Thursday, August 15, 2019

Random Updates

I haven't blogged for a long time, but here are random updates about my life:

  • I still can't get over Pepp's death. I still can't accept it. Guilt is still eating me alive. The funny thing is that  depression made me work so hard that  my salary hits close to Php 40k a month.As I said in one of my previous updates, my usual target is Php 22k a month working 5 to 6 hours a day,five days a week. Imagine how much I've worked just to hit that amount. But then few months of just going and going and I crashed. I suddenly felt lost.I hated my job. I suddenly felt discontented. Floodgates of anxiety opened up. I felt less confident, less sure of my choices in life. The trigger point? Pepper's passing. Don't you dare tell me "it's just a dog", I'd punch you in the face. You don't know how it feels like. 
  • I adopted a puppy. Her name is Vers. Guess where I got her name from? 
  • I felt like Vers is Pepper reincarnated. I found her exactly two months after Pepper's passing. She came to me after I took Stark for a walk just outside my house. I looked for the owner, but walang nag claim so I adopted her. She acts like Pepper. She sleeps like Pepper. Her mannerism is like Pepper. Maybe I just missed Pepper so much that pinipilit ko ang mga personalities nya with Vers. 
Vers at first few days after I adopted her. 

Vers the Fierce

Vers, at present time

Vers and Stark
I purposely put some little bars for my gate after I got Vers kasi lumolusot sia.

  • I adopted kittens,too. I have long been feeding animals outside but it's my first that I adopted kittens and keep them at the third floor of my house. Now I'm worried about them. I will be leaving for six weeks so I don't know sino ang mag take care sa kanila. I'll figure it out. 

I don't know why they like sleeping in my empty pot

The whole gang

Do you see them? 

  • My friend gave me a pair of hamster. I have dogs, cats and hamsters. Imagine that!

I will be rehousing them into a bigger glass container once I arrived from South America

  • One time, I went to the vet to get Vers vaccinated and I overheard a conversation about the price of the American bully. I rolled my eyes several times because there are sooooo many animals that needed home, and people are buying dogs and cats. It just doesn't make sense!
  • On the other hand, I shouldn't blame them. I bought Pepp and Stark. Through them, I became an animal lover. I still would like to get a Golden Retriever in the future, but I would pick someone that needed my help. I miss Pepp so much,it's killing me.
  • Stark is okay. He loves Vers. They play together. They go on walks together. Stark seemed to enjoy the company of Vers, but he goes crazy over the kittens. 
  • I'm going to South America. This has been my plan since two years ago. I even bought a ticket six months before Pepp's passing. I'm going to four countries: Colombia (Pablo Escobar. Narcos fan here!), Peru (a 4-day trek to Machu Picchu), Bolivia (Salt Flat and Biking the Death Road) and Brazil (Rock 'n Rio- Red Hot Chilli Pepper and Bon Jovi's concerts). I'm also going to Amazon jungle, swim with Sea Lions among many activities that are lined up. 
  • To prepare for my South American trip, which is coming up very very very soon. I have been walking around Mactan area. If you see  a dork who is wearing a hiking boots, that's probably me.I also have been going up and down the stairs everyday. Well, I'm going to do a lot of hiking (4 days going to Machu Picchu) and biking (Bolivia's Death Road) so I need to build my endurance up. 

That's it for now, folks! I will tell you how I got over my "I-hate-my-job" phase. Next time. :) 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

UMID: Detailed Timeline from Application to Delivery

What is UMID?

The Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) is a four-in-one identification card that Filipinos can use to transact with government agencies such as the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG Fund. The UMID is also accepted as a valid ID in all other transactions

I applied for my UMID card at SM Cebu on March 27, 2019 via the SSS counter. I arrived there at 10:00 AM and was able to do everything within 40 minutes. 

1. Get a priority number. 
2. Wait for your turn. You will be asked to fill up a form. They will ask for an ID. 
3. Submit the form and wait for your turn to be called for your picture to be taken. 
4.You will be given a stub of paper: 

Note: The staff told me that if my UMID won't arrive within two months, I should go to my nearest postal office and claim it there.


1. Application: March 27, 2019 

2. I received a text from SSS on  June 12, 2019 

3. The UMID card was delivered to me on June 19, 2019. 

It took approximately 3 months from application to delivery. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Yellow Fever Vaccine in Cebu: Personal and Detailed Experience

I am going to South America for six weeks, and one of the requirements is a yellow fever vaccine.

Bureau of Quarantine
CONTACT NO: 032-3245599
Gen. Maxillom Ave., Ext., Cebu City


Every Wednesday and Thursday
From 8 AM to 5 PM
Group of 10 
Payment: Php 1,500

Here's my personal experience:

1. I arrived at the venue around 7:40 AM and I was already in the second batch. Make sure to list your name in the logbook, and write your name on the bond paper.

Here's a funny story: The earliest person to arrive was at 4:50 AM. Three of the early birds were not able to make it in the first batch because they were not informed to put their name on the bond paper. I repeat: YOU SHOULD LIST YOUR NAME TWICE: one on the logbook and one on the bond paper. My opinion: you don't have to go there super early. No matter how early you are, they are still going to entertain you by 8. Based on my experience, ang daming OFWs na mag ye-yellow vaccine (seaman and people who want to work at cruise ships.)

2. You will be asked to fill up some forms. 

3. A short seminar will be held in the upper part of the building. 

4. You will be then asked to go down to the first floor to pay (Php 1,500) 

The Yellow Vaccine Card

The Yellow Vaccine Card


If you answered on the form that you have a food allergy, they will ask you to get a food allergy test before payment. 
If you have a food allergy test, it will take about 15-30 minutes waiting time before the yellow fever vaccine. 

5. Vaccine+ wait for 15 minutes. 


7:40 AM - Arrived at Bureau of Quarantine
8:18 AM- Seminar
8:25 AM Payment + Vaccine + Yellow Vaccine Card
8:45 AM Done

Friday, March 29, 2019

How Much Did I Earn Last Year + Witholding Tax and Why I'm not Filing For ITR this year

Here's my earnings as an ESL teacher for the period of January 2018 to December 2018: 

Php 294,370 

Tax withheld from my company:

Php 17, 356.40 

As for the Train Law, the tax that I would pay is only:

Php 3,549.6 

With calculations of: 

Php 294,370
-Php 250,000 (Train Law)
Php 44,370 
- 8 percent

Php 3, 549.6

Why I'm not filing for ITR this year? 

I registered as Self-employed at BIR this January and I don't want to go through the hassle of filing for late ITR since I didn't file for the quarterly tax and so on. I decided to fully take advantage of Train Law this year. I know, sayang ang tax refund coz they withheld Php 17k+, but that's okay... for the Philippines naman yun eh. Heheh. Can you hear the sarcasm there? 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Renewing my PRC ID without CPD

Here’s my experience:

I arrived at PRC-Cebu (near Innodata) at 8:15 AM


1. THIS IS IMPERATIVE: Please make an appointment through the PRC website. I got mine a month before the day of my appointment.

2. Please observe proper attire. 


  • Register at PRC website. You will be asked to scan your photo there. No need to bring photos to PRC. THIS PART IS IMPORTANT.
  • Make an appointment and screenshot or print your appointment reference number
  • Php 450

Here’s the process:

  • Write your name on the log book before entering the building.
  • Proceed to Cashier. The Cashier will ask for your appointment number. I showed her the screenshot and Paid 450.
  • Proceed to the COOP Costumer Service section so you can print your renewal form. I don’t know if you can print this at home but if you can, I suggest you should print it beforehand for smooth-flowing process. The lady at the counter is slow as a snail. Cost of printing: Php 20
  • Proceed to the guard near the entrance and ask for priority number.
  • Wait for your number to be called at Counter 2. Prepare for proof of CPD, if you have any. If you don’t have CPDs, you will be asked to sign the promissory note. 
  • Photocopy the renewal form. You can do this at the COOP costumer service. Cost of photocopy: Php 2
  • Proceed to Counter 3. Submit the original renewal form and wait for the release of your new PRC card.

Total number of minutes from start to completion:  1 hour and 15 mins. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Coping with Losing Pepper 2.0

I am still not okay.

Nights are the worst. 

The thing is I can’t sleep.

For the first time since I started teaching online, I worked for 13 hours with only 1 hour of rest for two days but I still couldn’t sleep. 

So I sought for a psychiatrist's advise and  I’m taking antidepressants for now. I want to stop it because it makes me groggy, but it is helping me sleep. 

Though I am in this state, Stark’s routine is still the same: I take him for a walk at 4:45 AM and 9 PM, ALWAYS. It would have been worse for me if Stark isn’t around so I owe it to him to act normal.

A tattoo

It was so weird because of all the songs that were being played at that time, mostly new ones, the moment my tattoo artist inked me, Sweet Child of Mine played. I used to sing that  to her many times. Most of the time, I replaced the lyrics with her name: oooh,oh wo hoo Sweet Pep of Mine... Do you do that with your pet?

Pep Wars
Oh, the weather outside is Pepper but the song is so aPepper
Pepper, do you love me? Are you riding?
Adto ta sa IT Pep? 
Fat bottomed Pep ,you make the rockin' world go 'round

Gosh, I miss her so badly.
I still can’t bring myself to wash my sheets.
I have been watching tons of videos about moving on after pet’s death and the afterlife.
I still can’t bring myself to look at her picture.
I wonder when will I be okay. 

I miss you, baby girl. Death isn’t such a bad thing because I believe that I’m going to see you on the other side. See you at the rainbow bridge, my princess. I’m suffering still but I’ll be okay. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Online Filipino Freelancers BIR Registration Experience (RDO 80) Tips, Tricks and Advise

This has been a grueling process for me but I finally did it. I'm sharing with you my experience. 

Take note: It is important to check which RDO you belong to. I belong to RDO 80. Each RDO has different requirements. I've checked several blogs, but requirements are different talaga. 


3/F FRC Building, Subangdaku, Highway, Mandaue City (This is near Innodata) 

Phone number: Don't bother. They won't answer. 

Area of Jurisdiction:
Comprised of 3 cities: Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City and Danao City with 24 municipalities, namely: Asturias, Balamban, Bantayan, Bogo, Borbon, Carmen, Catmon, Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Daanbantayan, Liloan, Madridejos, Medellin, Pilar, Poro, San Francisco, San Remegio, Sta. Fe, Sogod, Tabogon, Tabuelan, Tuburan, and Tudela. The district shall be bounded as follows: on the South, by Subangdaku, Mandaue City. Crossing to the island of Mactan comprising of Lapu-Lapu City and Municipality of Cordova from Mandaue City going north until Daanbantayan, Cebu. From Sogod, southwestward to Balamban, from San Remigio crossing to the island of Bantayan comprising 3 municipalities, namely: Sta. Fe, Bantayan, and Madridejos, from Danao City crossing to the island of Camotes comprising 4 municipalities, namely: San Francisco, Poro, Tudela and Pilar.


1. Professional Tax Receipt OR Occupational Tax Receipt (You can get them at the City Hall Treasurer's Office.) 
2. Photocopy of NSO
3. BIR Form No. 1901 Application for Registration (Can be filed manually, meaning: handwritten)
4. Photocopy of valid ID
5. BIR Seminar Certificate
6. BIR Form 0605 + Php 500 (Won't accept manual filing. Computerized or eFPs talaga) 
7. 2 pcs of Documentary Stamps Php 15 each (You can buy these at the collection area, together with paying your Annual Registration Fee). Note: If you are going to get the Sworn Declaration, buy another two pcs. of documentary stamp. 
8. Book of Accounts (1 Ledger and 1 Journal)  (You can buy these at National bookstore for Php 22 each.)
8. Acknowledgement letter from your company (if you belong to one.) 

Other requirements that I brought, but wasn't asked: 

- current bill with present address 

You will be asked to choose between 3% or 8 % tax

I absentmindedly chose 3% which was  a big mistake. I can't change it na so I have to wait for the next year to be able to change it. 

The difference: 

Accordingly to my shallow knowledge about this. (Corrections are welcomed!) : 

-If your annual income is Php 250,000 or below, you won't be taxed but you should submit kind of a form to BIR for that. (Kindly ask BIR for that kind of form)

- For 8 percent: if your income is Php 260,000 per year:

x .08
800= this is the tax you will pay for the whole year

- for 3 percent: if your income is Php 260,000 per year:

 2,000-= this is the tax you will pay for the whole year

Note: There's ample of information in the seminar. To be honest, I zoned out during the seminar. I should have listened. I found out too late that 8 percent is better for people who don't earn way beyond Php 250,000. Oh well, charge to experience. 


When to go?

- The BIR Tax Seminar for RDO 80 is every Wednesday at 1 PM to 2 PM.It could extend until 2:30 PM to 3 PM. I suggest you go there on Wednesday para isahan nalang. What I did was I attended the seminar while waiting for my number to be called. I arrived there at 9:38 AM and I my number was called at 4 PM. Imagine that!

Other suggestion: Since the Certificate of Registration (COR) will come out 3 business days after you register, I suggest you apply on other days and come back on Wednesday to attend the seminar and after the seminar, you will be able to get the COR. 

In my case: I went there on February 6, I attended the seminar on the same day and I got my COR a week after. I went there 5 minutes before 5 PM. They entertained me naman. Thank goodness!

Other tips: 

1. Photocopy everything beforehand (PTR or OTR, NSO, ID) Mahal ang photocopy doon, Php 2.50 each. 
2. Bring long bondpaper (Php 1.00 each if you buy outside) You will be asked to use the  Electronic Filing and Payment System (eFPS), which is located inside the BIR building. It's free but you have bring lond bondpaper. For less hassle, do the eFPS Form 0605 at home.  I printed the Form 0605 and I filled it out, but they didn't accept that. Dapat eFPS talaga for Form 0605. 
3. While waiting for your number to be called, you can pay for the Annual Registration fee (The Form 0605, Php 500 + 2 Documentary Stamps). Make sure that your TIN number is correct. If hindi, you will be penalized for that. (Penalty is Php 1,000) 
4. Photocopy the Annual Registration Fee receipt and the Form 0605 after paying. Submit one copy each to the Collection Center. 
5. Bring entertainment coz waiting is a pain in the ass.I personally downloaded "Kingdom" from Netflix and I was able to finish the whole season while waiting. Imagine that!

Getting the Sworn Declaration: 

I was asked to get this by our company. I asked for the form and I headed over to Attorney Arendain's office for notarization.  His office is located within the vicinity. You just have to ask. Cost of notarization is Php 200. Two documentary stamps are needed for this. You can buy these stamps at the collection area. 


1. Get a priority number which is located outside BIR. There's a small window. You won't miss it. There's a long line for that. Ask the guard for guidance. 
2. Wait for your number to be called (Windows 1, 2 and 3)