Friday, August 23, 2013

Flood and Bad Weather during my NCLEX exam

If you've been watching the news, typhoon Maring flooded 80% of Manila. Unfortunately for me, I was there when it happened.

I was there on the 19th, a day before my exam. It rained the whole night so when we woke up, the road outside our hotel was nealry waist deep.

I'm already panicking at this stage. I kept calling all the numbers at my ATT but I kept getting a fixed message plus being referred to another number. I called the one for the US and all it advised me was to contact the local one here for Manila.

Because it was so impossible, I decided not to go to the testing center. I went in the afternoon when the rain subsided a bit. To my surprise, there were still some people who went to Trident in the morning despite the bad weather. The guard at the door didn't really know or care if the exam was cancelled or not so they told me to go up at 27th floor for Pearsonvue.

Thankfully the guard/watcher there did affirm that the NCLEX exam was cancelled since yesterday. Actually all other exams at Pearsonvue were cancelled including HAAD I think.

Unfortunately (another unfortunate for me), my Authorization to test (ATT) is to expire on Aug 27th. There are no more available slots at Pearsonvue from 21st-27th. So what happens now?

I called the numbers listed, and they told me to wait 3-5 business days. Now I'm waiting, with my fingers crossed. Because I really do not want to go through the process of reapplying all over again and spendin much $$$ on this.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Don't Buy Samsung Aircon

Yes, as the title reads, don't buy Samsung Aircons.

Despite the brand's current fame worldwide as being a trusted brand, I no longer equate the brand's name to quality and efficient service.

The past 2-3 years we've bought a Samsung LCD TV, a Samsung camera and a Samsung aircon.

 We bought our aircon last 2011 and it was supposed to reach it's 2 year mark this September. Unfortunately before it stopped cooling completely, we had to have it cleaned a lot because it was not performing as well as when it was brand new. Then all of a sudden it's broken.

They told us it was an "outdoor board defect" and thus it was not covered by the warranty. Okay... so that's life. What's depressing is we had to wait at least a MONTH to have it fixed! Is that efficient?

So far we have been disappointed by our Samsung products. Our Samsung LCD was hit by lightning and so it's now broken too. I don't know how long we have to wait to have it fixed and how much they will charge for it this time.

I don't know how well the Samsung phones fare since they seem to be a hot commodity right now. But I for one won't consider buying another Samsung product for a while. Maybe never again because of this experience

I emailed their customer service and I got a reply on my first email. They told me to email again proof of purchase etc... and it's funny because underneath that email is a note that says "do not reply to this email". So I had to do some effort and go back to their website's page to email again my proof and documents. I don't know if they received my email that time because I didn't get a reply the second time around.

If you were wondering our aircon unit is this one...
product code ASV13ESQN


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Union bank online problems

I hate to be a basher but union bank needs to improve their online system. I use my eon card to receive paypal payments before but now I use it to buy music/apps on itunes. I tried logging in to eon online to check my balace but it says I have an expired userid. I checked my card but my card is expiring on 2014. So what the heck?

I dont know what will happen if I buy something and the account is insufficient.

If anyone is in the same dilemma and know how to fix this pls let me know

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Renewing your PRC license at SM City malls

What you need to prepare

1. Accomplished renewal form (you can get it there also at the mall)
2. 2x2 ID picture
3. Wear something with a collar (for picture taking)
4. Money


The process

1. Once you've filled up the form give it to the lady at the desk
(they don't hand out numbers so your filled up form serves as your line in the queue once submitted)
2. Sometimes they say it's offline so you have to wait
(again make sure you give your form to the person at the desk;)
3. Pay the money asked. (P500/550 I forgot).
4. Have your picture taken.
5. Keep the receipt for claiming it.


My experience

Compared to going to the PRC office at Iloilo last January 2013, I couldn't even get inside the PRC building! So this was a vast improvement.

I only think they should hand out numbers as well when renewing at the mall. I was a bit irked because I was sitting there waiting and no one told me that it was already "online". I had to ask again and they told me it was. People who came later than me got ahead because no one told me that I had to hand back the accomplished form to the person at the desk.

In short, I think they should post some guidelines so people would be guided. I think a lot of people would be renewing at the malls in the future because of the convenience so they should put up a system of sorts.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Suddenly It's Magic summary and review


The summery of the story is simple enough to grasp in a few sentences. Thai superstar gets burned out at work, wants to relax, unwind in a place where no one knows him so he decides to go to the Philippines. He meets a pretty, down to earth Filipino who has her own struggles and pains. They fall in love and deal with the difficulties of being together.

Despite its plot's simplicity, I was one of those people gushed, oohed and ahh-ed during Mario Maurer and Erich Gonzales' sweet, sappy moments. There's just something about Mario's face, smile, and over-all charisma that's disarming, beguiling and totally charming.

Mario Maurer pic

Got this pic from the net here

So what can I say about the story as a whole? Some might think the plot was formulaic, but I appreciated how it deviated from being a total cliche in certain scenes. For example, when Joey (Erich Gonzales) walked in on the press conference and was seemingly hurt by it, Marcus (Mario Maurer) stood up for her and recognized her as his girlfriend in front of the press without a second thought.

One scene I found a  bit ridiculous though was when Joey started tasting all the cupcakes in the eatery when Marcus said they were sad-tasting, and then she started to choke. Haha but really?

The gay role of Joross Gamboa was funny at first but the his high pitched sounds became a bit overdone in the end. Supporting casts were great especially Marcus' Filipina housekeeper.

Although, I was a bit disappointed by the lack of scenes that showed Thailand. It seems as though the only place where they managed to shoot it in Thailand were the temples.The view of Ilocos was lovely though and it made me want to visit there soon.

Also, some lines to ponder from the movie: "Can you give up the life that you love, for the love of your life? Or the love of your life for the life that you love?"

I enjoyed watching the movie. Even got the last song symdrome of Suddenly It's Magic:


I feel so free,

It's like a fantasy
Havin' you next to me
Suddenly it's magic



One look, one touch
Words just don't say enough
When you fall in love
Suddenly, suddenly it's magic

Get the full lyrics here