k-1 visa process Interview Appointment Schedule Tip

Scheduling a K-1 Visa Interview is a pain in the ass!

It feels like Winning the lottery when you finally get one. As soon as you see a schedule Do not hesitate to click it and grab it the same minute you see it! It is a competition that you must win as there are thousands of people waiting for that same Interview slot. It can get frustrating. Calling the agency is a waste of time if the schedules are not given yet.  They don’t usually give hints on when the scheduled visa interviews with available dates and times will be. You must TAKE YOUR TIME, THINK POSITIVE and KNOW that Interview date that you want to pop up in your screen!

There is a trick that you can use.  There is a little Firefox browser Plugin that you can use called Check 4 Change.  This plugin can be configured to monitor any changes to the Visa Schedule page.  Here is how to do it.

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Step 1. Register through the website.  If its your first time applying for a visa. Ensure to put your address where you wish the visa to be sent.

https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/SiteRegister?country=Philippines&language=en_US

Step 2: Pay for your visa fee at Bancnet or BPI and add it in the final draft to successfully get an appointment when there is available.

Step 3. Download Check 4 Change in your mozilla firefox browser.

http://check4change.com/

Step 4: Sit in your computer and highlight the words. Right click and set it up every 5 or 30 minutes. I suggest 5 minutes but it might lock you out of the site for exceeding the limit of viewing.

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Step 5: Base on experience and research, the appointment schedules normally appears on Thursdays and Friday. Hours are 1:30 pm , 8:30-9 pm and 10:35am-11am. This might change but this is what I observe. The interview schedule appears below the log out button. As soon as you see a date, request the appointment within seconds . Do it within a minute and send the copy to your email so that you can print it out.

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Good luck! :-)  :-)  :-)

 

 

 

philippines consulate

The philippines consulates are located all over the world.  They are there for the health and well-fare of filipino citizens living abroad.  Philippines consular services include:

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  1. Issuance or renewal of passports, travel documents and visas
  2. Conduct of consular outreach programs
  3. Legalization of certain documents – Consularization (authentication/acknowledgment) of documents, such as SPAs, Deeds, school and medical records, Trademarks, oaths and appointments, etc.
  4. Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths of Filipino nationals
  5. Solemnization of Marriage
  6. Processing of applications for dual citizenship
  7. Citizenship Retention and Re-Acquisition Act of 2003 (R.A. 9225)
  8. Professional Registration at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
  9. Assistance with the following:
    1. Transport of pets to the Philippines;
    2. Applying for NBI clearances;
    3. Renewal of Philippine driver’s license;
    4. Medical Missions to the Philippines
    5. Securing of J-1 waivers

 

TOP 15 Hottest Filipino tv series

TOP 15 Hottest Filipino tv series

Filipino TV programs are constantly evolving and competing to stay on top of the viewers choice ranking. Filipino producers have their fingers on the pulse of what is exciting, what is funny and what is entertaining to filipino views.  As of 2014, the three leading networks are ABS, CBN, GMA and TV 5.  These channels have the hottest filipino TV series in the Philippines:

1. My Love from the Star (GMA-7) - is actually a South Korean fantasy romance tv series aired in the Kapuso (GMA) network.  Wonder why? Filipinos are a huge fan of South Korean movies, tv series and their music.

2.  Mirabella (ABS-CBN) – is a story about love melodramatic fantasy tv series starring by Julia Barretto, Enrique Gil, Sam Concepcion and Mika dela Cruz. The show is aired in Kapamilya ABS CBN network.

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3, Niño (GMA-7) is a TV series of a boy who encourages people in remaining strong and hopeful in facing life’s obstacles.

4. Dyesebel (ABS-CBN) – is a tv series based on a story of a mermaid transforming into a human. It was illustrated in comic book on 1952-53 of a famous comic writer Mars Ravelo.

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5.Kambal Sirena (GMA-7) – is currently on air competing with the other Filipino channel ABS CBN’s Dyesebel with pretty similar concept about mermaids.

6. Ikaw Lamang (ABS-CBN) drama series cast are Kim Chiu, Coco Martin, Julia Montes and Jake Cuenca. These four artists of the young generation are all adored for their great acting.filipino tv series

7. Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real (GMA-7) is a soap opera tv series with a starring role of the Diamond Star Ms Maricel Soriano together wth Dingdong Dantes and Lovi Poe.

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8. Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon (ABS-CBN) main character is Ms Bea Alonzo that will be playing 2 different roles. It is a primetime drama series about two women wanting to get justice.

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9. Beki Boxerfilipino tv series 2 is a comedy drama Filipino tv series aired in TV 5. The story is about a gay guy who wanted more for himself, dreamt of becoming a boxer and hoping for the acceptance from his family.

 

 

 

 

10. Confessions of a Torpe is another drama mix comedy tv series in TV 5 starring Ogie Alcasid, Gelli de Belen and Alice Dixson.

11. Be careful with my Heart is a morning tv series of a businessman who fell in love with the nanny of her kids.

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http://www.starmometer.com/2014/06/28/national-tv-ratings-dyesebel-rules-dading-wins/

12. The hiers is another Korean drama series air in Philippines television.

13. Slamdunk  is a Japanese manga aired in GMA. It has been repeatedly aired in national television but has remained popular each time. Filipinos love the basketball and that is what this animated series is about.

14. Moon of Desirefilipino tv series is a seductive Filipino daytime drama series of ABS CBN lead by stars Ellen Adarna, JC de Vera, Meg Imperial, Dominic Roque and Miko RavaL.

 

15. Fairytail is another Japanese manga series translated into Filipino language.

 reference: http://www.pep.ph/guide/tv-ratings

k-1 visa process BPI payment instruction

k-1 visa process BPI payment instruction

Before going to the bank, K (fiancée and K3) visa applicants must print the applicable U.S. visa application deposit slip.  The visa application deposit slip can be downloaded from the online appointment site: website:http://ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-paymentinfo.asp.

Once you get the visa application deposit fee, take it to the bank to pay the fee.  There is an expiration date on the deposit slip and bank agents will not accept payments if it is expired. Upon payment, the bank will issue a receipt.  This receipt cannot be replaced (they won’t give you another one) so keep it in a safe place.  Applicants will not be able to schedule an appointment without the receipt number.

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sample of a K1 deposit slip

Here is a list of things you must do before going to BPI. This instruction will lessen the hassle of repeatedly getting a priority number in long queue as BPI branches are always busy. I recommend paying offline as it guarantees the transaction with your name on your copy of receipt.

1. Prepare 2 copies of your US visa application deposit slip .

2. Prepare 1 passport photocopy.

3. At the back of your deposit slip, write the following:

Name:

Passport # :

Visa Type:

Contact #:

Signature:

nbi application online philippines and nbi locations

Nbi application online philippines and nbi locations

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is necessary for filipinos getting a new job or leaving the country. To have a faster transaction in requesting for the NBI clearance, an application online is necessary. Don’t forget to print the application form, save the application number and bring it with you. Also, ensure of checking the nbi location before going as there are always changes in government operation.

 There are many NBI locations to choose from:

And to cut the long story short, I will now share to you the list of NBI Clearance Outlets in the Philippines: (from: http://www.nbiclearance.com/)

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nbi j centre mall

NBI Clearance Outlet NBI Location Address
NBI Clearance Center U. N. Avenue, Ermita, Manila
Quezon City Hall Makatarungan St. Diliman QC
Muntinlupa City Victory Shopping Center, Alabang
Mandaluyong City Hall Maysilo Circle, Mandaluyong City
SM SouthMall Alabang Zapote Rd, Las Pinas
Robinson’s Place Basement I Ermita, Manila
Robinson’s Otis Level 2 Guanzon St Paco, Mla
Robinson’s Galleria Basement I Ortigas Ave QC
Robinson’s Metro East Level 4 Marcos Hi-way Pasig
Robinson’s Cainta Level 2 Junction Cainta, Rizal
Robinson’s Novaliches Novaliches QC
Ever Gotesco Recto 3rd Flr Cinema 3 Recto Ave, Manila
Ever Commonwealth 2nd Flr Cinema I Commonwealth Ave., QC
Duty Free Fiesta Mall Ninoy Aquino Ave., Paranaque City
Outside Metro Manila (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao)
NBI Clearance Outlet NBI Location Address
Marilao Municipal Hall Beside PNP Stn Marilao, Bulacan
Lipa City Hall Lipa City, Batangas
Rodriguez Municipal Hall Rodriguez, Rizal
Calamba Municipal Hall Calamba, Laguna
Robinson’s Tarlac Hacienda Luisita
Robinson’s Dasmarinas Dasmarinas, Cavite
Robinson’s Imus Imus, Cavite
Robinson’s Sta Rosa Sta Rosa, Laguna
CyberGate Cebu City
Tuburan Satellite Office Tuburan, Cebu
Tagbilaran Bohol Tagbilaran, Bohol
Bien Unido Bohol
NBI Regional and District Offices
Cordillera Administrative Region Baguio City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region I
Ilocos Regional Office San Fernando, La Union
Dagupan District Office Dagupan City
Laoag District Office Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
Vigan District Office Vigan, Ilocos Sur
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region II
Cagayan Valley Regional Officeice Tuguegarao, Cagayan
Bayombong District Office Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
Isabela District Office Ilagan, Isabela
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region III
Central Luzon Regional Officeice San Fernando, Pampanga
Bulacan District Office Malolos City, Bulacan
Cabanatuan District Office Cabanatuan City, N Ecija
Olongapo District Office Olongapo City, Zambales
Tarlac District Office Tarlac City, Tarlac
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region IV-A
CaLaBaRZon Batangas City, Batangas
Cavite District Office Tagaytay City, Cavite
Lucena District Office Lucena City, Quezon
Laguna District Office Sta Rosa, Laguna
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region IV-B
MiMaRoPa Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
Puerto Princesa District Office Puerto Princesa, Palawan
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region V
Bicol Regional Office Naga City, Camarines Sur
Legaspi District Office Legaspi City, Albay
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region VI
Western Visayas Regional Office Iloilo City, Iloilo
Bacolod District Office Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region VII
Central Visayas Regional Office Cebu City, Cebu
Dumaguete District Office Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region VIII
Eastern Visayas Regional Office Tacloban City, Leyte
Samar District Office Catbalogan City, Samar
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region IX
Western Mindanao Regional Office Zamboanga City
Dipolog District Office Dipolog City
Pagadian District Office Pagadian City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region X
Northeastern Mindanao Cagayan de Oro City
Iligan District Office Iligan City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region XI
Southeastern Mindanao Regional Office Davao City
Tagum District Office Tagum City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region XII
Central Mindanao Regional Office Koronadal City
Saranggani District Office General Santos City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region XIII
CARAGA Butuan City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region XIV
ARMM Cotabato City

 

 

philippines tsunami

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The Philippine archipelago teeters on the edge of the “Ring of Fire”.  The Ring of Fire is an area the frames almost the entire Pacific ocean the edge of which has a LOT of earthquakes and volcanic activity.  Even so you are more likely to see calamity from Typhoons than from tsunamis (they are two different things).

The major seismic activity that occur miles off the shore is what causes huge ocean water displacement.  The displaced sea moves to the shore in a HUGE wave that can cause total destruction.  Tsunami is a borrowed Japanese word – 津浪 (hiragana つなみ) which literally means Harbor Wave – “Tsu” – Harbor “nami” – Wave.

The sporadic occurrences of Philippine Tsunamis is documented going back to 1627 (see NOAA Tsunami database).  Although they do happen they don’t usually take a lot of lives.  The notable exception would be 1976 where a Tsunami hit Mindanao and killed over 4,000 people and destroyed thousands of homes.  There is also 1965 where 355 people were killed by a tsunami in Luzon Island and more recently 81 people died in the 1994.

World Tsunami locations http://www.whoi.edu/ World Tsunami locations
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Typhoon vs. Tsunami

philippines typhoonThe devastation of super storms like Haiyan are sometimes confused with tsunamis or the word “tsunami” is used as an adverb to describe the sheer magnitude of destruction and death of a typhoon.  However, there is a difference between the technical definition of a Typhoon and a tsunami.  Typhoon is storm sweeping in from the ocean on the land and a tsunami can come on clear calm day because its generated by a huge displacement of ocean that gets pushed on to the land (usually from an earthquake).  Also, the death toll of a tsunami can be exponentially higher than a storm.  Super Typhoon Haiyna, one of the largest storm in recorded history, killed 5,260.  The Tohoku Japan Tsunami of 2011 killed 15,887 and the the Indian ocean Tsunami killed over 250,000 in several countries.

 

references:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ –Ring of Fire

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tsunami – origin of the word Tsunami

NOAA Tsunami database http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov

http://www.whoi.edu

Old paper about the philippines tsunami of 1976

dating a filipina

written by a US guy who has dated filipinas (edit Yuri S.)

I have had mix results while dating filipinas.  I cannot say that dating a filipina was any worse or better than dating an American woman.  There are somethings that were better and somethings that were worse.

The positive side of dating a filipina is that they are very loving and go way overboard with trying express love to you… if she is really into you.  In the US this is sometimes called “clingy” and MANY guys do not like it at all.  In fact, it even has a famous meme called “overly attached girlfriend”

Overly Attached Girlfriend dating a filipina

Overly Attached Girlfriend dating a filipina

For me, dating a very attached filipina is a plus, because if she is really into you, YOU become her world and she is constantly looking for ways to express her feelings.  When you let her know you understand and feel the same way, then the relationship blooms to something truly amazing.  Of course, if you don’t want things to “bloom” then Overly Attached filipina girlfriend just seems crazy.  Filipinas are very, very loving.  Their dedication to their man and their family is what makes them the best.

Watch out for date scammers

The downside is that some filipino women are not real with foreigners).  I mean, there are a lot of con-artists.  The problem is that there are Very clever women that scam online, create a romance scam, or just say and do anything to get your financial support.  I am talking about cases in which the love is just not real or maybe there is SOME love but its overshadowed by lies.  Often, the filipina already has a guy (or two).  She was hurt in the past and has a hard time being really in love and vulnerable again so she keeps another guy as a back up plan.  In some cases she is just a cold hearted liar created by the impoverished circumstances of her upbringing or past exes that mistreated her.  Whatever her story is for being that way, you cannot hope to change her without getting hurt over and over by her.  And you have the misfortune of falling for her trap.  In these cases, its not really “dating a filipina” its falling into a scammers trap.  Its happened to me more than once with filipinas but I know its not restricted to just the Philippines.  Don’t be discouraged they are not all like this.

The legitimate filipinas I dated were very, very dedicated, very sweet and very giving.  Looking back on my experiences, I wonder how could I have determined which girls were real, and which ones were fake.  After all sometimes the scammers are very smooth.. they don’t ask for money until they establish a relationship or they never ask but fake a condition where you will feel obligated to ask them if they need help.

Why you SHOULD try dating a filipina

Looking back, I would say that it is actually pretty obvious overtime.  You will know her true intent by her actions.  If she is secretive, not showing video or very many pictures, or cannot give you time or has an extremely sorted past with evil actions, or keeps lying about small things, then you should be suspicious.  If you look at her intentions, you start to see what she is really all about.  The number one rule, is don’t give trust to easily.  If you are dating a filipina consider her situation and be realistic.  Meet her IN PERSON before you make any serious commitment and even then, take your time.

With time you will see that a REAL filipina will always put you first.  She will sometimes seem more concerned for you than for herself.  She will go out of her way to make you happy if she really loves you.

nbi online form and its processes

Nbi online form and its processes

I recently had to go to the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI).  It was necessary for my Visa to the US. NBI clearance is a main requirement for visa application. Here are the process that I had to go through to complete the NBI process.

1. Get your application at the NBI website. http://nbi.njis-ph.com/

Your transaction is faster when you apply online. Review your NBI online form before submitting it. The Online portion of the NBI process is very fast but if you make a mistake it could mean that you have to do the entire process over again.

Errors on your NBI certificate will mean that you have to go to the back of the line, wake up at 3 am and stand on the line for up to 5 hours. You wouldn’t want to keep doing it over and over again.

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2. Ensure that you review everything that are filled out. Once you are sure about your work, print it out.

3. NBI offices opens at 7 or 8 am. Ensure to arrive there as early as 5am to get your priority number as there are hundreds of people lined up for their NBI Clearance.

4.  Review the information on your application that you printed while you are in the queue.

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5. Pay to the Cashier and Inform the encoder of any corrections that need to be made on  your NBI clearance application.

6. Wait for release as the NBI staff makes sure you are not on the “HIT List”.

 

Refined manners and etiquette of Philippine culture

Top 7 refined manners and etiquette of Philippine culture

There are some things you may not have known are a part of Philippine culture. If you are not from the Philippines and are not familiar with some the traditions.  Here are a few basic things to do as part of Philippines culture:

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1. Take off your slippers, sandals or shoes when visiting in other people’s houses unless they tell you to not to take them off. It is rude if you do it without asking permission.

 

 

 

 

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2. Greetings like hi or good morning or smiling to someone you do not know is not common and quite strange unless you did an act of kindness or respect.

 

 

 

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3. Beso  (a goodbye or a greeting kiss) similar to what Europeans do. But for us, we do one side only and holding the shoulders or waistline (for girl friends) at the same time.

 

 

 

philippine culture 44. Overtaking someone in a line is extremely offensive and rude especially in government offices with hundreds of people lined up to get their legal documents such as NBI, marriage and birth certificates.

 

 

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5. Upon riding in a bus jeepney , it is expected to walk fast and be quick (but not bump or push others) since everybody wants to pick the seat and cannot wait to sit. It is also expected to vacate front seats of PUVS for elderly and disabled people. Sad to say but many of young people today do not follow this anymore. Since Philippines is over populated, countless PUV’s operating around the cities and provinces are not enough to cater every citizens.

6. Calling somebody who’s across the street with hand sign and nodding is normal instead of yelling. (my husband gets irritated of it LOL. he said its like calling a dog)

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7. Wearing transparent clothes, very vulgar clothes or Jeans showing butt crack during daytime is considered very humiliating and can get mean looks from people. People with weird (like Emo fashion) or updated fashion also get looks from people.

 

Disclaimer: Not all Filipinos are aware of this.

Philippines Tourism

Philippines Tourism

The Philippines is one the best places in asia to visit.  There is great food, amazing fiestas, beautiful beaches, thousands of islands with incredible sites and historic places.  If you speak English you will find that there is no language barrier in the major cities.

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image: tourism.gov.ph

Its really among my favorite places in South East Asia so I was surprised to realize that Philippines tourism is not in the top 10 most visited tourist countries.  While the Philippines pulled 1.6 million tourists its got a long way to catch up with other ASEAN countries:

According to UN World Tourism Organization, In 2013

1    China    55.7 million

2    Thailand    26.5 million

3    Malaysia    25.7 million

—    Hong Kong, China    25.6 million

—    Macau, China    14.2 million

4    South Korea    12.1 million

5    Singapore    —    11.0 million

6    Japan    10.3 million

7    Indonesia    8.8 million

8    Taiwan    8.0 million    7.3 million

9    Vietnam    7.5 million

10    India    6.8 million

from: UN World Tourism Organization – http://www.e-unwto.org/content/r13521/fulltext.pdf

Of the 1.6 million who visited the Philippines in 2013, almost 60% came from nearby asian countries such as South Korea, China and Japan.  About 19% came from the Americas and 11% from Europe.

2013 brought a 10% increase in the amount of Philippines tourism.  South Korea makes up the biggest visitors at 22% all by itself.

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image: tourism.gov.ph

source: www.tourism.gov.ph/Pages/IndustryPerformance.aspx

If you have a chance to go, the Philippines is definitely worth a long visit because whatever you decide to do, its more fun in the Philippines!

 

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