NAIA 3: Overnight Parking Rate

NAIA 3: Overnight Parking Rate


My brother and I were so surprised that the rate for overnight parking at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 ballooned to Php300 per night from the usual Php50 that we used to pay whenever we left our car there.

According to the sign board, the new rate was imposed effective December 2013. I guess that is still a small price to pay than losing your car.  I hope that with the price increase comes tighter security. After all, you and I could not buy peace of mind.

Happy Summer everyone!

You might want to see:

http://www.travelonshoestring.com/2011/02/overnight-parking-sa-naia-terminal-3.html

What Network is the Unknown Number that’s calling you?

What Network is the Unknown Number that’s calling you?

Have you ever experienced receiving a call from an unknown number?  You keep getting missed calls from unknown numbers and you wonder if you’ll reply or not?

Do you wonder as to whose network that unknown number belongs too? As you all know, most of the promos of the networks cover only calls between the same network.  Just like me, I bet, you don’t want to be charged with inter-network charges as much as possible.

To save you from your predicament, I decided to make a list of Mobile Network Prefixes in the Philippines.

Here are the list of the mobile number prefixes so you would not wonder anymore if you’ll reply to them or not.

Smart numbers and TNT numbers


These are the prefixes of the numbers belonging to Smart Telecommunication and its subsidiaries, Talk N’ Text and Addict Mobile. 

0813
0907
0908
0909
0910
0912
0918
0919
0920
0921
0928
0929
0930
0938
0939
0946
0947
0948
0949
0989
0998
0999

Sun Cellular Numbers


Sun Cellular is now part of the Smart Telecommunications corporation but still has independence when it comes to promos. So, to prevent you from incurring extra charges, here are the list of prefixes of numbers belonging to Sun network. 

0922
0923
0925
0932
0933
0934
0942
0943

Globe Numbers and Touch Mobile Numbers


Here are the prefixes of the numbers of Globe Telecommunications and its subsidiary, Touch Mobile.

0817
0905
0906
0915
0916
0917
0926
0927
0935
0936
0937
0994
0996
0997

Next Mobile


If you’re wondering what the heck is Next Mobile. Then wonder no more, Next Mobile is the mobile network owned by the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

0977
0979

Exetel (Express Communications)


0973
0974

I hope these lists will help you avoid accidental text or calls to other network from now on. 

Don’t be ignorant. Prevent extra charges. 

SOLAIRE RESORT: 1 Million Fans In 1 Year

SOLAIRE RESORT: 1 Million Fans In 1 Year

Isn’t it amazing? For such short period of time Solaire Resort accumulated more than 1 million Fans on Facebook. A very good way to celebrate its first year anniversary in the Philippines.

I first heard about Solaire Resort and Casino when it opened its door in the Philippines last March 2013. My brother and I actually had circled the vicinity but we did not park our car because we still have to go somewhere else.  So it is only on December 2013 that we finally were able to visit. We did not stay long though because I am allergic to cigarrette smoke. 

I was really amazed at how tall the imported Christmas tree from Canada that Solaire placed on its lobby to the delight of everyone. I really hope that we can go back there and dine in one of the restaurants or maybe stay in one of its rooms or watch one of its events.

A one night stay in this world-class hotel to relax and get de-stressed would be nice. Solaire currently has special room rates as it celebrates its first year anniversary. To check them out, please click HERE.

Solaire is the first integrated resort to embrace Social Media with its own in-house digital marketing team since the property opened in March 2013 and has indicated its strength within a year. Social Media is an essential part of its continuing efforts to innovate and provide impressive and exceptional entertainment to all its clientele. Growing engagement with fans of Solaire has contributed significantly to the business success. Social Media platforms will enhance the marketing plans of Solaire and allows it to interact and update regular patrons on all events, activities, shows and promotions. 

Solaire engages its valued followers through Facebook and this platform provides them the opportunity to participate and share those special experiences of great memories. This provides an opportunity to connect our most supportive and passionate fans in a quest to find ways to enjoy and “Create their Moments” at Solaire.

“This is something we are proud of and wish to express our sincere appreciation to our loyal supporters and 1 Million Facebook fans for their continued support as we celebrate our 1st year in business. We are glad to be able to connect with our guests through Social Media,” says Jasper Evangelista, Vice President Brand Marketing, Solaire Resort and Casino.

Solaire’s Facebook page has inter-active postings daily on the gaming and resort promotions, events, raffle and other activities. Solaire has a strong social media presence in the Philippines and a rising presence in Asia.

Stay updated with Solaire through Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Solaire Resort & Casino, the primary property of Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, is a USD $1.2 Billion integrated destination resort on an 8.3-hectare site in Manila, Philippines opened March 2013. Solaire, a luxury destination casino resort, is the first property to open in the Entertainment City, a government sponsored (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) economic development zone.

Solaire’s Bay Tower (Phase 1) features 500 luxurious rooms, suites and bay side villas, 18,500 square meters of gaming space, a wide range of award-winning signature restaurants, sophisticated bars and lounges, and an ample multi-level car park. The property has additional 258,721 square meter expansion project under development which is expected to open 3rd quarter of 2014.

For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.solaireresort.com

APPRECIATING YOUR SMILE

APPRECIATING YOUR SMILE


I used to ignore my ability to smile. Suddenly last January,  right after our blog conference with Angel Locsin, Maja Salvador and JC De Vera for Legal Wife, my smile has completely disappeared. Gone just like that.
I was actually posing for a picture because I got the biggest portion of ice cream than any of my blogger friends, so I was smiling from ear to ear, so I thought.  Imagine how bewildered I was when I saw all my pictures showing me with a smirk.  I told my friend to delete it and never show it to anyone.

The following day I got admitted to the emergency room of the hospital near our home because my blood pressure that shot up to more than 200. Then the neurologist confirmed my fear it was Bell’s Palsy. Sad as I was because I can’t smile anymore as often as I’d like to. I consulted a rehabilitation doctor and a cardiologist and underwent a physical therapy at the hospital.

At first, I asked God why me? I survived a ruptured brain aneurysm not a long time ago and here it is again a different disease which took away my ability to smile.  Yeah, grumpy as I am, I usually smile when being photographed. 

You can Imagine my frustrations because I could no longer attend events plus somebody I met from an event asked me to invite bloggers then cancelled at the last minute. Buti siya hindi siya kilala ng mga bloggers, eh ako? Hay kaka bwisit talaga. Kaya siguro lalo lang ako nagkakasakit dahil sa mga taong tulad niya. Lipulin na sana kayo sa mundong ibabaw para wala kayong napiperwesyo. Pero teka, itapon na sa kankungan ang mga negang tao na tulad niya dapat pa rin tayong mag pasalamat kasi buong buo ang mga ngiti na namumutawi sa inyong mga labi.

So guys and gals don’t forget to smile always! Appreciate your smile mga kabagang.
God bless us all!
Smile,
Travelonshoestring

SOLANE LPG: Safe is Safer with Solane Safety Cap and Seal

Top LPG company intensifies safety campaign with the launch of a new security feature in its tank.
True to its commitment to continuously innovate and create safer homes for Filipinos, the country’s top provider of cooking gas Solane launched its new gas-tight Solane safety cap & seal in one, an innovative tamper-proof feature for auto/shut off (A/S) valves that has guarantee of quality and secures your home against gas leaks and potential fires.
Innovating for consumer safety and convenience
A first-of-its-kind in the LPG industry, the safety cap, with serial number as proof of authenticity, completely plugs the gas to prevent leaks before installing the tank with a hose. Storing a Solane LPG tank with safety caps also keeps it protected from becoming a possible source of ignition.
“The new safety cap and seal exemplify Solane’s commitment to innovation and safety. It is a service that we are committed to provide to our customers to ensure their safety and protection while using LPG at home or at work. It is our priority to aim to minimize or totally eliminate incidents that harm people, or put our customers, neighbors or facilities at risk,” said Ramon Del Rosario, Solane’s Chief Operations Officer.
The new Solane safety cap and seal is made from high-grade plastic that’s plugged and sealed – you may re-use the Solane safety cap by plugging and locking it in the LPG valve, especially when you are storing your LPG tank. It is tamper proof and has visible markings to help ensure customers they are getting authentic Solane LPG. Each safety cap and seal features embossed Solane and flame girl logos and has a unique serial number to protect Solane customers from illegal LPG refillers. 
Rip-off the tab from the safety cap and then log on to Facebook. Go to Solane’s page (www.facebook.com/Solane.PH) and click on Apps to use the Solane Authenticity Checker. Enter the serial number to verify if the tank came from a licensed Solane dealer.
Increasing Awareness on Public Safety
Furthermore, in observance of this year’s Fire Prevention Month, Solane has intensified its safety campaign in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Under the partnership, Solane will hold a series of training programs with BFP personnel, local government units, including selected communities and barangays around the country. The extensive talks will further enhance the expertise of these groups in managing LPG related explosion, fire and, even emergency response to these incidents.

To ensure you’re getting authentic Solane LPG with the innovative safety cap and seal, you may order Solane LPG for your household needs by going online at www.solane.com.ph, calling 887-5555 for home delivery within Metro Manila or sending SMS to its nationwide textline 0918-8875555.  Getting a refill for your LPG tanks at home has never been this safe and convenient. Every Solane LPG delivery to your home guarantees a 7-point Safety Check of your LPG system by our well-trained Solane LPG riders, which is a service exclusive only to Solane LPG users. For the LPG that’s strict sa quality, safety, and service, order na sa Hatid-Bahay Online!

Sulit.com.ph is now OLX.ph

Sulit.com.ph is now OLX.ph
New name represents a stronger invitation to people everywhere to join the online selling movement and become one of the next 1,000,000 Filipinos who sell their personal items they are no longer using on OLX. 

Sulit.com.ph, the Philippines’ leading buy-and-sell
website, is now OLX.ph. The rebranding is set to inspire and encourage
Filipinos to improve their lives by selling personal items they are no longer
using and turning these to cash. The new name also emphasizes a stronger focus
on making it faster and easier for ordinary Filipinos to sell their things
online, connect with others to meet up, and complete transactions. 

“The name change represents our commitment to
change how Filipinos perceive online selling. That selling stuff you no longer
use is simple and can actually help you earn additional cash,” says OLX
Philippines Managing Director RJ David who is running the rebranded site
together with Arianne David – the same founders who propelled Sulit to online
supremacy. 
Aside from providing a more convenient platform,
OLX will also focus on growing its C2C business by encouraging every Pinoy to
sell their unused items. David observes that “Filipinos do not have much of a
tradition of selling 2nd hand items so that most households end up with a
clutter of items that are no longer used. If sold, these can turn into real
value, which people can use to buy new things.”
David explains that with OLX, Filipinos now have a quicker
and more convenient way of selling their stuff. 
And posting of ads remains free! Whether it be through the OLX app or
the web, all they have to do is just click and post. Within seconds, you can
already list an item for sale. Within minutes, your item will appear on OLX,
possibly hear from interested buyers within hours, and within days, meet up
with buyers who can trade your stuff for cash. “In no time at all, you’ll have
simplified and improved your life by selling on OLX on a regular basis,” he
adds.
On OLX, there are buyers for almost anything you
have to sell – that guitar you no longer strum, your baby sister’s stroller
tucked away in the bodega, or that kiddie bike that you and your siblings have
outgrown. Millions of users from all over the world have already sold their items
on OLX and now, you can too.
Previous Sulit members do not need to create a new
user account or repost active ads since these will not be affected by the brand
change. Everything that users came to love about Sulit – free posting of ads,
wide variety of items for sale, and thousands of sellers to choose from – will
all be reflected on OLX.
The website may bear their new brand name and
colors but their commitment to make online selling easy for Filipinos remains
the same. Some of the key improvements to expect include the simplified ad
process, upgraded Android app which will soon become available on iOS, and the
current expansion of their Customer Support to assist their users even at night
and on weekends.
As expected, the rebranding will not affect the
company’s local management team. Team OLX Philippines will still be managed by
RJ and Arianne David, along with the same Sulit team that has been of service
since Sulit’s launch in 2006.
With the new brand identity, OLX aspires to reach
the next 1M Pinoy online sellers and David is positive they can achieve that in
the near future. “Millions have already sold their items on OLX and Filipinos
can easily do the same.”
And with this positive news, OLX Philippines also
launches its “YESSS YAMAN!” movement
– a campaign that enjoins the public to make online selling a conscious habit,
and one that gives them extra earning opportunities while decluttering their
homes from unused items.
Now, it’s time for every Pinoy to check their homes
for items that are no longer being used because on OLX.ph, everything sells. 

Sell them, earn money, and say YESSS YAMAN! 

COMPLETE LIST OF 2013 BAR EXAM PASSERS

COMPLETE LIST OF 2013 BAR EXAM PASSERS

The Supreme Court announced today, March 18, 2014, that 1,174 out of the 5,293 examinees passed the October 2013 Bar exams. This figure translates to a passing rate of 22.18%, relatively higher compared to previous years’ passing rates. 

Here is the complete list of examinees who passed the 2013 Bar Exams held last October 2013: 

You can click on the particular letter below  (beginning letter of surname) for easy browsing –

A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   Y   Z

2013 BAR EXAMS TOP 10

2013 BAR EXAMS TOP 10
Leading the pack is Nielson G. Pangan from the University of the Philippines (UP). UP once again tops the 2013 Bar Examinations with a grade of 85.8%.
UP got 5 out of the Top 10 slots of successful examinees. It is the first time since 2005 that UP topped the bar.
A total of 1,174 aspiring lawyers passed the exams, comprising 22.18% of the examinees.
The Top 10 passers are as follows:
1. Nielson Pangan – University of the Philippines 85.8%
2. Mark Xavier D. Oyales – UP 85.45%
Dianna Louise R. Wilwayco – Ateneo de Manila 85.45%
3. Rudy Ortea – University of Batangas 84.2%
4. Eden Catherine Mopia – University of the Philippines 84.05%
5. Tercel Maria Mercado-Gephart – University of San Carlos 83.9%
6. Manuel Sarausad – University of Cebu 83.8%
7. Katrine Suyat – San Beda College Manila 83.75%
8. Michael Tiu Jr – University of the Philippines 83.70%
9. Marjorie Ivory Fulgueras – Ateneo de Manila 83.65%
10. Cyril Arnesto – University of the Philippines 83.60%
The passers will take their oath on April 28, 2014 at the Philippine International Convention Center.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 18, announced the results before members of the media.
SC Associate Justice Arturo Brion, Chairperson of the 2013 Bar Examinations, announced the top 10 passers. Brion himself topped the bar examinations in 1974 with a grade of 91.65%.

COMPLETE LIST OF PHILIPPINE BAR EXAMS PASSERS OCTOBER 2013

COMPLETE LIST OF PHILIPPINE BAR EXAMS PASSERS OCTOBER 2013 

Greetings of peace!

Hi, everyone! I terribly miss blogging! Today is a special day because the Supreme Court of the Philippines is set to announce the top ten and the complete list of passers of the October 2013 Philippine Bar Exams ( it will soon be posted here as soon as the Supreme Court of the Philippines announces the results.) 

The passing grade was said to be 75%, with each subject area given the following weights to determine the examinee’s average:


Political and International Law – 15%
Labor and Social Legislation – 10 percent%
Civil Law – 15 percent%
Taxation – 10%
Mercantile Law – 15%
Criminal Law – 10%
Remedial Law – 20%
Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises – 5%

The exam schedule was:

October 6:
8 a.m. – 12 noon – Political Law
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Labor Law

October 13:
8 a.m. – 12 noon – Civil Law
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Taxation

October 20:
8 a.m. – 12 noon – Commercial Law
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Criminal Law

October 27:
8 a.m. – 12 noon – Remedial Law
2 p.m. – 6 p.m – Legal Ethics

The exam was mainly essay type (80%) and multiple choice questions (20%).

To view the results of the 2012 bar exam announced in March 2013, click here.

The previous years’ bar exam passing rates are as follows:


2012 — 17.76% ( 949 passers out of 5,343 examinees)
2011 – 31.94% (1,913 out of 5,990)
2010 – 20.26% (   982 out of 4,847)
2009 – 24.58% (1,451 out of 5,903)
2008 – 20.58% (1,310 out of 6,364)
2007 – 22.91% (1,289 out of 5,626)
2006 – 30.60% (1,893 out of 6,187)
2005 – 27.22% (1,526 out of 5,607)
2004 – 31.61% (1,659 out of 5,249)
2003 – 20.71% (1,108 out of 5,349)
2002 – 19.68% (    917 out of 4,659)
2001 – 32.89% (1,266 out of 3,849)
2000 – 20.84% (     979 out of 6,187)


Fast Facts:

  • A total of 5,593 Law graduates took the annual Bar exams at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) administered by the Supreme Court during the four Sundays of October 2013 (6, 13, 20 and 27).
  • The Supreme Court (SC) fondly said that two pregnant woman Bar examinees and a 77 year-old man were not hindered by their conditions to take the exam. 
  • Meanwhile, SC said 300 examinees have decided to refuse and backed out to take the final test on October 27.
Wishing you success on your chosen career.
Love,
Travelonshoestring