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A day off from work…

July 31, 2009

I was on leave today to run a personal errand for my mom. I needed to accompany her to have her passport renewed at the DFA in Pasay.

Well, my mom’s passport is valid until 2011. So, I don’t have any plans of getting her’s renewed this year. I was thinking of having it renewed after our Thailand-Vietnam trip this October. But some days back, as I was cleaning up my inbox, I came across a colleague’s email sent early this year about regulations on new slash maroon-colored machine readable passports.  The email said that all green-colored passport will no longer be accepted starting January 2010. And so, I panicked! Last Wednesday, I booked an online appointment for my mom’s passport renewal. I was suprised to get immediate response from DFA and they reserved her a slot today, just 2 days from my online booking, We were scheduled between 10 to 11 a.m. Special note to readers: I found out just now from dfa.gov.ph and pinoymoneytalk.com that the green-colored passport will be valid until the stated date of expiry. Well, maybe I should have researched first before making such appointments online. Panic galore kasi agad eh! Hehehe! Anyways, it’s better though as I wont have to be bothered by it next year. At least, pag nagBKK kami ni Mommy, parehong maroon ang passport namin! *palusot* Hehehe!

Mommy’s passport renewal was way easier than my renewal experience last year. The online appointment system is really one heck of an advantage as we went straight to the processing window (read: no long lines). But my Mom has an additional advantage because there’s a special window for senior citizen applicants. We need not transfer from one location to another just to complete the processing. After paying the P500 renewal fee, I went back to the same window and we were given a stub indicating the claim date of her new maroon-colored machine readable passport. My Mom and I just spent 30 minutes inside the DFA office for that. Ok di ba?

So, my Mom said goodbye to her green passport. Her new copy will be delivered 2 weeks from now.

assport

Since it was nearing lunch time (at ang nag-aaklas na ang mga alaga ko sa tiyan), I opted to have lunch at the nearest mall. Where else? But MOA! I saw my Mom’s face smiled with gladness when I mentioned MOA. Prima lakwatsera talaga! Mana sa anak!!! Hehehe!

I was really starving to death when we reached MOA so we did not go through the hassle of looking for a nice resto or foodchoin. We opted to have lunch at the first resto that we saw… Kalye Juan. It was our first time to eat there. Well obviously, based on the resto’s name, it’s something Filipino. And this is what we ordered:

That’s Green Mango Salad (Ensaladang Mangga). Lechon Kawali with Adobong Kangkong and Lumpiang Ubod. Looks like a nice lunch, eh?! The food was fine alright. Not too extravangant tasting though. And the prices are somewhat affordable. Well, this simple cost me P500. Expensive yan sa amin ng Mom ko kasi usually P250 to P300 lang ang meal namin when we dine out for lunch or dinner. Hehehe!

The entire afternoon was spent inside MOA, strolling back and forth. I tried not to shop for anything for myself. But as always, I failed.  I failed big time as lots of stores were on sale. I ended up buying this nice pullover from Terranova,

Quite a steal at P450. LOL.

Hay, ang mga sale talaga! Pasakit sa buhay!!! Hehehe!

 
Photo credits: pinoymoneytalk.com and Winkie’s mobile phone cam😛
14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2009 5:02 pm

    beys muna

    base na naman ah!🙂

  2. July 31, 2009 5:05 pm

    waaahhhhh…at nagutom na naman ako….

    ….nice naman! buti napadaan ako dito…bigla tuloy akong napa-check sa passport ko….matagal pa pala ang renewal ko…nek year pa…

    whehehe! di namin naubos yan! mahina kumain si mommy eh!

    pwede pa yan next year. kaso check mo din sa DFA website. baka magtaas ang renewal fee. not sure kung P1500 na next year. ang mahal na!

  3. July 31, 2009 6:50 pm

    base ba? yehey!

    nagutom ako sa lechong kawali at green mango salad. haiz! at yung lumpiang ubod.. nako. kahit kakakain ko lang.

    thanks for the info about the passport application processing winkz. kukuha kasi ng passport yung kuya ko.

    2nd placer lang, reese! nauna si rhona, na-moderate lang comment nya🙂

    lagi akong umoorder ng green mango salad, hangsarap ah! ung ubod, fave naman ni mommy.

    ay, ask your kuya to get passport now. mag-online appointment cya para no hassle.

  4. Ape permalink
    July 31, 2009 6:58 pm

    sad but true: mga hindi marunong mag-internet, kelangan pumila.😦

    nye! hehehe! less hassle pag online appointment. as in smooth sailing ang process.🙂

  5. July 31, 2009 7:01 pm

    ah. yay. ako wala pang passport.

    nagutom ako. 3:06 a.m. na. wala akong mahalungkat na pagkain dito sa bahay. hm, mag ce cereal na lang ulit ako. kaso, yay. walang milk or chocodrinks. ano na ako. paano na ako?

    good buy for that one! hehe.

    kuha ka na passport, ax. now na!!!😛

    almost 2am na ako natulog. dinaan ko na lang sa tulog ang gutom ko, hehehe!

  6. July 31, 2009 7:51 pm

    gusto ko na din ng green passport. hehe

    gusto mo sayo na lng ung lumang passport ng mom ko… green un! hahaha!

    • August 3, 2009 6:16 am

      mali. maroon pala. haha

      hahaha! kala ko green talaga gusto mo! hehehe!

  7. August 1, 2009 3:12 am

    WOW

    ang saya talaga pag may day off.
    sarap gumala..

    pero di mo talaga napgilang di bumili ng damit ahhaha

    sale nga naman.

    Teka
    di nako masyadong titingin sa food pictures..
    1 hour pa kasi lunch break baka mag cutting classes este
    mag break ako ng maaga.

    Hi ate winkie!

    naku little bro jason, short notice leave lang yan. buti nga at pinayagan agad ng boss eh!

    tempting talaga ang mga sale na yan. kaya minsan pag sale eh di na lang ako pumupunta sa mall kasi i always end up buying lots of stuff, hehehe!

    happy lunch and have a nice weekend!

  8. August 1, 2009 6:34 am

    nag laway naman ako sa ensaladang mangga,

    huhu..ako until now di pa nakakakuha ng passport, wala pa kong sapat na araw ng pag kuha ng lahat ng kailangan ko,isama na ang anda ehhe..

    talagang mana sa anak ate winkie hehe,,si mommy..

    hahaha… kagutom noh, lovely?!

    get ka na ng passport hagga’t maaga. balita ko next year eh P1,500 na ang processing fee.

  9. IKAY permalink
    August 1, 2009 6:44 am

    at nainggit nman ako sa lechon kawali..huhuhu!
    sarap nung lunch nyo nakakagutom…nyahaha

    at ang ganda nung blouse…hehehe

    hangsarap noh, ikay?! padalhan kita jan ng lechon kawali. hehehe!

    nag-iisa na lang yang color na yan. nice noh?!

  10. dencios permalink
    August 1, 2009 7:31 am

    bagay sayo yang damit na yan sigurado😀

    hehehe… sige, pikchuran ko ng suot ko yan para maconfirm natin! whehehe!

  11. August 1, 2009 8:59 am

    tsk tsk! muntik mo rin akong mapapanik winkie! kala ko totoo yung hanggang jan 2010 na lang yung green passport! *toinks* hehehe!

    gusto kong lumabas ng bansa before the year ends kahit thailand lang. hehehe.😛

    hahaha! kaya nga nagresearch na rin ako before posting this entry eh! baka maraming magpanic dahil akin. hehehe!

    halika, sama ka sa amin sa thailand!😛

  12. August 1, 2009 9:36 am

    thanks for posting. kala ko rin all along na kelangan ko na mgpalit ng passport..

    hehehe… kaya nagresearch pa muna ako to avoid confusion.

    thanks for peeking in, smasherjane! hope to see you back.🙂

  13. August 1, 2009 4:28 pm

    isang kabulastugan ng mga gustong kumita sa renewal yung balita na hanggang 2010 lang yun. malinaw na sinabi ng DFA na hanggang expiry yung validity nung passport. actually, hanggang ngayon ay nagi-issue pa sila ng green para dun sa mga kailangan na umalis. yan ang nangyari sa pamilya ng ofcmate ko. they can’t wait for the brown passport so in the end, they were given the green passport.

    but it’s good to know na may online appointment na pala. thanks for sharing.

    that’s what i read too. tactic lang yang balitang yan just to earn money. but as for my mom’s passport, ok na rin na napalitan. nakakahiya kasi ung itsura ng passport natin pag tinabi sa passport ng ibang bansa. hindi presentable tingnan yung green passport. oh, i didn’t know about those OFWs being issued with green passport. dapat standard na sila, maroon kung maroon!

    i first tried the online appointment last year when i had mine renewed. sobrang hassle free. derecho agad ako sa processing at di kahabaan ang pila. i only took less than an hour nung pinarenew ko passport ko.

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