Category Archives: Travel

MRT and LRT Train Schedule and Fare

Here’s a helpful  guide for an easy MRT and LRT ride.

It has weekly train schedule,travel time guide and fare table.

MRT Guide

MRT Weekly Train Schedule

Tip:  Click the the actual image for a larger view.

LRT Guide

TRAIN NORMAL OPERATING SCHEDULES

LRT Line 1 System

Weekdays:

5:00AM ►First train leaves the Baclaran Station bound for Roosevelt Station.

9:30PM ►Last northbound commercial train leaves Baclaran Station for Roosevelt Station.

10:00PM►Last southbound commercial train leaves Roosevelt Station for Baclaran Station.

Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays

5:00AM ►First train leaves the Baclaran Station bound for Roosevelt Station.

9:00PM ►Last northbound commercial train leaves Baclaran Station for Roosevelt Station.

9:30PM ►Last southbound commercial train leaves Roosevelt Station for Baclaran Station.

LRT Line 2 System

Weekdays:

5:00AM ►Start of operation.

9:30PM ►Last commercial train leaves Santolan Station bound for Recto Station

10:00PM►Last commercial train leaves Recto Station bound for Santolan Station

Saturdays,Sundays and Holidays:

5:00AM ►Start of operation.

9:30PM ►Last commercial train leaves Recto Station bound for Santolan Station

Click here for LRT1 Fare L1CurrentFareMatrix

LRT Line 1 Tickets

► Single Journey 1 Ticket [Brown]
  • Sold for Php20.00 each.
  • Can only be used once.
  • Valid only on the date of purchase
►Single Journey 2 Ticket [Green]
  • Sold for Php12.00 each.
  • Can only be used once.
  • Valid only on the date of purchase.
► Single Journey 3 Ticket [Red]
  • Sold for Php15.00 each.
  • Accepted at all LRT Line 1 Stations.
  • Can only be used once.
  • Valid only on the date of purchase.
► Stored Value 1 Ticket [Blue]

Sold for Php100.00 each.

  • Accepted at all LRT Line 1 Stations.
  • Multiplerides.
  • With LastRide Bonus (i.e. ticket is still valid for one more ride even if the remaining balance is less than the minimum fare and at least P0.50)
  • Valid for six (6) months from date of first use.
► Stored Value 3 Ticket [Orange]
  • Sold for Php80.00
  • Accepted at all LRT Line 1 Stations.
  • Available only to senior citizens or disabled passengers upon presentation of valid ID at the ticket booth.
  • Multiple rides.
  • With Last Ride Bonus (i.e. ticket is still valid for one more ride even if the remaining balance is less than the minimum fare and at least P0.50)
  • Valid for six (6) months from date of first use.

Click here for LRT2 FareL2CurrentFareMatrix

LRT Line 2 Tickets

► Single Journey Ticket [Violet]
  • Sold for Php12.00, Php13.00, Php14.00, Php15.00 each.
  • Accepted at all LRT Line 2 Stations.
  • Can only be used once.
  • Valid only on the date of purchase.
► Stored Value 2 Ticket [Red]

Sold for Php100.00 each.

  • Accepted at all LRT Line 2 Stations.
  • Multiple rides.
  • With Last Ride Bonus (i.e. ticket is still valid for one more ride even if the remaining balance is less than the minimum fare and at least P0.50)
  • Valid for six months from date of first use.
► Stored Value 4 Ticket [Pink/Orange]
  • Sold for Php80.00
  • Accepted at all LRT Line 2 Stations.
  • Available only to senior citizens or disabled passengers upon presentation of valid ID at the ticket booth.
  • Multiple rides.
  • With Last Ride Bonus (i.e. ticket is still valid for one more ride even if the remaining balance is less than the minimum fare and at least P0.50)
  • Valid for six (6) months from date of first use.

 Expired Tickets

      Tickets will expire if:

  • Single Journey tickets which are valid only on the day of purchase is used after day of purchase.
  • Stored Value tickets which are valid for six (6) months from the date of first use at the gate is used after the said six month period.
  • If ticket is used to exit in the same station after thirty (30) minutes from entry.
  • If ticket is used to exit the system after one hundred twenty (120) minutes from entry.

What to do:

  • Passenger is required to buy another ticket.

 Damaged Tickets

       Ticket that are scratched, folded, written-on or exposed to magnet are considered damaged.

 What to do:

  • For Single Journey tickets, passenger buys another ticket for Php 12.00 and pays penalty of Php  9.00 for damaged ticket.

  • For a Stored Value ticket, passenger surrenders the damaged ticket to the station teller who shall fill up a Ticket Incident Report (TIR) so that the ticket could be analyzed for its remaining value. The passenger shall be given the blue copy of the TIR which will be used when claiming for the remaining value of the ticket five (5) days after filing of the TIR.

Source: MRT and LRT Website

A LUGAWAN @ Tagaytay to REMEMBER!

Aside from Bulalo, i know there are a lot of people who wants to eat something hot/warm while in Tagaytay. I thought of Bulalo or mami or soup until i saw GOTO signage  along Aguinaldo Highway.  Bingo! Just right for the cold nights of Tagaytay. It’s All about Goto!
So we went inside and look at what they can offer aside from Goto.

Here’s   their menu,  very affordable.


Among the many choices, I decided to get a bowl of lugaw with egg because that’s the only thing they can offer at 7:30pm, Tuesday. They no longer have tokwa’t baboy and lumpiang pirito. Actually, it is better to go there during merienda time according to manang.

But the most beautiful thing happened that night was i was able to taste their very good lumpiang sariwa (ubod) with peanut sauce. This is not the ordinary lumpiang sariwa that I get used to which  has  the usual  clear brown sauce. You should try their lumpiang sariwa,it’s really yummy!

I tried to come back the following day to try their puto binan and lumpiang sariwa the second time but upon inquiry they said they don’t have delivery of the puto binan yet.  I think this is the miss of this place, they have a lot to offer in their menu but they don’t have enough stock when clients come on an ordinary day like Tuesday/Wednesday. According to the staff, they usually have stocks during Fridays,Saturdays and Sundays, the busiest days of Tagaytay. Anyway, i’m still glad to have tried their Lugaw and Lumpiang Sariwa. 🙂

Philippine PASSPORT Requirements for First Time Applicant

As of this time, i still don’t have any passport; i am planning to have one and  it is important that i should take note of these requirements and procedure.

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS:

  • Personal Appearance is required.
  • Duly accomplished application form.
  • Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
  • Proof of identity / Supporting documents indicating full name, date and place of birth and citizenship
  • Other Supporting documents.

Additional Requirements:

  • For married women, who want to use surname of their spouse
  • Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper issued by NSO or Certified True Copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
  • For married women who would like to revert back to their maiden name

If already widowed: Death Certificate of the deceased husband;

  • If marriage is annulled: Certified true copy and photocopy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on annulment and NSO-issued MC with the annotation on the annulment decree;
  • If divorced: Certified true copy and photocopy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on divorce secured by foreign spouse authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the divorce is obtained.

For Minors (below 18 years old)

  • Personal appearance of either parent (if minor is of legitimate status).
  • Personal appearance of mother (if minor is of illegitimate status)

If minor is NOT traveling with either parent:

  • Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent

If both parents are abroad:

  • Affidavit of support and consent (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Consul).
  • Special Power of Attorney (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Consul designating the representative by name and authorizing him to apply for a passport on behalf of the minor).
  • Passport and photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion of the minor.
  • Identification Card and photocopy thereof of the duly authorized person.

For Muslim applicants

  • For those whose births were registered:

Please refer to requirements for first time passport applicants.

For those whose births were not registered:

  • Late registered Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO)
  • Original and photocopy of Voter’s Affidavit or other supporting documents indicating date and place of birth and citizenship, identity and tribal affiliation.
    • Certificate from the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA)

For Applicants with Foreign-Sounding Family Names: (e.g. Lim, Cho, Sy, Lee, Samadi, Singh, Nakamura, Hasegawa, etc.) are required to submit the following documents:

  • Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) (by birth)
  • Certificate of No Marriage Record of Mother issued by NSO / LCR (if illegiitimate status, foreign father)
  • Marriage Certificate of Parents issued by NSO (if legitimate status)
  • Bureau of Immigration Identifacation Certificate No. (by naturalization; by election; by marriage; by recognition)

Applicant who availed of Dual Citizenship under RA9225 are required to submit the following:

      1. Birth Certificate issued by NSO/OLD Philippine Passport
      2. Identification certificate No.
      3. Oath of Allegiance
      4. Report of Birth (for those born abroad)

All passport applicants scheduled for appearance must appear physically at the DFA at the date and time of their scheduled personal appearance for data and image capturing. This applies to all passport applicants, aging from 0 years old onwards. DFA is strict about the personal appearance system, absolutely no chaperone allowed for passport applicants aging 18 years old onwards.

  1. Your call will be received by a Customer Care Officer who will assist you in setting an appointment for your passport application.
  2. After getting your appointment schedule, you will be asked to provide your personal information for the passport application.
  3. You will be advised on the applicable requirements you need to bring for your passport application.
  4. You will receive a reference number relative to your appointment schedule.
  5. Go to passport.com.ph/print to print your application form using the Print Code given by the Customer Care Officer.
  6. On your appointment date, proceed to the DFA Consular Office located at ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City (see locator map). You must be at the DFA Consular Office 30 minutes before your scheduled time. Early/Late comers will not be entertained.
  7. Present your printed application form to the Appointment Counter.
  8. Get your queue number at the Information Counter and sit on the waiting section of the Processing Area. Wait for your queue number to appear on the monitor indicating what processing window you will go to.
  9. After processing, proceed to the Passport Enrollment Section located at the 2nd Floor. Pay the applicable passport processing fees (see passport fees).
  10. After payment, proceed to the Encoding Section for data capturing.
  11. After the Encoding Section, you can have your new passport released and delivered to your home without having to return to the DFA on the release date (optional). If availing of the delivery, proceed to the Delivery Counter to pay for delivery fee.

DFA Appointment Hotline (02) 737-1000

DFA Appointment Website passport.com.ph

Updated Coding Scheme Rule from MMDA( as of Dec 6, 2011)

The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or Number Coding Scheme starts at 7:00 am – 7:00 pm with window hours starting from 10:00 am – 3:00 in the afternoon.

The cities of Makati and Las Piñas do not implement window hours. Thus, number coding is strictly implemented from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

The city of Pasig implements its window hour from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The city of Taguig does not implement the Number Coding Scheme within its internal roads. But the scheme is enforced on the National Roads within its boundaries, i.e. C5, East Service Road and Manuel L. Quezon.

The city of Parañaque implements the Number Coding Scheme, including the window hours (10:00am – 3:00pm), in the following roads:

  1. San Antonio Avenue, Pres. Aguinaldo St., Dominique Savio St., Japan St., Michael Rua St., and France St. in Barangay Don Bosco.
  2. E. Rodriguez St. in Barangay Moonwalk, Doña Soledad Extension and Doña Soledad Avenue in Barangay Don Bosco.
  3. East Service Road from Dr. Santos Avenue up to FTI Parañaque area.
  4. West Service Road from Dr. Santos Avenue up to Merville Park Subdivision Parañaque area

 

The cities of Marikina and Muntinlupa do not implement the Number Coding Scheme.

In addition, the following areas in Pasay do not implement the Number Coding Scheme: Ninoy Aquino Ave., MIA Road, Domestic Road, Airport Road, Sales Road, and portions of Buendia.

EDSA, C-5 Road, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, and Roxas Boulevard are included in the implementation of Window Hours regardless of the city where they belong.

All Public Utility Buses (City and Provincial) are now covered under the Number Coding Scheme, with no “Window Hours”. Motorcycles, on the other hand are exempted from the scheme.

All UVVRP exemptions and truck ban conduct passes granted in accordance with MMDA Regulation No. 96-005, as amended, MMDA Regulation 98-006-A, and MMDA Regulation 10-001 shall not include authority to use the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

 

Bakit Hindi Ka Pa Nakamotor? Mag-Suzuki Ka Na

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Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) , a highly-recognized company in the motorcycle manufacturing industry, recently launched “Bakit Hindi Ka Pa Nakamotor? Mag-Suzuki Ka Na,” a straightforward information campaign that communicates the advantages of riding motorcycles. The campaign encourages commuters to create a beneficial shift from commuting using public utility vehicles to being the boss of their own, by getting their own motorcycle.

Things to do or Places to Visit on Weekends (aside from Malling)

From Monday to Friday, more than 8 hours in a day, I am in a mall. Why? It’s not that i’m a mall addict or a shopaholic but because my office is located inside a mall.

My working time usually ends at dawn of  Saturday so it is expected that i’m asleep the whole Saturday except if there’s really some important occasions to attend.

It’s now past 4am and i’m still trying to catch some sleep but to no avail, so i’m thinking of other things to do aside from going to the mall on a Sunday.

I’ll start within Metro Manila:

1.Luneta –  Luneta is very near my area that’s why this is my first choice. You can do brisk walking, you can visit Manila Ocean Park if you have extra money for it. If you don’t have enough resources, you can just stroll around and enjoy the dancing fountain, the view, and/or wait for the wonderful sunset of Manila Bay(priceless). You can also practice your photography skills and take pictures of people,scenes and sites.

Museong Pambata is also located near Luneta park which is a good place for kids to visit.

2. Baywalk – It’s also in Manila, if you want the calming effect of the sea, this is where you should go (especially late afternoon). You may go to Malate Church first to attend mass,then when it’s time for you to catch the sunset you can immediately go near the bayside and enjoy the scenery. You can also do fishing if you like, just bring your own fishing rod.

3. PICC – You can watch play if you like. You can be a child again and go to Star City. If  the budget is tight,just do other things: You can rent a bike and go biking for several hours; You can also go jogging and  walking; and You can also eat at several restaurants located within the area.

4.Breakwater-Breakwater is also a good place to visit when you want to de-stress or just want to go out of your ordinary  routine. It’s still within Manila, near sofitel. I miss the barbeque and hotdog being sold here by  vendors who also sells dried pusit. You can smell the yummy aroma of the dried pusit when you visit the place. But i’m allergic to pusit so i keep on smelling the yummy taste of  it.

If you’re craving for a good tasting dimsum, you can visit Gloria Maris which  is also located within the breakwater area

4. Fort Santiago and Intramuros – This is where iusually  go if i want to take shots of places, buildings, stones, flowers or even people. Actually about everything that interests me. This place is special because you can create a nostalgic effect done in modern times. You can create different stories through the pictures that you make.

5. Binondo – I love to go to Binondo  to search for a new kind of Chinese food. Not necessarily those served from expensive restaurants. There are areas in Binondo that needs to be discovered and explored. When Chris and I goes there,we just experiment and try, that’s how we discover what tastes good and what’s not. Kim hiong is good especially the beef and shrimp fried noodle. Try it!

6. Go out of town (Tagaytay,Laguna, Baguio,Subic,etc…)

          THINGS TO DO:

7. Enroll in a computer class and start your own work at home career.

8. Experiment a dish or two found through TV or Magazine.

9. Finish one good book.

10. Pray and Meditate. Go to  church.

11. Play with your kids. Spend Quality time by playing or watch movies with while eating pizza delivered to your home.

12. Segregate things. Check clothes that are ready for disposable and other things that needs to be given to other people. You were able to provide help to other people at the same time you have  saved yourself some space in your house too.

13. Plan your finances. If you’re in a big financial trouble, now is the best time to control your expenditures, bury you credit cards, stick to a budget and of course, you have to follow that budget.

I will stop here and maybe if i have some more inputs, I will continue the list some other time. If you have some ideas please feel free to comment and add.

Kalinga: A trek to remember (K.I.D.S. Foundation)

I was looking for a sagada trip this year and i found this blog from http://www.visitsagada.com. You can have adventure and charity with this kind of project.


Hi everyone!

It’s the second leg of K.I.D.S. Foundation’s, A TREK TO REMEMBER (Medical-Dental Mission) with our partner in Kalinga, the IDP Foundation. We would like to invite medical practitioners; doctors, dentists, nurses, nature lovers, travel geeks, or simply, those young at heart to explore another memorable trek going to Tanudan, Kalinga while getting a chance to know 3,500 pangol tribe & locals of 14 remote barangays of Tanudan.

A Trek To Remember – is a bi-annual trek of the K.I.D.S. Foundation that, distributes books and school supplies for public schools in far flung places. This trek-for-a-cause brings the trekker back to nature and assures the participant of a different kind of high that one can only feel when one shares. This month of May we would like to continue this journey and we will be trekking to two (2) barangays; Baccong and Bawak of Tanudan, Kalinga that will serve the fourteen (14) barangays: Ammaboy, Magtoma, Lay-asan, Burninan, Liyang, Cabugao, Gombowoy, Sabila, Allubaggan, Darulog, Pagugo & Mabaca to bring not only school supplies and books but, a Medical and Dental services and conduct a gift-giving in preparation for the opening of the school year. Tanudan is a 4th class municipality of Kalinga province.

What: A TREK TO REMEMBER VII: Medical-Dental Mission & School Supplies Gift-giving for Pangol tribe & locals of Kalinga

Where: Tanudan, Kalinga (right next to the picturesque town of Tinglayan)

When: May 20th – 24th (ETD for Kalinga at 6PM of Friday – ETA in Manila 5AM of Tuesday)

Registration starts today.
Registration fee is Php3,000.00 (meals, transfers & accommodation). Deadline for Registration is on April 30th and Payment is on May 10th. Kindly, send your registration form via email: rt_oquendo@yahoo.com.

In case you want to experience the adventures in Kalinga here are the extra fees that you have to consider for the R&R or explore in Tabuk, Kalinga after the medical mission (whole day of Monday):

– White Water rafting Php2,500.00
– Kalinga purse & bag Php 30.00 – 500.00
– Kalinga wall decor – Php1,000.00/pair
– Kalinga blend Coffee – Php120.00 to Php150.00/box

In addition, we need to bring medicines & medical supplies and we are also willing to accept cash donations to be used to purchase primarily the vitamins for 3,500 children for the medical mission.
We are hoping for your kind response. You may also call K.I.D.S. Office at (02) 708-KIDS (5437), (02) 348-2109 or 0922-854-3733 for questions or clarifications. Look for Rox and June.

KIDS FOUNDATION, INC.
Diether Ocampo
Karina Tanega
Mondo Castro
Tinette Cortes
Bene Go
Rapa Lopa
Darius Hizon
June Hamoy
Rox Oquendo

Thank you and See you all!

Roxanne T. Oquendo
Programs Manager
K.I.D.S. Foundation, Inc.
Ground floor, # 20 G. Araneta Ave.,
Brgy. Santo Domingo, Quezon City
Telefax: (02) 708-KIDS (5437)
(02)3482109 / 09228543733
rt_oquendo@yahoo.com
kidsfoundation_army@yahoo.com
http://www.kidsfoundation.org.ph

Realizing a Child’s Dream Today
Kabataang Inyong Dapat Suportahan (K.I.D.S.) Foundation, Inc.
DSWD Registration Number: NCR-2007-R-035
SEC Registration Number: CN200600126
TIN: 243-359-313-000

http://www.visitsagada.com/

 

 

Yummy Discovery

Vizco's
Vizco's

This is my  fourth visit to the Philippine’s Summer Capital, Baguio. I made several  visits on their busy street, the Session Road,but  this is the first time i discovered this one good place where everyone can eat/dine.

Pasta in dried tomato
Pasta in dried tomato

Waldorf Salad
Waldorf Salad

This is what i ordered  for dinner, pasta in dried tomato (approx P180) and salad(approx P130). It’s a bit different from other red sauce pasta we usually have but it’s definitely yummy. It’s a  bit spicy but really delicious. I will experiment on this one but i’ll include shrimp or tuna. The salad is also very good, the veggies are super fres.  What i’m expecting is there would be some apples,nuts, etc. on the salad but i think they put the apple on the dressing, pero ok na rin basta may salad.

Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake

This is the reason why we looked for and dined at Vizco’s, their most-talked-about Strawberry Shortcake.  After  mass at the Cathedral, we went  to session road  to try this most-talked-about cake but later on discovered that there are other good options  aside from this cake.   For some who doesn’t like very sweet cakes

prices

prices

and icing, you will definitely love this cake.   But, but, but, sorry to tell this… I’m not impressed with the overall taste of it. I don’t like the mamon-like feeling while  eating the cake. It looks attractive.  It’s nice to look at but its taste is  not extra ordinary. I’m looking for more taste, more strawberry flavor. But it’s a great experience though

to discover vizco’s   but not for its cake but for its pasta.

There are other options aside from pasta,salad and cakes. Take a look at the food below.

chicken combo - 120

chicken combo – 120
baked salmon - 225
baked salmon - 225
spareribs P225 - P260
spareribs P225 - P260
other cakes
other cakes
more cakes
more cakes

Going to Baguio

My officemates and I went to Baguio first week of February.  We boarded  Victory Liner bus.  We left Cubao Station at 9:00 pm then arrived at Baguio past 2:00 am. We’re expecting 7 hour  travel time but it only took us 5 hours to reach our destination.  Upon arrival, all of us felt the cold weather of Baguio. It’s approximately 12 degrees.

ang lamig...
ang lamig...

You’ll never get hungry and tired upon arrival, the bus liner has a lot to offer to their passengers. They have a very good office in Baguio.

The fare and trip schedule:

 

FARE AND TRIP SCHEDULE
FARE AND TRIP SCHEDULE
schedule
schedule

Our firs stop is lugawan at Kikku’s.  It’s not an extraordinary lugaw,it’s just the feeling of being there in baguio and eating lugaw in the morning makes it a bit special.

 

baguio's lugaw
baguio's lugaw
kikku's lugaw
kikku's lugaw