by: Robelyn Martinez Yambao
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Today, I would like to share my first ever trip in Vietnam. From Paranaque Metro Manila where I rented apartment for almost a year, we left the place in the morning. Our flight to Vietnam was at 11 p.m., we just decided to wait at the airport and hangout there than in the place we lived in.
So we took taxi in going to the airport NAIA Terminal 3. We stayed at the passengers waiting area at 2nd floor for awhile and went up to 3rd floor to eat our lunch at noontime. Then, hangout again at the 2nd floor to kill our time by just opening our laptop for entertainment.
In the evening, we were ready to check-in but the airline crew told me to get my travel tax receipt first. I wasn't able to check my ticket if my tax was already paid or not. So, I ran to the tax collector section just to pay my travel tax. After that, I went back to the counter and gave it to the crew and finally, he gave us our boarding pass.
Traveling abroad is not an easy experience especially facing immigration officer to get exit stamp. I was lucky my Huggy was with me so, it was a plus point for me. Aside from that factor, I already had some stamps from different countries like Brunei, China, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. So, my interview was just personal questions. For your information, a lot of Filipinos who want to travel abroad as tourists were denied by the immigration officer so, they won't be able to travel. In my case, I never experienced that but, almost one time when I was headed to Costa Rica.
We only traveled for 3 hours in going to Ho Chi Minh city. The feeling was over-whelming and excited. Though I was so tired and sleepy because we arrived there passed midnight, the excitement was still there.
When we arrived at the Vietnam airport, we went to the visa section upon arrival. We showed our papers to the officer and gave payment for the sticker. After we received our visa, we faced the immigration officer for the arrival stamping.
As a Filipino, I don't need a visa in Vietnam if I would only stay less than 28 days. But, we planned to stay there longer so we got visa. Just check my article on how to get the visa online by going to my PLACES section in this site and click Vietnam.
After immigration, we changed our currency to their currency. Then, at the exit section there was a booth selling sim card and offering taxi. We chose that service for taxi because it's safer though higher rate than normal. I was amazed because the driver was female. In the Philippines, there's no woman driver in taxi. And sometimes, there are bad taxi drivers in Manila. Oooppps!
So, the lady driver took us to the district where our hotel is located. We didn't know that the hotel we got from booking.com was closed at midnight so, it was really a pain in the ass finding it. The driver was so helpful and we found it. She talked to the owner of the hostel to accept us. Finally, we settled at 3 a.m.
We woke up very late the next day and we were so hungry. We look around the city to find a place to eat. We're glad that the hostel was near to everything. I ate my first ever noodles made in Vietnam with duck meat. It was so, delicious! We also found market on the street where they sell fish, chicken and frog. Yes, live FROGS!
We only stayed for 2 days because we're heading to Nhatrang city which we heard from a friend that the beach was so amazing. Before we went to that province, we bought the cheap and fresh fruits from the market but we left it in the Hostel lobby near the information desk during our checked-out. I was so forgetful, my bad! Lucky for them.
So, that's it for today guys. We went to the Miendong Terminal to catch the bus to Nhatrang. Thanks for visiting my site, for videos of my trips just check my travel vlog on Youtube.
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by: Robelyn Martinez Yambao
This hairstyle is the all time favorite of all girls. It is so easy to do and always trendy. It ain't take so much of your time to fix your hair. I always braid my hair especially when I go to market, go shopping, or to the beach. Try this style with your hair and surely it can transform you into a happy go lucky girl.
This is kinda Sossy. But, all of the girls want to try this. Whether a messy bun or an office kind of bun, every girl loves it! It won't take so much time to fix a bun so try it especially this summer time because it is so hot in the beach. You will surely look sophisticated with your hair bun.
All time favorite of all the girls. Why? It is so quick and easy to do as long as you have a tie. This is what I always wear at home because this summer is really super hot and I really need to tie my hair with this kind of hairstyle since it is so quick to do and you will still look pretty. Aside from being a cool hairstyle, pony tail can give you an innocent look.
by: Robelyn Martinez Yambao
When I was younger, I ignored beauty routines that others are always doing in their life. I am blessed with a smooth good skin that I seldom get pimples in my entire puberty age. But, when I get this stage where I passed the stage of being young, I always worried about getting old. My skin changes into dry one. I always pray that I will have a younger glowing skin until I get old. But, my skin became dull and I was panicking about wrinkles. I started to research online how to have a younger looking skin. I found home remedies because I hate using beauty products. For me, beauty products can only damage my skin.
As the years passed by, I realize one thing why other old people have glowing skin and they look 10 years younger than their actual age. One grandpa told me his secret. He was using vitamin E everyday for 20 years now. So, that exactly what it is. The secret to have a younger glowing skin is to put vitamin E in your skin to prevent aging.
Additional tips are eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, and the everyday exercises. I was doing it since I heard his secret and now I am gaining praises from my friends about my younger looking skin.
Now that I revealed the secret, I think that's all for today. I hope you enjoyed visiting my site. Thank you.
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by: Robelyn Martinez Yambao
To register your business in BIR, you should wait for the email confirmation from the DTI after you registered your business name. When you receive the email stating your information like the business TIN number, you should jot down that information and take with you going to the BIR branch.
In BIR branch office, you go straight to the information desk to ask for your number. They will request you to log in first in their book as visitor then, will press the button for the counter you are going to. In Surigao branch, the counter for registration is number 4. Your number will show up on the screen and will call your number through computer system. In the said window, the staff will give you the application form and the requirements needed to submit in xerox copy. After submitting those requirements, the staff will give you the form 0605 to be filled out for registration fee which is 500 pesos and you will take that form with you after they verified it to pay to the bank such as Landbank, Metrobank, UCPB, etc. In my case, I chose Metrobank because it is nearer to my place.
After paying to the bank, take back the receipt and the copy of the form with the bank signature to the counter in BIR. They will then put those copies in your folder of documents you submit earlier. After that, they will ask you to attend orientation so that they will release your Certificate of Registration.
You will also need to pay the documentary stamp of 15 pesos and 100 for the certification fee. So, form 0605 is again needed to fill-out and submit that to the releasing section where they accept the fee for certification fee. They will give you back a receipt and a copy of the form that you need to submit again to counter 4.
After attending the orientation, you can follow up anytime about the release of your registration certificate.
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by: Robelyn Yambao
So, you register your business in DTI? That office will now register your TIN in BIR, get your employer ID in Pag-Ibig, SSS and Philhealth.
When I got my email confirmation from DTI, they sent me the information about getting employer certificate in BIR, Pag-ibig, SSS and Philhealth. I visited first the BIR and I also got my TIN ID Card now after I requested for it. I also got my registration certificate for my business. I asked them about my previous TIN the one I used when I was a teacher, they told me to use the new one instead. Then, I went to SSS. I was not able to register since I didn't have employees so, I was exempted. They told me that I could contribute instead using my old SSS number as voluntary contribution. After that, I went to the Philhealth. Still the same, I couldn't get certification since I don't have employees in my business. They suggested me to use my old one to contribute voluntarily. Lastly, I visited the Pag-Ibig. They gave me requirements to submit. I gave them xerox of my valid ID, Business Permit, Barangay Business Clearance, BIR Registration Certificate and filled-out application form. So, they activated my employer ID number and I put myself as employee of my business. So, now I always go to Pag-Ibig branch office for my monthly contribution. I used my old Pag-Ibig MID no. in my contribution under my business as my employer.
I hope this is likely interesting for you. I just wanna share this for it's my first time experience. Thank you for visiting my site.
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by: Robelyn Martinez Yambao
I just wanna share this recipe of kwek-kwek to all of you. If you wanna start a business selling this quick and easy finger licking Filipino food, just take a look at the recipe written here.
Eggs (1 pc. = 4 cuts)
Flour, seasoning (Magic Sarap), food coloring and water
cooking oil for frying
1 pc. Onion
1 pc. cucumber
1 pack vinegar 100ml
1/2 pack of 100ml Ketchup
2 tbsp. of brown sugar
1. Boil the eggs. Set aside to cool then, peel out the shells. Cut into 4 pcs.
2. Mix all the ingredients for batter, water will depend with your taste if how thick is the batter you want to use. Thicker is better.
3. Cut the onion and cucumber into small cubes. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce. Then, set aside.
4. Coat the eggs with the batter and fry it.
5. Serve the kwek-kwek with the sauce. Enjoy it with family and friends. :)
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by: Robelyn Martinez Yambao
Today is another 20th of the month and it's time for me to do my obligation in BIR. Last month, I filed my percentage tax through online using the EBIR forms. What is this 2551M?
Form 2551M or Percentage Tax Returns
According to our speaker during the orientation day in applying for certificate of registration in BIR, there are different types of tax returns. It depends on your business of what kind of tax types are applicable for you. This percentage tax is obligatory to pay every 20th of the following month after you register your business. You need to compute your tax due in order to pay the percentage tax. How to compute?
For example: You earned 20,000 for the month of January. You will pay your percentage return on February 20. From 20,000 deduct all your expenses like for instance electric/water bills, transportation, etc. If the remaining amount will be left is 5000, that will be the taxable amount so, just multiply that to 3% equals tax due.
How to File The Percentage Tax Returns
In my experience, I didn't know at first how to do it. I registered my business last January 5, 2017 so, when I filed my form 2551M it was almost an error. But, I was relieved that when I verified it in BIR it came out okay. Then, today I filed my return through manual filing. I remembered in our orientation that I should only file in EBIR forms online if only I don't have tax due or I'm exempted. I almost forgot it when I filed last month that's why I did it online. This month, it is a successful filing I should say because it's so easy as 1, 2, 3.
Last month, I downloaded the EBIR forms in my computer so I can file my returns or obligations monthly and other returns quarterly. Since I did not know how to do it, I experimented by just filling out the forms online. I followed the instructions and as expected I committed errors. I did trial and error, it was okay because that means I was learning. After submitting the form online, I printed 3 copies of the returns. When I checked my email, I received a confirmation of my submission. So, I also printed a copy of that email confirmation. Then, I went straight to the bank. That was my error because the first step should be going first to the BIR district office for TIN verification before going to the bank for payment. Luckily, the bank accepted my returns. In my hometown, the Metrobank don't accept BIR payments during Mondays. They only entertain BIR clients every Tuesdays through Thursdays. I didn't know that rules again so, when I went there last February 20 which was a Monday, the personnel informed me about the bank rules and in my mind I was panicking because the filing should be every 20th. I got mental block that I didn't think that there are still other banks where I can pay my BIR tax, so funny. By the way, the personnel referred me to the supervisor to present my concern. I asked the supervisor if they can accept my online form. He was confused at first because they never encountered online application in BIR. So, he asked me if I already verified it through BIR. I reacted to him saying why should I if I have already confirmation in my email. I showed to him my email print out saying go to the bank to pay. So, he took my papers and gave to the teller. They accepted it! When I went home, I was still worrying about what I did. So, I went to the BIR just to verify my payment. Then, they said it was okay but they reminded me to go to the BIR first before paying to the bank. That's the time I remembered that I should file online only if no need to pay tax due because of exemption. But, this experience is good for me because I didn't know what category to put in paying the tax due. Through online filing, it was automatic so I just copied the information I made online when paying my next returns this month. In online filing they have category choices to click while in manual it is a blank space so, I know what to write now that I tried online.
This month, I went to the BIR district office to get form 2551M. Of course I already have my filled out copy from last month so, the one I got was for preparation next month. The guard gave me the number for the window personnel and it was counter 4. It was so fast, the personnel checked my form and then their system and then stamped it with her signature. By the way, I also asked her to give me a TIN ID Card during that time. She got my information and told me to return after a week because they were going to request for it. Afterwards, I went to the Landbank. I didn't go to Metrobank because the date today is Monday as what I've mentioned earlier they have bank rules. In Landbank, they have their BIR payment slip. That was so nice unlike in Metrobank only ordinary payslip which is confusing to fill up. No comparison of course, I just want to mention it. I asked the guard to complete the BIR payment slip for me because there are codes or account I didn't know. Then, after that he gave me my number for the teller. That's it! So, easy!
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by: Robelyn M. Yambao
I am happy this year because at last I already registered my small business in the Philippines on the 3rd day of January.
I have this room for rent at home and we call it a nice small income coming to sustain our family’s needs. Our boarding house started long time ago from one room until it reaches 10 rooms today. Actually, we did not have any plan to register it as a business because we only get small income from it just to pay our monthly bills and food but, we also consider to be working legally in order for us to have peace of mind. Besides, there are still benefits in registering this business.
Today, I am happy to share with you my experience on how to avail the government service in registering your business through a one stop shop in the municipality every year.
This service of the municipality is a one way of giving citizens a fast processing of the papers by giving them 20 day-service. The service will start January 1 until the 20th of the month every year where people can go to a one spot to register or renew their businesses. In this service, all of the departments or government offices which are needed in participating in the processing of the documents will be available in one place. Just choose which date you are comfortable and available in your schedule to do it.
Steps in Getting Business Permit
One Stop Shop January 1 - 20 in Surigao City
*BRGY. BUSINESS CLEARANCE
SINGLE PROPRIETOR – DTI CERTIFICATE
CORPORATION – ARTICLES OF CORPORATION
COOPERATIVE – CDA CERTIFICATE
*2X2 ID PICTURE
• GO TO THE CITY GYM IN SURIGAO CITY
• GO TO THE DTI SECTION INSIDE THE GYM TO GET CERTIFICATE
•GO TO THE CORNER WHERE YOUR BARANGAY TABLE IS SPOTTED TO GET YOUR CEDULA AND BRGY. BUSINESS CLEARANCE
•GO TO THE STEP 1 CORNER TO GET THE BUSINESS APPLICATION FORM
•PHOTO COPY THE APPLICATION FORM AFTER FILLING IT OUT WITH THE CORRECT INFORMATION(2 COPIES)
GO BACK TO STEP 1 CORNER TO SUBMIT THE DTI CERTIFICATE, BRGY. BUSINESS CLEARANCE, CEDULA AND THE APPLICATION FORM WITH ITS XEROX
•AFTER SUBMITTING THE REQUIREMENTS, WAIT FOR YOUR NAME CALL ON THE SECOND TABLE
•IN YOUR TURN, THEY WILL ASK YOU YOUR MONTHLY EARNINGS OR CAPITAL IN THE BUSINESS
•THEY WILL ENCODE THAT AMOUNT IN YOUR FORM AND SUBMIT TO THE HEAD FOR SIGNATURE
•AFTER THE HEAD’S SIGNATURE, THE STAFF WILL PRINT THE TAX DUE WORKSHEET AND GIVE BACK THE PAPERS TO YOU
•YOU BRING ALL YOUR PAPERS TO THE NEXT TABLE TO CHECK IF YOUR LAND TAX WHERE YOUR BUSINESS IS LOCATED HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID, IF NOT PAID YET THEY WILL ASK YOU TO GO TO PAY IT TO THE SAID DEPARTMENT
•AFTER THAT, PAY YOUR FIRE SAFETY INSPECTION FEE IN ANOTHER TABLE
•PAY YOUR ANNUAL ELECTRICAL INSPECTION FEE TO THE NEXT TABLE
•PAY YOUR TAX DUE WORKSHEET AT THE PAYMENT SECTION
•SHOW YOUR DOCUMENTS AFTER THE PAYMENTS TO THE TABLE NEXT TO THE PAYMENT SECTION TO WRITE DOWN YOUR NAME IN THEIR LOG BOOK
•SHOW YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION SECTION TO GET CERTIFICATE
•SHOW YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SANITARY SERVICES FOR PERMIT AND ID
•SUBMIT ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE RELEASING SECTION FOR BUSINESS PERMIT PRINTING/RELEASING
•WAIT FOR FEW MINUTES FOR THE RELEASE OF YOUR PERMIT AND BUSINESS PLATE
That’s it guys, all of the departments have their respective tables, so you won’t be confused inside of the gymnasium and there were name plates in each table.
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By: Robelyn M. Yambao
Hola Mi Amigo/Amiga,
My experience in Costa Rica was a wonderful living. No crimes or whatever disturbing activities in the country that makes travelers worry to stay longer. When traveling in a certain country, most of the travelers are worried about the trouble or wars that's happening in the world that make them scared to explore the world. What I'm gonna share with you is how to travel as a pro. So, here's an info on how to go to San Jose as soon as you arrived in Costa Rica.
HOW TO GO TO SAN JOSE FROM THE AIRPORT
There are taxis waiting outside as soon as you walked out the exit door of the airport. These taxis are expensive and mostly the vans are own by hotels. If you wanna save money or you are a loner backpacker, taking a bus is good for you. The rate of the taxi is $10 taking you to the city proper which is San Jose. A lot of cheap hostels in the city where you can stay overnight. I always take bus so, here's how to catch it.
Outside the airport, just cross the pedestrian lane as shown in the picture above and walk to the left then turn right going to the bus stop as shown in the picture below. You can wait at the waiting area with shade and seat while no bus is coming yet. Every hour, the bus will arrive. The buses will drop off passengers in the said bus stop who will take their flights in the said airport. The same spot you can stay to take your ride to San Jose because the last destination of the buses will be the said city. There are also empty buses that pick up passengers going to San Jose so, just ask the driver or read the sign board "San Jose" in front. You will pay only $1 in bus. Wow! The bus destination is mostly in Coca Cola station. A lot of bus stations in San Jose, if you happen to take the Garabito bus it will take you to the said station. If Alajuela bus it will take you to the park walking distance to the San Juan De Dios Hospital.
HOW TO GO TO THE AIRPORT FROM SAN JOSE
Usually, the bus is located across the park near San Juan De Dios Hospital. The sign board is going to Alajuela. That is the bus you will take going to the airport. This station is also walking distance from Coca Cola Station. Tell the driver of the bus "Aeropuerto" and he will nod his head as yes then pay him. The rate is 500 colones or $1, you can save here than taking a taxi. If you have luggage then better take a taxi for convenience. This is good only for backpackers/travelers acting as locals. You will feel convenient if you felt like one of the locals.
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by: Robelyn M. Yambao
This month is supposed to be a happy and sweet month of the year since people are looking forward to celebrate Valentine's day. Unfortunately, it became a scary moment when Earthquake hits my hometown last February 10, 2017.
It was evening, we were sleeping when the ground woke us up with this largest quake recorded in our hometown, it was like the end of the world. On that very moment, I whispered prayers asking God to protect us and help us. The shaking of the ground lasted for seconds, we were at the attic during that time. When the Earthquake has finally stopped, we checked our ground floor very quick and all of our things that have been placed in shelving and refrigerator scattered on the floor. We found our rice cooker and blender on the ground. Also the two trays of eggs and other stuff from kitchen. I'm blessed that my prayers were answered because no one in the family was hurt and miraculously only blender and a cup were broken from the said 6.7 magnitude Earthquake. The electricity automatically turned off so, we used our emergency lights. Our boarders were outside of the house and really scared waiting for the alert from the municipality. The entire city was totally in blackouts. After awhile, we went back to bed as if nothing happened while my boarders stayed awake until morning to watch out for the tsunami alert.
Damages The Next Morning
The next morning, I saw the damage left by the quake on our floor. There were cracking but nothing serious. When I checked Facebook, I saw some pictures that gave me ideas on how serious the damages in our city were left in different houses of the town. The school next to our place where some of my boarders studying was really in bad shape. It collapsed! The main picture I used above in this article is the SSCT which is the University near our place.
Aside from blackout, our water was also affected. As you can see in the picture above, the fire truck distributed water to the citizens so they can use it at home. We also did not have water but we still survived with our stock up water at home. On the third day after the quake, the electricity and water returned to our place. But, other places that seriously affected by the quake were really suffering from having no water and electricity at home. Other people evacuated from an open space like in Capitol because of after shock was still felt every now and then. After the major quake, we experienced numerous after shock which are little quakes everyday. The strongest after shock was 4.11 magnitude recorded last Saturday. Experts said that we will experience a lot of after shock and it is normal as they said but it's going to last some weeks or months. Rest assured that the after shocks won't reach the same magnitude with the major Earthquake. The cause of the quake was the moving of the south part of Surigao horizontally going North and the part of Leyte going south. There will be no Tsunami because of this movement horizontally couldn't cause water to raise up according to the experts. The largest Earthquake recorded in history in Surigao part was 7.4 magnitude in 1879. In my existence here in Surigao, this quake last Friday was the strongest Earth Quake with 6.7 magnitude I've ever experienced in the largest damages ever happened. Below are the damages left by the quake:
MAJOR BUILDINGS IN THE CITY PROPER
I always pass by in this University since this is next to my place. That damage was in front of their building. It is at the main entrance door. The classes were cancelled due to this damage. They don't have official announcement yet when will be the resume of their classes. My boarders went back to their respective hometowns since then.
This is where I always get my product to display in my store since their price here is really cheap. The four floors are not really used for commercial for long years, only the ground floor is operating. But, the damage is really disturbing.
The airport couldn't be used. Even the President of the Philippines Mr. Duterte landed in Butuan city then used chopper from there to Surigao during his visitation to check the situation of the town.
This is the front of the hotel. You can see this in the high way when you go to airport or Gaisano Mall.
This mall is next to the bus terminal and airport. The hangout of most of the people in Surigao. I also buy my groceries here since they accept credit cards. I also paid my Pag-Ibig contribution here where the office is located inside plus the immigration office. Because of the damage left by the strong quake, it has the possibility to become a disposable building.
What to do during the calamity?
Always be alert. The first thing you do is to PRAY! Don't panic so, nervous won't attack and you can think to do the right thing in a clear mind.
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