While in Brisbane, I live at Oaks Lexicon Apartments. I rode a taxi from airport going here and the fare was around $50. Let me give you a tour to my apartment. For security reasons, the front doors to the lobby entrance are locked between 10pm and 6am daily. Building access, the black circular shaped attached to the keys, are required to enter during those hours.


Luckily, I arrived 11 in the morning. I paid first for the rent and the receptionist handed me the keys to my apartment. Payments can be made by cash, credit card or EFTPOS. All credit card payments will incur a service fee of 1.5%. If guests arrived between 10pm and 6am, special check in arrangement is made.


The key with an orange mark (picture above) is the key to my apartment while the other one is the key for the gym. Not all guests have the key for the gym. The receptionist asked me if I will use the gym facilities and I said yes that why he gave me a key.Two sets of keys for the apartment are available but I chose to keep only one so that in case I got lock out, I can ask for the duplicate from them. Lost keys will have a fee of $300 per set. The same black circular shaped attached to the keys will be used to access your floor at the lift.


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[Read Part 1 here] Going to Brisbane, my layover was at Singapore. I don’t need to go through immigration check since I didn’t left airport. I just waited there for more than 4 hours until my plane was ready to leave. I already got my boarding pass to Brisbane before I left Manila so no need to check in again.

Inside Changi Airport, I wandered around to look for a WiFi password portal and flight connection information.

IMG_1631At the WiFi password portal, after the machine detected and scanned my passport. It generated a password that I used to connect to the WiFi.


Boarding gate was not yet indicated in my boarding pass. Since it’s still 4 hours before my scheduled departure, the flight schedule for my trip was not yet displayed on the flight connection information screen. I checked the boarding gate manually at a flight information terminal.


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The purpose of this blog post is to document my journey so that in the future I have something to reminisce about. My flight was from Manila to Brisbane with a stop over at Singapore, both trips were via Singapore Airlines. For Part 1, I’ll be blogging about my trip to Singapore.

This is my first time to fly to Australia and the reason I’ll be flying was because the company I’m working for sent me to work in Brisbane. The model of the plane I rode going to Singapore was Boeing 777-200 Passenger. I was seated at the economy section of the plane. The number of seats for most of the rows are 2-3-2. Two seats on both sides and 3 seats at the middle.


Foot rest are available at the bottom of each seats.


At the back of each head rest, is a tv screen where passengers can watch movies or tv shows, listen to music, track the flight status or play interactive games.

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The controller is placed at the side of the arm rest of each seats. Each seat also have a pillow and an earphone.

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In this day and age, most people find online shopping more convenient than going to the physical store. It saves your time, effort and money. You can avoid the long queues at the cashier when paying for your items. Online shopping can be cheaper too due to coupons and discounts being offered that you can use. It is also any time of the day.

Not only that, shops have limited variety of products. For example, you wanted to buy a watch and a pair of shoes from two different stores. You need to transfer from one store to another store and look for your desired item.

But as more and more new online shops emerged, it became increasingly difficult to find the products you are looking for as well as the best offers and promotions. What was missing was the one stop shopping destination that lets you easily find any product online, in an intuitive and visual fashion.


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For the past few months, I wasn’t able to post an entry here in my blog due to being busy with work and personal stuffs.

Just to give my readers an update, last December 27, 2014, I got engaged to my best friend. It was a long day for us that day and I didn’t expect for it to happen. I won’t go much into details but for the summary, here it goes:

Around 8 in the morning that day, we dropped off my mom in QC and had our breakfast at a nearby fast food restaurant. After breakfast, we headed to SM MOA to watch an MMFF movie. We then visited his relatives in Cavite in the afternoon and stayed there for an hour. Around 4pm, we headed back to Manila. On the way to Manila, I got an intuition that something will happen that night but I don’t know how and I don’t know what time. By the time we reached Alabang, it was already late dinner time. We had our dinner at The Nest, 31st floor of Vivere Hotel & Resorts. After dinner, he proposed to me and i said YES! :) No words can explain what I felt that night. I couldn’t wait to tell my family that we’re engaged but when I reached home, they were already sleeping. I immediately updated my status on Facebook and that’s where my family knew the news.🙂

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 Happy Easter everyone! This is a very very late post. You will see in the pictures below, the dates were dated last February. Anyway, it is better late than never.🙂

I’m posting this entry to serve as a guide to tourist who will be going to Boracay via Caticlan. I know there are already a lot of articles  related to this post, but this post will be a more detailed post with pictures.🙂


Boracay Island


From [1]Godofredo P. Ramos Airport to [2]Caticlan Jetty Port


Boracay Airport

Upon landing at Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, we entered the arrival area where we waited for our check-in luggage.

Caticlan Arrival Area

While waiting for our luggage, we were asked to register first at the counter. Only one person needs to register per group.

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Just to share a quick background, I enrolled at the Universal Driving School and paid their fee of PHP 1,400 to assist me in my application of a non-pro driver’s license.

What I will be sharing here is my experienced with the Universal Driving School when I applied for my Non-Pro Driver’s License. So if  you are enrolled or planning to enroll at the Universal Driving School, this may serve as your guide and reference.

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Here’s MY experience:

1. A 4-pages reviewer for the written exam costs PHP 20. My advice is don’t buy it. Just click this link or search the web for online reviewers.

2. Driver’s license application assistance is every Wednesdays only. Set a date and inform the registrar when you plan to have your driver’s license application.  Pay PHP 1,400 for the assistance fee and driver’s license application fee.

3. On the day of the application, all applicants from the different branches of the driving school will be asked to go to the Universal Driving School – J.P. Rizal branch at 6:00 AM.


Meet Up Location – Universal Driving School J.P. Rizal Branch

Opposite the Universal Driving School – J.P. Rizal branch is the Makati Municipal Building.


Makati Municipal Building

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Number Coding Scheme in Metro Manila

Source: MMDA Twitter post. Please call MMDA Hotline 136 or 8820860 if you have any questions.

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