San Juan to Makati

Goodbye, MOA

Posted in Europe,fashion,malls,outside Philippines,travel by yangiwei on March 15, 2011

Photo courtesy of Jayson's Fb album

I don’t remember going to MOA as often as I have this year.  It’s only March and I’ve been to Chefs on Parade 2011, then the 18th PTAA Travel and Tour Expo 2011 last February 18, and last night for the 2nd Philippine International PyroMusical Competition.

New Era had one of the best European deals, said my friend.

My friend had driven the first two times, as I have never driven to Mall of Asia ever and have no plans of ever doing so.

The Mama Sita booth was probably the prettiest in all of Chefs on Parade.

I had vowed to myself that I would not go anywhere where I would have to rely on a busy blogger to drive me anywhere, which accounted for my missing the Kaos blogger event.

'Tangkilikin ang Sariling Atin.'

When Jayson told me that the , almost bit him because he had accidentally stepped on the tail, I kinda regretted not going, as I like animals.  ASUY said that it was a good show. comparable to what she had seen in Vegas.

I remember going to MOA only twice last year.

So when Jayson said that AXN Access had given him tickets for the Pyromusical Competition last night, I said that I was going only if he was driving.

My first time to attend Fashion Week.

But due to a confluence of events, I ended up going with a driver.  Cayoy Pe-Yu had posted directions on my Fb wall:

from ortigas ave.,turn right na to EDSA (POEA) then straight straight straight straight straight straight lang till you reach edsa’s
”DEAD END” which is,,,the ever famous MALL OF ASIA.

It was my first time to go to the Travel Expo.

Too late.  By the time I arrived at TGIFriday’s, I only had a partial view of the fireworks, although I experienced the wows of the audience.

RKL brought and lit Dragon Professional Fireworks for us last January 1.

I had asked our driver to stay until 10, but he went home at 9:30 pm.

Photo: Jayson.

Because of my new hairstyle :), Jayson did not recognize me and left!  He received my twenty texts about an hour around 11:30 pm.

The best deal that Maven 3's Meg Koh had found, was a buy-one, take-one Russian tour.

UCPB nearest Russian Embassy

Posted in Europe,Makati,outside Philippines,streets,travel by yangiwei on March 5, 2011

Paseo de Roxas approaching de la Rosa Street.

My friend said that she needs to pay the Russian Embassy with a UCPB manager’s check.  She said that the Russian Embassy is on Rada Street.

The United Coconut Planters Bank website shows three Legaspi Village branches: Rufino, dela Rosa and Salcedo.

According to the Makati CBD DPC Grid Map, Rufino is the nearest, as it is two streets away.  Asian Mansion is more than four streets away.  Salcedo St. is eight streets away.

May 7, 2010: I tried to document as many Noynoy stickers that I could find.

How do you go to Rada Street from the Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge?  The route I like best is in The Way From Makati to San Juan.  Once you reach Rufino, cross dela Rosa, turn left at Legazpi StreetRada is the second street on the left.

April 29, 2010: Correction: I really set out to take as many election stickers that I could find.

My friend needs to go to a UCPB because the Russian Embassy person that she spoke with said that the exchange rate fluctuates everyday, so she would know the exact visa fee on the day itself.  She says that she wished that the Russian Embassy could give an estimate.

Getting a Schengen Visa at the Netherlands Embassy

I asked Joyleen of Filman Travel why EFY and ASUY were going to the Netherlands Embassy.   I had thought that you could just go to any of the embassies of the Schengen countries that you were going to.  Because it was where the Ys were staying the longest, she said.

P. Guevarra traffic was hardly moving, so we tried this road.

The Royal Netherlands Embassy to the Philippines is at 26th Floor, Equitable PCI Bank Tower, 8751 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.  It is across Tower One and beside BA Lepanto, between Sedeno and Villar.  It surprises me that it is still not named BDO like the other Equitable PCI on Makati Avenue and the Equitable building on Paseo corner Sen. Gil Puyat. We passed the Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge, turned right at J. P. Rizal, turned left at the gas station/Nicanor Garcia, turn right at Sen. Gil Puyat, turn right at Zuellig Loop, the same route as in The Way From Makati to San Juan, except that after turning left at V. A. Rufino, we turned left at Valero, turned right at the Valero Access Road after Paseo Center.  The road where Kitaro is, is one way coming out, so we turned right at the other end of the Access Road.  Equitable was the blue building, right after BA LepantoEquitable is the second building on the left.

Coming from St. John's Academy street, we ended up in Blumentritt.

Filman had advised the Ys to bring their bank statement, copies of travel insurance policies (Blue Cross automatically prepares two copies per policy, one original for the Insured, and a pink copy for the Embassy), and photos.  The Ys also brought their old passports, which showed that they had been to Europe before.

Note the tower and the jeep.

According to the Netherlands Embassy site, you need to have 30,000 Euros worth of travel insurance. At yesterday’s Euro-Philippine Peso exchange rate of 58.476, that’s P 1,754,197.083.

We were on the road at around 7:30 am.

The Netherlands Embassy opens at 9 am, but the Ys were called at 8:30 am.  Necy Germones of Filman got numbers 1 and 2 at 7:15 am.  Before the Ys, RT was there from 10 am and was very hungry by the time he got home at around 4 pm.

We were back in San Juan before 10 am.

Incidentally, St. John’s is on Jose Gil St. but I can’t find the street in the 2010 PLDT Household and Business Directory map.

From Shakey's banner street.