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    Patricia

    Majority of my friends call me Trish, I guess you could call me that too. I'm a transcriptions editor with a really messed up body clock and never ending affinity for films, food and written words. I like street art, sweets, neutrals and monochromes, sushi, window seats, golf carts and lazy weekends.

    Some of the things that completely preoccupy me are my fixation with the now defunct The Civil Wars and their beautiful art of sadness, Oh Sehun, sleeping, CSS and HTML, @iameden, and those damn hypnotizing Tasty videos. Top country in my travel bucketlist? Iceland. But the one that will always have my heart? Hong Kong.


    My lack of any type of proof of identification (SSS ID, TIN ID, Postal ID and the works) caught up with me as I struggled to at least get an NBI Clearance as early as possible. Before going to any NBI office, I decided to browse the internetz, looking for forums or blog posts that may help me find a faster way of obtaining this precious sheet of paper.

    And with the recent revamp of the application process wherein everybody starts as a new applicant, we all heard stories on how people spent countless hours or worst, an entire day just to be accommodated. I thought, “There must be a better way to do this.” So, I removed all trace of laziness in my body and decided I will do this tomorrow. Hehe.

    If you’re looking for the fastest way possible, you can try the online application. From what I’ve read in NBI’s official website, you will be asked to pay first using G-Cash (yey), fill out a form and will be asked to set an appointment. Voila! You can go to an NBI office and present your reference number to a special line for those who opted to apply online.

    I’m still quite reluctant with this as I’ve never known anybody personally who tried this though I’m reading great reviews on some blogs. For whatever reason you don’t like to try the online application yet and would rather go to an NBI satellite office, one recommendation I can give you is go to Robinsons Otis. I read online  that there’s not much people there compared to those in Robinsons Galleria (crazy, line starts 4:00 AM!) or the Main office. I didn’t risk my efforts of not making it to the 500 per day quota so I went to Robinsons Otis yesterday.

    Arrived there around 7:00 AM and I already saw a couple of people in line. I was 15th in line so I already knew I sure will be accommodated. The waiting was the hardest thing! I brought books to help me pass time but I just fiddled my phone the whole time until it ran out of power. Don’t forget to bring refreshments so you need not leave the line in case you get thirsty or hungry. The mall opened around 10:00 AM and we were instructed to go to the 2nd floor. We were given numbers as well to avoid confusing those who waited in line to those who just arrived and asked to sit in an area which was a couple of steps away from the NBI office itself.

    We were handed forms and given specific instructions on how to fill it out. Reminders: Write legibly, bring a black ballpen and listen to the instructions provided to you as some information needs to be very specific. Also, they will need you to provide your height both in feet and centimeters and your weight both in pounds and kilograms so it would be better if you can convert beforehand. After a few minutes we were ushered to the office to start the process.

    Step 1: Payment
    PhP 115 was the amount to pay for Local Employment and Travel Abroad purposes. The fee depends on for what purpose the clearance will be used. It will be better if you can provide the exact amount so everything will be faster.


    Step 2: Data Encoding
    Hand the encoder the form you filled out together with your valid ID (one ID is okay, they even honor your recently expired NBI Clearance) and double check all the data on the monitor as it is inputted in their software. This is the very information that will appear on your NBI Clearance.

    Step 3: Photo Capture and Biometrics
    Give your receipt to the officer there and you will be instructed to lean on that white background they had set-up and look at the webcam. When it’s done, press your fingers on the biometrics starting with the right thumb.

    Now, here’s the tricky part. You will be given back your receipt after. Don’t forget to check the back of the receipt if they stamped a date on it. I cannot fathom why they won’t tell you upfront that the date indicated at the back is the date you will be able to claim your clearance. Some people waited there clueless that they will not be receiving their clearance that day. If yours was not stamped, you can proceed to the next step.

    Step 4: Releasing
    Sit down, relax as this may take a few minutes and wait for your name to be called.

    The whole process took me less than an hour, as usual, waiting in line ate more time. If you’re planning to go to Robinsons Otis, you may also go at a later time (some recommend after lunch), I’m sure your application will still be processed.

    Any other questions?

    . Wednesday, August 29, 2012 .

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    . Wednesday, August 29, 2012 .


    My lack of any type of proof of identification (SSS ID, TIN ID, Postal ID and the works) caught up with me as I struggled to at least get an NBI Clearance as early as possible. Before going to any NBI office, I decided to browse the internetz, looking for forums or blog posts that may help me find a faster way of obtaining this precious sheet of paper.

    And with the recent revamp of the application process wherein everybody starts as a new applicant, we all heard stories on how people spent countless hours or worst, an entire day just to be accommodated. I thought, “There must be a better way to do this.” So, I removed all trace of laziness in my body and decided I will do this tomorrow. Hehe.

    If you’re looking for the fastest way possible, you can try the online application. From what I’ve read in NBI’s official website, you will be asked to pay first using G-Cash (yey), fill out a form and will be asked to set an appointment. Voila! You can go to an NBI office and present your reference number to a special line for those who opted to apply online.

    I’m still quite reluctant with this as I’ve never known anybody personally who tried this though I’m reading great reviews on some blogs. For whatever reason you don’t like to try the online application yet and would rather go to an NBI satellite office, one recommendation I can give you is go to Robinsons Otis. I read online  that there’s not much people there compared to those in Robinsons Galleria (crazy, line starts 4:00 AM!) or the Main office. I didn’t risk my efforts of not making it to the 500 per day quota so I went to Robinsons Otis yesterday.

    Arrived there around 7:00 AM and I already saw a couple of people in line. I was 15th in line so I already knew I sure will be accommodated. The waiting was the hardest thing! I brought books to help me pass time but I just fiddled my phone the whole time until it ran out of power. Don’t forget to bring refreshments so you need not leave the line in case you get thirsty or hungry. The mall opened around 10:00 AM and we were instructed to go to the 2nd floor. We were given numbers as well to avoid confusing those who waited in line to those who just arrived and asked to sit in an area which was a couple of steps away from the NBI office itself.

    We were handed forms and given specific instructions on how to fill it out. Reminders: Write legibly, bring a black ballpen and listen to the instructions provided to you as some information needs to be very specific. Also, they will need you to provide your height both in feet and centimeters and your weight both in pounds and kilograms so it would be better if you can convert beforehand. After a few minutes we were ushered to the office to start the process.

    Step 1: Payment
    PhP 115 was the amount to pay for Local Employment and Travel Abroad purposes. The fee depends on for what purpose the clearance will be used. It will be better if you can provide the exact amount so everything will be faster.


    Step 2: Data Encoding
    Hand the encoder the form you filled out together with your valid ID (one ID is okay, they even honor your recently expired NBI Clearance) and double check all the data on the monitor as it is inputted in their software. This is the very information that will appear on your NBI Clearance.

    Step 3: Photo Capture and Biometrics
    Give your receipt to the officer there and you will be instructed to lean on that white background they had set-up and look at the webcam. When it’s done, press your fingers on the biometrics starting with the right thumb.

    Now, here’s the tricky part. You will be given back your receipt after. Don’t forget to check the back of the receipt if they stamped a date on it. I cannot fathom why they won’t tell you upfront that the date indicated at the back is the date you will be able to claim your clearance. Some people waited there clueless that they will not be receiving their clearance that day. If yours was not stamped, you can proceed to the next step.

    Step 4: Releasing
    Sit down, relax as this may take a few minutes and wait for your name to be called.

    The whole process took me less than an hour, as usual, waiting in line ate more time. If you’re planning to go to Robinsons Otis, you may also go at a later time (some recommend after lunch), I’m sure your application will still be processed.

    Any other questions?

    . Tuesday, August 28, 2012 .


    My friends just came home from their weekend trip to Marinduque (jealous) and I am here nursing a splitting headache. I was not able to go to work today and there's a ton of things left to do. Nothing's set in stone yet though the inevitable will absolutely happen. My head's painful to the core but I have to grab this time to at least update and reduce the backlog of things I want to share with the world. (I almost sounded robotic there. Haha.)

    Yep, been to Salcedo Market around the second week of this month. I was excited to go because it's my first time and I've never been to food markets or such. If you're in the same working hours as mine, you'd really appreciate a place like this. It was a good thing we went there early because that place got packed right away!


    We arrived there and went around a few times to see and explore all options that we had. Hehe. It was also my moment to take quick snap shots of the place before I sit down and eat.

    First few things that caught my eye.


    . Thursday, August 09, 2012 .


    The sun is finally here.

    Spent three days indoors, eyes and ears glued to the television, faces illuminated with the streams of light, gasping in unison as horrors unfold before our very eyes. People climbing to their roofs as it was the only higher land, infants partially wrapped in plastic just so they won't be wet and, dogs left to swim for their lives in those strong water currents. Slowly, they are drifted towards an unknown with no one to save them. How heartbreaking. For that certain moment, we all pray for the safety of everyone, even ourselves, the ones in more comfort, the ones drier and safer. I know I'm in no position to whine (even though we consumed nothing but canned goods and processed food the entire time we're stuck at home, making me think I already ate 3 months worth of sodium) because I am nowhere near what other people experienced.

    We all know history repeats itself, but, we thought that only happens in a smaller scale. Like a heartbreak from a relationship, getting a flat tire, unintentionally leaving your wallet at home or trusting somebody you knew from the very start you shouldn't. But never like this. A national catastrophe that left some homeless and even took lives of loved ones, and being in an roller coaster of emotions. Nothing like this again. Experiencing the same emotions that you had way back 2009 (Typhoon Ondoy). Not knowing when this will stop, where do we get help and how do we start over. Vulnerability all over again.

    In times like these, you sort of make a mental note of your should haves, would haves and could haves. I know I made one. I wanted to go home and be with my family. I wanted to see our dog and make sure he's alright. I should've been inside my room, lying in my bed, counting the first few raindrops until I feel the water crawling up my feet. At least I was there, with them. I should've left a long time ago but I was too scared to start all over again. Now, it feels like time is an anchor weighing me down. And I'm scared I won't be able to make it to land and experience all things I've never experienced.

    You stop and think about all the chaos and what do you do to justify your existence. After quite a while, you had too much time in your hands and heads that you can't help but think about things that you didn't had the time to think about before. You puff the smoke you last inhaled, twirl the cigarette secured between your fingers, stare at the continuous pouring rain and hope tomorrow will be brighter.

    Then your thoughts drift to the situations that you completely have no control over. Like water slipping through your hands, awkward moments with some random acquaintance you shared a ride with, muscle spams under your eyes. Like this monsoon rain that swept the country for three days, you can't do anything about it, just let it happen, let it take its course then let it go.

    The sun is up. Maybe today is unlike most days. Maybe today you can do something different. Maybe today is another day towards the same thing you never thought will ever unfold again. We'll never know. We just have to live one day at a time, extending the same kindness, empathy, love, consideration to other people as well as to yourself.

    The commotion may be all around you or just inside your head, it may be something that happened before or something you're not familiar. Whatever the magnitude, it will be over soon. Always.

    The sun is up. Finally.

    . Monday, August 06, 2012 .


    It's been two weeks since I last went home to see my folks. I miss them terribly. The weather just won"t cooperate plus I dread being stuck in traffic for 2 hours when I could just use it to sleep. Ahh. Times have changed. I'm not the girl who could stand the Cavite traffic anymore. Hahaha. Right.

    That picture above is taken at our room last night. I was supposed to put something up last night but the battery died. Anyway, that is Fritzie on the right, busy catching up with her work related emails since she was out of the office for a week. On the left, you could see pictures plastered up the wall of half naked bodies (of Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, in case you're wondering) but I think it's too blurred, you can't see it.

    I can't believe it's August already. I know where all the time went but everything is just happening so fast. Feels I'm always running late and always left behind. Something new/better always keeps on coming and the world/time doesn't seem to wait for you to make up your mind. It's like I'm surrounded by a whirlwind.

    Well, the world will not wait for anyone. It will just keep on spinning until it finally disintegrates into nothing.

    I wasn't able to get my salary last Friday due to some errors they had in the office. I was just blown away when I learned that. Yes, I am serious. Good thing my former boss was so kind to lend me money.

    Oh well. Here's a group picture of the people I now work with (ya, since teh promotion). We just had a Christmas Party last Saturday morning (hahaha). Weirdos. Seriously, we did have one. I even got a purple, ceramic frying pan from the exchange gift (which was another weird thing). We finally have a frying pan! Yehey!


    So there. Besides that, I just watched a whole bunch of movies that they downloaded to pass time.

    I can't believe it's Monday again.

    I can't believe it's too soon.

    It's too soon and I'm still stuck.