(date written - June 2, 2006)
I went to Embassy of India to apply for tourist visa.
Visa fee - 2,100 pesos (for Filipino)
a) Other nationality - 3,150 pesos
b) American - 4,200 pesos
Date applied - June 2, 2006
Date of release - June 8, 2006
Acceptance of Application:
Monday to Friday
9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Location : Embassy of India
2190 Paraiso St. Damarinas Village, Makati City
Phone # 843-0101/843-0102
Fondest memory: (date written - June 8, 2006)
Multiple-Entry Tourist Visa (India)
1. Finally, I got my multiple-entry tourist visa for India today. Valid for 3 months. (June 5 - Sept. 5, 2006)
Since I will leave Bangkok for India this 18th of July, I can spend only 50 days in India. It means to say that I can spend only few days in Nepal and other neighboring countries if I'll be successful in getting visa in Kolkata, India.
Foreign Exchange as of May 16, 2006
) 1 US $ = PhP 52.15
2) 100 Yen = PhP 45
3) 1 HK $ = PhP 6.00
4) 1 UK pound = PhP 95.40
5) 1 Euro = PhP 65.45
6) 1 Australian $ = PhP 38.70
7) 1 Canadian $ = PhP 46.53
8) 1 Saudi Riyal = PhP 13.75
(date exchanged - April 3, 2004)
SM Manila - Foreign Exchange
Address: SM City Manila
Conception cor Arroceros & San Marcelino St.
(1st Floor inside SM Department Store)
10,000 Yen = PhP 5,300
Other info: as of April 3, 2004)
1) 1 US $ = PhP 56.15
2) 100 Yen = PhP 53
3) 1 HK $ = PhP 7.10
4) 1 UK pound = PhP 99.16
5) 1 Euro = PhP 65.70
6) 1 Australian $ = PhP 40.74
7) 1 Canadian $ = PhP 40.89
8) 1 Saudi Riyal = PhP 14.27
I traveled to Manila over the Chinese New Year period, arriving on the morning of Chinese New Year's Eve. While I figured that there would be some interest in the holiday given the Chinese ancestry of some Filipinos, I had no idea how big.
The first sign was our carriage ride around Old Manila, which took us into Chinatown on New Year's Eve. The place was wall-to-wall people, many setting off fireworks or dressed in dragon costumes. Unfortunately, the low lighting and bouncing of the carriage prevented many of my pictures from coming out.
Then, two nights later, we were invited to a boisterous Chinese New Year's party at the Heritage Hotel. There were about 300 people there, all dressed nicely and enjoying the food and drink provided (starting two hours late, of course). The party was outside around the pool, which wasn't used except for a place to float a large Chinese dog (it was the year of the dog). A line of tables was set up upon which was laid the longest salad ever constructed in Manila. All the guests were then given chopsticks and asked to toss the salad in the air -- the higher the better for good luck. Of course, salad got everywhere and all over everyone. After the salad tossing was done, a 20-minute fireworks barrage took place both overhead and riding up flagpoles behind the stage. We had to cover our drinks as remnants of the deafening pyrotechnics fell everywhere. Watching the spectacle silently -- it was too loud to speak -- I made the observation that I have never been to a party where the guests were both so well-dressed and covered with so many vegetables and fireworks casings. It was a bizarre sight.
Embassy of Philippines in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
No. 1 Changkat Kia Peng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: (603) 2148-9989
Web Site: http://www.philembassykl.org.my/
For Malaysia citizen, you need not to apply travel Visa so long your stay in Philippines is not exceeding 21 days. This will translate into lower cost of traveling to Philippines and probably can buy few jugs of beer or 1 dive with that money.
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Chickens! even in the city they wake you up at the crack of dawn! Everyone has at least one. Boiled Chicken! Grilled Chickens! Chicken at the market, dead or alive! Chicken fights! And the most memoriable experience I have had of all my travels!
Balute! In fact I don't think that is even the proper spelling! What is it? An egg with a fully developed chicken embryo (or in my case a duckling) is taken and buried to ferment for a couple of weeks.
Fondest memory: Eating balute after being invited to a persons house which I met walking down a street in Subic. You take the egg crack it, and eat the fermented chick. Ahhh.
I recomend you don't look at it, or give as much thought as I did. Once I got it in my mouth, I rolled it continuously around until I worked up the courage to force it down. With a big swig of my San Miguel Beer I survived. Oh well, I think of a quote I heard on T.V. today 'I am not afraid of dying, I am afraid of not living!'
Favorite thing: The symbols on the white triangle of the Philippine flag are an eight rayed sun and three stars in gold. The sun represents the dawning of a new era of self determination that was desired in 1897 (when the flag was first designed) after the Spanish-American war and the US promise of independence, which was granted in 1946. The 8 rays on the sun stand for the 8 provinces that rose in revolt against Spanish rule in the late 19th century. The 3 stars stand for the 3 principal geographic areas of the country, Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. To complete the symbolism of the flag, the red stripe represents courage and bravery and the blue stripe is for noble ideals. The white triangle stands for the Katipunan, a revolutionary organization that led the revolt against Spain and the color white represents peace and purity. This flag is unique in that in peacetime, the blue stripe is uppermost but during wartime, the red stripe is on top.
would be a BLAST to attend one in Manila...
see my homepage for our very 1st VT Meet last December 16, 2004...we all had a great time...just post a meeting sched and will call the troops!!! HEHE!
Fondest memory: oh the food and the stories we all share when we're together...
Favorite thing: Remember to clean all fruits and vegetables thoroughly. "Night soil" is still utilized as a source of fertilizer so locally grown produce must be disinfected. I read somewhere to soak all fruits and vegetables, that couldn't be peeled or cooked, in clean, boiled water with a drop of bleach for fifteen minutes... and then in another bath of boiled water (without bleach) for another fifteen minutes. I did that and whether it actually worked or not, I never once got ill from the local produce. I've been told that there is also a product available in the grocery stores called "FIT", which is supposed to be a fruit and vegetable "cleansing dip".
Try native food at major native restaurant chains. These are easy to find. Order 'adobo with coconut milk', 'special bibingka', roasted pig or 'lechon.
Fondest memory: Too many since I live here. My most memorable experience, unfortunately, cannot be relived by anyone else. Its about something I did at work when I outfoxed many older more experienced people.
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When you are in Manila thee's nothing to worry about.'Cuz people there are very friendly and hospitable.Just show a little goodness to them and they show you a quite big welcome.Just follow the map of Manila and you never lose.
Fondest memory: During an christmas time.I've really enjoyed myself together with my families.Going somewhere like shopping in gallery malland sm megamall and stay in 5 stars hotel for one week.
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