August 30, 2013

Musings: Erik Matti's On The Job (2013)

First of all, let me put it out there that I am still confused as to whether or not it is okay to shorten the film's name to "OJT." OJT actually stands for on-the-job training, but since the title of the movie doesn't include the word "Training," I'm not sure if it is still okay to shorten it to "OJT" or perhaps it is more proper to use "OTJ," but that doesn't sound right either. Quite a trivial dilemma actually, but nevertheless I had to ponder about it somewhat when I used #OJT when I tweeted about the movie after watching it earlier.


I won't give away the main plot of the movie, but I have to say that after watching On the Job, I can't help but feel depressed as a citizen of the Philippines. At the start of the movie there was a note that flashed on the screen saying that the events to be shown were inspired by real events. Though the story and the characters are fictional (I fervently hope so), that note makes me wonder if there is a real-life counterpart of the story and the characters, or if things are still happening that way today.

If the answer is "yes," the Philippines is one fucked up country.

August 28, 2013

Claiming Your Parcel From The Philippine Post Office

Online shopping has proven itself to be a convenient means of purchasing commodities. With a simple click of a button, an item can be yours. No need to wait in line, because your purchased items will be delivered to your doorstep.

...Well, more or less.

I took a chance to buy some cellphone back covers for my Samsung Galaxy S4 in Ebay, as there aren't a lot of quirky back covers here in the Philippines. The last time I bought cellphone back covers in Ebay was during the time of my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and I can recall being happy about my purchase because they were delivered directly to my house. Thinking that it will be same this time, I continued my purchase at a couple of online stores in the UK.

Needless to say, I was quite surprised when I got this:
Fig. 1 - Claiming notice from the Post Office

This turned out to be a bit of an inconvenience for me, because
  1. The Post Office (where I am to claim my parcel) is located in the Las Pinas City Hall, which is a good 45-minute commute from my house (because I have to endure the traffic of Alabang-Zapote Road, especially hotspots like SM Southmall, Moonwalk and Casimiro before I get there)
  2. Business hours are only during the weekdays, which conflicts with my work hours
  3. There is a possibility that I have to pay fees, duties and taxes just so I can claim my 300PhP worth of stuff. Baka ang labas niyan eh mas mahal pa ang babayran kong tax kesa sa halaga ng binili ko. Pssh.

But I have no choice; I have to claim my stuff at the post office. Coincidentally, I'm currently working from home today so I decided to spend a couple of hours for this errand; babawiin ko na lang mamaya 'yung trabaho ko.

Las Pinas City Hall - View Larger Map

August 03, 2013

Wedding Preparation Chronicles: Baptismal Certificate Validity

Writing this on the fly after finally booking a church for the wedding. Up to this point we've been pretty much DIY, browsing websites and attending wedding fairs, as well as asking married couples for suggestions and advice.

However, those measures only took care of the "suppliers" part of the wedding. We weren't able to gather enough information on the unromantic part of wedding preparations: document requirements, interview schedules, logistics, payments, payments, and more payments.

Our first "lesson learned" experience in this wedding preparation pertains to the application of the certificates we are supposed to submit when booking a church. The pamphlet that was given to us said that the reservation deposit must be made together with a baptismal certificate issued not later than six (6) months before the wedding. Thinking that we have to present the certificate by the time we book the church, we went on to get our respective baptismal certificates--reaching back as far as Pangasinan.

Little did we know that the church only accepts baptismal certificates issued AT MOST six months before the ceremony. Wow, nageexpire?

Since our wedding is scheduled for next year pa, we can't submit the certificates today (however we are allowed to book/reserve the date and time without submitting the certificates). What's more hassle is that we have to request for new baptismal certificates on December. And that we have to surrender the "expired" certificates because we are only allowed to have one baptismal certificate for marriage purposes. That's 75 PhP down the drain for me, not to mention the effort we had to go through to find the parish where I was baptized.

So there. Lesson learned #1: Make sure to confirm the validity of the documents you need to produce as part of your wedding preparations.