Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chowking Asado Siopao for FREE on August 27, 2017

Photo courtesy of Chowking
Chowking is giving out its Chunky Asado Siopao for FREE. You may visit any of its participating stores on August 27, 2017 (Sun) at 3 to 4 in the afternoon and be one of the first 200 customers who will receive a FREE Chunky Siopao Asado. If you'll buy Chunky Siopao Asado, it costs P 39 per serving. 
The participating stores are listed below.
North Luzon
1. Abanao Baguio
2. Mabalacat
3. SM Tarlac
4. Laoag City
5. Nepo Alaminos
6. Nepomall Angeles
7. Nepomall Dagupan
8. Olongapo 1
9. Mega Center, Cabanatuan
10. Robinsons Pampanga
11. Robinsons Santiago
12. SM Baguio
13. SM Cabanatuan
14. SM Cauayan
15. SM Clark
16. SM Marilao
17. SM Pampanga
18. Tuguegarao Tanza
19. Urdaneta Mc Arthur
20. Waltermart Gapan

Metro Manila
1. 168 Residences
2. Alimall
3. BGC 11th
4. Carriedo
5. Edsa Central
6. Fairview Regalado
7. Farmers Market
8. Fastbyte Alabang
9. Festival Mall
10. Festival Mall 2
11. Gagalangin
12. Glorietta
13. Juan Luna, Divisoria
14. Mabini 10th Ave., Caloocan City
15. Malabon City Square
16. Malabon City Hall
17. Manuela Starmall
18. Marikina Riverbanks
19. New Southmall
20. Paco
21. Pamplona
22. Pasig Market
23. Pateros Bayan
24. Petron Dimasalang
25. Robinsons Metro East
26. Sampaguita
27. SM BF, Paranaque
28. SM Center, Las Pinas
29. SM Fairview Annex
30. Small Mall of Asia E.M.
31. SM Megamall
32. SM Novaliches
33. SM San Lazaro
34. SM San Mateo
35. SM Taytay
36. SM Valenzuela
37. Spark Place
38. Tayuman
39. Tutuban 1 & 2
40. Vista Mall

South Luzon
1. Candelaria Highway
2. Canlubang
3. Central Mall Binan
4. Dasma Central
5. Gumaca Hi-way
6. Legaspi Pacific Mall
7. Legazpi Rizal
8. Molino
9. Robinsons Lipa
10. Robinsons Palawan
11. San Juan Batangas
12. San Pablo Junction
13. San Pablo Ultimart
14. San Pedro Downtown
15. SM Bacoor
16. SM Batangas
17. SM Dasmarinas
18. SM Market Mall
19. SM Sta. Rosa
20. Sta Cruz, Laguna

1. Alturas
2. Ayala Cebu New
3. Cebu Cyberzone
4. Abreeza
5. Dumaguete
6. Gaisano Butuan
7. Gaisano Davao
8. Gaisano Tagum
9. SM Gen San
10. KCC Gen San
11. KCC Marbel
12. Pagadian
13. SM Bacolod
14. SM CDO Premier
15. SM Consolacion
16. SM Davao
17. SM Iloilo
18. SM Seaside City Cebu
19. Tacloban 1
20. Valencia, Bukidnon
21. Citymall, San Carlos
22. Gaisano Marketplace Roxas

Per DT-FTEB Permit No. 11965 Series of 2017

Reference:  Chowking PH

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) formerly known as Mactan Air Base, is located in Central Visayas region, specifically in Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island with an area of approximately 800 hectares. The airport was built by the US in 1956 which served as an emergency airport.
It was on November 12, 2013 when the world’s biggest aircraft, Antonov An-225 Mriya, landed on MCIA all the way from Zagreb International Airport in Croatia for the first time in the country. The aircraft delivered a 180-ton of transformer from the Croatian energy company, Koncar as a replacement to the First Gen Corporation’s power plant, located in Batangas City.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) awarded the operations and maintenance of MCIA to one of the consortiums based here in the Philippines for a bid amounting to 17.5 billion pesos. The project covers the renovation and rehabilitation of terminal 1 as the 1st phase, and expansion of the existing runway. It is expected to be complete by 2018.
A part of this project, is the improvement of system and service including the electronic boarding pass scanner, both for domestic and international flights seen at the arrival area of the airport after checking-in, easy-to-follow markers and information board with neon yellow fonts, flat screen monitors showing real-time information to track flight arrivals and plane finder in each gate, plenty push carts, great selections of establishments to dine and shop, and very cold ventilation in any parts of the airport that you’ll have to wear your jacket. In addition, the management maintains the entire place to be as clean as possible by its hard-working utility employees.
Boarding pass scanning system

Bar-coaded boarding pass (BCBP)

Gate 8

Cebu Pacific is one of the airlines usually seen in MCIA

The ongoing expansion project of the airport

The following establishments available at the boarding area are classified to food and drinks, gift and souvenirs, and health and beauty.
Food & Drinks
1. Italian Bistro & Bar – La Bella Express
The store sells Italian sandwiches such as Genova, Panino Milano, Panino Capri, Buongiorno, ham and cheese croissant and some chocolate cookies. 
Price per serving:
Genova (chicken breast with pesto sauce and lettuce) - P 200
Panino Milano - P 250
Panino Capri - P 300
Buongiorno (scrambled egg sandwich with bacon) - P175
Ham and cheese croissant - P 150
Double chocolate chip cookies - P 50
Chocolate chip cookies - P 50

2. Top ‘n Doc
They usually sell hotdog sandwiches and the usual softdrinks.

3. Grilled Pita

4. Tsim Sha Tsui – Dimsum & Tea Bar
The store's main products are various kinds of dimsum and tea flavors. The price ranges from P 120 - P 170 per meal. 

5. Zubochon
Zubochon is known for its succulent roasted pig, locally known as 'lechon.' Most meals are in combo, ranging from P 180 to P 220 per meal including one serving of steamed rice and a glass of drinks.
Meal Price:
Roasted chicken mami (noodles) - P 180
Lechon mami (noodles) - P 180
Roasted chicken sotanghon (noodles) - P180
Eye pork fried rice - P 180
Bangus (milk fish) sisig with rice - P 240
Lechon sisig - P 190
Lechon paksiw with rice and drinks - P200
Boneless lechon with rice and drinks - P 220
Roasted chicken with rice and drinks - P 150

6. Dunkin Donuts
Donuts and drinks sold in regular stores are also available in this branch.

7. Jollibee
Most meals in budget or ala carte are available in this store. 

8. Tubo Cane Juice
Tubo means sugar cane, so what do you expect. Sugar cane juice is available in various flavors. 

9. Bo’s Coffee
Different kinds of coffee-based beverages are available in Bo's. Mostly can be served in hot, blended, or over ice, so if you want something refreshing and will make you awake in a very early flight, drinks here are perfect for you. The store uses locally-produced coffee beans. 

10. Cinnabon
For those who are not familiar with Cinnabon, this store usually sells hand-made cinnamon in different flavors. If you want something sweet as your pasalubong or present to your loved ones, a box of this delight is perfect for them.  

11. Candy Corner
Well, having Candy Corner at the airport is a very nice idea. A lot of travelers these days go with their kids, and this will give you a great selection of candies including gummies, chewing gums, mallows, and many more. 

Gift & Souvenir Stores
1. The Cocoa Trees 
This store sells famous international brands of chocolates and candies such as Kinder, M&M, Cadbary, Toblerone, Kisses, Hawaiian Host, Kit Kat, Chupa Chups, Haribo, Valrhona, and Zaini, and many more.

2. Island Souvenirs 
Island Souvenirs is known for the authentic designs seen on its shirts, ref magnet, mugs, keychain, bag tag, cap, shorts, tanktop, and shoulder bags. Dried mangos are also available.

3. District Fiesta  
This store has locally made products like necklace made up of hand-painted wooden beads, hats made of abaca, necklace made of shells and wooden beads, and some goodies such as dried mango, otap, and mangorind.

4. WHSmith 
It sells digital accessories from earphones, to cellphone covers, chargers, and so on. They also have souvenirs such as U-shaped sleeping pillows from adult to kid's size, different colors and designs of scarf, shoulder bags. Also, they have potato chips, chocolate in different brands, softdrinks, and mineral water.

5. Watch ‘N See 
This store sell sunglasses and reading glasses, and watches in various brands

6. Bench Depot
It is one of the famous local brands with many branches all over the Philippines and some parts of Asia. They sell apparel, accessories, and cosmetic products.

Health & Beauty
1. Victoria’s Secret
The store mainly sells lotion, body wash, perfume, and other cosmetic products by Victoria's Secret and other known international brands.

2. Stress Away Massage
If you may have arrived earlier and much time to spend at the airport or your flight has been delayed, this area of relaxation is perfect for you. You'll go home refreshed and relaxed.

Friday, July 28, 2017


Having set foot in the US was actually beyond my imagination. Many would say that getting a US tourist visa will be pain in everyone's ass, but by providing or complying to the requirements they ask, you can also get the visa that you have been dreaming for. Just be prepared for the interview as well because expect that the consular officer will ask a lot of questions, and at times, some are not related to the purpose of getting this type of visa. 
Once your visa has been granted, you have to plan your tour strategically to lessen your expenses. In my experience of staying in the west side of America, I never anticipated that the entire trip was way costly than I ever imagine it, so be sure to have enough budget for food, transportation, and of course the tour. Everything in the US seems very expensive especially if you come from Asia. I hope this itinerary could help you decide what sites to visit and prioritize.      

Day 1 (Oct. 20) – Honolulu, Hawaii
- travel to the airport
- ETD (estimated time of departure) NAIA Terminal 2 via PAL

Day 2 (Oct. 21) – Pearl Harbor Tour
09:55 am – ETA (estimated time of arrival) Honolulu Airport
11:00 am – start of Pearl Harbor Tour
1. Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
2. Battleship Missouri Memorial
3. WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
04:30 pm – end of the tour
05:00 pm – late lunch but early dinner at Panya Bistro
06:00 pm – went at Ala Moana Hawaii’s Center
09:00 pm – came by Target Mall
10:00 pm – went home

Day 3 (Oct. 22) – Escape to Northshore
06:30 am – had our breakfast
07:00 am – travelled to Kualoa Ranch
09:00 am – start our tour with zipline activities
12:00 pm – end out the tour
12:30 pm – had our lunch at Giovanni’s shrimp truck lunch located along Kamehameha Highway
02:00 pm – had our ice shave at M. Matsumoto Shave
03:00 pm – dropped by Sunset Beach
03:30 pm – visited Dole Plantation
04:30 pm – a short visit in Aulani Hotel
05:00 pm – watch the show in Paradise Cove
09:00 pm – end of the show
09:15 pm – dropped by K-Mart and Foodland

Day 4 (Oct. 23) – Coast
07:00 am – breakfast at Hanauma Bay
08:00 am – headed for the weekend market
09:00 am – a short visit at the coast with big waves and rugged cliffs
12:00 pm – had lunch at Kona Brewing Company
01:00 pm – went to Waikele Premium Outlets, a few meters away from Waipahu

Day 5 (Oct. 24) – Disney Aulani (Disney Resort) & Star of Honolulu Cruise
08:00 am – headed for Aulani Hotel (Disney Resort) and had our breakfast there. We dis swimming and snorkeling there.
02:00 pm – we went back home to rest for a while.
04:00 pm – we went to Star of Honolulu for a dinner cruise that day.
05:00 pm – start of the dinner
09:00 pm – end of the dinner cruise
09:00 pm – back home

Day 06 (Oct. 26) – Flight to Los Angeles, California
08:00 am – had breakfast at home
12:00 pm – had lunch at home
01:00 pm – went to Military Mall
05:00 pm – traveled to Honolulu Airport
09:00 pm – ETD Honolulu Airport via Hawaiian Airlines

Day 07 (Oct 27) – Universal Studios Tour
07:00 am – Arrival at LAX
08:00 am – early check-in at Comfort Inn located in Inglewood
09:00 am – went to Universal Studios
12:00 pm – had lunch at Rocket’s
08:00 pm – end of the tour
09:00 pm – went back to Comfort Inn

Day 08 (Oct. 28) – Hollywood & LA & Beaches
07:00 am – had my breakfast, early check-out, and leave things at the reception area
08:30 am – start our tour
1. Downtown L.A.
            a. Coliseum
            b. Cathedral
            c. Disney Concert Hall
            d. Olvera Street
2. Hollywood Sign & Hollywood Boulevard
            a. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre & Hollywood Walk of Fame
            b. Hollywood Theatre (home of the Academy Awards)
            c. Hollywood Rossevelt Hotel (birthplace of the Academy Awards)
            d. Disney’s El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood /Highland Center
3. Sunset Strip
            a. Spot stars trendy shops, boutiques, and clubs
            b. See Laugh Factory, House of Blues, Comedy Store, Viper Room
            c. Lunch at LegendaryMel’s Diner on Sunset Plaza
4. Star Homes
            a. See where the rich and famous live and play
5. Rodeo Drive
            a. One of the most glamorous streets in the US.
6. Santa Monica
            a. Scenic Old Town, Pacific Vista and lively Santa Monica Pier
7. Venice Beach
            a. Muscle Beach
            b. the Boardwalk
            c. Street entertainers and crafts
8. Twin Ports of Long Beach & Los Angeles
            a. World’s 2nd largest man-made ports
04:30 pm – end of the tour
06:00 pm – Back to the hotel. Then travel to the airport
06:30 pm – Check-in at the airport
09:00 pm – ETD LAX for Hawaii via Hawaiian Airlines

Day 09 (Oct. 29) – Back to Honolulu
08:00 am – Arrival in Honolulu Int’l Airport
09:00 am – went back home to rest
05:00 pm – Travel to the airport for Manila
07:00 pm – ETD Honolulu International Airport

Day 10 (Oct. 30) – Manila
08:00 am – ETA NAIA Terminal 2


A visa does not guarantee entry into the US. It permits a foreign citizen coming from abroad to travel to the US port-of-entry and request permission to enter the US. Furthermore, a permission to enter can only be given by a Department  Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official. Remember, you cannot enter with an expired visa. It must be valid at the time you enter the US.
Here are the basic steps in applying for your tourist visa in the US.
1. Pay the application fee
2. Fill-in the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form (available online)
3. Make a schedule of your interview. Please provide the following:
a. Your passport number
b. Your application fee or MRV fee payment receipt number
c. The ten (10) digit barcode number found in your DS-160 confirmation page
4. Make a physical appearance at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. Remember to bring the printed copy of the following:
a. Appointment letter
b. Your DS-160 confirmation page
c. One (1) recent photograph
d. Your current passport including all old passports if your still have.
Reminder: Applications without of these important requirements will not be accepted. Please be on at the embassy 1 hour before your scheduled time. Be familiar with the location before you have a physical appearance to avoid being late or marked as no show. The embassy is very strict at the schedule. 

Here are important requirements you have to provide before you undergo an interview at the Embassy/Consulate.
1. Philippine Passport
The passport should be valid at least 6 months. You may include all of your old passports showing your previous travels. Remember that your passport must be signed. To apply for your passport, please click DFA Philippine Passport Application

2. Personal e-mail
It’s always suggested that you must have a personal e-mail. For this reason, most of the transactions online these days require an e-mail for verification purposes. In case of US visa application for tourists, you need to provide the barcode of your DS-160 confirmation page which will be sent to your e-mail.

3. Visa Application fee (also known as MRV fee)
Visa applicants, including children, are required to pay the visa application fee before you can obtain the date and time of your visa interview. Remember that it is non-refundable, non-transferable whether the visa is issued (granted) or not. The amount of application fee varies depending on the type of visa, but for tourist visa application fee costs USD 160 (P8,000 +). Even though the fees are listed in U.S. dollars, payment can be made using the local currency. Remember that the fee varies in peso depending on the current exchange rate. You can pay your fee at any BPI branches. Please click Deposit Slip Page for bank deposit slip to be presented when paying for your MRV fee. Then click Deposit Slip - $160 MRV fee and print it. Make sure that the printout is clear. 
- Don’t forget to bring the document sent to your e-mail. You have to provide this upon payment and you will receive a receipt after payment. This receipt is valid for one (1) year from the date of payment and allows you to make a schedule of your interview at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. If you fail to make one within one year of paying of your fee, and your receipt will expire, you will not be able to schedule an interview, and you have to pay the fee again and start a new application once more. Applicants can reschedule their appointments but with a limited number of times; thus, plan appropriately so you are not required to pay another visa application fee.

4. Photo
Your photo must appear alone and face forward. It should have a standard size of 2 inches x  2 inches with white background without any border, designs, objects, and shading. The applicant wearing headbands, caps, eyeglasses, etc. are not accepted. Your facial expressions in photos must have general expressions not exaggerated and don’t let your hair obscure your facial features. Have a soft copy of your photo because will need to upload it after filling in DS-160 form. Some photo centers provide the soft copy of your photo especially when they heard it’s for US Embassy; hence, bring your USB or any external memory where you can save your photo.  

5. Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form
DS-160 form is available in the US Embassy website. Please click Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160) Form
- The interview post you choose at the start of the DS-160 form must be similar with the post in the interview appointment schedule.
- All answers must be in English using English-language characters only, except your full name in your native alphabet.
- You have to upload your photo as a part of the DS-160 process.
- The alphanumeric barcode confirmation page is made once you have the completed DS-160 form. You have to present the printout of the confirmation page during the interview at the Embassy/Consulate.
- Once you have printed the barcode confirmation page, hit the “Back” button on your web browser and then email yourself a backup copy of the DS-160. The file is in PDF format.
Reminder: A new DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form and associated barcode must be submitted with each and every new visa application. A DS-160 and barcode from a prior visa interview or drop-off service will be rejected and result in a delay of your visa application.
- Handwritten or typed applications are not accepted and you are not allowed to attend your interview without DS-160 confirmation page.
- It is very important to double-check the accuracy and completeness of your entries and the answers in every question respectively. Signing the form electronically certifies that all the information are true and correct. Remember that misrepresenting any facts could render you ineligible to enter the United States.

6. Schedule of Interview
To make a schedule of your visa interview and enter your visa delivery address, you have to register and make a profile online. If you already have this, you don’t need to create one. You can always modify your existing profile by logging in using your user ID and password.
Once again, before making a visa interview, you have to provide the following:
a. Your passport number
b. Your application fee or MRV fee payment receipt number
c. The ten(10) digit barcode number found in your DS-160 confirmation page
 To create your schedule, refer to Interview Schedule

7. Supporting Documents
These are only one of many factors a consular officer will consider during your interview. Each application is seen individually by consular officers considering professional, social, cultural, and other factors during adjudication (process). In addition, they look at your specific intentions, family situation, and your long-range plans prospects within your country of residence. Every case is examined individually and is treated every consideration under the law.
The following are the documents you may present.
           a. Travel itinerary
           b. Dates of your last visits or trips in the US and/or your international travel history for the last 5 years
           c. Resume- you may be asked about your current and previous education and work history
For further information regarding the additional document, pls click DS-160 Frequently Asked

* Each traveler must obtain his or her own required documents discussed above.
* Please prepare your travel plan or itinerary in the US for it is needed in your visa interview.
* Once the required application is completed, you have to check your email and download the file and print it. You are required to present this at the embassy/consulate.
* You are only allowed certain period of time  to complete filling in the application form. If the applicant is not able to save the draft after 20 minutes, the filling-in process will stop automatically, then you have to start the process once more.
* The office reserves the right to withhold the reason for the disapproval of any visa application.
* If in case the application was declined after the review, the fees charged are NOT REFUNDABLE.
* DO NOT PRESENT FALSE DOCUMENTS. Remember that fraud or misrepresentation can result in permanent visa ineligibility. The Embassy will not make the applicant’s information available to anyone and will respect the confidentiality of the information.

Visa Fee
Visa Types                           Application Fee    
Visitor (Single Entry)             USD 160.00            

Note: For expedited appointment, please refer to this link 

Contact Information
Embassy Manila’s Visa Information and Appointment Service
Call Center
Monday - Friday,
8:00 am - 8:00 pm (Manila time), except on Philippine and U.S. holidays
Callers in the U.S
(703) 520-2235 (n its Eastern Standard Time equivalent of operation hours)