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Visited Manila over the weekend…

Technically, it’s my first time flying out (via NAIA Terminal 3) of Manila without my wife and we just can’t find the following information online…

Travel Tax

Travel Tax for Singapore Permanent Resident – just needed to pay PhP 200.00

Travel Tax for Singapore Student Pass – (minor, below 12 years old) PhP 1,010.00. My daughter is 14 years old so I had to pay the full rate of PhP 1,620.00

OFW Dependent – PhP 300.00 (we normally just pay this if my wife is travelling with us)

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Airport Terminal Fee

Booked my flights on-line which required me to pay PhP 550.00 for terminal fee.

My original booking did not include my daughter, arranging her flights online will require an additional SGD 100.00 for unaccompanied minor fees.

We called Cebu Pacific‘s call center, and all arrangements for my daughter (including payment) was made through phone.

Before paying the terminal fee, a security personnel will be checking your boarding pass, and they’ve informed me that my daughter does not need to pay for terminal fees as it was included in her ticket.

Airport (free) Wi-Fi

Yes, provided by Globe

While waiting for our flights, we decided to stay at Bo’s Coffee (near gate 112) as they also offered free Wi-Fi, just in case the one offered by Globe is not working.

If you need to drink water… bottled water is actually cheaper at Bo’s Coffee (compared to the other shops inside).

Bo’s was selling distilled water at PhP 25.00 per bottle. Other shops were selling mineral water for PhP 30.00 per bottle.

Just a tip, if you entered the airport with an empty water bottle, you can have it refilled near gate 111.

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Pasalubong (Souvenirs)

Be extra careful when buying treats from the airport, check the “best before” (expiry date) sticker before purchasing. Some of them are made of milk and may not last a week.

Boarding

Once you gate is open (for boarding), some guys tend to stand up even if their row numbers are not yet called… Some guys even automatically queue… If your row number is called, inform the airline staff and they’ll allow you to board.

I guess it’s that time again when I’m tired of using the same “logo” and “signature” in all my photos.

Not sure what my next “avatar” will look like…

But my new signature will be seen on the future photos that I will be uploading.

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Color may change but basically I’m happy with the idea of simple lines under my photos.

Chrome-Stick

Google should release a bootable USB Drive with ChromeOS!

They can call it the Chrome Stick!

Think about it…

USB Drive pre-loaded with ChromeOS which can run on your old PC or Netbook!

If they’re worried about sales of Chromebooks/boxes, they can just release it for developing countries.

It will really help government schools where computer to student ratio is bad.

We all have old notebooks/desktops at home which will just add trash to our landfills!

Maybe with Google’s help these computers can be made useful for the next user.

How will this benefit Google?

Just imagine a group of kids… Clicking on the Chrome icon everytime they want to browse the internet… All those kids growing up to use Google Search!

I honestly grew up learning to click the IE icon… Google can change that if only they can move ChromeOS fast enough.

A sub-$25.00 USB stick will get them there!

Android is getting forked, left right center.

You can see various versions of Android for entry level phones.

This is why I believe Android One was a good move by Google.

Entry level phones running the latest Android version for developing countries.

When Android One was announced, I initially thought it’s a phone for my mom… She still uses basic Nokia phones as she needs battery life and the number pad.

Then I realized, my mom will not like an Android One device because she will need to charge it daily and she will need to (again) learn to use a mobile phone…

She doesn’t need a qwerty keyboard to reply “ok”.

Google (and its Android team) needs is to create a simple/lean version of Android to replace Series 40.

Just think of the Nokia 1 or 2 series, what if it had Wi-Fi, and every time you reach home you can send/receive messages/calls using Hangouts. You also get Chrome and Google Search.

It will be perfect for older folks who do not want to re-learn on how to use a phone.

As I posted earlier…

I just bought a Samsung NX300.

Awesome camera with a lot of freebies.

Upon opening the box, I found 2 CDs inside.

The FREE Adobe Lightroom and the user manual!

I basically know how to operate a camera… but the user manual is handy to see what other features are available and how to access them.

While I was opening the DVD (using my iMac), I noticed that the User Manual was just in PDF!

Why is there a need to save a PDF file on a DVD?

What if was using a newer Apple device or a Netbook without a DVD drive?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if user manuals were available as a free ebook download from iBooks and the Play Store?

So upon extracting the PDF file I needed, I renamed the file and uploaded it to my Play Books… Obviously, its not perfect… but it works!

Olympus E-M10 Manual

Here’s another manual…

Samsung NX300 Manual

We spent the last day of 2014 at Siloso Beach Resort.

It’s basically our second time in this resort and after more than two years… The resort looks OLDER!

Click here for my earlier post.

Why did we return? All other hotels in Sentosa had “minimum number of nights” requirement due to the year end holidays.

Since I had to be in the office on December 31 and January 02, it did not make any sense to book for 2 nights (or more).

We again stayed on the 5th floor (same level as the pool and gym), compared to our first room, the floor is no longer carpeted. (We had friends who stayed at the 3rd floor and their room had carpet). Since our floor had a wooden finish, it was prone to scratches, here’s how it looked like under our table and TV.

Siloso Beach Resort 1

TV also looks dated… (Our friends on the 3rd floor even had a smaller TV).

Siloso Beach Resort TV

Our aircon vent needs cleaning!!!

Siloso Beach Resort Aircon Vent

Washroom was ok, but they changed the shower gel without filling the holes left by the old one.

Siloso Beach Resort Shower

New soap dispenser was awesome and I honestly love the lemon scent of their new shower gel :)

Towel’s still screamed “please replace me”.

Pole by the bathtub looks strange… But it’s clean!

Siloso Beach Resort Shower Bar

Pool is still great, by I can’t understand why they had ongoing contruction on New Year’s Eve… Yes you see the people working if you’re in the pool.

Gym is now airconditioned and the old gym was replaced by a wormery… (maybe useful if your kids want to see worms?)

Strangely, my carrier (M1) did not have a signal in our room, we had no issues with Singtel. The hotel also did not have Wi-Fi!

During the Siloso Beach Party, hotel guests will not be allowed go in and out of the front entrance (one facing the Siloso Beach).

They’ll ask you to walk at Imbiah Walk and take the bus (Bus 1 is the fastest way to RWS) in front of Underwater World.

From RWS, Bus 2 is the fastest way back.

The hotel allows its guests to use their rooftop to watch the New Year fireworks.

I suggest that you buy your “drinks” from the nearest 7-11 as the restaurant is closed.

Hotel has a notice to its guests regarding the noise of the Siloso Beach Party, but it wasn’t that bad.

In my opinion, Siloso Beach Resort is great for a night or two.

It’s better than Costa Sands, and cheaper than the other hotels in the area…

If you plan to stay longer, I suggest that you look at other hotels in the area.

2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

2014 was a very busy year for me, I actually wrote a lot of posts but they’re all in my drafts waiting for me to hit that “publish” button.

As usual, hoping 2015 will be a better year!

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