Passport Application (Philippines)

Philippine Passport

On March 19, my sister and I applied for passport. I’ve read blog posts about how fast the process is, but in reality it isn’t. Maybe it’s because it’s March now; vacation months are coming.

We’re scheduled for 3 PM and we got at Department of Foreign Affaris  (DFA) at 2. Here’s a part of the queue that greeted us!

Passport Application Queue

Passport Application Queue

We finished our application at around 5:30.

So here’s a tip: be at DFA at least 2 hours before your appointment.

Application process:

  1. Set an appointment here.
  2. Bring application form, and original and photocopy of your documentary requirements, which you can read here.

You may also refer to this list that emailed me.

NSO Birth certificate

Original Valid ID

Original ID i.e. Senior Citizen’s ID, Voter’s ID, digitized government-issued IDs like SSS, PRC, Driver’s License,

original school ID (for students only) and one original supporting document indicating full name, date and

place of birth, and citizenship.

Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:

  • Old College ID
  • Alumni ID
  • Old Employment IDs

Other Supporting Documents

Please bring the following if they are available.

         Marriage Contract

         PRC / IBP ID

         Land Title

         Driver’s License

         Government Service Record

         School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with Dry Seal

         Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and or citizenship

         Voter’s Registration Record from COMELEC Intramuros

         Baptismal Certificate with Dry Seal

         Seaman’s Book

         NBI Clearance

         Income Tax Return (Old)

3. On your appointment day, go to the DFA branch you selected. For DFA Manila, it’s at SM Manila, 5th floor. Queue outside DFA. (Ask the guard to be sure you’re queuing at the right place.)

4. Once you’re in DFA, someone in the Information Centre will sign your application form.

5. Processing. Show your application form, original and photocopied requirements. (This is another queue. You’ll spend a lot of your time standing but you can already sit once you’re near the Processing counter.)

6. Pay. (Just a very short and fast queue.)

  • Regular Processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

7.  Biometrics and photo taking. (Another queue but there are seats!)

8. (Optional) Courier. If you want them to deliver your passport to your house, you can pay P120 at the Courier just right before you leave DFA. Alternatively, you can just go back to DFA at the date written on your receipt.

What to Wear?

There isn’t really a dress code but just to be on the safe side, wear a top that has sleeves and that doesn’t show cleavage. Wear pants and shoes. (I was in a polo shirt, jeans, sneakers.)

Other Tips

  • Don’t wear necklace and earrings. They’re not allowed in photo-capturing.
  • Don’t wear false long eyelashes. My sister did so and she was told they’d photoshop it out. (I can’t imagine it, but if you would prefer to be eyelash-less in your passport photo, go for it.)
  • Don’t bring food inside DFA. You may bring a bottle of water. (But don’t leave the bottle there. You’re a human, not a humanised rat. Sorry, rats.)
  • Don’t show teeth during photo-capturing. In fact, just don’t smile at all. Neutral face is encouraged. Think: Lady Gaga’s pokerface. Or think: model’s face.
  • You can actually use your Voter’s ID as “original ID” and not just a “supporting document” (as opposed to what’s written on DFA’s site). I was afraid they wouldn’t accept mine but they did.
  • They don’t return original birth certificate so apply for more than one birth certificate at the NSO so you won’t have to go back there when you need a birth certificate for other matters.
  • Be patient. At least the queue doesn’t last for a whole day!


He Put My Ring In His Pocket!!!

Jenn Besonia:

Breakups can be devastatingly sad but this story made me crack up into laughter.
She wants her ring back! Did you hear that, Fratboy?!

Originally posted on Happy Monkey Land and Other Musings on Life:

Daily Prompt: Tainted Love ..

Ever been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend? Was it a total surprise, or something you saw coming? Tell us your best worst breakup story. Never been the dumpee, always the dumper? Relate the story of a friend who got unceremoniously kicked to the curb. Change the names to protect the innocent if you must.

I swear, I laughed out loud when I read this prompt.  Loud guffaws.  Tell about a break-up?!?  Hell, this blog was STARTED as a way for me to work through the rambling musings bouncing around in my brain post-break-up with my former love!  I have written mmmaaaannnnyyyy posts about the very subject.  Well, more about the aftermath than of the actual event, but still.  I’ve also written about the end of my marriage.  May haps I should just link my whole damn blog!?

But, I shan’t.  As while those are interesting…

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Best-selling book “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett for sale

Yes. If you flipped the black book, it has white cover at the back.


I’m selling an extra copy of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett at a discounted price. Hardback. New. British version.

Original Price is P500, but I’m selling this for P400.

I can ship anywhere in the Philippines.

Payment should be made through Western Union or Paypal.

No meet-up. I’m busy reading. I’ll ship via 2Go. Thanks. :)

I have two copies of this book so I don’t really need this one I’m selling.


If you don’t know Neil Gaiman, he’s the author of the books of Coraline and Stardust (To be sure, you’ve seen those amazing films.) He also wrote the script for two Doctor Who episodes namely The Doctor’s Wife and Nightmare in Silver. I don’t know much about Terry Pratchett except that I love his humour and he’s brilliant.

New York Times Review of Good Omens.

A Goodreads Member Review of Good Omens

If you want to buy this book, fill up this form (the message will go directly to my email).

Loki and Sherlock are in War Horse

war horseWhat an entertaining movie! Who knew I’d like War Horse? I’d be lying if I say I’m interested in wars and horses, but I bought a DVD copy of War Horse from (an insanely cheap) sale because its cover says it’s a Steven Spielberg film. I associate Steven Spielberg with the enjoyable Sci-Fi film Super 8; although a quick google told me Steven Spielberg was that movie’s producer and not director. I do know for sure that he’s really a famous brilliant director. Hell, the man made Jurassic Park.

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War Horse started slow and cheesy. I’m glad though that I stuck around because the moment Loki (Tom Hiddleston, but I’m calling him Loki) turned up, it got really exciting. (Or maybe I’m just being a biased fangirl here, but hey, the war started just right after we see Loki in this movie. So there was more excitement and less drama) And then oh boy, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) was in it too! He has a moustache here but if you’re a true Cumberbabe, you’ll recognise him.

Fangirling aside, the movie was excellent in showing a war with a clever and loyal horse being its main focus. Of course it’s sad that people die, but what about the innocent horses used in wars, right? This movie shows that and very excellently too. It’s hard not to like War Horse, considering it has a good plot and production value. Some lines and scenes were even funny.

By the time the movie was done, I couldn’t help liking and admiring the horse Joey that I wish I were in the movie’s last scene and were goddamn rich, so I could have bid for it for more than 1,000 guineas!

What Did Number Four Do To Them?

Mashable posted about how Facebook ID-ing works. If you want to brag about how few digits your ID has, open another tab on your browser and type . For example, I typed and got 694468174. This isn’t really a big deal and just for you bored folks out there. If you want to know more about why these numbers can be used as bragging rights, just read Mashable’s post because I’m too lazy to paraphrase them. I actually tried it too with a friend’s profile and I am so delighted to say that I have lower id number than my friend, so suck it, man.

Someone commented Mark Zuckerberg’s id number is 4. I just want him to say “I am number four” in a formidable way and I think that would make another brilliant David Fincher movie if done right. Who knows?

Because I’m a sad human being who have nothing better to do at 1 AM, I went on checking who’s number 1, 2, and 3. And this will make a really good David Fincher thriller/mystery film, because the three are gone. JUST GONE. Zuck, what did you do to them? And because I was enjoying searching who’s who, I continued searching for 5-10. I am so sad to let you know that 8 and 9 are gone as well.

I’ll just wait for the movie What Did Number Four Do To Them directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse-the-cute-guy-in-Now-You-See-Me-but-no-so-cute-in-other-films-such-as-Zombieland-so-I-conclude-it-must-be-the-hair.

And God Sayeth Let Jenn Have A Photo Of NZ Sheep

GUS IN HOBBITON, NZ: Are there no sheep in Asia? Because all of the Asian tourists were taking photos of the sheep.
WALL: Asian tourists take picture of everything. Sorry, Jenn, but it’s true. Huahuahuah
GUS: Who said that?
JENN: I did! As an Asian, I feel it’s my God-given right to have a photo of a sheep.
GUS: You have Google.
JENN: But NZ sheep is different. And it’s different when you meet them yourself; they’re more real. Google photos are just illusions made by God.

I'm still waiting for him to send me a photo of a sheep. In the meantime, here's a photo of a sheep that Pam Pastor took.

I’m still waiting for him to send me a photo of a sheep. In the meantime, here’s one that Pam Pastor took when she went to New Zealand.