Philippines


I make it to #DFA in time before the Courtesy Lane cutoff. But they tell me I need an #OEC or some other proof of being an active #seafarer — […]

#WashingtonPost 👎 #journalism ⁉️ #fakenews 😡 #news #media #Philippines Below quote taken from the Philippine Daily Inquirer 20 Feb 2019 🔹 Disputing ‘Ghost Town’ Tag 🔹 🔸 Marawi ‘Alive, Booming’ […]

Just discovered that within the last couple of months, a Healthy Options supplement went from Php785 to Php850. 😶 Why? Peso doing alright lately. I guess that’s to cover the […]


Regarding state auditors who stall government work, Duterte with his unpopular sense of humor allegedly blurts out: “What if we kidnap and torture them?” So-called journalists write: “The president… has […]

Tables with laptops and bags left unattended
What senseless inconsiderate people do: 2 people hogging what could be seating space for 4, leaving their laptops and bags while they sit al fresco eating food purchased from another […]

Our inconsiderate neighbors have been partying really loud for 12 hours now. They started at noon. 😵 Mostly a lot of [really loud and terrible] karaoke singing. 🤢 Noise pollution […]


I’m late in getting the news. I don’t actually watch TV news or listen to the radio anymore. 😋 #MissUniverse #Philippines

I was just browsing idly and… Oh. My. Goodness. 😱 The 2018 Miss Universe is Catriona Gray 💃 from the #Philippines! twitter.com/catrionaelisa 👏😃 #fearless #beauty #MissUniverse

Today I learned that the Mi Stores here are not owned/operated by one company. Hmm… #NoteToSelf #mi #tech


#Duterte tells #military to take over Bureau of #Customs. #Critics cry that it’s #militarization of the BoC & that it’s #unconstitutional. But really, they cry because: a. they can’t do […]

On Thursday morning, the Agency sends me a text message saying to pick up my documents for my Friday appointment at VFS Global’s office at Ecoplaza in Makati. The Ecoplaza […]

Travel Visa Application via VFS Global


Info as of February 2016 As of this writing, “The MARINA enforces strict rules for personal appearance. All seafarers… must appear physically at the MARINA… for image capturing.” So the […]

Getting your COP at the MARINA