one of those who are renewing their license, then the following tips will be helpful to you:


Tip # 1: Apply for PRC License Renewal at the Malls

PRC offices are usually filled with applicants for new PRC License and those who are renewing their license. Also, these offices are only open during weekdays so you are forced to take a "leave of absence" from work just to renew your license. The good news is that you can renew your professional license at the PRC Renewal Centers located at selected SM Malls. These centers are open 7 days a week (including Saturday and Sunday) during mall hours. Read more about the PRC Renewal Centers at malls on my blog post.

Tip # 2: Don't go to PRC during registration of nurses

The nursing profession is one of the professions that has the most number of professionals in the Philippines. I suggest that you avoid going to the PRC during the board exam registration of nurses because PRC office is usually jam packed during those times. I usually see the queue of nurse registrants reach the sidewalks of Espana Boulevard. The large number of people will make it hard for you to move around the PRC office.

Tip # 3: Bring the All the Requirements

The requirement for renewing your professional license are:

1. Application form (PRC Reg Form 003) that can be obtained from the Information Window near the entrance get in PRC central office. The form can also be downloaded from the PRC website (PDF).

2. Two pieces of passport size picture (3.5 cm by 4.5 cm). The picture should be a close-up of your face and  colored. The background should be plain white. A complete name tag should be placed at the bottom part of the picture.

3. Photocopy of your recent professional license ID. In case of lost ID, you must provide PRC with an affidavit of loss. If the ID is destroyed, then you must surrender the destroyed ID to the PRC.

Tip # 4: Obtain “Certificate of Good Standing” from your profession's organization

When I first went to the PRC, the clerk don't want to accept my application and told me to go to my accredited organization of my profession to obtain a certificate of good standing. I suggest that you ask your professional organization if you need this certificate before going to the PRC.

Tip # 5: Bring your own photo

There are photo booths located inside the PRC central office. I don't recommend these photo booths because their picture, which they take using a webcam, is crappy. Four pieces of passport size picture, with “free” ID card holder, cost about 80 pesos. Please take note that you only need one photo when you are renewing your license.

What I did is that I made my own passport size photo using Photoshop. I followed the photo requirement of PRC and typed a name tag at the bottom. The format of the name tag is: [your surname], [your given name] [your middle name]. You can print your picture at photo printing shops for as low as 30 pesos.

You don't need to bring your own photo if you are renewing your professional license through the Express ID. PRC's Megadata Office will take the picture, which will be used for your ID.

Tip # 6: Bring enough money

My professional license just expired, so I paid 450 pesos. Expect to pay more than 450 pesos if your license is expired for more than a year because PRC gives penalty to professionals who defer the renewal of their license. There is an additional fee for those who are renewing through Express ID.

Tip # 7: Avoid dealing with fixers

I did not encounter any fixers when I renewed my professional license. The transaction in the PRC is fast, which made fixers irrelevant. However, be conscious of possibility that there are some a people who may trick you when you are t the PRC. I suggest that you only transact with PRC employees.

Renewing your PRC license is an inconvenience but not uneasy. Following the tips that I posted here will make your license renewal faster and easier.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How to Apply for PRC Express ID

In the previous post, I talked about the regular procedure for the application for renewal of professional license at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). In the regular procedure, the professional license can only be obtained after three weeks or more after you submitted your application to the PRC.

What if you need to renew your professional license immediately? The solution for that is the PRC’s express ID or fast ID. The processing of professional license through express ID is just few hours. For those who applied for renewal in the morning, the professional license is released in the afternoon. For those who applied for renewal in the afternoon, the professional license can be obtained in the morning the next day.

PRC Express ID Procedure

Step 1: Get the application form (PRC Reg Form 003) from the Information Window, which located near the PRC central office’s entrance gate. The form can also be downloaded from the PRC website (PDF File). Please note that the application form is free of charge.

Step 2: Present the duly accomplished form together with requirements at Window 30, which is the priority window for those applying for Express ID.

Step 3: Go to “Megadata Office” as instructed by the clerk at Window 30. The Megadata personnel will take your photo, which will be used for your professional license ID. Megadata Office is located near the stairs inside the PRC main building.
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Office for express PRC ID renewal
Megadata Office

Step 4: Go to the cashier at Window 36 to pay the fees for license renewal. You will also pay additional fees for the express ID.

Step 5: Get your claim slip at Window 30. The claim slip contains the date when you can claim your professional license. Make sure that you will not lose your claim slip.

Step 6: Claim you professional license at Window 31. The ID can be claimed in the afternoon, if the application was submitted in the morning. Those who applied in the afternoon can claim their ID in morning of the next day.

Do you need more information on the renewal of professional license? Please visit the PRC website or call (02) 736-2248. Read some tips on renewing your professional license at PRC.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

How to Renew Your Professional License at PRC

My professional license expired last month so I am forced to go to Professional Regulation Commission to renew my professional license. Renewing my professional license is easier as compared to the process that I underwent when I first applied at PRC after I passed the board exam. Sadly, I shelled a large amount of money during the renewal of my license.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is the government agency that manages all the professions in the Philippines. All professionals, with the exception of lawyers, are required to register at the PRC. The central office of PRC is located in P. Paredes Street cor. Morayta Street, Sampaloc, Manila. The PRC central office can easily be reached by riding the buses and jeepneys that ply the Fairview – Quiapo route. Just tell the bus conductor or the jeepney driver that you want to go down to Morayta.
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PRC Central Office, City of Manila
PRC central office, Manila.

Applying for professional license renewal is easy and can be finished in just few hours, especially if you avoided the days of registration of nurses and other professions with large number of applicants. Also, be sure to have extra money with you when renewing your professional license.

Professional License Renewal Procedure

(Take note that the procedure listed here is the regular procedure from renewal of professional license. The procedure for Fast ID or express license renewal is available on the second part of this post)

Step 1: Obtain the application for professional license renewal (PRC Reg Form 003) from the Information Window. This window is located near the entrance gate of the PRC main office. The application form is free of charge. The application form can also be downloaded from the PRC website (PDF File).

Step 2: Present the duly accomplished form together with requirements at the Assessment Windows. The Assessment Windows are Window 17, Window 18 and Window 30. See the third part of this post for the requirements for the renewal of professional license.

Take note that PRC requires updated certificate of membership or certificate of good standing from Accredited Professional Organizations for some professions. Affected professions are:

*Agricultural Engineers
*Architects
*Customs Brokers
*Electrical Engineers
*Electronics Engineers
*Geodetic Engineers
*Guidance and Counseling
*Interior Designers
*Landscape Architects

The certificate requirement for Mechanical Engineers is currently suspended. If your profession is included in the list, I suggest that you visit your Professional Organization to obtain the required certificate before you head to PRC. Assessment Window clerks will not entertain you if you don’t have the required certificate.

Step 3: Pay the prescribed fees at the Cashier at Window 3 or Windows 33 to 36. I paid 450 pesos registration fee because my license just expired this year. I heard that there is an additional fee for those who renew their professional license; years after the license got expired.

Step 4: Get you claim slip at Window 30. Make sure that you will not lose your claim slip because you need it when you claim your new professional license ID. The PRC clerk at Window 30 will write the date when you can claim your professional license. The processing time for the license usually takes about three weeks but a friend told me that processing time can be reduced to a week if there are few people applying for professional license.

Step 5: Claim your professional license on the date written on the claim slip. If you are sending another person to claim your professional license, make sure that person has a special power of attorney or an authorization letter. Authorized representative should also sign the note located at the back page of the claim slip. Professional license can be claimed at Window 31.

For more information on the renewal of professional license, please visit the PRC website or call (02) 736-2248. Read some tips on renewing your professional license at PRC.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

PUPCET Schedules for PUP Santa Mesa

The race is on as the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) announced the schedule of PUPCET for its Santa Mesa, Manila main campus. PUPCET for PUP Santa Mesa is scheduled on January 29, 2012.

Looking for the requirements for the PUPCET application? Please read my post about the requirements for PUPCET application.

Here are the schedules for PUP Santa Mesa’s PUPCET:

Schedule of PUPCET online application (via PUP iApply): Sept. 1 to Dec. 4, 2011.

Start of issuance of test permits: Sept. 12, 2011.


Deadline for payment of PUPCET fees: 3:00 PM Dec. 5, 2011 (at any Landbank branch).


Last day of issuance of test permits: Dec. 8, 2011 at Admission and Registration Office (ARO), Ground Floor of the West Wing of Santa Mesa Campus Main Building.


Date of exams: Jan. 29, 2012.

Take note that the schedules written here is for PUP Santa Mesa only. PUPCET application and schedules of entrance exams for other PUP campuses is yet to be announced. Visit the PUP iApply website for more information.

Taking the PUPCET? Then I suggest that you read some tips for the PUPCET. Taking other college entrance exams? Read some tips for UPCAT, ACET, and other college entrance exams.

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