Posted in Cebu, Laag

10,000 Roses Café

I don’t get it why I am so poor with directions when I’m driving in the Mactan area. So poor, that 3 of the last 4 trips I made, I got utterly lost. Yesterday, was no different. My mum wanted to go somewhere she saw on Facebook. I’ve heard about the place, and how it looked beautiful during the evening. Why? LED-powered roses. So, why did I go in the afternoon? Because one, I am not a fan of huge crowds. Two, I can not do night drives. With the nephew and niece in tow, we went. Visitors can park about a few meters away from the café.

20170514_171831Entrance fee》 P20. Citizens above 60 years old get in for free.

20170514_172759_Richtone(HDR)really 10,000?

20170514_173924view on the way to the café

Posted in Me.

Now, what?

Well, I haven’t been anywhere in the last couple of months and it sucks. It makes me sad, but this one’s on me. It was my decision to quit work, slack and not find new work. All decisions were mine.

On the brighter side, I’ve pretty much made good decisions. I got out of a miserable and selfish relationship. I quit work. I started to garden. I spent more time talking to my parents. And my sister and I (unbelievably so) are closer to each other.

So, what? 

I’ll look for a job. Soon. For now, the liberty to do anything, anytime makes me happy. It’s just fortunate that I do not have any responsibilities like a child, or a needy partner. I’m good.

Posted in Me.


A short and quick update! I am now a 2-week old unemployed human. Well, I’ve been catching up with my reading, spent hours rolling on the floor with my dog, got groceries thrice, went to eat greasy burgers and fries and bought a stand fan. It’s seriously humid now. It’s been raining a lot lately but it does not take away the humidity that envelopes the city where I’m from.

I’ve also gotten Internet connection. Thus, this post. Ha! I was going to look for more online work but Upwork is down and under maintenance. Maybe, later! I’ve also signed up for Jobbatical … only to realize that most jobs they have are for those with Java experience, sales, marketing, programmers and tech people. If you have experience on any of those, good for you!

Posted in Laag, Me., Night shit... shift., Stress Release, Tips

Tell me this isn’t happening.

So, I open my mail (like I always do when I get to work) and saw this email. I literally jumped off my seat, cursed (oops) and it hit me. What the hell is going on?! It’s not even funny anymore. From the discovery of the Korean consulate office in Cebu … to this:


Just when I decided to quit work… these things come out. Like, literally. I can’t even get hold of an employment certificate anymore because after tomorrow, I will be unemployed. I don’t know what this means, or if I’m meant to deal with reality that Korea will remain a ‘goal’ (god knows until when).

Okay, friends. The airline has an ongoing airfare seat sale for numerous destinations within the Philippines and select international destinations. (Korea included!)

Also,Tigerair has this Thursday thing. Fares are seriously cheap for 24 hours.


Flights are to and from Singapore and prices range from $34to $47. Sooo tempting!

Posted in Me., Night shit... shift., Stress Release

Apparently Closer Now

Okay, I am getting out of my mind now. I am on my last Monday shift in this office. And I just found out that Korea now has a consulate general office… here in Cebu! If ya’ll have read about my previous post about wanting to travel to either Japan or Korea, this is something I did not see coming. Had I known about this? I should have waited a bit before I submitted that damn resignation letter. Anyway.

On a side note, the Korean Consulate is located at: 12/F Chinabank Corporate Center Lot 2, Samar Loop, Corner Road 5, Cebu Business Park. +632-231-1516(-9)/ +632-231-2950 Or you could drop them a line for inquiries at

Unless you plan to be in Korea for more than 59 days, the visa charge is gratis. Free. Head on for more information (aka long line of requirements) on their site for Tourists or if you’re feeling giddy and want to fly the soonest, begin with an application form.

Oh well. I hope there will be another opportunity. I already know that if I went, I’d stuff myself with multiple servings of spicy ricecakes with ramen, kimchi and kimbap. I am sad.


Posted in Uncategorized

Tip: Cebu-Bantayan-Cebu Trip Schedule

Bus Fare: P180-200
Duration for Cebu-Hagnaya: 2-3 hours (depending on traffic)
* buses are located at the North Bus Terminal in Mandaue

Boat fare: P160-170
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
via Super Shuttle Ferry/ Island Shipping


SuperShuttle | Island

1ST TRIP 11:45 PM 04:00 AM | 01:00 AM
2ND TRIP 12:15 AM 04:00 AM | 03:00 AM
3RD TRIP 3:00 AM 07:30 AM | 05:00 AM
4TH TRIP 6:00 AM 10:30 AM | 06:30 AM
5TH TRIP 8:00 AM 12:30 PM | 09:30 AM
6TH TRIP 10:00 AM 02:30 PM | 11:30 AM
LAST TRIP 12:30 PM 04:30 PM | 01:30 PM
| 05:30 PM

SuperShuttle | Island

1ST TRIP 5:00 AM 06:00 AM | 03:00 AM
2ND TRIP 7:45 AM 08:30 AM | 05:00 AM
3RD TRIP 9:45 AM 10:30 AM | 07:30 AM
4TH TRIP 11:45 AM 12:30 PM | 09:30 AM
5TH TRIP 1:45 PM 02:30 PM | 11:30 AM
6TH TRIP 2:30 PM 04:30 PM | 01:30 PM
LAST TRIP 5:20 PM 06:00 PM | 05:00 PM
| 05:30 PM
Posted in ph.government

A Trip to the PSA

I am in the process of renewing my passport. One of the requirements is to secure a copy of my birth certificate – issued on security paper and only to be applied for at PH Statistics Office or what the new government calls ‘Serbilis Centers’ (service + ‘bilis‘ means fast).

  • FYI:  formerly known as NSO or National Statistics Office is now PSA or Philippine Statistics Office.

I Googled for the location and got 2 results: Cebu City Health Department and Gaisano Capital Building in Colon. To make sure, I went to both.

My first stop was at the CCHD. If you go there, it’s behind the main (yellow and green) building. It’s newly constructed and fairly clean. Once inside, you will fall in line to secure a form, depending on what you need: birth certificate, death, or marriage or non-marriage. After filling up, they give you  a number. To process birth certificates, this office would take 7 working days.

I made a trip to the main office in Colon and the place was jam-packed. I arrived at 11 in the morning. It was humid and uncomfortable. But since I needed to have a copy of mine urgent, I didn’t have any choice.

What you need to do when you get there is approach the guy behind the table by the entrance.He isn’t a fixer. He works for the PSA and is in charge of listing the names of applicants. When you are given a number, the agony of waiting begins. In my case, since I arrived late, I was told to come back to the office at 3-ish for initial screening.  4 HOURS AFTER, my number was called. All the woman behind the glass window did was to put check marks on my form and told me to go to any of windows 2,3 or 4 for payment. The screening + payment was done in under 5 minutes.  The instructions were to go back the next day for releasing. I went back at 7-ish in the morning, give receipt to anyone in Window 11 and wait for your name to be called. I waited around 4-5 minutes for this.

  • Birth certificate cost – P140/ copy

When you visit, best to go early. It won’t be less humid, but I think it’s possible to process and get your document/s on the same day. Who knows!