Siargao 5D4N Itinerary for 10k

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I started dreaming about Siargao way back 2017. It was because of Echo’s movie “Siargao” which was set in this paradise. Those waves, surfboards, beaches, coconut trees kept inviting me.

I can’t believe it took me 5 years to be able to finally get to this beautiful destination. Truth be told, I even pushed for a driver’s license so I can rent a motorcycle in Siargao!

Here’s a breakdown of all my expenses:

Here’s our 2020 pisofare roundtrip ticket, P1854.48 for two. That’s only 927.24 per person! Sadly, pandemic hit us and flights were all cancelled.

Fast forward 2022, here’s my solo ticket that costs P2773.00. Damn fuel surcharge, without it the ticket would only cost P1146.76. Oh well, it is what it is.

As for my accommodation, I booked Moonlight Homestay thru Agoda for only 1569.85 for 5D4N stay.

In case you don’t like it, you can try searching for other accommodations in Siargao thru Agoda and pick based on your preferred style/budget.

For the motorcycle, I rented it thru Siargao’s Best Motorbike Rent for P350 per day. Just send them a message thru their Facebook page as linked above.

With the motorcycle, we can explore more of the island and we won’t be limited to those arranged land tours. Plus, if you are 2 or 3 pax, the rent would be much cheaper! 350 divided by 2 or 3, sana all!.

So yeah, let’s go explore Siargao!

DAY 1

NAIA T4 – Sayak Airport
Cloud 9
Catangnan Bridge
Bugak Cold Spring
Doot Beach

I was so excited that I wasn’t even able to get a decent sleep a day before my flight. It was also my first time at NAIA Terminal 4 and first time riding CebGo. The plane was a bit slow so I was able to catch some quality nap.

I woke up at Dinagat Islands and from there my eyes were treated with the beautiful islands. After a few minutes, seeing those waves and coconuts from above, I knew I’m in Siargao already and it is already welcoming me.

Touch down Sayak Airport! I paid just P20 for environmental fee. Imagine this is paradise and you only have to pay P20? Man, what a treat!

I picked up our Honda Beat motorcycle just outside the airport and then explored my way. With the motorcycle, it just feels like I have the Ragnarok with me (my Honda Click is named Ragnarok btw). No definite itinerary really, just ride and explore. Ahhh this kind of freedom!

From airport, I went straight ahead to General Luna and I dropped my things at Moonlight, super early checkin! I only have my Ocean Pack and essentials and now ready to explore!

As for the food, Siargao offers a lot of options. From carinderias to fancy restaurants, you choose! I chose to treat myself something good and had spicy lechon belly.

DAY 2

General Luna Port
Naked Island
Daku Island
Guyam Island
General Luna Port

Our second day in Siargao is mainly about island hopping! I booked mine at WOW Siargao Island Travel & Tours for P1400.

Call time is 8AM but I woke up a bit late. I was having my free breakfast at Moonlight and then the van arrived minutes before 8AM. I wasn’t able to finish my breakfast haha

The van picked up other tourists from different hotels/accommodations and wow others are yeyemenin staying at those expensive accommodations.

We were fully booked and after collecting all tourists, we headed to General Luna Port and registered. After all that, we boarded the boat and began our island hopping.

First stop would be Naked Island (really naked, there’s nothing there but the bare island) then off to Daku Island for buffet lunch! Last stop was Guyam Island. Supposedly, there are 2 other destinations but those were not available due to tide conditions.

We safely reached the port around 4PM, still so early so I just took a quick bath and went back to the port area for some dronies and reflections.

DAY 3

Cloud 9 Surfing
Coconut View Deck
Maasin River
Magpupungko Rock Pools
Caridad Beach

Started the day with our free breakfast at Moonlight! They have a resident licensed surfing instructor there – the son of the Moonlight’s owner. During my first day, I was offered surfing and I scheduled it on the 3rd day.

One of the best things to do in Siargao is really to surf. I recommend you guys to try it out, even for a non-swimmer like me, it was a fun and great experience!

After surfing, I went back to Moonlight to freshen up and then back to exploring via motorcycle. I went to the famous coconut road where I saw the human-drone.

Then I proceeded next to Magpupungko Rock Pools, which has a P65 fee (but the receipt says P50 lol) and then parking fee of P20. I was very happy cause I got the beach all to myself but it seems the real highlight was the rock pools. I went to the rock pools and wow, it was amazing and deep (sadly I was only able to go neck-deep lol) The colors were inviting and beautiful.

I then proceeded north and saw other beautiful beaches on my way. More rides and I then back to Sayak Airport and then back to General Luna.

DAY 4

Paghungawan Marsh
San Isidro River
Pacifico Beach
Burgos Beach
Taktak Falls
San Monica
San Benito
Shaka Cafe
Cloud 9

If I am to pick, this is probably my favorite day in Siargao! I was able to circumnavigate the whole island and Siargao kept surprising me!

Started with our usual free breakfast at Moonlight Homestay and then proceeded with the ride going to the famous Puregold Siargao, and then all the way up – again passing by the Coconut View Deck, Maasin River, and Magpupungko Rock Pools. Feels like Day 3 again right? lol. I stopped by Paghungawan Marsh to see if I can see Sir Crocodile (One Piece reference btw) but he was not there lol.

The new road we’re going to take is the one heading further north. I was surprised by the river, I’m not really sure about the name but I’d call it San Isidro River, it was beautiful and I’d say more beautiful than the famous Maasin River.

Riding all the way up, and wow Pacifico Beach is stunning beautiful and it’s free! Imagine a beautiful paradise without the need to pay anything? Siargao sets the bar too high! I was offered to go surfing but my body is still aching from yesterday’s surf at Cloud 9 so I told them I can’t. They were very nice and even wished me an awesome stay in their home island!

Today is my 4th day and I still even had a nice buko drink or shake so I was hoping I’d find it here in Pacifico but sadly there’s none available. I only had mango shake for refreshment. Pacifico is pretty much like General Luna but it is not busy or crowded here. Originally, I planned to have a stay here since there’s also lots of accommodations but I don’t want the hassle of moving all of my things so I just opted to fully stay at General Luna and just ride and explore.

Continuing further north, my eyes were treated with all these stretches of white sand beaches, WOW Siargao! I kept stopping and droning lol. And again, just like Pacifico, there’s no entrance fee whatsoever! 41 provinces I’ve been to and Siargao is the only place that offers this kind of freeeeeedom!

I’ve reached Alegria but the beach was crowded and kinda noisy with all the karaoke and people so I just skipped it lol. I continued the ride and reached Santa Monica where Taktak Falls is located. I thought Siargao is all about waves and surfing but they are also blessed with this beautiful waterfall.

My face was already hurting from the sunburn ouch! Continued to the next town of San Benito and Siargao kept showing me more white sand beaches along the road. Sadly, I’ve used all my drone batteries so I didn’t have drone shots in this area.

And before I know it, I’m already back in the town of Del Carmen where Siargao Airport is located. It feels like I’m always at the airport everyday lol. I had a bit late of lunch at Dapa and then headed back to Moonlight for a quick bath.

After the quick bath I went to Shaka Cafe for some coffee and sunset and finally witnessing Cloud 9 at night which is very romantic. I had a bowl of ramen at Hakata Ramen and then back to Moonlight.

DAY 5

Canijugan Peak Retreat and Campsite
Union Beach
Jubang Road
Sayak Airport

Sad day today because this is our last day in Siargao. Woke up early and packed all our things. I did not have breakfast at Moonlight because my stomach might act during flight lol. I said goodbye to the people at Moonlight who have taken good care of me during my 5 day stay in Siargao.

We still have a few destinations to visit before heading to the airport! I took the usual Tourism Road and headed the small road in Malinao. I saw Canijugan Peak Retreat and Campsite along the way. I think it’s great to have sunrise/sunset there. Maybe next time when we go back we’ll stay there for a night.

Continued riding and I found myself at Union Beach where I was welcomed by Tatay. Again, no parking or beach fee. I love Siargao! I saw a cute dog by the beach. I was not able to fly the drone since all our things are tightly packed and it might take some time to put it back again. Next time, next time! We still have a lot to explore in Siargao!

After Union Beach I continued riding and greeted again by the coastal road. Those roads leading to beach are inviting but we have a flight to catch so we’ll check those next time!

Back to the main road, and I found myself back to the Dapa and Del Carmen boundary. The new road here was inviting me since Day 1 so I finally visited it. The view above was stunning and there’s more beaches as well! See, even on my last day Siargao kept showing me more beauties!

I then headed back to the main road and had quick coffee and bread at the store along the road. The store owner shared some stories about how beautiful Siargao was before Typhoon Odette hit them.

After the light breakfast, I then continued to the airport and surrendered back our friend, Honda Beat. It was an awesome 5 day adventure!

THANK YOU SIARGAO! :*

Amazing 2022!

Happy New Year!

It has been a while! Sorry, I haven’t had the time to update my site, been busy exploring and recording.

2022 has been an amazing touring year! 😍

Started with just 29 provinces and now ending the year with 44 provinces explored. We are halfway complete 😱 We’ve been to 15 new provinces plus revisited some of those that we’ve already been to.

Just wanna say a hugeee “THANK YOU!!!” to all the people who have shared the year with me! I look forward to seeing you all again 😊

We’ll go to more places – old and new – next year! We’ll take international skies too! 😎

Wishing you all an amazing 2023!

Lost GCash Number? – Here’s What You Should Do.

 
 

I have registered in GCash just this year due to the lockdown where we can’t go to the Bayad Centers to pay our bills. GCash has been a very big help in accomplishing this task and I’m a very satisfied customer. I love how simple it is to use, how secure it is in cashing in and paying our bills.

I have been using my SMART number for years now and that was the number I used for GCash. Sadly, out of the blue, the SIM has lost signal and I wasn’t able to use it anymore in GCash where there’s still more than a thousand pesos credits. Since the due dates are coming near, I need to use GCash again to pay my bills but I can’t login.

According to the GCash Help Page: If you lost your SIM card or your mobile phone where your GCash account is registered, you will need to contact GCash Support immediately so we can temporarily suspend your GCash account for your safety. You may submit a ticket or call us at 2882 with the details of your concern.

I submitted a ticket explaining the problem where my registered GCash number has lost signal and I can’t access my account anymore. In less than 24 hours, a GCash Customer Support Agent has reached out to me.

I have two options: to create a new account using a new number or go to SMART to have a SIM replacement and retrieve the old number. The SMART Facebook customer service hasn’t been responding after multiple follow up attempts and going to their store would cost and very hassle.

I created a new account using my second SIM and went thru the process of getting fully verified.

Next step is getting the funds from the old account to the new one. Below are the needed details and I submitted it as soon as I received the email.

Success! Upon submitting the abovementioned details, my case has been endorsed for the Transfer of Funds. I was given 48 hours as turn-around time.

Just after 5 hours, I received the confirmation email that the Transfer of Funds has been successfully processed!

GCash Customer Support Team, thanks so much for the very prompt response and resolution to my case. Keep up the good work! 🙂

In case you lost your GCash registered number, don’t hesitate to contact GCash Customer Support Team and they’ll be more than happy to assist you 🙂

NAIA P2P Bus – A Convenient Way to Travel To and From the Airport

I usually head home after my return flight and take the next full day to rest before going back to work. But this time, it was different – I had to report back to work right after my flight. Imagine touching down at NAIA at 5PM on a weekday – imagine how bad the traffic and how much it would cost to take a taxi.

Good thing, there are P2P (point-to-point) Buses that travel to and from NAIA and one stops near my workplace. It is my first time to try this and all I can say is that this is a convenient way to travel to and from the airport.

Just outside the arrival hall at NAIA Terminal 3, there are P2P buses bound for key terminals in Metro Manila. UBE Express has routes going to Araneta Center Cubao, Robinson’s Galleria Ortigas, Alabang, and Sta. Rosa Laguna.

NAIA P2P Bus

NAIA P2P Bus

This is the bus bound for Robinson’s Galleria which I immediately boarded without a ticket lol I was told by the inspector to buy one at Bay 10.

NAIA P2P Bus

I bought my ticket at 6:57PM and the bus departs at 7PM. Wew.

NAIA P2P Bus

The fare guide. NAIA to Robinson’s Galleria for P70 only? Why not? 😀

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Those are the P2P Bus Dispatch Schedule for different routes. Allot ample time so you won’t have to wait for the next bus.

NAIA P2P Bus

Inside the bus, the center is for the priority seat as well as the luggage.

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The bus was 60% occupied during my ride. Plenty of vacant seats.

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This is our bus at the Robinson’s Galleria Terminal which will depart back to NAIA.

Overall, it was a very comfortable ride for a very affordable price. Definitely would do this again! 🙂

Thank you UBE Express. #UltimateBusExperience indeed!

 

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How To Apply For PAG-IBIG Salary Loan?

One of the favorite salary loan for employees is the PAGIBIG Salary Loan, it is pretty much the twin of SSS Salary Loan. It is very easy to avail and only takes few steps to actually file and get the loan proceeds.

I have been applying for PAGIBIG Loan since 2010 and it has always been dedicated for home repairs and renovation. The amount of loan will depend on the contribution you have and it is payable for two years by salary deduction. I think those who have availed of the PAG-IBIG loan several times would agree about it being “hindi ramdam”  during salary deduction right? 🙂

Let’s get started!

Below is the short-term loan availment  procedure as posted on the PAGIBIG Branch. As noted, kindly register first online and have your MID and RTN ready.

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First, fill out the Salary Loan Form which you can ask for a copy from your HR/Finance. If they don’t have it, you can ask the guards at the PAGIBIG Office for one. Please have 2 witnesses and ask them for a signature. I remember missing those witnesses and I was sad because I had to go back again!

Next, have a copy of your payslip and have it authenticated by your HR/Finance Department. If you have a “print me” version of your payslip, that would be great. If not, you can fill out the back portion of the application form manually. It is very important that you have it authenticated by HR/Finance. I have seen quite a number of applicants being denied because they have their copy of payslips but not authenticated.

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Have a photocopy of your valid IDs. I suggest you bring them all so the Pag-Ibig Officer will have lots of options. Some of my IDs were not accepted so it was a good thing I brought a bunch. When you go to their office, don’t forget to bring the original as well because they will check it. Below is a list of valid IDs acceptable by PAG IBIG.

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The last step would require going to their office. Please note that you have to go to the PAGIBIG Branch that has jurisdiction over your company. There are people being denied because they are in the wrong branch so check with your officemates or HR which branch you should go.

At the PAG IBIG branch, head to the reception area and they will check if you have complete requirements and then will give you a number to proceed.

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You will be queued and the your number will be displayed on which counter you should go to. Good thing everyone is seated and the place is really well airconditioned so you won’t be drained. Based on my experience, it won’t take an hour to complete the transaction.

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The PAGIBIG Officer will check all your requirements and once approved, you will be given the STL Acknowledgement Receipt as well as the Cash Card where the loan proceeds will be credited.

How To Apply Pag ibig salary loan

How To Apply Pag ibig salary loan

After 3 – 5 working days, you will receive a text that your PAGIBIG Loan has been credited. Proceed to the Landbank ATM and withdraw the cash.

Easy right? 🙂

Lastly, do not forget to go back to the PAGIBIG Branch and ask for the Statement of Account. You will then give the SOA to your HR/Finance Team for salary deduction. 🙂

Hope this helped you. Feel free to comment or share this post to your friends. 🙂

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How to Get DSWD Travel Certificate for Filipino Minors?

According to my nephew, I am the best tito in the world. (lakas mang uto no?) That’s because everywhere I go, I always bring him. I know there are tons of Titos and Titas and Lolos and Lolas who love to bring their favorite pamangkin or apo out of the country. I wish it could be easy as buying a ticket and flying to the target destination but wait – we are missing a very important piece of document. A child traveling out of the country without either parent or legal guardian must secure a DSWD Travel Certificate – this is to protect the minor from child abduction or trafficking.

I will share you with how we were able to get one – this is for a child who will travel out of the county other than the parents or legal guardian.

DSWD REQUIREMENTS FOR A TRAVEL CERTIFICATE

– Duly accomplished DSWD Travel Clearance application form
– Photocopy of either Birth Certificate or passport of the minor
– Written consent of both parents or the solo parent or the legal guardian permitting the minor to travel to a foreign country
– Affidavit of Consent and Support permitting the minor to travel to a foreign country with a specific person other than them indicating the authorized traveling companion of the minor and his/her relationship to the minor, country of destination, length of stay, purpose of travel, and tentative dates of departure and arrival
-Two colored passport size photos of the minor taken within the last six (6) months
– Photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion

IS IT FREE? OR IS THERE A FEE?

There is a processing fee of 300 pesos for 1-year validity and 600 pesos for 2-year validity.

VALIDITY OF A DSWD TRAVEL CLEARANCE

A DSWD travel clearance is valid for either one year (or two years if you opted to pay for 600 pesos) from the date of issuance. The clearance is valid for multiple travels given that the conditions haven’t changed. If a change in condition occurs like a change in traveling companion or a new destination – a new travel clearance must be secured.

HOW TO APPLY?

Complete all the required documents and head to the DSWD Office. Take note that you must go to the DSWD Office that has jurisdiction over the minor’s residence. We live in Region IV-A (Rizal) and the closest and most convenient DSWD Office is in Manila. The DSWD Office in Alabang has jurisdiction over Region IV-A so the application must be submitted there.

FOR REFERENCE, HERE IS A LIST OF THE DSWD OFFICE.

DSWD-National Capital Region
389 San Rafael Street, corner Legarda St.,
Sampaloc, Manila
Tel/Fax: (02)313-1435 loc 210,733-0010 to 14/488-3104

DSWD Field Office I
Quezon Avenue, San Fernando, La Union
Tel/Fax: (072) 888-2505/888-2184

DSWD-Field Office II
3 Dana Pagyaya, Regional Government Center
Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Tel/Fax: (078)846-7532/846-7043

DSWD-Field Office III
Government Center, Maimpis,
San Fernando, Pampanga
Tel/Fax: (045)861-2413 (telefax)

DSWD Field Office IV-A (CALABARZON)
Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City
Tel/Fax: (02) 387-2632 or 850-8380/807-1518

DSWD Field Office IV-B (MIMAROPA)
1680 F.T. Benitez corner Gen. Malvar Sts., Malate, Manila
Tel/Fax: (02) 336-8106 local 401/336-8106 local 103

DSWD Field Office V
Magnolia St. PBN Buraguis, Legaspi City
Tel/Fax: (052) 821-7920 or 480-5346/480-5754

DSWD Field Office VI
M.H. del Pilar Street, Molo, Iloilo City
Tel: (033) 300-0526/ 337-6221

DSWD Field Office VII
MJ Cuenco Avenue corner Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City
Tel/Fax: (032) 233-8779 or through trunkline no. 412-9908

DSWD Field Office VIII
Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City
Tel/Fax: (053) 321-3090 or 321-1176/ 321-1007

DSWD Field Office IX
General Vicente Alvarez St., Zamboanga City
Tel/Fax: (062) 991-6030, 991-6056 (trunkline)/993-0652

DSWD Field Office X
Masterson Ave., Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City
Tel/Fax: (088) 858-88-92/858-89-59

DSWD Field Office XI
Suazo St., cor. Magsaysay Ave., Davao City
Tel/Fax: (082) 226-28-57/227-8746

DSWD Field Office XII
9506-Purok Bumanoag, Brgy. Zone 3, Koronadal City
Tel/Fax: (083) 520-0572 or 228-3180/228-8637

DSWD Field Office CARAGA
R. Palma St. Butuan City
Tel/Fax: (085) 346-0113/815-9173

DSWD Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
40 North Drive, Baguio City
Tel/Fax: (074) 444-3209 or 444-3262/442-7917

More comprehensive information can be found here : http://www.dswd.gov.ph/faqs/travel-clearance-for-minors/

 

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Utada Hikaru – Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018

If there is one artist in this world that I would like to see live in concert – it is definitely Utada Hikaru from Japan. I have been dreaming of this since I saw her concerts and TV performances online.

Cebu Pacific Air held a Pisofare Seat Sale back in December 2017 and I booked for a November 2018 flight to Tokyo hoping the concert would fall on the dates I selected. Unfortunately, it was 2 weeks far from my chosen dates. She’ll be in Osaka and I’ll be in Tokyo. I tried re-booking and the airfare almost tripled. Taking the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka and going back would be expensive as well so I had no choice but just to book a new flight to Tokyo.

All that sorted out and paid too BUT I still don’t have a ticket to her concert. I thought obtaining a ticket was only a few clicks away. Little did I know that it would be lottery style. The Hatsukoi album pre-order contained codes for the lottery so those who purchased gets to be drawn first. Thanks to my friend Nini for giving me a code.

The process was very thorough – it feels like applying for a professional job or a government ID lol. A decent picture needs to be submitted that follows their standard as well as some personal information. You can then choose 3 dates/venues and one of those will be the one you can attend to – if you win. Below is my application details/history:

Utada Hikaru - Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018 ticket

I chose Makuhari Messe as primary mainly because it will be the final stop which will be filmed for TV/DVD release. Saitama Super Arena was the secondary because it is the Utada United 2006 venue. Both of which are in Tokyo.

Once application has been submitted – the waiting game begins. I’ve been checking the website as well as chatting with friends who applied for tickets for updates and plans. One day, I got a text message that my card was charged and it was the price of a ticket for two! I was selected at the first draw and for the final show at Makuhari Messe! Sadly though, I was the only one among my UH circle to win. Fast forward, my friends all won and obtained tickets from the general lottery draws. Kami-sama arigato! ❤

What a ticket! Too bad it’s only digital and there’s no official printed copy.

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We were back in Tokyo as early as December 5 and originally planned to go to Saitama Super Arena hoping we could score some tickets. The plan never came to fruition though since we have different itineraries and the rest of the team were flying on different dates. We spent the days touring Tokyo. Good times!

Fast forward to the date – December 9, 2018 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan – Utada Hikaru will be performing the finale of Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018.

Utada Hikaru - Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018

We woke up a bit late that morning since the tour is at 7PM. We thought of heading early to Chiba and explore the area but they said that we might be too tired for the concert. Point taken. Nini gave us some sticky notes and each of us wrote our messages for Hikaru. Below is my simple message which I hoped reached her. 🙂

Utada Hikaru - Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018

We left Asakusabashi at 2PM and then headed to MakuhariHongo Station in Chiba which was an hour of train ride. Grabbed a few snacks from Lawson and then boarded the bus to Makuhari Messe. I was enthralled with the city – it gave me the feeling of being in the future or a different world.

We went straight ahead to the venue and saw the early birds taking picture of the signage. Of course we’ll never miss the opportunity too.

We then stepped inside and Hatsukoi album was playing – I felt goosebumps run through me and almost brought me to tears. I even thought she was rehearsing lol. The fans have brought flowers and one was Kuma-shaped too! So much love for Hikaru! ❤ Everyone here was  busy picture taking.

We arrived early giving Lara and Nini more time to shop for some tour merchandise. Lara gave me a Laughter in the Dark Tour scarf, thank you Lara! ❤ We then met with Renj and had group pictures. After their shopping, we then finalized – had our meds taken for stomachache, for headache, for colds,  for whatsoever because we should be on top condition and on DO NOT DISTURB mode.

At around 5:30PM we were all instructed to go the entrance where we will be presenting the ticket as well as undergoing the facial recognition. It was so fast and convenient. I really can’t believe I’ll be seeing Hikaru in the next few minutes. Around 6:45 PM, my urinary bladder was acting up – not really bad but better let it go so I don’t have anything to worry about. Still 15 minutes before the show, I ran to the comfort room and was surprised with the queue. Like every male concert-goer is there and there’s only 1 comfort room to accommodate everyone. This was the only rant I have about the venue/management. I fought for a few minutes but at 6:55 PM, I gave up and went back to my seat. Luckily it never bothered me again lol.

Utada Hikaru - Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018

Few minutes past 7PM, they turned off the lights and an announcement was made. The lights resumed and everyone applauded then finally, Hikaru surfaced and graced the stage.

ANATA was the first song and from there I was already crying with goosebumps all over. DREAMS DO COME TRUE! I still can’t believe Hikaru is performing and I’m so lucky to be a part of this concert.

MICHI followed – one of my favorite track from her Fantome album. I love how the English backing vocals haunted me (in a good way) and hearing them live gave me goosebumps.

TRAVELING has been performed since Hikaru’s 2004 Budokan Concert and truth be told this song is not a favorite of mine. The song grew so much in me during this performance specially when she inserted “Makuhari Messe” in the lyrics and the crowd went crazy. I  was captivated. I have been craving for Traveling since then because I felt that I am “Makuhari Messe” – at least part of it you know. PS: the namesake of this blog was from the this song 😉

COLORS was overlapping Traveling and the crowd was raving. The song was beautifully arranged specially when Hikaru soloed the

PRISONER OF LOVE what a song for me! I’m literally a prisoner of love. I remember whispering to my girlfriend “don’t you give up” as Hikaru sang it.

KISS AND CRY my heart was beating as the song transitioned to this one. “I just want to be happy” is something I sang for myself. I love how the A-list single Can You Keep A Secret? became just an adlib to this song. Hikaru got me all the natural high.

SAKURA DROPS one of my favorite songs from Hikaru’s entire discography. Too much emotion I can’t help but cry. Falling in love, giving it all, and wishing it was the last heartbreak. Despite of it all – just like the cherry blossoms – we’ll bloom again someday. I think that was beautiful.

HIKARI the song that started it all (technically it was SIMPLE AND CLEAN) was arranged in acoustic and orchestrated way. We were waving our hands halfway through the end of the song and I felt like my arms and shoulders hurting after this haha. I found myself in tears for all the emotions from this favorite song of mine.

TOMODACHI is an easy-listening track but at some point I can’t really relate to this song (lol) so I just chilled it while enjoying Hikaru and the dancer’s performance.

TOO PROUD like Tomodachi is another track that I don’t relate to but good enough not to be skipped. I love the rap part but Jevon was not here so Hikaru filled it with her rap. Since I memorized Jevon’s part – I was rapping with the words from the original song.

CHIKAI is one of the most important songs in the set list. As a Kingdom Hearts fan, this is a bias. I love the song as well as it’s English counterpart Don’t Think Twice. It was so beautifully written. Hikaru performed at the middle of Makuhari Messe and a lot of people went to the center to see her closer. I wish I could’ve done the same but I was frozen and in tears watching her perform the song.

MANATSU NO TOORIAME is another ballad and I was still pulling myself together from the Chikai performance.

HANATABA WO KIMI NI is another beautifully written ballad that easily grew on me as it was released back in 2016 for her comeback after the long hiatus. I was still in awe and crying watching her perform this song that pierced my heart. The song has an extended instrumental being played by the band and orchestra as she walks back to front the stage.

FOREVERMORE was performed immediately after she got back from the stage.

FIRST LOVE hearing just the intro and I was already getting the goosebumps and I was crying. I locked my girlfriend in my arms and sweet danced her as I get all the feels of the song. I can’t believe that happened and still the best memory from the concert.

HATSUKOI is like the First Love of the Hatsukoi album (lol this is very redundant). I was still recovering from my tears and here we go again with another beautiful ballad.

PLAY A LOVE SONG is another favorite song of mine. Upbeat and I think written with simple words like “Why we fight? I don’t know.” and “Hold me tight and don’t let go.” I can truly relate to this song found myself crying again (tears of joy I suppose). It was just so magical and fun and the splashing colors on the stage background added more magic to it.

ORE NO KANOJO honestly one of my least listened song. I believe there was not a moment when I was craving to listen to this song. It only gets played when I listen to the full album. I loved how the song built up from slow-and -steady to a more progressive track

It was already the encore of the concert and it was sinking that I’m about to wake up from this magical moment of my life.

AUTOMATIC started with the band intro and Hikaru continued. Automatic is Hikaru’s signature song and it sure does brings back a lot of memories for me. Loved how the guitar-man hyped us when he did solo lead guitars that rocked the venue but we all felt hanging, I wished it was longer.

GOODBYE HAPPINESS is literally “goodbye happiness” for me. I was crying cause this is the last song. The colors splashing the stage is back inviting us to enjoy and dance to the song. I love the part where Hikaru was kissing us goodbye. I was looking her in the eyes and then she said “Arigato” and bowed. That made me cry even more! It felt so sincere.

Laughter in the Dark Tour has been an amazing concert! I’m so lucky and proud to have been a part of it! 🙂

Here’s the Philippine Team with our eyes still fresh from all the happy tears! ❤

SEAGATE Philippines RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) Guide

Return your failing Seagate product for a brand new replacement

Some 10 years ago, I asked my computer technician friend which hard drive to buy and he said Seagate is the best. My first ever hard drive was a 250GB Seagate Barracuda back in 2008 which lasted until 2014! Fast forward to 2018, I now have Seagate external hard drives.

When we buy from a store, they generally give us 1 year store warranty. In case the hard drive fails during that period – you can return it to the store and they’ll have it checked and replaced. I have a 1TB external hard drive that lapsed the 1 year store warranty and I thought I was done for. Fortunately, we have the return merchandise authorization or RMA which replaces our faulty/defective product if it is still under the warranty period.

I have returned two hard drives, a Maxtor and a Seagate Portable External Hard Drive. How to replace the defective product? Here’s an overview.

  1. Make sure it is faulty and under warranty period.
  2. Register and create an RMA Order.
  3. Ship your product to Seagate via LBC or your courier of choice.
  4. Seagate will ship you a replacement. Brand new, FREE of charge! 🙂

Let’s get this guide started!

1. First make sure the drive is really faulty. Use SeaTools to check the status of your hard drive. Download and install: https://www.seagate.com/as/en/support/downloads/seatools/

2. Then let’s check if the product is still under the warranty period:
URL: http://support.seagate.com/apps/customer/en-US/warranty_validation.jsp
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3. Here is my faulty hard drive still “In Warranty” status.Seagate RMA

4. If the product is still under warranty, we can then create an RMA order. Register first at https://www.seagate.com/as/en/consumer-login/ Once you’re registered select “Create Order”.

On the WARRANTY tab, select Manual Entry and fill out the information needed and click Next.

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5. On the OPTIONS tab, select Standard Replacement and hit NEXT. Ship your non-functioning product to our receiving facility and upon successful receipt, we will send a replacement product to you within 5 to 7 business days, ground service upon stock availability.

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6. Fill out the  shipping details: name and complete address. For Seagate Return Location, select UPS SCS (Philippines) Inc and hit NEXT.

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7. Review the information and once confirmed, hit Submit Return Order.

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8. Now you have an RMA Number. Go to your nearest courier and ship the defective product to the address below. I used LBC and paid P155 pesos only. Use bubble wrap to protect your hard drive.

UPS SCS (Philippines) Inc.
2/F Cargohaus Building
Old MIA Road,
Barangay Vitalez
Paranaque City
Philippines
1700

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9. You will receive confirmation email so check your email regularly for updates.

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10. After 5 – 7 business days, you’ll receive your shiny new replacement Seagate product shipped to your home free of charge! Look how well it was packed!

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Araneta Center Busport

It has been 4 years since I last visited my hometown, Ligao City in the province of Albay, Bicol. The last time I saw the terminal was back in 2014 and four years after – to my surprise – is a bus port that is of world class level. The process is pretty much the same as the airport and the facilities and the bus port itself is something to be proud of – comfort, convenience, safety and security – except for the absence of WiFi lol

To get there, just ride a jeep with the Ali Mall signboard or buses with Cubao Ibabaw / Cubao Farmers signboard. The Araneta Center Bus Port or ACPB for short is located just across Ali Mall at the ground level of Manhattan Heights Condominium in Quezon City. If you’re heading to Bicol, this is your gateway. The bus port caters mainly to the passengers going to the Bicol Region as well as Visayas and Mindanao.

araneta center bus port (7)Here are the steps, I suggest you go for #2, #1, #3-5.  Get a number first before filling the form since the queue would take a lot of time.

araneta center bus port (5)Here is the kiosk, located at the left side of the entrance. It is touch screen and self explanatory. There is a crew who will assist you as well.

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Here is the passenger information slip, fill this up while waiting for your number to be called.

araneta center bus port (10)araneta center bus port (3)Watch this monitor closely, check your number and the counter you’ll be assigned to.

araneta center bus port (2)As of the moment, there is no online booking and the only way to buy tickets is thru here. Double check with the teller the details before you leave. They have a monitor display of the rules so be sure to read them for your information. Fares vary, I just asked what’s the cheapest and the one departing soonest.

araneta center bus port (9)Here’s our bus ticket to my hometown, Ligao City. What an upgrade compared to the ticket that looks like the info slip. Thank you ALPS and ACBP!

araneta center bus port (4)Same with the airlines, additional baggage in excess of the allowed hand-carry baggage is subject to charge.

araneta center bus port (11)To be safe, be at the passenger lounge at least an hour before your departure time. There are ATMs located just before the ticket booths so make sure you’re loaded before going to the province lol

araneta center bus port (24)araneta center bus port (25)araneta center bus port (14)Passengers waiting for their buses. The passenger lounge is air conditioned and it’s very cold here. Just noticed that many of the passengers are putting their baggage on the benches making other passengers unable to sit -_-

araneta center bus port (13)Also, be sure to check the monitor from time to time to check the status of your bus ride.

araneta center bus port (29)Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask the concierge for information.

araneta center bus port (30)araneta center bus port (15)araneta center bus port (23)Just in front of the passenger lounge is the boarding gates, once you’re bus is scheduled to depart, the concierge will announce it. Also, names will be called if the bus is leaving, final call to those who will miss their buses.

araneta center bus port (16)There is a nursing room for breastfeeding mothers.

araneta center bus port (17)Also some massage chairs for those who wants to relax while waiting for their buses.

araneta center bus port (18)The huge air conditioner located just beside the female comfort room.

araneta center bus port (31)araneta center bus port (32)araneta center bus port (19)araneta center bus port (21)araneta center bus port (22)The comfort room! Cleanliness level is comparable to the ones abroad!

araneta center bus port (26)There is a FoodPort located on the other side of the passenger lounge. It is prohibited to eat at the lounge so everyone should eat at the foodport.

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